Repository of Accessible College Textbooks – Do You Have a Print Disability? Is Your College a Member?


AccessText Network is a national membership that facilitates the delivery of alternative electronic books for students with documented print disabilities and  has grown tremendously in the number of publishers involved so that it now has digital access to 360,000 textbook titles.  In the relatively short past,  there was a 5-6 week wait for the Disability Services to obtain a digital copy for their print disabled students and there were no guarantees about the digital formats sent.  It is worth encouraging your college’s disabilities services to join- there is a free membership option.

 The AccessText Network helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their disability service offices directly with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files. These files are used to create accessible versions of the textbooks.

Information for Students

A goal of the AccessText Network is to provide college students access to resources on how to most effectively use alternative (electronic) textbooks and technology in the classroom as well as the study environment.

Students are encouraged to join the AccessText mailing list to receive future announcements on student resources.

If you are a student interested in receiving alternative (electronic) textbooks in college, contact the disability service provider at your college to see if they are an AccessText member. Please note that you must meet the qualification of having a print-related (i.e. mobility, visual and/or reading) disability in order to receive AccessText services.


About digitaltext

Digital Text Coordinator at Landmark College in Putney, VT; a 2 year college for students who learn differently.
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2 Responses to Repository of Accessible College Textbooks – Do You Have a Print Disability? Is Your College a Member?

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  2. digitaltext says:

    AccessText Network is not an open education resource but a repository regular textbooks in a digital format set up by the textbook publishers. The students still need to purchase a hard copy of the text book to satisfy copy right law. The system saves academic institutions from having to scan every single textbook in order to accommodate students with print disabilities.

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