[Athen] FW: Please Review - Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Thu Jun 23 21:53:25 PDT 2011

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June 23, 2011

Good morning,

I am happy to provide the following information to you about an important
upcoming opportunity. Please note that you need not be present in person to
participate - you are also welcome to participate via the Internet,
telephone, and through written comment.

Please share this widely with your campus community and colleagues. The
Commission welcomes broad participation from your postsecondary community.
Full information about this meeting is available in today's release of the
Federal Register; however, the following information release from the U.S.
Department of Education synthesizes the pertinent participation details into
a brief reader-friendly document.

Many thanks,

Stephan Hamlin-Smith

-- begin information release --

On July 11-12, 2011, members of the Advisory Commission on Accessible
Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with
Disabilities (AIM Commission) will convene for their fourth in-person
meeting. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Seattle in Seattle,
Washington in conjunction with the Association on Higher Education and
Disability (AHEAD) annual conference. AIM Commission members will review
and discuss a draft of the AIM Commission's report that will be submitted to
Congress in the fall of 2011.

On the evening of Tuesday, July 12, 2011, AIM Commission members will hold a
public commentary session for all interested stakeholders, including
students, Disability Service/ADA Coordinators, faculty, and other members of
the university community. AIM Commission members are interested in
gathering public commentary on stakeholders' personal experiences related to
obtaining instructional materials in the postsecondary environment.

Additional details regarding the meeting and public hearing are as follows:

WHAT: AIM Commission Meeting and Public Hearing

WHERE: The Sheraton Seattle

1400 6th Avenue

Seattle, Washington 98101

DATE: Commission Meeting: July 11-12, 2011

Public Hearing: July 12, 2011

TIME: July 11: The open meeting will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 12: The open meeting will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. (PDT)

July 12: The public hearing will take place from 4:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. (PDT)

Participants who wish to comment at the public hearing in person or via
telephone are encouraged to register in advance by calling Janet Gronneberg
at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) at 781-245-2212 (voice)
or 781- 245-9320 (TTY) or by emailing her at jgronneberg at cast.org by June
30, 2011. The submission of written public testimony is also highly
encouraged and can be submitted to AIMCommission at ed.gov.

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:

Monday, July 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PDT):

Tuesday, July 12 (8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. PDT):

Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. PDT):

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

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 Secretary of Education and the relevant
authorizing committees in Congress for improving access to and the
distribution of instructional materials in accessible formats.

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