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  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials logo, CAST mark

    The 2019-2024 National AEM Center 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.

  • Find answers to your questions about listing the instructional materials, Checkpoint 5 of the process for selecting accessible formats.

  • Webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, May 9, 2019

    The Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) can be used by faculty, IT, instructional designers, administrators, and others at higher ed institutions to self-assess and map improvements of course material accessibility. Join a discussion with a panel of higher ed professionals who have experience with many of the Critical Components of the Quality Indicators. To get the most out of the webinar, we recommend previewing the Quality Indicators (http://aem.cast.org/policies/quality-indicators-provision-aem.html) and the Higher Education Critical Components (http://aem.cast.org/policies/higher-education-critical-components.html).

  • Presentation
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    1:45PM – 2:45PM ET on Wednesday, May 17, 2023

    Participants will understand the importance of including AEM in transition plans and resources for building coordinated systems for the provision of AEM for all learners who need them.

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    Based on the four POUR principles for accessible design, these questions are meant to help you evaluate the accessibility of digital educational materials prior to selection and procurement.

  • Whether you are independently selecting a digital material or a member of a procurement committee, you are in a position to prioritize accessibility. Learn best practices for identifying accessibility features and what to look for in procurement policies and procedures.

  • Presentation
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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, March 3, 2023

    Individuals who develop Individual Education Programs (IEPs) will identify appropriate places to include a student's need for and use of accessible educational materials (AEM) and related technologies. Participants will be provided with action steps and resources to be prepared for their next IEP meeting.

  • Vendors and developers of digital learning materials and technologies can benefit from accessibility guidance provided by education agencies and institutions.

  • Article

    National AEM Center at CAST, 2023

    CAST CEO Lindsay Jones hosts this special episode to discuss technical assistance with the entire TA team at CAST, spanning two national technical assistance centers.

  • Presentation

    4:30PM – 5:30PM ET on Thursday, January 25, 2024

    The purpose of the National AEM Center’s Quality Indicators is to assist states and districts with planning, implementing, and evaluating systems for providing AEM. In this presentation, leaders in three states will share highlights of implementing the Quality Indicators over the course of four years.

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