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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) are proud to present:

 

On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed legislation that reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, P.L. 108-446. The IDEA is the main federal program authorizing state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities. One significant area of improvement in this landmark legislation included the provision of textbooks and instructional materials in accessible formats for students with print-related disabilities.

Please join us at a national information forum to discuss the function and features of new provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. 108-446 that will benefit your state, school district, or publishing organization when dealing with the development of source files for textbooks or when developing the best system for the production and delivery of textbooks and instructional materials to students who are blind or print disabled. A half-day seminar will be devoted to defining, discussing and demonstrating the impact of the new provisions in IDEA surrounding the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) and the central repository or National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) that will provide for the storage and distribution of electronic textbook source files from publishers.

When textbooks and classroom materials are produced using the NIMAS, they will be more efficiently adapted and produced into products ranging from braille, audio, to digital editions of textbooks. In past years, the lack of a standardized format meant that publishers had to produce materials in multiple file formats, which often caused delays that meant students with visual or print disabilities did not receive their textbooks in time or in the appropriate medium for the beginning of the school year.

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2005

12:00 p.m. registration and light refreshments

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Discussion, Question and Answer and Demonstration of the Unique Features of NIMAS

COST: $100.00

Please complete the reservation form below, make your check payable to AFB and mail it to: American Foundation for the Blind, Mary Ann Siller, 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229

If you are attending AFB’s Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI), which is being held at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel from March 11-13, 2005, AFB will reduce the rate of the March 10 meeting by $50.00.

For more information about AFB’s 19th annual JLTLI

WHERE: Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

296 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone 1-617-227-0800

Special hotel rates apply for March 11-13, please call ASAP at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the AFB rate.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Publishers of K-12 textbooks and instructional materials, state directors of special education, assistive technology specialists, educators, staff from the instructional materials centers for the blind and visually impaired,braille production centers, state textbook administrators, and braille transcribers.

INVITED PRESENTERS:

  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Association of American Publishers
  • CAST
  • Duxbury Systems, Inc.
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
  • U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
  • U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

RESERVATION FORM:

For more information and reservations, contact Mary Ann Siller, Director, AFB National Education Program at or in Dallas, Texas, at 469-522-1803

___Yes, I will be at the March 10, 2005 meeting and my check will be sent to AFB, Mary Ann Siller, 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229

____ Yes, I will be at the March 10, 2005 meeting, and I will pay by credit card

Please provide your credit card information below:

Card Type (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) _________________

Total Amount:_____________________________

Card Number:______________________________

Expiration (mm/yy) _________________________

Full Name as Appears on your Credit Card __________________________________________

____No, I can’t attend but please put me on AFB’s e-mail list for NIMAS and IDEA

E-mail your intent to attend with the above information to or FAX to 214-352-3214

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate the inequities faced by the 10 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. The American Foundation for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment and technology for Americans who are blind or visually impaired.