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Providing Alternate Formats

Reading materials or textbooks in an alternate format is one potential accommodation request listed on the official Student Accommodation Letter. Students may need printed material in an alternate format, such as larger print or an electronic text version, due to a vision disorder, a reading disorder, or a physical disorder which makes reading typically printed materials either difficult or impossible.

Converting Handouts, Syllabi, & Exams

Professors are encouraged to provide reading materials in Microsoft Word format when possible. Microsoft Word format is accessible with screen reading software and allows students to have immediate access to the readings. This includes attachments sent via email or posted in Moodle.

In situations where instructors only have access to PDF files, either the instructor or the student should contact Disability Services. The Disability Services Office has access to software which will convert PDF materials to Microsoft Word format which will then be accessible with screen reading software. It is best to provide materials needing to be converted as early as possible.

Books on Tape

For students who require their textbooks in an alternate format, either the student or Disability Services will contact you prior to the start of the semester to request information for each required text. It is essential that this information is provided as early as possible to ensure that the student will have accessible texts when the semester begins.


Main Campus Building Room E108

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


For more information regarding Disability Services, please contact:

Timothy Rogers
Director of Disability Services

Erin Glover
Coordinator, Disability Services

For appointments, call 617-521-2474.