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MedEd Connections Resource Guide: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

Are There Any Additional Accommodation or Modification Resources Available for My Child’s School Team to Consider?

The website Supporting Success for Students with Hearing Loss provides adaptation and accommodation considerations.

Students who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) may need Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). AEM are materials designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format. In relation to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the term AIM refers to print instructional materials that have been transformed into four specialized formats (audio, braille, digital, and large print text). Sometimes students with disabilities have difficulty accessing print in the same way as their peers. To succeed in school, these students need learning materials presented in a way that works for them. In 2014, the term "accessible educational materials" or "AEM" was expanded to include both print- and technology-based educational materials including electronic textbooks, and related core materials. Practically speaking the terms AIM and AEM are often used interchangeably.

For example, a video shown in class may not be accessible to students who are D/HH without captioning. The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), funded by the U.S Department of Education is a free resource for qualified teachers and families. It includes information on accessible captioning and provides over 7,000 accessible educational media for students who are D/HH or blind.