AIM For Social Studies: Simple Steps To Make Your Humanities Materials Accessible

Program Description

Maine AIM WebinarsRecorded: February 6, 2014 – Your social studies curriculum is likely rich in digital resources that stimulate students’ historical, political, and cultural understanding. To accommodate student variability, these same materials can often be designed or converted to alternative formats. In this webinar we make simple adaptations to the materials used in an existing digital-rich social studies curriculum by applying the principles behind Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM).

Topics will include

  • Creating accessible digital text documents.
  • Acquiring widely used social studies textbooks in alternative formats.
  • Adding reading scaffolds to digital text documents.
  • Captioning self-produced and permissible online video.
  • Selecting web-based learning materials and apps that are usable by students with wide-ranging needs.

Although the materials used for demonstration in this webinar are related to high school social studies, the target audience is teachers and technology integrators across grade levels and content areas.


Cynthia Curry M.S., Ed., of the Maine AIM Program. Cynthia specializes in AIM and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a consultant for Maine’s K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

Shana Goodall, M.A., teaches World Civilizations & Geography, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, Practical Law, and AP Human Geography at Orono High School. Additionally, she is the National Honor Society Advisor, Geek Squad Advisor, and the MLTI Lead Teacher and works with students on many issues relating to diversity and social justice.