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About the AEM Center

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST provides technical assistance, coaching, and resources to increase the availability and use of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan.

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Why accessible materials & technologies?

Accessible versions of educational materials may mean the difference between learning barriers and learning opportunities.

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NIMAS & NIMAC

NIMAS is a technical standard used by publishers to prepare “electronic files” that are used to convert instructional materials into accessible formats. NIMAC is a national center that stores NIMAS source files from publishers.

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Celebrating Joy

The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials will support early career professionals in assistive technology and accessible materials. At CAST from 2007–2021, Joy was internationally known and beloved for her leadership and advocacy for learners with disabilities and their families.

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Featured AEM Center Resources

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The Accessible Learning Experience | CAST, Illustrations of a microphone, sound waves, digital text, and wifi

The Accessible Learning Experience

Turn learning barriers into learning opportunities by exploring the world of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning in this monthly podcast.

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Guide

Fair Use and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

This brief presents an overview of the “fair use” doctrine under copyright law in relation to the provision of accessible texts to persons with disabilities.

J. Karger
2020

Article

Open Education Resources: Ensuring Inclusive Learning in Uncertain Times

Situated at the intersection of where the OER field meets accessibility issues, this guide details a variety of resources useful for evaluating and selecting appropriate and accessible OERs.

A. Hashey, et al.
2021

Guide

AEM Navigator

Use the AEM Navigator to make informed, accurate decisions about the acquisition of accessible formats for students who need them.

AEM Center at CAST
2021

Graphic communicating the AEM Center’s national reach via products and services as of July 2021.

Our Impact by the Numbers

Learn more about how our work impacts states and individuals through our universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance.

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Upcoming AEM Center Events

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Rural Learning Community Call

Rural Learning Community calls bring together youth practitioners with whom Rural Youth Catalyst has been working for many years. During this monthly call, CAST's Alison Driscoll will share a bit about the AEM Center and answer questions call participants may have about accessible educational materials outside of the K12 system. Resources will be exchanged, training bites will be offered, and space will be created for call participants to exchange ideas and challenges.

1:30PM – 2:30PM ET on Thursday, December 8, 2022

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Presentation

Leveraging Technology Tools to Provide Equitable Learning Opportunities for ALL Students

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, collaborate with edWeb.net to produce a monthly national broadcast for Superintendents and school leaders, The EmpowerED Superintendent edLeader Panel Series, which focuses on technology innovations through the lens of Superintendent leadership.

5:00PM – 6:00PM ET on Monday, January 9, 2023

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Presentation

Accessibility in the IEP: Why, Where, and How

Individuals who engage with and serve as members of IEP teams will identify appropriate places within the IEP to refer to a student's need and use of accessible educational materials and technologies.

12:30PM – 2:30PM CT on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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