For ALL students to effectively participate in the general curriculum and a comprehensive assessment process, they must have instructional and assessment materials that are accessible to their needs.
The goal of RIMAC is to insure that eligible students with disabilities receive their instructional materials at the same time as their non-disabled peers, as required by the law.
What is RIMAC?
The Rhode Island Materials Access Center (RIMAC) is the support center for the RI AEM (Accessible Educational Materials) Initiative, a statewide system designed to provide appropriate accessible supports for students with visual or print impairments.
RIMAC works with districts to help them address students’ needs for educational materials in accessible formats, determine how student needs will be identified, and document needs in students’ IEPs.
RIMAC is working in partnership with RIDE to develop RIMAC into a more comprehensive resource library to support Rhode Island’s students with visual impairments. Historically, students with visual impairments have been supported through the use of a variety of print formats; large-print, digital, audio, and braille. Due to advances in technology, TechACCESS of RI is working to expand the type and variety of supports available in RIMAC. This will include custom orders matched to student needs.
Picture books matched with a variety of resources to support comprehension, tactile materials, sequencing, and more. This allows opportunities for all students to be involved in learning. Many book bags are available to be checked out through our loan system. These book bags support a wide range of learners with diverse materials that may include audiobooks, adapted books, visuals, 3D models of the images and characters from the book. The 3D models provide access to the pictures so an entire class can enjoy a picture book. Other materials that can be found in book bags are file folder games, adapted retells, or even a puppet. These book based sets allow for adaptive materials that can be enjoyed by many, allowing a classroom to learn as a community.
One step beyond your typical math manipulatives. We can print math manipulatives labeled with braille and tactile elements to support those with visual impairments. Examples include fraction models with braille and tactile elements to support those with visual impairments.
Examples of what could be offered in Social Studies include models of landform types and tactile maps. These provide students the ability to feel elevation and other details they may typically miss out on. This can also include tactile maps of a school’s layout or a neighborhood map.
How can you adequately explain science information and concepts such as the periodic table or the anatomy of an eye? We can provide models to accompany your science units in order to make concepts accessible. Imagine students being able to use a tactile model of the periodic table that includes braille, varying heights to model the differences in density, yet organized in the same way their peers see it.
For additional information, contact our AEM Consultant, Becky Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org