Books/Materials in Alternate Format

DSS provides eligible students with books and materials in alternative format.  The method for creating accessible format varies widely based on the needs of the student.

Converting Books to Audio Files:
DSS scans textbooks for eligible students and produces mp3 audio files in-house.  This process is time intensive, so it is important that students requesting books in alternate format submit their requests as soon as possible each semester.  Before students can have a book scanned, they must fill out a Textbook Conversion Form.  This form can be printed and completed at your convenience and submitted to DSS.  Please note that before picking up your materials you will be required to sign a Student Responsibility Agreement regarding use.

Requests are processed in the order they are received. 

Textbook Conversion Request Form

Students who order books from the UNC Bookstore please note, you also have the option to purchase or rent a digital copy of your books. The company that provides these books, Cafe Scribe, has incorporated a reader function into their digital platform, so this is a great option to explore if you use books in alternate format. You also have the ability to try these digital books for 10 days before purchase, so you can ensure that the software provides everything you need. Please visit the bookstore's website or www.cafescribe.com for more information.

Articles and Reading Assignments:
Assigned reading material needed in an accessible format for a screen reader, converted to an audio file, enlarged or Brailled can be submitted to DSS in person or via e-mail.  Please send all documents to Alyse Campbell.  

Hand-outs and Other Classroom Materials:
Assigned reading material needed in an accessible format for a screen reader, converted to an audio file, enlarged or Brailled can be submitted to DSS in person or via e-mail.  Please send all documents to Alyse Campbell