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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

    2:20PM – 3:20PM ET on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Join this learning community in a highly interactive discussion between panelist and participants. Various state and group representatives will open a discussion about innovations, current trends and issues of importance regarding Accessible Educational Materials. Co hosted by Florida’s MTSS, Technology & Learning Connections Team.

  • presentation

    9:20AM – 10:50AM ET on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Powerpoint slides, Google Docs, videos and classroom blogs and websites; just a few examples of materials utilized in educational settings that may erect barriers to learning when they are not accessible to everyone. This session will explore best practices in providing these vital educational materials in a variety of formats to increase learner impact. Participants will learn how to make materials that are Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust (POUR) by adding alternative text to images, captioning videos, making documents easier to navigate through the implementation of proper heading structure and descriptive links, and much more. Hands-on activities will help participants leave the session with confidence that they can get started with first steps for accessibility, and the shared AEM Center resources provided will provide ongoing learning support following the session.

  • 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

    10:15AM – 11:15AM ET on Thursday, November 29, 2018

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content. OERs can allow school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on textbooks 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 15, 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

  • presentation

    9:15AM – 10:15AM PT on Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Diverse and engaging educational materials and technologies are being selected by states, districts, and teachers for student learning. But are they accessible to all learners? In this workshop, you'll learn what "accessible" means, who needs accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies, and where and how to acquire them.

  • 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.

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