Public Commentary Needed – Obtaining Accessible Instructional Materials While in College and Graduate School

On July 11 and 12, 2011, members of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (AIM Commission) will convene for their fourth in-person meeting. AIM Commission members are interested in gathering public commentary on stakeholders’ personal experiences related to obtaining instructional materials in the postsecondary environment.

The meeting and public hearing are open to the public and press.

Attend the meetings in person or online, or submit your commentary by phone or email. Additional details regarding the meeting and public hearing are as follows:

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Seattle in Seattle, Washington in conjunction with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) annual conference.  AIM Commission members will review and discuss a draft of the AIM Commission’s report that will be submitted to Congress in the fall of 2011. On the evening of Tuesday, July 12, 2011, AIM Commission members will hold a public commentary session for all interested stakeholders, including students, Disability Service/ADA Coordinators, faculty, and other members of the university community.

WHERE: The Sheraton Seattle, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, Washington  98101

Commission Meeting: July 11-12, 2011
Public Hearing: July 12, 2011


July 11: The open commission meeting will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

July 12: The open commission meeting will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (PDT)

July 12: The public hearing will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (PDT)

Participants who wish to comment at the public hearing in person or via telephone are encouraged to register in advance by calling Janet Gronneberg at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) at 781-245-2212 (voice) or 781- 245-9320 (TTY) or by emailing her at by June 30, 2011.

The submission of written public testimony is also highly encouraged and can be submitted to

The AIM Commission meeting and public hearing can be accessed remotely through the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) webinar system. Please click on the link below that corresponds with the correct time and date of the meeting:

Monday, July 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PDT):

Tuesday, July 12 (8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. PDT):

Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. PDT):

Established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the AIM Commission has brought together government leaders, representatives from the publishing industry, individuals with print disabilities, representatives from two- and four-year institutions of higher education and leaders in accessible technology. The AIM Commission is charged with studying the current state of accessible materials for students with disabilities in postsecondary education and making recommendations to the Secretary of Education and the relevant authorizing committees in Congress for improving access to and the distribution of instructional materials in accessible formats.