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From: Prof Norm Coombs
Date: Jun 19, 2003 11:03AM


Who Trains the Trainer? EASI's month-long online course, Train the Trainer
starting July 7, does the job!
http://easi.cc/workshops/train.htm

Schools, libraries and similar institutions, that serve a broad public, may
want or be required to provide support to clients with disabilities in
using the special, adaptive technology they require to use computers and
access information technology resources. This can be a daunting task
especially when that support person needs to have familiarity on several
systems but only uses that know-how on an infrequent basis. EASI's Train
the Trainer course aims at providing the introductory skills that such a
support person needs and to empower them with tip sheets that they can use
to prompt themselves and prevent their growing rusty in between serving
customers who need their help. The course is based on the text, written by
one of the course instructors, "Adaptive Technologies for Learning and Work
Environments, Second Edition" by Joseph J. Lazzaro. The book is available
in both print and CD-ROM formats.

Both the text and the course translate technical computer jargon into terms
readily understandable by those who use technology but who are not
technologists. The lessons will show how and where to obtain demo versions
of adaptive technology software that students can use for hands-on
experience. It also includes tips for giving instruction to users with
disabilities. The course is interactive, and students can share concerns
and experiences with each other. EASI's previous courses have reached more
than 4,000 people in over 3 dozen countries. Everyone completing the
course will receive a certificate of completion from EASI. Those wishing
to receive university continuing education units for the course can request
that, and anyone taking 5 of EASI's online courses will qualify for the
Certificate in Accessible Information Technology provided in partnership
with the University of Southern Maine.

EASI courses are entirely online. Course content is available anytime and
from any where on the Web. Course interaction uses an e-mail listserv
discussion system. There may also be occasional, optional, sychronous
voice chat meetings.

Course syllabus and online registration is at:
http://easi.cc/workshops/train.htm

All students will also receive a CD containing many of the course resources
and also including a PowerPoint presentation that can be used by students
to share this information with other staff.

For more information, write Norm Coombs, <EMAIL REMOVED>

Course lessons and Assignments

LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION TO TRAINING USERS WITH DISABILITIES ON adaptive
computer technology
Part 1 Participant and course introduction

Part 2 How much do I really have to know?

Part 3 Disability groups most commonly using adaptive technology

Part 4 Scope of the technology to be covered

Part 5 Introduction to training people with disabilities

Part 6: etiquette and political correctness issues

Part 7: Producing accessible training materials:

Part 8: Confidentiality!

Part 9: Report writing

LESSON 2 OVERVIEW OF PERSONAL COMPUTER HARDWARE PLATFORMS

Recommended Reading: Lazzaro, Chapter 1

Part 1. Introduction to PC hardware systems

Part 2: Input devices

Part 3: Output devices

Part 4: The CPU and mother board

Part 5: Memory and disk drives

Part 6: CD-ROM, DVD, and CD writers

Part 7: Ports: Serial, Parallel, USB, InfraRed, Other

Part 8: Modems and Network connections

Part 9: Scanners, CAMERAS, and other peripherals

LESSON 3 THE WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM AND ACCESSIBILITY

Recommended Reading: Lazzaro, Chapter 2

Part 1: Introduction to operating systems and applications software

Part 2: Overview of the Windows operating systeM: 3.1 TO XP

Part 3: Windows accessibility utilities overview

Part 4: Magnifier

Part 5: Narrator

Part 6: OnScreen Keyboard

Part 7: Utility Manager

Part 8: Running Windows from the keyboard

LESSON 4 TECHNOLOGY FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CONSUMERS

Recommended Reading: Lazzaro, Chapter Three

Part 1: Introduction and Overview

Part 2: Screen Readers

Part 3: Screen Magnification software

Part 4: Closed Circuit Television Systems

Part 5: Scanning Technology

Part 6: Braille printers and translation software

LESSON 5 TECHNOLOGY FOR PERSONS WITH HEARING RELATED DISABILITIES

Recommended Reading: Lazzaro, Chapter four

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Amplification Systems

Part 3: Text Telephones (TTY)

Part 4: Relay Services

Part 5: Pagers, Instant Messaging, and Chat

Part 6: Baudot ASCII modems

Part 7: Captioning

Part 8: Transcription and CART Reporting

Lesson 6 ALTERNATIVE INPUT SYSTEMS

Recommended Reading: Lazzaro, Chapter Five

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Alternative Keyboards and Keyguards

Part 3: Key modification software

Part 4: On Screen Keyboards

Part 5: Voice Recognition and dictation

Appendix Materials

The following is a listing of keyboard shortcuts and command summaries for
the windows operating system, popular applications software, and the major
screen
reading, magnification, and scanning solutions. The list also includes some
of the more popular Macintosh based assistive technology solutions.

1. Microsoft Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

2. Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcuts

3. WordPerfect Keyboard Shortcuts

4. Netscape Keyboard Shortcuts

5. Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts

6. Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts

7. Freedom Scientific Jaws command summary

8. GW Micro Window Eyes command summary

9. AI Squared ZoomText command summary

10. Freedom Scientific Magic command summary

11. Kurzweil 1000 & 3000 command summary

12. Freedom Scientific OpenBook command summary

13. Dragon Naturally speaking command summary

14. Alva Access Outspoken for the Mac command summary

15. Alva Access Inlarge for the Mac command summary

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Train the Trainer begins July 7 and runs for 4 weeks. Syllabus and
registration are at:
http://easi.cc/workshops/train.htm




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EASI Juluy Courses http://easi.cc/workshop.htm
Beginner Barrier-free Web Design
Train the Trainer
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Norman Coombs
CEO EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
(949) 922-5992 (cell)



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