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Bailey's Story

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Today Bailey is a socially attuned young man in high school who is engaged in learning and planning to go to college. When he entered middle school the picture was very different. Behavior issues related to autism were prominent. As the behavior issues were addressed, basic reading and written expression disabilities became evident. Learn about the supports that collectively contributed to Bailey's sustained growth and accomplishments.

Introducing Bailey

When Bailey entered middle school, he was essentially a nonreader with significant behavioral issues related to autism. Discover how a robust behavioral support program coupled with the introduction of accommodations for his reading and written language disabilities moved him forward on his path to success.


Gaining Independence with AIM and AT

The middle school years were difficult for Bailey as he had a lot of behaviors that impeded his progress in addition to his problems with reading and written expression. However, as concerned educators and parents supported Bailey's behavioral issues and provided access to the curriculum with accessible materials and technology, his motivation to learn and academic achievements steadily increased.



Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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AIM and the 21 st Century Classroom

Characteristics of 21 st Century Classrooms include accessible technology and accessible instructional materials that transform learning for every student. In Fayette County, Georgia the system incorporates various classroom technologies and an online interactive network that educators and students can access from a variety of technology devices to communicate about lessons and resources. Examine how this system supports the learning of all students including Bailey.


Accessible Technology

Technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Incorporates the principles of universal design.

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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

Print-based educational materials converted into specialized formats, related to the requirements of the IDEA statute.

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Creating Adaptable Classrooms for All Students

Educators face the challenge of dealing with diverse learners on a daily basis. When classrooms are designed with a foundation of 21 st century technology and accessible, flexible materials, all students benefit and fewer additional accommodations are needed for students with disabilities. If students with disabilities need additional accommodations, they can be seamlessly provided.


Blending 21 st Century Technology, AIM, and AT

Discover how all the components of Bailey's support system contribute to his becoming the independent, highly motivated learner he is today. Technology, accessible materials, and effective instruction assist him in overcoming his reading and writing difficulties. Behavioral supports assist him in developing social and self-regulating skills. Encouraging and knowledgeable educators and his parents provide support to make everything work in concert, helping Bailey become the engaged and successful student that he is.