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    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.

  • 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.

  • presentation

    9:00AM – 10:00AM ET on Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Colleges and universities are improving the educational opportunities of a growing population of students with disabilities by considering the accessibility of the learning materials and technologies used in their programs. The reality of lawsuits is one contributing factor, particularly for institutions that are implementing actions outlined in settlement agreements. So, what can be learned from settings where digital accessibility has become a priority rather than an afterthought? In this session, you’ll be introduced to the concept of an institution-wide approach to ensuring that all students are provided with course materials and technologies they can use for positive learning outcomes.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    This webinar takes families and educators through seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with IEP requirements at each point and questions related to consideration of accessible materials. Discussion will include a model of how accessible materials and technologies could be documented in an IEP to support effective use. Additional resources will be shared.

  • presentation

    2:45PM – 3:45PM ET on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    With increasing pressure to provide accessible course materials on day one , institutions are revisioning their accessibility and inclusive design strategies. These can be tough conversations as goals and policies are rethought. Join accessibility leaders in a discussion focused on how quality can be described, including compliance, guidelines, professional development, data procedures, and resources. They will share with participants the work being done to map IMS Global’s key principles for EPUB and AEM’s Quality Indicators to help institutions develop an accessibility strategy leveraging content standards.

  • presentation

    2:15PM – 3:15PM ET on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    This session continues the discussion around quality and explores ideas on how institutions can use self-assessment to help inform their goals for provisioning accessible course materials and technologies. Highlights of the session include an open dialog and feedback on resources in development as part of a collaboration between the IMS Accessibility Innovation Leadership Network and the CAST organization to help campuses reflect on their provisions practices and inform new accessibility strategies. Participants will also learn steps institutions are taking to ensure educational materials are accessible to all students.

  • presentation

    1:20PM – 2:20PM CT on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials is working with 8 states to support promising AEM practices. Come hear what we have been doing in Texas!

  • webinar
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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, August 17, 2018

    As states develop and revise policies that guide the accessibility of educational materials procured for all learners, including students with disabilities, a common and accurate understanding of the term “accessible” is essential. Regardless of format (print, video, audio, web, simulation, etc.) or source (commercial or open), the meaning and purpose of accessibility is a relevant, legal, and ethical consideration. This webinar will begin to address commonly asked questions. Join us as we kick off a continuing discussion

  • presentation

    8:30AM – 9:30AM ET on Friday, November 16, 2018

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. Switching to openly licensed educational materials can allow school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on textbooks for other pressing needs. However, openly licensed content is not without its challenges, one of them being the accessibility of the materials for students with disabilities. In this session, you will learn how OER and accessibility can go well together to support learning in inclusive settings.

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