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After a decision-making team has selected the specialized format(s) needed and determined where to acquire them, the team considers what types of supports are needed for a student to use the accessible materials for educational participation and achievement. Technology is frequently needed to deliver student-ready accessible materials. Other than hard copy braille and hard copy large print, all other specialized formats are based on the use of technology to deliver content to the student. After a team has selected what features and specialized format(s) a student will need, decisions are made regarding what type of technology will be the best match for the student to use the specialized format(s). The information already identified by the team about the student, the features and specialized formats needed by the student, along with how and where the student will use the accessible materials will be helpful in making decisions.

To support your decision making, you may wish to consult the AEM Products Feature Chart that compares features available in commercial software programs that are included in the AEM Product Tutorials demonstration project. The features are organized into six categories: Text File Formats Supported, Navigation, Visual Supports, Reading Supports, File Managing Supports, and Learning Supports.

Need further assistance in making assistive technology decisions? See our Professional Resources page for supports available to your district.

Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines

AT Guidelines help to define the process for considering, implementing, and evaluating technologies that equalize the learning experience for students of all abilities. These guidelines describe the continuum of AT from low- to high tech; current federal and state laws and policies to include the Connecticut Birth to Three System through high school (ages 3-21; consideration of AT needs; assessment/evaluation; funding for AT; documentation; implementation and effectiveness; transition planning; administrative responsibilities; universal design for learning; formats for accessible educational materials (AEM); the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); and resources.

Download Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines