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Missouri was selected as one of seven AEM Cohort States (2020-2024) by the National Accessible Educational Materials Center for intensive technical assistance to improve access and usage of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners.


The purpose of Missouri’s AEM Project is to create a robust provisioning system to increase the availability and use of accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies by all learners to improve their overall success.

What Are AEM and Accessible Technologies? Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) are print and technology-based educational materials, including print and electronic textbooks and related core materials and technologies that are designed or enhanced in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of learner variability, regardless of format (e.g. print, digital, graphic, audio, video) or features. People with disabilities may experience barriers to the use of printed materials, digital materials, and technologies. Examples where barriers might occur include textbooks, digital documents, websites, apps, learning delivery systems, and electronic devices.
AEM Quality Indicators

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Quality Indicators

  • Indicator 1 - A Coordinated System for Provision of Accessible Materials and Technologies
    The agency has a coordinated system for the provision of appropriate, high-quality accessible materials and technologies for all learners with disabilities who require them.
  • Indicator 2 - Acquisition and Provision in a Timely Manner
    The agency supports the acquisition and provision of appropriate accessible materials and technologies in a timely manner.
  • Indicator 3 - Written Guidelines
    The agency develops and implements written guidelines related to effective and efficient acquisition, provision, and use of accessible materials and technologies.
  • Indicator 4 - Comprehensive Learning Opportunities and Technical Assistance
    The agency provides or arranges for comprehensive learning opportunities and technical assistance that address all aspects of the need, selection, acquisition and use of accessible materials.
  • Indicator 5 - A Systematic Data Collection Process
    The agency develops and implements a systematic data collection process to monitor and evaluate the equitable, timely provision of appropriate, high-quality accessible materials and technologies.
  • Indicator 6 - Use of Data to Guide Changes
    The agency uses the data collected to guide changes that support continuous improvement in all aspects of the systemic provision and use of accessible materials and technologies.
  • Indicator 7 - Allocation of Resources
    The agency allocates resources sufficient to ensure the delivery and sustainability of quality services to learners with disabilities who need accessible materials and technologies.
State Leadership Team
State Leadership Team
Title Organization
Dr. Stephen Barr Assistant Commissioner DESE, Office of Special Education
Thea Scott Director DESE, Office of Special Education, Effective Practices
Kristin Funk Assistant Director, Achievement DESE, Office of Special Education 
David Baker Director Missouri Assistive Technology (MO-AT)
Rhonda Uthlaut MSIP Director DESE, Office of Quality Schools
Angie Riner-Mooney Coordinator DESE, Business Services
Vicki McNamara

Director, Special Education

Camdenton R-III, AEM District Representative
Dawn McNeeley Director, Special Education Smithton R-VI, AEM District 
Cary Chambers Director, Special Education El Dorado Springs R-II, AEM District Representative

Debby Loveall-Stewart


Missouri’s Parent Training Information
Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) Center

Diane Gemp

Instructional Technology Resource Educator

Regional Professional Development Center

Ashley Krause

Assistant Superintendent Farmington R-VII School District
AEM Quick Links
AEM Cohort States

Missouri Accessibility Educational Materials (AEM) Project


Missouri School District Partners

Camdenton R-III School District Logo

Everyone Learning Every Day
Camdenton R-III School District
Vicki McNamara, Director, Special Education


El Dorado Springs R-II School District Logo - Home of the Bulldogs!
Committed to Learning: Preparing for Life
El Dorado Springs R-II School District
Cary Chambers, Director, Special Education


Smithton R-VI School District Logo

Smithton R-VI School District
Dawn McNeeley, Director, Special Education