[Athen] EASI Webinar: The Future of E--books Is Here!
Prof Norm Coombs
norm.coombs at gmail.com
Tue May 1 08:51:55 PDT 2007
The point of the Webinar is to outline the current state of NIMAS which is
the K-12 standard in the IDEA legislation. Of course, my personal interest
is more higher ed but I believe this event is monumental and needs
treatment. Also, An hour goes by quickly. If we hope to get into any
depth, 2 people is probably all we can cover.
I'd love to do a follow-up on how to expand this to higher ed.
At 07:27 AM 5/1/2007, you wrote:
>My apologies to all! I previously posted this last week, but with the
>wrong subject line, so thought I'd try again.
>Norm, this sounds like a very interesting workshop! Thanks for providing
>I do have one concern which is that there is no representation from two
>key players - postsecondary education dss and APA (American Publishers
>Association) - in this workshop. Since NIMAS is the standard for K-12 and
>not postsecondary ed, was anyone from the AHEAD eText inititive involved
>or invited? It would just seem appropriate to have someone who represents
>postsecondary ed involved in this along with the individuals who are
>Soapbox for any who wish to lend an ear: It seems that we have several
>different groups working on this issue, but the groups are not
>communicating with one another! Ex: Group 1 - we have the AHEAD eText
>Initiative which has the main players at the table talking, Group 2 - this
>EASI workshop group, Group 3 - a group of individuals who are blind who
>recently went to Washington to talk directly with senators and
>representatives about needing legislation mandating that publishers
>provide eText in a specific standard (I think they too had jumped on the
>NIMAS bandwagon). I'm sure there are other groups out there. Rather than
>having umpteen smaller groups picking away at the problem, it would seem
>more feasible for us to band together. More power in numbers!
>OK I'm stepping off my soap box and getting back to proctoring finals.
>Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
>Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services
>Arkansas State University - Beebe
>>Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 09:08:52 -0700
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>>EASI Webinar: The Future of E--books Is Here!
>>Accessible E-textbooks for Students: May 1 2 PM Eastern
>>Nicole Gaines, NIMAC Manager, American Printinghouse for the Blind
>>Julia Myers, Director, Resource Services and NIMAC, American Printing House
>>for the Blind,
>>Skip Stahl, Project Director, NIMAS Development Center, Center for Applied
>>President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education
>>Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) on December 3, 2004 which, among other
>>the provision of textbooks and instructional materials in accessible
>>formats for students who are blind or print disabled. While the legislation
>>relates to K-12 students, we believe that the more that publishers are
>>creating accessible e-textbooks for K-12 that they will inevitably expand
>>to a broader audience. If not, there will be an outcry from K-12 students
>>as they transition into higher education wanting the same quality of
>>support for their studies. This will be like dropping a pebble into the
>>water. The wave will expand to include higher ed and the general
>>public. Learning about this dramatic e-book revolution is important for
>>all of us.
>>This presentation will focus on NIMAS, (National Instructional Materials
>>Accessibility Standard), the role of APH, (American Printinghouse for the
>>and the role of CAST, (Center for Applied Special Technology).
>>The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a file
>>repository for core print textbooks and related instructional materials
>>use by blind or other persons with print disabilities in elementary and
>>secondary schools in the U.S. and its territories. These National
>>Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) source file sets can
>>be used to create specialized formats, such as braille, large print, audio,
>>or digital text. The NIMAC opened in December 2006.
>>CAST is the home of the NIMAS Development Center and the NIMAS Technical
>>Assistance Center, Cooperative agreements with the Office of Special
>>Education Programs, United States Department of Education.
>>While this Webinar is free, you need to register in advance to guarantee a
>>seat in the room. (Those who register, whether or not they attend, will
>>receive a link to the recording. When you connect over the Internet to the
>>Webinar room, you can listen to the presenters and watch as supporting Web
>>pages are pushed to reinforce the presentation. The audience can also make
>>comments or ask questions either by using a mic to talk or by writing into
>>the room's text window.
>>To read more and register to reserve a seat and to get login information
>>for this free event, go to:
>>Look for other future Webinars on that page. We have several being
>>finalized and they should be on that page very soon.
>>The EASI month-long, online courses on accessible Information Technology
>>for May are:
>>Barrier-free Information Technology (4-week online course starting May 7)
>>Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content (4-week online course
>>starting May 7)
>>Check out EASI's New Synchronous Clinics:
>>EASI Home Page <http://www.rit.edu/%7Eeasi>http://www.rit.edu/~easi
>>Online Courses and Clinics
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Webinar Series on Accessible Powerpoint starting April 19
Barrier-free Information Technology (4-week online course starting May 7)
Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content (4-week online course
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Norman Coombs, Ph.D.
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