Federal Panel on Accessible Instructional Materials to Review Draft Report, Hold Public Hearing in Seattle

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The U.S. Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (AIM Commission) will convene Monday and Tuesday in Seattle. Members will review and discuss a draft list of 25 proposed recommendations for the Commission report to be submitted to Congress this fall. On Tuesday evening, the Commission will hold a public hearing to gather input on personal experiences related to obtaining instructional materials in the postsecondary environment.

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

The 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 Congress for improving access and distribution of instructional materials in accessible formats.

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 [email protected] by June 30, 2011. The submission of written public testimony is also highly encouraged and can be submitted to [email protected].

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 p.m. PT): https://aimpsc.ilinc.com/join/yvbmysr
Tuesday, July 12 (8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. PT): https://aimpsc.ilinc.com/join/bbmtzsh
Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 a.m.–9 p.m. PT): https://aimpsc.ilinc.com/join/yvbmyjr
The meeting and public hearing are both open to the public and are open press.