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Vocalized Text

Vocalized text refers to providing written materials in a pre-recorded audio format. This can include audio files of textbooks, handouts, exams, or any other materials that are available in print.

Vocalized text allows alternative access to standard print for students who have difficulty processing text. Providing an audio format of printed class materials can consist of creating a cassette tape, compact disk, or an electronic file. Faculty may provide this accommodation on their own, if they choose, or they may contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance in creating vocalized text.

Responsibilities


Student

Whenever possible, the student should give six weeks notice to the services for students with disabilities office if they will need vocalized text.

Faculty

Whenever possible, the faculty should provide the title of their textbook to the services for students with disabilities office for recording no less than six weeks prior to the start of the term.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying faculty of the student's right to receive vocalized text, and for providing vocalized text to the student.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Visual Tracking Problem : Recorded text may allow students to learn more effectively from their written class materials (e.g. textbook).

Low Vision : Students may need the exam text read to them by a reader or special software, so they can process the exam questions.

Blindness : Students may need the exam text read to them by a reader or software.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Recorded text allows students to use an auditory format of their textbook to more effectively process written material. Vocalized text on exams allows students to hear the content to compensate for reading comprehension problems.

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