Accessible Educational Materials
A Brief Overview
What are accessible educational materials (AEM)?
AEM are print instructional materials that have been transformed into the specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text. (CAST, 2012)
What is the rationale for AEM?
We know that print can be inaccessible for many students, for a wide variety of reasons. Students need to have access to print in alternate formats so that they access content, rather than struggle with barriers that print can create.
What formats are in place for students?
Audio and digital text are two formats that can increase access for all students.
What’s the connection between assistive technology and AEM?
Specialized formats like audio and digital text require assistive technology (ex. WordQ, Read&Write for Google Chrome, Natural Reader, etc.) to deliver the content to the student.
Where can I find more information?
The National Centre on Accessible Educational Materials (US) has an excellent website with many resources on how to create AEM, as well as supporting students with AEM. *Please note that the same legislation and policy does not apply here in Québec.