Alternative Media is a service where course documents or textbooks are formatted in a way that works best for students with disabilities.
Sometimes the original format of a document or textbook is not easily readable. Some students using assistive technology may also have difficulty accessing the content in documents or textbooks, an alternative format would then be needed.
Alternative Media is an accommodation for Moorpark College students registered with the ACCESS office. Students may receive alternative media accommodations by meeting with an ACCESS Counselor or Specialist.
Alternative Media Examples
• Audio Books (MP3, M4B, Learning Ally)
• Braille (Embossed or BRF Files)
• Electronic Text (HTML, Microsoft Word)
• Kurzweil 3000 (Text-to-Speech – Reading, Writing, Studying)
• PDF (PDFUA – Universal Accessibility)
Policies and Procedures
Eligibility for alternative media accommodations and services is determined by the ACCESS Coordinator, Counselors, or Specialists. The service is based in part on the professional documentation provided by the student and is an interactive process.
Requests for materials in alternative format will be considered on a case by case basis. ACCESS will provide the format specified by the student. If the original request is unavailable, we will search for alternatives or provide actions to take.
Proof of Purchase
Requests for textbooks will require proof of
purchase or proof of ownership. Proof of purchase or ownership can be physical receipts from the bookstore, emailed receipts from online purchases, or library rental slip.
Proof of purchase is not required for course
documents and free materials in the current semester. The course documents need to be emailed along with the request.
Media requests have a 10 business day timeline.
During the 10 business days
It is the students’ responsibility to provide proof of purchase or the course documents. Alternative Media cannot be provided otherwise.
If requested items are unavailable, additional options will be sent to the student’s email address.
After the 10 business days
If there are no actions taken by the student or if no communication is sent from the student, the request will be cancelled.
The requests may also exceed the 10 business days in some instances. It will depend on the scenario, but specific timeline completions will be communicated through email.
Students will not copy, reproduce or distribute the Alternative Media to anyone else. Alternative Media is individualized for ACCESS students only. Distribution of the Alternative Media may result in termination of Alternative Media services or disciplinary action.
1. Request alternative media
2. Provide proof of purchase if required.
Requests will be processed when submitted and will follow the 10 day timeline.
Requests will be delivered based on proof of purchase requirements.
3. Maintain communication through your campus VCCCD email address.
Request Alternative Media (Books, Course Materials, Documents)
When requesting alternative media formats for course documents or textbooks, it is best to look up textbooks at the Moorpark College Bookstore and also confirm the required readings are correct by emailing your instructor.
Kurzweil 3000 is award-winning educational software designed to provide literacy support for those who struggle with literacy in the classroom, at home, or in the workplace.
Kurzweil 3000 offers a multisensory approach and multiple means of access to text; whether in print or in digital formats. Kurzweil 3000 includes the highest quality Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software available, which reproduces scanned print documents with the exact layout and formatting found in the original.