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Using Adobe Connect

The AEM Center’s web conferencing system, Adobe Connect, provides access for participants with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of optional keyboard shortcuts. A list of these is presented at Adobe Connect’s Accessibility Features web page. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service is provided for all AEM Center webinars through an Adobe Connect captioning pod.

Joining an AEM Center Webinar

Prior to the webinar, test your device and browser compatibility with the Adobe Connect Diagnostic test. If this is your first time using Adobe Connect, we recommend that you review the Quick Start Guide for Participants.

The following steps will walk you through the process of accessing and participating in a webinar.

  • Join the webinar
    • It is a good idea to sign in at least 5-10 minutes before the start time to take care of any potential connection problems.
      • Follow the link in your registration confirmation email.
      • At the Adobe Connect screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and enter your name. Then click the “Enter Room” button.
      • If you receive prompts regarding the Adobe Connect Add-in, follow them.
      • A wizard titled “Tips for using Adobe Connect for Participants” may appear. If this is your first time using Adobe Connect, it is recommended that you use the wizard for a quick introduction to Adobe Connect features. Otherwise, skip the wizard by clicking the “X” in the upper right corner.
      • You’ll be prompted to join the audio conference. Two options are listed for accessing the audio portion of the webinar:
        • Computer speakers: Please enter the meeting in “Listen Only” mode.
        • Phone: You have the option to “dial-out” and have a call sent directly to your telephone or to “dial-in” by calling the conference line and entering the participant ID provided on the screen.
  • Participate in the webinar
    • Please make comments and ask questions in the chat pod.
  • After the webinar
    • A link to an evaluation survey will be made available at the webinar’s conclusion. The AEM Center uses participant feedback to continuously improve the quality of our webinars and technical assistance.
    • The recorded webinar will be archived on the AEM Center website within several days of the presentation. The transcript and presentation slides will also be posted.

Please contact us at aem@cast.org with questions.

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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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Federal law governing rights of children with disabilities to receive free and appropriate public education in least restrictive environment.

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Audio

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

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