Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) are materials designed to be usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video). IDEA 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on the needs for students to have accessible formats of print instructional materials. AIM refers to print instructional materials that have been transformed into the specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text for students that have print disability. AIM resources are available for K-12 Curriculum materials provide students with qualifying disabilities access to general curriculum and common core standards.
Print disabilities include more than just students with visual impairments. Braille and large format AIM resources are available for students students with disabilities but other formats like digital text and audio are also available for students with educational disabilities that impact their ability to read printed material.
While not every student with disability that may benefit from AIM resources can receive specialized AIM materials, educators and families have a wide variety of tools available to deliver Accessible Learning Materials (ALM). The National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials provides tips and resources for educators and families interested in learning more about making learning more accessible for all students.
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The National Center for Accesible Instructional Materials produced this video to help educators, parents, and students understand AIM.