Updated 1 January 2014
Textbooks are converted on a first come, first served basis by Resources for Disabled Students (RDS). Please request accommodations as early as possible. Remember that you can start this process before the semester even starts!
Follow these steps to obtain your books in an alternative format:
If you've met with RDS and ATRC in previous semesters, know the file format you need as well as how to use the AT to read your books, you can skip directly to step #3 and request your books directly with Nico at RDS.back to top
CSU obtains textbooks in a Daisy file format primarily from two resources: Learning Ally [formerly known as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)] and Bookshare. Many college textbooks are available on one of these sites. However, there are some textbooks that aren't available. In these cases, work with ATRC to select a different alternative format for your texts.
Although both Learning Ally and Bookshare provide Daisy file formats that are easy to navigate, there are some important differences between books obtained from these sources.
If you want textbooks in Daisy file format, your options are:
Contact the Library Helpdesk, which is located on the first floor between the entrance to the library and the computer labs. Map of the first floor of Morgan Library. White paper and a variety of pastel colored paper are available.back to top
The ATRC can help you identify AT that matches your individual needs related to an academic task. The ATRC has some equipment available for loan and has AT software installed on a number of computers throughout campus available for use by students registered with the ATRC. Talk with the ATRC if you need AT installed in your classroom, office, lab, or departmental computer lab.
If you would like to purchase your own AT, the ATRC will provide you the name of the manufacturer of the AT. The ATRC does not sell AT nor recommend certain vendors. On campus, some AT is sold at RamTech. However, you are encouraged to shop for the best deal.
The ATRC does not provide funding to individuals for the purchase of AT. However, if you are applying to another program for funding to purchase AT, your ATRC service provider can provide documentation, if necessary.back to top
If you would like AT during testing at RDS, please talk with your ATRC Service Provider. Please request this accommodation as soon as possible to allow time for approval by RDS. Several computers are available with the same AT configuration as the library computers.
Eligibility to use AT during testing will be evaluated by RDS. Once approved, you are responsible for indicating the AT needed for testing when you submit your Exam Request Form to RDS.back to top
To determine if your symptoms may be indicative of Irlen Syndrome, take this Irlen Screening Self-Test (Word Doc). If your results indicate that Irlen Syndrome may be affecting you, please contact the CSU Health Network Counseling Services for Irlen Screening.back to top
Congratulations! Please read through our transition to the workplace information (Word Doc) and schedule an appointment with your AT Service Provider to discuss questions you have.back to top
CSU offers several resources on campus to support students with disabilities. Please refer to our Campus Resources for Students with Disabilites (Word Doc) for more information. For a list of resources helpful for students working with the ATRC, please see our Student Resources page.back to top
Tell your ATRC service provider what type of device you have and he/she will work with you to help identify apps to support a variety of school related tasks. The ATRC has iPads and Android tablets available to show you apps to help you make your selection. We do not have any tablets or smartphones available for loan.
To get an idea of the type of apps available to support academics, please review our Apps Quick Start Guide. Please note that new apps are frequently developed and your ATRC service provider may know of additional apps that are useful to you that are not included in our most recent quick start guide.back to top
Tell your ATRC service provider what type of device you have and he/she will work with you to help identify assistive technology that is compatible with your device. Some of our site license software is available to install on students' devices, and some free options exist. Your ATRC service provider can also show you how to use features that are built into your current device to help you with academic related tasks.back to top
Many students report liking to print off PowerPoint presentation slides and write notes on these print outs. However, the Livescirbe smartpen requires special paper for the pen features to work properly. Please see the Livescribe Educational Blog for instructions on how to use your Livescribe smartpen with your PowerPoint notes. Although each of these methods works using the paper and pen, notes transferred to your computer will not contain images of your PowerPoint slides. Therefore we recommend keeping any PowerPoint slide notes on your pen memory, instead of downloading them to your computer. If you want to store an entire semester's worth of notes on your Livescribe smartpen, you may need a pen with a larger memory. See Livescribe's website for how many hours of audio can be stored on pens.back to top
To print Livescribe dot paper, the printer must meet certain specifications. Unfortunately, the printers in the AT rooms on campus do not have this capability and you cannot print dot paper from these printers. However, if you would like to print from your home computer, please see Livescribe's instructions for printing dot paper.back to top