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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.
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.
NOTE this is rescheduled now for Thursday July 27
Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Presenter: Norman Coombs, Ph.D. CEO of EASI
Amazon has been taking accessibility more seriously in recent years. The Kindle hand-held device is including both navigation and document reading more accessible.
Windows computer users have had very limited to Kindle books on the PC. You could download Kincle for PC With accessibility. A screen reader could manage most important menus, but it was useless to read the actual content. Kindle for PC had its own TTS to speak the content of a book. The ability to manage the content was poor; not much better than listening to an audio.
Now, if you download the most recent version of Kindle for PC with Accessibility, normal screen readers will navigate the menus easily. Amazon has started providing Kindle books with enhanced text which can be fully read by a screen reader.
This webinar will explain this in more detail and provide demonstrations of it working.
Presenter: Steve Bennett Sales Director at Dolphin Computer Access Limited
August 29at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Dolphin EasyReader is the new free app for downloading and playing accessible books. In this webinar we will look at some of the features for this app for Apple devices and look at who it might suit. We will also look at Dolphin's plans for other platforms and the time scales. Lastly, we will answer the question, why is this high functionality app free?
Presenter: Susanne Mistric
Dates being scheduled (probably September)
A fuller description with dates and presenter and registration will be her soon
Tuesdays: October 3, 10, 17,24
Times: 11 Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
Description: This 4-part webinar will highlight some of the key features of the program Read&Write. The areas of support offered by Read&Write are: reading tools, writing tools, study tools and research tools. Due to time constraints, it is not possible to show all tools in action. However, most of the tools will be demonstrated via video clips and the rest will be discussed. The Windows version will be used for the presentation.
This session will give the overview of the program and will demonstrate setting up the toolbar as well as the speech options. There are several features that can be adjusted and these will be discussed.
This session will focus on the reading tools available in Read&Write. There are several tools available to support reading in Word, PDF and web documents. The various settings will be discussed.
This session will demonstrate and discuss the tools that support the writing process. Tools such as spell checking, homophone checking, word prediction, etc., will be included.
This session will cover the last two support areas of Read&Write. The program includes several tools to support the research and study processes. This session will also allow time for wrap-up on the entire program.
This series is free to EASI's annual webinar members.
Non-members can register and pay the $195 fee online and, when registering, select the starting date of October 3 2017.
We are consulting with leaders in the accessibility of courses in math and the sciences. Our goal is to have this series finalized before the end of April.
Topics that wwill be covered will include authoring accessible math content, reading math and learning how to read tactile graphics.
We are not sure whether this will be a 2-part or 4-part series.
We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.