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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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"Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind

"Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind will collaborate on improvements to Amazon's education content, platforms, and applications, and will meet on an ongoing basis to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback..." Amazon welcomes the agreement, according to spokeswoman StephanyRochon. "We are seeing more educational institutions embrace digital learning, and this shift provides a great opportunity to improve accessibility for blind students," she said in an email. "We look forward to collaborating with the National Federation of the Blind to work together..."

     The 2016 Independence Science, Learning a New Direction, Conference on Disability is just around the corner

We are now requesting abstract submissions from possible presenters. The ISLAND conference will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Kurz Purdue Technology Center located at 1281 Win Henschel Blvd in West Lafayette, Indiana 47906. The conference will begin at 8:00 AM with continental breakfast and conclude by or before 5:00 PM. Presentations are estimated to be 30 minutes in length with time for discussion following each presentation. Please submit a title of no more than 20 words and an abstract containing no more than 150 words to Cary Supalo, conference chair at csupalo@purdue.edu by or before June 15, 2016. Please also include all authors and their organization affiliations in the document. Presenters will be notified if their presentation was accepted by or before July 1, 2016. All presenters are expected to register for the conference. Early bird registration concludes September 1, 2016 and will be available through the Independence Science website soon

EASI soliciting sponsors for captioning Webinars

We are planning to do real-time captioning of many of EASI Webinars again. We have one vendor committed to provide financial support for real-time captioning and are soliciting other sponsors. If your organization would become a sponsor, email Norm at (norm.coombs@gmail.com)

EASI planning several months of Webinars

We are organizing Webinars covering May through the end of the calendar year. Many of these will be based on CSUN presentations from last March. This should be up and ready long before the end of April.

Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web & Technology Conference November 14 - 18, 2016

Accessing Higher Ground 2016 is now accepting proposals for its 19th Annual Conference in Westminster, Colorado. This conference's focus is on accessible media, universal design, best practices for Web & media design, accessible curriculum, alternate format and other topics related to accessibility and usability in higher education and other environments.

The speaker proposal form can be found at: (http://accessinghigherground.org/proposalform2016.php).

View   last year's sessions to get a sense of the typical agenda and range of topics. If you have further questions, email Howard Kramer at: ahg@ahead.org or visit it on the web: URL: http://accessinghigherground.org/    

EASI Webinars and Courses

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 accessible 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.

Two EASI Courses Starting on January 18, 2016

Everyone completing one of these month-long courses will receive documentation verifying their completion. Those completing any 5 of these courses will earn the Certificate in Accessible Information Technology which EASI provides in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine.

Barrier-free E-learning course in March

(This course uses the text Making Online Teaching Accessible. There is a description of this book further down this page.)

EASI courses are created to be fully accessible to participants with disabilities, and the instructors either use adaptive applications or are professionals who support adaptive technology.

EASI Annual Webinar Membership Program

EASI has 2 membership programs: one for individuals and another for institutions. These annual memberships provide free access to all the fee-based Webinars for a full year, free access to an archive of selected Webinar recordings from 3 previous years and a discount to all the EASI courses. At a time when budgets are being cut for training and for travel to conferences, these memberships can fill the void.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program

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.

Read about and apply for the Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship


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 Webinar: Using Web Technology for Distribution of Accessible Course Materials Online

Presenter: Misty Patinelli, MA
Wake Technical Community College

View the slides from the Webinar

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Get Misty's PowerPoint file

Note that EASI Annual Members have free access to all fee-based Webinars, 2-3 years of Webinar archives and a discount on EASI, month-long Courses .

Read about EASI membership


Making Online Teaching Accessible now available from Amazon and BookShare

Making Online Teaching Accessible book cover

View a Short Multimedia Preview of Making Online Teaching Accessible

About EASI

EASI's mission is to serve as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

EASI disseminates know-how about accessible information technology through online courses that can lead to the Certificate in Accessible Information Technology and through frequent both free and fee-based Webinars. EASI courses and Webinars are provided in an accessible format, and its instructors and presenters either are users of adaptive technology or are professional staff supporting adaptive technologies.

Read EASI's History from the ITD E-journal

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