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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.

EASI Annual Members use this link for member Webinar information and free registration to member Webinars

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MarchWebinars in 2017

AprilWebinars in 2017

Webinars in May 2017


What Are EASI Webinars and How Do They Work?

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.

Join the EASI E-mail Announcement Listserv to Keep UP on What's Webinars are Next!

What equipment do I need to participate?

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.)


Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship for EASI Webinars and Courses

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.

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 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.

Read about and register online for the annual membership program

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Webinars in March

EASI Free Webinar: InftyReader Making Math More Accessible

Presenter: Steve Jacobs CEO of the IdealGroup

Thursday March 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

InftyReader is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application that recognizes and translates scientific documents (including math symbols) into LaTeX, MathML and XHTML!

Optical character recognition (OCR) technologies are invaluable for improving access to printed materials by people with print disabilities.Most do not work well with scientific content. Scientific documents typically include mathematical and other special symbols that standard OCR does not recognize. In addition, no standard commercial OCR application can recognize a two-dimensionally-structured math equation and convert it to a standard software format. The InftyReader OCR application can properly recognize scientific documents scanned from paper or in PDF format. InftyReader recognizes complicated math expressions, tables, graphs and other technical notations and converts them to accessible formats. InftyReader can be used by people with print disabilities in combination with the ChattyInfty accessible scientific editor application. ChattyInfty provides speech access for reading and writing math and editing the output of InftyReader. Sighted people can use InftyReader with the free Infty Editor to edit InftyReader output and produce accessible scientific content. InftyReader and ChattyInfty are sold by InftyReader Group, Inc.

Go to the Infty Reader page

Register for theInftyReader

EASI Webinar: Making Accessibility Work In Your Organization

Tuesday March 28 at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central and 2pm Eastern

Presenters:

Description:

Making electronic information accessible to all learners can often be a slow and seemingly overwhelming process, especially within large organizations who maintain a global and diverse online presence. Pearson is one such company, with divisions around the world, that is progressively working to make their education and assessment products accessible to all learners, including those with physical, cognitive or learning disabilities. For many of us, the process has been slow, but it is encouraging and exciting to see that real progress is becoming a reality. Although Pearson’s Accessibility for School Assessment team's primary focus is on assessment products, they also periodically provide education and assistance across the company on other accessibility issues. 

During this presentation, members of the Accessibility for School Assessment team will discuss efforts and recommendations around implementing accessibility in content and product development. Discussion will include topics such as building an accessibility team, promoting an accessible work environment, creating an education plan to train internal staff, identifying and implementing accessibility principles and guidelines, increasing the accessibility of products and platforms, and other challenges.

NOTE: IT IS LATE FOR REGISTERING. The link below takes you to the URL where you have to join the webinar on Tuesday!!

This url is where you go on Tuesday for the Pearson Webinar

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Webinars in April

Free EASI Webinar: Free and Low-Cost Reading Tools for the Common Man

Presenter: Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Production Program Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder

Thursday April 6

11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern (all daylight saving times)

You don’t need a reading disability to benefit from text-to-speech or other helpful tools that work with technology we already use. Beyond Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant, what other tools exist that may help you get through reading materials more quickly and with less distraction? And if you're a person with a reading disability but no budget for the Big Boys of reading programs, what tools are out there that can help, for free or no cost?

Register for the free and inexpensive applications webinar

Accessibility of LMS: Content, Creation and Delivery (a 4-part webinar series)

Thursdays April 20, 27, May 4 and 11

Times: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Series moderators: Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington and Norm Coombs from EASI

Canvas Thursday April 20

Desire2Learn Thursday April 27

Blackboard Thursday May 4

Moodle Thursday May 11

While we all recognize the need to make Learning Management Systems accessible for students with disabilities as required by federal and state legislation, it is equally important to make them accessible for both staff and faculty with disabilities. Course content is usually created by content experts who may know very little about designing their content to be accessible and who become overwhelmed with this new obligation. Learning Management Systems must find ways to help these faculty. Presenters will talk both about the accessibility features in their system and share what is being done to help non-technical faculty create accessible content. Besidesides making PDF, Word and HTML documents accessible, Faculty will need tools to assist them in providing captions for videos, transcriptions for audio and video description of video action.

How to register for this webinar series

People can either register for all 4 webinars for $195) or select 2 webinars and register for $100. A limited number of scholarships are also available. EASI Annual Webinar Members can register free using their membership.

Register for the EASI 4-part Web Conference series at the link below:

Use this link to register for the EASI 4-part Web Conference Series starting on April 20

Register for 2 parts of the EASI 4-part Web Conference series at the link below:

Use this link to register for 2 parts EASI Web Conference Series starting on April 20

EASI will contact you to clarify which 2 webinars you want to attend.

Read about and apply for the scholarship

EASI Annual Members go to the member-only page for the free registration

EASI Free Webinar: Creating Audio Descriptions for Videos

Presenter Susanne Mistrick Wade Community College NC

Mon. April 24 at noon Pacific, 1 Mountain, 2 Central and 3 Eastern

NOTE!! This is on Monday and the time is an hour later than usual!

The description will be here before the end of February

Register for the audio description webinar

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Webinars in May

Accessibility of STEM courses

We are consulting with leaders in the accessibility of courses in math and the sciences. Our goal is to have this series finalized before the end of April.

Topics that wwill be covered will include authoring accessible math content, reading math and learning how to read tactile graphics.

Future Webinars being planned

Creating Columns and Tables in Word and Powerpoint: a 2-part series

A multipart series on the accessibility of Google dox, Google sheets and Google presentations

We are not sure whether this will be a 2-part or 4-part series.

EASI 4-part, Webinar Series: Alt-media Creation and Production

Tentative content to be covered:

We are also organizing several single, free Webinars:

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