The AEM Center at CAST is offering free webinars on access and distance education for educators, parents, and those involved in remote instruction.
The series of six webinar, beginning on March 30, 2020 are designed to help educators who are now offering all of their lessons online – and parents – to support learners with disabilities, particularly those who use Assistive Technology (AT) and need Accessible Educational Materials (AEM).
Topics and dates are as follows:
Webinar 1: Personalizing the Reading Experience
Monday, March 30, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Webinar 2: Creating High-Quality and Accessible Video
Monday, April 6, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Webinar 3: We’re All in This Together: Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Webinar 4: Creating Accessible Documents and Slide Decks
Monday, April 13, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Webinar 5: We’re All in this Together: Communication and Collaboration In-the-Trenches
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Webinar 6: Making Math Notation Accessible
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
For those unable to attend the live sessions, all webinars will be recorded and archived.
Use this link to read complete program descriptions and sign up…
ACTEM – The Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine
ACTEM has opened the registration for its annual fall conference taking place
October 10-11, 2019
Augusta Civic Center • Augusta, ME
The 2019 Conference Program includes…
- Two full days of engaging professional development.
- Dynamic Keynote Speakers
- Over 100 workshop sessions
- Over 40 Exhibitors
Maine CITE will be exhibiting at the Conference and John Brandt and Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D, ATP will be presenting “Innovative Technologies in Special Education.”
Use this link for more information and early bird registration discounts…
From the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
5 Guidelines for Accessibility Heroes!
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Cynthia Curry and Luis Pérez, AEM Center
Is accessibility for learners with disabilities among the criteria you, your school, district, state, or university use when procuring educational materials and technologies? Join us for this webinar and learn five guidelines that should be a part of any procurement process. You will leave with your first action step toward making learning more accessible in your education setting. You’ll be an accessibility hero!
Unable to attend the webinar? No worries! A recording will be available on the webinar’s Event Page approximately one week after the event. An announcement will be sent when the recording is available.
Use this link to register for this webinar…
In March, the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (NC-AEM) hosted a webinar entitled, “AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit?” Presented by Joy Zabala and Diana Carl, the 60-minute webinar detailed the seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants were also provided with IEP requirements at each point and questions related to consideration of accessible materials.
This webinar has now been archived and posted, available for your viewing. The presentation slides and handout is also available for download.
The following new and revised publications are now available on-line from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials:
Procuring Accessible Digital Materials
Accessibility of digital materials and technologies for all learners, including students with disabilities, has captured the attention of stakeholders on both sides of the education marketplace – from consumers to developers. To help all stakeholders take advantage of this moment, a new AEM Center publication on the procurement of accessible digital materials explains what accessibility means, why it’s important, who requires it, and how educational agencies can meet their responsibilities.
Use this link to view/download, “Procuring Accessible Digital Materials and Technologies for Teaching and Learning: The What, Why, Who, and How”
Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP
Originally published in 2015, this 2018 update of Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP discusses a number of locations in the IEP where it might be appropriate to refer to a student’s use of AEM. Did you know there’s no specific requirement in IDEA regarding where to include AEM in developing the IEP? This article provides guidance for states, districts, and IEP teams. Two of the authors presented a webinar on AEM in the IEP in early May.
Use this link to view/download, “Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP”