AEM - Accessible Educational Materials

CAST AEM Webinars

Acquiring Accessible Print Materials in K-12

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Even with the explosion of digital learning materials, most schools continue to include some printed materials in their curriculum. The content of print textbooks and learning materials is not accessible to many students with disabilities. Join us to learn more about the ways in which print materials can be retrofitted into specialized formats and sources of those formats for students who require them for participation and achievement. This interactive session will look at each side of the AEM coin—accessible content and accessible delivery technology. Topics will include a decision making process, how materials can be acquired and the supports that may be needed for effective use for learning.

Acquiring Accessible Digital Materials

October 27, 2016

Seeking digital materials that are accessible and widely usable by students with a variety of strengths and challenges can be difficult. If digital materials are not designed to be accessible from the outset, they are difficult or impossible to retrofit.  Thus, it is important to select and acquire digital materials with multiple options that increase the usability of the materials for a wide variety of learners, including those with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of features to look for when considering and purchasing digital educational materials. Time will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants.

Is it Accessible? What Does that Mean?

September 28, 2016

Students, families, educators at all levels and other service providers who are new to accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies have many questions about what “accessibility” means. How do you know if something is accessible and to whom is it accessible? This session will include a discussion of basic information about accessibility and what that means to learners with disabilities. Topics in this introductory webinar will include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources on the AEM Center website.

What Are Accessible Instructional Materials?

For many students with disabilities, standard print in textbooks can be a barrier to access and learning. Some students who have difficulty with reading or understanding text may becandidates for the provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM). These students may need to have their core and supplemental instructional materials provided to them in an alternate format (e.g., Braille, digital, audio) to support their access to their curriculum.

IDEA 2004 requires that core instructional materials be provided in specialized formats when needed by students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of a student’s IEP team to identify the type of specialized format(s) that a student will need and document this on the IEP. The final regulations of IDEA 2004 and Oregon Administrative Rules require that local education agencies provide needed accessible core instructional materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

AIM Verification of Eligibility Forms
Oregon Authorized Users (AU) and Authorized Medical Producers (AMP)

Oregon Department of Education

National Resources

AIM Simply Said from CAST

AIM Strategies

How to use Read Iris, ClaroPDF and Co Writer Apps From Kelley Wilson Eugene SD



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Accessibility Statement - The Douglas ESD is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content. We are currently in the process of upgrading our site to meet all requirements.

For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on our website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy - It is a policy of the Douglas ESD that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. For more information, visit the Nondiscrimination Policy page.