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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.

  • Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and West Virginia

    The four-year partnership between the Center and the seven National AEM Cohort states will be leveraged for exchanging resources, sharing findings, and solving common problems across state teams. 

  • Guide
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    D. Carl, et al., 2021

    Learn about the places in the IEP where it might be appropriate to refer to a students' use of accessible educational materials and technologies.

  • Presentation
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    2:20PM – 3:20PM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Get to know the AEM Pilot, a free, web-based teaching, self-assessment and progress monitoring tool for school districts. In this session, you and your fellow passengers will be guided through the tool, and coaching on how the AEM Pilot can be used in your own settings will also be included.

  • Many students with disabilities encounter barriers when using text-based materials, whether in print or digital. Learn about the actions that need to be taken so that learners who need accessible formats of these materials receive them with high quality and in a timely manner.

  • 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).

  • Webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:30PM ET on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    In this interactive webinar, participants will engage with the AEM Center's Quality Indicators and learn how Virginia Tech and the University of Maine System are using them to improve systemic accessibility.

  • Presentation
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    3:10PM – 4:00PM ET on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    Join us to learn tips and tricks from our experts including gaining a better understanding of how to increase accessibility for all participants and users, including those with disabilities.

  • In April 2024, the United States Department of Justice issued a final rule requiring state and local governmental entities — including early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions — to ensure web- or mobile app-based digital learning resources are appropriate for and usable by students with disabilities.

  • Find sample language and guidance you can adapt to communicate accessibility requirements in RFPs, Instructional Materials Adoption and contracts.

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