Over the past year we have featured a number of resources that focus on accessibility because content should be usable by all who are interested, particularly in educational settings. One of our favorite information hubs is the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. This organization stands out for its breadth, offering numerous resources aimed at helping learners of all educational levels, as well as information for those interested in policies and guidelines supporting accessibility.
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) is a nonprofit initiative that "provide[s] resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM." Here, readers will find a wealth of well-organized information and resources for accessible education. Those new to AEM should start with the About AEM section, which contains introductory materials such as quick start guides organized by audience. Parents and educators should check out the Supporting Learners section, where they will find information organized by age group, beginning with early learning and ranging through workforce development resources for adults, as well as a directory of AEM contacts for each state. Additionally, the Navigating AEM section provides helpful overviews of the many AEM options available. Those interested can also subscribe to the AEM Connector, a quarterly email newsletter "highlighting the best and brightest resources, products, and services from the AEM Center and from our partners and colleagues in the field." The AEM Center is led by the Center for Applied Special Technology, an independent, nonprofit education research and development organization in Massachusetts that focuses on Universal Design for Learning.