Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Resource Page

This page lists resources to help you find information related to Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) for students in the K -12 grades.

Letter about Braille for individuals with visual impairments from the US Department of Education

The letter reaffirms the importance of Braille instruction as a literacy tool, clarifies the circumstances in which Braille instruction should be provided and reiterates the scope of an evaluation required to guide decisions of IEP teams in this area. Braille is a compensatory skill in the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments, as indicated in S.B. 39.
USDOE June 19 letter

Texas Roadmap for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

tx20mapThis flowchart will help you understand the federal requirements for eligibility for "Print Disabilities" and how to acquire specific formats of materials based on your students needs. (edited 4.8.2013)
Texas Roadmap for AIM



Authorized Users in Texas

In the state of Texas, public school districts and charters may gain free access to Bookshare and Learning Ally to obtain digital and recorded books for students who qualify with the federal definition of a "Print Disability."  For more information for eligibility, see the 'Texas Roadmap for AIM" link above.

Purchasing Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

This 4 page document provides an overview on AIM, why it is important, general terms, and many resources.
Quick Reference Guide


Accessibility for All - A Call to Action flyer

This flyer supports an understanding of why Purchasing Accessible learning Materials is crucial to help all students succeed.
PALM_Call to Action


Making Decisions about Accessible Instructional Materials: What ARD Committees Need to Know

Click below to find a 'working' document (PDF or MS Word with active links) that can be downloaded regarding Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and what ARD committees need to know including the national context, Texas specific issues, national resources and Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) for digital talking books.
Click here for the MS Word version
Click here for the Adobe PDF version

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

This site serves as a resource to state- and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing Accessible Educational Materials: 

  1. National Center on AIM/CAST’s AIM Navigator: The AIM Navigator is an interactive tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible instructional materials for an individual student.
  2. AIM Explorer: The AIM Explorer is a free simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software.
  3. AIM Product Tutorials and Product Feature Chart:

YouTube Channel from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

videoClick this site to view current videos on Accessible Educational Materials (AIM) Watch the "AIM Simply Said" video.
AEM National Center YouTube site




Texas Resources for Acquiring Accessible Instructional Materials

  1. Texas Education Agency's page on Acquiring Accessible Instructional Materials:
  2. Bookshare resources and training:
  3. Bookshare’s Accessible Books for Texas:
    Contact Christine Jones:
  4. Learning Ally:
    Contact Rheaa Thompson:

Equal Access to Learning - use of emerging technologies in the educational setting

Equal Access to Learning (OCR & DOJ) The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released two documents that provide important information regarding the use of emerging technology in educational settings: 1. On June 29, 2010, ED and DOJ issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter to college and university presidents outlining the legal requirements concerning the use of electronic book readers and other emerging technology in institutions of higher education. 2. One year later, on May 26, 2011, as a follow-up to this Dear Colleague Letter, ED issued a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the legal obligations of schools (both elementary/secondary and post-secondary) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the use of emerging technology. Together, these two documents provide helpful guidance for schools to consider in ensuring that students with disabilities enjoy equal access to educational benefits and opportunities when information and resources are provided through the use of technology.
Click here to go see the articles on the National Center on AIM website

Texas Education Agency - Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division

The forms and informational documents on this site are made available for textbook coordinators from school district and open enrollment charter schools to assist in ordering instructional materials - including Accessible Instructional Materials (e.g. Braille, Large Print, Audio and Digital text).

Resources for creating accessible materials:

Microsoft PowerPoint


Microsoft Word


Adobe PDF

Other Resources:

State Board of Education Proclamations

Archive Podcasts/Blogs
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) Blog


NIMAS Overview
NIMAS Update
Universal Design for Learning


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