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Photo of a woman working at a laptopThe AIM Center webinars offer interactive opportunities to develop and extend knowledge about accessible instructional materials. AIM Center webinars are divided into three series to enable participants to select the webinars that focus most specifically on their individual needs, interests, and responsibilities. All webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.

The AIM BASICS webinar is appropriate for all audiences and is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for all other AIM Center webinars.

The SYSTEM-LEVEL LEADERS SERIES is for SEA and LEA leaders with responsibilities related to the development of SEA/LEA systems that ensure the provision of AIM in a timely manner to students who require them for participation and achievement.

The STUDENT-LEVEL LEADERS SERIES is for educators, families, and others who are members of IEP teams and other teams concerned with the AIM-related needs of individual students.


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EVENT: Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: As more and more students are receiving accessible instructional materials formats in a timely manner, it is time to think about how these materials are impacting the educational outcomes of students to whom they are provided. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and will consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these changes.
PRESENTER(S): Joanne Karger, Joy Zabala
REGISTRATION: Opens new window http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8ugig8cab&oeidk=a07e9om940j1f6ac64e


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EVENT: Navigating your Way to AIM in the IEP: Who Needs AIM and Where does AIM Fit?
DATE: Thursday, August 21, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar—a repeat of the session presented on March 20—introduces families and educators to a 4-step model for decision-making around AIM for an individual student and connects the model to the development of the IEP. Attention will be focused on seven points in the IEP development process at which AIM might reasonably be considered. Participants will be provided with AIM consideration questions aligned to each point and a model of how AIM could be documented at each point to support effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum.
AUDIENCE: Educators and families (prior knowledge of AIM basics strongly recommended)
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: AIM Basics 2014: Introduction to AIM for Educators and Families
DATE: Thursday, August 21, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar is for educators and families who are new to accessible instructional materials (AIM). This webinar provides current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, the changing language of AIM, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources, including the AIM Quick Starts for Families and Educators web resource.
AUDIENCE: Educators, families, and others just getting started with AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator Quarterly Topical Forum
DATE: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: State AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators face challenges and opportunities in fulfilling their responsibilities related to the development and maintenance of systems for the timely provision of accessible materials to students who require them. Quarterly Topical Forums provide opportunities for SEA and LEA coordinators to identify and discuss self-identified topics with others whose interests and responsibilities are similar. Topics will be suggested by coordinators and communicated to attendees at least 48 hours in advance.
AUDIENCE: State-Designated AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinators
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock and Joy Zabala

EVENT: Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age
DATE: Thursday, June 5, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar, sponsored by SETDA, will explore important considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities. Presenters will discuss open educational resources, the Universal Design for Learning Framework, and federal law requirements regarding accessibility of instructional materials. The session will provide recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content to enhance the educational experiences of all students. There will an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples of their own approaches to ensuring accessibility in digital content. This webinar is free and open to all interested parties.
PRESENTER(S): Geoff Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer, Policy and Technology & Director, National AIM Center, CAST, Inc.; Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC; Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

EVENT: AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator Quarterly Topical Forum
DATE: Thursday, April 24, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: State AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators face challenges and opportunities in fulfilling their responsibilities related to the development and maintenance of systems for the timely provision of accessible materials to students who require them. Quarterly Topical Forums provide opportunities for SEA and LEA coordinators to identify and discuss self-identified topics with others whose interests and responsibilities are similar. Topics will be suggested by coordinators and communicated to attendees at least 48 hours in advance.
AUDIENCE: State-Designated AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinators
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock, Joy Zabala, Joanne Karger
ARCHIVE: Session recording available to Coordinators upon request. Email jzabala [at] cast [dot] org.

EVENT: Navigating your Way to AIM in the IEP: Who Needs AIM and Where does AIM Fit?
DATE: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar—a repeat of the session presented on March 20—introduces families and educators to a 4-step model for decision-making around AIM for an individual student and connects the model to the development of the IEP. Attention will be focused on seven points in the IEP development process at which AIM might reasonably be considered. Participants will be provided with AIM consideration questions aligned to each point and a model of how AIM could be documented at each point to support effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum.
AUDIENCE: Educators and families (prior knowledge of AIM basics strongly recommended)
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl, Joanne Karger
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: As more and more students are receiving accessible instructional materials formats in a timely manner, it is time to think about how these materials are impacting the educational outcomes of students to whom they are provided. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and will consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these changes.
PRESENTER(S): Joanne Karger, Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording (Note: This archive contains some technical difficulties.)

EVENT: Buy Accessible!: What that Means and Why it Matters
DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar focuses on the purposes and benefits of purchasing digital learning materials that are designed with robust accessibility features. Examples of accessibility features in both content and delivery systems will be discussed and shared. Participants will be made aware of the tools and supports available through the AIM Center's PALM Initiative (Purchase Accessible Learning Materials).
AUDIENCE: State and local administrators, educators, and families
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl, Chuck Hitchcock
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Navigating your Way to AIM in the IEP: Who Needs AIM and Where does AIM Fit?
DATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar steps families and educators through a 4-step, decision-making model for considering a student's need for AIM with special attention to Step 4: the supports and services needed for effective use of accessible materials by students who need them for participation and progress on IEP goals and in general education curriculum. Discussion with focus technology, training, instructional strategies, support services and other accommodations/modifications with examples of where they might appear in the IEP.
AUDIENCE: Educators and families (prior knowledge of AIM basics strongly recommended)
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl, Joanne Karger
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSee the April 22 Session Recording

EVENT: AIM Basics 2014: Introduction to AIM for Educators and Families
DATE: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar is for educators and families who are new to accessible instructional materials (AIM). This webinar provides current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, the changing language of AIM, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources, including the AIM Quick Starts for Families and Educators web resource.
AUDIENCE: Educators, families, and others just getting started with AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Using AIM Center Resources in the Provision of Learning Opportunities
DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides an introduction and an overview of AIM Center materials and tools that are especially useful to those providing learning opportunities to administrators, teachers. and families. Selected products will be demonstrated and discussed along with possible capacity-building strategies for their use in a variety of settings across a range of participants.
AUDIENCE: Teacher trainers at pre-service and in-service levels, family service providers
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
ARCHIVE: Due to technical difficulties, no recording is available for this session.

EVENT: AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator Quarterly Teleconference
DATE: Thursday January 23, 2014
TIME: 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: State AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators face challenges and opportunities in fulfilling their responsibilities related to the development and maintenance of systems for the timely provision of accessible materials to students who require them. Quarterly Topical Forums provide opportunities for SEA and LEA coordinators to identify and discuss self-identified topics with others whose interests and responsibilities are similar. Topics will be suggested by coordinators and communicated to attendees at least 48 hours in advance.
AUDIENCE: State-Designated AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinators
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock, Joy Zabala, Joanne Karger
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint

EVENT: AIM Basics 2014: Introduction to AIM for Educators and Families
DATE: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: Start the new year off with this webinar for educators and families who are new to accessible instructional materials (AIM). This webinar provides current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, the changing language of AIM, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources including the AIM Quick Starts for Families and Educators web resource.
AUDIENCE: Educators, families, and others just getting started with AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

DATE: Friday, November 8, 2013
TIME: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. EST
EVENT: AIM Center PALM Initiative—Buy Accessible
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides an overview of AIM Purchase Accessible Learning Materials (PALM) initiative. The purpose of the webinar is to offer information about current systems and then encourage those who purchase learning materials to always ask about the accessibility of educational products. Resources needed to more fully understand what to ask for and those needed to evaluate the accessibility of commercial and OER products used in schools will be provided. Product examples include hardware, software, apps, websites, eBooks, e-Learning platforms, documents, assessments, and more.
AUDIENCE: Maine Educators
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowMaine Department of Education, Office of Special Services Listen and Learn Series web page

EVENT: AIM Basics 2013: Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials for Educators and Families
DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides educators and families with current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources. Participation in this webinar is suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
PARTICIPANTS: All with interests and/or responsibilities related to AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint and Opens new windowRecording.

EVENT: Coordinator Series Session 3: Who Needs to Do What About AIM and Do They Know How to Do It?
DATE: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: How does the operation of the coordinated system for the timely provision of AIM work in your state? Are responsibilities across all levels of the system defined? Do key players know what they need to do to ensure that students needing AIM for participation and achievement receive what they need in a timely manner? This webinar, the third in a series designed especially for AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators and SEA/LEA collaborators, will focus on the development of operational guidelines that define the roles and responsibilities at all levels and the provision of learning opportunities designed to build the capacities of administrators, educators, and families to understand and fulfill identified responsibilities (AIM Quality Indicators 3 and 4). Coordinators will discuss opportunities and challenges in the creation of guidelines and the development and delivery of learning opportunities.
PARTICIPANTS: State AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators and SEA/LEA collaborators
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint and Opens new windowRecording.

EVENT: Coordinator Series Session 2: Show Your Work!: Collecting and Using Data on Your State’s AIM System
DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: States are working hard to develop and sustain coordinated systems for the timely provision of accessible materials to students who require them for educational participation and achievement. This webinar, the second in a series designed especially for AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators and SEA/LEA collaborators, will focus on ways in which data collection, analysis, and use can assist states in the development and improvement of effective systems for the timely provision of AIM (AIM Quality Indicators 5 and 6). Discussion will include identification of multiple providers of AIM within a coordinated system, data points of interest, data collection strategies, and potential connections with the State Performance Plan (SPP).
PARTICIPANTS: State AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators and SEA/LEA collaborators
PRESENTER(S): Joanne Karger and Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint and Opens new windowRecording

EVENT: Coordinator Series Session 1: So You're the AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator: Exploring the Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Challenges of this Role
DATE: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: Are you the NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator for your state or a state leader planning to name a NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator? If so, you may be wondering how this role is being defined and fulfilled in other states. Join your colleagues for this kick-off session, which is the first in a series of webinars specifically focusing on your role and responsibilities as your state’s AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator. Explore the Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Timely Provision of AIM and hear about how they are being used to guide the development of high-quality collaborative systems. In this session, discussion will focus on AIM Quality Indicators 1 and 2: Developing and sustaining a coordinated system for the timely provision of appropriate, high–quality AIM within a state.
PARTICIPANTS: NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators from states, territories, and other entities; and SEA collaborators
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Joanne Karger, and participating AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint and Opens new windowRecording

EVENT: AIM Center Resources: Quick Start for Families
DATE: Thursday, September 5, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar is especially designed to provide families with a brief introduction to the supports and services available from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. In addition to an orientation to resources of special interest to family members and those who work closely with families, there will be time for questions submitted by participants to be addressed by the presenters.
PARTICIPANTS: Primarily for families members, Family Center personnel and educators working with families
PRESENTER(S): Diana Carl, Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint

EVENT: AIM Center Resources: Quick Start for SEA and LEA Leaders
DATE: Thursday, August 29, 2013
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar, especially designed for leaders in state and local education agencies, provides a brief introduction to the supports and services available from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. In addition to an orientation to resources of special interest to state and local leaders with interests and responsibilities related to implementation of systems for the timely provision of AIM, there will be time for questions submitted by participants to be addressed by the presenters.
PARTICIPANTS: SEA leaders and LEA leaders with system-level responsibilities at district and campus levels
PRESENTER(S): Diana Carl, Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Session Opens new windowPowerPoint

EVENT: AIM Center Resources: Quick Start for Educators
DATE: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar highlights the information and tools available on the web site of the AIM Center that support effective decision-making in all phases of selecting, providing, and using accessible instructional materials for the participation and achievement of students. In addition to an orientation to resources of special interest to educators with interests and responsibilities related to student participation and outcomes, there will be time for questions submitted by participants to be addressed by the presenters.
PARTICIPANTS: Teachers and others working with students
PRESENTER(S): Diana Carl, Joanne Karger, Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint

EVENT: AIM Basics 2013: Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials for Educators and Families
DATE: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides educators and families with current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources. Participation in this webinar is suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
PARTICIPANTS: All with interests and/or responsibilities related to AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala

EVENT: So You're the AIM/NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator: Exploring the Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Challenges of this Role
DATE: Thursday, July 18, 2013
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: Are you the NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator for your state or a state leader planning to name a NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator? If so, you may be wondering how this role is being defined and fulfilled in other states. Are others facing challenges similar to those you face? What strategies are others finding useful to address the challenges? In what ways does this role present opportunities to have a meaningful impact on the participation and achievement of students who need AIM? Join your colleagues from other states for a lively discussion of these issues.
PARTICIPANTS: NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators from states, territories, and other entities
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and a number of NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators from around the country

EVENT: AIM Basics 2013: Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials for Educators and Families
DATE: Thursday, June 27, 2013
TIME: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides educators and families with updated foundational information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics in this introductory webinar include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources. Participation in this webinar is suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
PARTICIPANTS: All with interests and/or responsibilities related to AIM
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala

EVENT: Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: December 11, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: As more and more students are receiving accessible instructional materials formats in a timely manner, it is time to think about how these materials are impacting the educational outcomes of students to whom they are provided. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these changes.
PRESENTER(S): Joanne Karger, Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PDF

EVENT: AIMing for Achievement: Why Your Child with Disabilities May Need Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
DATE: October 31, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar, hosted by PACER
TOPIC: Accessible instructional materials (AIM) provide the same content as traditional classroom materials, such as textbooks, but deliver the information in a way that students with print-based disabilities can use more easily. Parents, family members, Parent Center staff, and others are invited to attend this webinar to learn about a 4-step process that can be used to determine whether a child with a disability needs AIM and how to work with their school to access them. Presenters from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials and the PACER Center will use scenarios of children with different types of disabilities to provide examples of how the AIM decision-making process works.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Panel Discussion: Accessible Instruction is EVERY Educator's Responsibility
DATE: October 25, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CDT
LOCATION: Webinar, hosted by Atomic Learning
TOPIC: In this online panel discussion, conducted by Atomic Learning, Joy Zabala and Gayl Bowser discuss tips for engaging school leaders in understanding the importance of AIM, including the PALM toolkit from CAST; resources to share with other educators to help them impact students in their classrooms; and successes and challenges districts have experienced. In addition, participants will be invited to take part in a pledge to support accessible instruction.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Gayl Bowser
REGISTRATION: Opens new windowhttps://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/437262914

EVENT: AIM Basics 2012: Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials for Educators and Families
DATE: September 17, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides educators and families with current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics will include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources. Participation in this webinar is suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Due to a technical issue on the part of our provider, Adobe Connect, we regret that an archive of this session is not available. The slides that were used for presentation are available for download (above); however, the accompanying audio with additional content is not available. Please contact the presenter directly, via email, with any questions: jzabala [at] cast [dot] org.

EVENT: UDL, AIM, and AT: Complementary Supports for the Achievement of All Students
DATE: September 11, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: What are UDL, AT, and AIM? How do they compare and contrast? Join us to explore these questions and learn more about how they complement instructional technology and other strategies in ways that lead to flexible, engaging learning environments that support improved outcomes for all students.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Critical Components of a Coordinated System for the Timely Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: June 21, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar introduces the Critical Elements of Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM and discusses the use of this document as a self-assessment and planning guide for state and local leaders with responsibilities related to developing and maintaining a coordinated system for the timely provision of AIM. Participation of state AIM NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinators is strongly encouraged.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). It is important that participants download this document for use during the session. Please download the session Opens new windowNote-Taking Guide as well. You may also download the Opens new windowSession PowerPoint document.

EVENT: AIM Basics 2012: An Updated Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials for Educators and Families
DATE: June 7, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides educators and families with current basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Topics will include legal issues, a decision-making process, and how to locate and use supporting resources. Participation in this webinar is suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint

EVENT: Implementing AIM at the Local Level: Practical Applications and Supportive Resources
DATE: December 14, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides highlights of the online, downloadable AIM Implementation Guide and accompanying video followed by a discussion of challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned by successful implementers of AIM at district and school levels.
PRESENTER(S): District and school implementers with Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: What Works in Textbook Adoption States: Developing and Maintaining a System that Ensures Timely Delivery of AIM
DATE: December 8, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar brings together state leaders to discuss key issues and actions related to the timely provision of accessible instructional materials in states in which materials are acquired primarily by state-level adoption.
AUDIENCE: SEA and LEA leaders involved in system development
PRESENTER(S): State AIM Coordinators with Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: What Works in Open Territory States: Developing and Maintaining a System that Ensures Timely Delivery of AIM in Open Territory States
DATE: December 6, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar brings together state leaders to discuss key issues and actions related to the timely provision of accessible instructional materials in states in which materials are selected and acquired by individual districts, schools, and/or classrooms.
AUDIENCE: SEA and LEA leaders involved in system development
PRESENTER(S): State AIM Coordinators with Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: Experiencing the AIM Navigator: A Student-Focused Guide for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: November 15, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Navigator is an interactive tool that facilitates the team process of decision-making around AIM for an individual student. This webinar will include discussion and demonstration of the four major decision points, guiding questions, useful references, and resources specifically related to each decision point, as well as the scaffolds built into the system to support informed, accurate decisions.
AUDIENCE: Series for student-level leaders—Staff of SEAs, LEAs, families, pre-service and in-service educators, etc.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: What the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials Can Do for Your State
DATE: October 20, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar, especially designed for leaders in state and local education agencies, provides a brief introduction to the supports and services available from the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. The introduction will be followed by an extensive period in which questions submitted by participants will be addressed by the presenters.
AUDIENCE: State AIM/NIMAS Coordinators and SEA leaders
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock and Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowSession PowerPoint
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: AIM Center Supports for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: October 18, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar highlights the information and tools available on the web site of the AIM Center that support effective decision-making in all phases of selecting, providing, and using accessible instructional materials for the participation and achievement of students. This session will provide an in-depth look at selected products available from the AIM Center.
AUDIENCE: Series for student-level leaders—Team members (IEP, 504, etc.) and others involved in making decisions about AIM for individual students.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and Diana Carl
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording

EVENT: AIM Basics: A General Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: October 4, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar or viewing of the archive of a previous AIM Basics session is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: Staff of SEAs, LEAs, families, pre-service and in-service educators, etc.
PRESENTER: Joy Zabala.
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EVENT: Webinar
DATE: June 8, 2011
TIME: 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: OSEP Supported TA&D Network COP
TOPIC: Creating Accessible Web Sites—Why & Resources
RESOURCE: http://aim.cast.org/learn/e-resources/accessibility_resources
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock

DATE: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
EVENT: Introducing AIM Online Courses for Higher Education and Professional Development Studies
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides an overview of AIM 101 and AIM 102, two 45-hour online graduate-level courses with 10 lessons each, designed to be facilitated by a sponsoring university or professional development group. Both courses are delivered asynchronously via Moodle, a robust course management system which enables the entire course—lessons, activities, assignments, discussion groups, etc.—on a sponsoring group's Moodle server.
AUDIENCE: Teacher educators at pre-service, graduate, and in-service levels
PRESENTER(S): Skip Stahl and Diana Carl
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DATE: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EST
EVENT: AIM Products and Services from ATIA Members and Partners
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar features an overview of AIM from The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials, setting the legal and pedagogical context for AIM with a discussion of the landscape of available AIM-related resources and services. A Don Johnston representative will present the READ:OutLoud product and AIM-related materials. A Benetech/Bookshare representative will present Bookshare AIM products and services. There will be time for questions for specific state-related issues or more general questions around AIM legal or implementation issues and sharing success stories.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala (National AIM Center), Betsy Burgess (Bookshare), and Mary Jo Barry (Don Johnston, Inc.)

EVENT: So You're the NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of this Role
DATE: Thursday, April 7, 2011 
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: Are you the NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator for your state or are you a state leader planning to name a NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator? If so, you may be wondering how this role is being defined and fulfilled in other states. Are others facing challenges similar to those you face? What strategies are others finding useful to address the challenges? In what ways does this role present opportunities to have a meaningful impact on the participation and achievement of students who need AIM? Join your colleagues from other states for a lively discussion of these issues.
AUDIENCE: NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators and SEA system-level leaders
PRESENTER(S): NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators from around the country and Joy Zabala
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EVENT: Experiencing the AIMing for Achievement DVD: A Resource for Professional Development and Self-Paced Learning
DATE: Thursday, April 7, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The DVD highlighted in this session contains interviews and illustrative scenarios that increase AIM-related awareness and knowledge including legal issues, a student-centered decision-making process, an overview of specialized formats, a review of multiple sources of AIM, and detailed discussions about technology and other supports for using accessible instructional materials. The DVD can be used for professional development/training or by an individual for self-paced learning.
AUDIENCE: Educators, administrators, families, advocates, and teacher educators at pre-service, graduate, and in-service levels
PRESENTER(S): Joan Breslin-Larson, Diana Carl, and Joy Zabala
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EVENT: Ensuring Timely Delivery of AIM in Textbook Adoption States: Collaboration is Key!
DATE: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: There are consistent actions that must be taken to build and sustain a coordinated system for the provision of AIM (see Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM); however, how those actions are taken and the emphasis placed on each differs between open territory and adoption states. In this webinar, experienced leaders in adoption states will identify major issues and share their experiences and valuable lessons learned.
AUDIENCE: Series for system-level leaders—SEA and LEA leaders in textbook adoption states
PRESENTER(S): Jackie Bobbett, LA Dept. of Ed.; Jim Downs, Georgia Accessible Materials; Vicki Hershman, PATINS, Indiana Dept. of Ed.; Joy Zabala
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EVENT: Experiencing the AIM Explorer and Product Tutorials: Supports for Selecting Features and Tools
DATE: Wednesday March 9, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This session begins with a demonstration of the AIM Explorer, a simulation tool that helps identify features needed by a student and concludes with a tour of the AIM product tutorials that include a printable features chart for 10 commonly used software-based AIM readers and over 100 brief videos demonstrating how to use various features of the products.
AUDIENCE: Series for student-level leaders—Staff of SEAs, LEAs, families, pre-service and in-service educators, etc.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and Diana Carl

EVENT: Experiencing the AIM Navigator:  A Student-Focused Guide for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Navigator is an interactive tool that facilitates the team process of decision-making around AIM for an individual student. This webinar will include discussion and demonstration of the four major decision points, guiding questions, and useful references and resources specifically related to each decision point, as well as the scaffolds built into the system to support informed, accurate decisions.
AUDIENCE: Series for student-level leaders—Staff of SEAs, LEAs, families, pre-service and in-service educators, etc.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and Diana Carl
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EVENT: Ensuring Timely Delivery of AIM in Open Territory States: Collaboration is Key!
DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: There are consistent actions that must be taken to build and sustain a coordinated system for the provision of AIM (see Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM); however, how those actions are taken and the emphasis placed on each differs between open territory and adoption states. In this webinar, experienced leaders in open territory states will identify major issues and share their experiences and valuable lessons learned.
AUDIENCE: NIMAS/NIMAC coordinators, system-level leaders, SEA and LEA leaders in open territory states
PRESENTER(S): Joan Breslin-Larson, Minnesota Department of Education; Jeff Diedrich, Michigan Integrated Technology Supports; Kathy Powers, MAINE CITE; and Joy Zabala
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EVENT: AIM Basics: A General Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides basic information about the provision of accessible instructional materials. Legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar or viewing of the archive of a previous AIM Basics session is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: Staff of SEAs, LEAs, families, pre-service and in-service educators, etc.
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
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EVENT: AIM Center Supports for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar highlights the information and tools available on the web site of the AIM Center that support effective decision-making in all phases of selecting, providing, and using accessible instructional materials for the participation and achievement of students. This session will provide an in-depth look at selected products available from the AIM Center.
AUDIENCE: Series for student-level leaders—Team members (IEP, 504, etc.) and others involved in making decisions about AIM for individual students
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and Diana Carl

EVENT: Family Matters: A Family-Focused Introduction to AIM Center Supports and Tools
DATE: November 10, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: PACER Center Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides an overview of the many supports and interactive tools available on the web site of the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials at CAST. AIM Center staff will demonstrate and discuss the AIM Navigator, the AIM Explorer, and other interactive tools useful to families and educators. Questions will be addressed at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up interactive discussion.
AUDIENCE: Registration limited to PTI and CPRC staff
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala and AIM Center collaborators

EVENT: Access to Instructional Materials for Students with LD: Getting it Done
DATE: October 14, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar will present an overview of the federal policies relating to access to alternative forms of print materials such as digital text, including provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, and procedures currently in place to ensure student access in a timely manner. Learn about the barriers currently hindering the delivery of quick and efficient alternative materials for students with LD. Hear the perspectives of a panel of experts currently working with states, school districts, and parents to get it done. Time will be provided for questions from participants.
PRESENTER(S): Joanne Karger, Chuck Hitchcock
EXPERT PANEL: Julie Buick (parent advocate), Betsy Beaumon (Bookshare), Jeff Diedrich (MITS, Michigan), Mike Kurdziel (RFB&D)
MATERIALS: Opens new windowWebinar documents

EVENT: Family Matters: A Family-Focused Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: September 28, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: PACER Center Webinar
TOPIC: In this webinar, the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials at CAST provides an introductory overview of legal issues, specialized formats, sources of formats and supports, and is specifically focused on the family perspective. The session will also include a brief introduction to a decision-making process for families and educators. Questions will be addressed at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up interactive discussion.
AUDIENCE: Registration limited to PTI and CPRC staff
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala

EVENT: AIM Basics
DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Basics webinar provides general information about the provision of accessible instructional materials, legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar is a strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: General
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowAIM Basics PPT

EVENT: Student-Centered Leaders Series: AIM Center Supports for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar includes a guided tour of the AIM Center web site highlighting information and tools that support effective decision-making in all phases of selecting, providing, and using accessible instructional materials for the participation and achievement of students.
AUDIENCE: SEAs, LEAs, educators, and families who are members of IEP teams, and other decision-making teams
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowDecision-Making Supports PPT

EVENT: What's Fair and Unfair About the Fair-Use Provision in Copyright Law
DATE: August 10, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: Educators often refer to the fair use exclusion in copyright statute as a means to provide materials to students who cannot use print-based materials effectively; however, the term and the exclusion are often used without sufficient knowledge of the elements upon which fair use is based. In this session, the four elements of fair use included in Section 107 of U. S. copyright code will be presented and discussed along with the limitations that apply to its use. This session is designed to raise the awareness of educators and families about these elements and how they logically apply to thinking about the provision of instructional materials.
AUDIENCE: Educators and families
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Chuck Hitchcock
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowFair Use PPT

EVENT: AIM Basics: A General Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: August 10, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Basics webinar provides general information about the provision of accessible instructional materials, legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar is a strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: General
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
ARCHIVE: Opens new window Session Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowAIM Basics PPT

EVENT: AIM Basics: A General Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: July 13, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Basics webinar provides general information about the provision of accessible instructional materials, legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar is a strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: General
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
ARCHIVE: Opens new window Session Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowAIM Basics PPT

EVENT: Consider the Possibilities: Ensuring the Provision of Accessible Materials to Students Not Certified as Having a Print Disability under Copyright
DATE: July 13, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The NIMAC, accessible media producers (AMPs), and some local production provide an increasingly robust means to support timely provision of print-based instructional materials in specialized formats to students who are served under IDEA 2004 and are certified as having a print disability as defined in copyright legislation. These sources, for the most part, are not available to students served under IDEA 2004 who do not have certified print disabilities but have been determined to be unable to use print-based materials effectively. In this session, current sources of AIM for these students will be discussed and promising future trends will be explored.
AUDIENCE: SEA and LEA leaders
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Skip Stahl, Chuck Hitchcock
ARCHIVE: Opens new windowSession Recording
MATERIALS: Opens new windowConsider the Possibilities PPT

EVENT: What the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials Can Do for Your State
DATE: May 18, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar, especially designed for leaders in state and local education agencies, is an introduction to the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. The session includes an overview of technical assistance and services available to SEAs and LEAs, a guided tour of the Center's web site, and information about the process for obtaining services from the Center.
AUDIENCE: SEAs, LEAs
PRESENTER(S): Chuck Hitchcock, Joy Zabala, Valerie Hendricks
MATERIALS: Opens new windowNCAIM State PPT

EVENT: Accessible Instructional Materials: A Process for Collaborative Decision-Making
DATE: May 18, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides IEP team memberseducators and familieswith a process for decision-making about accessible instructional materials, including identification of need, selection of formats, and sources for obtaining materials. Free decision-guiding tools available on the AIM Center web site will also be highlighted.
AUDIENCE: SEAs, LEAs, educators, and families who are members of IEP teams and other decision-making teams
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl
MATERIALS: Opens new windowCollaborative PPT

EVENT: AIM Center Supports for Decision-Making Teams
DATE: May 11, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar highlights information and tools available on the AIM Center web site that support effective decision-making in all phases of selecting, providing, and using accessible instructional materials for the participation and achievement of students.
AUDIENCE: SEAs, LEAs, educators, and families who are members of IEP teams and other decision-making teams
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, Diana Carl, Ge Vue
ARCHIVE: Due to technical difficulties, no archive is available for this webinar.
MATERIALS: Opens new windowDecision-Making PPT

EVENT: Collaboration is Key: Developing a System that Ensures Timely Delivery of Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: May 11, 2010
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: This webinar provides an overview of collaborative perspectives and actions needed to develop and sustain an effective, efficient system for the provision of accessible instructional materials in timely manner.
AUDIENCE: SEA and LEA leaders
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala, in collaboration with AIM Consortium state leaders
ARCHIVE: Due to technical difficulties, no archive is available for this webinar.
MATERIALS: Opens new windowCollaboration is Key PPT

EVENT: AIM Basics: A General Introduction to Accessible Instructional Materials
DATE: May 4, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Webinar
TOPIC: The AIM Basics webinar provides general information about the provision of accessible instructional materials, legal mandates, an overview of the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and information about additional resources. Participation in this webinar is a strongly suggested as a prerequisite for other webinars.
AUDIENCE: General
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala
MATERIALS: Opens new windowAIM Bascis PPT

EVENT: Webinar
DATE: February 4, 2010
TIME: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maryland Assistive Technology Network
TOPIC: Accessible Instructional Materials: Information & Resources for Educators and Families
PRESENTER(S): Joy Zabala

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