Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Accessible Educational Materials (or AIM) is a topic that many schools are now discussing as a result of changes in the last re-authorization of IDEA. Generally, AIM is described as material that is available to an individual in the format that is most accessible to him or her. In most cases AIM fall into one of four areas/types.
  • Braille
  • Large-Print
  • Audio
  • E-Text

It is important to remember that "digital" materials are not necessarily accessible to users (or to the assistive technologies employed by individuals) simply as a result of their digital nature. Resources such as Audible, Bookshare, the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), Project Gutenberg, and Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) are increasingly making accessible text available to users in a variety of formats. Unfortunately, it is still necessary in many cases - especially for teacher-generated materials - to manually produce documents in accessible formats in a case-by-case basis.

Working with Microsoft Word

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Creating Accessible Documents

This training video introduces styles as an accessibility feature of Microsoft Word 2007. Click here to download the MPEG-4 (*.m4v) version of the "Creating Accessible Documents" videoat Screencast.com or click in the video window below to view the training.


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Modifying Styles and Creating Style Sheets

This video discusses approaches to changing styles and style sets in Microsoft Word 2007. Click here to download the MPEG-4 (*.m4v) version of the "Modifying Styles" video at Screencast.comor click in the video window below to view the training.


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Creating a Style Sheet Sampler

Cheat Sheet #1 (
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Sample Text for Styles (Download Sample Text for Styles in plain text format) - for use with Cheat Sheat #1

Making a Talking Book

The follow two resources are step by step directions on how to make a talking book using Power Point and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technologies) UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Book Builder.

Making_Books_Accessible_to_All.doc
2011 03 How to Make a Talking PowerPoint Book 2007.pptx
2011 03 UDL Book Builder Directions.doc