[Athen] One more chance to speak to the Postsecondary AIM Commission

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Mon Jul 11 17:54:13 PDT 2011

Hi all!

Just a reminder that you and your students have one more opportunity to
speak to the federal commission on alternate instructional materials in
higher ed. Tomorrow will be the last public hearing, and we really need your
support. You will have 5 minutes to speak and then the Commission has 10
minutes to ask questions. It's not difficult, and it lets your voice be
heard! There is still time to register, but you need to sign up by noon on
Tuesday to ensure a spot. If you are interested, please e-mail the following
address: psc at cast.org

What should you talk about? The issues you face creating and obtaining
alternate formats for students; the issues students face obtaining and using
their materials; your opinion on whether compliance with Web access
standards is working; your concerns about creating accessible online
courses; issues with captioning Web materials; anything related to alternate
instructional formats is fair game!

If you are attending the AHEAD Conference, you can speak in person, or we
also have a phone bridge available. We will call you at your scheduled time.
(Remember that the meeting is in Seattle, WA, on Pacific time.)

Too shy to speak, we still want people's stories. We will take written
feedback through the end of August. Please send comments to Janet
Gronnenberg: jgronneberg at cast.org

Commission Meeting and Open Public Hearing


yID=460> Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Metropolitan Ballroom B
1400 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101


(All times are Pacific Standard Time)

Commission Meeting-Day One:
July 11, 2011
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m PST

Commission Meeting-Day Two:
July 12, 2011
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PST

Public Hearing:
July 12, 2011
4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. PST


The meeting and public hearing are both open to the public and are open


The AIM Commission meeting and public hearing can be accessed remotely
through the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Webinar system. Please click
on the link below that corresponds with the correct time and date of the
meeting (All times are Pacific Standard Time):

* Monday, July 11 (8:30 AM-4:00 PM PST):

* Tuesday, July 12 (8:30 AM-3:15 PM PST):

* Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 PM-9:00 PM PST):

About the AIM Meeting and Public Hearing

On July 11-12, 2011, the members of the AIM Commission will convene for an
AIM Commission full meeting. This meeting will focus on reviewing a draft of
initial recommendations for the fall 2011 report to Congress.

On the evening of July 12, 2011, the AIM Commission will hold a public
commentary session for all interested stakeholders. In addition to gathering
public commentary on legal and technological issues, the public hearing will
highlight stakeholders' personal experiences related to obtaining
instructional materials in a postsecondary environment.

Meeting Materials

* Meeting Agenda
download files
.doc> MS Word (47KB) |
.pdf> PDF (436KB)

* Revised Working Draft of the Full Commission Recommendations
download files
endations.doc> MS Word (151KB) |
endations.pdf> PDF (997KB)

* Proposed timeline for AIM Commission Report
download files
oc> MS Word (31KB) |
df> PDF (175KB)

* Presentation: Students With Disabilities at Degree-Granting
Postsecondary Institutions
download files
on.doc> MS Word (49KB) |
on.pdf> PDF (400KB)

About AIM

Established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the AIM
Commission has brought together government leaders, representatives from the
publishing industry, individuals with print disabilities, representatives
from two- and four-year institutions of higher education and leaders in
accessible technology.

The AIM Commission is charged with studying the current state of accessible
materials for students with disabilities in postsecondary education and
making recommendations to the U.S. Congress for improving access to and the
distribution of instructional materials in accessible formats.

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