How to work with the office to provide alternative media

Who provides material in the appropriate format?

Ensuring that students who have reading disorders, are blind or visually impaired (or otherwise print-impaired) have their materials in the appropriate format is the responsibility of the Office of Accessibility. Alternate format could include Braille, large print, audiotape, computer disk or a combination, depending on the student. The appropriate alternate format should be accessible at the same time printed materials are available.

What is the student's responsibility?

The Office of Accessibility works hard to produce classroom materials for students in a timely fashion. The student is responsible for requesting alternate formats when he or she registers with the Office of Accessibility. 

What are the instructor's responsibilities?

If the Office of Accessibility cannot find the proper book information, you may receive an e-mail requesting book details for your course.

Work to ensure that all audio-visual materials used in class are accessible (e.g., that videos shown are captioned for students with hearing impairments and that the VCR equipment used has captioning capabilities, that videos shown will be made with auditory description in some way or that written transcripts will be provided, etc.).

If you add books to your class after the first of the semester and know that a student is using alternative format, we would appreciate it if you would contact the Office of Accessibility with the new book or reading information.