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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Volume 671

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1)

The Freedom Scientific Blog tells us about a discount program where blind SSI and SSDI recipients can get desktops with JAWS and ZoomText installed through Computers for the Blind for $70. Computers for the Blind's customer support is available in English and Spanish:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/cftb2/

2)

It appears that the Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired, (CAVI) may begin to offer courses once again. They seek opinions as to whether people would prefer their IT Essentials course or their Network Essentials course. Whichever one is offered will be free of charge:
https://www.facebook.com/ciscovision/posts/1910402349020814

3)

The Envision app is now available for Android in addition to iOS. Their announcement also discusses why they roll out app features as they do:
https://medium.com/letsenvision/introducing-envision-for-android-862613696dc3

4)

Of particular use to people in India is the 6 by 6 Android app which offers currency recognition (of rupees) a light detector and a magnifier:
http://www.barrierbreak.com/6by6/

5)

The August 2018 issue of AccessWorld contains reviews of the Microsoft Soundscape app and OrCam MyEye 2.0, a discussion of the new standard for Braille display connectivity, and Informed Delivery, a way to know via email what paper mail the Post Office has delivered. Also included are summaries of the US Conventions of the Blind and changes coming to AccessWorld:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw1908toc

6)

This page is entitled "Social Media and Your Job Search:"
https://choosework.ssa.gov/blog/2018-05-14-social-media-and-your-job-search

7)

The Assistive Technology Act, AKA Tech Act, provides for Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) within each state to offer demonstrations of assistive technology, loaners, recycle and reuse programs, some training, and even low-cost loans for funding in some cases. To find your states ATA program, call ATAP at (217) 522-7985 ☎ or search the database on the ATAP website:
https://www.ataporg.org/programs

8)

The American Foundation for the Blind recently launched Learn Tech, an access initiative that features free online tutorials to help people who are blind or visually impaired improve computer and technology skills. The newest examples: Tutorials on Google Docs and Google Drive:
http://www.afb.org/learntech

9)

Audio Description has arrived on Amazon Video. The feature is available on Fire TV, Fire Tablets, iOS devices, and Android devices. View titles with audio descriptions by going to:
http://www.amazon.com/video/audiodescription

10)

Here is the first in a series of tutorials on piloting a flight simulator as a blind person:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=808quhs_go0

11)

APH seeks beta testers for a new game, Word Puzzles, for solving crossword puzzles independently. Unlike some of their testing opportunities, testers need not be in an educational environment:
http://www.fredshead.info/2018/08/word-puzzles-call-out-for-beta-testers.html

12)

This story from a Tampa TV station talks about the experience of using Aira in an airport:
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/new-app-helps-blind-navigate-through-airport/67-581799873

13A)

An enterprising blind software engineer and astronomy buff is developing an app to enable those with visual impairments to find the exact position of stars, planets, asteroids, and fragments, and to learn about them. A video about this is forthcoming, but in the meantime, here is an informal audio demo (MP3):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yj184tgvzr481p8/Input%20Device%20Recording%2020180812%200638.mp3?dl=0

13B)

iOS users who want to test the app can probe here:
https://www.oseyeris.com/contacts

14)

The 2019 edition of the unique Low Vision Weekly Planner / Calendar is now available for purchase:
https://ez2seeproducts.com/

15)

"Using Skype 8.25 with JAWS and NVDA" will be the subject of Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 21 August 2018 at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

16A)

Doug Lee has JAWS scripts for YouTube:
http://www.dlee.org/youtube/

16B)

And is developing scripts for the Win10 Audible app:
http://www.dlee.org/audible/

17)

Microsoft Extends Specialized Help Support to 24/7 for Be My Eyes Users:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/whats-new/microsoft-extended-opening-hours

18)

David Woodbridge demonstrates the Aira system with the smart glasses and WiFi hotspot (MP3):
https://s124.podbean.com/pb/c242ff42867393ef0f992d12d26758e5/5b7488a0/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Aira_demo_and_call.mp3

19)

In this episode of the Public Radio International podcast the World in Words offers a multifaceted discussion of Braille:
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-08-08/will-blind-people-use-braille-future

20)

Inclusive Design 24 returns on October 11, 2018! If you've got something to say about inclusive design, and want to be part of this event, you have until Sunday August 19, 2018 to submit a presentation:
https://inclusivedesign24.org

21)

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has posted a vacancy announcement for a full-time Worksite Accessibility Specialist - VRPA position, headquartered in Columbus:
https://dasstateoh.taleo.net/careersection/oh_ext

22)

This recent course, "Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education", is free and available to those who teach and want to make their classwork available to those of all abilities:
https://www.coursera.org/learn/inclusive-design

23)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation recently released three videos that employers can use to educate about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The first provides an overview of the ADA and disability etiquette and may be beneficial to use as part of new employee orientation. The second addresses pre-employment matters, such as application and interview processes, and the third focuses on considerations once someone is on the job, including accommodations and advancement; both may be beneficial for use with supervisors and hiring managers. Access the videos here:
https://dlr.sd.gov/workforce_services/businesses/disability_resources.aspx#ada_videos

24)

This blog post concerns why and how Facebook has made accessibility a priority:
http://www.peatworks.org/blog/2018/jul/peat-talks-recap-facebook-and-accessible-workplace

25)

Read a user-friendly run-down of WCAG, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and what it means in this article:
https://brailleworks.com/why-i-love-wcag-and-you-should-too/

26)

WCAG is being updated:
https://knowbility.org/blog/2018/WCAG21-intro/?utm_content=75116632&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

27)

This is a listing of paid and free courses on web accessibility:
https://github.com/mgifford/a11y-courses/

28)

MDN offers a series of pages on creating accessible web content:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Accessibility

29)

There is a need to test the Gutenberg Editor for WordPress:
https://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/gutenberg-testing/

30)

Dusk is a new iOS app featuring a collection of mini-games designed for the blind but playable by everyone. Each game uses a combination of movement sensors, vibration, sound and other technologies. More at:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/dusk

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