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Accessible Educational Materials as a Foundation for UDL

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In this webinar, Luis Perez, a Technical Assistant Specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST, will dive into AEM and UDL and provide a plethora of resources to help you get started with the selection, curation, and creation of accessible educational materials.

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Accessible Educational Materials as a Foundation for UDL

  1. 1. ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AS A FOUNDATION FOR UDL ✋ Type questions in the Q&A window during the presentation ⏺⏺This webinar is being recorded & will be available for replay 💬 To view live captions, please click the CC icon 📱 www.3playmedia.com l @3playmedia l #a11y Luis Perez Technical Assistant Specialist National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST
  2. 2. Accessible Educational Materials as a Foundation for UDL Luis Pérez, TA Specialist, AEM Center, CAST
  3. 3. AEM Center Mission and Goals To build the capacity of • States and districts, • Higher ed institutions, • Workforce development agencies, • Publishers and edtech developers, • Families and other stakeholders to increase the availability and use of high-quality accessible materials and technologies that support improved learning opportunities for students with disabilities. 3
  4. 4. 4 CAST Mission and Goals CAST has a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day. We do this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.
  5. 5. Goals for Today’s Webinar • Define AEM • Discuss the benefits of AEM • Resources from AEM Center @AEM_Center 5
  6. 6. What is your goal? @AEM_Center 6 What is one thing you would like to take away from today’s webinar?
  7. 7. 7 The “Why” of AEM Why is AEM important? What are the legal requirements?
  8. 8. 8 Key Principles of Non-Discrimination – ADA and Section 504
  9. 9. 9 There is a significant workforce gap between people with disabilities and people without 20.2% vs. 69.1% source: U.S. DOL, June 2018 @AEM_Center | #aem4all
  10. 10. Why AEM? @AEM_Center 10 • Ensure equitable access to learning: provide opportunities to fully participate and make progress in the curriculum for all students • Provide all learners with options: help all learners identify and develop their own learning preferences • Follow federal laws and regulations: IDEA, Section 504, ADA
  11. 11. 11 The “What of AEM and UDL” What do we mean when we say something is accessible? What makes materials and technologies accessible? Where does accessibility fit into UDL?
  12. 12. How do you define A-11-Y? What would you tweet as a definition of A-11-Y? Please share in the chat. @AEM_Center 12
  13. 13. 13 U.S. Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights
  14. 14. AIM (IDEA 04) Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) • IDEA provision requires state and local education agencies to ensure that printed textbooks and related core instructional materials are provided to learners with print disabilities in specialized formats in a timely manner. • Legal requirement is placed on state and local education agencies. IDEA does not place requirements on publishers. • AEM Center has sample contract language 14
  15. 15. 15 NIMAS National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) • Digital file format for publishers who get requests for specialized formats of print materials
  16. 16. The NIMAC Upon request, publishers deposit the NIMAS file of their materials in the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) • States and districts should have this as a requirement in contracts with publishers • NIMAS files are downloaded from the NIMAC by state Authorized Users to be converted to student-ready files 16
  17. 17. 17 Specialized Formats of Print Materials • Print materials converted to braille, large print, audio, or digital text • Exactly the same information as the printed materials • Only the presentation of the material is different
  18. 18. 18 Sources of Specialized Formats: Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) Your state Instructional Materials Center (IMC)
  19. 19. 19 AIM Becomes AEM in 2015 • AIM expands from specialized formats to include digital materials and technologies • “Accessible educational materials” means print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are required by SEAs and LEAs for use by all students, produced or rendered in accessible media, written and published primarily for use in early learning programs, elementary or secondary schools to support teaching and learning. CFDA 84.327Z, Footnote #10
  20. 20. AEM Includes AIM • AIM • IDEA • Specialized formats of print materials • AEM • 2015 • Print AND digital materials and technologies 20
  21. 21. 21 Accessible Materials and Technologies Interoperability Accessible Materials: information or content to be learned Designed or enhanced in a way that makes them usable by the widest possible range of learner variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video) Accessible Technology: hardware or software that delivers that content Directly usable without assistive technology (AT) or usable with it (Usable by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities) Source: accessibletech.org
  22. 22. Digital Material-Technology in Accessible Harmony Students read accessible ebooks on accessible tablets with built-in options for access: • Display customization • Text to speech • Screen reader • Enabled with: • Bluetooth (Braille Display) • Closed captions • Video description @AEM_Center
  23. 23. POUR on the Accessibility: WCAG Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 @AEM_Center | #aem4all 23
  24. 24. AEM Center Resources: Creating Accessible Materials from the Start @AEM_Center | #aem4all 24
  25. 25. AEM Center Online Course @AEM_Center 25
  26. 26. Personalizing the Reading Experience @AEM_Center 26
  27. 27. What is Universal Design for Learning? If you had to provide an elevator pitch for UDL, what would you say? Please share in the chat. @AEM_Center 27
  28. 28. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) A framework based on scientific insights into how humans learn that seeks to optimize instruction in order to allow every person to become an expert learner.
  29. 29. CREATING ACCESS: Universal Design MAKING LEARNING MEANINGFUL: Build Learning Skills BUILDING INDEPENDENCE: Internalize Learning Behaviors
  30. 30. 30 Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning “The purpose of education is not to make information accessible, but rather to teach learners how to transform accessible information into useable knowledge.” Introduction to the UDL Guidelines (CAST, 2012)
  31. 31. 31 The “Who” of AEM Who needs AEM? What are some examples?
  32. 32. Who Uses Accessible Materials and Technologies? 32
  33. 33. Key Question to Consider Can the learner access and use the same materials and technologies selected for the general education curriculum to support learning? @AEM_Center 33
  34. 34. Connect with the AEM Center • Email us at aem@cast.org • Call us at 781-245-2212 • Follow us on Twitter • @AEM_Center • Like us on Facebook • @AEMCenter 34
  35. 35. The contents of this webinar were developed under a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Education, #H327Z140001. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government, Project Officer, Tara Courchaine, Ed.D. 35

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