What is Accessible Book Creations?
The UAC's Accessible Book Creations program offers a number of alternative textbook formats for students to choose from. By putting textbooks into alternative formats, students who have difficulty seeing, turning pages, and/or carrying books are able to access their books on CD. Interested clients should first consult with their UAC coordinator to determine their eligibility for this accommodation. If approved, clients will be directed to schedule an appointment with the Accessible Book Creations coordinator at the UAC to learn about the available formats and determine the most suitable option for their individual needs.
Alternate Format Policy and Procedures
Students with disabilities who require alternate access to printed material may receive their textbooks in an alternate format. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on an individualized basis, and students must demonstrate a substantial disability, which requires alternate materials.
In order to ensure that your textbooks are available at the beginning of each semester, all textbook requests must be submitted to Accessible Book Creations (ABC) no later than eight weeks prior to the start of the semester/term. Failure to do so will prevent you from receiving your alternative format textbooks on time, thereby placing you at a disadvantage to your peers. You are responsible for obtaining your textbook information as soon as you register for classes. If you require assistance in obtaining this information, you may contact the ABC Coordinator by calling 801-422-4365 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be processed in order of the date they were received.
Important: approximately 6-8 weeks notice is required for us to process your requests. Late requests will result in a delay in providing you with your materials. The ABC will make reasonable best effort to provide materials as promptly as possible, and in the format requested by the students. However, consideration will be given to the most expedient manner to obtain materials.
If you decide to drop any of your class(es), please complete a cancellation form. If you decide to add classes please follow the same procedure used to make your original request, thereby enabling you to add the new books needed. Any additional books requested will be processed according to the date they were received, and will not be processed with your original requests. Therefore, your class schedule should be as finalized as possible when submitting your book requests to avoid any delays.
Proof of purchase (preferably store receipts) for all books requested must be provided before your alternative format books can be made available to you, and you must complete an accompanying Proof of Purchase form. If you purchase materials privately, please have the individual draft and sign a receipt containing the book title and purchase price. Failure to provide proof of purchase (including the Proof of Purchase form) will prevent you from receiving your alternative format textbooks. This is pursuant to copyright law.
Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. While consideration will be given to the specific format requested by the student, if another suitable format is available, that format may be granted.
- Qualify as having a disability as demonstrated through appropriate documentation and approved by your UAC coordinator.
- Determine which books you will require by accessing your book list on Route Y, calling the instructor of the course, the Bookstore textbook department (801-422-3003), or the department secretary for each course. When calling the Bookstore textbook department, please indicate that you are working with the University Accessibility Center.
- If you have difficulty obtaining the information regarding your textbooks from the course instructor, course coordinator, academic department, or the BYU Bookstore, you should contact your UAC coordinator immediately!
- Complete an Alternate Format Request Form by visiting ABC Book Request Form - all fields on the form must be completed. Submit requests eight weeks before classes start. Failure to do so will prevent you from receiving your alternative format textbooks, placing you at a disadvantage to your peers.
- The ABC Coordinator will make every reasonable effort to obtain your electronic books from public consortiums or publishers. If your books cannot be obtained electronically, the ABC will require the hard copy of your books to convert them manually. Please note that the ABC may cut the binding from the original books and rebind them in spiral binding, which will prevent the books from being resold to the BYU Bookstore.
- The ABC Coordinator will provide you with an estimated time frame in which your electronic books will be made available to you. It is understood that there can be no guarantees of delivery, but reasonable best efforts will be made to deliver them within the estimated time frame.
- If you have not been notified that your electronic books have not been made available by the end of the estimated date, you must immediately check with the ABC on the status of your books by sending an e-mail to email@example.com calling (801) 422-4365.
- The ABC Coordinator will email students with instructions for accessing the electronic texts once they have been converted.
- ALL electronic books will be removed from the web server by the end of Finals Week of the semester/term.
- If electronic books remain outstanding (i.e. book(s) provided to you on CD), the UAC will place a hold on your academic records.(See General Catalog, under “Registration,” the University withholds registration privileges, diplomas, and copies of academic records and transcripts, until all obligations are met..)
- Your electronic books are protected by copyright©. Therefore, you MAY NOT copy, reproduce, sell, or place on the internet any of the alternative format texts, nor allow anyone else to do so. You will comply with all applicable copyright laws.