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AEM Navigator


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)


The AEM Navigator is a tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around specialized formats of print instructional materials for individual students. It assists teams in making informed, accurate decisions.

The four major steps in the decision-making process include:

  • Determination of need
  • Selection of specialized format(s)
  • Acquisition of materials
  • Determination of supports needed for effective use

The AEM Navigator facilitates decision-making by presenting a step-by-step series of guiding questions and providing options from which to choose. If more information is needed to make a decision, a robust set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is provided with each decision point. Additionally, for further study, AEM Center resources and an extensive list of references and resources specifically related to each decision point are made available.

The included forms are also available as separate downloadable resources:

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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Cite As

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (May, 2015).  AEM Navigator Print Version. Wakefield, MA, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. Retrieved on [insert date] from accessible-educational-materials-navigator-print.html