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Alternative Text

Alternative text accommodations are coordinated by Student Accessibility Resources for eligible students.


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Alternative Format Textbooks/Materials

Many textbooks and course materials are available in accessible formats directly from publishing companies or online resources.  Students should check for electronic formats of course materials when purchasing materials.

The University of West Florida is committed to providing accessible materials.  Visit Digital Textbooks to learn more about Digital Textbook Options.

If an accessible format of a textbook is not readily available for a student, Student Accessibility Resources will provide an accessible format.  Students requesting alternative text must be enrolled in the course for which the alternative text is being requested. Requests for alternative text must be submitted with each semester for each new class. It is recommended that requests be made at least 2-3 weeks prior to the class start date. Turn around times for alternative text requests vary based on the availability of materials and delays with publishing companies.  *Students requesting Braille formats should notify SAR as soon as they register for classes.  Braille materials have longer processing times and can take several weeks to fulfill a request.

In order to receive alternative text materials from SAR, the student must provide proof of purchase/receipt for textbooks.

To secure the request for alternative text (e-text, Braille, large print, audiobooks) the student must complete the Semester Accommodation Request Form. To access this form, login to MyUWF and search for "SAR Accommodate". This link will take you to the SAR Accommodate Student Portal, through which you can access the Semester Accommodation Request Form and complete the information needed to fulfill alt format requests.  Students should contact saraltformat@uwf.edu with questions regarding the status of a request or with any questions.


Resources for Students

There are several resources available to students for obtaining alternative format textbooks.  

  • Check with the UWF Bookstore or other textbook supplier to determine if the textbook is available in a digital version.  
  • Check online resources for textbooks, especially if audiobooks are preferred.
  • Students can also check out a C-Pen Reader from Student Accessibility Resources to be used with a hardcopy textbook.  Students should contact sar@uwf.edu for equipment checkout information.

To request this page or any information referenced on the page in an alternative format, please email sar@uwf.edu.