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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

June Webinars in 2017

Webinars in July 2017

Future Webinars Being Planned 2017

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 looking for sponsorships to enable it to provide live captioning for all member series Webinars. Meantime, all the webinar series will be transcribed and the transcription will be posted afterwards with the webinar's archive.

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 in June

4-part webinar: Styles in Word: A Primer for Accessible Document Design

Dates: June Tue. 6, Thur. 8, Tue. 20 and Thur. 22

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

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

This four part series is based on the book by Karen McCall of the same name. If you are familiar with Styles or new to them, there is always something to learn! This series provides an overview of the different types of Styles in Word, how to use them effectively and how to create new Styles to optimize your Word documents for accessibility. This series includes other elements of accessible document design such as Alt Text on images, contextual links, correct list structures and optimizing tables for accessibility.

These webinars will be recorded.

Those who are not EASI Webinar Annual Members use the next link to register for the 4-part series and also make payment of $195 registering for the EASI Webinar conferencing 4-part series for June 6

Non-members click here to register for the series and arrange payment by credit card, PO or check

EASI Annual Members use this link to go to the member-only page and register free for this series.

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July Webinars

EASI Free Webinar: Improvements to Kindle for PC With Accessability

Thursday July 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenter: Norman Coombs, Ph.D. CEO of EASI

Amazon has been taking accessibility more seriously in recent years. The Kindle hand-held device is including both navigation and document reading more accessible.

Windows computer users have had very limited to Kindle books on the PC. You could download Kincle for PC With accessibility. A screen reader could manage most important menus, but it was useless to read the actual content. Kindle for PC had its own TTS to speak the content of a book. The ability to manage the content was poor; not much better than listening to an audio.

Now, if you download the most recent version of Kindle for PC with Accessibility, normal screen readers will navigate the menus easily. Amazon has started providing Kindle books with enhanced text which can be fully read by a screen reader.

This webinar will explain this in more detail and provide demonstrations of it working.

Register for the free webinar on kindle for pc

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Future Webinars being planned

Accessibility of STEM courses

We are consulting with leaders in the accessibility of courses in math and the sciences. Our goal is to have this series finalized before the end of April.

Topics that wwill be covered will include authoring accessible math content, reading math and learning how to read tactile graphics.

Creating Columns and Tables in Word and Powerpoint: a 2-part series

A multipart series on the accessibility of Google dox, Google sheets and Google presentations

We are not sure whether this will be a 2-part or 4-part series.

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

Tentative content to be covered:

We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:

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