Students whose disability interferes with their ability to effectively utilize standard print materials, may be eligible to receive textbooks in alternate formats. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on review of appropriate documentation. To request textbooks in alternate formats, students should contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services (DSS).
The time required to meet requests is dependent on the time of semester, the format requested, and the availability of materials. Students should notify DSS of textbook requests a reasonable time in advance of the start of the semester. Typically 4 - 6 weeks notice is required to obtain textbooks in alternate formats. A delay in requesting accommodations may result in a delay in accommodations provided. Every effort will be made to meet late requests.
DSS is available to assist students with obtaining textbook information from course instructors and/or FSA Bookstore. Students are encouraged to speak with the DSS Coordinator prior to the end of the previous semester for assistance.
- Digital Talking Books (RFB&D)
- Electronic Text from Publisher (Word or PDF)
- Electronic Text, Scanned and Created by DSS
Readers: The use of live readers to record textbooks is dependent upon the availability of qualified readers.
DSS will make every effort to obtain textbooks in format requested by the student. Alternatives will be considered based on availability, and timeliness of delivery.
1) Student contacts DSS with textbook/course information. The following information should be included:
- Course Name and Section
- Complete Title of Text
- Edition and/or Year
2) Students are required to purchase each book requested in alternate format and provide DSS with proof of purchase prior to receiving materials.
3) Students must read and sign “Agreement on the Use of Recorded, Electronic, Braille or Other Alternatively Formatted Course Materials”.
4) Students should contact the Coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding textbooks in alternate formats.
SUNY Fredonia is an institutional member of Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). Students may receive textbooks through the DSS Office using the institutional account. Students who are individual members should continue to obtain their textbooks through RFB&D. In the event that textbooks are not available through RFB&D, DSS will contact the publisher to obtain electronic text.
Students are encouraged to become individual members of RFB&D in order to obtain the benefits of digital talking books throughout their lives.