AMACWiki:Glossary

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Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC)
The Alternative Media Access Center, an initiative of the University System of Georgia, is committed to removing barriers and providing access to knowledge for individuals with physical, sensory, and learning print-related disabilities. AMAC is a partner of the University of Georgia and the UGA Regents' Center for Learning Disorders and works with private institutions, government and non-profit organizations, private industry, and other agencies serving individuals with disabilities. AMAC also researches initiatives and services to incorporate digital media and adaptive technology solutions into the academic arena.
Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology is any piece of software or hardware that helps facilitate an individual's productivity in the school, work or social environment. Examples of Assistive Technology include spell checkers, grammar checkers, amplified telephones, screen readers, flashing alarms, and screen magnifiers (just to name a few). These tools support an indivdual's access to the world around them that may otherwise pose a challenge due to a disability.
Braille
The Braille system is a widely used method that enables blind people to read and write. Braille consists of a series of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or whose eyesight is not sufficient for reading printed material. It was created by Louis Braille in 1821.
Disability Service Provider
The Disability Service Provider is staff or faculty employed by an educational institution in order to facilitate accommodations for students with disabilities. They generally have in depth knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how that applies to the post-secondary environment. He or she is usually the main contact person for the student with regard to securing classroom accommodations which includes using AMAC services.
Information Technology
The study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.[1]
New Educational Online Nexus (NEON)
QuickBase application used by Disability Service Providers to order Alternative Media books for students.
PDF (Portable Document Format)
PDF is a file format created by Adobe Systems for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system.[2]
Real Time Captioning
Real-time captions are created as an event takes place. A captioner uses a stenotype machine with a phonetic keyboard and special software. A computer translates the phonetic symbols into English captions almost instantaneously.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)
a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, that provides accessible audiobooks, read by humans, for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible.
Student Accommodation Manager (SAM)
Application used by Disability Service Providers to manage student disabilities, accommodations, case notes, etc.

References

  1. http://www.itaa.org/es/docs/Information%20Technology%20Definitions.pdf | p30, Accessed March 3 2008
  2. Adobe Systems Incorporated, PDF Reference, Sixth edition, version 1.23 (30 MB), p. 33