5.0101 Project EASI (1/177)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 27 May 91 16:15:11 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0101. Monday, 27 May 1991.

Date: Sat, 25 May 1991 12:01 EST
From: Prof Norm Coombs <NRCGSH@RITVAX>
Subject: EASI Electronic Document Service

Equal access to Software for Instruction, EASI, is a project of EDUCOM's
Educational Uses of Information Technology, (EUIT), Program. EASI is
devoted to encouraging and stimulating educational institutions and
computer and software providers with the challenge of reducing barriers
to information technology for persons with a wide variety of
disabilities. One of the methods EASI is using to reach this goal is by
providing online help for students with disabilities and for
institutions wanting to know more about how to improve computer access
to such students. At present, May 1991, EASI has begun this online
venture by having several helpful documents available in electronic
format. These can easily be retrieved from bitnet or internet by
following the instructions below.

Here is a list of documents presently accessible:

(Documents produced by EASI personnel and about EASI activities)

README - an introduction to the EASI ftp library
2940 bytes

EASI.SIGNUP - Flier introducing EASI and providing a form to use
for signing up with EASI and one of its interest activities.
4732 bytes

EASIBROCHURE - Computers and Students with Disabilities: New Challenges
for Higher Education, Developed by Project EASI, (Equal Access to
Software for Instruction), A Project of the EDUCOM Educational Uses of
Information Technology, (EUIT), Program. This brochure is EASI's major
publication. 63719 bytes

EASI.HISTORY - Paper delivered at the CSUN Conference in 1991 provides
good overview of EASI and its development. 12878 bytes

PHONE.BULLTN - Flier providing brief answers to standard questions about
EASI: "What it is and what it does." Useful for EASI members to use in
responding to concerns of interested people. 8820 bYtes

LIBRARYLIST - List of available EASI on-line documents 1611 bytes

MEMBERSHIPLIST - List of EASI members 18391 bytes

(Information related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and
related legal matters.)

ADA.FACTS.1 - Department of Justice Fact Sheet #1 Index Number: 11112
This is the first of two fact sheets on ADA, the Americans with
Disabilities Act, that are distributed by the Department of Justice.
9877 bytes

ADA.FACTS.2 - Department of Justice Fact Sheet #2 Index Number: 11113
This is the second of two fact sheets on ADA that are being distributed
by the Department of Justice. 8703 bytes

ADA.TEXT - The Americans With Disabilities Act
PUBLIC LAW 101-336 JULY 26, 1990 104 STAT. 327 An
Act: To establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of
discrimination on the basis of disability.
Short Title. This Act may be cited as the "Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990".
152218 bytes

(The next 5 documents are the ADA law split into sections for
easier handling.)

ADA-TITL.CON - Table of Contents for all TITLE files 8615 bytes

ADA-TITL.I - Employment 20658 bytes

ADA-TITL.II - Public Services Act 49565 bytes

ADA-TITL.III - Public Accommodations and Services 55919 bytes

ADA-TITL.IV - Telecommunications Act 10606 bytes

ADA-TITL.V - Miscellaneous Provisions 26015 bytes

(Other documents related to EASI activities and concerns.)

ACCESS.LIB - "Electronic Access to Library Systems For Users with
Physical Disabilities" - Norman Coombs Public-Access Computer Systems
Review 1, no. 1 (1990) 9272 bytes

COMPU.ACCESS - "Considerations in the Design of Computers to Increase
Their Accessibility by Persons with Disabilities" Industry/Government
Computer Accessibility Task Force Trace Center, Madison, WI. 75113 bytes

How to obtain any of these electronic documents:

Internet and bitnet users will follow different directions.
The internet directions use ftp, (file transfer protocol), which
sounds complicated, but the instructions are rather simple.
(Bitnet directions will be after the internet explanation.)

Here are the ftp instructions. At your system prompt,
enter: ftp UM.CC.UMICH.EDU or
ftp and when you receive the Name prompt,
(you may have to issue the command, 'user' or 'login', first)
enter: anonymous and When you receive the password prompt,
enter your Internet address. At this point you want to access
the EASI subdirrectory, so give the command 'cd easi'. To see a
list of the existing materials, type 'ls'. The document
librarylist will contain a listing of documents with a brief
description. To retrieve that document, for example, type 'get
librarylist' and then you'll need to provide your own file name
for your system. When you are finished, type 'quit'.

Users with access only to BITNET should send a mail message to
BITFTP@PUCC with HELP at the first and only line of the message. The
response will give you instructions on using the Princeton BITFTP
server, which provides a mail interface to the FTP portion of the TCP/IP
protocol suite.

Here is a sample of the commands you would send in mail to get the
document, librarylist, as was described above for internet users:
Send mail via bitnet to: bitftp@pucc and included the following
lines as the text of that message:
USER anonymous
cd easi
get librarylist

Later, you would receive mail from the Princeton interface containing
the document librarylist which you had requested.

EASI intends to expand the available electronic documents and to develop
other online services. If you are interested in seeing other
information posted here, or would like to find out more about the EASI
Online Resources Work Group, contact:

EASI Online working Group Coordinator:
Norman Coombs, MailName=NRCGSH@RITVAX
Business phone: (716) 475-2462
Business address: Rochester Institute of Technology
One Lomb Memorial Drive
P.O. Box 9887
Rochester, NY 14623-0087

Easi FTP Librarian:
Ray Farha, Ray_Farha@UM.CC.UMICH.EDU
Business phone: (313) 936-1808
Business address: Institute for Social Research
Room 4245
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mi 48106

EASI Membership Coordinator:
Jim Knox, MailName=Jim_Knox@UM.CC.UMICH.EDU
Business phone: (313) 998-7634, 936-1614, Fax 998-7718
Business address: University of Michigan
Information Technology Division
611 Church Street, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3056

If you would like to find out more about Project EASI, or
get involved in EASI activities, contact:

Project EASI Chair
Danny Hilton-Chalfen, MailName=CSMIDHC@OAC.UCLA.EDU
Business phone: (213) 206-4839 (Fax 213-206-1700)
Business address: UCLA Office of Academic Computing
5628 MSA
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1557

Project Editor:
Carmela Castorina, MailName=CSMICLC@OAC.UCLA.EDU
Business phone: (213) 206-4839 (Fax 213-206-1700)
Business address: UCLA
5628 MSA
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1557

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