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Implications of the Implementation of Accessible Instructional Materials for Students With Print-Related Disabilities in Virginia: A Delphi Study

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dc.contributor.advisor Behrmann, Michael M.
dc.contributor.author Neuber, Kristine Sue
dc.creator Neuber, Kristine Sue en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-09T15:36:32Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-09T15:36:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8195
dc.description.abstract This study explored the implementation of a statewide program to provide accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with print-related disabilities in Virginia. The reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act included provisions requiring local education agencies (LEAs) in each state to provide accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with print-related disabilities in a timely manner. To meet this new requirement, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) funded a statewide library, AIM-VA. This study identified some of the advantages and challenges of providing AIM through a statewide program for the purpose of developing a framework for best practices. Using the Delphi technique a panel of 18 local and national experts in the field of AIM shared their expertise. The first round of this study consisted of interviews with local experts with direct experience with the AIM-VA project. Both local and national experts participated in the remaining three rounds through a series questionnaires aimed at building consensus regarding the advantages and challenges to providing AIM. In the last round panelists recommended solutions to confirmed challenges. The results identified 40 advantages and 32 challenges. A few key advantages confirmed included the use of shared resources to provide a one-stop shop and the availability of just-in-time technical support. Key challenges included inconsistent policies at the local, state, and national levels and insufficient training to implement technology needed to support the use of AIM. A number of recommendations are provided to address the key challenges.
dc.format.extent 329 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Kristine Sue Neuber en_US
dc.subject Special education en_US
dc.subject accessible instructional materials en_US
dc.subject accessible text en_US
dc.subject accessible textbooks en_US
dc.subject assistive technology en_US
dc.subject disability policy en_US
dc.subject print disability en_US
dc.title Implications of the Implementation of Accessible Instructional Materials for Students With Print-Related Disabilities in Virginia: A Delphi Study en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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