MN 3D Workgroup


  • AEM – Accessible Educational Materials
  • MIS – Most Integrated Setting

Verification of need:

  • Students with low vision or blindness are reported by their TBVI that they do not have access to AEM when serving students in the general education setting
  • Time is a barrier to receiving AEM for students
  • Cost is a barrier to receiving AEM through APH or other resources
  • Lack of educational resource available


The project for 3D printing supports students who have low vision or blindness and/or cognitive disabilities to access general education curriculum by providing resources that cannot typically be provided.  The opportunity to tactilely explore items that are too large or small in their natural environment. The project is designed to build capacity to increase:

  1. Access to instructional materials for communication
  2. Access to Tactile materials in general education curriculum
  3. Access to local and state-wide resources
  4. Access to Printing opportunities in local schools
  5. Instruction through touch to understand tactile materials

Project Goals

  • Support equitable and accessible educational services by utilizing a multi-tiered system of support, including Universal Design for Learning to meet academic standards for all learners, with a specific focus on those with low incidence disabilities.
    • Increase access to AEM
    • Decrease time in receiving AEM
    • Decrease the cost to produce AEM
  • Increase most integrated setting (MIS) for students with developmental cognitive disabilities


  • Contact: Christian Wernau, Kristin Oien
  • Certificate and Licensure areas being supported:
    • TBVI and S’s access to AEM
  • Support & outside services:
    • MN Department of Education
    • State Services for the Blind
    • MN State Academy for the Blind
    • Department of Human Services
  • Funding allocated: $4,000 / yr
    • Printers
    • Printer repair
    • materials

How we got here:

  • Meeting on a regular basis to develop statewide resources and knowledge available for 3D printing
  • Makeup of team (MDE, RLIF, TBVI, O&M, MSAB, SSB, district AT Specialist)
  • Four 3D printers are being used, discovered local connections within districts (Industrial Tech and secondary programs)
  • Transition (18-21) programs learning to use for employment opportunities
  • Printing sample materials by team to evaluate effectiveness and print quality
  • Teaching touch through Statewide Vision Community of Practice
  • Request Form for 3D printed materials – MDE Website



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