- Electronic text (Word, PDF, straight text)
- Audio recordings
- Braille version
- Tactile drawings
Requesting Alternative Format Course Materials
Give the DRC materials to be adapted at least six weeks before they are needed. Copyright issues and conversion can take weeks. Many publishers' response time is six to 10 weeks.
Requests are processed in the order received. The DRC will make every reasonable effort to ensure you get accessible materials in a timely manner. If this isn't possible, you, DRC staff and the course instructor will discuss alternative reasonable accommodations.
The alternative format is copyrighted and may not be reproduced or distributed.
Returning Alternative Format Course Materials
Some publishers require students to return alternative format course materials at the end of the semester. In most of these cases the DRC will have an agreement from the publisher that you will sign. If you do not return the materials, an encumbrance is placed on your NIU account which will suspend the release of grades, registration of classes, release of transcripts or receipt of diploma upon graduation.
Producing Your Own Alternative Format Course Materials
Use the assistive technology available in the NIU library to produce alternative formats.