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  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use accessible educational materials and technologies (AEM) as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this webinar will highlight evidence-based 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.

  • 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

    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
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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).

  • webinar
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    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
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    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.

  • presentation

    9:30AM – 10:30AM ET on Saturday, June 22, 2019

    Over the last five years, the AEM Center at CAST has worked with a cohort of eight states to identify and disseminate best practices related to the availability and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies. In this session, AEM state and district leaders will share their insights, strategies and lessons learned for ensuring the smooth roll-out of AEM and technology, including what potential partners can do to facilitate the process.

  • 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 EDT on Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Transition services are integral to preparing students for higher education and employment. For many students with disabilities, independent use of accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies is essential to meeting postsecondary education and career goals, and therefore need to be included in transition plans. 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 and accessible technologies in providing equal access to education and employment. Strategies for scaffolding students’ independent use of AEM and accessible technologies as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.

  • presentation
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    2:45PM – 4:00PM EDT on Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Does your student need accessible educational materials and technologies to increase participation, productivity, and independence in ways that improve outcomes? If so, this session is for you!  Cynthia and Diana will lead educators and families through seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with AEM-related questions aligned to each point and examples of language for documenting AEM and accessible technologies in IEPs in ways that support students' effective use of them for learning.

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