According to their website, the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services is responsible for the state’s oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state’s responsibilities under IDEA.
Rules regarding special education services may be found on this resource page Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty (MUSER)
The Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services has published information and the standardized the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Form which details information regarding Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). The latest version of the IEP Form may be found on the Maine DOE Special Services Forms webpage .
In addition, there is also an IEP Procedure Manual which will assist IEP Teams on how to include AEM and Assistive Technology in the IEP.
Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP
Author(s): Diana Carl, Joy Zabala, & Joanne Karger
Publisher: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)
Questions often arise about how accessible educational materials (AEM) and technologies might be included in individualized education programs (IEPs). This resource discusses a number of locations in the IEP where it might be appropriate to refer to a student’s use of AEM. The right to accessible educational materials when needed is an inherent component of the obligation of SEAs and LEAs to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). There is no specific requirement in IDEA regarding where to include the consideration and documentation of AEM in developing the IEP. However, to promote clarity and consistency across IEP teams, SEAs and LEAs are encouraged to provide guidance related to considering a student’s need for accessible materials and technologies in the IEP. Use this link to download this article (PDF)…
AIM/AEM, AT And The IEP Webinar
Recorded: April 6, 2016 – In the ten years since Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) were first introduced in the IDEA 2004 regulations, much has changed in the instructional landscape. This one-hour webinar reviews the current state of Accessible Instructional Materials and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and how this all fits within Maine’s IEP. The IEP Team’s decision making process and required documentation is detailed. View this archive: AIM/AEM, AT And The IEP Webinar