How do I get an
alternate format text?

An alternate format text (audiobook) is a reasonable accommodation for an F&M student with a qualifying disability, as determined by the Office of Student Accessibility Services. 

If you are approved for alternative format texts (audiobooks), you can request one through your portal in Accommodate. Please check the F&M Library holdings and Bookshare before requesting a book through SAS. Bookshare is a free program through the Department of Education and you should have received a separate email from them with instructions on how to set up your account.

If you need to request an alternate format text through SAS, please go through the following steps:

  1. When you sign in to Accommodate, on the left-hand side,
    you will see a sidebar menu with options listed. 
  2. Please click on Accommodation, which has a drop-down menu. 
  3. Choose the Alternate Format option. 
  4. After that, please click on the Student Entered tab. 
  5. You then click the button that says Upload Document
    for Alternate Format Request. 
  6. This brings up the request form where you can enter all
    of the information about the book you need. Please note
    that you will need to upload a copy of a receipt for the
    rental or purchase of the book for publishers to
    provide us with a .pdf copy.


If you need either an article or only a few pages of text, there are Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) scanners in each of the F&M libraries which produce Optical Character Resolution (OCR) compatible text. This type of text can be read through the use of text to speech software available through several different programs such as Adobe and One Note. This type of software also comes pre-installed on Apple devices.