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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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    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.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    When disability makes it difficult or impossible for students to read or use printed educational materials, they may need one or more specialized formats of the content–braille, large print, audio and/or digital text. The first half of this session will provide a brief overview of four specialized formats, five sources of specialized formats and the criteria that must be met to obtain materials from each source. 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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    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.

  • CAST is a multifaceted organization with a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day. We do this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.

  • CAST regularly partners with organizations in the public and private sectors to explore challenging questions in education. CAST brings a unique perspective from its years of developing the Universal Design for Learning framework to scientific studies in education.