Alaska Center for Accessible Materials (AKCAM)

making education accessible for Alaskans with print disabilities

What Are Accessible Educational Materials & Accessible Technologies?

Accessible educational/instructions materials (AEM/AIM) are print and technology-based educational materials that are designed or enhanced to make them usable by people with and without disabilities.


Some examples could include:

  • A curriculum that has been converted to Braille

  • A book that is made available through audio instead of text

  • A worksheet that has been converted to large-print text

  • A video that includes subtitles and descriptions

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that students who require materials in braille, large print, audio, and digital text have access to them.




Teacher's Toolbox





What can AKCAM do for you/your students?

We can convert instructional materials to accessible formats, such as

  • Braille

  • large print

  • digital text and audio

We can also help determine what format is needed based on:

  • how the student will access information contained in printed materials

  • what format will allow the student to

    • work as independently as possible

    • develop literacy skills

    • and help them make progress in the general education curriculum and their IEP goals

How does it work?
  1. Contact Tyler Arsen with the name of the item that's needed

  2. Describe what the product needs to be converted to (or Tyler can help you make that determination)

  3. We take care of the rest!

  4. We will contact you when materials are ready for mail or pick-up

Contact the Coordinator, Tyler Arsen for more information:
907-334-1320 or
Free Tools to help you get started:

This tool consists of a series of guiding questions to assist teams with decision-making about need, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible printed materials. Learning supports for completing each decision-making step are available throughout. 

This tool is a simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech (synthetic and human), text highlighting, and layout options are presented in a logical sequence to help struggling readers.

Contact AKCAM

Tyler Arsen, Coordinator          907-334-1320

3501 Denali St, Ste 101, Anchorage AK 99503

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Please call before stopping by the office to make sure he is in!