All Students on the Same Page
AccessText is a conduit between the publishing world and colleges and universities across the country, with a shared mission to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to their textbooks in an accessible format and in a timely manner.
Founded and supported by the Association of American Publishers and leading textbook publishers, AccessText works with its members and a national advisory committee to ensure its services meet the needs of students, publishers, colleges, and other stakeholders.
AccessText is administered by AMAC Accessibility Solutions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, under the auspices of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
AMAC, an initiative of the University System of Georgia, is committed to removing barriers and providing access to knowledge for individuals with physical, sensory, and learning disabilities.
AAP is the trade association for U.S. book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry. The AAP, eight member publishers, and AMAC founded AccessText in 2009.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia's state government. With this act, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority.
The Alternate Text Production Center's (ATPC) mission is to produce electronic text (e-text) and braille learning materials for students with print disabilities. They specialize in post-secondary products to include formatted e-text files, complex Braille transcription, Braille embossing, and tactile graphics.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) joins ATN on a journey of improving college textbook accessibility. The focus of the collaboration stems from linking ATN with the APH Louis database, which contains 200,000 titles in accessible formats for K-12 and post-secondary level students.
For more than a decade, VitalSource has provided accessible solutions to learners of all abilities. VitalSource was the first company to offer a reading system to support the emerging EDUPUB standard, that brings the benefits of accessible classroom materials into the integrated learning environment.
A UK-based company, Dolphin has expanded its services to the United States. "It is our vision is to deliver independence to people with vision and print impairments all over the world." -Noel Duffy, Dolphin Computer Access
Learning Ally and ATN focus on improving the process by which Disability Service Providers at colleges and universities locate and acquire alternate format materials appropriate to the needs of their students.
Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities.