Required and suggested books should be accessible. These include textbooks, novels, trades, etc.
Qualities of an Accessible Book
- It is in digital form
- It has computer-recognizeable text or has been processed with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software
- There are no DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions
- Images and other visual media have descriptions
The following formats are often problematic, usually due to DRM restrictions:
- Adobe Digital Editions
- Web-based textbooks
Strategies for Accessibility
- Get the source digital file from publisher (go to Campus Contacts for help with this)
- Get the source digital file from Hathi Trust Digital Library (go to Campus Contacts for help with this)
- Scan and process the book with OCR software
- Choose books early, and put your choices in the course description and catalogs so students and disabilities services offices can have ample time to source accessible formats
Who Can Help?
A good place to start is the Tech Access contact for your campus.