Binghamton University students whose disabilities prevent them from reading standard instructional materials may request assistance from Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in obtaining their academic readings in alternate format. Comprehensive disability documentation from a professional licensed or certified to diagnose and treat the individual's disability(ies) is required. Possible alternate formats include:
If you have been authorized by your SSD Intake Counselor to utilize this service, SSD will contact you 6-8 weeks before classes begin to determine your definite course enrollment and your need for our assistance in obtaining alternate format texts.
It will be your responsibility to complete a "Request for Textbooks in Alternate Format" form available from the SSD office in UU-119 so the office can proceed with the alternate format text ordering and/or conversion process.
Since ordering or creating alternate format text materials is a lengthy and time-consuming process, it is critical that SSD receive Requests for Textbooks in Alternate Format forms from authorized students at least 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester. Students who wait until the last minute to confirm their schedules or their need for alternate format text materials may experience a delay in receiving them.
Before receipt of textbooks in an alternate format, students must:
SSD attempts to obtain alternate format textbooks from the publisher or other approved resources. However, if a digital or audio version of the book is unavailable, SSD will offer to remove the binding from the student's purchased copy of the book so the pages can be fed into a high-speed scanner and converted into a digital format. The original paper copy of the book will be rebound in a readily usable format and returned to the student. The student will receive a CD-Rom with the textbook in the requested digital format (PDF, KESI, or MS Word) so that various computer software programs will be able to read the text aloud to the student. SSD works with students to teach them how to use these adaptive computer technologies.
Last Updated: 8/4/10