Spring
2015


AEM Connector
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Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials
Video highlights important considerations for purchasing and using accessible digital materials

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials and PACER Center have developed a brief video in easy-to-understand language: Simply Said: Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials. The video is intended to increase awareness of how: 1) digital materials can be designed up front to increase broad usability and accessibility and, 2) the technology used to deliver the content must also be accessible to meet the needs of the student.  You can view the video at our website where you will also learn about the PALM Initiative (purchasing accessible learning materials). We invite you to share this video with colleagues, students and families. 

Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials and UDL Principles
CAST UDL symposium to include accessibility as a topic 

CAST will host its first annual UDL symposium, Building Community around UDL: From Theory to Practice, August 10-12, 2015. Join educators, administrators, and researchers from K-12 and higher education to work with leading UDL experts to explore the latest in brain research, teaching practices, and curriculum design. Register by June 15 for the early bird savings rate!     

 

CAST's 1st Annual Symposium

Symposium topics/sessions include:

  • UDL design for learner variability
  • UDL implementation in schools, districts, states, and higher education settings
  • Assistive technology, accessible materials and the UDL principles
  • Student engagement and data visualization
  • Affect and engagement
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Some things have changed at the AEM Center! In addition to our new name, we have the new AEM Center website and are in the process of updating the Navigator tool. The updated AEM Navigator will have the same useful functions that facilitate collaborative decision making about AEM for an individual student. You will see that new resources have been added and that existing resources have been streamlined.

 

Although we are excited about things that have changed, we are also pleased about a couple of things that have not changed. First, the AEM Center continues to provide the same high quality assistance and services to educators, families, publishers, accessible media producers that has been a hallmark of our services in the past. And second, AEM is pronounced the same way as AIM, so no worries there. :)

 

We are ready and willing to collaborate with you to increase the availability and use of educational materials that support improved outcomes in elementary and secondary schools, higher education and the workplace. We look forward, as always, to hearing from you.

 

Joy Zabala 

Director of Technical Assistance, CAST & National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
jzabala@cast.org