[Athen] [ATHEN] EASI Webinar: The Future of E--books Is Here!

Prof Norm Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com
Tue May 1 13:37:32 PDT 2007


I understand your reply to indicate you'd participate in a Webinar dealing
with e-books and higher ed. GOOD!! Others on the list have also said
they'd help also.

I'd be willing to try to organize this, but Ron you are really on top of
what is happening on a daily basis. Would you line up a couple people and
provide a higher ed e-book hour presentation????

If so, could we still do it in late May or should it be in June? I vote
for May while the topic is hot and people aren't yet on vacation!!
At 12:07 PM 5/1/2007, you wrote:

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>I would be happy to participate.




>From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On

>Behalf Of Prof Norm Coombs

>Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:52 AM

>To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

>Subject: Re: [Athen] EASI Webinar: The Future of E--books Is Here!


>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.

>Thanks all!


>Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC

>Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services

>Arkansas State University - Beebe





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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

>Special Technology


>President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education

>Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) on December 3, 2004 which, among other

>things, mandated

>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

>required for

>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)




>Norman Coombs




>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

May Courses
Barrier-free Information Technology (4-week online course starting May 7)
Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content (4-week online course
starting May 7)

Norman Coombs, Ph.D.
CEO EASI (http//easi.cc)
22196 Caminito Tasquillo
Laguna Hills CA 92653
(949) 855-4852 (Pacific time zone)

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