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VHT020203: Reading for All: Flexible Content to Support Personalized Learning Experiences

Overview

Would you like to make reading more accessible for all of your learners? Consider publishing your content in a flexible format that supports the customization needed to meet the needs of today's diverse readers. With EPUB, learners can adjust the text size and depending on the reader application, choose different fonts, change background colors, and more. In this session, you will explore some of the advantages of publishing to the this format, how to acquire and read accessible content with a number of free and low cost tools and how to get started creating your own accessible publications.

Session Content Disclosure: This session will include reference to products from Apple, Google and Microsoft and will reference content resources from Bookshare.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Define EPUB and list at least three benefits to choosing EPUB as a reading format for K-12 students
Second Learning Objective: Identify at least one source for high-quality EPUB content and use the accessibility features built into devices from Apple, Google and Microsoft to personalized the reading experience for diverse learners.
Third Learning Objective: Use a new plugin for Microsoft Word to easily convert an accessible Microsoft Word document into an accessible EPUB that can be distributed to students.

Primary Strand

Vision and Hearing Technologies

Secondary Strand

Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Media Specialist
  • Special Education Educators
  • Speech Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level

Introductory

Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education

Content Area

Related Area

Course Schedule

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

ASHA CE Information:
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: March 1, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Introductory level, Related area.)

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

ACVREP; AOTA; CRC; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC Vision and Hearing Technology Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.

Speaker/s:

Luis Perez

National AEM Center for Learning, Technical Assistance Specialist

Biography

Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive a salary from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST, an Office of Special Education Programs funded technical assistance project. I also receive royalties as an author of two books: Learning on the Go, CAST (2018) and Dive into UDL, ISTE (2018).
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No

Christine Jones, MBA, PLL

Benetech, Associate Director, Global Literacy

Biography

Christine Jones currently leads the literacy-related outreach and support efforts at Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good and the producer of Bookshare (www.bookshare.org). Since joining Benetech in 2009, Christine has conducted outreach and delivered training in the disability field nationwide, to educators, parents, and students, and has presented at numerous conferences. In her current role as Associate Director of Global Literacy, she interacts regularly with people with disabilities as well as the educators and other professionals who support them. In addition, she partners with state and district education leaders and other organizations to bring about improved outcomes for people of all ages who have disabilities. She has nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit program management, education, and technology marketing. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, she is a Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader and a Certified Nonprofit Executive Director.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive a salary from Benetech, a nonprofit organization that is working with publishers to guide them in how to produce content that works for all learners, and that is also the producer of Bookshare, a free ebook library for students who read differently.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No