Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) in Nevada






Nevada's Guidance for the use of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

The  Nevada Special Education Technology Assistance Project (NSETAP) website is a resource for Nevada administrators, educators and parents to learn more about accessible instructional materials.

In most schools, print-based instructional materials, such as textbooks, are the primary means of delivering curricular content. However, traditional print based textbooks may not be accessible for learners who struggle to read because of physical, sensory, cognitive, or learning differences.  Some students may require access to accessible educational materials.

What are Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)?

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with learners who are unable to access standard print materials.  Accessible instructional material formats include Braille, large print, digital text and audiotext.  In some cases, printed instructional materials may be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum.  Accessible instructional materials provide access to the general education curriculum through an alternative format.  Federal regulations found in the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require the provision of accessible instructional materials for students who meet established criteria.

Accessible Educational Materials Formats

  • Braille
  • Large Print Text
  • Audio Text
  • Digital Text
  • Accessibility considerations for each of the formats

Accessible Educational Materials Guidelines

  • What is a print disability?  
  • Who is responsible for providing accessible instructional materials?
  • What is meant by providing accessible instructional materials in a timely manner?
  • What are the legal obligations, and copyright considerations?

Decision Making Criteria for Acquisition of Accessible Educational Materials

  • The decision making process to determine a student requires AIM
  • Assessment tools that assist the decision making process for AIM

Acquisition of Formats and Use of Accessible Educational Materials

  • How to acquire accessible instructional materials
  • Acquisition Flow Charts for the acquisition of specific AIM formats
  • Summary of sources

 Resources for the Use of Accessible Educational Materials

  •  Administrators
  • Multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Parents
  • Links for further information and frequently asked questions.  

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Guidelines described on this site incorporate technical assistance materials from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (, the states of Michigan, Iowa, Maine, as well as, other states in the AEM consortium.  The Nevada Special Education Technology Assistance project (NSETAP) gratefully acknowledges the support of these resources.