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  • 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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    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.

  • Photo of Skip Stahl

    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 ...

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    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 ...

  • 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.

  • online course

    Wednesday, July 11 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    The National AEM Center invites you to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials your students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve your students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates. And, we’re certain that you’ll discover that accessibility improves the quality of your curriculum for all learners. For this activity, we’re targeting educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching; however, we welcome all interested participants. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.

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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.

  • webinar
    Fitting Accessible Educational Materials in Your Teacher Education Program

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Ensuring that new teachers have knowledge and skills about accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies is essential to teacher preparation. But determining how to include these in an already overflowing program is a common challenge for teacher educators. Join us for practical considerations, strategies, and resources for preparing pre-service teachers to provide AEM.

  • presentation

    11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT on Saturday, March 21, 2015

    CUE Conference 2015: Diverse Learners Symposium Spotlight Presentation. Explore ways in which the principles UDL are used to flexible, engaging learning environments that support improved participation and outcomes for ALL learners and how individualized special education services such as technology and accessible materials ensure that EVERY student can actively participate and achieve in UDL environments.

  • webinar
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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.