Alternate Texts

The alternate text format accommodation assists students with disabilities that significantly affect reading or comprehension. A students who qualify for this accommodation can request required textbooks and other class text materials in a format that assists in overcoming limitations caused by a disability. Some examples of alternate text formats include large print, electronic formats, audio, and braille.

Students registered with the Center for Accessibilty Services (CAS) must work with their disability services specialist to determine if they qualify for the alternate text format accommodation.

*If an alternate format is not availible, student may provide CAS with their purchased textbook. CAS will unbind, scan and rebind the student's book to create an electronic file as the alternative. The Center for Accessibility Services will not cut and scan rented books. While this service is at no charge to the student, the textbook will be "altered" and may not be accepted for buy back from bookstores. 

Alternate Text Process Using ACCESS CAS

  • Log into ACCESS CAS  (MyRu>Academics>Academic Tools>ACCESS CAS)
  • From the items listed at the top, select "Alternative Format"
  • Click on "Current" tab (current semester)
  • Click on "Student Entered" tab
  • Slect the "Request Textbooks in Alternative Format" button at the bottom
  • A new page will pop up.  Complete this page and fill in the following information:

Semester (required)

Select course (required)

ISBN (required)

Title (required)



  • Proof of Purchase (Upload receipts here if available.  Students can submit this form before buying the book)
  • Select the type of alternative formate (Required.  A format is not guaranteed)
  • If you would like this textbook in MORE THAN ONE FORMAT (Example: PDF and Audio) click on the "Request this Book in More Than One Format" button
  • There is a "Notes" section for you in case you would like to leave a comment
  • Click the "Submit" button


Students are Encouraged To

  • Investigate alternate text resources including Learning Ally and Bookshare.
  • Submit alternate text requests forms four weeks before classes begin as the CAS often must contact publishers and other organizations to locate alternate formats.