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Accessible Instructional Materials

For many students with disabilities, standard print in textbooks can be a barrier to access and learning.

Some students who have difficulty with reading or understanding text may need to have their core and supplemental instructional materials provided to them in an alternate format (e.g., Braille, digital, audio) to support access to the curriculum. 

The most popular sources for accessible instructional materials (AIM) for students with documented disabilities are Learning Ally and Bookshare. Learning Ally offers professionally narrated audio books and Bookshare has 150,000+ books in a digital format. Both services are membership-based, LearningAlly has a nominal annual subscription fee and Bookshare is free to qualifying students. 

Students who have documented disabilities may request assistance with obtaining accessible instructional materials by submitting the following form. Due to copyright laws, in order for the OAS to fulfill requests, the student must purchase the original instructional material and may be required to produce the original receipt. 

It is recommended that this request be submitted several weeks in advance of the materials being needed due to the fact that it can take some time to complete each request. In the event that alternative instructional material is not available, the OAS will have the student submit the material for scanning and conversion. This process will take additional time. 

For more information,  or call us at 410-778-7860.