ERIC Number: ED405689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
A Guide to Providing Alternate Formats.
Gaster, Lydia, Comp.; Clark, Cherie, Comp.
This guide to alternate formats describes the presentation of materials in forms that allow individuals vith varying physical, sensory, or cognitive skills to access the information. The booklet was developed to assist vocational rehabilitation counselors in helping employers to provide workplace materials to employees with disabilities or provide information to the general public in a variety of alternate formats. After an introduction, types of formats appropriate for the following specific groups are detailed: people with low vision or blindness, people with hearing loss or deafness, and people with learning disabilities. General guidelines for producing alternate formats precedes a discussion of specific suggestions for adapting regular print documents, in regard to: contrast; paper type; type size, spacing, and typeface; and costs and resources. Discussion of large print documents focuses on ways to enlarge print, costs and resources, and formatting for scanners. Also covered in some detail is use of Braille and audio tape. The use of electronic transmission/diskettes for provision of alternative formats is addressed, as are the uses and costs of diskettes and CD-ROMs. Next, broadcast media and captioning are explained with cost information. In the section on resources, a suggested order form is provided, as are a list of large print computer programs for on-screen viewing, and a list of vendors and organizations that provide technical assistance. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., West Columbia. Center for Rehabilitation Technology Services.