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  • presentation
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    9:30AM – 12:00PM CST on Friday, October 20, 2017

    This presentation will demonstrate specific actions and strategies to prepare learners with disabilities to transition to college with the prerequisite skills to request and use accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies. It will include examples of how AEM can be included in the IEP and used by students as they progress through elementary and secondary grades, ensuring they are independent users by the time they leave high school. Participants will leave the presentation with action steps to prepare students to be full participants in the interactive process for receiving AEM-related services and accommodations in the post-secondary setting.

  • 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.

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    3:30PM – 4:30PM CST on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Do you know a student who may need accessible materials and technologies? Wondering how and where they fit in the IEP development process? Confused about where and how to document them in the IEP? If so, this session is for you! After a brief overview of accessible materials and technologies, participants will add their voices and ideas to a discussion of the seven points in the IEP development process at which accessible materials and technologies might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with questions aligned to each point and examples of language that could be used at each point to support effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum.

  • 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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    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 – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Webinar addressing the emerging landscape related to the accessibility of EdTech products, including an overview of federal and state statutes and regulations, barriers to accessibility presented by non-inclusive EdTech product design, and resources for enhancing accessibility within product workflows.

  • 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.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    The validity of reading along with audio is often questioned by educators and families. What do we know about appropriate and effective uses of audio-supported reading (ASR)? This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of mixing the modalities of sight and sound to support reading. See how ASR enhances reading comprehension by accelerating information processing, reducing cognitive load, and facilitating working memory. A variety of tools that enable ASR across platforms and device types will be described.

  • 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!