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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.

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

EASI Annual Webinar Members take this link for the Passworded Member Webinar Page


Webinars listed by month

Webinars in April 2015

Webinars in May 2015

Webinars in June 2015

Webinars in July and August

Webinars in September 2015

Webinars in October

Future Webinars Being Planned

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.

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

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.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program


Webinars in April

EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility Training for Online Educators

Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington

Tuesday April 21, 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This presentation describes 2 online courses to prepare faculty to provide accessible online content for their students.

Sheryl describes a course she delivered online for faculty at Rutgers University. Hadi outlines a similar course he delivered for faculty at the University of Illinois.

Is your college or university considering providing a similar course for its faculty? These 2 live examples will provide you a wealth of ideas and experience to design such an online experience for its faculty. Few schools are providing anything this comprehensive, but schools need to provide training similar to these successful online courses.

The register is over now

EASI Webinar: Adobe Connect Meetings (web conferencing)

Presenter: Jim Allan from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired >

Adobe Connect is one of the major Web conferencing systems in wide use today. Adobe has worked to enhance its accessibility for participants with various disabilities. The accessibility includes both the presenter and the audience.

The Texas school has been using this application for some time, and Jim is one of its key IT and accessibility staff. Jim will demonstrate its features.

Unfortunately, the Webinar being used for this Webinar has a limited number of seats. We are closing registration

There will be a recording. This Webinar recording, I am told, won't be ready for 2-3 weeks. Return to this Webinar promotion and schedule page and listed under May or June there will be a link for this Webinar's recording. Come back in Mid May and watch for its availability.

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Webinars in May

EASI Free Webinar: Using Intermediate or Advanced Tools in Word, an Overview

Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed. Microsoft MVP for Word

Tuesday May 19, 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

when using more advanced features in Word, the document can then be converted with relative ease into several formats:

This overview will include:

This overview will be followed by a Webinar series in the fall which will go into more details and which will include hands-on homework assignments to be accomplished between Webinars. Participants will be expected to report on their work and can ask for clarification and/or further assistance at the next presentation.

Register for the May 19 Webinar

Webinars in June

Wearability: Wearable computers and accessibility

Presenter: Ted Drake, Accessibility Engineer at Intuit.com

Thursday, June 18: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Wearable devices go beyond the watch and eye glasses. This presentation introduces the wide variety of devices and how they can make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.

Register for the Wearables Webinar June 18

EASI Fee-based Webinar Series: technology access and higher ed

This 4-week series should be scheduled shortly.

Week 1. General overview

Week 2: STEM Access

Week 3: Media Access

Week 4: System Challenges

Possible Week 5: Panel Q&A

This will be a fee-based series that will be free to EASI annual members. Registration for members and non-members will be here soon.

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Webinars and July and August

nothing scheduled yet

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Webinars scheduled for September

EASI Fee-based Series: Beginner/Intermediate PowerPoint

Presenter: Norm Coombs, Professor Emeritus from RIT and CEO of EASI

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.

week 1 what why where, when and Getting Started

week 2 views, layouts, styles, themes, background/foreground colors, LD accessibility issues, blind and low vision issues

week 3: tables, images or graphics, sounds, multimedia, animations and transitions

week 4 checking accessibility, online delivery, classroom delivery, ''home' delivery, repurposing for other display applications

members use this member-only page to register for this series

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.

Non-members register and make payment for this September Webinar series

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Webinars for October

Webinar Fee-based Series: Hands-on Learning of Microsoft Word

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

Each Webinar will explain some of Word and focus on relevant accessibility issues. Each will provide a homework assignment for participants to work on during the week. By the end participants will under Word accessibility features and will hav experienced putting that knowledge into practice.

More details and a registration link will be here by the end of April.

Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for 2015

Below is a list of other topics being planned

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