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Student Accessibility Services

Alternate text formats are also referred as “alternative media”. SAS Offers assistance to qualified students in obtaining alternate formats for textbooks and other course reading materials.

The most common types of alternate formats for textbooks offered by SAS are produced as audio ("talking books"), Braille, enlarged print and electronic text (e-text).

The most common types of alternate reading formats are produced as audio (“talking books”), Braille, enlarged print and electronic text (e-text). E-text and digital text often refers to any text that can be read electronically in a computer environment with software programs such as JAWS and Dolphin or, using listening equipment such as MP3 players or iPods.

E-text (most popular format)

E-text and digital text often refers to any text that can be manipulated or read electronically in a computer environment with the help of software programs such as JAWS or Read and Write.

Learning Ally

This non-profit organization produces audiobooks of textbooks performed by human volunteers. SAS can offer eligible students a membership at no cost to them. Once acquired, these audiobooks can be listened to through a smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac.

Bookshare

This non-profit organization has a large collection of book titles already in digital format. SAS can provide eligible students with a free membership when a publisher decides to distribute their E-text through the Bookshare library.