Accessible Products & Services
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Choosing a 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.
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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
|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
|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
|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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org for format request.
|Internet Explorer 8 plus MathPlayer plugin and screenreader, or Math enabled DAISY player such as Dolphin EasyReader or 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
**Please note: the availability of both Enhanced PDF and Standardized Publisher PDF formats is contingent upon the availability of a source publisher file. In the event that a publisher cannot provide AMAC with a file, any PDF orders will be created from a scan of the physical book. The order will be fulfilled with a PDF: OCR'd media format.
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.|