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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 January 2015

Webinars in February

Webinars in March

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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Webinars in January 2015

Free EASI Webinar: Balabolka the flexible E-reader

Rescheduled from 2014

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

Thursday January 29!

Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This open source, free e-reader will open PDF, Word, Text, RTF and more. You can edit and save either as a Text file or as MP3.

If you registered last fall and received email about it very recently, you need not register again. Others can register for this free Webinar at:

Register for the rescheduled Balabolka Webinar

Webinar Fee-based Series: Implementing PDF/UA

Presenter: Karen McCall

Dates: Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3

times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern (all standard)

In the fall of 2014, EASI hosted a one-hour Webinar providing an over of PDFUA. If you want a quick overview before starting the series, use the link below:

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

This four part series will guide you through the impact of PDF/UA on the accessibility of PDF documents. There are three parts to the technical specifications: the accessibility of the document itself, the ability of the PDF viewer/reader to provide the accessibility to the end-user and the ability of the adaptive technology to support the PDF/UA features in the PDF/UA compliant document.

Week One: Overview of PDF/UA and how it will affect the ability of those accessing PDF content

It is an ISO standard that builds on ISO 3200 which is document accessibility.

There are three parts to the specifications:

PDF and HTML – the relationship.

PDF and ePub – the relationship.

Benefits of PDF/UA:

Week Two What tools are available to work with PDF/UA compliant documents and what adaptive technology is currently supporting PDF/UA content?

Deal with the JAWS 16 OCR tool for untagged PDF. It doesn’t add the correct structure, navigational capabilities and language tagging. It is a Band-Aid for untagged PDF documents much like the Adobe Reader/Acrobat “do you want me to add tags to the document by guessing what the content is?”

Adobe OCR and add virtual Tags to document.

Matterhorn Protocol – what is it and how does it relate to PDF/UA?

Implementation Guide? What is it and how does it relate to PDF/UA?

Go through a simple report of the PAC checker.

Week ThreeGo through a more complex report of the PAC checker.

This week moves into making simple repairs in Acrobat.

Hierarchy of Tasks:

Then Tag the document.