Student Disability Services


Specific Accommodation Procedures

Textbooks in Alternate Format

The College of Southern Idaho provides text in alternate format for students who qualify for this service.  The documentation provided by the student must support the need for this accommodation.  Producing textbooks in alternate format can be a time consuming process, so notify SDS as soon as you register (or at least six weeks before the semester begins) to receive your books in a timely manner.  Here’s how the process works:

1.  Student submits a request for text books needed including the following information: 

  • Title
  • Author
  • Edition
  • Copyright Date

2.  SDS orders pre-recorded textbooks from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) if available.  Daisy players are on reserve at the Library front desk to listen to these books when they arrive. 

3.  If the textbook is not available from RFB&D:

  • Student drops off the textbook needed in alternate format and a copy of the class schedule.
  • SDS will chop the binding off the book (it will be returned to you with a coil binding).
  • The book is scanned and processed into a Word document.  Chapters are processed as needed according to the schedule provided.
  • We will e-mail the Word documents to you.
  • Students can use screen readers on their personal computers to listen to their textbooks.
  • If you do not have a personal computer, we will provide an MP-3 of the audio file. 

4.  Students are responsible for returning all RFB&D recordings to SDS at the end of the semester.  This must be done before additional requests will be filled.

PLEASE NOTE: converting textbooks into an alternate format is a time intensive process. It takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks for CDs to arrive from RFB&D, and books produced on campus will be available in installments approximately 2 weeks after the request is received by SDS. Students requesting materials should be prepared to use supplementary technology (scanning programs, CCTVs, etc) in the interim.