It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2014-2015 school year!
Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text.
*Talk to your school teams about these resources! Teachers and IEP/504 teams should order the textbooks now for next year so there is a smooth transition to the next grade and classes.
Schools should order standard grade level books now and any others as soon as they are identified as needed. For example, elementary schools can order the textbooks for students’ grade-related subjects, such as social studies or science. Middle or high school students might not have their schedules yet, but their schools will know many of the required classes for each grade level, like Math or science. Some schools may be able to confirm electives in advance (as a reasonable IEP accommodation) so alternative format textbooks can be provided in a “timely manner” to students who need them. Remember that the Iowa Department of Education has defined “in a timely manner” as the same time as other students. Follow-up as needed for other textbooks that may be identified later.
More information about Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and the school’s responsibilities can be found in “AIM Basics for Families”. This booklet is available in English and Spanish.
For additional information or questions please contact the Iowa Program Assistive Technology, Community Access Project at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) ph.# (319) 356-4463