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  • online course

    Wednesday, July 11 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    The National AEM Center invites you to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials your students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve your students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates. And, we’re certain that you’ll discover that accessibility improves the quality of your curriculum for all learners. For this activity, we’re targeting educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching; however, we welcome all interested participants. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use accessible educational materials and technologies (AEM) as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this webinar will highlight evidence-based strategies for preparing students to articulate their need for AEM, self-advocate, and be independent users as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion.

  • webinar

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    This presentation is part of a webinar series co-hosted by the AEM Center and the NIMAC. You’ll be walked through the ins and outs of Bookshare, with particular attention to what you need to know as an AEM State Contact and/or NIMAC State Coordinator. Bookshare is an ebook library for people who read differently and a key source of AEM, and it’s free for all qualified U.S. students and schools thanks to funding from OSEP. Learn how Bookshare can save your districts time and money and how you can partner effectively and efficiently with Benetech, the parent company of Bookshare. Come with your questions for Bookshare and your colleagues.

  • presentation

    10:30AM – 11:30AM ET on Thursday, March 22, 2018

    AEM Center staff, Cynthia Curry and Luis Perez, discuss the purchase and use of accessible educational materials and technologies with Education Talk Radio host, Larry Jacobs.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    In Part 3 of our webinar series, we’ll focus on how accessibility applies to digital materials and technologies. How does assistive technology relate to accessibility? What guidance might you give to your state and local districts for the procurement process? What resources are available? Please bring your questions.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:30PM ET on Thursday, December 14, 2017

    If you’re an AEM State Contact and/or a NIMAC State Coordinator, you play a critical role in ensuring that accessible educational materials are provided in a timely manner to the students in your state who need them. Whether you’re new or have a history in this position, please join the NIMAC and the AEM Center as we discuss the importance of these roles, responsibilities, and the technical assistance and resources available to you. We’ll reserve plenty of time for your questions. This is the first of two joint webinars to support the work of AEM State Contacts and NIMAC State Coordinators. Early in 2018, the NIMAC and the AEM Center will co-present on the provision of NIMAS files and related topics.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:15PM ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Designers of PDF documents take great pride in creativity and visual appeal. Did you know that PDFs can be accessible to readers with disabilities without sacrificing design? And when your materials are accessible, you’ll reach a wider and more diverse stakeholder group. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive. In partnership with the AEM Center, SETDA is pleased to provide the opportunity for members and partners to participate in this membership webinar. * State members are encouraged to invite their state’s accessible materials contact or designee to join them in watching the webinar. Follow this link to a list of AEM State Contacts.

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