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This virtual educator-focused gathering is to bring communities together to make digital educational resources inclusive for everyone.

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EQUITY, INCLUSION, ACCESS

Whether you are an Educator, Parent, School or Policy Administrator, this unique three-day education-focused conference is designed to bring communities together to make digital educational resources more inclusive for people of all abilities.

Participants will participate interactively to build community and momentum around the powerful idea of using Education Technology as a tool of inclusion and progress for students with disabilities.

Sessions will include:

  • The effect COVID has on students and parents
    1. Zoom fatigue
    2. Inclusive online classrooms
    3. Gaming for good (education)
    4. Current academic culture in schools

    And more!

    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    In addition, registrants can look forward to participating in lively student and parent-driven panels to discuss current assistive technologies and the resources needed for students with disabilities to be successful.

    • Exciting talks from visionary leaders
    • CEU hours for participation (certificate provided)
    • The latest trends and laws for accessibility and AT inclusion
    • Networking opportunities
    • Dedicated Slack Channel

    AGENDA

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Trends in K-12 Assistive Technology: Part One

    taught by: Shira Goldberg, Carye Edelman, NeCol Roager

    We discuss students with low and high incidence disabilities and the technologies that remove their barriers to learning.

    10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

    Trends in K-12 Assistive Technology: Part Two

    taught by: Carye Edelman, NeCol Roager, Shira Goldberg

    This 2 part presentation is tailored for teachers and other professionals working with students with disabilities in the K-12 environment. In previous years, the assistive technologies that were available were highly specialized. Today’s educational environment contains mainstream technologies that can be adapted or fitted with assistive technology for students. Through the lens of students with disabilities, we will explore mainstream technology tools that are becoming the future of assistive [technology?].

    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Make Your Posts More Inclusive: 5 Easy Tips for Accessible Social Media

    taught by: Mindy Johnson

    As education professionals, social media is part of our lives, for better or worse. But for our followers with disabilities, social media can feel like a party they weren’t invited to. You have the power to make your posts more accessible for your followers, and you can start right now.

    2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

    Breaking Down Barriers: Technology to Support ALL Students

    taught by: Shira Goldberg

    We discuss students with low and high incidence disabilities and the technologies that remove their barriers to learning.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Accessibility: Empowering Instructional Technology Specialists to Improve Learning

    taught by: Jessica McKay & co-presented by: Mesha Daniels., Erick Buenrostro, Larry Snyder

    It takes a dedicated and diverse team of teachers and staff to ensure students can meaningfully engage with multimedia materials and in a variety of learning environments. We want to share our story of struggles and triumphs in creating our ever evolving ecosystem of collaboration to deliver accessible instruction to all students.

    10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

    How Kids Are Performing: The Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and Mathematics Achievement

    taught by: Katie McClarty

    This session will cover the academic impacts of COVID:19 on elementary and middle school reading and mathematics performance. We will review student growth and achievement status throughout 2020-2021 in elementary and middle school – as a whole and disaggregated by student groups and school types, including students with disabilities.

    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Tips and Tech for creating accessible docs in Higher Ed

    taught by: Megan Kareithi & co-presented by: Sean Loraas

    We’ll discuss and demonstrate the tech (Central Access Reader/Toolbar, MathPix, the Adobe Suite, and Duxbury) we use at ACC to create accessible materials primarily for students with visual disabilities, including complex STEM documents and tactile graphics.

    2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

    Zoom in The Time of Coronavirus

    taught by: Brian Miller

    This session presents innovative and creative ways special education teachers have adapted and modified their instruction to meet the traditional very "hands on" needs of students with significant physical and cognitive disabilities in a remote learning environment.

    Thursday, June 24, 2021

    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Supporting Universally Designed Learning Environments as an Administrator

    taught by: Michelle Soriano

    In this session, participants will explore how the Universal Design for Learning framework can guide them as a leader in ensuring their systems and supports help to create more equitable, inclusive, and effective learning environments with any given platform.

    10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

    Demand Equity in Education!

    taught by: Claire Benedikt

    K-12 accessibility evaluators and other decision-makers know WCAG 2.0 AA compliance from big publishers and other vendors is not enough to give all students equal opportunities to learn. In this session, we will talk about the constraining factors that frustrate the pursuit of equity in education for disabled K-12 students in public schools. We will look at the areas where you can reasonably demand more from your publishers and vendors.

    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Lessons Learned by EdTech for Inclusive Online Classrooms

    taught by: Elizabeth Simister

    Blackboard has worked with several students, instructors, administrators, and parents over the years to understand the biggest blockers to using its tools. The goals of this session will be to provide instructors, administrators, and perhaps parents, an understanding of assistive technologies and techniques to improve the student experience in a virtual learning environment.

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    Knowbility, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to create a more inclusive digital world for people of all abilities. Our award winning programs and services raise awareness of the need for digital equity and promote skills to meet that need. We help businesses, educational entities, government and nonprofit organizations to train staff, identify digital access barriers, implement effective accessibility strategies, and monitor long-term goals to reach millions of new users.

    Knowbility, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1999. Our programs build on the success of the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) in 1998. Now an annual event, AIR is a web design contest focused on design that meets global accessibility standards. Teams of developers and designers receive training in accessible web design and then use their new skills to create websites for registered non-profit organizations.

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