Tools to Choose Accessible Educational Materials that Work for Students

Apr 27, 2017

We’re highlighting resources that recently crossed our desks from the National Center for Accessible Educational Materials.

The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) at offers a host of resources to better understand and make decisions about accessible educational and instructional materials. Some highlights:

There’s an introductory 3:42-minute video:

There’s an AEM Basics section to learn what accessible materials and technologies are, and who needs them.

To help you get started, there are two free online, interactive tools that can help you make decisions about accessible print materials: the AEM Navigator and the AIM Explorer.

logo for AEM NavigatorThe AEM Navigator is an interactive tool to help families and educators decide about print-based materials for an individual student. Guiding questions and rich resources are built in to assist in making informed decisions about print-based materials. The AEM Navigator is available in both an online and print version (MSWord, 87 pages, 2015)

AIM Explorer logoThe AIM Explorer simulates some of the features found in e-books, online programs, web browsers, and digital text. It lets you try out things like text magnification, different colors, different layouts, and text-to-speech settings to see what works best for a student reading on a screen.






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