EASI: EQUAL ACCESS TO SOFTWARE & INFORMATION
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.
Note to EASI Annual Webinar members: we have changed how you register for Webinars. You will read about Webinars and register from a Member-only Webinar page.
Webinars listed by month
What Are EASI Webinars and How Do They Work?
EASI is producing 2 series of Interactive Webinars on specific accessibility-related topics. One consists of single, free Webinars which are open to the public. While the fee-based Webinars consist of 3-4 Webinars providing more in-depth information.
Registration for the fee-based Webinar series is currently $225.00. 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.
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.
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.
Webinars in January 2015
Free EASI Webinar: Balabolka the flexible E-reader
Rescheduled from 2014
Presenter: Michael Micallef: IT, from the Foundation Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) Malta
Thursday January 29!
Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
This open source, free e-reader will open PDF, Word, Text, RTF and more. You can edit and save either as a Text file or as MP3.
If you registered last fall and received email about it very recently, you need not register again. Others can register for this free Webinar at:
Webinar Fee-based Series: Implementing PDF/UA
Presenter: Karen McCall
Dates: Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3
times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern (all standard)
In the fall of 2014, EASI hosted a one-hour Webinar providing an over of PDFUA. If you want a quick overview before starting the series, use the link below:
This four part series will guide you through the impact of PDF/UA on the accessibility of PDF documents. There are three parts to the technical specifications: the accessibility of the document itself, the ability of the PDF viewer/reader to provide the accessibility to the end-user and the ability of the adaptive technology to support the PDF/UA features in the PDF/UA compliant document.
Week One: Overview of PDF/UA and how it will affect the ability of those accessing PDF content
It is an ISO standard that builds on ISO 3200 which is document accessibility.
There are three parts to the specifications:
- The PDF document.
- The PDF reader/viewer.
- The adaptive technology.
PDF and HTML – the relationship.
PDF and ePub – the relationship.
Benefits of PDF/UA:
- Standardized navigation in the form of sequential headings. Not going from heading 1 to heading 3, correct sequence of heading 1 to heading 2, to heading 3
- Consistent Tab Order.
- Alt Text and Actual Text.
- Correct List tagging.
- Correct table tagging.
- We now have a standard set of specifications for a document, a viewer/reader and adaptive technology so that when we are asked “what do you mean by an accessible PDF” we can point to the PDF/UA to standardize access.
Week Two What tools are available to work with PDF/UA compliant documents and what adaptive technology is currently supporting PDF/UA content?
- Adobe Acrobat Professional for tagging and repair.
- PAC checker for quality assurance to the PDF/UA standard.
- NVDA only PDF/UA compliant screen reader to date.
Deal with the JAWS 16 OCR tool for untagged PDF. It doesn’t add the correct structure, navigational capabilities and language tagging. It is a Band-Aid for untagged PDF documents much like the Adobe Reader/Acrobat “do you want me to add tags to the document by guessing what the content is?”
Adobe OCR and add virtual Tags to document.
Matterhorn Protocol – what is it and how does it relate to PDF/UA?
Implementation Guide? What is it and how does it relate to PDF/UA?
Go through a simple report of the PAC checker.
Week ThreeGo through a more complex report of the PAC checker.
This week moves into making simple repairs in Acrobat.
Hierarchy of Tasks:
- Is it a scanned document? Perform OCR.
- Does it have form controls? Add form controls.
- Does it have links? Use Create links from URL’s.
Then Tag the document.
- Alt text for images.
- Actual Text example.
- Core language for document.
- Language changes including use of Tag.
- Headings – using F2.
- Tab Order: What it is and when it gets flagged.
- Lists: Lbody, LBody,
- Table repairs.
- Update on the accessibility of commercial e-readers
- A Webinar on the current state of the accessibility of various cloud computing services.
- Update on accessibility of major LMS systems
- What's new in HTML5 accessibility
Week FourContinuing with simple repairs:
Forms and XFA forms from LiveCycle Designer: just an overview of the difference. Not time enough to go into detail on either of them.
What’s next for PDF/UA?
Go back over the benefits of PDF/UA for standardized navigation and access to document content.
PDF/UA for education.Registration for this 4-part series is $225, but is free for all EASI Annual Webinar Members. There is also a scholarship for those unable to procure the course fee.
Non-members can register and pay using the link below. When you reach the registration form, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of January 13
Webinars in February 2015
Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Adobe Connect
Presenter: Jim Allan, Texas School for the Blind
Tuesday Feb. 17 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Note this date will shortly be confirmed but it is probably final
This Webinar will be held in the actual Adobe Connect Webinar conferencing system. It will demonstrate its features with a focus on ways in which it has been made accessible for users with disabilities.
Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility Features of Talking Communities Conferencing System
Presenter: Norm Coombs From EASI and Professor Emeritus From RIT
Tuesday Feb. 24 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Many of you will be familiar with the system, but this will focus on ways that it supports accessibility for users with disabilities.
Webinars in March 2015
EASI 4-part Webinar Series: Assistive Technology for Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities:
Exploring Strategies, Solutions, Innovations and Resources
Dates: March 12,19,26 and April 2
Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
This webinar series brought to you by AMAC Accessibility in partnership with EASI will explore a variety of assistive technology products and services for students with learning disabilities at the postsecondary level. This series, consisting of 4 one hour webinars, will focus on assistive technology solutions for reading and writing, understanding tablets apps and accessibility features, as well as creating and understanding accessible documents. Presenters will provide in-depth strategies, solutions, innovations and helpful resources to make the transition process into, and living in, the postsecondary world much smoother
March 12: Assistive Technology Solutions for Reading
Technology can help all students achieve academic success! Join us for webinar focused on assistive technology solutions for reading. Presenters will share some of the basic difficulties individuals with learning disabilities encounter when they are reading and then provide examples of how low, mid and high assistive tech devices are creating solutions. Discussion will focus on specific environments and how these devices are assisting people living with various learning disabilities in college. Strategies, solutions and resources that provide supports will be discussed.
March 19: Assistive Technology Solutions for Writing
Technology can help all students achieve academic success! Join us for webinar focused on assistive technology solutions for writing. Presenters will share some of the basic difficulties individuals with learning disabilities encounter when they are writing and then provide examples of how low, mid and high assistive tech devices are creating solutions. Discussion will focus on specific environments and how these devices assisting people living with various learning disabilities in college. Strategies, solutions and resources that provide supports will be discussed.
March 26: Diving Beneath the Surface: Selecting Tablets, Apps and Accessibility Features
Navigating the world of tablets, apps and their accessibility features can be an overwhelming experience especially when there are over 200 apps that are introduced each day and over 20,000 different tablets on the market. It can be difficult to locate resources that share this detailed information especially before you make purchases. Join us for webinar that will dive deep into the various features of tablets and apps and share strategies for selecting which one, along with their accessibility features, will work for you. Presenters will explore Android, Apple and Microsoft tablets, their accessibility features and share some apps that can assist those living with learning disabilities.
April 2: Creating Accessible Documents for Individuals with Learning Disabilities
We are living in a time where the terms "assistive technology" and "accommodations" are expanding the way we think about access to our environments. Accommodations for those living with learning disabilities include ease of access to textbooks and print materials on a postsecondary level. This includes electronic text and the devices being used to read on. Join us for webinar focused on creating accessible documents for individuals living with learning disabilities. Presenters will share information on why and how accessible documents are important for achieving academic success. Tips on how to identify inaccessible documents will be discussed. Participants will be able to understand the solutions for creating accessible documents that are compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies.Registration for this 4-part series is $225, but is free for all EASI Annual Webinar Members. There is also a scholarship for those unable to procure the course fee.
Non-members can register and pay using the link below. When you reach the registration form, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of March 10
Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for 2015
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.