Office of Accessibility Collaborating for an Inclusive and Equitable Environment

Requesting Textbooks and Materials in Accessible Formats

Students in need of more complex accommodations such as braille, e-Books / e-text, converted Powerpoints, interpreting and captioning should schedule an appointment with their college's academic advisor to be informed about the nature of the courses being taken. Students should then schedule an appointment with a disability and technology specialist immediately after priority registration to discuss their accommodation needs for the next semester. Some accommodations such as braille textbooks could take from 6 months to a year to produce if not currently available.

Electronic Textbooks

"E-Text", which is similar to "eBooks", is the finished product of a process that scans textbook pages with high-speed scanners and then saves them as HTML documents to be posted on a secure website. This process enables persons with visual impairments or learning disabilities in reading to be more independent. Text-to-Speech software can read your material on the E-Text website, and the browser's capabilities allow you to enlarge documents for easy viewing. Knowing how to properly use the software and browser result in a new skill set that can be used throughout your college years and later, as you transition to the workplace. Text-to-Speech software is available in the Assistive Technology Lab.

Other Resources

Learning Ally and Bookshare offer membership to their services. You are encouraged to obtain a membership from each agency. Please visit the RFBD and Bookshare website for more information on becoming a member. Both services could be a valuable tool to use after graduation from Auburn University. You are encouraged to try to obtain your own electronic copy before making a request to have your textbook converted by the Office of Accessibility.

Before requesting an accessible textbook(s):

  • Prior to registration, meet with your academic advisor to learn about the course(s) you wish to register for.
  • After priority registration meet with the course instructor(s) to discuss the nature, format, requirements of the course, and any required text(s).
  • If members, check with Bookshare and Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic to see if the required text(s) are already available. If not, continue through the steps below.

To request an accessible textbook(s):

Step One - For first time request only, have alternate formats as an approved accommodation by a disability specialist.

Step Two - For first time request only, meet with the Accessible Textbook Coordinator for training and account setup for online system.

Step Three - Schedule an appointment with the Accessible Textbook Coordinator to request your textbooks in an alternate format.

Step Four - Provide proof of purchase to the Accessible Textbook Coordinator for each book requested to be converted.

Step Five - Provide the course syllabus to the Accessible Textbook Coordinator for each book requested.


Last Updated: Apr. 24, 2012

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