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 Questions and Answers

AIM-VA diligently selects information to share regarding accessible instructional materials and the technology required to access these materials each week with a Knowledge at Noon webinar. Join us for upcoming 30-minute webinars to learn more about AIM-VA; the formats provided for textbooks, reading books, and curriculum-based materials; and information on matching accessible instructional materials to meet your students’ needs using available technology. During these webinars, AIM-VA strives to answer questions and make the process of selecting and ordering accessible instructional materials seamless.

Questions and Answers During recent webinars, we selected the following three questions asked by attendees that we felt would benefit everyone. Thank you for your questions!

Q: For large print curriculum based materials, such as a worksheet, for children with a visual impairment, how do teachers reuse these?  How do educators share with other students later if those materials are damaged or written on, are we authorized to copy the materials?

A: Educators are not authorized to copy the materials, but materials can be reordered for another student. Log into AIM-VA and reorder AIM-VA materials.

Q: Does AIM-VA have resources for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities?

A: Yes, our materials are made to work with the technology that meets students’ needs. Depending on the technology, AIM-VA’s materials can be used with accessibility switches, touch screens and other adaptive equipment. AIM-VA also produces accessible curriculum based materials. Send AIM-VA your curriculum-based materials and we will add accessibility features that allow the student to use a variety of technologies to access these materials. Everything in our library has been ordered by VDOE educators throughout Virginia. All materials need to be ordered for a specific eligible student.

Q: What is the turnaround time for getting the accessible curriculum materials?

A: The size of the file and the method in which the curriculum materials are sent and received affects how quickly AIM-VA is able to produce and return the materials. Many of these materials could be exchanged through an electronic file exchange, which would decrease the overall time frame. We aim for producing these accessible curriculum materials in a timely manner.

We can help! Assistance with setting up an account or ordering materials can be found by contacting us with your questions. Previous webinars can be found at here.

We Are AIM-VA Accessible instructional materials (AIM) help to create access to the curriculum for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, vision or physical challenges, and others. A federally funded program in every state assures that books in alternative formats are provided to eligible students with disabilities whose IEP indicates the need for alternative print materials. The AIM program operates under a legal exception to federal copyright law. Check out the AIM-VA home page to learn more. Follow AIM-VA on Facebook Pinterest , and Twitter at @AIMVirginia. Subscribe to AIM-VA's new monthly newsletter. Sign up here.