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ERIC Number: EJ825760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Gaining Access to Textbooks for Postsecondary Students with Visual Impairments
Gilson, Christie L.; Dymond, Stacy K.; Chadsey, Janis G.; Hsu, Sharon Yu Fang
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v20 n1 p28-39 Sum 2007
This article reports the results from a national survey of experiences in postsecondary education of students with visual impairments in gaining access to textbooks. Participants were members of listserves sponsored by the student affiliates of the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind. While the majority of students were successful in gaining access to their textbooks in formats they could use, a greater number reported delays in procuring textbooks. National accessible textbook providers such as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic,, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped influenced the ways in which respondents gained access to textbooks. Respondents called for quicker access to textbooks, differing formats for electronic versions, changes in how electronic texts are structured, and improvements in service delivery related to textbook conversion for offices serving students with disabilities and publishers. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A