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  • webinar

    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.

  • webinar

    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

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Educators are integrating social media into their professional learning routines, their daily communications, and their instructional practices. But how do we plan for variability in our social media followers? Join Mindy Johnson, Director of Digital Communications and Outreach for CAST, to learn easy tips for making your social media posts more accessible and more usable by everyone.

  • webinar

    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 insitutions 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

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Would you like to make reading more accessible for all of your learners? Consider publishing your own EPUB books or documents. This flexible format supports the customization needed to meet the needs of today's diverse readers. With EPUB, learners can adjust the text size and depending on the reader application, choose different fonts, change background colors, and more. In this session, you will explore some of the advantages of publishing to the EPUB format. You will then learn about the different types of EPUB documents you can create, when to use them, and how to get started creating your own EPUB books and documents using a number of free and low-cost tools.

  • 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!

  • presentation
    UDL-IRN 2019 International Summit | Learning designed for everyone

    Wednesday, March 27 – Friday, March 29, 2019

    Heading to the 2019 UDL-IRN Summit? Check out the fantastic sessions with CAST staff! March 28-29, 2019 Orlando, FL

  • 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
    Quality Indicators 5 and 6 icon.

    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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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    This webinar takes families and educators through seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants will be provided with IEP requirements at each point and questions related to consideration of accessible materials. Discussion will include a model of how accessible materials and technologies could be documented in an IEP to support effective use. Additional resources will be shared.

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