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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.
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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.)
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.
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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.
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dates: February Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27
Times: 11 Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern standard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Registrations are now closed
Presenter: Steve Jacobs: IDEAL Group, Inc. | Apps4Android, Inc. | Inftyreader Group, Inc.
Thursday March 22
11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern Daylight
Speech2RTT is an Android application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet. It works over cellular networks and for Wi-Fi calling. Speech2RTT captions, and then streams, the text of what is being said, in real-time, between individuals. If a user cannot speak, or opts not to speak, they can type what they want to say in real-time. Speech2RTT® accommodates users in 96 countries speaking any one of 68 languages. Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved. No limits are imposed on the length of communications. Speech2RTT offers free RTT communications, even internationally. Best of all, it is being offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed."
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Presenter: Karen McCall, M.Ed.
April 3' 10, 17 and 24
Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central or 3 Eastern
This four part series introduces new features for PDF remediation professionals in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and provides a review of PDF 2 Tags for specific document components. Although the word “basics” is in the webinar title, those of us who remediate PDF documents often find ourselves quickly in the “advanced” remediation techniques. Some of those are covered in this webinar too! If you remediate PDF documents to be accessible for those of us with disabilities or if you are just starting your PDF remediation career, this webinar will guide you through some of the things you’ll find and show you techniques for creating more accessible PDF documents.
Note: topics and the week they occur in may vary depending on participants questions and needs. If you want something covered, let Karen know!
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Presenter Jon Gunderson: University of Illinois
Thursday April 22 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern
The goal of the A11yFirst Project is to support authors in creating accessible online resources. Most of the content created for the web is done through WYSISWYG editors that are part of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Drupal. The authors are for the most part non-technical and know little about accessibility. This project modifies the user interface of the popular CKEditor, that is commonly used in WordPress and Drupal, to help authors understand accessibility and support them in creating accessible content. The project is open source so people are free to use it there CMSs.
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The TC Conference system has an improved client for the Mac.