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Report of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities

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Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education

Publisher

Advisory Commission on AIM in Postsecondary Education

Description

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (the Commission) was authorized under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) to address and seek remedies for the challenges encountered by students with print disabilities enrolled in postsecondary institutions (see Appendix C).

This report is based on the shared experiences and perspectives of the 19 stakeholder representatives who make up the Commission.  These Commissioners speak with one voice in stating that barriers that would deny students with disabilities their rights to full and complete access to their educational experience are unacceptable in a society that values achievement through education.

After much research, testimony, and intense discussion, the Commission has prepared this report to provide insights into the array of barriers that often confront postsecondary students with disabilities.  Among these barriers are instructional materials, technologies and operating systems which, in some circumstances, are transitory and, with effort, correctable.  In other situations, however, challenges presented to making these necessary items accessible are more significant due to the limited resources of campus disability resource/service (DR/S) offices, the increasing complexity and modalities of emerging instructional materials and the delivery systems employed to utilize these materials.  It is critical that these and other obstacles be removed.

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

Print-based educational materials converted into specialized formats, related to the requirements of the IDEA statute.

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Print Disability

A person who cannot effectively use printed materials because of a disability.

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Technology

Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Employment

Work performed for compensation, at location, and with opportunities for advancement similar to those who are not individuals with disabilities.

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Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education (December 6, 2011). Report of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. Washington, DC, Advisory Commission on AIM in Postsecondary Education. Retrieved on [insert date] from http://aem.cast.org/about/publications/2011/ postsecondary-advisory-commission-report.html