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  • Photo of Luis Pérez

    Technical Assistance Specialist

    As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students.

  • presentation

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

    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.

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    CAST today announced the appointment of Kirk Behnke as Senior Director of Professional Learning.

  • Photo of Joy Zabala holding her OCALI award

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    On Thursday, November 17 at OCALICON 2016 held in Columbus, OH, Joy Zabala, CAST's Director of Technical Assistance and Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, was one of the recipients of the 2016 OCALI Awards.

  • webinar

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Learn about the latest technologies for making math accessible to diverse learners.

  • article

    R. Jackson, 2005

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 and 2004 set forth requirements to improve access to the general curriculum for students with low-incidence disabilities. Universal design for learning (UDL) is discussed as a …

  • article
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    J. Zabala, 2016

    Universal Design for Learning is the firm foundation for the education all students. Some students with more intensive support needs also require individualized services.

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    12:00PM – 1:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Does your educational institution narrowly address accessibility as a compliance issue? Learn how to face it by implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in your initial framework. In this webinar, hosted by Verbit and featuring the AEM Center's Cynthia Curry, participants will learn how to take accessibility further by implementing UDL, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all learners. The webinar will provide insight on where to begin on your UDL journey, and will explore the impact of incorporating UDL and AI tools in your educational framework. This is a free webinar hosted by Verbit as part of their The Accessible Classroom Redefined series.

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    Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days | SETDA Coalition for eLearning

    5:00PM – 6:00PM ET on Monday, March 23, 2020

    In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA has compiled and provided resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost with a special section on accessibility. Digital learning environments are known to present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?

  • presentation

    1:10PM – 2:10PM CT on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. In this session, we will explore the foundational concepts of UDL as one component of an inclusive learning environment - the other two being the universal design of the physical space and the accessibility of the learning tools and materials. The discussion will include demonstrations of a number of new tools for making STEM content accessible for a variety of learners.