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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

Webinars in July

Webinars in August

Webinars in September

Webinars in October

Webinars in November

Webinars in December


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 obtaining sponsorships to enable it to provide live captioning for all member series Webinars.

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 for July

EASI Free Webinar: How Teachers and Students Can Work Together On The Same Document In The Canvas (lms)

Presenter: Stephen Alexander Marositz J.D. Assistive Technology Specialist Pasedina City College

Thursday July 14 at 11 Pacific noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Alex uses a screen reader to ollaborate online in Canvas with students. He will describe how it works as newer assistive tool developments enables a teacher or student to collaborate in creating and editing online content.

This link will take you to the log in page for Thursday's Webinar (bookmark it for then)

eEASI Webinar: Using a Free Screen Reader to Use the Free Openoffice.org Suite

Presenter: Norm Coombs Professor emeritus RIT.

Thursday July 21 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Centraland 2 Eastern

NOTE! this is moved from July 12!!

NVDA has grown into a full-fledged and free screen reader. It used to be the 'poor person's' screen reader, but now it competes in many situations with the commercial screen readers. OpenOffice grew out of StarOffice. It runs on several operating systems especially Windows, Linux and the Mac. 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 Components:

This Webinar will quickly provide an overview of the OpenOffice suite of applications. It will focus primarily 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 it maintain a standard look and feel while keeping current with technical advantages.

This link will take you to the log in page for Thursday's Webinar (bookmark it for then)

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Webinars for August

EASI 2-Part Webinar Series on Wave the Web Accessibility Checker

This 2-part series is free to EASI Members. Non-members can join the 2-part series for the $100 Registration.

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

Presenter: Jared Smith from WebAIM

August 4 and 11 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Webinar 1: Getting Started Using WAVE For Web Accessibility Evaluation

WAVE is a web accessibility tool that facilitates human evaluation, and this webinar will introduce WAVE and get you started using it as a tool in your evaluation process.

Webinar 2: Advanced Web Accessibility Evaluation Using WAVE

This webinar will focus on more in-depth evaluation using the WAVE tool. It will provide details into how WAVE can best be utilized for advanced web accessibility evaluation, including the WAVE Chrome Extension and API.

Members use this link to go to the member page where they register free

Non-members use the nex t link to register and pay the $100 fee using the link below. Select the EASI 2-part Webinar series for August 4

">Non-members register and pay the fee of $100 for the 2-part series

Demonstrating the Accessibility of Adobe Digital Editions (e-reader)

Presenter: Norm Coombs from Easi

August 18 at 11 Pacific, Noon mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Adobe Digital Editions is a free e-reader for ePub, PDF and similar documents available for Windows, Mac and most smart phones. It works well with screen readers such as NVDA and JAWS.The normal document reading commands work well. Besides it has an extensive set of keystrokes to enhance its accessibility.

Register for Adobe Digital Editions Webinar

EASI Free Webinar: Windows 10 and Accessability

Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed. Microsoft MVP 2010 for Word, Canadian delegate to the ISO/TC 171, committee Member of PDF/UA Universal Access working group

August 25 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Windows 10 has returned the start menu after its removal in Windows 8. It is richer and more complex than Windows 7 start menu. There are several new features which will be explained.

Register for the Windows 10 Webinar

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Webinars Being Planned for September

Forms, Combo boxes, Radio Buttons in PDF a 4-part Member Webinar Series

Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed. Microsoft MVP 2010 for Word, Canadian delegate to the ISO/TC 171, committee Member of PDF/UA Universal Access working group

EASI plans to provide real-time captioning for this member series

Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11

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

Non-members can register below and pay $195 for the 4-part series.

This four part fee based series will guide you through the basics of creating accessible PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat DC. The techniques are the same for earlier versions of Acrobat Pro. The only significant difference is the location of the form tools

Week One: Adobe Acrobat Hierarchy of tasks.

Weeks Two, Three and Four: Adding form controls in Adobe Acrobat.

Non-members use the next link to register and pay the $195 fee using the link below. Select the EASI 4-part Webinar series for September 20

">Non-members register and pay the fee of $195 here

EASI Free Webinar: Introducing DAP: the Document Accessibility Toolbar

Presenter, Norm Coombs from EASI

Tuesday September 13 at 11 Pacific, Noon mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

This toolbar is a plug-in for Microsoft Writer. It will walk content providers through the process, step by step, to create accessible documents easier than before. Even for those who know how to do it themselves, the toolbar will prevent them from overlooking important details. DAP is free and can be downloaded from the Internet.

Register for the Document Accessibility Toolbar

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Webinars Being Planned for October

EASI 4-part Member Webinar Series: Captioning Introduction - Need-to-Know Workshop

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

Wednesdays october 3, 10, 17 and 24

Time: noon Pacific, 1 Mountain, 2 Central and 3 Eastern

Note that the times are an hour later than usual!

EASI Annual Webinar Members use this link to go to the member page for your free registration

Non-members use the link below to register online and pay $195 for this 4-part series

Week 1