AMAC is a membership organization dedicated to removing "social and academic barriers to individuals with qualified print-related disabilities." The goal of AMAC is to ensure that any individual who is blind, visually impaired, or has a physical or learning disability will have equal access to print-related materials.
AMAC was created in 2006 by the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) in response to the growing need for post-secondary institutions to provide course materials in alternative formats. Initially, AMAC was to address this need within USG institutions alone, but the success of the program has allowed AMAC to reach out to K-12 and postsecondary institutions across the country.
AMAC specializes in the creation of several types of accessible, alternative file formats, a few of which include Braille, PDFs, Word documents, and audio files. The production staff at AMAC is trained at remediating PDF files and creating easily navigable and accessible electronic textbooks. By utilizing the specialized expertise of the staff at AMAC, CourseSmart eTextbooks will be made into universally accessible texts available for rent through the STudent E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP).
For more information, visit the AMAC website.
The AccessText Network (ATN) is an initiative of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) developed for the purpose of providing postsecondary institutions' Disability Support Service (DSS) offices with easier access to publisher textbook files to be made available to their students with print-related disabilities. In 2009, the AAP launched ATN and announced its decision to have AMAC administer and run the program. ATN is a nation-wide institutional membership organization which provides a secure, web-based portal through which colleges and universities can make requests to publishers for electronic textbook files. In cases where the publisher has agreed, quality assurance checked files that have been remediated into accessible formats by ATN members have been added to a repository for immediate download by other qualified members. The goal of ATN is to provide a streamlined conduit between the publishing world and post-secondary institutions' DSS offices nationwide.
ATN's role in the STEPP grant is to provide another avenue by which students may rent the texts created through STEPP. If a title that a Disability Service Provider (DSP) is searching is available as a STEPP file, there will be a link on the ATN website indicating that it is available for rent. In this way, ATN will provide a way of informing more institutions about the benefits of STEPP and allowing them to access this resource easily.
For more information, visit the AccessText Network website.
CourseSmart provides postsecondary electronic course materials to students on a rental basis. The company was founded in 2007 by a consortium of leading publishers in higher education.
As the world's largest provider of digital course materials, CourseSmart has a digital library of over 90% of the core textbooks in use today in North American Higher Education as eTextbooks. Students can achieve a savings of up to 60% off the retail price of new print textbooks when they choose to take advantage of CourseSmart's eTextbook rental service.
For more information, visit the CourseSmart website.