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#NationalBookLoversDay: AEM/AIM Is A Free Source for Accessible Book Formats Under IDEA

Today is #National Book Lovers Day and a great day for educators to commit to providing students who have print disabilities with alternative formats so they can access the curriculum content.

Check out the possibilities: Click on this Formats link to learn more about the features of each of the accessible formats that can support students who struggle to read. There is no cost to schools or families for students who are found eligible due to a print disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

  • Audio Recording
  • Braille
  • Braille Ready File (BRF)
  • Electronic Publication (ePub)
  • HTML
  • Large Print
  • Word
  • PDF
  • PDF Fully Accessible
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)

AEM/AIM students are entitled to learn using any of the formats based on their needs. Some learners actually work with two book versions such as an audiobook at school and a "PDF: Fully Accessible" for homework.

#NationalBookLoversDay is a good day to inform your community about the value for all when struggling readers learn using alternative formats. They love when they can read what their friends read and AEM/AIM makes it happen.

We Are AIM-VA  

Accessible educational materials (AEM) help to create access to the curriculum for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, vision or physical challenges, and others. A federally funded AEM program in every state assures that books in alternative formats are provided free of charge to eligible students with disabilities whose education teams take action. The AEM program operates under a legal exception to federal copyright law. Check out the AIM-VA home page to learn more about eligibility in Virginia. In other states, contact a special education teacher, a school administrator or download a list of AEM state contacts.External Link to AEM state contacts (New Window).

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