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EASI: EQUAL ACCESS TO SOFTWARE & INFORMATION

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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.

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

 

Webinars listed by month

Webinars in September 2014

Webinars in October 2014

Webinars in November 2014

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. 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 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.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program

 

 


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EASI Webinars for September

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint

Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT

Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 PPacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Creating accessible narrated Powerpoint, first assumes an accessible PowerPoint presentation. This will only be touched on briefly in this presentation. Next, the presentation will walk participants through the process of setting up the parameters for the show and then recording the content to go with each slide. Last, it will explain the different options for the show's output and the reasons for each choice.

The presentation will discuss possibilities for including captions to support the presentation.

Register for the Narrated PowerPoint Webinar

Free EASI Webinar: PDF in the Classroom: The Future of Digital Textbooks

Tuesday, September 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Presenters: Karen McCall and Adam Spencer

This Webinar will be an one hour webinar on strategies for implementing the PDF/UA (Universal Access) international standard for PDF accessibility and what it means to publishers and students with disabilities.

Register for the Webinar on PDF in the classroom

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Webinars in October

Fee-based Multi-part Series on Creating Accessible ePub3 Documents

This 4-part Webinar series is a fee-based series, but it is free for EASI Annual Webinar members The registration fee for the series is $225, but there is also a scholarship available for those unable to obtain the funds for the series. Registration details for the series is located below after the description of the week 4 Webinar.

Week 1: Creating ePub3 Documents Using Tobi

Presenter Avneesh Singh from India and Daniel Weck from England

Tuesday, October 7: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Week 2: Using Word to Prepare a Document to be Converted into ePub3 Format

Presenter: Karen McCall from Canada

Tuesday, October 14: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Week 3: Using RoboBraille to Convert Documents into ePub 3 Format

Presenter Lars Ballieu Christensen from Denmark

Tuesday, October 21: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Week 4: What is ePub and How to Create ePub documents from Open office

Presenter Norman Coombs

Tuesday, October 28: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

A more detailed description will be here soon.

EASI members register free for this series from the member page using the member username and password

Non-members who cannot obtain funding for this series can apply here for the Dick Banks scholarship for the Webinar series starting Oct. 7

The registration fee for this series is $225 When you use the link below, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of October 7.

Register by credit card, check or PO for the EASI Web conferencing series starting on Tuesday Oct. 7

Registration for the October ePub Webinar series spreadsheet 32

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Webinars in November

multi-part Series on Accessibility of Commercial Web Conferencing Systems

This series is currently being organized. It will include discussing the accessibility of major commercial Web conferencing systems including Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, Talking Communities, Canvas and others. It will provide background on the accessibility of each system and then provide a Webinar about that specific system which will be actually held in that system. These Webinars will explain and demonstrate how each system works without the presenter making value judgments. The participant will be left to reach conclusions on each system for themselves.

Below are links to accessibility information on these Web conferencing systems. This will also link to the VPAT (voluntary Product Accessibility Template) for each.

This multi-part Webinar series is a fee-based series, but it is free for EASI Annual Webinar members The registration fee for the series is $225, but there is also a scholarship available for those unable to obtain the funds for the series. Registration details for the series is located below after the description of the final week's Webinar.

Week 1: Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Blackboard Collaborate

Presenters: Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington and friends

Tuesday Nov. 4 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern STANDARD TIMES

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Be sure to read the Blackboard documents linked below and especially read the link giving a preview of how to configure your computer for BB Colaborate.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Accessibility

Week 2: Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Adobe Connect

Presenters: Ken Petri from the University of Illinois and friends

Tuesday Nov. 11 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern STANDARD TIMES

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Be sure to read the documents linked below and especially read the link giving a preview of how to configure your computer for Adobe Connect .

Adobe Connect Home Page

Adobe Connect Accessibility

Adobe Connect VPAT

Week 3: Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Talking Communities Conferencing

Presenters: Norm Coombs and friends

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

Be sure to read the documents linked below and especially read the link giving a preview of how to configure your computer for Talking communities.

Talking Communities Home Page

Talking Communities Accessibility

Talking Communities VPAT

EASI members register free for this series from the member page using the member username and password

Non-members who cannot obtain funding for this series can apply here for the Dick Banks scholarship for the Webinar series starting Nov. 4

The registration fee for this series is $225 When you use the link below, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of November 4.

Register by credit card, check or PO for the EASI Web conferencing series starting on Tuesday Nov. 4


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Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for the fall

EASI Annual Members take this link to go to the passworded Webinar page for members

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