Alternative Format and Book Accommodations

Defining the Accommodation


The accommodation for materials/books in an alternative format allows qualifying students, as approved by the Disability & Access Center (DAC), to have their academic books and course materials converted by the Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) into an alternative format that is accessible to the individual.

As one example, if a student with a documented visual disability is required to buy a textbook for a course that is only available in a physical format and not offered in a digitally/electroincally accessible format, they may have their book processed by the ATC and converted into a digitally accessible format which works with assistive screen reader software.

Textbooks in an Alternative Format


For students looking to use their accommodation and get academic books in an alternative format, first note that our campus bookstore offers digitally accessible copies of books for purchase directly from the book's publisher whenever possible. Please keep that in mind when searching for your book(s) and prioritize purchasing the digital version to receive immediately accessible materials. Once you've located your book, the digital version may be selected from the campus bookstore via the drop down menu titled "Select Format" when adding a book to your cart for check-out. Below is a screenshot illustrating an example of a book with a digital offering:

A screenshot illustrating the process described in the text above for selecting a digital format of a book.

Additionally, we live in a wonderful time for accessibility where most publishers have made digitally accessible versions of their books (including text-to-speech/audio functions) readily available on VitalSource or Redshelf e-book platforms. Please check the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on getting started with either VitalSource or RedShelf.

 If you are having trouble locating accessible versions of your academic textbooks on any of these platforms, please contact the Adaptive Technology Center (ADATech@mtsu.edu) with the book's title, edition, and ISBN to help you identify and connect with accessible options and solutions.

Course Materials in an Alternative Format


If you are looking to have academic/course materials (e.g., course syllabi, class handouts, and etc.) converted into an alternative format, please fill out the form below so we have a detailed record of what material you'd like converted and what you'd like done with it.

 


 

Additional Info on Using VitalSource or RedShelf's Accessible E-Book Platforms

VitalSource Instructions:

1. Go to VitalSource and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your .edu (MTSU) email address.
2. After logging in use the search bar on the page to check VitalSource for your book, "Add to Cart" any books you need, and complete check-out.
3. Next, click/activate "My Bookshelf" in the top right corner.
4. Select the book you want to open from the list of books you own; VitalSource will automatically launch the book where you may begin reading.
**Questions: Check with us at adatech@mtsu.edu or e-mail accessibility@vitalsource.com about platform accessibility and features.

RedShelf Instructions:

1. Go to RedShelf and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your .edu (MTSU) email address.
2. After logging in click/activate the "Find a Book" button in the center of the page.
3. Search for the book you need using the search bar, 'view details' for the book, then 'Add to Cart' and complete check-out.
4. Select the book you want to open from the My Shelf/Library page; RedShelf will automatically launch the book where you may begin reading.
**Questions: Check with us at adatech@mtsu.edu or email accessibility@redshelf.com about platform accessibility and features.

 

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