Accessible Educational Materials and State Policy: A Q&A Discussion
Friday, August 17, 2018
1:00PM – 2:00PM ET
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.View in glossary
Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.View in glossary
Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.View in glossary
Digital form or representation of a sound which may be used for non-visual access to text and images.View in glossary
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.View in glossary
Joining an AEM Center Webinar
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Zoom Accessibility Features
The AEM Center’s web conferencing system provides access for participants with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of Zoom keyboard shortcuts. Participants can also view closed captioning during a webinar.