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Report on the AIM Commission

Proposal No: 208

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Length of Session (in hours): 1Format: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education (AIM Commission) met for 16 months of deliberation and public testimony, culminating in a report to Congress. This session discusses the report, its implications, and possible next steps for advocacy.


The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education was established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008). The charge of the AIM Commission was to conduct a comprehensive study to assess the systemic barriers to access of instructional materials for postsecondary students with print disabilities. The Commission was to identify workable solutions to improve the timely delivery and quality of accessible instructional materials and to further consider strategies for modeling the effective use of such materials by faculty and staff. The Commission was asked to make recommendations for the development of a comprehensive approach to improve the opportunities for postsecondary students with print disabilities to access instructional materials in a comparable timeframe to their nondisabled peers. This session will review the work of the Commission, consider the recommendations outlined by the Commission, and discuss the next steps in furthering curricular access.


  1. The purpose and scope of the AIM Commission
  2. Overview of the Commission?s report and recommendations
  3. Next steps based on the report

Speaker Bio(s)

Howard Kramer

Mr. Kramer has worked in assistive technology, disability, information systems and accessible media for more than 25 years. From 1997-2012 he worked with Disability Services at CU-Boulder, establishing the Assistive Technology Lab, which serves students with disabilities needing specialized access. He is founder and coordinator for the Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Accessible Media, Web & Technology, and teaches courses on Universal Design at CU-Boulder.