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Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP

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Diana Carl, Joy Zabala, Joanne Karger






Questions often arise about how accessible educational materials (AEM) and technologies might be included in individualized education programs (IEPs). This resource discusses a number of locations in the IEP where it might be appropriate to refer to a student’s use of AEM. The right to accessible educational materials when needed is an inherent component of the obligation of SEAs and LEAs to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  There is no specific requirement in IDEA regarding where to include the consideration and documentation of AEM in developing the IEP. However, to promote clarity and consistency across IEP teams, SEAs and LEAs are encouraged to provide guidance related to considering a student's need for accessible materials and technologies in the IEP.

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Carl, D., Zabala, J., & Karger, J. (2018). Accessible educational materials and technologies in the IEP. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. Retrieved [insert date] from

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