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EASI: EQUAL ACCESS TO SOFTWARE & INFORMATION

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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 October 2014

Webinars in November and December

Webinars in January and February 2015

Webinars in March 2015

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.

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 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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Webinars in October

Two Webinars on Creating and Testing for Accessible Apps in iOS and ANDROID

These 2 webinars are currently being finalized. Probably for late October. Details should be here before the end of September


Fee-based Multi-part Series on Creating Accessible ePub3 Documents

This 4-part Webinar series is a fee-based series, but it is free for EASI Annual Webinar members The registration fee for the series is $225, but there is also a scholarship available for those unable to obtain the funds for the series. Registration details for the series is located below after the description of the week 4 Webinar.

Week 1: Tobi, How to Enhance Accessibility of EPUB3 Publications with Synchronized Audio and Image Descriptions

Presenters: Avneesh Singh: Project Manager, DAISY Consortium and Daniel Weck: System Architect, DAISY Consortium

Tuesday, October 7: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

In this seminar, speakers will summarize the benefits of EPUB3 for accessible publishing. The presentation will describe how to add audio Media Overlays and image descriptions to existing mainstream e-books.

This will be accompanied by live demonstrations, and the meeting will include an open Q&A session.

Week 2: Using Word to Prepare a Document to be Converted into ePub3 Format

Presenter: Karen McCall from Canada

Tuesday, October 14: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This week, Karen McCall, provides an overview of the elements of a well-structured Word document that can then be converted to other formats such as ePub with "relative" ease. Topics include proper use of headings, adding footnotes, endnotes, page numbers, lists, tables and providing Alternate text and captions for images. It is impossible to overemphasize the importance on clear structure that is accomplished by proper semantic markup. All of this is done behind the scene and is often ignored. Semantic markup guarantees that the document and the application used to display or convert work correctly. Looking good is enough enough for a good document.

Week 3: Using RoboBraille to Convert Documents into ePub 3 Format

Presenter: Lars Ballieu Christensen from Denmark

Tuesday, October 21: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

RoboBraille is an automated, self-service solution for people who need to convert documents into alternate formats. The service allows users to convert files in most common formats into audio books, digital braille books and ebooks. The service may also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents tricky documents into more accessible formats. At the webinar, Lars will walk you through the service and how it can be used. He will also talk about how universities and other academic institutions can use the SensusAccess interface to RoboBraille to provide a self-service alternate media solution for students, faculty and alumni.

Week 4: What is ePub and How to Create ePub documents from Open office

Presenter: Norman Coombs

Tuesday, October 28: 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Open Office is a free, open source suite of applications that fill similar functions to Microsoft Office. There are many free extensions to download that will extend the capabilities of Open Office. One extensions will let you save a document in the ePub format. In that regard it has similarities to the save as DAISY add-in for Word.

EASI members register free for this series from the member page using the member username and password

Non-members who cannot obtain funding for this series can apply here for the Dick Banks scholarship for the Webinar series starting Oct. 7

The registration fee for this series is $225. When you use the link below, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of October 7.

Register by credit card, check or PO for the EASI Web conferencing series starting on Tuesday Oct. 7

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Webinars in November and December

Note all times will now be given in US standard time untill the spring

Free EASI Webinar: Balabolka the flexible E-reader

Presenter: Michael Micallef Dip IT, from the Foundation Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) Malta

Tuesday 6: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern standard time

This is an update to the previous Webinar on Balabolka given last year

This accessible, free e-reader can read many file types including: txt, doc, docs, PDF and OpenOffice documents. It interfaces with screen reader and screen magnification applications. It permits copying and pasting. It permits interactive editing of any document, but it will only permit saving in plain text formats as well as converting a document into MP3 sound formats.

register for this free Balbolka Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: Recent NVDA Developments for Education and Work

Presenter: James Teh, Executive Director, NV Access Limited

Wednesday Nov. 12 at 1 Pacific, 2 Mountain, 3 Central and 4 PM Eastern 9 PM GMT

(which is Thursday 13 November 7am Brisbane Australia)

In the past few years, there have been significant enhancements to NVDA for use in education and at work, including support for Microsoft PowerPoint and major improvements to support for other Microsoft Office applications. This presentation will provide an overview of these enhancements and discuss what's next for NVDA in the near future. It will also outline current options and future plans for the provision of technical support and training.

register for the NVDA Webinar

Multi-part Series on Accessibility of Commercial Web Conferencing Systems

This series is currently being revised. It will include discussing the accessibility of major commercial Web conferencing systems including Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, Talking Communities, and others. It will provide background on the accessibility of each system and then provide a Webinar about that specific system which will be actually held in that system. These Webinars will explain and demonstrate how each system works without the presenter making value judgments. The participant will be left to reach conclusions on each system for themselves.

The member registration link for this series is after the last Webinar in this series.

New Week 1: Introduction to the Accessibility Issues of Web Conferencing

Presenter Norman Coombs

Tuesday Nov. 4 at 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern STANDARD TIMES

(The webinar originally on this date was about Blackboard which should now be scheduled on Nov. 11.)

Web conferencing systems are complex and powerful. This introduction will outline these features and discuss the issues each creates for accessibility. A significant aspect of accessibility frequently depends on the presenter. The particular features the presenter selects and the way the presenter makes use of them all become part of their accessibility or inaccessibility.

as this is only an introduction, it will not consume the entire hour. Please ask questions on any system, and we'll see if we can locate the answers and include them in the Dec. 9 Webinar.

New Week 2: The accessibility of Blackboard Collaborate

Presenters: Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington and Blackboard Staff

Tuesday Nov. 11 at 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern STANDARD TIMES

(The webinar originally on this date was about Adobe Connect which should now be scheduled on Dec. 9)

This Webinar will explaine and Demonstrate the Accessibility of Blackboard Collaborate

A more detailed description will be here soon.

(The gap in the Webinar schedule is because EASI is at a conference in Colorado and because many of you will be away celebrating Thanksgiving.)

Week 3: Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Talking Communities Conferencing

Presenters: Norm Coombs and Friends

Tuesday December 2 at 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

While the system is less complex than many, it has the basic features and its simplicity contributes to its accessibility.

New Week 2: Webinar Explaining and Demonstrating the Accessibility of Adobe Connect

Presenters: TBA

Tuesday Dec. 9 at 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern STANDARD TIMES

This Webinar will combine EASI and the TLTGroup members and use the TLTGroup Adobe Connect Web conference room.

A more detailed description will be here soon.

Be sure to read the documents linked below and especially read the link giving a preview of how to configure your computer for Adobe Connect .

Note that the week 1 introductory Webinar will provide information about these 3 systems for you to read in advance especially any items that will make it easier for your preparing your computer to join each Web conferencing system.

EASI members register free for this series from the member page using the member username and password

Non-members who cannot obtain funding for this series can apply here for the Dick Banks scholarship for the Webinar series starting Nov. 4

The registration fee for this series is $225 When you use the link below, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of November 4.

Register by credit card, check or PO for the EASI Web conferencing series starting on Tuesday Nov. 4

Webinars in January and February 2015

Starting in mid January and running into mid February, there will be a fee-based series of Webinars walking attendees step-by-step through creating and repairing PDF documents in line with the PDF Universal Accessibility standards

Details will be here in early October including links for you to register.

View the September Webinar on PDFUA to help you understand this coming fee-based series

EASI members register free for this series from the member page using the member username and password

Non-members who cannot obtain funding for this series can apply here for the Dick Banks scholarship for the Webinar series starting in January

The registration fee for this series is $225 When you use the link below, select EASI Web Conferencing and the date of January 22

Register by credit card, check or PO for the EASI Web conferencing series starting in January 2015


Webinars in March 2015

EASI is planning a fee-based series of Webinars on learning, cognitively and related disability topics and exploring both strategies to support them and presenting products to support these individuals. The large numbers of wounded warriors returning from the middle east has significantly expanded our need to prepare to support these disability groups.

A detailed description will be here by the end of October including links for you to register.


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Webinars in January and February 2015

Starting in mid January and running into mid February, there will be a fee-based series of Webinars walking attendees step-by-step through creating and repairing PDF documents in line with the PDF Universal Accessibility standards

Details will be here in early October including links for you to register.

View the September Webinar on PDFUA to help you understand this coming fee-based series


Webinars in March 2015

EASI is planning a fee-based series of Webinars on learning, cognitively and related disability topics and exploring both strategies to support them and presenting products to support these individuals. The large numbers of wounded warriors returning from the middle east has significantly expanded our need to prepare to support these disability groups.

A detailed description will be here by the end of October including links for you to register.


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Below is a list of Webinars being finalized for 2015

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

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