The University of Rhode Island provides accommodations to ensure accessibility of textbooks required by courses and programs for eligible students with qualifying disabilities. All students at the University of Rhode Island obtain their textbooks from a variety of sources, including alternate-format textbooks.The office of Disability Services for Students provides the following steps for eligible students to obtain alternative forms of textbooks, and will assist students with qualifying disabilities who are unable to obtain textbooks from adapted-text-share sites.Â These directions will help you with the correct procedures.
Verify that you have been approved for adapted-book accommodations through URI Disability Services for Students. See Documentation Guidelines. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are based on current documentation of need. Documentation must substantiate the need for adapted books.
Currently, Jaws and Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon Naturally Speaking are available to be installed on student computers at a cost of $75 for a one-year lease. For computers over 2 years old, 2 GB or 20% of free disk space is necessary for the software to operate. (Note: Jaws, Kurzweill 3000 and Dragon Naturally Speaking are all available in the URI library student computer lab and the Memorial Union computer lab, and their use is not restricted by Disability Services for Students.)
As soon as you are registered for your courses please contact your professors and/or the bookstore to obtain the list of books needed for your courses. We will work with the URI Bookstore to have the list of required books released to students with qualifying disabilities.
The purpose of granting priority registration to all students approved for alternate formats is to give them additional time to contact their professors and gather the book information. You can find the instructor's name in ecampus and use the directory at http://www.uri.edu/home/dir/ to obtain the instructor's email address. Below is a sample email to an instructor that you can use for a guide.
Dear Professor ______________________,
I will be a student in your ____________ class in (enter semester here). I am working with the Office of Disability Services for Students to obtain my textbooks in an alternative format. I was wondering if it would be possible to get a list of the books that you plan to use for this course, so that I may have my textbooks by the beginning of the semester. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me the following information for each book that we will be using in your course:
Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. I look forward to taking your class next semester.
(Your name here)
Disability Services for Students will assist students who are approved for alternate-text accommodations to register with the available alternate textbook services. Utilizing the available alternate textbooks services is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way for students to obtain their textbooks in an alternate format. Once students are registered with the available textbook services, they are required to locate and download their own textbooks. Registered services include:
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) - http://www.loc.gov/nls/
Additionally, textbooks may be found free of charge at Project Gutenberg - http://www.gutenberg.org
Students also have the option to buy electronic versions of textbooks in lieu of the traditional hardcopy format. Retailers that make available electronic versions of textbooks include:
URI Bookstore: 401-874-2722 - Many of the required textbooks at URI may be purchased through the bookstore in an electronic format. Students should call the bookstore directly to determine if their specific textbooks are available for purchase in an electronic format.
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Audiobooks-Books/b/ref=sa_menu_ab0/180-6947987-9040709?ie=UTF8&node=368395011 - Amazon carries a wide selection of audio-books in various formats available for purchase.
CourseSmart: http://www.coursesmart.com/ - Online retailer that carries electronic textbooks as well as electronic resources, such as study guides, for certain textbooks.