What is It?
The AIM Navigator is an interactive tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible instructional materials for an individual student. The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of format(s), and 4) selection of supports for use. The AIM Navigator also includes a robust set of guiding questions and useful references and resources specifically related to each decision point. Different scaffolds of support are built in so that teams can access information at the level needed to assist them in making informed, accurate decisions.
- The AIM Navigator Online Tool: Go directly to the interactive tool. This tool requires connection to the Internet during use.
- Sample Student Summary: This document provides an example of the record that results as a team works through the AIM Navigator.
- AIM Navigator print version in Word or PDF format. This downloadable document contains the entire contents of the AIM Navigator and accompanying forms in a static, printable format that can be used when no Internet connection is available.
The AIM Navigator is NOT a screening or diagnostic tool that results in a prescriptive report. Rather, it is a process facilitator that guides the work of a collaborative team as they work through the AIM-related needs of individual students.
As a team works through the AIM Navigator, a step-by-step series of decision options from which to select are presented and text boxes in which information, evidence, and rationales upon which decisions are based can be entered. All decisions and supporting information is saved to a Student Summary that can be edited, saved, and printed. The AIM Navigator also includes an optional, running to-do List where team members can record responsibilities that need to be accomplished to ensure that what is needed is available to the student when needed.
Who is it For?
The AIM Navigator is designed to be used by IEP teams and other collaborative teams that include students, family, and pertinent school personnel.
How does it Work?
The AIM Navigator is a server-side application that requires connection to the Internet. There are two ways the AIM Navigator can be used.
Use Navigator with an email address associated with a student account
This option enables teams to work through the process, save, print all data, and retrieve all data at a later time. When this option is used, both student summaries and to-do lists are saved for later reference. All data is saved to a server and can be accessed at any time through a link sent to the associated email address. A team can re-enter the Navigator at any time to retrieve saved information, continue through the process, or edit a Student Summary and/or To Do List.
Use Navigator without an email address associated with a student account
This option enables teams to work through the process and collect all data to create a student summary and to-do list. A Student Summary and/or To Do List can be saved to a local computer or printed; however, when the browser is closed, information is not saved and cannot be retrieved.
AIM Navigator Accessibility
The AIM Navigator is designed to be fully accessible to people using a variety of assistive technologies. Elements on each of the AIM Navigator screens are accessible to screen readers.
The print version of the AIM Navigator can be downloaded and then used as alternative to the online version when Internet connectivity is not available. It contains all of the information and resources in the online AIM Navigator including guiding questions, frequenty asked questions, resources, and references. Appendices include a worksheet and to-do list that can be used to document decisions as the team proceeds through the process. The worksheet and to-do list are also provided as separate documents for ease of printing.
Go to the AIM Navigator Online Tool now.
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Updated: August, 2012