The following organizations provide technical assistance services to Maine schools who have students with print disabilities. Please contact the provider for more information about their services.
Maine CITE Coordinating Center
The Maine AEM Program is part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center, the state’s Assistive Technology (AT) program. Maine CITE is the state State Coordinator for the NIMAC and authorizes users of the NIMAC materials. In addition to AEM and AT related questions, staff can provide technical assistance on accessibility, as well as the identification, selection/acquisition and use of AEM.
This program supports educators to acquire accessible instructional materials (AEM). Such access is guaranteed in federal education statutes, such as IDEA and NCLB. Spurwink ALLTECH can support you with AEM and NIMAC in the following ways:
- Acquisition and implementation of individual or institutional subscriptions to Bookshare or Learning Ally.
- Coordinate district/student AEM-related materials and activities.
- Provide Demonstrations and Loans of Assistive Technology.
- Coordinate paperwork (subscription forms).
- Organize individual student ID’s.
- Download digital books.
- Provide professional development to staff regarding tools to access digital text.
- Provide individual training/support to students who have print disabilities and use AEM.
Education Services for Blind & Visually Impaired Children (ESBVIC)
Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Children (ESBVIC) is a program of Catholic Charities Maine provided through funding from Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired. ESBVIC serves children with vision loss and covers the ages from birth to completion of high school. Teachers of blind and visually impaired children (TVI) cover the entire state and serve children in public or private schools as well as in home and/or pre-school settings.
The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) at ESBVIC provides some Braille and large print textbooks and researches the APH files for books and provides specialty teaching materials for TVIs.
Please noted that applications for Braille materials – particularly those for science and math books may take many months to produce. Please place orders no later than March 1st for the following fall semester.
Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Children (ESBVIC)
P.O. Box 645
Biddeford ME 04005
Toll Free: 888-941-2855 x 5416
ESBVIC – Instructional Materials Center
270 Minot Ave.
Auburn ME 04210
Phone: 207-620-3220 or 207-621-8520 x 5420