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Syllabus for Barrier-free Information Technology

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.


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Course Registration and Schedule

Course registration is $350 with a 20% discount for students. Overseas participants and EASI Annual Webinar members qualify for the student discount.

Schedule for 2018: july 9 2019 Jan. 7, July 8


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Course description

Barrier-free Information Technology is designed to guide an institution in making both its computer and information technology systems fully accessible to its users with disabilities. digitized information is display independent meaning that it can be input and output in ways that make it available to all users regardless of their abilities. Schools are becoming more concerned about providing texts in alternative formats, and the course will describe several different format options and give tips on creating documents in formats such as Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Web pages and DAISY. Libraries are increasingly using digitized information, and libraries can include the formerly "print disabled" as never before. New technologies are now available that significantly increase the participation of students with disabilities in the fields of science and math as the result of research and resources resulting from National Science Foundation grants. The emphasis in this month-long course will be on creating structures that will lead to the institution-wide system change as required by recent disability-related legislation.

The course will be useful for:


Smart phones and tablets have become ubiquitous. We are exploring ways this impacts IT and student work. Clearly they have a giant impact on student's personal life, but not enough attentions has been given to its impact on actualy college and university work. We will be looking for ways to integrate their impact on education.

Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction and Reasons To Adapt Your Information Technology Systems

This lesson is divided into the following parts:

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Definitions

Part 3: Why Adapt Your IT System?

Part 4: Relevant Legislation

 Part 6 Lesson take-aways

Lesson 2: What Is Adaptive Technology? (Computer Problems and Solutions)

This lesson has the following parts:

Part 1: Overview of Adaptive Computer Technology

Part 2: Disabilities and Computer Output Problems and Solutions

Part 3: Disabilities and Computer Input Problems and Solutions

Part 4: Where to Locate the Adaptive Computers?

Part 6: Lesson Take-aways

Lesson 3: Supportive Computer Applications for Users With Disabilities

This lesson has the following parts:

Part 1: Overview

Part 2: Support for Reading Comprehension

Part 3: Writing Support Tools

Part 4: Lesson take-aways

Lesson 4: Accessibility of Electronic Devices, Computer Software and Online Content

This lesson has the following parts:

Part 1: Universal Design

Part 2: Accessibility of Electronic Devices

Part 3: Accessibility of Computers and Computer Software

Part 4: Accessibility of Electronic Information and Online Course Content

Part 5: Lesson Take-aways

Lesson 5: Providing Support for People with Hearing Impairments

This lesson has the following parts:

Part 1: Providing Support for Classroom Communications

Part 2: Providing Support for Electronic Communications

Part 3: Providing Transcriptions, captions and Audio descriptions for Multimedia

Part 4: Lesson take-aways

Lesson 6: Special Access Issues of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

This lesson has the following parts:

Part 1: Hard Copy Nemeth Braille Math

Part 2: Math in Electronic Documents or on the Web

Part 3: Hard Copy Tactile Graphics and Drawings

Part 4: Making the Science Lab Accessible

Part 5: Lesson Take-aways

Lesson 7: Training Faculty and Staff

The lesson is divided into the following parts:

Part 1: Raising Institutional Awareness

Part 2: Tips for Interpersonal Etiquette

Part 3: Training Whom About What?

Part 4: Lesson take-aways

Lesson 8: Policies and Procedures

The lesson is divided into the following parts:

Part 1: Accessibility to Computer Facilities

Part 2: Implications of decentralized computing

Part 3: Who do you need on your team?

Part 4: Essential requirements set forth by the Office for Civil Rights

Part 5: Developing a policy and monitoring it

Part 6: Lesson Take-aways

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