[Athen] AHEAD E-Text Site Update

Marks, Jim marks at mso.umt.edu
Wed Jul 25 10:55:39 PDT 2007

Was the NFB of Oregon behind the adoption of the Oregon law? The NFB's
position is that state adoption of post-secondary education textbook
legislation helps motivate a national solution. It's a familiar pattern
since this is exactly what led to NIMAS and NIMAC in IDEA 2004. The NFB
successfully managed to get about 40 states to adopt legislation that
called on publishers to provide electronic versions of their K-12
textbooks for blind and visually impaired children. The state laws are
known as Braille Bills, and they included other features of benefit to
blind and visually impaired children. From the NFB advocacy
perspective, even bad state laws are helpful. The ultimate prize here
is national legislation, and the NFB is well on its way. Don't know
about the rest of you, but I find this political process very

Jim Marks
Director of Disability Services
University of Montana
jim.marks at umontana.edu

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