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Adaptive Technology

Drexel University is proud to offer several different forms of adaptive technology to qualified students with disabilities.  We in the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) here at Drexel wanted to take a moment to describe the different types of Adaptive Technology that students may qualify for, the procedures for accessing the technology, and some additional resources available to all students.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil is a computer program available to students on their personal computers via VPN connection to Drexel’s secure server and a one-time software download.  The program is also available in the Haggerty Library Adaptive Technologies Center (ATC).  This program allows students to see scanned book text while listening to the text being read, making notes, highlighting and creating guides on the interactive computer program.  Kurzweil also has the ability to read Word documents and Internet Web pages, create mp3 files of text, and has mind-mapping and outlining tools.

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Kurzweil 3000 – Software Demonstration Videos

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Alternate Formats (Books on CD) Request Policy

How to request books in alternate format:

If you are a student registered with the Office of Disability Resources at Drexel University who would like to request books in alternate format or “books on CD” as an accommodation in one or more classes, please follow the steps below:

  1. Ensure that "Books on CD; PDFs in accessible formats" is listed as an approved accommodation on your Accommodation Verification Letter (AVL).
    If it is not, and you feel that you may qualify for the service please call ODR at 215-895-1401 or e-mail disability@drexel.edu and request an appointment.
  2. For requests using the Alternate Format Book Request Form:
  3. Fill out the Alternate Format Book Request Form and return it to ODR.
    Alternative Format Request Form[PDF]
  4. The form can be sent as an e-mail attachment to disability@drexel.edu, faxed to 215-895-1402, or mailed/dropped off to 3201 Arch Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
  5. For requests where the student chooses to provide their own books for conversion: Bring personal copies of the required books to ODR. ODR will cut the binding, scan the text, convert it into the desired alternate format (generally Kurzweil), burn the file to CD, spiral bind the student’s book and return all materials the to the student. This process generally takes 5-7 business days and is free of charge.

**This is always an option but students may wish to wait and see if a book is available by way of conversion first.

  1. Provide ODR with a purchase receipt for the textbooks being requested. (Required whether students submit an Alternate Format Book Request Form or whether they bring in their own books to be cut.)

ODR Student Responsibilities:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to submit all requests in a timely manner.
  2. It is the responsibility of the student to provide ODR with a purchase receipt for any textbook being requested before that book will be provided in alternate format.
  3. If a student has online readings in PDF format that they would like converted into alternate formats it is their responsibility to make this request and provide the specific course information to ODR each term.
  4. If the student feels the book publisher is taking too long to provide an electronic book file (or if they have been informed that the electronic file is not available) the student has the option to bring in their own book for ODR to cut the binding, scan the text, convert it into the desired alternate format, and spiral bind the book to return to the student.  There is no cost for this service and the average turn around for conversion is 5-7 business days.
  5. It is the student's responsibility to inform ODR immediately if their books in alternate format and/or adaptive technology are malfunctioning.

The Office of Disability Resources' Process in Providing Alternate Format Materials:

After receiving a completed Alternate Format Book Request Form, ODR takes the following steps to assist in providing books in alternate format for the student:

  1. If the book is not already on file, ODR will reach out to the book publisher and request an electronic copy of the book.
  2. As soon as the publisher provides the electronic file, or when the student drops off their copy of the text, ODR will convert it into the desired alternate format and burn the file to CD.
  3. ODR will then notify the student via email that the Book on CD is ready for pick-up or delivery by mail.
  4. Generally, most book publishers provide the files in a timely manner however some could take over a week.  Students should keep this in mind when requesting books.
  5. In the event that a book is not available from the publisher, ODR will notify the student via email as soon as possible.  At that point, the student has the option to provide their own book to be cut and converted into alternate format.
  6. Students will be provided with both a Kurzweil (.kes) file as well as a PDF file of their textbook unless a different format is requested.

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FAQ’s – Books on CDs