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    10:30AM – 11:30AM ET on Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Hundreds of exhibitors. Thousands of technologies. Tens of thousands of educational professionals with a passion for learning powered by technology. But are we creating unintentional barriers in the technology choices we make? Find out the things to look for and questions to ask to ensure that we include all learners.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is meant to provide a standard format for vendors to report the extent to which a digital material or technology product meets accessibility standards. Despite recent updates meant to streamline the VPAT and make it easier to use, the VPAT remains a highly technical document. In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits and limitations of the VPAT and then walk you through an exemplar VPAT as we provide tips for what to look for in each section when interpreting a VPAT from a vendor.

  • webinar

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    Is accessibility for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, state, or university use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Join us for this webinar and learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process. You will leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible in your education setting. You'll be an accessibility hero!

  • webinar

    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 insitutions 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

    3:00PM – 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
    Graphic of laptop showing an open book on screen, with laptop surrounded by open books. Credit: Shuttertock, Belozersky

    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. You will then learn about the different types of EPUB documents you can create, when to use them, and how to get started creating your own EPUB books and documents using a number of free and low-cost tools.

  • 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

    8:00AM – 9:00AM PT on Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Be inspired to learn skills to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, accessible to all learners. 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. In consideration of the limited time, the goal is not to train but rather to inspire faculty to learn one of the three skills over the summer of 2019 using the AEM Center’s free resources and technical assistance services.

  • presentation

    10:00AM – 11:30AM MT on Friday, February 15, 2019

    We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways – ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. Following an overview of the UDL framework, participants will learn about helpful, free and low-cost technology tools for providing flexible learning opportunities at school and in the home.

  • presentation

    2:15PM – 3:45PM MT on Thursday, February 14, 2019

    We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways – ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. Following an overview of the UDL framework, participants will learn about helpful free and low-cost technology tools for providing flexible learning opportunities at school and in the home.

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