PEOPLE NOT TECHNOLOGY
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.
EASI is producing 2 strands of Interactive Webinars on specific accessibility-related topics designed to enable organizations to make their information technology systems fully accessible. One strand consists of single Webinars that are free and open to the public; the other strand consists of groups of 2-4 related Webinars providing state-of-the-art skills and strategies for EASI Annual Webinar Members. Non-members can participate in these member series by paying a registration for a particular group of Webinars. The non-member registration for a 2-part Webinar series is $100 and the non-member fee for the 4-part series is $190. EASI is looking for sponsorships to enable it to provide live captioning for all member series Webinars. Meantime, all the webinar series will be transcribed and the transcription will be posted afterwards with the webinar's archive.
The cost of an individual membership provides a considerable saving over purchasing individual Webinar series. It also provides access to the Webinar archive and a discount on all courses.
EASI is pleased to host Webinar presenters from across the US as well as several other countries. As usual, some presenters are, themselves, adaptive technology users, and others are professionals supporting adaptive technology. Webinars use conference systems that facilitate hosting an accessible event.
You will need working speakers so you can hear the presenter. The room has both text and voice chat. (A microphone is optional). A PC running Windows is the best operating system, but a Mac can access the system. Internet Explorer is the best browser, but others should also work.
We strongly urge you, if this is your first EASI Webinar, to come early to the presentation to iron out unforeseen problems. (The conference room is normally locked, and it is usually opened 45-60 minutes before the event.)
This scholarship provides people who are unable to procure other financing, with registrations to either the fee-based Webinar series or to EASI online courses. While EASI relies on fees to support our work, nevertheless, we want to share these resources as broadly as possible.
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 several previous years and a discount to all the EASI courses. The institutional membership provides these same benefits to as many people from that institution as are interested. The cost for an individual is $450 and for an institution is $1,500.
At a time when budgets are being cut for training and for travel to conferences, these memberships can fill the training void. EASI strives to keep up on state-of-the-art accessible technologies and the best current practices in supporting accessible information technology.
Besides the benefits of membership for yourself, be aware that you are helping support EASI's free activities providing free Webinars, attending conferencing and maintaining its daily activities.
Presenters: Richard Ladner, Andrew Ko, and Sheryl Burgstahler from the University of Washington
Thursday June 28 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Many IT products available today are not fully accessible to people with disabilities. Computer companies report that they cannot find job applicants with accessible IT expertise. Ideally, this content would be routinely covered in college and university computing courses when students develop web pages, software interfaces, and other IT so that future developers will build more accessible products. But, is this content taught? The AccessComputing project, funded by the National Science Foundation, conducted a survey to find out how common it is for faculty at postsecondary institutions to teach about accessibility in their computing courses.
This presentation will share the results of this study and emphasize the importance of teaching future developers about accessible design principles and practices.The presenters will also give specific examples of accessibility topics that can be integrated into computing courses.
Exact dates and presenters will be here soon! Meantime here is some material copied from its web site:
Raising the Floor is an organization of diverse people from industry, academia, NGOs and other sectors who have come together to ensure that people who face barriers due to disability, literacy, digital-literacy, and aging are able to fully understand, access, and use the digital world we are creating (the web, computers, tablets, phones, educational materials, ticket machines, thermostats, and even home appliances). Our central focus is the development of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). Here is a partial list of its supporting organizations:
Time, dates presenters and more specific details will be here soon!
September 18. 25, October 2 and 9
Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Presenter: Karen McCall
Non-members can register and pay the $195 fee from the link below. At the secure page, select the 4-part webinar conference series with the starting date of September xx.Members have free access to this series
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.
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.