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Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Alternate Media

Chris Weidman
Alternate Media Service Provider
College Center Building 10, Room 120
(650) 574-6698

Types of Alternate Media

Alternate Media includes instructional or course materials, textbooks, and college publications, which are converted into accessible formats. Alternate Media allows students with print, reading, blind, or low vision disabilities to access standard print materials in a format that they can use, often with Assistive Technology, given the nature of their disability.
  • Electronic text (i.e., for use with Kurzweil 3000 or other screen readers)
  • Audiobooks from Learning Ally
  • Large print (between 18 to 24 point font)
  • Braille
  • Tactile graphics

Procedures for Requesting Alternate Media

  1. Register for classes using WebSmart. Print out a copy of your Class Schedule Summary. Write your phone number and current email address on it. 
  2. Request your alternate media when you register for classes or 3 to 4 weeks before the semester begins. Every effort will be made to meet late requests. Requests submitted after the semester begins will take longer to fill. If you add or drop a class inform the alternate media staff immediately. 
  3. Make an appointment to meet with Chris Weidman, IA II/Alternate Media Service Provider in Building 10, Room 120 and bring your Class Schedule Summary with you.
    Phone: (650) 574-6698
  4. You will need to sign an Alternate Media Request Form.
  5. Contact alternate media staff at least one week after your request to check the status. Keep in contact with alternate media staff throughout the process.
  6. If the publisher is unable to provide an electronic file of your textbook, the binding may have to be removed for scanning. Your book will be rebound with comb binding.
  7. To receive the alternate media, you must purchase a physical copy of the textbook. Bring your receipt or the physical copy of the textbook to the Assistive Technology Center in Building 10, Room 120.
  8. Upon request, please provide a copy of the class syllabus.
If you wish to submit an Alternate Media Request and Response Complaint, you may do so by completing the Alternate Media Request and Response Complaint form.

CSM Publications in Alternate Formats

  • CSM Catalog
  • CSM Schedule
  • Disabled Students Programs & Services brochures


To request these publications in alternate formats, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (650) 574-6438.

Faculty and Staff

If you have a student in your class who needs class materials in alternate formats, please contact Chris Weidman at (650) 574‑6698.