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Alternate Media

What is Alternate Media?

Alternate media is an alternative medium or 
format of the original material.
The goal or purpose of Alternate Media is universal design for learning.

Types of Alternate Media

E-Text (Kurzweil) – A multisensory approach to learning. Specialized software that assists students with reading, vocabulary, writing, study skills and test taking skills.
Dragon Naturally Speaking – voice recognition software that allows student to dictate their essays from voice to text. It can be three times faster than typing, up to 99% accurate, and can help improve core reading and writing skills
Screen Readers (JAWS) – Screen reading program that reads everything on the screen and allows full access to the computer using only the keyboard
Large Print (Zoom Text) – Print that has been enlarged to at least 14 o 18 points for body text, 22 points for headings
Audio Files – An audio recording of the book

Process for Receiving Alternate Media
Step One:

You must meet with a counselor to receive individualized accommodations.
Step Two:

If Alternate Media is approved, then an “Alternate Media Training Form” will be completed and an appointment for training will be scheduled.
Step Three:

 through your student Eagle Advisor account before the beginning of each semester.
For Kurzweil, Enlarged text, Braille and Audio Files,
please complete steps 4 & 5.
Step Four:

Complete the online ALTERNATE MEDIA form
for all books and materials that you will need alternate media for.
Step Five:

Submit the required materials (explained in your alternate media training) for each accommodation.
Example: Kurzweil requires you to purchase the book and bring the book with receipt to the DSPS office.


How will you receive your materials?
Once you have completed the ALTERNATE MEDIA form, the steps above and provided materials with  proof of purchase, DSPS will email you through your student email account when your media is completed or if further needs are required.
*Student must provide their class syllabuses for each class registered.
*Equipment can be checked out at this time (only if training has been completed)

Closed Captioning
Captions are the displaying of text on a video to provide a transcript for the audio portion of the program. Closed captioning will also include non-speech elements such as sound effects or relevant musical cues. CLICK HERE for instructions.