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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Resources for Accessing Alternative Text Formats

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Local LEA Staff

Date: September 15, 2010

The information below provides resources for accessing alternative text formats for students with print disabilities (i.e., Braille, Large Print, Digital or Audio).  These include:

Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) - 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.

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.

Bookshare - provides free alternative text conversions in DAISY, HTML, and BRF formats that allows 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/.

Recordings For the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) - distributes human-recorded audio formatted files free for individuals with print disabilities.  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.