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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.

Learning Ally Oregon Support Site The Oregon State Department of Education is pleased to endorse Learning Ally to support educators in assisting students with IEP and 504 plans.  Please take advantage of this special membership offer. Learning Ally, a national, nonprofit organization is the nation's largest library of accessible educational materials for students with visual and learning disabilities.  They offer the core audio textbooks from top publishers that match your school's curricula to help meet your NCLB goals.

 AIM District Planning Form
 AIM Inventory Form
 AIM Fact Sheets
 AIM Process Sheets 
 AIM Quality Indicators

AIM Verification of Eligibility Forms:
  Sample Verification of Eligibility to Use NIMAS Materials
 Sample Verification of Eligibility - Cover Letter
 AIM Professional Development and Training Opportunities

AIM Workshop Follow Up Survey Results - Click here to view Summary PDF