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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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Apple newest iPhone comes with Force Touch, a technology the company believes will forever change how you interact with an iPhone.

Apple has developed a haptic engine to give physical feedback to the user. For example, on the iPhone, when you send a message, you might get a little haptic touch confirming the message was sent. On a Mac, when you are rotating a photo, you might receive a slight physical bump confirming that it is aligned.

This provides another way that technology could interact more effectively with visually impaired users.

Accessing Higher Ground, November 16 - 20, 2015, Presented by AHEAD

Early-bird Registration is available until September 23, 2015

Join us November 16 - 20 at the Westin Westminster in Colorado for a week of workshops, labs, and networking! AHG focuses on the implementation and benefits of accessible media, Universal Design, and Assistive Technology in the university, business, and public setting.

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The 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California, March 21 to 26, 2016

The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge is pleased to announce that the General Track Call for Papers for the 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, opens today, Monday, August 31, 2015 and closes on Friday, September 25, 2015.

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EASI Webinars and Courses

EASI resources provide up-to-date information about how institutions can create and maintain system-wide IT facilities that will be accessible for all of its members whether students, faculty or guests. EASI Webinars and Courses themselves use applications that are accessible to users of adaptive technologies.


EASI Webinars

EASI provides several Webinars each month on topics related to the accessibility of accessible information technology. Many cover the accessibility of Web sites, the accessibility of commercial software, legislation related to accessibility and almost anything of interest to users of adaptive technologies or trainers of these technologies.

Many of the Webinars are free. Others provide more in-depth information about or training on the use of such applications. These are fee-based Webinar series.


EASI Courses Starting in December 2015

Everyone completing one of these month-long courses will receive documentation verifying their completion. Those completing any 5 of these courses will earn the Certificate in Accessible Information Technology which EASI provides in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine.

Train the Trainer

EASI courses are created to be fully accessible to participants with disabilities, and the instructors either use adaptive applications or are professionals who support adaptive technology.


Selections from the Archive of EASI Previous Webinars


This page will rotate periodically through the archive of previous Webinars provided by EASI. Check here

EASI Free Webinar: Including accessibility & universal design content in engineering courses

Recorded on August 4 2015

Presenters:Sheryl Burgstahler, Richard Ladner, Kat Steele and Maya Cakmak

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Online resources

Building Capacity to Increase the Participation of People with Disabilities in Engineering

DIYAbility: Empowering People With & Without Disabilities to Make Their World

Checklist for Making Engineering Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities

Making a Makerspace: Guidelines for Accessibility and Universal Design

Could a Child With a Disability Use Your MakerSpace?


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


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 3 previous years and a discount to all the EASI courses. At a time when budgets are being cut for training and for travel to conferences, these memberships can fill the void.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program


Making Online Teaching Accessible
now available from Amazon and BookShare

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About EASI

EASI's mission is to serve as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

EASI disseminates know-how about accessible information technology through online courses that can lead to the Certificate in Accessible Information Technology and through frequent both free and fee-based Webinars. EASI courses and Webinars are provided in an accessible format, and its instructors and presenters either are users of adaptive technology or are professional staff supporting adaptive technologies.

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