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What is Alternate Media?

Alternate media refers to course materials produced in a specialized format intended for use by students with disabilities. This may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Read and Write Gold
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Audio files (MP3 and WAV)
  • Electronic text (E-Text)
  • Large print
  • Braille
  • Video with closed or open caption

Procedure for Alternate Media Service

  • Be enrolled at Irvine Valley College.
  • Have a verified disability.
  • Registered with the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S).
  • Meet with your DSP&S Counselor to determine eligibility for alternate media service.
  • Discuss alternate media options with DSP&S Counselor to determine the specific alternate media format needed based upon your disability and personal preference.
  • Referral from DSP&S Counselor required for alternate media service.
  • Submit your request for alternate media service at least fifteen (15) school days in advance to ensure timely delivery of your course materials.  Late requests will be placed in a queue and in the order received.  Receipt of your materials will be delayed.
  • Own the material (textbooks) or have the material purchased on your behalf.
  • Be aware that textbooks will need to be cut for scanning purposes when converting to an alternate format and will be spiral bounded by DSP&S when returned to you.
  • Do not reproduced or distribute the alternate media material in any other format.  Misuse of the material which violates the copyright law will result in disciplinary action.
  • Request for alternate media is for college classroom use and not for personal use.
  • Training is provided in the use of specialized software (Read and Write Gold or Kurzweil 3000) to access the materials in alternate format.

Request for Alternate Media on Test Accommodations

  • Inform your instructor as soon as possible in advance of your need to have your test/quiz converted into an alternate format based upon your disability.
  • Remind your instructor to deliver the test/quiz to DSP&S and the Alternate Media Specialist to ensure timely delivery of your converted test materials.
  • Secure approval from your instructor on the test date and time.
  • Schedule your test date and time five (5) school days in advance with your DSP&S Specialist for test accommodations.
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