ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-015

Date Created : 07/30/2009


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
Special Ed Teachers
Vision Consultants/Teachers
Related Services Staff

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Digital Materials Access

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A.. Section 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Dawn Wilkinson, Easter Seals Arkansas

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will offer professional development in the form of two, six-hour workshops discussing access to digital materials during the Fall semester of the 2009-2010 school year. The workshops are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. The goal of this workshop is to discuss how the development of DAISY and the use of refreshable Braille have served to bridge the gap between the printed word and access for students with print disabilities (physical, sensory and cognitive) to materials. This workshop will address various resources for obtaining digital talking and text/Braille books such as BookShare, Recordings For the Blind and Dyslexic, The National Library Service, and other public domain repositories, as well as the steps involved in acquiring and downloading digital books.

Cost of each workshop is $100 per person. This workshop will be offered at the Easter Seals Technology and Curriculum Access Center on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Assistive Technology Consultant with the Technology & Curriculum Access Center (TCC) at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3604, toll-free: 877-533-3600, e-mail, or fax: 501-227-3601.

Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachment. The Technology and Curriculum Access Center is a program operated by Easter Seals Arkansas in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit.


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