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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Volume 756

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Vispero Celebrates Its Customers on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD)

An illustration of universal accessibility icons surround the text Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

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1) Today is GAAD!

Thursday, 21 May 2020 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Many people and organizations are holding events and producing material, and much of this material can be found linked here:

2) FS Open Line

With a start time with the Europeans in mind, product management and engineering team members will field your questions on FS Open Line on GMT Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 19:00:

3) Helpful Resources and Email Listserve Groups Related to Using Apple iOS Devices

This Tech Juggernaut post is being reposted for our convenience:

4) ElBraille Mailing List

To join a new mailing list to discuss both the new and earlier versions of the ElBraille, send a blank message to:

5) 4 Ways Amazon Echo Can Find Your Lost Phone in the House

This summary is courtesy of CNET:

6) Demo and Review of the iPhone SE 2020 Using VoiceOver

David Woodbridge gives this phone a very favorable review:

7) NFB Newsline Video

This Illegally Sighted video covers the latest developments in this accessibility service, with emphasis on the iOS app:

8) Short Tech Videos on YouTube

The creator of these videos promises to add more:

9) A Beginner's Guide to Google Docs and Calendar with JAWS

This Maryland State Library for the Blind Technology Group event will take place on GMT Saturday, 13 June 2020 at 14:00. Dial 319-527-4994 to take part. Find the schedule for the monthly events through the end of the year and the recordings of past events here:

10) Lots Of Fun With The InsideOne

This Braille tablet will be the focus for the Mystic Access free event in May, to take place on GMT Friday, 29 May 2020 at 00:00. The Zoom Meeting ID is 851 3649 9702

11) Annotating and Sharing Markers with Family and Friends through Microsoft Soundscape

Microsoft continues to update this iOS app:

12) Travelling to Essential Services using Microsoft Soundscape

A real-life story of using the app:

13) Register Now For The Ability Summit

The Microsoft Ability Summit will take place over 27 and 28 May 2020, all online:

14) NV Access In-Process 14 May 2020

Learn about the new NVDA 2020.1, enhanced touch screen gestures and more:

15) NLS BARD Update on Eyes On Success

Episode 2021 features the fairly recent update to the BARD app:

16) Tablets on Tech it Out

The topic for Hadley's monthly Tech it Out discussion group is tablets. This takes place on GMT Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 00:00:


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

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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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