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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

Webinars listed by month

Webinars in January 2016

Webinars in February

Webinars in March

Webinars in April

Webinars for May

Webinars for the Summer

Webinars for April till the End of the Academic Year

What Are EASI Webinars and How Do They Work?

EASI is producing 2 series of Interactive Webinars on specific accessibility-related topics. One series consists of single, free Webinars which are open to the public. The other series is fee-based Webinars which consist of 3-4 Webinars providing more in-depth information and training.

Registration for the fee-based Webinar series is currently $225. Be aware that for the same cost as the cost of 2 fee-based Webinars, ($450)a person can purchase an annual membership providing access to all fee-based Webinars for the entire year as well as receiving a discount on all the courses that can lead to the certificate in accessible Information Technology.

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 3 previous years and a discount to all the EASI courses. Institutional membership provides these same benefits to as many people as are interested from that institution. The cost 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 January 2016

EASI Free Webinar: Using Web Technology for Distribution of Accessible E-books for Students

Presenter: Misty Patinelli, MA from Wake Technical Community College

Thursday Jan. 28 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Obtaining and providing alternate E-content for students can be a daunting task. Then, there is the bothersome process of actually getting the e-content to that student. Misty has developed a simple method to simplify this process.

This link will take you to the login for Misty's Webinar on Thur. Jan. 28

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Webinars in February

EASI Webinar part 1: Making Media Accessible by Adding Captions and Audio Description

Presenter: Susanne Van Dorpe Mistric, Instructor/Coordinator Distance Learning Individualized Learning Center Wade Technical Community College

Monday Feb. 1 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Susanne provides beginner-level training for WTCC staff on adding captions and audio description to Media. The goal is to take people with little technical skill in how to create descriptions of audio content and then synchronize it with the media. Students also need to be aware of how ane when to add audio descriptions as well

This link will take you to the login page for the Webinar (SO SAVE IT!

EASI Webinar part 2: Making Media Accessible by Adding Captions and Audio Description

Presenter: Susanne Van Dorpe Mistric, Instructor/Coordinator Distance Learning Individualized Learning Center Wade Technical Community College

Monday Feb. 8 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Susanne provides more advanced-level training for WTCC staff who already have the basic awareness of accessibility and familiarity with the tools to provide this. This will enhance their awareness of how and when to add accessible features especially to meet the requirements of content in more advanced courses.

This link will take you to the login page for the Webinar (SO SAVE IT!

EASI Open Mic Brain Storming and Planning

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

EASI invites anyone and everyone and especially YOU to a brain storming, free for all to collect ideas to help planning future Webinars. The Mic and text chat will both be open. Please come and help us. Besides looking for Webinar ideas, EASI is happy to get recommendations for presenters. This includes recommending yourself.

If you have a mic please be sure it is working.

We are looking for ideas for single Webinars on relevant topics as well as ideas for in-depth topics on items which would provide you with useful training

If you have ideas but are unable to participate, please send your thoughts to us by email either in advance or after.

Registration is not necessary but it will help us know how many to expect.

Register for brainstorming

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Webinars for March

EASI Free Webinar: How to Read Graphics

Presenter: John Gardner from Viewplus Technology

Thursday March 10 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Some graphics are adequately described in words, but really important graphics are not. A tactile diagram is useful to only a very few blind braille readers. The only known way to make graphics accessible to nearly all people with print disabilities is by audio/touch.

John will talk about reading audio/touch graphikcs and also how to convert visual images to good audio/touch graphics using ViewPlus' IVEO technology.

Register for the tactile graphics Tutorial

EASI Free Webinar: Providing Accessible Media using Able Player

Presenter: Terrill Thompson from U. Washington

Tuesday March 15 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Able Player is a free, open source, accessible media player for playing video on web pages. It has a wide variety of accessibility features, including fully accessible buttons and controls, support for closed captions and foreign language subtitles, support for audio description (using two different methods), sychronized sign language, adjustable playback speed, chapters (for adding navigation and structure to your video) and an interactive transcript. This session will explore these and many other features, and will provide basic instruction on how to add Able Player to your websites.

Register for the Accessible Player Webinar

Daylight time starts sunday 13

US changes to daylight time on Sunday March 13)

(CSUN Conference March 21-25)

EASI Free Webinar: Highlights of OpenOffice and of OpenOffice Writer

Presenter: Norm Coombs Professor emeritus RIT.

Tuesday March 31 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern Daylight

OpenOffice was launched under the following mission statement:

The mission of OpenOffice is to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format. OpenOffice grew out of StarOffice. It runs on several operating systems especially Windows, Linux and the Mac.

OpenOffice Components:

This Webinar will quickly describe the OpenOffice suite of applications. It will focus on familiarizing attendees on the main features and functionality of Writer and focus on its accessibility for users with disabilities. It will demonstrate its ability to read several documents and to create content in several formats including ePub. When commercial applications constantly roll out new versions, users can be frustrated with their changes and the need to upgrade. OpenOffice.org does change to keep up with technical changes but normally maintain a standard look and feel while keeping current with technical advantages.

Register for the openoffice writer Webinar

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Webinars in April

Creating Accessible Youtube Media

Ken Petri, Ohio State University

Tuesday April 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern Daylight

A full description will be here soon

Register for the accessible Youtube Webinar

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Webinars for May

EASI Free Webinar: ARIA Made EASI

Presenter: Terrill Thompson from U. Washington

Tuesday May 3 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

ARIA ("Accessible Rich Internet Applications") is an official W3C specification that is designed to help assistive technologies understand the roles, states and properties of the various components that make up modern web pages. This specification became an official "W3C Recommendation" in March 2014, yet many people are still confused by it. This session seeks to demystify ARIA and explain it, with examples, in a way that even non-developers can understand. The session is designed for web accessibility advocates who need just enough ARIA know-how to effectively communicate with website owners and developers.

Register for the ARIA Webinar

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Webinars for the Summer

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

Presenters TBA

tentative content to be covered:

EASI Free Webinar: the Increasing Accessability of the Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Presenter: ETS staff

This will probably be scheduled in the summer

EASI Fee-based 4-part Series: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Presenters: TBA

tentative content to be covered:

Details and registration will be here later

EASI Free Webinar: What is Cloud Computing and How Accessible Is it?

Presenter: TBA

More and more new computer applications are designed to encourage the user to store data and even run applications located in the cloud. Even those of us who avoid using the cloud are being nudged in that direction.

Details and registration will be here later and this will probably not be available till April or later

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