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Accessible Textbooks and Instructional Materials for Students with Visual Impairments - A Tool Kit from the AFB Solutions Forum

  1. ACCESSIBLE TEXTBOOKS TOOL KIT (PDF - 4mb)
  2. AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum
    1. Introduction to the AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum
    2. AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum Partners
    3. AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum: Background and History
    4. AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum: Work Groups' Statement of Purpose
  3. General Information
    1. Alphabet Soup: Common Acronyms Used When Speaking About Accessible Textbooks
    2. Official Resolution of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired: AER Resolution 2000-09
    3. Dear Dot
    4. Surpassing Gutenberg: A Historic Opportunity in Access to Published Information for Blind Readers
    5. Web Site Resources for Education
    6. Organizational Contact List
    7. States with Textbook Adoption Process
    8. Summary of State Braille Laws (K-12)
  4. Issues
    1. Textbook Creation: From Electronic File to Print Pupil Edition
    2. Production of Braille Textbooks
    3. Flowchart for Working with Publishers' Files
    4. Why Does it Take so Long?
    5. Owning the Problem
    6. Textbooks on Time: Will it Ever Happen for the Blind?
    7. Blind Students Want Faster Access to Books - Federal Law is Sought to Speed Up the Process of Adapting Textbooks for Visually Impaired People
    8. Lack of Brailled Textbooks Leaves Blind Students in a Bind
    9. Accessibility Benefits All Students: Electronic Textbooks Poised to Provide Universal Access
    10. Statewide Training Project of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB)
    11. What is ASCII: An Outdated Computer File System, an Outmoded Communications Medium, an Outgoing Accessibility Tool
    12. Information from the AFB Textbooks and Instructional Materials Solutions Forum Surveys
      1. Use of Multimedia Presentation and Technology from the Results of the National Survey
      2. Production and Delivery of Specialized Materials
      3. Training and Availability of Braille Transcribers
  5. Solutions
    1. American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
      1. Information from the American Printing House for the Blind
      2. Accessible Textbooks Initiative Collaboration (ATIC) Project
    2. More Accessibility for Math Students
    3. Verizon and AFB National Campaign for Literacy, Textbooks, Transcribers and Technology
      1. Verizon Partners with AFB for Three-Year National Campaign
      2. AFB and Verizon Reads National Campaign Components
      3. AFB and Verizon "A Call To Action" Fact Sheet
    4. New Career - Braille Textbook Transcriber
    5. Northwest Vista College Braille Textbook Transcriber (BRTT) Course Descriptions
    6. Braille Transcriber Q & A
    7. Braille Production the DAISY Way
    8. WGBH/NCAM
      1. eDescription Project
      2. Making Educational Software Accessible
      3. MAGpie
    9. Association of Instructional Resource Centers for the Visually Handicapped (AIRCVH)
    10. DAISY Consortium: Information Technology for the World's Blind and Print-Disabled Population - Past, Present, and into the Future
    11. Guidelines to Structured Markup for the DAISY Digital Talking Book
    12. National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: Digital Plans and Progress
    13. Digital Talking Book Standards Developed by NLS and Partners Under NISO Auspices
    14. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)
      1. RFB&D: Questions and Answers
      2. Using Digital Talking Books in Schools: RFB&D's Top Project
    15. Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
      1. CAST at a Glance
      2. About CAST
      3. Thinking Readers: Helping Students Take Charge of Their Learning
      4. Testimony to Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education: Hearing on Educational Technology, July 25, 2001
      5. National File Format Advisory Panel
      6. National File Format Needs Statement
    16. The Universal Learning Center: Helping Teachers - and Parents - Find Accessible Electronic Learning Materials for Students with Disabilities
    17. Association of American Publishers (AAP): Contact List for Braille-Related Materials and Questions
    18. Conversion Vendors
    19. National Standard for Digital Talking Books Brings Powerful, Flexible Reading System for the Print Disabled
    20. Joint Technology Task Force (JTTF): Electronic File Format Analysis
    21. Training Manual for Braille Textbook Transcribers
    22. Instructional Materials Accessibility Act (IMAA)
      1. IMAA - Summary of Key Areas
      2. IMAA - Section by Section
      3. Supporters of the Instructional Materials Accessibility Act
    23. Bill Would Get Books to Blind Students More Quickly
    24. New Bill Would Give Blind Students Equal Access to Textbooks
    25. Get Caught Reading National Campaign
    26. Braille2000 Product Information
    27. Duxbury Systems, Inc.

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