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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

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Webinars in December

January Webinars in 2017

Future Webinars being planned

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 Being Planned for December

EASI Free Webinar: The challenge of accessible publishing

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

Thursday, December 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:

Check out this super webinar 'the challenge of accessible publishing

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January Webinars in 2017

EASI Free Webinar:

Accessible forms in MS Excel

Presenter: Andrew Downy from Australia

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

Andrew will begin with a brief introduction to Excel and will give some examples of when it is appropriate to use it as a form.  He will then demonstrate some techniques for reducing confusion when using Excel with a screen reader including naming worksheets and hiding unnecessary cells. Participants will then be taken through the process of defining column and row headings.  This becomes crucial for screen reader access when spreadsheets grow in size and/or complexity. An important option when setting up an Excel form is defining rules for what may be entered into a cell.  This facility will be demonstrated, with specific suggestions to improve clarity for screen reader users.

Other Excell features to be covered include:

download the sample form for this webinar

Registration for Excel forms Webinar

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

Presenter Jon Gunderson

Dates Tuesday 24 and 31

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

Part 1: Creating Accessible Forms: Labeling and focus styling

Tuesday Jan 24 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Forms controls are fundamental interactive elements of the web and it is important to understand what makes them accessible and usable to people with disabilities.  IN this first part of this series participants will learn how to label form controls with standard label elements and with ARIA techniques, and how the different techniques affect user interaction.   The course will include techniques to provide a consistent visual keyboard focus indicator across browsers for form controls.   Participants will understand the Section 508 and W3C WCAG 2.0 requirements that apply to form controls

Part 2: Creating Accessible Forms Part 2: Accessible Error Feedback and Instructions

Tuesday Jan. 31 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

The second part of this series will demonstrate the history of techniques for providing accessible error feedback, and the latest techniques available using ARIA.  The session will also look at the issue of providing accessible instructions.  Participants will understand the W3C WCAG 2.0 requirements that apply to error feedback and correction in form controls.

The audio will be transcribed and the transcription will be posted later with the archive.

EASI Annual Members use this link for the free registration

Non-members use the nex t link to register and pay the $100 fee using the link below. Select the EASI 2-part Webinar series starting January 24

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

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Webinars in February

Accessible Document Design – 4 Part Series

Presenter: Karen McCall

Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

This four part series takes a look at how to optimize Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and PDF forms for accessibility and usability.

Week 1 – Word

What tools do you have in Word to optimize your documents for accessibility and usability...and where do you find them! What are the improvements to accessibility of Word documents from the perspective of someone using adaptive technology?

Week 2 – PowerPoint and Excel

What tools do you have to optimize PowerPoint documents to be accessible and more usa

ble? Topics include working with the slide master, colour contrast and PowerPoint template design.

In looking at Excel documents, we will explore techniques on locati95ng and navigating worksheets.

Week 3 – PDF Documents

This week provides an overview of the basics of optimizing PDF documents for accessibility and usability. We will take a look at the Tags or structure elements and how to use them. This is not a session where we will be remediating Tags, but we will discuss the correct Tag for the piece of content on a page.

Week 4 – Accessible PDF Form Design

How many of us have had training on how to layout a form on so that it can be made into a digital form in any format, but specifically PDF? Do any of us actually look at the forms we are trying to make accessible? This week we’ll take a look at some of the techniques to optimize your PDF forms to be accessible and usable beginning with your form template. (This is not a week where we will add form controls or work in Adobe acrobat, this is a session on how to make your own form templates more accessible and usable.)

The audio will be transcribed and the transcription will be posted later with the archive.

EASI Annual Members use this link for the free registration

Non-members use the nex t link to register and pay the $195 fee using the link below. Select the EASI 2-part Webinar series starting February 2

Non-members register and pay the fee of $1 here

Future Webinars being planned

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:

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

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:

Single free Webinars

We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:

Making Accessible forms and similar features in Excel

Presenter Andrew Downie from Australia

Making Accessible forms and similar features in EWord

Presenter Karen McCall

EASI Webinar: Advances in Moodle Accessibility

EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility of Canvas

Making accessible forms, etc. in Word

Karen McCall

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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:

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