Webinar: Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology and Students with Dyslexia

Program Description

student with stack of booksRecorded : 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.

Participants will learn about:

  • Defining terms and IEP Requirements.
  • Examples of how can AEM and AT can effectively be used as instructional tools and accommodations.
  • Where to get more information.


John BrandtJohn Brandt, MS Ed. is the Training Coordinator for Maine’s Assistive Technology program, Maine CITE. With 40 years experience as an educator and a background in school psychology and clinical neuropsychology, Mr. Brandt has consulted on education, accessibility, web development and information technology for many years.

Dr. Hillary Goldthwait-FowlesHillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD., ATP, is an accessibility accomplice providing assessment, training, support, and consultation to individuals and organizations around AT, AEM, and UDL. She is an Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk, Maine where she is grateful to “be paid to think differently” and supports inclusive learning practices. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University Of New England’s graduate certification programs in inclusion, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington’s graduate programs in Inclusion.

Dr. Kevin GoodKevin Good, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Mary Washington. His focus in Special Education has resulted in various experiences including teaching, research, advocacy, and consulting. Kevin’s primary teaching and research focus on assistive technology (AT), inclusive education, teacher education, academic and behavioral instructional interventions, and best practices in instruction and technology use. He has presented to educators across the country and internationally on a variety of topics, including accessibility, writing instruction, computer-based graphic organizers, innovative technology uses in the classroom, inclusive education practices, and T-PAK. Additionally, he has served the field as an editorial assistant for Exceptional Children, one of the leading research publications on Special Education topics.


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Rev: 10/28/2020