Reading Services and Adaptive Technology

Reading services are provided to students with permanent or temporary disabilities who provide appropriate documentation and meet the eligibility requirements. You will first need to meet with your specialist who will determine what types of reading services would be most helpful to you. DSP offers adaptive technology such as Capti, e-texts, and more to eligible students.


The Capti interface is presented on the screens of a laptop and mobile device.

Requesting access to Capti

  1. Once approved for alternate reading formats, request access to Capti by emailing the Adaptive Technology Specialist.
  2. You will be granted access to a license and sent links to video tutorials. In-person or Zoom trainings with the Adaptive Technology Specialist are available upon request.

Requesting access to e-texts:

  • Submit a request for electronic texts from DSP by completing the DSP Alternate Text Request Form (the link to this Google form is available in the E-text Service Agreement within the DSP Portal)
  • Be sure to submit this form as soon as possible. If you don't have a list of books for your courses yet, you can get the required information from the UCSB Bookstore online
  • The Alternative Text Assistant will contact you when these texts become available. If e-texts are not available, they will contact you to see if you are agreeable to breaking the spine of your physical book so an e-text can be produced from it.

If you DO NOT want to use Capti:

If you feel that text-to-speech software is not helpful, check out Learning Ally's resources. Search for your books on the Learning Ally website. If they have the books you need, email the Adaptive Technology Specialist to gain access to a subscription.