As the school year begins, families of students who have difficulty using typical printed instructional materials effectively often have concerns and questions about "accessible instructional materials" and if those materials could be needed by their children. The August back-to-school edition of the AIM Connector highlighted resources that address questions frequently asked by families at the start of school.
Access the AIM Factsheet for Families
AIM Basics for Families (2011). This booklet, available in English and Spanish, will help you and other members of your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team decide whether the student needs AIM, what type of specialized format the student needs, how to access the materials for the student, and what supports the student needs to use AIM.
AIM: A Technical Guide for Families and Advocates (2011). This guide Includes background information on AIM provisions in IDEA, definitions of terms, a thorough description of the decision-making process for AIM, and where to find additional resources.
AIMing for Achievement Series: What Educators and Families Need to Know about Accessible Instructional Materials (2010-2011). This series of articles, originally published in Closing the Gap Solutions, addresses the complexities, challenges, and opportunities related to the provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM).
Check out the AIM Navigator, a free online decision-making tool available to help IEP Teams and other teams make thoughtful decisions about AIM.
Learn about your state's specific policies and resources by visiting AIM in Your State. Texas Aim
If your child meets the criteria for membership, sign up for individual accounts at Bookshare and Learning Ally, the two major libraries of accessible media.
Check out the AIM Center web site for many more resources of interest to families.