DECEMBER
2014


AEM Connector
CAST Awarded OSEP Grant to Provide Support and Guidance for use of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
New AEM Center!
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, provides support for the use of AEM in early learning, K-12, higher education, and workplace settings, and includes both print materials and educational materials that are developed and distributed in digital formats. The AEM Center will also oversee the NIMAS technical specification and work towards converging that specification with EPUB3. We have a new website!
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What are AEM?
For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers, accessible educational materials may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed. Accessible educational materials or AEM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with students who are unable to read or use standard print materials. Specialized formats include braille, audio, large print, and digital text. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes a requirement that schools provide AEM in a timely manner to K-12 students who need them for participation and achievement.  Learn more about the AEM Center!
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Visit our New Website!
Visit our newly designed, fully-responsive website where you will find great resources on AEM (i.e., About AEM,   Supporting Learners Policies & Systems, and Creating AEM).

Website features include:
  • Fully responsive: viewable and functional on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.
  • Built-in text-to-speech: with Texthelp's SpeechStream toolbar you can choose which parts are read aloud.
  • Better organization and search: easily find what you need with great accuracy. 

SUPPORTING LEARNERS

Our new website will soon boast a variety of topics and perspectives related to accessible educational materials -- available for individual use or to incorporate into workshops and other learning opportunities. Our AEM in Action video stories can be useful resources to build awareness and knowledge of issues related to accessible educational materials. View the 
AEM in Action video stories via AEM Center's YouTube channel.   

  

Be sure to check back often to see when upcoming  webinars and presentations are scheduled, as well as to keep up with our new and updated resources for educators, AEM state coordinators, accessible media producers and others -- they are growing and changing daily!


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newsletter (now the AEM Connector). You do not need to sign up for the AEM Connector, as you are currently subscribed. The AIM Center website will remain available for the next few months while the new AEM Center website is under development. We appreciate your patience during this time.