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  • statement
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    CAST, 2013

    CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern writing.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern reading and the use of calculators.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s request for public comment about its Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to the U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Title I Peer Review Process

  • statement
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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to a request by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for comments on its draft PARCC Accommodations Manual for the organization’s large-scale assessment. In this statement, CAST points out five areas where the assessments could be improved to make them more accessible and effective for learners, especially those with disabilities.

  • statement
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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s draft of Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:30PM ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    K-12 education agencies and schools are becoming increasingly aware of web accessibility and taking action. Join this 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
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    12:00PM – 1:30PM ET on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Join us for an overview of how parents and educators can begin their journey with accessible materials and assistive technology for young children. Topics covered will include how to approach your search, the types of materials and technology available, and the impact it can have on a child’s development of literacy, socialization, and communication skills. This webinar will be led by Assistive Technology Specialists from the PACER Simon Technology Center in Minnesota.

  • webinar
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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Join us as we explore developmentally appropriate apps and other technology resources for supporting the growth of language, play, literacy, and early math skills for children birth to eight years of age. Current research on the use of assistive technology for young children with disabilities will be discussed, as well as the role of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in early childhood settings.

  • webinar
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    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    In this webinar we’ll use the UDL framework to examine the benefits of captioning that go beyond making videos more accessible for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. For example, captions can benefit those learning how to read and those who speak English as a second language. We’ll then explore a number of best practices for creating more effective captions, and learn about a few tools to get started with a captioning workflow for your own videos.