• 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18 - 22,2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Utilizing Campus Resources to Reduce Outsourcing Costs

Date & Time
Friday, March 17, 2023 - 11:20 AM PST  
Grand CD  
In the summer of 2016, 3 blind students enrolled at Salem State University in 3 very different programs. It had been years since we had worked with a blind student, and it was a trial by fire and a lot of learning as we went. Initially we depended a lot on outsourcing textbooks and complex materials to outside vendors, but over time we slowly transitioned to producing all Braille, tactile graphics, and alternative format course materials ourselves, in-house, at a significant cost-savings to the institution. Student workers and investing in a few updated products helped make this happen. When the pandemic came along, we were able to use some of the same work flows and existing students workers to assist faculty in captioning recorded lectures for their online courses. Join us as we share our trials, victories, and practical strategies that worked, and continues to work, for the now 6 blind students we have had (and have) the pleasure of working with, as well as the ways it has helped our university culture overall.

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Higher Education
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
We will be sharing lessons learned from working with blind students who have attended our university. We switched from sending textbooks and complex materials to outside vendors, to producing all Braille and tactile graphics ourselves for much less.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
Session Type
General Track  


  • Jennifer McDowell
    Salem State University
  • Lisa Bibeau
    Salem State University

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