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)
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.
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:
- Large Print
- Digital Text
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 Barbara Dauphinais for permissions to access the NHAEM online system:
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.
- FY'20 Memo #15 APH Federal Quota Census
- FY'20 APH Federal Quota Census Registration Packet
- FY'20 Webinar Training
NHAEM provides children with disabilities access to educational equipment they need to compete in today’s world.
- New Hampshire Accessible Instructional Materials (NHAIM) Online System Manual ~ June 23, 2014 NH Educational Materials (NHAEM) Handbook
- American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
- American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Downloadable Product Manual
- Braille Tales – Sharing the Joy of Reading
- Future in Sight - Free print/braille children's book for children under six who are blind or visually impaired
- Braille books for loan
All Together Now-New Hampshire Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education
All Together Now-New Hampshire (ATN-NH) is a two-year initiative funded through a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Student Support. Its primary goal is to develop a statewide sustainable model for serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing based upon the recommendations of The National Association of State Directors of Special Education’s (NASDSE) Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Service Guidelines.
At All Together Now-New Hampshire Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education, we are adjusting activities to support students, teachers, and parents during this transition to remote learning. We have posted several documents to provide guidance for online learning on our website www.alltogethernownh.com. These documents include directions for including critical accommodations to help ensure students enter the virtual classroom ready to learn. In addition to access, deaf and hard of hearing students need an environment free from TV, video and other visual and noise distractions, to be ready to attend followed by frequent checks for understanding to keep them engaged throughout each lesson.
ATN Support for Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
ATN has four touch points for deaf and hard of hearing teachers and related service providers.
- All Together Now website: Access information about ATN and a variety of resources regarding education of deaf and hard of hearing students.
- TOD Professional Teatime: An open forum on Zoom at 2:30pm on Thursday afternoons to provide an opportunity for providers to share challenges and strategies for meeting their students’ needs; these sessions will occur at least through May.
- Slack Discussion Group: A closed asynchronous discussion group for providers to share and discuss topics of interest.
- Face Book page @alltogethernownh
- ATN Support for Parents
- The ATN parent representatives will soon be providing a virtual discussion group for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to share their experiences supporting the education of their children at home. In addition, they will be disseminating a survey to parents to gather input on the family journey from newborn hearing screening through the child’s educational experience. The information collected will provide us with the parent perspective that will guide the work we will be doing with educators in the coming months
- Save The Date: The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Summit scheduled for May 4-5 has been rescheduled to September 29-30 in Meredith, NH. More information will be forthcoming later this spring.
NHAEM and New Hampshire Ex-Officio Trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Mary T. Lane
NHAEM and New Hampshire Ex-Officio Trustee Assistant