Every effort will be made by the Office of Disability Services to provide students with disabilities who require alternate formats of course-related books and readings the ability to attain such in a timely manner. Verification of a students need will be provided in their required comprehensive disability documentation from a professional licensed or certified to diagnose and treat the individuals disability.
Possible alternate formats include:
- Books on audio tape/CD from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
- Publisher E-text
- Scanned books on campus using Kurzweil 3000
The nature and scope of the curriculum at FIT may preclude some books from being available in alternate format, or may make it difficult to convert books with graphics, charts, drawings, etc. Every effort will be made to offer readers for students or we will work with the faculty of these courses to find accessible materials.
The Office of Disability Services maintains a working relationship with the Library at the College so that loans from reference areas may be taken out for longer periods of time than typically allotted for photocopying or scanning to occur.
The Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus works with the Office of Disability Services, with advance notice, to provide our office with books for scanning purposes. It is the responsibility of all students to purchase their required textbooks and to comply with the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act. Purchases of textbooks must be made and a copy of a receipt provided to the Office of Disability Services.
Books on Audio Tape/CD
For students with personal memberships toRFB&D:
- Obtain your course syllabi from the course department secretary prior to the semester beginning
- Search the RFB&D website to find your book, using the correct edition required.
- If the book is available as cited within the syllabi, simply order your textbook.
- If you require the necessary equipment to hear your book, contact FIT-ABLE and work with the counselor associate to sign out a piece of equipment and to receive instructional support in the use of the equipment.
- If the book is not available through RFB&D, contact this office to learn more about the options for scanning on campus and to receive training.
If you do not hold a personal membership with RFB&D, FIT-ABLE has an institutional membership and can order your books in audio format.
- Obtain your course syllabi from the course department secretary prior to the semester start.
- Submit your request for books in audio format from RFB&D through the Office of Disability
Services, providing us with all pertinent information as follows:
- ISBN Number:
- Title of Book:
- Edition Number:
- Advance notice of preferably 3 to 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester is appreciated.
If the book is not available from this source, or if the book is being completed in conversion stages, the Office of Disability Services will need to work with you to obtain the course material in a different format.
There may be times when an instructor has self-published a book or designed a book cutting and pasting articles and readings. If such occurs, the Office of Disability Services will need to contact the instructor to obtain a copy of the book for scanning purposes.
Turn around time once a book has been secured through RFB&D is typically one week.
The Office of Disability Services will e-mail you upon receipt of the audio book in
its possession so that you may quickly pick up the book for immediate use.
If you require equipment to complete your request, such can be loaned to you through the Office of Disability Services. Instructional training and support is provided to you at no charge.
Scanning Books on Campus
FIT-ABLE has software called Kurzweil 3000 that enables conversion of print to electronic text which can be read to the user. It is located on computers in the FIT-ABLE office multi-purpose lab, the Library, and a read-only version is available in the CC15 computer lab.
Students requiring books scanned for reading purposes must receive training on the Kurzweil 3000 through the Office of Disability Services. A student may scan their books in either the Office of Disability Services or the Library. Copies of documents can be saved to a student's personal FIT network drive, which can then be opened in any of the three locations.
If a student is unable to scan their own books utilizing this technology, assistance will be provided by the staff of the Office of Disability Services.
For copyright purposes, the student must provide FIT-ABLE with a paid receipt for each book that is scanned or delivered in an alternate format.