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Oklahoma ABLE Tech AT Expo on April 4th!
Date: April 4, 2014
Location: Tulsa Community College, Southeast Campus, 10300 East 81st Street, Tulsa, OK 74133
Join us to see first-hand the latest in assistive technologies for your classroom. The Expo will feature educational sessions and vendor demonstrations of AT available to help students with disabilities. Experts will be in attendance to offer suggestions and share extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your students.
Register to attend this FREE Expo: http://weba.im/atexpo2014
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Purchasing Textbooks? Important Contract Language to Help Students with Print Disabilities
Did you know that up to 40% of Special Education students in Oklahoma may have a print disability? To receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), these students may need textbooks and other materials in a specialized format such as Large Print, Braille, Digital, or Audio.
How can you tell that a student needs AIM? One indicator is that the student understands the content of print materials when the information is presented in another format. For example, when printed material is read aloud to the student, the student understands the content and can use the information. Specialized formats give students of all ages independent access to textbooks, chapter books, novels, and other curriculum materials. Gaining access to accessible textbooks and other instructional materials at the same as their peers is important. Since 2004, national regulations in IDEA require textbook publishers to put textbooks into a repository so that students can have immediate access to accessible instructional materials or AIM.
Textbook purchasers play an important role by requiring that publishers submit National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) files to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). If your school chooses from the state approved textbook list, the State Department of Education will have already done this step. When ordering materials that are not on the adoption list, it is the school’s responsibility to include in the purchase contract the requirement that the publisher submit NIMAS file sets to the NIMAC. Below is a draft of contract language currently going through the approval process at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The NIMAS print material contract language has recently been updated to include a recommendation regarding MathML. States and districts may modify the suggested language for purchase orders and contracts as they see fit.
Contract or purchase order language for print materials (textbooks and related core instructional materials):
By agreeing to deliver the materials marked with "NIMAS" on this contract or purchase order, the publisher agrees to prepare and submit, on or before ___/___/_____ a NIMAS fileset to the NIMAC that complies with the terms and procedures set forth by the NIMAC. The publisher also agrees to mark up materials eligible for NIMAS submission that contain mathematical and scientific instructional content by using the MathML3 (refer to latest applicable version) module of the DAISY/NIMAS Structure Guidelines as posted and maintained at the DAISY Consortium web site (http://www.daisy.org/z3986/structure/SG-DAISY3/index.html).
Should the vendor be a distributor of the materials and not the publisher, the distributor agrees to immediately notify the publisher of its obligation to submit NIMAS filesets of the purchased materials to the NIMAC. The files will be used for the production of alternate formats as permitted under the law for students with print disabilities. For additional information about AIM and NIMAS, visit the National AIM Center http://aim.cast.org/learn/accessiblemedia/allaboutaim
What is the next step? Schools can request the books from a provider such as Bookshare, Liberty Braille, or Learning Ally. If you need assistance, contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech at 405.744.9748 or 800.257.1705.
Spotlight on Success
With an energetic and willing school teacher ready to assist her students, ABLE Tech was able to simply walk her through setting up an organizational account with Bookshare to help her onher way. Her school district did not know about Bookshare as a free resource for accessible textbooks and curricular materials! This teacher is now very excited to sign up students as members and other teachers as sponsors so that students in the district who have print disabilities can access their textbooks and curricular materials like their peers can.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s Assistive Technology Consultations, combined with the Short-Term Device Loan Program, help students withdisabilities find new ways to access their environment and curriculum. An Oklahoma educator recently filled out the ABLE Tech online consultation form to request assistance for a 12 year old student with autism who needed support for reading, writing and communication. Through consultation with ABLE Tech’s Speech Language Pathologist, the teacher decided to focus on the student’s communication needs first. The SLP recommended trying an iPad with the SonoFlex Lite app from Tobii Technology because the vocabulary choices and layout seemed to fit the student’s needs best. After just a few weeks, the teacher reported that the student is using the app appropriately. As he gains confidence with communicating his needs and knowledge, the teacher plans to consider additional AT solutions to address the student’s reading and writing needs.
Need Assistance with a Student?
Submit the ABLE Tech Consultation Intake Form
For more information about how Oklahoma ABLE Tech can assist your school, call 800.257.1705 or visit us online at okabletech.okstate.edu. ABLE Tech provides Assistive Technology and Information Services to Oklahoma Public Schools through a contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Check out these DVDs recently added to the ABLE Tech Loan Inventory:
These DVDs were developed by the Minnesota Department of Education Division of Special Education Policy and may be useful for professional development for educators, IEP teams, special education administration, and faculty.