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How does placing book orders early help students with disabilities?

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The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) requires that alternative-format materials be available at the same time for disabled and non-disabled students. The alternative-format conversion process is complex and time-consuming; on average, the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) needs 4-6 weeks to convert a text to an alternative format from a traditional printed book. Even if SDRC receives a book in electronic format from a publisher, the Center will likely need to edit the book before converting it to a format usable by a student. Most of the following steps must be taken for each book, so the more notice that can be provided to SDRC the better.

  1. Remove the book's binding
  2. Scan every page with a high-speed scanner
  3. Convert the text using an optical character recognition (OCR) system
  4. Review and repair formatting errors
  5. Edit content for quality
  6. Convert to requested format (eText, MP3, DAISY)
  7. Rebind the original book