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Senate to address material for students with disabilities

On March 26, the Arizona Senate Education K-12 Committee unanimously recommended sending H2441 to the full Senate for a vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, requires the State Department of Education to create a list of authorized Alternative Media Producers.
These Alternative Media Producers provide textbooks in audio, large-text, or Braille format for students who are unable to process the written word due to blindness, visual impairment, learning disability such as dyslexia, or other physical disability.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has been recording and producing audio textbooks for 60 years. The Arizona unit, with studios in both Phoenix and Sun City, was one of seven original units created in the early 1950s, and has been operating in the state ever since.
RFB&D is the force behind the current legislation, even though the bill also includes both large-text and Braille formats, in order to ensure that all formats become more accessible to those students who need them.
H2441 passed the House by a vote of 56-0 in early March, also after a unanimous recommendation from the House K-12 Education Committee.
Senate Education K-12 Committee Vice-Chairman Linda Gray, representing District 10, added an amendment to include this information on the Department of Education’s Web site as well.
The goal of the bill is to make it easier for educators, students and parents to find the resources they need to provide equal education to all students.
Alexander Dominick is development director at Arizona Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

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