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Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities - Procedure for Alternative Format Textbooks

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Disability Support Services has converted to a new procedure for providing students with their textbooks in the Auditory Format. The following procedure began August 2003:

  • Purchase your textbooks from the University Bookstore or through web based vendors such as
  • Complete the Alternative Textbook Request Form (PDF) and bring the books and Request Form to Disability Support Services (DSS) in the East Annex Building. Forms are also available by calling or stopping by the DSS office.
  • The DSS Office staff will first determine if the textbook has already been put on tape by Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. If yes, then the tapes will be ordered. Delivery takes approximately 7-10 days.
  • Those textbooks not previously recorded will then be scheduled for scanning so that an Audio CD can be prepared.
    Note: Scheduling for scanning will take place on a first come first serve basis. If the scanning schedule is full, your books will be returned to you and you will be asked to return at a specified later date to submit your books for scanning. This will allow you to use your books until your scanning appointment date. 
  • Textbooks will have the binding cut off them to facilitate rapid feed scanning.  When scanning is completed the book will be returned to you in a plastic spiral binding along with the type of Audio CD’s you have requested.

Helpful Hint: We will be available to scan textbooks prior to each semester in August and early January. If you are anxious to have your textbooks scanned prior to the start of the semester, then email your professors and ask them which book they have selected for their course. Explain that you use Auditory Textbooks and that early purchase of your textbooks enables you to have the DSS office scan your textbooks in advance. This will give you the option to purchase the books on-line as opposed to waiting for the University Bookstore, which begins selling two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Questions or concerns related to the Alternative Textbook procedure should be addressed to:

Disability Support Services
121 East Annex
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5725


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