Alternative Media

Alternative media is the provision of printed materials in alternative formats for individuals with visual or information processing disabilities. The student must provide appropriate documentation to the Center for Students with Disabilities to be determined eligible to receive this service. Print materials are provided in a variety of alternative formats.

Alt media request form

Student Procedures

1.) Students must qualify as having a disability that is covered by the ADA and/or Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act with text conversion specified as an appropriate academic accommodation.

2.) The student and a Disability Service Coordinator determine that text conversion services are a reasonable accommodation and it is added to the Accommodation Plan/Verified Individual Services and Accommodations (VISA).

3.) The student and a Disability Services Coordinator determine which alternate format(s) the student will use and which text(s) will be converted. The student must complete and submit an Agreement to Receive Alternative Media Services form.

4.) Students requesting alternative format materials must use the online electronic Text Conversion Request. This will automatically submit the student's request to Alternative Media Services at the CSD.

5.) In order to assure the availability of textbooks and other materials in alternate format, all relevant textbook information must be provided to CSD as soon as it is available. Students are responsible for obtaining this information as soon as possible after they register for classes. It can take up to 3 weeks to complete a request.


1.) Faculty can directly submit materials for conversion to an alternate format using the online electronic Text Conversion Request. This will autommatically submit a request to the Alternative Media Services at the CSD. Please note in the "Comments" section that you are a faculty member making the request, and please let us know if you know the names of any students who will be needing converted materials.

The following alternative media formats are currently offered and supported by CSD:

  • Electronic Text

  • MP3

  • Braille

  • Large Print

Specific file formats provided by CSD:

  • Kurzweil 3000 file (.kes)

  • Text file (.txt)

  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

  • MS Word file (.docx)

  • MP3 audio

Alternative Media and Kurzweil 3000 Resources:

How to Access the Universal Librarry:
How to Access the Universal Library

Kurzweil 3000 System Requirements:

Help and Training Frequently Asked Questions: 

CSD Assistive Technology Resources

CSD AT Resources Page