Students & Families

AIM Publications for Families

AIM Resources for Families!
The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials and PACER Center have published two new booklets for families explaining accessible instructional materials and how they may benefit students with disabilities. A "basics" booklet and technical guide are available to download at no cost, and print copies are also available. Learn more at


Online Resources



Online Resources for Students & Families
Resource Description
Learning Ally/Indiana

Learning Ally and ICAM’S partnership serves all Indiana students with print disabilities. Speak with the DRMs in your school corporation about accessing Learning Ally's library of more than 75,000 titles.


Read:OutLoud is an accessible text reader that helps every reader be successful. Read:OutLoud 6 is simple to learn, and provides supports to help students with Dyslexia, students with print disabilities that interfere with fluent reading, students with low comprehension, and students who read below grade level. Take-home rights make it easy to reinforce reading skills out of the classroom.

IN*SOURCE IN*SOURCE is the Indiana Resource Center for families with special needs.
Reading Rockets A Parent Resource for teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

The American Foundation for the Blind and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments created the FamilyConnect web site. It's designed to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share their stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) State specific information on laws, resources, and vocational services.
Family Center on Technology in Education(FCTD)

The Family Center is a resource designed to support those who work with families of children with disabilities. It offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Parents, educators, and interested friends can find information that supports efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

LD Online

LD OnLine has information to help you get started in understanding what your child needs, your rights and responsibilities in working with the school, and ways to support your son or daughter at home.

NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Center

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs has awarded CAST two five- year Cooperative Agreements to establish two national centers to further develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

OSEP IDEAS that Work

The Office of Special Education Programs provides documents written specifically for parents which include information parents need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials will help parents become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision making processes that support students with disabilities and their families.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. CEC hosts ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) clearinghouse on disabilities and gifted education information.

PACER, Inc. (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights)

The mission of the PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Through its ALLIANCE and other national projects, PACER, a national center, responds to thousands of parents and professionals each year. PACER offers assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.

National Center for Accessible Media

NCAM's mission is to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students. NCAM's Beyond the Text project studied ways to make multimedia (images, audio and video) used in e-books and digital talking books (DTBs) accessible to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired.



AIM Across Settings

A  tutorial that will acquaint families with the decision making process of the CCC, the value of parental input, and how the ICAM resources can help families in and out of school. This provides links to important websites for families.



Free Technology Resources


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