Technical Assistance for Accessibility
Our technical assistance centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, offer universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance for stakeholders.
AEM Center at CAST
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) serves as a resource for stakeholders, including state- and district-level educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and accessible technologies. Our services and activities include the following:
- Developing and sustaining readily available information and tools to build the capacity of stakeholders to enhance both the effective provision and use of high-quality AEM.
- Providing stakeholders with expert technical assistance and customized "just-in-time" consultation on major issues relevant to the timely provision and use of AEM.
- Collaborating with OSEP, AEM-related OSEP-funded projects, technical assistance and dissemination center networks, family centers, early childhood, post-secondary and workforce AEM providers to build capacity for and raise awareness about the timely provision and use of AEM to improve outcomes for learners with print-related disabilities.
The AEM Center, with the support of national experts, also maintains and advances the NIMAS Technical Specification used by educational publishers to prepare filesets that are deposited in the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC) at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).
CITES at CAST
The Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) is creating and disseminating a framework of evidence-based practices to help instructional technology and assistive technology programs at local education agencies work together to enhance the use of technology to support student success. CITES also provides technical assistance to local education agencies, educators, and families to ensure that students with disabilities are able to use the technology tools they need to foster learning and life success.