Student Handbook Chapter 8 - Alternate Format
The Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) provides textbooks, class materials, and tests in various alternate formats including digital text, enlargements, Braille, and audio that can be played on a computer. This process typically takes up to 20 business days to complete. Alternate format requests need to be submitted prior to the start of the term. We encourage students to submit these as soon as possible.
How to use this accommodation
All students using an alternate format accommodation are responsible for the following:
- Students must obtain copies of textbooks or other materials for which an alternate format is needed and must abide by copyright laws and agreements.
- Students may be asked to provide proof of purchase before reformatted materials will be released.
- If requested for scanning, textbooks and other materials need to be in good condition. Book bindings will be removed, then re-bound and returned.
- CAR is not responsible for any damage to the original material during the reformatting process.
- Students agree not to copy, distribute, or sell any reformatted material provided by CAR.
- Students are responsible for deleting all electronic files when finished with the course.
- Original materials will be recycled if not claimed by the last day of the term.
- If requesting Braille, tactile graphics, or ongoing production (example weekly handouts), a syllabus must be provided to CAR by the student.
Receiving alternate format materials:
- All materials will be delivered electronically unless otherwise notified.
- Materials will be sent to the student’s email of record in departmental systems.
- Students are responsible for keeping all contact information updated in MyLane.
- Once sent to the student, materials will be available to download until the end of the term.
- Students are responsible for checking email and downloading materials in a prompt manner.
How to request this service
Please see CAR's Requesting Accommodations Page for step-by-step instructions on requesting accommodations like use of alternate formats.
Also take a look at this detailed PDF: Requesting Alternate Format Materials in AIM.
View the video on Alternate Format Requests.
Pearson Education is now partnered with VitalSource - an online ebook company. Most of the alternate format requests that have been made to Pearson this term have been denied, the company stating that students can purchase the book online in an accessible format. If you have already purchased a physical copy, there is an option to send Pearson a receipt to get a free digital version.
Come to the CAR Tech Center if you have any questions! We are located in building 19, room 263B and are open Monday-Friday, 11:00 to 2:00 pm.