Making education accessible for Alaskans with print disabilities
What can AKCAM do for you/your students?
We can convert instructional materials to accessible formats, such as
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
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.
Explore decision making around accessible materials and learn how to support students using AEM based on your role.
Find resources and information to support progress in literacy for students with print disabilities.
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.