E-Text, Audio, Large Print, and Braille Textbooks
If you have:
- a disability that prevents you from reading standard print, or standard electronic text, we will assist you by arranging for you to receive your materials in the the appropriate alternate format.
To Receive e-text, audio, large print, or Braille textbooks
- Register with the Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), Needles Hall, room 1132, 888-4567 x35082.
- Contact Janet Wason, Adaptive Technology Centre, Dana Porter Library, room 251C, 888-4567 x 33012 to request your material.
- Request early! In some cases you will need to request items one term ahead in order to receive them in time for your courses.
- Start the request process as soon as you have chosen your courses. Turn-around time can be 3 to 6 weeks or longer, especially during the busy times.
How to Request Textbooks in electronic and other formats
- Janet will search for and request textbooks in alternate format (e.g., audiotape, Braille, large print, or e-text) for students who have been referred by their OPD advisor.
- Please provide Janet with:
- your contact information (e-mail or phone number)
- the book title and ISBN
- the course number, section, and professor's name .
- the date you purchased the textbook, and from which bookstore.
- Request early - the turn-around time can still be 3 to 6 weeks or longer!
- Important: The publishers require that you purchase your textbooks before we can place requests. We will need to see proof of purchase.
- If a textbook is unavailable from institutional suppliers, arrangements can be made to have it transcribed.
How to Request Courseware in electronic format
- Susan Shifflett in the Office for Persons with Disabilities can request the electronic files. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org You will need to purchase the print version and show the receipt.
- Follow copyright restrictions placed on the use of your alternate-format materials.
- Return materials promptly at the end of each semester where indicated.
- Note: Any fines charged by suppliers for lost, damaged or overdue materials will be passed on to the user.
- We endeavour to provide students with their alternate format textbooks in a timely fashion.
- However, due to factors beyond our control (e.g., late requests, availability of texts, unexpected workload, or the schedule of publishers and external transcription suppliers), we cannot guarantee that students will receive alternate format materials within the timelines required for their courses.
- If this situation occurs, please contact the Office for Persons with Disabilities for alternate support.
How to Find Alternatives to Print
- Contact Janet Wason for help.
- Search relevant sites on the Web. Here's how . . .
Alternative Formats to Print Sources web page.
Or Go To:
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
This database shows you what is available across Canada.
| UW Library Services for Persons with Disabilities Info |
, Library Associate/Coordinator,
Library Services for Persons with Disabilities
Adaptive Technology Centre
Dana Porter Library
University of Waterloo Library
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567 x33012
March 9, 2012