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

The Read&Write is postponed for a couple months. A new version is just released. Our presenters do NOT want to provide out-of-date content. Watch this page in a couple months for its new dates.

Webinars listed by month

January 2018 Webinars

February 2018 Webinars

Future Webinars Being Planned 2018


What Are EASI Webinars and How Do They Work?

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.

Join the EASI E-mail Announcement Listserv to Keep UP on What's Webinars are Next!

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 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 January 2018

EASI Free Webinar: improvements to accessibility in Office

Presenter: Karen McCall

Tuesday Dec. 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern (standard)

Description here before Octover

Register for December improvements to accessibility

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Webinars in February 2018

EASI Four-part Fee-based Series: `Read&Write 4-Part Webinars

Tentative dates: February Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27

Times: 11 Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern standard

Presenters:

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.

Session 1, General Overview and program setup:

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.

Session 2, Reading Tools:

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.

Session 3, Writing Tools:

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.

Session 4, Study and Research Tools:

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.

EASI members register free for this 4-part series

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Future Webinars being planned

Four-part, Fee-based Webinar Series on Creating Accessible Multimedia

Presenter: Susanne Mistric

This will probably be in March or April

Check back before New Yearto get finalized dates

Familiarizing participants on relevant software and on making a transcription of the spoken audio

Creating synchronized captions of the spoken audio

Creating and posting accessible, captioned Youtube content

Providing audio descriptions synchronized with the audio and captions

A fuller description with dates and presenter and registration will be her soon

4-part Webinar Series on Accessible pdf

Presenter: Karen McCall

Description and dates here by Thanksgiving. It will probably be March or April

Accessibility of STEM courses

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.

A multipart series on the accessibility of Google dox, Google sheets and Google presentations

We are not sure whether this will be a 2-part or 4-part series.

We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:

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