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  • 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

    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.

  • presentation

    2:45PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, November 15, 2018

    All students need useful learning materials in order to access, participate, and achieve in the general curriculum. However, the standard learning materials, both print and digital, that are purchased by school districts and used in the classroom are not always accessible or usable by all students. In response to these challenges, 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, will discuss the issues at both the policy and practical level. The specific work of the districts participating in the Ohio Best Practices Cohort will be featured and the Ohio AT and AEM Center will also introduce supports and resources available to assist all districts in providing AEM and accessible technologies to students.

  • presentation

    4:30PM – 5:45PM ET on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Accessible educational materials (AEM) must be intentionally factored into transition planning services to prepare students who need them for meeting higher education and workforce training 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 providing equal access to education and employment. Strategies for scaffolding students' independent use of AEM as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.

  • presentation

    9:15AM – 10:15AM MT on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Increases in digital materials has helped students who struggle with print-based materials. However, digital materials and technologies are not always designed to be accessible from the start. We will address how higher education institutions can better meet their legal obligation to provide students with accessible educational materials

  • presentation

    4:10PM – 5:00PM CT on Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Education agencies and institutions across K-12 and higher ed are legally obligated to provide accessible educational materials and accessible technologies (AEM) to learners who need them. In this interactive session, you’ll engage with seven Quality Indicators for including accessibility in the procurement of educational materials and technologies. You’ll also practice using a self-assessment tool that you can bring back to your colleagues for monitoring continuous improvement in the provision of accessible materials and technologies.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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!

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