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    2:00PM – 3:00PM EST on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    This webinar is for educators and families who are new to accessible educational materials (AEM). This webinar provides current basic information about the provision of accessible materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, the changing language of AEM, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Overview of UDL and accessibility as applied to blended learning initiatives including production of digital materials, selection of technologies, and effective integration of assistive technologies. Hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • presentation

    5:00PM – 6:40PM ET on Monday, January 28, 2019

    The greater availability and improved ease of use of authoring tools now means that accessibility can be part of the content creation workflow for educators. Standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide guidance, but these guidelines are written in technical language that can be confusing to even veteran developers. Fortunately, WCAG can be distilled into a set of simpler principles, as captured by the acronym POUR, that define four qualities of an accessible user experience. This poster presentation will focus on best practices for implementing POUR, including practical tips and tricks for making documents, presentations, and websites more accessible and inclusive for all learners.

  • presentation

    1:10PM – 2:10PM CT on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. In this session, we will explore the foundational concepts of UDL as one component of an inclusive learning environment - the other two being the universal design of the physical space and the accessibility of the learning tools and materials. The discussion will include demonstrations of a number of new tools for making STEM content accessible for a variety of learners.

  • presentation

    3:00PM – 4:00PM PT on Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Learn about the POUR principles for creating and evaluating accessible educational materials that work for all learners.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    In Part 3 of our webinar series, we’ll focus on how accessibility applies to digital materials and technologies. How does assistive technology relate to accessibility? What guidance might you give to your state and local districts for the procurement process? What resources are available? Please bring your questions.

  • presentation

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to repurpose content. OERs can allow funding typically spent on textbooks to be redirected for other pressing needs, but they are not always accessible to all learners. In this session, you will learn about resources to help you select and/or create accessible OER content to support learning in inclusive settings. A set of quality indicators for incorporating OERs into a robust procurement system for accessible educational materials (AEM) will also be discussed.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Would you like to make reading more accessible for all of your learners? Consider publishing your own EPUB books or documents. This flexible format supports the customization needed to meet the needs of today's diverse readers. With EPUB, learners can adjust the text size and depending on the reader application, choose different fonts, change background colors, and more. In this session, you will explore some of the advantages of publishing to the EPUB format, how to read EPUB  with a number of free tools and how to get started creating your own EPUB publications. 

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, May 9, 2019

    The Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) can be used by faculty, IT, instructional designers, administrators, and others at higher ed institutions to self-assess and map improvements of course material accessibility. Join a discussion with a panel of higher ed professionals who have experience with many of the Critical Components of the Quality Indicators. To get the most out of the webinar, we recommend previewing the Quality Indicators (http://aem.cast.org/policies/quality-indicators-provision-aem.html) and the Higher Education Critical Components (http://aem.cast.org/policies/higher-education-critical-components.html).

  • presentation

    3:45PM – 5:15PM CT on Thursday, May 16, 2019

    The four principles of POUR will be applied to STEM-related course content through a series of material makeover demonstrations. Common examples of materials created by K-12 and higher ed STEM faculty will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR-aligned accessible versions. Skills will include the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; and creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video.

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