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September Webinars in 2017

October Webinars in 2017

November Webinars in 2017

December Webinars in 2017

January 2018 Webinars in 2018

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 September

EASI Free Webinar: Working with Columns in Microsoft Word and Tagged PDF

Presenter: Karen McCall

Tuesday September 19, 2017

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

This one hour webinar provides information on how to use columns in Word effectively and provides tips on how to do complex layouts using parallel columns and sidebars. Once the Word document with columns is accessible, it can be converted to tagged PDF and retain the logical reading order.

Find out how by attending this webinar!

Register for Karen's tables and columns webinar

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Webinars in October

EAS I Webinar: Dolphin EasiReader Available for Computers and Smart Phones

Presenter: Steve Bennett Sales Director at Dolphin Computer Access Limited

October 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Dolphin EasyReader is the new free app for downloading and playing accessible books. In this webinar we will look at some of the features for this app for Apple devices and look at who it might suit. We will also look at Dolphin's plans for other platforms and the time scales. Lastly, we will answer the question, why is this high functionality app free?

Register for the EasyReader webinar

EASI Free Webinar: CADET, NCAM's New Caption and Description Editing Tool

Thursday October 19 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenters:  Geoff Freed, Bryan Gould

Geoff Freed, NCAM Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, has been involved in broadcast-, Web- and multimedia-accessibility initiatives for more than 25 years.  He has represented NCAM within working groups of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C/WAI), the DAISY Consortium and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and has participated in the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ASTC) Mobile Handheld working group to ensure that mobile content and devices meet the needs of users with disabilities.  He is a co-author of the W3C’s Timed Text Markup Language (TTML), a non-proprietary method for providing captions and subtitles in digital media, and is a specialist in captioning technologies in all formats, from broadcast to Web.  Geoff has led numerous federally funded RD projects focused on hardware and software accessibility solutions, standards development and content preparation. He is expert in authoring and display technologies for electronic text and digital talking books, as well as solutions for accessible mobile media.  He is an authority on Section 508 regulations and frequently consults on accessibility issues with a wide range of clients, from software and hardware manufacturers to museums, major publishers and universities.  Geoff is also the author of extensive training materials and guidelines related to Web- and multimedia-accessibility, and has trained hundreds of public broadcasters, higher-education institutions and service providers on how to create accessible digital materials of all kinds.  Geoff holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska.

Bryan Gould, NCAM Director of Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies —with the Media Access Group at WGBH since 1996—is well versed in overall accessibility, and is particularly well-suited to address issues related to blindness and how people who are blind or who have low vision (or any print limitations) access technology and various types of media.  Mr. Gould conducts blindness-related research and development projects for NCAM. He conducts training sessions for publishers, accessible material producers, and state organizations on how best to present complex images to meet the needs of students with print disabilities. He is also spearheading efforts to develop standards-based methods of embedding short and extended image descriptions in digital books, online curriculum, and online high-stakes assessments. He led an NSF-funded collaboration with researchers and practitioners at the American Foundation for the Blind, Learning Ally, and the American Printing House for the Blind to research and develop guidelines for creating efficient and effective access to STEM images via description.  He was the project manager for the "Description Enhanced Assessments" a DOEd-funded project which focused on access to high-stakes testing for students with print disabilities. He is a project manager for the DIAGRAM Center which is focused on delivering accessible digital textbooks including accessible images to students who have print disabilities. He continues to research and advise on issues related to audio description for video and on-line presentation of multimedia. He works with museums, theme parks, and similar institutions, including Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland, in their efforts to enhance services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Prior to joining NCAM, he spent ten years at WGBH’s Descriptive Video Service, hiring and training describers and refining WGBH’s description style guidelines. He has conducted numerous focus groups and interviews with blind consumers and educators serving blind learners of all ages. Bryan holds a BA from Syracuse University and an MA from the University of Massachusetts.

Summary: CADET is NCAM's free software for writing captions and descriptions.  It runs in any browser and can export captions in file formats commonly used online today by most browsers and stand-alone media players.   CADET can also be used to generate audio-description scripts. Once downloaded and installed, CADET does not require an internet connection in order to operate: it runs locally in any Web browser, so users do not need to upload private videos or proprietary content to servers or video-hosting sites in order to create captions.

Use the link below to view a Cadet video:

View the CADET video

Register for the CADET webinar

EASI Four-part Fee-based Series: `Read&Write 4-Part Webinars

New dates are: Tuesdays: October 10, 17, 24 and 31

Times: 11 Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern


Description: This 4-part webinar will highlight some of the key features of the program Read&Write. The areas of support offered by Read&Write are: reading tools, writing tools, study tools and research tools. Due to time constraints, it is not possible to show all tools in action. However, most of the tools will be demonstrated via video clips and the rest will be discussed. The Windows version will be used for the presentation.

Session 1, General Overview and program setup:

This session will give the overview of the program and will demonstrate setting up the toolbar as well as the speech options. There are several features that can be adjusted and these will be discussed.

Session 2, Reading Tools:

This session will focus on the reading tools available in Read&Write. There are several tools available to support reading in Word, PDF and web documents. The various settings will be discussed.

Session 3, Writing Tools:

This session will demonstrate and discuss the tools that support the writing process. Tools such as spell checking, homophone checking, word prediction, etc., will be included.

Session 4, Study and Research Tools:

This session will cover the last two support areas of Read&Write. The program includes several tools to support the research and study processes. This session will also allow time for wrap-up on the entire program.

EASI members register free for this 4-part series

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Webinars in November

EASI 2-part Webinar series: Accessibility Checkers in Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Presenter Karen McCall

Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9

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

A fuller description will be here before October

Member free registration for the November 2-part series

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Webinars in December

EASI Free Webinar: improvements to accessibility in Office

Presenter: Karen McCall

Tuesday Dec. 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern (standard)

Description here before Octover

Register for December improvements to accessibility

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Webinars in January 2018

Four-part, Fee-based Webinar Series on Creating Accessible Multimedia

Presenter: Susanne Mistric

Dates being scheduled (probably September)

Familiarizing participants on relevant software and on making a transcription of the spoken audio

Creating synchronized captions of the spoken audio

Creating and posting accessible, captioned Youtube content

Providing audio descriptions synchronized with the audio and captions

A fuller description with dates and presenter and registration will be her soon

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Future Webinars being planned

Accessibility of STEM courses

We are consulting with leaders in the accessibility of courses in math and the sciences. Our goal is to have this series finalized before the end of April.

Topics that wwill be covered will include authoring accessible math content, reading math and learning how to read tactile graphics.

A multipart series on the accessibility of Google dox, Google sheets and Google presentations

We are not sure whether this will be a 2-part or 4-part series.

We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:

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