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.
Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content
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.
Course Registration and Schedule
Course registration is $350 with a 20% discount for students. Overseas participants and EASI Annual Webinar members also qualify for the student discount.
Schedule for 2018: May 7, Nov. 5
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. Also the number of e-readers available today has exploded. Creators will also want to be familiar with various e-readers in order to direct users of their documents ways to read them. Some e-readers are accessible and others are not.This course is designed to inspire as many questions as it might provide answers.
- A foundation for repurposing content
- Globally accessible content rather than customized accommodation for each student
- Adaptive scanning technology
- Scanning and OCR [Optical Character Recognition] software [ and the process of creating digital content from print
- The importance of logical document structure or a logical reading order
- The role formatting plays in the understanding of content
- DAISY [Digital Accessible Information System]
Contents for Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Documents
Lesson 1: What makes a document accessible?
- Part 1: What does it mean to repurpose a document?
- Part 2 :How does universal design improve a document?
- Part 3 : What is semantic mark-up and why is it important?
- Part 4: How do people with disabilities experience a document?
- Part 5: Lesson take-aways
Lesson 2: Mastering Microsoft Word
- Part 1: Learning to use and create styles
- Part 2: Document navigation
- Part 3: Making graphics and images accessible
- Part 4: Making accessible columns and tables
- Part 5: Making accessible hypertext links
- Part 6: Lesson take-aways
Lesson 3: Repurposing content from Word doc or docx into Other Document Formats
- Part 1: Using the Word accessibility checker
- Part 2: Converting documents from Word to PDF
- Part 3: Converting documents from Word to HTML
- Part 4: Converting documents from Word to TXT or RTF
- Part 5: Converting documents from Word to EPUB
- Part 6: Importing a PDF document into Word
- Part 7:Finding accessible e-readers
- Part 8: Lesson take-aways
Lesson 4: What to do with PowerPoint and Excel?
PowerPoint is primarily a support tool to accompany a live content. It supports the presentation in some way, but it normally does not carry the actual content. Excel, on the other hand, often does contain the relevant content when it benefits from being presented in a spreadsheet format. When a table in a Word document does the job, the information can be part of Word and can be repurposed that way. The need for Excel is when the content is large and could be provided as an attachment. Because there are times that a content provider may use either of these, This final lesson will touch briefly on each of these. This lesson has the following parts:
- Part 1: PowerPoint features to avoid
- Part 2: PowerPoint Accessibility tips
- Part 3: Delivering the Powerpoint
- Part 4: Create the spreadsheet with Excel's semantic mark-up features
- Part 5: Another way you can help a visually-impaired Excel user
- Part 6: Lesson take-aways
Registration is $350 or $280 for people from overseas or for Annual Webinar Members.