Are you or do you work with an individual who needs text materials in different formats? The Alaska Center for Accessible Media provides information and resources to Alaskan schools and families to help meet the needs of individuals with many types of print disabilities. Some examples of materials we can provide to qualifying students are: digital ebooks, audiobooks, Braille books and large print books. Our organization has access to thousands of materials, including textbooks and literature from every genre.
Digital books are one of the more accessible formats. Digital books can be downloaded to most computers and portable devices. These books allow for easy navigation by page or chapter, as well as the text size, background color and font to all be changed to meet an individual’s needs. To access this type of book, follow these three easy steps:
Make sure your student meets the criteria for print disabilities.
- Bookshare’s Eligibility Matrix
- Sample Eligibility form from the Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (sample only, please create or use your own forms)
Fill out the following online form:
OR, contact ATLA – firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 563-2599.
ATLA will contact you within a week to confirm the request, usually via email. Many books will be available via Bookshare, a federally funded library of electronic texts. Be sure to become a member, as each district will need to manage their own list of eligible students and the books each student will have access to.
Read the book on software, hardware, or smartphone apps.
If you need help with any of these steps, wish to implement AIM across your school district, or simply want to chat about the latest and greatest AIM topics, send us an email or give us a call. Oh, and you can follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.