Technology for Accommodations: Alternate Media

What Is Alternate Media?

Alternate media provides individuals access to print material through different methods. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on an individualized basis, and students must be able to demonstrate a substantial disability, which requires the receipt of texts within an alternate format (e.g., audio or Braille). For more information, please visit our Alternate Media Procedures page.

How Do I Request Alternate Media?

Request Your Books Here: Alternate Media Request Form

See the video below for more information on the process of requesting alternate media.

Proof of Purchase:

Students who request alternate media must also submit proof of purchase of the books. Books can be purchased from the bookstore, online vendors, or from other people. In most cases, books that are rented can be used for alternate media. If you are concerned about using a rented book for alternate media, contact the CSDTech team prior to rental.

You may show proof of purchase in the following ways:

  • Digital purchase/rental receipt
  • Scan/copy of physical purchase/rental receipt
  • Bringing the hard copy in to the CSD

The first two options can be emailed to If you are bringing the hard copy in, you may stop by any week day between 8 and 5 and ask for a CSDTech Team member.

How Do I Access My Alternate Media?

Access Your Books Here: Google Drive

(Log-in with your UConn email address)

Instructions on how to download and save your textbooks: How to Access Your Textbooks on Google Drive

For more information on the Alternate Media Process, please watch the video below:

I Have My Alternate Media, Now What?

CSDTech offers a variety of Text-To-Speech software programs (listed below) that you can use to access your textbooks. Our primary program, Read & Write, allows you to have your textbook read aloud, get the definitions of word, make and extract highlights, and much more! To get a copy of Read & Write on your computer, please contact the CSDTech Team at Watch the video below to learn more about these programs.

To learn more about using a Text-To-Speech program with your Alternate Media, please watch the video below:


Alternate Media Text-to-Speech Options


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Read & Write


Read&Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. Some features include Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool, Study Skills tools to capture highlights and OCR capabilities.

We have licenses to provide students for both Mac and Windows.





Kurzweil provides a centralized hub for accessing data insights and managing content across platforms. This software is intended to improve comprehension and literacy skills of struggling students. Some features include text-to-speech, highlighting, text notes, dictionaries and OCR capabilities.

We have licenses to provide students for both Mac and Windows. Kurzweil also has an app Firefly that can be used with an iPad.


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Voice Dream Reader


Voice Dream Reader is the world’s most accessible reading tool. With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.


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Natural Reader


Natural Reader is a software that can easily be downloaded onto your computer. Listen to PDF files, webpages, e-books, e-textbooks, office documents and even printed books.


Windows Reader

Windows Narrator


Hear text read aloud with Windows built in text-to-speech feature called Narrator.


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Apple Text-to-Speech


Apple products give you the option to hear text read aloud using their built in text-to-speech feature in Macs and Speak Selection in iOS devices.