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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

March 2018 Webinars

April 2018 Webinars

Future Webinars Being Planned 2018


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 March 2018

EASI Free Webinar: Speech2RTT

Presenter: Steve Jacobs: IDEAL Group, Inc. | Apps4Android, Inc. | Inftyreader Group, Inc.

Thursday March 22

11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern Daylight

Speech2RTT is an Android application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet. It works over cellular networks and for Wi-Fi calling. Speech2RTT captions, and then streams, the text of what is being said, in real-time, between individuals. If a user cannot speak, or opts not to speak, they can type what they want to say in real-time. Speech2RTT® accommodates users in 96 countries speaking any one of 68 languages. Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved. No limits are imposed on the length of communications. Speech2RTT offers free RTT communications, even internationally. Best of all, it is being offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed."

Benefits Include:

Registration is closed!

Webinars in April

The Basics of PDF Remediation: a fee-based 4-part series

Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed.

April 3, 10, 17 and 24

Times: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central or 3 Eastern

This four part series introduces new features for PDF remediation professionals in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and provides a review of PDF 2 Tags for specific document components. Although the word “basics” is in the webinar title, those of us who remediate PDF documents often find ourselves quickly in the “advanced” remediation techniques. Some of those are covered in this webinar too! If you remediate PDF documents to be accessible for those of us with disabilities or if you are just starting your PDF remediation career, this webinar will guide you through some of the things you’ll find and show you techniques for creating more accessible PDF documents.

Note: topics and the week they occur in may vary depending on participants questions and needs. If you want something covered, let Karen know!

This 4-part, fee-based series is free to EASI annual members.

Members take this to go to the pate for free registration

The fee for non-members for the 4-part series is $190. The link below will take you to the secure server where you can register and also use a credit card, check or PO. Select 4-part webinar series and fill in the information. You must select the date April 3.

Non-members use this to register and make payment

EASI Free Webinar: A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring

Presenter Jon Gunderson: University of Illinois

Thursday April 26 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

The goal of the A11yFirst Project is to support authors in creating accessible online resources.  Most of the content created for the web is done through WYSISWYG editors that are part of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Drupal.   The authors are for the most part non-technical and know little about accessibility.   This project modifies the user interface of the popular CKEditor, that is commonly used in WordPress and Drupal, to help authors understand accessibility and support them in creating accessible content. The project is open source so people are free to use it there CMSs.

If the registration link below creates a problem for you, then below the registration link is a link to email Norm Coombs which you can use instead.

Registeration for the Gunderson Webinar

Send your name and email to Norm Coombs

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Future Webinars being Finalized

EASI appreciates any ideas for webinars and suggestions of possible presenters. Yes, you can suggest yourself!. Currently these webinar topics are nearly finalized:

Several other topics are in the early stages of brainstorming with prospective presenters


The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.