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  • Podcast

    National AEM Center at CAST, 2024

    On this episode, we would like to introduce our new AEM Center Project Director, Dr. Elizabeth Barker.

  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials logo, CAST mark

    AEM Center Advisory Committee members represent a range of Early Learning, K-12 and Postsecondary education, and Workforce Development constituents and their expertise informs the Center's technical assistance efforts.

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

    National AEM Center at CAST, 2023

    Learn more about ways to coordinate work around Universal Design for Learning across states to support more systemic and sustainable UDL implementation.

  • Webinar
    Quality Indicators 1 and 2 icons.

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    Ensuring that all learners receive accessible educational materials (AEM) in a timely manner requires a coordinated provision system. In this first webinar of a 5-part series, join AEM leaders from Iowa, Ohio, and Texas in a discussion about how these states implement NIMAS requirements for print materials and meet digital accessibility requirements for edtech. To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicators 1 and 2 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • Webinar
    Quality Indicator 3 icon.

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Florida and Texas about policies and guidelines that support the provision of accessible educational materials (AEM) for all learners. What should be included in policies? How are guidelines developed and communicated? Who shares in the responsibilities? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 3 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials logo

    The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) at CAST works to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to materials and technologies for reaching educational outcomes and advancing in employment.

  • Guide

    National AEM Center at CAST, 2023

    This guide will help you develop knowledge and practical skills related to the Quality Indicators with Critical Components for K-12. It's also useful for preparing to work with a team on systems change at the state and/or local levels.

  • Presentation
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    12:45PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, November 3, 2022

    Participants will be provided with supporting resources and action steps to be prepared for their next IEP meeting.

  • Presentation

    2:00PM – 1:00PM ET on Friday, July 14, 2023

    This session explains why and how AT and AEM can be and should be a natural part of how children develop literacy. We'll also hear stories about young learners facing barriers to reading and writing. What do their stories tell us about what we need next as educators?

  • Webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is meant to provide a standard format for vendors to report the extent to which a digital material or technology product meets accessibility standards. Despite recent updates meant to streamline the VPAT and make it easier to use, the VPAT remains a highly technical document. In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits and limitations of the VPAT and then walk you through an exemplar VPAT as we provide tips for what to look for in each section when interpreting a VPAT from a vendor.

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