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  • presentation

    1:15PM – 2:15PM ET on Friday, March 29, 2019

    Be inspired to make your self-created documents, graphics, and videos accessible to all learners. The POUR model from the W3C will be used as a guide you can use for creating your own accessible educational materials. The four principles of POUR: Perceivable means that learners can see and hear the content presented in a material; Operable means that learners can interact with the content with a variety of tools; Understandable means that learners can understand the content and enjoy a predictable experience; and Robust means that the content works well with current and future technologies. The AEM Center tool, Designing for Accessibility with POUR, which includes tutorials for specific skills related to each principle, will be used as a resource. Common examples of teacher-created materials will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR-aligned accessible versions. Bring a material of your own to practice an accessibility makeover!

  • presentation

    11:15AM – 12:15PM ET on Friday, March 29, 2019

    Explore the Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies (AEM) and self-assess your school’s edtech procurement system. Quality Indicators with Critical Components for the Provision of AEM, developed by the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, guide K-12 state and local agencies, higher ed institutions, and workforce development programs in planning, implementing, and evaluating dynamic, coordinated systems for the timely provision of AEM. A comprehensive procurement system that includes accessibility can streamline the provision of AEM by addressing multiple factors, including compliance, timely delivery, written guidelines, learning opportunities, data collection, data use, and allocation of resources. Come to this session to reflect, discuss, and take away a self-assessment tool that you can bring back to your school for monitoring continuous progress.

  • 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.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Florida and Indiana about strategies for collecting and using data on student use of accessible educational materials (AEM). What information is most relevant? How are data collected and tracked? How do you know if AEM is being used effectively? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicators 5 and 6 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!target audience? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 4 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • presentation

    5:30PM – 6:30PM GMT on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    The Transforming Higher Education through Universal Design for Learning book launch includes a meet and greet with "Restructuring the blended learning environment on campus for equity and opportunity through UDL" chapter co-authors Richard Jackson and Scott Lapinski.

  • presentation

    2:30PM – 3:30PM GMT on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Audio Supported Reading (ASR) products that are applicable to higher education will be featured during this presentation.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    This webinar takes families and educators through seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with IEP requirements at each point and questions related to consideration of accessible materials. Discussion will include a model of how accessible materials and technologies could be documented in an IEP to support effective use. Additional resources will be shared.

  • presentation

    8:00AM – 9:00AM PT on Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Be inspired to learn skills to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, accessible to all learners. The four 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 will include the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; and creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video. In consideration of the limited time, the goal is not to train but rather to inspire faculty to learn one of the three skills over the summer of 2019 using the AEM Center’s free resources and technical assistance services.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Indiana, Ohio, and Texas about best practices for supporting state and district personnel in providing accessible educational materials (AEM) for all learners. What goals and objectives should be included in professional learning opportunities? Where are the resources for building knowledge and skills? Who is the target audience? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 4 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • presentation

    10:00AM – 11:30AM MT on Friday, February 15, 2019

    We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways – ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. Following an overview of the UDL framework, participants will learn about helpful, free and low-cost technology tools for providing flexible learning opportunities at school and in the home.