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Two “AT for AEM Awards” will be distributed during the 2017-18 school year. To enter, an educator must submit a success story focusing on how a student has benefited from using Bookshare with assistance from ABLE Tech. The award will be an iPad or comparable device which can be used to read accessible digital books from Bookshare. (Dollar value limited to current retail price of an iPad plus accessible book reading app such as Read2Go or Voice Dream Reader.)
Awards will be granted to two school districts which meet submission requirements. Winners will be chosen by random drawing from entries submitted by the deadlines:
* The parental release is a Word document you must attach to your online submission. Therefore, we suggest you download the consent form now, contact the parent or guardian and tell them you wish to submit a success story, and deliver / email the Word doc to them. They, then, will need to return the form to you (it will be best if delivered by hand or mail since a signature is required).
Who needs AEM?
Some students with disabilities are unable to read standard printed text, and need materials in a specialized format such as braille, large print, audio, or digital text. Digital text provides accessibility features which may improve reading comprehension, including custom fonts, dual-color highlighting, and text-to-speech. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide accessible educational materials (AEM) to students who need them. Learn more in the resource: Oklahoma Procedures for Providing Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
Bookshare provides textbooks and other reading materials in digital format to individuals with print disability through a contract with the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Sign up for Bookshare at www.bookshare.org.
Assistive Technology (AT) is sometimes necessary for reading specialized formats of AEM. ABLE Tech loans AT devices to trial with students. Learn more about ABLE Tech Device Loans.
ABLE Tech provides training and technical assistance to help schools provide AEM, including digital textbooks, novels, and other curricular materials from Bookshare!
Contact Kimberly.Berry@okstate.edu or call 800-257-1705 to request help or schedule a training!
"AT for AEM Awards"