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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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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Join a discussion with AEM leaders from Indiana, Ohio, and Texas about best practices for supporting state and district personnel in providing accessible educational materials (AEM) for all learners. What goals and objectives should be included in professional learning opportunities? Where are the resources for building knowledge and skills? Who is the 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!

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    Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development

    As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities.

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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Ensuring the accessibility of materials and technologies for learners with disabilities starts with a high-quality procurement system. The AEM Center’s Quality Indicators describe the essential elements of such a system, including compliance, guidelines, professional development, data procedures, and resources. In this webinar, we will focus on the implementation of the Quality Indicators in a higher education context. To get the most out of the webinar, please review the Quality Indicators (http://aem.cast.org/policies/quality-indicators-provision-aem.html#.XIBINC2ZObU) and the Higher Education Critical Components (http://aem.cast.org/policies/higher-education-critical-components.html#.XIBIYS2ZObU).

  • presentation

    9:30AM – 12:30PM CDT on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    Presentation at the Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference (TATN) 2015.

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    3:00PM – 4:15PM ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    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 stakeholder group. Join this webinar to see how accessible PDF design is responsible, inclusive, and - yes - attractive. In partnership with the AEM Center, SETDA is pleased to provide the opportunity for members and partners to participate in this membership webinar. * State members are encouraged to invite their state’s accessible materials contact or designee to join them in watching the webinar. Follow this link to a list of AEM State Contacts.

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    A Tour of UDL and AEM Resources for Improving Postsecondary Learner Outcomes

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    As the population of students in postsecondary education programs increasingly diversifies, higher ed institutions are responding with initiatives to transform policies, program design, and teaching practices. Join us to learn why Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessible educational materials (AEM) are key components of successful change initiatives, and resources to make it happen.

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    AEM to Improve Job Training and Workforce Development Programs

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Job training centers and related agencies have unique responsibilities for making education and training programs accessible for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities. Join this webinar to learn how increasing the availability and use of accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies makes career opportunities possible for many and improves job preparation for all.

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    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.