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
Student must meet with a counselor to receive individualized accommodations. If Alternate Media is approved, then an “Alternate Media Training Form” would be completed
Attend training for the approved accommodations
Submit your REQUEST FOR SERVICES form through your student Eagle Advisor account before the beginning of each semester
For Kurzweil, Enlarged text, Braille and Audio Files, please complete the below steps as well:
Submit an online ALTERNATE MEDIA form (if you have been approved for this accommodation)
Submit the required materials (explained in the trainings) for each accommodations
Example: Kurzweil requires students to purchase the book and bring the book with receipt to the DSPS office. The student will be contacted through their student email when their media is completed or needs further instructions.
*Student must provide their class syllabuses for each class registered.
*Equipment can be checked out at this time (only if training has been completed)
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.