Cosumnes River College is dedicated to ensuring that students have the course materials they need in a format they can use. The Alternate Media Specialist has specialized equipment to scan books and documents, software to convert scanned images to text, software for the conversion of text to Braille or to audio files, and equipment to emboss Braille and tactile images. Equipment and software for captioning videotapes and DVDs are located in the Media Center.
What is Alternate Media?
Alternate Media is an alternative medium from that in which work was originally done. In other words it is the same material, just in a different form. An example of Alternate Media is a book, originally published on a printing press, being re-created as a Braille book.
The purpose of Alternate Media is to allow access to those people who, due to a sensory or processing disability, cannot easily use the standard materials. Alternate media is available to students who have print impairments or learning disabilities and cannot access or process information using traditional print materials. In the classroom, this may include textbooks, handouts and exams. Other college materials, such as the class schedule, publicity materials, or program brochures will be made available in these alternate formats, on request. Some examples of alternate media are listed below.
Policies and Procedures
Course materials must be submitted in a timely manner. Delivery dates are determined on a case by case basis. Upon review of material to be formatted and converted, the student will be notified of the projected completion date. Time required is determined by the original source material format, the conversion process, the scope of the project, and the project schedule and priority system.
Production will follow this priority order:
The college will not produce materials which are not directly related to instruction, or required to provide access to college public information.
Preference is given to the format specified by the student, but not guaranteed. The Alternate Media Specialist may consult with the student and the counselor/advisor to determine and recommend the specific media format.
Proof of purchase is required to obtain a publisher’s e-text copy for alternate media production of any materials which the college requires students to buy.
The student may not copy or reproduce any alternate media provided by DSP&S, nor allow anyone else to do so. Electronic files are copyrighted and may not be reproduced or distributed in a format other than that specifically provided for use by the student with a disability. Any further reproduction or use is a copyright infringement. Misuse of alternate media may result in disciplinary action and/or suspension of services.
Students will be provided with one alternate format for each material required.
Test accommodation services that include alternative media must be arranged with the test proctor one week ahead of the exam date, unless an exception is made through your counselor/advisor.
For more information please contact the DSPS office at (916) 691-7275.