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  • 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

    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

    2:00PM – 2:40PM ET on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Find out how smart devices, 3D printers, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies can help create Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) — those materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability. Accessible educational materials are a key component in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning as an approach for making the curriculum more responsive to the needs of our increasingly diverse learners. This session will address the implications of emerging technologies as a tool to expand access to educational materials with an emphasis on best practices for ensuring inclusive solutions are developed.

  • 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

    2:20PM – 3:20PM ET on Friday, February 1, 2019

    Is accessibility ("A11Y") for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, or state use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Come to this session to learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process and leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible to learners in your education setting. You'll be an A11Y hero!

  • presentation

    9:20AM – 10:50AM ET on Friday, February 1, 2019

    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.

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    10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT on Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Gain practical wisdom on strategies to support teachers and administrators with a set of tools to ensure quality content for both core curriculum and supplemental materials. Join the conversation regarding the selection of instructional materials that are engaging, aligned to standards, and meet learning goals. Participants will engage in small group discussions regarding the critical areas of consideration for content vetting and curation including planning, budget, selection review process, implementation, and effectiveness. SETDA will provide an exploration of the online toolkit, The Guide to Quality Instructional Materials (quality content.setda.org). Presenters and participants will share examples of effective selection and implementation of content for learning. CAST will provide the accessibility lens, demonstrating resources to ensure all content is accessible for all learners.

  • presentation

    1:00AM – 2:00PM EDT on Friday, February 2, 2018

    Whether AEM is new to you or you’ve been working for years to provide them for your students, this session has something for you. Come and take away new and updated perspectives on what “accessible” means, who needs AEM and accessible technologies, where to acquire them, and uses for student independence, participation, and progress. Recent lessons from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) collaboration with states and local districts will be featured. Get up to date about the AEM Center’s 24/7 technical assistance and learning opportunities that can help you in your efforts to learn, share, and lead.

  • 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

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    All students benefit when products are proactively and intentionally designed from the onset to be accessible and address learner variability. From test questions to web design to real-time captioning, ed tech companies need to understand the whys and hows of creating accessible educational content and software. This session will cover what early stage, growth and late stage ed tech companies should know about available resources, technical standards and legal requirements for making accessible products.