Webinar: Accessibility Features Series – Apple
Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
This webinar in part of a series focused on the built-in accessibility features included with the major technology operating systems: Apple, Microsoft, and Google/Android.
Accessibility features are meant to make the use of technology less challenging for those with disabilities. Common accessibility features include screen readers, text-to-speech, closed-captioning, voice control and keyboard shortcuts. Additional access features are designed to work with various assistive technologies including switch technologies.
This first webinar in the series starts off with the operating systems associated with the highly popular Apple devices, iPhones (iOS), iPads (iPadOS), Apple Watch (WatchOS), as well as their Macintosh (MacOS) devices.
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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.
Webinar: Introduction to Accessible Educational Materials
Recorded: March 10, 2021 – Prior to 2004, most instructional materials were printed on paper making them inaccessible to many students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) put into motion provisions to help improve the quality and delivery of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to blind students and other students with print disabilities. Since then, we have all moved to the digital world and these provisions of IDEA 2004 have been expanded and revised to reflect the need for schools to ensure all content (paper and digital) are accessible educational materials (AEM).
In this webinar we provide an overview of the regulatory requirements, resources, and guidelines. The webinar also provides information on how schools can ensure all their digital and non-digital content are accessible to all.
- John Brandt
- Jessi Wright
Webinar: Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology and Students with Dyslexia
Recorded: October 27, 2020 – Students with Specific Learning Disability – also referred to as Dyslexia – make up the largest percentage of learners with disabilities in the U.S. Qualifying as students “with print disabilities”, Maine regulations require IEP Teams to consider the need for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and associated Assistive Technology (AT) for these students.
In this presentation we discuss the use of various AEM and AT as part of the arsenal of tools and accommodations for students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia.
Presenters: John Brandt, Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Kevin Good.
Webinar: Accessible Digital Documents – Correspondence and Social Media
Recorded: 9/17/2020 – Every day we send and receive dozens if not hundreds of e-mails, and for many of us, an equal number of social media posts and comments. But are all these e-mails, attachments, and social media posts accessible to people with disabilities who use Assistive Technology?
This webinar will provide an overview of the accessibility of digital documents specifically digital correspondence and social media. Guidance is provided on how to make digital content accessible
Webinar: Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Education Materials
Recorded: June 23, 2020 – The Maine CITE Program staff update families on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). We all use technology to improve our lives. AT and AEM support students in learning, living independently, and transitioning into adulthood. Along with an opportunity for questions, this web session will update families with the latest information on AT and AEM and the importance of the family’s role in planning. The revised 2020 Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM will be featured.
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.
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…