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Accessibility and the Adaptive Technology Centre

Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC), located in room 120, Stauffer Library, offering a range of services, computers, assistive devices, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to read, write, research and study more effectively.

Sources for Alternate Format

ACE: Accessible Content E-Portal 

ACE is a repository of accessible format texts available to users with print disabilities at participating Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) institutions. 

AERO: Alternate Education Resources Ontario

AERO is a web-based digital repository operated by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Other Alternate Format Resources

The public library can help you find accessible formats through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Membership with CELA gives you access to Bookshare, an accessible online library of over 185,000 titles. 


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Alternate Format Services

This service is available to students with a print disability who are registered with the Student Accessibiity Services Office and have been given alternate format as an accommodation by a Accessibility Services advisor. A print disability or a “perceptual disability” is defined under the Canadian Copyright Act, as:

… a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading or hearing a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format, and includes such a disability resulting from

  1. severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes,
  2. the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or
  3. an impairment relating to comprehension.

To facilitate the alternate format acquisition and transcription process, students are responsible for providing the material they need to have scanned, as well as other necessary information such as course outlines and reading lists.

Purchase and Production of Readings

Purchase of Course Textbooks and Course Readers

All students are required by copyright law to purchase the textbook or course reader before they can receive their accessible formats. Therefore, students must first provide Carol with proof of purchase (e.g., a sales receipt) to initiate the alternate format process. Students are also required to read and sign a copyright agreement governing the usage of the alt-format materials.

How are Textbooks/Readings Produced?

Carol works with the students, faculty, and the campus bookstore to locate the textbook and reading information for each course the student is enrolled in. Once this information is acquired, there are a number of options to locate the textbook/readings in the accessible format the student requires. The following steps are undertaken:

  • Search of in-house collection of accessible formats from previous semesters;
  • Search of on-line repositories of accessible formats (such as AERO and ACE);
  • Search and request the textbook from the publisher in either PDF or Word on behalf of students;
  • Transcribe (convert into alternate format) and edit textbooks and course materials that are not available from external resources.

Contact Us for Assistance

For alternate format assistance, please contact:  Carol Tennant, Adaptive Technology Centre, Room 120c, Stauffer Library.

Alternate Formats

Digital Audio: Can be in MP3 format, with human voice, no navigational features or Daisy which stands for Digital Accessible Information System.

ePUB: Is an electronic book format that has become the industry standard, allowing eBooks that use this format to be read on a wide variety of e-Readers.

E-Text: Is a general term for any document that is read in digital form, but especially a document that is mainly text. The most common four file types of electronic formats used in the education setting are: Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF), PowerPoint, and Excel Spreadsheets.

Large Print: Print enlargement on paper, minimum 18 point font size.