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Accessible Materials and Technology in the IEP: Are The Needed? Where do They Fit?


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3:30PM – 4:30PM CST

Closing the Gap
Minneapolis, MN

Cynthia Curry, Co-director, AEM Center
Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Asisistance, CAST


Do you know a student who may need accessible materials and technologies? Wondering how and where they fit in the IEP development process? Confused about where and how to document them in the IEP? If so, this session is for you! After a brief overview of accessible materials and technologies, participants will add their voices and ideas to a discussion of the seven points in the IEP development process at which accessible materials and technologies might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with questions aligned to each point and examples of language that could be used at each point to support effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum.

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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CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through research and development.

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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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Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Individual Education Program (IEP)

Written plan individually developed for students identified as having a disability under IDEA.

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