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Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education: Practices for Teachers

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Dates
Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 20, 2020

The AEM Center at CAST is offering free webinars on access and distance education for educators, parents, and those involved in remote instruction. Learn more about AEM Center resources on our Access & Distance Education page. Register today to attend or get access to the recordings for our webinars.

Webinar 1: Personalizing the Reading Experience 

Date and Time
Monday, March 30, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenter
Lynn McCormackLuis Pérez, AEM Center

Audience
All educators and families

Level of Expertise
Intermediate

Description
Learn skills that you and your students can use to personalize digital reading experiences. How to adjust display features and text-to-speech will be included. All platforms will be addressed. If you have time before the webinar, we suggest that you explore the options in the Settings or Preferences for your device, and note questions you wish to have answered during the webinar.

Office hours:

  • Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 – 11:30 am ET
  • Thursday, April 2, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET

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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Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Artificial production of human speech, using special software and/or hardware.

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Webinar 2: Creating High-Quality and Accessible Video

Date and Time
Monday, April 6, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenters
Patti Ganley and Luis Pérez, AEM Center

Audience
All educators and families

Level of Expertise
Intermediate

Description
Learn skills for creating high-quality videos that also engage learners and promote understanding. Strategies will include the Top Ten Tips for Creating Quality Videos. If you have time before the webinar, we suggest that you review Why Is Accessible Video Important?

Office hours:

  • Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am ET
  • Thursday, April 9, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET

Register for Webinar 2

Webinar 3: We’re All in This Together: Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis 

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenters
Joy Zabala and Janet Peters, CITES and AEM Center

Audience
All educators and families, technology leaders (InfoTech, EdTech and Assistive Tech)

Level of Expertise
Beginner

Description
This webinar provides an overview of the who, what and how of 4 Cs — Coordination, Collaboration, Communication, and Continuity — that help us work together to support students and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from learning opportunities using technology and other strategies. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Technology

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

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Webinar 4: Creating Accessible Documents and Slide Decks

Date and Time
Monday, April 13, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenters
Mindy Johnson and Luis Pérez, AEM Center

Audience
All educators and families

Level of Expertise
Intermediate

Description
Learn skills for creating documents and slide decks that are usable for all learners, including students who use assistive technology. Skills will include personalizing display options and activating text to speech. If you have time before the webinar, we suggest reviewing the video, Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials.

Office hours:

  • Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am ET
  • Thursday, April 16, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET

Register for Webinar 4

Webinar 5: We’re All in this Together: Communication and Collaboration In-the-Trenches

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenters
Joy Zabala and Janet Peters, CITES and AEM Center, and guests

Audience
All educators and families, technology leaders (InfoTech, EdTech and Assistive Tech)

Level of Expertise
Beginner

Description
In this webinar, CITES leaders host a conversation with CITES advisors in-the-trenches to take a closer look at Communication and Collaboration—two of the essential elements for working together to support students and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. The discussion will include examples of how communication and collaboration are helping to ensure that students with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from learning opportunities using technology and other strategies. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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Webinar 6: Making Math Notation Accessible

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET

Presenters
Lynn McCormack and Luis Pérez, AEM Center

Audience
All educators and families

Level of Expertise
Intermediate

Description
Learn about the latest technologies for making math accessible to diverse learners. Math is its own language, and the ability to perceive and process the information in math content can be a barrier for some students. If you have time before the webinar, we suggest that you explore Teaching with Accessible Math on the AEM Center website.

Office hours:

  • Thursday, April 23, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET

Register for Webinar 6

Unable to attend the webinars? 

No worries!  The links to the recordings become available on this same page approximately one week after each webinar.

Joining an AEM Center Webinar

The AEM Center uses Zoom for its webinars. If this is your first time attending one of our webinars, we recommend that you review Zoom's information for joining a webinar.

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.