Eligible students have a variety of methods for obtaining accessible textbooks made into a format readable by adaptive technology.  

One way to obtain an electronic version of a textbook is to make a request through SDS to the publisher.   Eligibility will be verified by Student Disability Services (SDS) records and documentation on file.  To make this request, the student must:

  1. Provide proof of purchase of the text requested. This is a requirement of the publishing companies. Students must bring in their receipt showing the purchase of the book.
  2. Students will coordinate their request with the eText Coordinator and must fill out the eText request form. This form is available at the SDS office, 120 Park Library.

Once the request for eText has been made, the publisher will be contacted and the material will be requested on behalf of the student.  Since this process may take up to 6 weeks, students are encouraged to make their requests as soon as possible.   When the e-Text arrives, the student will be notified by email and asked to come to the SDS office to pick up their CD(s).  Upon picking up the e-Text CD, students will be required to sign a form stating they will not violate the copyright of the book by reselling the CD or placing the material on an open access webpage.

Alternatively, students may take advantage of the High-Speed scanning service SDS offers.  This is a much faster way to recieve accessible material (usually within 2-3 days), but it involves cutting the spine of the textbook.  Also, books must be in very good condition in order to be scanned successfully.  Once scanned, the text book can be either returned to the student with a plastic "comb" binding, with a standard three hole punch, or returned as is after the process.  Understand that once the spine has been removed, the book can no longer be "resold" to the university bookstore.

Finally, students may decide to utilize the adaptive technology located in the Adaptive Technology room in Park Library, or the Grawn and Woldt Computer labs to personally scan material as needed.

For alternative media formats such as Tactile Image Enhancement and braille materials, or if you have any other questions or concerns regarding access to material, please contact our office directly at 989-774-3018.


If you have questions or technical problems, please contact SDS at 989-774-3018 or by email at sds@cmich.edu