Alternative Textbook Request

Requests for alternative format of your textbooks (pdf, audio, braille or other), can be made directly to Student Disability Services.  You must provide documentation of a print, vision, hearing, and/or mobility related impairment before your request will be considered.

Once you have been approved for this accommodation, you can submit a Request for Alternative Textbook Form and upload (i.e. picture, screen shot, etc.) your proof of purchase (receipt) to the form.  The wait time for publishers to fulfill alternative text request varies, so you should submit your request as soon as your textbook information is available on the SEU Bookstore website.  You will be notified via email when your requests have been fulfilled and are available for review in Box.  

Alternative format of other classroom materials

Other kinds of class materials such as handouts, photo-copied readings and videos should be provideded in alternative format by faculty. The student must qualify for the "Alt format of class materials" accommodation through Student Disability Services and must have an accommodation letter in place with the professor.  Student Disability Services will encourage students to meet with professors as early as possible to discuss specifics of their alternative format request.  The most common types of alternative format are:

  • PDF (image or searchable)
  • Text enlargement or specific font size
  • Video captioning

The Office of Instructional Technology has a library of resources to assist faculty with these requests and offers trainings to faculty regarding accessibility of class and web materials.

Alternative Library Materials

For information about alternative materials in the Library visit their website or contact the library at (512) 416-5869.

Alternative Format Databases

Bookshare (institutional membership)
Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. St. Edward's University has an institutional membership with Bookshare so qualifiying students can access reading materials 24 hours a day.  Contact your disability counselor for more information.

Learning Ally
Learning Ally provides a library of accessible downloadable audiobooks and educational content for people with print disabilities.  You must be pre-approved by your disability counselor for this service and pay an annual fee to Learning Ally. 

AccessText (Insitutional Membership)
The AccessText Network helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their disability services offices directly with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files.  St. Edward's University has an institutional membership with the AccessText Network.  Please contact your disability counselor for more information about qualifying for this service.

Text-to-Speech Software

NaturalReader
NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This software can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. There are multiple formats of the software available in various price ranges.  The basic software can be downloaded free of charge.

Kurzweil 3000 version 13
A text-to-speech reading software program to support students across disciplines in reading, writing, and test-taking accommodations.  Kurzweil is available through a university license in multiple locations on campus.

Video Captioning

Panopto video is a new tool part of the Canvas platform that allowes users to easily record presentations from your desktop with video and slides synched together. When using this techonology, it is best to ensure all videos are captioned. You can do this by sending your video to Panopto and they will caption the video in about 4 days. 

Youtube is also a great option for creating and then editing captions for videos posted.
If you need help with captioning videos please contact Instructional Technology.