AIM - Accessible Instructional Materials

Accessible Instructional Materials

AIM State Cadre

Jill Scannell

Delaware Department of Education


  • Accessible Instructional Materials - What are AIM? Who are AIM for? Why and how to provide AIM?
  • Resources for AIM - Generalized sources and Specialized Format for Copyright- Exempt Repositories (under Chafee Amendment for qualified students); Commercial and Public Domain Repositories 
  • Accessible Textbooks in the Classroom 
    A Guide for educators (administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals) with strategies for acquiring and using accessible, alternate-format versions of print instructional materials for pre-K-12 students with print disabilities. 
  • Accessible Textbooks in the Classroom II
    This document is the third in a series related to accessible instructional materials and provides suggested guidelines for administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals for determining which alternate formats (and which tools to access them and exploit their flexibility) are best suited to a given student's print-related challenges. (The first of the series, The Promise of Accessible Textbooks: Increased Achievement for All Students, is available via CAST's Publications web page, and the second of the series, Accessible Textbooks in the Classroom, is available via this NIMAS resource list.)  
  • Accessible Instructional Materials and the IEP
    State and local education agencies are encouraged to include language relating to a student's need for accessible, alternate format versions of print instructional materials in the IEP. A general introduction to this topic and language that may be used in IEPs are provided.   
  • Legislation Relating to Accessible Instructional Materials
    Resources that may be helpful for those seeking information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), the Chafee Amendment, and other instructional materials legislation. 
  • Accessible Instructional Materials: An Annotated List of Research Articles prepared by Nicole Strangman, Ph.D.
  • "An Educator's Guide to Making Textbooks Accessible and Usable for Students with Learning Disabilities" By: Center for Applied Special Technology and LD OnLine (2007) 
  • "Making Math Accessible through Shaping Educational Policy" By Steve Noble, Director of Accessibility Policy, Design Science, Inc.
  •  Delaware as one of the 15 AIM Consortium States
  • Best Practices of AIM Resources include: General Resources (determining student eligibility); Selecting and using specialized formats; creating student-ready materials, NIMAS/DAISY Readers
  • Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Materials 
  • AIM Consortium OSEP Press Release    
  • CITEd is the Center for Implementing Technology in Education, another technical assistance center funded by the U.S Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. It is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Education Development Center (EDC). CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides support through identification of evidence-based practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice.