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EASI Webinar Schedule Updated April 19


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 Annual Members use this link for member Webinar information and free registration to member Webinars

Webinars listed by month

Webinars in April

Webinars for May

Webinars for June

Webinars for July

Webinars for August

Webinars Being Planned for September

Webinars Being Planned for October

Webinars Being Planned for November

Webinars Being Planned for December

What Are EASI Webinars and How Do They Work? /h2>

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 obtaining sponsorships to enable it to provide live captioning for all member series Webinars.

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.

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What equipment do I need to participate?

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.)

Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship for EASI Webinars and Courses

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.

Read about and apply for the Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship

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 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 er Laura Fathauer] 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.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program

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Webinars in April

Creating Accessible Youtube Media

Presenter: Laura Fathauer, Ohio State University

Thursday April 28 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Laura will explain how to upload a video to Youtube and discuss which formats Youtube will accept. Youtube also can automatically turn the spoken content of the video into actual captions.

This url will take you to the Webinar login page. Bookmark it for the Webinar

Register for the accessible Youtube Webinar

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Webinars for May

EASI Free Webinar: ARIA Made EASI

Presenter: Terrill Thompson from U. Washington

Tuesday May 3 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

ARIA ("Accessible Rich Internet Applications") is an official W3C specification that is designed to help assistive technologies understand the roles, states and properties of the various components that make up modern web pages. This specification became an official "W3C Recommendation" in March 2014, yet many people are still confused by it. This session seeks to demystify ARIA and explain it, with examples, in a way that even non-developers can understand. The session is designed for web accessibility advocates who need just enough ARIA know-how to effectively communicate with website owners and developers.

Register for the ARIA Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: Introducing CAMI, the Center for Accessible Materials Innovation,A First in the World Project at Georgia Tech

Presenter: Robert Martinengo, Project Co-Director, Georgia Tech

Tuesday May 24 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

In this presentation you will learn about:

Register for the Center for Accessible Materials

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Webinars in June

EASI Free Webinar: Words of wisdom and helpful hints for those who are new to the field, from those who have worked with postsecondary students with disabilities

Presenter: Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph.D.and Doreen Gardne rBristol Community College

Thursday June 9 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Cindy sent a question to the email list, Disabled Student Services in Higher Education, DSSHE-L, requesting feedback from list members to the question, "what do you know now that you wish you had known then?" She got a flurry of responses. She has compiled what she learned and in this presentation, and will share it with us in this Webinar.

This session will provide an opportunity for all of you to discuss, share and laugh about important matters such as self-care, resources, laws, and much more. Her survey provides a good glimpse into what old-timers can teach new support staff.

Register for the staff experience Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: E-Learning Accessibility: What Does An Instructor Need to Know?”

Presenter Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin University of Washington

Tuesday June 14 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Learn legal issues and strategies for promoting universal design of distance learning courses, with a focus on what the instructor needs to know.

Register for What Does An Instructor Need to Know?

EASI Free Webinar: The challenge of accessible publishing

Presenter: TRIPP NARUP | Archive Strategic Manager / DAM Project Manager, ELSEVIER

Thursday, June 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Publishers face both internal and external challenges to making accessible books. Some of these challenges are specific technical hurdles, others are more difficult cultural hurdles. Despite these challenges, publishers continue to move closer to accessible books. Some of the hurddles are:

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Webinars for July

eEASI Webinar: Using a Free Screen Reader to Use the Free Suite

Presenter: Norm Coombs Professor emeritus RIT.

Tuesday July 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Centraland 2 Eastern

NVDA has grown into a full-fledged and free screen reader. It used to be the 'poor person's' screen reader, but now it competes in many situations with the commercial screen readers. OpenOffice grew out of StarOffice. It runs on several operating systems especially Windows, Linux and the Mac. The mission of OpenOffice is to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

OpenOffice Components:

  • Writer: aword processor similar to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.
  • Calc: a spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.
  • Impress: a presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.
  • Draw: a vector graphics editor similar to the drawing functions in Microsoft Office.
  • Math: a tool for creating and editing mathematical formulas, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor.
  • Base: a database management program similar to Microsoft Access.

This Webinar will quickly provide an overview of the OpenOffice suite of applications. It will focus primarily on familiarizing attendees on the main features and functionality of Writer and focus on its accessibility for users with disabilities. It will demonstrate its ability to read several documents and to create content in several formats including ePub. When commercial applications constantly roll out new versions, users can be frustrated with their changes and the need to upgrade. does change to keep up with technical changes but normally it maintain a standard look and feel while keeping current with technical advantages.

Register for the openoffice Webinar

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Webinars for August

EASI 2-Part Webinar Series on Wave the Web Accessibility Checker

This 2-part series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 2-part series for the $100 Registration.

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

Presenter: Jared Smith from WebAIM

August 4 and 11 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

A fuller description and registration links for members and for non-members will be here soon

Demonstrating the Accessibility of Adobe Digital Editions (e-reader)

Presenter: Norm Coombs from Easi

August 18 at 11 Pacific, Noon mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Adobe Digital Editions is a free e-reader for ePub, PDF and similar documents available for Windows, Mac and most smart phones. It works well with screen readers such as NVDA and JAWS.The normal document reading commands work well. Besides it has an extensive set of keystrokes to enhance its accessibility.

Register for Adobe Digital Editions Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: Introducing DAP: the Document Accessibility Toolbar

Presenter, Norm Coombs from EASI

Tuesday August 2 at 11 Pacific, Noon mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

This toolbar is a plug-in for Microsoft Writer. It will walk content providers through the process, step by step, to create accessible documents easier than before. Even for those who know how to do it themselves, the toolbar will prevent them from overlooking important details. DAP is free and can be downloaded from the Internet.

Register for the Document Accessibility Toolbar

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Webinars Being Planned for September

Some of the Webinars listed are almost ready to schedule; others are only being explored. h3> Forms, Combo boxes, Radio Buttons in HTML and PDF a 4-part Member Webinar Series

This series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 4-part series for the $190 Registration.

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

Webinars 1-2 will focus on Web Pages

Presenter: J. Whiting from WebAIM

Forms, Combo boxes, Radio Buttons in PDF:

Presenter: Karen McCall

The dates and registration will be here soon.

EASI Free Webinar: Born Accessible

There is a movement to get publishers to make books accessible from the beginning of their creation.

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Webinars Being Planned for October

EASI Webinar: Advances in Moodle Accessibility

EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility of Canvas

EASI fee-based, 4-part Webinar: Keep up-date with making STEM Content Accessible

This series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 4-part series for the $190 Registration.

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are increasingly becoming accessible and creating this content is becoming easier for content providers. The 4 Webinars will cover:

  • Authoring accessible math content
  • Reading math
  • Learning the use of Infty
  • metro

More details, dates and authors will be here soon

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Webinars Being Planned for November

EASI 4-part Webinar Series on Captioning and video description for Streaming Multimedia

Presenter to be announced

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

h3> EASI Free Webinar: Creating accessible Tables and Collumns in Word and PowerPoint

EASI Free Webinar: Avoid Technical Jargon on Web Pages

EASI Free Webinar: Tools to Enable Authors Creat ePub Documents

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Webinars Being Planned for December

EASI 4-part, Webinar Series: Alt-media Creation and Production

This 4-part series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 4-part series for the $190 Registration.

Presenters TBA

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

tentative content to be covered:

  • working with publisher-provided content
  • Working with faculty and instructional design staff-produced content
  • > working with audio and video content using captions and descriptive audio
  • working with the complexity of STEM content.

EASI Free Webinar: How to Evaluate the Accessibility of Smart Phone Apps?

EASI Free Webinar: What is Cloud Computing and How Accessible Is it?

EASI Webinar: The Accessibility of Google Docs

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