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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Accessible Textbooks and Core Materials

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Technology Directors, General Education Instructors

Date: April 6, 2010

Alternative text formats (i.e., Braille, large print, digital, or audio) for students with print disabilities are now available through the following four sources.  This overview offers information about accessing these resources.

1. Missouri Assistive Technology - provides access to NIMAS formatted file sets provided by publishers and answers general questions about alternative format options and assistive technology applications.  To contact Missouri Assistive Technology, call 800-647-8557 or email moat1501@att.net.

2. Missouri School for the Blind - manages federal quota funds to purchase hard copy large print and Braille texts for students who meet the definition of legally blind.  For more information, contact Yvonne Ali at yali@msb.k12.mo.us or 800-622-5672.

3. Bookshare - provides FREE alternative text conversions in DAISY, HTML, and BRF formats that allow for text to speech, large print, and Braille output options for students of all print disabilities.  To learn more about developing a FREE account, go to http://www.bookshare.org/

4. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic(r) (RFB&D) - distributes human recorded audio formatted files FREE for students needing audio output options due to vision loss.  To set up a FREE account or learn more about this option, go to http://www.rfbd.org/

For more information about the provision of accessible instructional materials, please visit Missouri Assistive Technology's website at http://at.mo.gov/aim/aim.html.