Alternate Format (large print, braille, e-text, digital audio)
Section 32 of the Copyright Act allows for an exception which makes the producing of alternate formats possible.
The Copyright Act, Section 32 reads as follows:
32(1) It is not an infringement of copyright for a person, at the request of a person with a perceptual disability, or for a non-profit organization acting for his or her benefit, to
(a) make a copy or sound recording of a literary, musical, artistic or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability;
(2) Subsection (1) does not authorize the making of a large print book.
According to the Copyright Act, Sec. 32, material can be scanned and converted to a format specially designed for persons with perceptual disabilities, as long as the book is not commercially available electronically.Requests for textbooks or course materials in alternate formats (electronic text, Braille, DAISY, MP3, Large Print) can be made through the Library by contacting the Sr. Assistant for Library Services for Students with Disabilities. This service is available to students with a print disability who are registered with the Disability Services Office and have been approved for alternate format accommodation. A print disability is defined as a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading print. This includes students who are blind or have low vision, students, who because of a physical disability are unable to hold or manipulate a book, and students with specific types of learning disabilities.
Because of the time factor involved in ordering, producing, and supplying texts, it is strongly recommended that students supply the Assistant with a list of required course texts at least two months prior to the start date of a course.
CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) now offers its Partners Program to all public libraries in Ontario at no cost. This service is for individuals with a print or visual disability. Access to CNIB Library collections - both physical formats (DAISY, braille, etc.) and online service (CNIB Digital Library) - are available through public library referral or self-registration.
Electronic Texts (e-text)Students who have been approved for alternate format accommodation and have access to computers with synthesized voice, character enlarging software, or Braille output devices may request an electronic version of a text. If required, course material will be scanned onto disk using optical character recognition technology. Proofreading of scanned material is also available.
To facilitate this process, students are responsible for providing the books they need to have scanned, as well as other necessary information such as course outlines and reading lists.
Students interested in this service are urged to contact the Coordinator or the Sr. Assistant for Library Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible. The scanning, OCR, and transcription process is time-consuming and labour intensive. Advance planning ensures that students receive their course materials in time for class use.
Last Updated: 24 April 2013