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Tools to Choose Accessible Materials that Work for Students

AIM Navigator logo April 27, 2017 The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) at offers a host of resources to better understand and make decisions about accessible educational and instructional materials. Some highlights:

There’s an introductory 3:42-minute video, part of an AEM Basics section to learn what accessible materials and technologies are, and who needs them.

To help you get started, there are two free interactive tools that can help you make decisions about accessible print materials: the AEM Navigator and the AIM Explorer(Read rest of Tools to Choose Accessible Materials that Work for Students)

Really Short Cohort School Updates

Numbers 3 and 4Mar 18, 2017 It’s time for news on the Next Steps NH project schools. These are REALLY short updates on the eight New Hampshire schools we’re currently supporting. All schools are working on transition planning and ELOs, and many are also implementing RENEW. The updates show the range of project activities – not comprehensive reports – several of the schools are engaged in similar activities.

Inter-Lakes: Transition practices and family engagement have good support – case managers have solid processes in place and are working hard to connect with families. Facilitators are engaging regularly in Coaching and have seen good success in student engagement (increased attendance, reduction in tardies, and increase in grades and student progress towards goals). 

Newport: Numerous ideas around engaging families. Planning a transition fair where vendors and agencies will meet with staff during (Read rest of Really Short Cohort School Updates)

Partnering for Strength Conference 2017

conference logo - joined handsFebruary 28, 2017  NH Family Voices, the Parent Information Center and the YEAH Council invite you to the Partnering for Strength Conference 2017 on March 11, 2017 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.  Partnering for Strength is really two conferences under one roof with a common focus. Kathy O’Connell of Radiant Abilities is the keynote speaker for the adult conference. She will be addressing Supporting Children & Youth to Lead an Empowered Life: Embracing Our Different Abilities.  The keynote speaker for the youth conference is Randy Pierce of 2020 Vision Quest. At the age of 22, Randy unexpectedly lost his vision over the course of a short two weeks due to a devastating neurological disease. That didn’t stop him from being the first blind hiker to summit all 48 of the NH 4000-footers.

More information on both conferences

Next Steps NH

The Next Steps NH project provides professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk. This is done through implementing evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career, and adult life.

This website is part of the project and will house all tools and resources developed as part of the project.

View a simple sitemap for this website.

Video of the Month

“Transition Success: Natalie”: A college senior with autism tells her story and talks about what works for her. 5:22-minutes. Lots more videos

Website Tour

Take 3:52 minutes and tour the website.

A one-page flyer about the website

Transition Lingo

Transition:  the process of assisting youth to move from high school to the adult world.

College and Career Ready: having the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to enroll, persist, and succeed in college and other postsecondary training opportunities, and to gain entry into a meaningful career.

Postsecondary: Elementary school is primary education, high school is secondary education, and after high school is postsecondary education.

Download this activity as one of your next steps to develop everyday language explanations of transition terms.