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    9:20AM – 10:50AM ET on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Powerpoint slides, Google Docs, videos and classroom blogs and websites; just a few examples of materials utilized in educational settings that may erect barriers to learning when they are not accessible to everyone. This session will explore best practices in providing these vital educational materials in a variety of formats to increase learner impact. Participants will learn how to make materials that are Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust (POUR) by adding alternative text to images, captioning videos, making documents easier to navigate through the implementation of proper heading structure and descriptive links, and much more. Hands-on activities will help participants leave the session with confidence that they can get started with first steps for accessibility, and the shared AEM Center resources provided will provide ongoing learning support following the session.

  • presentation

    10:30AM – 11:30AM ET on Monday, March 19, 2018

    AEM Center Technical Assistance Specialist, Steve Nordmark, discusses accessibility of edtech products with Education Talk Radio host, Larry Jacobs.

  • 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.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    When you deliver a presentation at a conference or at a meeting, you want everyone in attendance to understand your message. However, many presenters unintentionally erect barriers that make that goal difficult for some attendees. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices for making your presentations accessible to a wider audience that includes not only people with disabilities, but also people who call into a presentation and do not have access to the visuals, and those sitting in the back row of a large room. You will learn techniques for making your slides more accessible using a number of popular presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote and Google Slides, as well as how to design an accessible handout that provides value even after the presentation is over. Finally, you will learn how to deliver your presentation in a way that allows everyone to participate and engage.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    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 audience. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    K-12 education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware of web accessibility and taking action. Join this interactive 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.

  • presentation

    4:00PM – 4:30PM ET on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    This session will explore two key questions: What does accessibility mean? How can OERs and accessibility come together to support learning for all students? The AEM Center will share a number of practical tips for quickly improving the accessibility of openly licensed content through the implementation of the POUR principles for accessible design. With POUR, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are distilled into four core principles: content needs to be Perceivable with more than one sense, it needs to be Operable with more than one input method, it needs to behave in a clear, consistent and predictable way in order to be Understandable, and it needs to be Robust so that it works well with both current and future platforms and technologies including the assistive technologies many learners with disabilities use to access information

  • 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
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    11:20AM – 12:10PM MDT on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    During the past decade, federal education and civil rights accessibility statutes related to Ed Tech materials and delivery systems have increasingly converged. References to Section 508, WCAG2 AA, Universal Design, and Universal Design for Learning are now commonplace in both federal and state procurement policies. Accessibility support is best designed in rather than added on, and while it exists as a compliance challenge, it can also accelerate product differentiation: personalization is based on learner variability, including students with disabilities, ELLs, and those in poverty. This session offers guidance and resources from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and its work with SETDA to facilitate product designs that, while essential for some students, expand opportunities for all.

  • 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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