T-Base PartnershipBraille and large print production can offer its own challenges; specifically, high production times and cost. To provide the quickest possible access for braille and large print users we needed to research new options for our customers. We were looking for the ability to deliver braille and large print to our customers with speed (as opposed to waiting weeks or months) and at a lower cost. This lead us to T-Base. T-Base has developed proprietary software-based transformation solutions for accessibility, and Pearson has shared our top requested titles so they can be preprocessed and archived. This allows these titles to be delivered upon demand and eliminates many of the traditional frustrations.
Kurzweil PartnershipKurzweil is a tool used by many of our learners and designed to work with all kinds of learning styles. Our customers will often request digital files in order to convert and remediate them before loading into this tool. This can add delays and expense to access. A new groundbreaking agreement designed to lift this burden of customer remediation and conversion is in the works. A pilot is underway that is designed to make things easier by refining the process. Our mutual goal is to deliver the file directly to the learner within the Kurzweil application by simplifying the conversion process. A new Pearson Library full of pre-processed eTexts is planned to be linked within Kurzweil 3000. This will allow files to be delivered directly to a specific learner account upon request. Support personnel can also be granted access to allow them to further customize the file as needed. We plan to fully operationalize this effort for the Fall 2019 back-to-school season.
Let’s do this!This is just the beginning. Success with these pilots has energized our desire to close the gaps even further, to launch even more solutions, and to partner with our colleagues who work daily in an effort to create that truly equal experience in the classroom. We will continue to work toward incorporating accessibility into the fabric of our products and holistically improve learner experiences.
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