EASI: EQUAL ACCESS TO SOFTWARE & INFOR
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.
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. 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
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.
EASI Webinars for August
EASI Webinar: Information Access Using ReadHear
Thursday, August 07: at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Presenters: Wunji Lau and Dave Schleppenbach from gh, LLC
ReadHear is an e-book reader for Windows and MacOS with versatile audio features, synchronized highlighting, and support for a wide range of file formats. ReadHear provides built-in support for MathML enabling access to STEM textbooks, coursework, and other educational and professional materials.
We will describe the features and functions of the software, summarize research studies using ReadHear in educational settings, and explain how the software handles math content.
EASI Free Webinar: Teach Math to Blind Students
EASI Webinar: Math Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tuesday, August 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Presenters: Dave Schleppenbach and Wunji Lau from gh, LLC
Almost all STEM fields require high competence in mathematics, a subject that is notoriously difficult to effectively present to blind and visually impaired students. In this presentation, we will describe traditional problems and solutions for teaching math to blind students, as well as outline emerging issues related to the rapid growth of online learning and computerized math coursework.
We will also cover results of testing and studies using new software tools developed at gh.
Free Webinar: Building an Accessibility Program in Your Organization
Presenter: Jim Tobias from Inclusive Technologies
Thursday August 14: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
Tired of solving one accessibility problem, only to see another just like it pop up a week later? Exhausted from running around fighting accessibility fires, all on your own with a tiny spray bottle? It's time to put accessibility on a mature organizational basis. Learn how to build a sustainable accessibility program within your agency, company, or educational institution.
Webinar: the New File Explorer in Windows 8 and Demonstrating Its Use with Jaws
Presenters: Dan Clark and Ryan Jones from Freedom Scientific
Thur. August 21: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern
In this webinar we will discuss and learn the layout of the new File Explorer window, explain at least one of the changes in the evolution of Windows Explorer from Windows Vista to File Explorer in Windows 8, tab order in the File Explorer window, tab order in the Ribbons, Contextual tabs in File Explorer, navigation of the tree view, list view, ribbon, and more. Additionally, we will show how to create a folder and move files from one location to another, change the View settings, use column headers to sort by name, date modified, type, or size, and use the search feature. We will also discuss "This PC," which now appears in the tree view, and Libraries, which are buried a little deeper than prior versions of Windows Explorer.
EASI Webinars for September
Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint
Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT
TTuesday Sept. 16: 11 PPacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM EasternCreating 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.
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.
Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for the fall
- October 4-part Webinar series: Creating Accessible Epub Documents
- November: 4-part series Demonstrating Different Commercial Web Conferencing Systems
- Open Office and its increased accessibility
- 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
- Update on the expanded power of NNVDA
- Revisiting the accessibility of Creating Video for Youtube
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.