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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Volume 829

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Volume 829

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Quick Phrases Feature Now Rolling Out To Google Assistant: (7.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-assistant-quick-phrases-3036486/
B.) What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features For Fall 2021: (7.3% of all clicks.)
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/m365-accessibility-fall-2021/
C.) Anker Announces Soundcore's First Audio Glasses, Priced At $200: (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/13/22713183/anker-soundcore-frames-glasses-price-specs
D.) Youtube Doubles Down On Accessibility With These Caption And Audio Features: (6.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.androidcentral.com/youtube-accessibility-features-live-auto-caption-and-audio
E.) Air Pods Pro Can Help You Hear Conversations Better After Recent Firmware Update: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/6/22713126/airpods-pro-conversation-boost-firmware-update

2) Freedom Scientific Announces RUBY 10 Video Magnifier

Freedom Scientific has announced the RUBY 10, a 10-inch touchscreen video magnifier with optional text to speech and advanced viewing modes. The RUBY 10 video magnifier features a 10-inch touchscreen and three dedicated cameras to help you magnify letters, magazines, labels, and photos. A swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. Enable full-page OCR on the speech model when the arm is extended. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera is dedicated to seeing objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. The RUBY 10 also introduces unique, patent-pending viewing modes that come standard with both models:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/219

3) Enhancements in JAWS 2022 and Fusion 2022 Public Beta 3

FreedomScientific has released Public Beta 3 for JAWS. Fixes for Outlook 365, sound cards settings, AppReader are among the changes:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

4) Annotate Scanned Text And PDFs With Supernova 20.03

This latest update brings the ability to annotate scanned images with SuperNova for low vision users:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=507

5) NVDACon 2021 Community Letter

NVDACon 2021 will be held on the first weekend of December 2021. The exact dates and timing will be determined as the conference draws closer, and the speakers are known. This year, the conference is titled "NVDA, 15 years and still evolving."
https://www.nvdacon.org/

6) NVDA Addon Quick Notetaker

The Quick Notetaker add-on is a tool which allows writing notes quickly and easily anytime and from any app the user is using. Whether the user is watching a video for example, or participating in a meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet, they can easily and smoothly open the notetaker and take a note. Markdown and Microsoft Word are supported formats as well as the ability to view as HTML:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/quickNotetaker.en.html

7) Simplenote, The Simplest Way To Keep Notes

Speaking of notetaking, Simplenote, an app by Automattic, is an accessible and free notetaking app that supports markdown on iOS and the web interface. It is used by this author to prepare the weekly Tidbits:
https://simplenote.com/

8) Public Beta Of Language Preference Feature

This one comes to us via the AIRA Connections newsletter. Spanish is now an option in beta for AIRA Explorers. Explorers are encouraged to give it a try and AIRA Spanish speaking agents are sought:
https://aira.io/tag/connection

9) 5 Easy Ways You Can Be An Ally To Disabled Travelers

The Points Guy brings us 5 tips on being an Ally to travelers with disabilities. While most tips focus on travelers with mobility impairments, the advice is useful for everyone:
https://thepointsguy.com/news/disabled-travelers-ally-tips/

10) Stark, A Hub For Accessible Software Design, Launches A Mac App In Beta

This Mac app claims to help software designers and developers make their apps more accessible using automated techniques:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/28/stark-a-hub-for-accessible-software-design-launches-a-mac-app-in-beta/

11) NV Access | In-Process 19th October 2021

The latest version of In-Process is out. Find out about NVDACon, the premier, yearly online conference that's dedicated to NVDA and how you can get involved. Plus, there's minor updates to the official Switching from JAWS to NVDA Guide, and information about Microsoft webinars on Windows 11 accessibility:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-19th-october-2021/

12) Sight Tech Global Online Conference Registration

Register for the second annual Sight Tech Global online conference for free. Join technology experts and prominent figures focused on improving accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0ceee3284d&mc_eid=eb245f25da

13) How to Use the Find Dialog in a PDF with NVDA | Quick Tips | YouTube

Thee Quinn kicks off a series of quick NVDA tips with this video on using the NVDA find feature:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hAXzohJ0Vo

14) New Software Update for MantisTM Q40 & ChameleonTM 20 Braille Displays

Read the official release notes to find out what's new and improved for your Mantis or Chameleon Braille display. Note that installation instructions are included under relevant headings:
https://www.aph.org/release-notes/

15) Braille Jumble - BrailleBug

Test your Braille skills with this fun, interactive online game from the American Printing House for the Blind:
https://braillebug.org/games/braille-jumble/

16) Document Accessibility Training Videos | Section508.gov

Check out these great video tutorials from the Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED CoP). The series aims to ensure your Word, Excel, Power Point and PDF documents are accessible:
https://www.section508.gov/create/documents/training-videos/

17) Windows 11 Tips And Tricks: 8 Hidden Settings You Need To Try

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-11-tips-and-tricks-8-hidden-settings/

18) The Best Assistive Technology for Dyslexics | Wired

Whether you're grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you — instead of the other way around:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-best-assistive-technology-dyslexia/

19) Inserting Page Numbers In Your Header or Footer with NVDA — Quick Tips | Thee Quinn YouTube Channel

In this video, I show you how to insert page numbers into your word documents. I also share a trick which allows you to hear your page numbers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P19Sxm6v0QM&t=30s


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Google Builds Equity Into The Pixel 6 With Real Tone Photos And New Voice Features

Google's new Pixel 6 range is designed to more accurately recognize different skin tones and accents. This is tipped to enhance photos, facial recognition, and greatly improve voice dictation and translation:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/google-builds-equity-into-the-pixel-6-with-real-tone-photos-and-new-voice-features/#ftag=CAD590a51e

2) FDA Issues Proposed OTC Hearing Aid Rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued "a landmark proposal intended to improve access to and reduce the cost of hearing aid technology for millions of Americans," according to the agency's press release:
https://www.hearingreview.com/hearing-products/hearing-aids/otc/fda-issues-proposed-otc-hearing-aid-rules

3) Want A Full Number Pad On Your Laptop? These Are Your Best Options

Whether it's for data entry, accounting, or just entering numbers and calculations with precision and speed, there are plenty of reasons to have a number pad on a laptop. Even though laptops are getting smaller, you can still purchase several excellent Windows laptops with full number pads. Every one of these devices has a full number pad, and each is one of the best Windows laptop picks in the category:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-laptops-full-number-pads

4) New Chromebook Accessibility Feature Aims To Help People With Dyslexia

Google adds smoother-sounding voices to its Select-to-speak feature, which lets your laptop read selected text aloud:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/googles-new-chromebook-accessibility-feature-aims-to-help-those-with-dyslexia/#ftag=CAD590a51e

5) Mesa, Arizona Debuts New Accessibility Technology for Blind and Low Vision Visitors

As part of Visit Mesa's on-going mission to ensure Mesa, Arizona is one of the nation's most accessible travel destinations, City of Mesa has become an Aira Access partner. Aira is now available at no-cost to residents as well as visitors who are blind or have low vision:
https://aira.io/mesa-arizona-debuts-new-accessibility-technology-for-blind-and-low-vision-visitors

6) Deque Systems Adds Renowned Speakers to Axe-con 2022 Line-up

Prominent digital accessibility platform adds Tim Berners-Lee, Rachel Andrew, Regine Gilbert and more to industry-leading conference:
https://www.deque.com/blog/deque-systems-adds-renowned-speakers-to-axe-con-2022-line-up/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts | Considering a White Cane: Who? When? Why?

October 15th 2021 | In honor of White Cane Safety Day today, we're joined by Hadley learner Larry Carlson and Orientation and Mobility Specialist Elijah Haines for a conversation about this important tool. Larry shares what made him decide to use a white cane, and Elijah shares tips for what to consider and how to adjust to using a white cane:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/considering-white-cane-who-when-why

2) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 36 | Exploring Eastern Townships on Motorbikes in Quebec

October 16th 2021 | On AMI Audio's program "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther" we explore Quebec's Eastern Townships on motorbikes and more. Join Lawrence and Lilly as they pic apples, picnic on mountain tops, tour Quebec's Eastern Townships aboard motorbikes, and prepare a Thanksgiving feast complete with a deep-fried turkey. Lots of tips on riding aboard motorcycles blind, and expert advice on two versus three wheeled motorcycles:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-36-exploring-eastern-townships-on-motorbikes/id1530444764?i=1000538757180

3) Blind Android Users 45 | It's All About Braille

October 16th 2021 | In this episode, we talk about all thing's braille on Android. We show you how to connect a braille display to an android device, how to use braille back, and then comment on brltty and the status of braille on Android. We have a chat with the developers/ founders of Eyecan app which is an all in 1 tool for android, the app is still in beta and lots of features are being added. We then have talkback highlights in which we show how to manage custom labels:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

4) Mosen At Large 153

October 16th 2021 Feedback from Windows 11 early adopters, Apple and Android discussion, and meet the Voxmate suite for Android:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/a86b2ff0/feedback-from-windows-11-early-adopters-apple-and-android-discussion-and-meet-the-voxmate-suite-for-android

5) Eyes on Success 2143 UN Resolution Commits Countries to Eye Care

October 20th 2021
Many people around the world suffer from vision problems that are readily treatable. A new United Nations resolution aims to address this problem. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jessica Thompson, Head of Policy and Advocacy at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) about the resolution and what it hopes to accomplish:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202143.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Windows 11 Accessibility Overview by Microsoft

October 27th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Hector Minto, Lead Accessibility Evangelist, Accessibility Team. Jeremy Curry, Support Escalation Engineer, Accessibility Team. We are excited to share how we are empowering people with disabilities to achieve more with Windows 11. This webinar will focus on a broad overview of accessibility in Windows 11, including new Contrast themes, how Windows 11 makes accessibility features easier to find and use, and more:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUNEVEMU9UV1BOSFhTUEdROUY2MkxFMTI2MS4u&wdLOR=cB42744B7-5722-4A50-B929-6ECD7FA53FA6

2) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 3 by Access Ingenuity

October 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a Part 3, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend Parts 1 and 2. In addition, please feel free to contact us if there's an interest in the Parts 1 and 2 recordings. Learning Outcomes: Provide more explanations and examples on how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Show practical examples for previously introduced methods to rename, select, cut, copy, paste, and delete files and folders. Demonstrate how to manage drives such as an SD Card for the Victor Reader, and how to work with syncing folders like OneDrive and Google Drive. | Meeting ID: 896 8577 0228 | Passcode: 483670 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89685770228#,,,,*483670# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89685770228?pwd=QWtFcUpTTDZnWlBKMDhFZ2Y1VGNVQT09

3) Browsing the Web With JAWS Part 2 | Access Ingenuity

November 3rd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Zhi Huang and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore the various methods to use JAWS to help increase your effectiveness when browsing the web. Even if you did not participate in part 1, you can still benefit from this presentation. Learning Outcomes: Review the JAWS Screen sensitive help to find out about general web page information, along with help with the element in focus. Use JAWS navigation quick keys and lists to navigate by forms, headings, links, regions, graphics, lists, list items, and tables. Introduce the Surf's Up tutorial from Freedom Scientific to help you practice navigating the web with JAWS. Better understand forms including different form fields and the Forms modes of JAWS. Meeting ID: 832 4240 0330 | Passcode: 372805 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83242400330#,,,,*372805# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83242400330?pwd=QXJMb2s1bzdYZUlHZElvYUJxa2VqUT09

4) Technology User Group (TUG) Annual Look at Assistive Technology Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

November 6th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, November 6, the Technology User Group proudly presents our annual look at assistive technology gadgets, gizmos and thingamajigs. This showcase will help you select the perfect gift for the most important person in your life ... You! All items presented will cost $100 or less. You do not need to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour. All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

5) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 2021 Annual Meeting

November 9th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please contact me at athenpresident@gmail.com ✉ | Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87384816423

6) JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText 2022 New Features | Access Ingenuity

November 10th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore what's new in JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText 2022! Learning Outcomes: Explain how to pin favorite commands when using ZoomText or Fusion. Demonstrate the modified ability to use both the ZoomText and JAWS assistance when using Fusion in 2022. Introduce the ability to split your screen reader speech and computer sound when using stereo headphones, great for Zoom meetings or other videoconferences. Explore additional features when available. Meeting ID: 825 7780 4526 | Passcode: 145893 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82577804526#,,,,*145893# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82577804526?pwd=TkxhZm5lazJVbDYxb0NKcTZhbzE3dz09

7) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

8) Using Windows 11 with a Screen Reader by Microsoft

November 17th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Jeff Bishop, Program Manager, Windows Engineering. Anne Taylor, Program Manager, Accessibility Team. Brett Humphrey, Program Manager, Teams Engineering. We are excited to share how we are empowering screen reader users to achieve more with what's coming in Windows 11. This webinar will focus on a broad overview of accessibility experiences in Windows 11. This includes new Start Menu interactions, a new Windows Settings experience, an all-new chat experience with your friends and family and more. New Windows hotkeys will also be introduced for things like Quick Settings, Notifications and others. Many of these features will be demoed using Narrator and third-party screen readers to give you a feel for the all new Windows 11 after you upgrade:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUM0dLREdQRjc4SjVPTFFVTUo2NkJDQjFVWi4u&wdLOR=cC2A08E94-B6B3-4D58-A1E9-E2A1EC1ACF56

9) New Braille Productivity Features While Working With Windows, JAWS, and the Focus Braille Displays | Access Ingenuity

November 17th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the advantages of the new firmware upgrade for the Focus 5th generation braille displays, and introduce the new ElEdit application to allow you to increase your productivity with braille and print files on Windows. Learning Outcomes: Explain the new features of the firmware upgrade for the Focus 5th generation braille displays including turning on and off word wrap, turning off the feature requiring a pin to connect to Bluetooth devices, one-handed mode, Etc. Demonstrate how to get the upgrade and how to perform the firmware upgrade itself. Introduce the new ElEdit app for Windows and JAWS allowing the user to finally read BRF files both in braille and speech while using Windows! Explore additional features of the ElEdit app including the ability to quickly translate from braille to print, print to braille, print the document, emboss a document, send a document to Microsoft Word, and more! | Meeting ID: 863 6137 8742 | Passcode: 881387 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86361378742#,,,,*881387# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86361378742?pwd=TE9hMUpOU2pZT3JYZHlqVkt4RCtldz09

10) Carroll Center For The Blind: 2021 Free Virtual Technology Fair

November 23rd 2021 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's Virtual Technology Fair is back! Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. Free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals — the Carroll Center for the Blind's Virtual Technology Fair is sure to impress! Have you registered yet? Register for the Virtual Technology Fair today:
https://carroll.org/events/virtual-technology-fair-2021/

11) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

12) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

13) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


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➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Cyclone Braille Embosser for Text or Graphics

Listing Date: 10/21/2021 | Price: $1,501.00 USD | Condition: Gently used. | Description: Lightweight, single-sided high quality embosser with speeds up to 60 characters per second. Includes Firebird Software Suite; Firebird Graphics Editor that allows you to produce Braille graphics in 12.5 and 17 DPI Flashdrive with manuals & setup guide. | Contact: Email karenxsantiago@msn.com ✉ or (508) 854-1630 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Dell G7 7500 Laptop

Listing Date: 10/21/2021 | Price: $855.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Lightning fast, current Windows 10 64 bit, Jaws 2021 installed with no authorization. NVDA upon request. 15.6 inch display, Intel Core i7 at 2.6 Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD & power adapter. Retails for $1200.00. | Contact: Email karenxsantiago@msn.com ✉ or (508) 854-1630 ☎. |

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Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) Get our new Medical 3 Talk bundle: infrared thermometer, BP meter, and now, our new talking oximeter; $130.00 plus $16.80 shipping; $20 off our usual price through end of October. (2) Another new neck pouch, this one a little bigger, with Velcro instead of a snap closure, and much more durable leather than the first one; $25.00 for one, $40.00 for 2. (3) Our 59 and 48 inch aluminum telescopic canes can be used at any length and compact to 12 inches; $50.00; Many New bags too; if you want to know more, Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or KaeAnn (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉ for dog products (grooming, safety, travel, and toys.)

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ Modified Talking Black & Decker Toaster Oven Factory Directfrom E T S! Save $50 & Free U.S. Shipping
Order by 11/14/2021 for delivery before Christmas. The Modified Black and Decker counter top talking toaster oven Allows persons with low or no vision to warm, toast, bake and broil foods confidently & independently. Toast Up to 9-Slices of bread or Bake Two 12 inch Pizzas at once. Cook all your favorite foods. Clear and easy to understand High quality male voice. Simple To Operate! Buttons are embossed & easy to locate. Now $399.99 & Free US Mainland Shipping:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=5447225

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-promotion-expiring-soon/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

APH ConnectCenter logo.

Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/102120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Volume 828

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Volume 828

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) A List Of Removed Siri Voice Commands: Sending Emails, Checking Call History And More: (9.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2021/09/30/removed-siri-voice-commands/
B.) What's Coming In Windows 11 Accessibility: (5.7% of all clicks.)
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/07/01/whats-coming-in-windows-11-accessibility/
C.) What's New in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2022 Public Beta 2: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta?utm_content=181751652
D.) Goodmaps Acquires The Sendero GPS Mobile Apps From Aira, Which Are Now Free!: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://goodmaps.com/news/good-maps-acquires-the-sendero-gps-mobile-apps-from-aira-which-are-now-free
E.) Windows 11 Review: The Start Of A New Era: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-11

2) How I Use The Apple Pencil With Low Vision | Veroniiiica

When I recently upgraded to the iPad Air 4th Generation (also known as the Model A2316), I decided to get the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation, as my friend had talked about how much they enjoyed using it. I immediately started using it and noticed a significant improvement in how I interacted with content on my device, especially as a user with low vision and dysgraphia. After receiving questions about how I use the Apple Pencil with low vision from a professor at my university and a friend on Twitter, today I will be listing my favorite uses for the Apple Pencil and how I use it in the classroom, workplace, and beyond:
https://veroniiiica.com/2021/09/18/how-i-use-the-apple-pencil-with-low-vision/

3) Youtube Doubles Down On Accessibility With These Caption And Audio Features

The new and upcoming features are meant to make the platform "more inclusive and accessible":
https://www.androidcentral.com/youtube-accessibility-features-live-auto-caption-and-audio

4) Eyedaptic Eye3 AR Glasses

Equipped with patented simulated natural vision software, the Eyedaptic solution optimizes the user's functional peripheral vision. It does this through a small, embedded camera that captures the surroundings, manipulates, and enhances the pixels, and re-displays the image.
https://nelowvision.com/product/eyedaptic-eye3-low-vision-wearable-glasses/

5) Google Improving Smartphone Accessibility

these new features for Android smartphones were developed with feedback from people who rely on alternative communication technology.
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/10/12/google-improving-smartphone-accessibility/29530/

6) Facebook Puts All Its Audio Features Into A New Tab

Facebook is expanding its investment in audio initiatives with the launch of a new "Audio" destination in its mobile app in the U.S., where users will be able to discover in one place all the audio formats Facebook now hosts, including podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio.
https://techcrunch.com/2021/10/11/facebook-launches-a-audio-hub-in-the-u-s-for-podcasts-live-audio-and-short-form-clips/

7) Anker Announces Soundcore's First Audio Glasses, Priced At $200

These glasses are bone-conduction, making them useful for GPS navigation apps.
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/13/22713183/anker-soundcore-frames-glasses-price-specs

8) Fountain: A Markup Language For Screenwriting

Do you need to write a screenplay either for work, school or just as a hobby? Have you not been able to find an accessible screenwriting program? Try Fountain, a simple text markup language instead. There is no need for accessible software and visual formatting.
https://fountain.io/

9) Air Pods Pro Can Help You Hear Conversations Better After Recent Firmware Update

Find out how to take advantage of this new accessibility enhancement for the Air Pods Pro range. You can also customize the volume of background noise to suit your hearing:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/6/22713126/airpods-pro-conversation-boost-firmware-update

10) Quick Phrases Feature Now Rolling Out To Google Assistant

This new feature means you won't have to say "hey Google" before many common commands:
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-assistant-quick-phrases-3036486/

11) How To Customize Accessibility Settings App By App On iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

This official video from Apple shows you how to customize visual enhancements for individual Apps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sHaXuFb6uk

12) What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features For Fall 2021

Microsoft provide a comprehensive overview of the accessibility enhancements in Microsoft 365 products:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/m365-accessibility-fall-2021/

13) Voiceover In & Out 2021 YouTube Series by the Tech Juggernaut Team

Master Voiceover on your iPhone or iPad with the Tech Juggernaut crew and special guests. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZDkClse9gE

14) Accessibility Support For Teams For Your Personal Life

Microsoft Teams for personal use is built right into Windows 11. Learn the tips and tricks to use it effectively with a screen reader:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/office/accessibility-support-for-teams-for-your-personal-life-067cf81d-6496-4a0d-b968-47d5d1a9a6e5

15) Dolphin and Windows 11

The team at Dolphin outline the plan to make all of their products fully compatible with Windows 11. A must read for Dolphin software users:
https://blog.yourdolphin.com/blog/dolphin-and-windows-11

16) NV Access | Open Source Opens the Way!

Ever wanted to try the very capable and free NVDA screen reader but worried about the security of open source software? The official NV Access team provide this great article explaining the benefits and how it all works:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/open-source-opens-the-way/

17) Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features Fall 2021 Lineup: Here's What's New

Here's what Microsoft is doing to make its products, from Outlook to Office, more inclusive:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-365-accessibility-features-fall-2021-lineup-heres-whats-new

18) Apple AirTags: Low Vision | Hadley Workshops

This set of 3 workshops include: 'AirTags Low Vision: Setting It Up,' 'AirTags Low Vision: Finding Nearby Items,' 'AirTags Low Vision: Finding Items Further Away:'
https://hadley.edu/workshops/apple-airtags-low-vision-series

19) Eyes-Free Audio Tutorials for Band-in-a-Box Music Creators

We are proud to offer an audio-only, "eyes-free" set of tutorials for learning some of the intricacies of the Band-in-a-Box software. It is intended to benefit users who prefer the keystroke rather than the mouse-click approach. In this bundle, we take you through 7 key functions for music creation. These are chord entry, creating that first song, inserting and deleting bars, and four distinctly different methods for copying bars. Our presentations are relaxed and informative with illustrative examples of operating Band-in-a-Box. We have included exercise song files so that you can follow along and work through the processes with the tutorial examples. (10) mp3 audio tutorials totaling 82 minutes in duration. (8) Exercise Song files for you to use on your own machine. (3) Word document files, the largest is 17 pages of Function to Hotkey reference. We have set the price for this first bundle at $25 to make our product readily affordable. They can be purchased using PayPal. As soon as we receive your order, we will send a link to you ready for immediate download of the 120 megabyte zip file. Just inquire here via email:
eyesfreebiab@gmail.com

20) Creating Inclusive Hybrid Work Experiences | What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features For Fall 2021

The theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion" — and within the hybrid workplace, technology is a crucial factor in determining how inclusive your workplace can be. For many employees with disabilities, it can mean the difference between performing at their best as an equal member of the team and being left out of the conversation entirely. Here are some of the improvements that have been made to accessibility in Microsoft 365 over the past few months:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/m365-accessibility-fall-2021/

21) Here Are All the Accesibility Features Built Into Your Apple Watch

Here is an overview of everything the Apple Watch has to offer in its accessibility menu:
https://www.makeuseof.com/apple-watch-accessibility-features/

22) You Won't Need To Say 'Hey Google' Anymore For These Assistant Commands

One-word commands for answering phone calls or dismissing alarms are now a thing:
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-assistant-quick-phrases-3036486/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Group Works to Make Beaches More Accessible

In TAMPA Florida, disability advocates are pushing for greater adoption of specialized semi-permanent mats that act like a boardwalk anchored to the sand so that people of all abilities can visit the beach:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/10/12/group-works-beaches-accessible/29529/

2) Disability Employment Awareness Month: Creating a More Inclusive & Accessible Future of Work

The pandemic has uncovered many societal inequities. Among the most impacted by recent employment losses are the estimated 1 billion people worldwide currently living with a disability - a growing figure due to aging, and most recently, the long-term effects of COVID-19:
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/SALESFORCE-COM-INC-12180/news/Disability-Employment-Awareness-Month-Creating-a-More-Inclusive-Accessible-Future-of-Work-36629897/

3) Funding Allows Safe Toddles To Study Benefits Of Safe Mobility Device For Blind Toddlers

For 40 percent of children born with a visual impairment, learning to walk independently is a difficult, if not dangerous challenge. In addition to not being able to see where they are going or to avoid obstacles, they are too small to hold and maneuver the standard white cane often used by visually impaired adults. For this reason, many young children who are blind experience harmful collisions or falls when they attempt to walk independently, and are, consequently, fearful of exploring the environment and slow to develop effective motor skills. The resulting delays in concept, language, motor, and social development in turn affect the ability of too many youngsters to grow into independent, self-confident adults:
https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/funding-allows-safe-toddles-to-study-benefits-of-safe-mobility-device-for-blind-toddlers/article_2924639a-c400-5aad-bc91-c2c17d58a26d.html

4) Cox Communications Uses New Remote Feature Assisting Customers With Physical Disabilities

The Accessible Web Remote for Contour empowers those who have lost motor skills with the ability to browse the video guide with a glance:
https://www.wowt.com/2021/10/05/cox-communications-uses-new-remote-feature-assisting-customers-with-physical-disabilities/

5) Lawline Announces A Suite Of Accessibility Options, Including The Ability To Add Closed Captioning To Their Entire Catalog Of On Demand Courses

Lawline, a leading Continuing Legal Education provider, announces new accessibility features, including the ability to add closed captioning on all 1,700+ On Demand courses, and options for users with visual, aural and motor impairments, cognitive disabilities, and more:
https://www.prweb.com/releases/lawline_announces_a_suite_of_accessibility_options_including_the_ability_to_add_closed_captioning_to_their_entire_catalog_of_on_demand_courses/prweb18212878.htm


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 44 | The Cloud is the Future

October 9th 2021 | We talk about our special events 50th Episode and 1 year celebration and how listeners can be a part by filling the form on our website. In our must have apps we talk about cloud storage and demo all the popular cloud storage apps. In our commentary screen reader segment, we see what is new with the latest update and how to use multi part gestures. In talkback highlights we see how to manage volumes and label unlabelled buttons. To listen to episodes go to:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Mosen At Large 152

October 9th 2021 Welcome to the world Windows 11, happy 10th birthday Siri, and a new book shares perspectives on being a disabled parent:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/077b8f1d/welcome-to-the-world-windows-11-happy-10th-birthday-siri-and-a-new-book-shares-perspectives-on-being-a-disabled-parent

3) Eyes on Success 2142 Birdability

October 13th 2021
Birdability is an organization whose mission is to make birding accessible to all. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Freya McGregor, Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist, and Michael Hurben, avid birder with vision loss, about the organization and how anyone can enjoy birding and the wonderful outdoors even if they can't leave their own home!
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202142.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) National Federation of the Blind DC State Convention

October 14th 2021 to October 16th 2021 | Get excited! The National Federation of the Blind DC State Convention is here! Convention will be virtual. Please register for the Convention using the link below. Hope to see you there! If you need any assistance, please call Chrichelle Brown at (202) 321-8650 ☎ or Joann Stephens at (202) 320-2843 ☎:
https://surveyheart.com/form/6158c4cc0ffeb45d3b2df321

2) How Can Low Vision Products from Vispero Help You?

October 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Michael Wood & Michelle Williams for an informative and interactive webinar where we will discuss different eye conditions and discover what products might best meet the needs of those conditions. With incredible features like magnification, text to speech, contrast, and portability, you are bound to find a solution that works best for you, your clients, and your students. Learn how Text to Speech can help you read longer when your eyes tire. Learn how Screen Masking aids to increase word recognition and reading accuracy. Learn how Magnification can help with day-to-day tasks. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar to discover more about assistive technology and how it can help. All attendees over 18 years of age and living in the U.S. will have an opportunity to win a Pebble hand-held magnifier. One lucky attendee will be selected and notified via email after the webinar:
https://bit.ly/3DeTzjM

3) How to Make an Accessible Excel Workbook by TPGi

October 19th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar provides best practices for making Excel spreadsheets accessible to disabled people. TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Aaron Farber, will review common accessibility issues within Excel spreadsheets and look at each accessibility issue first from the users' perspective, in how that issue affects them. The webinar then takes participants through the author's perspective and provides step-by-step instructions on how to fix that issue in their spreadsheet. Additionally, Aaron will answer the nuts-and-bolts questions such as compatibility between Excel and other operating systems like MacOS and the accessibility of other spreadsheet programs. Excel has released many new features such as Data from Picture; this webinar evaluates them through the lens of accessibility. Beyond building technical skills in Excel, participants will also learn whether WCAG applies to Excel spreadsheets. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-19-how-to-make-an-accessible-excel-workbook/

4) TypeAbility Typing Program With JAWS and Fusion by Access Ingenuity

October 20th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity, and the developer of TypeAbility, David Pinto from Yes Accessible to explore this program that works with JAWS and Fusion! Learning Outcomes: Explore the different options to customize TypeAbility. Discover the different features including typing lessons, typing race, academic tests, create your own lessons, etc. Preview the upcoming TypeAbility5 along with new features. | Meeting ID: 837 7304 4871 | Passcode: 593759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83773044871#,,,,*593759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83773044871?pwd=L2NMckhSamxmbFVaYUhTN1BSR0M1QT09

5) Windows 11 Accessibility Overview by Microsoft

October 27th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Hector Minto, Lead Accessibility Evangelist, Accessibility Team. Jeremy Curry, Support Escalation Engineer, Accessibility Team. We are excited to share how we are empowering people with disabilities to achieve more with Windows 11. This webinar will focus on a broad overview of accessibility in Windows 11, including new Contrast themes, how Windows 11 makes accessibility features easier to find and use, and more:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUNEVEMU9UV1BOSFhTUEdROUY2MkxFMTI2MS4u&wdLOR=cB42744B7-5722-4A50-B929-6ECD7FA53FA6

6) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 3 by Access Ingenuity

October 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a Part 3, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend Parts 1 and 2. In addition, please feel free to contact us if there's an interest in the Parts 1 and 2 recordings. Learning Outcomes: Provide more explanations and examples on how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Show practical examples for previously introduced methods to rename, select, cut, copy, paste, and delete files and folders. Demonstrate how to manage drives such as an SD Card for the Victor Reader, and how to work with syncing folders like OneDrive and Google Drive. | Meeting ID: 896 8577 0228 | Passcode: 483670 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89685770228#,,,,*483670# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89685770228?pwd=QWtFcUpTTDZnWlBKMDhFZ2Y1VGNVQT09

7) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 2021 Annual Meeting

November 9th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please contact me at athenpresident@gmail.com ✉ | Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87384816423

8) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

9) Using Windows 11 with a Screen Reader by Microsoft

November 17th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Jeff Bishop, Program Manager, Windows Engineering. Anne Taylor, Program Manager, Accessibility Team. Brett Humphrey, Program Manager, Teams Engineering. We are excited to share how we are empowering screen reader users to achieve more with what's coming in Windows 11. This webinar will focus on a broad overview of accessibility experiences in Windows 11. This includes new Start Menu interactions, a new Windows Settings experience, an all-new chat experience with your friends and family and more. New Windows hotkeys will also be introduced for things like Quick Settings, Notifications and others. Many of these features will be demoed using Narrator and third-party screen readers to give you a feel for the all new Windows 11 after you upgrade:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUM0dLREdQRjc4SjVPTFFVTUo2NkJDQjFVWi4u&wdLOR=cC2A08E94-B6B3-4D58-A1E9-E2A1EC1ACF56

10) Carroll Center For The Blind: 2021 Free Virtual Technology Fair

November 23rd 2021 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's Virtual Technology Fair is back! Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. Free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals — the Carroll Center for the Blind's Virtual Technology Fair is sure to impress! Have you registered yet? Register for the Virtual Technology Fair today:
https://carroll.org/events/virtual-technology-fair-2021/

11) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

12) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

13) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


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1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html


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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Adaptations Online Store

➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products
Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ Coding is Easy and Accessible with Colby the Code & Go Robot Mouse
Code & Go Mouse introduces coding concepts and tactile graphics as users program Colby to race through a maze toward the cheese. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features two speeds along with colorful buttons for easy programming and sequencing.
https://www.aph.org/product/accessible-code-and-go-mouse/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) Get our new Medical 3 Talk bundle: infrared thermometer, BP meter, and now, our new talking oximeter; $130.00 plus $16.80 shipping; $20 off our usual price through end of October. (2) Another new neck pouch, this one a little bigger, with Velcro instead of a snap closure, and much more durable leather than the first one; $25.00 for one, $40.00 for 2. (3) Our 59 and 48 inch aluminum telescopic canes can be used at any length and compact to 12 inches; $50.00; Many New bags too; if you want to know more, Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or KaeAnn (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉ for dog products (grooming, safety, travel, and toys.)

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 & FreeShipping from BlindMiceMegaMall.com
Independently control the comfort of your home! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating - cooling talking thermostat designed specifically for persons who are blind or have low vision. Introduced in 2003 they were the first accessible digital thermostats specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read More and order Yours Now:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-promotion-expiring-soon/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line
APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Volume 827

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) This Gadget Turns Your White Cane Into A Smart Cane: (15.2% of all clicks.)
https://coolblindtech.com/this-gadget-turns-your-white-cane-into-a-smart-cane/
B.) A Quick Guide to Windows 11 Accessibility: (10.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.onmsft.com/feature/windows-11-accessibility
C.) How Can You Read Product Labels If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision? From the Insight4Blind YouTube Channel: (6.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XCJd6H8V7A
D.) Amazon's Astro Robot Is A 24-Hour Security Guard And Smart Assistant All Rolled Into One: (6.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.techradar.com/news/amazons-astro-robot-is-a-24-hour-security-guard-and-smart-assistant-all-rolled-into-one
E.) Microsoft 'Adaptive Kit' Makes Surface Devices More Accessible: (4.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-adaptive-kit-makes-surface-devices-more-accessible

1) A List Of Removed Siri Voice Commands: Sending Emails, Checking Call History And More

If you have suspected Siri does not work as well as it used to since upgrading to iOS 15, you're right. Apple has removed certain commands from Siri in iOS 15. iDownload Blog has the complete list:
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2021/09/30/removed-siri-voice-commands/

2) Apple Accessibility Responds To David Goldfield Regarding Lost Siri Functionality

David Goldfield of the Tech-VI List recently wrote to Apple Accessibility regarding the recent loss of Siri functionality and has received the following positive response. Hello David. Thank you for your email. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, and we are working to reinstate some Siri Email and Phone actions, which were temporarily removed as part of updates to improve Siri. You will be able to ask Siri to write, send, and check unread emails in the coming weeks. Reinstating Siri actions to check call history and voicemail will take a bit more time, and we will bring back this functionality in an upcoming iOS software update. Sincerely. Apple Accessibility. Join the Tech-VI mailing list by sending a blank email to:
tech-vi+subscribe@groups.io

3) Focus Blue 5th Generation Firmware Downloads

Freedom Scientific has released a firmware update to its focus 5th generation braille displays. There are enhancements for the Scratchpad, one-handed mode, Bluetooth pairing, and flash messages. To read about the enhancements and for instruction on downloading and updating the Focus 5th generation, go to:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Focus/Focus5Downloads

4) Free Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals Course Announced By Xbox

Microsoft has announced that a new course on gaming accessibility fundamentals on the MSLearn platform. Modules within the course will include introducing people to gaming and disability core concepts, with tips on how to collaborate with the disability community, how the community can help inform accessible design, common gaming assistive technologies, and best practices for games, platforms, and hardware:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/gaming/accessibility/gaf-info

5) Braille Institute's Atkinson Hyperlegible Typeface Now Available On Google Fonts

Braille Institute's "Atkinson Hyperlegible" font family is now available on Google Fonts. This typeface was designed specifically to help with legibility and to improve readability for people with low vision and was named after Braille Institute's founder, Robert J. Atkinson:
https://brailleinstitute.org/blog/press-releases/braille-institutes-atkinson-hyperlegible-typeface-now-available-on-google-fonts

6) What's New in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2022 Public Beta 2:

Fusion, Jaws, and Zoomtext versions 2022 are out. audio routing, Microsoft Office apps, braille language switching, and Voice Assistant are among the improvements.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta?utm_content=181751652

7) A One-Handed Writer's Search for the Perfect Mechanical Keyboard

This article from Britt H. Young of the wirecutter reviews several one-handed keyboards, making several salient points, not only about one-handed keyboard accessibility, but general assistive technology hardware as well:
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/search-for-the-perfect-mechanical-keyboard/

8) What's Coming In Windows 11 Accessibility

Windows 11 was released on Tuesday, October 5th. While there are few changes to accessibility features in Windows 10, "Ease of Access" has been rebranded to "Accessibility," in hopes of making those features easier to find:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/07/01/whats-coming-in-windows-11-accessibility/

9) Windows 11 Review: The Start Of A New Era

Windows 11 was launched on 5 October 2021. The Windows Central Team provide a comprehensive review:
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-11

10) Goodmaps Acquires The Sendero GPS Mobile Apps From Aira, Which Are Now Free!

Goodmaps now own the Sendero GPS Apps. This means that the Seeing Eye GPS, RNIB Navigator and Guide Dogs NSW Apps will be re-branded, improved, and free!
https://goodmaps.com/news/good-maps-acquires-the-sendero-gps-mobile-apps-from-aira-which-are-now-free

11) Alexa Will Now Let You Take Longer To Ask A Question

Ever wish you had a little more time when talking to Alexa? Enable this great new feature so Alexa listens for longer:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/5/22711570/amazon-alexa-more-time-to-speak-type-question-android

12) How To Turn Off 120Hz On The iPhone 13 Pro And iPhone 13 Pro Max

If the new 120Hz refresh rate on the iPhone 13 doesn't interest you, learn how to turn it off to save battery:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-disable-120hz-promotion-iphone/

13) Understanding The Symbol Pronunciation Dialog In NVDA | Youtube

Tune in to this great audio demonstration of how to use the Punctuation / Symbol Pronunciation Feature of NVDA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNQSIPNj0E

14) Chameleon Say What? Text to Speach and More on the Chameleon 20 (YouTube Video)

The Chameleon has a voice! Text to Speech is coming soon to this portable and powerful braille device. Learn about this new feature from product manager William Freeman & Donna McClure-Rogers and be the first to hear about updates to the Chameleon 20 such as Spanish language support and one-handed mode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNe9CcDr0jI

15) New Features Available in Goodmaps Explorer: GPS App For iOS

You can now create an account in Explore. For those with proper access, this will reveal restricted buildings, rooms, and POIs which you can explore in person or virtually. New features are coming soon that require an Explore account. Sign up today under the More Tab. Also, POIs and rooms can now include extra information like relevant websites, links to audio files, information about the POI, and more!
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/goodmaps-explore/id1524698552

16) Applevis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for September 2021

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-september-2021

17) Microsoft Announces New Xbox Accessibility Features

Microsoft continues its journey to make gaming more inclusive by announcing significant accessibility enhancements for Xbox:
https://au.pcmag.com/microsoft-xbox-games/89865/microsoft-announces-new-xbox-accessibility-features

18) NUST MISIS Engineers Develop VibroBraille Communicator For Deafblind

VibroBraille is a small game console-like device that translates Braille text into synthesized speech and vice versa, with six buttons on the front panel and built-in tactile elements that transmit signals to the user at their fingertips like in the Braille system. The device works together with a mobile application, connected via Bluetooth. In the dictionary of meanings, implemented in the application, each Braille character corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, so words are converted into tactile signals and vice versa:
https://coolblindtech.com/nust-misis-engineers-develop-vibrobraille-communicator-for-deafblind/

19) Android 12 Has Been Released: Here's What's New In It

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/10/04/android-12-has-been-released-heres-whats-new-in-it/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients with Vision Loss See Color Again

A study was released which showed improved vision for some patients who underwent an experimental gene editing procedure. NPR has the story in both text and audio formats:
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/09/29/1040879179/vision-loss-crispr-treatment

2) Remote Work Has Finally Made Me - A Legally-Blind Person - Feel Like I Can Thrive At My Job. I'm Sad It Took This Long.

As someone in the blind and low-vision community, the expansion of remote work has been an economic game-changer. Normally, people with visual impairments face major hurdles in the workforce, from overcoming hiring discrimination to securing reliable transportation — less than half of US adults with visual impairments were in the labor force in 2019:
https://www.businessinsider.com/legally-blind-low-vision-how-remote-work-changed-career-2021-9

3) Agreement Reached To Make NY Emergency Alerts Accessible For Blind People

Blind people will soon have access to potentially lifesaving information about emergencies like pending storms and hazards on NY-Alert, the New York state mass notification system, due to an agreement reached between advocates and state officials:
https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/emergency-alerts-new-york-blind-people-lawsuit-1.50376013

4) Original Voice Of Siri Promotes AI-Powered Web Accessibility

Susan Bennett revealed back in 2013 that she only found out by chance that she had become the original voice of Siri. She's now taking advantage of her accidental fame to promote a new approach to web usability:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/09/30/original-voice-of-siri-web-accessibility/

5) CRISPR Gene-Editing Experiment Partly Restores Vision In Legally Blind Patients

A lot of work is being done in the fields of CRISPR gene-editing, and recently the revolutionary therapy was used to partially restore the vision in patients with a rare genetic disorder:
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/crispr-gene-editing-experiment-partly-restores-vision-in-legally-blind-patients/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts | Traveling with Vision Loss: Tips from the TSA

October 1st 2021
Supriya Raman, manager of the Disability and Multicultural branches of the TSA, shares tips on traveling among shifting COVID restrictions. Supriya covers what to expect at the airport and what resources are available for people with visual impairment:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/traveling-vision-loss-tips-tsa

2) Blind Android Users 43 | Back That Thing Up!

October 2nd 2021 | In this episode we celebrated Google's and Android's Birthdays. In our must have app backup utilities, we demo Alpha Backup Pro. We have a very inspiring chat with Sheneille from Theequinn YouTube Channel. Joseph does an unboxing of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. And then we have the 9th highlights of talkback:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 151

October 2nd 2021 Goodmaps acquires the former Sendero GPS mobile apps and makes them free, adventures in Android, and Siri loses smarts:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/4b7acb0c/goodmaps-acquires-the-former-sendero-gps-mobile-apps-and-makes-them-free-adventures-in-android-and-siri-loses-smarts

4) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 35: Four-Wheeling and Having a Blast

October 2nd 2021 On this episode of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther presented by AMI Audio, Lawrence, Lilly and Lewis head out of the city and into the Calabogie Hills. Their mission is to do some four-wheeling and have a blast. Sitting on the shore of a lake with a hydroelectric dam, Lawrence reflects on the electrification of the machines upon which people who live in rural, remote and northern parts of Canada depend. Be sure to check out all the action, and get the facts to determine whether an ATV or Side-by-side is for you.:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-35-four-wheeling-and-having-a-blast/id1530444764?i=1000537290919

5) Eyes on Success 2141 Just A Leap of Faith

October 6th 2021
People who are visually impaired are no strangers to participating in sports. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine jumping over a 10 or 12 foot high bar without seeing the bar. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bradly Rainwater, a competitive blind pole vaulter, and his coach and grandfather Brad Rainwater about how it can be done:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202141.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

October 7th 2021 through October 8th 2021 | American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. This event is primarily Online, with in-person participation options still to be determined. Please note that this Summit is in the same week and in the same vicinity as the M-Enabling Summit. The premier annual event for digital accessibility legal practioners. In-depth talks and panels. Featuring leaders from the digital accessibility and legal fields. Tackling big practice issues:
https://accessibility.legal/

2) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIG

October 11th 2021 through October 12th 2021 | The full line-up has been announced for the free-to-attend online edition of accessibility conference GAconf, taking place on October 11th-12th 2021. GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord. Topics include Far Cry 6's methodology for accessibility user research, how the Diablo 2 team tackled accessibility of remasters, audio description for blind gamers, Insomniac's journey through Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart; case studies on indie accessibility gems The Vale and The Big Con, how to communicate complex information through sound for blind gamers, panel discussion on representation of disabled characters, lived experiences of gaming with motor impairments, what legally blind gamers see, how to make horror games scary for all? players, how Roblox enables and supports accessibility of user generated content, and more! Speakers include indie accessibility superstars Falling Squirrel and Mighty Yell through to AAAs and publishers like EA, Insomniac, Blizzard and Ubisoft, and disabled gamers advocates and specialists such as Paul Amadeus Lane, James Rath, and Courtney Craven:
https://www.gaconf.com/

3) Navigating the VR System: Services are Better When We Work Together

October 13th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | For people with blindness or low vision who are receiving VR services or are considering applying, it is important to understand how the process works. In this webinar, the role of the rehabilitation team will be discussed with a primary focus on the consumer and rehabilitation counselor relationship. This webinar will include a panel of past VR consumers who are gainfully employed and practicing VR counselors:
https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/consumers/webinars-podcasts

4) Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life by TPGi

October 13th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use this tool alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy testing. Register at:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-13-at-12pm-et-undertaking-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility-testing-in-real-life/

5) Using Zoom Meeting on a PC With a Screen Reader by Access Ingenuity

October 13th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Recently, we learned that while many attend our weekly Zoom Presentations, a lot of people are doing this by calling or using the mobile app. This resulted in several requests for tips on attending Zoom presentations on a PC using a Screen Reader. Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they share tips and different methods on using a keyboard to quickly access popular features on the zoom desktop app. Learning Outcomes: Explain the differences between the desktop app and web interface and the benefits of the desktop app while using screen readers. Discuss first time set up including downloading and installing app, first time prompts, and whether or not you need to sign in for different presentations. Explore different ways to navigate the interface with a keyboard including various hot keys to mute and unmute audio, mute and unmute video, raise and lower hand, work with chat, view users, start and stop recording, share screen, etc. | Meeting ID: 899 0594 3325 | Passcode: 246915 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89905943325#,,,,*246915# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89905943325?pwd=WFE4cUVtN0xIbGpvVGJ4amw0UUhKdz09

6) How Can Low Vision Products from Vispero Help You?

October 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Michael Wood & Michelle Williams for an informative and interactive webinar where we will discuss different eye conditions and discover what products might best meet the needs of those conditions. With incredible features like magnification, text to speech, contrast, and portability, you are bound to find a solution that works best for you, your clients, and your students. Learn how Text to Speech can help you read longer when your eyes tire. Learn how Screen Masking aids to increase word recognition and reading accuracy. Learn how Magnification can help with day-to-day tasks. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar to discover more about assistive technology and how it can help. All attendees over 18 years of age and living in the U.S. will have an opportunity to win a Pebble hand-held magnifier. One lucky attendee will be selected and notified via email after the webinar:
https://bit.ly/3DeTzjM

7) How to Make an Accessible Excel Workbook by TPGi

October 19th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar provides best practices for making Excel spreadsheets accessible to disabled people. TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Aaron Farber, will review common accessibility issues within Excel spreadsheets and look at each accessibility issue first from the users' perspective, in how that issue affects them. The webinar then takes participants through the author's perspective and provides step-by-step instructions on how to fix that issue in their spreadsheet. Additionally, Aaron will answer the nuts-and-bolts questions such as compatibility between Excel and other operating systems like MacOS and the accessibility of other spreadsheet programs. Excel has released many new features such as Data from Picture; this webinar evaluates them through the lens of accessibility. Beyond building technical skills in Excel, participants will also learn whether WCAG applies to Excel spreadsheets. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-19-how-to-make-an-accessible-excel-workbook/

8) TypeAbility Typing Program With JAWS and Fusion by Access Ingenuity

October 20th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity, and the developer of TypeAbility, David Pinto from Yes Accessible to explore this program that works with JAWS and Fusion! Learning Outcomes: Explore the different options to customize TypeAbility. Discover the different features including typing lessons, typing race, academic tests, create your own lessons, etc. Preview the upcoming TypeAbility5 along with new features. | Meeting ID: 837 7304 4871 | Passcode: 593759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83773044871#,,,,*593759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83773044871?pwd=L2NMckhSamxmbFVaYUhTN1BSR0M1QT09

9) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 3 by Access Ingenuity

October 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a Part 3, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend Parts 1 and 2. In addition, please feel free to contact us if there's an interest in the Parts 1 and 2 recordings. Learning Outcomes: Provide more explanations and examples on how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Show practical examples for previously introduced methods to rename, select, cut, copy, paste, and delete files and folders. Demonstrate how to manage drives such as an SD Card for the Victor Reader, and how to work with syncing folders like OneDrive and Google Drive. | Meeting ID: 896 8577 0228 | Passcode: 483670 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89685770228#,,,,*483670# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89685770228?pwd=QWtFcUpTTDZnWlBKMDhFZ2Y1VGNVQT09

10) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 2021 Annual Meeting

November 9th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please contact me at athenpresident@gmail.com ✉ | Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87384816423

11) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

12) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

13) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

14) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


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Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ Build A Foundational Understanding Of Construction And Electronics With BRIC: Structures® Access Kit From APH - An Adapted Version Of An Educational Elenco® Product For Students Who Are Blind And Visually Impaired!
The BRIC: Structures® Access Kit combines ordinary building bricks with Snap Circuits® to create 26 projects, such as circuits and real-world structures, that run on electricity. Visit https://www.aph.org/product/bric-structures-access-kit/ to learn more.

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) Get our new Medical 3 Talk bundle: infrared thermometer, BP meter, and now, our new talking oximeter; $130.00 plus $16.80 shipping; $20 off our usual price through end of October. (2) Another new neck pouch, this one a little bigger, with Velcro instead of a snap closure, and much more durable leather than the first one; $25.00 for one, $40.00 for 2. (3) Our 59 and 48 inch aluminum telescopic canes can be used at any length and compact to 12 inches; $50.00; Many New bags too; if you want to know more, Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or KaeAnn (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉ for dog products (grooming, safety, travel, and toys.)

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

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Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

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Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 & FreeShipping from BlindMiceMegaMall.com
Independently control the comfort of your home! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating - cooling talking thermostat designed specifically for persons who are blind or have low vision. Introduced in 2003 they were the first accessible digital thermostats specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read More and order Yours Now:
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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-promotion-expiring-soon/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive.?Share the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide with people who need to know about living with vision loss. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/100720211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 30, 2021 - Volume 826

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 30, 2021 - Volume 826

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This issue made possible by sponsorship support from: A.T. Guys, GuideLights And Gadgets, American Printing House, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store, Be My Eyes, HumanWare, APH ConnectCenter, Freedom Scientific, Pneuma Solutions, Carroll Center for the Blind, Blind Mice Mega Mall and HIMS, Inc..


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A.) What's New in iOS 15 Accessibility for Blind and DeafBlind Users: (13.5% of all clicks.)
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B.) NVDA Beats VoiceOver In These 7 Important Ways. Every. Single. Time.: (8.8% of all clicks.)
https://iphonearena.com/nvda-vs-voiceover/
C.) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for Blind and Low Vision Users: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-15-and-ipados-15-blind-and-low-vision-users
D.) Cash Reader: The Best Money Reader For The Blind: (5.6% of all clicks.)
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E.) 4,881 Free Online Courses from Top Universities (Updated Weekly): (4.7% of all clicks.)
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Please join all of us here at Tidbits in welcoming aboard HIMS, Inc., who has so very graciously agreed to support the ongoing distribution of Top Tech Tibdits by becoming a sponsor. If you look forward to Tidbits every week, it is sponsors like HIMS, Inc. that make it possible. If you would still like to become a Top Tech Tidbits sponsor please consider joining our waiting list so that you can be informed the moment a package becomes available. Simply drop our publisher a note today at: publisher@toptechtidbits.com ✉. Or learn more at:
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3) Accesskit: A New Open-Source Project To Help Make More Apps Accessible

The goal of AccessKit is to provide shared infrastructure for making apps accessible, across as many platforms and programming languages as possible. With AccessKit, a developer working with multiple platforms won't have to implement accessibility for each platform from scratch:
https://pneumasolutions.com/accesskit-a-new-open-source-project-to-help-make-more-apps-accessible/

4) Microsoft 'Adaptive Kit' Makes Surface Devices More Accessible

Microsoft has developed a new accessory kit that promises to make the company's Surface products easier to use for people with disabilities:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-adaptive-kit-makes-surface-devices-more-accessible

5) How Can You Read Product Labels If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision? From the Insight4Blind YouTube Channel

One of the biggest barriers to independence in the kitchen for people with vision loss is access to product labels. However, people with low vision or no vision have more resources today than ever before. Check out this video on the Insight4Blind channel to discover a variety of options for accessing the information you need to get cooking with confidence. No vision required:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XCJd6H8V7A

6) This Gadget Turns Your White Cane Into A Smart Cane

This small connected accessory that fits onto a regular white cane can help blind and visually impaired people move around more safely. This accessory detects all nearby obstacles, including those at head height, which generally go undetected with a standard white cane:
https://coolblindtech.com/this-gadget-turns-your-white-cane-into-a-smart-cane/

7) New Android Features Coming This Season

With Android, you can look forward to your device getting better and better throughout the year. From accessibility to Android Auto to features that make your life just a little easier, like Assistant and Gboard, we're rolling out new features that help you do more, stay secure and have more fun with your Android phone:
https://blog.google/products/android/new-android-features-coming-season/

8) Amazon's Astro Robot Is A 24-Hour Security Guard And Smart Assistant All Rolled Into One

Cute, evil, or a bit of both? Amazon has just unveiled Astro, a moving robot designed to wheel itself around your home, keep an eye on intruders, and even keep your kids occupied:
https://www.techradar.com/news/amazons-astro-robot-is-a-24-hour-security-guard-and-smart-assistant-all-rolled-into-one

9) Recording: Tek Talk Welcomes Amanda Tolson, Director of Sales of En-Vision America, Discussing ScripTalk and Talking Prescription Labels | September 20th 2021

Amanda speaks about ScripTalk, a fully accessible prescription reader system to help you safely manage your prescriptions independently. Did you know your pharmacy can use the ScripTalk system to make reading your prescription labels fully accessible? Envision America offers a hardware device or smart phone app solution to scan your prescription labels. Both systems will speak all the information on your prescription label, including the name of your medication, the dosage, and perhaps most importantly, how many refills you have left for that prescription:
https://accessibleworld.org/podcast/tek-talk-welcomes-amanda-tolson-director-of-sales-of-en-vision-america-discussing-scriptalk-and-talking-prescription-labels-09-20-2021/

10) A Quick Guide to Windows 11 Accessibility

Microsoft has been improving the accessibility features available on Windows progressively through the years. Accessible technology aims to unlock opportunities for people with disabilities across the world and help tackle the "disability divide." For Microsoft, Windows 11 is a significant step towards achieving seamless accessibility without costly plug-ins or time-consuming work by IT administrators. Here are some of the key features of Windows 11 to support users across the disability spectrum:
https://www.onmsft.com/feature/windows-11-accessibility

11) Android Accessibility Update Lets You Control Your Phone, Communicate Using Facial Gestures

The new features, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, let users navigate their devices without their hands or voice:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/android-accessibility-update-lets-you-control-your-phone-communicate-using-facial-gestures/

12) NVAccess In Process for September 29th 2021

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-september-2021/

13) Recently Added to BARD: Audio: NLS Braille eReader HumanWare User Guide

National Library Service. Reading time 1 hour, 27 minutes. Read by Deborah Sampson. A production of Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Communication Center. Subjects: General. Description: This is the User Guide version 1.1.1 for instructional guidance to the NLS Braille eReader manufactured by Humanware. Available from BARD courtesy of the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Communication Center. Local book number: DB55397. Digital talking book. 12 levels and 94 navigation points. Digitally mastered. ISBN: NA, Washington DC, National Library Service, 2021., Recorded from: Full audio with structure. System requirements: Internet access and an NLS authorized digital talking book player. Contact your cooperating library for more information. Talking books; Downloadable books:
https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/login/download%252Fdetail%252Fsrch%252FDBC24650/NLS

14) Windows 11: Everything You Need To Know by Android Authority

https://www.androidauthority.com/windows-11-2738763/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) LightHouse Launches New Family Program for Blind Infants and Toddlers

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco has announced the launch of a new program crucial to serving families with young children who are blind or have low vision. The new LightHouse Little Learners (LLL) is a developmental and educational program for children ages birth to three, who are blind, deafblind, have low vision or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lighthouse-launches-new-family-program-for-blind-infants-and-toddlers-301387198.html

2) Collision Warning Device Developed For Visually Impaired Patients

The real-world evaluation of a novel device designed to reduce collisions and thus improve daily walking showed that it decreased the rate of collisions by 37% when used by blind patients and those whose vision was severely impaired, according to lead author Shrinivas Pundlik, PhD, and senior author Gang Luo, PhD.:
https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/collision-warning-device-developed-for-visually-impaired-patients

3) Envision AI is Hiring

The developers of the Envision AI app and the Envision glasses have several employment opportunities available. Available positions include a social media specialist, marketing specialist, inbound sales executive, a UI/UX designer and more. Read an apply for any of these positions by visiting the following link:
https://www.letsenvision.com/careers

4) Hadley Women's Board Presents 2021 Braille Holiday Cards From Hadley

In the Hadley tradition. The 2021 Braille Holiday Card carries the interior greeting "Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season" in both print and embossed braille. This year's artwork features a delightful winter village beneath a snowy sky. Colorful houses and evergreen trees surround a frozen pond, where children skate while a woman and her dog walk nearby. For tactile effect some of the village buildings and a tree have been embossed. About the artist: Artist Sarah Sheridan grew up in Winnetka, IL, where Hadley is headquartered. Sarah's large family inspired her creation, "Some of my favorite times are spent with my family. We all live close to each other, and this snowy town reminds me of the joy I get from being so close to them." Free Ground Shipping to all U.S. States. Call for international shipping rates. Sale ends December 10th 2021. Order cards here:
https://brailleholidaycard.hadley.edu/?utm_source=Learners&utm_campaign=7b16543e8f-holiday-card-2021-learners-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1babd3418-7b16543e8f-52499638&mc_cid=7b16543e8f&mc_eid=8997daa19d

5) The People Behind Windows 11: Working With Communities To Improve Input And Accessibility

John Porter is an input and accessibility designer who is unable to use what so many take for granted: a keyboard and mouse. Porter relies almost entirely on his voice and speech recognition technology, in addition to switches (a series of buttons with pre-defined actions to cover a small range of motion) to interact with his PC. Working on Windows 11 as part of the Modern Input & Accessibility Team, he's been creating solutions to help others who use their PCs in different ways:
http://www.publicnow.com/view/1FD0F1712370570CC74A60DDB447796F446C7C7B

6) The Science Fiction Future Of Contact Lenses Is Arriving Now

We are all familiar with contact lenses that help people see better. But imagine contact lenses that darken automatically when you step into bright sunlight, or detect diseases and slow down their progression. What about contact lenses that deliver augmented reality? Well, it's time to stop imagining because things are about to get better as modern times are yielding a significant jump in contact lens technology:
https://myeyebb.com/blogs/news/the-science-fiction-future-of-contact-lenses-is-arriving-now

7) Jim Barnett Park's Long-Awaited Sensory Trail Opens

Construction of the Sensory Trail started in September 2017 but progressed slowly due to COVID-19, weather conditions, donation and material delays and so on. Winchester Host Lions Club member Celia "Caz" Zuckerman said the idea was to do something locally to celebrate that year's 100th anniversary of Lions ClubInternational:
https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/jim-barnett-parks-long-awaited-sensory-trail-opens-on-sunday/article_53ec465b-1c30-533b-8b1d-9da082ee8709.html

8) How Can Packaging Become More Accessible For People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted?

Marc Powell is the strategic accessibility lead at the Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and he is also registered blind himself. "I guess," he said, "lots of blind people guess what something is, and you get it home and you're like 'Oh, no, it's not the right thing!'". This can be even more of a problem when someone has diabetes or allergies, and having an accurate picture of the nutritional information on packaging is a matter of safety:
https://packagingeurope.com/how-can-packaging-become-more-accessible-for-people-who-are-blind-or-partially-sighted/

9) Women Who Travel: What I Learned While Traveling With A Visual Disability

I have low vision and I'm partially sighted. I have a constant fear of crossing streets, falling down staircases, being hit by a speeding car, or bumping into strangers when the lights are dim. Much of India, and the northeast where I live in particular, has hilly terrain and is challenging to navigate. Uneven roads, potholes in the pavements, and puddles and muddy streets during the rainy season can be restrictive for visually impaired travelers like myself. As a woman, setting off on my own can also feel risky for its own set of reasons:
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/what-i-learned-while-traveling-with-a-visual-disability

10) 'All the Light We Cannot See' Series Based on Best-Seller a Go at Netflix

Shawn Levy will direct the adaptation of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which is seeking a blind or low-vision actress for its lead role:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-all-light-we-cannot-see-series-1235018796/

11) New Research Explores How Visually Impaired Babies Perceive The World

Visually impaired babies rely more on touch than hearing to respond to the world around them, but both senses will be important in designing tools to help them develop, according to new research:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-09-explores-visually-impaired-babies-world.html

12) How a Smartphone Can Help You Cope With Epilepsy

Epilepsy looks different depending on the person, but here are some strategies for managing symptoms and staying safe:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-smartphone-can-help-cope-epilepsy/

13) UC Irvine Asst. Professor One Of Popular Science's 'Brilliant 10'

Stacy Branham, a UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics, was named this week as one of the "Brilliant 10" by Popular Science magazine. The list highlights "the most innovative up-and-coming minds in science," and features scientists, engineers, academic researchers and inventors. Branham, who works in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science, was recognized for her work in adapting commonly-used technologies for people with disabilities:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/uc-irvine-asst-professor-one-of-popular-sciences-brilliant-10/ar-AAOKEdL

14) The Regs: Get a Feel for Designing for the Visually Impaired

Geoff Wilkinson reviews the official guidance on designing with consideration for blind and poorly sighted people:
https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/opinion/the-regs-get-a-feel-for-designing-for-the-visually-impaired?tkn=1


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 42 | Play That Funky Tune!

September 25th 2021 | To listen to this and all previous episodes go to BlindAndroidUsers.com. You can also take part in our forums and download episodes for offline listening. We demo omnia music player and poweramp music player. We have another commentary screen reader episode. In the app of the week segment, we demo speech central. We have highlights from Talkback Episode 8, and for demos on shuttle and GoneMAD music players check out our Youtube playlist at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpouZSepovoKmo__dHzd3Gc

2) Mosen At Large 150

September 25th 2021 iOS 15 reaction, Ed Green from the Blind Android Users Podcast, and listener feedback on Android:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9ee5c3f6/ios-15-new-apple-hardware-and-adventures-in-android

3) DM79 — The Click

September 28th 2021 In the latest episode of the DM Series, "DM79 - The Click", we start this episode out talking some troubleshooting steps out for Michael having strange Audio with his internet with a discussion of his reaper setup. Damashe shares a little about how he's getting better video into his video calls. Michael asks an important question about what does hardwired really mean? While we discuss how nice it is to have the ability to call someone for support. We take some time to share information about the Apple event and what was announced. This then transitions us into a conversation about IOS15 changes. We chat briefly about our thoughts on using Android with the Pixel and this episode is closed out by each of us sharing our favorite app/book for this week:
https://yourownpay.com/dm79

4) Eyes on Success 2140 Encore of 1916 The Voice Behind Siri

September 29th 2021
Meet Susan Bennett whose voice was used to create the original female English language Siri voice. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan about her experiences as a voice artist, actress, and musician, what it was like to create the voice for Siri, how she found out that she was the voice behind Siri, and how it changed her career:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202140.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

2) Ask the Experts: Document Accessibility Part 2

September 30th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | If you register, you have access to the recording of the webinar:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tc-Chqj0oGNAHnASOmU8cTT-DlMT0hIZf

3) Gadgets, Apps & Resources for Your Health by The Technology User Group

October 2nd 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, October 2nd 2021, the Technology User Group will take a close look at health resources, apps and gadgets. There are thousands of health resources available, but if they lack accessibility, they will be of little use to you. We will be looking at many aspects of health and showcasing some of the best resources. Please note that for this event and the event in November, we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month. You do not need to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour. All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

4) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:
https://m-enabling.com/

5) Building A Professional Website Using WordPress Course

October 5th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | My name is Taylor Arndt and I am the owner of Taylor's Accessible Branding Solutions, LLC. Having an online presence is essential for success today, which is why my company offers products like Wordpress website development, training solutions, copywriting and more. We will be hosting a WordPress professional web development course starting on October 5th 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. The course will last for 10 weeks, and will guide you through the basics of hosting your own website and give you detailed information on accessible WordPress themes and plugins such as GeneratePress, Gravity Forms, UpdraftPlus, Rank Math SEO, and Jetpack. When you complete our 10-week course you will be able to install the WordPress content management system, set up your website, understand how to maintain and secure your site, and use SiteKit to view analytics. The course this fall has a limited number of seats, and seats are filling up fast! The registration fee will be $300 USD and you can register at:
https://courses.tayloraccess.com/courses/

6) Browsing the Web With JAWS by Access Ingenuity

October 6th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Recently, we had 2 presentations explaining the differences among the 3 modern browsers, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. This will explain and demonstrate JAWS tools and features that can be used with all 3 browsers. Join Zhi Huang, Mark Schafer, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore the various methods to use JAWS to help increase your effectiveness when browsing the web. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the JAWS Screen sensitive help to find out about general webpage information, along with help with the element in focus. Use JAWS navigation quick keys and lists to navigate by forms, headings, links, regions, graphics, lists, list items, and tables. Work with the JAWS keyboard help to practice navigation quick keys. Discover how to use PlaceMarkers in conjunction with your bookmarks or favorites. | Meeting ID: 845 7479 0808 | Passcode: 291810 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84574790808#,,,,*291810# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84574790808?pwd=WmtYQ1RJZkkxZkZkeUdhUWpsbW9OQT09

7) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

8) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

October 7th 2021 through October 8th 2021 | American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. This event is primarily Online, with in-person participation options still to be determined. Please note that this Summit is in the same week and in the same vicinity as the M-Enabling Summit. The premier annual event for digital accessibility legal practioners. In-depth talks and panels. Featuring leaders from the digital accessibility and legal fields. Tackling big practice issues:
https://accessibility.legal/

9) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIG

October 11th 2021 through October 12th 2021 | The full line-up has been announced for the free-to-attend online edition of accessibility conference GAconf, taking place on October 11th-12th 2021. GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord. Topics include Far Cry 6's methodology for accessibility user research, how the Diablo 2 team tackled accessibility of remasters, audio description for blind gamers, Insomniac's journey through Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart; case studies on indie accessibility gems The Vale and The Big Con, how to communicate complex information through sound for blind gamers, panel discussion on representation of disabled characters, lived experiences of gaming with motor impairments, what legally blind gamers see, how to make horror games scary for all? players, how Roblox enables and supports accessibility of user generated content, and more! Speakers include indie accessibility superstars Falling Squirrel and Mighty Yell through to AAAs and publishers like EA, Insomniac, Blizzard and Ubisoft, and disabled gamers advocates and specialists such as Paul Amadeus Lane, James Rath, and Courtney Craven:
https://www.gaconf.com/

10) Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life by TPGi

October 13th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use this tool alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy testing. Register at:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-13-at-12pm-et-undertaking-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility-testing-in-real-life/

11) Using Zoom Meeting on a PC With a Screen Reader by Access Ingenuity

October 13th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Recently, we learned that while many attend our weekly Zoom Presentations, a lot of people are doing this by calling or using the mobile app. This resulted in several requests for tips on attending Zoom presentations on a PC using a Screen Reader. Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they share tips and different methods on using a keyboard to quickly access popular features on the zoom desktop app. Learning Outcomes: Explain the differences between the desktop app and web interface and the benefits of the desktop app while using screen readers. Discuss first time set up including downloading and installing app, first time prompts, and whether or not you need to sign in for different presentations. Explore different ways to navigate the interface with a keyboard including various hot keys to mute and unmute audio, mute and unmute video, raise and lower hand, work with chat, view users, start and stop recording, share screen, etc. | Meeting ID: 899 0594 3325 | Passcode: 246915 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89905943325#,,,,*246915# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89905943325?pwd=WFE4cUVtN0xIbGpvVGJ4amw0UUhKdz09

12) How to Make an Accessible Excel Workbook by TPGi

October 19th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar provides best practices for making Excel spreadsheets accessible to disabled people. TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Aaron Farber, will review common accessibility issues within Excel spreadsheets and look at each accessibility issue first from the users' perspective, in how that issue affects them. The webinar then takes participants through the author's perspective and provides step-by-step instructions on how to fix that issue in their spreadsheet. Additionally, Aaron will answer the nuts-and-bolts questions such as compatibility between Excel and other operating systems like MacOS and the accessibility of other spreadsheet programs. Excel has released many new features such as Data from Picture; this webinar evaluates them through the lens of accessibility. Beyond building technical skills in Excel, participants will also learn whether WCAG applies to Excel spreadsheets. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-19-how-to-make-an-accessible-excel-workbook/

13) TypeAbility Typing Program With JAWS and Fusion by Access Ingenuity

October 20th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity, and the developer of TypeAbility, David Pinto from Yes Accessible to explore this program that works with JAWS and Fusion! Learning Outcomes: Explore the different options to customize TypeAbility. Discover the different features including typing lessons, typing race, academic tests, create your own lessons, etc. Preview the upcoming TypeAbility5 along with new features. | Meeting ID: 837 7304 4871 | Passcode: 593759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83773044871#,,,,*593759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83773044871?pwd=L2NMckhSamxmbFVaYUhTN1BSR0M1QT09

14) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 3 by Access Ingenuity

October 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a Part 3, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend Parts 1 and 2. In addition, please feel free to contact us if there's an interest in the Parts 1 and 2 recordings. Learning Outcomes: Provide more explanations and examples on how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Show practical examples for previously introduced methods to rename, select, cut, copy, paste, and delete files and folders. Demonstrate how to manage drives such as an SD Card for the Victor Reader, and how to work with syncing folders like OneDrive and Google Drive. | Meeting ID: 896 8577 0228 | Passcode: 483670 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89685770228#,,,,*483670# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89685770228?pwd=QWtFcUpTTDZnWlBKMDhFZ2Y1VGNVQT09

15) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 2021 Annual Meeting

November 9th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please contact me at athenpresident@gmail.com ✉ | Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87384816423

16) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

17) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

18) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
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Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $60.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This VR TREK will need a new battery, and the small clip that holds the battery in is broken, you may be able to have this fixed, or you could just use tape to hold the battery in. Other than that it works just fine. Comes with its originall carrying case. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉. |

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

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Phone: (512) 837-2000

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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ Modified Talking Black & Decker Toaster Oven Factory Direct from E T S! Save $50 & Free U.S. Shipping
From E T S in BlindMiceMegaMall.com. The Modified Black and Decker counter top talking toaster oven Allows persons with low or no vision to warm, toast, bake and broil foods confidently & independently. Toast Up to 9-Slices of bread or Bake Two 12 inch Pizzas at once. Cook all your favorite foods. Clear and easy to understand. High quality male voice. Simple To Operate! Buttons are embossed & easy to locate by touch. Save up to $100!
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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
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Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide you can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/093020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
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Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
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Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Adaptations Online Store

➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products
Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Volume 825

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Volume 825

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B.) My Thoughts on The Victor Reader Trek From Humanware by David Goldfield: (6.5% of all clicks.)
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D.) Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology. A Downloadable Guide Written By The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF): (4.8% of all clicks.)
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E.) Here's Everything Apple Announced at Its September 14th Event: (4.4% of all clicks.)
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Please consider giving Tidbits readers the gift of free weekly technology information. Join 11 other AT industry leaders in supporting Tidbits and begin reaching over 6,700 assistive technology professionals, educators and enthusiasts each week, for just $25 a week. There's nothing else quite like it. And that's just the exposure that you'll receive. The additional marketing benefits are pretty amazing too. If this sounds intriguing to you, please reach out to our publisher today at: publisher@toptechtidbits.com ✉. Or learn more at:
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3) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Stephen (Alex) Marositz As Paid Editorial Contributor To Top Tech Tidbits

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Alex Marositz. In addition to being an Editorial Contributor to Top Tech Tidbits Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA. He first begain using assistive technology in March of 1986 and has been reading Tidbits since November of 2009. Alex will start contributing to Top Tech Tidbits as an Editor each week beginning October 7th 2021. Please join all of us in welcoming Alex aboard and be sure to check out what he has to say in his profile on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/about.html#stephen-alex-marositz

4) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Ben Moxey As Paid Editorial Contributor To Top Tech Tidbits

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Ben Moxey. In addition to being an Editorial Contributor to Top Tech Tidbits Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT). He first begain using assistive technology in September of 1999 and has been reading Tidbits since September of 2015. Ben will start contributing to Top Tech Tidbits as an Editor each week beginning October 7th 2021. Please join all of us in welcoming Ben aboard and be sure to check out what he has to say in his profile on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/about.html#ben-moxey

5) What's New in iOS 15 Accessibility for Blind and DeafBlind Users

Applevis notes that another Autumn means another release of iOS. Just like releases of iOS dating back to 2009, this release brings a lot of new features and functions for blind and DeafBlind users. Major changes in iOS 15 include a new Focus Mode, several enhancements with FaceTime, the ability to use Siri for certain tasks while offline, and more. Many blogs will be highlighting these enhancements to iOS, so I will not discuss them in great detail here. This article covers accessibility features impacting individuals who are blind or DeafBlind:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/whats-new-ios-15-accessibility-blind-and-deafblind-users?fbclid=IwAR2_RCJWhDDYRYdYaAiDlM5oRv91GQDAjKPB6XJ_4J8PvZpGnLGZ7PGksbc

6) How To Install or Update New Maps and Navigate Virtually on the VR Trek | By HumanWare | YouTube Video Posted September 8th 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NipahJkP-o0

7) How to Code Accessible Emails with Semantic HTML and ARIA

For those of you that ask how we code Top Tech Tidbits to reach the most alternatively abled people possible, this article from Email on Acid is a really great start:
https://www.emailonacid.com/blog/article/email-development/how-to-code-accessible-emails/

8) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for Blind and Low Vision Users

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were released to the public on Monday, September 20th 2021. This post contains details of the VoiceOver, low vision, and braille bugs which Applevis believes will be introduced in these releases; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which they believe to be resolved:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-15-and-ipados-15-blind-and-low-vision-users

9) Microsoft Office 2021 Joins Windows 11 for October 5 Launch

For those of us married to the intricate network of systems established by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more: Good news. Microsoft Office 2021, the latest iteration of the long-running program suite, is headed to a PC near you on October 5, 2021. It will be icing on the proverbial cake that is Windows 11, which also launches on October 5th 2021:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-office-2021-joins-windows-11-october-5-launch

10) 4,881 Free Online Courses from Top Universities (Updated Weekly)

While this list is not AT-specific, the CourseMarks Directory allows you to take free online courses from some of the best universities in the world. Below you will find a ranked list of 4,881 free online courses from universities such as Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia and other top schools. If you would like to sign up for a free version of a MOOC, please select the "Full Course, No Certificate" (edX) or "Audit" (Coursera) option. If you take the course to earn a certificate, you will be charged a fee:
https://coursemarks.com/trending/free-online-courses-by-top-universities/

11) Accessibility Errors with PDF Maker Update Sept 2021

Several major bugs have been documented by users in the Adobe Community Forums since Acrobat and PDF Maker were updated on September 14, 2021. They are:
https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/44183082-accessibility-errors-with-pdf-maker-update-sept-20

12) Cash Reader: The Best Money Reader For The Blind

Cash Reader is a smartphone application that enables visually impaired people to identify currency independently. It detects the value of a banknote and reads it out to the person or vibrates the value if the phone is in silent mode:
https://iphonearena.com/cash-reader-review-money-identifier-app-for-blind/

13) 5 Reasons to Choose a Mac as a Blind Student

If you live with sight loss, going to a new college or university can bring a host of new experiences and challenges. Stressing over your assistive technology should not be one of them. The inevitable question will arise: What computing platform should you choose for your academics? Mac or Windows?
https://iphonearena.com/reasons-to-choose-a-mac-as-a-blind-student/

14) NVDA Beats VoiceOver In These 7 Important Ways. Every. Single. Time.

The folks over at iPhoneArena.com believe that NVDA is better than VoiceOver at some things. And they want to talk about them. Here are seven reasons why NVDA beats VoiceOver. Every. Single. Time:
https://iphonearena.com/nvda-vs-voiceover/

15) How to Add Closed Captions to Videos if You are Blind

As a content creator, it is no secret one of your biggest goals is to reach as wide of an audience as possible. As such, you should want to insure your content is as accessible as possible and one way to do this is through the use of closed captions for people who are hard of hearing. Closed captions are a textual representation of what is being said in a video, as well as other critical sounds important to understanding the plot. However, there's a bit of a paradox for blind advocates and content creators, and that is the ability to caption their content independently:
https://rossminor.com/2021/09/14/331/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Apple Refutes Flicktype Developer's Account Of App Store Issues

Apple has told AppleInsider how it denies FlickType developer Kosta Eleftheriou's claims in a lawsuit, over the App Store handling of his accessibility keyboard app for Apple Watch:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/15/apple-refutes-flicktype-developers-account-of-app-store-issues?utm_medium=rss

2) Developer Disputes Apple's Take on 'FlickType' Removal

Kosta Eleftheriou, developer and vocal App Store critic, says it took a year of appeals to get his "FlickType" Apple Watch keyboard approved, with those hard-fought gains potentially wiped clean now that Apple "Sherlocked" the app:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/17/developer-disputes-apples-take-on-flicktype-removal?utm_medium=rss

3) Three Ways AI Is Improving Assistive Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are some of the buzziest terms in tech and for a good reason. These innovations have the potential to tackle some of humanity's biggest obstacles across industries, from medicine to education and sustainability. One sector, in particular, is set to see massive advancement through these new technologies: assistive technology:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2021/09/21/three-ways-ai-is-improving-assistive-technology/?sh=4a77f0b5419d

4) Store for Visually Impaired Gives Customers Independence

There's a new store in St. Petersburg, Florida making it easier for the blind and visually impaired to get the tools they need to improve their quality of life. The Lantern is a low-vision store at the Lighthouse of Pinellas where shoppers can buy everything from magnifying glasses to blood pressure monitors to talking clocks:
https://www.fox13news.com/news/store-for-visually-impaired-gives-customers-independence

5) How Companies Can Make Their Remote Working Inclusive For The Deaf And Blind

As remote working takes a greater hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, a wealth of opportunities can open up for people that may not have existed before. For example, less of a focus on the office can draw more people with disabilities into the workforce:
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/how-to-make-remote-working-inclusive-for-the-deaf-and-blind.html

6) Mcdonald's To Add Assistive Technology For Blind Customers To All US Company-Owned Stores

McDonald's will add assistive technology for blind customers at all company-owned restaurants in the U.S. by the end of this year, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal:
https://www.qsrweb.com/news/mcdonalds-to-add-assistive-technology-for-blind-customers-to-all-us-company-owned-stores/

7) Do We Need Louder EVs? Well, the Safety of the Visually Impaired Depends On It

Electric vehicles are quiet because they simply lack the noise-making traditional combustion engines as they are powered by batteries and electric motors. However, this silence is not considered good for traffic and road safety as it can lead to accidents:
https://interestingengineering.com/safety-of-the-visually-impaired-depends-on-louder-evs

8) Why The Events Industry Must Prioritize Accessibility Post-Covid

The long-awaited return of live events is here, but does its arrival offer an opportunity to rebuild the industry for the better? As part of The Drum's Experiential Deep Dive, experts weigh in on how events can become more inclusive for people with disabilities — ending social isolation for everyone, once and for all:
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2021/09/15/why-the-events-industry-must-prioritize-accessibility-post-covid

9) AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

The nonprofit raised over $1 million. Donations came from big companies like Twitch, but many were smaller contributions from individual gamers:
https://www.wired.com/story/ablegamers-million-dollar-birthday-fundraiser/

10) How Accessible Are Zelda, Pokémon And Animal Crossing For Blind Gamers?

On June 19, 2020, the gaming industry saw the release of the first video game to be created for blind gamers from the ground-up. Naughty Dog's, The Last of Us Part II was a look into what the future of gaming can be. However, what does the current landscape look like for disabled gamers wanting to play games now?
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/09/feature_how_accessible_are_zelda_pokemon_and_animal_crossing_for_blind_gamers

11) How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

This article from Wired Magazine outlines some easy ways to make audio more accessible for everyone:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-podcasts-better-for-people-with-hearing-loss/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 34: Farming Blind and the Harvest Moon

September 17th 2021 On AMI Audio's podcast “Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther” we celebrate the harvest moon and get to meet Matthew Bulmer, a blind farmer, inventor and municipal counsellor. Find out what it takes to farm blind. Test your knowledge and guess eight sounds from the farm. Learn tips on how to stay safe in one of the world's most dangerous professions:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-34-farming-blind-and-the-harvest-moon/id1530444764?i=1000535819850

2) Blind Android Users 41 | Get that Human Assistant!

September 18th 2021 | This week, we first talk about the return of our trusted friend in Android 12 Beta 5, the 2 finger hold to start talkback. We then talk about human assistant apps, Ira and Be My Eyes. We show you the layout of Ira. We have an interview with Ryan and Irene from Ira. We then unbox and review the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Then in our talkback highlights we show how to use 4 finger gestures:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Mosen At Large 149

September 18th 2021 iOS 15, new Apple hardware, and adventures in Android:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9ee5c3f6/ios-15-new-apple-hardware-and-adventures-in-android

4) Eyes on Success 2139 Using Reaper with OSARA

September 22nd 2021
Reaper is a powerful multi-track audio production program used by many people with visual impairments. The program is made accessible using a screen reader on both PC's and Mac's by the open source OSARA extension for Reaper. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott Chesworth who manages the Reaper forums and Jamie Teh, the author of OSARA:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202139.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) American Printing House for the Blind Announces the Chameleon 20 Has A Voice

September 24th 2021 | The Chameleon 20 has a voice! Text to Speech is coming soon to this portable and powerful braille device. Join American Printing House for the Blind on September 24th 2021 to be the first to hear about this update plus Spanish language support and one-handed mode. #AccessAcademy. Register at:
https://bit.ly/2I75VTA

2) Ask an AT Professional

September 25th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Need some help with your Assistive Technology? Wondering what's that JAWS or NVDA Command? Puzzling* about your braille display? Having trouble with your iPhone? Googled, Asked friends and still can't find the answer... Register and get the Zoom link to Ask the AT Professional. Ask the AT Professional is available every Wednesday and Saturday. Sponsored by: Our Space Our Place, Inc.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdu6vrDsqH9ROpLzHnt6zZtN_sIzjCa6N

3) How To Use The Victor Reader Trek To Become More Knowledgeable And Efficient When Traveling

September 29th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Don't' miss this Leader Dogs for the Blind and HumanWare collaboration event on where Peter Tucic will be discussing how one can best utilize electronic navigation aids such as the Victor Reader Trek to further increase awareness and efficiency when traveling. Peter will discuss both appropriate means of introducing GPS technology to someone who may be newer to vision loss, as well as how such devices can benefit those who are seasoned travelers who would like to further augment their traditional orientation and mobility skillset. To register to this upcoming collaboration event, please visit the zoom registration page:
https://leaderdog-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEucuioqzgpGd0iiUjtV6Td3V_cvm0FX032?fbclid=IwAR3xBM8hmNzUHh9_wrQNT6C5yCxsiEHej09HmlZbVakjYgeMIvnxkc5B-7g

4) A Closer Look at the New Envision Glasses - Access Ingenuity

September 29th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a look at the exciting new Envision glasses. The Envision glasses use the cutting edge Google Glasses platform as a way for a visually impaired user to gain access to their environment. They give you the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books or your favorite recipe. Using the built in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view, to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Join us to learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Attendees from previous presentations on the glasses can still benefit from this since new features will be introduced. In addition, there are plans to present some live examples of the call feature for a blind person to get help during this presentation! Learning Outcomes: Convenience of using the Scan Text and Instant Text features. How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last glasses presentation. Benefits and uses of the Video Call feature. Meeting ID: 856 9427 2978 | Passcode: 248303 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85694272978#,,,,*248303# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694272978?pwd=dVFKb3ZYSndnUjBPekhsVm0rQXpQZz09

5) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

6) Gadgets, Apps & Resources for Your Health by The Technology User Group

October 2nd 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, October 2nd 2021, the Technology User Group will take a close look at health resources, apps and gadgets. There are thousands of health resources available, but if they lack accessibility, they will be of little use to you. We will be looking at many aspects of health and showcasing some of the best resources. Please note that for this event and the event in November, we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month. You do not need to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour. All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

7) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:
https://m-enabling.com/

8) Building A Professional Website Using WordPress Course

October 5th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | My name is Taylor Arndt and I am the owner of Taylor's Accessible Branding Solutions, LLC. Having an online presence is essential for success today, which is why my company offers products like Wordpress website development, training solutions, copywriting and more. We will be hosting a WordPress professional web development course starting on October 5th 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. The course will last for 10 weeks, and will guide you through the basics of hosting your own website and give you detailed information on accessible WordPress themes and plugins such as GeneratePress, Gravity Forms, UpdraftPlus, Rank Math SEO, and Jetpack. When you complete our 10-week course you will be able to install the WordPress content management system, set up your website, understand how to maintain and secure your site, and use SiteKit to view analytics. The course this fall has a limited number of seats, and seats are filling up fast! The registration fee will be $300 USD and you can register at:
https://courses.tayloraccess.com/courses/

9) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

10) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

October 7th 2021 through October 8th 2021 | American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. This event is primarily Online, with in-person participation options still to be determined. Please note that this Summit is in the same week and in the same vicinity as the M-Enabling Summit. The premier annual event for digital accessibility legal practioners. In-depth talks and panels. Featuring leaders from the digital accessibility and legal fields. Tackling big practice issues:
https://accessibility.legal/

11) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIG

October 11th 2021 through October 12th 2021 | The full line-up has been announced for the free-to-attend online edition of accessibility conference GAconf, taking place on October 11th-12th 2021. GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord. Topics include Far Cry 6's methodology for accessibility user research, how the Diablo 2 team tackled accessibility of remasters, audio description for blind gamers, Insomniac's journey through Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart; case studies on indie accessibility gems The Vale and The Big Con, how to communicate complex information through sound for blind gamers, panel discussion on representation of disabled characters, lived experiences of gaming with motor impairments, what legally blind gamers see, how to make horror games scary for all? players, how Roblox enables and supports accessibility of user generated content, and more! Speakers include indie accessibility superstars Falling Squirrel and Mighty Yell through to AAAs and publishers like EA, Insomniac, Blizzard and Ubisoft, and disabled gamers advocates and specialists such as Paul Amadeus Lane, James Rath, and Courtney Craven:
https://www.gaconf.com/

12) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

13) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

14) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
https://uwt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4FBAWsGQwBwtOC


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Perfect BrailleSense Polaris 32

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $1,450.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: We have one unused Hims Braille Sense Polaris 32. This notetaker has powerful built-in capabilities and can also be used as a 32 cell Braille display and Braille keyboard for your computer and/or phone. | Contact: Email cs567eml@gmail.com ✉ or (408) 659-1374 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Victor Reader Stream TREK

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $60.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This VR TREK will need a new battery, and the small clip that holds the battery in is broken, you may be able to have this fixed, or you could just use tape to hold the battery in. Other than that it works just fine. Comes with its originall carrying case. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉. |

3) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) New! Talking oximeter, easy to use and accurate. $65 w/shipping. (2) Our leather "everything" crossbody/shoulder bag now has RFID protection and a nice-feeling rectangular shape. Single or double compartment models (6x9) can hold a Braille display w/5 other pockets for all day essentials; $25 or $35. (3) New! Sturdier leather neck pouch with strap, slightly larger and more rugged, AIRA/Be My Eyes, just $5 more, $20 (4) 13x17x8" rucksack style leather backpack is tough enough to go anywhere, while remaining comfortably on your shoulders. A pack made for a lifetime, $90.00. (5) Convenient convertible Embassy leather backpack rolling duffel is back $70. Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉.

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Phone: (617) 969-6200

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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide you can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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4) Powerpoint Tips for JAWS: Inserting Videos and Managing Hyperlinks (YouTube)

Courtesy of the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDRffaJGk9w

5) Accessible-Coconut: The Ideal Linux Distro for the Visually Impaired

Accessible-Coconut is a community-driven Linux distro aimed at providing a great Linux experience to blind and low-vision people:
https://www.makeuseof.com/accessible-coconut-linux-distro-for-visually-impaired/

6) HaptiBraille Communicator | A New And Innovative Device That Allows Deafblind Persons To Speak in a Synthesized Voice and Hear the Speech of the Interlocutor | YouTube Video

This information comes to us from 4Blind at https://4blind.com/en. 4Blind undertakes research to develop, create and produce innovative engineering solutions for both blind and deafblind people. 4Blind assists in meeting the needs of the blind and deaf-blind communities by expanding their opportunities and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in communication, education, employment, transportation and independent living. The HaptiBraille device protects the interests and rights of deafblind people in personal and confidential matters. For example, when communicating with a doctor (confidentiality of certain medical records), in a bank (Bank Secrecy Act), or with a lawyer (Attorney Client Privilege). Earlier, communication with the deafblind was possible only with the presence of a third party, a special translator who knows a sign language. This is the world's first personal device for people with simultaneous visual, hearing and speech impairments (totally deafblind people), which allows them to speak in a synthesized voice and to "hear" the interlocutor's speech in return. This YouTube video demonstrates:.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06I--I2Njjc

7) GuideLights and Gadgets Announces New Talking Oximeter

GuideLights and Gadgets has announced a new talking oximeter that we find to be both easy to use and accurate. It uses one button to operate and delivers talking output in about 30 seconds. The introductory price for the remainder of September is $65, including shipping. For additional information, or to place an order, contact GuideLights and Gadgets at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
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8) Here's Everything Apple Announced at Its September 14th Event

Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 13 event took place on Tuesday,September 14th 2021 and we have tons of information to share. Apple kicked off its fall "California Streaming" show by immediately debuting an all-new and bigger iPad Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and more, but surprisingly, there are no new AirPods:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/97685/heres-everything-apple-just-announced-at-its-september-14th-event/

9) NVDA 2021.2 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2021.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, is now available for download. We encourage all users to upgrade to this version. Highlights: NVDA 2021.2 introduces preliminary Windows 11 support. While Windows 11 is yet to be released, this release has been tested on preview versions of Windows 11. This includes an important fix for Screen Curtain (see important note). The COM Registration Fixing Tool can now resolve more problems when running NVDA. There are updates to the synthesizer eSpeak and braille translator LibLouis. There are also various bug fixes and improvements, notably for braille support and Windows terminals, calculator, emoji panel and clipboard history:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-2/

10) Windows 10 Keeps Freezing Up? 9 Ways to Fix It

You're working on a project, playing a game, or browsing the web, and your Windows 10 computer keeps freezing up. You have to restart your computer. We've all been there. Why is this happening, and how can you fix it?
https://helpdeskgeek.com/help-desk/windows-10-keeps-freezing-up-9-ways-to-fix/

11) How to Dial An Extension on an iPhone & Save Extensions to Contacts (iOS 15 Update)

Bypass phone trees by learning how to call an extension and how to add extensions to phone numbers in your iPhone Contacts:
https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-dial-extension-your-iphone

12) First Public Beta of JAWS 2022 Now Available

The first public beta of JAWS 2022 is now available for anyone who wishes to test it and provide feedback and bug reports to Freedom Scientific. You can read about its new features and download it from the following link:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

13) Better Voices for Office Read Aloud

The Read Aloud feature in Word 365 and Outlook 365 is getting fewer but much better and realistic sounding voices:
https://office-watch.com/2021/better-voices-for-office-read-aloud/

14) How to Find the Hidden Files on Your Phone or Computer

You shouldn't mess with some of them — but there are others you should be aware of:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-find-hidden-files-windows-macos-android-ios/

15) KeePass 2.49 Password Manager is Out With Auto-Type, Accessibility and Usability Improvements

The developer of the KeePass password manager application, Dominik Reichl, released the new version KeePass 2.49 on September 10, 2021. KeePass is a powerful local password manager that can be extended in various forms, including through plugins that extend functionality and by installing third-party programs that are compatible. Using these tools, users may use KeePass in any browser and on any device that they are using, just like commercial password managers:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/09/11/keepass-2-49-password-manager-is-out-with-auto-type-accessibility-and-usability-improvements/

16) My Thoughts on The Victor Reader Trek From Humanware by David Goldfield

A couple of months ago I received my Victor Reader Trek. It was a device I never thought I would ever want to own but after using it for only a short time I'm now realizing that it's something I would not want to be without:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/my-thoughts-on-the-victor-reader-trek-from-humanware/

17) Learn How To Use Voiceover For Music And Entertainment Apps In This Series Of 6 Workshops From The Hadley Entertainment Series

Episodes include: iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: Music Library Basics. iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: Music Player Basics. iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: Audio Description Basics. iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: Audio Descriptions in iTunes. iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: The App Store. iPhone/iPad VoiceOver: Voice Dream Reader App:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/entertainment-series

18) Webinar Recording: Time to Refresh Your Shortcuts by Sight and Sound Technology | September 8th 2021

Sharon Lyons is an employee of Sight and Sound Technology who loves keyboard shortcuts. A recent webinar from Sight and Sound features Sharon who shares some of her favorites in a YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42-31ZBr0vQ&t=983s. Sharon also has her own Web site. Sharon's Shortcuts. Not only does it offer lists of keyboard shortcuts but you can even sign up to receive a weekly email containing a new keyboard shortcut to learn about at:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie

19) Shortwave Radios Keep Up With Tech

There's still lots to listen to, and new ways to do it:
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/headlines/shortwave-radios-keep-up-with-tech

20) Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology. A Downloadable Guide Written By The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)

Smart home technology can make it possible to live with greater independence, autonomy, safety, security, and joy. This guide has been written by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) to help people with disabilities and older adults learn to successfully integrate smart home technology into their homes and lives. We hope this guide will empower you to explore the most current smart home technology, develop a framework to choose your technology, and build a team who can support you in achieving your goals:
https://smarthomesmadesimple.org/guide/

21) Samsung Care Plus: What to Know About Samsung's Take on AppleCare

What does Samsung Care Plus cover and is it worth getting? We read the fine print:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/samsung-care-plus-what-to-know-about-samsungs-take-on-applecare/#ftag=CADf328eec

22) 11 Accessibility Hacks From and For the Disability Community on TikTok

TikTok never ceases to amaze me, especially when it comes to its life hacks (who knew you could attach AirPods to your laptop?). With so many life-changing ways to make everyday jobs easier, it was clear to me that these disability and accessibility hacks (that I may or may not have found going down a TikTok rabbit hole) had to be shared. From hacks for blind people that make it easy to pour coffee to simpler ways to carry groceries as a wheelchair user — there are so many creative approaches to making everyday tasks easier. Ahead, find a few of our favorites we've discovered on the app, and feel free to journey down your own life hack rabbit hole: we won't judge:
https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/accessibility-hacks-on-tiktok-48500955


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) McDonald's Installs Vispero Technology in Kiosks for Blind, Low Vision Customers

McDonald's has selected Vispero's assistive technology to provide blind and low vision customers with an accessible kiosk experience, according to a press release. Vispero's JAWS Kiosk has already been deployed to select McDonald's U.S. company-owned restaurants, as well as newly deployed kiosks in U.S. franchise locations:
https://www.kioskmarketplace.com/news/mcdonalds-installs-vispero-technology-in-kiosks-for-blind-low-vision-customers/

2) FlickType Developer Suing Apple Again Over Apple Watch Keyboard

Responding to Apple Watch Series 7's new QuickPath keyboard, the developer of seemingly similar app FlickType has tweeted that he plans to sue:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/14/flicktype-developer-suing-apple-again-over-apple-watch-keyboard?utm_medium=rss

3) Why Linux Is More Accessible Than Windows and macOS

Linux ships with several apps specially developed for differently-abled people. But what makes it better than other OSes in terms of accessibility?
https://www.makeuseof.com/why-linux-is-more-accessible-than-windows-macos/

4) Roots Food Group Signs Binding Letter of Intent With Be My Eyes to Provide Medically Tailored Meals to 5M+ Community of Volunteers, Blind, and Low-Vision Individuals

Roots Food Group, a mission-driven technology, healthcare, philanthropic and food company that believes in creating healthy outcomes through 'Food is Medicine', has signed a binding letter of intent with Be My Eyes to provide medically tailored meals to their community of 5M+ volunteers, blind and visually impaired individuals:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/roots-food-group-signs-binding-134000436.html

5) Accessibility Employment Opportunities At Apple

WatchOS Accessibility Engineer
https://jobs.apple.com/en-us/details/200286146/watchos-accessibility-engineer?team=SFTWR
iOS Automation Accessibility Engineer
https://jobs.apple.com/en-us/details/200286138/ios-automation-accessibility-engineer?team=SFTWR
Accessibility Triage & Screening Analyst
https://jobs.apple.com/en-us/details/200284876/accessibility-triage-screening-analyst?team=SFTWR

6) Braille Ale Raspberry Gose Wins "Best Can Design" Award

The limited-edition accessible beer is back for a second run after winning at the Craft Beer Marketing Awards:
https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/article/braille-ale-raspberry-gose-wins-best-can-design-award/

7) Audio Killed The Video Call

Is the future really audio? While the trendiness of audio-centric apps is exciting, they raise important concerns regarding accessibility for the blind and vision-impaired as well as Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities:
https://this.org/2021/09/10/audio-killed-the-video-call/

8) NIH-Funded Modern "White Cane" Brings Navigation Assistance to the 21st Century

Equipped with a color 3D camera, an inertial measurement sensor, and its own on-board computer, a newly improved robotic cane could offer blind and visually impaired users a new way to navigate indoors. When paired with a building's architectural drawing, the device can accurately guide a user to a desired location with sensory and auditory cues, while simultaneously helping the user avoid obstacles like boxes, furniture, and overhangs:
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-funded-modern-white-cane-brings-navigation-assistance-21st-century

9) 'Flying Blind" Play Shares Everyday Experiences of Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

Blind or visually impaired (BVI) people navigate a world built for sighted people everyday, but how often do sighted people truly see these individuals or understand their experiences? The audio play Flying Blind! offers a candid look at life for BVI people, with plenty of insights for sighted folks to take note of. Produced by South Seattle-based Anything is Possible Theatre Company (AIP) and written by and with the blind and low-vision community, the play is a series of audio scenes, sounds, original songs, and music that together illustrate some situations BVI people encounter — situations that can be frustrating, misunderstood, or even comical:.
https://southseattleemerald.com/2021/09/13/flying-blind-shares-the-everyday-experiences-of-blind-and-visually-impaired-individuals/

10) 'See': A Blind Consultant Is on the Crew to Ensure Visual Impairment Is Portrayed Realistically

'See' takes place in an apocalyptic era after a virus wipes out the human population leaving two million surviving humans who lost their sense of sight. The series takes place six centuries later, where humanity has managed to live and adapt without sight and has found new ways to build, hunt, socially interact and do other things as they would with vision:
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/see-blind-consultant-crew-ensure-visual-impairment-portrayed-realistically.html/

11) Americans With Disabilities Less Likely Than Those Without To Own Some Digital Devices

More than 40 million people in the United States have a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But even as majorities of these Americans report having certain technologies, the digital divide between those who have a disability and those who do not remains for some devices:
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/10/americans-with-disabilities-less-likely-than-those-without-to-own-some-digital-devices/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 40 | It's Text Editing Time!

September 11th 2021 | In this episode we talk about what is new in Android 12 Beta 5. We discuss the text editor apps that we use and demo notepad free and old school editor. We have a detailed demo of Voxmate app. We have another episode in our series of Commentary screen reader and Talkback tutorials. We have a tip of the week for Samsung phone users. To listen to this episode please visit this playlist:
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2) Eyes on Success 2138 Maxima Computer Algebra System

September 15th 2021
Maxima is a computer algebra system (CAS) that enables the user to work with complex mathematical expressions. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Robert Dodier, one of the developers of Maxima, about the capabilities of this free, open source program and also demonstrate how it can be used with a screen reader by those who are blind:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202138.htm

3) Mosen At Large 148

September 14th 2021 A recap of Apple's California Streaming event from a blindness perspective:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/39cd0f4e/a-recap-of-apple-s-california-streaming-event-from-a-blindness-perspective


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) ElBraille Q&A with Elita and Vispero

September 17th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Dear ElBraille users. We are happy to invite you for another upcoming Q&A meeting with us and Vispero, which will take place this Friday, September 17th 2021. We are trying to always change times to better accommodate everyone as much as possible, so this time, we have adjusted the time to better match the time for our European and UK friends. We will discuss the upcoming ElBraille software releases, JAWS 2022 features, but most of the time, as always, will be yours to ask questions. Joining me for this meeting, as always, is Ron Miller, blindness technology product specialist at Vispero, and Svetlana Vasilieva, our assistive technology product specialist here at Elita Group. Zoom meeting details: Meeting ID: 813 8477 7367 | Passcode: 794260 | One tap mobile: +74999516379,,81384777367#,,,,*794260# Russia | +74999516380,,81384777367#,,,,*794260# Russia:
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2) Virtual ISLAND Conference hosted by Princeton University

September 17th 2021 through September 18th 2021 | The Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability and STEM will be held virtually on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th 2021. This year's conference will be hosted by Princeton University. Online registration is now open for this year's conference. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
https://islandconference.org

3) Accessing and Customizing Windows 10 Settings With Assistive Technology - Access Ingenuity

September 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the Settings App of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to better navigate, search, and customize your Windows 10 Settings. Unlike previous versions of Windows, most settings are now customized under the new Settings App of Windows 10. In some cases, changes will not take place unless configured in Settings. For example, even if you agree to make the current browser the default within that browser, it now still needs to be finalized in Settings. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the different ways to open the Settings App. Understand the Settings layout and how to use keyboard commands to best navigate the various options. Discover the different ways to search for specific settings. Explore some popular settings such as setting default apps, Windows Updates, managing devices, and more. Meeting ID: 825 5600 7846 | Passcode: 418662 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82556007846#,,,,*418662# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82556007846?pwd=SGU4RG4xN2ZPZG9OQVFwTHM2aGtxZz09

4) Can Everybody See My Screen?

September 22nd 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | After more than a year of adjusting to a remote work environment, we still rely heavily on technology to present and collaborate among teams. However, it's important to remember that different people perceive information, well, differently. And virtual communication is no exception. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Doug Abrams, WAS, to discuss what it means to be inclusive when presenting over video calls. In our introductory webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges people with visual disabilities may encounter when attending a virtual presentation, as well as helpful techniques to make your presentation more accessible. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-22-can-everybody-see-my-screen/

5) A Closer Look at the New Envision Glasses - Access Ingenuity

September 29th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a look at the exciting new Envision glasses. The Envision glasses use the cutting edge Google Glasses platform as a way for a visually impaired user to gain access to their environment. They give you the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books or your favorite recipe. Using the built in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view, to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Join us to learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Attendees from previous presentations on the glasses can still benefit from this since new features will be introduced. In addition, there are plans to present some live examples of the call feature for a blind person to get help during this presentation! Learning Outcomes: Convenience of using the Scan Text and Instant Text features. How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last glasses presentation. Benefits and uses of the Video Call feature. Meeting ID: 856 9427 2978 | Passcode: 248303 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85694272978#,,,,*248303# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694272978?pwd=dVFKb3ZYSndnUjBPekhsVm0rQXpQZz09

6) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

7) Gadgets, Apps & Resources for Your Health by The Technology User Group

October 2nd 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, October 2nd 2021, the Technology User Group will take a close look at health resources, apps and gadgets. There are thousands of health resources available, but if they lack accessibility, they will be of little use to you. We will be looking at many aspects of health and showcasing some of the best resources. Please note that for this event and the event in November, we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month. You do not need to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour. All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

8) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:
https://m-enabling.com/

9) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

10) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

October 7th 2021 through October 8th 2021 | American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. This event is primarily Online, with in-person participation options still to be determined. Please note that this Summit is in the same week and in the same vicinity as the M-Enabling Summit. The premier annual event for digital accessibility legal practioners. In-depth talks and panels. Featuring leaders from the digital accessibility and legal fields. Tackling big practice issues:
https://accessibility.legal/

11) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIG

October 11th 2021 through October 12th 2021 | The full line-up has been announced for the free-to-attend online edition of accessibility conference GAconf, taking place on October 11th-12th 2021. GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord. Topics include Far Cry 6's methodology for accessibility user research, how the Diablo 2 team tackled accessibility of remasters, audio description for blind gamers, Insomniac's journey through Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart; case studies on indie accessibility gems The Vale and The Big Con, how to communicate complex information through sound for blind gamers, panel discussion on representation of disabled characters, lived experiences of gaming with motor impairments, what legally blind gamers see, how to make horror games scary for all? players, how Roblox enables and supports accessibility of user generated content, and more! Speakers include indie accessibility superstars Falling Squirrel and Mighty Yell through to AAAs and publishers like EA, Insomniac, Blizzard and Ubisoft, and disabled gamers advocates and specialists such as Paul Amadeus Lane, James Rath, and Courtney Craven:
https://www.gaconf.com/

12) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

13) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

14) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
https://uwt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4FBAWsGQwBwtOC


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Perfect BrailleSense Polaris 32

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $1,450.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: We have one unused Hims Braille Sense Polaris 32. This notetaker has powerful built-in capabilities and can also be used as a 32 cell Braille display and Braille keyboard for your computer and/or phone. | Contact: Email cs567eml@gmail.com ✉ or (408) 659-1374 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Victor Reader Stream TREK

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $60.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This VR TREK will need a new battery, and the small clip that holds the battery in is broken, you may be able to have this fixed, or you could just use tape to hold the battery in. Other than that it works just fine. Comes with its originall carrying case. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉. |

3) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-promotion-expiring-soon/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/091620211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Adaptations Online Store

➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products
Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ Build A Foundational Understanding Of Construction And Electronics With BRIC: Structures® Access Kit From APH - An Adapted Version Of An Educational Elenco® Product For Students Who Are Blind And Visually Impaired!
The BRIC: Structures® Access Kit combines ordinary building bricks with Snap Circuits® to create 26 projects, such as circuits and real-world structures, that run on electricity. Visit https://www.aph.org/product/bric-structures-access-kit/ to learn more.

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) New! Talking oximeter that is easy to use and accurate. $65 including shipping. (2) Our leather "everything" crossbody/shoulder bag now has RFID protection and a nice-feeling rectangular shape. The 6x9" size and a choice of 1 or 2 compartments can hold a Braille display has 5 other pockets for all day essentials; $25 or $35. (3) Heavy duty leather 5 pocket neck pouch can easily meet your quick trip needs (phone, stream, wallet, keys) while using AIRA or Be My Eyes, dis40. (4) A 13x17x8" rucksack style leather backpack is tough enough to go anywhere, while remaining comfortably on your shoulders. A pack made to last a lifetime, $90.00. Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 9, 2021 - Volume 823

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 9, 2021 - Volume 823

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4) Accessible Online Editor for Python

I am Syed Billah; I am an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University. One of our research agenda is to make computer programming accessible to students with vision impairments. Our lab recently developed a research prototype of an accessible online editor for Python. Programming languages like Python are predominantly visual. As a result, sighted programmers often rely on visual cues, such as empty spaces, highlighting parentheses, to write error-free code in an editor. Unfortunately, most editors fail to properly convey these visual cues in audio, making it difficult to write code non-visually. We hope our prototype overcomes these challenges and lets someone writes Python code non-visually. Currently, we are running a study to test this prototype. We invite adults with vision impairments who are familiar with Python to participate in our study.Participants will be asked to read/write simple Python code non-visually using screen readers (e.g., NVDA). The study will be conducted over Zoom video conferencing software. It will take 2 hours, and we'll pay an Amazon Gift card of USD $50 to compensate for the individual's time. Please note that payment may take a week due to the official process. If you are interested, don't hesitate to contact me, Syed Billah at sbillah@psu.edu. Thank you. Syed M. Billah, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania:
https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/topic/85327792

5) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Using Google Drive (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxXuYZHY1ZE

6) 10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know

In the digital age, eBook reader apps have replaced conventional printed books. Now you can simply read your favorite book on your smartphone or tablet by downloading apps on your Android device. Several of the eBook apps even provide hundreds of free books. With these apps, you can quickly search for a book of your choice and start reading them right away. You no longer have to visit physical stores to buy books. Here are some of the best eBook reader apps for Android:
https://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/10-best-ebook-reader-apps-for-android-you-need-know.html

7) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Configuring and Using Email (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnxtNShqKnc

8) How Do I Make Personal Google Play Books Voice Readable?

You can use Google's Text-to-Speech app from the Play Store. It allows you to read text on the screen aloud by using the device's text-to-speech feature. As mentioned in the description, it can be used by: Google Play Books to "Read Aloud" your favourite book. Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word. TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device. And many other applications. To use Google Text-to-speech on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-speech Engine as your preferred engine:
https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/111935/personal-google-play-books-how-to-make-them-voice-readable

9) Voxmate: New All-In-One Android App for the Blind, Reimagines Accessible Apps with a Simple Interface

Voxmate is a new Android app for the visually impaired, now available on Google Play. With Voxmate, you can read news, listen to audiobooks, play games and more with just four swipes - up, down, left and right. Today, there are 20 audio-first apps. Some are audible interfaces to popular services like YouTube and Telegram, and some are originals, like the Audio Forum. Unlike traditional screen readers, Voxmate was designed from the ground up to focus on a great audio experience rather than describing what's on the screen. It is easy to learn, even for people who have difficulty with Talkback and VoiceOver. Voxmate is free to use for a limited time per week. If you sign up for a monthly or annual subscription, this restriction is lifted. During Early Access, subscriptions are discounted by 75%:
https://voxmate.com/

10) Introduction to RoboBraille

RoboBraille is an e-mail and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of alternate formats for the visually and reading impaired. RoboBraille is accessible 24/7 as a self-service solution and is available free of charge to individual, non-commercial user not affiliated with an institutional setting obligated to provide support (academic institution, organisation, association or similar). Users need not register in order to use the service. The objective is to support and promote self-sufficiency of people with special needs socially, throughout the educational system and on the labour market. As an additional benefit, RoboBraille helps to protect the privacy of of those who need material in alternate formats. Convert a file for free here:
https://www.robobraille.org/

11) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Downloading Android Apps from Google Play Store (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj8chWnChX0

12) Firefox 92: Some Accessibility Improvements

Improvements include: (1) Performance with screen readers and other accessibility tools is no longer severely degraded if Mozilla Thunderbird is installed or updated after Firefox. (2) MacOS VoiceOver now correctly reports buttons and links marked as 'expanded' using the aria-expanded attribute. (3) An open alert in a tab no longer causes performance issues in other tabs using the same process:
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/92.0/releasenotes/

13) Technology Blog and Podcast By Shaun Everiss

While this technology blog and podcast are not always AT-specific, they both contain an incredible amount of very useful technical information. Shaun is a long time Supporter, Reader and Partner to Top Tech Tidbits:
https://technology.jaredrimer.net/

14) Notes on Synthetic Speech | September 3rd 2021

I use a screen reader and it sounds the same, whatever I'm doing - reading an email from a friend, reading news of a global disaster, reading something in the first-person female or first-person transgender, shopping for clothes or scrutinising a business contract. Although the quality of voices used by screen readers is OK, you're never in any doubt that you're listening to synthetic speech - and believe me, it's boring!.
https://tink.uk/notes-on-synthetic-speech/

15) Hadley Labels for Everyday Use Series

This series includes 4 workshops titled: "Labels: Label it Large," "Labels: Audio Labels," Labels: Labels You Touch," and "Labels: Medications:"
https://hadley.edu/workshops/labels-for-everyday-use-series

16) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Using New Features (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbaG6LF17W0

17) In-Process for September 3rd 2021

We're continuing to get closer to the release of NVDA 2021.2, so let's dive into that first this week:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-september-2021/

18) NVDA 2021.2rc1 Available for Testing

The Release Candidate (RC) of NVDA 2021.2 is now available for download and testing. We encourage all users to download this RC and provide feedback. Unless any critical bugs are found, this will be identical to the final 2021.2 release:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-2rc1/

19) Free APH Mantis Q40 Audio Documentation by Mystic Access

Experience Audio Documentation that is Easy to Navigate, Highly Structured and Professionally Produced. Mystic Access is thrilled to have collaborated with APH to create audio documentation for the Mantis Q40. In these three hours of comprehensive content, you will be guided through the documentation by Kim Nova, a totally blind, female Mantis user in a warm, friendly and highly-structured manner. Professionally recorded, edited and produced in-house by Mystic Access, you will find the documentation to be a pleasant listening experience. Available in both DAISY and MP3 formats, you may choose how and where you listen to the audio. Please read below for the full table of contents for this audio documentation:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/free-aph-mantis-q40-audio-documentation/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) The Challenges Visually-Impaired People Have in the Workplace

In recent years, organizations all over the country have started to recognize the importance of making everyone feel safe, included, and comfortable in the workplace. As a result, the modern office has become more diverse in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion. However, we still have a long way to go when it comes to making the workplace more inclusive towards people with disabilities — especially to those who are blind or visually-impaired. This has undoubtedly discouraged and obstructed visually-impaired adults from pursuing a full time job, and it is estimated that more than 70% of them remain unemployed today:
https://www.supersense.app/post/the-challenges-visually-impaired-people-have-in-the-workplace

2) The Issues With Accessibility at Live Music Venues

Although for a while it felt like we'd never step foot into a concert again, the recent Boris-approved abandonment of most Covid measures marks the return of live music. This also means the return of the well-established accessibility issues that have always plagued concert-goers with disabilities. From painfully understaffed disabled booking lines to inaccessible seating, people with disabilities have to jump through many metaphorical hoops in order to be able to enjoy live music. As we take these first steps back to live shows, I want to reflect on my experiences of concerts, and how gigs can be made accessible to more people:
https://theboar.org/2021/09/accessibility-at-music-venues/

3) Strawberry Field Leads The Way in Accessibility To All, With Advanced Features

Strawberry Field, the world-famous site immortalised by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, "Strawberry Fields Forever", is aiming to be the UK's Number 1 attraction for accessibility, thanks to a series of upgraded and innovative features:
https://bbg.life/index.php/2021/09/03/strawberry-field-leads-the-way-in-accessibility-to-all-with-advanced-features-the-guide-liverpool/

4) Make Accessibility Part Of Your Startup's Products And Culture From Day One

The world of accessibility has experienced a tipping point thanks to the pandemic, which drove people of all abilities to do more tasks and shopping online. For the last year, the digital world was the only place brands could connect with their customers. A Forrester survey found that 8 in 10 companies have taken their first steps toward working on digital accessibility. What's driving this change besides the increased digital interactions? Fortune 500 companies are finally starting to realize that people with disabilities make up 1 billion of the world's market. That population and their families control more than $13 trillion in disposable income, according to Return on Disability's "The Global Economics of Disability:"
https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/03/make-accessibility-part-of-your-startups-products-and-culture-from-day-one/

5) This Drone Device Allows The Visually Impaired To Play Badminton

Led by assistant professor yoichi ochiai, a team of students from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, have formed the digital nature group to develop technological solutions that bring humans and machines closer together. recently, the team has unveiled an innovative device that helps the visually impaired play badminton again, using a drone as a ball. although the current design specifically targets badminton enthusiasts, the project has the potential to diversify a wide range of sports and activities, thus improving both the physical and mental health of people with limited vision:
https://www.designboom.com/technology/drone-device-visually-impaired-play-badminton-09-02-2021/

6) Beep Cricket - Enabling An Active And Inclusive Lifestyle With The Support Of Ian Healy

Known as one of the greatest wicketkeepers in history, Ian Healy's contributions to Blind Bats Inc and their newest venture in Beep Cricket promotes increased sporting accessibility for the blind and vision impaired. At a time when sport has been curtailed and operated in restricted environments, innovators within the cricketing domain are developing a new and improved cricket ball for blind and visually impaired players:
https://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/383966/beep-cricket-enabling-an-active-and-inclusive-lifestyle-with-the-support-of-ian-healy#.YTQ9fI5KiUl


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: Golfing After Vision Loss

September 3rd 2021 | Champion blind golfer Chad NeSmith talks about how vision loss shaped his life, and how he shares his passion for golf with others with vision loss:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/golfing-after-vision-loss

2) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 33: Rafting the Ottawa River's Whitewater Blind

September 3rd 2021 | Lawrence and Lilly leave Lewis behind for an exciting day of whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River. Find out the technology and tips used to raft class five rapids aboard small self-bailing rafts, followed by cliff jumping. Joining the crew for the adventure is ten-year old autistic "Tegan":
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-33-rafting-the-ottawa-rivers-whitewater-blind/id1530444764?i=1000534240204

3) Mosen At Large 146

September 4th 2021 New Zealand's Royal Commission into abuse in care, blindisms, tech topics and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/eff200d4/new-zealand-s-royal-commission-into-abuse-in-care-blindisms-tech-topics-and-more

4) Blind Android Users 39 | Don't Touch The Dial and Chat with Voxmate

September 4th 2021 | In this episode we talk about Radio apps and advantages and disadvantages of TuneIn Radio, VRadio, Simple Radio and we demo the Radio.Net app. We mention an app for our UK listeners from British Wireless for the Blind Fund, Speech Radio. We also advise that UK listeners listening to BBC programming may need to use the BBC Sounds app. We are joined by Gleb Zevkov, founder of the Voxmate app, which provides an all-in-one, self-voicing app designed for blind people. We unbox and review Google Pixel 5A:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

5) Eyes on Success 2137 Sharing Experiences with Cochlear Implants

September 8th 2021
Blind individuals rely heavily on their ability to hear in order to compensate for their lack of sight. But what happens when a blind person loses their hearing? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey join a conversation between Jim Snowbarger and Greg Green, both of whom are blind and both of whom have cochlear implants, about their experiences with the implants:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202137.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) TOPAZ Ultra Training Webinar

September 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for the functionality of a desktop video magnifier but the flexibility to take it with you from room to room? The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier — but in a compact and foldable design. Join Mike Wood as he goes over all the features and benefit of TOPAZ Ultra:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uTRsGQWPR6mClAKjnsMqMA?utm_campaign=LV_Webinars&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=154104403&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_3_EUR-SSIjtFE7xHAVlg6FrWX1aFxemSW8iSeX8iRXUFlA0y99wHTwR170n8u8O-I8M3LeDIDGUvD0Wkbx2UBmW3jjA&utm_content=154104403&utm_source=hs_email

2) Alexa Games Presentation - Technology User Group

September 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, September 11th 2021 The Technology User Group is pleased to present a morning of games with your Alexa device. Whether you are using an Echo Show, Dot, Flex, Fire, phone or computer app, there are hundreds of games available on this operating platform but only 60 minutes to tell you about the top ones. Come and witness the best and worst that the AI world has to offer. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about an hour. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

3) ONYX PRO: Next Generation Magnifier / Reader From Freedom Scientific - Access Ingenuity

September 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and special guests Joe McDaniel and Mike Woods from Freedom Scientific as we demonstrate the new ONYX PRO. The ONYX PRO easily connects to Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to magnify text or have text read aloud. Just place your Surface Pro 7 in the ONYX PRO stand, unfold the camera, and attach the camera to the stand and you are ready to go. Featuring a dual-camera design for flexibility, one camera allows you to easily go from near magnification to distance viewing. The second camera is dedicated to Document OCR (optical character recognition) mode that scans printed text and reads it back to you out loud in a clear and natural voice. The ONYX PRO is great for reading books, magazines, mail, and more! Learning Outcomes: Discover how the ONYX PRO takes us to the next level of portable magnifying/reading solutions. Understand the features and capabilities of the ONYX PRO. Explore how the ONYX PRO excels in the classroom, office or at home. Meeting ID: 870 4246 8742 | Passcode: 216057 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87042468742#,,,,*216057# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87042468742?pwd=UWtrc2dxRDFFZVpVQVVybTBOd3lYUT09

4) Virtual ISLAND Conference hosted by Princeton University

September 17th 2021 through September 18th 2021 | The Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability and STEM will be held virtually on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th 2021. This year's conference will be hosted by Princeton University. Online registration is now open for this year's conference. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
https://islandconference.org

5) Accessing and Customizing Windows 10 Settings With Assistive Technology - Access Ingenuity

September 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the Settings App of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to better navigate, search, and customize your Windows 10 Settings. Unlike previous versions of Windows, most settings are now customized under the new Settings App of Windows 10. In some cases, changes will not take place unless configured in Settings. For example, even if you agree to make the current browser the default within that browser, it now still needs to be finalized in Settings. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the different ways to open the Settings App. Understand the Settings layout and how to use keyboard commands to best navigate the various options. Discover the different ways to search for specific settings. Explore some popular settings such as setting default apps, Windows Updates, managing devices, and more. Meeting ID: 825 5600 7846 | Passcode: 418662 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82556007846#,,,,*418662# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82556007846?pwd=SGU4RG4xN2ZPZG9OQVFwTHM2aGtxZz09

6) Can Everybody See My Screen?

September 22nd 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | After more than a year of adjusting to a remote work environment, we still rely heavily on technology to present and collaborate among teams. However, it's important to remember that different people perceive information, well, differently. And virtual communication is no exception. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Doug Abrams, WAS, to discuss what it means to be inclusive when presenting over video calls. In our introductory webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges people with visual disabilities may encounter when attending a virtual presentation, as well as helpful techniques to make your presentation more accessible. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-22-can-everybody-see-my-screen/

7) A Closer Look at the New Envision Glasses - Access Ingenuity

September 29th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a look at the exciting new Envision glasses. The Envision glasses use the cutting edge Google Glasses platform as a way for a visually impaired user to gain access to their environment. They give you the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books or your favorite recipe. Using the built in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view, to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Join us to learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Attendees from previous presentations on the glasses can still benefit from this since new features will be introduced. In addition, there are plans to present some live examples of the call feature for a blind person to get help during this presentation! Learning Outcomes: Convenience of using the Scan Text and Instant Text features. How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last glasses presentation. Benefits and uses of the Video Call feature. Meeting ID: 856 9427 2978 | Passcode: 248303 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85694272978#,,,,*248303# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694272978?pwd=dVFKb3ZYSndnUjBPekhsVm0rQXpQZz09

8) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

9) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:
https://m-enabling.com/

10) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

11) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

12) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

13) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
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Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $850.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This Braille display was only used during a couple of training sessions. Carrying case and all adaptors/charger included. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉ or call Jane at (415) 858-8436 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Mathcaster for Amazon Alexa. Just Say "Alexa, Open Mathcaster"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Mathcaster is suitable for ages between 8-12 and is free to play. This Alexa Skill is a perfect resource to help children improve and develop their math skills. Learn more at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094NDXMKF?ref&ref=cm_sw_tw_r_as_dp_KypaG8Iu9kJBy. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

3) FOR SALE: Escape from 63rd & Wallace. Just say "Alexa, Open Escape 63rd"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $4.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Escape from 63rd is an horror audio adventure that takes the listener on a journey to Chicago in 1893, following Charlene, a young woman searching for her sister. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/escape-from-63rd-and-wallace/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

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Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Explore ancient ruins in order to uncover the secret of the Cursed Painting, and stop the undead curse plaguing the kingdom in this Interactive Fantasy Adventure Game, inspired by classic tabletop RPG's. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/the-cursed-painting/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

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Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

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Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

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Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
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Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ Build A Foundational Understanding Of Construction And Electronics With BRIC: Structures® Access Kit From APH - An Adapted Version Of An Educational Elenco® Product For Students Who Are Blind And Visually Impaired!
The BRIC: Structures® Access Kit combines ordinary building bricks with Snap Circuits® to create 26 projects, such as circuits and real-world structures, that run on electricity. Visit https://www.aph.org/product/bric-structures-access-kit/ to learn more.

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: August Specials
(1) New 5 pocket cowhide neck pouch for hands free phone use and access to the camera; easily carry your essentials for the day; $45.00 incl. shipping. (2) Our new 7 section aluminum telescopic non-collapsing canes in 59 or 48 inch lengths; $55 incl. shipping. (3) New 17x12 inch leather rucksack backpack made of heavy duty cowhide that will last many years. Fold over flap with cord for closing with 3 additional pockets; $90 incl. shipping. (4) Ultimate 20 cell Braille display protection; re-purposed leather concealed weapons case is the best to safely use and carry your display; $75.00 incl. shipping. New Catalog: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/Gadgets.html. Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉.

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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C.) Step by Step Screen Reader Navigation of the Parts of the Menu Ribbon | Blind Accessibility Tips YouTube Channel: (6.0% of all clicks.)
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D.) Typing on iPhone and Rotor: (6.0% of all clicks.)
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6) Windows 11 Available on October 5th 2021

Last Tuesday Windows announced that Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5th 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/08/31/windows-11-available-on-october-5/

7) Aira News for August 2021

https://aira.io/aira-news-august-2021

8) The AT Social Hub: We Need to Talk About WeWalk (YouTube Video: August 22nd 2021)

We've heard about the WeWALK cane on a previous instalment of the AT Social Hub. When walking, WeWALK vibrates to inform you of low-hanging obstacles that the bottom of a cane may typically miss, such as a sign or tree branch. Additionally, you can pair your cane to the WeWALK app on your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to make use of WeWALK's smart features. But, how does it work in practical terms from a user's perspective in everyday life? Our own Stuart Beveridge has just received his WeWALK and put it through its paces as only Stuart can:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zWA-HGeWxw

9) The Best Text to Speech Extensions for Chrome

These Chrome extensions can read text aloud for you:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/08/31/best-text-to-speech-extensions-for-chrome/

10) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for August 2021

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-august-2021

11) How Apple's HomePod Mini Finally Gives Blind People an Affordable HomeKit Hub

Finally, a usable and affordable HomeKit hub a blind person can enjoy. A nice speaker you can use with AirPlay too, at half the price of an Apple TV. VoiceOver works great on it with no hardware modifications. It's a considerable win:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2021/08/25/how-apples-homepod-mini-finally-gives-blind-people-an-affordable-homekit-hub/

12) The AT Social Hub: Mobility Magic with NaviBelt and UltraCane! (YouTube Video: August 5th 2021)

The AT Social Hub is back with another exciting session driven by your tech experiences! For our next session, the 2 Stuart's will be taking a look at the NaviBelt by FeelSpace and the UltraCane. The vibrating NaviBelt makes paths and directions tangible. Experience a completely new feeling of space! Simply put on the NaviBelt, enter a destination with the help of your smartphone and you will immediately feel where you are going. True to the motto: Always follow your gut feeling!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MBUayHvgj4

13) These Smart Lenses Could Help Restore Sight to Visually Impaired Individuals

Californian startup Mojo Vision is working on a novel concept of contact lenses featuring a screen capable of transcribing images in augmented reality. Still at the prototype stage, it could eventually help visually impaired people better understand their environment:
https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2021/08/29/these-smart-lenses-could-help-restore-sight-to-visually-impaired-individuals

14) Take Control of Just About Anything with Take Control Books

Take Control books are offered in multiple non-DRM formats including PDF, ePub, and Mobi format which makes it easy to read them on just about any device you choose. Yes, they do not use DRM or copy protection, because, as they put it, "our ebooks do not use copy protection because it makes life harder for everyone. So we ask a favor of our readers. If you want to share your copy of an ebook you've bought with a friend, please do so as you would with a physical book, meaning that if your friend uses it regularly, they should buy a copy":
https://www.steves.life/take-control-of-just-about-anything-with-take-control-books/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Blind Video Game Champion Takes on Twitch Audience

With a joystick in one hand, a Braille device under the other and a mask over his eyes, BlindWarriorSven efficiently disposes of yet another opponent. "I put this mask on because sometimes people tell me I'm not really blind," he says with a smile, in reference to the sore losers he has beaten on the video game streaming site Twitch:
https://news.yahoo.com/blind-video-game-champion-takes-064651292.html

2) American Foundation for the Blind Announces Llura Gund Workforce Inclusion Fund

New fund will devote resources to career pathways, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for jobseekers who are blind or have low vision:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-llura-gund-workforce-inclusion-fund-301365120.html

3) More Companies Are Looking to Hire Accessibility Specialists

Accessibility jobs, ranging from "head of accessibility" to "accessibility analyst," are increasing at a rapid pace across industries as companies strive to make their products and services more tailored to people with disabilities:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-companies-are-looking-to-hire-accessibility-specialists-11630501200

4) 3 Ways News Organizations Can Improve Accessibility Right Now

By considering the ways people navigate the digital world differently, news organizations can connect with their audiences in a more compassionate way:
https://www.poynter.org/ethics-trust/2021/3-ways-news-organizations-can-improve-accessibility-right-now/

5) Smart Home Technology Enhancements for the Visually Impaired

Smart home technology can provide visually impaired homeowners, in many cases, with more convenience and added safety than a smart home can provide to homeowners that aren't visually impaired. Smart home integrators need to understand the unique needs that visually impaired homeowners have to serve them properly:
https://restechtoday.com/smart-home-technology-enhancements-for-the-visually-impaired/

6) Recognise These? Japan's Pavement 'Tenji Blocks' Guide Visually Impaired Worldwide

The tactile paving was invented in Japan more than 50 years ago to help those with visual impairments move safely around urban environments "Tenji Blocks" have since gone global, becoming a familiar sight in cities around the world from London to Sydney:
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3147018/recognise-these-japans-pavement-tenji-blocks-guide-visually

7) WSU Researcher Awarded $100K for App That Helps Visually Impaired Read Comics, Graphic Novels

The National Endowment for Humanities has awarded a Wichita State University researcher $100,000 for his work on developing an application that allows visually impaired people to read comic books and graphic novels, the university recently announced in a news release:
https://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2021/08/26/wsu-vizling-app-visually-impaired-comics-graphics.html

8) Toyota Halts Use of Self-Driving Vehicle at Paralympic Village After Collision with Visually Impaired Athlete

Toyota has suspended use of all of its self-driving e-Palette transportation pods at the Tokyo Paralympic Games village:
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/toyota-halts-self-driving-vehicles-use-after-olympic-village-accident-1.6157569

9) HSBC UK Uses New Card Designs in Bid for Greater Accessibility

HSBC UK has announced a new range of redesigned credit and debit cards. The new designs are intended to make banking more accessible to people with dementia, visual impairments, color blindness, learning difficulties and dyslexia:
https://tearsheet.co/payments/hsbc-uk-uses-new-card-designs-in-bid-for-greater-accessibility/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 32: Climbing Mountains Blind One Finger at a Time (Part 2-of-2)

August 20th 2021 | On this, our final episode of season one, Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther celebrates by having Ms Lilly reveal her top five favorite episodes from the past year. We present the second half of our conversation with blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer, and Lawrence offers tips and some reflections on experiencing the outdoors. Tune in to AMI Audio for all the fun or download the podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-32-climbing-mountains-blind-one-finger-at-a/id1530444764?i=1000532598924

2) Mosen At Large 145

August 28th 2021 A COVID-19 Ccheck-In, Blind People in the Media, and Flying to Canada Now Takes Extra Effort:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/fa66a9e8/a-covid-19-check-in-blind-people-in-the-media-and-flying-tocanada-now-takes-extra-effort

3) Blind Android Users 38 | Video streaming services, which one is yours?

August 28th 2021 | In this show we talk all about video streaming apps. We demo Youtube app on android and Facebook. We then have an unboxing Party in which we have unboxing and review of Samsung Galaxy Z flip and review of Xperia M1 III. We have the 4th episode in the highlights from talkback. We show you how to read articles when browsing using Google assistant and skip all unwanted adds:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

4) Eyes on Success 2136 Combining Computer Science with Social Sciences

September 1st 2021
Bhavya Shah grew up in India where blind students were often dissuaded from certain studies and careers and where many textbooks could not be obtained in an accessible format. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bhavya about how he overcame these challenges and now combines his skills in computer science with his interest in social science to contribute to research projects:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202136.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Transitioning to JAWS - A 12-Week Workshop

September 7th 2021 Through November 23rd 2021| 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT | JAWS is a paid screen reader widely used in educational, corporate and governmental environments, and it's installed on every PC in the New York Public Library system. Perhaps you already have JAWS but need to brush up your skills, or maybe you're considering whether to purchase the program. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the JAWS screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing JAWS settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JiCsNATySaCS5-HJ8FSLm1169reOGjZzfkl4KegcIN0/viewform?edit_requested=true

2) iBUG Introductory Mac Training Course

September 7th 2021 This 12-week course is free, and you are expected to work, attend and participate. It starts Tuesday, September 7th 2021. Email by August 27th 2021 to see the requirements you have to adhere to, and provide the model or year of your Mac:
chanellem.allen@gmail.com

3) Intro to NVDA: A 12-Week Workshop

September 8th 2021 Through November 24th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | There are several Windows screen readers to choose from. NVDA is an increasingly popular option, created by blind developers and freely available all over the world. Come discover how this free- open-source option compares. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the NVDA screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing NVDA settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nHuFSU_3lHZvWMRTqIrVTjNxjmlWQR1uFMAQR8xOliY/viewform?edit_requested=true

4) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 2 - Access Ingenuity

September 8th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a part 2, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend part 1. In addition, please feel free to contact us if you would like access to the part 1 recording. Learning Outcomes: Understand folder paths to manage and locate your drives, folders, and files. Discover how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Explore the different ways to access various commands such as select, cut, copy, paste, rename, delete, and more. Meeting ID: 874 6987 8574 | Passcode: 109862 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87469878574#,,,,*109862# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87469878574?pwd=YlZ3VmRXS3I3SGl3azlVQUE2L3RRZz09

5) TOPAZ Ultra Training Webinar

September 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for the functionality of a desktop video magnifier but the flexibility to take it with you from room to room? The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier — but in a compact and foldable design. Join Mike Wood as he goes over all the features and benefit of TOPAZ Ultra:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uTRsGQWPR6mClAKjnsMqMA?utm_campaign=LV_Webinars&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=154104403&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_3_EUR-SSIjtFE7xHAVlg6FrWX1aFxemSW8iSeX8iRXUFlA0y99wHTwR170n8u8O-I8M3LeDIDGUvD0Wkbx2UBmW3jjA&utm_content=154104403&utm_source=hs_email

6) Alexa Games Presentation - Technology User Group

September 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, September 11th 2021 The Technology User Group is pleased to present a morning of games with your Alexa device. Whether you are using an Echo Show, Dot, Flex, Fire, phone or computer app, there are hundreds of games available on this operating platform but only 60 minutes to tell you about the top ones. Come and witness the best and worst that the AI world has to offer. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about an hour. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

7) ONYX PRO: Next Generation Magnifier / Reader From Freedom Scientific - Access Ingenuity

September 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and special guests Joe McDaniel and Mike Woods from Freedom Scientific as we demonstrate the new ONYX PRO. The ONYX PRO easily connects to Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to magnify text or have text read aloud. Just place your Surface Pro 7 in the ONYX PRO stand, unfold the camera, and attach the camera to the stand and you are ready to go. Featuring a dual-camera design for flexibility, one camera allows you to easily go from near magnification to distance viewing. The second camera is dedicated to Document OCR (optical character recognition) mode that scans printed text and reads it back to you out loud in a clear and natural voice. The ONYX PRO is great for reading books, magazines, mail, and more! Learning Outcomes: Discover how the ONYX PRO takes us to the next level of portable magnifying/reading solutions. Understand the features and capabilities of the ONYX PRO. Explore how the ONYX PRO excels in the classroom, office or at home. Meeting ID: 870 4246 8742 | Passcode: 216057 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87042468742#,,,,*216057# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87042468742?pwd=UWtrc2dxRDFFZVpVQVVybTBOd3lYUT09

8) Accessing and Customizing Windows 10 Settings With Assistive Technology - Access Ingenuity

September 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the Settings App of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to better navigate, search, and customize your Windows 10 Settings. Unlike previous versions of Windows, most settings are now customized under the new Settings App of Windows 10. In some cases, changes will not take place unless configured in Settings. For example, even if you agree to make the current browser the default within that browser, it now still needs to be finalized in Settings. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the different ways to open the Settings App. Understand the Settings layout and how to use keyboard commands to best navigate the various options. Discover the different ways to search for specific settings. Explore some popular settings such as setting default apps, Windows Updates, managing devices, and more. Meeting ID: 825 5600 7846 | Passcode: 418662 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82556007846#,,,,*418662# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82556007846?pwd=SGU4RG4xN2ZPZG9OQVFwTHM2aGtxZz09

9) Can Everybody See My Screen?

September 22nd 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | After more than a year of adjusting to a remote work environment, we still rely heavily on technology to present and collaborate among teams. However, it's important to remember that different people perceive information, well, differently. And virtual communication is no exception. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Doug Abrams, WAS, to discuss what it means to be inclusive when presenting over video calls. In our introductory webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges people with visual disabilities may encounter when attending a virtual presentation, as well as helpful techniques to make your presentation more accessible. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-22-can-everybody-see-my-screen/

10) A Closer Look at the New Envision Glasses - Access Ingenuity

September 29th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a look at the exciting new Envision glasses. The Envision glasses use the cutting edge Google Glasses platform as a way for a visually impaired user to gain access to their environment. They give you the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books or your favorite recipe. Using the built in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view, to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Join us to learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Attendees from previous presentations on the glasses can still benefit from this since new features will be introduced. In addition, there are plans to present some live examples of the call feature for a blind person to get help during this presentation! Learning Outcomes: Convenience of using the Scan Text and Instant Text features. How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last glasses presentation. Benefits and uses of the Video Call feature. Meeting ID: 856 9427 2978 | Passcode: 248303 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85694272978#,,,,*248303# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694272978?pwd=dVFKb3ZYSndnUjBPekhsVm0rQXpQZz09

11) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

12) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:
https://m-enabling.com/

13) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

14) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

15) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
https://sighttechglobal.com/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
https://uwt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4FBAWsGQwBwtOC


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Focus 14 Braille Display

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $850.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This Braille display was only used during a couple of training sessions. Carrying case and all adaptors/charger included. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉ or call Jane at (415) 858-8436 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Mathcaster for Amazon Alexa. Just Say "Alexa, Open Mathcaster"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Mathcaster is suitable for ages between 8-12 and is free to play. This Alexa Skill is a perfect resource to help children improve and develop their math skills. Learn more at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094NDXMKF?ref&ref=cm_sw_tw_r_as_dp_KypaG8Iu9kJBy. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

3) FOR SALE: Escape from 63rd & Wallace. Just say "Alexa, Open Escape 63rd"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $4.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Escape from 63rd is an horror audio adventure that takes the listener on a journey to Chicago in 1893, following Charlene, a young woman searching for her sister. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/escape-from-63rd-and-wallace/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

4) FOR SALE: The Cursed Painting Audio RPG. Just say "Alexa, open the Cursed Painting"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Explore ancient ruins in order to uncover the secret of the Cursed Painting, and stop the undead curse plaguing the kingdom in this Interactive Fantasy Adventure Game, inspired by classic tabletop RPG's. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/the-cursed-painting/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

5) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 26, 2021 - Volume 821

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 26, 2021 - Volume 821

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A.) Windows Update Breaks Alt+Tab: (16.2% of all clicks.)
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B.) What Is Google's Auditorial Experiment?: (8.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/what-is-auditorial/
C.) Social Media Accessibility Tips & Tricks: Facebook: (6.5% of all clicks.)
https://abilitytools.org/blog/social-media-accessibility-tips-tricks-facebook/
D.) How to Get AR Walking Directions in iOS 15: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-ar-walking-directions-in-ios-15/
E.) New Website Resource "Screenless Allies": (5.4% of all clicks.)
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4) Top Tech Tidbits Senior Editor Dean Martineau Transitions To Guest Contributor

With a little trepidation and a lot of gratitude, I'm announcing that Issue 821 will be the last issue of Tidbits for which I'll be providing content as Senior Editor. Fear not, though, Tidbits will continue, and just keep getting better. When I launched top Tech Tidbits some sixteen and a half years ago...
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/37.html

5) Good Maps Indoor Navigation Video Demo

Traveling the unknown back corridors of the American Printing House building:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw4l8CxLv5Q

6) A Letter to Apple About the Flicktype Situation

Many blind iPhone users benefited from this app, which Apple has essentially killed. Here's one letter about the situation:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/08/22/my-email-to-phil-schiller-at-apple-regarding-the-current-situation-with-flicktype/

7) Mosen At Large Episode 144, Flicktype Details, Using Braille Screen Input, More

Another thorough and detailed treatment of a controvertial topic. This is the Transcript:
https://mosen.org/malp0144transcript/

8) Typing on iPhone and Rotor

While we're on the subject of typing, this AppleVis Forum covers lots of options:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/typing-iphone-and-rotor

9) Reading Recipes with Siri or Apple Watch

This explanation goes into some good detail, to make the reading of recipes or other text really viable on phone or watch:
https://www.jantrid.net/2021/08/24/reading-recipes-with-siri-or-apple-watch/

10) Resources for Whenever Accessibility Goes Belly up

The most comprehensive list I've seen of accessibility assistance numbers from companies that provide such numbers:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/resources-for-whenever-accessibility-goes-belly-up/

11) Android Commands and Settings, Android S (12)

A handy compendium, downloadable or on paper. It costs $12 or $14.50 depending on format:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/AND-COMMAND-2ED.html

12) Commmand Palette NVDA Add-on

This is an intriguing add-on, allowing you to type part of a command to execute it rather than using a keystroke:
https://github.com/blindpandas/command_palette/releases/tag/v1.0

13) How to Search in Windows

Clear explanations for Windows 10 and 11, from Make Tech Easier:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-search-in-windows/

14) Step by Step Screen Reader Navigation of the Parts of the Menu Ribbon | Blind Accessibility Tips YouTube Channel

The updating of Microsoft's menu bar to a menu ribbon saw some blind and visually impaired persons struggling to use it. This tutorial is meant to help these people learn how to navigate the menu ribbon with their screen reader, primarily in the Microsoft Word window, but also in the File Explorer window where the menu ribbon is also displayed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6G1CkN9d8&t=202s

15) Think You Know ALL Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts? Find Out in Our Full List

It can be overwhelming to memorize all the keyboard shortcuts. However, you do not need to learn every shortcut available on Windows 10. You only need to focus on those you need more frequently to make your life a little easier and improve productivity:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

16) 5 Often Overlooked Videogame Accessibility Features

Very useful options that are too often left out of games:
https://www.pcgamer.com/5-often-overlooked-videogame-accessibility-features/

17) Why Twitter's New Design Is Inaccessible to Some Disabled People

Twitter has launched a new design for its app and website, including its own font, higher contrast, and less gray space. The update was intended to increase accessibility, but many disabled users and accessibility experts disagree, pointing out that some of the changes have made the site less accessible. Twitter has responded to the concerns with promises to fix some of the key issues:
https://www.verywellhealth.com/twitter-new-accessible-redesign-5197808

18) What's Next for Xbox Accessibility Tech? Microsoft Isn't Sure

The Xbox Adaptive Controller meets many people's accessibility needs, and it's hard to design a follow-up act:
https://www.windowscentral.com/whats-next-xbox-accessibility-tech-microsoft-isnt-sure

19) Xbox Adaptive Controller Inventor Says Gaming Accessibility Has Hit "A Plateau"

Accessibility in video games has thankfully improved greatly in recent years, with developers and hardware manufacturers increasingly offering players with disabilities options ranging from colour-blind modes to modifiable inputs. However, a key figure in the creation of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a bespoke and customisable controller to allow better physical access, has said efforts to further expand access have hit "a bit of a plateau":
https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/xbox-adaptive-controller-inventor-says-gaming-accessibility-has-hit-a-plateau-3027532


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Canadian Geographic Announces the Largest Accessibility Project in North America

Congratulations are in order for Ashley Nemeth, motivational speaker, writer, and blogger for her feature in Canadian Geographic's magazine issue announcing the largest accessibility project in North America. In this article, Ashley shares her experience as an individual who is totally blind navigating through Wascana Park, Regina, and the enrichment that the BlindSquare app now offers to this experience:
https://www.blindsquare.com/2021/08/24/canadian-geographic-announces-the-largest-accessibility-project-in-north-america/

2) EA Opens Some of its Most Important Accessibility Patents

EA has announced that it is now offering its accessibility patents to anyone who wants to use them. Is about a paradigm shift for the video game industry, by allowing anyone to access accessibility tools, even your competitors:
https://www.cvbj.biz/2021/08/24/ea-opens-some-of-its-most-important-accessibility-patents/

3) Disabled Couple 'Full Of Rage' After Being 'Asked To Leave Theme Park Due To Guide Dog'

Outraged Paul and Kaylie Newbury, from Essex, claim they were approached about their Labrador by security at the theme park - who said dogs are supposed to wear muzzles:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-couple-full-rage-after-24830320

4) Paralympics: Who is the World's Fastest Blind Athlete?

David Brown lost sight at 13 but discovered sprinting talent at high school:
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympics/paralympics-tokyo-blind-sprinter-brown-b1907558.html

5) Friendship Between Visually Impaired Girl and Her Bus Driver Goes Viral on TikTok

A North Texas fourth grader and her bus driver are new buddies thanks to her determination and his kindness:
https://www.fox4news.com/news/friendship-between-visually-impared-girl-and-her-bus-driver-goes-viral-on-tik-tok

6) Handhelds Still Aren't Designed for Disabled Gamers

Valve's new Steam Deck looks fantastic — but for players with vision or dexterity difficulties, it's just more of the same challenges:
https://www.wired.com/story/valve-steam-deck-handhelds-not-designed-disabled-gamers/

7) New Windows 10 Update Breaks One of Its Most Useful Features for Some Users — What's Going On?

Some people who have downloaded the July 2021 preview (KB5004296) and the August 2021 update (KB5005033) are unable to use the Alt-Tab feature properly:
https://www.techradar.com/news/new-windows-10-update-breaks-one-of-its-most-useful-features-for-some-users-whats-going-on


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Behind the Scenes of Hadley's Adjusting to Vision Loss Series

August 20th 2021 | Doug Walker, Hadley co-director of R&D, and Ed Haines, Hadley Chief Program Officer, chat about the making of Hadley's "Adjusting to Vision Loss" workshop series. The series guides people through the emotional aspects of vision loss. Doug serves as the series' personal storyteller and narrator:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/behind-scenes-hadleys-adjusting-vision-loss-series

2) Blind Android Users 37 | Life's Hit When You Stay Fit

August 21st 2021 | Listeners can now register on our website and post Android-related guides. We gave our thoughts about Pixel 5A & Sony Xperia 1. We discuss about all thing's health on this show, the following apps were discussed Medi safe Pill Reminder, Medication Tracker, Mango Health & My Therapy, there is also Tab Time Vibrating Pill Box & Med Minder. We demo, my diary mood tracking app, Google Fit, Freestyle Libre app For the diabetics, Mobvoi app for tick watch users. We have the next episode of Commentary screen reader:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 144

August 21st 2021 FlickType has gone and Apple is to blame, how to use Braille Screen input, more on alternative iOS calendar apps:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/dcdd9e6a/flicktype-has-gone-and-apple-is-to-blame-how-to-use-braille-screen-input-more-on-alternative-ios-calendar-apps