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National Center on Accessible Educational Materials - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
Wakefield, MA 01880-3233
(781) 245-2212 (Local)
(781) 245-5212 (Fax)
(781) 245-9320 (TDD/TTY)
aem@cast.org
http://aem.cast.org/

Brief Description

For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers, accessible educational materials (AEM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed. Accessible educational materials or AEM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with students who are unable to read or use standard print materials. Specialized formats include braille, audio, large print, and digital text. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes a requirement that schools provide AEM in a timely manner to K–12 students who need them for participation and achievement.

The AEM Center provides support for the use of AEM in early childhood, higher education, and workplace settings; and has extended its reach to include educational materials that are first developed and distributed in digital formats. See http://aem.cast.org/about#.WJihp1UrLIU

Hours of operation: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern
Clients served on average per year: 10,000
Number of staff: About 5 FTE
Staff description: Technology, accessibility, developers and technical assistance providers.
Geographic area served: All US States and territories

Services Offered

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • The AIM Center provides policy and technical guidance, resources and support for states and districts charged with ensuring that students with print disabilities receive high quality accessible instructional materials in a timely manner.

Affiliates

Alabama Instructional Resource Center for the Blind

Members

Arizona Instructional Resource Center

California Department of Education: Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Translations

Colorado Instructional Materials Center

Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired

George Meyer Instructional Resource Center

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