Accessible Instructional Materials

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide accessible versions of instructional materials to students who are blind or otherwise unable to use printed materials. Students with disabilities should receive materials in accessible formats at the same time as their peers receive their textbooks.

State-adopted accessible instructional materials (AIM), including braille, large-print, audio, and digital, are provided free of charge to eligible students, and the cost of these state-adopted AIM is not deducted from the technology and instructional materials allotment. However, if a district or open-enrollment charter school chooses to purchase AIM that are not state-adopted, they are responsible for the cost of the materials and may use allotment funding to pay for them.

State-adopted AIM ordered through the EMAT system belong to the state, so they should be returned after they are no longer needed by the student. If state-owned AIM are lost, destroyed, or irreparably damaged, the district or charter is responsible for the cost of replacing the materials.

Related Links

The following are helpful links related to AIM:

Resources

The following are helpful resources related to AIM: 

Texas Education Code, §31.028: Special Instructional Materials
Texas Education Code, §31.028, governs the ordering and distribution of special instructional materials.

Services for Students with Sensory Impairments
Information on the provision of services to children who are blind or have a visual impairment (VI), deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), or DeafBlind (DB).

Accommodations, Policies, Procedures, Resources, Training, and Presentations related to Students with Disabilities taking STAAR, STAAR-A, STAAR L, STAAR Alternate 2, and TELPAS
Information related to accommodation resources for students with disabilities taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) statewide assessments.

American Printing House for the Blind, Louis Database
The Louis Database contains information on approximately 421,331 titles in accessible formats, including braille, large print, sound recording, and electronic files.

Bookshare
Bookshare is an accessible online library which has over 500,000 titles available to individuals with print disabilities. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.

Learning Ally
Learning Ally has 80,000 + human-narrated audio books available to individuals with print disabilities. The materials can be delivered through internet downloads and accessed using various mainstream and assistive technology devices. Through a contract with TEA, Learning Ally offers free memberships to Texas K-12 public and charter schools with qualifying students.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials 
This site serves as a resource to state and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about accessible educational materials and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).