Module 4 How to Find Specialized Formats of Print Materials
About This Module
The AEM Center offers this module as a part of an online learning series. Each module is self-paced and self-directed with technical assistance available from AEM Center staff.
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The AEM Center does not offer credit for the modules in our AEM series. A Certificate of Participation is available by providing your email address in the module’s post-survey. If your district, state, or other agency is offering credit, please follow instructions provided to you for submitting evidence of participation directly to that agency. All of the modules in the AEM series are pre-approved for the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential. If you currently hold IAAP Certification, you can submit completed activities for CAECs through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
As a fixed format, print can present barriers to learners who need a more flexible, customizable experience from their educational materials. In Module 4, you have the opportunity to learn about the specialized formats (audio, large print, braille and digital text) that are available as alternatives to print for learners who need AEM, as well as how to get started with searching for and acquiring materials in those formats.
To begin, watch a 1-hour webinar. The webinar will introduce some of the key concepts and skills you will learn in this module, including:
- Definitions of AEM under IDEA
- Determination of need/eligibility
- Sources of AEM: NIMAC and AMPs
- Tour of the AEM Navigator
- Preview of upcoming changes to copyright law and their impact on specialized formats
After watching the webinar, choose a level of mastery based on your goals for this module:
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Goal: Goal: Explain the importance of providing specialized formats for students
Create a summary that explains the importance of timely provision of print materials in specialized formats to a colleague who is new to the topic. In your summary, include the following:
- a description of specialized formats in your own words
- at least one example of a specialized format you have experienced and its impact on learning
Share your summary in the format that works best for you (text, audio or video).
Time Commitment: 2 hours
Goal: Participate in the selection and acquisition of specialized formats of materials by students who need them.
- The materials listed under the Entry Level
- Need for AEM
- Selection of AEM
- Acquisition of Specialized Formats of Print
- AEM Navigator
Using the AEM Navigator as a scaffold, investigate and summarize the process for determining the need and selecting at least one specialized format for a learner in your school or district. Using the format that works best for you (text, audio or video), share your summary with the appropriate educators who support that learner in achieving educational goals (this could be the IEP team).
Time Commitment: 3 hours
Select, acquire, and provide instructional support for use of specialized formats by students in my classroom.
- The materials listed under the Entry and Buld Levels
- AEM State Contacts (review the information for your state)
- AEM Guide to AMPs
- Use of Specialized Formats of AEM
- Assistive Technology and AEM
- Audio-Supported Reading
Using the information from the Build Level activity, develop a plan for acquiring at least one specialized format in your state. Make sure your plan includes the additional supports (strategies, technologies, services) needed for the learner to make use of the specialize format.
Share your plan in the format that work best for you (text, audio or video).