Bedford, Freeman & Worth

strives to create products that are usable by all learners and meet universally applied accessibility standards.


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Commitment to Accessibility

Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group (BFW) is committed to the goal of providing equal access to all products regardless of an individual’s age, ability, or situation and embraces the opportunity to develop services and information technologies that are accessible and usable by all individuals. Accessibility at BFW is about extending the power of education to all users. In addition to addressing product compatibility with assistive technologies such as screen reader software, alternative keyboard devices, and voice recognition products, we are working to ensure that the content and platforms we provide are fully accessible.

By partnering with the best and the brightest authors in their respective fields, BFW strives to improve the world by moving beyond conventional educational concepts and empowering all instructors and students to explore coursework in new, innovative, and creative ways that will enable better outcomes for students and institutions.

Accessibility at BFW is measured using guidelines set forth by 29 U.S.C. 794d (more commonly known as Section 508), as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (more commonly known as WCAG 2.0 AA).

Accessibility features

NIMAS Compliance

BFW works to make our electronic files NIMAS compliant for all High School textbooks and related supplemental material. Many titles meet NIMAS compliance and we are converting new titles every month.

Videos

BFW provides closed-captioning, audio description, and/or transcripts for all videos.

eBooks

BFW offers accessible textbooks as ebooks through a number of distributors. eBooks are produced in the ePUB3 file format based on industry accessibility recommendations.. If you plan to offer your students the option to purchase a BFW ebook using a third party platform we recommend that you contact the third party for more information on their platforms accessibility statement.

eLearning

BFW is committed to providing accessible eLearning solutions to students. New platforms and content are created with accessibility as a priority and we are actively engaged in the updated of legacy systems and content.


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Commitment to Support

WebAIM ( http://webaim.org/intro/) identifies the major categories of people with disabilities as:

  • Visual: Blindness, low vision, color-blindness

  • Hearing: Deafness and hard-of-hearing

  • Motor: Inability to use a mouse and/or other peripherals, slow response time, limited fine motor control

  • Cognitive: Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Upon request, at no additional cost, BFW will provide accessible materials such as instructor and student resources (e.g., lecture slides, quizzes, PDFs, etc.), and eBooks (or alternate book formats) to Accessibility/Disability Support Services offices for qualified instructors and students with disabilities and for instructors supporting students with disabilities.

Make a Request

To obtain accessible materials, please review our accessibility partners’ sites and/or visit our support site:

Accessibility Partner: BookShare

( http://www.bookshare.org)

BFW is proud to partner with Bookshare. Bookshare serves users around the world and ensures that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers. Bookshare makes its services available, free of charge, to all qualifying students in the United States through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare members may download BFW textbooks in a compressed, encrypted file and can then read the material using adaptive technology or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays.


Bedford, Freeman & Worth/Macmillan Learning Support

If you are unable to find the accessible materials you need from our partners, please complete the BFW/Macmillan Learning Request Form:

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Commitment to Change

At Bedford, Freeman & Worth, accessibility is paramount. We are currently updating legacy content/materials while simultaneously implementing appropriate internal organizational changes to ensure that future products conform to the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.

In addition to working as quickly as possible to make our products and services accessible, we maintain a dedicated e-mail address ( webaccessibility@macmillan.com) to receive input on any accessibility issues. BFW also supports and participates in national and international disability-focused initiatives as well as cultivates relationships with developers of assistive technology software, which is essential to evolving our product compatibility.

We welcome your feedback.