Learn all about AIM from the basics to classroom practice from these resources explaining the ‘who, what, why’ of AIM.
Definitions of various forms of AIM and information on which students would most benefit from one or more particular format(s) of AIM.
Learn about key federal statutes and funded national centers with resources supporting the provision of accessible instructional materials.
The AIM Center serves many audiences, each with unique questions and a need to quickly find answers to their specific questions. AIM Center Quick Starts are suggested as a “first stop” to find brief answers to the most often requested information as well as links to additional resources on the AIM web site.
Find answers to a range of questions families may have about how accessible instructional materials (AIM) can help their children as well as links to additional AIM Center resources.
Discover answers to questions about the provision of services related to accessible instructional materials (AIM) as well as links to additional AIM Center resources.
Other than embossed braille and large print, specialized formats require technology to deliver accessible content to students. For students served under IDEA, delivery technology falls under the definition of assistive technology (AT). Find out more about how AT and AIM work together.
Determine how to locate state organizations that provide AT services and information.
Learn more about AT and gather information from national organizations that provide extensive resources and services.
AIM provide access to content that may otherwise be unusable by students who have difficulty accessing print instructional materials. Access to materials is a critical first step. Learn about approaches that move beyond access to content and explore strategies for improved student learning.
Audio-Supported Reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either braille or enlarged (magnified) print. Improvements in reading proficiency using this approach may translate into greater gains in academic achievement.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and AIM
UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone—not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
- AIM Across the Curriculum
- Connecting AIM and Learning
Learn more about alternate-format materials to support access and enable participation in the general curriculum by students with print disabilities. Find out about accessible media that can be used to support diverse learners in the classroom, categorized by format.
These e-Resources provide information about hardware, software, and web-based applications for digitally rendered content including readers, players, hybrid products, and more.
See below for information and a compilation of sources of hardware-based resources for digital content. Sources gathered include freeware, open source, and commercial products; including handheld readers and players, hybrid devices, and more.
Screenreader applications read aloud a variety of content formats via TTS, while others are designed for use with digital talking books. Other programs facillitate the use and management of digital libraries, convert files from one format to another, transfer files between devices and accounts, etc.
Learn more about AIM in action: how to produce, acquire, distribute, and use AIM across a wide variety of implementation models, including AIM in the classroom; AIM information, tools, and tips for parents; NIMAS-specific best practices; formats and technologies; and NIMAC processes.
Information on content development and production for the creation of AIM, including digital talking books and other alternate formats, NIMAS source files, authorized entities as AIM producers, the role of NIMAC in relation to production, and more.
Find out about the process of acquiring AIM, including information on sources of AIM, accessible media producers (AMPs), the role of NIMAC in relation to AIM acquisition and distribution, and where to start whether one is a teacher, or district, or LEA employee.
Obtain information about AIM policies at the federal, state, and local level including up-to-date information on statutes and regulations, IEPs, textbook adoptions, the NIMAS, eligibility and qualification, and more.
Federal law and regulations pertinent to AIM, including IDEA and NIMAS regulations, copyright law and the Chafee Amendment, Section 508, information on the NIMAS Standards Board, digital rights management, and more.
Information on state statutes and policies pertinent to AIM, including textbook adoption/purchasing, SEA special education responsibilities, assistive technology, state-specific information and resources, and more.
Discover the latest available research on AIM, UDL, print disabilities, and how these interact, the foundational research base leading up to AIM and UDL connections as they are understood today, and how current research impacts AIM in a practical sense.
Read about available AIM research findings, including materials formats (DTB, audio, CD, HTML/web-based, Braille, large print), assistive technology, instructional support, supported reading (text-to-speech, strategy development, navigation help), and UDL in relation to AIM.
Read about available UDL research findings, including digital textbooks, strategy instruction, scaffolding of skills development, testing and assessment, and more.
This section includes information and resources regarding AIM related to transition and post-secondary education.
Acquire information about the functional impact of disabilities on education: specifically, as related to accessible instructional materials. Learn about available resources for extended study.
Acquire information specific to the functional impact of visual impairments as related to accessible instructional materials and learn about available resources for extended study.
Acquire information specific to the functional impact of hearing impairments as related to accessible instructional materials and learn about available resources for extended study.
Delve into the background and history of accessible instructional materials and the NIMAS, including the history of core technologies surrounding AIM, past activities and processes surrounding the NIMAS, the original NIMAS technical specification 1.0, etc.