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  • webinar
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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, September 29, 2017

    Whether you're preparing to be a general or special educator, the students of your future will need accessible educational materials (AEM), a provision of IDEA 2004. In this webinar, you'll learn what accessibility means, who needs AEM, and how AEM is provided to learners. Most importantly, we'll share strategies for how you can start preparing now to be AEM ready for your first class of learners. Tweet us your burning questions ahead of the webinar by tagging us @AEM_Center and using the hashtag #PreService.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Webinar addressing the emerging landscape related to the accessibility of EdTech products, including an overview of federal and state statutes and regulations, barriers to accessibility presented by non-inclusive EdTech product design, and resources for enhancing accessibility within product workflows.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    This webinar is part 2 of a 3-part series for AEM State Contacts and NIMAC State Coordinators. The focus will be on providing specialized formats of printed textbooks and related printed core materials. We’ll cover how to locate accessible formats by searching the Louis Plus Database, which includes materials from APH, Bookshare and Learning Ally. And we’ll walk you through using your NIMAC State Coordinator account, including how to create Authorized Users, and how to search and download files.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Successful transition processes occur when the planning team is well-informed about the student’s abilities, needs, and available services. Whether moving on to higher education or workforce training, a student may need accessible materials and accessible technologies included in a transition plan to reach postsecondary goals. Where within a transition plan should a team address this? What are the rights and responsibilities of the student? What should students expect from higher education institutions and workforce agencies? Bring your planning teams and join the discussion.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    This webinar is for families and educators new to accessible educational materials. The first half of the session will include an overview of legal issues, the changing language of AEM, a decision-making process for determining which students need for AEM, and steps to take to address their needs. The second half of the session will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants. Follow-up resources will be shared.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    Is accessibility for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, state, or university use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Join us for this webinar and learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process. You will leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible in your education setting. You'll be an accessibility hero!

  • 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

    10:30AM – 11:30AM ET on Monday, March 19, 2018

    AEM Center Technical Assistance Specialist, Steve Nordmark, discusses accessibility of edtech products with Education Talk Radio host, Larry Jacobs.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    All students benefit when products are proactively and intentionally designed from the onset to be accessible and address learner variability. From test questions to web design to real-time captioning, ed tech companies need to understand the whys and hows of creating accessible educational content and software. This session will cover what early stage, growth and late stage ed tech companies should know about available resources, technical standards and legal requirements for making accessible products.

  • presentation

    11:00AM – 11:25AM MT on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Accessible educational materials and technologies provide opportunities for learners with disabilities to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as learners without disabilities, in a substantially equivalent, equally integrated and equally effective manner. One format that authors of OERs can choose is EPUB. In this session, participants will learn about best practices for ensuring the accessibility of OER EPUB publications, including the proper use of metadata to enhance the discovery and use of those publications for learning.

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