Braille & Talking Book Program | Educators
Textbooks can be ordered in Braille and/or large print for K-12 education programs.
Through Braille and recorded book production facilities, and a national network of educational resource centers for the blind, the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program borrows or buys textbooks in alternative formats for students who cannot read standard print. Using this service, schools can provide an equal/quality education for students as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the South Dakota Braille Bill.
Ordering of educational materials requires that students meet the eligibility requirements and have completed a Braille & Talking Book Program application.
Not all of the textbooks that will be ordered are currently in alternative formats and so may need to be produced for your student(s). Production time depends on the complexity of the materials. The school will be billed if there is a cost for the material.
Before ordering textbooks schools must complete a Braille & Talking Book application for the school , and a Braille & Talking Book application for the student.
Orders for textbooks are completed as received. Please, try to send clean books (without writing, highlighting, or rips) when needing an enlarged or braille version of a textbook made. We would like to produce the best alternative version possible for your students.
Order by completing the textbook order form with the included payment authorization form.
Textbook costs and production costs incurred for cancelled orders are the responsibility of the school. The cost of reproducing a textbook in large print or braille can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. To mitigate this cost the SD Braille & Talking Book Program will try to borrow the textbooks from other states whenever possible.
Rebinding costs of original print books are the responsibility of the school. The production process for large print and Braille textbooks usually requires that the original text provided by the school district be torn apart. If you wish to have your original rebound, please submit the rebinding authorization form with your textbook order. If you would like more information about rebinding costs, please contact PheasantLand Industries in Sioux Falls at (605) 367-5143.
Orders must be placed by January 15th for delivery before the Fall school term. Place orders by July 15th for delivery before the Spring school term. An order is considered to be placed when the school has completed the textbook order form and the payment authorization form and has sent the required textbooks. The Department of Education cannot assure timely availability of the alternative format that you need unless the orders and original print books are received by these deadlines. These deadlines are necessary if the books are to be made available to you by the start of the school terms.
To complete an order you must send the following:
- Textbook Order Form
- Payment Authorization Form (with the required signatures)
- Original print textbooks
- Rebinding Authorization Form (with the required signature) if you want the original textbooks rebound
Return borrowed textbooks as soon as possible after the end of the school year, since many students/teachers have requested to borrow the same textbooks as you did this past school year. Also, if you have any textbooks, machines, or even recreational audio books which have been borrowed in past years — please send those back to the SD Braille & Talking Book Program as well.
Textbooks that have been paid for by the school are the property of the school. However, if you would like to donate these materials for the use of other students, please send them to the SD Braille & Talking Book Program.
If you have questions regarding the ordering of textbooks, please call the toll-free number 1-800-423-6665.
- One form per student.
- Include summer contact information as well as school contact information.
- Send forms with printed textbooks (one copy of each book requested) to allow for immediate production.
- If one book is needed to be reproduced twice for two students, please send two copies of the book if available.
Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan Draft
The Strategic Plan Draft is also available in braille and audio formats. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor. Comments about the Strategic Plan may be sent to Colleen Kirby at email or you may call her at 1-800-423-6665, option 6.
Prairie Trails Memorandum
Volume 9, Issue 1 | Spring/ Summer 2014
Articles include "Strategic Plan for Braille and Talking Book Program", "Need a Speaker or Have an Upcoming Event?", "New Category of Audio Books to Begin Soon", "Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review Update" and "Books About Baseball"
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