Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & TechnologyThe Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Technology (CSMT) helps to close the achievement gap by providing instructional resources in accessible formats to students with disabilities in California.
The California Department of Education (CDE) Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology (CSMT) produces accessible versions of textbooks, workbooks, and literature books adopted by the State Board of Education. Products and services are provided pursuant to California law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) , the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) , and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 .
Production and dissemination of materials, including braille, large print, recordings, and American Sign Language (ASL) video books, are funded with local assistance, and federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds.
Guide – Instructional Materials Ordering and Distribution System
Online ordering systems for braille, digital talking books (DTB), large print, audio books, ASL video books, and APH products.
- Annual Registration of Legally Blind Students
Annual Registration of Legally Blind Students for American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Federal Quota Program.
- Blind and Low Vision Information
Definitions, causes, assessment, and resources.
- Production of Large Print Materials, Guidelines
Definitions and guidelines for producing large print instructional materials.
- Digital Talking Books (DTBs) Information
Definitions and information on DTBs and DAISY Books.
- Audio Book Information
Information on the Audio Book Program and access to state-adopted books to help support students with disabilities.
- List Service: Registration form and information on networking e-mail:
Braille-N-Teach (PDF) for students with visual disabilities.
- Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology – CalEdFacts
- Contact CSMT
Technical assistance for IMODS users and other specialized media questions.
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Everything you've always wanted to know about CSMT's products and services.
- CSMT Reference Guide (DOCX)
Resource guide for CSMT, including services provided and contact information.
- Special Education
Information and resources to serve the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.
- State Special Schools
Services for the deaf, blind, and hard-of-hearing students in California.
- California Diagnostic Centers
Testing to address educational needs of special education students.
- Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division (CFIRD)
To find price list of state-adopted instructional materials, go to instructional materials in each subject area.
Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Assistive educational products and materials.
Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI)
Members share their expertise and resources.
- Learning Ally
Audio library for those with print disabilities.
- National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)
Electronic textbook files from publishers that are available for download to Authorized Users.
Accessible books and periodicals for readers with print disabilities.
- California State Library - Braille & Talking Books
Borrow braille, cassette and talking books, magazines, and playback equipment.
- Ability Tools
Assistive Technology...Tools for Living. A Program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.
- Perkins School for the Blind eLearning
Perkins online Professional Development Platform and Educational Resource program.