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Subject: Missouri Assistive Technology Text-to-Speech Implementation Guide and Video

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Technology Directors

Date: July 26, 2010

Missouri Assistive Technology has recently posted two items on their website related to Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). 

The first is the Implementation Guide developed to support use of Text-to-Speech (TtS) and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) at the secondary level.  It is based on the collective experiences of educators in school districts in Missouri who implemented pilot TtS/AIM projects through Missouri Assistive Technology. 

The second is a video that features several Missouri educators and secondary students with reading disabilities as they incorporate Text-to-Speech systems into their daily educational routine with highly successful outcomes.  The video compliments the guide in addressing some potential barriers to implementing a TtS pilot and how they were overcome in the participating schools.

Both are being distributed nationally through the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.  Although the information provided in the guide pertains to specific projects in Missouri, the principles, practices, and materials apply more broadly to the ongoing implementation of AIM in educational settings.  They include extensive resources that address student selection criteria, technology considerations, training needs, IDEA requirements for AIM, and copyright provisions.

These and other resources on Accessible Instructional Materials can be found through the following link at Missouri Assistive Technology  http://at.mo.gov/aim/aim.html.