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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Volume 685

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - November 30th 2018

Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - November 30th 2018

You are invited to A Complimentary Webinar hosted by Larry Lewis and the Paciello Group!

What: Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group

When: Friday, November 30th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


About: Do you work for a Federal, State, or Non-Profit Agency and are looking for a new way to test your digital content?

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1) Executive Guide to Federal IT Accessibility

This US Guide to Section 508 Accessibility comes from the US GSA:

2) Can Braille survive in a smartphone world?

This article appeared in at the end of August 2018:

3) In-Process 28th November 2018

Learn the differences between snapshot, alpha, beta, and RC1 releases of NVDA, and what to expect in NVDA 2018.4:

4A) 2019 Survey About Inaccessibility of Online Shopping

The ClickAway Pound Survey 2019 is open to those wishing to share online shopping experiences.

4B) 2016 Survey Results

The results from the 2016 survey are here:

5) New Presentations Archived from Maryland

The Maryland State Library's Technology User Group Archives have been updated to include "Technology Gifts for the Holidays" October 2018 and a review of the "Google Home Assistant" November 2018:

6) Coding For Kids

"Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello" is an iOS app introducing young blind and visually impaired kids (5+) to computational thinking and coding:

7) Diehard iPhone, iOS User Switches to Android

This Business Insider post does not reference accessibility, but is an interesting read:

8) Using ChromeVox on Your Chromebook

Perkins has assembled a lot of training material for using Chromebooks:

9) Comprehensive Google Home Page

Lifehacker Australia tells us that "Everything Your Google Home Can Do Is Now Listed On One Incredibly Useful Website:"

10) HIMS on Tek Talk

Hear about developments at HIMS on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 December 2018 at 01:00:

11) Expanding Services at APH

Eyes on Success #1848 covers the move of several services from AFB to APH:

12) Blind Post

Check out the happenings with the November and December 2018 issues of The Blind Post:

13) Good Place to Buy and Sell Adaptive Technology

If you want to buy or sell some used adaptive equipment, the blind-bst group has over 800 members and works well. To join, send a blank message to:

14) 24 Days of Accessibility Gifts

24 Accessibility will offer an accessibility-related article each day starting on 1 December 2018. Last year's series is still there for perusing as well:

15) 2018 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide

Blind Bargains Qast #165 is the latest installment of an annual series:

16) Blind Alive Closing Doors, All Workouts Free

Unfortunately, Blind Alive has to close its doors, so until the end of December 2018 all their well-conceived workouts are free for the taking, both via download and via the iOS app:


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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