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Decision-Making Tools and Supports


Interactive tools that can be used by teams to help with decisions about accessible instructional materials, including 1) identification of student need, 2) selection of specialized formats, 3) acquisition of specialized formats, and 4) determination of supports for use of AIM (technology, strategies, etc.) for participation and achievement.

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

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

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

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AEM Navigator

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The AEM Navigator facilitates the process of decision-making about specialized formats of print instructional materials for an individual student by IEP or other decision-making teams. The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of formats, and 4) selection of supports for use. The AEM Navigator provides extensive support for decision-making at each point by providing guiding questions, resources, and links to other tools. The AEM Navigator collects all decisions and all supporting information entered by a team and creates a summary that can be printed or saved to a local computer, along with a running To Do List.

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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Print Instructional Materials

Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.

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Individual Education Program (IEP)

Written plan individually developed for students identified as having a disability under IDEA.

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AEM Explorer

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The AEM Explorer is a free downloadable simulation tool that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and supported reading software. Settings for magnification, colors of text and background, text-to-speech (synthetic and human), text highlighting, and layout options can be manipulated to help educators, families, and struggling readers decide ways in which these supports can be configured to help with access to and understanding of text. The AEM Explorer collects information and prepares a summary that can be printed or saved to a local computer.

Digital Text

Published material retrieved and read via a computer.

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Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Artificial production of human speech, using special software and/or hardware.

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