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 Educators


Teachers

Any teacher working with students certified to receive accessible materials can register as Patrons with the GIMC. Use the AEMs eligibility form to certify students who are not able to use conventional print. Local district documentation procedures must followed.
Registered Patrons are able to:
  • add new eligible students or edit existing student information 
  • order materials from the GIMC
  • request the production of new accessible materials not already found in our library.
  • register and update information for legally blind student's American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
  • automatically register for Bookshare educator account
Requested accessible educational materials are mailed directly to the requesting teacher. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that the use of copyrighted materials are used solely by authorized students.

Administrators

General Supervision at the local district level includes developing procedures, training, and monitoring of implementation related to the Special Factors of AEMs, aka "alternative format for instructional materials" as well as the assistive technology needed to use those materials.

District procedures should include a data driven process to determine individual student requirements for AEMs. A simple 4-Step process has been developed (available in District Resources) as a guide to use when developing or revising local procedures.

Curriculum selection at the local district level should include consideration of accessibility for print and electronic media. Contractual language addressing access to materials should be included for all district purchases (see District Resources). Additionally, proposed curriculum should be examined for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) components prior to material adoption. Choosing curriculum materials with "built in" access benefits all students and increases the likelihood for instructional differentiation.

District support can be obtained from the GaDOE as well as the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). These resources assist districts in fostering programmatic change that encourages UDL and the development of expert learners. A graphical representation, EZ-Pick'ins, is available to help demonstrate how simply districts can provide curriculum access through UDL and create strategic, resourceful, and purposeful learners.

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