AEM Webinar for Pre-Service Teachers

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From the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials…

Pre-service Teachers: Are You Ready for Accessible Educational Materials?

Friday, September 29, 2017 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Whether you’re preparing to be a general or special educator, the students of your future will need accessible educational materials (AEM), a provision of IDEA 2004. In this webinar, you’ll learn what accessibility means, who needs AEM, and how AEM is provided to learners. Most importantly, we’ll share strategies for how you can start preparing now to be AEM ready for your first class of learners. Tweet us your burning questions ahead of the webinar by tagging us @AEM_Center and using the hashtag #PreService


Cynthia Curry
Richard Jackson

Use this link for more information and to register…


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 offered this webinar, Introduction to Audio Description on May 4th and it is now available in archive format – Here is the link to the archive of the webinar, Introduction to Audio Description…


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

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

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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