Alternate Media

Alternate media includes instructional materials (textbooks, articles, etc.) which are converted into accessible formats.  Alternate media allows students with disabilities to access standard print materials in a format that they can use, often with assistive technology, given the nature of their disability.

Examples of alternate media offered:

  • Electronic text (for use with Kurzweil 3000 or other screen readers)
  • Audiobooks
  • Large print (e.g., between 18 to 24 point font)
  • Braille
  • Tactile graphics

Student's fingers reading page of Braille text and an e-book with enlarged text

Procedures for Requesting Alternate Media:

  1. Register for classes. Print a copy of the class schedule.
  2. Meet with a certificated DSPS Specialist to add an alternate media accommodation before the start of the semester.
  3. Complete and submit the Alternate Media Request Form to the DSPS Alternate Media Specialist as soon as possible after the accommodation has been added.  Be aware that requests can take several weeks to fulfill, so please plan ahead.
  4. To receive the alternate media, students must purchase a copy of the textbook.  Students must bring the receipt for the textbook to DSPS when submitting the Alternate Media Request Form.
  5. Contact the Alternate Media Specialist about one week after the initial request is made to check the status.
  6. Be aware that if the publisher is unable to provide an electronic file of the textbook, the binding may have to be cut and removed for scanning. If this is required, the book will be re-bound with comb binding.  This cannot be done for rented texbooks.

DSPS Alternate Media Specialist
Maricarmen Suárez
(530) 668-2530 Se habla español

Assistive Technology

DSPS provides computer access, training, and support for students with disabilities.  Our staff is available to help with assistive technology (such as Kurzweil 3000, FM systems, audio recorders, etc.) and will work one-on-one with students who need additional support.   DSPS provides an alternative media computer lab that is accessible to DSPS students during office hours.  DSPS also ensures that fully accessible computer work stations are available across campus.

Kurzweil digital screen reader demonstrating text to speech technology


View our Student Resources page to learn about other resources and tools that are available to support students and improve accessibility.