Alternate Instructional Material Service (AIMS)
AIMS help students with print disabilities access textbooks and course materials in alternative formats. Students might receive audio, electronic text (etext), or other digital file formats, depending on their approved accommodations.
To start the AIMS process, students must:
- Register with the Disability Services Center.
- Meet with a DSC Counselor to determine if AIMS is an appropriate accommodation.
- Meet with DSC AIMS staff to gain access to necessary software and training (if needed).
Every quarter or semester (for Law School students), students must:
- Identify textbooks needed in alternate format for registered courses from the UCI Bookstore.
- Submit online AIMS requests.
- Send proof of purchase or rental for book(s) to email@example.com or bring in receipts to the DSC Office.
DSC strives to upload alternate instructional materials within 7 business days of the request. Students will receive an email once the material is ready.
If DSC is not able to locate a suitable digital format of a requested textbook (which is often the case for custom course readers), students will be asked to bring a physical copy of the book to the DSC office, so that it can be cut and scanned. Once that process is complete, DSC will have the book coil bound and return it to the student.
Note: For rented course books, if DSC is not able to locate existing alternative formats, they will recommend students buy the book (new or used) in order to proceed with the cutting and scanning process. If this is not a possibility, students should contact the DSC to discuss available options.
If you need any assistance with AIMS, would like to make a request for Library materials, or have any questions, please contact DSC at 949.824.7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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