ERIC Number: ED359726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
The Findings and Activities of the Texas Commission on Braille Textbook Production. A Report from the State Board of Education, Submitted to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker, and the Seventy-Third Texas Legislature. Excellence and Equity for All Students.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report describes activities and recommendations of the Texas Commission on Braille Textbook Production, which monitors the acquisition Commission on Braille Textbook Production. The primary purpose of the commission is to monitor the expeditious acquisition of publisher computerized files in the form of textbook diskettes which are needed for more timely production of braille textbooks through the use of braille translation software. This charge has been interpreted by the commission as the responsibility for assuring the timely delivery of braille textbooks to Texas public school students who are blind or visually impaired. The Commission found that Texas has the most technologically advanced and efficient braille textbook production system in the United States. Findings and recommendations address: the definition of literary textbooks, optional computerized file formatting standards for textbooks, funding for the preparation of computerized textbook files, mandatory dates for delivery of diskettes and corrections to textbooks, promoting timely delivery of braille textbooks, transmission of computerized textbook files, cooperation with national efforts, workbooks and supplementary materials, interlining for grades 3 and below, graphics, music textbooks, typing textbooks, electronic instructional media systems, braille producer and consumer communication, braille producer and publisher communication, the Commission's resolution on braille, adoptions of state textbooks, and continuation of the Commission. Two legislative recommendations urge modifying the Texas Education Code to require publishers to provide computerized textbook files and authorizing the State Board of Education to acquire, purchase, and contract for free ancillary and supplementary instructional materials (such as workbooks) for braille-reading students when available. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Blindness, Braille, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Publishing Industry, State Programs, Textbook Publication, Textbooks, Visual Impairments
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution Office, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($2).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas