LA Accessible Education Materials Center (LA-AEM)

The Louisiana Accessible Education Materials Center (LA-AEM) formerly known as the Louisiana Instructional Materials Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LIMC), maintains a depository from which it provides eligible registered patrons with Braille and large print texts and other educational materials in a cost-effective, timely manner. The LA-AEM also provides items available from the American Printing House for the Blind: specialized paper for Braille and large print users, educational kits and learning tools for the visually impaired, and professional publications and guides for teachers of the visually impaired. Perkins Braille writers are available for use by Braille-using students. The LA-AEM serves school-aged children in Louisiana who have medically documented visual impairments. Local school systems must submit medical eye reports for all students they wish to register for borrowing privileges with the LA-AEM. These reports are used to maintain the VI Registry. In addition, the LA-AEM serves as an information center for teachers and administrators or local VI programs, helping them build and maintain their programs to better serve their students. 

During the regular school year, the LA-AEM is open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the summer months, the LA-AEM is closed on Fridays and open from 6 :00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information or to request materials, please contact Robin King, Director of LA-AEM.

 

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Links for Educators:

LOUIS
Louis contains information on accessible print materials produced by about 160 organizations throughout the United States. These materials include books in braille, large print, audio, and electronic file format. Louis also lists products developed by APH.

NIMAC
Created by IDEA 2004, NIMAC is a federally funded, online file repository of source files in the NIMAS format. Here, authorized users can access more than 48,000 K-12 NIMAS files that can be used in the production of accessible formats for students with disabilities.

National Center on Accessible Materials 
Accessible educational materials (AEM) are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM.

LATI
The Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative (LATI) is a project to promote information, resources, and professional development related to assistive technology for educators and families.


Links for Parents:

Families Helping Families

The Families Helping Families Networks are individual, non-profit, family-driven resource centers. They are a group families who, through their own experiences, promote advocacy and are committed to reaching other families who have members with disabilities. The term "disability" includes physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic needs.

Deaf Focus

Deaf Focus works to provide Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind people equal, immediate and universal access to resources, community services, and events. They also support those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and need assistance in overcoming communication barriers and accessing community resources.

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