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Procuring Accessible Digital Materials and Technologies for Teaching and Learning: The What, Why, Who, and How


Cynthia Curry, Diana Carl, and Luis Pérez


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)


Accessibility of digital materials and technologies for all learners, including students with disabilities, has captured the attention of stakeholders on both sides of the education marketplace – consumers and developers. To help consumers take advantage of this moment, this resource explains  what accessibility means, why it’s important, who requires it, and how educational agencies can meet their responsibilities. 


Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.

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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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Curry, C., Carl, D., & Pérez, P. (2018). Procuring accessible digital materials and technologies for teaching and learning: The what, why, who, and how. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. Retrieved [insert date] from

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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CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through research and development.

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