Posts Tagged ‘AccessText’

Site simplifies text for students with disabilities

© — A new national online database is making it easier and quicker for college students with print-related disabilities, including blindness or dyslexia, to obtain the alternative textbooks they need for their academic courses. The AccessText Network contains more than 300,000 textbook and novel titles available in alternative formats. To date, more than 650 colleges and universities have enrolled. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) developed the database in conjunction with the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) at the University of Georgia. The membership-based online system provides quick access to information about publishers’ course materials and expedites how institutions can request electronic versions of course materials for students with print disabilities or obtain permission to scan these course materials…. READ ARTICLE

Textbooks for the Disabled

© — The Association of American Publishers and the University of Georgia this week unveiled an electronic database aimed at making it easier for blind, dyslexic and otherwise impaired college students to get specialized textbooks in time for classes. The database, called AccessText, is designed to centralize the process by which electronic versions of textbooks are requested by colleges and supplied by publishers. Experts say it will allow disabled students to get their textbooks more efficiently, help colleges save money and avoid lawsuits, and protect publishers’ copyrights…. READ STORY

New Program Seeks to Make Alternative Textbooks for Visually Impaired Students Available Faster

By Marc Beja © The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, DC — While music-recording companies have been fighting people who illegally share songs, book publishers are looking to expand file-sharing for college students with print-related disabilities.  AccessText, a new service that rolled out a beta version this week, has created an online database that makes it simpler for disability-student services at colleges to track down alternative forms of course materials from book publishers…. READ STORY