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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.

  • presentation
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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.

  • 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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    10:00AM – 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

  • presentation
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    8:30AM – 10:00AM CST on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Educators at all levels, service providers and families have many questions about what accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies are. What does “accessibility” mean? How do you know if something is accessible and to whom is it accessible? Learn about decision making, acquiring accessible materials, resources and more!

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    In this webinar we’ll use the UDL framework to examine the benefits of captioning that go beyond making videos more accessible for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. For example, captions can benefit those learning how to read and those who speak English as a second language. We’ll then explore a number of best practices for creating more effective captions, and learn about a few tools to get started with a captioning workflow for your own videos.

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