The digital age and the development of screen reading software has made it possible for individuals who cannot read or comprehend regular print to access print in various ways, hence the term alternate text format. Alternate text format (ATF) refers to the variety of ways print can be accessed using different formats which may include: Electronic text (E-text), scanned material, digital recordings and, of course, Braille.

What materials are provided in ATF?

Required reading material for all courses, library materials and all media used by the University to communicate necessary information may be provided in alternate format, when needed for access.

Who uses ATF?

Students with varying disabilities are eligible for Alternate Text Format including students who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or are blind or have low- vision. At Metropolitan State University, twenty-four percent of the students requesting accommodations use ATF.

What are the sources for ATF?

Center for Accessibility Resources obtains Alternate Text Format from various sources including Learning Ally, State Services for the Blind-Communication Center, publishers and a digital publishing company for scanning.


  • It can take more than six weeks if a book needs to be converted to ATF.
    Note: At the college level, most books are provided in a digital format. For those courses where Braille is the preferred format, speak with Center for Accessibility Resources as soon as possible. If there is no Braille version available, it may take several months to convert a book.
  • Students must use Priority Registration to ensure the timely conversions of required reading material.