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Ideas for Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21 to Open More Doors to Learning for All

Get in the groove for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 21st! Events, both virtual and live, are scheduled around the world for this annual event on the third Thursday of May.

Educators, designers, developers, usability professionals, and others are encouraged to devote time to experience the impact of digital accessibility or lack of it.

8 Literacy Ideas on How to Use Learning Ally Audiobooks to Deter a Summer Slide

Summer reading can be painful when decoding problems and/or a slow reading rate means a child or teen will struggle to read traditional books in print. Instead, reading accessible book formats can turn the experience into something exciting—reading for pleasure.

Alternative Formats

Audiobooks, especially those that have built-in learning supports that some learners need, help to develop literacy skills, maintain gains during the school year, and deter an academic slide.

Mother-Daughter "Accessible" Book Club: Inspired by Common Sense Media with a Twist

It is Mother's Day weekend. Reading books together can build strong connections between moms and their daughters, says the popular education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children.

Library of Congress: "Accessible" Books by DiCamillo, Patterson, Scieszka: Pure Joy for Dyslexic, Other Struggling Readers

Lucky guests can set aside "author studies" today, May 6. They will learn about literacy from the masters when the authors of Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Jon Scieszka), The Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo) convene at the Library of Congress (LOC) for an event that is open to the public and sure to be crowded. 

Jump On In: Special Needs Radio Is a Quick, Smart Destination for Professional Growth, Insights

So many special education webinars, so little time. It is hard to choose. But, podcasts can be a short, sweet, and entertaining opportunity to inform teaching and learning.

Jump On In

When Sharon Plante uses her combined expertise of technology in education and learning disabilities for her #spedchat "Learning Differently" podcast interviews, the BAM Radio Network's Special Education Channel comes alive with 12 minutes of engaging key conversations, information, opinions, and resources. 

5 Reasons Why Dyslexic, Other Young Readers Need Accessible Books to Grow Emotionally

Young people with dyslexia and other print disabilities need the same opportunities for social-emotional learning as their peers. Some of this growth occurs as they read books. A student with a print disability needs the same benefit from literature; but this student requires an accessible version in order to access the text. This is possible at no cost and happening for students whose educational team considers and elects accessible education materials (AEM) during an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. 

Free Interactive Books Help Teachers Deliver Content, Vocab for Readers Struggling with Print

Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.

Zaption, a 2015 SXSW Prize Winner, Could Help Teachers Who Differentiate, Modify Learning

All Digital Text Is Not Accessible: Buy Wisely in Order to Serve a Wide Audience of Learners

Digital Learning Day on March 13 is an important time to remember that all digital text is not accessible. The focus for future digital purchases should be on products where digital text and images of all kinds are accessible to the widest range of students. 

Wise Buys

Buying accessible products – those that serve a diverse range of learning needs – is easier now as compared with the past. More products offer flexible digital text with learning supports and options that formerly did not exist or were excluded in older products.

Get on the Map! Share "Accessible" Digital Activities for Digital Learning Day, March 13

Digital Learning Day 2015 (#DLD) on March 13 is a chance to spread the important message that not all digital text is accessible. Moreover for the first time this year, educators can promote what "accessible digital" learning looks like by logging an activity or event here that will appear on DLD's interactive worldwide map.

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