Accessibility and Assistive Technology

Information regarding New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM), American Printing House for the Blind (APH), sign language interpreters and assistive technology.

New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM)

About Us

The New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM) is a unit with the Division of Learner Support, Bureau of Student Support. NHAEM provides accessible educational materials to all of New Hampshire’s eligible students.

New Hampshire students demonstrating educational materials to access the educational curriculum and compete in today's world.

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Mission Statement

The Mission of NHAEM is to procure, maintain and distribute books, educational tools and materials for students who are blind or visually impaired who require alternate formats to access print materials. New Hampshire has adopted the federal definition of timely manner as the following:

To ensure that children with disabilities, who need instructional materials in accessible formats, are provided those materials in a timely manner; the State Educational Agency must ensure that all public agencies take all reasonable steps to provide instructional materials in accessible formats to children with disabilities who need those instructional materials at the same time as other children receive instructional materials.

What are Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)?

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM.

The four major ways these materials are formatted/converted include:

  • Braille
  • Large Print
  • Audio
  • Digital Text

Online Ordering/Registration

The New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM) Online Inventory System has been developed to allow individuals order American Printing House for the Blind (APH) educational materials and products purchased through the Federal Quota Program for the New Hampshire Blind and visually impaired students eligible under the Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.

The NHAEM online inventory system is accessed through the NHDOE single sign on system.

To access the NHAEM online system, you must create an account through my.doe.nh.gov. The NHAEM online system is restricted to individuals authorized to order educational materials. After creation of your account, please contact Robin Budryk for permissions to access the NHAEM online system:

Robin.G.Budryk@doe.nh.gov
(603) 271-0818

American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota (APH Count)

The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind provides adapted educational materials to eligible infants, toddlers, students, and adults who meet the definition of blindness based on the Federal Quota Census. Each State must submit an annual registration of eligible infants, toddlers, students, and adults to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to determine a per capita amount of money to purchase educational materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Eligible candidates include infants and toddlers who receive early supports and services; students who attend public schools, private schools, and charter schools; students who are home schooled and adults.

New Hampshire purchases adapted educational materials from the American Printing House for the Blind based on the student count of the Federal Quota Census to purchase Braille, large print materials and educational tools.

NHAEM provides children with disabilities access to educational equipment they need to compete in today’s world.

NHAEM Resources

 

Contact Information

NHAEM and New Hampshire Ex-Officio Trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Mary T. Lane
(603) 271-3740
mary.lane@doe.nh.gov

NHAEM  Assistant
Robin Budryk
(603) 271-0818
robin.g.budryk@doe.nh.gov

NHAEM
Adrienne Shoemaker
ashoe603@gmail.com
603-496-1503