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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Basics for Families


PACER Center & National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials




Some students with disabilities have difficulty reading textbooks and other learning materials. For example, a student who is blind may not be able to see a book, and a student who has a physical disability may not be able to hold the book. To succeed in school, these students need learning materials in specialized formats. IDEA includes a requirement that schools provide accessible instructional materials (AIM) to elementary and secondary students with disabilities who need them. Families and other members of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team use a decision-making process to decide whether the student needs AIM, what type of specialized formats the student might need, how to acquire the materials, and what supports the students needs to use AIM. The four types of specialized formats (braille, large print, audio, digital text) are discussed. Lastly, additional AIM resources are provided for more information.

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PACER Center & National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. (2010). Accessible instructional materials (AIM) basics for families. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Retrieved [insert date] from

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