AIM VA

What is AIM-VA?

VDOE, through George Mason University's (GMU) "Accessible Instructional Materials — VA" library, has developed an alternative system of providing accessible educational media under standards set by NIMAS to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media under individual IEPs, as required under Part B of IDEA. AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, will provide required accessible educational materials to students with an IEP at no cost to Local Education Agencies in a timely fashion.

Who qualifies for Accessible Instructional Materials?

Students who have an IEP who fall within one of of the criteria indicated in the 1931 copyright law further explained in the Library of Congress regulations (36 CFR 701.6(b)(1)

The Copyright Law of 1931 (1996) was enacted to allow alternate format creation by "a nonprofit organization or governmental agency that has a primary mission to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities"

Library of Congress regulations (36 CFR 701.6(b)(1)) provides that "Blind persons or other persons with Print disabilities" include:

(i) Blind persons whose visual acuity, as determined by competent authority, is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses, or whose widest diameter if visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees

(ii) Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material

(iii) Persons certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations

(iv) Persons certified by competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner

Forms and IEP information

Letter to Doctor  

Make sure the IEP documents that the student "requires materials in an accessible format" ex: text to speech (or audio), braille, large print, etc.

This information should be listed in the present functional level as well as the accommodations page.

Digital Rights Manager

The Digital Rights Manager who maintains the books for HCPS is:

Morina Lamb

mlamb@harrisonburg.k12.va.us

 

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