Electronic Text (E-Text)
Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities (LSS) Electronic Text (e-text) Conversion Policy
All students who are eligible for e-text accommodations must sign the appropriate copyright agreement(s).
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 order the materials.
- The student must have software or a specialized player to use materials from Learning Ally. PC Software currentlyis 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.
- All Learning Ally AudioPlus CDs must be returned within the semester ordered.
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 attempt to secure an audiobook download from Learning Ally first. If the textbook is not available on audiobook, then we will need to scan your textbook and convert it into an e-reader format such as ReadPlease2003 Free.
• To use ReadPlease 2003 Free:
ReadPlease is a text-to-speech program that reads aloud any text from your computer. It can be downloaded from the website (http://www.readplease.com/english/downloads/) and installed on any computer.
There are a couple of ways that it can be useful:
• Writing: You can write a paper and then put it into ReadPlease, and it will read it back
to you, highlighting words or lines as it goes, and you may be able to catch grammatical errors or awkward sentences by listening to them read aloud.
• Reading: You can scan handouts or reserved materials onto a disk in the library (ask workers there to help with that if you run into problems) and open the documents in ReadPlease to be read to you. There are different voices to choose from and you can adjust the speed of the reading too. In addition, you can move selected text out into another file as your "notes" to study later.
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 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 www.whywaitforbooks.com. 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:
|Product Name||System Requirements||Versions and Prices||Company Website|
|Key To Access||
Note: The Key To Access enables you to take Assistive Software anywhere on a portable USB MP3 Player. By putting the MP3 Player into a USB Port, the floating tool bar appears and is ready to use. Software never needs to be installed. Your personal settings are saved so that no matter which computer you use, your settings will be the same.
|$349.95||Created by Premier Assistive Technology|
|Adobe Acrobat Reader||
||Created by Adobe|
|Dragon Naturally Speaking 8||
||Created by Nuance|
Note: If you do not have a sound card, JAWS does not provide speech during installation.
|2nd Speech Center||
||$39.95||Created by Zero2000|
||Created by ReadPlease|
||Created by NaturalReader|
|IBM ViaVoice 10||
||Created by Nuance|
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: