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  • online course

    Wednesday, July 11 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    The National AEM Center invites you to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials your students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve your students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates. And, we’re certain that you’ll discover that accessibility improves the quality of your curriculum for all learners. For this activity, we’re targeting educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching; however, we welcome all interested participants. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.

  • presentation

    10:00AM – 11:00AM ET on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use AEM as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this session will highlight critical strategies for preparing students to articulate their need for AEM, self-advocate, and be independent users as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion.

  • webinar
    Crowded room of participants facing a screen and a presenter

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    When you deliver a presentation at a conference or at a meeting, you want everyone in attendance to understand your message. However, many presenters unintentionally erect barriers that make that goal difficult for some attendees. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices for making your presentations accessible to a wider audience that includes not only people with disabilities, but also people who call into a presentation and do not have access to the visuals, and those sitting in the back row of a large room. You will learn techniques for making your slides more accessible using a number of popular presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote and Google Slides, as well as how to design an accessible handout that provides value even after the presentation is over. Finally, you will learn how to deliver your presentation in a way that allows everyone to participate and engage.

  • webinar
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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, August 17, 2018

    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. Join us as we kick off a continuing discussion

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Designers of PDF documents take great pride in creativity and visual appeal.Did you know that PDFs can be accessible to readers with disabilities without sacrificing design? And when your materials are accessible, you’ll reach a wider and more diverse audience. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive.

  • webinar
    A group of young people using various devices

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    K-12 education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware of web accessibility and taking action. Join this interactive webinar for an overview of why accessibility is essential for K-12 websites. Topics will include legal requirements, case studies, policy development, and considerations for getting started.

  • presentation

    3:30PM – 4:30PM CT on Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Concerned about students who need accessible materials? Pondering the difference between accessible print materials and accessible digital materials? Not sure where to get help when you need it? If so, this session is for you! Join Luis and Diana for a guided tour of the tools, supports and services available from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center). Find out about the 24/7 resources available on the AEM Center web site. Get up to date about technical assistance and learning opportunities that can help you in your efforts to learn, share and lead.

  • presentation

    4:00PM – 4:30PM ET on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    This session will explore two key questions: What does accessibility mean? How can OERs and accessibility come together to support learning for all students? The AEM Center will share a number of practical tips for quickly improving the accessibility of openly licensed content through the implementation of the POUR principles for accessible design. With POUR, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are distilled into four core principles: content needs to be Perceivable with more than one sense, it needs to be Operable with more than one input method, it needs to behave in a clear, consistent and predictable way in order to be Understandable, and it needs to be Robust so that it works well with both current and future platforms and technologies including the assistive technologies many learners with disabilities use to access information

  • presentation

    12:45PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Accessible educational materials (AEM) must be factored into transition planning services to prepare students who need them for meeting higher education goals. Join this session as we unpack the challenges faced by students as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings, and the role of AEM in higher education accommodations. Strategies for scaffolding students' independent use of AEM as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.

  • presentation

    8:30AM – 9:30AM ET on Friday, November 16, 2018

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. Switching to openly licensed educational materials can allow school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on textbooks for other pressing needs. However, openly licensed content is not without its challenges, one of them being the accessibility of the materials for students with disabilities. In this session, you will learn how OER and accessibility can go well together to support learning in inclusive settings.