Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age

On June 5 at 2pm ET, SETDA will host a webinar for the public release of the policy brief, The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials. The webinar 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. Please register and share the registration RSVP:

Webinar coordinates will be distributed based on information provided in your RSVP.


Think Outside the Phone — Contest for Students

High school students are invited to create and exhibit software applications, or “apps,” for mobile phones, tablets or other computing devices on a platform of their choice as part of the House Student App Challenge. Members of the United States House of Representatives established the challenge to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. The competition is open to all high school students, either individually or in teams of up to four, in participating districts. Contestants must submit their app’s source code online and provide a YouTube or Vimeo video demo explaining their app and the learning they experienced through the competition process. The apps will be judged on the quality of the idea as well as on implementation and demonstrated programming skill. District winners will receive a Certificate of Excellence, and their app videos will be featured on the House website. Find out if your district is eligible and access resources for students and teachers online.

Deadline: April 30, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT), for final app entries

For more information, click HERE.


Accessible New York? John Robinson on Huffington Post

From John Robinson, via Huffington Post… “Mayor Bloomberg, I applaud your efforts to make New York a better city. I ask you to take a look at a new area — accessibility. If you need help, I am in your debt. Literally.

Last week, I was a tourist in New York City. I carried no gun and did not buy an over-sized soda. I did break the law.

My crime? Being 3 feet 9 inches tall.”

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$2,000 NYSCATE Grants for Classroom Projects

Each year the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) awards up to 6 grants with a maximum value of $2,000 each for classroom projects that integrate the use of technology. The classroom project must be consistent with the NYSCATE mission, the New York State Learning Standards, and the NETS Standards.

For more information on applying for a grant, click here. The deadline date to submit a grant application is April 1.


NSTTAC Updates: Students w/ Disabilities and College/Career Readiness

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has updated four documents on topics relevant to secondary education and students with disabilities: “College and Career Ready Standards and Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities,” “High School Redesign and Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities,” “Tiered Interventions and Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities,” and “Universal Design for Learning and Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities.” These resources were developed as entry level guidance intended to synthesize the research, policy, and discussion on topics pertinent to secondary special educators and related to helping secondary students with disabilities access and succeed in the high school curriculum to be prepared for their adult lives.

To get these updated resources…Students w/ Disabilities and College/Career Readiness: 101 Documents | NSTTAC.