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EASI is a non-profit organization, commited to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.

The information technology revolution combined with adaptive applications for people with disabilities provides us with the opportunity to give students and professionals the most level learning and working space in history.

EASI delivers month-long, online courses about designing information systems that will facilitate institutions in achieving this exciting dream.

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Certificate in Accessible Information Technology

Everyone who completes an EASI course will receive an EASI document of completion for that course. Those completing 5 of these courses will earn the EASI Certificate in Accessible Information Technology. USM has recognized EASI courses by issuing 15 USM CEUs to those completing 5 of these EASI courses.

EASI takes pride in taking the jargon and mystery out of making information technology accessible without sacrificing the look and feel of the content. The courses are designed to be accessible, and the instructors are either users of adaptive technologies or are professionals who support IT accessibility.

EASI Annual Webinar Membership Program

Besides providing free access to the fee-based Webinars, the members receive a discount on EASI courses. With budgets being slashed, membership can help compensate for the loss of training support. EASI provides both single, individual memberships and institutional memberships

Read how membership can help you!

Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship for EASI Webinars and Courses

 

Dick Banks

This scholarship provides people who are unable to procure other financing, with registrations to either the fee-based Webinar series or to the EASI online courses. While EASI relies on fees to support our work, nevertheless, we want to share these resources as broadly as possible.

For those who did not know our valued friend, Dick Banks, he was passionate about accessible information technology and eager to get others as committed to the cause as he was.

Read about and apply for the Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship

 

How do I register?

All courses are entirely online and asynchronous. Content is online using Blackboard. Courses are usually month-long and instructor-led.

Currently, course registration is $350. Students, overseas participants and EASI annual Webinar members receive a 20% discount on courses. Registration information is available on each course syllabus page listed below.)


 

 


 

Courses listed by course

 

Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology

Schedule 2015: January 5, May 4, September 8

Information technology can provide the most accessible learning and working conditions in history for people with disabilities. This course will enable institutions to design both onsite and online electronic devices and electronic information to include and empower people with disabilities while using universal design to provide user-friendly tools for everyone. When designed from the bottom up, costs will not be prohibitive and both computer and information systems will meet the standards of disability-related legislation.

 

Syllabus for Barrier-free E-learning


Schedule 2015: March 2, July 6, November 2

The course is based on the realization that faculty are placing content inside a courseware management system which is responsible for achieving most Web Accessibility meaning faculty normally only need to know a limited set of accessibility features. The course demonstrates how faculty can achieve accessibility while using authoring applications they already know. Creating accessible course content can be easier than many believe.

 

Syllabus for Accessible Internet Multimedia


Currently, EASI is searching for a new instructor. It will not be offered for the present.

Educational and other information providers on the Internet are increasingly using multimedia as a means to disseminate information. Multimedia poses special problems but also unique opportunities for reaching people with disabilities. Providing transcriptions, captions and descriptive video synchronized with the media is a real challenge. This course will give step-by-step instruction in how and when to provide transcriptions and synchronized captions.

 

Syllabus for Train the Trainer


Schedule 2015:
April 6, August 3, December 1 (Tuesday)

Institutions are providing some limited training on assistive technologies that their students and employees with disabilities will need to do their work. Usually, this training is intended to give the person with a disability a start on using applications they do not know. This means the trainer must have a general familiarity on many applications, and this course is intended to provide them with that basic know-how.

 

Syllabus Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content


Schedule 2015: January 5, May 4 and September 8

This course is designed to support alternative media specialists in creating new documents that are more accessible, and converting existing documents into alternate formats such as Word, PDF, DAISY and ePub. Documents need to be well constructed which in turn facilitates accessibility. Documents also need to be repurposed to other formats based on an organizational need. Durrently there are so many different e-readers, (some accessible and some not), that the course includes a discussion of several e-readers.

 

Syllabus for Special topics

Special topics will be an independent study course designed between the student and EASI staff given almost any time on request. It will be designed to meet the specific interests and needs of each registrant.

 

Syllabus for Barrier-free Web Design

Schedule 2015: February 2, June 1 and October 5

The course is based both on the Federal Access Board’s Section 508 Web standards and on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 which were released in Dec. 2008.

Do you have trouble reading computer and software manuals? EASI will take the jargon out of Web design and out of the technical requirements for Web design. The course will not require an extensive knowledge of HTML as it assumes that designers are working in some Web authoring sofware that does the actual Web coding for the designer. Web pages can be created using Universal Design principles permitting Their use by people with different browsers, different connection speeds, palm pilots, PDA's and by people with disabilities using Adaptive computer technology.

 


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Courses Listed by Month

January

Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology

Syllabus Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content

February

Syllabus for Barrier-free Web Design

March

Syllabus for Barrier-free E-learning

April

Syllabus for Train the Trainer

May

Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology

Syllabus Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content

June

Syllabus for Barrier-free e-learning

July

no course in July 2014

Syllabus for Barrier-free E-learning

August

Syllabus for Train the Trainer

September

Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology

Syllabus Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content

October

Syllabus for Barrier-free Web Design

November

Syllabus for Barrier-free E-learning

December

Syllabus for Train the Trainer

Syllabus for Accessible Internet Multimedia: Podcasts, Vodcasts and Streaming

 

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