Assistice Technology (AT) & Accessible Instructional Material (AIM)
Assistive Technology (AT)
What is Assistive Technology?
"Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as talking with friends, going to school and work, or participating in recreational activities is a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help to overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance their quality of life and lead more independent lives.
Assistive technology can be anything from a simple (low-tech) device such as a magnifying glass, to a complex (high-tech) device, such as a computerized communication system. It can be big — an automated van lift for a wheelchair — or small — a grip attached to a pen or fork by Velcro. Assistive technology can also be a substitute — such as an augmentative communication device that provides vocal output for a child who cannot communicate with her voice."
From the Family Center for Technology and Disability (FCTD)
What does the law say about Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology Laws from the Family Center on Technology and Disability
Assistive Technology Resources:
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
FCTD Guides to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning
FCTD Fact Sheets
Information about AT and the law, AT and IEP’s and more.
A catalog of over 1200 resources on the FCTD website. Be sure to use the Search Tools on the right-hand side of this page to find exactly what you are looking for.
Accessible Instructional Material (AIM)
What are Accessible Instructional Materials?
"Accessible instructional materials, or AIM, are materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials. In relation to IDEA the term AIM refers to print instructional materials that have been transformed into the specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text."
From the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
What does the law say about Accessible Instructional Materials?
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
Accessible Instructional Materials Resources
Need more information? Visit these sites for further resources.
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
AIM Section for Families
The AIM Navigator
Visit this part of the site to find the answers to these questions and more:
- My child is struggling to read instructional materials. What should I do?
- What are some indicators that my child might need AIM?
This interactive tool facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible instructional materials for an individual student.
You can take it to your IEP meeting when discussing AIM
National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)