Bozeman, Mont. — To better serve college and graduate school students with visual impairments or other print-related disabilities, Project WET has joined the AccessText Network, a conduit between the publishing world and colleges and universities across the country. AccessText's mission is "to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to their textbooks in an electronic format and in a timely manner."
The Association of American Publishers, in conjunction with leading textbook publishers, founded AccessText and continue to support it. The service works with its members to ensure its services meet the needs of students, publishers, colleges and other stakeholders.
College students in the United States or Canada who have disabilities that impair their ability to read printed text can visit their school's Disability Support Services office to request accommodations. Once a student is determined to be eligible to receive textbooks in an alternate format, the school's Disability Service Provider (DSP) can use the AccessText Network to request electronic files from member-publishers, including Project WET. Requests are placed on the AccessText Network portal.
Disability Service Providers that are not yet a member of AccessText can sign up for a free membership at www.accesstext.org.
Administered by the Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology, AccessText operates under the auspices of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Learn more about the AccessText Network team.
Questions about AccessText can be sent to membership [at] accesstext.org.