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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.

Archive for the Zoom Accessibility Webinar

The link below will take you to the page where you can access the recording. Currently (Monday morning) the link to the cloud version of the recording has a problem. My fault. It will get fixed soon.

Here is the zoom Accessibility 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 EASI Free Zoom Video Conferencing and Accessibility Friday September 14

Read about EASI Corp 4-part Free-based Series on PowerPoint and Excel (starting January 15)

Read about EASI Free Quick Intro to Microsoft Narrator October Tue. 16

Read about EASI Free Webinar on Inclusive Design of Artificial Intelligence on Oct. 25

Read about EASI Free Webinar on Chromebook Accessibility Thur. Nov. 1

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

EASI Free Zoom Video Conferencing and Accessibility

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

Zoom is a web conferencing software that is quickly becoming more widely used by educational institutions, government agencies, and various commercial companies. The University of Washington has been collaborating with Zoom for a couple of years to improve its accessibility and overall user experience. While there is still a ways to go to achieve full accessibility, we believe that Zoom has made great strides towards accessibility. In this webinar, Hadi Rangin and Jason Smith from the University of Washington and Ken Ding from Zoom will discuss various accessibility features in Zoom, including closed captioning, screen reader and keyboard support, as well as its screen sharing and remote control capabilities.

Sorry but registration is closed!!!

EASI 4-part Free-based Series Accessible PowerPoint and Excel

NOTE! this schedule has changed!

Tuesdays January 15, 22, 29 and Feb 5,

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.

Register free at the link below. You will receive a login reminder and directions by Monday Jan. 14

Register for the 4-part series starting in January

EASI Free Quick Intro to Microsoft Narrator October Tue. 16

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

EASI Free Webinar: Inclusive Design of Artificial Intelligence

Thursday October 25 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central or 2 Eastern

Presenter: Jutta Treviranus at University of Toronto

Artificial intelligence used to be all about the distance future, but it has now become mainstream. It is already impacting us in ways we may not recognize. It has great potential for good and also may be cause for worry of possible danger.

Register for AI webinar Oct. 25

EASI Free Webinar on the Chromebook Accessibility

Thursday November 1 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.

Anyone who registered for the September 10 date is automatically registered for Nov. 1, and they will receive a reminder by October 15.

A new registration link for new people will be here by the middle of September

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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