CAST Releases CAST Figuration for Building Accessible Websites
Dear Colleague Letter Added Under Federal Policy Resources
Within the Federal Policy Resources on the AEM website, a link to the new Dear Colleague Letter providing guidance regarding IDEA and Virtual Schools from OSERS has been added. The letter addresses the state's general supervision responsibilities and the applicability of IDEA's child find provisions to children attending public virtual schools. The letter also clarifies the responsibility for the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities attending public virtual schools.
Back to School: New Challenges and Learning Opportunities
AEM-Related Resources to Help
The 2016-2017 school year is off and running! At the beginning of a new school year families, learners, and educators often find new challenges which offer opportunities for learning. Educators at all levels have new students to support in their classes and may need to learn about tools and strategies related to accessible materials and technologies. Similarly, learners and their families face challenges with new classes, course content, and technologies. Check out these AEM-related resources to get you started.
Bookshare's website has Brochures and How-To Guides for further learning that help you get started with many of the technologies that read Bookshare books.
Learning Ally has a new website, the 1in5 Initiative, that was created to give students who learn differently a voice.
The Department of Justice has issued the final rule to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to incorporate changes implemented in 2009. The revised language clarifies that the term ''disability'' and the regulations now expand the definition of ''major life activities'' by providing a non-exhaustive list of major life activities.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has posted the posted the Final Rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and several other new items. Learn more at the RSA WIOA Homepage.
AEM Center staff will be on the road a lot in the next few months! We will be at many events, including Closing the Gap in October, PATINS in early November, OCALICON later in November and at ATIA in January. Be sure to check out AEM Events for details. Hoping to see many of you in person!