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Alternate-Format Services

Alternate-format course materials includes electronic text (e-text), Braille or other formats such as captioned video. Your accommodation plan that you have created with your Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) consultant will indicate if you require alternate-format materials.

Requesting an Alternate Format

Follow the steps below to request alternative-format accommodations. Once you submit the alternative-format request and the request is processed, the alternative-format team will follow-up with further information.

Step One

Log in to Accessible Learning Online.

Choose "Alternative Formats" under the "My Accommodations" left-hand navigation.

Alternative Formats in My Accommodations Menu

Step Two

Choose "Select" to choose the books you require in an alternative format under the "Request Alternative Formats for..." section.

Book selection list

Getting Your Alternate-Format Materials

Repeat the steps to log in and navigate to Alternative Formats. Select each book to show its listed status.

Picking Up Books

As soon as a book is available:

  • Waterloo: Bring your receipt and USB memory stick to P208 in the Peters Building.
  • Brantford: Email

Scanning Books

In some cases, books will need to be scanned by the ALC if they are not available from the publishers. You will receive an email if this is necessary. A high-speed scanner (that can do a 500-page book in about 20 minutes) is available on the third floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. The spines will be cut off your texts (a service available through Printing Services at 202 Regina St.) and re-bound to do this.

Students on the Brantford campus can speak to the transcription administrator to access this option.

This method of creating alternative format is recommended when texts are easy to scan and edit, or if you need your material right away.