Messiah University students with low-vision or text-related reading impairments benefit by using electronic text (e-text). When electronic text is not available through other resources, the Office of Academic Accessibility can scan the student's textbook and convert it to computer-readable text. We currently are able to offer about 200 required texts each semester to our students in this alternative format. Specific details about the text conversion process are found at the link on the right.
E-text allows students to use the search function to locate keywords or a specific chapter or page number. It allows students to view an exact image (although in black & white) of all the pages in a book while also listening to the text being read by the computer. Text is read by a simple screen reader, some of which are available for free download over the Internet.
Students who have trouble with this process should contact the Office of Academic Accessibility for assistance at ext 5382.