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    Technical Assistance Specialist

    As a Technical Assistance Specialist with CAST’s AEM Center, Steve Nordmark focuses on “back end” work with curriculum developers, standards organizations and industry groups, developing partnerships and identifying opportunities to increase the availability of accessible materials and technologies.

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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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    CAST works with organizations and stakeholders in a number of fields to find ways of improving learning opportunities in today's rapidly changing world. Find out more about our exciting work in this area.

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    Senior Policy Analyst; Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

    A nationally recognized expert in accessible educational materials and Universal Design for Learning, Skip Stahl has extensive experience in advising education stakeholders--including states, district leaders, publishers and policy makers--on how to ...

  • Photo of Joy Zabala

    Director of Technical Assistance

    Joy Smiley Zabala is a leading expert on the use of assistive technology (AT) to improve education for people with disabilities. As a technologist, special educator, teacher trainer, and conference speaker, Dr. Zabala has earned international recognition ...

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    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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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

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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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    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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    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.