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The Maine AEM Program hosts a number of presentations and webinars throughout the year. Here is the archive of recent offering. Use the links for more information and to view the recorded sessions and access the handouts.
Learn About the Talking Books Program
Recorded: May 5, 2020 – 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.
Accessible Digital Documents – Introduction
Recorded: August 30, 2019 – Today’s digital environment involves the use of content and materials that take many forms. Website, word-processed documents, presentation applications (PowerPoint), PDFs and videos, are the norm. However, to comply with laws and polices we need to ensure all digital materials are fully accessible to everyone.
In this 2-hour introductory presentation, the issues and methods related to the creation of accessible digital documents will be discussed. Procedures for assessing content for accessibility and team work-flows that can ensure your digital content successfully meets accessibility standards will be examined.
Successful Transition to College: What students and families need to know
Recorded: April 30, 2019 – The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for students, parents, and educators. From documentation requirements to evaluating assistive technology needs, this presentation will provide an overview of disability support services on a college campus and strategies for a successful transition.
Assistive Technology and AEM: What School Psychologists need to know
Recorded: March 27, 2019 – School psychologists play and important role in the IEP Team process, helping to identify students’ strengths and challenges based upon their clinical observations and psychoeducational assessment tools. As technology of all sorts are now common in Maine classrooms, increasingly students with disabilities are able to use Assistive Technology (AT) to support their learning. Many students with disabilities also need their instructional materials in an accessible format (Accessible Educational Materials – AEM).
In this presentation, designed for school psychologists, participants learn about the common forms of AT used in schools and well as the how AEM is important to students with disabilities.
Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Education Materials
Recorded: January 15, 2019 – This 30-minute on-line presentation updates families on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM).
We all use technology to improve our lives, why not provide it to our students? AT and AEM can support students in dealing with learning, living, and transitioning into adulthood and work. Along with an opportunity for questions, this live web presentation will update families on AT and AEM. The newly-revised “Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM” will be showcased. Use this link to view the on-line presentation, “Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials
AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning
Recorded: December 11, 2018 – Assistive Technology (AT), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are more than just buzzwords. Alone, each are powerful supports that can benefit learners with disabilities in K-12 and Higher Education. However, when integrated in a holistic approach to learning in these environments, they are a powerful combination that promotes independence, equity, and access in ways that make sense for the learner. In this dynamic session, participants will learn about the ways that Assistive Technology, AEM, and UDL can and should be leveraged to meet the needs of all learners. Use this link to view the webinar: AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning
Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) for School Based Therapists
Recorded: May 16, 2018 – This webinar informs therapists who work in schools about the steps for implementing AEM for their students who need them. Sections of the Maine IEP form that pertain to Assistive Technology (AT) and AEM will be discussed.
Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Educational Materials
Recorded: April 12, 2018 – Teachers at all levels increasingly use audio and video content as part of their instruction practice. Unfortunately, many of these materials are inaccessible to learners with disabilities.
In this session, we will discuss the importance of making all education materials accessible, how to make your audio and video accessible and various free tools and resources.
Making PDFs into Accessible Educational Materials
Recorded: February 14, 2018 – Teachers at all levels make frequent use of digital materials including documents saved in Portable Document Format (PDF). Unfortunately, many of these materials are not Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and are inaccessible to learners with disabilities.
In this session, we discuss the importance of making all education materials accessible, how to ensure your PDF files “make the grade,” and various tools and techniques that can be used to help fix and rescue some documents. View the webinar – “Making PDF’s into Accessible Educational Materials…
Unified English Braille (UEB) and the Maine State Plan
Recorded May 2, 2017 – 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. View Unified English Braille (UEB) and the Maine State Plan…
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…
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…
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…
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…