Providing Equal Access to Distance Curriculum
As schools in Maine close in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and begin to educate their students “from a distance,” Maine CITE offers some resources to assist in the process.
Please also check our Maine CITE News feed which are categorized around COVID-19 resources
Thanks to several of our colleagues for sharing their resources. We would like to acknowledge the work of Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD, ATP of RSU 21, Kennebunk, ME and Mike Marotta, Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, NJ, and Luis Perez, Ed.D. of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.
Assistive Technology (AT) Accessible Educational Material (AEM) and Special Education
- US DOE Guidance: Questions And Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak – PDF
- US DOE COVID-19 Resource Page
- Video – AT Town Hall: COVID-19, School Closures and AT – What do we do?
- Webinar series from National AEM Center – training on accessibility in distance learning
- Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days – edWeb
AT and AEM for Higher Education
- Higher Education Access in the Time of Coronavirus – AHEAD
- Resources for Services for Deaf Students – National Deaf Center
- Tips for Accommodations while Teaching Remotely – University of Cincinnati
- Meeting at a Distance – Maine CITE
Accessible Educational Materials
- Accessible Digital Documents
- Accessible Website Design
- National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
- AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning – Webinar
- Accessible Digital Documents – Introduction – Webinar
- Making PDFs into Accessible Educational Materials – Webinar
- Accessible Materials for All Students – SETDA
- Design for Accessibility using POUR – Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
- Some tools for ensuring all students can access learning materials while schools are closed – Luis Perez
- Accessibility Basics – 14 YouTube videos from Luis Perez
Accessible Curriculum Materials
Newslea – Newsela is an online news-as-literacy platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science.
Bookshare – Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading. Free membership for students with print disabilities.
Learning Ally – Learning Ally is a non-profit volunteer organization that produces and maintains a library of educational accessible audiobooks for people with print disabilities – Paid membership is required.
Accessible Learning Management Systems
- US DOE releases webinar on online education and website accessibility – YouTube
- Why and how to design accessible eLearning – eFrontLearning
- Accessibility in Teaching and Learning – Columbia University
Accessible Videos and Podcasts
- Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Educational Materials – Webinar
- Create Accessible Video, Audio and Social Media – Section508.gov
- Free Accessible videos – DCMP
- Checklist for Creating Accessible Video – BOIA
- Audio Description – TechSmith
- Maine CITE – Captioning Video
Other Tools & Resources
- Tools and Resources for creating accessible learning for all – Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
- Useful Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak – Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research
Access to Therapy Services
How will your school replicate the “hands on” nature of many of the therapy sessions?
- National Association of School Psychologists – Health Crisis Resources
- Guidance from the CEC for special education directors
- Crowd Sourced Resources to share for home programs, began by Megan Petersen (shared by Elisa Wern)
- HHS Guidance related to HIPAA compliance during COVID-19
- Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 – Psychologist Robert Brooks, Ph.D.
General Teaching Online
- Google “Teach From Home” resource
- How to be a successful virtual teacher – eSchool News
- Kami for Accessible Remote Learning – video provides overview of Kami
- TextHelp – resources for online learning
- Remote Learning with Flipgrid
- Accessible teaching in the time of COVID-19
- So You Want to Temporarily Teach Online – Inside Higher Education
- Teach Access
- Access to Remote Instruction for Students and Faculty with Disabilities – University of Michigan