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  • 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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    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.

  • Presentation
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    8:00AM – 9:00AM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    How do we respond to the changing pressures in the provision of assistive technology? The term leadership is used frequently, but with little discussion of what we mean by effective leadership in the field, and with leaders emerging in different sectors and markets. In challenging times this leadership strand spotlight asks four influential figures in the field to share their perceptions of the current and future needs for AT leadership and to highlight one figure they respect and would recognize as a leader. The panel will also consider how we develop the next generation of AT leaders to meet future demands.

  • Learn about three options for acquiring accessible formats for your learners once it has been determined that they need them: accessible media producers, publishers and local conversion.

  • Illustration of a person with headphones and math symbols around them

    Learn about the different technologies available for representing mathematical notation in digital materials in a way that is accessible to everyone.

  • A student watching an instructor on a computer screen surrounded by math concepts

    Enhance and enrich your teaching of math with technologies that make math notation accessible.

  • Webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Indiana, Ohio, and Texas about best practices for supporting state and district personnel in providing accessible educational materials (AEM) for all learners. What goals and objectives should be included in professional learning opportunities? Where are the resources for building knowledge and skills? Who is the target audience? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 4 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • Webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Florida and Indiana about strategies for collecting and using data on student use of accessible educational materials (AEM). What information is most relevant? How are data collected and tracked? How do you know if AEM is being used effectively? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicators 5 and 6 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!target audience? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 4 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • Webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    In this final webinar of the AEM Quality Indicator series, AEM leaders from Iowa and Texas will share resources in their states for providing accessible educational materials (AEM) for all learners. What fiscal and human resources are required? What does the infrastructure look like? To get the most out of the webinar, please review AEM Quality Indicator 7 ahead of time. And because the process of providing AEM requires collaboration, gather your colleagues to watch the webinar together!

  • Article

    R. Jackson, 2021

    In ASR, both the rate of information pick up and the portion of attention paid to braille or print—in combination with speech—can be controlled by the user.With sufficient practice, both braille readers and magnified print readers can greatly increase the rate at which they move through text using ASR.

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