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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 22, 2021 - Volume 816

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 22, 2021 - Volume 816

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Most Powerful OCR Currently Available for iPhone?: (10.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/most-powerful-ocr-currently-available-iphone
B.) Latest JAWS Tips and Tricks: (9.4% of all clicks.)
http://www.hartgen.org/tips
C.) Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks: (7.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/do-everything-faster-keyboard-shortcuts-tricks-tips/
D.) Comprehensive Guide for New VoiceOver Users on the Mac: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/comprehensive-guide-new-voiceover-users
E.) Sending Audio Messages: Personalizing Your Messages Through Settings and Voice: (4.7% of all clicks.)
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6811

2) Top Tech Tidbits Introduces "Most Clicked Tidbit" Weekly Contest | This Week's Odds: 1 of 23

How well do you know adaptive technology? Do you think that you could consistently identify adaptive technology trends if given the opportunity? Well here's your chance. Beginning with this issue of Top Tech Tidbits you can now cast your vote each week for the one Tidbit that you believe will receive the most clicks. Get it right more than anyone else each week and you win a $250.00 USD cash prize at the end of the year (December 31st 2021). In addition, there may be opportunities for winners to join our editorial team. The premise is simple and voting is easy. Can you pick the one Tidbit out of each issue that will get the most clicks? If you think you can, or at least would like to try, learn everything there is to know about the contest here and start casting your vote today:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/36.html

3) iPhone 101 'Sending Audio Messages: Personalizing Your Messages Through Settings and Voice'

This article has been updated, and is part of this ever-growing basic instructional series:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6811

4) Untangling the Terminal: How to Master the MacOS Command Line

Courtesy of MacWorld:
https://www.macworld.com/article/350436/macos-terminal-utilities-command-line-files-directories-folders-quick-look.html

5) Clubhouse No Longer Invite-Only

Anybody can join, though there's still a long waiting list:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/07/21/clubhouse-no-longer-invite-only-as-waitlist-reportedly-nears-10-million-people/

6) Clubhouse on iOS for Beginners

This is an AppleVis podcast:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/clubhouse-ios-beginners

7) Keyboard Shortcuts in Office

This appears to be a very comprehensive listing from Microsoft:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/keyboard-shortcuts-in-office-e765366f-24fc-4054-870d-39b214f223fd

8) Sunrise Waterfall

This is a free website builder, Wordpress blog builder, documentation builder, and FTP client:
https://nathantech.net/products/software/sunrisewaterfall.php

9) Screen Reading in 2021

What makes a screen reader stand out in 2021? AMI welcomes Vispero, the company behind JAWS, to talk about screen readers and their place in the modern workplace and home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgyeUQ4-S_U

10) Game On | 1 New Endorsement | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory

If you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, please be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

11) Microsoft Announces Windows 365, A Cloud OS You Can Stream

Microsoft brings Windows to the cloud for streaming to any device:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-announces-windows-365-version-windows-you-can-stream-cloud

12) Freedom Scientific Announces End of Installation on Windows 7, 8.x, and Windows Server Prior to 2016

On July 20th 2021 Freedom Scientific announced changes starting with the 2022 software releases, coming in the Q4 of 2021. The 2022 versions of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion will no longer be compatible with older versions of Windows and will therefore be blocked from installing. Support of these older Operating Systems has already been dropped by Microsoft over the past few years. Customers purchasing Freedom Scientific Software at version 2022 or higher, will still be able to use their license on these older operating systems, however they will be instructed to download and use earlier software versions of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/216

13) How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail

Courtesy of MakeTechEasier:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-keyboard-shortcuts-gmail/

14) Windows 11: Four New Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Learn

If you are already using Windows 11, these are the new shortcuts you need to learn:
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-11-four-new-keyboard-shortcuts

15) How to Order Groceries with Amazon Alexa

A handy use for your digital assistant:
https://www.howtogeek.com/735972/how-to-order-groceries-with-amazon-alexa/

16) Blind Accessibility Tips Website

This site contains tutorials on the use of Windows 10 and Microsoft Word along with accessing the Internet. It also offers downloadable tutorials in text and audio format. They also have a Youtube Channel containing some tutorials:
https://blindaccessibilitytips.com/

17) Quick Tip: How to More Easily Access ACB Media Streams On An Alexa Device | From David Goldfield

Normally, if you want to play streams from ACB Media on an Alexa device you first need to open the ACB Media skill. Think of a skill being similar to an app on your smart phone or tablet. Because the name of the skill is ACB Media you would normally say, "Open ACB Media." Alexa will verify that the ACB Media skill has been opened and will then ask you to choose a stream from 1 through 10. Once you specify a stream number, such as ACB Media 2, the stream starts. However, once you stop the stream you have to go through the same process all over again to play an ACB Media stream. There is a way to slightly speed up this process. You can just ask Alexa to ask ACB Media to play a specific stream. For example, you could say, "ask ACB Media to play ACB Media 3." You can shorten this even further by just asking for the number, such as "ask ACB Media to play 4." I hope this helps. Happy streaming.
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/quick-tip-how-to-more-easily-access-acb-media-streams-on-an-alexa-device/

18) Twitter Rolls Out Auto Ccaptions for Voice Tweets After Accessibility Backlash

On July 15th 2021 Twitter turned on automated captions for voice tweets on iOS following criticism that the feature, which debuted last year, wasn't accessible to people with disabilities:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/twitter-rolls-out-auto-captions-for-voice-tweets-after-accessibility-backlash/

19) How To Pair Your Android Phone to A PC Using "Your Phone" App on Windows 10 or Windows 11

This YouTube video comes to us from Blind Android Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Brg2H3ND1A&t=20s

20) For NVDA Users: New Addon From Joseph Lee For Developers and Power Users: Introducing Event Tracker, An Add-On To Track and Record Information on Events

An event is raised when things happen, such as typing characters, moving system focus, and when notifications are announced. Event Tracker will track these events and will log information such as the control where the event came from, its name and role, app module, and information specific to accessibility API's such as MSAA properties. As this is an add-on designed for developers and power users, it is not really recommended for beginners, and in order to use the add-on, you must be running NVDA in debug logging mode:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/evtTracker.en.html

21) Announcing Sight Tech Global 2021

Shortly after the first Sight Tech Global event, in December last year, Apple and Microsoft announced remarkable new features for mobile phones. Anyone could point the phone camera at a scene and request a "scene description." In a flash, a cloud-based, computer vision AI determined what was in the scene and a machine-voice read the information. Learning that "a room contains three chairs and a table" might not seem like a big advance for the sighted, but for blind or visually impaired people, the new feature was a notable milestone for accessibility technology: An affordable, portable and nearly universal device could now "see" on behalf of just about anyone. Technologies like scene description will be on the agenda at the second annual Sight Tech Global event, December 1-2, 2021. The free, sponsor-supported, virtual and global event will convene many of the world's top technologists, researchers, advocates and founders to discuss how rapid advances in technology, many centered on AI, are altering — both improving and complicating — accessibility for people with sight loss. Register today — it's free.
https://techcrunch.com/2021/07/15/announcing-sight-tech-global-2021/

22) NV Access In-Process July 16th 2021

The big news this week is the release of NVDA 2021.1:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-16th-july-2021/

23) Youtube Video: How to Use Microsoft Access With NVDA: Part 1

User Thee Quinn has uploaded the first in a series of videos discussing using Microsoft Access with the NVDA screen reader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jWI0YylFU8

24) Reports of Orbit Reader 20 Freezing After Performing Latest Firmware Upgrade

Orbit Research has acknowledged receiving some complaints regarding the Orbit Reader 20 Plus freezing after performing the firmware upgrade with the latest release. They are currently investigating the issue. Meanwhile, they are recommending not to upgrade with this release. If you have experienced this, please call them at (888) 606-7248 ☎ or email them at techsupport@orbitresearch.com ✉ and they will work with you to restore functionality. They will be posting another release with the fix in a day or two. They offer their sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Digital Accessibility Career Training Breaks Down Barriers to Employment for Persons with Disabilities

To empower the next generation of digital accessibility professionals who are blind or visually impaired, the Carroll Center for the Blind has launched the first-of-its-kind Screen Reader User Tester Training Program that will train adults seeking employment to professionally explore, test, and report about the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files. The program also aims to help lower the 70% unemployment rate for people with vision impairments by advancing opportunities for persons with disabilities to achieve independence through employment:
https://carroll.org/news/user-tester-training-program-to-empower-next-generation-of-blind-accessibility-professionals/

2) A Non-Driver's Critique Of CarPlay Shows Accessible Infotainment Systems Help More Than The Driver

As a legally Blind person, Apple's CarPlay has long been one of those offerings from the company that literally is not for me. My low vision precludes me from obtaining a driver's license and, by extension, a car — so what good would CarPlay do me if I can't drive a car with which to use it? I had a similar feeling toward Apple TV for many years. I've only had high-definition televisions at home in the last three years; before then, there was little reason to get excited about (let alone cover) the streaming box and tvOS since I didn't have a TV that could take full advantage of its capabilities:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2021/07/20/a-non-drivers-critique-of-carplay-shows-accessible-infotainment-systems-help-more-than-the-driver/?sh=60ea61782fb2

3) Colorado First in Nation to Require Web Accessibility for Government

New state law makes it easier for people with disabilities to sue state and local agencies for discrimination:
https://coloradonewsline.com/2021/07/20/colorado-first-web-accessibility-government/

4) Wheel the World Launches New Website Featuring Industry-First Accessibility Mapping System for Travelers with Disabilities

Using Wheel the World's mobile app, a network of "mappers" around the world collect and submit information on more than 200 data points to inform site listings for accommodations, tours, attractions and activities:
https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/wheel-the-world-launches-new-website-featuring-industry-first-accessibility-mapping-system-for-travelers-with-disabilities

5) A Gadget Helping The Visually Impaired | Video By Bloomberg

Bloomberg's Tech Editor Nate Lanxon always introduces us to the latest gadgets, but this one in particular is a gamechanger. We meet the founder and the tech helping the visually impaired community get around independently and safely:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-07-20/a-gadget-helping-the-visually-impaired-video

6) Benefits of Accessible Games for Older People with Sight Loss

We play games because they're fun! Though of course there are a host of other benefits you might not have considered. From our earliest days, engaging in play enables our brains make new connections. Our bodies learn how to move in different ways, we respond emotionally and our imagination sparks:
https://blog.yourdolphin.com/blog/benefits-of-accessible-games

7) How Arturia Made Its Music-Making Software More Accessible. And Where It Can Improve

When visually impaired music producer Jason Dasent decided to buy a collection of instrument plugins from Arturia about four years ago, he did so despite his suspicion that the company's tools wouldn't be accessible. He was right. "At that point I couldn't browse and use the software," he said. "I pretty much couldn't do anything." He had spent some $500 on Arturia's V Collection 5, a set of virtual instruments that included recreations of some vintage synths he wanted to use. It was cheaper than spending hundreds of thousands on actual synths, he told himself:
https://www.engadget.com/arturia-analog-lab-v-accessibility-mode-story-music-software-lack-assistive-160013048.html

8) Overdue: FCC Needs to Upgrade Video Relay Services for Deaf Community

The FCC makes a decision on compensation for Video Relay Service (VRS) providers soon. The deadline for comments was July 15, 2021. If VRS providers don't receive adequate compensation, communications access for the deaf and hard of hearing community suffers:
https://krisrivenburgh.medium.com/overdue-fcc-needs-to-upgrade-video-relay-services-for-deaf-community-bb604303f7b5

9) Five Ways For Firms to Reach Customers With Disabilities

Increasingly for businesses, factoring in the needs of disabled customers from the start is becoming a crucial part of product development. Yet this huge market - the so-called "Purple pound" - remains largely untapped as many firms are failing to successfully adapt for customers with disabilities:
https://news.yahoo.com/five-ways-firms-reach-customers-231324576.html

10) Return to the Workplace Highlights Accessibility Concerns for Disabled Employees

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen and the country settles into a new normal, disability advocates have mixed feelings about the future of the workplace and public health in the U.S:
https://www.whio.com/news/business/return-workplace/ZSBRUQTCYAJKW6Y7TQQLALKWVA/

11) Call of Duty: Warzone Season Four Reloaded Accessibility Improvements

The following new features focus on three primary areas of accessibility: Hard of Hearing, Blind/Low-Vision, and Cognitive Overload:
https://www.ravensoftware.com/community/2021/07/call-of-duty-bocw-warzone-season-four-reloaded-patch-notes


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) That Real Blind Tech Show 44 | NFB 21 Recap: Be all You Can Be

July 16th 2021
We start off discussing the Linuk Foundations launching an open voice network to build an industry wide standard. Leakers are reporting that Lidar will only be available on the iPhone Pro 13 models. Will that affect your decision?
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-44-nfb-21-recap-be-all-you-can-be

2) Blind Android Users 32 | Audio Book Players And Shining the Light on BRLTTY With Dave Mielke

July 17th 2021 | In this episode we talk about audio book apps, then for our in-focus section, we have the developer of BRLTTY, Dave Mielke. In the next segment in commentary screen reader, we see how to create functions to auto play messages in WhatsApp. This week, Karene Kiwan demonstrates the popular ACR Phone Dialler. Our Android Journey story this week comes from Roselina Squeo:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 139

July 17th 2021 The great tech conference with an ableist name, blindness tech support from Microsoft and Apple, scribe for meetings demo and blind ghetto products:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/1e7e0de8/the-great-tech-conference-with-an-ableist-name-blindness-tech-support-from-microsoft-and-apple-scribe-for-meetings-demo-and-blind-ghetto-products

4) Eyes on Success 2130 | Creating Solutions to Solve Problems

July 21st 2021
Doug Lee has been blind his entire life. In addition to writing JAWS scripts for Level Access, a firm that develops access solutions for other companies, Doug also freely shares many scripts and tools he has developed to improve access to commonly used programs. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Doug about his life and the tools he shares:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202130.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Word, PowerPoint and PDF Accessibility

July 27th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility offers this 90-minute workshop:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/trainings/accessibility-boutiques/accessibility-boutique-registration

2) New Approaches to Web Accessibility Requirements under WCAG3 from ADASoutheast

July 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.adasoutheast.org/eventscalendar.php?eventid=2304

3) ATHEN | Access Technology Higher Education Network Quarterly Meeting

July 28th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | One tap mobile: +16699006833,,84500100064# US (San Jose) | +12532158782,,84500100064# US (Tacoma) | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | Find your local number at: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdyAM9fPT. Join the Zoom Meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500100064

4) Mac by the Bit (Session 3): Simple Basic Navigation

July 29th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on July 30th 2021 | Note: Because of the ACB convention, this is the 5th Thursday instead of the 4th as usually scheduled. Mac by the Bit, Session 3 will start with some Basic navigation procedures. Keystrokes, quick nav on and off, and even some familiar gestures, if you use an iPhone that is. Showing you the built in tutorial, users guide, and how to find help on the fly. Time permitting, we may explore an app. Come with your questions ready, and to continue on this journey of learning the Mac from the ground up, Bit by Bit. This next installment of Mac by the Bit is, Thursday July 29th 2021 at 8:00PM EST, 7:00PM EST, 6:00PM MST, and 5:00PM PST. To join at the Scheduled time click here:
https://zoom.us/j/91835585918?pwd=QkpvSWpGRWkyREE0Q2l6a1V2YVdwdz09#success

5) In-Depth Look Into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download) By Scott Meneely, Reader Advisor at Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians

July 29th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Come join us for an in-depth look into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download). From start to finish, Scott Meneely (reader advisor at Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians) will explain, demonstrate and answer questions. Please register here. An event specific zoom link will be emailed out the evening of Wednesday, July 28. While we will leave the registration form open until 10:30AM EDT the day of the event, we will try to email the link as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee delivery:
http://www.nfbp.org/in-depth-bard

6) VPAT® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template - TPGi

August 4th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Accessibility Engineers Brian Elton and Mitchell Evan from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT? Is a VPAT just for websites? Is every organization required to have one? How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved?
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-vpat-101-introduction-to-the-voluntary-product-accessibility-template/

7) Introduction to Audio Description from 3Play Media

August 12th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility:
https://go.3playmedia.com/wbnr-08-12-2021-ad

8) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and Computer

August 14th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On On Saturday, August 14th 2021 the Technology User Group helps you prepare for the changes coming to your iDevice and computer. This September, iOS 15 will be released. Is your phone eligible for the upgrade? What new features can you expect? Is Siri going to have added skills and abilities? Also, we will look at the expected changes to Jaws and Zoomtext as they move toward a new Beta version debuting in October. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
319-527-4994

9) 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/


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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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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Volume 815

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Volume 815

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Microsoft Explains The Accessibility Improvements Coming in Windows 11: (9.1% of all clicks.)
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-accessibility-improvements-windows-11/
B.) iOS 15: Here Are All of the New Accessibility Features Coming to iPhone: (7.3% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2021/07/05/ios-15-everything-new-accessibility/
C.) A.T. Guys Releases New Versa Slate Paperless, Erasable Braille Slate and Stylus: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34_55&products_id=358
D.) New APH Partnership with HumanWare Leads to Creation of Dynamic Tactile Device: (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://eyewire.news/articles/new-aph-partnership-with-humanware-leads-to-creation-of-dynamic-tactile-device/
E.) New Wearable With Haptic GPS for The Blind is Now Available: (3.9% of all clicks.)
https://coolblindtech.com/new-wearable-with-haptic-gps-for-the-blind-is-now-available/

2) Game On | 2 New Endorsements | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory

If you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, please be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) NV Access Announces The Release of NVDA 2021.1

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2021.1. Full information and download links available at: https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1/. NVDA 2021.1 includes fixes for languages & for accessing links in Braille. Updates to Unicode CLDR, math & LibLouis, Office, VS & more! Please note add-ons will need to be updated. Please check add-on compatibility for this release at:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

4) Free HTML and Markdown Editor

Inclusion Code is a Free And Educational HTML and Markdown editor:
https://inclusioncode.com/download.html

5) Latest JAWS Tips and Tricks

Hartgen Consultancy posts brief how-tos frequently. Among the latest: Using Find in Microsoft Word, Navigating the Outlook Calendar efficiently, and When You Might Want to Turn Off The Virtual Cursor:
http://www.hartgen.org/tips

6) Comprehensive Guide for New VoiceOver Users on the Mac

Here are a couple of free resources:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/comprehensive-guide-new-voiceover-users

7) NVDA 2021.1 Available

Here's one place to read about the list of new features:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-nvda-2021-1/

8) Add-ons and Backwards Incompatible NVDA Releases

NVDA add-ons have needed to be updated to work with this new version. Check this page to see which ones have been updated, and perhaps even enhance your ability to use NVDA by installing a new add-on or two:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

9) Apple AirTag vs Samsung SmartTag Plus vs Tile Pro

The Verge helps us decide which locator to buy:
https://www.theverge.com/22570161/apple-airtag-samsung-smarttag-tile-pro-bluetooth-tracker-review-test-comparison

10) Most Powerful OCR Currently Available for iPhone?

These posts from AppleVis might help you decide which app to use:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/most-powerful-ocr-currently-available-iphone

11) Reading with Magnification or OCR

This is the Zoom recording of a webinar from Vision Australia:
https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/rec/play/L0fZdBCjFZN9XxjvDehYp0HFiGZ5wHHUILhWUavMlanfwLb05ZmEIs5z3QsZEJGmOkEPZuqTHLXbsETp.xSG-cPgElwssHype?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=7ZQpFSVyS7u-hmCdrnAUjQ.1626313100905.750bb2c3f2af1cff133e3436b12b2b1d&_x_zm_rhtaid=597

12) Sending Audio Messages: Personalizing Your Messages Through Settings and Voice

This is another of the iPhone 101 series from BlindAbilities:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6811

13) Update From Adi Kushnir of The Elita Group: Information Regarding The Next Generation ElBraille

Adi reports, "I would like to thank everyone who sent feedback and answered my question regarding the next generation ElBraille. This really helped us define an important aspect of the product. We have started working on the next model, and for now, we can say the following: 1. The next generation ElBraille will be a 40 cell device. 2. This device will be a very high performance Windows device, truly equivalent to many high end ultra books, with very powerful specifications and configuration options. 3. This device will run the latest version of Microsoft Windows at the time of release, and will be future proof when it comes to updates. 4. This device will be based on a completely new platform, something that we have not used before, and no one else in this industry does. 5. This device will be a high quality product, taking seriously all the feedback and making sure that there will not be any issues that are present in the current units. 6. An upgrade path will be available for all customers, both for Focus 4th and 5th generation display models. 7. We are aware of the need for a smaller ElBraille, we are looking for the right platform and solutions to make something that will be pleasing. We will update everyone on the possibilities, although it will take a while. Additional information will be provided close to public availability. Thanks for all your feedback and support.

14) Accessible Antivirus for Windows and Android | YouTube Video From Nimer Jaber

Recorded July 8th 2021, Nimer Jaber offers a video on his views of a couple of accessible antivirus programs for Windows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2q8Nj2VCFk

15) For NVDA Users: Code Factory Eloquence / Vocalizer Addon Now Compatible With NVDA 2021.1

NVDA 2021.1 is available as a release candidate with the final build due for release very soon. This update requires that addons which worked with previous NVDA versions be updated in order to maintain compatibility with this new version of NVDA. Code Factory has now updated their addon which contains the Eloquence voices as well as the Vocalizer voices. You can download the new addon from:
https://codefactoryglobal.com/app-store/voices-for-nvda/

16) Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks

Wanna see me cut and paste a large block of text without formatting? Wanna see me do it again?
https://www.wired.com/story/do-everything-faster-keyboard-shortcuts-tricks-tips/

17) For Users of Leasey: New ACB Media Streams Now Incorporated into Leasey

In time for the convention, all 10 of the ACB Radio Streams are now part of LeaseyRadio. You will find them in the Variety category. Just restart JAWS and within a few seconds they will be there for you. Courtesy of Brian Hartgen.

18) Supersense Presents Live! A Free Virtual Concert | July 15th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT |

Courtesy of https://blindandroidusers.com/ we learn about this free virtual concert sponsored by Supersense:
https://www.supersense.app/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) 17 Companies That Hire Remote Workers And Offer Paid Vacation Perks

FlexJobs wants those looking for a new career to know that the no-vacation normal doesn't have to continue, at least for those working at one of the 17 companies it included in a list of businesses that hire remote and flexible positions and also help foot the bill for travel and time off:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/17-companies-that-hire-remote-workers-and-offer-paid-vacation-perks/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

2) How To Make Online Information About The Heat More Accessible For The Visually Impaired

https://www.kivitv.com/news/how-to-make-online-information-about-the-heat-more-accessible-for-the-visually-impaired

3) Visually Impaired Student Becomes a Finalist for the 2021 Braille Challenge

Andy Shen of San Luis Obispo has worked for seven years to become a finalist in the national 2021 Braille Challenge. The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America and Canada for students who are blind and visually-impaired. It motivates kids in grades 1 through 12 to hone their braille literacy skills:
https://www.ksby.com/homepage-showcase/local-visually-impaired-student-becomes-a-finalist-for-the-2021-braille-challenge

4) Around Town Visits Hadley

https://wgntv.com/morning-news/around-town/around-town-visits-hadley-institute-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

5) Inclusive Ale: New Cincinnati Beer Can Features Raised Braille

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and West Side Brewing have launched a limited-edition Braille Ale:
https://www.wlwt.com/article/inclusive-ale-new-cincinnati-beer-can-features-raised-braille/36969018


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Accessible Pharmacy - Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts

July 9th 2021
Learn about a new service that's just launched in 2020 called Accessible Pharmacy. Accessible packaging and labeling and personalized customer support all free of charge to the end consumer, and specifically designed for those with vision impairment:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/accessible-pharmacy

2) Blind Android Users 31 | Print Baby Print, And A Chat With Shane from Supersense

July 10th 2021 | As we have a large listenership with OnePlus devices we give some news about OnePlus. We demo an app called Mopria Print which supports millions of different printers and will easily let you print over Wi-Fi using your phone. We have a chat with Shane Lowe from Mediate Labs, developers of Supersense. We talk about Supersense. We also talk about ReadBit which is their newest app and will come to android soon. We then demo an app called daily bable:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 138

July 10th 2021 Why we're going podcast-only, what will and won't Apple's Accessibility Team help you with, and blindness employment discussion:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/e50cf8a4/why-we-re-going-podcast-only-what-will-and-won-t-apple-s-accessibility-team-help-you-with-and-blindness-employment-discussion

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 43 | Demo of HBO Max, Audio Description, and How to Utilize the Apple TV App

July 11th 2021
It's another spectacularly awesome That Real Blind Tech show demo. Brian flying solo as he demos the HBO Max iOS app accessibility along with how to play Audio Description:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-43-demo-of-hbo-max-audio-description-and-how-to-utilize-the-apple-tv-app

5) Eyes on Success 2129 | On the Road Again After Covid

July 14th 2021
Video calls with a 3 and 5 year old just don't cut it. So hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey decided to take their first big road trip after Covid to see the grandkids in person. Hear about their journey from Colorado to Michigan through the cornfields of Nebraska and Iowa, some of the unusual sights they saw along the way, and more:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202129.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Excel and Powerpoint Power Tips: ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation

Thursday, July 15th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join Rachel and Liz for Excel and PowerPoint power tips. Sponsored by Vispero. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

2) Balance: Supports & Tech Training For Blind Adults | The Network of Assistive Technologists (NOAT)

July 16th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT | Join Dr. Deborah Gold, Executive Director of BALANCE for Blind Adults and Doug Poirier, the Assistive Technology Lead at BALANCE. An introduction to BALANCE and their services will be followed by demonstrations and discussions about available tools and training methods for the AT working with those who are blind:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/balance-supports-tech-training-for-blind-adults

3) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
https://acbconvention.org/?p=61

4) Learn About HumanWare's Braille Products From The Braille Institute

July 20th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | To register or make inquiry, email
BrailleChallenge@BrailleInstitute.org

5) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk | TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7PM PT, 8PM MT, 9PM CT, 10PM ET, 2AM GMT on 7/21 | In this webinar, the TPGi team will interview Peter Jarvis, Senior Executive Vice President and founding Director of Storm Interface. Peter Jarvis will answer questions about what accessibility features should be considered when developing an accessible kiosk, mistakes to avoid, and at which point in your project you should be thinking about the proper assistive technology components:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/

6) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk from TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/

7) Reading and Vision Accessibility in Your Pocket from PHP

July 20th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

8) New Approaches to Web Accessibility Requirements under WCAG3 from ADASoutheast

July 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.adasoutheast.org/eventscalendar.php?eventid=2304

9) ATHEN | Access Technology Higher Education Network Quarterly Meeting

July 28th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | One tap mobile: +16699006833,,84500100064# US (San Jose) | +12532158782,,84500100064# US (Tacoma) | Meeting ID: 845 0010 0064 | Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdyAM9fPT Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500100064

10) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and Computer

August 14th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On On Saturday, August 14th 2021 the Technology User Group helps you prepare for the changes coming to your iDevice and computer. This September, iOS 15 will be released. Is your phone eligible for the upgrade? What new features can you expect? Is Siri going to have added skills and abilities? Also, we will look at the expected changes to Jaws and Zoomtext as they move toward a new Beta version debuting in October. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
319-527-4994


➜ Surveys


1) Blind and Low-Vision Adults Needed for Survey of User Experiences with Food Delivery Apps

Close Date: July 15th 2021 | Calling all blind and low-vision volunteers age 18 and older. Do you often encounter difficulties when ordering takeout food through food delivery apps and having the food delivered? Would you like to describe your challenges with these apps and food delivery and provide suggestions to improve your experience? Come to tell us about your experience. We are researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and currently we are conducting a survey to investigate the user experience, challenges, and workarounds of food delivery apps, like UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub by people with low-vision or blindness. In the survey, you will be asked your user experience with food delivery apps, and some questions about your background. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes:
https://rit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ArN1YFP1HAvMeW

2) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS


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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

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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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➜ VisionAware Resources: 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: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
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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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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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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.


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D.) How to Check if Your Windows 10 PC Can Run Windows 11: (5.5% of all clicks.)
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E.) WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey #9 Results: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

2) Game On | 2 New Endorsements | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory

Tidbits readers need your help. They want to know what games they should be playing. And not just for accessibility, but for pure enjoyment. If you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) New APH Partnership with HumanWare Leads to Creation of Dynamic Tactile Device

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced the development of a multiline braille tactile reader that aims to revolutionize braille technology for the visually impaired. The device, which combines tactile images and braille, is being created through a partnership with HumanWare, a leader in the field of access technology with a 30-year history of creating products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The device will utilize both APH's and HumanWare's vast experience in the development of educational products:
https://eyewire.news/articles/new-aph-partnership-with-humanware-leads-to-creation-of-dynamic-tactile-device/

4) A.T. Guys Releases New Versa Slate Paperless, Erasable Braille Slate and Stylus

This item is brand new and available for preorder. We hope to ship by July 10th 2021. The Versa Slate is a braille slate that is paperless and erasable. It works just like a regular slate and stylus, but without paper. It features 4 rows of 20 cells each, and a magnetic stylus that is built into the side of the unit for easy storage. The Versa functions like any other braille slate, but without the need for paper. Simply use the included stylus to make braille, and flip over the slate to read it. When you want to clear all or part of the slate, press one of the buttons. The slate has 4 buttons along the top and bottom of the reading side of the unit. Each button erases 5 of the 20 cells of the unit:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34_55&products_id=358

5) Microsoft Explains The Accessibility Improvements Coming in Windows 11

Last week Microsoft explained the Accessibility improvements coming in Windows 11. You can try out these new improvements in the Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 which was released early this week to Windows Insiders. You can find the summary of the accessibility improvements here:
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-accessibility-improvements-windows-11/

6) Accessibility Improvements Coming to Visual Studio

Microsoft is looking to improve the accessibility of its flagship IDE with features such as audio cues, whitespace rendering controls, and a focus mode for eliminating notifications and other distractions:
https://www.infoworld.com/article/3623821/accessibility-improvements-coming-to-visual-studio.html

7) Readbit: A New App From the Makers of Supersense

ReadBit is a free text-to-speech reader app created to offer you an insightful reading and listening experience while saving you lots of time and energy. And that's not all. Its smart algorithms summarize and even analyze the text to provide you the most relevant information without having to read hundreds of pages. ReadBit can turn any document, weblink, or image into a high-quality audio file. You can personalize the reading screen and choose the background color and the font according to your needs:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/readbit-text-pdf-reader/id1545366628

8) Sunu Band and BlindSquare Join Forces for Enhanced Accessibility

Sunu Band and BlindSquare have joined forces to improve accessible navigation together. Pairing these two technologies will offer reliable BlindSquare-driven GPS navigation to direct users where they're intending, while also issuing safety measures through the Sunu Band to alert users of oncoming obstacles:
https://www.blindsquare.com/2021/06/30/sunu-band-x-blindsquare-join-forces-for-enhanced-accessibility/

9) NVDA 2021.1RC1 Available for Testing

The Release Candidate (RC) of NVDA 2021.1 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 2021.1 release:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1rc1/

10) NV Access In-Process July 2021

NVDA 2021.1 Release Candidate, Last Chance at the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021, Windows 11 and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-1st-july-2021/

11) Freedom Scientific on TikTok

Another social medium where you can find FS:
https://www.tiktok.com/@freedomscientific?

12) The ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

This free manual provides parents and educators with the age-appropriate information they need to teach a child how to interact with an iPad using VoiceOver:
https://cnib.ca/en/abcs-ios-manual?region=on

13) JAWS Alert Manager for Manging Busy Zoom Meetings

This post explains how Doug Lee uses his JAM scripts to manage Zoom meetings:
https://t.me/dlee_code/151

14) Hey Siri! What Can You Do?

A thorough discussion of Siri, part of the iPhone 101 series:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6793

15) iOS Versus Android. Why iOS is Better

There are some well-reasoned thoughts among the many posts in this thread:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/ios-versus-android-why-ios-better

16) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2021

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

17) Winaero Tweaker 1.20 is Out With Windows 11 Support and Tons of New Features

https://winaero.com/winaero-tweaker-1-20-is-out-with-windows-11-support-and-tons-of-new-features/

18) Windows 11's Security Push Puts Microsoft on a Collision Course

The minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft's next operating system will leave plenty of PCs stranded:
https://www.wired.com/story/windows-11-hardware-requirements-security/

19) New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with many new features and improvements, among which there are several new keyboard shortcuts. So far, Microsoft released only one official preview build, so in the future, the list of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11 may expand:
https://winaero.com/new-keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-11/

20) New Wearable With Haptic GPS for The Blind is Now Available

An early prototype of the Wayband first appeared at the 2017 New York Marathon, where Simon Wheatcroft put the product to the test and became the first blind runner to run a portion of the course without assistance. Developed by WearWorks, the Wayband has the potential to empower the visually impaired to live a life less constrained by their disability. With real-time feedback on their surroundings, they can more easily explore new areas of their city and break up routines:
https://coolblindtech.com/new-wearable-with-haptic-gps-for-the-blind-is-now-available/

21) iOS 15: Here Are All of the New Accessibility Features Coming to iPhone

9to5 Mac breaks it down for us:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/07/05/ios-15-everything-new-accessibility/

22) Recording | YouTube | Stay Organized and Read Books on the Brailliant BI 20 and 40 X Braille Displays | Webinar from Humanware | June 16th 2021

This webinar discusses how to use the file manager on the new Brailliant Braille displays as well as how to use its built-in Victor Reader app to read content. NFB Newsline is demonstrated on this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJIJbzQkoP0&t=103s

23) Recording | YouTube | Connecting the Dots: Intro to Refreshable Braille Displays | Webinar from APH | July 2nd 2021

We help you connect the dots! Join braille product expert William Freeman for this in-depth exploration of refreshable braille displays. We cover the very basics from using local apps to an introduction of using a braille display with the most popular screen readers. You'll also learn how to select an appropriate display for your student and troubleshoot common issues:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awK65MHHu14

24) Meet Vicki! The Wonderful BrailleSense 6!

Here we have Brian Hartgen's review of the HIMS BrailleSense 6:
https://hartgen-home.org/vicki

25) How to use the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office

The Accessibility Checker is a feature in Microsoft Office programs that ensure that your Microsoft content is easy to read and edit by people of all abilities. The Accessibility Checker is available in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint:
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/accessibility-checker-in-microsoft-office

26) Microsoft: Accessibility Is A Focus in Windows 11

The company has previously emphasized specific areas that Windows 11 is targeting in terms of improvements, including security. Now, it has detailed that the operating system itself is also being designed with accessibility in mind:
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-accessibility-is-a-focus-in-windows-11/

27) What's Coming in Windows 11 Accessibility

According to this article from the Windows Blog Windows 11 will be the most inclusively designed version of Windows ever. Here's how:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/07/01/whats-coming-in-windows-11-accessibility/

28) Microsoft is Redesigning the Office Desktop Apps for Windows 11

With Windows 11 coming later this year, Microsoft decided it was a good idea to revamp the Office desktop apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Although the redesign is being made in alignment with the Windows 11 release, Windows 10 will also support it:
https://www.techspot.com/news/90241-microsoft-redesigning-office-desktop-apps-windows-11.html

29) Announcing the LibreOffice Getting Started Guide 7.1

Covering all LibreOffice modules, from the Calc spreadsheet to the Base database and including chapters on the suite settings as well as macro coding, the Getting Started Guide 7.1 is a valuable companion for organizations that must deploy documentation on LibreOffice together with the software suite at their offices as well as at user's homes. The Guide is available in PDF format and is part of the LibreOffice Library, a set of advanced guides for the LibreOffice productivity suite:
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2021/07/01/announcing-the-libreoffice-getting-started-guide-7-1/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Ups the Ante on Accessibility

Insomniac Games' new banner title shows what developers can do to make games more inclusive:
https://www.wired.com/story/ratchet-and-clank-insomniac-sony-accessibility/

2) TikTok, LinkedIn, and Retail Apps are Inaccessible to Many Blind Users, and Courts Aren't Fixing the Problem

The Americans With Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, was meant to give people with disabilities access to public life. But the Justice Department, which makes ADA regulations, has not definitively said what standards businesses must meet online. In two recent cases, federal appeals courts have said that some apps and websites don't need to be fully accessible since Congress didn't specifically include them in the ADA:
https://bbg.life/index.php/2021/06/30/tiktok-linkedin-and-retail-apps-are-inaccessible-to-many-blind-users-and-courts-arent-fixing-the-problem/

3) The Codes Helping Visually-Impaired People Shop in the UK

A new, colourful kind of barcode technology, developed by a Spanish firm, is being adopted for the first time in food packaging in the UK:
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57679943

4) How to Subscribe to Library of Congress Newsletters

A few of these relate to blindness, but most concern other collections and services from the venerable Library.:
https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/subscriber/topics

5) National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) Urges National Park Service to Meet Disability Mandates

NDLA is a coalition of leading national disability organizations led by people with disabilities and supported by grassroots constituencies living with disabilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Member organizations have joined forces because the disability community has already waited too long for equal access and federal agencies have not met their federally mandated obligations for accessibility. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by any program or activity that receives federal funding:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-disability-leadership-alliance-ndla-urges-national-park-service-to-meet-disability-mandates-301323944.html


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) ATU526 - Supersense App with Shane Lowe

June 25th 2021
Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Special Guest: Shane Lowe — Community Operations Manger for Mediate:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2021/06/25/atu526-supersense-app-with-shane-lowe/

2) Blind Android Users 30 | 4th of July Special, Podcast Clients and Pramit from Louie Voice Control

July 3rd 2021 | In this episode we demo google podcast and pocket cast. We also talk about Podcast Addict, and remind you that other media apps can play podcasts, such as TuneIn Radio, Spotify and Amazon Music. We then have an interview with Pramit Bhargava, developer of Louie voice control, they also demo the app. Then we have the next segment of Commentary screen reader in which we explore some more features and answer listener questions:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) That Real Blind Tech Show 42 | Trendsetters, A Conversation With David Woodbridge

July 4th 2021
Allison and Brian present another in our Trendsetters series as they welcome Sir David Woodbridge in to the That Real Blind Tech show virtual studio. For those of you who follow assistive technology, David Woodbridge needs no introduction, so we have a little fun with our intro:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-42-trendsetters-a-conversation-with-david-woodbridge

4) Parallel #54 Indoor Navigation: We're Working on the Sighted Experience

July 6th 2021 Tech-assisted navigation means more than using your phone or other GPS-equipped device to find your way outside. Improving indoor navigation has long been a project for people with blindness and low vision, but its importance is growing for venues and tech companies, too:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/54

5) Eyes on Success 2128 | Tools for Blind Scientists

July 7th 2021
The more tools one has in one's toolbox the better one will be prepared to take on new tasks and address new problems. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mona Minkara, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University about the extensive set of tools she has collected and used over the years to compensate for her blindness:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202128.htm

6) Mosen At Large 137

July 7th 2021 Work with superb-quality remote audio. Meet Cleanfeed:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/cbeac2b5/work-with-superb-quality-remote-audio-meet-cleanfeed


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) How To Fully Utilize Clubhouse, Facebook and Zoom | Technology User Group

July 10th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, July 10th 2021, the Technology User Group prepares you to fully utilize Clubhouse Facebook and Zoom. Whether you attend Zoom meetings or pursue other avenues of socialization, we all want to share and enjoy the benefits that Zoom, Clubhouse and Facebook can bring. Unmuting a microphone at the wrong time or posting in the wrong edit field can be a humbling experience. Please join us as we help you to avoid mistakes and transform you into a master of your social universe. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10:00 AM ET and last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually on Saturday, July 10th, and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021

2) JAWS and Braille: a Closer Look

July 13th 2021 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | In our session on "Using Braille on Windows" back in January, we introduced you to the basics of making a braille display work with various screen readers. On Tuesday, we'll be taking this to the next level in the first of an occasional series of Masterclasses looking at the braille settings of a particular screen reader. This time it's JAWS. There are lots of settings and we won't be able to cover all of them in an hour, so instead we'll be reviewing some of the most common questions we're asked, finding the settings that relate to them, and explaining what they do. If you've registered for our second series of Masterclasses (from April onwards), you don't need to register again. You will receive a separate email with joining information before the session starts. Otherwise, to register for our session on braille and JAWS, please use this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcO-sqzktG9TvgYRqSttK4_cqV7zNAiby

3) Zoom Meeting with Orbit Research

July 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The monthly Zoom meeting with Orbit Research:
https://tamu.zoom.us/j/96146329927?pwd=a2M1QzFEMFhFMmY3c0t0ZGRvaW1Vdz09

4) Important Aspects of PDF Remediation | TPGi

July 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | PDFs and other electronic documents are essential elements for online communication. As we strive to create an accessible digital experience for all users, we must not neglect the electronic documents hosted on websites. Ensuring such documents are accessible is a critical aspect of a comprehensive, accessible experience. Our introductory webinar will provide a high-level overview of how to remediate electronic documents (specifically PDFs) for accessibility. We will review the fundamental concepts of PDF remediation and techniques that you can implement in your documents upon completion of the webinar. A live Q & A will follow the presentation:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-14-important-aspects-of-pdf-remediation/

5) Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment | United States Access Board

July 14th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The U.S. Access Board invites the public to a virtual meeting on advancing access to fitness equipment on July 14th 2021 from 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET. The event, "Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment," will feature panel presentations on the need for access to fitness equipment, initiatives to address equipment accessibility, and implementation of inclusive fitness equipment. Scheduled panelists include representatives from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Council for the Blind, Mobility Fitness, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, ASTM International, Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation, Ability 360, I Design Access, and equipment manufacturers. They will discuss the importance of access to exercise equipment, resources and initiatives to promote inclusive design of equipment, and examples of inclusive equipment and fitness centers. The event is free, but registration is required. The event will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. For further information, visit the Board's website. Direct questions to Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov ✉. Registration (Free):
https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ZMxz1SE1SOKF60tEi_2smg

6) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
https://acbconvention.org/?p=61

7) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk | TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7PM PT, 8PM MT, 9PM CT, 10PM ET, 2AM GMT on 7/21 | In this webinar, the TPGi team will interview Peter Jarvis, Senior Executive Vice President and founding Director of Storm Interface. Peter Jarvis will answer questions about what accessibility features should be considered when developing an accessible kiosk, mistakes to avoid, and at which point in your project you should be thinking about the proper assistive technology components:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/


➜ Surveys


1) Blind and Low-Vision Adults Needed for Survey of User Experiences with Food Delivery Apps

Close Date: July 15th 2021 | Calling all blind and low-vision volunteers age 18 and older. Do you often encounter difficulties when ordering takeout food through food delivery apps and having the food delivered? Would you like to describe your challenges with these apps and food delivery and provide suggestions to improve your experience? Come to tell us about your experience. We are researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and currently we are conducting a survey to investigate the user experience, challenges, and workarounds of food delivery apps, like UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub by people with low-vision or blindness. In the survey, you will be asked your user experience with food delivery apps, and some questions about your background. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes:
https://rit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ArN1YFP1HAvMeW

2) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS


➜ 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


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1) FOR SALE: One Humanware Braille Note Touch Plus

Listing Date: 7/8/2021 | Price: $3,000.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: Humanware Notetaker. Includes original retail packaging, braille quick reference, charger, and executive products carrying case. Purchased 7/2019. Warranty until 7/2022. Very gently used. Found I just don't use it like I thought I would. Price negotiable. | Contact: Email kb9zuv@arrl.net ✉ or call Gary at (765) 286-0314 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Focus 14 Blue 5th Gen Braille Display

Listing Date: 6/17/2021 | Price: $600.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: One gently used 14-Cell Bluetooth Braille Display in excellent condition. | Contact: larry.lewis@flying-blind.com ✉ |

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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:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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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: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision Loss
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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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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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/070820211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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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: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ How to Use Hot Keys to Work Across Multiple Monitors in SuperNova
Listen to or watch this short video that demonstrates how to enhance your workspace by using multiple monitors. You can multi-task by using separate screens for separate documents and programs. Duplicate your magnified view to work with colleagues or when viewing PowerPoint presentations. Use a doc cam to read, interact and take notes from printed documents. Or, just give yourself extra screen space by stretching your desktop across screens.
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About: Dolphin Computer Access offers a wide array of solutions for students, people in the workforce, and at home who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia. Each product is purposefully designed to help users, with varying levels of technology experience, do everyday things EASILY on computers and tablets. Founded in 1986 and located in Worcester England, Dolphin has grown to become a global market leader worldwide.


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

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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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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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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: Exciting Convention Specials, More Next Week
(1) "Love My Braille" Display Case; heavy duty leather folio zipper case; 2 middle compartments; size and feel of a hardcover book, 8x10x4 inches, concealed weapons case has a new job, $70, including shipping. (2) 2 Quality telescopic non-collapsing cane; Aluminum seven sections; use at any length; hard rubber grip with 2 mushroom push tips; 59 and 48 inches; not for support; after trying it, folks buy two, No returns. $55, including shipping. (3) Larger New neck pouch/gadget bag for hands free phone use with camera exposed; and a lot more; 5 pockets; heavy duty cowhide 7.5x4.5x3x, dis45.00 including shipping. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or visit: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

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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!


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 1, 2021 - Volume 813

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 1, 2021 - Volume 813

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) All The Best New iOS 15 Features That Apple Didn't Reveal at WWDC: (8.5% of all clicks.)
https://bgr.com/tech/ios-15-update-features-tips-tricks-maps-text-selection-drag-drop-5931648/
B.) F6 Is Your Friend: (8.1% of all clicks.)
https://blindaccessjournal.com/2021/06/f6-is-your-friend/
C.) Progress in JAWS Voice Assistant: (3.7% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
D.) How to Convert a Word Document to a PowerPoint Presentation: (3.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.howtogeek.com/729133/how-to-convert-a-word-document-to-a-powerpoint-presentation/
E.) 9 Ways to Open a Word Document Without Word: (3.5% of all clicks.)
https://helpdeskgeek.com/office-tips/9-ways-to-open-a-word-document-without-word/

2) Game On | 4 New Endorsements | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory

Tidbits readers need your help. They want to know what games they should be playing. And not just for accessibility, but for pure enjoyment. If you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Western Digital Drives Being Remotely Wiped: What Experts Say To Do Now

Owners of some Western Digital external hard drives should disconnect them from the internet and probably turn them off completely, as reports of remotely wiped data continue. The drive-maker confirmed last week that some owners had seen their network-connected storage accessed unofficially and a complete reset triggered, though details on just how much people should be concerned continue to emerge:
https://www.slashgear.com/western-digital-drives-remotely-wiped-what-experts-say-to-do-now-26680074/

4) Windows 11: Release Date, Price, and Everything You Need To Know

It turns out Windows 10 wasn't the last version of Windows after all, but that's okay, because Windows 11 will be free for all Windows 10 users, and includes a whole bunch of new features and improvements over the current version of Windows. This is everything you need to know:
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-11

5) What Are the Minimum System Requirements to Run Windows 11?

With Windows 11 arriving at the end of 2021, Microsoft has announced the minimum system specifications required to run the new operating system:
https://www.howtogeek.com/737029/what-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-to-run-windows-11/

6) How to Check if Your Windows 10 PC Can Run Windows 11

Windows 11 was officially announced as the latest version of Microsoft's operating system on June 24th 2021. Naturally, you most likely want to know if your Windows 10 computer will be able to run the new update. Microsoft has a handy tool to help you check:
https://www.howtogeek.com/737021/how-to-check-if-your-windows-10-pc-can-run-windows-11/

7) The Most Important New Features in Windows 11

Texttoreplace.
https://www.wired.com/story/most-important-things-microsoft-announcement-windows-11-android-apps/

8) June 2020 AccessWorld

In the June 2020 AccessWorld, we find "Apple TV+: A Very Accessible Service," "Battle of the Trackers: Tile vs AirTag," "A Never-Ending Convention on your Phone: A Guide to the Clubhouse Audio App," "Audio Description Isn't Just for Video," "Book Review: Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It, by Judy Dixon," and "Book Review: Basics for the Beginning User: Mac OS 11 Big Sur Update, by Janet Ingber:"
https://www.afb.org/aw/22/6

9) Learn Eleventy From Scratch

In this 31-lesson written course, we go from a completely empty directory to a full-blown marketing site for a design agency, and along the way, we dive really deep into Eleventy and front-end development best practices:
https://piccalil.li/course/learn-eleventy-from-scratch/

10) WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey #9 Results

Always fascinating to see what the survey respondents say this year:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

11) Senior Accessibility Software Development Engineer at Microsoft Offers Resources

This article contains references to a number of Windows desktop accessibility-related resources for software solution builders:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reflections-twenty-years-exploration-guy-barker

12) Current List of Audio Files from The Braillists Foundation

Lots of material here on using and learning Braille, with more produced each week:
https://www.braillists.org/media/

13) Tech Auction from Michigan

The NFB of Michigan is hosting the Summer of Tech online auction, with items including accessible TV's, an iPad, a Victor Trek, a smart air fryer and more. Auction ends July 11th 2021 at 01:00 GMT:
https://www.nfbmi.org/auction

14) Google TalkBack Has Almost Caught up with iOS VoiceOver

This tech instructor was pleased with the development of TalkBack:
https://technologyisawesome.com/2021/06/25/google-talkback-almost-caught-up-with-ios-voiceover/

15) Using Your Amazon Echo Alexa to Join Zoom Meetings

This information brought to us by the Inclusive Ability Initiative:
https://iabilityi.com/using-your-amazon-echo-alexa-to-join-zoom-meetings/uncategorized/

16) Webinar Recordings From TPGi

June 9th 2021 | Transitioning from WCAG 2.0-2.1
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-9-transitioning-from-wcag-2-0-2-1/
June 29th 2021 | Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-29-undertaking-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility-testing-in-real-life/

17) Three New Voice Features for Outlook Mobile — Now on iOS, and Coming Soon to Android

Microsoft recently announced new enhanced voice capabilities in Outlook mobile for iOS (and coming soon to Android) that make using voice to schedule meetings and compose emails simpler for everyone. These new AI-enhanced voice capabilities quickly contextualize your voice requests and provide a rapid response, making it more easy and natural to work on the go:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/08/three-new-voice-features-for-outlook-mobile-now-on-ios-and-coming-soon-to-android/

18) Quinter, A Simple Yet Efficient and Powerful Twitter Client for Windows and Mac OS

This is a new client, but is being developed quickly and has received some positive reviews from blind users:
http://masonasons.me/pages/quinter.php


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Another Big Win in the Domino's Pizza Accessibility Saga

This is an article about a judge's decision in the Domino's Pizza web access case. The judge ruled that Domino's violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It violated the law because its website was not fully accessible to a blind customer. The judge ordered Domino's to fix the site. Domino's also must pay $4,000.00 to the blind person who filed the lawsuit. The judge also ruled that Domino's mobile app was covered by the ADA. But the judge did not have enough facts to decide who won that part of the case. This order is the next step after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2019 not to hear the case:
https://www.lflegal.com/2021/06/dominos-june-2021/

2) Largest U.S. Blind Advocacy Group Bans Web Accessibility Overlay Giant AccessiBe

The National Federation of the Blind, America's most powerful civil rights and advocacy group for the visually impaired has launched a scathing attack on web accessibility overlay market leader accessiBe, accusing the company of engaging in "harmful" practices:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/06/26/largest-us-blind-advocacy-group-bans-web-accessibility-overlay-giant-accessibe/?sh=3fa7f2db5a15

3) How to Borrow eBooks from a Library on a Kindle for Free

We cannot currently vouch for the accessibility of this process. If anyone else in the community can please reach out to us. You might think that the only way to get ebooks on your Kindle is to buy them from Amazon. But the truth is that you have access to a literal library of free books. All you need is a library card:
https://www.howtogeek.com/735643/how-to-borrow-ebooks-from-a-library-on-a-kindle-for-free/

4) Keep Your Ear On The Ball: Beep Ball Engages Sight-Impaired Athletes

In Beep Baseball — a coed game adapted for visually impaired athletes — it's either a run or an out. There are 32 sanctioned teams in the United States playing the sport. Countries such as Taiwan, Canada, France and the Dominican Republic also have programs. The World Series will be played July 25th 2021 - August 1st in Wichita, Kansas:
https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2021/06/26/keep-your-ear-on-the-ball-beep-ball-engages-sight-impaired-athletes/

5) Text-to-Speech App Aims to Help People with Disabilities to Read

Honored as one of 12 winners worldwide in Apple's Design Awards, a text-to-speech app created by Arlington-based Voice Dream aims to provide an idealistic solution for users who are blind, visually-impaired or face learning disabilities to read:
https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/inno/stories/from-the-community/2021/06/24/text-to-speech-app-aims-to-help-people-with-disabi.html

6) Bedford Biotech Restores "Meaningful Vision" in Blind Patients With Gene Therapy — and May Soon Go Public

Nanoscope Therapeutics successfully treated 11 patients blinded by advanced retinitis pigmentosa (RP). A single intravitreal injection produced positive results that persisted through one year. The startup plans a Phase 2b trial this summer and plans to develop gene therapies to treat more common retinal diseases — like dry age-related macular degeneration:
https://dallasinnovates.com/bedford-biotech-restores-meaningful-vision-in-blind-patients-with-gene-therapy-and-may-soon-go-public/

7) 'Smart Cane' Brings Tech Advances to Visually Impaired

White sticks used by the visually impaired to help them get about have had a hi-tech makeover, with a "smart cane" that doesn't just detect obstacles but can also give users information about the shops and restaurants they are passing:
https://www.reuters.com/technology/smart-cane-brings-tech-advances-visually-impaired-2021-06-29/

8) Business Accommodations for Employees with Hearing Impairments, Vision Impairments, Or Other Disabilities

If your business has 15 or more employees, it's required to provide reasonable accommodations per the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have fewer employees, accommodations might still be mandated, depending on state or local laws. Regardless of the legalities, it's smart for any business to offer accommodations that don't impose an undue hardship. The changes usually are simple and free. At the same time, they widen applicant pools, enhance morale, and foster an atmosphere of inclusion:
https://www.business.com/legal/business-accommodations-guide-employees/

9) The MiniVision2: A Solid Basic Cell Phone

A review from Karl Belanger:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm21/bm2105/bm210519.htm

10) Kellogg's Launches New Cereal Boxes That Are More Accessible for Blind People

Kellogg's is rolling out new packaging which lets a smartphone easily detect an on-pack code and play back labelling information to shoppers. Users can download an app and point their phone at a coloured square label on a black background on the box:
https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/15440475/kelloggs-cereal-boxes-that-accessible-blind-people/

11) Samsung's Smart TVs Get Another Certification for Their Accessibility Features

The company has announced that its smart TVs have received the ATECH certification from ONCE Foundation in Spain. The certificate has been awarded to multiple TVs in Samsung's lineup: Neo QLED TV, 4K QLED TV, 8K QLED TV, The Frame, The Serif, The Sero, and The Terrace. It means that the company's TVs are more accessible and easier to use for people who are completely blind or those who have limited vision or color blindness:
https://www.sammobile.com/news/samsung-smart-tvs-accessibility-features-certification/

12) How An Easy-to-Use Razor Helped a Shave Brand Lead The Way in Social Media Accessibility

For anyone living with visual impairment, routine tasks that might pose a challenge can be made easier with the right tools, making daily life less stressful and allowing everyone to live their lives to the fullest. Digital Content Creator Molly Burke, a YouTuber, motivational speaker, author, and commercial model who is blind, partnered with Schick Intuition to help get the word out about using more accessible and inclusive approaches to social media content:
https://warwickonline.com/stories/how-an-easy-to-use-razor-helped-a-shave-brand-lead-the-way-in-social-media-accessibility,163026?

13) A Century Ago, the Optophone Allowed Blind People to Hear the Printed Word

The optophone turned letters into tones and was the proof of concept for optical character recognition:
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/dawn-of-electronics/a-century-ago-the-optophone-allowed-blind-people-to-hear-the-printed-word


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Audio Described National Parks | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

June 25th 2021
Audio Describe the World! That's the mantra of UniDescription: a free smartphone app that provides audio descriptions and navigation tips for US National Parks and other public places:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/audio-described-national-parks

2) Blind Android Users 29 | Battle of the OCR Packages and Interview with Lookout Team Members

June 26th 2021 | In this episode we demo many popular OCR packages like Lookout by Google, Supersense, Speak! Sullivan+, KNFB Reader and Legere Scanner, to see who is the King of OCR. We then have a chat with Scot Adams and Zoe Ortiz from the Google Lookout OCR team. In our My Android Journey, John Dyer tells us how he got started with Android:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 28 | Dragon Boat Competitions and the Blind

June 26th 2021
Dragon boats may be over 2,500 years old, but blind and vision impaired athletes love them. ON this episode of AMI Audio's podcast, "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther", it's all about what it takes to become a competitive dragon boat paddler. Ms Lilly explores their origins, and we speak with Albert McDonald, a dragon boat coach for the Dartmouth Dragon Boat vision impaired team. Lawrence, a competitive dragon boat paddler himself, shares his tips and insights on what it takes to be a competitive paddler and winning team:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/when-everybodys-watching

4) Mosen At Large 135

June 26th 2021 Windows 11 comments, inaccessible financial data, have we gone soft on blindness advocacy and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/955471c4/windows-11-comments-inaccessible-financial-data-have-we-gone-soft-on-blindness-advocacy-and-more

5) That Real Blind Tech Show 41 | Grumpy Old Choices

June 26th 2021
We start off discussing a recent petition started in England demanding that all content aired and streamed provide audio description. You can sign the petition here. We then discuss a bill being drafted before the U.S. Congress to make:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-41-grumpy-old-choices

6) Say My Meme | Beach Memes

June 29th 2021
It's hotter than ever, and so this week we decided to pull some memes that everyone can relate to: What happens at the beach. Whether it's that weirdo with the metal detector or the bizarre sunburn you came home with, this is your jumping off point for summer:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/beach-memes

7) Eyes on Success 2127 | Missy Mouse Books

June 30th 2021
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Mike May, the subject of "Crashing Through", a bestselling book about his experiences regaining partial vision through a stem cell transfer and corneal transplant. Having lost his vision initially at age 3, his visual cortex was only partially developed. He had to learn some things he never knew and how to use what new vision he got:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201227.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Envision's First Town Hall Event

July 1st 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | You can join this event via Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces or Zoom on Thursday, July 1st 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. Here is the Zoom registration link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqahQGQPS0GwIdRqpEy9Qw?_x_zm_rtaid=SJ6AB7nUSP-tqxcUziSeQQ.1624440625547.23cd4d8f0693d7f7aa06ef54bf914c4c&_x_zm_rhtaid=900
And here is the Clubhouse link:
https://www.clubhouse.com/join/envisioners/V3rITPe6/PQRWqq2n

2) National Association of Guide Dog Users 2021 Annual Seminar

July 6th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The seminar committee has been working hard to ensure that our seminar will be filled with great information, and of course our traditional door prizes. This year's theme is "Celebrating Puppy Raisers Everywhere." In addition, the seminar will feature a veterinary piece, updates from guide dog training programs and our advocacy component will prepare everyone for this year's resolutions. The NAGDU annual business meeting will take place on Thursday, July 8th 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. During the business meeting we will hold our annual elections, hear from our legal department, and learn about all the things NAGDU has been up to over the past year. Please use the below link to register. Registration will close at midnight Eastern July 6. Remember, to be eligible for door prizes, you must register. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in July:
https://bit.ly/2T5FWBI

3) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

4) How To Fully Utilize Clubhouse, Facebook and Zoom | Technology User Group

July 10th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, July 10th 2021, the Technology User Group prepares you to fully utilize Clubhouse Facebook and Zoom. Whether you attend Zoom meetings or pursue other avenues of socialization, we all want to share and enjoy the benefits that Zoom, Clubhouse and Facebook can bring. Unmuting a microphone at the wrong time or posting in the wrong edit field can be a humbling experience. Please join us as we help you to avoid mistakes and transform you into a master of your social universe. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10:00 AM ET and last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually on Saturday, July 10th, and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021

5) Important Aspects of PDF Remediation | TPGi

July 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | PDFs and other electronic documents are essential elements for online communication. As we strive to create an accessible digital experience for all users, we must not neglect the electronic documents hosted on websites. Ensuring such documents are accessible is a critical aspect of a comprehensive, accessible experience. Our introductory webinar will provide a high-level overview of how to remediate electronic documents (specifically PDFs) for accessibility. We will review the fundamental concepts of PDF remediation and techniques that you can implement in your documents upon completion of the webinar. A live Q & A will follow the presentation:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-14-important-aspects-of-pdf-remediation/

6) Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment | United States Access Board

July 14th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The U.S. Access Board invites the public to a virtual meeting on advancing access to fitness equipment on July 14th 2021 from 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET. The event, "Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment," will feature panel presentations on the need for access to fitness equipment, initiatives to address equipment accessibility, and implementation of inclusive fitness equipment. Scheduled panelists include representatives from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Council for the Blind, Mobility Fitness, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, ASTM International, Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation, Ability 360, I Design Access, and equipment manufacturers. They will discuss the importance of access to exercise equipment, resources and initiatives to promote inclusive design of equipment, and examples of inclusive equipment and fitness centers. The event is free, but registration is required. The event will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. For further information, visit the Board's website. Direct questions to Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov ✉. Registration (Free):
https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ZMxz1SE1SOKF60tEi_2smg

7) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
https://acbconvention.org/?p=61

8) Accessibility Features to Consider & Avoid When Developing an Accessible Kiosk | TPGi

July 20th 2021 | 7PM PT, 8PM MT, 9PM CT, 10PM ET, 2AM GMT on 7/21 | In this webinar, the TPGi team will interview Peter Jarvis, Senior Executive Vice President and founding Director of Storm Interface. Peter Jarvis will answer questions about what accessibility features should be considered when developing an accessible kiosk, mistakes to avoid, and at which point in your project you should be thinking about the proper assistive technology components:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-accessibility-feature-consider-developing-accessible-kiosk/


➜ Surveys


1) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

2) Access Technology in the Workplace

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Open Date: Now Open | Survey Information: a. The NRTC is recruiting people with blindness or low vision (age 21+) who are working or interested in working to be part of a 5-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions we will seek answers to are: i. What AT do you most commonly use? ii. How do you decide whether to use a specific AT? iii. What are your AT challenges? iv. What AT do you need that isn't currently available? b. We want to know YOUR thoughts and experiences! Participation will involve completing multiple surveys to help us determine how AT use is changing over time. Fill out the online pre-screening survey to see if you qualify! 5. Survey Rewards Offered: a. if selected from this pre-screening survey, you'll receive a small gift card after completing each survey. Additionally, the NRTC will share study results with participants:
https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i98Qap5V441mdg?source=27

3) Blind and Low-Vision Adults Needed for Survey of User Experiences with Food Delivery Apps

Close Date: July 15th 2021 | Calling all blind and low-vision volunteers age 18 and older. Do you often encounter difficulties when ordering takeout food through food delivery apps and having the food delivered? Would you like to describe your challenges with these apps and food delivery and provide suggestions to improve your experience? Come to tell us about your experience. We are researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and currently we are conducting a survey to investigate the user experience, challenges, and workarounds of food delivery apps, like UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub by people with low-vision or blindness. In the survey, you will be asked your user experience with food delivery apps, and some questions about your background. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes:
https://rit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ArN1YFP1HAvMeW

4) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS


➜ 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 Blue 5th Gen Braille Display

Listing Date: 6/17/2021 | Price: $600.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: One gently used 14-Cell Bluetooth Braille Display in excellent condition. | Contact: larry.lewis@flying-blind.com ✉ |

2) 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 🌐 |


Top Tech Tidbits Sponsor Classified Ads:


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
topdot@gmail.com

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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About: Dean Martineau is the Founder and a Contributing Editor to the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ 3 Easy Steps To Accessible Shared Content For Your Remote Presentations: Rid Digital Darkness For Blind Attendee's Forever!
It's as easy as 1-2-3. Upload content... Copy a link... and paste the link in chat. Attendees never wonder what's shared on screen during online presentations. Upload slides within 5 minutes of presenting. Attendees can download content in multiple formats to view later. Eliminate digital darkness at your next online event with Scribe for Meetings. Get in on our, "Accessible Meetings and webinars for Life," introductory offer. Reseller opportunities available to expand your businesses accessibility offerings.
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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: Commtech USA

➜ Training to Fit Your Needs
Do you have a device you just don't understand? Do you want to advance your skills on a certain platform? Let Commtech help you out! From phones to note takers to computers and everything in between, let Commtech give you the skills you need to succeed. For more information, call (833) 345-8324 ☎ EXT 700 or visit our website:
https://commtechusa.net/store

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Sponsor Since: April 22nd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://commtechusa.net/ 🌐

Phone: (833) 345-8324

About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

Book an appointment with Commtech.

Meet the Commtech USA Staff in this YouTube video.

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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

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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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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/070120211100-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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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: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ How to Use Hot Keys to Work Across Multiple Monitors in SuperNova
Listen to or watch this short video that demonstrates how to enhance your workspace by using multiple monitors. You can multi-task by using separate screens for separate documents and programs. Duplicate your magnified view to work with colleagues or when viewing PowerPoint presentations. Use a doc cam to read, interact and take notes from printed documents. Or, just give yourself extra screen space by stretching your desktop across screens.
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/support/videos/playlist?id=14&vid=1073

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Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Phone (USA & Canada): +1 (866) 797-5921

Phone (UK, Europe & Asia): +44 01905 754577

Phone (Nordic & Baltic Contries): +46 0515 82175

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About: Dolphin Computer Access offers a wide array of solutions for students, people in the workforce, and at home who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia. Each product is purposefully designed to help users, with varying levels of technology experience, do everyday things EASILY on computers and tablets. Founded in 1986 and located in Worcester England, Dolphin has grown to become a global market leader worldwide.


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: Exciting Convention Specials, More Next Week
(1) "Love My Braille" Display Case; heavy duty leather folio zipper case; 2 middle compartments; size and feel of a hardcover book, 8x10x4 inches, concealed weapons case has a new job, $70, including shipping. (2) 2 Quality telescopic non-collapsing cane; Aluminum seven sections; use at any length; hard rubber grip with 2 mushroom push tips; 59 and 48 inches; not for support; after trying it, folks buy two, No returns. $55, including shipping. (3) Larger New neck pouch/gadget bag for hands free phone use with camera exposed; and a lot more; 5 pockets; heavy duty cowhide 7.5x4.5x3x, dis45.00 including shipping. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or visit: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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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, June 24, 2021 - Volume 812

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 24, 2021 - Volume 812

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 8 iPhone Accessibility Features for People With Vision Problems: (8.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/iphone-accessibility-features-for-people-with-vision-problems/
B.) Some iOS 15 Features Require an iPhone XS or Newer: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2021/06/14/ios-15-exclusive-features-newer-iphones/
C.) How to Fix Windows 10 with a 30-Minute Repair Install: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.tomshardware.com/how-to/fix-windows-10-repair-install
D.) What Stevie Wonder Can Teach The World About Accessible Design: (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.august.com.au/blog/what-stevie-wonder-can-teach-accessible-inclusive-design/
E.) New Version of Braille Blaster: (4.0% of all clicks.)
https://brailleblaster.org/download.php

2) Calling All Gamers | Top Tech Tidbits Launches Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Game Directory

Tidbits readers need your help. They want to know what games they should be playing. And not just for accessibility, but for pure enjoyment. This is the goal behind the new Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory. Each of the games listed in the Directory will be submitted directly by Top Tech Tidbits readers. Each of the games listed in the Directory will be ranked by number of "endorsements". A game receives a single "endorsement" each time it is submitted to the Directory. So the more times that a game is submitted to the Directory the more "endorsements" it receives. Games will be listed by number of "endorsements" in descending order. Each of the games listed in the Directory will also be ranked for accessibility on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "Completely Inaccessible", and 10 being "Completely Accessible". These rankings will represent an average of the rankings provided by those readers who have submitted the game to the Directory. Each of the games listed in the Directory will also be ranked for enjoyment on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "No fun at all." and 10 being "Best game I've ever played." These rankings will represent an average of the rankings provided by those readers who have submitted the game to the Directory. So if you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Technology Game Directory today by filling out this short form:
https://mvsltd.formstack.com/forms/tidbits_bvi_directory_game_submission

3) Hadley Staying Connected Series | Telling Time

It's happened to all of us. A good friend you haven't spoken to in a while phoned out of the blue. You were having such a great time catching up, that you lost all track of time. The problem is, you ended up 20 minutes late for an appointment. If only you'd had an audible reminder, or discrete alarm, you could've ended the call and made it on time. Keeping track of time is essential to move through your day smoothly. And the more ways you have to tell time, the better:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/staying-connected-series/staying-connected-telling-time

4) 3 Tips For More Accessible Social Media

Organizations that want to stay relevant and respected must embrace inclusivity. But inclusivity and accessibility are connected, especially on social media. Here are three tips to bring your social media program up to speed with these expectations:
https://www.prdaily.com/3-tips-for-more-accessible-social-media/

5) Accessible Games Now Available in GuideConnect

A free update to GuideConnect 1.17, rolled out on June 7th 2021, includes three new accessible games, the ability to browse and read books from Calibre Audio, plus a host of improvements for reading emails, visiting websites and more:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=503

6) OrCam Read, A Handheld AI-Driven Reading Pen by OrCam Technologies Recently Named A Finalist in the Assistive Technology Category of the EdTech Awards

OrCam Read, a handheld AI-driven reading pen by OrCam Technologies, was recently named a finalist in the assistive technology category of the EdTech Awards, the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology. The device was also named an honoree in the "Accessibility" category of the 2021 CES Innovation Awards. If you have questions such as, "Is it right for me?," How does it differ from other reading pens and apps for low vision?," or "Is it worth the investment?," they have published a blog post titled, "5 Things To Consider Before Buying the OrCam Read Reading Pen" to address consumer questions and concerns:
https://lowvisionsource.com/spotlight-orcam-read/

7) NVDA 2021.1 Beta4 Available for Testing

New features are becoming more stable. It is best to install from the release announcement if you have an earlier beta on your system:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1beta4/

8) Changes Coming to ACB Radio

There's a lot on the horizon for followers of ACB Radio. On July 1st 2021 they will announce the launch of the ACB Media Network, which will be the go to place for all of ACB's digital media video and audio channels. In addition, they are also sharing a very important update launching on June 27th 2021 for those who listen to ACB Radio using an Alexa-enabled device. In an effort to modernize ACB radio's live streams, The American Council of the Blind will be updating its popular Alexa skills. This new skill will provide greater ease of access with minimal technical hiccups:
https://acb.org/alexa-skills-2021

9) 9 Ways to Open a Word Document Without Word

Did you just download or receive a Microsoft Word document on your desktop or mobile device but you don't have Word installed? Don't let that DOC or DOCX extension freak you out. You have many ways to open and edit the file without having to shell out for an Office 365 subscription. For instance, did you know that Office Online lets you work with any Word document free of charge? Or that you can use open-source software such as OpenOffice and LibreOffice for a Word-like experience offline? Here's a rundown of the best methods to open and edit Word documents on any device without having Microsoft Word installed:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/office-tips/9-ways-to-open-a-word-document-without-word/

10) Improve The Audio Muting Capabilities of Your Browser With Smart Mute

Smart Mute is a browser extension for Google Chrome that extends the audio muting functionality of the browser. While designed for Chrome, it does install and work fine in other Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge. Chrome users have one default option when it comes to controlling audio in the browser. A right-click on a tab displays the context menu option "mute site" which stops audio playback for the entire site. Google changed the option some years ago from muting individual tabs to muting the entire site. Extensions such as Tab Muter may be used to bring back tab muting in Chrome:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/06/14/improve-the-audio-muting-capabilities-of-your-browser-with-smart-mute/

11) Hack: How To Get Two Free Months of Microsoft 365 Family or Personal

A little-known trick might get you two extra months of Microsoft 365 Personal or Family for no charge:
https://office-watch.com/2021/get-two-free-months-of-microsoft-365-family-or-personal/

12) All The Best New iOS 15 Features That Apple Didn't Reveal at WWDC

A list of some of the best new iOS 15 features that Apple didn't mention:
https://bgr.com/tech/ios-15-update-features-tips-tricks-maps-text-selection-drag-drop-5931648/

13) How Do I Move Thunderbird to a New Computer?

https://askleo.com/how_do_i_move_my_thunderbirdbased_email_from_one_machine_to_another/

14) New Facebook Group "Victor Reader Products From Humanware" Moderated By David Goldfield

This new Facebook Group is for anyone to discuss Humanware's line of Victor Reader products. This can include the Victor Reader Stream first and second generation, the Victor Reader Trek, the Victor Reader Stratus and even the Humanware Companion software as it relates to these products. Reminiscing about older Victor products such as the Victor Vibe and the Victor Wave are also fine. If you're on Facebook just search for the group "Victor Reader Products From Humanware" and you are sure to find it. Or you can use the link below. Please note that David Goldfield is not a Humanware employee and this group is not an official support channel with Humanware. However, it is his hope that users will feel free to ask questions and offer support on using these products:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/834028210805532

15) RNIB Tech Talk Podcast

This page contains links to each epsode of this popular weekly series and podcast:
https://audioboom.com/channel/techtalkpodcast

16) Google Gets New Rival as Brave Search Opens to the Public

This CNET article explains that Brave, makers of a privacy-focused browser, is now starting a search engine:
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-gets-a-new-rival-as-brave-search-opens-to-the-public/

17) Progress in JAWS Voice Assistant

Sharkey is becoming more and more useful. Various sections in the What's New Guide Update Us On Its Capabilities
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

18) How to Convert a Word Document to a PowerPoint Presentation

This comes from How-To Geek and might be worth a try:
https://www.howtogeek.com/729133/how-to-convert-a-word-document-to-a-powerpoint-presentation/

19) F6 Is Your Friend

A brief summary of all you can do with the F6 key in various plays, courtesy of Blind Access Journal:
https://blindaccessjournal.com/2021/06/f6-is-your-friend/

20) A Review of the Brailliant BI 20X

HumanWare's 20-cell device has a few features besides the number of cells that distinguish it from the 40-cell version:
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/review-brailliant-bi-20x

21) LibreOffice 7.1.4 Community Available For Download

On June 10th 2021 LibreOffice 7.1.4 Community, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 7.1 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, became available for download. LibreOffice 7.1.4 includes around 80 bug fixes, with 20% focused on Microsoft Office file compatibility (DOCX, XLSX and PPTX, and legacy DOCs):
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/

22) Release of Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA 1.7

http://www.acapela-nvda.com/blog/2021/06/14/release-of-acapela-tts-voices-for-nvda-1-7/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) 'Isolation to Inspiration' by Writing Works Wonders Author-Educators Cheryl McNeil Fisher and Kathleen P. King

The story of two author-educators experiencing sight-loss, who find a common vision of-encouraging, inspiring, and accelerating writers' sharing and development through a global platform for author interviews, virtual workshops, open mic events and more. Readers also enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of their favorite authors, such as Dr. Patrick Taylor, Jodi Thomas, Pamela Kelley and beloved narrator Kristin Allison:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/34.html

2) Even Easier Braille: Introducing BrailleBlaster V2!

BrailleBlaster V2 is a near-complete rewrite of how the software functions. It is a step that we had to take to include new features that could not be included otherwise- like true six-key entry and indicators for braille page number editing. It will also help us control regression and ensure stability. Learn more:
https://www.aph.org/even-easier-braille-introducing-brailleblaster-v2/

3) Letter Rooms is a canstfiat Jumbled-Word Game For iOS

Looking for a fun brain-teaser this weekend? Letter Rooms is a letter-jumblingly fun word game created by award-winning developer Klemens Strasser, maker of Subwords, Asymmetric and Elementary Minute. The new $1.99 anagram-based game boasts more than 200 puzzles, broken down into a dozen topics — including animals, sports, pop culture, and more. Letter Rooms makes use of VoiceOver which translates the content users see on the screen into spoken words. In the case of Letter Rooms, it allows users to play the game even if they can't see the screen contents clearly:
https://www.cultofmac.com/745493/letter-rooms-is-a-canstfiat-jumbled-word-game-for-ios/

4) 5 Innovations in Assistive Technology to Keep on Your Radar

In recent years, several innovative advances have emerged at the hands of tech companies and university programs:
https://www.techpluto.com/5-innovations-in-assistive-technology-to-keep-on-your-radar/

5) Amazon Kindle Unlimited Has A New 4 Month Free Trial For US Customers

Prime members who are new to Kindle Unlimited get four months free with a new subscription. Kindle Unlimited readers can read as much as they want from an ever-growing selection of over 2 million eBooks, thousands of audiobooks, comics, short reads, and magazines, including blockbuster titles like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Other Emily by Dean Koontz, Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh, In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni, and Take the Lead by Jessica Simpson. This deal is for customers living in the United States:
https://goodereader.com/blog/kindle/amazon-kindle-unlimited-has-a-new-4-month-free-trial

6) Microsoft, Academy Awards, Be My Eyes and Others Recipients of First Annual 'Access-Ability Awards' from Helen Keller Services During DeafBlind Awareness Week

Texttoreplace.
https://theislandnow.com/community-news/microsoft-academy-awards-others-recipients-of-first-annual-access-ability-awards-from-helen-keller-services-during-deafblind-awareness-week/

8) Calgary Teen Who is Visually Impaired Wins Award for Designing Adaptive Skateboard Park (Video)

A Calgary teen is being recognized by the City of Calgary for his work to make skate parks more accessible for youth with vision loss:
https://globalnews.ca/video/7969512/calgary-teen-who-is-visually-impaired-wins-award-for-designing-adaptive-skateboard-park

9) Judge Rules For Blind Voters In NC Accessibility Case

A federal judge has ruled that the North Carolina State Board of Elections must give blind voters the opportunity to use an online voting system so they can vote absentee without assistance:
https://www.wfae.org/politics/2021-06-22/judge-rules-for-blind-voters-in-nc-accessibility-case

10) 5 Smart Thermostats Starting At Just $68 That All Use Amazon Alexa

https://bgr.com/deals/smart-thermostat-with-alexa-on-amazon-5-inexpensive-options-5932793/

11) Street Furniture 'Forcing Blind and Visually Impaired People Onto Roadways'

Outdoor dining is making navigation extremely difficult for the visually impaired, according to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind:
https://www.newstalk.com/news/street-furniture-forcing-blind-and-visually-impaired-people-onto-roadways-1213366


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) 13 Letters | When Everybody's Watching

June 17th 2021
Access to television is in many ways still evolving, and as one of the leading TV, phone and internet providers in the United States, Spectrum is thinking beyond closed captions and large-button remotes to innovate across different channels. Their large accessibility team, headed by designers and incorporating people with disabilities to ensure that all products are optimized for all customers, is one of a kind in the industry. And with the recent release of apps such as Spectrum Access and Spectrum News, they've taken huge steps forward in inclusion for people with many different abilities and proficiencies. We sat down with Senior Outreach Manager for Accessibility, Petr Kucheryavy, to learn more about how got into accessibility and what Spectrum is doing different:"
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/when-everybodys-watching

2) Blind Android Users 28 | Its All About Audio Recorders and Interview with Brian Kemler, Product Manager for Talkback

June 19th 2021 |This is a very important episode for Talkback users, but it has something for CSR users as well. In this episode we demo some audio recorder apps. This week, we are absolutely thrilled to be joined to talk about all things Talkback by Brian Kemler, Product Manager for Talkback at Google. We ask him many questions about the trusted tester program, multi-finger jestures, and lots more. To listen to this episode and all previous episodes, visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 133

June 19th 2021 Childhood radio memories, Non-24, What do you want in Windows 11 and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/83c0c58f/childhood-radio-memories-non-24-what-do-you-want-in-windows-11-and-more

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 40 | Just In Time For Prime Day, A Review Of Three New Products From Satechi

June 20th 2021
Brian is back once again flying solo for another demo, this time he will be demoing three new products from Satechi. With Amazon Prime Day starting in a few hours, some of Satechi's products may be on sale on Amazon. If not, you can buy these products directly from Satechi, and they often have sales on these items:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-40-just-in-time-for-prime-day-a-review-of-three-new-products-from-satechi

5) Parallel #53: Android 12

June 22nd 2021
As usual this podcast features accessible and mainstream perspectives on Android 12:
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/53

6) Say My Meme | The Dog Show

June 22nd 2021
What do you think of when you hear the words "Dog Show"? Maybe you've seen the Christopher Guest cult classic film "Best in Show," but if not, you might not have much of a reference point for this somewhat obscure subculture. That's why, inspired by the recent return of the Westminster Dog Show, the Say My Meme team went to work describing a handful of Dog Show Memes to let everyone in on the fun — and absurdity — that is the classic dog show:"
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/the-dog-show

7) FSCast #201

June 23rd 2021
Hear about a new book on audio description, and the creative exploits of a blind math professor:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/3/9/2390dbe03f02b5ef/FSCast201-June2021.mp3?c_id=106010573&cs_id=106010573&destination_id=699950&expiration=1624482806&hwt=639a26c4fc923180a9282822b983a149

8) Eyes on Success 2126 | Encore of 1351 Regaining Vision After Decades of Blindness

June 23rd 2021
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Mike May, the subject of "Crashing Through", a bestselling book about his experiences regaining partial vision through a stem cell transfer and corneal transplant. Having lost his vision initially at age 3, his visual cortex was only partially developed. He had to learn some things he never knew and how to use what new vision he got:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202126.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Deaf Student Access: Tips & Resources for Reopening Campus

June 24th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join the NDC | Help Team for this live presentation covering the most frequently asked questions about access and accommodations in a variety of formats. Though COVID-19 cases seem to be going down with rising vaccination rates, the fall 2021 semester will still be littered with uncertainty. Schools are planning for a variety of class formats — in-person, online, hybrid. Planning for all the different options also includes designing accessible environments. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bsmLHNK6QMmU1fDA4ijZ0Q

2) Mac by the Bit (Session 2) Simple, Basic, Practices and Procedures

June 24th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12 AM GMT on 6/25 | Mac by the Bit, Session 2 will start with some basics, the different styles of Mac's, how to turn them on, shut them down properly, the keyboard layout, and 20 Minutes or so of Q&A. We may even point a few miner similarities between MacOS, and Windows. Come with your questions ready, and to continue on this journey of learning the Mac from the ground up, bit by bit. To join at the scheduled time, click here:
https://zoom.us/j/91835585918?pwd=QkpvSWpGRWkyREE0Q2l6a1V2YVdwdz09#success

3) Windows Narrator: Is it a Viable Screen Reader?

June 24th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Call (312) 809-1004 ☎. For information email:
cody.froeter@second-sense.org

4) The Network of Assistive Technologists Welcome Donald Carney, PhD, from Math Whiteboard

June 25th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | MathWhiteboard is the first online collaborative whiteboard designed specifically for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. MathWhiteboard is like a smart piece of math paper with all of the functionality of a graphing calculator. Since it recognizes handwritten math notation, teachers and students can interact in a natural and familiar way. A gestural user interface allows users to move fluidly between multiple mathematical representations. The development of MathWhiteboard has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and US Department of Education:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/mathwhiteboard-25-jun-2021

5) Select the Right Tech, App Edition by The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco

June 25th 2021 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco offers a three-hour Zoom forum where six developers of a variety of apps will be present. Back by popular demand, Select the Right Tech connects access technology users with the companies who make products for our community. This year's virtual Select the Right Tech will feature developers of mainstream and specialized apps for the blind and low vision community. Don't miss this chance to ask your questions to the makers of the apps you love, and to learn about apps you haven't tried yet. A schedule of the day's presentations will be published the week prior to the event, RSVP now to receive the Zoom invite. This event is free and open to all, those who RSVP in advance will be eligible to win door prizes! LightHouse thanks Oracle for their generous sponsorship of this event. Register here:
https://lighthousesf.secure.force.com/survey/c/EventRSVP.app?var_ClassId=a012L00000NnF5uQAF

6) The Road Ahead: Career Readiness for Middle School Students | APH Webinar

June 25th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The employment rate for individuals with visual impairments is approximately 37% and remains relatively unchanged for decades. The Road Ahead webinar series guides educators to move beyond triaged transition planning with the goal of changing the trajectory for all students. Attend this webinar to better understand what is meant by career readiness skills for middle school age students, identify ways to guide students to discover suitable careers, and how to embed career readiness skills within all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vp5KWvMESYeMEAhNoJkNdw

7) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

June 25th 2021 through June 30th 2021 | You are hereby invited to the first World Blindness Summit, an online and fully accessible event from June 25th to 30th 2021, open to everyone. What is the World Blindness Summit 21? This is a cutting-edge and innovative event that embraces the benefits of technologies, creating the first global and accessible online conference. Why is it unique? Over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people from nearly 190 countries over the world will participate to share their experiences and practices developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life. Who can participate? Everyone is welcome to attend, to participate, to listen, to talk, and to share this unique experience. All events of the World Blindness Summit are available in English, French and Spanish. Why is it interesting to participate? The achievements and challenges experienced will be analyzed, priorities will be set in this new era beginning by working hard to prevent blind and partially sighted people from being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress in the past months. On the other hand, new strategies will be worked on to give visibility to our reality and above all, to promote everything that contributes to the substantiation of a central goal: to create a new vision of blindness, to enable everyone to fully participate in all aspect of our society. You can check the program here: https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/schedule/program. It is all free and you have to register here by 5th June:
https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/inscription

8) TPGi Webinar: Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life

June 29th 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:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-29-undertaking-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility-testing-in-real-life/

9) Career Technical Education: More than Workshop Classes | APH Webinar

June 29th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Think Career and Technical Education (CTE) is only vocational classes? Think again! Attend this webinar series and not only dispel misconceptions about CTE coursework, but also discover how students with Visual Impairments can actively engage in developing career specific skills with positive work outcomes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JeIxi5-ESmOpZcd-hl6jLQ

10) Reaping the Benefits! Using Reaper Audio Workstation, OSARA and JAWS for Windows

June 30th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM UK | This £80 / $112 USD course is suited to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with audio content. You should be familiar with how JAWS functions together with Windows concepts, such as how to navigate around applications. The course is fast-paced. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. All of your remaining questions answered here:
http://www.hartgen.org/reaper

11) Envision's First Town Hall Event

July 1st 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | You can join this event via Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces or Zoom on Thursday, July 1st 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. Here is the Zoom registration link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqahQGQPS0GwIdRqpEy9Qw?_x_zm_rtaid=SJ6AB7nUSP-tqxcUziSeQQ.1624440625547.23cd4d8f0693d7f7aa06ef54bf914c4c&_x_zm_rhtaid=900
And here is the Clubhouse link:
https://www.clubhouse.com/join/envisioners/V3rITPe6/PQRWqq2n

12) National Association of Guide Dog Users 2021 Annual Seminar

July 6th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The seminar committee has been working hard to ensure that our seminar will be filled with great information, and of course our traditional door prizes. This year's theme is "Celebrating Puppy Raisers Everywhere." In addition, the seminar will feature a veterinary piece, updates from guide dog training programs and our advocacy component will prepare everyone for this year's resolutions. The NAGDU annual business meeting will take place on Thursday, July 8th 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. During the business meeting we will hold our annual elections, hear from our legal department, and learn about all the things NAGDU has been up to over the past year. Please use the below link to register. Registration will close at midnight Eastern July 6. Remember, to be eligible for door prizes, you must register. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in July:
https://bit.ly/2T5FWBI

13) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

14) How To Fully Utilize Clubhouse, Facebook and Zoom | Technology User Group

July 10th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, July 10th 2021, the Technology User Group prepares you to fully utilize Clubhouse Facebook and Zoom. Whether you attend Zoom meetings or pursue other avenues of socialization, we all want to share and enjoy the benefits that Zoom, Clubhouse and Facebook can bring. Unmuting a microphone at the wrong time or posting in the wrong edit field can be a humbling experience. Please join us as we help you to avoid mistakes and transform you into a master of your social universe. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10:00 AM ET and last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually on Saturday, July 10th, and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021

15) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
https://acbconvention.org/?p=61


➜ Surveys


1) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey, open to NVDA users and testers around the world:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_6qHLmpFPvt4TwWUgVcuzHNxPI45BAdjGjvAD0GFVx8/edit?ts=60a394d2

2) David Goldfield's 1st Annual 2021 Tech-VI Listserv Subscriber Survey

Close Date: June 30th 2021 | This is an invitation to provide your feedback about this list by taking our First Annual Tech-VI Subscriber Survey. This survey is completely anonymous. In fact, I have deliberately not asked for names and email addresses to allow participants to feel totally comfortable in providing both positive as well as constructive feedback. None of the questions require that you submit a response and most are ones where you can jot down your thoughts in a multiline edit field, giving you as much space as you would like to tell me what is working as well as how the list can be improved. Again, all submissions are anonymous and any question can be skipped. Just make sure that you activate the Submit button if you want your feedback to be seen. Comments will not be published to this or any other list:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAANEiuHBUMjYzVEpYVjZIVElKVUI3MEk4UEozUERUSC4u&wdLOR=cC5A76114-D3FC-4F84-80EA-68B694A51C78

3) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

4) Access Technology in the Workplace

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Open Date: Now Open | Survey Information: a. The NRTC is recruiting people with blindness or low vision (age 21+) who are working or interested in working to be part of a 5-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions we will seek answers to are: i. What AT do you most commonly use? ii. How do you decide whether to use a specific AT? iii. What are your AT challenges? iv. What AT do you need that isn't currently available? b. We want to know YOUR thoughts and experiences! Participation will involve completing multiple surveys to help us determine how AT use is changing over time. Fill out the online pre-screening survey to see if you qualify! 5. Survey Rewards Offered: a. if selected from this pre-screening survey, you'll receive a small gift card after completing each survey. Additionally, the NRTC will share study results with participants:
https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i98Qap5V441mdg?source=27

5) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS


➜ 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 Blue 5th Gen Braille Display

Listing Date: 6/17/2021 | Price: $600.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: One gently used 14-Cell Bluetooth Braille Display in excellent condition. | Contact: larry.lewis@flying-blind.com ✉ |

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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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Do you have a device you just don't understand? Do you want to advance your skills on a certain platform? Let Commtech help you out! From phones to note takers to computers and everything in between, let Commtech give you the skills you need to succeed. For more information, call (833) 345-8324 ☎ EXT 700 or visit our website:
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Phone: (833) 345-8324

About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

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Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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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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Email: info@vispero.com

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 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

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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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/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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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: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ Everyone Can Have an Amazing Customer Experience with SuperNova Kiosks!
Dolphin creates customized kiosk solutions for every type of service kiosk and every level of vision loss--and that's a win for your service or brand! If you're a business owner or someone who's struggling to access a service via a kiosk, spread the word! Check out this introductory audio/video demonstration highlighting the benefits of Dolphin SuperNova Kiosks!
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Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Phone (USA & Canada): +1 (866) 797-5921

Phone (UK, Europe & Asia): +44 01905 754577

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About: Dolphin Computer Access offers a wide array of solutions for students, people in the workforce, and at home who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia. Each product is purposefully designed to help users, with varying levels of technology experience, do everyday things EASILY on computers and tablets. Founded in 1986 and located in Worcester England, Dolphin has grown to become a global market leader worldwide.


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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Download The App (iOS):
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Download The App (Android):
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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

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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 Invites You to Listen, Learn and Buy from our Selection of Leather, Gadgets, and Dog Products
(1) Our first summer convention weekly special: 1 of 8: New 6 pocket leather waist pack, 15 by 7 by 5 inches, 6 pockets, 50 inch strap, $35. (2) Our new hands free 6 pocket rugged cowhide leather neck pouch will fit any phone, and a whole lot more. Can go on your belt or carry crossbody. 7 by 5 by 4 inches. $40.00. (3) Craddle your 20 cell Braille display with Our unique leather case that feels like a thick book; middle zipper, carrying strap; no Braille display ever felt so much love! $60. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or visit: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

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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: Dean Martineau

➜ Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
topdot@gmail.com

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Volume 811

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Volume 811

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) JAWS Tip: Virtualize Current Control: (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/32.html
B.) What Is Amazon Sidewalk and How Do You Disable It?: (6.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/what-is-amazon-sidewalk-and-how-do-you-disable-it
C.) All the Top Features Coming to Your iPhone This Fall: (5.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-15-ipados-15-new-features/
D.) AppleVis on WWDC: (4.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/blog/summary-apples-2021-worldwide-developers-conference-keynote-presentation
E.) Review of Smartphone Apps and Resources for People with Vision Loss or Impairment: (3.9% of all clicks.)
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/review-of-online-guide-smartphone-apps-and-resources-for-people-with-vision-loss-or-impairment/

2) Version 2.5 of Inclusion Code Now Available

Version 2.5 of Inclusion Code is now available and integrates Markdown integration as one of its main updates. Inclusion Code is a simple HTML and Markdown editor for Windows that facilitates the creation of content by automating the creation of tags. The user selects the desired element from the Insert Menu and the program will generate the corresponding codes and copy them into the editor. So you can create HTML and Markdown content in a very short time. Inclusion Code was designed to be an educational tool that facilitates learning and creation of HTML content and Markdown documents. The program interface is a simple one with menu bars, which uses standard Windows controls, making it accessible to screen reader programs and braille displays used by blind persons. Inclusion Code is compatible with JAWS, Narrator and NVDA screen readers. In this new update, it is now possible to write accessible documents in Markdown and export them to Word or Power Point. Learn more at:
https://inclusioncode.com/

3) Top Tech Tidbits Seeks New Subscribe Address for "The New Windows 10 And JAWS Mailing List"

A reader has written in to let us know that the email address listed for subscribing to this Listserv, "The New Windows 10 And JAWS Mailing List" at the-new-windows-10-and-jaws-group+subscribe@groups.io ✉, returns a non-existent address message. We are therefore seeking contact information for the moderator of this Listserv in order to update this address. Please note that if we are unable to reach anyone within one week we will have no choice but to remove this Listserv from the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Listserv Directory. Thank you for your help!
publisher@toptechtidbits.com

4) Audio Documentation on 1Password

This $49 tutorial from Mystic Access explains the popular password manager, and discounts for it are available with some purchases:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/audio-documentation-on-1password/

5) Digging into Apple's iCloud Private Relay

How does the new iCloud feature compare to a VPN?
https://www.macobserver.com/tips/deep-dive/digging-into-apples-icloud-private-relay/

6) How to Fix Windows 10 with a 30-Minute Repair Install

Courtesy of Tom's Hardware:
https://www.tomshardware.com/how-to/fix-windows-10-repair-install

7) Coding With Mantis Q40

APH sells this device, so you expect them to promote it, but so do a lot of us!
https://www.aph.org/coding-with-the-mantis-q40/

8) Some iOS 15 Features Require an iPhone XS or Newer

A lot of phones will be able to install iOS 15, but not all phones will be able to make use of all the new features of the iOS:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/06/14/ios-15-exclusive-features-newer-iphones/

9) Apple Announces 2021 Apple Design Award Winners

Congratulations to Voice Dream Reader and Be My Eyes who are among the winners:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/10/apple-announces-its-2021-apple-design-award-winners/?guccounter=1

10) Top Collapsible Electronic Video Magnifiers 2021

New England Low Vision Compiles This and Other "Top Ten" Lists:
https://nelowvision.com/2021/06/07/top-collapsible-electronic-video-magnifiers-2021/

11) JAWS Scripts for Zoom and Teams

Brian Hartgen continues to update his JAWS scripts for these two programs, providing high-quality access at a reasonable cost. Learn about the Zoom scripts here:
http://www.hartgen.org/zoompro
And about scripts for Microsoft Teams here:
http://hartgen.org/teamsscripts

12) New Version of Braille Blaster

The free braillle translation program has received significant updates:
https://brailleblaster.org/download.php

13) Notepad++ 8.0 Has Been Released

Notepad++ is a popular choice on Windows devices when it comes to the replacement of the built-in plain text editor Notepad. The open source application improves plain text editing on Windows PCs significantly. It supports tabs, better search functionality, themes, plugins, auto-complete, programming languages and their syntax, and more:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/06/07/notepad-8-0-has-been-released/

14) Security Flaws Found in Samsung's Stock Mobile Apps

A mobile security startup has found seven security flaws in Samsung's pre-installed mobile apps, which it says if abused could have allowed attackers broad access to a victim's personal data:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/10/security-flaws-found-in-samsungs-stock-mobile-apps/

15) Microsoft Videos That Demonstrate Concisely How To Create Accessible Microsoft 365 Documents

These very well made videos come directly from the Microsoft Support website and concisely demonstrate how to create accessible Microsoft 365 documents. Most of them are under 4 minutes long, and many readers have reported them to be a helpful bite-size resource to share with colleagues, friends, faculty, staff or students:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/accessibility-video-training-71572a1d-5656-4e01-8fce-53e35c3caaf4

16) HoloLens 2: Enhanced Vision Trough Augmented Reality

Microsoft's HoloLens glasses proved to be a life-changing tool for people with vision impairment. Enhancing vision by projecting bright colors onto the retina, the glasses yielded amazing results in a 2019 study for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. They increased mobility by 50 percent and grasping of nearby objects by 70 percent. The glasses also improved users' vision in low light. The HoloLens 2 headset claims to be even better. It not only has a wider field of view, but its wireless carbon fiber construction makes it three times more comfortable to wear:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2021/06/08/hololens-2-enhanced-vision-through-augmented-reality/

17) Communicate Freely With Instant Language Assistant (ILA)

The ILA device allows users to speak or type a word or phrase. Then, the conversation is instantly transcribed and shown to both people in real time. This device can also be translated into more than 120 languages and dialects. While it can certainly be used to bridge language barriers, the ILA was originally built to help people with disabilities:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2021/06/10/communicate-freely-with-instant-language-assistant-ila/

18) UK Petition To Make Audio Description Available on ALL Films, TV Programmes and Streaming Services

Currently, TV channels and film networks have to only provide audio description to 10% of its films and TV shows. But we want to increase this to 100% so blind and partially sighted people can access all the same films and programmes as the sighted community:
https://www.change.org/p/make-audio-description-available-on-all-films-tv-programmes-and-streaming-services

19) Tutorial From Mystic Access: The Wonderful World of Windows 10: $75.00

Mystic Access wishes to support you in learning the Windows 10 operating system from a blindness perspective. Start with the basics, take a deep dive into the primary concepts and features, and shatter all those misconceptions you may have about this version of the Windows platform. Comprehensive audio documentation including examples, demos and thorough explanations and instruction. Please read below for the full description:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/discover-the-wonderful-world-of-windows-10/

20) iOS Tips And Tricks Tutorial. Learn To Optimize And Utilize Some Great Features On Your Apple iPad, iPhone, Or iPod: $79.00

This four-hour tutorial, intended for users who already have a basic grasp of iDevice use, costs $79, or you can get it free or at a reduced cost if you buy Apple products from the company:
https://harboltcompany.com/iOS-Tips-and-Tricks-Tutorial-Lern-to-Optimize-and-Utilize-Some-Great-Features-on-Your-Apple-iPad-iPhone-or-iPod.html

21) Infovox4 Speech Product From Acapela Losing Support In July 2022

https://www.acapela-group.com/solutions/infovox-4/

22) 8 iPhone Accessibility Features for People With Vision Problems

These iPhone settings can make your device easier to use if you are a user with blindness or vision loss:
https://www.makeuseof.com/iphone-accessibility-features-for-people-with-vision-problems/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Accessibility Experts Compile Top 10 List of Inclusive UK Tourist Hotpots

Home adaptations specialist Invisible Creations has compiled a list of the most inclusive UK tourist hotspots as the weather heats up:
https://www.accessandmobilityprofessional.com/accessibility-experts-compile-top-10-list-of-inclusive-tourist-hotpots/

2) UserWay Releases AI-Powered Accessibility Widget for Shopify Stores

UserWay is the first to solve a widespread accessibility issue that excludes visually impaired users and costs millions in lost sales annually:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/userway-releases-ai-powered-accessibility-widget-for-shopify-stores-301312495.html

3) Legally Blind Bryan, Ohio Man Details Journey To 20/20 Vision With Technology

For Bryan, Ohio resident Benjamin Murray, life is finally clear - but for the first 26 years of his life it wasn't. He was born legally blind with optic nerve atrophy. "I was passed from doctor to doctor, ophthalmologist to ophthalmologist," Murray recalled. In August 2015, he heard about a breakthrough technology called eSight, an additional pair of smart glasses that gives the visually impaired 2020 vision. It fits to a patient's head and can be worn over glasses:
https://nbc24.com/news/local/legally-blind-bryan-man-details-journey-to-2020-vision

4) Mojo Vision's Smart Contact Lens Could Be Transformative For Sight Impaired

Mojo Vision, a Saratoga, California-based startup is seeking to improve the lives of people living with sight loss by launching a smart contact lens that can overlay information on the real world and augment what the wearer sees:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/06/13/mojo-visions-smart-contact-lens-could-be-transformative-for-sight-impaired/?sh=4ae6b01956c8

5) Fighting Ableism Is About Much More Than Attitudes And Awareness

Even after decades of progress against ableism, people with disabilities still face significant barriers to social inclusion, equal opportunity, health and safety, and financial security. And while some of the most visible efforts to continue the fight focus on changing ableist habits and attitudes, the most harmful and persistent barriers disabled people face are still distinctly structural:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2021/06/14/fighting-ableism-is-about-much-more-than-attitudes-and-awareness/?sh=6d649b6a19c0

6) Honda Developing Shoe-Based Navi System For Visually Impaired

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a new firm called Ashirase, Inc. It's the first startup that came from Ignition, Honda's new business creation program. Ashirase, Inc.'s first technologically advanced product is quite revolutionary, but it isn't for cars. The company is developing an in-shoe navigation system to support visually impaired individuals with walking. Honda aims to begin sales of the system, which is also named Ashirase, by March 2023:
https://www.motor1.com/news/513570/honda-ashirase-shoe-based-navigation/

7) Visually Impaired Veterans Use Vibrations to Kayak

VRG or Vibrio-remote Tactile Guidance is a new system being used to train the visually impaired how to enjoy the sport of kayaking:
https://www.wkrg.com/news/visually-impaired-veterans-use-vibrations-to-kayak/

8) What Stevie Wonder Can Teach The World About Accessible Design

Let's start with an obvious statement: Stevie Wonder's done some amazing things throughout his career. He's won 25 Grammy awards. He's been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. He's been named one of the United Nations' Messengers of Peace. And, in 2014, Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But for all of those achievements, there's one specific moment in Stevie Wonder's career that especially sticks in our minds:
https://www.august.com.au/blog/what-stevie-wonder-can-teach-accessible-inclusive-design/

9) Medical Student's Smartphone App For The Blind Makes College Of Engineering Competition Finals

A smartphone app that helps blind and visually impaired users better navigate their surroundings in public, designed by a School of Medicine student, is one of five finalists in the Wayne State University College of Engineering's Mobility for All competition. The finalists are competing for the top prize of $10,000 to fund their innovations:
https://today.wayne.edu/medicine/news/2021/06/11/medical-students-smartphone-app-for-the-blind-makes-college-of-engineering-competition-finals-42706

10) Horror Flight Simulator HAUNTED SPACE Shows Off Gameplay And Reveals How It's Handicap-Friendly

While it is always great to see some gameplay for an upcoming title, it is even better when the news around it isn't quite what you would have expected. Merge Games has shared the latest gameplay trailer, but developers Italian Games Factory has included some interesting detail about Haunted Space regarding its accessibility to interested players:
http://gametyrant.com/news/horror-flight-simulator-haunted-space-shows-off-gameplay-and-reveals-how-its-handicap-friendly


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther | Giant Catfish and Fishing Blind

June 11th 2021 | Fishing blind or blind fishing — it all depends on who's doing the fishing. ON Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, Ms Lilly tells us where to go to catch the biggest catfish in Canada, and has some giant catfish stories, including how to noodle to catch catfish. Dr. Catfish calls in to tell listeners about his new book featuring his favorite catfish fishing rigs and invites listeners to join his blind fishing email list. Lawrence shares his fishing tips and reflects on fishing with his dad. This year let's all celebrate Father's Day by going fishing!
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/outdoors-with-lawrence-gunther/id1530444764

2) Blind Android Users 27 | Rave that TTS Engine!

June 13th 2021 | We thanked Top Tech Tidbits for promoting the show for so long and asked our listeners to subscribe to the newsletter. We discuss one plus Summer launch event and launch of One Plus Nord CE and U1S 4K TV. We also warn our listeners about bugs found in stock apps of Samsung phones including Samsung nocks. We demo some of the most popular TTS engines. We have episode 5 of commentary screen reader in which we explored the user center. Then we demo UK pub app Wetherspoon which will help our UK listeners:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) That Real Blind Tech Show 39 | The Ultimate Sonos Demo! A Demo of the New Sonos Roam, Sonos App, and Lyd for Sonos

June 13th 2021
Brian is flying solo once again for another That Real Blind Tech show demo. On this episode Brian demos the Sonos Roam along with the Sonos app, and a third party Watch App called Lyd that really compliments the Sonos system quite well, and gives you complete control of your Sonos system from your Apple Watch:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-39-the-ultimate-sonos-demo-a-demo-of-the-new-sonos-roam-sonos-app-and-lyd-for-sonos

4) Mosen At Large 132

June 14th 2021 New Zealand broadcasting and entertainment icon, Don Linden:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/c20acdd9/new-zealand-broadcasting-and-entertainment-icon-don-linden

5) Say My Meme | Online Dating Memes

June 15th 2021
We all feel like Jokers on dating apps sometimes. But what's the difference between Joaquin Phoenix and a guy posing with his lawnmower? Say My Meme is here to investigate, with some choice online dating memes to lighten your load and get you ready for your own "Hot Vax Summer:"
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/online-dating-memes

6) Eyes on Success 2125 | GoodMaps Indoor Navigation Aid

June 16th 2021
GPS technologies and apps are a great asset in helping the blind navigate and become more mobile. Unfortunately, GPS is only effective in navigating outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mike May about the new GoodMaps app and how it has overcome technical challenges faced by other approaches to indoor navigation in the past:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202125.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Word Tips and Tricks from Power Users | Freedom Scirentific

June 17th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Do you want to increase your proficiency in Word? Need tips for quickly navigating to items you use the most? Join us with our special guests Eric Damery and Matt Ater for this live webinar. We will demonstrate useful features, and show you how to: Turn off the Backstage menu, Use the traditional Save and Open dialog boxes, Use the F6 key to navigate to different areas in Word, Toggle between the Single-line and Multi-line Ribbon, Check word count statistics and virtualizing this information, Use or disable the Paste Recovery Table, and Create headings in a document. *ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/tJUpd-2prTsvHdDTB3CGZyJnkD4zkKfnFn3A/success?user_id=URXsB95VQnmFasYMycFEtQ&timezone_id=America%2FNew_York

2) Career Technical Education: More than Workshop Classes | APH Webinar

June 22nd 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Think Career and Technical Education (CTE) is only vocational classes? Think again! Attend this webinar series and not only dispel misconceptions about CTE coursework, but also discover how students with Visual Impairments can actively engage in developing career specific skills with positive work outcomes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JeIxi5-ESmOpZcd-hl6jLQ

3) Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision | APH Webinar

June 23rd 2021 | 2:30PM PT, 3:30PM MT, 4:30PM CT, 5:30PM ET, 9:30PM GMT | This webinar will explore the importance of monitoring your blood glucose levels. We will provide information and demonstrations of talking blood glucose meters, and how to make continuous glucose monitors (CGM) accessible. Also, if you have trouble getting blood on the test strip, join this webinar to learn some helpful tips:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kmIYXcemTTCLpFRdvVW7nw?_x_zm_rtaid=0bwQ5NILTpG8baNMazsMew.1623727114839.52fa631017c46ca98b444653ced1bc90&_x_zm_rhtaid=840

4) Introduction to Dramatic Writing Part 2: Energize Your Writing With Audiojack | APH Webinar

June 23rd 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join APH as the journey continues in the second webinar in this dramatic writing series. Get inspired by Audiojack, sound-based movies with no words to mindfully engage your imagination, and learn the basics of writing a dialogue. Whether you joined us for part one or are starting with part two, you'll learn strategies to inspire your students and build creative writing skills:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h8NESFlUSg6zA0gZ4SsUsQ

5) Deaf Student Access: Tips & Resources for Reopening Campus

June 24th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join the NDC | Help Team for this live presentation covering the most frequently asked questions about access and accommodations in a variety of formats. Though COVID-19 cases seem to be going down with rising vaccination rates, the fall 2021 semester will still be littered with uncertainty. Schools are planning for a variety of class formats — in-person, online, hybrid. Planning for all the different options also includes designing accessible environments. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bsmLHNK6QMmU1fDA4ijZ0Q

6) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

June 25th 2021 through June 30th 2021 | You are hereby invited to the first World Blindness Summit, an online and fully accessible event from June 25th to 30th 2021, open to everyone. What is the World Blindness Summit 21? This is a cutting-edge and innovative event that embraces the benefits of technologies, creating the first global and accessible online conference. Why is it unique? Over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people from nearly 190 countries over the world will participate to share their experiences and practices developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life. Who can participate? Everyone is welcome to attend, to participate, to listen, to talk, and to share this unique experience. All events of the World Blindness Summit are available in English, French and Spanish. Why is it interesting to participate? The achievements and challenges experienced will be analyzed, priorities will be set in this new era beginning by working hard to prevent blind and partially sighted people from being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress in the past months. On the other hand, new strategies will be worked on to give visibility to our reality and above all, to promote everything that contributes to the substantiation of a central goal: to create a new vision of blindness, to enable everyone to fully participate in all aspect of our society. You can check the program here: https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/schedule/program. It is all free and you have to register here by 5th June:
https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/inscription

7) The Road Ahead: Career Readiness for Middle School Students | APH Webinar

June 25th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The employment rate for individuals with visual impairments is approximately 37% and remains relatively unchanged for decades. The Road Ahead webinar series guides educators to move beyond triaged transition planning with the goal of changing the trajectory for all students. Attend this webinar to better understand what is meant by career readiness skills for middle school age students, identify ways to guide students to discover suitable careers, and how to embed career readiness skills within all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vp5KWvMESYeMEAhNoJkNdw

8) TPGi Webinar: Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life

June 29th 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:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-29-undertaking-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility-testing-in-real-life/

9) Career Technical Education: More than Workshop Classes | APH Webinar

June 29th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Think Career and Technical Education (CTE) is only vocational classes? Think again! Attend this webinar series and not only dispel misconceptions about CTE coursework, but also discover how students with Visual Impairments can actively engage in developing career specific skills with positive work outcomes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JeIxi5-ESmOpZcd-hl6jLQ

10) Reaping the Benefits! Using Reaper Audio Workstation, OSARA and JAWS for Windows

June 30th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM UK | This £80 / $112 USD course is suited to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with audio content. You should be familiar with how JAWS functions together with Windows concepts, such as how to navigate around applications. The course is fast-paced. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. All of your remaining questions answered here:
http://www.hartgen.org/reaper

11) National Association of Guide Dog Users 2021 Annual Seminar

July 6th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The seminar committee has been working hard to ensure that our seminar will be filled with great information, and of course our traditional door prizes. This year's theme is "Celebrating Puppy Raisers Everywhere." In addition, the seminar will feature a veterinary piece, updates from guide dog training programs and our advocacy component will prepare everyone for this year's resolutions. The NAGDU annual business meeting will take place on Thursday, July 8th 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. During the business meeting we will hold our annual elections, hear from our legal department, and learn about all the things NAGDU has been up to over the past year. Please use the below link to register. Registration will close at midnight Eastern July 6. Remember, to be eligible for door prizes, you must register. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in July:
https://bit.ly/2T5FWBI

12) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

13) 2021 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention | Registration Information and Browse Conference and Convention Sessions

July 16th 2021 through July 23rd 2021 Registration is now open. If you wish, you can now browse the seminars, workshops, meetings, programs, and social events that are scheduled before you actually register. Registration will remain open to June 28, 2021, but before you register, there is an important task each of you must undertake if you plan on registering. ACB is moving ever closer to a singular login and password that will apply to all ACB websites and web-based functions. If you intend on registering for the convention this year, please go to https://members.acb.org/ to create your ACB account. Select "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and complete the profile information requested. You will need to create a new username and password (if you wish, you can use the same username and password you used for past conventions when creating this new account). There is one exception: If you registered for the ACB Holiday Auction in December 2020, you have already created an account and you do not have to do so again. If you have problems or questions regarding this process, please call the Minnesota Finance Office at (612) 332-3242 ☎. You will use this new username and password when you register on or after May 20, 2021. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention+subscribe@acblists.org ✉ or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at (651) 428-5059 ☎.
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➜ Surveys


1) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey, open to NVDA users and testers around the world:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_6qHLmpFPvt4TwWUgVcuzHNxPI45BAdjGjvAD0GFVx8/edit?ts=60a394d2

2) David Goldfield's 1st Annual 2021 Tech-VI Listserv Subscriber Survey

Close Date: June 30th 2021 | This is an invitation to provide your feedback about this list by taking our First Annual Tech-VI Subscriber Survey. This survey is completely anonymous. In fact, I have deliberately not asked for names and email addresses to allow participants to feel totally comfortable in providing both positive as well as constructive feedback. None of the questions require that you submit a response and most are ones where you can jot down your thoughts in a multiline edit field, giving you as much space as you would like to tell me what is working as well as how the list can be improved. Again, all submissions are anonymous and any question can be skipped. Just make sure that you activate the Submit button if you want your feedback to be seen. Comments will not be published to this or any other list:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAANEiuHBUMjYzVEpYVjZIVElKVUI3MEk4UEozUERUSC4u&wdLOR=cC5A76114-D3FC-4F84-80EA-68B694A51C78

3) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

4) Access Technology in the Workplace

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Open Date: Now Open | Survey Information: a. The NRTC is recruiting people with blindness or low vision (age 21+) who are working or interested in working to be part of a 5-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions we will seek answers to are: i. What AT do you most commonly use? ii. How do you decide whether to use a specific AT? iii. What are your AT challenges? iv. What AT do you need that isn't currently available? b. We want to know YOUR thoughts and experiences! Participation will involve completing multiple surveys to help us determine how AT use is changing over time. Fill out the online pre-screening survey to see if you qualify! 5. Survey Rewards Offered: a. if selected from this pre-screening survey, you'll receive a small gift card after completing each survey. Additionally, the NRTC will share study results with participants:
https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i98Qap5V441mdg?source=27

5) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS


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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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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 Benefits of Working: Navigating SSI/SSDI While Seeking Employment
Join Karen Shrawder for an interactive presentation on June 14th 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern about the benefits of becoming employed for recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) including: an overview of work incentives and helpful hints for overcoming challenges such as overpayments at:
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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: Dolphin Computer Access

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Dolphin creates customized kiosk solutions for every type of service kiosk and every level of vision loss--and that's a win for your service or brand! If you're a business owner or someone who's struggling to access a service via a kiosk, spread the word! Check out this introductory audio/video demonstration highlighting the benefits of Dolphin SuperNova Kiosks!
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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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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 Invites You to Listen, Learn and Buy from our Selection of Leather, Gadgets, and Dog Products
(1) Our first summer convention weekly special: 1 of 8: New 6 pocket leather waist pack, 15 by 7 by 5 inches, 6 pockets, 50 inch strap, $35. (2) Our new hands free 6 pocket rugged cowhide leather neck pouch will fit any phone, and a whole lot more. Can go on your belt or carry crossbody. 7 by 5 by 4 inches. $40.00. (3) Craddle your 20 cell Braille display with Our unique leather case that feels like a thick book; middle zipper, carrying strap; no Braille display ever felt so much love! $60. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or visit: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

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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!


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Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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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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https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/how-to-listen-to-radio-stations-online-for-free/

2) Improved Tidbits Header Level Navigation Based on Feedback From Top Tech Tidbits Supporter

Based on feedback provided by one of our very own Top Tech Tidbits Supporters this issue of Tidbits changes the manner in which level headings are used. Prior to this Issue Tidbits newsletter sections held the same heading level (H3) as the information that they contained, making navigating between sections difficult without also navigating between the items within them. As of this Issue all newsletter sections remain at header level 3, however, all subsequent items within these sections have been moved to header level 4, thereby allowing for faster and more efficient navigation between sections. Newsletter sections currently include: Greeting (which represents the beginning of Tidbits), Press Releases and Other News, Featured Podcast Episodes, Featured Webinars and Training Courses, Surveys, Directories, and Buy, Sell or Trade. If you too have ideas for improving Tidbits, please feel free to share them with us. We welcome and value all manner of feedback. Sincerest thanks to this Tidbits Supporter for not just making Tidbits possible, but for making it better for everyone.
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3) ZoomText Tip: Give ZoomText Magnifier / Reader A Voice That You Like

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/33.html

4) David Goldfield's 1st Annual 2021 Tech-VI Listserv Subscriber Survey

Top Tech Tidbits picks up news items from this Listserv weekly. It is an incredibly informative resource for current news and trends in adaptive technology. We salute David Goldfield both for the quality and the consistency of the news that he provides. If you aren't already subscribed to his list we highly recommend it. If you are already subscribed, David is asking for your feedback in this 1st Annual 2021 Tech-VI Listserv Subscriber Survey:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAANEiuHBUMjYzVEpYVjZIVElKVUI3MEk4UEozUERUSC4u&wdLOR=cC5A76114-D3FC-4F84-80EA-68B694A51C78

5) Get into Python | Quality Tool For Learning Python

This very well-written tool from JobTensor allows you to run real-time Python code right in your web browser as you study. The tool is designed for anyone who wants to learn the Python programming language, whether your are a beginner, or already a Pro. In addition to being free the tool contains no advertising or affiliate links:
https://jobtensor.com/Tutorial/Python/en/Introduction

6) JAWS Tip: Virtualize Current Control

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/32.html

7) Attention Tidbits Content Contributors and Sponsors | How To Track Your Links in Tidbits

Perhaps one of the questions that we get asked the most here at Tidbits is, "can you tell me how many clicks my link(s) got?" Unfortunately we cannot. But that's okay. Because you wouldn't want us to anyway. Why? Because you would have no way to independently verify the information that we gave you. So we could, literally, be telling you anything. And that goes for anyone else providing you with metrics that you cannot independently verify. Okay you say. So how do I independently verify my own link traffic? There are many ways, but perhaps the easiest way, and therefore the way that we recommend the most to non-clients here at Mind Vault Solutions is to simply setup a free Bit.ly account. Bit.ly is a free online link shortening service. It takes any link that you provide it and turns it into a shortened one. In addition to shortening the link, which is generally useful for posting to networks like Twitter where every character counts, you will now also be able to independently verify all of the traffic received by that link. No matter where it goes. Forever. Just by logging into your Bit.ly account. All you have to do now is make sure you never use the unshortened version again and all of your link traffic will always be true, accurate and independently verified. No matter where you share the link. While Top Tech Tidbits currently reaches 6,718 direct subscribers, all over the world, each week, each issue is also shared across a variety of other networks as well, thereby amplifying the reach of all links contained within each issue. You can sign up for a free Bit.ly account here:
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8) What Is Amazon Sidewalk and How Do You Disable It?

Compatible devices have been automatically enrolled in the new Amazon Sidewalk feature, which means you have to manually opt out if you don't want to participate. Learn more about Sidewalk from PC Mag using the link below. If you decide that you want to disable it you can do so from within the Alexa App under More / Settings / Account Settings / Amazon Sidewalk / On or Off:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/what-is-amazon-sidewalk-and-how-do-you-disable-it

9) Microsoft To Unveil 'The Next Generation of Windows' on June 24th 2021

Microsoft has announced an event taking place on June 24th 2021 where it will unveil the next generation of Windows. The event will be online and will begin at 11:00 AM ET. The company is expected to unveil a new user interface and feature set for Windows, and possibly position this new version of Windows as, yeahp, you guessed it, "Windows 11:"
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-will-unveil-next-generation-windows-june-24

10) NVDA 2021.1 Beta2 Available for Testing

Beta2 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1beta2/

11) NVDA 2021.1 and Community Add-Ons: Status Page Available

NVDA 2021.1 is currently available as a beta version. Third-party NVDA add-ons will need to be updated in order to maintain compatibility with this upcoming release. The following information is regarding the status of these add-ons. If you do not use add-ons then this information will not affect how you use NVDA. Many of you are wondering about whether or not your favorite NVDA add-ons will be ready for NVDA 2021.1. To answer this question, the add-ons community has prepared a status page listing add-ons hosted on community add-ons website and their NVDA 2021.1 compatibility status. If the add-on you have a question about is not part of the community add-ons page, but is maintained by a third-party, whether that's a company or individual, please direct questions regarding compatibility of these add-ons with NVDA 2021.1 to their respective maintainers. They are the only sources who can give you accurate information about their update/maintenance plans for these add-ons. Note that things can change without notice, and the page does not include newly added add-ons. Add-ons added to the community add-ons website in recent days will be included in the status page soon:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

12) AppleVis on WWDC

There is a lot of excitement about the new features coming to iOS and the related operating systems in the fall. Here's an AppleVis blog post summarizing the keynote where they were announced:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/summary-apples-2021-worldwide-developers-conference-keynote-presentation
And here's an AppleVis podcast about all this:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/applevis-extra-82-discussing-apples-wwdc-21-keynote

13) WWDC21 Breakdown

Trying to highlight sources we cite less often, here's the perspective from the RNIB Tech Talk podcast:
https://audioboom.com/channel/techtalkpodcast

14) Parallel #52 on WWDC

Parallel describes itself as "A tech podcast with accessibility sprinkles."
https://www.relay.fm/parallel/52

15) Podcast Transcript: Mosen At Large Episode 129, The WWDC Keynote from a Blindness Perspective

To end our coverage of WWDC recaps, Jonathan always puts together a thoughtful take on these Apple events, and this version is for those of us who prefer reading over listening, or who don't have a choice in the matter:
https://mosen.org/malp0129transcript/

16) VSCode is Now Very Accessible

Visual Studio has become a useful product for blind developers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFeD2yBX8U0

17) Alexa Series from Hadley

There are six "workshops" about using the Echo devices:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/alexa-series

18) Graphing Calculator in Prodigi 4.5

A HumanWare YouTube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiTMnShzxoQ

19) Review of Smartphone Apps and Resources for People with Vision Loss or Impairment

This is a review of an extensive online article, the link to which is found in the review:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/review-of-online-guide-smartphone-apps-and-resources-for-people-with-vision-loss-or-impairment/

20) iPhone101: Lists, Lists and More Lists

This podcast covers how to efficiently move in and out of long lists of messages:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=6754

21) Microsoft Outlook for iOS Now Lets You Use Your Voice to Write Emails and More

We try to keep up with all voice input options:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/8/22524014/microsoft-outlook-mobile-voice-dictation-emails-calendar

22) Bring Accessibility to Charts in Your App

In iOS15, the content of charts can be communicated even more effectively:
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2021/10122/

23) Tips for Power Users on the Mac

This author contends that he can do more with his Mac than Windows users with JAWS and NVDA:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/tips-power-usersanyone-does-more-read-emailslight-web-browsing-be-more

24) All of David Woodbridge's Zoom Podtrack P4 Demos in one Podcast (MP3)

Two hours of material, indexed by chapter for easy navigation:
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/vx8zp9/Zoom_Podtrak_P4_all_demos_organised_by_Chapters7zvi6.mp3

25) New Features Added to ProdigiTM Software

Multiple new features have been added to the Prodigi software (version 4.5) for use with the Connect 12 and Reveal 16i:
https://milled.com/humanware-uk/new-features-added-to-the-prodigi-software-AM6Un2HttQbIVseN

26) Best Windows Laptops with Full Number Pads 2021

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 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

27) All the Top Features Coming to Your iPhone This Fall

Apple just previewed iOS 15, the latest version of its mobile operating system. Here's what's new:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-15-ipados-15-new-features/

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Coding Color Into Sound: Hacking for Assistive Technology

Have you ever thought about what a bird sounds like? You're probably assuming I'm referring to a bird's audible song, but what if I told you there was more than one way to 'hear' an object? What if it was possible to hear things that don't physically produce a sound — like a sunset, or the night sky? It sounds a bit unconventional, but this type of outside-of-the-box thinking is exactly the kind of 'hacking' that Lenovo employees are up to these days:
https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/723576-coding-color-sound-hacking-assistive-technology

2) Echolocation: People Trained to Hear Like Bats in a Study That Could Help Those With Vision Loss

It might be more commonly associated with dolphins and bats, but nature's own sonar system could be harnessed by blind people too:
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/echolocation-people-trained-to-hear-like-bats-in-a-study-that-could-help-those-with-vision-loss/

3) Why Getting More People with Disabilities Developing Technology is Good For Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone. An app or website that causes problems for a screen reader is likely to be more difficult than an accessible app or website for anyone to use because it will take more time or effort:
https://theconversation.com/why-getting-more-people-with-disabilities-developing-technology-is-good-for-everyone-159619

4) How an Adaptive Game Controller Helps My Family Bond

Multiplayer gaming was something we thought my son would never be able to do, but a special Xbox controller changed everything:
https://www.wired.com/story/adaptive-game-controller-accessibility-family-bonding/

5) Accessible Technology Is Better When It's Built By Those Who Rely On It

https://thenextweb.com/news/accessible-technology-better-when-built-those-who-rely-on-it-syndication

6) Untold RPG for iOS: Playability and Accessibility

Untold RPG is a role-playing game made playable on iOS for those who use Apple's VoiceOver screen reader. Unlike games that are self-voicing, this game takes advantage of VoiceOver itself. In this article, we will take a look at some reasons why this game is great for blind players who may wish to enjoy the same gaming experience as their sighted counterparts:
https://www.afb.org/aw/22/5/17559

7) A Tool for Visually Impaired Kids: Safe Toddles Provides Belt Canes

A North Carolina family is blazing a new trail for visually impaired children in the state:
https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triad/news/2021/06/08/belt-cane-for-visually-impaired-kids-

8) These Disabled Streamers & Advocates are Helping to Tackle Accessibility Issues in Gaming

Video games are enjoyed by billions of people around the world, disabled and non-disabled. For people with disabilities playing video games is fun and rewarding and a great opportunity to connect with a larger community. Over the decades many big companies out there are prioritising accessible gaming and they are turning to disabled streamers and gamers for insights into accessibility in gaming:
https://newzhook.com/story/disabled-streamers-gaming-accessibility/

9) Are Your Organization and Its Board "Access Able"?

Charity to people with disabilities goes back to Biblical times, but philanthropy involving meaningful input from those served is a recent phenomenon. The demand for "nothing about us without us" is core to the ethos of the disability rights movement. Major civil rights legislation for the one-in-five of us with disabilities — the Americans with Disabilities Act — is only 30 years old. When thinking about accessibility, we're starting to consider more than ramps and bathrooms, like information access and attitudes like who should be at the board table:
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/are-your-organization-and-its-board-access-able/

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) 13 Letters | Cognitive Dissidents

June 3rd 2021
Shell Little actually studied accessibility in college — making her a rare example of someone who didn't "stumble" into accessibility but hit the job market knowing exactly what she wanted to do. Still, she didn't know that she, herself, was part of the demographic that benefitted from inclusive design. Now an inclusive design lead on Wells Fargo's Accessible User Experience team and accomplished speaker in her own right, Shell shares her journey, talks about what a "Cognitive disability" can really mean, and even explains the surprising connection between accessibility and cosmetology:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/cognitive-dissidents

2) Blind Android Users 26 | It's All About Low-vision, CSR, Uno Barcode Reader and Much More

June 5th 2021 | In this episode we discuss apps and technology for low vision and its improvements for Android and Windows. We chat with the developer of the Uno Barcode scanner app. He talks about his app and developing for Android as a totally visually impaired person. His app is not released on the Play Store as of now, but for the link to download the APK and give him feedback please read the show notes. And finally, we demo the Uno Barcode scanner app. To listen to this and all previous episodes, visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Say My Meme | Musical Theatre

June 7th 2021
Matthew Shifrin is the host of the new Radiotopia Presents podcast Blind Guy Travels — and he's also somewhat of a "meme skeptic." Blind since birth, Matthew hasn't engaged much with the visual culture of memes. So in our neverending crusade to bring memes to tohe people who have the least access, we attempted to turn Matthew into a meme enthusiast by tapping into one of this favorite subjects: musical theatre:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/musical-theatre

4) Be My Eyes Podcast | Do Blind People Use Body Language?

June 8th 2021
This week on the podcast, we're collaborating with Radiotopia and PRX to share the first episode of the new podcast, Blind Guy Travels. Follow along with host Matthew Shifrin as he shares his perspective on everything from LEGOs to online dating. In this first episode: Matthew explains how he studied the art of body language to become a better communicator:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/do-blind-people-use-body-language

5) Blind Tech Guys | WWDC Event Wrap-Up

June 8th 2021 | On this bonus episode of the pod, Marco and Kirt wrap up the goings on at this year's Apple WWDC conference. Many announcements were made, but was it all just a whole lot of hot air?:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/bonus15

6) Eyes on Success 2124 | White Cane and Guide Dog Mobility Differences

June 9th 2021
Is a guide dog for you or would you prefer to navigate using a white cane? What are the trade-offs? If I decide to get a dog, what is the process? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jake Koch, Community Outreach Specialist at Guide Dogs for the Blind about the answers to these questions and the services offered by Guide Dogs for the Blind:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202124.htm

7) That Real Blind Tech Show 37 | Release The Geek

June 9th 2021
Allison and Brian are joined by Jeanine Stanley pinch hitting for Ed. Hold on to your shoelaces as the gang is going to discuss all the announcements coming out of Cupertino and how we feel they will effect accessibility:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-37-apple-wwdc21-release-the-geek

8) Mosen At Large 130

June 9th 2021 You're invited to participate in the Sonaar research project to improve the quality of image descriptions on the web:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/2515f019/you-re-invited-to-participate-in-the-sonaar-research-project-to-improve-the-quality-of-image-descriptions-on-the-web

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

1) Multiply Your Math Success Exponentially With The MATT Connect

June 10th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar organized by the American Printing House. With MATT Connect, it all adds up! Learn how to use the device to study math from addition and subtraction through higher-level problem-solving. In this webinar, you will also learn how to set up exam mode, which allows a teacher to customize permissions and features offered on the MATT Connect in testing situations. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JaOHKlwQQjK66tk46qLPLA

2) Desktop Accessibility Through Eye Tracking by Network of Assistive Technologists

Junhe 11th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT | This training session will cover the assessment and application of the eye gaze modality as an alternative and / or augmentative computer access option for use with clients with functional impairments. We will discuss advancements in eye-tracking technology and using eye-gaze as a part of your clinical toolbox. Learn more and register here:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/desktop-accessibility-through-eye-tracking-11-jun-2021

3) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register in advance for this webinar at:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

4) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register here:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

5) Zoom Webinar From the National Federation of The Blind: Getting The Most Out of Microsoft Office With a Screen Reader

June 16th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Mastering the basics of Office may be easy, but using its advanced features with a screen reader can become tricky. Even if you begin as a novice, during this seminar you will progress toward becoming an advanced user in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This is a 4-hour webinar. Learn more and register here:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/trainings/accessibility-boutiques/accessibility-boutique-registration

6) Present and Future of JAWS

June 16th 2021 | 6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM GMT, 2PM London | This webinar from the UK gives some glimpses into the forthcoming July update and beyond, as well as covering recent enhancements. As Covid-19 restrictions are easing we are told we can have some visitors to our homes, and, to our virtual home as well. That's why we're delighted to welcome back our old friends Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management and Jan bloem, International Sales Manager from Vispero for a very special Webinar Wednesday session. Join Jan and Eric as they review some recent changes in JAWS 2021, including a more efficient way to navigate through email threads and lots more ways in which you can engage with JAWS by simply using your voice! And, if that wasn't enough, Eric will glimpse a little into the future and talk about the July update of JAWS. Register:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n-U-LvapTfqLKFrvH8CUzA?utm_content=169274733&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

7) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

June 25th 2021 through June 30th 2021 | You are hereby invited to the first World Blindness Summit, an online and fully accessible event from June 25th to 30th 2021, open to everyone. What is the World Blindness Summit 21? This is a cutting-edge and innovative event that embraces the benefits of technologies, creating the first global and accessible online conference. Why is it unique? Over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people from nearly 190 countries over the world will participate to share their experiences and practices developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life. Who can participate? Everyone is welcome to attend, to participate, to listen, to talk, and to share this unique experience. All events of the World Blindness Summit are available in English, French and Spanish. Why is it interesting to participate? The achievements and challenges experienced will be analyzed, priorities will be set in this new era beginning by working hard to prevent blind and partially sighted people from being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress in the past months. On the other hand, new strategies will be worked on to give visibility to our reality and above all, to promote everything that contributes to the substantiation of a central goal: to create a new vision of blindness, to enable everyone to fully participate in all aspect of our society. You can check the program here: https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/schedule/program. It is all free and you have to register here by 5th June:
https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/inscription

8) Reaping the Benefits! Using Reaper Audio Workstation, OSARA and JAWS for Windows

June 30th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM UK | This £80 / $112 USD course is suited to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with audio content. You should be familiar with how JAWS functions together with Windows concepts, such as how to navigate around applications. The course is fast-paced. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. All of your remaing questions answered here:
http://www.hartgen.org/reaper

9) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

10) Amazon Prime - More Than Just a Delivery Service | Technology User Group (TUG)

June 12th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Many components are included in Amazon Prime, such as Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Books, Prime Games and many more. Many of these skills can work with Alexa. There are many tips, tricks and secrets to learn to take full advantage of these services. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling the number below. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes:
+1 (319) 527-4994

➜ Surveys

1) WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #9

Close Date: June 15th 2021 | The following survey is a follow-up to previous WebAIM Screen Reader User Surveys. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

2) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey, open to NVDA users and testers around the world:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_6qHLmpFPvt4TwWUgVcuzHNxPI45BAdjGjvAD0GFVx8/edit?ts=60a394d2

3) David Goldfield's 1st Annual 2021 Tech-VI Listserv Subscriber Survey

Close Date: June 30th 2021 | This is an invitation to provide your feedback about this list by taking our First Annual Tech-VI Subscriber Survey. This survey is completely anonymous. In fact, I have deliberately not asked for names and email addresses to allow participants to feel totally comfortable in providing both positive as well as constructive feedback. None of the questions require that you submit a response and most are ones where you can jot down your thoughts in a multiline edit field, giving you as much space as you would like to tell me what is working as well as how the list can be improved. Again, all submissions are anonymous and any question can be skipped. Just make sure that you activate the Submit button if you want your feedback to be seen. Comments will not be published to this or any other list:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAANEiuHBUMjYzVEpYVjZIVElKVUI3MEk4UEozUERUSC4u&wdLOR=cC5A76114-D3FC-4F84-80EA-68B694A51C78

4) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

5) Access Technology in the Workplace

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Open Date: Now Open | Survey Information: a. The NRTC is recruiting people with blindness or low vision (age 21+) who are working or interested in working to be part of a 5-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions we will seek answers to are: i. What AT do you most commonly use? ii. How do you decide whether to use a specific AT? iii. What are your AT challenges? iv. What AT do you need that isn't currently available? b. We want to know YOUR thoughts and experiences! Participation will involve completing multiple surveys to help us determine how AT use is changing over time. Fill out the online pre-screening survey to see if you qualify! 5. Survey Rewards Offered: a. if selected from this pre-screening survey, you'll receive a small gift card after completing each survey. Additionally, the NRTC will share study results with participants:
https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i98Qap5V441mdg?source=27

6) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS

➜ 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

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2) FOR SALE: One HIMS QBraille XL 40-Cell Smart Display

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Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
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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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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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
VisionAware Resources: The Benefits of Working: Navigating SSI/SSDI While Seeking Employment
Join Karen Shrawder for an interactive presentation on June 14th 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern about the benefits of becoming employed for recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) including: an overview of work incentives and helpful hints for overcoming challenges such as overpayments at:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
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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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
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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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: Dolphin Computer Access

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Dolphin creates customized kiosk solutions for every type of service kiosk and every level of vision loss--and that's a win for your service or brand! If you're a business owner or someone who's struggling to access a service via a kiosk, spread the word! Check out this introductory audio/video demonstration highlighting the benefits of Dolphin SuperNova Kiosks!
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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
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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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
GuideLights and Gadgets Invites You to Listen, Learn and Buy from our Selection of Leather, Gadgets, and Dog Products
(1) Our first summer convention weekly special: 1 of 8: New 6 pocket leather waist pack, 15 by 7 by 5 inches, 6 pockets, 50 inch strap, $35. (2) Our new hands free 6 pocket rugged cowhide leather neck pouch will fit any phone, and a whole lot more. Can go on your belt or carry crossbody. 7 by 5 by 4 inches. $40.00. (3) Craddle your 20 cell Braille display with Our unique leather case that feels like a thick book; middle zipper, carrying strap; no Braille display ever felt so much love! $60. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or visit: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.

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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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
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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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: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:
Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
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Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

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Attendees! Never wonder what's being shared on screen during online presentations again! Presenters! Upload slides within 5 minutes of the presentation, and provide content in multiple downloadable formats. There is absolutely no reason why your next online event has to leave anyone with a print disability in digital darkness. Schools, Government, businesses, and single presenters! Take advantige of our introductory rate for meetings and free webinar for life program:
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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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Sponsor: Commtech USA

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Sponsor Since: April 22nd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://commtechusa.net/ 🌐

Phone: (833) 345-8324

About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 3, 2021 - Volume 809

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 3, 2021 - Volume 809

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Your One-Stop Hub for Resources About Thriving with Blindness or Low Vision

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 6 Command Prompt Commands You Should Know: (6.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3619900/6-command-prompt-commands-you-should-still-be-using.html
B.) Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/
C.) What is everybody's favorite accessible game on iOS?: (5.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados-gaming/what-everybody-s-favorite-accessible-game
D.) Free JAWS Training Bundle: (4.5% of all clicks.)
https://bit.ly/3ueF3U8
E.) NVDA Remote for iOS Being Developed: (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://testflight.apple.com/join/oEUkUTMd

2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Pneuma Solutions

Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to Pneuma Solutions. They join us this week as one of twelve Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors for which we are sincerely grateful. Without the support of our sponsors, Tidbits would not be possible. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell and is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Learn more today at:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

3) Alexa Makes It Possible For Those With Hearing Loss

Here are some accessibility features that individuals with a hearing loss can benefit from:
https://ndassistive.org/blog/alexa-makes-it-possible-for-those-with-hearing-loss/

4) The Best Speech to Text Software for Windows 10

There are multiple options for speech-to-text software on Windows 10, but it can be hard to narrow down the best picks. Here they examine both the free and paid options to help you choose the right software for you:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/software-reviews/the-best-speech-to-text-software-for-windows-10/

5) RIP IE: Microsoft to End Internet Explorer Support Next Year

Microsoft has announced the end of the 25-year old era of Internet Explorer, a former king of browsers. Microsoft has already killed Edge Legacy earlier this year and now plans to retire Internet Explorer, which is still present in every Windows installation:
https://winaero.com/microsoft-to-end-internet-explorer-support-next-year/

6) Mantis and Chameleon Software Improvements New Features as of May 2021

The Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 — two top-of-the-line "hybrid" braille displays from APH - are getting some new upgrades that will make your device better whether you're an adult professional, a student, or a teacher supporting students with braille displays:
https://www.aph.org/mantis-and-chameleon-software-improvements/

7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2021

Always a convenient way to make sure you haven't missed anything important in the accessible Apple world:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-may-2021

8) David Woodbridge's Podcasts and Demos

Here's where you can find all of David Woodbridge's useful tech recordings:
https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/
And here are all of his Vision Australia Talking Tech Shows:
http://talkingtech.podbean.com/

9) Math Accessibility Trees

This post on the Math in Office Blog discusses aspects of making mathematical equations accessible to blind people:
https://devblogs.microsoft.com/math-in-office/math-accessibility-trees/?_lrsc=fccd4643-ef98-4af6-8dfe-041753ff5b29

10) Writing with a Screen Reader

Here is one person's experience and impressions:
https://annalodwick.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/writing-with-a-screen-reader/

11) TMAP on Clubhouse

Join a conversation on Tactile Maps Automated Production on Clubhouse on Thursday, June 3rd 2021 at 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/mgvw6AYZ

12) Join Blind Tech Guys on Clubhouse

There's a weekly episode and occasional bonus episodes:
https://www.clubhouse.com/club/blind-tech-guys

13) Free Help Sessions from The Tech Juggernaut

In the Summer you can get Apple-related assistance on Tuesdays at 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT:
https://ttjtech.net/2021/06/02/announcing-the-ttj-summer-schedule/

14) Review in Spanish of NVDA Training Materials

This review covers the Excel and PowerPoint courses available for purchase:
https://olgacarreras.blogspot.com/2021/06/resena-powerpoint-y-excel-con-nvda-de.html

15) ClipTools, NVDA Add-on for Managing the Clipboard

View and edit clipboard content:
https://github.com/TheQuinbox/cliptools/releases/tag/v2021.1

16) How to Listen to Radio Stations Online for Free

In this era of Spotify and Apple Music it can be easy to forget that radio exists, especially when you're used to picking your music at-will. The fact is, radio is a great way to not only discover new artists and songs, but also to learn more about places all over the world:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/how-to-listen-to-radio-stations-online-for-free/

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Candy-Like Models Used to Make STEM Accessible to Visually Impaired Students

A breakthrough study aims to make science more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired through small, candy-like models:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210528171755.htm

2) Will Blind People Be Able to See Again in the Future Thanks to a Brain Implant?

https://innovationorigins.com/en/brain-implant-enables-blind-people-to-see-again-in-the-future/

3) 'Can I Play That?' Co-Founder Courtney Craven on the Spectrum of Disability and Challenge of Accessibility

Twitch streamer Cerebral Paul joins the conversation to share how he 'games differently,' and encourages a healthy playing environment with those on the other side of the controller:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/can-i-play-that-co-founder-courtney-craven-spectrum-of-disability-accessibility-1234959539/

4) A Blind Man's Lessons Learned in the Quest for Making Change

https://www.therecord.com/opinion/2021/05/29/a-blind-mans-lessons-learned-in-the-quest-for-making-change.html

5) accessiBe, The Web Accessibility Market Leader, Announces New Search Engine accessFind to Help People with Disabilities Find Accessible Websites

Developed in partnership with disability-focused nonprofit organizations, accessFind is an inclusive, first-of-its-kind search engine specifically designed to enhance internet accessibility for people with disabilities:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/accessibe-the-web-accessibility-market-leader-announces-new-search-engine-accessfind-to-help-people-with-disabilities-find-accessible-websites-301298597.html

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Blind Tech Guys 86 | ClubHouse And ClubDeck Are They Really What They Proclaim To Be

May 26th 2021 | On this episode, Marco spoke with accessibility specialist and all-round great guy Neil McCullough, who walked our listeners through how to use ClubHouse, and the developers of ClubDeck, Pierre Stanislas and Philippe Breuils:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/86

2) Blind Android Users 25 | Milestone Celebration with Listeners

May 29th 2021 | In this episode, we have lots of fun with our listeners. We tell you how we got started with the podcast and discuss a lot of things like Android vs iOS, Talkback vs CSR and much more. Listen in and join the fun. We thank our listeners for being with us in these 25 episodes and hope you encourage us in the future. You can listen to this podcast and all our content by visiting:
https://blindandroidusers.com/

3) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 26 | World Ocean Day

May 29th 2021 | This episode is all about listening to underwater sounds. We challenge listeners with a series of underwater marine recordings, and Lawrence speaks with the host of the new Sound aquatic Podcast. There are Tips for using sound to find things underwater, and reflections on what we can learn from aquatic animals that use hearing to thrive in low and no light situations:
https://tunein.com/podcasts/Sports--Recreation-Podcasts/Outdoors-with-Lawrence-Gunther-p1364141/?topicId=163394384

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 35 | A Stir of Siri Echoes

May 31st 2021
Brian and Ed are joined in the That Real Blind Tech Show virtual studio by Jeanine Stanley, pinch hitting for Allison:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-35-a-stir-of-siri-echoes

5) Eyes on Success 2123 | The Great Outdoors

June 2nd 2021
Lawrence Gunther is host of the podcast "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther". The podcast is a mix of interesting facts about our environment and outdoor activities and includes interviews with blind people who enjoy the outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lawrence, who is blind himself, about the podcast as well as about his own adventures in nature:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202123.htm

6) Mosen At Large 127

June 2nd 2021 Janet Ingber discusses her updated Mac Basics book and why you might want a Mac in your life:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/55b3d718/janet-ingber-discusses-her-updated-mac-basics-book-and-why-you-might-want-a-mac-in-your-life

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

1) 2021 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 4th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding a virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents and anyone else who is passionate about the empowerment that braille literacy brings. Learn more at:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/announcing-the-2021-braille-literacy-canada-symposium-friday-4-june-600-1100-pm/

2) Zoom Webinar | Florida Vision Technology | Florida Assistive Technology Presentation

June 7th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Join Florida Vision Technology for a virtual presentation of the latest and greatest in Assistive Technology including the brand new Envision Glasses and other wearables Check out our most updated catalog of products: https://floridareading.com/downloads. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cDgpkD0BS4SivMVTMhsGug

3) Multiply Your Math Success Exponentially With The MATT Connect

June 10th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar organized by the American Printing House. With MATT Connect, it all adds up! Learn how to use the device to study math from addition and subtraction through higher-level problem-solving. In this webinar, you will also learn how to set up exam mode, which allows a teacher to customize permissions and features offered on the MATT Connect in testing situations. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JaOHKlwQQjK66tk46qLPLA

4) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register in advance for this webinar at:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

5) Get Organized and Read Books - Exploring File Management and the Victor Reader App on the Brailliant BI X Series

June 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 6/16 | Join Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic for another installment of the HumanWare webinar series, where they will explore different aspects of file and folder management (like copying, cutting, and renaming or moving content to/from SD cards and USB sticks) in the KeyFiles application of BI 20 and 40 X. Attendees will also get an in-depth look at the Victor Reader application, designed to play digital books in many supported formats. Register here:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6RwL1O8zQnC7P3Ji9pfjHA

6) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

June 25th 2021 through June 30th 2021 | You are hereby invited to the first World Blindness Summit, an online and fully accessible event from June 25th to 30th 2021, open to everyone. What is the World Blindness Summit 21? This is a cutting-edge and innovative event that embraces the benefits of technologies, creating the first global and accessible online conference. Why is it unique? Over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people from nearly 190 countries over the world will participate to share their experiences and practices developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life. Who can participate? Everyone is welcome to attend, to participate, to listen, to talk, and to share this unique experience. All events of the World Blindness Summit are available in English, French and Spanish. Why is it interesting to participate? The achievements and challenges experienced will be analyzed, priorities will be set in this new era beginning by working hard to prevent blind and partially sighted people from being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress in the past months. On the other hand, new strategies will be worked on to give visibility to our reality and above all, to promote everything that contributes to the substantiation of a central goal: to create a new vision of blindness, to enable everyone to fully participate in all aspect of our society. You can check the program here: https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/schedule/program. It is all free and you have to register here by 5th June:
https://www.worldblindnesssummit.com/en/inscription

7) Reaping the Benefits! Using Reaper Audio Workstation, OSARA and JAWS for Windows

June 30th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM UK | This £80 / $112 USD course is suited to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with audio content. You should be familiar with how JAWS functions together with Windows concepts, such as how to navigate around applications. The course is fast-paced. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. All of your remaing questions answered here:
http://www.hartgen.org/reaper

8) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

9) Amazon Prime - More Than Just a Delivery Service | Technology User Group (TUG)

June 12th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Many components are included in Amazon Prime, such as Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Books, Prime Games and many more. Many of these skills can work with Alexa. There are many tips, tricks and secrets to learn to take full advantage of these services. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling the number below. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes:
+1 (319) 527-4994

➜ Surveys

1) WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #9

Close Date: June 15th 2021 | The following survey is a follow-up to previous WebAIM Screen Reader User Surveys. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

2) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey, open to NVDA users and testers around the world:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_6qHLmpFPvt4TwWUgVcuzHNxPI45BAdjGjvAD0GFVx8/edit?ts=60a394d2

3) PolyPad Braille Display Needs Assessment

Close Date: July 1st 2021 | Participants must be 18 years or older to participate and able to read braille. We hope that our research will lead to a high quality multi-lined braille display that can be used with a smartphone. Researchers will investigate the quality and usefulness of the product and use the information to improve the development of the device:
https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fPVm4hlLE5hQhg

4) Paid Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study: Studying Tools to Manage and Share Pictures

Close Date: July 16th 2021 | We are a group of researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are conducting research to help blind people and people with visual impairments (BVI people) share pictures to social media free of private and sensitive information. We have designed a mobile App to let BVI users screen private and sensitive information of their about-to-share pictures using artificial intelligence (AI) and human effort. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research study. Those who complete the study will receive a $20 compensation and $10 for exit interview. Learn more here:
https://ischoolillinois.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVmhfJViHruycS

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

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: One Braillenote Touch Plus in Excellent Condition

Listing Date: 5/20/2021 | Price: $2,000.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: One Braillenote Touch Plus in Excellent Condition. | Contact: sharonklug9304@gmail.com ✉ or (817) 293-2156 ☎ |

2) FOR SALE: One HIMS QBraille XL 40-Cell Smart Display

Listing Date: 5/20/2021 | Price: $1,600.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: Two years old. Onboard applications such as Notepad, DAISY reader, alarm clock, calculator, calendar. Full function keys and modifier keys. Will support up to six bluetooth connections and one USB connection simultaneously. Carrying case included. | Contact: badgertom1@verizon.net ✉ or (941) 218-9090 ☎ |

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Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

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Join Karen Shrawder for an interactive presentation on June 14th 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern about the benefits of becoming employed for recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) including: an overview of work incentives and helpful hints for overcoming challenges such as overpayments at:
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Sponsor: Humanware

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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: Dolphin Computer Access

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Everyone Can Have an Amazing Customer Experience with SuperNova Kiosks!
Dolphin creates customized kiosk solutions for every type of service kiosk and every level of vision loss--and that's a win for your service or brand! If you're a business owner or someone who's struggling to access a service via a kiosk, spread the word! Check out this introductory audio/video demonstration highlighting the benefits of Dolphin SuperNova Kiosks!
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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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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Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

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

Download The App (Android):
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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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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: American Printing House (APH)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights and Gadgets Invites You to Listen, Learn and Buy from our Selection of Leather, Gadgets, and Dog Products
(1) Our new hands free 5 pocket rugged cowhide leather neck pouch will fit any phone. It can go on your belt or carry it crossbody; $40.00 (2) Our new unique leather case to protect your 20 cell Braille display. It feels like a thick book with a zipper down the middle. It's actually a concealed weapons case with carrying straps; no Braille display has ever had so much love. $60.00. (3) Starting next week, we will offer 1 weekly convention special on TTT = 8 successive weeks. Keep reading. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur@scheur.com ✉ or Kae: (781) 286-1696 ☎ or visit:
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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
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Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

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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: Commtech USA

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Training to Fit Your Needs Do you have a device you just don't understand? Do you want to advance your skills on a certain platform? Let Commtech help you out! From phones to note takers to computers and everything in between, let Commtech give you the skills you need to succeed. For more information, call (833) 345-8324 ☎ EXT 700 or visit our website:
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Sponsor Since: April 22nd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://commtechusa.net/ 🌐

Phone: (833) 345-8324

About: Commtech USA, a division of Commtech LLC is a Phoenix based national assistive technology company, with locations in Bakersfield CA. We deliver unmatched information technology and assistive technology consultations, training and support. Founded in 2005 as a government vendor fulfilling a vast range of technology needs of federal and state government clients, Commtech USA has expanded to meet the needs of businesses as well as individuals, with office locations across the nation. No issue is too large or too small for our staff, Commtech USA is the on call technology staff you call when you have tried the rest but need the best!

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Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

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.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 27, 2021 - Volume 808

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 27, 2021 - Volume 808

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) iOS 14.6 Release Date, Features and What We Know About So Far: (8.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.techradar.com/news/ios-146-release-date-features-and-what-we-know-about-so-far
B.) Apple Previews Powerful Software Updates Designed for People with Disabilities: (6.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/05/apple-previews-powerful-software-updates-designed-for-people-with-disabilities/
C.) Microsoft Kicks Off The Rollout of Windows 10 21H1: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-kicks-off-the-rollout-of-windows-10-21h1/#ftag=RSSbaffb68
D.) New Features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion: (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zoomtext-and-fusion-5/
E.) How To Turn On (and Off) Windows Startup Sound In Windows 10 Computers: (4.0% of all clicks.)
https://wccftech.com/how-to/windows-startup-sound-windows-10-computers/

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3) You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Companies like Apple and Spotify are making it easier for people with disabilities to use their products. Accessibility advocates hope more follow suit:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/youll-soon-be-able-to-use-your-apple-watch-without-touching-the-screen-11621624080

4) Google Phone Gains Caller ID Announcement Feature to Help You Manually Screen Calls

To help you screen unwanted calls, the Google Phone app is rolling out the Caller ID Announcement feature that will announce the name and number of any incoming calls:
https://9to5google.com/2021/05/17/google-phone-gains-caller-id-announcement-feature-to-help-you-manually-screen-calls/

5) Learn Keyboard Shortcuts for Popular Programs and Practice the Combinations with KeyCombiner

KeyCombiner is a free desktop program and website that can help you learn the keyboard shortcuts for popular programs, and also practice them. Please note that you'll need to sign up for a free account before using the website or the desktop program which is available for Windows, Linux and macOS:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/05/21/learn-keyboard-shortcuts-for-popular-programs-and-practice-the-combinations-with-keycombiner/

6) May 2021 AccessWorld

This month, we choose among "A New Day for TalkBack: Android Screen Reader Gets a Major Update," "Lookout App for Android: Google's AI Swiss Army Knife," "Streaming Audio Services Part 2: The Accessibility of Apple Music," "Untold RPG for iOS: Playability and Accessibility," and "The Power of LiDAR Comes to an iPhone Near You:"
https://www.afb.org/aw/22/5

7) 6 Command Prompt Commands You Should Know

According to PC World, the venerable command prompt still serves a purpose:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3619900/6-command-prompt-commands-you-should-still-be-using.html

8) Free JAWS Training Bundle

Here is a downloadable version of the JAWS Basic Training folder for use on a phone or portable device:
https://bit.ly/3ueF3U8

9) Thorium Reader for Reading EPUB Files on PC, Mac and Linux

This program is free and said to be accessible:
https://www.edrlab.org/software/thorium-reader/

10) What is everybody's favorite accessible game on iOS?

Maybe you'll find a new game by reading through this AppleVis discussion forum topic:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados-gaming/what-everybody-s-favorite-accessible-game

11) NVDA 2021.1 Beta 1 Available for Testing

Lots of changes and fixes:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-1beta1/

12) Soundscape Beacons and Audio Markers

This page has a recent story about navigating with SoundScape as well as older articles:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/enable/articles/beacon-on-the-banksy/

13) Fulll Description and Demo of Zoom Podtrack P4

Another in a series of podcasts about this device by David Woodbridge:
https://s136.podbean.com/pb/b67c99bb6f6ee11c24092c7435095772/60aef20f/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/description_and_play_around_with_the_P46x6m7.mp3?pbss=c9525af8-e1e7-5a7a-aaa8-bff8f5fffbfc

14) JAWS Scripts for Outlook

Brian Hartgen provides a demo (MP3):
http://www.hartgen.org/audio/outlookdemo.mp3
And a transcript:
http://www.hartgen.org/outlooktext

15) NVDA Remote for iOS Being Developed

You're encouraged to test this:
https://testflight.apple.com/join/oEUkUTMd

16) Accessible Writing With Ulysses

A review of a powerful and accessible tool for writing in iOS:
https://www.ernestrudak.com/2021/05/24/accessible-writing-with-ulysses/

17) FSCast #199

Glenn Gordan speaks to the National Coding Symposium, and we learn about localizing JAWS for Spanish:
https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/a/e/6ae3f8ae547f8566/FSCast199-May2021.mp3?c_id=104075870&cs_id=104075870&destination_id=699950&expiration=1622083134&hwt=d107f1e50d8e364ce5a5defbfd8dd01a

18) FS Open Line on Clubhouse

Learn about math on braille displays with JAWS and get other questions answered on GMT Friday, 28 May at 00:00. The program willl be recorded and become the next FSCast:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fsopenline/?utm_content=167546539&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

19) IndentBeeper, for Coding on the Mac

Now you can get notifications of indentations when writing on the Mac:
https://github.com/pitermach/IndentBeeper

20) Quick Accessibility Tests

Ten accessible tests anybody can perform, created for GAAD:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTqm2yVMMUKWTr9XWdW5hJ9tk512Ow0SE

21) GoodMaps Explore

Considerable enhancements to indoor navigation for this iOS app:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/goodmaps-explore/id1524698552

22) Recording: Hartgen Consultancy and Florida Outreach Center for the Blind Workshop: May 20th 2021

Below is a link where you can listen to and download the Hartgen Consultancy workshop that took place over Zoom from the florida outreach center for the blind on Thursday May 20, 2021:
https://1drv.ms/v/s!AisYUv3BHXuF8jULgS2PORsmbQz1?e=viRosE

23) Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts

https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/

24) Voting is Now Open for the 2021 Inductees Into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame

Now in its tenth year, our Hall of Fame is one of the ways in which the AppleVis community seeks to recognize developers of accessible iOS applications. Apps in the Hall of Fame can be liberating; empowering; life-changing; provide access to information that sighted users take for granted; or, in some cases, they can just be good fun:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/voting-now-open-2021-inductees-applevis-ios-app-hall-fame

25) HumanWare YouTube Video: A Deeper Look into the Use of Screen Readers with the New Brailliant BI X Displays

In this webinar, Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic of HumanWare will demonstrate how to connect BI X Series Braille displays to JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver on iOS, present a series of tips and tricks to make navigation with each screen reader easier, and discuss the benefits of using a refreshable Braille display in conjunction with, or in contrast to, a Braille note taker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qigRmeEvlsA&t=125s

26) SuperNova with Magnification with Speech Training Video

Irie AT has recently uploaded a training video covering SuperNova with Magnification with speech. This video is over five hours long:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjEKcy8A3Dc&t=588s

27) VLC Open Source Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/vlc-keyboard-shortcuts/

28) Apple Unveils New Accessibility Features Including Ggesture Controls and Eye Tracking

Apple has unveiled a slew of features designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities, ranging from one-handed gesture controls for the Apple Watch to eye-tracking support for the iPad:
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/apple-unveils-new-accessibility-features-including-gesture-controls-eye-tracking-1.5438463

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Braille Institute Offers 110 Free Online Spring/Summer Courses Including Laughing Yoga and Making Technology Work For You

The Spring/Summer semester runs from May 3rd 2021 through August 13th 2021. Participants can join anytime throughout the semester:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/braille-institute-offers-110-free-online-springsummer-courses-including-laughing-yoga-and-making-technology-work-for-you-301299165.html

2) Facebook's Latest AI Can Learn Speech Without Human Transcriptions

According to Facebook, its novel system can now unshackle the tech from its reliance upon text-to-speech input. The time consuming task involves humans listening to and transcribing hours of audio, a monotonous process that has to be repeated for each language. Whereas Facebook's "unsupervised" system learns purely from speech audio and unpaired text to give it a better sense of what human communication sounds like:
https://www.engadget.com/facebook-ai-speech-transcriptions-130005002.html

3) Alexa Trust Boss Beatrice Geoffrin Talks Accessibility At Amazon And How It Is 'Everyone's Responsibility'

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2021/05/19/alexa-trust-boss-beatrice-geoffrin-talks-accessibility-at-amazon-and-how-it-is-everyones-responsibility/?sh=f2ada5f3c843

4) Meet the Disabled Streamers Who Are Transforming the Gaming Industry

Gamers with disabilities aren't waiting for big companies to catch up: They're forming their own communities and making gameplay more accessible than ever:
https://www.wired.com/story/disabled-streamers-transforming-games-industry/

5) RNIB Partners Google and The Guardian to Launch Accessible Storytelling Website

Auditorial, an experimental storytelling experience launched last week, aims to make the web a more inclusive place for blind and low-vision readers. R/GA's London and Sao Paulo offices were creative partners for the project, which was set up by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, The Guardian and Google:
https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/rnib-partners-google-guardian-launch-accessible-storytelling-website/1716624

6) Greek Students Invent Revolutionary Device to Help Blind Swimmers

A wearable assistance system for swimmers with total or partial blindness was developed by a group of students, as part of the 7th Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition of Junior Achievement Greece (JA Greece). The revolutionary assistance system consists of a swimming cap with glasses, and is intended to help swimmers with their orientation in a swimming pool. The device, which is located on the cap, has a set of sensors that notify the swimmer wearing it about his or her orientation in the pool, the arrival at the end of the swimming route for the turn or the finish:
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/05/22/device-blind-swimmers/

7) Smart Shoes Alert Blind and Visually Impaired People of Obstacles

Austrian company Tec-Innovation has produced an intelligent shoe, dubbed "InnoMake," that warns blind and visually impaired people of obstacles in their path:
https://coolblindtech.com/smart-shoes-alert-blind-and-visually-impaired-people-of-obstacles/

8) Cooking Without Looking TV Show Featuring Visually Impaired Cooks Conveys a Powerful Message About Inclusion

The COVID-19 lockdown has seen a flood of shows on cooking all around the world but there's one show that stands heads and shoulders above the rest. That's the iconic Cooking Without Looking TV Show, the first live TV show which shows blind and visually people cooking. It is now available as a podcast:
https://newzhook.com/story/cooking-without-looking-tv-show-featuring-blind-visually-impaired-cooks-conveys-a-powerful-message-about-inclusion/

9) Psychonauts 2 Accessibility Options Range from Gameplay Adjustments to Colorblind Modes

Double Fine has revealed the many accessibility options that will be available for Psychonauts 2. The upcoming action-adventure game will have options ranging from gameplay choices to sound and graphics adjustments such as colorblind modes. All of these have been explained in a 30 minute accessibility feature Q&A video, which was released yesterday as part of GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day):
https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2021/05/21/psychonauts-2-accessibility/

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Blind Tech Guys 86 | ClubHouse And ClubDeck Are They Really What They Proclaim To Be

May 18th 2021 | On this episode, Marco spoke with accessibility specialist and all-round great guy Neil McCullough, who walked our listeners through how to use ClubHouse, and the developers of ClubDeck, Pierre Stanislas and Philippe Breuils:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/86

2) That Real Blind Tech Show 34 | The Definitive Robert Klein Interview Part One

May 23rd 2021
Brian and Ed welcome Legendary Comedian, actor, singer, and 13 time performer at Laugh For Sight Robert Klein in to the That Real Blind Tech show podcast bunker:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-34-the-definitive-robert-klein-interview-part-one

3) Eyes on Success 2122 | Life and Career of Larry Skutchan

May 26th 2021
Larry Skutchan has been a key contributor and driver behind many of the access technologies that are familiar names to us these days. This includes the Studio Recorder audio editing program, the Bookport Reader, the Mantis braille display, and much more. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry about his life and career now that he is newly retired:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202122.htm

5) Mosen At Large 125

May 26th 2021 Record remote interviews from your iPhone with Backpack Live:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/f56e8ebe/record-remote-interviews-from-your-iphone-with-backpack-live

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

1) American Foundation for the Blind Presents "The Power of Gratitude and Joy: A Conversation with Rebecca Alexander"

May 27th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), in celebration of 100 years of creating a more inclusive world for people who are blind or visually impaired, has created a series of "Centennial Conversations"—curated webinars focused on the pressing issues and topics affecting people who are blind or have low vision, pairing prominent speakers with younger voices. Rebecca Alexander is an award-winning author, psychotherapist, keynote speaker, disability advocate, and extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf due to Usher syndrome type III. This live event, guided by AFB's Chief Program Officer Megan Aragon is free with required registration. As with all AFB centennial events, this conversation will be accessible, with captions, American Sign Language, audio description, and transcripts made available:
https://www.afb.org/afb100/gratitude-joy

2) 2021 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 4th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding a virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents and anyone else who is passionate about the empowerment that braille literacy brings. Learn more at:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/announcing-the-2021-braille-literacy-canada-symposium-friday-4-june-600-1100-pm/

3) Zoom Webinar | Florida Vision Technology | Florida Assistive Technology Presentation

June 7th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Join Florida Vision Technology for a virtual presentation of the latest and greatest in Assistive Technology including the brand new Envision Glasses and other wearables Check out our most updated catalog of products: https://floridareading.com/downloads. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cDgpkD0BS4SivMVTMhsGug

4) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

July 6th 2021 through July 10th 2021 | Register for free to attend the largest gathering of blind people and take advantage of the opportunity to network with thousands of blind role models, connect with leaders in the field of blindness, attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics, and learn about the latest in technology and innovation. Learn more and register here:
https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention

5) Amazon Prime - More Than Just a Delivery Service | Technology User Group (TUG)

June 12th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Many components are included in Amazon Prime, such as Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Books, Prime Games and many more. Many of these skills can work with Alexa. There are many tips, tricks and secrets to learn to take full advantage of these services. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling the number below. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes:
+1 (319) 527-4994

➜ Surveys

1) Vispero Video Magnifier Survey

Close Date: May 31st 2021 | Do you use our low vision hardware products? If so, we need your help! We want to make changes that ensure a hassle-free experience for you when using our products. Please take our three-minute survey to tell us what is most important to you. In appreciation of your feedback, you will be entered to win one of five Amazon gift cards. The grand prize is a $100 gift card, and the other four gift cards are $25 each. Take the Vispero Video Magnifier Survey today. The survey ends May 31. You must be 18 years of age or older to win the gift card. Vispero employees are not eligible to win.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VCKDB9P

2) WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #9

Close Date: June 15th 2021 | The following survey is a follow-up to previous WebAIM Screen Reader User Surveys. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate:
https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey9/

3) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

Close Date: June 25th 2021 | NV Access are pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simpl