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Obtaining AEM

There are a variety of ways accessible educational materials (AEM) can be obtained. Often times acquisition of AEM can be expedited if source files are created accessibly allowing for easier conversion to alternate AEM formats. The following provides information on creating accessible source materials and also provides a list of AEM sources. Although not an exhaustive list, the information below provides a great place to begin.

Independent Sources

Many independent sources for AEM exist and can be viewed online. Some sources provide materials for free and others require a fee. Learn more about products available through Bookshare, Learning Ally, Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and other independent sources.

AT & AEM Center

If what you are looking for is not available from independent sources, the AT & AEM Center will either produce or help locate accessible materials.

Federal Quota

The Federal Quota Program provides free textbooks in specialized formats and educational aids and products through theĀ the American Printing House for the Blind for students who are blind or visually impaired


The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files in multiple specialized formats for students with print disabilities. The AT & AEM Center's role related to the NIMAS legislation is to serve as the Ohio liaison to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center. As a liaison the AT & AEM Center may request files from the NIMAC on behalf of districts for eligible students with print disabilities.

Purchasing Guidelines

Learn how school districts should approach the purchase of educational materials to ensure those materials are accessible for all students from the time of purchase.

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