Step 1: Search for Texbooks
www.bookshare.org, is the world's largest online library of
accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities. Upon approval this
service is available for free membership through DSPS certificated staff. The
e-text is free of charge. Let us know if you think you qualify.
Learning Ally - www.learningally.org, Audio books read by human voices. Upon approval this service is available for free membership through DSPS certificated staff. The e-text is free of charge. Let us know if you think you
Internet Archive - https://archive.org/details/printdisabled providess free books for individuals with documented print disabilities.
Access Text Network Accessible
http://www.accesstext.org, a network text finder with no membership required. You will need to purchase the accessible text.
Step 2: Request E-Text
- If you do not find your textbook at the above resources, fill out the online
Alternative Media Request Form. You will need to purchase your text book and
upload or bring in your receipt as proof of purchase.
- You will receive an
email response in your NVC student email. Your e-texts will be available in your Kurzweil 3000 account. If you do not have an account please contact us or schedule an appointment with San T. Lu or Jason Bell.
Step 3: Install Kurzweil 3000 or use the Web-based Version/Firefly (Text to Speech Reader)
Media Request Forms
(For all requested books, you will need to
bring the textbook and proof of purchase in order for us to process your request. Please allow up to seven (7) working days for delivery of alternative format.)
Alternate Media Request Policy
Eligibility for this service is determined by the Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) Counselors, or LD Specialist and is based in part on the professional documentation provided by the student.
All new DSPS students approved for alternate media accommodations will be given referrals by certificated staff to schedule an appointment (707-256-7345) at their earliest convenience to meet with the Alternate Media Specialist. If the student is unable to utilize these accommodation(s) immediately,
DSPS will send reminder emails or texts to all DSPS students a couple of weeks before each semester begins.
- Request for materials in alternative format will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Once a request is made, preference will be given to the format specified by the student. However, the recommendation of DSPS professionals will be used in determining the specific media format for each academic course.
- Alternate media must be
requested each semester needed. For each title requested, the appropriate request form must be filled out online or completed using our fillable PDF and given to the student’s DSPS Counselor or DSPS Office who will forward the request to the college Alternate Media Specialist or Instructional Support Specialist.
- Alternative format requests must be submitted as soon as the student learns of their need: late requests will be honored provided that the student making the request understands that the Alternate Media Specialist will set the timeline for completion of the work accordingly.
Turn-a-round times for alternative format requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. Upon review of material to be formatted and converted, the Alternate Media Specialist will notify the student’s counselor of the projected completion date. DSPS will make every effort to complete the request in a timely manner.
- Students requesting materials in alternate format must own a physical copy of the textbook and provide a receipt showing proof of purchase before alternate media will be given to them. (This does not include instructional media).
- The student
will not copy or reproduce any material provided by DSPS, nor allow anyone else to do so. Misuse of this material may result in disciplinary action by Napa Valley College.
- Students will be provided with one alternative format copy for each material required for academic use. Materials provided in alternative formats may be copyrighted and may not be reproduced or distributed in a format other than a specified format exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities. Any further reproduction or distribution in a format other than a specified format is in
infringement of copyright law.
- Student questions regarding alternative format request completion should be addressed to the college Alternate Media Specialist (San T. Lu) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 707-256-7429, or the DSPS Office, Building 1700 McCarthy Library, second floor, room 1766.
Standard Production Time: The Standard Production Time for producing edited alternate media for most textbooks (whether hard copy or electronic) will take ten (10) business days from the time permission has been obtained from the publisher, and for most course readers
(whether hard copy or electronic) will take seventeen (17) business days.
“Rolling Basis” Production: When a shorter turn-around time is necessary to complete a required course assignment, a student may opt to obtain portions of their textbook or course reader as needed on a “rolling basis”, rather than at the end of the Standard Production Time. Producing edited alternate media under a Rolling Basis Production request is expected to take at least five (5) business days from the time permission is obtained from the publisher for portions of a textbook and eight (8) business days for portions of a course reader. Under a Rolling Basis Production request, DSPS will convert portions of the textbook, course reader or other instructional materials and provide the alternate media to the student on a “rolling basis” 24 hours prior to each upcoming due date. The student will identify the date the assignment is due (e.g., by submitting course syllabus). If a due date is not shown on syllabus, written documentation of due date from instructor is sufficient. The complete textbook, course reader or other materials will be provided as soon as reasonable.
Specialized Text: Some alternate format requests will take longer than the standard production time due to the subject matter, format type, or the quality of the source material. DSPS will make its best reasonable efforts to provide such alternate media as soon as possible. Specialized text may include:
- Subject Matter: math, science (including computer science), foreign language materials, etc.
- Paper Production: Braille or large print that requires reformatting and/or repagination
- Scan Conversion: marked-up materials or illegible document reproductions requiring extensive text input by keyboard.
Recommended (But Not Required) Reading Assignments: Upon request, instructor recommended reading assignments will be converted into requested alternate media formats when needed for a class/course. The standard production turn-around times will not apply to recommended readings, which have lower priority than those requests for required readings. DSPS recommends to ascertain if the request for alternate media is for required or recommended instructional materials. Upon receiving a request for recommended materials, DSPS will provide an estimated date of completion.