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  • 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.

  • 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

    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!

  • 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.

  • presentation

    10:00AM – 11:00AM ET on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use AEM as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this session will highlight critical 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.

  • 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

    12:45PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Accessible educational materials (AEM) must be factored into transition planning services to prepare students who need them for meeting higher education goals. 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 in higher education accommodations. Strategies for scaffolding students' independent use of AEM as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.

  • 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.