Alternate Media - Disabled Students Programs and Services

Alternate Media can change the way you approach your studies and provides tools that give students in need an alternative approach to achieving success.

The purpose of Alternate Media is to allow access for students who cannot use standard print materials. Alternate Instructional Materials and textbooks are converted into accessible formats.

Types of Alternate Media Include:

  • Word
  • PDF
  • Large print
  • Braille
  • Kurzweil

Q. How do I know if I am eligible to receive Alternative Media Accommodations?

Make an appointment to meet with your DSPS Counselor.

Q. What if I am eligible to receive Alternate Media?

Please contact Wendy Lin, 510-659-7373 or wlin@ohlone.edu to schedule an appointment for training in the use of assistive technology for Alternate Media

Q. After I have turned in my Accommodations Request how do I make a request for Alternative Media?

  • Stop by the DSPS office to pick up an Alternate Media Request Form
  • Email dsps@ohlone.edu to request an electronic Alternate Media Request From to be emailed to you.

Alternate Media Request Policy

Eligibility for this service is determined by the Disabled students Programs & Services Director, Counselors, or LD Specialists and is based in part on the professional documentation provided by the student.

  1. Request for materials in alternative format will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Once a request is made, preference will be given to the format specified by the student. However, the recommendation of DSPS professionals will be used in determining the specific media format for each academic course.

  2. Alternate media must be requested each semester needed. For each title requested, the appropriate request form must be filled out (see reverse side of this form) and given to the student’s DSPS Counselor who will forward the request to the college Alternate Media Specialist.

  3. Alternative format requests must be submitted as soon as the student learns of their need: late requests will be honored provided that the student making the request understands that the Alternate Media Specialist will set the timeline for completion of the work accordingly.

  4. Turn-a-round times for alternative format requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. Upon review of material to be formatted and converted, the Alternate Media Specialist will notify the student’s counselor of the projected completion date. DSPS will make every effort to complete the request in a timely manner.

  5. Students requesting materials in alternate format must own a physical copy of the textbook and provide a receipt showing proof of purchase before alternate media will be given to them. (This does not include instructional media*).

  6. The student will not copy or reproduce any material provided by DSPS, nor allow anyone else to do so. Misuse of this material may result in disciplinary action by Ohlone College.

  7. Students will be provided with one alternative format copy for each material required for academic use. Materials provided in alternative formats may be copyrighted and may not be reproduced or distributed in a format other than a specified format exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities. Any further reproduction or distribution in a format other than a specified format is in infringement of copyright law.

  8. Student questions regarding alternative format request completion should be addressed to the college Alternate Media Specialist (Wendy Lin) at wlin@ohlone.edu, 510-659-7373, or on the Fremont campus in building 7, 2nd floor, room 7225.