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True AIM


The True AIM website is a resource for Iowa educators and parents to learn more about Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM).

In most schools, print-based instructional materials, such as textbooks, are a prime way of delivering curricular content. This system works fine for many learners. But for others – those who struggle to read because of physical, sensory, cognitive, or learning differences – such materials are not usable for learning.

These students need AIM in order to access the general education curriculum. Such access is guaranteed in federal statutes, such as IDEA and NCLB, as well as Iowa's Rules of Special Education.


Finding Information Within the True AIM webpages

About True AIM – Contains background explanations including "What is AIM?" and "Who is Responsible?".

Legal Requirements – Contains Federal Rules and sections of the Iowa Code regarding Special Education.

Eligibility – Explains which students with print disabilities are eligible:

  • for NIMAS materials - Eligible under Chafee with IEP
  • for services from the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) at the Iowa Department for the Blind - Eligible under Chafee with or without IEP
  • for AIM from other sources - Not Eligible under Chafee

Application for Library Services:

Doctor's Certification Form and Fact Sheet for Students with Reading Disabilities: Doctor NIMAS Fact Sheet

Acquisition – Explains How to Acquire AIM in Iowa.

  • NIMAS Guidance (Chafee Eligible Students)
    • Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB)
    • Bookshare
  • Book Publishers
  • Public Domain Materials

Assistive Technology (AT) – Explains how AT and AIM work together; links to more AT information.

AIM Resources – Contains information for administrators, IEP teams, curriculum directors, and parents.

  • Guidance Documents
    • Suggested NIMAS Purchase Order--Contract Language
  • Talking Points
  • Iowa Special Education Rules
  • Glossary
  • Links to other resources

Frequently Asked Questions – Contains answers to a wide variety of questions on AIM and NIMAS; link to e-mail additional questions of State AIM Coordinator.

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials – Contains introduction to the extensive resources on the national AIM website; links to site.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 27, 2015 at 6:36pm.