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Alternative Text


Submit an Alternative Text request here

 If you have never met with someone in our office, do not use this form. To access alternative text accommodations, contact us for an intake appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment.

For more information contact:

Rebecca Brooks, M.A. – Associate Director, x7190

Why do we need Alternative Text Resources?

Use of alternative text materials is key for the success of our students who may have different learning needs. These formats are often used by students who may be ineffectively able to use and read physical print materials, including those with low or no functional vision, blindness, ADHD, dyslexia or other disabilities that can impact reading ability. Students who typically use a screen reader often find a need for alternative text resources. If you access a screen reader, alternative text can be an option.

How to access Alternative Text through Student Support Services? 
  1. Students must have submitted the required disability documentation to Student Support Services prior to the request. More information regarding setting up accommodations & submitting disability documentation can be found here.
  2. First, attempt to find required digital class textbooks online through our Lewis & Clark Bookstore. 
  1. After purchasing textbooks please keep your receipt. The receipt will be necessary for helping obtain an accessible copy of the textbook from the publisher. Submit your receipt to Rebecca Brooks in Student Support Services. 
  2. Rebecca Brooks will assist in helping obtain necessary academic materials. She can be reached at 
How to Access your Screen Reader

Mac OS - Apple provides a free voice over, screen reader option.Learn more about activating the voice over feature on your Mac computer.

Windows OS -NVDA is a free resource for Windows OS users on PC. Learn more about installing this free software onto your PC here. 

Best Practices Guide for Faculty

In order to provide an equitable way for students to thrive and learn, alternative texts can provide benefit for students who may be blind, have low or no functional vision, and may need to use a screen reader to access the text. For example, screen reading software allows students to navigate text on websites, ebooks, online documents, and other academic materials through an auditory pathway. 

Screen readers are not compatible with PDF and hard to use for a student with accessibility needs. Here are some resources that can help create more inclusive and equitable learning materials for students. 


Alternative Text Resources 
  • Accessible Textbook Finder: Searches multiple resources and vendors by ISBN or title, and provides the combined results with links to the source.
  • Manybooks: Free e-texts of many books in the public domain and the Project Gutenberg catalog.
  • Librivox: Free public domain audio books. Files must be downloaded and are available for offline listening.
  • VitalSource: E-textbooks for purchase; offline reading available.
  • Audible: Subscription-based access to digital audio books.
  • The Audiobook Store: Audio books available for purchase. The first purchase is free.
  • National Library Service: People with a vision disability or reading disability may be eligible to access a free library of audio and braille books. Application required.
  • World Public Library: Not-for-profit US group with 750,000 out of copyright e-books saved as downloadable PDFs. All of the E-Books are in PDF file format, and all Audio eBooks are in MP3 file format.