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Accessible Formats of Text

Students who have disabilities that affect their ability to read standard print materials may be eligible for accessible formats of text. To request and determine your eligibility for accessible formats, please schedule an appointment with an Accessibility Resources staff member.

Accessibility Resources offers a variety of accessible formats of text. These include the following formats:

  • Audio
  • E-text
  • Large print
  • Braille

Students who are approved for this accommodation and are requesting that Colorado College provide an accessible format of text should complete a work order using AR Online Services. A separate work order must be submitted for each item needed in an accessible format.

Guidelines for Students Requesting Materials in Accessible Formats

  • You must be enrolled in the course for which you are requesting accessible formats.
  • You must select accessible formats as an accommodation for your course during the faculty notification process in AR Online Services.
  • Acquisition of accessible formats requires a joint effort on the part of the student and the Accessibility Resources staff.
  • You can obtain information on textbooks and other materials required for each course from your professor or the CC Bookstore website, as well as by calling the CC bookstore at 719-389-6125.
  • It is recommended that you preview books via Amazon or publisher websites to determine if you need any of your books in an accessible format.
  • If you have a Learning Ally account, please check to see if the accessible formats you need are available from this resource. In addition, many texts in audio format can be located, at no cost, through Librivox and Lit2Go.
  • If you prefer to acquire or purchase a digital copy of books on your own, a variety of services are available. Many digital texts can be located, at no cost, through Project Gutenberg, Online Books Page and Bartleby.com.
  • If you use digital copies of books, Accessibility Resources can provide you with Read and Write software that can be used for the text-to-speech function.
  • If you are requesting that CC provide the accessible format, please complete a work order via AR Online Services. A video tutorial is available if you need assistance. You must submit a separate form for each item you need in an accessible format.
  • Accessibility Resources will acknowledge each request within one week of receipt of the work order. At that time, we will let you know the status of your request via your AR Online Services account. Also, please check your CC email account for updates.
  • You may need to provide Accessibility Resources with a copy of the course syllabus and/or the item that you are requesting in an accessible format.
  • If an accessible format version of a book is not available from outside vendors, we may need to scan your book in order to provide you with the accessible format. If this is the case, we will need to remove the binding from your book, scan it, and have it rebound with a spiral binding.
  • It is important that you allow sufficient time for Accessibility Resources to acquire and/or produce accessible formats. The turn-around time to create accessible formats varies with the subject matter, length of the work, and the quality of the book or other materials being scanned. Therefore, students are asked to request accessible formats as early as possible, preferably three weeks prior to when the materials are needed. If students do not make requests in a timely manner, there may be delays in receiving the accessible formats.
  • When your accessible formats are ready for use, Accessibility Resources will provide you with information for pick-up and/or delivery options.
  • Due to copyright laws, students are required to purchase, when applicable, books and/or other materials they request in an accessible format and may be asked to present proof of purchase to the Accessibility Resources office.
  • Accessible formats provided by Accessibility Resources are solely for the student's educational purposes and, in accordance with copyright law, may not be copied, shared, or distributed. Failure to abide by this may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could result in disciplinary action.
  • When applicable, students are required to return alternate format materials and equipment at the end of the block in which they are being used or when the materials are no longer needed for the student's educational purposes.
  • Please inform Accessibility Resources if you have dropped a course and/or will no longer need requested accessible formats.
  • Contact Accessibility Resources at any time if you need assistance in requesting accessible formats.

Using Audio and E-text Formats Effectively

In most cases, students with learning disabilities find that making use of audio and e-text formats of print materials takes as much, if not more, time as traditional reading. Simply listening to books is not effective for most students. Students must be prepared to actively participate in the process, which includes reading the printed text while listening to the audio version (when applicable), previewing the text, taking book notes, reviewing the material, and using other learning strategies. This level of activity allows students to derive the maximum benefit from accessible formats.

Oftentimes, it can take new users of accessible formats of text several blocks to effectively use this accommodation. Students must consider carefully whether they wish to make the time commitment this accommodation requires. For students who have not had experience using audio formats, a trial experience with one or two book selections is highly recommended.

For additional information on accessible formats of text or other accommodations and services, please contact Accessibility Resources.