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Accessible Educational Materials and State Policy: A Q&A Discussion


Friday, August 17, 2018

1:00PM – 2:00PM ET

Cynthia Curry, AEM Center

State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Members and Private Partners


As states develop and revise policies that guide the accessibility of educational materials procured for all learners, including students with disabilities, a common and accurate understanding of the term “accessible” is essential. Regardless of format (print, video, audio, web, simulation, etc.) or source (commercial or open), the meaning and purpose of accessibility is a relevant, legal, and ethical consideration. This webinar will begin to address commonly asked questions, such as

  • What makes a print material accessible for students who are unable to see text on a page? Are unable to hold a book or turn its pages? Have low reading fluency and comprehension?
  • If a material is digital, what makes it accessible for students with wide-ranging access needs?
  • What is a state’s legal obligation for providing accessible educational materials (AEM) to students who need them?
  • What are the implications of all of this for state procurement policies?
  • How can the AEM Center support your state in increasing the availability and use of AEM?

Join us as we kick off a continuing discussion.

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

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

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Digital form or representation of a sound which may be used for non-visual access to text and images.

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Print Instructional Materials

Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.

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