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EASI is a non-profit organization, committed to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.

Important announcement: EASI is currently in limbo while Norm recuperates from a fall.

While we are still here there is limited work being done during the recuperation process. Updates will be provided when available. Thank you for your patience. - Beth Coombs

2/4/2019: Norm Update: Norm is slowly but surely improving. We appreciate all of the well wishes from everyone and hope he will be back in Cyberland soon.

12/11/2019: Norm Update: Norm has suffered a setback. We will be closing down EASI shortly due to lack of volunteers to keep us alive. All correcpondence to Norm will be answered by Beth. Norm's recent broken hip has resulted in a huge setback

Archive of the PowerPoint & Excel Accessibility Webinar

Karen McCall from Karlen Communications

Here is the PowerPoint & Excel Accessibility Webinar archive

Archive of the Chromebook Accessibility Webinar

Laura Allen from Google

Here is the Chromebook Accessibility Webinar archive

Archive for the Inclusive Design for AI Webinar

Jutta Treviranus from the Inclusive Design Resource Centre

Here is the Inclusive Design for AI Webinar archive

EASI Webinars and Month-long Courses

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EASI resources provide up-to-date information about how institutions can create and maintain system-wide IT facilities that will be accessible for all of its members whether students, faculty or guests. EASI Webinars and Courses themselves use applications that are accessible to users of adaptive technologies.

EASI Webinars

EASI provides several Webinars each month on topics related to the accessibility of information technology. Many cover the accessibility of Web sites, the accessibility of commercial software, legislation related to accessibility and almost anything of interest to users of adaptive technologies or trainers of these technologies.

Many of the Webinars are free. Others provide more in-depth information about or training on the use of such applications. These are fee-based Webinar series.

Read about upcoming Webinars scheduled for March, April and June 2019

Future Webinar Topics Under Consideration

EASI Month-long Asynchronous Courses

Everyone completing one of these month-long courses will receive documentation verifying their completion.

Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology (January and July)

Information technology can provide the most accessible learning and working conditions in history for people with disabilities. This course will enable institutions to design both onsite and online electronic devices and electronic information to include and empower people with disabilities while using universal design to provide user-friendly tools for everyone. When designed from the bottom up, costs will not be prohibitive and both computer and information systems will meet the standards of disability-related legislation.

Syllabus for Barrier-free E-learning (February and September)

The course is based on the realization that faculty are placing content inside a courseware management system which is responsible for achieving most Web Accessibility meaning faculty normally only need to know a limited set of accessibility features. The course demonstrates how faculty can achieve accessibility while using authoring applications they already know. Creating accessible course content can be easier than many believe.

Syllabus for Train the Trainer (April and October)

Universities are required to provide some training to students with disabilities on using adaptive technology required to do their work. Train the trainer provides staff an initial acquaintance with the major special applications those student may need. The trainer cannot be expert in all these tools, but this course will provide them a solid initial acquaintance including encourage people to have some hands-on experience.

Syllabus Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content (May and November)

This course is designed to support alternative media specialists in creating new documents that are more accessible, and converting existing documents into alternate formats such as Word, PDF, DAISY and ePub. Documents need to be well constructed which in turn facilitates accessibility. Documents also need to be repurposed to other formats based on an organizational need. Currently there are so many different e-readers, (some accessible and some not), that the course includes a discussion of several e-readers as well as providing the ability to design accessible documents.

EASI Annual Membershhip Program

EASI provides 2 annual membership programs providing free access to any fee-based multipart Webinar series for an entire year. One is a single membership, and the other is an institutional membership.

Annul membership provides free access to the 2 and 4-part fee-based Webinars, a discount to all courses and includes an extensive archive of previous Webinars. The individual membership is currently $460 and the institutional membership is $1,500.

Direct any comments or question Using the mail link below to send email to Norm Coombs including your name and contact information..

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Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship for EASI Webinars and Courses

Dick Banks

This scholarship provides people who are unable to procure other financing with registrations to either the fee-based Webinar series or to the EASI online courses. While EASI relies on fees to support our work, nevertheless, we want to share these resources as broadly as possible.

For those who did not know our valued friend, Dick Banks, he was passionate about accessible information technology and eager to get others as committed to the cause as he was.

You can ask for information on the scholarship and apply to it using the mail link below and include your contact information as well as the item for which you would like the scholarship.

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Webinar Description and Registration

Immersive Tools/Learning Tools in Office 365/Office 2016

Thursday March 28, 2019

Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenter: Karen McCall

In the past year, Microsoft has added tools to help document authors and people reading Word documents access content in a different way. First, Read Aloud is incorporated into the Ribbons for Word, OneNote and Edge. The Learning Tools Ribbon has additional support for changing the background colour of a document (on-screen) for easy reading. Text can be customized (on-screen) to support those of us with learning, cognitive or visual disabilities. However, if we think of tool for task, these supporting tools can be used by anyone. This webinar will introduce you to these tools as a valuable part of writing and reading Word documents.

Register by filling out the form which can be accessed at the link below

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New Accessibility Authoring Tools in Office 365/Office 2016

Thursday April 25, 2019

Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenter: Karen McCall

In the past few months, as updates to Office 365 subscription have been rolled out, new features have been included that will help document authors create more accessible digital content. There are new tools and features on both the Windows and Mac side. This Webinar provides an overview of some of the new tools and features you’ll want to take advantage of when creating digital content.

Register by filling out the form which can be accessed at the link below

Register via Google Forms Here

Advanced PDF Remediation Techniques

Thursday June 13, 2019

Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenter: Karen McCall

This webinar provides an overview of some of the more complex problems encountered when remediating PDF documents to be accessible. For example, how do you fix a page with columns when content from all of the columns is together and unreadable? We’ll also look at some of the more complex errors in an accessibility check using the PAC checker as our guide.

Register by filling out the form which can be accessed at the link below

Register via Google Forms Here

Future Webinar Topics Under Consideration

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Selections from the Archive of EASI Previous Webinars

This page will rotate periodically through the archive of previous Webinars provided by EASI. Check here

EASI Free Webinar: CADET, a Free Tool to Make Captions and Audio Description for Multimedia

This tool was created by National Center for Accessible Media

Presenters: Geoff Freed, Bryan Gould

View the slides from the cadet webinar

Watch the CADET webinar

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Lake Forest CA 92608

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