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AEM Center Events

The AEM Center at CAST offers free technical assistance webinars and presentations at national convenings and conferences, with the goal of increasing the availability and use of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan.

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The AEM Center uses Zoom, which supports a number of keyboard shortcuts for accessibility. If this is your first time using Zoom, please learn more about joining a Zoom webinar and joining a Zoom meeting.

AEMing for Access

In this 30-minute series, the AEM center will bring educators together to talk about specific topics related to AEM. How are you approaching accessibility in your learning environment? Need some new ideas? Stuck on a challenge? Eager to share with others? Participants will leave with usable, bite-size information. Think of it like office hours with a focus on accessibility, accessible educational materials, accessible and assistive technologies!

Did you miss a webinar? We have all of the previous episodes recorded! 

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Grab a cup of TA at the AEM Café

How are you approaching accessibility in your learning environment? Are you stuck in a rut? Need some new ideas? Struggling with a challenge? Eager to share a new idea or strategy with others?

Meet CAST’s team of friendly Technical Assistance Specialists at the AEM Café!

Every first Thursday of the month from 1:00–2:00 pm PT / 4:00–5:00 pm ET, we’ll focus on a topic, share some little-known resources from the AEM Center, and the rest is up to you. Show up, chat, ask questions, or just listen to the conversation. The AEM Café is open and ready to welcome you.

Join us for the next conversation at the AEM Café on Thursday, June 6th! Our blend of the month (topic) will be End of Year Celebration. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register once for the entire AEM Café monthly series

Have an idea for a topic? Let us know by filling out this quick form, or share it with us on Twitter using #AEM4All and tagging @CAST_UDL.

Upcoming Events

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Presentation

Designing Inclusive Technology Systems: We Have Our CITES on AEM

Educators, learners, and families are using inclusive technology to scaffold and support everyday learning tasks. So how do we design inclusive systems that promote these inclusive educational practices? This session will provide you with a roadmap for supporting UDL implementation with inclusive technologies and materials. Walk away equipped with the resources to design technology ecosystems of the future.

12:45PM – 1:45PM PT on Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Presentation

The 3 AEMigos: The Synergy Between AT, Accessible Materials, and Technology

In this session, participants delve into the interplay between Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), Assistive Technology (AT), and classroom technology. Expect clarity on their distinctions, real-world examples of collaboration, and actionable strategies for educators. By the end, attendees will grasp how AEM, AT, and technology synergize to empower students with disabilities, fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment.

11:20AM – 12:20PM CT on Wednesday, October 23, 2024

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Reframing Perspectives: Empowering Students with AT

Join this engaging session where experts from CAST and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) challenge misconceptions about accessible educational materials (AEM) and assistive technology (AT). Rather than considering these tools as cheating, we’ll explore how they foster Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and empower students. Through personal anecdotes and interactive discussions, we’ll reshape perspectives and champion accessibility in education.

8:00AM – 9:00AM CT on Thursday, October 24, 2024

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