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 be candidates 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 Fact Sheets
AIM Process Sheets
AIM District Planning Form
AIM Inventory Form
AIM Quality Indicators
AIM Verification of Eligibility Forms
Sample Verification of Eligibility - Cover Letter
Sample Verification of Eligibility to Use NIMAS Materials (physician's form)
Oregon Authorized Users (AU) and Authorized Medical Producers (AMP)
Bookshare (link to www.bookshare.org)
Learning Ally (link to http://www.learningally.org)
Oregon Textbook and Media Center (OTMC) (link to http://www.wesd.org/sped/otmc)
Oregon Technology Access Program (link to www.otap-oregon.org)
Oregon Department of Education
Accessible Instruction Materials webpage http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1827
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Homepage (link to www.aim.cast.org)
AIM Navigator (link to www.aim.cast.org/experience/decision-making_tools/aim_navigator)
AIM Explorer (www.aim.cast.org/experience/decision-making_tools/aim_explorer)
Purchase Accessible Learning Materials (PALM) Initiative (link to www.aim.cast.org/learn/practice/palm