Teacher pushes lawmakers for e-books

“Driven by her personal and professional passion, a Scottsdale special education teacher is the force behind a bill that would allow children with disabilities to get textbooks on electronic computer files.”

“Mary Platner persevered until she finally got legislators to back a textbook accessibility bill. It’s an amendment to Arizona’s 1997 Braille Bill, which says that publishers who sell textbooks in Arizona must supply a computer disc from which Braille books can be produced.”

“An estimated 40,000 students with learning disabilities, including autism, mental retardation, and orthopedic and visual impairments, would benefit from the amended legislation.” (from The Arizona Republic via Electronic Book Web)