Alternative Formats and Assistive Technology

Struggle with completing reading assignments? Do you have a print-related disability? Then you might need your course materials converted into an accessible alternative format!

You may be new to the terms "alternative formats" and "assistive technology". We hope that this section will help you better understand these accommodations, what software/apps may be useful for you, and how to request course materials in alternative formats.  

To learn more, use the links on the right.  If you have any questions about these accommodations, please contact the Heidi Scher, Associate Director, by emailing

What's it all about?

Alternative formats? Assistive technology? Not sure what these terms mean? You are at the right place. This section of the CEA website will help you understand:

  • What these terms mean.
  • How they can provide accessibility.
  • Alternative format options that are available.
  • Software or apps that are available for various common technologies used (Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Android OS).
  • Where to find and how to set up software/apps.
  • How to access and utilize alternative formats.
  • How to request conversion of course materials.

Requesting Materials in Alternate Formats

NOTE: Alternative formats available ONLY if it is one of your accommodations.

Want to discuss this accommodation?

  • Schedule an assistive technology (AT) meeting to discuss formats and assistive technology as well as see demonstrations of options. Contact the CEA via email at or call us at 479-575-3104.
  • The request process will also be discussed during the meeting.

Is alternative formats one of your accommodations but not sure how to request materials? How to request materials.

Learn More About AT

Using Alt Formats