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University Disability Support Services|Student Educational Opportunity

Alternative Format Services

Students with visual impairments, learning disabilities or other conditions that affect access to print materials may be eligible for books in alternative format.

Alternative format includes textbooks and other printed class materials in digitally recorded format, in Braille, or in audio and electronic format. Students eligible for alternative format services must provide a copy of their class schedule to their coordinator as soon as they register.  UDSS staff will then use the schedule to begin the process of finding texts for each class, and research their availability in alternative format.

UDSS uses agencies such as Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)) or the Utah State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (USL) to acquire many digitally or tape recorded books. Books that are not available in alternative format from these sources are put into alternative format by hired readers and scanners. In such situations, UDSS strives to have the reading assignments available in the UDSS office one week before the reading assignment is expected to be read for class.

After research is complete, coordinators will contact each student to review what is available from our agency resources and which titles are not. Students are asked to respond to let their coordinator know which titles should be ordered from our usual resources and which titles will need to be produced locally in alternative format.  Prior to each semester, coordinators use this information to make contact with course instructors to obtain reading schedules for texts to be produced locally to make materials available as soon as possible after classes begin. If this is not possible, students must bring course syllabi to their meeting with their coordinator to provide the reading assignments.

Coordinators will also assist in producing course packets, handouts, etc. in alternative format.

You must provide your coordinator with a copy of your purchase receipt to obtain titles recorded or scanned from our local production area.

If you have materials being produced locally, the SEO office will contact you when media is available for pickup in Knight 109. Students must note the date and initial by the titles in the check out binder when they are picked up.

UDSS appreciates any feedback students have regarding their alternative format. If students are unsatisfied with the speed or quality of your media, let your coordinator know so changes can be made to improve the material. Notify UDSS of any problems with equipment or media as soon as possible.

All media checked out to students during the semester must be returned at the end of each semester. Not returning tapes, disks or equipment may result in fines to reimburse UDSS for lost or broken media or equipment, placement of a financial hold on the students' account, or temporary loss of check-out privileges.

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