Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP

Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP


What are AEM? AEM are print- and technology-based educational materials, which include printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of individual variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). Thus, the term “AEM” includes printed materials that have been converted into specialized formats as well as accessible digital materials and technologies.

This brief comes from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, otherwise known as the AEM Center. It’s 17 pages long, but provides excellent guiding questions for those involved in writing a student’s IEP. It begins by answering such basics as:

  • What are accessible educational materials and technologies?
  • Why is it important for IEP teams to consider whether a student needs them in order to access the general curriculum?
  • What does IDEA require?
  • Where in the IEP should certain AEM-related information be included–and how? (Great examples!)

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