The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network that connects Indiana's local education agencies (LEAs) to Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, Professional Development & Technical Support through the Indiana Departments of Education and Administration. Locate Us!
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PATINS mission is to help to support Indiana public schools in creating and sustaining an equitable learning environment for every student through universally designed access, engagement, and participation.
Accessible Educational Materials (AEM): 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.
Assistive Technology (AT): any: (1) item; (2) piece of equipment; or (3) product system; whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of such device.
Universally Designed or Universal Design for Learning (UDL): a concept or philosophy for designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest possible range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are: (1) directly accessible, without requiring assist; and (2) interoperable with assistive technologies.