ATTACHMENT 2

Alternate Format Textbook and Educational Materials Resources
(The following list is not exhaustive of all resources available.)

NYS Resource Center for Visually Impaired
2A Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-8100
Fax: (585) 343-3711

Email: ldesanti@nysed.gov

The Resource Center for Visually Impaired (RC) includes a special library, which circulates large print and Braille textbooks and literature, adapted assessments and curricula, descriptive (voice captioned) videos for students, educational videos, professional journals and other reference materials on behalf of students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. Specialized instructional materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) are provided to teachers and other service providers to enable them to better serve their students. Braille and large print books, as well as some NYS tests, can be borrowed for student use.

Schools should first contact the RC when they need to obtain instructional materials in an alternative format. The RC will first check the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) LOUIS database for availability of a text in an alternative format. If a book is not available from APH and has not been enlarged or converted to Braille by another source, RC staff will research other resources to identify for schools another source to obtain the instructional materials in the needed alternative format. These materials are on loan for the school year unless the student needs them again the following year.

Attached is a list of other sources to which the Resource Center may refer schools to obtain the selected materials in the alternative formats needed.

Universal Learning Center

Skip Stahl

Phone: (978) 531-8555

e-mail: sstahl@cast.org

The Universal Learning Center (ULC) is a service of the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (CAST) (www.cast.org). The ULC provides a web-based researchable directory of digital versions of traditional curriculum textbooks for students with a large range of learning needs, including students with dyslexia or students with limited physical mobility.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and its LOUIS Database
http://www.aph.org/ All ages. APH provides products and services to persons who are blind and visually impaired. Products include Braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, tactile graphic publications, and a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. The LOUIS database of accessible materials provides a comprehensive listing of materials available in alternative formats from organizations across North America, and is the first source used to research the availability of these resources.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

http://www.rfbd.org All ages. RFB&D is considered the nationís leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audiotape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. Anyone with a documented disability, including a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability which makes reading standard print difficult is eligible to use RFB&Dís taped textbooks. Membership is required to access the library.

Other sources for materials in alternative formats:
 
Audio Text:
NYS Talking Books and Braille Library (Upstate New York)
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/talk.htm
Cultural Education Center
Albany, N.Y. 12230
1-800-342-3688
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
http://www.loc.gov/nls

Library of Congress
(202) 707-5100
Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (New York City)
http://www.nypl.org/branch/central_units/
lb/LB.html

40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
(212) 206-5400 or (212) 206-5425
Braille and Talking Books Libraries
http://www.loc.gov/nls/site.html All ages. Regional and subregional libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH), Library of Congress. Free of cost to eligible members. Services include books in Braille and recorded formats, magazines, equipment on loan, catalogs, bibliographies, music materials, and educational print and audiovisual materials about blindness, disability, and rehabilitation. These materials are generally for pleasure reading (i.e., not textbooks).
Talking Books Plus (Suffolk County)
Outreach Services, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
627 North Sunrise Road
Bellport, NY 11713
(516) 286-1600 or (516) 286-4685
Talking Books (Nassau County)
Email:
nls@lilrc.org
Nassau Library System
900 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553
(516) 292-8920
Talking Tapes (Textbooks on Tape)
All ages. A nonprofit organization that provides textbooks on audiotape for individuals from elementary through post-graduate school. Services provided to schools, teachers, parents, and students. School districts or individuals may apply for services. Minimal cost per item.
Talking Book Publishers, Inc.
1055 West Arizona Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 778-8606

Large Print Text

R.R. Bowker
630 Central Ave.
New Providence, NJ 07974
(888) BOWKER2 or (888) 269-5372
E-mail:
info@bowker.com
Educational Services Center for the Visually Handicapped
David Cederstrom
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6146
Karen Barrett
Helen Keller Braille Library
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 485-1234 ext.246
Fax: (516) 538-6785
Prose and Cons Braille Unit
Dominic Inzodda
800 Pioneer Blvd.
Lincoln, NE 68502
(402) 471-3161 x3373
InfoCon, Inc - Large Print
Gordon Rawlins
2423 W. March Lane, Suite 200 Stockton, CA 95207
(800) 544-4551 or
(209) 478-7075
Fax: (209) 478-7074
Library Reproduction Service (LRS)
The Microfilm Company of California
1977 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(213) 749-2463
Thorndike/G.K. Hall
Nicole Buker
P.O. Box 159
Thorndike, ME 04986
(207) 948-2962 x212, 221
Specialty Publishing & Printing
Bruce or Scott Howard
P.O. Box 414
Quitman, MS 39355
(888) 697-3768
MATR - Michigan's Assistive Technology Resource
1023 S. U.S. 27
St. Johns, MI 48879-2423
(989) 224-0333
(800) 274-7426

Straight Literary Braille Text:

John Cosh, Braille Coordinator
Eastern Correction Facility
P.O. Box 338, Institution Drive
Napanoch, NY 12458
(845) 647-7400
Fax: (845) 647-9895
Florida Instructional Materials Center
Lois Langham, Judy Trudelle
5002 N. Lois Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 872-5281
Fax: (813) 872-5284
E-mail: llangham@fimcvi.org
Karen Barrett
Helen Keller Braille Library
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 485-1234 ext. 246
Fax: (516) 538-6785
Foundation for Blind Children
Inge Durre
1235 E. Harmont
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 678-5810
E-mail: idurre@the-FBC.org
Nancy Hester
Mohawk Valley Braille Transcribers
Central Assoc. for the Blind and Visually Impaired
507 Kent Street
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 797-2233
Lehigh Valley Braille Guild
Helen Klitsch
614 North 13th Street
Allentown, PA 18102
(610) 559-0962
Fax: (610) 433-4856
Braille Group of Buffalo
Jill Pariso, Sue Kahn
4660 Sheridan Drive
Buffalo, NY 14221
(716) 689-1560 or (716) 633-8877
E-Mail: brlgrp@juno.com
MATR - Michigan's Assistive Technology Resource
1023 S. U.S. 27
St. Johns, MI 48879-2423
(989) 224-0333 or (800) 274-7426
Braille Institute of America
(Braille and Recordings)
Lori Shilling (Recordings)
Carol Jimenez (Braille)
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111
Fax: (323) 663-2332
Metrolina Association for the Blind
Robert Scheffel
704 Louise Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 372-3870
(800) 926-5466 x121, 123
Johanna Bureau for the Blind
Edith Weiner
8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60603-3305
(312) 332-6076
Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter
Jane Bente
2 Gardner Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 575-0880 ex. 336
National Braille Press Education Services
c/o Eileen Curran
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160 x17
Educational Services Center for the Visually Handicapped
David Cederstrom
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6146
PaTTAN Production Services
Julie Breneman
6340 Flank Drive, Suite 600
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2764
(717) 541-4960 ex. 3329
Prose and Cons Braille Unit
Dominic Inzodda
800 Pioneer Blvd.
Lincoln, NE 68502
(402) 471-3161 x3373
Seedlings, Braille Books for Children
Debra J. Bonde
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 or (800) 777-8552
West Virginia Braille Program
Sheila Waldron Simmons
P.O. Box 1
Huttonsville, WV 26273
(304) 335-2291 ex. 276

Nemeth Code and Tactile Graphics Production and Support

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(800) 223-1839
Fax: (502) 899-2274
E-mail:
info@aph.org
Website:
http://www.aph.org/
Math textbooks; also check the LOUIS database
ghBraille
Dave Schleppenbach, President
3000 Kent Ave.
Suite E2-201
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 775-3776
E-mail:
info@ghbraille.com
Website:
http://www.ghbraille.com
Math and science textbooks in Braille, tactile graphics, other products and services.
Anamosa Braille Center
Rhonda Sturtz
406 N. High Street
Anamosa, IA 52205-0010
(319) 462-3507 ext. 235
National Braille Association, Inc.
3 Townline Circle
Rochester, NY 14623-2513
(585) 427-8260
Fax (585) 427-0263
Help-Line: (800) 244-5797
E-mail:
nbaoffice@compuserve.com
Website:
http://www.nationalbraille.org/
Transcriber referral and support; includes publications and workshops on Nemeth Code, tactile Graphics, and Nemeth translation software.
Computers to Help People
John J. Boyer, Executive Director
825 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-5917
Fax: (608) 257-3480
E-mail:
chpi@execpc.com
National Braille Press Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(800) 548-7323
Fax (617) 437-0456
E-mail:
orders@nbp.org
Website:
http://www.nbp.org/
Math textbooks
The Technical Braille Center
Region 20 Education Service Center
Braille Department
Robert D. Walling, Coordinator
1314 Hines Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78208-1899
(800) 514-9310
Fax: (210) 370-5696
E-mail:
rwalling@tenet.edu
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks.
Visual Aid Volunteers
Elizabeth C. Gross, Chairperson
617 State Street
Garland, TX 75040
(214) 272-1615
E-mail:
Txbraille@aol.com
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress,
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-9275 or (202) 707-5100, or (800) 424-8567
Fax: (202) 707-0712
E-mail:
nls@loc.gov
Website:
http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/nls/
Administers a free library program of Braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries. Can also supply a booklet listing others willing to Braille materials.
Region IV Education Service Center
Computer Braille Center
Diane Spence, Coordinator
7145 West Tidwell
Houston, TX 77092-2096
(713) 744-8144
Fax: (713) 744-8148
E-mail:
dspence@esc4.net
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks and standardized assessments.

Braille Translation Software Programs (for worksheets, reviews, tests, and other math materials):

MacKichan Software, Inc.
600 Ericksen, Suite 300
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(877)SCI-NOTE
Fax: (206) 780-2857
E-mail:
sales@mackichan.com
Accessible to Visually Impaired Mathematics Students (MAVIS)
Chris Weaver, MAVIS Program
New Mexico State University
Math Department MSC 3MB
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(505) 646-1064
Fax: (505) 646-1064
Email:
chrweave@nmsu.edu

Nemeth Code filter that translates Scientific Notebook documents containing mathematics to Nemeth Code.
DBT WIN 10.3 (best used with Scientific Notebook) or MegaDots from:
Duxbury Systems, Inc.
435 King St.
P.O. Box 1504
Littleton, MA 01460
(978) 692-3000
Fax: (978) 486-9712
Website:
http://www.duxburysystems.com
Email for general inquiries:
info@duxsys.com
Email for technical support:
support@duxsys.com
Email to Webmaster:
duxbury@world.std.com

Captioned Media:

Captioned Media Program 
National Association of the Deaf 
1447 E. Main Street 
Spartanburg, SC 29307
(800) 237-6213 (V)
(800) 237-6819 (TTY) 
Fax: (800) 538-5636

 

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