Disability Resource Center

Counseling Services Division

Alternate Media Center

What is Alternate Media?

Many students with disabilities find it difficult, if not impossible, to read and understand a standard textbook. Through the Alternate Media Center, textbooks and class materials can be converted to audio, Braille, large print, or other alternate format.

Who is eligible?

Students who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those with motor impairments and learning disabilities, may qualify for services through the Alternate Media Center.

What do I do to receive the service?

The first step is to determine if you qualify. Your DRC counselor can help you evaluate your needs. An Academic Accommodations Plan is completed listing the appropriate accommodations for your specific disability. The next step is to meet with the Alternate Media Specialist. He/She will go over your request and together you will determine the best way to prepare your materials. The Alternate Media Specialist will also discuss your responsibilities in the alternate media process. Planning ahead is essential for a successful semester. Choose your classes early, find out what books you will need and meet with the Alternate Media Specialist as soon as possible to discuss your alternate media needs. The better you plan, the smoother the semester will go.

If you have any further questions or need to schedule an appointment contact Aaron Holmes, Alternate Media Specialist at 760-744-1150 Ext. 2377 or aholmes@palomar.edu.