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Certificate in Accessible Information Technology

EASI Corp and the University of Southern Maine

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Certificate in Accessible Information Technology Accessible information technology means making both the onsite computers and all electronic information as well as all Internet web information accessible to users with various disabilities and who may be using special adaptive technology.

Announcing a new partnership between EASI Corp and the University of Southern Maine to provide an online certificate program. This can be taken anytime and anywhere. It is provided entirely using distance learning technologies over the Internet. The cost is comparable to other certificate programs in assistive technology but does not require the expense of travel and housing required by site-based programs. EASI is providing a series of online courses about providing access for students and professionals with disabilities to information technology which will each carry continuing education units from USM. Learners who take 5 courses will be awarded an EASI/USM certificate in Accessible Information Technology. Course registration is $350. Groups of 4 or more qualify for a 20% discount. All students also qualify for a 20% discount.

The 8 courses are:

  • Barrier-free Information Technology 
  • Beginner Barrier-free Web Design
  • Advanced Barrier-free Web Design
  • Barrier-free E-learning
  • Business Benefits of accessible Electronic and Information Technology
  • Accessible Internet Multimedia Production
  • Accessible Information Technology for persons with learning disabilities
  • Train the Trainer

These courses can be taken individually for 3 CEUS each or a package of courses will earn the Accessible Information Technology Certificate. To earn the USM certificate, learners will be required to take both the Barrier-free Information Technology and the Barrier-free Web Design. They will then select any three of the other five courses to add up to the required 5 courses for the certificate. (For those for whom the required courses will be redundant, we can make substitutions.)

Many institutions and professions require their members to continually update their skills or expand their knowledge. Many measure this by continuing education units or by accredited certificates. All certificate students will be enrolled in a new feature, EASI Connections. This will include several unique learning and sharing opportunities of real value.

There will be a bulletinboard restricted to you and your peers. A chat room is planned for you and your colleagues. There will be a monthly series of timely and relevant webcasts by specialists in relevant topics followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions directly from the presenter. This will include topics such as disabilities and the law, making accessible graphics for science and for maps, making science labs accessible and more.

These will all be archived for the convenience of the certificate students. For more information or to sign up for the certificate program, send e-mail to Norman Coombs nrcces@osfmail.isc.rit.edu

Those registering for the certificate will be assigned an advisor to assist with course selection most appropriate for their individual needs if they want such counsel.  Please visit the web site at: http://easi.cc/workshop.htm 




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