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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.

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    10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT on Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Gain practical wisdom on strategies to support teachers and administrators with a set of tools to ensure quality content for both core curriculum and supplemental materials. Join the conversation regarding the selection of instructional materials that are engaging, aligned to standards, and meet learning goals. Participants will engage in small group discussions regarding the critical areas of consideration for content vetting and curation including planning, budget, selection review process, implementation, and effectiveness. SETDA will provide an exploration of the online toolkit, The Guide to Quality Instructional Materials (quality content.setda.org). Presenters and participants will share examples of effective selection and implementation of content for learning. CAST will provide the accessibility lens, demonstrating resources to ensure all content is accessible for all learners.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:30PM ET on Thursday, December 14, 2017

    If you’re an AEM State Contact and/or a NIMAC State Coordinator, you play a critical role in ensuring that accessible educational materials are provided in a timely manner to the students in your state who need them. Whether you’re new or have a history in this position, please join the NIMAC and the AEM Center as we discuss the importance of these roles, responsibilities, and the technical assistance and resources available to you. We’ll reserve plenty of time for your questions. This is the first of two joint webinars to support the work of AEM State Contacts and NIMAC State Coordinators. Early in 2018, the NIMAC and the AEM Center will co-present on the provision of NIMAS files and related topics.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:15PM ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    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 stakeholder group. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive. In partnership with the AEM Center, SETDA is pleased to provide the opportunity for members and partners to participate in this membership webinar. * State members are encouraged to invite their state’s accessible materials contact or designee to join them in watching the webinar. Follow this link to a list of AEM State Contacts.

  • presentation
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    6:00PM – 7:30PM EDT on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Looking for a development framework designed to include accessibility from the start? Join us for an overview of CAST (http://www.cast.org/), the AEM Center (http://aem.cast.org/), and the latest version of CAST Figuration (http://figuration.org/) - “A feature rich, responsive, mobile first, accessible, front-end framework.”

  • webinar
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    12:00PM – 1:30PM ET on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Join us for an overview of how parents and educators can begin their journey with accessible materials and assistive technology for young children. Topics covered will include how to approach your search, the types of materials and technology available, and the impact it can have on a child’s development of literacy, socialization, and communication skills. This webinar will be led by Assistive Technology Specialists from the PACER Simon Technology Center in Minnesota.

  • presentation
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    8:00AM – 9:15AM EDT on Friday, November 17, 2017

    When goals, assessment, methods, and materials are proactively designed and delivered according to the principles and practices of UDL, barriers to learning are lowered for most learners, but what about learners with more intensive support needs? This session will builds upon UDL to concentrate on identifying and lowering barriers that some learners with more intensive support needs will face. Content will focus on strategies, services, and supports, e.g. accessible technologies and materials, that can be used to level the learning field and extend UDL benefits to every student.

  • presentation
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    2:45PM – 4:00PM EDT on Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Does your student need accessible educational materials and technologies to increase participation, productivity, and independence in ways that improve outcomes? If so, this session is for you!  Cynthia and Diana will lead educators and families through seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with AEM-related questions aligned to each point and examples of language for documenting AEM and accessible technologies in IEPs in ways that support students' effective use of them for learning.

  • 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.