What is Alternate Media?
Alternate Media material is defined as instructional materials, textbooks, college publications, and/or library materials in formats accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities. Eligible students must be enrolled in the course for which they are requesting alternate format and the materials must be verified as required reading for the course. The determination of the most suitable format of support should be made by a DSP&S specialist.
Procedures for Requesting Alternate Media
**NOTE: When textbooks or course materials are required by students before they are available in alternate formats, students will be directed to the High Tech Center, the Business Lab or the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to use reading software (WYNN or Read and Write Gold) that scans and reads printed material, or screen enlarging software/hardware (Zoomtext, or CCTVs) until such time as the course material is available.
Students may also use a variety of assistive technology software and hardware in the High Tech Center to meet their immediate needs to convert textbooks, handouts and other course materials into their preferred format. Among the choices, students may use an advanced easy-to-use scan and read system (WYNN or Read and Write Gold) that converts text into an on-screen visual presentation of the scanned text and images, and then reads the words aloud in clear, natural-sounding synthetic speech. In addition, this speech can be audio taped as it is being read. This program has additional benefits as a compensatory aid to improve reading speed and comprehension.