Students with a documented disability that results in their inability to effectively utilize print materials, including blindness, certain learning disabilities or the inability to hold a book, may be eligible to receive alternatively formatted text.*
For example, if you have low or no functional vision, you may encounter the functional limitation of difficulty reading. If you have problems with fatigue or manipulating objects, you may be limited in your ability to hold a book. If you have a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia, it may functionally limit your ability to use printed material.
In any of these situations, the accommodation you may find helpful in overcoming your functional limitation(s) may be alternatively formatted course materials and textbooks.
Students must follow the procedure outlined here to request textbooks in alternative formats. This procedure ensures that the Office of Collegewide Disability Services receives all of the necessary materials in order to process your request and document compliance with federal and state laws.
The application also contains the ‘Agreement on the Use of Recorded, Electronic or Other Alternatively Formatted Course Materials’, which informs students of their responsibilities regarding alternative textbooks and serves as proof of purchase of a hard copy of the book requested in alternative format.
While the college will make a reasonable effort to provide the textbook in the student’s preferred file format, a reasonable and effective alternative will be made available when it cannot obtain the preferred format.
Students are advised to submit their request two months before they need their books. It may take our staff as long as six to eight weeks to obtain or convert textbooks into an appropriate, accessible format. The Office of Collegewide Disability Services will accept late requests; however, late submissions reduce the likelihood that you will receive the alternative formats when you need them.
Upon receipt of a request, staff in the Office of Collegewide Disability Services will confirm that documentation of a disability and a completed application for alternative textbooks have been received and will contact students if their application is incomplete or to verify the information if necessary.
On receipt of the application, staff in the Office of Collegewide Disability Services:
*Alternatively formatted text is developed in conjunction with resources available for Postsecondary Disability Service Providers, including the Alternative Format Materials Handbook for Postsecondary Disability Service Providers in New York state and Implementing Chapter 219 of the Laws of 2003 memo.
Return to Student Handbook or continue to ADA Part Time TAP: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities.