AIM and Digital Text in Policy & Practice SETSIG Forum, ISTE 2010 Denver, Colorado Thanks to Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer of Policy and Technology and Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, AIM Center @ CAST, Inc. for their content contributions.
The Library of Congress regulations (36 CFR 701.6(b)(1)) related to the Act to Provide Books for the Adult Blind provide that "blind persons or other persons with print disabilities" include:
Persons who are Blind visual acuity is 20/200 or less; angular distance no more than 20 degrees. Persons with Visual Disability prevents the reading of standard printed material. Persons with Physical Limitations unable to read, access, or use standard print Persons with a Reading Disability(of organic origin) preventing reading printed material in a normal manner. Who Qualifies for NIMAS/NIMAC Distributed Materials?
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Key Questions When Investigating Repositories of Accessible Text
What is the nature of the collections? (e.g., subject area collections, textbooks, periodicals, trade books, etc.)
What formats are available from the repository? (e.g., .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc.)
Is there a cost to access the files in the repository?