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Alternate Format

What is Alternate Format?


Alternate Format is the process of making information available in an accessible format for individuals with visual and other print-related disabilities. The most common formats we convert material into is PDF, Word, and .Kesi (Kurzweil). This service is available through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at no cost to students at UIC.


A few important things to keep in mind when requesting Alternate Format Services:

  • An alternate format request form must be filled out for all requests
  • Turn-around time for this service can be up to 15 business days from the date the form is received by the DRC
  • Course materials for conversions must be provided to our office in a timely manner. The DRC is not responsible for converting materials that are due on or before the week of receiving materials. Course materials due prior to DRC receipt will be worked on as time allows

If you have any questions or comments about alternate format procedures, you can contact the alternate format team via email at