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the New File Explorer in Windows 8 and Demonstrating Its Use with Jaws

Thursday August 21st, 2014
11AM Pacific, 2PM Eastern

EASI presents Dan Clark and Ryan Jones from Freedom Scientific.

EASI presents Dan Clark and Ryan Jones from Freedom Scientific.

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EASI presents ARIA Controls and Menus with JAWS

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

Dan Clark from Freedom Scientific presents on the ARIA protocol for emerging web design and the impact on assistive technology makers of products such as the JAWS screen reader.

The Web is continually changing and browsers are changing to keep up with changes in the technology. Web pages are increasingly using interactive features and as the Web moves to HTML5 this will only mean more changes.

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Exploring Electronic Document Accessibility

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM Eastern

Presented by FedInsider News, Adobe, and SSB Bart Group, this high-touch training session will provide managers and content authors with an introduction to the creation of accessible files using Adobe Acrobat. 

Johnathan Avilla of the SSB BART Group will present on accessibility issues in document creation, how to find problems in docs, and best practices for updating your document creation processes to ensure ongoing accessibility. It's hosted by Adobe Government Solutions.

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Bookshare for Students in Transition

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM Eastern

Bookshare provides free access to books for students with print disabilities. This short webinar will cover who how students in transition can get their own account to maintain access to Bookshare.

Bookshare provides free access to books for students with print disabilities. This short webinar will cover who how students in transition can get their own account to maintain access to Bookshare.

Bookshare provides many introductory webinars.

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ZoomText: Train the Trainer Event

Thursday, November 8, 2012
10 AM- 3 PM in Novato, CA

This free training will enable trainers, evaluators and assessors to update their knowledge and skills, on how to install, use, and train on ZoomText. This in-person event will be held in Novato, CA.

 
Course Objective: This course is for new and current technologists.  You will learn about all of the significantly advanced features that ZoomText 10.0.4 has to offer. 
 
Overview of Agenda:
·        What’s New in ZoomText

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Access to Videos

This article provides an overview of the issues people may have when accessing videos online, in theaters, and from DVD or Blu-Ray players, and the solutions that have been developed to address these. 

Barriers to Video Access

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Technology for People who Stutter

Individuals who stutter may or may not wish to have assistance with modifying their speech. For those who do, a variety of technologies are available. This article summarizes some of the latest options.

Therapeutic Devices

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Dedicated AAC Devices

Although today mainstream products can often be used for alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), there are still some devices that only perform AAC functions. In many cases, insurance companies prefer to fund these dedicated devices instead of mainstream products, in the belief that recipients are less likely to resell them instead of using them. The devices may also have unique features that make them more appropriate for some users. This article is a list of currently available dedicated devices and their features. 

Dynavox

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Accessibility and E-Readers

E-readers (portable devices used primarily for reading electronic books) and general purpose tablets with book-reading apps, like the iPad, are fast becoming popular choices for reading the growing collection of books available in electronic formats. Both types arrived with some accessibility advantages, and developers have been making their products more accessible to people with visual and dexterity disabilities. This article is a summary of the current accessibility state-of-the-art for the most popular of these devices, as well as information on using computers to access e-books. The field is evolving due to lawsuits against schools and libraries, by groups concerned with access.

Most e-readers have features that make them easier for some users, compared to printed books: lighter weight, buttons or screen gestures for page-turning, magnification, and good contrast in low light. Brands and models differ widely on these and more advanced features such as text-to-speech, easy-to-use controls, and screens that perform well in all lighting conditions.

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