We here at DDVA believe that getting a child and parents to the appropriate resources and information as fast as possible along their journey helps both the parents and the child. What we are so excited about sharing with you here is that this resource and opportunity will help families of children with dyslexia served by IEP’s in VA AND help schools and faculty where training and information may also be diffucult to locate on AIM VA, Accessible Instructional Material in VA.
If you are not familiar with AIM VA, here is a link and a quick overview: http://kihd.gmu.edu/aim/about-us/
AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials at no cost to Virginia K-12 students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Accessible instructional materials are alternative print materials, (e.g., Braille, electronic files, etc.) that can be delivered to and used by students who are not able to use traditional print formats. AIM-VA staff provide teachers with training and technical assistance on how to select and use accessible instructional materials with students.
AIM VA recently reached out and asked if we could help connect their trainers with VA families and educators. They will come out and train at Parent Resources Centers, SEAC meetings, PTA hosted events, Parent coffees, faculty meetings and just about anywhere there might be a need.
Here is a list of topics too!
AIM-VA Training Topics are below.General Overview: What is AIM? What do we provide? (new users)Features (accessibility of formats)Laws, rules, and regulationsAIM updates (existing users)Site navigation/use/featuresPortal navigation/use/featuresUse of Partner Sites (Learning Ally and Bookshare)Use of assistive technology programs (DJ R:OL and Read Hear)Administrative roles and responsibilities as they relate to AIM-VAAIMVA seminar (guided by user questions)
We would like to say thank you and DDVA is super excited to be part of this conversation with AIM VA!
Please feel free to contact the awesome folks below with questions or ideas. It would be wonderful to spread the word about AIM VA and get more children to the assistive technology they need.