Why Provide AEM and Accessible Technologies?
To be successful in school, students with print barriers need learning materials in specialized formats. When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized in 2004, it included a requirement that elementary and secondary school students with disabilities who need print instructional materials in an accessible format receive them in a timely manner.
States must ensure that students with disabilities who need Accessible Educational Material receive them “in a timely manner.” Each state has the responsibility to define “in a timely manner.” Most have defined it as “the same time as other students,” but many have also included wording such as the local education agency or school district must “take all reasonable steps” to ensure that the AIM are provided at the same time as other students receive their print instructional materials.
Please visit Alaska Guidelines for Accessible Material for more information regarding local and state standards.