Alternative Formats

A public entity shall take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with applicants, participants, and members of the public with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. Appropriate auxiliary aids and services need to be provided where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program, or activity conducted by a public entity.

The type of auxiliary aid and service is determined by giving primary consideration to the requests of the individual with a disability. "Auxiliary aids" include such services or devices as qualified interpreters, assistive listening headsets, real time, open, closed captioning, teletypewriters (TTY) or Telecommunications Relay services (TRS), videotext displays, readers, taped texts, Braille materials, and large print materials.

Although compliance may result in additional cost, a public entity may not place a surcharge to particular individuals or groups with disabilities to cover the expense. A surcharge may arise as a result of any component of a public entity’s programs, services, and activities.

The inclusion of products or services on alternate formats should not be viewed as an endorsement by the State of California. Resources have been compiled for informational purposes only, and the State of California makes no guarantees regarding the accessibility or quality of the cited references.

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Braille Resources:

Large Print:

  • Braille Institute
    Los Angeles Center: 323-663-1111
    Rancho Mirage Center: 760-321-1111
    Santa Barbara Center: 805-682-6222
    Orange County Center: 714-821-5000
    San Diego Center: 858-452-1111

Audio Resources:

Other Alternative Media Resources:

  • American Thermoform Corporation
    1758 Brackett Street
    LaVerne, California 91750
    800-331-3676 (toll-free)
    909-593-8001 (facsimile)
    American Theroform Corporation is a major California-based supplier of Braille paper and related supplies. Braille paper is available in various widths and in weight suitable for both draft and final documents.