With appropriate notice, books will be made available in alternate format for students whose documentation of disability supports the need for alternate format. Students whose documentation supports the need for alternate text formats can access many of their books through Bookshare or Learning Ally. Please see below for more details about the process.
Bookshare is a free service provided to students with visual and learning disabilities whose documentation supports the need for alternative text formats. Students will need to complete the Bookshare application and submit it to DSS. DSS will add the student to our institutional account and fax the application to Bookshare. Bookshare will send the student an email with their username and password. Students can then search for their textbooks. We strongly recommend that students have their booklist, ISBN number, edition and the author's first and last name before their search. Bookshare also provides a free reader students can download.
Learning Ally, similar to Bookshare also has books available to students. DSS pays for a subscription for the student to access Learning Ally. Additionally, Learning Ally has an app that students can purchase. The cost of the app is not covered by DSS. Student will receive an email from Learning Ally with their username and password. Students can then search for their textbooks. We strongly recommend that students have the ISBN number, edition, the first and last name of the author before conducting their search. Learning Ally also provides a free reader students can download.
In some instances, textbooks are unavailable at the Bookshare or Learning Ally sites. As such, we also utilize Access Text as a resource. DSS needs to have a copy of the receipt in order to submit a textbook request from Access Text. We can request a word file or pdf.
If the book is not available at either of these three vendors then the student should submit a copy of their receipt to DSS and complete the form below so we can request the book directly from the publisher.