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 access, often with assistive technology, given the nature of their disability.

Examples of alternate media offered:

  • Digital texts (for use with Kurzweil 3000 or other screen readers)
  • Audiobooks
  • Otter AI (recording and live transcription software)
  • Large print
  • Braille
  • Tactile graphics

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

Procedures for Requesting Alternate Media:

  1. Meet with a DSPS accommodations specialist to request an alternate media accommodation (such as Kurzweil, Braille, or large font texts).
  2. Complete the Alternate Media Request Form and submit it to the DSPS Alternate Media Specialist as soon as possible after the accommodation has been added.
  3. The DSPS Alternate Media Specialist will notify the student once the request is fulfilled and ready to use.
  4. Students can request a one-on-one training with the Alternate Media Specialist for additional support in using the resource or program.

DSPS Alternate Media Support
Candy Hipolito
(530) 661 – 2530

Assistive Technology

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