[Athen] braille work and ocr

Wink Harner wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Wed Aug 15 13:14:23 PDT 2007

Hi ATHEN-ites,

Phil, this is a completely unreasonable, un-meetable goal. Even if a
brailling service is expert in foreign languages or physics (our current
examples!), a 790 page university physics II book takes 800 man hours to
input, print, edit and publish. Can you figure how that fits into a
21-day turn around time? Even if we

With your permission, I would like to forward the request for input to
our colleagues at ASU who are doing our physics brailling this fall and
ask their comments on what is "reasonable" turnaround for a job of this

Blessings, all!

Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
Mesa AZ

White, Phillip B. wrote:

> Recently I posted a question to the list regarding the turnaround time

> for Braille. As many of you know, several of the California State

> University system universities were investigated by the Dept. of

> Education office of civil rights. Our case was related to not having

> staffing to do electronic books. However, the OCR attorneys are trying

> to set the language for forcing us to handle Braille in a certain way --

> though we have almost no requests for Braille.


> >From my understanding, it appears the attorneys for OCR are trying to

> force language into our case that will affect national standards. They

> have suggested to us that we (and this could set the measuring line for

> you as well) will have to turn around Braille, including scientific,

> foreign language, music and mathematics, to be completed in 21 days.


> Cal State Fullerton had language placed into their agreement that said

> something like parts being done in two weeks, but these attorneys are

> pressing to have materials (meaning the whole book) done in 21 days.


> I was hoping to get some consensus form the Athen membership, some

> stats, but only a couple responses have been provided.


> I will report back on the final version\language of that section of the

> policy that OCR is forcing our noncompliant administration to take.


> Phillip White

> Adaptive Technology Coordinator

> Cal State University Los Angeles


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