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    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 ...

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    Gayl Bowser, et al., 2012

    The shift from print to digital text has the potential to offer greater access to information for a wide range of students who are unable to use traditional printed instructional materials effectively. There is, however, a danger with ...

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    D. Rose & G. Vue, 2010

    The future is imagined by “pre-creating” the Presidential Address at the IDA Annual Conference in 2020. It begins by reviewing policy changes from 2004, including the National Instruction Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), which led …

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    Director of Digital Communications & Outreach

    As Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, Mindy Johnson develops and oversees a consistent digital communications strategy for all CAST online and social media outreach to promote and extend CAST’s strategic plan.

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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.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM EST on Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Seeking digital materials that are accessible and widely usable by students with a variety of strengths and challenges can be difficult. The first half of this session will provide an overview of features to look for when considering digital educational materials. The second half of the session will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants. Follow-up resources will be shared.

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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    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 audience. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    K-12 education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware of web accessibility and taking action. Join this interactive webinar for an overview of why accessibility is essential for K-12 websites. Topics will include legal requirements, case studies, policy development, and considerations for getting started.

  • 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

    2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT on Thursday, September 17, 2015

    As more and more students receive accessible educational materials in a timely manner, it is time to think about how these materials are impacting the educational outcomes of students to whom they are provided. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these changes. Time will be provided for participant questions and comments.