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Carl, Diana; Zabala, Joy; Karger, Joanne – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2018
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…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Individualized Education Programs, Assistive Technology, Students with Disabilities
Curry, Cynthia – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2018
A digital educational material or technology is accessible when a learner with a disability "is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a learner without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Accessibility (for Disabled), Educational Technology, Students with Disabilities
Curry, Cynthia; Carl, Diana; Pérez, Luis – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2018
Accessibility of digital materials and technologies for all learners, including students with disabilities, has captured the attention of stakeholders on both sides of the education marketplace -- consumers and developers. To help consumers take advantage of this moment, this resource explains what accessibility means, why it's important, who…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Students with Disabilities
Zabala, Joy Smiley – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2016
Universal Design for Learning is the firm foundation for the education all students. Some students with more intensive support needs also require individualized services based on their unique needs in order to participate in and benefit from learning environments built and maintained according to the principles and practices of UDL. A student…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Student Needs, Equal Education, Barriers
Jackson, Richard; Karger, Joanne – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2015
This paper provides an introduction to the concept of audio-supported reading (ASR) for students with specific learning disabilities. In a previous paper written for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center), Jackson (2012) defined ASR as a technology-based technique for reading in which individuals read digital text…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Audio Equipment, Reading Instruction, Learning Disabilities
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2015
Provisions introduced to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 help to improve the delivery of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with print-related disabilities. It is important to recognize, however, that access to content does not, by itself, guarantee a quality learning experience. Paying closer…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Printed Materials, Accessibility (for Disabled), Instructional Materials
Hashey, Andrew; Stahl, Skip – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2014
This document has been designed to provide an overview of open educational resources (OERs) for elementary and secondary education personnel involved in the selection, acquisition, and/or use of instructional materials--general and special education teachers, administrators, assistive technology (AT) specialists, technology and curriculum…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Jackson, Richard M. – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2014
Audio-Supported Reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either braille or enlarged (magnified) print. This approach allows a user to listen to a spoken version of text while looking at screen-displayed print or while touching braille. In ASR, both the rate of information pick up and the portion…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Blindness, Braille, Visual Aids
Karger, Joanne – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 2014
This brief provides an overview of the "fair use" doctrine under copyright law. To date, there have been very few court cases in either the K-12 or higher education context that address the applicability of this doctrine to the conversion of print instructional materials into accessible formats. Because determinations of fair use are…
Descriptors: Copyrights, Legal Responsibility, Printed Materials, Disabilities