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==Assistive Technology Assessment: AMAC TechMatch==
 
==Assistive Technology Assessment: AMAC TechMatch==
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==AMAC Alternative Media Formats==
 
==AMAC Alternative Media Formats==

Revision as of 12:20, 16 October 2012

Accessible Products & Services
Alternative Text Formats icon Alternative Media is any material (such as textbooks, electronic documents, or exams) that an individual requires to be converted into an accessible format. Typical examples include electronic text, Braille, or captioning. Currently, AMAC offers an extensive list of alternative solutions including Adobe PDFs, Microsoft Word Documents, HTML, Daisy Talking Books, MathML, braille and tactile graphics, Remote Real-Time Captioning (Text Interpreting) and CART, and Captioned Media.
 

Choosing your Product or Service

AMAC advocates accessibility for all through the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Access to the information in instructional materials can be limiting, when the material is only presented in a standard printed format. Many of the skills and senses needed to process printed material can exclude persons with print related disabilities from accessing the information they contain.

There are several factors to consider when choosing an alternative media format.

  • Type of Disability
For example, someone who is blind or visually impaired could require braille or electronic text with images/pictures described (alt text), while someone with cognitive reading disabilities might need electronic text without images/pictures described.
  • Type of Material
The document’s subject material (either instructional or informational) can make an important difference. Correspondingly, if the text contains graphs or pictures, the lack of alt text makes text to speech software inadequate.
  • Type of Assistive Technology (AT)
Specific AT is designed for user’s disability access needs and formats, such as text to speech tools or screen magnifiers.
  • Type of Learner
An individual’s learning style (e.g. visual, auditory, or tactile) plays an important part in choosing a file format. For example, maintaining images within the text may be more important to visual learners, while auditory learners benefit more from hearing the text read aloud.

Assistive Technology Assessment: AMAC TechMatch

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AMAC Alternative Media Formats

The chart below provides a brief overview of the media formats currently offered, in addition to recommended user and assistive technology examples. All formats are tested with assistive technology to ensure quality and compliance, and file size is adjusted for usability and delivery. In order to ensure efficient and timely response to our customers, AMAC implements these policies regarding the production of alternative media.

Format Price per Page Description Recommended User Examples Assistive Technology Examples
PDF: Enhanced $0.87 Publisher-provided PDF file that is enhanced to include reading order navigation (renumbered pages & bookmarks), manual tags (heading levels, paragraphs, lists and tables), and alternative text on images and figures. Cognitive
Vision Impaired
Blind
Magnifying or Text-to-Speech software (e.g. PDF Equalizer and PDF Aloud)
PDF: OCR'd $0.29 PDF created from the printed textbook/material being purchased, chopped, and scanned. OCR identifies reading order navigation (renumbered pages & bookmarks). PDF also contains auto-tagging of images and figures. Cognitive
Vision Impaired
Magnifying or Text-to-Speech software (e.g. PDF Equalizer and PDF Aloud)


PDF: Standardized Publisher $0.12 Publisher-provided PDF that includes renumbered pages, bookmarks, and auto-tagging. Cognitive
Vision Impaired
Magnifying or Text-to-Speech software (e.g. PDF Equalizer and PDF Aloud)
PDF: Scan/Image $0.08 PDF created from a scan. No OCR has been performed. Vision Impaired Magnifying software
Word DOC $0.32 Styled Microsoft Word Document includes reading order navigation (heading levels 1-3 and book page numbers), and alternative text on images and figures.

Please note that MathML is recommended for STEM related material.

Vision Impaired
Blind
Text-to-Speech software (e.g. Jaws and NVDA)
Math ML TBD* An application of XML that accurately reads mathematical equations and formulas. Used for STEM related material, MathML includes reading order navigation (including heading levels 1-3, and book page numbers), and alternative text on images and figures.

BETA Product - please contact amacsales@amac.gatech.edu for format request.

Cognitive
Vision Impaired
Blind
MathPlayer, ReadHear by gh
HTML $0.37 HTML file includes reading order navigation (heading levels 1-3) and alternative text on images and figures. All Users Text-to-Speech software
DAISY 2.0 (Text Only) $0.37 Text-only Daisy Talking Book that includes reading order navigation (heading levels 1-3), and alternative text on images and figures. All Users DAISY hardware players or software, mobile phones, MP3 players, or refreshable Braille displays
Audio on CD TBD* Learning Ally CD (audio only) with human narration. Books are delivered on physical media such as CD. All Users DAISY players, ReadHear by gh, iOS devices


*Please contact Member Services

Braille

Formats available for braille readers who are vision impaired, blind, or Deaf-Blind (pricing)


Type Description Assistive Technology Examples
Embossed Braille These pages employ embossed dots evenly arranged in quadrangular letter spaces or cells, allowing touch reading for the blind. Different braille codes include: literary, foreign, Nemeth, computer, and music. Standard postal service to DSP office
Tactile Graphics Used to convey non-textual information such as maps, paintings, graphs or diagrams. N/A
Electronic Braille Braille Ready File (BRF) electronic file format. Refreshable Braille display or Text-to-Speech software


Captioning & Audio Products and Services (CAPS)

Captioning Services include: Remote Real-Time Captioning (Text Interpreting); Remote Real-time CART; and Asynchronous Text Interpreting for online learning courses. All captioning services include notes of the session sent to the student/recipient.

Audio Products include: Captioned Media; Transcripts; and Professional Minute Writing. Media with audio or audio only recordings are converted to open/closed captions or text for access and archival purposes.


Captioning Service Description Recommended User Examples
Remote Real-Time Captioning (Text Interpreting) Can be provided in any environment that has an internet connection. Our captionists will listen to your live event or class remotely and provide access for your client(s) or student(s) by real-time text interpreting of the spoken information.

Text Interpreting is a meaning based or summarized account of the spoken message. It includes significant information delivered by the speaker, without all of the extraneous nuances of spoken language, which may sometimes be difficult to understand by those with hearing loss or language-based disabilities. Notes of the session are sent to the student/recipient as an RTF document within 24 hours of the event.

Students, clients, trainees, or employees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, have language-based learning disabilities, or ESL individuals
Remote Real-Time CART Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is provided remotely when access to every single word is necessary. CART is a verbatim account of everything that is spoken. CART is most effective for providing access to late-deafened adults who are accustomed to hearing all the elements of spoken language or ESL individuals. Transcripts of the session are sent to the student/recipient as an RTF document within 24 hours of the event. Students, clients, trainees, or employees who are late-deafened and accustomed to hearing all the elements of spoken language, or ESL individuals
Asynchronous Text Interpreting (Online learning) Created at AMAC as a solution to accommodate students in online learning courses. A benefit of asynchronous online learning (not at the same time as the teacher presents) is the flexibility of viewing anytime the student chooses – students who need access to the audio components of online courses should have this same benefit. The audio components of any course can be text interpreted and the transcript viewed anytime the student chooses, asynchronously. Students, clients, or trainees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or ESL individuals desiring to learn online


Audio Products Description Recommended User Examples
Captioned Media AMAC-added captions to movies, podcasts, or clips created from your courses or programs. Captioned media is provided in the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mpeg, or DVD (additional cost). Users accessing your website or courses that may not have access to hearing the audio portions due to disability, environmental or technical limitations.
Transcripts Written transcripts of audio only recordings (not fully accessible for video applications). Transcripts are provided in the following formats: .doc, PDF, .txt, RTF. Users accessing your website or courses that may not have access to hearing the audio portions due to disability, environmental or technical limitations.
Professional Minute Writing Provides a professional transcript of your event or meeting when the dialogue needs to be archived or made accessible for a later date. This product is provided only when you record your event or by remote internet connection. Minutes are provided in the following formats: .doc, PDF, .txt, RTF. Telephone connections are not possible. Companies, organizations, or institutions desiring minutes of your meetings or events.