of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Student Accessibility Center
ALTERNATIVE TEXTBOOK POLICY
Policy Statement: Students who need
an alternative to standard print material (Braille, audio, enlarged)
will be provided with an effective alternative in a timely manner when
the listed procedures are followed in a timely manner.
- Ensure that you have
proper documentation on file with SAC which displays a need for
alternatives to standard print materials.
- Meet with the Alternative
Textbook Coordinator to determine the most effective manner for you
based on your needs.
- Review and sign Individual
- Familiarize yourself with
university provided playback options in the campus computer labs, SAC’s
computer lab or the Adaptive Technology Resource Room in the Reserve
section of the UWM Libraries.
- Purchase software as
needed, or complete and sign Equipment on Loan responsibility form.
Low-cost software for audio options include: TextAloud (www.nextup.com)
and Natural Reader (www.naturalreaders.com).
- Obtain syllabi prior to
the start of the semester. Contact instructors through e-mail or
departmental contact. This step is to be completed four to six weeks
prior to the start of the semester.
- Contact the Alternative
Textbook Coordinator as soon as required materials are known, or if
instructors do not reply to requests.
- Alternative Textbook
Coordinator will review SAC’s electronic file library and other
potential sources of books and provide a response regarding whether
submission of a textbook for scanning will be required or simply proof
- If alternative material
production is required, submit a copy of the textbook (clean copy),
proof of ownership (receipt), and if possible, the course syllabus. In
order for the materials to be altered in a timely manner, a two-week
lead time is required.
- For returning electronic
textbook users, textbooks will not be accepted for production after the
end of the fourth week of classes (16 week classes).
- Any change in reading
schedule or withdrawal from a course must be made known to the
Alternative Textbook Coordinator.12. Contact the
Alternative Textbook Coordinator at 229-5660 if you have problems or
questions with any of the requirements, the quality of the output,
the policy and procedures and agree to abide by them.