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Alternative Format Textbooks and Materials

Use of alternative format course materials is an academic accommodation available to students with print disabilities who need printed materials in alternative formats as a means to provide equal access to the course material.

In order to receive alternative format textbook services through the Academic Resource Center, a Webster student must be documented with a disability for which the agreed upon academic accommodations include alternative format materials. If you are interested in alternative format textbooks and materials as one of your accommodations, please contact the Academic ADA Coordinator at 314-246-7700.

At the request of the student, books and other printed materials are obtained and converted into an electronic format. Available formats typically include DOC, PDF, Kurzweil, EPUB, HTML, RTF, and Braille. Exact availability depends on the material and the publisher of the material.

For more information on alternative format textbooks and materials, please contact the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator, atarc@webster.edu or 314-246-4245.

Steps to Request Textbooks in an Alternative Format

Alternative Format Policies and Guidelines

  • The student must be properly documented with alternative format materials as an approved accommodation.
  • The student must complete the Request for Alternative Format Textbooks and Course Materials form. Click here to download the Request for Alternative Format Textbooks and Course Materials form. Send the completed form to the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator.
  • The student must rent or purchase a copy of the required textbook. The student must provide a rental receipt or proof of purchase of the text. The request will not be processed until proof of purchase or rental is provided.
  • Please note that if the student purchases a digital version of a textbook, it might not be accessible with text-to-speech software. Please check with the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator before purchasing.
  • The student must fill out the Alternative Format Textbook Request form and send the textbook information to Assistive Technology Program Coordinator. Click here to download the Alternative Format Textbook form.
  • Please provide textbook information as early as possible in order to allow time for the materials to be prepared. Securing texts in alternative format may take several weeks. It is each student's responsibility to seek other resources in the interim.
  • Sometimes textbook files are not available. In these cases, the student may choose to have a book disassembled, scanned, and rebound. In this case, the book must be purchased rather than rented, and the book may not be resold. Scanning a book may take several days.
  • The student is responsible for notifying and providing the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator with other classroom materials, such as handouts or readings on Canvas that need to be converted into an alternative format.
  • The student may not revise, convert, disassemble, modify, sell, license, rent, lend or otherwise share the electronic texts or other equipment with any other person or post on the internet.
  • The student may be required to provide copies of the course syllabus.

Please contact the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at 314-246-4245 or atarc@webster.edu with questions.