Alternative formats provide access to information and knowledge for students with print-related disabilities including blindness, visual impairment, learning disabilities, and some motor disabilities. Such services are provided at no cost to RCPD registered students with print-related disabilities, who are both deemed eligible for alternative formats and using the material in MSU credit-granting courses.
More information about Alternative formats can be found on our Accessible Textbooks/Media page.
Accommodation: Assistive Technology
Portable Electronic Aids
Students may bring devices to class such as laptops or notetakers.
Other Assistive Technology
Students may have other assistive technology accommodations on their Accommodation Letters, including use of smart pens, use of calculators, use of laptops for typing essay assessments, etc. If instructors have questions about a technology or device-related accommodation they should reach out to the student and their assigned specialist.
Accommodation: Alternative Format or Electronic Materials, E-Text Eligible
Alternatives to Print
Alternative format materials for those with print-related disabilities include: braille (literary and scientific), audio, large print, tactile graphic, and electronic.
Preferred Document Format Key:
- BRL: braille
- LP: Large Print
- EL: Electronic Format
E-Text Eligible - Accessible Textbooks/Media
Faculty may see this on a student Accommodation Letter but typically do not need to provide any extra materials. However, faculty must ensure posted class materials are accessible. RCPD facilitates the E-Text process in partnership with students.
Electronic text is a term used to describe print materials (often excluding graphics) available in machine-readable/computerized form. With today’s prevalence of electronic materials, faculty may also directly share directly with students.
The MSU STAR Books Database is an online books database listing thousands of books made available by the RCPD.
*Please note: you must have proof of purchase for the print copy in order to access the electronic version of a book through the STAR Database.
If your book is not on the STAR database, please visit our Accessible Textbooks/Media page for information about finding or requesting e-texts.
If your book is not available through the publisher or other sources, we will ask you to bring your book to the RCPD for us to scan and email you the digital scans of each file.