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The AEM Best Practices Cohort

To identify and disseminate best practices related to the provision and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies, the AEM Center works closely with eight states collectively known as the AEM Best Practice Cohort.  Within these states, core teams include a range of roles and skillsets, with representation from K-12, higher education and workforce development personnel and families.  Cohort leaders meet monthly via video conferencing to share ideas and experiences, and to consider ways to tailor ideas that work (best practices) to the environments in their own states.  AEM Center personnel also meet regularly with each state to develop activities that lower barriers to the effective provision and use of AEM and accessible technologies, including what to look for in digital materials and strategies for the effective use of digital materials for learning. The goal is to identify best practices at a local and state level and scale them up to a national level where they can improve the ability of learners with disabilities to participate and progress in their education. Many of these best practices are represented in the AEM Center's Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Materials and Technologies, which are mentioned throughout these state stories.

Our goal for sharing these stories is to highlight how different states have approached the development of their systems for the acquisition and use of AEM and accessible technologies. We encourage you to focus on the lessons learned from each state's experience, while keeping in mind that your own state may have different legal requirements, demographics and other characteristics that need to be considered for decision-making and implementation.

Note:  As you read these state stories you will see a number of ed tech products and services mentioned. The AEM Center does not endorse or recommend specific products or services. Please note that the states and districts featured have selected tools through an intentional decision making process specific to their own needs, infrastructure, and stakeholder input.

The Cohort States

Follow the appropriate link to learn more about each of the eight Best Practice Cohort States. 

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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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 Technology

Technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Incorporates the principles of universal design.

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U.S. map with eight AEM Best Practice Cohort states highlighted in orange.