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AEM Connector for Summer 2017


AEM Center Highlights

AEM Center Staff on the Road

We have a busy summer ahead! AEM Center staff look forward to presenting at the following conferences in June and July: 

AEM Center Website Updates

Check out our updates and new resources:

In The News

New IDEA Website Up

After briefly removing its IDEA website and requesting feedback for improvements, the U.S. DOE announced it's new IDEA website.  

Accessibility Highlighted by eSchool News

In its list of 5 technologies to avoid in the classroom, eSchool News included "Anything That's Not Accessible" as #4. EDUCAUSE's IT Accessibility Constituent Group is recommended as a resource for schools. Read "5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead" from eSchool News.

Video Caption and Description Resources

Looking for a new resource to learn about closed captioning? A new tool to caption and describe your and your students' videos? A source of captioned and described videos for your students? We've got you covered!

NCAM at WGBH Introduces CADET

CADET is a free, downloadable caption-authoring software that enables anyone to produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player that supports the display of captions. CADET can also be used to generate audio-description scripts. Learn more about CADET.

AEM Center Hosts Luis Pérez for a Webinar on Closed Captioning

Check out our recorded webinar of accessibility expert Luis Pérez illustrating the benefits of closed captions for all learners.  Watch: Starting with the Why-An Introduction to Closed Captioning.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) Continues to Grow 

With over 4,000 titles available for viewing, the DCMP provides equal accessibility to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind and the professionals who serve them. There are no user-registration or service fees.  Learn more about DCMP.

New Resources for Transition, Postsecondary, and Workforce Development Professionals

OSERS Publishes New Transition Guide

A new guide from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) addresses a wide variety of topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to postschool activities. 

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities . 

AEM Center Offers Webinar on Transition 

Cynthia Curry and Richard Jackson discussed the role of accessible materials and technologies in a transition plan to reach postsecondary goals. Watch the recording: AEM in Transition Planning- Including Accessible Materials and Technologies in Services for Postsecondary Goals

Workforce GPS Publishes Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners

Intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners, a series of 10 playlists link to toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on specific topics related to improving services to individuals with disabilities. In particular, we recommend Playlist 5: Technology Access for Individuals with Disabilities .

Summer Reading Programs for Students

Programs to keep  all of your students reading all summer long!

TA Tips

As 2016-17 comes to a close, I want to thank you for another year of creating accessible learning experiences for all of your students. As we at the AEM Center are well aware, the skills and knowledge required of you are demanding and continuously changing. My AEM Center colleague Mindy Johnson recently reminded me of Maya Angelou's quote, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." This perfectly sums up your dedication to AEM and accessible technologies for learning. 

Have a restful summer! Unplug a bit and know we're here when you want to reconnect.  

Cynthia Curry 

Director of Technical Assistance, CAST


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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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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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Supports programs and research that help educate and improve lives of individuals with disabilities, and provides for rehabilitation.

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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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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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