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Subject: FREE AIM Instructional Design Resource for Students with Disabilities - NIMAC "AIM across the Curriculum"

Source: Melissa Melton, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special Education Administrators, Directors, and Instructors; Technology Directors and Staff; and, Related Educators or Paraprofessionals Working with Students with Disabilities

Date: June 28, 2011

Many materials students use in the classroom are print-based, such as textbooks and handouts.  Some students with physical, sensory, or intellectual challenges may have difficulty reading these materials.  To bridge this gap, accessible instructional materials (AIM) provide the same information found in print-based materials presented in formats that students with disabilities can use.

The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials has released "AIM across the Curriculum," a free online resource where instructors can learn about planning considerations, products, and solutions for student access to the general curriculum.  Categorized by content area, the three main sections covered are "Reading for Meaning," "Learning Math," and "Math and Science Resources."  These sources can help teachers find ways to design their instruction using AIM and to make instruction more accessible to students with disabilities.

The online resource is available at