Marci Jerome, Severe Disabilities Program Coordinator, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, is set to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education to produce and deliver accessible instructional materials to local education agencies (LEAs) who have students with print disabilities.
A print disability has been defined as one in which a student who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability.
The Virginia Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA), part of the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, has requested $663,443 for this project.
The AIM-VA will also provide training and technical assistance to LEAs who will order and use these accessible instructional materials. Further, the AIM-VA will assist the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Funding for this award is set to begin in October 2020 and will end in September 2021.