Students with disabilities that produce barriers to conventional access to print can request access to texts and course packs in digital formats. Text-to-speech software such as Kurzweil 3000 is typically used to listen to digital versions of text material. Text in a format compatible with Kurzweil 3000 can be read aloud within the software or converted by the student to an audio file (.mp3) through the software. Digital text can also be used with refreshable Braille displays for Braille users.
Students must be officially registered in the course for which the text is required, be registered with the CAL and make requests for materials each term with enough notice that materials can be sourced and adapted. Some materials take longer to provide so students are encouraged to reach out early to initiate contact and their requests (i.e. months ahead).
CAL Alt text staff:
Staff work with instructors, departments and the bookstore to:
Text in alternative formats are sourced and prepared to generally accepted standards and principles that exist across post secondary institutions in Canada.
Text is typically prepared in PDF for use with Kurzweil 3000 software which is software the college provides all students access to. Text in alternative format for students with low or no vision receive text in formats compatible with JAWS, NVDA or ZoomText. For information on formats, check with CAL Alt text staff.
Permission to reproduce in alternative formats derives from Section 32. of the Canadian Copyright Act: Persons with Perceptual Disabilities.