Alternate Format Text

Alternate Format Text

The alternate format service is provided to ensure equal access to textbook information.

Alternate Format Text:

  • digital format textbooks
  • compatible with assistive software (e.g. Kurzweil 3000)
  • requests must be submitted as soon as possible
  • obtaining the alternate format is not always guaranteed

To access the alternate format service, meet with your Case Manager to discuss your needs.

[See "Alternate Format Policy" for more information]

Alternate Education Resources Ontario (AERO)

August 30, 2013

AERO is a web-based digital repository operated by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The mandate of AERO is to provide alternate format text to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario. AERO enables students with perceptual disabilities to access educational materials in a format they require and in a timely manner.

In July of 2013, Brock University became a member of the AERO service to help students with perceptual disabilities access accessible format textbooks.

Students who require accessible format textbooks must:

  1. Be registered with Services for Students with Disabilities.
  2. Provide documentation that meets the eligibility requirements of perceptual disability.
  3. Purchase a hard copy of the textbook and be ready to present a commercial receipt for the requested textbook alternate format.
  4. Get an AERO account: New students must speak with their Case Manager to determine service eligibility. Returning students can schedule an appointment with David Standish or visit the AT Resource Centre during peer-supported hours to register for an AERO account.
  5. Submit requests using AERO’s online form (AERO Website).

Please note that alternate formats are not guaranteed, and some students may be required to have their textbooks unbound and scanned using high-speed equipment.

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