Accessible Content for All: Building Equity & Engagement with Tech Tools

Introduction to Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Do you struggle to make sure that instructional materials are accessible to all of your learners? This module is designed to increase your awareness and ability to meet the needs of diverse learners in your classroom. Learn the latest information on Accessible Educational Material (AEM) and principles that will guide your accessibility journey. Discover resources at your fingertips to better understand the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities, as well as set the stage to dive deeper into the components of designing accessible content.

Session Objective:

  • Explain the importance of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) to my colleagues and share resources to learn more about AEM.

What is Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)? 

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) are print and technology-based materials usable for learning across all student ages and abilities to support teaching and learning. To provide AEM, educational content may need to be provided in a variety of formats depending on student needs,  The AEM formats include accessible digital text, audio, large print, braille, and tactile graphics.  For more information, review SETC's webpage on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM).  

CAST's National AEM Center presents an introduction to Accessible Learning Across the Lifespan. Learn more about what is accessibility.

Watch this video from National AEM Center.  
Introduction to Accessibility 

Introduction to Accessibility (10 min.)

How do I get started?

Check out  SETC's Tips to Make Curriculum Content Accessible.  In the following modules, we will dive deeper into each tip by offering examples of tech tools and ideas to help you on your AEM journey.

What will this look like in my classroom?

ALL students accessing core content with the appropriate technology tools:

Examples of AEM, formerly known as AIM (3:43 min)

Reflection

1. What's one action you can take to improve the accessibility of educational materials (AEM) in your district?

2. Reflect on the Self Assessment Rubric below as you think about applying your learning to your instructional practice. Where are you on the continuum?

OVERVIEW
level 1

EXPLORE
level 2

APPLICATION
level 3

I have a general understanding of AEM and able to discuss the guiding principles.I am now able to list two accessibility options that would be beneficial to a student in my class.I identified one accessibility tip and have a plan on how to implement it in my classroom and share with my colleagues.

Glossary:

  • AEM - Accessible Education Materials (AEM) are print and technology-based materials usable for learning across all student ages and abilities to support teaching and learning. Formerly known as Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
  • Accessible formats - The customarily accessible formats include braille, tactile graphics, large print, audio and accessible digital text.
  • Accessible digital text - malleable and can be easily transformed in many different ways depending upon student needs and the technology being used to display the content.
  • Tactile Graphics - images, such as maps, charts, and graphs that are designed to be interpreted by touch.