Learning through Audio-supported Reading: Myth or Reality?

The following free webinar is being offered by the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (NC-AEM)…

Learning through Audio-supported Reading: Myth or Reality?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

The validity of reading along with audio is often questioned by educators and families. What do we know about appropriate and effective uses of audio-supported reading (ASR)?  This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of mixing the modalities of sight and sound to support reading. See how ASR enhances reading comprehension by accelerating information processing, reducing cognitive load, and facilitating working memory. A variety of tools that enable ASR across platforms and device types will be described.

Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…

Presenter – Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson, Ed.D.Richard Jackson assists in the development of CAST’s universally designed technology to meet the needs of individuals with visual disabilities.

An Associate Professor and a Director of Projects in Low-Incidence Disabilities at Boston College since 1989, Dr. Jackson is himself visually impaired. He has held major federal grants of national significance in training teachers of the blind and multiply disabled.

From 1999-2004, Dr. Jackson served as Director of Practice for the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC) at CAST and acted as CAST’s liaison to Boston College, an NCAC partner. Currently, he is assisting with the work of the NIMAS/AIM Consortium project. He is also working on CAST’s initiative to develop digitally supported approaches to composition. Additionally, he contributes his expertise in standards-based reform to CAST’s federal project for the creation and evaluation of a technology-based system that blends Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) and Universal Design for Learning in digital learning environments to improve reading comprehension instruction for students with disabilities.

Dr. Jackson brings to his work at CAST almost thirty years of experience as a teacher, a project director, a researcher, and an advocate in the field of education and visual disabilities. He has conducted research for Apple Computer and for the National Eye Institute, and is the founder of the Association of Massachusetts Educators of Students with Vision Impairments.

Tackled Digital Accessibility

From the Center on Technology and Disability

fingers on computer keyboardAs states and districts across the nation increase their use of technology to support instruction and communication, the issue of accessible content for students, families, and community members with disabilities needs to be front and center in the decision making process. Addressing digital accessibility takes a team-based approach.

Join the Center on Technology and Disability on Tuesday, May 23 from 2:30-4:00 PM/ET for an engaging panel discussion to learn how the state of Utah is collaborating across departments to develop strategies to increase digital accessibility at the state and district levels. Panelists from Utah will discuss accessibility challenges, the overarching infrastructure they developed on a state level, and break down the process they’ve established to ensure that materials are accessible to all audiences. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar to engage in an active Q&A with the panelists.

Register for this opportunity to engage with the expert panel…

Interested in learning more? Contact the CTD Technical Assistance Lead for SEA/LEA support, Kristin Ruedel at KRuedel@air.org.

Learn about Audio Description

Audio Description logoAudio description, also referred to as a video description, described video, or more precisely called a visual description, is an additional narration track intended primarily for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.” – Wikipedia

The addition of this requirement to the Section 508 Refresh will make many folks scramble to meet this accessibility guideline. To help with the conversation, 3 Play Media is offering a free webinar, Introduction to Audio Description on May 4th at 2:00 PM ET.

Here is more information and registration for the free webinar, Introduction to Audio Description…


Image Credit: By Mikael Persson, Syntolkning.nu [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Webinar: What You Need to Know To Make Sure Your Website Is Accessible To All

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Program Description

Information Technology“Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web.” So says the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Initiative, the group that publishes the “standards” known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

In this ninety-minute webinar, we will discuss the legal and practical aspects of Accessible Web Design, how to assess your own website, and where to turn to when things are not meeting the requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • What are the laws/rules that pertain to web accessibility.
  • How can I tell if my website is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Where do I go for assistance to make my website accessible.
  • What resources are available.

This webinar is designed for anyone interested in web accessibility including site administrators and content creators. Knowledge of programming code is not required.


John E. Brandt, Training Coordinator, Maine CITE
With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of education, psychology and technology, John has been working in the web design business since 1994. He started serving as a consultant to Maine CITE in 1999 and developed their first website using the elements of accessible and universal web design. Over the years, John has offered numerous training programs on accessibility, served on numerous committees and consulted with many organizations with a goal of making technology accessible to everyone.


>>Please use this link to register for this webinar<< 

Please read and follow the directions linked here to access the webinar. We suggest that you test your system and check the technical requirements as soon as possible.

Certificates of Attendance

At the end of presentation, you will be given a link to a website where you can fill out an optional program evaluation form. Certificates of Attendance will be sent (via e-mail) to those who have completed the evaluation form.


CART captioning is provided for all Maine CITE webinar. If you need an additional accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Maine CITE Program via e-mail at iweb@mainecite.org or by calling 207-621-3195

AIM Under 5: AIM for Student Transition

AIM Under 5 - videos about AIMThe latest in our series of “under 5” minute videos regarding all thing AIM has been posted to our YouTube Channel.

Produced and edited by Cynthia Curry, this AIM Under 5 discusses issues related to Transition – the activities associated with the students with IEP’s moving from high school to a post-secondary educational experience.

Check out the new video and share the news with your friends and colleagues!

>>View AIM Under 5: Transition on YouTube

Webinar: Is It Accessible? What Does That Mean?

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials logo

From the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Presenters: Joy Zabala & Diana Carl

Audience: Educators, service providers, family members, students


Students, families, educators at all levels and other service providers who are new to accessible educational materials (AEM) and accessible technologies have many questions about what “accessibility” means. How do you know if something is accessible and to whom is it accessible? This session will include a discussion of basic information about accessibility and what that means to learners with disabilities. Topics in this introductory webinar will include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources on the AEM Center website.

Use this link to register for this free one-hour webinar… 

Webinar: Transitioning From Print To Digital

Transitioning from Print to Digital Content: Benefits, Tips and Free Resources

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Library shelvesPresented by Jeff Meyer, Product Specialist for Learning.com
Sponsored by Learning.com

If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Digital Learning Resources: OER to DIY community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

There’s a quiet revolution taking place in our nation’s schools: the demise of print textbooks and other paper-based resources which are gradually being replaced by digital content.  The revolution is fueled by 1:1 initiatives, WiFi bandwidth improvements, and the drive to personalize learning – and it’s placing powerful technology in the hands of students for everyday use at school and at home.

Educators around the country are using varied, up-to-date content from multiple sources including Open Education Resources (OER) and other free content to motivate, engage and empower their students. School districts are leveraging digital content to realize cost savings, prepare students for online assessments, provide learning experiences outside the traditional school day, and give students opportunities for cross-curricular collaboration.

In this webinar, Jeff Meyer, classroom teacher, district technology director, and Product Specialist for Learning.com will explore:

  • The most widely-used free digital alternatives to print textbooks and resources
  • The benefits of implementing OER
  • Tips for moving to digital content

This live, interactive event is designed for all K-12 educators interested in using more digital content with their students, including classroom teachers, administrators, and library media specialists as well as curriculum leaders and developers. No matter where you are in the process of transitioning from print to digital content, you don’t want to miss this session. Join Jeff and other forward-thinking educators for the latest ideas about making the switch!

About the Presenter

Jeff Meyer is a Product Specialist for Learning.com, where he provides prospects and customers with professional development, implementation, and project management services for regional, statewide and international projects related to common core standards, digital literacy, and 21st century skills. Jeff has worked in education for 34 years as a public school teacher and coach, district curriculum and technology director and administrator.  He is passionate about the need to transform education using data-based, inquiry-driven approaches and digital resources, especially with urban students and educators.  Prior to his nearly eleven years of service with Learning.com, Jeff worked in the Austin and Eanes school districts, Education Service Center, and University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Use this link for more information and to register for this free event…

Insite Training – NEC

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance & Training (NEC) is pleased to announce…


Professional developmentBeginning October 27th and 28th, 2016

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! Space is limited to 25 people.  Register early!


October 27-28, 2016; Webinar Dec 1, 2016 ; January 26-27,  2017


  • Thursday – Oct. 27th  (9 to 4:00 PM)
  • Friday – Oct. 28th (9 to 3:30)
  • Interim Webinar – Dec 1st (1-2:30)
  • Thursday –  January 26th (9-4:00 PM)
  • Friday –  January 27th (9-3:30)


Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1 Machworth Island, Falmouth ME 04105


The INSITE model was developed to facilitate the provision of services to young children with combined vision and hearing loss, or sensory loss and additional disabilities.  In this model, parents are the primary facilitators of development, and the home is considered the most appropriate setting for intervention. Psychological and emotional support for family members is part of the intervention.  Information about the unique challenges and needs of children with combined vision and hearing loss, or sensory loss and additional disabilities is provided.


$100 per person

Use this link to Register for this event…


Certificate for 26.5  Professional Development Points (PDPs) upon completion of assessment tool assignment and attendance at all scheduled sessions.


Early Intervention, Early Childhood, Preschool Providers, Special Educators

Participants who attend these four days of training and interim webinar will receive free materials (manual and handouts).

The New England Consortium will cover training materials, continental breakfast.  Lunch is on your own.


Training Outcome:  Participants will increase their knowledge of evidenced-based practices, available resources, and increase their skills for working with children who have sensory loss and additional disabilities.  Training will provide an overview of INSITE materials.

  • Volume I contains information on the INSITE communication and hearing programs.  The sections outline information on psycho-emotional support; supportive services; home visit planning; delivery/reporting and getting started.
  • Volume II contains the INSITE curriculum vision, cognition, and motor impairments programs.  It also contains a Developmental Resource Section providing information to parents in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, self-help, and social-emotional development.
  • Flashdrive with related articles and materials included


  • INSITE Overview & INSITE Checklist
  • Guidelines for EC Providers
  • Motor Development
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Cognition
  • Vision
  • Hearing and Assistive Listening Devices
  • Tactual Activities
  • Communication and Literacy


Please contact:

Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D., Project Director
New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)
Office: (617) 972-7517


Photo Credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by JISC

New Book – IOS In The Classroom

The American Federation of the Blind – AFB Press has announced the release of a new resource for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired.

iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments is a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to teaching the use of the iPad running iOS 9. The book explores the extensive accessibility options available, where to find them, and how to configure them.

iOS in the Classroomis geared to allowing students with visual impairments to use the iPad to complete the same classroom tasks as their peers. It covers a variety of tasks and features including:

  • Getting acquainted with VoiceOver and Zoom
  • Using external keyboards and refreshable braille displays
  • Understanding touch screen gestures and braille chord commands
  • Finding and managing content in iTunes, the App Store, iCloud, and other file sharing apps
  • Using the iPad for online activities, including Internet browsing, e-mail, and instant messaging
  • Utilizing specific apps

This resource provides teachers with helpful, easy-to-understand iOS technology instructions, allowing them to support their students in learning, and ensuring success in the classroom.

iOS in the Classroom is written by Larry L. Lewis, Jr. The new book is available in print, e-book, and online subscription and can be purchased in the AFB Store.


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