Sunday, January 23, 2011

Student E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP)

The Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), in partnership with CourseSmart and the AccessText Network (ATN), has launched an innovative, e-textbook rental program entitled STEPP: STudent E-rent Pilot Project. While STEPP is designed to meet the textbook rental needs of any postsecondary student, the program is unique in that its textbook offerings are specially modified for accessibility, and comply with Section 504 requirements under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

STEPP leverages the expertise of AMAC, one of the nation’s leaders in producing accessible educational text; with the established distribution network of CourseSmart, the nation’s number one electronic textbook rental service; and the reach of ATN, the nation’s only “one-stop shop” for disability service providers with a need for alternative format text files. For the first time, students with disabilities will enjoy the benefits of significant cost savings inherent in a textbook rental program, as STEPP provides universally accessible e-textbook files for top titles.

  1. To save students an average of 50% off the retail cost for purchasing textbooks;
  2. To provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in textbook rental programs and experience cost savings;
  3. To develop and demonstrate a viable business model for rendering e-textbooks for rent, which are universally accessible to all;
  4. To create awareness of the availability of universally accessible e-textbooks for rent; (5) To increase knowledge and awareness of the need for and the profitability of providing universally accessible E-textbooks, amongst all players in the marketplace.
STEPP Publisher Project Manager

STEPP Advisory Committee

STEPP Contacts



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