A bill introduced into both the House and the Senate April 24 promises to improve access to textbooks dramatically for students who are blind or have other disabilities that impair their use of printed material.

If the legislation is enacted, states and local school districts that receive federal funding would have two years to make sure visually impaired students can access all educational materials at the same time as their peers.

Educators would have help from textbook publishers, who would be required to submit electronic files of all


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