Learning Room – Events

Upcoming Webinars

May 2, 2017 – 3:15 PM ET

Unified English Braille (UEB) and the Maine State Plan

The United States began implementation of UEB on January 4, 2016. This webinar will give a brief overview of what the Unified English Braille code is and the implications for school districts in Maine. We will review the Maine State Plan and how it is similar or dissimilar to other states around the country. We will discuss resources and do our best to  answer any questions you may have around this topic.

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Webinars Archive

Maine AIM WebinarsThe Maine AIM Program hosts a number of presentations and webinars throughout the year. Here is the archive of recent offering. Use the link for more information and to view the recorded session.

Bookshare: A Free and Easy Solution for Students with Reading Barriers

Recorded: December 1, 2016 – Do you work with students who experience barriers to reading printed text, such as visual impairments and dyslexia? In this free webinar, learn about Bookshare, an online library of accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities. View: Bookshare: A Free and Easy Solution for Students with Reading Barriers…

Learn About the Talking Books Program

Recorded: October 31, 2016 – In this free webinar, learn about the Talking Book Program available through the Maine State Library. The Talking Book Program is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and provides free library services for eligible patrons, including download of digital books, and free matter mailings. View: Learn About the Talking Books Program…

AT and AIM/AEM For On-Demand Access To Reading Materials

Recorded: May 18, 2016 – Students with print disabilities are frequently disadvantaged when curriculum materials are not provided in a format they can access and use. A student with dyslexia may require curriculum materials in an audio format, while a student with low vision may need materials in Large Print, and a student with a physical disability may need their materials in a digital text format. In many classrooms, teachers are using handouts, web-based content and other digital instructional materials – on demand that have not been converted into alternate formats. In this one-hour webinar we will discuss Assistive Technology (AT) tools that can be used to convert curriculum materials for on-demand accessibility. View: AT and AIM/AEM For On-Demand Access To Reading Materials…

AIM/AEM, AT and the IEP

Recorded: April 6, 2016 – This one-hour webinar reviews the current state of Accessible Instructional Materials and Accessible Educational Materials, the use of Assistive Technology and how this all fits within Maine’s IEP. View: AIM/AEM, AT and the IEP…

AIM And Transition: What VR Counselors Need To Know

Recorded: February 10, 2016 – Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors Counselors play an important role in guiding students/clients with a goal of greater postsecondary success. In this webinar, VR Counselors learn about the needs of students with print disabilities and the resources available in Maine. View: AIM And Transition: What VR Counselors Need To Know…

Accessible Digital Documents

Recorded: December 8, 2015 – In this 90-minute webinar, the issues and methods related to the creation of accessible digital documents were discussed. Procedures for assessing content for accessibility and team work-flows that can ensure your digital content successfully meets accessibility standards were examined. View: Accessible Digital Documents…

Steps to Providing AIM for Students with Disabilities

Recorded: November 10, 2015 – Maine’s IEP form has included the term “Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)” since August of 2014. What are AIM and how does an educational team determine if a student needs AIM? This webinar provides an overview of the steps that a school team can take to ensure that AIM are appropriately considered in IEP meetings and other settings. View: Steps to Providing AIM for Students with Disabilities…

AIM for Learners with Dyslexia

Recorded: October 21, 2015 – Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) are curriculum materials in formats that are usable by students who have difficulty reading standard print, such as textbooks and paper handouts. For students with dyslexia, the AIM formats of digital text and audio can enable access to classroom learning, at the same time that specialized instruction and interventions improve reading skills. In this webinar, the role of AIM in supporting students with dyslexia is examined. View: AIM for Learners with Dyslexia…

What Families Need To Know About Accessible Instructional Materials

Recorded: August 26, 2015 – This special, on-line meeting for parents and families discusses print disabilities and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). View: What Families Need To Know About Accessible Instructional Materials…

Stop Scanning and Start Downloading! Alternative Format Procedures in Higher Ed

Recorded: May 8, 2015 – If your disability services office relies on chopping and scanning books for students with print disabilities, this webinar provides information about more efficient procedures for getting digital text and audio books to your students by the first day of the semester. View: Stop Scanning and Start Downloading! Alternative Format Procedures in Higher Ed…

AIM, IEP and Transition

Recorded: April 29, 2015 – In this webinar we discuss issues related to the transition of students with print disabilities who use AIM and what IEP Teams need to consider for successful transition planning. View: AIM, IEP and Transition…

Print Disability and Accessible Instructional Materials

Recorded: February 13, 2015 – This webinar, produced by the Maine Department of Education, Special Services, describes changes to the official Maine Individual Education Plan (IEP) form and guidance document. In the presentation, Cynthia Curry explains the purpose of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), the meaning and use of the term “print disabilities” (particularly as they related to learning disabilities), considerations for determining if a student needs AIM, and resources available to acquire AIM for students who need them. View: Print Disability and Accessible Instructional Materials…

Accessible Educational Materials and K-12 Students: What Therapists Need to Know

Recorded: March 18, 2015 – Accessible Educational/Instructional Materials AEM/AIM are an essential part of the educational program for students with “print disabilities” as they allow access and full participation in the general curriculum. This webinar, which covers some new information and IEP sections, will guide therapists who work in schools through the steps to successful AEM/AIM implementation for your students who need them. View: Accessible Educational Materials and K-12 Students: What Therapists Need to Know…

AIM for Parents and Families

Recorded: June 10, 2014 – This special, on-line meeting for parents and families discusses print disabilities and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). This program was offered in cooperation with the Maine Parent Federation (MFP), Southern Maine Parent Awareness (SoMPA) and the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine (LDA of Maine). View: AIM for Parents and Families…

AT and AIM in Teacher Preparation

Recorded: April 24, 2014 – This webinar, designed for teacher educators in both general education and special education certification programs, presents a series of web-based modules and tutorials regarding Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and Assistive Technology (AT) that can be used as self-contained “drop-in” assignments for your teacher prep students. Suggestions for how the resources can be best integrated in a preparation program will be offered. View: AT and AIM in Teacher Preparation…

AIM for Social Studies: Simple Steps to Make Your Humanities Materials Accessible

Recorded: February 6, 2014 – Your social studies curriculum is likely rich in digital resources that stimulate students’ historical, political, and cultural understanding. These same materials can be designed or converted to be usable by a wide range of student variability. In this webinar we make simple adaptations to the materials used in an existing digital-rich social studies curriculum by applying the principles behind Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). View: AIM for Social Studies: Simple Steps to Make Your Humanities Materials Accessible…