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Meet Juna: Leveling the Playing Field with AIM

In Meet Juna: Leveling the Playing Field with AIM, explore the story of Juna Gjata who has a visual impairment which prevents her from reading standard print materials; and how she—with the help of supportive teachers, assistive technology, and accessible instructional materials—excels academically.

Getting to Know Juna

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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Technology

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

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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

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

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Learn about Juna, the functional implications of her visual impairment, and her early school years.

 

Using Multiple Formats and Technologies

Hear Juna explain the multiple specialized formats (braille, large print, audio, and digital text) and tools she uses in different contexts to maximize her learning.

 

Audio

Digital form or representation of a sound which may be used for non-visual access to text and images.

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Digital Text

Published material retrieved and read via a computer.

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Ever-Evolving Use of Technology

Listen as Juna describes some of the tools she has used over the years.

 

Developing Her Own Learning Strategies

Hear from Juna as she describes many of the context-specific learning strategies she has developed.

 

Accessing Math and Science

Examine the challenges presented by the visual nature of math and science courses for a student with a visual impairment.

 

Paving the Way to Harvard

Observe how Juna's team built her independence and self-determination over time so that she is well prepared for college.