Alternate Media


Alternate Media Services

Alternate media provides individuals access to print material through different methods. Alternate media may be formatted and provided as electronic pdf files, audio files, large print material,  and Braille. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on an individualized basis, and students must be able to demonstrate a substantial disability.  Students who are approved for alternate media texts receive the accommodation at no cost. Due to copyright laws, students must show proof that they have purchased their books before they can receive the alternate media. All alternate media materials are intended for a student’s individual use and should not be shared with others. Any duplication of materials is prohibited.

Each semester, students approved for this accommodation can request books and course materials through the Alternate Formats Request form. Students will be provided with their alternate formats electronically.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdtech@uconn.edu.

 

Library Offers Scan on Demand and Request Service

Let the Library save you time with these two free services, offered to our UConn faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students!

Scan on Demand allows you to request scanning and electronic delivery of chapters and articles from print resources owned by the UConn Libraries. Find more information here: http://lib.uconn.edu/libraries/homer-babbidge-library/library-services-for-persons-with-disabilities/.

The Request Service allows you to request that circulating items from any UConn campus library be pulled and held for pickup at the circulation desk of your choice. Find out more about this service here:http://www.lib.uconn.edu/services/ill/RequestService.htm.

For more information, contact: Interlibrary Services at udoc@uconn.edu.

Request Procedure

Alternate media may include:

  • Electronic text (e-text) from the publisher, which is provided to the student electronically
  • Text scanned by the CSD with publisher permission
  • Assistive Technology (AT) to read electronic text, enlarge print, or create audio files

Students are encouraged to search for electronic formats prior to submitting a request for alternate media. The CSD will make every attempt to provide materials as promptly as possible and in the format requested by the student. However, consideration will be given to the most expedient manner to obtain materials. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments requires that priority consideration is given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable provisions are available.

Procedure

  1. Determine which books/materials need to be requested for each class. Students may obtain book information for each class by accessing the UConn Bookstore’s online textbook search. Students are also encouraged to contact their faculty members directly regarding required texts.
  2. Students approved for this accommodation will receive access to the CSD Alternate Media Request form as well as an e-mail from the CSD Tech Team with instructions on how to submit a request for materials.
  3. Go to the CSD Alternate Media Request form on the CSD website to complete an online request form. Students may meet with a CSD Tech Team member for assistance completing this form. The CSD Tech Team can be reached at csdalternateformats@uconn.edu or in person at the CSD, Wilbur Cross, Room 204.
  4. Provide proof of purchase of each book requested (receipt, invoice, e-mail confirmation, etc.) to the CSD prior to receiving materials. Proof of purchase should be submitted to the CSD Tech Team, either in person (Wilbur Cross, Room 204), via e-mail to csdalternateformats@uconn.edu, or faxed to (860) 486-4412. Students may purchase materials from any source (e.g., UConn Bookstore, Amazon, etc.).
  5. Materials will be shared with students electronically for reading and download. Once the material has been received, students have the option of using Assistive Technology (AT) to have their text read aloud, enlarged, or converted into audio. For more information, please visit the following page: CSDTech Technology for Alternate Media

Student Responsibilities

  • Determine required materials as early as possible prior to each semester in order to assure the provision of materials in a timely manner.
  • Complete an online request form via the CSD Alternate Media Request form as early as possible prior to each term start date. Students may meet with a CSD Tech Team member for assistance completing this form. The CSDTech Team can be reached at csdalternateformats@uconn.edu or in person at the CSD, Wilbur Cross, Room 204.
  • Provide proof of purchase of each material requested (e.g., receipt, invoice, e-mail confirmation, etc.). Proof of purchase should be submitted to the CSD Tech Team, either in person (Wilbur Cross, Room 204), via e-mail to csdalternateformats@uconn.edu, or faxed to (860) 486-4412. Students may purchase materials from any source (e.g., UConn Bookstore, Amazon, etc.).
  • Contact the CSD at csdalternateformats@uconn.edu as soon as possible if any issues arise regarding this accommodation (e.g., difficulty accessing your materials).
  • Access materials via the CSD Alternate Media Services website and/or a CSD provided assistive technology account.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with students and the CSD in order to ensure equal access to course materials to students with visual, physical and print-based (e.g., learning disabilities) disabilities. According to legal mandates, course materials must be provided in an alternate format to students within seven days of their request.
  • In order to assure students timely access to all course materials, faculty should consider the following practices:
    • Provide the Bookstore with a list of all course textbooks and course readers a minimum of seven weeks in advance of the term start date;
    • Provide course materials in digital text readable formats (e.g., accessible PDF’s); the Library offers Scan on Demand services to faculty, providing scanning and electronic delivery of chapters and articles from print resources owned by the UConn Libraries; details are available at the following web page: UConn Library Scan on Demand.
    • Provide supplemental course materials well in advance of assignment due dates;
    • Provide verbal descriptions of visual aids or graphics during class and alternate text based descriptions of visuals and graphics within course materials.

CSD Responsibilities

  • Provide students approved for this accommodation with instructions on how to submit a request for materials. This includes access to the CSD Alternate Media Request form to submit an online request as well as access to the CSD Alternate Media Services website in order to view and download materials.
  • Provide materials in a timely manner and in the student’s requested format to the greatest extent possible.
  • Resolve any issues that arise regarding this accommodation.

Any questions regarding this policy and procedure should be directed to Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdtech@uconn.edu.