This page lists resources to help you find information related to Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) for students in the K -12 grades.
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
This 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
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.
This 4 page document provides an overview on AIM, why it is important, general terms, and many resources.
Quick Reference Guide
This flyer supports an understanding of why Purchasing Accessible learning Materials is crucial to help all students succeed.
PALM_Call to Action
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
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:
Click this site to view current videos on Accessible Educational Materials (AIM) Watch the "AIM Simply Said" video.
AEM National Center YouTube site
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
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).