Summer
2015


AEM Connector
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Summer Learning Opportunities
Discovering AEM Resources for Educators and Families

Take time this summer to explore some of the many learning opportunities available on the AEM Center website. Whether you want to build your own self-knowledge or plan professional development activities for others, you will find a variety of resources to meet your needs.

  • Check out the new About AEM tab and watch the AIM Simply Said video.
  • Explore the Navigating AEM section and the steps of the decision-making process of need, selection, acquisition and use of AEM. In-depth information is provided in the FAQs for self-study.
  • Discover the student success stories highlighted in the  AEM in Action section. Whether viewing these for independent study or for use in training sessions, each feature provides opportunities for insight and engagement.
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming trainings in Webinars and Presentations or view archives of previous events.
  • Delve into the AIMing for Achievement DVD that was produced as a tool for trainers to use in learning opportunities.
  • Learn at your own rate using an online module, Navigating Accessible Instructional Materials, created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the AIM Center. This valuable resource is located in the Assistive Technology Internet Modules. You will need to sign in to access it but there is no fee.
NSLA's Annual National Advocacy Day for Summer Learning 
Summer Learning Day, on Friday, June 19th, is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. More than 700 community events will be hosted across the United States. View the interactive map to find events close to you.

Learning Ally's "Come Read with Us!" Program  

Join Summer Reading Together , an engaging program to encourage kids with print disabilities to read every day! Summer Reading Together is an incentive program designed specifically for students who struggle with reading -- and their families and friends are encouraged to participate and read with them!  

   

Bookshare's Turn It Up & Tell the World Summer Reading Challenge

Are you a parent looking for a fun summer reading activity for your child? Bookshare's Turn It Up & Tell the World summer reading challenge is going to be a blast and will keep your child reading all summer long. 

New AEM Partnership Supports State and District Efforts to Provide Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies
AEM Center and SETDA form Partnership
To advance collaborative efforts that support states and districts in providing accessible educational materials and accessible technologies, the AEM Center has partnered with the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Our intent is to enhance communications, develop products and provide support for states, districts and selected educational technology companies. The AEM Center and SETDA have already conducted mutually beneficial webinars and will be providing a workshop pertaining to Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning for the Emerging Private Sector Partnership Program (EPSP) members at a meeting scheduled for late June in Philadelphia.
AEM in Higher Education
Sam Johnston
CAST Presents at Urban College
Sam Catherine Johnston, Project Director for CAST's Project Open, presented "Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Postsecondary Education" at Urban College on June 3. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion on UDL. There were 25+ faculty members in attendance.
AEM Center Webinars
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Upcoming AEM Center Webinars

Mark your calendar now for AEM Center Webinars coming up "Just in Time" for the start of the 2015-2016 school year! More information about the contents of each session and registration links are available here.

 

Webinars are scheduled from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT on the dates indicated.

 

August 18: Accessible Educational Materials: Just in Time Basics for Families and Educators

August 25: Acquiring Accessible Formats of Printed Materials Just in Time! 

August 27: Acquiring Accessible Digital Materials: What to Look for! What to ask for!

September 17: Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials 

Joy Zabala
TA Tips
Happy summer! While we all tend to think of summer as "vacation time" it is highly likely that you are already thinking about and preparing for the 2015-2016 school year. We, at the AEM Center, have many resources available from our new website that can help you get off to a good start in September (or is it August?) .

I suspect you will especially enjoy the
"AEM in Action" stories! Watch the spectacular video stories of Juna and Bailey! They are wonderful and enlightening in so many ways.
Check out
students in Missouri talking about how text to speech made a difference to them as learners. Then finish up with some short tips from leaders around the country on getting started with AEM and accessible technologies.

 

 And don't forget! We are always here to help...even in the summer!

 

Joy Zabala 

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