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ALL ABOUT EASI (Rev. 1-6-1997) EASI's PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information (An Affiliate of the American Association for Higher Education) EASI's mission is to serve as a resource to the education community 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. Currently, EASI is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to disseminate information on access for disabled persons to science, engineering and math. Our membership is composed of people from colleges, universities, businesses and other institutions. They include computing staff, disabled student services staff, faculty, administrators, vendors, representatives of professional associations, private consultants, heads of both non-profit and for-profit organizations, faculty and staff from K-12 schools, and students. People with disabilities must have the same access to information and resources as everyone else. EASI is dedicated to helping that happen. The activities, projects and publications listed here are designed to help institutions provide the information and resources that people with disabilities deserve. PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS SEMINARS AND ONLINE WORKSHOPS: EASI presents on-site seminars. We have made presentations to more than 1,500 people who provide computer and information access to people with disabilities. Topics include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, computer access strategies, lab environments, and support services. In conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology, EASI delivers two three-week, online workshops via the Internet. Adapt-it focuses on adaptive computing technology and support services. EASI-SEM specializes in access to science, engineering and math. People from more than 24 countries have participated, in addition to people from all over the United States. Both workshops are delivered several times a year. The registration fee for adapt-it is $125 plus $25 for an accompanying video. EASI-SEM is $95 plus $75 for a set of three videos. The workshops can be previewed on the Web at http://www.rit.edu/~easi/workshops.html or more details can be obtained by sending e-mail to email@example.com with three words in the message: get workshop syllabus. EASI ON WORLD WIDE WEB: EASI has just established a homepage on WWW. You can find all EASI materials using url and then the address: http://www.rit.edu/~easi EASI's Web site specializes in information technology and its impact on science, math, and libraries. We are also developing specialized materials for K-12 students, their teachers and parents. EASI GOPHER: EASI information and publications are also available through the gopher site at St. Johns University. To access EASI from the gopher, connect to sjuvm.stjohns.edu Choose from the top menu, "Disability and Rehabilitation Resources", and from that menu, choose "EASI". ELECTRONIC JOURNAL: EASI publishes a quarterly electronic journal, "Information Technology and Disabilities," that focuses on technology issues that relate to people with disabilities. The journal is available in two ways. First, it is on the Web and gopher. Second it is available through a listserv list, itd-jnl. (This is a distribution list and not a discussion list.) To subscribe, send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Leave the subject line blank and send the following one line message: sub itd-jnl followed by your "first name last name". ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION LISTS: EASI supports three major, public electronic discussion lists: EASI, AXSLIB-L and EASI-SEM. These include more than 2,000 people from more than 40 countries. The EASI List focuses on general discussions about adaptive equipment, access issues and other disability and computer topics. The second list is the library access list, called AXSLIB-L. The third list, EASI-SEM specializes in the dissemination of information and materials to advance access to the fields of science, engineering and math for students and professionals in those areas. To join these lists, send a message to: email@example.com Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the text type: sub easi "first name last name" or sub axslib-l "first name last name" or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org sub EASI-SEM "first name last name" From time to time, EASI sponsors discussion lists on specialized topics such as job accommodations, textbook provision and a list for technology specialists. PUBLICATIONS AND VIDEOS: EASI has supported the book, "Information Access and Adaptive Technology," to be published in 1997 by Oryx Press and written by Norman Coombs and Carmela Cunningham. EASI has also created and distributed more than 20,000 copies of pamphlets on adaptive computing technology to date. Publications are available on both the Web and gopher. Print copies are available. For ordering information send e-mail to email@example.com saying: get easi pubs or write to EASI, PO Box 18928 Rochester, NY 14618. EASI Videos: EASI, with the support of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has created a series of three videotapes. They cover (1) general adaptive computer technology (2) access to math and tactile graphics and (3) laboratory access and faculty attitudes. Each video has an accompanying print manual. These are priced at $30 for a video with manual or $75 for the set of three. HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION EASI was originally formed as a special interest group within EDUCOM's Educational Uses of Information Technology (EUIT) program. In 1994 EASI became affiliated with the American Association for Higher Education, a national organization of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of higher education. In addition to AAHE and EDUCOM, EASI has received support from the National Science Foundation, The NEC Foundation of America, The Bell-Atlantic Charitable Foundation, Arkenstone, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc., St Johns University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan. EASI CONTACTS EASI's real presence is on the Internet. Therefore, we prefer that you contact us electronically. EASI@EDUCOM.EDU William McQueen, EASI postmaster Phone: (716) 244-9065 TDD: (310) 206-5155 Dr. Norman Coombs, Chair Rochester Institute of Technology Phones: (716) 475-2462 (716) 244-9065 NRCGSH@RIT.EDU Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Vice Chair University of Washington Phone: (206) 543-0622 Sherylb@CAC.Washington.edu Ms. Carmela Cunningham, EASI Editor (714) 830-2159 firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Richard Banks, Electronic Resource Manager Phone: (715) 235-5718 email@example.com EASI c/o American Association for Higher Education One Dupont Circle, Suite 360 Washington, D.C. 20036-1110 Phone: (202) 293-6440 ext: 48