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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 November

EASI Free 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)

Did you know that Word, Excel and PowerPoint now have an accessibility checker built into them?

This free two part webinar series will provide an overview of the things that the Office 365 Accessibility Checkers check in your Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents to optimize accessibility. Topics include what to look for in the Accessibility Checker results and what you will need to check manually. Even with the automated accessibility check, document authors and remediation professionals will need to make some decisions. However, these automated tools make your life easier!

Registering once below will provide you access to both webinars

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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