Requesting Textbooks in Alternate Format

Students whose disability interferes with their ability to effectively utilize standard print materials, may be eligible to receive textbooks in alternate formats. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on review of appropriate documentation. To request textbooks in alternate formats, students should contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services (DSS) Nancy Callahan.

The time required to meet requests is dependent on the time of semester, the format requested, and the availability of materials. Students should notify DSS of textbook requests a reasonable time in advance of the start of the semester. Typically 4 - 6 weeks notice is required to obtain textbooks in alternate formats. A delay in requesting accommodations may result in a delay in accommodations provided. Every effort will be made to meet late requests. Students are encouraged to speak with the DSS Coordinator prior to the end of the previous semester for assistance.

Formats provided include:

  • Digital Talking Books (Learning Ally)
  • Electronic Text from Publisher (Word or PDF)
  • Electronic Text, scanned and created by the DSSO

DSS will make every effort to obtain textbooks in format requested by the student. Alternatives will be considered based on availability, and timeliness of delivery.

Procedures for Requesting Textbooks in Alternate Formats

1) Student contacts DSS with textbook information including:

  • Complete title of text
  • Author(s)
  • Edition and/or Copyright year
  • ISBN
  • Course Name, Section (CRN), Instructor

2) Students are required to purchase each book requested in alternate format and provide the DSSO with proof of purchase prior to receiving materials.

3) Students must read and sign Agreement on the Use of Recorded, Electronic, Braille or Other Alternatively Formatted Course Materials.

4) Students should contact the Coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding textbooks in alternate formats.

Textbooks in Audio-Format

Jamestown Community College is an institutional member of Learning Ally. Students may receive textbooks through the DSS Office using the institutional account. Students who are individual members should continue to obtain their textbooks through Learning Ally. In the event that textbooks are not available through Learning ally, the DSSO can assist with contacting the publisher to obtain an electronic version of the text.

Students are encouraged to become individual members of Learning Ally in order to obtain the benefits of digital talking books throughout their lives.
Learning Ally