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  • presentation
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    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.

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    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.

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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.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:15PM ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Designers of PDF documents take great pride in creativity and visual appeal. Did you know that PDFs can be accessible to readers with disabilities without sacrificing design? And when your materials are accessible, you’ll reach a wider and more diverse stakeholder group. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive. In partnership with the AEM Center, SETDA is pleased to provide the opportunity for members and partners to participate in this membership webinar. * State members are encouraged to invite their state’s accessible materials contact or designee to join them in watching the webinar. Follow this link to a list of AEM State Contacts.

  • 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.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:30PM ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    K-12 education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware of web accessibility and taking action. Join this webinar for an overview of why accessibility is essential for K-12 websites. Topics will include legal requirements, case studies, policy development, and considerations for getting started.

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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.

  • 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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    12:30PM – 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.

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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.

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