[Athen] comic book conversions?

Rasul, Kamran krasul at columbiabasin.edu
Mon Jan 22 17:14:19 PST 2018

At my previous job in DC, I went into local libraries and asked volunteer readers for children programs if they would like to help us out by reading graphic novels to a recording device. We provided the digital recorder and book and met up each week or few days at the library to get the mp3 files off Dragon supported voice recorder and then deliver the files to the student requiring it. We compensated the reader for their time as a contract worker. So we had both the recordings and speech to text ready for future students.

Kamran Rasul, M.Ed
Director of Assistive Technology
Columbia Basin College, T422
2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
krasul at columbiabasin.edu | 509.543.1448 ext.2048

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jane Berk
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 3:29 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] comic book conversions?

Hi Heidi,
I wish we had a better solution, too. The ones we’ve done have had to basically be written out with a description of the graphics and then the text to accompany it. Lots of work! Hoping someone out there knows a better way!
Jane Berk
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 4:11 PM
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Subject: [Athen] comic book conversions?

Hello everyone!

I hope your Monday has been more productive than our has been. Seems to be the day for strange issues and computer gremlins!

We have a student who has requested that the graphic novels (i.e. comic books) be converted for her class. The course uses a textbook plus 5 graphic novels. The student uses text-to-speech software (i.e. is not blind but does have a print-related disability).

Has anyone else had the request for graphic novels to be converted? How did you accomplish the task? These are obviously important course materials, but just not sure how to accomplish the task. (Hard to believe in 13+ years I've not dealt with this topic previously!) OCR will be a mess to attempt.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Kind regards,

Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director
Center for Educational Access
University of Arkansas
ARKU 209
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.575.7445 fax
479.575.3646 tdd
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