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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Volume 681

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Webinar: The 'What,' Why,' and 'How' of Digital Accessibility for Business by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - October 25th 2018

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What: The 'What,' 'Why,' and 'How' of Digital Accessibility For Business by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group

When: Thursday, October 25th at 2:00 PM EST


About: In this webinar, Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group, will explain "what" digital accessibility encompasses, the benefits and importance of embracing accessibility best practices, and how best to achieve a conformant result using finite resources.

Participants will learn how digital accessibility is defined and how it impacts electronic content developed for desktop, mobile, and kiosk platforms.

In addition, they will learn three key reasons "why" digital accessibility should matter to a business, and "how" a variety of tools and services can help you achieve and maintain an acceptable, accessible framework for your digital content within a reasonable time frame, helping your company to avoid potential legal risks.

This webinar will cover:

1.) What is digital accessibility?
2.) Benefits of accessible design.
3.) How to implement accessibility with limited resources.
4.) How to design for desktop, mobile, and kiosk platforms.
5.) How to create a framework to implement accessibility.

There will be 15 minutes for questions after the presentation.

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This webinar is being hosted by The Paciello Group's Accessibility Partner,, your one-stop shop for all of your video captioning needs!


1) Training

Besides podcasts, iAccessibility offers individualized training for $18 per hour on many aspects of computing, customized to the need of the student. Topics can include but are not limited to web development, Braille display use, Windows, and iOS operation and app development:

2) Accessibility Tech Support Not Always Accessible

Sometimes, when you call services intended to assist users with disabilities, you still don't get accessible assistance:

3) Quick Notes on Using a Virtual Machine Environment With A Screen Reader

This blog post discusses using a screen reader with three virtual machine options in Windows:

4) Accessibility of Apple Watch Series 4

This TechCrunch post claims that "Apple Watch Series 4 is the Most Accessible Watch Yet:"

5) The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Apps for Android

Not screen readers, but these Android apps let you read text aloud. The list probably should have included Voice Dream, in this author's opinion:

6A) Reviews of Envision AI

Here are some very favorable reviews of this app, available in Android:

6B) And iOS:

7) Presentations from London Accessibility Meet-up

This YouTube playlist contains two informative presentations on accessibility:

8) National Disability Employment Awareness Month Podcast

The Interactive Accessibility Podcast is back with focus on National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

9) Talking Prescription Labels on Tek Talk

Products from En-Vision America, (not to be confused with the makers of the Envision app mentioned above) will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT 30 October 2018 at 00:00:

10A) Two Mailing Lists Concerning Amazon Products

One mailing list focuses on how screen reader users can best use Alexa and other Amazon products. to join, send a blank message to

10B) The other list is more concerned about the accessibility of Fire TV, Kindle reading products and household appliances controlled by Alexa. To join, send a blank e-mail to

11) Hear the Differences Between the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation vs the 2nd Generation and Google Home Mini

This is a well-crafted video that allows you to hear the difference in sound vbetween these three devices:

12) Echoes from Levia Reviewed

This review of the iOS game Echoes from Levia is well-considered:

13) Why Shortcuts Matter for Accessibility

This article discusses the accessibility value of iOS shortcuts, and it also contains links to other collections of shortcuts:

14) AccessWorld October 2018

The current issue of Accessworld contains three articles detailing employment resources for people with visual impairments, "The Ditto: A Wearable Notification Center for Your Mobile Device," "Type More Quickly on iOS with the FlickType Keyboard: An Evaluation and Overview," and "Book Review: Drop into Dropbox: It's So Much More than File Storage, by Judith Dixon:"

15) Parallel on Smart Speakers

Episode 7 of the highly-regarded Parallel Podcast is all about smart speakers:

16A) Free Class on Backing Up Files. Mystic Access Podcast

"Back it Up" is this month's free Mystic Access class, to be held on GMT Friday 26 October 2018 at 00:30:

16B) This month's Mystic Access Podcast has a bit of a Halloween flare, as well as some information:

17) Accessible Netflix and Email on RNIB Connect Tech Talk

A couple recent tweeters esteemed that Tech Talk from RNIB Connect is the best podcast for people with visual impairments:


Flying Blind, LLC Highlights:


1.) The Paciello Group - Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content? Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle? We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues ...

2.) JAWS Inspect - Your Visual Resource for Accessibility Testing - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
If you are employed by, or lead an Organization committed to providing manual, accessibility test services for web content using the JAWS screenreader, but your testing and developer teams have individuals who are not JAWS users, then the newly released JAWS Inspect Solution is your missing ingredient for optimizing your test processes while maximizing your accessibility efforts ...

3.) Introducing TPG Tutor - Your eLearning, One Stop Shop for Accessibility Training - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Have you been directed to make a website or mobile app 'accessible', but have no idea where to begin? Or perhaps you know a bit about accessibility and really want to immerse yourself in the field, but you can't afford to have you or your ...

4.) Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Whether you are a novice to accessibility or a seasoned pro, sometimes your best start to accessibility is to let technology do some of the heavy lifting. Designers, developers and testers dealing with an accessibility project or program are looking ...


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