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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • webinar
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    12:00PM – 1:30PM ET on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Join us for an overview of how parents and educators can begin their journey with accessible materials and assistive technology for young children. Topics covered will include how to approach your search, the types of materials and technology available, and the impact it can have on a child’s development of literacy, socialization, and communication skills. This webinar will be led by Assistive Technology Specialists from the PACER Simon Technology Center in Minnesota.

  • 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.

  • presentation
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    3:30PM – 4:30PM CST on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Do you know a student who may need accessible materials and technologies? Wondering how and where they fit in the IEP development process? Confused about where and how to document them in the IEP? If so, this session is for you! After a brief overview of accessible materials and technologies, participants will add their voices and ideas to a discussion of the seven points in the IEP development process at which accessible materials and technologies might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with questions aligned to each point and examples of language that could be used at each point to support effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Webinar addressing the emerging landscape related to the accessibility of EdTech products, including an overview of federal and state statutes and regulations, barriers to accessibility presented by non-inclusive EdTech product design, and resources for enhancing accessibility within product workflows.

  • meeting

    9:00AM – 4:00PM EST on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Meeting of the AEM Advisory Group prior to ATIA 2017 in Orlando, FL.

  • presentation

    10:10AM – 11:10AM CT on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Presentation for the Texas Assistive Technology Network Annual Conference.

  • presentation

    10:15AM – 11:45AM CT on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Part of the Iowa Special Education Summer Symposium, this session will provide administrators with national and state perspectives on challenges and opportunities related accessible educational materials and accessible technologies.

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