Disability Resource Service
Alternative Format Centre
General Terms and Conditions
- The Disability Resource Service (DRS) will determine eligibility for support from the Alternative Format Centre (AFC) based on relevant medical and professional documentation presented by students.
- The AFC is permitted to provide information in alternative formats to students with a print disability. Under section 69 of the Copyright Act 1994 a person is deemed to have a print disability if he or she is blind, or suffers severe impairment of his or her sight, or is unable to hold or manipulate books, or is unable to focus or move his or her eyes, or suffers a handicap with respect to visual perception.
- Please see How to Access the Services for more information on the supports AFC offers to students with print disabilities.
- Students eligible for support from AFC must submit their request early as they will be strictly considered on a first-come first-served basis.
- The AFC may need to unbind or guillotine material for fast and accurate processing. The material will be rebound at the cost of the AFC, if the student so requests.
- Whenever the format preferred by the student is not practical or possible, the next best alternative will be determined by the AFC staff and the student accordingly advised.
- The AFC will provide one copy of the requested material in the required alternative format for use only by the person with the print disability. Any further reproduction or distribution is a breach of the Copyright Act 1994 and may be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.
- In the case of lecture material, where the student has been allocated a notetaking service, it is the student's responsibility to collect the processed materials from the AFC. The processed material may include tactile formats also. Failure to collect the processed material on a regular basis will result in the suspension of the service.
- The AFC/DRS must be notified immediately in case of discontinuation from a course.
- On completion, (or discontinuation) of the course of study, the electronic file(s) must be returned to the Disability Resource Service and all downloaded files must be deleted from the student's computer.
- The AFC also offers a transcription service where audio files are converted into digital text and handwritten work is typed up. For detailed information about this service please see Procedure for Transcription of Oral and Written Work.
- The processing of work will begin only after the service user fully understands and accepts the AFC policies and procedures and completes the AFC Job Request Form (DOC, 96KB) and the End User Agreement.