Alternative Format Requests
Students with a verified print disability who have been approved for alternative formats accommodations can acquire textbooks and course materials in an alternative format such as Electronic Text (E-text), Large Print, Kurzweil 3000 (Kes), Portable Document Format (PDF), Accessible Portable Document Format (PDF), Audio (MP3), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics.
Students approved for Kurzweil 3000 (Kes) alternative formats will receive a complimentary Kurzweil 3000 account. Kurzweil 3000 is an integrated visual and auditory assistive technology program that assists students with reading materials.
- Log into MyBMAC with the SSO icon.
- Select alternative formats on the lower left-hand side of the screen.
- Choose which course you are selecting alternative formats for.
- Select the book you have purchased from the list at the top of the screen OR Request Additional Materials.
- Provide proof of purchase and upload receipts.
We cannot start production on your request until you upload your receipts to MyBMAC and verify that the book listed is the appropriate edition/version of the book you have purchased. If you have purchased a previous edition of a book that is not selectable from the list, please use the additional materials request section of your accommodations. Requests are processed in the order they are received.
For detailed instructions and videos on how to make alternative formats requests, please access: Requesting Alternative Formats in MyBMAC. If you require additional assistance and would like to review the guidelines and procedures to determine the appropriate alternative formats accommodations with an AIM Center staff member, you may schedule an appointment at (562) 985-1663 or email at email@example.com.
Before you may receive a complimentary Kurzweil 3000 account, you must agree to the electronic forms (e-forms) for AIM Center Alternative Media and AIM Center Equipment Loan Agreements. Your MyBMAC student profile will automatically notify you and prompt you to agree when you log in.
- Students will receive an email with a personal username and password once their Kurzweil 3000 account is created.
- Students will receive an email with a link and instructions for downloading the software onto their device.
- If a student needs assistance downloading the software to their device, then they may schedule an appointment with the AIM Center staff at (562) 985-1663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textbooks and course materials are converted into alternative and accessible formats such as: Electronic Text (E-text), Large Print, Kurzweil 3000 (Kes), Audio (MP3), Portable Document Format (PDF), Accessible Portable Document Format (PDF), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics. The process for acquiring these materials in an alternative and accessible format is as follows:
- Each textbook and course material request is submitted through the student’s MyBMAC student portal under Alternative Formats.
- AIM Staff conducts a search through their alternative formats production library, the production libraries of other California universities, community colleges, publishers, and other textbook repositories, for textbooks already converted to alternative formats.
- If the textbook is not available from the alternative formats production library and an electronic file is not available for conversion, then the AIM Center requests permission from the student to utilize their hard copy of the text to convert into an alternative format.
- Completed materials will be uploaded to the student's Kurzweil 3000 account, SharePoint, emailed, or other agreed form of distribution between the AIM Center staff and student.
- Students will be notified of completed materials by AIM Center staff.