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Alternate Format Text

Alternate format text requests are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on an individual’s disability documentation or explanation of the functional limitations of a disability. SNAP determines and coordinates reasonable alternate format accommodation to ensure materials are accessible to students with disabilities.

Requesting textbooks in an alternate format can be a lengthy process. Alternate format text may include e-text, audio, large print, braille, or other format. We will work to get the text in the format that works best for you.

Students are encouraged to contact the course instructor or the college bookstore at least four (4) weeks before the class begins to obtain the following information: title, author, publisher, edition, and ISBN number. Please request alternate format text from SNAP by emailing our office at If a textbook is not readily available in an alternate format, you will need to bring your textbook to the SNAP office so we may consider, with the publisher’s permission, cutting the binding, scanning the book, and converting it into an electronic format.

Please follow these steps when requesting alternate format text:

  • See whether you can purchase your book as an e-book, audio book or other alternate format text that will work for you. If it is available in another format, consider purchasing or renting the alternate format instead of the printed version.

  • Check these sites to see if an alternate format text that you need is available.
  • If you aren’t able to obtain an alternate format text, purchase a hard copy of your textbook.
              Save the receipt. Publishers require that our office have proof of purchase.

  • For books not found in an alternate format text, please contact our office at

  • Once the alternate format text is received by SNAP, we will send an email notifying you that it is ready for pick-up.

Procedures for Requesting Alternate Format Text in printable pdf format.

If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Lambright.



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