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Use of AEM

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In order for AEM to support students’ educational participation and achievement, they have to be part of a comprehensive approach that includes the various formats of AEM, the technologies used to deliver them, and any additional supports learners may need to benefit from AEM.

In this section, you will find the following resources to support the successful use of AEM:

  • Personalizing the Reading Experience: information about free and low-cost supports for customizing reading tools to meet the needs of a variety of readers, including display options and text to speech
  • Digital Reading Technologies: a listing of digital reading technologies (hardware, software and apps) that can be used to access digital content in a variety of formats.
  • Audio-Supported Reading: information about Audio-Supported Reading (ASR), a reading strategy that relies on a multi-modal presentation to significantly increase the rate at which braille and magnified print readers can move through text.
  • Supports for the Use of Specialized Formats: information about additional supports learners may need to benefit from specialized formats of AEM, including training, instructional strategies, support services and accommodations. Many of these supports are needed for digital materials as well.
  • Assistive Technology and AEM: information about assistive technology (AT), including its definition and relationship to AEM, and links to journals and organizations that feature the latest research on assistive technology and its impact on learning.

If you still have questions after reviewing the resources in this section, contact us at the AEM Center. We are happy to help!

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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Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Artificial production of human speech, using special software and/or hardware.

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Audio-Supported Reading (ASR)

Technique used to support the rapid reading of digital text by displaying portions of text with synthesized speech.

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