Fall
2016


AEM Connector
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Social Media and Accessibility   
Mindy Johnson
Easy Tips to Make your Posts More Accessible
The AEM Center's social media guru, Mindy Johnson, was a recent guest blogger for the June Behrman's blog at AIM Virginia . Check out Mindy's great ideas at 5 Easy Tips for Making Your Social Media Posts More Accessible . Join Mindy for an AEM Center webinar on this topic on November 9 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. More details are available in the Events section of the AEM Center website.
Upcoming AEM Center Webinars
Save the Dates!
  • September 28, 2016: Is it Accessible? What Does that Mean?
  • October 12, 2016: Acquiring Accessible Print Materials in K-12
  • October 27, 2016: Acquiring Accessible Digital Materials
  • November 9, 2016: Best Practices for More Accessible Social Media
More details on these and other upcoming webinars and presentations are available from the AEM Events webpage on the AEM Center website.
AEM Center Website Updates
Redesigned Workforce Development and AEM Webpage
Check out the redesigned Workforce Development and AEM webpage where you will find helpful Workforce Development Resources related to accessible educational materials.

CAST Releases CAST Figuration for Building Accessible Websites
CAST has released CAST Figuration, a set of technical resources for web developers. Figuration is an open source CSS/Javascript framework for creating accessible, cross-device, interactive websites. Web developers can use these tools to increase the accessibility and usability of websites. Learn more about Figuration on the AEM Center website.

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
Adult education classroom
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.  
In the News
Final Rule Issued
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.

ESSA Reauthorization Information and Resources
The U.S. Department of Education has developed a website with information and resources related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Act, the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 
   
WIOA Final Rules Posted
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.
 
Updated Quick Reference for WCAG 2.0 Requirements
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has posted an updated WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference Guide. This is a customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements and also includes success criteria and techniques.

Joy Zabala
TA Tips

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!
 
And don't forget! We are always here to help and only a fingertip away!  
 
Joy Zabala 
Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials; Director of Technical Assistance, CAST
jzabala@cast.org