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    Operations Coordinator

    Leslie O'Callaghan provides administrative assistance to our National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES)

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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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    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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    CAST and partners awarded $5 million to design software to adapt and customize digital materials for students with disabilities.

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    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.

  • The CISL software suite includes authoring of OERs, a reader/player to access OERS, and a discovery tool connected to a personalize-able global preferences database.

    2018–2022

    CAST, along with partners from SRI International and the Inclusive Design Research Centre, will be exploring and creating tools to ensure that K-12 students with disabilities get engaging, high-quality accessible digital learning materials, especially open education resources (OERs). The products and resources developed by CISL will enable teachers to customize instruction for the diverse needs of students with disabilities.