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Accessible Instructional MaterialsNIMAC | National Instructional Materials Access Centerprovides the technical specifications designed to speed the creation ofstudent-ready accessible materialsNIMAS | National Instructional Materials Access Standarda repository for the cataloging, storage and distribution of accessible filesCAST | Center for Applied Special Technologyeducational research & development organization that works to expandlearning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design forLearningAIM | Accessible Instructional Materialsspecialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and withprint-disabled learners www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsWhat are “Specialized Formats”?Embossed BrailleDigital Braille - BRF (Braille Ready Format)Large PrintAudioDigital Text• DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem)• HTML eBooks• Word and Rich Text files• PDF Digital does NOT always mean ACCESSIBLE www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsWho REALLY qualifies?The Library of Congress regulations (36 CFR 701.6(b)(1)) related to the Act to ProvideBooks for the Adult Blind provide that "blind persons or other persons with printdisabilities" 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. www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional Materials Examples of Certifying Disability Qualified/Not Qualified ProfessionalsVisual Impairment (VI), such as blindness or Qualified A family doctor, ophthalmologist,low vision neurologist, psychiatrist, optometrist, physical therapist, or other medical professional.Physical Disability (PD) which affects theability to read print, such as inability to hold a Qualified Teacher of the visually impaired, specialbook or turn pages education teacher, learning disability specialist, school psychologist, clinical psychologist with a background in learning disabilities, resource specialist or other educational professional Students with a severe enough disability,Severe Learning Disability that affects the and a professional certifying that the Certification from the National Libraryability to read standard print disability is severe enough and the Service individual needs accessible formats. Proof of membership with RFB&DAutismEmotional disabilitiesADHD Not qualified, unless accompanied by a visual or physical disability, or a qualified Not applicable Other Learning Challenges reading disability that has a physical basisESL and ELL www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsAIM for the GOAL?•AIM Explorer•AIM Implementation Guide•AIM Navigatoraim.cast.org www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsReady, SETT, GO!Align accessibility with the needs of the student• Does this STUDENT need instructional materials in specialized formats to access the curriculum and receive a free, appropriate, public education?• In which ENVIRONMENTS will specialized materials be used?• For which TASKS will the student require materials in which specialized format?• What TOOLS will the student and others need? Formats? Teaching? Technology? Training? Accommodations? Modifications? www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsBookshare BasicsBookshare® is an online library of accessible media for readers with print disabilities.• Over 125,000 Members• Over 9,000 schools and other organizations• Over 95,000 titles• Over a thousand new books added every month• Textbooks • NIMAC textbooks with images • Postsecondary textbooks• Over 100 publisher partnerships• 150 national and regional newspapers and magazines• New York Times Best Sellers• Young Reader’s Choice www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsBookshare Membership & Qualification• Any K-12 school can complete a simple online application to sign up for their FREE Bookshare Organizational membership.• Districts must add the names of all of their qualifying students to a roster on the Bookshare web site.• Districts must name one staff person as the Primary Contact.• Teachers may be added to the Bookshare account by the Primary Contact as Sponsors, each receiving their own unique login and password. www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsBookshare Membership & Qualification• Sponsors may be teachers, resource specialists, media specialists, teacher consultants for the visually impaired, etc. Sponsors may download books for their qualifying students.• Students who have been added to the Bookshare roster by their school may also sign up for a Bookshare individual membership, allowing them to download books at home.• NIMAC books can only be downloaded by the educator serving the qualified student with an IEP. The student must have an IEP. www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsBookshare – The Process1. Use search tools to find books on the Bookshare web site2. Choose the format you need: DAISY or BRAILLE3. Download the book to your computer.4. Unzip and use the file www.atlaak.org
Formats available from Bookshare Braille-ready file (BRF) formatDAISY bookwithoutpictures DAISY book with pictures (note the small picture icon in the lower left corner)
Tabs found at the top of all Bookshare web pages. Most used tabs forLog In box teachers: Book Search box 1.Membership 2.Getting Started 3.Help 4.Home
Your personalized Task BarOnce your district has anorganizational account, you willbe able to Log In here. When you have successfully logged in to your account, your personalized Task Bar will replace the Log In box, and will look like this.
Click My Organization Click Members to add Click Sponsors to qualifying students to add personnel who your schools Bookshare will be downloading roster books for students
Adding teachers as Sponsors From the My Organization area, Click Sponsors Use the “Remove Sponsor” buttonUse the “Add a Sponsor” button to delete the names of staff whoto add the names of staff who will have left the district or changedbe downloading books from responsibilities.Bookshare.
Adding students as Members From the My Organization area, Click MembersUse these buttons to Add or Remove student members.
Fill in the newstudent userinformationhereChoose aqualifying disabilitycategoryChoose whetherthis student has aIEP or 504 PlanClick Save to addthis student
Individual student membershipsFREE for all qualifying studentsSTRONGLY recommended that you add student members to your districts organizational roster FIRST, and then add individual memberships for students who need or desire them.Students can have BOTH district and individual Bookshare memberships! Students under 18 will need a parent/ guardian signature.
Helping your students get Individual Bookshare membershipsStep 1: Be sure you have already added the student to yourdistrict member roster – this makes the process of getting anindividual membership much easier!Step 2: Log in to your organizational Bookshare account and click theMy Organization link.Step 3: From your My Organization area, Click the Members link
Step 4: Put a check next to the name Step 5: Click Individualof each student needing an individual Membership FormBookshare account Step 6: Download the Individual Membership form. (Bookshare automatically creates a unique Individual Membership Form in PDF format for each student)
Step 7: Print the form, fill in the blanks and then fax or mail the form backto Bookshare. The student will receive a Welcome email from Booksharewithin a week, and will be able to log in to Bookshare with their own uniquepassword.
Standard SearchThe Standard Search box is found at the top of all Bookshare webpages. To use it, type a book title (or partial title), or an author, intothe blank field, then click the Search button.When using the standard and quick search fields it is important torealize that full text search will automatically search for the words inevery title and content of the books in the entire Bookshare collectionyielding a lot of results. If looking for a very specific book it is bestto use Advanced Search.
After logging in to your Quick Search Bookshare Account, from your Task bar, choose Quick Search Type in a books title, partial title, or author name, then click the Search buttonQuick Search gives the user a simple “Google-like” interface, with yoursearch results displayed “Google-style” in what is called “List View”
Advanced Search From the Standard Search box at the top of any Bookshare page, choose Advanced SearchFill in yoursearchinformation,then clickAdvancedSearch
Browse by Category From the Standard Search tool at the top of any page, choose Browse Click on any category and proceed to browse the Bookshare collection by viewing (sometimes large) lists of books or other reading materials
Choose:Viewing Search Results Table View or List View Books displayed in Table View look like this on your screen…
Download a bookBoth Search Views contain download buttons asshown here. Choose which format you want todownload (DAISY or Braille Ready File - BRF) byclicking the DAISY icon or the BRF icon
Select which student needs the book Note: Name of book being downloaded is shown herePut a check next to the name of the student who will receivethis book, then click the Download Book button
Confirm BookDownload byclicking theDownloadbutton Note: If more than one student needs the same book, put a check on multiple names
Create a “Download Password”The first time you download a book, you will be asked to create aDownload Password which is used to unzip the books youdownload. This is NOT the same password you use to log in to theBookshare web site. It is a special password that is used only to unzipa book that you have already downloaded to your computer. : NOTE: In most cases, teachers will use the download password to unzip the book themselves, and then distribute the usable unzipped version to the student.
Once you have created a Download Password, Bookshare will continuing using that same password for all of your future downloads. If you ever want to change your Download Password : From your Task Bar, choose “My Account”. Click “Preferences”, and at the bottom of the page fill out this box, then click the Save button.
After creating your download password, thebook is displayed as a zip file, ready todownload – Click on the book title to start thedownload.Note: each book title you download contains student identifyinginformation (blocked out in the example above)
Another search option: “Advanced Search” for NIMAC-sourced textbooksTo use the Advance Search feature, clickhere in the Standard Search box. Fill one or more of these boxes, and in the Books to Search menu, choose NIMAC books.
Textbook Search Results A NIMAC-sourced textbook that is found at Bookshare is displayed with the Download icons visible, indicating that this book is available from BookshareA NIMAC-sourced textbook that is NOT YET in the Booksharecollection does not have Download icons visible (only shows a“Request From NIMAC” message)
Downloading NIMAC-sourced textbooksClick this icon todownload the DAISY Click this iconversion without pictures to download the Braille Ready File (BRF) Click this icon to download the DAISY version WITH pictures
DAISY books with pictures:Download icon for a DAISY book with picturesIf you choose to download a DAISY book with pictures, be aware thatthe file size may be substantially larger than a book withoutpictures, and the download time may be substantially longer During the download process, you will be prompted to select the image quality (High or Lower) as shown here:
Once the DAISY book with pictures has been downloaded, opening it usingFree Software from Bookshare• Read:Outloud• VictorReader Soft Bookshare Edition If the book with high quality pictures does not work well with your computer, try downloading the same book again with lower resolution pictures, or with no pictures at all.
What about textbooks that do not appear in your search results at all? (indicating that they are not found at either Bookshare or at NIMAC)• Contact ATLA –firstname.lastname@example.org, –akaccessiblemedia.org)• Contact the publisher to inquire about how to receive an accessible version (.rtf or .pdf) of the book.• Contact Bookshare to see if they will scan the book for you. (You may be asked to send a hard copy of the book to Bookshare)• Check Learning Ally to see if the book is available from them.
You may be able to purchase an accessible format version of a book directly from the publisher. Anaccessible book purchased from the publisher may be used by any student without the restrictions currently imposed by copyright law.Publishers need to hear from their customers that, if available, K-12 school districts would purchase accessible versions of textbooks.
Accessible Instructional MaterialsThere’s an app for that!Read2Go• Complete control of font size, color and background color• Word-by-word highlighting• Optional text-to-speech with high-quality Acapela voices• Supports all levels navigation in book, up to 6• $19.99 www.atlaak.org
Accessible Instructional MaterialsRemember – you do have CHOICES!• CK-12• FlatWorld• Curriki• Learning Ally• iTunes• Amazon www.atlaak.org