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How Can NIMAS Help Students with Print Disabilities? IPAT ND

How Can NIMAS Help Students with Print Disabilities? IPAT ND | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

NIMAS is a technical standard for developing accessible K-12 instructional materials.  It states that all books published after August 18, 2006, must be produced in the NIMAS format in addition to printed versions. This standard was put in place by policy makers to assure that “qualifying students with disabilities receive textbooks and other important materials in an accessible format at the same time as their fellow students.”

 

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Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer

Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Doors Are Open to the AEM Center: Explore Accessible Learning Options This Summer.


The AEM Center offers ed resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, and students all year long. AIM-VA is a free program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. We provide free accessible versions of printed instructional materials for qualified K-12 students in Virginia.


Students with disabilities who meet certain criteria can be found eligible for AEM and free high quality accessible reading materials. Moreover, some of the providers offer contests and ways to connect with readers who have print disabilities.


For example: "Learning Ally has kicked off its "Summer Reading Together.External Link to Summer Reading Together (New Window)" program. This initiative is designed specifically for students with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia and blindness or visual impairment. The program features unique and engaging events that create a sense of fun, excitement, competition and support among students, their teachers, families and friends.


Bookshare's accessible online library is another excellent resource for students and adults who cannot read traditional print books due to disabilities like blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities like dyslexia. Check out Bookshare's tips for giving students with print disabilities independent access to Bookshare over the summer.

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Complex Images • Images • WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials

Complex Images • Images • WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Complex images contain substantial information – more than can be conveyed in a short phrase or sentence. These are typically:

graphs and charts, including flow charts and organizational charts;
diagrams and illustrations where the page text relies on the user being able to understand the image;
maps showing locations or other information such as weather systems.

In these cases a two-part text alternative is required. The first part is the short description to identify the image and, where appropriate, indicate the location of the long description. The second part is the long description – a textual representation of the essential information conveyed by the image. The following examples show different approaches that can be used to provide such short and long descriptions.
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Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities | GlobalAccessibiltyNews

Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities | GlobalAccessibiltyNews | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the company’s Fire tablets

VoiceView allows readers with vision disabilities to use the devices through speech feedback. Just like on the Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch navigation, as well as the same range of speech feedback rates and earcons.

VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices (formerly known as IVONA) lets users with vision disabilities read millions of Kindle books and navigate the Kindle Paperwhite via speech feedback. Like VoiceView on our Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch navigation, and the same broad range of speech feedback rates and earcons.
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5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility | Federal Times

5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility | Federal Times | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Five years after the administration instituted the Cloud First policy, federal agencies across the government are buying in to cloud computing at an accelerated pace. But, when it comes to the government, progress can’t mean leaving people behind.

The cloud policy itself acknowledges this with a mandate to “define unique government regulatory requirements” when considering a cloud solution. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this includes Section 508, which requires federal programs, systems and information be accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.
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National Federation of the Blind and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading Experiences for Blind and Low-Vision Students | PR Newswire

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading Experiences for Blind and Low-Vision Students | PR Newswire | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
BALTIMORE, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon announced today that they will be working together to increase selection, enhance accessibility, and improve reading experiences for blind students, including those who have low vision or who are deaf-blind. Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind will collaborate on improvements to Amazon's education content, platforms, and applications, and will meet on an ongoing basis to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback. Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year and beyond.
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The EPUB Accessibility Summit: Making Accessibility Fundamental and Essential to EPUB - TISP Smart Book

The EPUB Accessibility Summit: Making Accessibility Fundamental and Essential to EPUB - TISP Smart Book | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
The IDPF places a high priority on collaborating with related organizations. Two of the most in-depth such collaborations are with the IMS Global Learning Consortium on educational issues and the DAISY Consortium on accessibility issues. There couldn’t be a better example of the importance of both of these partnerships than the EPUB Accessibility Summit, graciously hosted by IMS at their quarterly meeting in Baltimore on February 24.
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Accessibility QA Checklist | Compliance | EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines |IDPF

Accessibility QA Checklist | Compliance | EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines |IDPF | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

MT @accessibledaisy: EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines [IDPF] https://t.co/g1YrHZsYF9 #epub

This guide has been designed to help guide you in the creation of accessible EPUB 3 content. It includes a quality assurance checklist together with instruction on how to implement the requirements.

If you are new to accessible publishing, the best place to start is with the free O'Reilly book Accessible EPUB 3, as it will walk you through the basic issues you need to understand in more detail — and with more of an instructional focus. The EPUB 3 Best Practices book includes the information in Accessible EPUB 3 as a chapter, but has also been expanded to include additional information. If you're looking for a more general purpose guide to EPUB 3 production, that also covers accessibility, the Best Practices guide is recommended.

For general how-to questions, please create a new topic in the IDPF accessibility discussion forum. Someone will always try to respond!

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Accessible Educational Materials (AEM): National Center home page

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM): National Center home page | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. We provide resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

 

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials.

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Style Guide - National Center on Disability and Journalism

Style Guide - National Center on Disability and Journalism | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
The style guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. The guide covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, mental and cognitive disabilities and seizure disorders. Entries are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the index above to jump to entries that begin with that letter.

Each entry includes a definition of the word or term, a summary of how it is used or viewed by disability groups and guidance, when available, from The Associated Press Stylebook. Finally, each entry includes the NCDJ recommendation, which strives for accuracy and aims to strike a balance between clarity and sensitivity.
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This  style guide is useful for anyone seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. Whilst the examples are U.S centric, it is easily contextualised for use in other countries.

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5 iOS accessibility features that are useful to everyone | siliconANGLE

5 iOS accessibility features that are useful to everyone | siliconANGLE | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Apple’s iOS mobile operating system comes with assistive features baked in that allow people with disabilities to use devices like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad in much the same way as non-disabled users.

However, as has been pointed out on more than one occasion, accessibility features are not limited to disabled users, but can also allow non-disabled users to improve how they access and interact with their devices.

Writing for Macworld, Christopher Phin has compiled a list of accessibility features in iOS that not only enrich the lives of disabled iOS users, but that can be useful to everyone.
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Describing Images for Improved Web Accessibility | MediaCurrent

Describing Images for Improved Web Accessibility | MediaCurrent | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

One of the most basic techniques of web accessibility is adding alternative texts to images. It is possibly the single biggest thing you can do to make your site more accessible. In fact, it is the very first item listed in the WCAG 2.0 guidelines: WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.1.1 - "All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose."

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Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility | Ed Week

Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility | Ed Week | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Seattle will take several steps to make the ed-tech used in its schools accessible to blind students, faculty, and parents, in the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the district by Noel Nightingale and her co-plaintiff, the National Federation of the Blind.

The potentially landmark agreement, which was signed on Sept. 25, comes after Nightingale, a blind mother of three Seattle students, filed a lawsuit in 2014 because she did not have equal access to information on the district's websites and a math program. The National Federation of the Blind is a co-plaintiff in the case.

Nightingale originally brought the issue to the attention of Seattle schools in 2012, according to a briefing for the school board on the issue. The district's website provider indicated that it could not fully resolve the issues.
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NYC Education Dept. Halts $30M e-Book Initiative with Amazon.com (AMZN) | StreetInsider

NYC Education Dept. Halts $30M e-Book Initiative with Amazon.com (AMZN) | StreetInsider | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
New York is shelving plans which would have called for Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) to supply the city's public schools with electronic books.

According to the NY Daily News, the contract was valued at about $30 million.

Advocates against the imitative said it would have caused visually impaired children to have trouble accessing the design.

One rep for New York's education said the agency is working with Amazon on a new format whichwill be accessible to all students.
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Making E-Learning Accessible | Pearson

Making E-Learning Accessible | Pearson | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
These guidelines were created to guide Pearson's development teams and are updated regularly with new techniques. They are public so that customers and others can see what we're working toward and will, we hope, find them useful for their own e-learning projects.
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Spring 2016 Digital Accessibility Legal Update - Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Spring 2016 Digital Accessibility Legal Update - Law Office of Lainey Feingold | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
This post includes recent legal developments about digital accessibility between December 11, 2015 and May 7, 2016. It supplements presentations given by Lainey Feingold this Spring at the Funka Nu Accessibility Days Conference in Stockholm, the John Slatin AccessU in Austin, and at the 31st annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University at Northridge, popularly known as CSUN (with Linda Dardarian).

This update is part of an occasional series about recent legal developments impacting technology and information access for people with disabilities. Access to the digital world is a civil right, and there is a lot happening in the legal space. Previous updates include the December 2015 legal update and the Summer 2015 legal update.
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eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect? | JISC

eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect? | JISC | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that the eBook revolution has been a boon to many visually impaired people. For the first time, books in electronic formats get the same attention as their hard copy counterparts. This allows disabled readers all over the world to ditch hefty braille volumes, badly-proofed scans and illegally-obtained eBook files. The growth of ebooks has accompanied increased awareness of international standards such as ePub, with its high native accessibility. Accessible eBook production is in the spotlight more than ever.

However, many disabled readers are finding that, despite all of the efforts to push eBook accessibility forward, there is an ever-widening gap between eBook producers and consumers. Digital rights management, proprietary formatting and unusable software is causing many disabled people to hit up against brick walls. This, in turn, is impacting their work, studies, private learning and reading for pleasure. This article explores the tools that work well for blind readers, the ones that could be improved, and the core problems that are causing accessibility setbacks.
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AEM: Best Practices for Educators & Instructors | AEM Website

AEM: Best Practices for Educators & Instructors | AEM Website | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Resources for educators and instructors on best practices to ensure the accessibility of self-created educational materials.
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VitalSource Continues to Champion Accessibility | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

VitalSource Continues to Champion Accessibility | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
VitalSource Technologies Inc., part of Ingram Content Group, has received an unprecedented achievement of 100 percent compliance with the industry-wide tests for accessibility on its Windows and iOS Bookshelf® clients. All VitalSource readers received 100 percent on visual adjustments, and the company has committed to 100 percent coverage on all tests, for all clients this summer. With its long-held commitment to accessibility, the company is the first in its industry to reach this level of conformance with the EPUBtest.org evaluation of reading system accessibility. VitalSource’s reading system serves both K12 and higher education.
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Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility | EdWeek Market Brief

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility | EdWeek Market Brief | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students.

In a statement, the federation indicated it will “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and applications.” It added that representatives from Amazon and the Baltimore-based federation will meet on an ongoing basis “to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback.”

Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year, according to the announcement.
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DK launches braille series for children | The Bookseller

DK launches braille series for children | The Bookseller | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
DK, a division of Penguin Random House UK, will next month launch a series of braille books for children.

The ‘DK Braille’ series is the first of its kind for the publisher, which has created a range of non-fiction titles, ranging from board books to books for independent readers. Senior editor Fleur Star and designer Jemma Westing came up with the idea, while producer Charlotte Oliver looked into the feasibility of making braille books using standard production methods. The three then developed the series with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

As well as braille lettering, the books also feature tactile elements such as embossing and flocked finishing. The narrative is also told in printed text so parents or carers can read alongside children.
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The web accessibility basics | Marco's Accessibility Blog

The web accessibility basics | Marco's Accessibility Blog | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

I’ve been asked again and again over the years what the absolute basics of web accessibility are. And while I always thought that it is not so difficult to find resources about these basics, the recurrence of that question prompted me to finally write my own take on this topic. So here it is, my list of absolute web accessibility basics every web developer should know about.

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A pretty good list of the basics.

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DOJ Delays Rulemaking on Website Accessibility | Bloomberg BNA

DOJ Delays Rulemaking on Website Accessibility | Bloomberg BNA | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Disappointing advocates for sight-impaired Internet users, the U.S. Department of Justice has delayed for at least two more years regulations explaining how e-commerce websites can comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The DOJ announced Nov. 19 that it will put off until 2018 the release of website accessibility regulations for businesses. The government's delay puts e-commerce website operators in a difficult position: incur arguably unnecessary costs to make their websites more accessible or risk litigation from blind users who claim that changes are legally required now.

State and local governments, however, can expect DOJ to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in early 2016, according to the agency's statement of regulatory priorities.
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How Facebook Is Using AI to Help Bring Photos To Life For The Blind | Fast Company

How Facebook Is Using AI to Help Bring Photos To Life For The Blind | Fast Company | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
Four years ago, Facebook launched an Accessibility initiative, spearheaded by project lead Jeff Wieland. Over that time, the team has worked on ways to improve Facebook’s usefulness for the blind, the deaf, and people with other disabilities. When it comes to helping the blind navigate Facebook, a main focus has been translating the service’s menu and button structure for screen readers.

"We want to make accessibility part of everything we build," Wieland tells Fast Company. "We worked closely with [our] Infrastructure team to make sure [core components like menus, buttons, and links] are designed with accessibility in mind."
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Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston | Boston Globe

Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston | Boston Globe | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
According to the World Health Organization, a billion people worldwide have some form of disability. The giant Internet service Yahoo wants to deliver information and entertainment to every one of them, not just because it’s good business, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

On Tuesday, Yahoo showed off an “accessibility lab” at its Boston facility in Downtown Crossing. Yahoo will use the lab to test the closed captions it attaches to its online video content, to ensure that deaf viewers can enjoy the shows.
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Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C. | Ed Week

Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C. | Ed Week | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
New York City schools delayed a vote this week on awarding a $30 million contract to Amazon to develop an online e-book storefront for educators, after advocates for blind and visually impaired individuals raised accessibility concerns.

The National Federation of the Blind is questioning whether its community would have full accessibility in the online platform that would be built for teachers and principals to order e-books and digital content, and whether blind and visually impaired educatorrs and students will be able to adequately use the content once it is downloaded via the Kindle file format.
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