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  • Illustration of a series of media representing varied ways of feeling, seeing and hearing content

    2019–2024

    The AEM Center is a technical assistance center for education stakeholders that provides support for the procurement and use of accessible educational materials. In addition, the AEM Center provides support for the use of AEM in early learning, higher education, and workplace settings and has extended its reach to include educational materials that are first developed and distributed in digital formats.

  • 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
    AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit?

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Just in time for the upcoming IEP "season," 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 IEPs to support effective use.

  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials logo | IDEAs that Work: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

    Friday, October 25, 2019

    With four partners, CAST will continue work begun in 1999 to improve curriculum access for individuals with disabilities.

  • 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.

  • Worker fixing an engine

    2018–2022

    The AccessATE project goal is to support the ATE community and provide grantees with the tools and knowledge to increase the accessibility and usability of their resources and activities. CAST will be providing technical assistance on accessibility and Universal Design for Learning to ATE Centers and ATE research grants.

  • Photo of Cynthia Curry

    Project Director, AEM Center & CITES

    Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) and the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). She is responsible for ensuring that the Centers meet their goals to increase the use of accessible educational materials and accessible technologies by learners with disabilities across preK-12, higher education, and workforce development.

  • article

    Joanne Karger et al., 2014

    This article summarizes the key legal and policy issues associated with the provision of digital learning materials to students with text-related disabilities, including dyslexia. These issues include the challenges posed by digital text ...

  • webinar
    Fitting Accessible Educational Materials in Your Teacher Education Program

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Ensuring that new teachers have knowledge and skills about accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies is essential to teacher preparation. But determining how to include these in an already overflowing program is a common challenge for teacher educators. Join us for practical considerations, strategies, and resources for preparing pre-service teachers to provide AEM.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM EST on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    This webinar is for educators and families who are new to accessible educational materials (AEM). This webinar provides current basic information about the provision of accessible materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, the changing language of AEM, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources.