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Accessibility 2.0?

May 16, 2007: Web 2.0 is a term used to describe the recent trend in web applications and development. Innovative applications of AJAX and other technologies are changing the way users interact with web content in dramatic ways. These technologies hold much potential for people with disabilities, yet also bring many potential barriers. This webcast will explore these next generation web applications and technologies and will present how these impact people with disabilities for good and for bad.

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NIMAS and NIMAC: An Implementation Update

March 14, 2007: The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) guides the ways in which textbooks and core instructional materials are developed into accessible formats. The national repository for NIMAS files, the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), began accepting NIMAS files in December 2006. Special educators, administrators and advocates are eager to learn more about the implementation of NIMAS and NIMAC. Chuck Hitchcock of the NIMAS Technical Assistance Center and Julia Myers of the NIMAC will address this important topic as part of an NCDAE sponsored Webcast.

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Web Captioning and its uses in Education

October 25, 2006: Captioning web multimedia is one of the biggest accessibility issues faced in education. Current technology and cost limitations make captioning, especially of live events, prohibitive for many in education. This web cast will provide an overview of existing web captioning technologies, techniques, and standards and will overview the future of web captioning.

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Accessibility and the Open Source Content Management Movement

August 30, 2006: The panel discussed the strengths and limitations of accessibility in the open source movement and look to the future of these tools with accessibility in mind. Those interested in selecting content management systems or those involved in development within the open source movement will find this webcast interesting.

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Mobile Education and Access for Students with Disabilities

April 26, 2006: As technologies become smaller, sleeker and easier to carry can they be developed and used so that no child is left behind? That is the question we addressed during NCDAE's April 26, 2006 webcast entitled, "Mobile Education and Access for Students with Disabilities." The broadcast included a discussion of technologies, practices and standards related to this increasingly popular education delivery method.

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NIMAS in IDEA, What You Need To Know Now

February 28, 2006: The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is an important new piece of the reauthorized IDEA. It will guide the ways in which textbooks and core instructional materials are delivered so they may be converted easily into accessible formats. Although the final federal regulations have yet to be released, directors of special education will need to know enough about NIMAS to understand how to fill out the federal forms for the coming year. Each state will be asked to provide assurances about NIMAS (e.g., checking the box) and to opt in or out of the national repository, the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). NCDAE is pleased to offer a Webcast on this important new piece of IDEA and hope it will assist states in their preparation for this upcoming fiscal year.

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