Alternative Text comes in several different formats. Our office has a license for all WWU students to use the program Read and Write. It offers multiple functions such as reading the text aloud and highlighting right on the device. Most alternative formats students receive will be compatible with this program. It’s important to note that due to copyright laws, the student must purchase their textbooks and let us know when that’s done before we can release the alternate version to them. Depending on the disability, it may be helpful for the student to purchase the book in paper format so that they can follow along as the software program reads to them.
Receiving alternative formats of texts may take several days to a few weeks. If you are in need of an alternative format, be sure to submit your requests as soon as you can. Even if you don't know what texts are going to be used in your class, you can contact our office and we may be able to assist you.