Accessible Textbook Options
The Accessibility Services office has many options for you to get an accessible version of your textbook.
A majority of books can be purchased from the LCSC bookstore or online providers in e-form.
For an accessible digital format, check out VitalSource. This format is accessible with a variety of adaptive technologies and eliminates the need to request an accessible copy. Vitalsource conforms to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guideline. Visit the Vitalsource accessibility page for more information.
Students are required to purchase a textbook; however, Accessibility Services may be able to find an accessible version to supplement your physical copy. We may be able to scan your book for you and make an accessible PDF file.
Third party resources such as Bound Book Scanning also offer options for getting an accessible copy of a textbook via scanning.
Read & Write is a comprehensive productivity tool designed to support reading, writing, studying, and research. The customizable toolbar is compatible with several common applications.
Features of Read & Write software:
- Text-to-speech - read aloud electronic text for improved comprehension
- Speech maker - create MP3s of electronic text for on-the-go "reading"
- Vocabulary list builder - create lists with definitions and pictures for effective studying
- Highlighter tool - highlight and collect color-coded highlights for your research paper
LCSC students, faculty or staff can get more information and download Read&Write for home or office use at no cost.
Bookshare is the world's largest online accessible library of copyrighted content available to people with qualifying reading barriers. Bookshare is free to qualifying U.S. students through a Department of Education grant. To learn more, call 650-352-0198 or visit the Bookshare website.
Learning Ally is a non-profit organization that has many textbooks available in audio format. Students can enroll for a fee (about $135 per year). Learning Ally is an online library with a wide range of books available for school or for pleasure reading. Applications are available from Learning Ally by calling 1-800-221-4792 or visit the Learning Ally website.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The National Library Service (NLS) administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail or through the BARD download website. Applications are available from NLS by calling 1-888-657-7323, or by visiting the NLS website.