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    11:15AM – 12:00PM CT on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. In this session, we will explore the foundational concepts of UDL as one component of an inclusive learning environment—the other two being the universal design of the physical space and the accessibility of the learning tools and materials. The discussion will include demonstrations of a number of new tools for making STEM content accessible for a variety of learners.

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    10:30AM – 11:30AM ET on Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Hundreds of exhibitors. Thousands of technologies. Tens of thousands of educational professionals with a passion for learning powered by technology. But are we creating unintentional barriers in the technology choices we make? Find out the things to look for and questions to ask to ensure that we include all learners.

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    9:30AM – 10:30AM ET on Saturday, June 22, 2019

    Over the last five years, the AEM Center at CAST has worked with a cohort of eight states to identify and disseminate best practices related to the availability and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies. In this session, AEM state and district leaders will share their insights, strategies and lessons learned for ensuring the smooth roll-out of AEM and technology, including what potential partners can do to facilitate the process.

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    1:20PM – 2:50PM CT on Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Educators and parents often have questions about including assistive technology (AT) and accessible educational materials (AEM) in IEPs. Join Joy Zabala and Diana Carl for a fast-paced discussion of seven places in the IEP development process where AT and AEM can be deliberated and documented.

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    1:00PM – 4:00PM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    When goals, assessments, methods and materials are proactively designed and implemented according to the principles and practices of UDL, barriers to learning are lowered for many learners, but what about learners with more intensive support needs? Come build upon the firm foundation of UDL to identify remaining barriers that some students experience and consider how AT, accessible materials and technologies, and other supports and services can break down the barriers to the achievement of all students.

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    1:00PM – 4:00PM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Text to speech is a powerful learning support for a variety of learners who struggle with print This session will cover a wide range of text to speech supports across all platforms: iOS, Android, the Mac, Windows, Chromebooks and even smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The goal is to give you a flexible yet robust toolkit to support all learners in accessing the curriculum using the powerful speech supports now built into many devices.

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    8:30AM – 11:30AM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Executive functioning describes the kind of purposeful planning that is needed for complex actions such as writing an essay or solving a math problem. As learners move into high school and college, it’s crucial they have developed executive functioning skills to keep up with increasing time demands. In addition to iPad apps, we will discuss Google Chrome extensions, online tools and even wearable solutions that provide schedules, timers, to do lists and other executive functioning supports.

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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is meant to provide a standard format for vendors to report the extent to which a digital material or technology product meets accessibility standards. Despite recent updates meant to streamline the VPAT and make it easier to use, the VPAT remains a highly technical document. In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits and limitations of the VPAT and then walk you through an exemplar VPAT as we provide tips for what to look for in each section when interpreting a VPAT from a vendor.

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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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

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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Educators are integrating social media into their professional learning routines, their daily communications, and their instructional practices. But how do we plan for variability in our social media followers? Join Mindy Johnson, Director of Digital Communications and Outreach for CAST, to learn easy tips for making your social media posts more accessible and more usable by everyone.