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FAQ: Listing the Instructional Materials

Checkpoint 4 of selecting accessible formats is to list the educational materials the student needs. The team gathers information about the text-based educational materials that the student needs for access to all subjects across the curriculum. This includes print materials and digital materials with text and images. In addition to the current curriculum, the team collects information about known materials that the student will need in the next six months.  

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What are some examples of materials that might be listed in this section?

The team should take a systematic approach by listing the student’s subject areas or classes. For each, identify and list the print and digital materials used. Examples include textbooks, trade books, websites, magazines, newspapers, and teacher-created materials.

What information should be provided for each material listed?

For each material listed, categorize according to:

  • Copyright with an ISBN (record for Step 3, Acquiring Accessible Formats). To learn about ISBNs, visit the International ISBN Agency.
  • Licensed under Creative Commons, which means the material can be converted to another format for any student, following the license information. These materials are commonly known as Open Educational Resources (OERs). To learn about OERs, download the AEM Center website article, Open Education Resources: Ensuring Inclusive Learning in Uncertain Times
  • In the public domain, which means it can be converted to another format for any student, following any possible restrictions. To learn about public domain, visit the Welcome to the Public Domain page on the Stanford Libraries website
  • Teacher-created, which means accessibility errors can be corrected or the material can be re-created to be accessible.
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