Alternative Format

Alternative Format Accommodations refer to accommodations that create access to print information. Services that help to create that type of access include MP3, Braille, E-test, PDFs and tactile graphics.

Course reading materials can be converted to accessible formats for students with print disabilities. Only required textbooks are converted by default; additional course materials (e.g. Canvas articles, recommended texts) may be converted upon request.

Alternative Format may include:

Faculty Responsibility

Instructors who have a student receiving this accommodation will receive an e-mail from the Student Accessibility requesting the course materials and possible access to the blackboard course used during the semester. This request may come prior to a formal accommodation letter but allows our staff to get a jump start on processing requests to prevent any delays. Faculty will receive a formal accommodation notice close to the start of the semester.

Canvas Ally is a tool that has been purchased by the university which is integrated into Canvas and focuses on making digital course content more accessible. This product helps ensure your courses are inclusive and improves the students' learning experience by improving usability, accessibility and overall quality. For more information about Canvas Ally and its integration into Canvas as well as training opportunities, you can visit

Student Accessibility highly recommends faculty familiarize themselves with this program as this will be the primary resource for ensuring course materials in Canvas are converted into the format necessary to ensure students access to your course

The provision of Alternative Format accommodations is a time intensive and individualized process. If you have specific questions about the process, a request you get, or how you might be able to ensure your materials are accessible please contact us at 480-965-1234 or by email at