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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

Webinars listed by month

Webinars in September

Webinars in October

Webinars in November

Webinars in December

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 obtaining sponsorships to enable it to provide live captioning for all member series Webinars.

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 for September

Creating Accessible Social Media Content for All Users

Presenters: Jay Wyant, Minnesota Chief Information Accessibility Officer and Jennie Delisi, Analyst, Minnesota Office of Accessibility.

Tuesday Sept. 13 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

This Webinar will have real-time captioning.

Can government agencies create engaging and accessible social media content?

Yes! Learn how Minnesota enabled social media “posters” to connect with more citizens.

This session will present an overview of how accessibility standards apply to social media. Participants will then dive into specific examples of how to make popular social media postings accessible, from Facebook and Twitter to GovDelivery. Along the way, they will learn about the process Minnesota used to develop resources and materials and solicit feedback from subject matter experts. Participants will view examples of engaging content along with some tools to create or test the content. Participants will finish the session with key resources they can immediately use to create accessible, engaging social content.

register for the social media Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: The challenge of accessible publishing

Presenter: TRIPP NARUP | Archive Strategic Manager / DAM Project Manager, ELSEVIER


I will send emails and also put an announcement of the new date very soon. So check back!!!!!

Everyone who has registered will be kept on the list for the webinar and will get notification!

Thursday, September 15 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

(The audio of this Webinar will be transcribed and made available shortly after the Webinar as part of its archive.)

Publishers face both internal and external challenges to making accessible books. Some of these challenges are specific technical hurdles, others are more difficult cultural hurdles. Despite these challenges, publishers continue to move closer to accessible books. Some of the hurddles are:

Register for the challenge of accessible publishing Webinar

Accessible PDF Forms in Adobe Acrobat Pro Four Part Series

Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed. Microsoft MVP 2010 for Word, Canadian delegate to the ISO/TC 171, committee Member of PDF/UA Universal Access working group

(The audio of these 4 Webinars will be transcribed and made available shortly after each Webinar as part of its archive.)

Schedule: Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11

Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

This four part fee based series will guide you through the basics of creating accessible PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat DC. The techniques are the same for earlier versions of Acrobat Pro. The only significant difference is the location of the form tools.

Week One

Weeks Two, Three and Four

This 4-part series is free for EASI annual members. Non-members use the link below to pay online the $195 Registration and select the EASI 4-part Webinar series for September 20

Non-members register and pay the fee of $195 here

Members register free from the member-only page at: go to the member-only page

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Webinars Being Planned for October

EASI 4-part Member Webinar Series: Captioning Introduction -  Need-to-Know Workshop

Presenter: Susanne Van Dorpe Mistric, Instructor/Coordinator Distance Learning – Individualized Learning Center Wade Technical Community College

Wednesdays October 5, 12, 19 and 26

Time: noon Pacific, 1 Mountain, 2 Central and 3 Eastern

Note that the times are an hour later than usual!

This Webinar series will have real-time captioning.

EASI Annual Webinar Members use this link to go to the member page for your free registration

Non-members use the link below to register online and pay $195 for this 4-part series

Week 1

Week 2 YouTube Captioning Basics

Week 3. Advanced Captioning Tools and Techniques Workshop

Week 4. Audio Descriptions: Getting Started

Non-members use the next link to register and pay the $195 fee using the link below. Select the EASI 4-part Webinar series starting October 3

Non-members register and pay the fee of $195 here

EASI Annual Webinar Members use this link to go to the member page for your free registration

EASI Free Webinar: Introducing DAP: the Document Accessibility Toolbar

Presenter, Norm Coombs from EASI

Tuesday October 30 at 11 Pacific, Noon mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

This toolbar is a plug-in for Microsoft Word. It will walk content providers through the process, step by step, to create accessible documents easier than before. Even for those who know how to do it themselves, the toolbar will prevent them from overlooking important details. DAP is free and can be downloaded from the Internet.

Register for the Document Accessibility Toolbar

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Webinars Being Planned for November

EASI Webinar 2-part Fee-based Series: Creating Accessible Forms, buttons, etc. in HTML

Presenter Jon Gunderson

Tentative dates : Tuesdays 2 and 9

Times: 11 pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern (all standard time)

A fuller description will be here by the end of the summer

Non-members register and pay $100 for this series selecting 2-part Webinars on the payment site:

Non-members register and pay the fee of $100 here

and Register for the Webinar on HTML forms, etc.

EASI Annual Members register from this member-only page:

EASI Free Webinar: Avoid Technical Jargon on Web Pages

EASI Free Webinar: Tools to Enable Authors Creat ePub Documents

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Webinars Being Planned for December

EASI 4-part, Webinar Series: Alt-media Creation and Production

This 4-part series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 4-part series for the $190 Registration.

Presenters TBA

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

Tentative content to be covered:

EASI Free Webinar: How to Evaluate the Accessibility of Smart Phone Apps?

EASI Free Webinar: What is Cloud Computing and How Accessible Is it?

EASI Webinar: The Accessibility of Google Docs

EASI Free Webinar: Born Accessible

There is a movement to get publishers to make books accessible from the beginning of their creation.

EASI Webinar: Advances in Moodle Accessibility

EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility of Canvas

EASI fee-based, 4-part Webinar: Keep up-date with making STEM Content Accessible

This series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 4-part series for the $190 Registration.

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are increasingly becoming accessible and creating this content is becoming easier for content providers. The 4 Webinars will cover:

More details, dates and authors will be here soon

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