For blind students, using standard educational materials is a daily
struggle. In this module, we provide a range of assistive technology
device suggestions so that information can be understood by touch
make print materials accessible to people who are blind or have low vision,
four methods are widely used. These are sometimes referred to as alternate
- Electronic Documents, and
- Large Print.
For this module, we will focus on the first three methods. First,
we provide a background of the availability of adapted educational
materials for blind students.
Federal Quota Program
The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind was enacted
by Congress in 1879. This act is a means for providing adapted educational
materials to eligible students who meet the definition of blindness.
The system through which these specialized materials are distributed
is known as the Federal
Quota Program. An annual registration of eligible students determines
a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of educational
materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind
APH also maintains and supports Louis, an international online database and reference
service, which furnishes information on the availability of books
and materials in accessible media.
Several of the assistive technology devices described within can
be found on Federal Quota lists.