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VE-EDU-37: What’s New with AEM in 2022


New to the provision of accessible educational materials (AEM), or just need to refresh your understanding to incorporate the latest changes to AEM-related statutes? Join us to learn about new and updated resources from the AEM Center that will make you into an accessibility hero for all students, including those who have disabilities.

Content Disclosure: This session is focused on the latest information on AEM-related statutes and case studies showcasing new and updated resources from the AEM Center. There will be limited or no information provided about similar case studies or products.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Define the two new terms related to the provision of AEM (accessible format and eligible person) and explain their impact on the provision of AEM.
Second Learning Objective: Describe the three steps involved in the decision-making process for determining who needs AEM and selecting and acquiring AEM when a need has been identified.
Third Learning Objective: Identify at least three new resources on the AEM Center website for continuing education on AEM.

Primary Strand

Education & Learning: Early Intervention - 12/Higher Education

Secondary Strand

Secondary same as primary

Target Audience

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

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education

Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with live-stream

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Friday, January 28: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

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

ASHA CE Information:
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: June 15, 2022
ASHA CE Approved Provider. ATIA. Introductory Level. 0.10 ASHA CEUs

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

As this course was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series, please refer to the ATIA Learning Center CEUs page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Luis Perez

National AEM Center at CAST, Technical Assistance Specialist


Luis Perez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Education-al Materials at CAST. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a Past-President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He was also recognized with an ISTE Making It Happen! Award in 2020. Other recognitions include Apple Distinguished Educator (2009) and Google Certified Innovator (2014). 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). He currently serves as an Education and Learning strand advisor for the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Luis receives a salary as an employee of CAST, Inc. Luis Perez is also an author and received royalties for two publications: Dive Into UDL (International Society for Technology in Education), and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).He currently serves as an Education and Learning strand advisor for the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Luis is a member of the Inclusive Technology Network, a special interest group of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  

Cynthia Curry

CAST, Director of Technical Assistance


Director of Technical Assistance at CAST, Cynthia Curry oversees projects that build the capacity of education agencies to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities. With an emphasis on increasing inclusive uses of technology in education and career training, Cynthia ensures that CAST's technical assistance is grounded in evidence-based practices, adult learning theory, and strategic partnerships.

Cynthia was an environmental engineer for five years before pursuing her interest in science education. Teaching sparked a passion for creating inclusive learning environments. She went on to work on NSF-funded projects to increase the number of students with disabilities who pursue STEM in college and careers. For ten years, she was a statewide integration mentor with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, partnering with Apple to train teachers on how to implement one-to-one learning technology in inclusive classrooms. For Maine CITE, the state's Assistive Technology Act Project, she led statewide training and technical assistance on the implementation of the NIMAS provision. As director of a U.S. Department of Education personnel development grant at the University of Southern Maine, Cynthia led the university's teacher preparation initiative to integrate general and special education program pathways. Just prior to joining CAST, she was the coordinator of Disability Services at the University of New England.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Advisory board member for Bookshare and the NIMAC.

Michelle Soriano

CAST, Technical Assistance Specialist


As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES), Michelle Soriano promotes inclusive, equitable, and accessible instructional opportunities for students who receive special education services through the use of accessible educational materials and technologies.

Prior to joining CAST, Michelle served as a Regional Education Specialist in the area of inclusive practices for two different Education Service Centers in Texas. During this time, she provided technical assistance and support through professional development, instructional coaching, Professional Learning Communities, and partnerships in creating state and regional documents and training. She has also worked as a behavior specialists administrator, PK-12 instructional coach, general education teacher, and special education teacher.

Michelle’s passion in education resides in supporting educators with embracing learner variability utilizing Universal Design for Learning in order to empower students in guiding their own learning journey according to their personal preferences and needs.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I’m a paid employee of CAST and will be presenting on resources that CAST’s federally-funded project, National AEM Center, has developed.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No