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Expanding Expectations in the PreK-12 Marketplace: Designing for All Learners (Development)


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

11:20AM – 12:10PM MDT

EdNet 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

Skip Stahl, Co-director, AEM Center


During the past decade, federal education and civil rights accessibility statutes related to Ed Tech materials and delivery systems have increasingly converged. References to Section 508, WCAG2 AA, Universal Design, and Universal Design for Learning are now commonplace in both federal and state procurement policies. Accessibility support is best designed in rather than added on, and while it exists as a compliance challenge, it can also accelerate product differentiation: personalization is based on learner variability, including students with disabilities, ELLs, and those in poverty. This session offers guidance and resources from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and its work with SETDA to facilitate product designs that, while essential for some students, expand opportunities for all.

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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XML (EXtensible Markup Language)

Universal format for structured documents and data. Set of rules, guidelines, and conventions for designing text formats for data.

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Unformatted text standard defining how computers write and read characters.

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American National Standards (ANSI)

Non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

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Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Framework of learning and teaching, resisting one-size-fits-all approach. Encourages offering multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement.

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