Braille, Sign Language and Technology

Businesses, agencies, and organizations that provide public services are required, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide information in an alternate format if a person with a visual or reading impairment requests it or a sign language interpreter if a person with a hearing or speech impairment requests one.

Many groups do not know how to find those resources. The Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) has compiled a list of organizations that provide some of these services. See the listing on the left of this page for resources.

Some of these services may qualify as a tax credit for business. The Disability Access Tax Credit that was eliminated in 2011 has been re-established in the 2014 legislature. Check out the Tax Credit Brochure for the new information.  KCDC always recommends businesses consult with their tax professional or lawyer when considering the use of tax incentives.

Sources for Braille and Alternate Formats

There are several sources in Kansas that produce Braille and alternate format documents.  Please contact the provider directly for pricing information on putting tables, math, maps, science and other more complex information into Braille, etc.  The table below lists a few reputable providers. These prices were accurate as of July, 2014.  

Organization Contact Person Phone Number eMail address Other address Braille
Cost per page/side
Large Print (typically 18 font)  Computer disk or CD
Envision/ Print Division   (316) 425-7143   2301 South Water, Wichita, KS 67213 $0.75 for 2-sided page Yes, $0.20 per 2-sided pg. Yes, $5 for initial file plus $3.50 per diskette or CD.
Independence, Inc. Daniel Brown (785) 841-0333 dbrown@independenceinc.org 2001 Haskell, Lawrence, KS 66046 $0.80 per 2-sided page; $0.40 per single sided page; small binder $1.50; large binder $3.00. $30/hour for formatting or editing of the document is required
Yes, $0.25 per page No
 
Prairie Independent Living Resource Center Chris Owens (620) 663-3989 cowens@pilr.org 17 S. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501 $.50 per 2-sided pg.if no formating required; $1.00 per 2-sided page if formating is required No No, use State Talking Book Library
Topeka Independent Living Resource Center (TILRC) Angie Harter or Jolene Benham (785) 233-4572 aharter@tilrc.org 501 SW Jackson, Suite 100. Topeka, Kansas 66603  $1.00 per page if in text format $1.50 per page to format & print. $1.00 per page to read; $2.50 per CD; $1.50 per disk
Byington Advocacy Consulting of Kansas  Ann Byington   (785) 224-9769 abyington@cox.net   909 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606
$.25 per side for MS Word format (interpoint Braille (2-sided)) set up fee of $50/hour for re-formatting. All materials bound without covers. Covers available for an additional charge. 
 
Please contact for details  Not available 

  • Sign Language

  • Telephone Access 711

  • Audio Description

  • Video Remote Interpreting Services

  • Closed Captioning

  • Accessible Software and Website

  • Real Time Captioning