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  • presentation

    Thursday, June 25 – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

    In this poster session, participants will use tools to perform a “mini-audit” of their websites. The mini-audit will give participants a sense for the accessibility of their websites.

  • presentation

    12:00PM – 1:00PM PT on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    As schools scramble to add computer science into their curriculum, accessibility is often an afterthought. This session will focus on accessible coding tools that can be used to ensure all students can gain this important skills that are essential in today’s extremely competitive job market.

  • webinar

    Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 20, 2020

    The AEM Center at CAST is offering free webinars on access and distance education for educators, parents, and those involved in remote instruction.

  • webinar
    Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days | SETDA Coalition for eLearning

    5:00PM – 6:00PM ET on Monday, March 23, 2020

    In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA has compiled and provided resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost with a special section on accessibility. Digital learning environments are known to present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?

  • webinar
    The Path to Being an AEM Cohort State with Cynthia Curry & Luis Pérez | National Center on Accessible Educational Materials | #aem4all

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Monday, March 9, 2020

    The AEM Center is teaming up with five states across the country to build better systems for providing AEM and related technologies to individuals in education settings that range from early childhood through postsecondary. If selected, your team will receive individualized support and coaching from the AEM Center over a four-year partnership. Together, we’ll implement high leverage and evidence-based practices for building statewide and local systems for the timely provision and effective use of AEM and accessible technologies for all learners who need them. Join us for an information session on the benefits and responsibilities of being an AEM Cohort state, as well as the specifics of the application process for joining the cohort.

  • webinar
    The Path to Being an AEM Cohort State with Cynthia Curry & Luis Pérez | National Center on Accessible Educational Materials | #aem4all

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Friday, February 14, 2020

    The AEM Center is teaming up with five states across the country to build better systems for providing AEM and related technologies to individuals in education settings that range from early childhood through postsecondary. If selected, your team will receive individualized support and coaching from the AEM Center over a four-year partnership. Together, we’ll implement high leverage and evidence-based practices for building statewide and local systems for the timely provision and effective use of AEM and accessible technologies for all learners who need them. Join us for an information session on the benefits and responsibilities of being an AEM Cohort state, as well as the specifics of the application process for joining the cohort.

  • webinar
    Take flight with the AEM Pilot

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Get to know the AEM Pilot, a free, web-based teaching, self-assessment and progress monitoring tool for school districts. In this session, you and your fellow passengers will be guided through the tool, and coaching on how the AEM Pilot can be used in your own settings will also be included.

  • presentation

    4:30PM – 5:30PM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Experience the latest technologies for making math accessible to diverse learners. Math is its own language, and the ability to perceive and process the information in math content can be a barrier that prevents some learners from pursuing careers in math and related STEM fields. In this session, you will explore tools that provide multiple representations of math text, including text to speech supports and sonification.

  • presentation

    9:20AM – 10:20AM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Learn how to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials - including documents, graphics, and videos - accessible to all learners. The four accessible design principles of POUR will be applied to STEM-related course content through a series of material makeover demonstrations. Common examples of materials created by K-12 and higher ed STEM faculty will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR-aligned accessible versions. Skills covered in this session will include best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video; the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; and tools for making coding and basic computer science concepts accessible for all learners.

  • presentation

    8:00AM – 9:00AM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    How do we respond to the changing pressures in the provision of assistive technology? The term leadership is used frequently, but with little discussion of what we mean by effective leadership in the field, and with leaders emerging in different sectors and markets. In challenging times this leadership strand spotlight asks four influential figures in the field to share their perceptions of the current and future needs for AT leadership and to highlight one figure they respect and would recognize as a leader. The panel will also consider how we develop the next generation of AT leaders to meet future demands.