Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Disability Services at PCC works with faculty to encourage selection of accessible course materials and works with students to ensure alternate formats are made available as needed.

How to make a request

Students who have connected with Disability Services and verified eligibility for alternate format materials can now make requests through our online accommodation management system.

Examples of Alternate Formats

Student preference is always taken into account, along with accessibility of readily available formats, and any content specific factors that impact practicality of conversion.


This is a format that is often supplied by textbook publishers (upon reasonable request). The pages look just like the original printed pages, and the text can be magnified on screen, or accessed with software application such as PDFAloud from Read and Write Gold, or ZoomText.

Text or Synthetic Audio

This could be a Word, Rich Text, or plain text file. Typically the images are stripped out and the remaining text is arranged in a logical flow with page numbers indicated as appropriate. These files can be accessed with portable devices such as the Classmate Reader, or with software that can read aloud or convert to MP3.

Human Voice Audio

There are some books that have been recorded by human readers. Most of these are obtained through Learning Ally. Students with documentation of print based disability can sign up for their own accounts, or borrow through DS accounts created on their behalf.

Large Print

Typically this is produced in 11 by 17 format, but can be customized depending on need.

Braille or Braille Ready Files

DS can produce hard copy Braille or electronic files that can be accessed via a refreshable Braille display.

Tactile Graphics

PCC can produce raised line drawings to supplement descriptions of graphics.