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Special Education Listserv

Subject: FREE AIM Instructional Design Resource - AIM Online Navigator Tool

Source: Melissa Melton, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special Education Administrators, Directors, and Instructors; Technology Directors and Staff; Related Educators or Paraprofessionals Working with Students with Disabilities

Date: August 30, 2011

Many materials students use in the classroom are print-based, such as textbooks and handouts.  Some students with physical, sensory, or intellectual challenges may have difficulty reading these materials.  To bridge this gap, accessible instructional materials (AIM) provide the same information found in print-based materials presented in different formats.

The AIM Online Navigator is a free interactive tool that helps facilitate the decision-making process concerning accessible instructional materials for an individual student.  The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of format(s), and 4) selection of supports for use.  The AIM Navigator also includes a robust set of guiding questions and useful resources specifically related to each decision point.  The AIM Navigator is NOT a screening or diagnostic tool that results in a prescriptive report.

To use the AIM Online Navigator, visit to get started.