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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.
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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 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.
Everyone completing one of these month-long courses will receive documentation verifying their completion.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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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Mon. Sept. 10 at 11 pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Chromebook computers come with a variety of accessibility features built in, such as the ChromeVox screen reader, different types of magnification, braille support, and more. Join Laura, the Chrome and Chrome OS Accessibility Program Manager, to learn about the various features and functionalities built into Chrome OS that can help to make your experience more accessible and productive.
Free registration for Chromebook Sept. 10
Presenters: Hadi Rangin, Jason Smith and Ken Ding from UW and Zoom
Friday September 14 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central or 2 Eastern
Full description will be here very soon.
Register for the zoom Video Conferencing Webinar
September 18. 25, October 2 and 9, 2018
Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Presenter: Karen McCall
This four-part series takes an in-depth look at making PowerPoint and Excel content more accessible. While Karen has delivered sessions on PowerPoint accessibility as part of general document accessibility, this four-part series gives us a chance to delve into more of the tools that document authors have to optimize PowerPoint and Excel content for accessibility.
The order of content may change, and topics may be added depending on questions from participants.
Annual members use this link for the member free registration
Non-members use the next link to register and pay the $195 fee using the secure server. Select the 4-part web conference series starting on September 18.
Non-members register and pay the fee of $195 here
Presenter: Norm CoombsProfessor Emeritas RIT
Tuesday Oct. 16 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central or 2 Eastern
Narrator is a screen reader that is part of Microsoft Windows. For years, it was primative and inadequate. Now it has been significantly improved. If a screen reader user has to use a computer in a public location or use a friend's computeer lacking a screen reader, Narrator will work for simple, basic tasks. It can provide some access for screen readers when their own computer and screen reader is not available.
Register for the Oct. 16 Webinar on Narrator
This page will rotate periodically through the archive of previous Webinars provided by EASI. Check here
This tool was created by National Center for Accessible Media
Presenters: Geoff Freed, Bryan Gould
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