Athens, Ga. – The Alternative Media Access Center, an initiative of the University System of Georgia and housed at the University of Georgia, has received the White Cane Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia.
The award was presented on Oct. 25 at the NFB of Georgia’s annual Black Tie/White Cane Appreciation Banquet. AMAC received the award in recognition of its support for Braille textbooks on the post-secondary level and for promoting the independence of blind citizens of Georgia as they strive to become contributing, productive members of their communities.
Tamara Rorie, compliance manager and Braille production manager at the AMAC, accepted the award and plaque on behalf of AMAC. It was presented by Mary Fernandez who is a student at Emory University and one who benefits from the use of AMAC system services.
“The University System of Georgia has become a national leader in ensuring students receive equal access to their textbooks,” said Christopher Lee, director of AMAC.
More than 7,000 students challenged by learning disabilities, visual impairments, mobility problems and other disabilities attend the University System of Georgia’s 35 colleges and universities.
The Alternative Media Access Center is the nation’s first production, service, training and research initiative to offer a central hub for alternative media for those with print-related disabilities.
The new center, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is funded by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and membership fees.