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Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners


Note: This course has officially ended. However, all of the course materials (including the webinar recordings) will remain available for your reference, review and sharing with other educators who can benefit from this information.

The National AEM Center invites new K-12 educators 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 learning opportunity, 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.

Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners is a pre-approved course for the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential. If you currently hold IAAP Certification, you can submit the completion of the module series as a pre-approved CAEC program. Please inform us if you plan to use the online series for CAECs. More information is available at the website of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.


Five topics have been selected for online modules related to providing accessible classroom materials. The five topics are directly relevant to the curricular materials you use with students on a daily basis:

Each topic has varied options for independent practice. You can select activities according to the time and effort you choose to commit; based on your choices, the time commitment will range from approximately one to three hours per topic

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.

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Module 1: Introduction to Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies

Module 1 will serve as the foundation of the online course. You’ll learn the definition of accessible materials and technologies with examples, the benefits for all learners, and related legislation.

Module 2: How to Make Your Documents Accessible

Some simple changes to how you create common documents, such as Word, Pages, Google Docs, PowerPoint, web pages etc., will make them more widely accessible to your learners, including students with disabilities.

Module 3: How to Locate Captioned Videos and Make Your Own

Captions on videos have benefits that extend beyond learners who are deaf or hard of hearing. You’ll learn how to find videos with captions, identify quality features, and have the option to create your own.   

Module 4: How to Find Specialized Formats of Print Materials

Some students have difficulty using standard print materials, including textbooks and related materials that come bundled with them. You’ll learn how some students with disabilities experience barriers to print, sources of alternative (“specialized”) formats, how to acquire them, and related supports for student use.  

Module 5:  How to Select Accessible Digital Materials

EdTech developers are increasingly designing products with accessibility features. You’ll learn how to identify these products, ask vendors about accessibility, and best practices for ensuring that accessible products are procured for teaching and learning.


Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Print Instructional Materials

Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.

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