DSPS provides textbooks and other reading materials
on cassette tapes to DSPS students who read slowly, have problems sounding
out and identifying words, or who understand information better when it can
be both seen and heard.
- Meet with your DSPS specialist for authorization for taped text
- Preview a demonstration of taped texts in DSPS.
- Pick up a Request for Taped Text OR Request for Alternate
Media form from Support Services.
- Return the completed form to Support Services, along with proof of
purchase of the textbook.
- Support Services staff will notify you when your tapes are available.
- You must pick up your taped texts within two weeks of notification.
- You may be required to provide blank tapes.
- DSPS Specialist or Counselor verifies the disability, determines the need, and
authorizes taped texts.
- Student makes an appointment with SLO Assistive Technology staff or NCC DSPS Program
Assistant for instructions and to preview demo tape. Student should complete the Recordings
for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) and/or the Braille Institute application form for
an Individual Membership. The student may order taped texts and/or equipment directly
through the above agencies. Alternatively the student may order taped texts through DSPS
Support Services office by using the DSPS Institutional Membership. Listed below are the
procedures for obtaining taped texts through DSPS Support Services:
- Student requests taped texts by completing an application packet, preferably
prior to the beginning of the semester.
- Student provides a schedule of classes, textbook reading assignments and/or
syllabus; this information must be included with the application packet.
- Student may need to supply blank 90-minute cassette tapes for recording.
DSPS Support Services staff will advise the student if tapes are needed.
- Department of Rehabilitation students may contact their caseworker for
assistance in obtaining the Individual Membership and equipment through
RFB&D and/or the Braille Institute.
- If the textbook is not available through RFB&D, DSPS Support Services
will attempt to locate a reader to record the textbook. Turn around time varies
depending upon the availability of a reader and the length of textbook.
- The student must notify DSPS Support Services office of any changes in their
class schedule, residence, or phone number.
- The student must pick up taped texts from DSPS Support Services office within
two weeks of notification of their availability. If a student repeatedly does
not pick up the requested taped texts, the service may be suspended. *
*Suspension of future taped texts services will be determined
following a review by the DSPS Director, Support Services Coordinator and
Disability Specialist. If taped texts service is suspended,
the student will receive written notification. If the student wishes to appeal
this decision student should follow the "Student Grievance Procedures" as outlined
in the current Cuesta College catalog.
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Taped Text Request Form
The Taped Text Request form may be picked up at the Support Services Desk
at the SLO or NCC DSPS Offices. Completed forms should be returned to the
Support Services Desk.
Download Taped Text Request Form
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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
It is recommended that students join RFB&D, a nonprofit membership
organization that provides taped textbooks for people with verified reading
A one-time registration fee of $50 and a $25 annual fee ($75 when you apply
and $25 a year thereafter) in addition to documentation of your reading
disability must accompany your membership application.
Warning! "The link will take you to sites outside the
Cuesta College web server. Cuesta College has no control over the content or
availability of these sites."
RFB&D is a national nonprofit
organization serving people who cannot read standard print because of a
visual, perceptual, or other physical disability. They provide on-loan
recorded books at all academic levels.
RFB&D's mission is to promote educational and professional success by
converting printed materials into accessible forms and providing related
products and services.
RFB&D Scholarship Information
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