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 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.
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:
- ?Tagged PDF.
- An ePub document.
- A Braille document
- Large print (using Style Sets).
This overview will include:
- hierarchical headings using Heading Styles
- Alt Text for images.
- ? Properly structured tables
- Correctly created lists.
- Correctly created footnotes or endnotes.
- ?Linked Table of Contents.
- Table of Figures
- Table of Tables
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.
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.
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.
Webinars and July and August
nothing scheduled yet
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
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.
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
- 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.