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  • presentation
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM CST on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a panel of AEM Center, TEA, ESC, and district representatives discuss the latest developments related to accessible educational materials. Learn about the AEM Center Best Practices Cohort and specifically about Texas’ participation in the project. Panelists will discuss the issues in moving from policy to practice and what you can do to facilitate getting accessible learning materials with broad usability into the hands of students who need them. Come ready with your questions and join in the conversation.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    The validity of reading along with audio is often questioned by educators and families. What do we know about appropriate and effective uses of audio-supported reading (ASR)? This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of mixing the modalities of sight and sound to support reading. See how ASR enhances reading comprehension by accelerating information processing, reducing cognitive load, and facilitating working memory. A variety of tools that enable ASR across platforms and device types will be described.

  • 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.

  • presentation
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    11:20AM – 12:10PM MDT on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    During the past decade, federal education and civil rights accessibility statutes related to Ed Tech materials and delivery systems have increasingly converged. References to Section 508, WCAG2 AA, Universal Design, and Universal Design for Learning are now commonplace in both federal and state procurement policies. Accessibility support is best designed in rather than added on, and while it exists as a compliance challenge, it can also accelerate product differentiation: personalization is based on learner variability, including students with disabilities, ELLs, and those in poverty. This session offers guidance and resources from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and its work with SETDA to facilitate product designs that, while essential for some students, expand opportunities for all.

  • webinar
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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, September 29, 2017

    Whether you're preparing to be a general or special educator, the students of your future will need accessible educational materials (AEM), a provision of IDEA 2004. In this webinar, you'll learn what accessibility means, who needs AEM, and how AEM is provided to learners. Most importantly, we'll share strategies for how you can start preparing now to be AEM ready for your first class of learners. Tweet us your burning questions ahead of the webinar by tagging us @AEM_Center and using the hashtag #PreService.

  • presentation
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    12:30PM – 1:30PM CST on Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Do you find yourself asking, is it accessible? Are you getting the answer, yes, it's digital and wondering if that answer is true? Finding yourself burned by thinking something was accessible when, in fact, it wasn’t, at least not for you or your family member or your student? If so, this session is for you! Add your voice to a lively discussion about the term accessible and what it means for people across a broad scope of human function and at all stages of life. Topics discussed will include a functional definition of accessibility, the moving target of accessibility, the importance of asking the right questions, and how to locate and use supporting resources on the AEM Center website and other locations.

  • presentation
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    11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT on Friday, October 13, 2017

    Many digital materials including PDFs are not Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and are inaccessible to learners with disabilities. In this session, we will discuss the importance of making all education materials accessible, how to ensure your PDFs “make the grade,” and various tools and techniques that can be used to help fix and rescue some documents.

  • presentation
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    10:00AM – 11:15AM EDT on Monday, October 23, 2017

    Spotlight on States: Concurrent Breakout Panel Presentations

  • presentation
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    12:45PM – 2:00PM EDT on Thursday, November 16, 2017

    All students need useful learning materials in order to access, participate, and achieve in the general curriculum. The standard print and digital learning materials that are purchased by school districts and used in the classroom are not always accessible or usable by all students. Ohio accepted an invitation as one of eight states to participate with the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials in the AEM Best Practices Cohort project. This panel featuring national, state, and district representatives discusses issues at both the policy and practical level.

  • presentation
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    10:15AM – 11:15AM CST on Thursday, November 2, 2017

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to resuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the #GoOpen Initiative, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. What are the implications of the #GoOpen movement for students with disabilities who need materials in accessible formats? This session is for all interested conference attendees.