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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

    2:20PM – 3:20PM ET on Friday, February 1, 2019

    Is accessibility ("A11Y") for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, or state use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Come to this session to learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process and leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible to learners in your education setting. You'll be an A11Y hero!

  • presentation

    9:20AM – 10:50AM ET on Friday, February 1, 2019

    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

    2:20PM – 3:20PM ET on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Join this learning community in a highly interactive discussion between panelist and participants. Various state and group representatives will open a discussion about innovations, current trends and issues of importance regarding Accessible Educational Materials. Co hosted by Florida’s MTSS, Technology & Learning Connections Team.

  • presentation

    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

    4:00PM – 4:40PM ET on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Students with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in STEM careers, with fewer than 10 percent of all undergraduate students in STEM fields reporting a disability. It all starts in the early grades when students are first exposed to STEM activities. This session will explore techniques for making STEM content more accessible to all learners, followed by demonstrations of apps and extensions for improving access to math and science. We’ll also discuss how to use Swift Playgrounds for accessible coding and see demos of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” and how it can be used with built-in iPad accessibility features such as VoiceOver and Switch Control to make coding accessible to all learners.

  • presentation

    2:00PM – 2:40PM ET on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Find out how smart devices, 3D printers, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies can help create Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) — those materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability. Accessible educational materials are a key component in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning as an approach for making the curriculum more responsive to the needs of our increasingly diverse learners. This session will address the implications of emerging technologies as a tool to expand access to educational materials with an emphasis on best practices for ensuring inclusive solutions are developed.

  • presentation

    5:00PM – 6:40PM ET on Monday, January 28, 2019

    The greater availability and improved ease of use of authoring tools now means that accessibility can be part of the content creation workflow for educators. Standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide guidance, but these guidelines are written in technical language that can be confusing to even veteran developers. Fortunately, WCAG can be distilled into a set of simpler principles, as captured by the acronym POUR, that define four qualities of an accessible user experience. This poster presentation will focus on best practices for implementing POUR, including practical tips and tricks for making documents, presentations, and websites more accessible and inclusive for all learners.

  • 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

    10:15AM – 11:15AM ET on Thursday, November 29, 2018

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content. OERs can allow school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on textbooks for other pressing needs, but they are not always accessible to all learners. In this session, you will learn about resources to help you select and/or create accessible OER content to support learning in inclusive settings.