Thursday, April 10, 2008

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs
Scrolls went out with the printing press, and scrolling through
electronic documents is already being replaced by formats that let the reader
jump from chapter to chapter, paragraph to paragraph and select a page and
instantaneously start reading it. Some students with disabilities are
earning the envy of their seeing peers because they can find the item
requested by the teacher faster than they can locate it. Document
navigation is closely related to document structure and document
formats like DAISY that take advantage of it. The recently revised
Individuals With Disabilities Act now has publishers providing K-12 schools with
electronic books using the NIMAS format, a subset of DAISY. While it
is currently being accepted slowly, this will change, and you will need
to know how to create electronic documents in this new and exciting
format.

The Library of Congress is transitioning to digital books in the next
year. Bookshare has received a large grant and will be rapidaly
expanding its DAISY offerings. Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is also
focusing on digital formats. Students arriving in college will expect that
they will receive their college materials in this format that makes studying easier and more efficient.

The link below will take you to a page with several recorded
presentations by Bookshare, the Library of Congress NLS and presentations demonstrating
the features of DAISY readers:
http://easi.cc\archive\etext.htm

In May EASI is presenting a 4-part Webinar series that will walk
participants, step by step, on actually creating DAISY documents with
easy-to-use authoring software. This 4-part series is free to EASI
Annual Webinar members. Registration for the 4 hours is $195. (actually it begins at the very end of April!

DAISY Books: You can do it!
Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20
Presenter: Karen McCall

Online registration is from the Webinar Page:

http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

Week 1

How can I create DAISY books and content for myself or my students?
What is DAISY? How do I choose an authoring tool? This web seminar explores
The advantages of DAISY content, what type of information can be converted
to DAISY and how to choose your authoring tool and player. Authoring tools
range from high level publishing software like Dolphin's Dolphin Publisher, totheir bare
bones version Dolphin Producer and now Dolphin Converter. IRTI [Innovative
Rehabilitation Technology Inc] has the eClipseWriter software to
create Daisy content. eClipseWriter is the tool used for the other three weeks in
this series. The player used to access the DAISY content also plays a part in what
DAISY format you choose. This week helps get you started!

Week 2

This week we begin by looking at eClipseWriter from IRTI [Innovative
Rehabilitations Technology Inc.]. Topics include:
Overview of the eClipseWriter application.
Preferences and screen reader settings.
Books from audio files.
Books from text files.

Week 3

DAISY books from a Word document.
Adding the structure in Word.
Finishing up in eClipseWriter
Building the book.

Week 4

Adding page numbers.
Adding headings.
Quick Markers.
Adding Graphics.
Building the book.
Create a book from a web page.

Check out EASI New Synchronous Clinics:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm
EASI Home Page http://www.rit.edu/~easi
Online courses and Clinics http://easi.cc/workshop.htm
Check the EASI Library Web http://www.rit.edu/~easi/lib.htm

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