Accessible Educational Materials
Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
Crystal Patrick, Office of Exceptional Children
Donna Murray, Office of Digital Teaching and Learning
Accessible Educational Materials was previously referred to in the IDEA as Accessible Instructional Materials. “Educational materials and technologies are “accessible” to people with disabilities if they are able to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as people who do not have disabilities. As a person with a disability, you must be able to achieve these three goals “in an equally integrated and equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use” (Joint Letter US Department of Justice and US Department of Education, June 29, 2010).” (aem.org.cast)The NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities cites IDEA on Accessible Instructional Materials.
“The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST provides technical assistance, coaching, and resources to increase the availability and use of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan.” (aem.cast.org) Resources include a decision-making tool the AEM Navigator.
National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is federally funded through the IDEA 2004. Information on eligibility criteria and changes to copyright laws following the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty are available. A NC Request for Accessible Formats including NIMAC form is available for educators to complete on behalf of eligible students in North Carolina. This form collects information on the requested accessible educational materials format(s) required for the student. Once complete the NIMAC Coordinator will contact and share options for acquiring the format(s), in a timely manner with the Public School Unit.
For question or concerns regarding NIMAC or students requiring AEM please contact Crystal Patrick