Accessible Educational Materials

School districts are responsible for providing learning materials that are accessible to all students with print disabilities. Students who struggle to read because of physical, sensory, cognitive, or learning differences may require alternative or specialized formats. Core curriculum material and textbooks may need to be converted to specialized formats called accessible educational materials (AEM).

These specialized formats, including Braille, large print, audio and digital text, enable students with print disabilities to gain the information they need to complete tasks, master Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 goals, and reach curricular standards. Specialized formats should also be provided to students who are unable to gain information from traditional print materials.
  •  - 7/31/18
    Guidance on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements regarding accessible educational materials (AEM), the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS), the National Instutional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), Authorized Users (AUs) and Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) for Minnesota schools and districts
  •  - 7/31/18
    Outlines steps in providing access to curriculum for students
  •  - 7/31/18
    Questions and answers about AEM services for schools and districts
  •  - 7/30/18
    How to create digital learning materials that are usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format.
  • Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) What districts can do - 6/18/12
    Guidelines for schools and districts to ensure that identified students have timely access to accessible instructional materials