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screen reading technologies such as TextHelp or Kurzweil. IDEA 2004 requires school districts to provide accessible educational materials (AEM) for students who are unable to use print materials (IDEA Sec. 300.172). ? The AEM Navigator is an interactive decision-making tool that helps the user determine need, select the appropriate media format(s), and determine necessary supports (National Center on Accessible Educational Materials). There are two free interactive resources designed to simulate print adaptations and to help teachers make decisions about AEM. Assistive technology does not have to be ?high tech.? For example, a slant board may help students with low vision to access classroom materials. Generally, low-tech tools require little or no training or ongoing support from an AT specialist. Mid-tech tools may require some initial training, depending on the teacher and student, but generally do not require ongoing training or support from an AT specialist. Mid-tech ? The AIM Explorer simulates e-books and websites and allows the user to try out tools such as magnification, high contrast, and text-to-speech (National Center on Accessible Educational Materials).