[Athen] EASI Opportunities in September

Prof Norm Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 09:38:59 PDT 2011

EASI Opportunities in September

EASI has five events in September to highlight: 2 online courses and 3
Webinar events.

The September courses are:
Barrier-free Information Technology
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:
• administrators,
• ADA compliance officers
• admissions officers
• computer support staff,
• instructional support staff,
• online learning support staff
• disability services staff,
• faculty,
• librarians
Syllabus and registration is at: http://easi.cc/workshops/adaptit.htm
(EASI Annual Members receive a discount)

Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content
Topics include:
• A foundation for repurposing content
• Globally accessible content rather than customized accommodation for each
• 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.
• Braille
• DAISY [Digital ]Accessible Information System].
Syllabus and registration is at: http://easi.cc/workshops/text.htm
(EASI Annual Members receive a discount)

EASI is providing 2 free Webinars in September:
Practical comparison of screen readers, using scenario based user testing.
Sept. 28 at 11 AM Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 PM Central and 2 PM Eastern
Presenters: Birkir R. Gunnarsson and Hlynur M. Hreinsson

Tobi: a software tool to author DAISY multimedia |
Sept. 20 at 11 AM Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 PM Central and 2 PM Eastern
(Details are being finalized)
Tobi is designed to ease the process of synchronizing a text document with
human narration, including page numbers, hierarchical table of contents,
images, footnotes, etc.

Fee-based 4-part Webinar: The 4 Secrets of Accessible Online Teaching
September 8, 15, 22 and 29
Presenters: Norm Coombs and Marisol Miranda
Times: 11 AM Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern
Online learning is a complex mix of several technologies and several groups
of faculty, staff and students. This Webinar series will focus on 4
ingredients of this mix:
• Accessibility and usability of the online interface
• Organization and communication of the course content
• Use of styles and semantic markup features in authoring tools
• Verifying the accessibility of the course content
(EASI Annual Members access the fee-based Webinars as part of their membership)

The Dick Banks Memorial Scholarship provides a limited number of
scholarships to the fee-based Webinars and courses for those unable to
obtain funding. See details on the EASI page: http://easi.cc

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