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.
Also note that the member username and password was changed on March 1, 2015
Preview of scheduled and planned fee-based, 4-part Webinars
Fee-based Webinars are free for EASI annual members
Beginner/Intermediate PowerPoint 4-part series (scheduled in September)
EASI Fee-based, 4-part Series: Word 2013: Beyond the Basics (scheduled in October)
Alt-media Creation and Production (tentatively in November/December)
Fee-based, 4-part series: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (planned for January/February 2016)
Creating and editing accessible PDF documents based on the PDFUA standard (planned for March/April)
Fee-based series are $225 for the 4 Webinars for non-members
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. Be aware that for the same cost as the cost of 2 fee-based Webinars, a person can purchase an annual membership providing access to all fee-based Webinars for the entire year as well as receiving other benefits.
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
Note the member username and password changed on March 1, 2015
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. Of course members, like the general public, may join any and all of the free Webinars. At a time when budgets are being cut for training and for travel to conferences, these memberships can fill the void.
Webinars scheduled for September
EASI Free Webinar: Twitter with JAWS and MAGic
Presenter: Ryan Jones from Freedom Scientific
Friday Sept. 11 at 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Twitter can be a great way to keep up with family, friends, news, and much more. Join us to learn some tips and tricks on using JAWS to access the Twitter.com website along with other accessible ways to access Twitter.
EASI Free Webinar: Update on NFB-NEWSLINE
Presenter: Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs, National Federation of the Blind
Tuesday September 22, 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
The National Foundation of the Blind's NFB-NEWSLINE provides well over 300 newspapers including 4 in Spanish and more than 40 magazines and is still growing is at last making it possible for blind individuals to gain access to the information in newspapers at the same time as their sighted colleagues, friends, and family members. Lifetime learning, including detailed awareness of current events, is part of what makes a good citizen, a successful employee or employer, and a valuable participant in community life. Without ready access to information, none of us can reach his or her full potential.
EASI Fee-based 4-part Series: Beginner/Intermediate PowerPoint
Presenters: Norm and Beth Coombs
Dates: Thursdays Sept. 10, 17, 24 and October 1
Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
PowerPoint is a popular content-delivery tool for both online and on-site college courses. PowerPoint content is usually created by professors with limited technical know-how, but it is not complex enough to require being provided by information support staff. These four weeks will be designed for non-technical content providers. Once the creator learns the basics of this tool, making their content fully accessible for students with disabilities using assistive technologies will not be burdensome. Llearning to use this application more efficiently will enable content creators to work easier and faster, and it will simultaneously enable their creating content that is fully accessible.
Each lesson will suggest 1-2 activities that participants can try to get the feel of how the PowerPoint features covered that week actually work. These activities will enable particpants to know they understood the material and to master it in ways that help them remember the content.
- Getting started
- Screen readers and screen magnification
- Powerpoint: what, why, when, where?
- Plan before starting
- Keep it simple
- Quick overview of PP ribbons
- What slide layouts are best and why?
- Using the slide thumbnails
- Your homework assignment for week 1
- Configuring your Powerpoint software
- Configure for consistency and accessibility
- Dreating PowerPoint Masters and templates
- Choosing and editing a Basic Theme
- Selecting font size and type
- Colour Contrast
- Select slide layout
- Homework assignment for week 2
- use the default placeholders
- use the Table tools
- Use alt Text for images
- Avoid drawing tables.
- Avoid blinking and spinning content.
- Avoid text boxes
- Avoid timed transitions
- Homework assignment for week 3
- Checking accessibility
- Online delivery
- Classroom delivery
- Home delivery
- Repurposing for other display applications
Non-members use the link below to register and make payment. When you reach the registration site, select the link for EASI Web Conferencing and select the date for September 10, 2015.
Webinars for October
EASI Fee-based, 4-part Series: Word 2013: Beyond the Basics
Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed. Microsoft MVP for Word
Dates: Tuesday October 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central, and 2 Eastern
This four part fee based series will focus on those elements of a well-structured Word document that we often don’t have time for in a “regular” workshop timeframe. Participants will have access to sample documents and “homework” if they want to try the Word tools, tips and techniques. The following are proposed topics, however if you want to know about a specific tool or technique, please contact us with your suggestions.
Focuses on an overview of the Resume Reading tool:
- How to set Cut, Copy and Paste Options
- How to modify an existing style
- Creating a custom style
- How to modify a Table of Contents (including tables of figures and tables)
This week focuses on:
- How to convert one to the other
- and how to access them using the JAWS screen reader (as an example)
- We’ll look at the accessibility of Track Changes and Comments and strategies for using both of these tools
The main topics for week 3 are:
- and the creation of an Index for document
The final week will cover:
- StyleSets and Themes as accessibility tools
- Importing and exporting styles from one document to another
- Columns including section breaks and column breaks
Registration for this fee-based series is $225, but it is free for all EASI Webinar Annual Members.
Non-members use the link below to register and make payment. When you reach the registration site, select the link for EASI Web Conferencing and select the date for October 6, 2015.
Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for the end of 2015
Three 4-part fee-based Webinar series are being organized:
Alt-media Creation and Production (probably in November and December)
- 1: Working with publisher-provided content
- 2: Faculty and instructional design staff produced content
- 3: Audio and video content using captions and descriptive audio
- 4: STEM content both from the view of the author and user
Tentative content to be covered:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (probably 2016 January and February )
- 1: Creating math content both in documents and on the Web
- 2: Training end users with disabilities to read and understand math content
- 3: Creating and producing tactile graphics
- 4: Training end users in how to read and understand it
Tentative content to be covered:
Creating and editing accessible PDF documents (probably in March/April )
- 1: What is PDF/UA and why is it important
- 2: Accessibility Checkers: PAC and the Adobe Full Check tool
- 3: Exploring a more complex accessibility report.
- 4: Continuing with simple repairs and What's next for PDF/UA?
Tentative content to be covered:
Below is a list of other topics being planned
- Accessible Blogs
- Canvas LMS
- Amazon Accessible Mobile devices
- Thunderbird Free Open Email
- Educational Testing Service (ETS) Becoming More Accessible
- Demonstrating a NEW Accessible Media Player
- Dolphin Releases: Simple Talking Computing for People New to Computers
- 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
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.