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Monday, July 31 • 2:00pm - 2:18pm
Accessibility: What it Means and Why it Matters

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There are legal, practical and social justice reasons for materials and technologies to be “accessible.”  However, there is a great deal of misinformation about what it means for a material or a technology or even a built space to be “accessible.”Accessible materials are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability in any format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video).  

The goal of this session is to encourage leaders to ask meaningful questions about the accessibility of a material or technology so that information gained is accurate and useful.

Big Ideas addressed include: 

  1. A functional definition of accessibility
  2. The moving target of accessibility
  3. The importance of recognizing the barrier(s) that need to be lowered or removed for a material to be accessible to an individual
  4. The importance of redundancy for broadening accessibility
  5. Resources to assist individuals, families and educators with identifying materials and technologies that are useful to all and necessary for some

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Joy Zabala

Director of Technical Assistance, CAST
Joy Smiley Zabala is the Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and the Principal Investigator for CAST's new Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). She is strong supporter of UDL as the foundation for participation... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 2:00pm - 2:18pm EDT
Ballroom C