Alternate Text

Alternate Text Format is a term that describes the various forms printed text can be converted to.

The development of screen reading software has made it possible for individuals who cannot or struggle to read regular print to access their materials through:  

  • Audio files
  • Braille
  • E-text (Word, PDF, and HTML)

Procedure for Requesting Alternate Text

Step 1

Register for classes.

Step 2

Contact professors and request information about required texts for each course and reading schedules/syllabus if available. You'll need to have the following information for each required text:

  • Book title
  • Author
  • Copyright date
  • Edition
  • Publisher
  • ISBN number

Step 3

Log-in to your Learning Ally account and see if your books are available here. If so, add these to your bookshelf. *If you do not have a Learning Ally account proceed to step 4.

Step 4

Log-in to your Bookshare account and see if your books are available here. If so, add these to your bookshelf. *If you do not have a Bookshare account proceed to step 5.

Step 5

Before purchasing a hard-copy of your book, check to see if you can purchase your book already in the electronic format.

Step 6

Contact DRS. All other books not found in steps 3-5 can be converted through our office by completing the alternate text request form. Once we receive your form we will process the request and contact the book publisher. We will contact you with the next steps to receive your alternate format in 1-3 weeks. The process of converting textbooks does take some time, we will have your books to you within 3-6 weeks of the time you submit your request.

Student Responsibility

  1. Use priority registration.
  2. Provide DRS staff with the list of books including ISBN#’s.
  3. Allow 4 weeks for materials to be converted to ATF.
  4. Visit DRS office to pick up books the first week of class.
  5. Provide DRS with the receipt for books converted to ATF.
  6. Complete ATF Use Agreement and abide by the agreement.
  7. Return all ATF materials to DRS when the semester ends.

Work with DRS staff to resolve any issues with Alternate Text Format materials.