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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.

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.

EASI Annual Webinar Members take this link for the Passworded Member Webinar Page


Webinars listed by month

Webinars in August 2014

Webinars in September 2014

Webinars in October 2014

Webinars in November 2014

Future Webinars being planned

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. 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.

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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 At a time when budgets are being cut for training and for travel to conferences, these memberships can fill the void.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program


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EASI Webinars for August

EASI Webinar: Information Access Using ReadHear

Thursday, August 07: at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Presenters: Wunji Lau and Dave Schleppenbach from gh, LLC

ReadHear is an e-book reader for Windows and MacOS with versatile audio features, synchronized highlighting, and support for a wide range of file formats. ReadHear provides built-in support for MathML enabling access to STEM textbooks, coursework, and other educational and professional materials.

We will describe the features and functions of the software, summarize research studies using ReadHear in educational settings, and explain how the software handles math content.

Register here for the August 7 Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: Teach Math to Blind Students

EASI Webinar: Math Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Tuesday, August 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Presenters: Dave Schleppenbach and Wunji Lau from gh, LLC

Almost all STEM fields require high competence in mathematics, a subject that is notoriously difficult to effectively present to blind and visually impaired students. In this presentation, we will describe traditional problems and solutions for teaching math to blind students, as well as outline emerging issues related to the rapid growth of online learning and computerized math coursework.

We will also cover results of testing and studies using new software tools developed at gh.

Register for the August 12 Webinar

Free Webinar: Building an Accessibility Program in Your Organization

Presenter: Jim Tobias from Inclusive Technologies

Thursday August 14: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Tired of solving one accessibility problem, only to see another just like it pop up a week later? Exhausted from running around fighting accessibility fires, all on your own with a tiny spray bottle? It's time to put accessibility on a mature organizational basis. Learn how to build a sustainable accessibility program within your agency, company, or educational institution.

Register for the August 14 Webinar with Jim tobias

Webinar: the New File Explorer in Windows 8 and Demonstrating Its Use with Jaws

Presenters: Dan Clark and Ryan Jones from Freedom Scientific

Thur. August 21: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

In this webinar we will discuss and learn the layout of the new File Explorer window, explain at least one of the changes in the evolution of Windows Explorer from Windows Vista to File Explorer in Windows 8, tab order in the File Explorer window, tab order in the Ribbons, Contextual tabs in File Explorer, navigation of the tree view, list view, ribbon, and more. Additionally, we will show how to create a folder and move files from one location to another, change the View settings, use column headers to sort by name, date modified, type, or size, and use the search feature. We will also discuss "This PC," which now appears in the tree view, and Libraries, which are buried a little deeper than prior versions of Windows Explorer.

Register for the August 21 Webinar with Dan Clark

Register for this August 20 Webinar continuing Windows 8

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EASI Webinars for September

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint

Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT

Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 PPacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Creating accessible narrated Powerpoint, first assumes an accessible PowerPoint presentation. This will only be touched on briefly in this presentation. Next, the presentation will walk participants through the process of setting up the parameters for the show and then recording the content to go with each slide. Last, it will explain the different options for the show's output and the reasons for each choice.

The presentation will discuss possibilities for including captions to support the presentation.

Register for the Narrated PowerPoint Webinar

Free EASI Webinar: PDF in the Classroom: The Future of Digital Textbooks

Tuesday, September 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Presenters: Karen McCall and Adam Spencer

This Webinar will be an one hour webinar on strategies for implementing the PDF/UA (Universal Access) international standard for PDF accessibility and what it means to publishers and students with disabilities.

Register for the Webinar on PDF in the classroom

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Webinars in October

Fee-based Multi-part Series on Creating Accessible Epub3 Documents

The details are being organized. One presentation will be on the nature of Epub documents, convergance with DAISY standards and how to create Epub documents using Open Office.

A second presentation will look at two ways to convert between document types including docs, otd, txt. rtf mobi and Epub using eitgher an online service or a PC application.

Revisiting TOBI the WC3 tool to create accessible Epub3 documents in text or in audio.

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Webinars in November

Fee-based mult-ipart Series on Accessibility of Commercial Web Conferencing Systems

This series is being organized. It will include discussing the accessible of major commercial Web conferencing systems including Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, Canvas and others. It will then have the participants in the series experience presentations using each application and experiencing its particular features.

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Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for the fall

EASI Annual Members take this link to go to the passworded Webinar page for members

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