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Friday, February 03, 2006

Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration (ATIC)

Accessible Textbooks Department

The strategic vision of the ATIC Department, a textbook division of APH, is to effectively respond to the textbook needs of blind and visually impaired students by delivering custom-produced accessible textbooks in a variety of media in a timely manner. In addition to "hard copy" textbooks, this commitment provides textbooks through on-demand braille transcription or large print, as well as in electronic media that can be downloaded from a file repository on our web site.

ATIC Small-Size Large Print Books: A Revolution in Textbook Design!

The new ATIC Large Print Process is now fully available. This process uses proprietary software to create large print textbooks at standard textbook size! Inclusive classroom students appreciate carrying textbooks that look just like those of their peers. This standard-size ATIC textbook is full-color with a minimum 18-point font size.

Did you know there is a new form for ordering large print textbooks? (To find the form, see the web info below.) Note that to process a large print textbook order, APH must receive two clean copies of the textbook, an APH textbook order form, and a Federal Quota Order Form or Purchase Order.

The traditional APH enlarged print process continues to be available. All enlarged print books are in full color (if the original submitted book is in color). These are the books in the larger-size binding.

ATIC Braille Textbooks

ATIC continues to offer braille textbooks that feature full-color covers and a unique, easy-to-handle fold-back binding.

ATIC Workshops Available

ATIC offers training in ATIC's textbook transcription specifications, "Promising Practices for Transcribing Early Literacy Textbooks and Materials," created by APH and the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). In addition, ATIC offers a 2-day workshop on "Creating Tactile Graphics for Textbooks." Contact ATIC for more details on training opportunities.

To order an ATIC textbook in braille or large print you can download the order form at, click on "Accessible Textbook and Media Production." Or you can email

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