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Preparing Students to Be AEM Ready for Postsecondary Transition


Friday, October 20, 2017

9:30AM – 12:00PM CST

Closing the Gap
Minneapolis, MN

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


This presentation will demonstrate specific actions and strategies to prepare learners with disabilities to transition to college with the prerequisite skills to request and use accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies. It will include examples of how AEM can be included in the IEP and used by students as they progress through elementary and secondary grades, ensuring they are independent users by the time they leave high school. Participants will leave the presentation with action steps to prepare students to be full participants in the interactive process for receiving AEM-related services and accommodations in the post-secondary setting.

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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Accessible Technology

Technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Incorporates the principles of universal design.

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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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