Alternate Media

What is Alternate Media?

Many students with disabilities find it difficult, if not impossible, to read and understand a standard textbook. Through the Alternate Media Center, textbooks and class materials can be converted to e-text, audio, Braille, large print, or other alternate format.

Who is eligible?

Students who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those with motor impairments and learning disabilities, may qualify for services through the Alternate Media Center.

What do I do to receive the service?

The first step is to determine if you qualify. Your DRC counselor can help you evaluate your needs. An Academic Accommodations Plan is completed listing the appropriate accommodations for your specific disability. The next step is to meet with the Alternate Media Specialist. Together, you and the Alternate Media Specialist will go over your request and determine the best way to prepare your materials. The Alternate Media Specialist will also discuss your responsibilities in the alternate media process. Planning ahead is essential for a successful semester. Choose your classes early, find out what books you will need, and meet with the Alternate Media Specialist as soon as possible to discuss your alternate media needs. The better you plan, the smoother the semester will go.

I’ve been approved for Alternate Media and have met with the Alternate Media Specialist. How can I request my textbooks/course materials?

You can request Alternate Media/E-text formats using the MyDRC Alternate Format Textbooks Module. From here you can create requests for your textbooks, view the status of the requests, and download the files once the requests have been completed. Please refer to the step-by-step instructions on how to create an Alternate Media request. If you have questions, email drc_atc@palomar.edu or call (760) 744-1150 ext. 2377. Requests can take up to 10 working days to be completed once approved. We strongly advise you submit your requests as soon as the book information is available.