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National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
What is your state doing? Decision-Making Tools and Resources Recent Site Updates CAST would like to thank Texthelp Systems Ltd. for use of the SpeechStream toolbar on the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials site. The AIM and NIMAS Centers, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), works with states, TA systems, disability advocates, national associations, technology experts, publishers, and content conversion houses to improve the timely delivery of high-quality accessible educational materials to students with disabilities.

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Critical Thinking Model 1 To Analyze Thinking We Must Identify and Question its Elemental Structures Standard: Clarityunderstandable, the meaning can be grasped Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Could you illustrate what you mean? Standard: Accuracyfree from errors or distortions, true

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