Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities (LSS) Electronic Text (e-text) Conversion Policy
If a student is eligible for Learning Ally membership:
- LSS shall not perform e-text conversion of materials that are available from Learning Ally in AudioPlus CD format
- Before the start of each term, LSS will expect the student to provide a list of which course materials they need
- LSS will then assign a Learning Ally Membership login
- The student must have software or a specialized player to use materials from Learning Ally. PC Software currently is free for a license and portable players are available new for $345, or the student can use their own laptop or desktop computer for free. The student is responsible for the cost of this equipment. LSS staff may assist in ordering the equipment.
When Pacific University has determined e-text accommodation eligibility, or when a Learning Ally-eligible student's materials are not available in AudioPlusCD format:
- The student must inform LSS of the course materials that are to be converted. LSS may not be able to convert materials that contain certain foreign languages, significant quantities of mathematical notation, or other unique typographical constraints, all of which have limited transferability to continuous, ASCII plain-text.
- The student must provide LSS with a copy of the material that is to be converted to e-text. LSS staff may provide assistance to students in acquiring books from the campus bookstore; however, the student is still responsible for the cost of the material. Students may acquire used books whenever possible.
- LSS will complete converting the course material in as short a time as possible. The student may pick-up the book at LSS when conversion is complete and, as permitted by the bookstore's prevailing return and buy-back policies, return the book to the bookstore.
- While conversion is in progress, the student may check the book out from the LSS office if needed. This will necessarily lengthen the time it takes LSS to complete the conversion and release the book to the student.
- Whenever circumstances require a student to purchase two copies of the material, i.e. one for personal use and one for LSS to convert, LSS will make one attempt to acquire a copy from the publisher, in either hard-copy or electronic form, so as to offset the student's cost.
To arrange for taped textbooks/scanned texts:
If your LSS Accommodation Letter recommends taped or electronic texts, it's definitely worth your while to try them out.
Submit a copy of your course syllabi to Learning Support Services (LSS) Office. We will assign a membership for audiobook downloads from Learning Ally. If the textbook is not available on audiobook, then we will need to scan your textbook and convert it into an e-reader format.
The Learning Ally web page is www.learningally.org
This is the website where students will search for textbooks available in electronic form, players to play the textbooks and computer software. The site has an easy-to-use search menu, which enables the user to search for textbooks in a variety of ways. The site also allows the user to easily compare players and software before purchasing.
The players are priced starting at $345 and the software is free.
Pacific University Bookstore
The Pacific University Bookstore now provides access to digital textbooks through Why Wait for Books. Keep in mind that not all courses have digital textbooks. However, if one of your course's textbooks is available digitally and you request our e-text services, you must buy it. LSS will not scan a book that can be purchased digitally. To learn more, visit the bookstore website.
Voice Synthesizer Software
In order to utilize our e-text services, you need to have text-to-speech software installed on your computer. Here are some software suggestions:
- Key To Access
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Dragon Naturally Speaking 8
- 2nd Speech Center
- IBM ViaVoice 10
NOTE: This list of software is not regularly updated. Availability, system requirements and prices are subject to change, so be sure to check these things before purchasing software. Remember that there are a number of text-to-speech software available, so shop around and look for products and prices that fit your needs and budget. Some websites to help you find the best prices include: