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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) A Technical Guide for Families and Advocates


PACER Center & National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials




Some students with disabilities have difficulty reading and accessing standard print and learning materials, such as textbooks and supplementary materials. 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. This document was created to help families and advocates learn the process for making decisions about AIM, why a student may need AIM, what types of specialized formats are available, how AIM are acquired, what supports are necessary to effectively utilize them, and what can be done to promote the use of AIM for students. Additional AIM sources are provided for more information.

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

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