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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

Webinar Watch: Try Summer Learning Online: Boost Accessible + Truly Individualized Learning

July 30, 2015

Free Webinars from well-respected sources are plentiful this summer. All found here advance the use of accessible educational materials and technology devices with learning supports. These go a long way to help students stay on grade, reach individualized education goals, and master district objectives and their state standards of learning. Accessible materials are the only way to close an achievement gap when print fails. The webinar sponsors, descriptions, dates and time are:

Learning Ally

Student-to-Student Online Q&A: Younger students who struggle to read, write, and/or spell are urged to come ready with questions that an older experienced student can answer. Topic choices are dyslexia, self-advocacy, assistive technology and school solutions. Webinars are free for members and donations are accepted from non-members.

The Understood Team and Jamie Martin, educator and assistive technology expert, explore technology and apps that aid learning, including text-to-speech, sentence highlighting and word prediction. Find many accessibility features already built into mobile devices including smartphone and tablets. Have a device at hand and be ready with questions. 

  • Webinar is free and live on Thursday July 30: 12:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • RSVP at the Ustream channel and receive a reminder before the webinar

Center for Technology & Disability:

July 23: "The Swipe Generation: Best Practices with Mobile Technology for Young Children" is led by Beth Poss, an educational consultant and special education administrator for the Maryland-based Montgomery County Public Schools. The webinar is targeted at early childhood educators and parents of young children from birth to age 8. Discuss tools, apps, current research, and benefits of tech use that help to grow language, play, literacy and early math skills, including AT tools for access and communication.

Future:  Diana Petschauer, AT Specialist, has a 3-week course at no cost devoted to "Apps Across Curriculum and Platforms to Support Struggling Learners" Learning consists of weekly synchronous webinars, application based asynchronous learning activities (both individual and group work), and multimedia materials (embedded videos, PPT). The module will assist educators use mainstream technology as assistive technology in education, including free and built-in accessibility, apps for iOS, and Google Chrome apps and extensions for education.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

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

  • August 18: 3:00PM – 4:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

Acquiring Accessible Formats of Printed Materials Just In Time!

  • August 25: 3:00PM – 4:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

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

  • August 27: 3:00PM – 4:00PM Eastern Daylight Time


The federally funded Accessible Educational Materials program supports print-disabled students in every state. The program provides no-cost alternatives to eligible students as text that has been converted to digital or other formats that best help the students learn. To learn more in Virginia, log onto theAIM-VA homepage. In other states, ask a special education teacher or school administrator about AEM under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and an exception to federal copyright law.

Be sure to check out AIM-VA's many webinars.Follow AIM-VA on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter at @AIMVirginia and/or follow me @aimnoncat. Subscribe to AIM-VA's new monthly newsletter for the latest on AEM. Sign up here.

Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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