Alternative Instructional Material Request


Students with a verified print disability who have been approved for alternative media accommodations can acquire textbooks and course materials in an alternative format such as Electronic Text (E-text), Large Print, Kurzweil (Kes), Portable Document Format (PDF), Audio (MP3), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics. Students with verified print disabilities may also receive a complimentary Kurzweil 3000 account along with instructions for downloading the software and accessing content through the web. Kurzweil 3000 is an integrated visual and auditory assistive technology program that assists students with reading materials.

To Request Alternative Media Accomodations:

  • Students may contact the AIM Center at (562) 985-1663 or email aimc@csulb.edu to request alternative media accommodations and/or schedule an appointment with the AIM Center staff (located in Academic Services AS-116 for a consult to determine appropriate alternative media accommodations and assistance with contracts.
  • Students must submit a referral from BMAC as well as a signed Alternative Media Contract Agreement to receive alternative media accommodations.
  • During the scheduled appointment, the AIM Center staff will review alternative media procedures and guidelines with the student and assess appropriate alternative media accommodations based on the student’s disability.
  • New students requesting textbooks and course materials in an accessible format, must produce a referral from the BMAC authorized staff as well as a copy of their current class schedule (if requested), textbook information, and receipts for materials purchased.
  • For both new and returning students receiving alternative media, a copy of the student's textbook receipts are required for all materials being requested in an alternative format. No exceptions.
  • Requests are processed in the order they are received.

To Receive A Kurzweil 3000 Account:

  • Students must submit a referral stating they qualify for Kurzweil 3000 accommodations to the AIM Center as well as a signed alternative media contract and Kurzweil 3000 account agreement.
  • Students will receive an email with a personal username and password once their Kurzweil 3000 account is created.
  • Students will receive an email with a link and instructions for downloading the software onto their device.
  • If a student needs assistance downloading the software to their device, then they may schedule an appointment with the AIM Center staff at (562) 985-1663 or email at aimc@csulb.edu.

Production Process

Textbooks and course materials are converted from inaccessible and standard formats to alternative and accessible media such as: Electronic Text (E-text), Large Print, Kurzweil (Kes), Audio (MP3), Portable Document Format (PDF), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics. The process for acquiring these materials in an alternative and accessible format is as follows:

  • Each textbook and course materials request submitted by the student is logged by the AIM Center Staff.
  • A search is conducted through the AIM Center alternative media production library, the production libraries of other California college campuses, publishers, and other sources, for textbooks already converted to alternative media.
  • If the textbook is not available from the alternative media production library, then the AIM Center utilizes the student's hard copy of the text to convert into alternative media files.
  • Completed materials will be uploaded to the student's Kurzweil account, saved on a USB drive, emailed, or other agreed form of distribution between the AIM staff and student.

Alternative Media is the conversion of textbooks and course materials into an accessible format for students with disabilities who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability. The AIM Center works in partnership with multiple campus departments to ensure that all documents are made accessible.