The shift to remote or hybrid learning for many students in response to COVID-19 has brought to the surface the need for improved accessibility of educational technologies and materials. When materials and technologies are designed with accessibility in mind, they can become powerful tools for empowering learners and ensuring their equitable participation in their education. This session will focus on five simple techniques educators can implement to ensure the content they share with learners and their families is accessible and inclusive from the start.
Presenter Bio: Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a Past President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).