Text Selectable PDF
Text Selectable PDFs have undergone the OCR (optical character recognition) process, so that actual text is put into the document instead of just a picture of text as in a regular PDF image. This enables the document to be viewed by the student and read aloud by screen readers. The Text Selectable PDF retains the formatting and content of the original material, making it a good choice for documents with many illustrations or diagrams. Texts produced in this format can be an ideal accommodation for students with print disabilities, although some students may find the synthesized voice distracting or difficult to understand.
Edited Word Doc
Edited Word Docs are the plain text version of a textbook with all formatting removed. Word Docs do not look anything like the physical textbook and do not provide a visual reference for sighted users. Word Docs are typically created for use with specialized readers such as WYNN, Kurzweil, and ClaroRead. Image descriptions (tags) may be provided for students with visual impairments. Edited Word Docs are also an ideal format for blind students (who use JAWS*).
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) files may be accessed as e-text or audio files. DAISY files may be read using free online readers (such as AMIS) or listened to using a computer or MP3 player. With DAISY files, users are able to navigate by section, subsection, page, and phrase.
Computer Generated audio files (PC Audio) are audio only files, produced using a high quality synthesized speech engine. This format is faster to produce and less expensive than Human Read Audio. PC Audio is not able to read complex math or chemistry formulas and may mispronounce specialized vocabulary. Materials are distributed in MP3 format with one track per chapter. These files can be downloaded directly onto any computer (PC or MAC) or any portable music device (iPod, cell phone).
Human Read Audio
Human Read audio files are easy to understand and provide natural sounding inflection. Specially trained readers are able to read formulas and equations correctly and are less likely to mispronounce difficult vocabulary than PC Audio. Materials are distributed in MP3 format with one track per page. These audio files can be downloaded directly onto any computer (PC or MAC) or any portable music device (iPod, cell phone).
Literary Braille is the standard format for transcribing printed material using the six-dot Braille alphabet. One page of print takes about 3.5 Braille pages, therefore a single textbook may require several volumes when translated into Braille.
Nemeth Braille is a specialized code developed to reflect the appearance, presentation, and syntax of mathematics. Nemeth is used for transcribing mathematics, science, and most other technical material to Braille. It is a separate language from Literary Braille and not all students who use Literary Braille are fluent in Nemeth.
Tactile graphics are raised images printed on high-resolution, rubberized paper and then run through a heater. Tactile graphics are used to convey non-textual information such as graphs, diagrams, maps or illustrations to visually impaired students.
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