EASI: EQUAL ACCESS TO SOFTWARE & INFORMATION
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.
Also note that the member username and password was changed on March 1, 2015
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. 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.
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
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.
Webinars in March 2015
EASI 4-part Webinar Series: Assistive Technology for Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities:
Exploring Strategies, Solutions, Innovations and Resources
Dates: March 12, 19, 26 and April 2
Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern DAYLIGHT
NOTE! registration is closed
This webinar series brought to you by AMAC Accessibility in partnership with EASI will explore a variety of assistive technology products and services for students with learning disabilities at the postsecondary level. This series, consisting of 4 one hour webinars, will focus on assistive technology solutions for reading and writing, understanding tablets apps and accessibility features, as well as creating and understanding accessible documents. Presenters will provide in-depth strategies, solutions, innovations and helpful resources to make the transition process into, and living in, the postsecondary world much smoother.
March 12: Assistive Technology Solutions for Reading
Presenter: Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life Tools for Life and AMAC Accessibility at Georgia Tech
Technology can help all students achieve academic success! Join us for webinar focused on assistive technology solutions for reading. Presenters will share some of the basic difficulties individuals with learning disabilities encounter when they are reading and then provide examples of how low, mid and high assistive tech devices are creating solutions. Discussion will focus on specific environments and how these devices are assisting people living with various learning disabilities in college. Strategies, solutions and resources that provide supports will be discussed.
March 19: Assistive Technology Solutions for Writing
Presenters: Carolyn Phillips, Director, and Rachel Wilson, Tech Match Specialist, Tools for Life Tools for Life and AMAC Accessibility at Georgia Tech
Technology can help all students achieve academic success! Join us for webinar focused on assistive technology solutions for writing. Presenters will share some of the basic difficulties individuals with learning disabilities encounter when they are writing and then provide examples of how low, mid and high assistive tech devices are creating solutions. Discussion will focus on specific environments and how these devices assisting people living with various learning disabilities in college. Strategies, solutions and resources that provide supports will be discussed.
March 26: Diving Beneath the Surface: Selecting Tablets, Apps and Accessibility Features
Presenters: Martha Rust, AT Specialist, and Liz Persaud, Training and Outreach Coordinator, Tools for Life Tools for Life and AMAC Accessibility at Georgia Tech
Navigating the world of tablets, apps and their accessibility features can be an overwhelming experience especially when there are over 200 apps that are introduced each day and over 20,000 different tablets on the market. It can be difficult to locate resources that share this detailed information especially before you make purchases. Join us for webinar that will dive deep into the various features of tablets and apps and share strategies for selecting which one, along with their accessibility features, will work for you. Presenters will explore Android, Apple and Microsoft tablets, their accessibility features and share some apps that can assist those living with learning disabilities.
April 2: Creating Accessible Documents for Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Presenter: John Rempel, Quality Control & Training Specialist, AMAC Accessibility at Georgia Tech
We are living in a time where the terms "assistive technology" and "accommodations" are expanding the way we think about access to our environments. Accommodations for those living with learning disabilities include ease of access to textbooks and print materials on a postsecondary level. This includes electronic text and the devices being used to read on. Join us for webinar focused on creating accessible documents for individuals living with learning disabilities. Presenters will share information on why and how accessible documents are important for achieving academic success. Tips on how to identify inaccessible documents will be discussed. Participants will be able to understand the solutions for creating accessible documents that are compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies.
NOTE! registration is closed
Webinars in April
EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility Training for Online Educators
Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington
Tuesday April 14, 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.
Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for 2015
EASI Fee-based Webinar Series: technology access and higher ed
This 4-week series should be finalized and offered in the late spring or early summer
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
Below is a list of other topics being planned
- Wearable computing and accessibility
- Accessible Blogs
- Canvas LMS
- Amazon Accessible Mobile devices
- Thunderbird Free Open Email
- Using the Word 2010 and 2013 Accessibility Ribbon
- Educational Testing Service Becoming More Accessible
- Demonstrating a NEW Accessible Media Player
- Dolphin Releases: Simple Talking Computing for People New to Computers
- 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
The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.