AEM - Accessible Educational Materials


CAST AEM Webinars

Acquiring Accessible Print Materials in K-12 (External Link
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 (External Link)
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? (External Link)
September 28, 2016
Students, families, educators at all levels and other service providers who are new to accessible educational materials(AEM) andaccessible 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)

The following are external links unless otherwise noted.

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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