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1) Free Webinar Series on Accessible Publishing and Reading

The DAISY Consortium along with leaders in the accessible publishing and reading ecosystem has been presenting on a diverse range of topics. 18 webinars are available with audio and captions. They'll take a break and restart the series, and the page contains a link to join their mailing list for announcements:
https://daisy.org/webinar-series/

2) Hadley Institute New Look

The Hadley Institute continues to evolve, giving people the means to live with visual impairment. Their new site features hundreds of workshops and podcasts, many of which relate to technology, others on a variety of subjects:
https://hadley.edu/

3) Chrome 85 Will Export Tagged PDFs That Aid Accessibility

This could be a big boon for us!
https://9to5google.com/2020/07/29/chrome-tagged-pdf/

4) Envision Glass "Let the Glasses Speak to You! A Look Through the Envision Glasses and the Envision AI App:"

This Blind Abilities podcast covers this energetic company and their Summer sale:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6067

5) Miele WDD 131 Guideline Accessible Washing Machine

This rarity is the topic of EbuAccessCast 24:
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebuaccesscast-24

6) The Mantis Q40 Is Here

Here's a favorable blog post about this display, sold in the US by APH:
https://doubletap.online/the-mantis-q40-is-here

7) Don't panic! The iPhone SE is Still a Great Choice

The DoubleTap Online crew explains that the iPhone SE will get the important accessibility features coming in iOS 14:
https://doubletap.online/dont-panic-iphone-se

8) The Simple Talking Smart Phone for Visually Impaired People

"In Your Pocket" is a revolutionary device that lets you access RNIB Talking Books, podcasts, internet radio and more just by using your voice. Here is a podcast about it:
https://audioboom.com/posts/7640280-the-simple-talking-smart-phone-for-visually-impaired-people

9) Firefox Accessibility / Roadmap

Here Mozilla states the present and future of the accessibility of FireFox:
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Accessibility/Roadmap

10) Alexa Accessibility Hub

Amazon recently launched the Alexa Accessibility Hub, a new website that serves as a central resource for customers to learn more about Alexa Accessibility features, how-tos, and customer stories:
https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=21101808011

11) OrCam Presentation from Maryland

This takes place on Saturday, 8 August 2020 at 14:00 GMT. To participate, call (319) 527-4994 ☎. Schedules of upcoming presentations and recordings of those from the past are here:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

12) Course on ElBraille from Hartgen Consultancy

This five-session, $62 course is called "It's El-ectrifying", starts on 5 August 2020, so be sure to register before then:
https://www.hartgenconsultancy.com/store.php?rn=697&action=show_detail

13) Two Free Webinars from the Paciello Group

Panel Discussion on Accessible Education, Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 16:00 GMT
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4015959508049/WN_KnKVDH62QAmjhXQGURQSAA
Using Screen Readers and Testing Tools to Evaluate the Accessibility of a User Journey, Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 16:00:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6815959513862/WN_aM_TjAnJRQibfj9dzVSpew

14) Orbit Research on Tech Time

Tech Time happens on the second Wednesday of the month at 20:00 GMT. It usually focuses on smartphone use, but on 12 August 2020 representatives from Orbit Research will discuss the Orbit Writer and Orbit Reader. Call in on (515) 604-9767 ☎ Access code: 457234. For information, email:
rmann@cvicentralflorida.org

15) Tidbits Poll Results: As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?

Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "As an AT-user in search of the most accessible experience, are you more likely to use a mobile app or a website for tasks such as online shopping or banking?" It's been nearly a dead heat. So far 28 readers have weighed in with 10 votes for (A) Mobile app, 10 votes for (B) Website and 8 votes for (C) It depends. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
https://poll.app.do/pg/more-accessible-mobile-app-or-website

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