Student Disability Services provides required textbooks in alternative formats for ease and accessibility to students who qualify.
Eligible students must submit a separate request for each book or course pack.
To request your textbooks in alternative format:
- Complete the SDS Media Request form for each title.
- Email proof of purchase (image of the receipt or order confirmation) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the request is completed and the proof of possession is received, you will receive an email from SDS Media Services with instructions on how to access the file.
SDS recommends that students contact their instructor as well as the bookstore to acquire accurate information for their request. Requests should be submitted to SDS no later than two weeks before the start of a semester in order to ensure the timely processing of requests. With each form submitted, a student must also email a copy of the receipt or order confirmation to email@example.com in accordance with copyright law. Students will be allowed access to reformatted materials after satisfying this condition.
Read & Write Gold
Read & Write Gold is a literacy software with support tools for reading, writing, research, and studying. Students may install this software for free by using the following link along with their HawkID and password: https://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/software/download/rwgold/. If you have any issues with downloading the software, contact the ITS Helpdesk.
For PC Users
Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for PC:
For Mac Users
Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for Mac:
Conditions and Copyright Law
Materials distributed in alternative formats are intended solely for purposes of auxiliary aids to students with disabilities accessing University of Iowa courses. Physical media (e.g., PDF or Doc file) is the property of the distributor, and text content is property of the copyright holder. Therefore, reformatted material must not be copied or shared with others as a matter of copyright law. In compliance with copyright law, SDS seeks permission of the copyright holder to convert copyrighted materials to alternative formats on a case-by-case basis.