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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 30, 2021 - Volume 839

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 30, 2021 - Volume 839

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 10 Amazing Apple iPhone Accessibility Tips You Might Not Be Aware Of: (13.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.hellomagazine.com/news/20211217129234/apple-iphone-accessibility-tips/
B.) With iOS 15.2 Siri Is Back As Always: Voice Commands For The Visually Impaired Have Been Reinstated: (11.9% of all clicks.)
https://voonze.com/with-ios-15-2-siri-is-back-as-always-voice-commands-for-the-visually-impaired-have-been-reinstated/
C.) 4 Common Ways Companies Alienate People with Disabilities: (4.6% of all clicks.)
https://hbr.org/2021/11/4-common-ways-companies-alienate-people-with-disabilities
D.) The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Chrome Extensions: (3.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-chrome-text-to-speech-extensions/
E.) The Next Wave of Log4J Attacks Will Be Brutal | Wired: (3.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/log4j-log4shell-vulnerability-ransomware-second-wave/

2) Hey Alexa

A) Guess the prices of every day (or not quite every day) items from Amazon.com. Earn extra points by playing classic mini games like Plinko, Showcase Showdown, and more. Just say, "Alexa, open the Price is Right."
B) From sleep timers and alarms, to reminders, and calendar management, Alexa can take care of the details so you can focus on the holidays. Just say, "Alexa, remind me to take the dog out before bed."
C) To keep you organized and your dishes ready on time, Alexa can help you with multiple cooking timers at once. Just say, "Alexa, set a rib roast timer for 20 minutes."
D) Link your phone and ask Alexa to call it when it's misplaced. Just say, "Alexa, find my phone."

3) JAWS Power Tip: Setting a PlaceMarker on a Webpage

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/47.html

4) Positive Experiences Using The AIRA App by David Goldfield

David Goldfield outlines his recent experience using AIRA to fill out information for his COVID-19 Booster Shot on the Rite Aid website:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/12/27/positive-experiences-using-the-aira-app/

5) AccessiBe Breaks Accessibility of The Focus on The Family Online Shop by David Goldfield

David Goldfield outlines his recent experience with AccessiBe and The Focus on The Family Online Shop. His email to them, and their response:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/accessibe-breaks-accessibility-of-the-focus-on-the-family-online-shop/

6) Announcing Accessibility Enhancements In The Libby App

Better screen reader support on mobile and variable audio book narration speed are among some of the improvements. This will make accessing public library content more accessible:
https://company.overdrive.com/2021/12/16/announcing-accessibility-enhancements-in-the-libby-app/

7) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2112.24 (December 2021)

Jaws gets a clock on braille displays and a notification about sound splitting in Zoom and Teams and some other enhancements in the latest update. Read about it and download the update at:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

8) Microsoft UK Accessibility Champions

Here is a collection of videos from Microsoft with a focus on making Teams meetings more accessible:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/accessibility/tips-tricks/

9) How to Use Your Smart Speakers as a Home Theater Sound System

And if you are not talking to your speakers anymore, here is how you can set them up as a home theater for your television:
https://gizmodo.com/how-to-use-your-smart-speakers-as-a-home-theater-sound-1848271953

10) 15 Best Apps Released In 2021 To Download On Your New Android Phone

Android Police recommend their top 15 Apps of 2021 for your Shiny new Android phone:
https://www.androidpolice.com/best-apps-download-on-your-new-android-phone/

11) Accurate Mac Speech Recognition Is All About The Mic

Accurate speech recognition is all about a quality mic. Colin Hughes, an ex-BBC producer who relies on voice control for Mac and PC, offers his favorite microphone options for great results:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/12/28/accurate-mac-speech-recognition-is-all-about-the-mic-says-quadriplegic-user/

12) How To Enable, Disable, And Create Custom High Contrast Themes On Windows 10 And Windows 11

High contrast color schemes are different to light and dark mode and may make your screen easier to see. Learn how to customize them, and easily turn them on and off in Windows 10 and 11:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/enable-high-contrast-themes-on-windows-10

13) iOS 15 Settings You Should Change On Your iPhone 13 Right Now

Customize your iOS 15 experience with these must-know settings:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/ios-15-settings-you-should-change-on-your-iphone-13-right-now/

14) 8 Google Product Advancements Launched in 2021 That You May Have Overlooked

This article outlines eight valuable advancements that came to Google products in 2021 that you may not be aware of:
https://thegoaspotlight.com/2021/12/25/8-news-that-google-has-launched-in-2021-that-you-may-have-overlooked/

15) Hear Conversations Better with Pixel's Updated Sound Amplifier

The Sound Amplifier accessibility feature is available on Pixel 3 and above. This may be just what you need to hear conversations more clearly in noisy environments:
https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/hear-conversations-better-with-pixels-updated-sound-amplifier-0384928/

16) How To Zoom the Display in Android

Android makes it easy to magnify anything on the screen. Find out how to use this popular accessibility feature to enhance visibility:
https://www.bollyinside.com/articles/how-to-zoom-the-display-in-android/

17) Google Shares 'Getting To Know Your Pixel' ASL Guide | Video

Google posts a Getting to Know Your Pixel video with American Sign Language (ASL). Although aimed at the Pixel range, most features discussed are available on current Android smartphones:
https://9to5google.com/2021/12/23/google-pixel-asl-video/

18) Hadley Presents: Ask the Experts | Alexa: Lists and Reminders

https://hadley.edu/workshops/alexa-series/alexa-lists-and-reminders

19) Hands-on with Microsoft's Brilliantly Simple Surface Adaptive Kit

Accessibility in tech has never been more critical, and Microsoft is taking the lead with its $15 kit:
https://www.windowscentral.com/hands-microsofts-brilliant-surface-adaptive-kit

20) Did You Know Gmail Has Dozens Of Handy Keyboard Shortcuts?

https://www.ricksdailytips.com/gmail-keyboard-shortcuts/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Accessibility Awareness Is On The Rise, But Is It Turning Into Action?

This article is a good summary of the state of digital accessibility. The accessibility of free versus paid apps on mobile devices was particularly interesting. It also demonstrates a good thought; it is more than product development teams that need accessibility support and training:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/12/26/accessibility-awareness-is-on-the-rise-but-is-it-turning-into-action/

2) How To Set Up That New Windows 11 Laptop You Received This Holiday

Please note that this walk through is not accessibility specific. Did you get a new Windows 11 laptop? Here are the best tips to set it up:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-set-new-windows-11-laptop-you-received-holiday

3) Why Are Fewer People Chatting With Alexa?

Here is a thought-provoking article discussing the lack of discovery for smart speaker abilities and the transition to smart displays:
https://staceyoniot.com/why-are-fewer-people-chatting-with-alexa/

4) LastPass Says No Passwords Were Compromised Following Reports Of Unauthorized Logins

This accessible password manager had a security scare this week, but it claims that no passwords were stolen. All the same, turning on multi-factor authentication and even changing your master password are good advice:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/12/28/lastpass-says-no-passwords-were-compromised-following-reports-of-unauthorized-logins/

5) San Francisco Lighthouse For The Blind Sues AudioEye's Customer For Web Accessibility Issues

ADP, the human resources management software and resources giant, was sued for consistent failures in AudioEye services and products for blind people, despite working with them for a long time for website remediation:
https://en.brinkwire.com/technology/san-francisco-lighthouse-for-the-blind-sues-audioeyes-customer-for-web-accessibility-issues/

6) Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind People

A federal judge ordered New York City to install more than 9,000 accessible pedestrian signals at city crosswalks:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/27/nyregion/nyc-crosswalk-blind-people.html

7) 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 Windows laptops with full number pads. Every one of these devices has a full number pad, and each is one of the best Windows laptop picks in the category:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-laptops-full-number-pads

8) Best Of 2021: How Accessible Are Zelda, Pokémon And Animal Crossing For Blind Gamers?

Top Nintendo Switch games evaluated for players with vision loss:
https://www.nintendolife.com/features/best-of-2021-how-accessible-are-zelda-pokemon-and-animal-crossing-for-blind-gamers

9) TPGi 2021 Recap: New Products, Feature Releases, And Services

As we head in 2022, we'd like to take a minute to reflect on how TPGi has changed over the course of 2021 and what we've been able to create. But first, we'd like to thank everyone on the TPGi team: accessibility engineers, product developers, project managers — we couldn't have done it without you! Here are some of the highlights from 2021:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-2021-recap-new-products-feature-releases-and-services/

10) Canadian Company Builds A Better Box Of Chocolates Using Braille

A move by a Canadian chocolate maker to produce packaging for blind and partially sighted people is one of several campaigns this year by companies trying to make their products more accessible to people with disabilities (PWD):
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/braille-boxes-accessible-packaging-1.6296659

11) I'm Blind But Technology Helps Me Animate

Elodie Bateson has been blind since birth. But the 11-year-old from Limavady has become an expert at making short animated movies:
https://newsnationusa.com/news/world/uk/im-blind-but-technology-helps-me-animate/

12) Clovernook Changing the Landscape for the Visually Impaired One Card at a Time

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is embarking on a collaboration with TriHealth to create accessible business cards for more than 11,000 health care professionals. It means that anyone who is blind or low vision will be able to easily access the information on a card that sighted people take for granted:
https://www.wlwt.com/article/clovernook-creating-business-cards-to-help-the-visually-impaired/38600681

13) Visually Impaired Photographer Composes Shots Using Sounds and Touch

Esaraa Ismail is visually impaired but hasn't let that stop her from taking up photography. Instead of relying on her eye, she uses her senses of hearing and touch to guide her throughout the image-taking process:
https://petapixel.com/2021/12/23/visually-impaired-photographer-composes-shots-using-sounds-and-touch/

14) Hy-Vee Pharmacies Now Offer Talking Prescription Labels in 26 Languages

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces that talking prescription labels are now available in 26 languages to visually and print-impaired patients at Hy-Vee's more than 275 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations:
https://www.envisionamerica.com/post/hy-vee-pharmacies-now-offer-talking-prescription-labels-in-26-languages

15) Talking Labels Aid the Blind with Prescriptions

Mistakes can have life-threatening consequences. The challenge is exacerbated for folks who don't see well or have a severe visual impairment though some blind people have learned to figure out which pill is which by feeling its shape or texture:
https://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2021/talking-prescription-drug-labels.html


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 55 | Christmas Special, Restore Your Pixel to Factory Using Online Flash Tool

December 25th 2021 | In this Christmas special episode we first show you how to opt your Pixel out of Android Beta Testing Program. We then show you, how to flash your pixel devices back to factory image of Android or what to do if your supported pixel device suddenly stops receiving monthly updates. We then show you a social network app Datchat. In our talkback highlights we show you some of the custem jestures in details. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Eyes on Success 2153 Behind the Scenes at Eyes On Success

December 29th 2021
There are many steps that go into hosting and producing a successful podcast. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey walk listeners through the process that they follow in putting each episode of Eyes On Success together. From deciding on topics and people to interview through the distribution of episodes to listeners around the world, you'll hear it all. Join us next year as we begin our 12th year of hosting and producing the show:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202153.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) World Braille Day 2022 | Braillists Foundations World Braille Day 2022 Celebratory Event

January 4th 2022 | 11:30 AM PT, 12:P30 PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 7:30 PM GMT | Please join us for a special panel event to celebrate the fourth occurrence of this internationally recognised day where we'll be focusing on Braille's usage around the world. To help us out, we're delighted to announce that we'll be joined by a panel of distinguished Braille practitioners and thought leaders who will be providing a truly international and diverse perspective on topics such as Braille learning & uptake, challenges, what we need to do to increase adoption moving forwards and much, much more. If you are struggling to complete the form, please email help@braillists.org and one of the team will assist you. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocOiopjwpEtzbIVygj_oSj4faFC9UES1T

2) Assistive Technology for Blind Individuals Overview: Screen Readers | Access Ingenuity

January 5th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | It is not uncommon for individuals to associate a screen reader with the wrong operating system. In some cases, some do not even know a screen reader exists for a specific device. Join Zhi Huang, Mark Schafer, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they provide an overview of the different screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Provide an overview of the different screen readers for various operating systems. Explain the different devices the screen readers and operating systems support. Briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different combinations of a screen reader with an operating system. | Meeting ID: 861 2992 0015 | Passcode: 693640 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86129920015#,,,,*693640# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86129920015?pwd=VDBwQ1dSNXliK0dJRFNYdG1xS0hSUT09

3) A Tour of Microsoft Outlook | Sight And Sound Technology

January 5th 2022 | 6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT | We're kicking off January by delving into one of the most popular applications in the Microsoft Office suite. Outlook is an Information management system, used for processing mail, calendar appointments, tasks, notes, contacts and so much more. It is used everywhere and, you won't be surprised to know that it has lots of keyboard shortcuts. Join us for our first Webinar Wednesday of 2022 when Sight and Sound Technology's Sharon Lyons takes us on a tour of Microsoft Outlook and shares some top tips for success with this application. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tx7gvzTOS06C3KKaFZid9g

4) Remote Tools: Zoom Remote Control vs. JAWS Tandem | Access Ingenuity

January 12th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although many have been using remote tools to connect with each other recently, there are still individuals who have questions about using remote tools with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to compare the Zoom Meetings Remote Control tool versus the JAWS Tandem feature. Learning Outcomes: Explain the requirements of both tools. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom Remote Control versus JAWS Tandem. Provide a demonstration of both features. | Meeting ID: 820 1996 4784 | Passcode: 251037 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82019964784#,,,,*251037# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82019964784?pwd=WG90ZVdpQWNVTXFNOVJCbVZhSXRtQT09

5) Low Vision Basics - The Importance of Lighting, Eye Protection, and Magnification | Freedom Scientific

January 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Bill Kilroy, Ana Tello, Mike Wood, and Michelle Williams on Thursday, January 13, 2022, as they discuss some of the basics, such as lighting, eye protection, and magnification, to help with low vision. Objectives 1. Learn why different temperatures of lighting can be important. 2. Discover the differences between optical and video magnifiers.3. Determine why filtered lenses can help protect your eyes. Summary. Lighting: Proper lighting is essential to everyone, not only those who are visually impaired. Our wide range of lighting solutions significantly impacts daily living activities, like reading, writing, and crafts. Eye Protection: Our Improvision PROSHIELD filter lenses offer protection against harmful UV light while improving contrast and reducing glare. They selectively filter out the blue light while maintaining all other spectral colors. They are designed for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two frame styles and multiple color lenses. Each is also available with added 60% tint. Optical Magnification: We offer a wide array of magnifiers with different LED light options (natural, neutral, and cool white). Be it the good, the better, or the best series, all of them are made in Germany by our partner, SCHWEIZER, and feature premium optical lenses. We also offer the world's only magnifier series with wireless charging, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Video Magnification: We'll wrap up this webinar discussing our most popular handheld and foldable video magnifiers for active seniors, students, and those with limited space. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_alC8AZbeTgGXyLX5iElgvQ

6) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | While Google Drive and Docs have grown in popularity over the past few years, this is not necessarily the case for many JAWS users. The reason is likely because some specific set up is required to work with these Google products on Windows with assistive technology. While this is documented in Google's help, unfortunately, not everybody reads this information. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore key settings and tips to better work with Google Drive and Docs with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Compare the Google Drive website to the desktop app and discussed the advantages of each while working with a screen reader. Explore the settings in Google Docs that are critical while using assistive technology. Explore basic Google Docs features including menus, getting help, searching for commands, and editing text. Meeting ID: 836 7127 4943 | Passcode: 248634 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83671274943#,,,,*248634# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671274943?pwd=ZE9kQTRPbWxZZXVWTmpTRCt4UGpZUT09

7) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FUfHcHelRqmp5TXxlKgEVw

8) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83657878970?pwd=OUVvTEhuVUpLNkNDU2RnMXhjZ2p2dz09

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

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

10) Axe-Con 2022

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

11) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
https://ada.osu.edu/presentations-2022


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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: Double Tap TV

➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel
Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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Phone: (512) 837-2000

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


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Save 20% Now $39.99
The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision 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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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-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
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Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
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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: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store

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

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Volume 838

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Volume 838

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Your Feedback Is Important To Us At Google: (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://userresearch.google.com/?reserved=0
B.) JAWS Power Tip: Copy Speech History to the Clipboard: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/45.html
C.) The Ultimate Guide To Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 11: (4.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-keyboard-shortcuts/
D.) How to Use Alexa to Get Help in an Emergency: (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/get-help-with-alexa-emergency/
E.) For Low-Vision People Like Me, Autonomous Driving Could Change Everything: (4.0% of all clicks.)
https://groundtruthautonomy.com/how-low-vision-people-benefit-from-autonomous-vehicles/

2) The Next Wave of Log4J Attacks Will Be Brutal | Wired

So far, Log4Shell has resulted mostly in cryptomining and a little espionage. The really bad stuff is just around the corner:
https://www.wired.com/story/log4j-log4shell-vulnerability-ransomware-second-wave/

3) Hey Alexa

A) Want to ask Santa for stories, jokes, songs and more? Just say, "Alexa, enable Hey Santa."
B) With your smart plug and Alexa, you can turn on your Christmas lights and play festive music when you say "Alexa, Merry Christmas." Customize the routine using the Alexa app by saying, "Alexa, enable Merry Christmas routine."
C) Parents can entertain family with kid-friendly skills this holiday season. To use kid skills, a parent or guardian must first provide permission. Just say, "Alexa, what are your kid skills?"
D) No Fireplace? No problem. Listen to ambient fireplace sounds to help you sleep, relax, meditate, relieve stress, or block out unwanted noise. Just say, "Alexa, play Fireplace sounds."

4) Fusion Power Tip: Capture Magnified Area

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/46.html

5) The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Chrome Extensions

Text-to-speech programs can be an incredibly vital tool for many. If you're looking for one, here are the seven best text-to-speech Chrome extensions:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-chrome-text-to-speech-extensions/

6) With iOS 15.2 Siri Is Back As Always: Voice Commands For The Visually Impaired Have Been Reinstated

Here is a list of the functionalities that were reinstated:
https://voonze.com/with-ios-15-2-siri-is-back-as-always-voice-commands-for-the-visually-impaired-have-been-reinstated/

7) AAPD Is Pleased To Offer The AAPD-Microsoft STEM Internship

Thanks to generous support from Microsoft, AAPD is pleased to offer the AAPD-Microsoft STEM Internship Program within the broader 2022 Summer Internship Program for two interns with disabilities with a background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applications are closed for 2022 but will be opened in the Fall of 2022 for Summer 2023 Internships:
https://www.aapd.com/stem-internship-program/

8) Sirius XM Sued For Failing To Provide Podcast Transcripts For Deaf Users

This article reports on the National Association for the Deaf's suit claiming that SiriusXM's podcast services are inaccessible because of a lack of transcripts:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/14/22834002/siriusxm-lawsuit-transcripts-deaf-users-ada-pandora-stitcher-podcast

9) What Is Visual Description? As Events Evolve, Greater Accessibility For The Disability Community Emerges

This blogpost from Microsoft describes the practice of providing visual descriptions during meetings and conferences, something Microsoft employees optionally provided at the recent Ignite Conference:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2021/11/05/what-is-visual-description-as-events-evolve-greater-accessibility-for-the-disability-community-emerges/

10) What Is Android Accessibility Suite?

This article describes the features in the Android Accessibility Suite:
https://fossbytes.com/what-is-android-accessibility-suite/

11) 4 Common Ways Companies Alienate People with Disabilities

This article contains a lot of good advice for anyone looking to improve the accessibility of their digital products and services:
https://hbr.org/2021/11/4-common-ways-companies-alienate-people-with-disabilities

12) Emojis and Accessibility: The Dos and Don'ts of Including Emojis in Texts and Emails

This article gives some dos and don'ts for emoji in messages and social media for accessibility:
https://blog.easterseals.com/emojis-and-accessibility-the-dos-and-donts-of-including-emojis-in-texts-and-emails/

13) How to Limit What a Toddler Can Do When You Hand Over Your iPhone or iPad

This article shows you how to use the lesser-known accessibility feature, Guided Access, to limit what someone can do on your iPhone or iPad:
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/lock-iphone-ipad-in-single-app/

14) Halo, Forza, And 5 More Games That Pushed Accessibility Forward In 2021

These seven major video games set the standard for accessibility in 2021:
https://www.inverse.com/gaming/accessibility-in-games-2021-halo-infinite-forza-horizon-5

15) Ray-Ban Stories Update Makes The Glasses A Lot More Useful For Messaging

A recent update to the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses adds voice access to Messenger and more:
https://www.androidcentral.com/ray-ban-stories-update-messenger-hands-free-support

16) How to Use the Zoom Feature on iPhone

This popular accessibility feature on iPhones and iPads can magnify any screen content and reduce visual fatigue:
https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/how-to-use-the-zoom-feature-on-iphone/175482/

17) Windows 11 Build 22523 (And Earlier): Everything You Need To Know

Windows Central provides a comprehensive overview of what's in the latest Windows 11 preview builds so you can decide if they're worth installing:
https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-11-build-22523-and-earlier-everything-you-need-know

18) How To Share Your Wi-Fi Password

This short and sharp Apple support video shows you how to easily share your Wi-Fi password with a fellow Apple user:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjPeuBVcMyg

19) Google Invites Users To Test New App That Helps People With Atypical Speech Communicate Easily (Video)

Google are still looking for volunteers with atypical speech to help advance speech recognition technology through Project Relate:
http://attoday.co.uk/video-google-invites-users-to-test-new-app-that-helps-people-with-atypical-speech-communicate-easily/

20) Tips for Hosting with Vision Loss | Recording | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts Podcast | December 17th 2021

Hadley learner Sharon Noseworthy shares tips and tricks for hosting get-togethers of any type or size, no matter your vision. Sharon has always loved the role of hostess and has learned to adjust her approach now that her own vision has declined:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/tips-hosting-vision-loss

21) Voice Dream Reader for MacOS Now in Beta

You need the latest MacOS, Monterey. Sign up here:
https://testflight.apple.com/join/bizyFnIn

22) NVDA 2021.3.1 Released

This release introduces support for the new HID Braille specification. This specification aims to standardize support for Braille Displays without needing individual drivers. There are updates to eSpeak-NG and LibLouis, including new Russian and Tshivenda tables. Error sounds can be enabled in stable builds of NVDA via a new advanced settings option. Say all in Word now scrolls the view to keep the current position visible. There are lots of improvements when using Office with UIA. One UIA fix is that Outlook now ignores more types of layout tables in messages. Download at:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-3-1/

23) Jon Jon on the Job: Tech Hacks for the Blind or Visually Impaired | Video | ABC Cincinnati Channel 9 WCPO

Texttoreplace.
https://www.wcpo.com/marketplace/cincylifestyle/jon-jon-on-the-job-tech-hacks-for-the-blind-or-visually-impaired

24) 10 Amazing Apple iPhone Accessibility Tips You Might Not Be Aware Of

Here are the top ten of Apple's amazing iPhone accessibility features you can use to wow your whole family with this Christmas:
https://www.hellomagazine.com/news/20211217129234/apple-iphone-accessibility-tips/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Industry Leading HR and Payroll Company ADP Works with LightHouse to Enhance Accessibility of Products to Blind Users

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco and blind LightHouse staff members reached an agreement with the Professional Employer Organization ADP TotalSource® to enhance the accessibility and usability of the ADP Workforce Now® solution to LightHouse staff who are blind or have low vision and use screen-reading software to access digital content:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/industry-leading-hr-and-payroll-company-adp-works-with-lighthouse-to-enhance-accessibility-of-products-to-blind-users-301447059.html

2) Retailers To Lose $828 Million Of Sales Over Christmas Due To Inaccessible Websites

Research undertaken by UserWay, a leader in website accessibility automation, has identified that e-commerce retailers stand to lose an estimated $828 million in revenue this Christmas as a result of poor website accessibility:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/12/19/retailers-to-lose-828-million-of-sales-over-christmas-due-to-inaccessible-websites/?sh=73cd580635b5

3) Gifts For People Who Are Blind And The People Who Love Them

Here's a few ideas for holiday giving this year, with a special focus on small businesses and visually impaired entrepreneurs from Perkins School for the Blind:
https://www.perkins.org/resource/gift-ideas-for-people-who-are-blind/

4) Holiday Braille Box: New Purdys Release Offers Accessible Chocolate Experience

Created for and with the blind and partially sighted community in mind, Canadian chocolatier Purdys released the Holiday Braille Box earlier this month. Global News Weekend's Mike Arsenault and Aalia Adam have more, including YouTuber Molly Burke's take on the box:
https://globalnews.ca/video/8461800/holiday-braille-box-new-purdys-release-offers-accessible-chocolate-experience

5) Disabled Passengers Were Promised Autonomous Vehicles — They're Still Waiting

This article highlights some of the challenges and opportunities in autonomous vehicles for users with disabilities and is worth a read:
https://www.theverge.com/22832657/autonomous-vehicles-disabled-accessible-challenges-design

6) Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/20/technology/navigational-apps-blind-low-vision.html

7) Feds Adopt Better Street Accessibility Guidelines — But Will They Make a Difference?

Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed more than 40 years ago, we have never had official accessibility standards tailored to things like sidewalks, curb ramp, and pedestrian push buttons. That's about to change:
https://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/12/17/opinion-feds-adopt-better-accessibility-guidelines-for-city-streets-but-will-it-make-a-difference/

8) Halo, Forza, And 5 More Games That Pushed Accessibility Forward In 2021

Not every game is for everyone, but these titles make inclusivity a priority:
https://www.inverse.com/gaming/accessibility-in-games-2021-halo-infinite-forza-horizon-5

9) Translink Begins Installing Braille Signs On All 8,400 Bus Stops

Bus passengers who are blind or partially sighted will greatly benefit from the installation of braille signs with helpful information on every bus stop in Metro Vancouver:
https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/translink-bus-braille-signs-tactile-surface-installation

10) FCC Proposes New Rules To Make Emergency Alerts More Accessible For People Hard Of Hearing

It wants broadcasters to use internet alerts instead of TV alerts whenever possible:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/15/22837546/fcc-proposes-new-rules-emergency-alerts-accessible-deaf-hearing

11) CT Universities Pilot Career Program For People With Disabilities

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announced this week a careers program in digital accessibility. Specialists suport the production of accessible content and materials, from alternative text on images that are read aloud to blind users, to fonts legible for people with dyslexia:
https://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/CT-universities-pilot-career-program-for-people-16707780.php?t=fe96839ed4

12) Translink To Install Braille Signage And Tactile Walking Surface Indicators At Bus Stops

The signage and surface indicators are part of TransLink's larger initiative to become one of the most accessible systems in the world:
https://www.masstransitmag.com/technology/passenger-info/signage-and-displays/press-release/21250538/translink-translink-to-install-braille-signage-and-tactile-walking-surface-indicators-at-bus-stops

13) Accessible Pharmacy Wins the FCC Award for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC hosted a virtual ceremony December 1st to honor this year's winners of the FCC Chair's Award for Advancement in Accessibility (Chair's AAA). The ceremony featured a keynote address from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and acceptance speeches from each of the award winners:
https://www.openpr.com/news/2502114/accessible-pharmacy-wins-the-fcc-award-for-advancement

14) Inclusive Collaboration: Making Webex Accessible to All Users

Tips for hosting more inclusive Webex meetings:
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/CISCO-SYSTEMS-INC-4862/news/Inclusive-Collaboration-Making-Webex-Accessible-to-All-Users-37346125/

15) #GamesForBlindGamers Initiative To Create Better Games For Blind Players

The 31-day jam, hosted on itch.io and launched by Nightblade on Twitter, is focused on bringing attention to a largely marginalized group of the gaming community, blind gamers, as well as bringing awareness to accessibility in gaming in general:
https://gaminglyfe.com/gamesforblindgamers-initiative-to-create-better-games-for-blind-players/

16) Visually Impaired M'sian Woman Starts Cooking Channel, Thanks To Safer Modern Kitchen Tech

Ten years ago, Sharifah Shafiza Said Salleh lost her vision due to Amblyopia or the lazy eye disorder, but she refused to let this disability stop her from living a normal life:
https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2021/12/17/visually-impaired-woman-starts-cooking-channel-thanks-to-safer-modern-kitchen-tech

17) Christmas Fund: Visually Impaired Mother Gets A Little Help From Her Kids

When I walk with my two older kids, they're the ones who tell me if it's a green light or red light. It's the opposite of most families:
https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/christmas-fund-visually-impaired-mother-gets-a-little-help-from-her-kids

18) The Universal Symbol System Making Beauty Products Accessible To Blind Consumers

VictoriaLand Beauty's CyR.U.S. System is a tactile solution making beauty packaging and products accessible for blind and partially sighted consumers. Using raised symbols and embossed QR codes, consumers can navigate VictoriaLand's portfolio through touch and audio information on the product type, usage, and ingredients:
https://packagingeurope.com/making-beauty-products-accessible-blind-consumers/

19) It's A True Frontier Of Game Design: How Naughty Dog And Insomniac Games Think About Accessibility

Challenge and accessibility can coexist in harmony with the right design choices:
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-12-18-its-a-true-frontier-of-game-design-how-naughty-dog-and-insomniac-games-think-about-accessibility

20) Letters To Santa In Braille: How A Lancaster Nonprofit Is Helping Kids Who Are Visually Impaired This Christmas

The week before Christmas is Santa's busiest time of year. And as he prepares to circle the globe on his annual gift-giving trip, he relies on some trusty helpers. One of Santa's special helpers is Erika Rothermel, 28, who teaches children who are blind and visually impaired with VisionCorps' early intervention program. This year she has another job title: Santa's helper with letters written in Braille:
https://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/letters-to-santa-in-braille-how-a-lancaster-nonprofit-is-helping-kids-who-are-visually/article_ac5f7914-5f3c-11ec-930e-1707e72174ca.html


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 40 | Holiday Trees and Accessible Gifts

December 12th 2021 | On episode 40 of the AMI Audio podcast "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther" we are getting ready for the holidays. Ms. Lilly goes over some holiday tree options - artificial and real. Lawrence and Lilly review cool outdoor accessible gift options for adults and youth, and Lawrence reviews the new landmark GPS navigation feature recently made available in the Microsoft SoundScape app. Tune in and find out what the pair have to offer and kick off your holidays on the right foot:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-40-holiday-trees-and-accessible-gifts/id1530444764?i=1000544738113

2) Mosen At Large 162

December 18th 2021 Blind people teaching iPhone to the sighted, more on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon, and a little festive fun.
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/8f53ba60/blind-people-teaching-iphone-to-the-sighted-more-on-the-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-and-a-little-festive-fun

3) Blind Android Users 54 | One-Year Anniversary Celebration

December 19th 2021 | This week, it is our one-year anniversary celebration! Join us as we celebrate one year of the Blind Android Users podcast with some of our listeners! And discuss things from Androids to floppies dialup and beyond. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

4) DM85 | Cooky Ideas | MP3

December 20th 2021 | In the latest episode of the DM series, we talked about cookies and the importance of them when used properly. We then transition into a discussion of keeping ideas straight, some of our best ideas come to us at the strangest times. The most important thing however is to have a system in place that allows you the ability to get those ideas out of your head and into a tool you can reference later. Michael explains how he was using Todoist to capture his ideas and how that didn't quite work out. Michael also talked about exploring One Note as his ideas come to him and don't care what platform he's on. Our conversation then transitions into a brief discussion of why Damashe is switching from Audible and what he's going to do. Michael is switching the application he uses to track packages both personally and for work. You learn why he switched from deliveries to parcel, and what his initial thoughts are. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://storage.pinecast.net/podcasts/ee48a2ba-0fb2-4a6d-9f0f-207e3f3ca541/audio/afd47f6f-a117-4fd4-b022-b8ba070f7c3b/DM85_-_Cooky_Ideas.mp3

5) Eyes on Success 2152 Apple HomeKit and the Smart Home

December 22nd 2021
There are a myriad of devices based on the Apple Home Kit, but how are they used and which have the functionality you might be looking for? Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Dustin Boggus, who is visually impaired himself, about his "MyHomeKitHome" videos, blog, and website that aim to show users what can be expected from such devices and how they work:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202152.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Assistive Technology for Blind Individuals Overview: Screen Readers | Access Ingenuity

January 5th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | It is not uncommon for individuals to associate a screen reader with the wrong operating system. In some cases, some do not even know a screen reader exists for a specific device. Join Zhi Huang, Mark Schafer, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they provide an overview of the different screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Provide an overview of the different screen readers for various operating systems. Explain the different devices the screen readers and operating systems support. Briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different combinations of a screen reader with an operating system. | Meeting ID: 861 2992 0015 | Passcode: 693640 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86129920015#,,,,*693640# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86129920015?pwd=VDBwQ1dSNXliK0dJRFNYdG1xS0hSUT09

2) A Tour of Microsoft Outlook | Sight And Sound Technology

January 5th 2021 | 6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT | We're kicking off January by delving into one of the most popular applications in the Microsoft Office suite. Outlook is an Information management system, used for processing mail, calendar appointments, tasks, notes, contacts and so much more. It is used everywhere and, you won't be surprised to know that it has lots of keyboard shortcuts. Join us for our first Webinar Wednesday of 2022 when Sight and Sound Technology's Sharon Lyons takes us on a tour of Microsoft Outlook and shares some top tips for success with this application. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tx7gvzTOS06C3KKaFZid9g

3) Remote Tools: Zoom Remote Control vs. JAWS Tandem | Access Ingenuity

January 12th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although many have been using remote tools to connect with each other recently, there are still individuals who have questions about using remote tools with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to compare the Zoom Meetings Remote Control tool versus the JAWS Tandem feature. Learning Outcomes: Explain the requirements of both tools. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom Remote Control versus JAWS Tandem. Provide a demonstration of both features. | Meeting ID: 820 1996 4784 | Passcode: 251037 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82019964784#,,,,*251037# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82019964784?pwd=WG90ZVdpQWNVTXFNOVJCbVZhSXRtQT09

4) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | While Google Drive and Docs have grown in popularity over the past few years, this is not necessarily the case for many JAWS users. The reason is likely because some specific set up is required to work with these Google products on Windows with assistive technology. While this is documented in Google's help, unfortunately, not everybody reads this information. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore key settings and tips to better work with Google Drive and Docs with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Compare the Google Drive website to the desktop app and discussed the advantages of each while working with a screen reader. Explore the settings in Google Docs that are critical while using assistive technology. Explore basic Google Docs features including menus, getting help, searching for commands, and editing text. Meeting ID: 836 7127 4943 | Passcode: 248634 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83671274943#,,,,*248634# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671274943?pwd=ZE9kQTRPbWxZZXVWTmpTRCt4UGpZUT09

5) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83657878970?pwd=OUVvTEhuVUpLNkNDU2RnMXhjZ2p2dz09

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

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

7) Axe-Con 2022

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


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1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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


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Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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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 Pluggable 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: Double Tap TV

➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel
Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

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The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 16, 2021 - Volume 837

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 16, 2021 - Volume 837

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Audible Launches 100 Audiobooks For Free On Alexa: Here's How To Access: (9.8% of all clicks.)
https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/audible-launches-100-audiobooks-for-free-on-alexa-heres-how-to-access-7658383/
B.) JAWS Power Tip: Reversing Last Setting: (6.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/44.html
C.) Apple Still Hasn't Fixed Siri Issue That Nixed Call, Email, and Voicemail Features Used by Low Vision and Blind Users [Updated]: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/06/apple-no-siri-fix-low-vision-features/
D.) Live Text, New In iOS 15 Is Amazing, But It Took Us 45 Years Of Technical Advancements To Get There: (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://accessibility-insights.com/2021/11/06/live-text-new-in-ios-15-is-amazing-but-it-took-us-45-years-of-technical-advancements-to-get-there/
E.) Best Apps For Hearing Loss: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/53274-Smartphone-apps-for-hearing-loss

2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Aboard Double Tap TV | No More Sponsorship Packages Currently Available

Please join all of us here at Tidbits in welcoming aboard Double Tap TV, who has so very graciously agreed to support the ongoing distribution of Top Tech Tidbits by becoming a sponsor. If you look forward to Tidbits every week, it is sponsors like Double Tap TV that make it possible. Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services:
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3) Critical Log4J Vulnerability Leaves Much of the Internet at Risk

The Apache Software Foundation has released fixes to contain an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability affecting the widely-used Apache Log4j Java-based logging library that could be weaponized to execute malicious code and allow a complete takeover of vulnerable systems:
https://thehackernews.com/2021/12/extremely-critical-log4j-vulnerability.html

4) JAWS Power Tip: Copy Speech History to the Clipboard

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/45.html

5) How to Use Alexa to Get Help in an Emergency

Find out more about the Emergency Contact feature and how to get it set up:
https://www.makeuseof.com/get-help-with-alexa-emergency/

6) Guide to Beginning on Twitch as a Blind Streamer

Whether you want to stream yourself playing video games, arts and crafts, or just chatting, compared to YouTube gaming, Twitch is currently the best place for a blind person to begin. Knowing what software to use is critical, but can also be intimidating to learn because of the wide spectrum of inaccessible products in the industry. Fortunately for you, I've been streaming content for a few years now and I want to pass on what I've learned. No matter if you have a gaming PC or just a console, this guide will provide solutions to make your stream more accessible. In this article you'll learn how to use OBS with a screen reader, how to use Stream Elements or Firebot to control your stream, and tips to improve your streaming experience:
https://rossminor.com/2021/11/28/the-ultimate-guide-for-becoming-a-blind-twitch-streamer/

7) NVDA 2021.3.1 RC1 Now Available

This version comes with 2 fixes: Braille display auto detection for Humanware & APH displays and Landmark is again abbreviated in braille. If no issues are found, this will be identical to the final NVDA 2021.3.1 release. Full info & download from:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-3-1rc1/

8) Navigating Your Browser Faster and More Efficiently with NVDA Single Letter Navigation | YouTube - Thee Quinn

Learn the different ways you can use NVDA single letter navigation to navigate your webpage even faster than persons who are sighted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oKSsGtIpoo&t=22s

9) Niagara-Made Audio Game Nominated for Accessibility Game Award

A made-in-Niagara video game has been nominated for a Game Award in the category of innovation in accessibility. The Vale: Shadow of the Crown was created by Niagara's Falling Squirrel, an independent game studio. Dave Evans, founder of Falling Squirrel and creative director of the game, said they started making it five years ago:
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/local-niagara-falls/news/2021/12/07/niagara-made-audio-game-nominated-for-accessibility-game-award.html

10) Bookshare Reader for Amazon Alexa Beta | Setting Up The Bookshare Skill

Step-by-step instructions for installing the Beta skill on the Alexa app, linking the skill to your Bookshare account and getting audiobooks for Alexa to read:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/alexa-smart-speaker-beta-early-2021

11) Sight Tech Global 2021 Highlights and YouTube Channel

There were many presentations worth highlighting from Sight Tech Global 2021. Recordings of breakout sessions will be posted soon. Videos of main stage sessions are now available on the Sight Tech Global agenda page at:
https://sighttechglobal.com/agenda/
You can subscribe via their Youtube channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwJhe8kfyvmp8PRg9dexrOg

12) Your Feedback Is Important To Us At Google

Google is looking for participant's who use assistive technology to participate in user research. Google says most participants will get a small thank you gift:
https://userresearch.google.com/?reserved=0

13) PlayStation and Accessibility

Sony has a new website dedicated to its PlayStation's accessibility features. Some games are also covered:
https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/accessibility/

14) Can I Play That? Accessibility Awards 2021 - The Winners

Can I Play That has announced their 2021 accessibility awards winners:
https://caniplaythat.com/2021/12/13/can-i-play-that-accessibility-awards-2021-the-winners/

15) Introducing Bookshare Reader (Beta) for Smart Speakers

You can now listen to Bookshare books using Amazon Alexa with Bookshare Reader. Bookshare Reader is currently in beta release and only available for Bookshare Individual Members at this time. Future releases will provide access to students and educators on school organizational accounts:
https://blog.bookshare.org/2021/12/bookshare-reader-beta-smart-speakers/

16) For Low-Vision People Like Me, Autonomous Driving Could Change Everything

A thought provoking piece on autonomous driving from a blindness and low vision perspective:
https://groundtruthautonomy.com/how-low-vision-people-benefit-from-autonomous-vehicles/

17) Facetime Client App 'Navi' Adds Subtitles And Live Translations Through SharePlay

With Apple releasing macOS 12.1 with SharePlay support, developer Jordi Bruin launched Navi, a universal app that helps people with hearing impairment and other disabilities to easily engage in a FaceTime call using subtitles and live translations:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/12/14/navi-facetime-subtitles-live-translations-shareplay/

18) Israeli Company Says Novel AI Device Could Help Prevent Adult Blindness

A Modi'in Illit-based start-up has recently unveiled what they say is the world's first AI-based contactless intraocular pressure (IOP) measuring device that allows individuals with glaucoma to measure their eye pressure anytime and anywhere and communicate the results to their doctor:
https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/tech/israeli-company-says-novel-ai-device-could-help-prevent-adult-blindness-688544

19) The Ultimate Guide To Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 11

Navigating Windows 11 can be a whole lot faster with keyboard commands. This guide provides a great overview:
https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-keyboard-shortcuts/

20) Twitter Is Rolling Out Automatic Captions For Videos

Twitter receives a much needed accessibility enhancement with automatic captions for videos being rolled out for most languages:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/14/22834366/twitter-automatic-live-captions-videos

21) Apple Releases iOS 15.2 With Communication Safety In Messages, Macro Photo Control, App Privacy Reports, And More

Apple releases a software update for iPhone and iPad users with significant new features. Plus, Siri's call history and voicemail functionality are finally restored:
https://www.theapplepost.com/2021/12/13/apple-releases-ios-15-2-with-communication-safety-in-messages-macro-photo-control-app-privacy-reports-and-more/

22) How To Easily Insert Images, Tables, Charts, And More Into Google Docs

Google Docs has added an "@" menu that makes it easier than ever to add content to your documents:
https://www.androidcentral.com/how-easily-insert-images-tables-charts-and-more-google-docs

23) WatchOS 8.3 Release Candidate Expands AssistiveTouch To Older Apple Watch Models

The WatchOS 8.3 update is set to bring AssistiveTouch features to older Apple Watch models, including the 4 and 5:
https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/09/watchos-8-3-assistivetouch-apple-watch/

24) Samsung Bixby Is Available for Windows: What You Need to Know

Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are the biggest names in the virtual assistant market, but Samsung's Bixby has proven to be a good contender. Now, it will become more accessible with its release on the Microsoft Store:
https://www.makeuseof.com/samsung-bixby-available-for-windows/

25) The 13 Best Windows 11 Tips and Tricks That Everybody Should Know

Windows 11 comes with a ton of changes. A new UI, Android app compatibility, improved resources management, and so much more are all packed into Microsoft's new operating system. However, it is still the same OS underneath, and that's a good thing:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-11-best-tips-and-tricks/

26) Windows 11 Voice Access Will Let You Control A PC By Talking To It, Available Now In Preview

Microsoft has been including speech recognition software in Windows for years, but historically it's been designed as an accessibility setting that allows you to input text by talking instead of typing. Soon you'll also be able to launch and switch between apps, browse the web, and generally control your computer by voice thanks to a new Voice Access feature coming to Windows 11. A pre-release version of the feature is rolling out now to members of the Windows Insider program on the Windows 11 dev channel:
https://liliputing.com/2021/12/windows-11-voice-access-will-let-you-control-a-pc-by-talking-to-it-available-now-in-preview.html


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) First-Of-Its-Kind Box Uses Braille To Make Finding Your Favourite Chocolate Accessible To The Blind Community

The Holiday Braille Box is an accessible box of Purdys chocolates designed specifically for, and with consultation from, the blind and partially sighted community:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-of-its-kind-box-uses-braille-to-make-finding-your-favourite-chocolate-accessible-to-the-blind-community-836477077.html

2) 12 of the Best Job Search Sites for Remote Work

If the pandemic taught us anything about the workforce, it's that working remotely is not the horrible scenario most employers fear. While COVID-19 forced many companies to quickly change their tune on remote work, the reality is that momentum was already starting to swing in that direction, and there is no shortage of companies looking for new team members. The only question is how do you locate these coveted work-from-home roles. Keep reading to find some of the best job search sites for remote work:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-job-search-sites/

3) Bringing Accessible Tourism to the World

Professor Yaniv Poria's recent master's degree course is giving future travel industry leaders the tools to improve travel and recreational experiences for people with a wide range of disabilities:
https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/business-and-innovation/bringing-accessible-tourism-to-the-world-688487

4) Streaming Subtitles Should Not Be This Tricky to Read

As a visually impaired cinephile, my nemesis is a white subtitle with no drop shadow, sheared of an outline — the words onscreen blend into the background too easily. There have been countless times when I was watching a film at Angelika Film Center or Lincoln Center and had to give up on reading the dialogue text altogether. No understanding of the plot, just vibes:
https://www.vulture.com/article/subtitles-closed-captions-accessibility-streaming.html

5) A 17-Year-Old Created A Free App That Makes Disney+ Films More Accessible For Deaf Children

Subtitles and closed captions make it possible for deaf people to enjoy films and television shows — but what about little kids who can't read yet, or whose reading isn't fast enough to keep up with the captions? How does a deaf child fully appreciate a children's movie if they can't understand what any of the characters are saying and can't read the captions?
https://www.upworthy.com/app-deaf-children-disney-movies

6) Smart Cane Offering Mobility for Visually Impaired

Researchers have open-sourced their technology, which will allow developers to build smart canes at home using their own parts:
https://www.rtinsights.com/smart-cane-offering-mobility-for-visually-impaired/

7) Art Exhibit For The Blind Allows People To See With Their Hands

A museum in Casselberry is breaking a long-held rule at most museums; NO TOUCHING:
https://www.wmfe.org/art-exhibit-for-the-blind-allows-people-to-see-with-their-hands/193548

8) This Conference Puts Accessibility in Gaming Front and Center | Wired

The Game Accessibility Conference brings developers, advocates, and government officials together to imagine and work toward a more inclusive games industry:
https://www.wired.com/story/game-accessibility-conference/

9) Legally Blind Canadian Using Electronic Glasses To Develop More Accessible Apps

39-year-old Jaclyn Pope of Oshawa, Ontario wants to make the kinds of apps for others that have been lacking in her own life:
https://mobilesyrup.com/2021/12/09/blind-canadian-jaclyn-pope-esight-4-accessibile-apps/

10) Why Cannabis Companies Should Care About Their Online Accessibility

Cannabis companies should understand that selling goods on a website that is not broadly accessible is an invitation to be sued:
https://abovethelaw.com/2021/12/why-cannabis-companies-should-care-about-their-online-accessibility/

11) Smart Tech Aims To Improve Transit Accessibility For The Visually Impaired

Transit data firm Moovit and UK startup WeWALK have partnered on technology that will offer transit navigation and scheduling information to visually impaired riders through WeWALK's electronic cane:
https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/moovit-wawalk-public-transit-accessibility-visually-im/611346/

12) 4 Inclusive Beauty Brands That Are Catering To Those Who Are Differently Abled

The beauty industry isn't a very inclusive space. For the longest time there were no foundations catering to very dark skin or extremely fair skin tones. Imagery for brands was mainly Euro-centric and natural hair texture was not even featured in campaigns. However, some brands are switching things up to cater to those who are differently abled and visually impaired. Let's take a look at some of them:
https://www.idiva.com/beauty/tips/disabled-friendly-beauty-brands/18027259


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 53 | It's time to Eat!

December 11th 2021 | This week, as the festive season is nearing its climax, we demo food ordering apps on Android. We demo Deliveroo and Just Eat, and the UK grocery shopping app Tesco. In our talkback highlights we show how to explore notifications, quick setting and customise on screen and physical keyboards. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Mosen At Large 161

December 1th 2021 Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon, more on mainstream vs blindness tech, and a new book designed to give hope to newly blind people and their families.
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bdee0ee2/review-of-the-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-more-on-mainstream-vs-blindness-tech-and-a-new-book-designed-to-give-hope-to-newly-blind-people-and-their-families

3) Hadley Presents Using Workout Equipment at Home

December 12th 2021
Working on your health and fitness always makes sense — but sometimes, going to the gym doesn't. Luckily, there's plenty you can do to build your strength and stay in shape at home — so working out doesn't have to mean going out:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/sports-and-exercise-series/using-workout-equipment-at-home

4) Eyes on Success 2151 The Intracortical Visual Prosthesis Project

December 15th 2021
The goal of the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP) project is to develop a device and system that will compensate for blindness by directly stimulating the visual centers within the brain. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with principal investigators Philip Troyk and Frank Lane about how the system works and their search for research volunteers:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202151.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Accessible Pharmacy Virtual Workshop by Florida Outreach Center For The Blind

December 16th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Come join The Florida Outreach Center For The Blind for our next virtual workshop. This months workshop will be with Accessible Pharmacy. This exciting presentation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET. In addition a door prize of a $25.00 gift card will be given out to one lucky winner! Below you will find information about our presenters along with the Zoom information. We look forward to having you join us for this informative and innovative event! Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is a comprehensive, home delivery pharmacy service specializing in the needs of the blind and low vision community. They are the only provider of its kind and the largest blind-owned healthcare company in the United States. We will be joined by one of the co-founders of the company, Andy Burstein. Web: https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/. Phone: (215) 799-9900 ☎. If you want to use the one-touch method, you can use: +13126266799, 5616420005#. If you wish to call in directly please call: +1 312 626 6799. You will then have to enter the following meeting ID number: 561 642 0005. Join with the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5616420005

2) Eyedaptic - Enhancing Vision to Revitalize Life | Free Training Webinars by Vispero

December 16th 2021 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Mike Wood and Brian Schleiger, Eyedaptic Sales Manager, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, for an introduction to the Eyedaptic EYE3 glasses for AMD and other retinal disorders. The EYE3 glasses are fully self-contained Augmented Reality glasses that simulate natural vision and optimizes the user's functional peripheral vision. These state-of-the-art glasses can revitalize a user's quality of life. They are customized and adapt to users' needs as their vision changes. Key Features: Autonomous user interface with multiple viewing modes including auto-zoom and automatic image stabilization. Contrast modes plus Britext edge enhancement. Hot swappable batteries for extended run time. Magnification up to 10x. Patented Hybrid See Through system. Light weight and more comfortable than the EYE2. Register for this webinar to learn more about the Eyedaptic EYE3:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vP1Q_nwLRBC9P6qq1xwGbA

3) BlindShell Cell Phone Demonstration

December 18th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC will have representatives from Matapo to give us a demonstration on the BlindShell cell phone! This presentation will take place on the Federation Zoom platform. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York). Join at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

4) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access Ingenuity

December 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
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5) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

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

6) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for Axe-Con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
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Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Sponsor: Double Tap TV

➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel
Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

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


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

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The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

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


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

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

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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: 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.
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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

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/121620211100-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: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store

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

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Talking medical bundles through end of the year; $150 for 3 items; $100 for two items - incl. shipping. Mystic Access now carries these. (2) New rugged leather 20 cell protective Braille cases for any unit2 easy and comfortable for work when it's in the case; gun case for which we found a better use; why pay over $100 instead of $80 9cl. shipping. (3) RFID full zip around wallet $20 through year end. (4) Buy a 10 pack of our leather squeezy storage pouches for $35.00, great for stocking stuffers. (5) Lots of new hand free neck pouch styles, $20- $40. (6) Air induction and other exciting new headphone choices. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email him at barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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, December 9, 2021 - Volume 836

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 9, 2021 - Volume 836

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4) Pin and Arrange Apps on the Start Menu in Windows 11 with JAWS | dSurf

In this lesson you learn how to add or remove pinned buttons for apps in the Windows 11 Start menu. Then arrange them in the order you want with the keyboard:
https://dsurf.net/windows-11-training/pin-and-arrange-apps-on-the-start-menu/

5) TPGi Announces The Launch of JAWS Connect

JAWS Connect is a first-of-its-kind solution that delivers assistive technology user feedback directly to the enterprise organizations seeking to deliver accessible digital experiences. JAWS Connect was made possible through collaboration between Vispero's TPGi and Freedom Scientific (the maker of JAWS for Windows) brands. JAWS Connect is a product that finally bridges the gap between the largest community of assistive technology users in the world and the organizations that are building websites and applications, placing usability at the center of digital accessibility:
https://www.tpgi.com/jaws-connect-launch-press-release/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=190329502&utm_content=190329502&utm_source=hs_email

6) Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit | Designed With Accessibility In Mind And In Collaboration With The Disability Community

In late September Microsoft announced the Surface Adaptive Kit was coming soon. As of December 1st 2021 the kit has officially launched and they want to take a moment to celebrate the people, community, and stories that helped them create the labels, indicators, and openers that now empower anyone to make their Surface device a little easier to use:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/surface-adaptive-kit/

7) Seasons Readings from Bookshare

Bookshare has released its holiday reading list in all accessible formats:
https://blog.bookshare.org/2021/12/seasons-readings-from-bookshare/

8) 95.0 Firefox Release

There have been accessibility improvements in the latest version of Firefox for Jaws and Zoomtext users. "After starting Firefox, users of the JAWS screen reader and ZoomText magnifier will no longer need to switch applications in order to access Firefox:"
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/95.0/releasenotes/

9) NVDA 2021.3 Released

This release introduces support for the new HID Braille specification. There are updates to eSpeak-NG and LibLouis, including new Russian and Tshivenda tables. Error sounds can be enabled in stable builds of NVDA via a new advanced settings option. Say all in Word now scrolls the view to keep the current position visible. There are lots of improvements when using Office with UIA. One UIA fix is that Outlook now ignores more types of layout tables in messages.
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-3/

10) Explainer for W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

This explainer highlights the changes coming in the web content accessibility guidelines. "W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0 is a successor to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 [ WCAG22] and previous versions but does not deprecate WCAG 2.X. It will also incorporate content from and partially extend User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [ UAAG20] and Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [ ATAG20."
https://www.w3.org/TR/2021/DNOTE-wcag-3.0-explainer-20211207/

11) Aira Introduces Priority Connect, Call Handling to Support Explorers During Peak Demand

Aira may limit Guest calls and calls for Aira-sponsored programs during periods of peak demand moving forward:
https://aira.io/aira-introduces-priority-connect/

12) Best Apps For Hearing Loss

These Apple and Android Apps come highly recommended for the deaf and hard of hearing community:
https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/53274-Smartphone-apps-for-hearing-loss

13) Audible Launches 100 Audiobooks For Free On Alexa: Here's How To Access

Audible, the audiobook giant, releases 100 free audiobooks that can be accessed on your Amazon smart speaker and there's more to come:
https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/audible-launches-100-audiobooks-for-free-on-alexa-heres-how-to-access-7658383/

14) Apple Still Hasn't Fixed Siri Issue That Nixed Call, Email, and Voicemail Features Used by Low Vision and Blind Users [Updated]

There some good news on the horizon with Apple confirming a fix for these Siri issues is coming in the IOS 15.2 update:
https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/06/apple-no-siri-fix-low-vision-features/

15) Microsoft Releases Free Gaming Accessibility Course

This five module course from Microsoft is aimed at teaching new and existing developers the fundamentals of creating accessible games:
https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/microsoft-releases-free-gaming-accessibility-course-3110774

16) Amazon's Alexa Together Launches Today Offering More Elder Care Features

Amazon officially releases Alexa Together, an enhanced subscription based service aimed at helping to support loved ones to live independently:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/7/22822026/amazon-alexa-together-elder-care-price-features-release-date

17) One Of Chrome's Most Useful Accessibility Features Is Now Available For More Users

Automatic image captioning is rolling out in ten new languages:
https://www.androidpolice.com/one-of-chromes-most-useful-accessibility-features-is-now-available-for-more-users/

18) LibreOffice 7.3 Beta1 Available for Testing

The LibreOffice Quality Assurance ( QA ) Team is happy to announce LibreOffice 7.3 Beta1 is available for testing:
https://qa.blog.documentfoundation.org/2021/12/01/libreoffice-7-3-beta1-is-available-for-testing/

19) Cast Your Votes Now for the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2021

First launched in 2012, the AppleVis Golden Apples is an opportunity for blind and low vision users of Apple products to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which developers have put into making and maintaining great and accessible applications during the given year:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/cast-your-votes-now-applevis-golden-apples-2021


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Why Hawkeye Has Hearing Aids in His MCU Show

This article highlights some of the physical damage, including hearing loss, experienced by service women and men:
https://screenrant.com/hawkeye-deaf-hearing-aid-marvel-show-reason/

2) Gaming Is Becoming Accessible, But We Need to Keep Asking for More

This Refinery29 article highlights some of the improvements in gaming accessibility and continues asking for more since gaming is a good outlet for persons with disabilities and illness:
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/12/10711964/gamers-with-disabilities-accessible-video-games?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitter_share

3) What is it like to have CVI? | YouTube

This video from Perkins demonstrates what it is like to experience CVI (cortical/cerebral visual impairment), the fastest growing form of blindness - affecting more than 100,000 people in the US alone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY9JOEByuD0

4) Israel's OrCam Wins CES 2022 Innovation Award for 3rd Consecutive Year

OrCam Technologies, the Jerusalem-based firm known for its AI-driven vision assistance tech, has nabbed its third consecutive win at the annual CES 2022 Innovation Awards:
https://nocamels.com/2021/12/israel-orcam-ces-2022-innovation-award/

5) Support the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2021

The Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA) of 2021 is a bill that makes access technology more affordable to Americans who are blind and visually impaired. It creates a $2,000 refundable tax credit to eligible persons for the purchase of access technology over a three-year period:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/support-the-access-technology-affordability-act-of-2021/

6) FCC Honors Apple With An Award For Ios 14 Accessibility Features

Apple's range of accessibility features in iOS 14, including social distancing, sign language, and sound recognition, have received an FCC Award:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/12/02/fcc-honors-apple-with-an-award-for-ios-14-accessibility-features

7) This Company Tapped AI for Its Website-and Landed in Court | Wired

Under pressure to make their sites accessible to visually impaired users, firms turn to software. But advocates say the tech isn't always up to the task:
https://www.wired.com/story/company-tapped-ai-website-landed-court/

8) A New 'Sight-Restoring' Bionic Eye Took One Step Closer to Human Trials

We have news of a new sight-restoring technology in the works that aims to engineer a bionic eye good enough for human trials. The invention is called the Phoenix99 Bionic Eye and it is an implantable system, designed to restore a form of vision to patients living with severe vision impairment and blindness caused by degenerative diseases:
https://interestingengineering.com/sight-restoring-bionic-eye-one-step-closer-to-human-trials

9) GoodMaps is Changing the Way People Navigate Retail Stores

ASDA has partnered with GoodMaps to help solve for core navigation challenges that shoppers face each day in their stores. With the GoodMaps indoor mapping and navigation technology, any shopper can now enter the store and use the GoodMaps Explore app to help them quickly find products and services they are looking for:
https://goodmaps.com/news/good-maps-is-changing-the-way-people-navigate-retail-stores

10) Moovit And Wewalk Partner To Improve Transit Navigation For The Blind And Partially Sighted

Moovit and WeWALK are joining forces to make public transit more accessible around the globe. The two companies are working together to provide WeWALK customers with the technology needed to travel safely and independently; ultimately allowing access to additional opportunities for employment, education, social activities and more:
https://www.masstransitmag.com/technology/article/21248474/moovit-and-wewalk-partner-to-improve-transit-navigation-for-blind-and-partially-sighted

11) New Foundation for Blind Children Launches on International Day of People with Disabilities

The TouchPad Pro Foundation forms to spread braille literacy and touchable art worldwide:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-foundation-for-blind-children-launches-on-international-day-of-people-with-disabilities-301436927.html

12) Low-Vision Apps, Devices, and Virtual Assistants Expand the View for the Visually Impaired

The number and range of resources available to people with visual challenges has exploded in recent years:
https://www.everydayhealth.com/vision/low-vision-apps-devices-virtual-assistants-expand-the-view-for-the-visually-impaired/

13) This Australian Bionic Eye Implant Could Be the Future of Combatting Blindness

Researchers at the University of Sydney and at the University of New South Wales have developed a bionic eye which has proved sustainable for long-term use, meaning it could be only a matter of time before we start seeing it used by humans:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/12/australian-bionic-eye-implant/

14) Give the Gift of Sight with Vision Buddy The World's First TV Focused Device for the Visually Impaired

If there's someone in the family dealing with an eye condition that causes vision loss then consider something different this holiday season. Vision Buddy is a Silicon Valley startup that has trailblazed the field of assistive technology for the Visually Impaired:
https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/557416500/give-the-gift-of-sight-vision-buddy-the-world-s-first-tv-focused-device-for-the-visually-impaired

15) RNIB And Metro Create Braille Newspaper Cover Highlighting Need For Accessibility

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Metro newspaper have partnered to create the first braille cover for a UK nationally distributed newspaper:
https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/rnib-metro-create-braille-newspaper-cover-highlighting-need-accessibility/1734897

16) Asda Trials UK-First Indoor Map Service For Blind & Visually Impaired Shoppers

The app can pinpoint the user's location to within a meter of accuracy and then communicate directions to an object or area via audio, enlarged visual, and touch commands:
https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/12/asda-trials-uk-first-indoor-map-service-for-the-blind-visually-impaired-shoppers/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 39: Beach Vacations and the Return of White Sharks to Atlantic Canada

November 28th 2021 | Episode 38 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther explored Great Lakes monster myths. On episode 39 we offer a more sobering dive into the Atlantic Ocean and the return of Great White Sharks to the region. Ms. Lilly has interesting facts to share about white sharks and seals, and Dr. Chris Harvey Clark describes his recent underwater encounter with a white shark in Halifax harbor. On Tips and Tech we demonstrate a water-resistant beeping compass designed and built for use by blind and low vision people. Lawrence's Reflections focus on managing risk when adventuring on the ocean blind. Indeed, lots to think about when planning your next outdoor adventure in Atlantic Canada. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-39-beach-vacations-and-the-return-of-white/id1530444764?i=1000543296614

2) Hadley Presents Tips for Living with Vision Loss and Dementia

December 3rd 2021
We're joined by Teepa Snow, occupational therapist and founder of Positive Approach to Care, to learn more about the challenges of having both vision loss and dementia. Teepa addresses common misconceptions about dementia and shares practical tips for supporting someone with both conditions:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/tips-living-vision-loss-and-dementia?utm_source=Learners&utm_campaign=34e9941632-hadleypresents-ep45-sf_12-03-2021&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1babd3418-34e9941632-52499638&mc_cid=34e9941632&mc_eid=8997daa19d

3) Blind Android Users 52 | The Power of Screen Recorders

December 4th 2021 | This week we talk all about recording your screen. We demo AZ screen recorder, the default pixel screen recorder and SignitiveSoft screen recorder. In talkback highlights, we show you how to find your home screen settings and explore them. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

4) Mosen At Large 160

December 4th 2021 What are your top 10 holiday songs of all time, your Chromebook has TalkBack built in, and do you need a dedicated blindness device when a smartphone app does the same thing?
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/0544efcf/what-are-your-top-10-holiday-songs-of-all-time-your-chromebook-has-talkback-built-in-and-do-you-need-a-dedicated-blindness-device-when-a-smartphone-app-does-the-same-thing-

5) Eyes on Success 2150 Voxmate App

December 8th 2021
The number and complexity of gestures required to operate today's smart phones and tablets can make operating such devices a daunting task for those who are less technically savvy. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Gleb Zevkov and Katja Danilova, founders and developers of the Voxmate app for Android that offers an innovative solution to using these devices:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202150.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Setting the Table for Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Experiences for QSR / Restaurant Customers | TPGi

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-9-at-12pm-et-creating-inclusive-experiences-for-qsr-restaurant-customers/

2) Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon | APH

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | It's beginning to look a lot like the end of the semester, so come join us for a refresher on using your braille display with VoiceOver. Our primary focus will be the Chameleon 20 braille display from APH but we'll also cover some tips relevant to the Mantis Q40 and all of our Perkins keyboard braille tips will be relevant for other braille displays. Check it out and by the end you will be zipping around your Apple device with braille at your fingertips! Register Here for Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d-i9rgoOSHOsaYpFswdsrQ

3) Setting the Table for Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Experiences for QSR / Restaurant Customers | TPGi

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | An inclusive ordering process and restaurant environment are critical parts of designing a complete and inclusive customer dining experience. Consider incorporating accessibility into your dining experiences, from your website and mobile application to your in-person kiosk ordering experience to your on-site menu. Each connection builds upon the next when we are discussing your customers' dining experience. Join Laura Boniello-Miller and Matt Ater for this exciting webinar and learn the essential aspects of creating an inclusive QSR restaurant experience and making your customers with disabilities feel welcome at your table:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-9-at-12pm-et-creating-inclusive-experiences-for-qsr-restaurant-customers/

4) Five Best New Apps To Debut in 2021 | Technology User Group (TUG)

December 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 11th 2021 the Technology User Group will showcase the five best new apps to debut in 2021, as well as look forward into 2022 to highlight upcoming trends and the tech that will be disappearing. Have you discovered a smart phone app that you enjoy? Feel free to share information about the app with all of us. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2022 and beyond. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

5) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

6) ADA Audio Conference Webinar Series | Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for Users that are Blind and Low Vision

December 14th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled, "Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are Blind and Low Vision", featuring Michael McCulloch, President, iBug, Sandhya Rao, Vice President of Training and Special Event, iBug, and Harshid Trivedi, Android Insight Facilitator, iBUG. Join us for the first of two sessions highlighting accessible technology on smartphones and tablets for persons with disabilities. In this session our speakers will highlight mobile apps used by persons who are blind or have low vision. The session will include apps used for way finding, social media and more. The session will also explore built-in accessibility features of iOS and Android operating platforms. There will be time following the presentation for questions. Time: 2-3:30 PM ET (calculate the start time based on the time zone you will be connecting from). Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option). Cost: No Charge. Registration Required: Registration for this session can be found on the schedule page at http://www.ada-audio.org. If you do not have an account with our system you will be required to establish one before registering. Registration deadline: Monday, December 13, 2021. CEUs: Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP. Questions should be directed to:
webinars@adaconferences.org

7) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

8) JAWS: Maximizing the Experience for You and Your Students Part 2 | Access Ingenuity

December 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although the JAWS screen reader is a powerful program that provides many features and support for many applications, some individuals do not like JAWS. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this is from not knowing some of the available tools and features and not having JAWS or Windows configured to utilize JAWS to the fullest. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain some ideal settings and ways to access JAWS features to improve your experience. Although this is a Part 2, you can still benefit even if you did not attend the previous session. We will quickly summarize the main points in Part 1. | Meeting ID: 839 0370 2793 | Passcode: 356314 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83903702793#,,,,*356314# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83903702793?pwd=QXZuNjdvelo4aVpMVnE5NUcxYnJ1dz09

9) Eyedaptic - Enhancing Vision to Revitalize Life | Free Training Webinars by Vispero

December 16th 2021 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Mike Wood and Brian Schleiger, Eyedaptic Sales Manager, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, for an introduction to the Eyedaptic EYE3 glasses for AMD and other retinal disorders. The EYE3 glasses are fully self-contained Augmented Reality glasses that simulate natural vision and optimizes the user's functional peripheral vision. These state-of-the-art glasses can revitalize a user's quality of life. They are customized and adapt to users' needs as their vision changes. Key Features: Autonomous user interface with multiple viewing modes including auto-zoom and automatic image stabilization. Contrast modes plus Britext edge enhancement. Hot swappable batteries for extended run time. Magnification up to 10x. Patented Hybrid See Through system. Light weight and more comfortable than the EYE2. Register for this webinar to learn more about the Eyedaptic EYE3:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vP1Q_nwLRBC9P6qq1xwGbA

10) BlindShell Cell Phone Demonstration

December 18th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC will have representatives from Matapo to give us a demonstration on the BlindShell cell phone! This presentation will take place on the Federation Zoom platform. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York). Join at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

11) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access Ingenuity

December 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83293674055?pwd=Z2ZkNlpKK2liTWpDWmlOd2lDMkFQQT09

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

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

13) Axe-Con 2022

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


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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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Listing Date: 11/25/2021 | Price: $2750.00 USD | Condition: Gently used. | Description: Like new. This Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 just hasn't been used much, so selling for half price to a good home. It has it's accessories and is probably the best known notetaker / computer for the blind that can also be used as a 32 cell Braille display. | Contact: Joe via Email JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or (425) 298-6834 ☎. |

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Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Don't Miss the Virtual Technology Fair for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
The Virtual Technology Fair, hosted by the Carroll Center for the Blind, is back to connect you with innovative technology that can transform the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office, or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting presentations, meet with exhibitors of cutting-edge assistive technology, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Register for free at:
https://bit.ly/3vBaUk2

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision 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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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/120920211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Talking medical bundles through end of the year; $150 for 3 items; $100 for two items - incl. shipping. Mystic Access now carries these. (2) New rugged leather 20 cell protective Braille cases for any unit2 easy and comfortable for work when it's in the case; gun case for which we found a better use; why pay over $100 instead of $80 9cl. shipping. (3) RFID full zip around wallet $20 through year end. (4) Buy a 10 pack of our leather squeezy storage pouches for $35.00, great for stocking stuffers. (5) Lots of new hand free neck pouch styles, $20- $40. (6) Air induction and other exciting new headphone choices. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email him at barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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!


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Pluggable 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 Pluggable 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 ☎.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Volume 835

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Volume 835

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

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APH ConnectCenter's suite of websites: VisionAware, APH CareerConnect, and FamilyConnect are chock-full of information about thriving with blindness and low vision at all ages and stages of life. If you're new to life with vision loss - check out the Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide available on the VisionAware website. If you have blindness related questions call our I&R Line at (800) 232-5463 ☎. If you're looking for inspiring success stories from people thriving with blindness, informational webinars, blogs, resources for living with vision loss, and our blindness community calendar check out VisionAware, APH CareerConnect, and FamilyConnect at:
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B.) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2110.60 | November 2021: (6.8% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
C.) Serviceplan and Dot Inc Develop First Customisable Object-Recognition Platform for the Visually Impaired: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.lbbonline.com/news/serviceplan-and-dot-inc-develop-first-customisable-object-recognition-platform-for-the-visually-impaired
D.) Leading Websites Rated For Accessibility For The Visually Impaired: (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.digitaljournal.com/social-media/leading-websites-rated-for-accessibility-for-the-visually-impaired/article
E.) This Is 'Baldphone', The Launcher That Turns Any Android Smartphone Into A Simple Phone: (5.3% of all clicks.)
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3) Recording of November 23rd 2021 Webinar from Microsoft | Windows 11 Accessibility Overview | YouTube - MSFTEnable

This webinar focuses on a broad overview of accessibility in Windows 11, including new Contrast themes, how Windows 11 makes accessibility features easier to find and use, and more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDzVBNry31s

4) Fusion Power Tip: Zoomy, Make it Bigger

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/43.html

5) The Start Menu and Search App in Windows 11 | dSurf

In this lesson you learn about the Windows 11 Start menu. We also briefly introduce you to the Search app. Follow along with the keyboard to explore the Pinned area of the Start menu, the All Apps button and list, the Recommended list, the More button, and the User Account button and Power buttons in the Start menu:
https://dsurf.net/the-start-menu-and-search-app-in-windows-11/

6) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for November 2021

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

7) Live Text, New In iOS 15 Is Amazing, But It Took Us 45 Years Of Technical Advancements To Get There

Live text is awesome, it just took us a long time, 45 years, to get there:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2021/11/06/live-text-new-in-ios-15-is-amazing-but-it-took-us-45-years-of-technical-advancements-to-get-there/

8) Postgraduate Student Creates Buzz For Visually Impaired Musicians

Ziqun Hua, a postgraduate student from Loughborough's School of Design and Creative Arts has created Buzz, an inclusive product design for instrumental ensemble practice for visually impaired people:
https://coolblindtech.com/postgraduate-student-creates-buzz-for-visually-impaired-musicians/

9) Rollova 2.0 Is An Easy To Use Digital Ruler That Makes Measurements A Breeze

Rollova 2.0 aims to make measuring a lot simpler and convenient. Small enough to fit in one's pocket, its rollover motion can easily measure any surface, be it straight or curvy and at any angle up to 10 meters in metric mode and 83 feet in inches mode. All it takes is pressing the button in the back and running it on the surface. Plus, it requires the use of just one hand:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2021/11/rollova-2-0-is-an-easy-to-use-digital-ruler-that-makes-measurements-a-breeze.html

10) Recording From Freedom Scientific: Beginners Corner: When to Use The Tab Key or Arrow Keys When Navigating

https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/9/e/29ee2d7739614960/Beginners_Corner_Tabs_and_Arrows_mixdown.mp3?c_id=116525903&cs_id=116525903&destination_id=2240180&expiration=1638320862&hwt=472d592590077080128fdda55fdf4065

11) Introducing Soundscape Routes!

Create a route for yourself or for someone else by organizing a set of markers as waypoints. When you follow your route with Microsoft Soundscape, you will be informed on arrival to each waypoint, and the Audio Beacon will automatically advance to the next waypoint. New audio beacons were also added:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-soundscape/id1240320677?ls=1

12) Supersense - AI for Blind Updates

Additional language support, faster "quick read mode," ad QR code support are among some of the enhancements:
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1484547836?mt=8

13) More Accessible Web Images Arrive In 10 New Languages On Chrome

Google has added additional languages to its auto generated images descriptions in Chrome:
https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/more-accessible-web-images-arrive-10-new-languages/

14) Do Even More With Your Chromebook Camera

You can now scan documents with the camera on a Chromebook. There is no word on OCR (optical Character recognition) which would make these scanned documents accessible to screen readers:
https://blog.google/products/chromebooks/new-camera-updates/

15) How to Insert a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word with NVDA | YouTube - TheeQuin

Thee Quinn is back with another high-quality audio demonstration of how to create a table of contents in Word using NVDA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBfnX3AVLtA

16) Android Privacy Settings To Change Now To Keep Your Information Safe

This post is part of an informative series called Privacy Reset. Learn how to control what you share when using your Android device:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/11/29/android-privacy-settings/

17) 25 Best macOS Monterey Settings You Should Change

Now that the dust has settled on the latest MacOS, check out these 25 settings to customize and refine your experience:
https://beebom.com/macos-monterey-settings/

18) How to Enable Reader Mode (Simplified View) in Chrome for Android

The Chrome browser on Android has its own mode for stripping the clutter out of webpages so they're easier to read. Find out how to take advantage:
https://techpp.com/2021/11/26/reader-mode-simplified-view-chrome-android/

19) How to Get Google Assistant to Read Web Pages to You

Have Google Assistant read aloud webpages to you with this little-known feature:
https://www.androidcentral.com/how-get-google-assistant-read-web-pages-you

20) Use A Screen Reader With Office Apps

Microsoft provides comprehensive support pages for using their Office applications with screen readers. Here is the official list:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-a-screen-reader-with-office-apps-4aba5a56-f80c-4a6b-a584-d0f415471617

21) Announcing Emacspeak 55.0 — CalmDog!

Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating environments. By seamlessly blending live access to all aspects of the Internet such as ubiquitous assistance, Web-surfing, blogging, remote software development, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables spoken access to local and remote information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the evolving assistant-oriented social Internet cloud:
https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2021/11/announcing-emacspeak-550-calmdog.html

22) Zoom Finally Adds Automatic Updates To Windows, MacOS Clients

Zoom has announced the launch of an automatic update feature designed to streamline the update process for desktop clients:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/zoom-finally-adds-automatic-updates-to-windows-macos-clients/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Canadian Organizations Partner With Scribe For Meetings To Enhance Accessibility And Inclusivity

CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) have partnered with Scribe for Meetings to help make remote programs, meetings and presentations more accessible and inclusive:
https://pneumasolutions.com/canadian-organizations-partner-with-scribe-for-meetings-to-enhance-accessibility-and-inclusivity/

2) Level Access Acquires Tenon, Strengthening its Best-in-Class Digital Accessibility Solutions

Level Access has announced the acquisition of Tenon, a premier integrated accessibility testing company:
https://www.levelaccess.com/level-access-news/level-access-acquires-tenon/

3) First Person In The World Receives 3D Printed Eye Prosthesis

Cool Blind tech has the story. A British engineer named Steve Verze became the first person in the world to receive an eyeball prosthesis printed with 3D technology:
https://coolblindtech.com/first-person-in-the-world-receives-3d-printed-prosthesis/

4) Pandemic Has Heightened IT's Accessibility Issues

This article highlights some implications of telecommuting for persons with disabilities during the CoVid-19 pandemic in the United States:
https://statescoop.com/pandemic-it-accessibility-nascio-minnesota/

5) Blind People Won the Right to Break E-book DRM. In 3 Years, They'll Have to Do It Again

This article outlines the importance of the ability to break DRM (digital rights management) for e-books. And that this exemption must be renewed every three years:
https://www.wired.com/story/ebooks-drm-blind-accessibility-dmca/

6) Serviceplan and Dot Inc Develop First Customisable Object-recognition Platform for the Visually Impaired

The two companies have taken another step forward in this endeavour with the Dot Go app, a community-driven platform that recognises objects and distances, and connects these to specific actions:
https://www.lbbonline.com/news/serviceplan-and-dot-inc-develop-first-customisable-object-recognition-platform-for-the-visually-impaired

7) Tile Acquired By Life360, a Family Location Tracking App

Tile may be reaching record sales, but the company has struggled to accept Apple's "anti-competitive" entry into the world of item tracking. That's why Tile is now selling its Bluetooth tracking business to Life360, a family location tracking app, in a $205 million deal:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/104038/tile-acquired-by-life30-a-family-location-tracking-app/

8) Exclusive: How The Austin Lighthouse For The Blind Uses Robotics To Make Warehouse Work More Efficient And More Accessible

One job on the Lighthouse's docket is providing logistical services to military organizations like the Department of Defense; the Lighthouse oversees a million square feet of warehouse and distribution space in Austin and the surrounding area. This spring, in partnership with Fetch Robotics — who was acquired over the summer by Zebra Technologies — the Lighthouse began working with autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, in an effort to help Blind and low vision workers in the warehouse:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2021/11/29/exclusive-how-the-austin-lighthouse-for-the-blind-uses-robotics-to-make-warehouse-work-more-efficient-and-more-accessible/?sh=530ee8d14ccb

9) Braille Institute Receives 2021 COSB Champion Award

The Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB) has bestowed their highest honor, the Champion Award, to Braille Institute in recognition of their positive and significant impact nationally with youth who are blind or visually impaired (BVI):
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/braille-institute-receives-2021-cosb-champion-award-301433332.html

10) CVS Expands 'Talking' Prescription Labels To All Locations To Support Visually Impaired Patients

CVS Pharmacy is expanding an in-app feature for visually impaired patients, which reads prescription information out loud, to all of its nearly 10,000 U.S. locations:
https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/digital-health/cvs-expands-talking-prescription-labels-to-all-locations-to-support-visually


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 51 | Time To Be Thankful

November 27th 2021 | In this thanksgiving special episode, we give thanks for everything in Android land. We demo Inware app that lets you learn all the system configurations about your phone. We also show you how to fix some problems in Google Assistant that are being discussed on our mailing list. And in talkback highlights we show editing text on phones running android 10 and lower. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Mosen At Large 159

November 27th 2021 The unacceptable price blind audiophiles pay for audio description, 20 years since George Harrison died, and our Chromebook series concludes:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/84e621d1/the-unacceptable-price-blind-audiophiles-pay-for-audio-description-20-years-since-george-harrison-died-and-our-chromebook-series-concludes

3) Eyes on Success 2149 Encore of 1637 Waitressing in the Dark

December 1st 2021
"Dining in the Dark" restaurants have opened in many countries. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Christine Malec, author and massage therapist, about the 2 years she spent as a blind waitress in a totally dark restaurant. She describes the dining and serving experience when the tables are turned and what she learned both about herself and about her customers:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201249.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) 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/

2) FSOpenLine | Freedom Scientific's Global Call-in Show

December 2nd 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT, 12/3 | Do you have questions about Freedom Scientific products or an idea you want to share? Join us and have your voice heard by key members of Freedom Scientific's product management and engineering teams. During the August FSOpenLine, we provided a sneak peek at JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2022. In this show, we'll discuss the recent release of these software products, and tell you more about important features:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-7/

3) Windows 11 & Accessibility For The AT With Runa Patel from Microsoft | N.O.A.T.

December 3rd 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | The Network of Assistive Technologists will be welcoming Runa Patel from Microsoft Canada as she brings us an overview of Windows 11 and the Accessibility options it offers. The training session will highlight interesting accessibility features in Windows 11 including Cortana, Narrator, Magnification, closed captioning etc. The audience for this presentation includes users of Assistive Technology as well as professionals working in the Assistive Technology field. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the exciting updates being made in Windows 11 as well as answer any question you may have regarding using Windows 11 with Assistive Technology. Thank you in advance for joining Microsoft for this Windows 11 presentation!
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/

4) Streamline Accessibility with Zapier and ARC's New Enterprise Tier | TPGi

December 8th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-8-at-12pm-et-streamline-accessibility-with-zapier-and-arcs-new-enterprise-tier/

5) Bug Out at Alphapointe's Technology Camp! Ideas for STEAM Activities with Code Jumper | APH

December 8th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Code Jumper is a STEM tool that builds critical thinking skills in students of all abilities. In this webinar, learn how Code Jumper can be used to grow students' confidence and interest in STEAM as we take a closer look at Alphapointe's summer Technology Camp for students 12-18 who have visual impairments. Join us for an exploration of Code Jumper Lesson 5: Debugging and exterminate your questions about Code Jumper. Register Here for Bug Out at Alphapointe's Technology Camp! Ideas for STEAM Activities with Code Jumper:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KFx8jaOPSHSbyn3VRrbqpg

6) Managing Websites and Webpages With JAWS | Access Ingenuity

December 8th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Zhi Huang and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they demonstrate ways to better manage your websites and webpages using your browser and JAWS. | Meeting ID: 817 5158 2526 | Passcode: 341540 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81751582526#,,,,*341540# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81751582526?pwd=NWRVVUwwSWFQQzBjZVkrblYrY3dnZz09

7) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy

December 8th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability

8) Setting the Table for Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Experiences for QSR / Restaurant Customers | TPGi

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-9-at-12pm-et-creating-inclusive-experiences-for-qsr-restaurant-customers/

9) Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon | APH

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | It's beginning to look a lot like the end of the semester, so come join us for a refresher on using your braille display with VoiceOver. Our primary focus will be the Chameleon 20 braille display from APH but we'll also cover some tips relevant to the Mantis Q40 and all of our Perkins keyboard braille tips will be relevant for other braille displays. Check it out and by the end you will be zipping around your Apple device with braille at your fingertips! Register Here for Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d-i9rgoOSHOsaYpFswdsrQ

10) Setting the Table for Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Experiences for QSR / Restaurant Customers | TPGi

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | An inclusive ordering process and restaurant environment are critical parts of designing a complete and inclusive customer dining experience. Consider incorporating accessibility into your dining experiences, from your website and mobile application to your in-person kiosk ordering experience to your on-site menu. Each connection builds upon the next when we are discussing your customers' dining experience. Join Laura Boniello-Miller and Matt Ater for this exciting webinar and learn the essential aspects of creating an inclusive QSR restaurant experience and making your customers with disabilities feel welcome at your table:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-9-at-12pm-et-creating-inclusive-experiences-for-qsr-restaurant-customers/

11) Five Best New Apps To Debut in 2021 | Technology User Group (TUG)

December 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 11th 2021 the Technology User Group will showcase the five best new apps to debut in 2021, as well as look forward into 2022 to highlight upcoming trends and the tech that will be disappearing. Have you discovered a smart phone app that you enjoy? Feel free to share information about the app with all of us. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2022 and beyond. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

12) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

13) ADA Audio Conference Webinar Series | Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for Users that are Blind and Low Vision

December 14th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled, "Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are Blind and Low Vision", featuring Michael McCulloch, President, iBug, Sandhya Rao, Vice President of Training and Special Event, iBug, and Harshid Trivedi, Android Insight Facilitator, iBUG. Join us for the first of two sessions highlighting accessible technology on smartphones and tablets for persons with disabilities. In this session our speakers will highlight mobile apps used by persons who are blind or have low vision. The session will include apps used for way finding, social media and more. The session will also explore built-in accessibility features of iOS and Android operating platforms. There will be time following the presentation for questions. Time: 2-3:30 PM ET (calculate the start time based on the time zone you will be connecting from). Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option). Cost: No Charge. Registration Required: Registration for this session can be found on the schedule page at http://www.ada-audio.org. If you do not have an account with our system you will be required to establish one before registering. Registration deadline: Monday, December 13, 2021. CEUs: Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP. Questions should be directed to:
webinars@adaconferences.org

14) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

15) JAWS: Maximizing the Experience for You and Your Students Part 2 | Access Ingenuity

December 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although the JAWS screen reader is a powerful program that provides many features and support for many applications, some individuals do not like JAWS. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this is from not knowing some of the available tools and features and not having JAWS or Windows configured to utilize JAWS to the fullest. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain some ideal settings and ways to access JAWS features to improve your experience. Although this is a Part 2, you can still benefit even if you did not attend the previous session. We will quickly summarize the main points in Part 1. | Meeting ID: 839 0370 2793 | Passcode: 356314 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83903702793#,,,,*356314# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83903702793?pwd=QXZuNjdvelo4aVpMVnE5NUcxYnJ1dz09

16) BlindShell Cell Phone Demonstration

December 18th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC will have representatives from Matapo to give us a demonstration on the BlindShell cell phone! This presentation will take place on the Federation Zoom platform. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York). Join at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

17) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access Ingenuity

December 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83293674055?pwd=Z2ZkNlpKK2liTWpDWmlOd2lDMkFQQT09

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

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

19) Axe-Con 2022

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


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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 + Accessories

Listing Date: 11/25/2021 | Price: $2750.00 USD | Condition: Gently used. | Description: Like new. This Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 just hasn't been used much, so selling for half price to a good home. It has it's accessories and is probably the best known notetaker / computer for the blind that can also be used as a 32 cell Braille display. | Contact: Joe via Email JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or (425) 298-6834 ☎. |

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 🌐 |


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Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Save 20% Now $39.99
The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=5156439

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Don't Miss the Virtual Technology Fair for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
The Virtual Technology Fair, hosted by the Carroll Center for the Blind, is back to connect you with innovative technology that can transform the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office, or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting presentations, meet with exhibitors of cutting-edge assistive technology, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Register for free at:
https://bit.ly/3vBaUk2

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision 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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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/120220211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Talking medical bundles through end of the year; $150 for 3 items; $100 for two items - incl. shipping. Mystic Access now also carries these. (2) New rugged leather 20 cell protective Braille cases for any unit2 easy and comfortable for work when it's in the case; gun case for which we found a better use; why pay over $100 instead of $80 incl. shipping. (3) RFID full zip around wallet $20 through year end. (4) Buy a 10 pack of our leather squeezy storage pouches for $35.00, get 2 additional free; great for stocking stuffers. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email him at barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 25, 2021 - Volume 834

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 25, 2021 - Volume 834

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3) Windows 11 Gets a Keyboard Shortcut to Mute Your Mic

Microsoft has just announced a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build for the Dev channel. Version 22504 is not the most exciting update, but it does bring a keyboard shortcut to the new taskbar mute button:
https://www.howtogeek.com/769494/windows-11-gets-a-keyboard-shortcut-to-mute-your-mic/

4) How to Use VoiceOver Image Descriptions With Your iPhone Photos

Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 15 that allows users to add image descriptions to their photos that can be read by VoiceOver:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-use-voiceover-image-descriptions-iphone/

5) Want to Use VoiceOver in a Different Language? Here's How to Change It

Follow this simple guide to switch VoiceOver to a different language on your iPhone:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-change-voiceover-language-iphone/

6) Serviceplan and Dot Inc Develop First Customisable Object-Recognition Platform for the Visually Impaired

With the Dot Go app, Dot Incorporation and Serviceplan Innovation have created a platform that can be used to recognise objects and distances, and connect these to actions:
https://www.lbbonline.com/news/serviceplan-and-dot-inc-develop-first-customisable-object-recognition-platform-for-the-visually-impaired

7) From The W3C | For Review: Accessibility of Remote Meetings - First Public Working Draft

The Working Draft of Accessibility of Remote Meetings is available for review and comment. This potential resource relates to How to Make Your Presentations Accessible to All and Making Audio and Video Media Accessible. We welcome input on how this information can better help vendors, organizations, and individuals make remote meetings more accessible to people with disabilities:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/news/2021-10-14/remote-meetings/

8) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2110.60 | November 2021

The latest November Jaws enhancements were released on Wednesday. Enhancements include fixes for updating and migrating settings:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

9) Mozilla Is Ending Support For Its Firefox Password Manager Sync App

If you use Lockwise, the password manager from Mozilla, then you will need to look for something new shortly, and here is how you can export your data to another password manager:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-login-data-firefox-lockwise

10) Windows 11 Update Makes BSOD Blue Again and Fixes Major File Explorer Bugs

If you have had trouble with Windows 11's file explorer, the latest update from Microsoft may help:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-11-update-fixes-bsod-file-explorer-issues

11) Accessibility In Gaming Report

More accurate and more frequent representation of disabled people or characters within games were among the most frequent recommendations among gamers in this study out of the UK:
https://www.scope.org.uk/campaigns/research-policy/accessibility-in-gaming/#Interests-and-behaviours-among-disabled-gamers

12) Google's 'Look To Speak' Accessibility App Now Works In 17 More Languages

For those with speech/language disabilities and those with some motor impairments, Look to Speak is an app that allows one to control their Android smartphone with their eyes by looking at predetermined and prewritten phrases, which the smartphone will then read aloud. It now works in more languages:
https://9to5google.com/2021/11/24/googles-look-to-speak-accessibility-app-now-works-in-17-more-languages/

13) FCC to Host Video Programming Accessibility Forum

Captioning and other ways to enhance accessibility are on the agenda:
https://www.rbr.com/fcc-to-host-video-programming-accessibility-forum/

14) Announcing Emacspeak 55.0 - CalmDog!

The latest audio desktop from T. V. Raman is out:
https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2021/11/announcing-emacspeak-550-calmdog.html

15) How To Change The Look And Feel Of Windows 11

The Windows 11 appearance is highly customizable. Windows Central shows you how to adjust backgrounds, colors and themes to suit your visual needs. Oh, and did you know that you can put that Start button back on the bottom left if you're not a fan of its new position front and center?
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-look-and-feel-windows-11

16) Google Chrome Extension SignUp Offers Sign Language for Disney+ Movies

This exciting Google Chrome extension brings sign language to many movies on Disney+, and it's set to come to other streaming platforms soon:
http://newzhook.com/story/google-chrome-extension-signup-offers-sign-language-for-disney-movies/

17) This Is 'Baldphone', The Launcher That Turns Any Android Smartphone Into A Simple Phone

This free App, with a rather interesting name, promises to transform an Android smartphone into a simple user experience for those that struggle with technology:
https://voonze.com/this-is-baldphone-the-launcher-that-turns-any-mobile-into-a-simple-phone-for-the-elderly/

18) Discord Now Lets You Send Up To 10 (Accessible) Memes At A Time

Discord now allows users to add alt text to image attachments on its Mac and Windows platforms:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/19/22791035/discord-alt-text-support-10-image-uploads-at-a-time

19) Clubhouse Adds Closed Captioning To Its iPhone App

The popular audio chat platform adds long-awaited automatic closed captions to enhance accessibility for iPhone users:
https://www.imore.com/clubhouse-adds-closed-captioning-its-iphone-app


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Leading Websites Rated For Accessibility For The Visually Impaired

Ahead of United Nations' International Day for People with Disability on December 3rd, 2021, newly compiled data shows that over 40 percent of the most popular websites are inaccessible for users with visual impairments. The top 20 least accessible websites are:
https://www.digitaljournal.com/social-media/leading-websites-rated-for-accessibility-for-the-visually-impaired/article

2) American Council of the Blind Salutes Audio Descriptions Award Winners

The AD Awards Gala categories recognized the best-of-the-best in the field of audio description in media. This year's award winners were selected by a diverse group of leaders from the audio description panel who have identified recipients as both audio description content leaders and media industry game changers! The evening began with honoring the legacy of the great Barry Cronin, Ph.D., Emmy Award Winner and creator of the Descriptive Video Service, WGBH-TV, 1994; for development of closed captioning and audio description:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-council-of-the-blind-salutes-audio-descriptions-award-winners-301428815.html

3) 'I Am Not My Blindness': What The Blind Community Wishes You Knew

If you're a sighted person, you likely have misconceptions about blind people. That you can close your eyes and suddenly understand what it's like to be blind. That a blind person you see about to cross the street needs your help doing so. That a blind person knows nothing but darkness:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2021/11/17/what-blind-visually-impaired-people-wish-you-knew/8637271002/

4) The Paralyzed Will Walk, the Blind Will See: The Bionics Revolution Is Coming

Electronic eyes, robotic arms and exoskeletons? USC experts meld man (and woman) with machine:
https://news.usc.edu/trojan-family/usc-bionics-technology-neuroscience-paralyzed-robotic-exoskeleton/

5) 2022 Paralympic Winter Games: What You Need to Know

What may be the biggest Paralympic Winter Games in history is coming our way in March 2022. Get up to speed on when they're happening, what sports are being contested and more:
https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/2022-paralympic-winter-games-what-you-need-know

6) TD Bank Launches Aira Service for All Stores

The Bank will work with Aira to deliver real-time information to blind and low-vision customers at TD Bank locations:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/td-bank-launches-aira-service-for-all-stores-301426813.html

7) Molly Burke's 10 Minute Blind Beauty Makeup Routine | YouTube - Allure

"The fun part about being blind and doing your makeup is you don't need a mirror!" Molly Burke shares her entire 10 minute beauty routine — including her hacks for blending and ensuring some symmetry. Molly also gives us some of her go-to "blind girl beauty" hacks for perfect blush and how to apply eyeliner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwRjCx93-gA

8) Xbox November Update Brings Colour Blindness Filters, Low Latency Xbox One Controller Firmware & Improved System Stability

The Xbox November Update is out now for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, making more significant feature additions for accessibility, delivering a new firmware update for older Xbox One controllers, updating the audio settings and more. It might not affect every person's day-to-day usage of the console, but this is a pretty decent step forward for the system:
https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2021/11/18/xbox-november-2021-system-update-color-blind-low-latency-accessibility-tags-series-x-one/

9) This Technology Can Improve The Eyesight of the Visually Impaired. Here's How

More evidence for the efficacy of a groundbreaking new gene-editing medical procedure has emerged, deepening hope it will provide one-shot treatments or even cures for cancer, sickle cell anaemia and other conditions:
https://europeansting.com/2021/11/18/this-technology-can-improve-the-eyesight-of-the-visually-impaired-heres-how/

10) For Blind Photographer Brittany Severance, Everything is 'Illuminated'

"For so long, I was striving to make everything look perfect in focus," says Severance, who has turned to making art about the way she sees. Her images are now on view at Worcester State University:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/11/18/arts/blind-photographer-brittany-severance-everything-is-illuminated/

11) Smart Homes

The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation launches its new Smart Homes Made Simple website. Learn how to implement technology into the home for enhanced convenience and independence:
https://smarthomesmadesimple.org/

12) Nearly 240 million Children with Disabilities Around the World, UNICEF's Most Comprehensive Statistical Analysis Finds

The new global estimate for the number of children with disabilities is higher than previous estimates:
https://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2021/11/22/nearly-240-million-children-with-disabilities-around-the-world-unicefs-most-comprehensive-statistical-analysis-finds/

13) Xbox And Special Olympics Hold First 'Gaming For Inclusion' Esports Event

The Xbox Twitch channel and Special Olympics YouTube channel have the recorded events:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/14/xbox-and-special-olympics-hold-first-gaming-for-inclusion-esports-event/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 38: Great Lakes Monsters and Prepping for Disasters

November 13th 2021
Episode 38 of AMI Audio's Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther explores Great Lakes monsters and people who know them well like Mowhawk Elder Norm Peters, and Jeremy Wade of the Nat Geo Show "River Monsters". Our Tips and Tech section assesses emergency power packs for accessibility and value. Join Lilly, Lewis and me as we face our fears and prepare for the worst:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-38-great-lakes-monsters-and-prepping-for-disasters/id1530444764?i=1000541661779

2) Mosen At Large 158

November 13th 2021 New Realtek driver causes problems for some Dell owners, presenters describing themselves at meetings, and more on Chromebooks:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/da6c4f61/new-realtek-driver-causes-problems-for-some-dell-owners-presenters-describing-themselves-at-meetings-and-more-on-chromebooks

3) Blind Android Users 50 | Party Time!

November 20th 2021 | This week we thank all our listeners for listening and supporting us for 50 weeks. We celebrate with our listeners. We talk about gaming on Android and talk about accessible ways to play Playstation games. We also talk about fixes to Google Assistant if there is no chime if you use the G word. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

4) Eyes on Success 2148 Description To Me

November 24th 2021
J.J. Hunt is an audio describer and storyteller. Christine Malec is an inquisitive member of the blind and partially sighted community who's always wondering about something. Together they host and produce the "Talk Description to Me" podcast. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with the pair about this innovative podcast geared to the visually impaired:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202148.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Creating and Using Tactile Graphics | National Federation of the Blind

November 30th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Learn to make and share graphs, maps, charts, icons, and more using a range of accessible tactile formats in the next boutique from the National Federation of the Blind. Tactile graphics are a critical component of information literacy for blind and low-vision people from early education to the workplace and everyday life. Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on Tuesday, November 30, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Eastern, to learn the basics of tactile graphics creation and why it matters. Topics to be covered include: High and low-tech approaches: What are accessible drawing tools, embossers, swellform and thermoform machines? How does 3D printing fit in? What expense, benefits, and limitations come with each format? What makes a tactile graphic meaningful, legible, and effective? Which approaches to graphics creation are most accessible to blind people? The NFB looks forward to bringing together blind professionals interested in creating tactile graphics, teachers of blind students, and colleagues, family members, and other allies of blind people for a lively exploration of tactile graphics, why they matter, and how to widen their adoption and availability. This boutique is presented by the National Federation of the Blind's Center for Excellence in Nonvisual Access in collaboration with Chancey Fleet. Chancey is president of the NFB's Assistive Technology Trainers' Division and directs the New York Public Library's Dimensions Lab, a free and open community space where blind and sighted people can come to access skill-building workshops, equipment, and mentorship for creating tactile graphics and 3D models. Register Now for Creating and Using Tactile Graphics:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/trainings/accessibility-boutiques/accessibility-boutique-registration

2) Assistive Technology Assessment | Access Ingenuity

December 1st 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Mark Schafer and Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity as they discuss the process of an assistive technology assessment and why it is necessary. Meeting ID: 825 6238 1644 | Passcode: 598447 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82562381644#,,,,*598447# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82562381644?pwd=a21CcG1VU0dkWHBrSlBsK3FEcDVxZz09

3) 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/

4) Bug Out at Alphapointe's Technology Camp! Ideas for STEAM Activities with Code Jumper | APH

December 8th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Code Jumper is a STEM tool that builds critical thinking skills in students of all abilities. In this webinar, learn how Code Jumper can be used to grow students' confidence and interest in STEAM as we take a closer look at Alphapointe's summer Technology Camp for students 12-18 who have visual impairments. Join us for an exploration of Code Jumper Lesson 5: Debugging and exterminate your questions about Code Jumper. Register Here for Bug Out at Alphapointe's Technology Camp! Ideas for STEAM Activities with Code Jumper:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KFx8jaOPSHSbyn3VRrbqpg

5) Managing Websites and Webpages With JAWS | Access Ingenuity

December 8th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Zhi Huang and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they demonstrate ways to better manage your websites and webpages using your browser and JAWS. | Meeting ID: 817 5158 2526 | Passcode: 341540 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81751582526#,,,,*341540# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81751582526?pwd=NWRVVUwwSWFQQzBjZVkrblYrY3dnZz09

6) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy

December 8th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability

7) Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon | APH

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | It's beginning to look a lot like the end of the semester, so come join us for a refresher on using your braille display with VoiceOver. Our primary focus will be the Chameleon 20 braille display from APH but we'll also cover some tips relevant to the Mantis Q40 and all of our Perkins keyboard braille tips will be relevant for other braille displays. Check it out and by the end you will be zipping around your Apple device with braille at your fingertips! Register Here for Using Braille Commands with VoiceOver: "Apple"-ly Your Braille Skills to the Mantis and Chameleon:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d-i9rgoOSHOsaYpFswdsrQ

8) Setting the Table for Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Experiences for QSR / Restaurant Customers | TPGi

December 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | An inclusive ordering process and restaurant environment are critical parts of designing a complete and inclusive customer dining experience. Consider incorporating accessibility into your dining experiences, from your website and mobile application to your in-person kiosk ordering experience to your on-site menu. Each connection builds upon the next when we are discussing your customers' dining experience. Join Laura Boniello-Miller and Matt Ater for this exciting webinar and learn the essential aspects of creating an inclusive QSR restaurant experience and making your customers with disabilities feel welcome at your table:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-9-at-12pm-et-creating-inclusive-experiences-for-qsr-restaurant-customers/

9) Five Best New Apps To Debut in 2021 | Technology User Group (TUG)

December 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, December 11th 2021 the Technology User Group will showcase the five best new apps to debut in 2021, as well as look forward into 2022 to highlight upcoming trends and the tech that will be disappearing. Have you discovered a smart phone app that you enjoy? Feel free to share information about the app with all of us. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2022 and beyond. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

10) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

11) JAWS: Maximizing the Experience for You and Your Students Part 2 | Access Ingenuity

December 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although the JAWS screen reader is a powerful program that provides many features and support for many applications, some individuals do not like JAWS. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this is from not knowing some of the available tools and features and not having JAWS or Windows configured to utilize JAWS to the fullest. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain some ideal settings and ways to access JAWS features to improve your experience. Although this is a Part 2, you can still benefit even if you did not attend the previous session. We will quickly summarize the main points in Part 1. | Meeting ID: 839 0370 2793 | Passcode: 356314 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83903702793#,,,,*356314# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
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12) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access Ingenuity

December 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
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13) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

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

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

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The Virtual Technology Fair, hosted by the Carroll Center for the Blind, is back to connect you with innovative technology that can transform the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office, or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting presentations, meet with exhibitors of cutting-edge assistive technology, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Register for free at:
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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

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

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

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

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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)

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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: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Join Kae and my presentation at the Let's Go Shopping event this weekend. Our times are 3 PM Friday for Kae and 12 noon Saturday for Barry. Anyone purchasing through this event will receive 2 squeezy storage pouches or a dog choice as a thank you. For more info, send a blank email to lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉ (2) Our 3 product Talking Medical Bundle is $130 plus shipping through the holidays. Get two of the three products for $100 with shipping. (3) Aluminum telescopic non-collapsing canes are still $50.00. (4) Our new air induction headphones are loud enough for outdoors, extremely comfortable, and stay on your head; $55. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email us at bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

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


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Save 20% Now $39.99
The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

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

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

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


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3) Sight Tech Global Agenda Announced

We're excited to roll out the main stage agenda. These 10 expertly moderated fireside and panel sessions capture a remarkable cross section of the work going on today at Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon, to name just four of the giants in the field. We will announce another half dozen breakout sessions in the coming days. Please register today. It's free, virtual and very screen-reader friendly:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/11/10/sight-tech-global-agenda-announced/

4) JAWS Power Tip: Using the Word List Command | Freedom Scientific

You have all kinds of options to find something on a webpage or in a document. You can use JAWS Find, you could create PlaceMarkers on a webpage or in a document, but something I have grown to love is the Word List command:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/42.html

5) Enterprise Cloud-driven Document Remediation Now Available to Consumers

Pneuma Solutions uses its Augmented Remediation platform to get one step closer to equal access to information, communication, and entertainment for everyone with a print disability:
https://pneumasolutions.com/introducing-scribe-for-personal-documents/

6) Windows 11 Training - dSurf

The JAWS training legend, Dan Clark, kicks off his own series of free training videos for Windows 11:
https://dsurf.net/windows-11-training/

7) 4 Awesome Shortcut Keys for Navigating Windows That Most People Don't Know | YouTube - Thee Quin

In this video, I show you 4 awesome keyboard shortcuts that make navigating on Windows much faster:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcuFjsn0wWw&t=11s

8) What Should A Blind Person Know About Using A Smart Phone Or Tablet With Speech? | YouTube - Insight4blind

Have you ever felt out-smarted by your smart phone? No worries. You're not alone. The phone seems to be the simplest thing that these little modern miracles can do. The power and the independence that you can enjoy with a smart phone or tablet is unlimited, especially for people with vision loss. However, if you need your mobile device to talk to you in order to use it, you need to understand the difference between artificial intelligence, screen-reader technology, and dictation. These are 3 very different features of your smart device that might get confusing when you're just getting started. Watch and share this video to learn how accessible mobile devices can be for people with all degrees of vision loss. No vision required:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSzaaCANuGE

9) Game Accessibility Feature Tags are now Available on Microsoft Store for Xbox

Microsoft's Store on Xbox and Xbox.com now include accessibility tags for its games. Game publishers can also include links to additional accessibility information for their titles:
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/11/16/game-accessibility-feature-tags-now-available/

10) A Guide to the Accessibility Features in iOS 15

Janet Ingber covers all the accessibility improvements in iOS 15. She ultimately recommends upgrading:
https://www.afb.org/aw/22/10/17719

11) Introduction to RoboBraille

Upon hearing of the new Scribe for Personal Documents, we at Tidbits wanted to confirm that RoboBraille is still active. It is:
https://www.robobraille.org/us/introduction-to-robobraille/

12) Facebook And Oculus Detail How They'll Focus On Accessibility And VR

Can I Play That details accessibility features under consideration at Oculus:
https://caniplaythat.com/2021/10/29/facebook-and-oculus-detail-how-theyll-focus-on-accessibility-and-vr/

13) Bose, Apple, Jabra: Direct-To-Consumer Hearing Aids - Reviewed

Well known mainstream tech companies are releasing hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss that are available straight over the counter. Read about this exciting innovation that promises to increase competition and lower prices:
https://www.reviewed.com/accessibility/features/bose-apple-jabra-direct-consumer-hearing-aids

14) How To Use Assistive Touch On The Apple Watch

The new Assistive Touch feature in watchOS 8 is attracting a lot of attention, and with good reason. It's designed to enable access to Apple Watch features for those who can't use the touchscreen, or simply have their hands full. Check out this how-to:
https://www.theverge.com/22778189/apple-watch-assistive-touch-accessibility

15) macOS Monterey Has A Serious Memory Leak Problem, And The Cause Has Been Found

Many macOS Monterey users have reported running out of memory and needing to restart frequently. While Apple has yet to release a fix, setting your mouse cursor back to the default may fix the issue:
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/macos-monterey-has-a-serious-memory-leak-problem-and-the-cause-has-been-found/

16) Samsung Launches Stable One UI 4 (Android 12) Starting With The Galaxy S21

Hot off the heels of Google, the smartphone giant has started releasing Android 12 to eligible devices, starting with the S21:
https://www.androidcentral.com/one-ui-4-android-12-stable-launch

17) Airbnb Improves Accessibility Search Filters for its Accommodations

Airbnb makes positive changes to its platform to help customers find more accessible accommodations:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/10/22774180/airbnb-accessible-filters-accommodations-rentals

18) Top 3 Ways to Turn Off Animations in Windows 11

Those fancy animations in Windows may be visually distracting or unnecessary. Find out how to easily disable them for an increase in performance and battery life:
https://www.guidingtech.com/top-ways-to-turn-off-animations-in-windows-11/

19) How to Run Your Own Secure, Portable PC From a USB Stick | Wired

Build a super-safe computer you can take anywhere:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-run-tails-secure-portable-pc-usb-stick/

20) Some Echo Speakers Can Now Detect People

Ultrasound tech to detect motion comes to fourth-gen Echos and Echo Dot devices:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/12/22779044/amazon-echo-speakers-ultrasound-people-detection

21) Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 Extended Warranties

APH, in partnership with HumanWare, is pleased to offer one and two-year extended warranties on the Mantis Q40TM and Chameleon 20TM! Through December 10th 2021 all Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 owners have the option to purchase an extended warranty for their braille display, even if the unit is already out of warranty. After December 10th 2021, extended warranties must be bought within 30 days of purchase of the unit which they are covering:
https://www.aph.org/mantis-q40-and-chameleon-20-extended-warranties/

22) Google Unveils New AI App to Help People with Speech Impairments

New Google Project Relate app provides AI-powered speech synthesis for people with speech impairments:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/watch-google-unveils-new-ai-app-to-help-people-with-speech-impairments

23) Squinting Over A Small Font? 7 Ways To Magnify Your iPhone, iPad Or Mac Screen

This zoom magnification tool on iPhone and iPad puts an end to headaches from trying to read the small print on your device:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/squinting-over-small-font-7-ways-to-magnify-your-iphone-ipad-or-mac-screen/

24) A New iPad Accessory Adds Assistive Eye Tracking

Tobii Dynavox's TD Pilot turns iPads with iPadOS 15 into a hands-free device controlled by eye movements:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/a-new-ipad-accessory-adds-assistive-eye-tracking/#ftag=CADf328eec

25) Pin and Arrange Apps on the Taskbar in Windows 11 with JAWS | YouTube - dSurf

Did you know you can rearrange the buttons pinned on the Taskbar in Windows 11 using the keyboard? Why does it matter which apps are pinned to the Taskbar, and what difference does it make which one is first, second, etc.? Apps pinned to the Taskbar can be launched by pressing the WINDOWS key in combination with the numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. on the numbers row that represent the position of that app from left to right on the Taskbar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vw6LIyTgXo


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Hadley Provides Access to Practical Help for Visually Impaired Residents Across Rural America

More than 60 million people, or one in five Americans, live in rural areas of the country. Residents of rural communities face different challenges than those in urban areas, including lack of public transportation, making it difficult to access needed social services, assistance and in-person help. For those with low vision or blindness living in small town America, these challenges are compounded by their already vulnerable circumstances, with added restrictions brought about by the pandemic:
https://www.wfmz.com/news/pr_newswire/pr_newswire_entertainment/hadley-provides-access-to-practical-help-for-visually-impaired-residents-across-rural-america/article_b873cd6b-cb7c-5263-bbff-255a59302213.html

2) Concerns Arise for the Development of Smart Cane to Assist the Blind | Stanford Daily

Stanford researchers developed a smart cane to help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings. While the cane was designed to offer improvements over traditional white canes, questions surrounding its usability have surfaced:
https://www.stanforddaily.com/2021/11/14/concerns-arise-for-the-development-of-smart-cane-to-assist-the-blind/

3) Roots Food Group Launches Nonprofit To Bring Food Security To Visually Impaired Community

"Feeding the Blind" Promotes Vision Nutrition by Subsidizing Medically Tailored Meals for Blind and Low Vision Individuals:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/roots-food-group-launches-nonprofit-to-bring-food-security-to-visually-impaired-community-301423748.html

4) DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Uber for Charging Wait Time Fees to Passengers with Disabilities

This suit is for when riders need more time to get in an Uber vehicle, and presumably locate a vehicle as well because of a disability:
https://www.microassist.com/digital-accessibility/doj-files-lawsuit-against-uber-for-charging-wait-time-fees-to-passengers-with-disabilities/

5) Ableism Is Embedded in Our Language. We Can Dismantle It.

Here is a good article with tips and examples on how to avoid using ableist language:
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emersonmalone/ableism-language-disability

6) Self-Driving Cars for Blind and Visually Impaired People Could Radically Increase Their Independence

Right now, many automakers have projects to develop self-driving cars, with the "assumption that passengers will have full sight abilities." However, for blind and visually impaired people to benefit more from self-driving cars, modifications will need to be made:
https://todayuknews.com/automobile/self-driving-cars-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-people-could-radically-increase-their-independence-motorbiscuit/

7) Goodmaps Makes Acquisition, Launches Outdoor Capabilities

Using mobile scanner technology and digital maps, GoodMaps has developed an accessible smartphone application, GoodMaps Explorer, that helps blind and visually-impaired people navigate indoor spaces. Those navigation capabilities have now been extended to the outdoors after the company acquired the Sendero GPS mobile apps from Aira and relaunched them under the name GoodMaps Outdoors:
https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/inno/stories/news/2021/11/15/goodmaps-outdoors.html

8) Instagram Adds TikTok-like Text-to-Speech and Voice Effects Tools to Reels | TechCrunch

Instagram added two features to Reels recently: text-to-speech and voice effects. These features are popular already on TikTok, but now, creators can use them on Instagram too. This marks yet another effort from Instagram to keep up with TikTok when it comes to short-form video, as Instagram offers big reels bonuses to incentivize creators:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/11/11/instagram-adds-tiktok-like-text-to-speech-and-voice-effects-tools-to-reels/

9) The Pixel 6's Accessibility Features Make Me Hopeful for the Future of Smartphones | Gizmodo

With a faster processor and new software features, Google's new flagship phones are more accessible than ever — but still not perfect:
https://gizmodo.com/the-pixel-6s-accessibility-features-make-me-hopeful-for-1847997736

10) This Inventor from Goa is Helping Visually-Impaired Read, Draw and Understand Geometry

Paul Dsouza, who has been building assistive devices and technologies for the visually impaired for 11 years, won the 'National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)-Mphasis Universal Design Award' recently:
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/this-inventor-from-goa-is-helping-visually-impaired-read-draw-and-understand-geometry-4431320.html

11) Is Love is Blind Season 2 Coming in 2022?

It's about time for one of our favorite reality shows to come back to Netflix. Yes, we're talking about Love is Blind. It's been over a year since we saw singles mingling and getting to know one another from their pods. So, where is Love is Blind season 2?
https://netflixlife.com/2021/11/16/love-is-blind-season-2-netflix-2022/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts | 12 Favorite Tech Apps and Gadgets

November 12th 2021
We sat down with several Hadley staff members and asked them about their favorite tech tips, apps, and gadgets. Whether you consider yourself a tech expert or novice, the group recommends a variety of high-tech and low-tech options that fit your comfort level and interests.:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/12-favorite-tech-apps-and-gadgets

2) Blind Android Users 49 | Hardware Scanning

November 13th 2021 | In episode 32, we had spoken about using a network printer with your phone. This week we talk about using a flatbed or automatic document feeder or any hardware network scanner with your phone. We review the Braillesense 6 a Braille notetaker running Android from HIMS. We demo the app Eyecan, an all in 1 navigation / text scanning / many more features still to be added in the app. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Mosen At Large 157

November 13th 2021 Is visual description a step too far, changes to JAWS Tandem, and the big reveal of Scribe from Pneuma Solutions:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/e142e0a6/is-visual-description-a-step-too-far-changes-to-jaws-tandem-and-the-big-reveal-ofscribe-from-pneuma-solutions

4) Eyes on Success 2147 Unexpected Path

November 17th 2021
"Guiding Emily" was written by Barbara Hinske and describes the journey of a newly blinded woman with her first guide dog. Emily's story is continued in the newly released sequel "The Unexpected Path". Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Barbara about her new book, its inspiration, and what she learned when researching and writing both books:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202147.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Workshop on NFB-NEWSLINE | Florida Outreach Center for the Blind

November 18th 2021 | On Thursday, November 18th 2021, the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind will host a workshop on NFB-NEWSLINE, a free audio news service for anyone who is blind or visually impaired. Imagine a service where you can read hundreds of local and national newspapers, magazines, local store adds along with other daily publications. In addition, imagine a place where you can get tv listings for your TV provider? This is NFB Newsline sponsored by The National Federation of The Blind. The service is free and offers access to more than 500 publications, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more via your telephone or electronic device. Please join The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind and our guest speaker, Russ Davis, who will tell you how to Sign Up for NFB-NEWSLINE and demonstrate this wonderful service. Participants will also have a chance to win a $25 door prize, but you must be present to win. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,5616420005# | Dial Manually: +1 312 626 6799 | Meeting ID: 561 642 0005 | Join by clicking on:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5616420005

2) Fusion Suite 2022 with Eric Damery and Ben Knolles | Freedom Scientific

November 18th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Want to learn about all the new features and enhancements in Fusion Suite 2022? Join us Thursday, November 18th 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern time for a live webinar, "Fusion Suite 2022 with Eric Damery and Ben Knolles":
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OAu0O7VHRXO3yYgwCiTRbA

3) Proctoring with Read & Write | The Network of Assistive Technologists

November 19th 2021 | 12:30AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | Lisa Horner, Testing Specialist & Adaptive Technology Assistant at the Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College will be joined by Dan Shannon, Education Account Manager and Matthew Brown, Regional Sales Director - Canada, both from Texthelp. Join us as a Testing Specialist & Adaptive Technologist, along with the experts at Texthelp discuss and demo using Texthelp Read & Write for proctoring online and "paper" tests. Time for demonstrations and to learn about pairing Read & Write with Lanschool, and, of course there will be time for Q & A:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHEMu0rEAXjLpyxATtrdS2ZwDtQ_v2KSVmwzxq7GZK61lfmA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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

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

5) Assistive Technology Assessment | Access Ingenuity

December 1st 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Mark Schafer and Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity as they discuss the process of an assistive technology assessment and why it is necessary. Meeting ID: 825 6238 1644 | Passcode: 598447 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82562381644#,,,,*598447# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82562381644?pwd=a21CcG1VU0dkWHBrSlBsK3FEcDVxZz09

6) 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/

7) Managing Websites and Webpages With JAWS | Access Ingenuity

December 8th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Zhi Huang and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they demonstrate ways to better manage your websites and webpages using your browser and JAWS. | Meeting ID: 817 5158 2526 | Passcode: 341540 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81751582526#,,,,*341540# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81751582526?pwd=NWRVVUwwSWFQQzBjZVkrblYrY3dnZz09

8) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy

December 8th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability

9) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

10) JAWS: Maximizing the Experience for You and Your Students Part 2 | Access Ingenuity

December 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although the JAWS screen reader is a powerful program that provides many features and support for many applications, some individuals do not like JAWS. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this is from not knowing some of the available tools and features and not having JAWS or Windows configured to utilize JAWS to the fullest. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain some ideal settings and ways to access JAWS features to improve your experience. Although this is a Part 2, you can still benefit even if you did not attend the previous session. We will quickly summarize the main points in Part 1. | Meeting ID: 839 0370 2793 | Passcode: 356314 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83903702793#,,,,*356314# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83903702793?pwd=QXZuNjdvelo4aVpMVnE5NUcxYnJ1dz09

11) Shopping With JAWS and Windows | Access Ingenuity

December 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's the holidays! You might still be looking for a last-minute gift. Perhaps you just want to know how a competent screen reader user would search for specific items. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they use many of the web browsing tips previously introduced to go shopping on a PC using JAWS. | Meeting ID: 832 9367 4055 | Passcode: 291237 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83293674055#,,,,*291237# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83293674055?pwd=Z2ZkNlpKK2liTWpDWmlOd2lDMkFQQT09

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

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

13) Axe-Con 2022

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


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Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

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

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


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Download The App (iOS):
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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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Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Join Kae and my presentation at the Let's Go Shopping event this weekend. Our times are 3 PM Friday for Kae and 12 noon Saturday for Barry. Anyone purchasing through this event will receive 2 squeezy storage pouches or a dog choice as a thank you. For more info, send a blank email to lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉ (2) Our 3 product Talking Medical Bundle is $130 plus shipping through the holidays. Get two of the three products for $100 with shipping. (3) Aluminum telescopic non-collapsing canes are still $50.00. (4) Our new air induction headphones are loud enough for outdoors, extremely comfortable, and stay on your head; $55. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email us at bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://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

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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

➜ Pluggable 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 Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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


Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.

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

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 837-2000

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

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

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


Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall

➜ DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Save 20% Now $39.99
The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=5156439

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Don't Miss the Virtual Technology Fair for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
The Virtual Technology Fair, hosted by the Carroll Center for the Blind, is back to connect you with innovative technology that can transform the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Supercharge your independence from the comfort of your living room, office, or anywhere you can log on. Attend exciting presentations, meet with exhibitors of cutting-edge assistive technology, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Register for free at:
https://bit.ly/3vBaUk2

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Volume 832

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Volume 832

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Join Us At Sight Tech Global To Learn About The Next Generation Of Accessible Navigation And Object Recognition Assistant

Louis-Philippe Masse, Vice President of Product Innovation at HumanWare, against a background of a network of dots, polygons, and connected lines illustrating the concept of itinerary, location, and travel.'

On December 1-2 at Sight Tech Global (a free, virtual event on advanced technology and accessibility for the blind and visually impaired), HumanWare's Vice President of Product Innovation will discuss our next generation of accessible navigation and object recognition assistants. We are currently developing a robust and accessible navigation and computer vision device, allowing users to plan trips, navigate in various environments, identify, and find objects. With its ease of use, advanced technology, satellite positioning systems, and artificial intelligence, the device will help users live more independently and participate more actively in today's world. It will be HumanWare's most powerful navigation device since the launch of the original Trekker pioneer in 2003. In this panel, Dr. Massé will present the features of the product as well as our long-term vision and the technology behind this exciting upcoming product. Be sure to join us at Sight Tech Global for this very important session:
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) The Secret Way to Easily Circumvent Most Internet Paywalls in a Pinch: (9.2% of all clicks.)
https://medium.com/web-design-web-developer-magazine/the-secret-way-to-easily-circumvent-most-internet-paywalls-in-a-pinch-90ffd7fcc14e
B.) 7 Best Free OCR Software Apps to Convert Images Into Text: (8.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/
C.) With The "Artificial Retina", Blind People Can See Again Even Without Using Their Eyes: (5.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.mediarunsearch.co.uk/with-the-artificial-retina-blind-people-can-see-again-even-without-using-their-eyes/
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2) Top Tech Tidbits Says Thank You And Farewell To Sponsor Be My Eyes | One Sponsorship Package Currently Available

Please join all of us here at Tidbits in wishing a fine farewell to Be My Eyes who has so very graciously supported the distribution of Top Tech Tidbits for the last year. If you look forward to Tidbits every week, it is sponsors like Be My Eyes that make it possible. If you would like to join us in supporting Tidbits while enjoying some really incredible marketing benefits, please reach out to our publisher today at: publisher@toptechtidbits.com ✉. Or learn more at:
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3) Top Tech Tidbits Approaches 7,000 Active Subscribers Worldwide

The Top Tech Tidbits subscriber list has always been a positive growth list. Meaning that the list has always experienced growth, week over week, since its inception in 2004. But something changed in June of 2020 as we transitioned the publication to a sponsorship model and began to make small changes to the format of the publication. Changes to the heading scheme to make jumping between Tidbits effortless. Breaking information out into sections in order to better focus the different types of information that Tidbits readers were searching for. And expanding the breadth of AT resources that Top Tech Tidbits covers. All of these changes together have seen the Top Tech Tidbits subscriber list grow faster than we have ever seen it grow before. Since the transition, on average, approximately 15-25 new subscribers have joined the list each week, and approximately 4-6 susbcribers have left the list each week. This positive gain, week over week, has the Top Tech Tidbits subscriber list currently sitting at 6,839 active subscribers. Should these gains continue we forecast that Top Tech Tidbits will reach 7,000 active subscribers worldwide within the next 3 months. We could not be more pleased that these changes have resulted in so many more people reading the publication each week. We will continue to listen to your feedback and use it to shape Tidbits well into the future. If you're interested to know from where in the world people are reading Tidbits you can now review Subscriber Location Data on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
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4) 3 Inspiring Audiobooks for People with Disabilities by Anna Cristina Carter, Guest Contributor, Top Tech Tidbits

This article was written exclusively for Top Tech Tidbits courtesy of Author Anna Cristina Carter. Please join us in sharing it far and wide. Technology has done wonders for accessibility. Thanks to the internet, people with disabilities can easily find platforms that suit their needs and interests. But the low-vision community isn't the only group that can benefit from audio-focused mediums, and the podcast isn't the only audio-focused medium out there. People who want their entertainment structured can listen to audiobooks, which are professionally recorded readings of existing texts, such as novels and non-fiction books. Below, we've listed 3 different audiobooks written for, by, or about people with disabilities:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/41.html

5) Blind in the Metaverse — Making Web3.0 Accessible from the Beginning | Tidbit Submission

The argument that not everyone has to enter the metaverse or have a digital life still remains true but creating a digital world or universe that does not make it enjoyable for an entire community to enter is not right. The metaverse should be so accessible that a blind person has the right to refuse to enter because of personal choice not because of usability issues:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/blind-metaverse-making-web30-accessible-from-walborn-ferraro/

6) Introducing the NRTC Podcast | Employment Insights

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision has launched a podcast series for individuals with blindness or who have low vision. The podcast series project, Employment Insights, is meant to contribute to the NRTC's mission to enhance employment outcomes for people with B/LV. Each episode focuses on encouraging, inspiring, and informing people about the skills they need for employment. On each episode, they invite a guest who is blind or has low vision to join them to talk about their achievements, challenges, and insights through their employment journey. Topics include lessons learned from failures on the job, job search tips, and success stories of how individuals have maintained and advanced in employment:
https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/consumers/webinars-podcasts

7) Chromebook Select-To-Speak Upgrade Adds More Human-Sounding Voices

This feature is part of Chrome OS's built-in screen reader but with the added bonus of speaking out only the text that's currently selected. With this month's update, the voice that speaks out those words will sound more natural, complete with the various accents found in 25 currently supported languages. Google claims that it makes it easier to follow along and comprehend text, even for those with dyslexia:
https://www.slashgear.com/chromebook-select-to-speak-upgrade-adds-more-human-sounding-voices-14695259/

8) The Complete Guide to Windows 11: New Features, Requirements, and Release Date

Microsoft recently announced the release of a much-anticipated update to their flagship operating system in the form of Windows 11. Six years after the release of Windows 10, the new update provides a visual update and adds a host of multitasking, gaming, and security features:
https://vpnoverview.com/privacy/devices/the-complete-guide-to-windows-11/

9) Writing Effective Image Descriptions or "Alt Text" by American Foundation for the Blind

So, you found the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the W3C and you're committed to making your website as accessible and user-friendly as possible. Fantastic! Let's talk about one of the most elementary aspects of a site that contributes to accessibility for users of assistive technology:
https://www.afb.org/consulting/afb-accessibility-resources/improving-your-web-site

10) Apple and Amazon ML/AI Leads to Speak on Accessibility at Sight Tech Global 2021

Sensors and data are proliferating. Whether it's from a phone, a car or smart home devices, astonishing amounts of data fuel the work of researchers and product developers conceiving new products and experiences. Among those who stand to benefit, even more than they already do, are people who are blind or visually disabled:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/11/05/apple-and-amazon-ml-ai-leads-to-speak-on-accessibility-at-sight-tech-global-2021/

11) New Technique Could Enhance Films for Visually Impaired

Researchers at the University of York have developed a new way for visually impaired audiences to experience and enjoy films. Traditional Audio Description (AD) consists of an audio track in the third person that provides information on the visual layer of a film or television programme. The current use of traditional AD can sometimes overlap with other sound elements in the soundtrack, such as music and sound effects. Under the new format, verbal descriptions are minimised and sound design is used as the main vehicle for accessibility, through a combination of additional sound effects, 3D sound, and first-person narration:
https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/news/new-technique-could-enhance-films-for-visually-impaired-355364

12) NVDA 2021.3 Beta2 Available for Testing

Beta2 of NVDA 2021.3 is now available for download and testing:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-3beta2/

13) Open-Source Cane Borrows Autonomous Vehicle Tech for Visually-Impaired and Costs $400 to Build

A standard white cane remains an essential aid for getting out for a number of visually impaired people, but to date, it also has not really offered a lot of affordable modern updates, which is something that a number of researchers want to change. It was noted that a certain cane borrows autonomous vehicle tech for certain visually-impaired individuals but costs $400:
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/266763/20211017/open-source-cane-borrows-autonomous-vehicle-tech-visually-impaired-costs.htm

14) 40 Cells To Empowerment: A Comparison Of Five Braille Displays To Fortify Your Success | By Scott Davert, Coordinator: Technology, Research and Innovation Center, Helen Keller National Center for Deafblind Youths and Adults

There are several 40 cell braille devices on the market providing different feature sets at varying price points. At the time of this writing, these displays range in price from $1,399 to $3,195. As the monetary investment is seldom trivial even on the lowest end, it is important to find the ideal device to fit a person's specific circumstances. To help decide which is best for your specific needs, this article will provide the following information for each device:
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/40-Cell-Braille-Devices

15) Mantis and Chameleon Software Updates

Some major features that are coming to both displays include a global clipboard, bookmarks in the Editor, and a blinking cursor. Bluetooth fixes and enhancements, quicker Library navigation, improved Braille Profile configuration, improvements to auto scroll, and new benefits to the Online Libraries are among the other changes:
https://www.aph.org/mantis-and-chameleon-software-improvements/

16) Upcoming Feature Spotlight: HID Braille Specification

NVDA's In Process is out. It highlights the HID Braille Specification coming to NVDA. This should make plugging in a supported braille display and getting basic functionality possible for NVDA users:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-november-2021/

17) Microsoft Announces Windows 11 SE, A New Chrome OS Competitor

This version of Windows is specific for the primary education market. No word yet on whether it will support 3rd-party assistive technologies:
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/9/22771742/microsoft-windows-11-se-features-release-date

18) Google Is Taking Sign-Ups For Relate, A Voice Assistant That Recognizes Impaired Speech

Google launched a beta app today that people with speech impairments can use as a voice assistant while contributing to a multiyear research effort to improve Google's speech recognition. The goal is to make Google Assistant, as well as other features that use speech to text and speech to speech, more inclusive of users with neurological conditions that affect their speech:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_9fFSD4IAqHaePFebXMBOUML8rEFyZD4DNxG5LaZhpW5QXQ/viewform

19) Ask A Trainer: Getting Started With Accessibility For E-Learning | (Td.Org)

Designing accessible online courses can be challenging. An experienced eLearning developer offers simple steps to get you started:
https://www.td.org/atd-blog/ask-a-trainer-getting-started-with-accessibility-for-e-learning

20) Apple MacOS 12 Monterey Review: The Best Is Yet To Come | The Verge

MacOS Monterey has been out for a couple of weeks and the reviews are rolling in. The well-known team at the Verge talk about their experience so far:
https://www.theverge.com/22765988/apple-macos-12-monterey-review-macbook-pro-air-imac-m1

21) 11 Essential Windows 11 Shortcuts You Need To Know | Tom's Guide (TomsGuide.com)

Speed up your Windows 11 experience and become a true keyboard ninja with these must-know shortcuts:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/11-essential-windows-11-shortcuts-you-need-to-know


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Why Automated Tools Alone Can't Make Your Website Accessible and Legally Compliant

This article reminds us that automated AI based solutions are not yet sufficient for ensure accessibility in the digital space:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/10/28/why-automated-tools-alone-cant-make-your-website-accessible-and-legally-compliant/?sh=5e55cc6364e2

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

This article gives some tech tips for employers to make the workplace more inclusive for employees with sensory impairments:
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/how-to-make-remote-working-inclusive-for-the-deaf-and-blind.html

3) In Living Color Audio Description Looks Past People of Color

This article argues for more inclusive audio descriptions in movies and television:
https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/color-blind-audio-description-inaccessibility

4) Introducing Updates To Make It Easier For Guests With Disabilities To Travel

Airbnb is now manually vetting accessibility features and, at the same time, making it easier to find accessible lodgings:
https://news.airbnb.com/accessibility-review/

5) With Disability-Friendly Packaging, Olay Aims for Greater Accessibility

Olay North America said that it is rolling out a new easy-open lid featuring a winged cap that's simpler to grip. The package also includes a high-contrast label and Braille text:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/11/09/with-disability-friendly-packaging-olay-aims-for-greater-accessibility/29584/

6) Yahoo Sports' Documentary Short Features All Blind Fantasy League

Yahoo Sports is proud to announce the debut of a short documentary produced by Yahoo about its All Blind Fantasy League (ABFL) a group of sports fanatics who use assistive technology like screen readers with the Yahoo Fantasy app to connect with their passion for fantasy in a fully accessible way:
https://news.yahoo.com/yahoo-sports-documentary-short-features-all-blind-fantasy-league-010106205.html

7) Teaching Visually Impaired Students - And Making Class Materials More Accessible For Everyone At The Same Time

Hannah Thompson, a partially blind academic, offers six tips for ensuring an inclusive learning environment. If you're a screen reader user, please note that you may get a pop-up asking if you would like to register that is difficult to dismiss. This will depend on your browser's settings. The developers have been notified of the issue. In the meantime, you can avoid the registration prompt if necessary by opening the link below in a private / incognito window:
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/teaching-visually-impaired-students-and-making-class-materials-more-accessible-everyone-same

8) We're Reimagining Low Vision Technology | APH

APH has a long-term strategy for developing low vision devices that adapt to each user's needs — not the other way around:
https://www.aph.org/were-reimagining-low-vision-technology/

9) The 9 Smart Devices You Should Have In Your Room

The smart home is a reality today, specially oriented to the living room and kitchen with multiple devices that can help us to make these two rooms work in a much more functional way:
https://cvbj.biz/the-9-smart-devices-you-should-have-in-your-room-technology.html

10) The World's First Needle-Free Diabetes Test

Australian researchers have developed a needle-free diabetes test that measures glucose levels from saliva — not blood. It could be ready for consumers as soon as 2023:
https://www.freethink.com/health/diabetes-test

11) Visual Art For The Visually Impaired: Philly Museum Tests Out New Ways To Experience Paintings

Tactile graphics are reproductions of paintings made on heavy cardstock embossed with different textures, representing various elements of the image composition. Those textures are meant to help visitors "see" the paintings through their fingertips:
https://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/visual-art-for-the-visually-impaired-philly-museum-tests-out-new-ways-to-experience-paintings/article_93437203-d8c9-5a94-8d58-75be9a70b384.html

12) Forza Horizon 5 Also Promoted For Accessibility, Playable Even By The Blind

Forza Horizon 5 is not only excellent from a technical and gameplay point of view, but also from an accessibility point of view, so much so that it received a very positive opinion from Steve Saylor, a blind player who specifically deals with accessibility problems in video games. The opinion of Saylor is quite clear: "Forza Horizon 5 is the first racing game where I was able to fulfill the dream of driving at 200mph, as I never could in reality. It's the most accessible chapter of the Forza Horizon franchise and XBox games in general." Saylor also posted a full review to explain the level of accessibility of Forza Horizon 5:
https://d1softballnews.com/forza-horizon-5-also-promoted-for-accessibility-playable-even-by-the-blind-nerd4-life/

13) Olay Developed an Easy-Open Moisturizer Lid for People With Limited Mobility

After receiving customer complaints about how difficult the Regenerist Moisturizer lids are to open, the brand is introducing a more accessible alternative:
https://www.allure.com/story/olay-easy-open-lid-launch

14) Amazon Brings Alexa to Senior Living Communities and Healthcare Systems with Alexa Smart Properties

Senior Living and Healthcare providers can now easily deploy Alexa experiences designed to keep residents and patients connected, informed, and entertained — and improve care team productivity:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211025005336/en/

15) Eyedaptic Launches EYE4, An All-New Version Of Its Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses To Address The Increasing Incidence Of Vision Loss In The US

Hands-free visual aid with integrated hand-held magnifier capability uses the power of Augmented Reality and cellular phone technology to address the growing unmet need within the low vision community:
https://www.prweb.com/releases/eyedaptic_launches_eye4_an_all_new_version_of_its_augmented_reality_ar_glasses_to_address_the_increasing_incidence_of_vision_loss_in_the_us/prweb18194142.htm


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Mosen At Large 156

November 6th 2021 Part 2 of our Chromebook tutorial, Amazon removes some email functionality from Alexa, a radio app for your Apple Watch and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/ac861ab8/part-2-of-our-chromebook-tutorial-amazon-removes-some-email-functionality-from-alexa-a-radio-app-for-your-apple-watch-and-more

2) Blind Android Users 48 | It's Shopping Time

November 6th 2021 | Checkout Part 1 of Pixel 6 Pro Review at: https://tinyurl.com/nwuhcpr8. Ccheck out Part 2 at: https://tinyurl.com/4wwrpzjc. As holiday season is approaching, we decided to talk all about shopping apps. We demoed Amazon and eBay apps. We answered the most asked question in the community, does Android have a good RSS reader? In Talkback highlights we show you how to find links or phone numbers in messages and activate them. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Eyes on Success 2146 Running with Google Project Guideline

November 10th 2021
Google's "Project Guideline" is an early stage research project aimed at enabling those with vision loss to run independently. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bill Ma, director of IT and operations and Jessy DiNapoli, manager of admissions at Guiding Eyes for the Blind about how their blind CEO, Thomas Panek, has used the app to run on his own:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201246.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Meet the RUBY 10 Video Magnifier-A Versatile, Low Vision Solution for Everyday Living Activities | Freedom Scientific

November 11th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Our RUBY video magnifiers have become some of the most popular low vision products on the market today, and we're so excited to announce the newest addition: the RUBY 10! The RUBY 10 video magnifier features a large, 10-inch touchscreen display and three dedicated cameras to help you with your everyday tasks. Use the RUBY to magnify magazines, photos, letters, labels, and other fine print. A swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. Enable full-page OCR on the speech model when the arm is extended. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera is dedicated to seeing objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. Join Mike Wood and Michelle Williams as they introduce the RUBY 10 and demonstrate its ease of use and unique viewing modes. For example: ColorSight +TM is a feature that addresses color blindness by shifting specific colors to assist color differentiation in real-time. Glare GuardTM attempts to maximize comfort during long-term use by minimizing pain from light sensitivity. This feature reduces the wavelengths of light associated with such pain. EdgeScribeTM edge enhancement modes attempt to improve object recognition by removing visual clutter. AptiviewTM adjusts the contrast in different parts of the image, which could improve the viewing experience in more lighting conditions than previously possible:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N3WJbUe5SIOhZsv6wwOBQg

2) Room to Grow: Progressing a Student Through MATT Connect's Interfaces | APH

November 12th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Ready. Set. Grow! The MATT Connect has the capacity to evolve with your student through Basic, Standard and Advanced Interfaces. In this webinar, we'll compare the user interfaces and provide resources on when to advance a student through each interface:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dOx3f-OPQaaSyYZoX_PCtg

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

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

4) Using Windows 11 with a Screen Reader by Microsoft

November 17th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Jeff Bishop, Program Manager, Windows Engineering. Anne Taylor, Program Manager, Accessibility Team. Brett Humphrey, Program Manager, Teams Engineering. We are excited to share how we are empowering screen reader users to achieve more with what's coming in Windows 11. This webinar will focus on a broad overview of accessibility experiences in Windows 11. This includes new Start Menu interactions, a new Windows Settings experience, an all-new chat experience with your friends and family and more. New Windows hotkeys will also be introduced for things like Quick Settings, Notifications and others. Many of these features will be demoed using Narrator and third-party screen readers to give you a feel for the all new Windows 11 after you upgrade:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRxkCFbE8eohLlKeYJpcMV_BUM0dLREdQRjc4SjVPTFFVTUo2NkJDQjFVWi4u&wdLOR=cC2A08E94-B6B3-4D58-A1E9-E2A1EC1ACF56

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

November 17th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the advantages of the new firmware upgrade for the Focus 5th generation braille displays, and introduce the new ElEdit application to allow you to increase your productivity with braille and print files on Windows. Learning Outcomes: Explain the new features of the firmware upgrade for the Focus 5th generation braille displays including turning on and off word wrap, turning off the feature requiring a pin to connect to Bluetooth devices, one-handed mode, Etc. Demonstrate how to get the upgrade and how to perform the firmware upgrade itself. Introduce the new ElEdit app for Windows and JAWS allowing the user to finally read BRF files both in braille and speech while using Windows! Explore additional features of the ElEdit app including the ability to quickly translate from braille to print, print to braille, print the document, emboss a document, send a document to Microsoft Word, and more! | Meeting ID: 863 6137 8742 | Passcode: 881387 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86361378742#,,,,*881387# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86361378742?pwd=TE9hMUpOU2pZT3JYZHlqVkt4RCtldz09

6) Fusion Suite 2022 with Eric Damery and Ben Knolles | Freedom Scientific

November 18th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Want to learn about all the new features and enhancements in Fusion Suite 2022? Join us Thursday, November 18th 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern time for a live webinar, "Fusion Suite 2022 with Eric Damery and Ben Knolles":
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OAu0O7VHRXO3yYgwCiTRbA

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

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

8) 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/

9) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy

December 8th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability

10) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

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

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

12) Axe-Con 2022

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


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➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


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

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

2) FOR SALE: One Dell G7 7500 Laptop

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

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


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Sponsor: 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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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

➜ APH ConnectCenter Resources: Holiday Gifts for Children and Adults Who are Blind and Visually Impaired
On Wednesday, November 19th APHConnectCenter and VisionAware are hosting Holiday Gifts for Children and Adults Who are Blind and Visually Impaired from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. For details and registration visit: https://aphconnectcenter.org/webinars/.

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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/111120211100-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: 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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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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About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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

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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: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets
(1) Join Kae and my presentation at the Let's Go Shopping event this weekend. Our times are 3 PM Friday for Kae and 12 noon Saturday for Barry. Anyone purchasing through this event will receive 2 squeezy storage pouches or a dog choice as a thank you. For more info, send a blank email to lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉ (2) Our 3 product Talking Medical Bundle is $130 plus shipping through the holidays. Get two of the three products for $100 with shipping. (3) Aluminum telescopic non-collapsing canes are still $50.00. (4) Our new air induction headphones are loud enough for outdoors, extremely comfortable, and stay on your head; $55. For more info, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email us at bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
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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

➜ Pluggable 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 Pluggable 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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Phone: (269) 216-4798

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 4, 2021 - Volume 831

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) A Simple Change Makes This New Mastercard Easier To Use For Blind And Sight-Impaired People: (8.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.fastcompany.com/90689669/your-next-mastercard-will-be-easier-to-use-for-people-who-are-blind-and-sight-impaired
B.) Apple Releases iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1; Bringing Many Fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users | Applevis: (8.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-151-and-ipados-151-bringing-many-fixes-voiceover-and-braille-users
C.) With The "Artificial Retina", Blind People Can See Again Even Without Using Their Eyes: (6.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.mediarunsearch.co.uk/with-the-artificial-retina-blind-people-can-see-again-even-without-using-their-eyes/
D.) A Review of the Orbit Reader 40 by Scott Davert, Coordinator: Technology, Research and Innovation Center, Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults: (6.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/review-orbit-reader-40
E.) You Can Now Add Your COVID Vaccine Card To iPhone's Apple Wallet: (6.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/10/26/covid-vaccine-card-iphone-apple-wallet/8555239002/

2) How The Facebook Facial Recognition Shutdown Will Impact Automatic Alt Text (AAT) Which Creates Image Descriptions for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Facebook is shutting down their Facial Recognition system. People who've opted in will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos and they will delete more than a billion people's individual facial recognition templates:
https://about.fb.com/news/2021/11/update-on-use-of-face-recognition/

3) The Secret Way to Easily Circumvent Most Internet Paywalls in a Pinch

This Tidbit comes to us from our Publisher. It is important to note here that this practice is in no way illegal. It is however very obviously frowned upon by those that wish to make money from their online content. While we do not, in any way, wish to prevent creators from making money from their creations, we do above all wish to empower those that are blind and/or vision impaired to reach information that they might not otherwise be able to reach. And so, in this vein, we share this Tidbit. It is also important to note here that a simple clearing of your browser's Cookies will often allow you to reset the number of free articles that you can read on a site before you are required to subscribe. Here's to access:
https://medium.com/web-design-web-developer-magazine/the-secret-way-to-easily-circumvent-most-internet-paywalls-in-a-pinch-90ffd7fcc14e

4) 6th Annual Let's Go Shopping Retail Therapy Extravaganza | Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th 2021

The 6th Annual Let's Go Shopping Retail Therapy Extravaganza is set for Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th 2021. This will be the 6th LGS event, and it promises to be the most fun and exciting yet! Get early access to the vendor list, event schedule, special sales, promotions, door prizes, news and updates. Spread the word using the tag #LetsGoShopping when tweeting about the event. Then, shop til you drop while enjoying some good retail therapy! Simply join our announce-only email list. Just send a blank email to:
lgs+subscribe@groups.io

5) What Do The Accessibility Symbols In Apple TV And TV Apps Mean?

This article explains the three different accessibility symbols in Apple's media content, captions, subtitles, and audio description:
https://www.macworld.com/article/546627/what-do-the-accessibility-symbols-in-apple-tv-and-tv-apps-mean.html

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

Better text-to-speech (TTS) voices are coming to Chromebooks. While for "Select-to-speak" was designed for users with learning disabilities like dyslexia, all users can benefit:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/googles-new-chromebook-accessibility-feature-aims-to-help-those-with-dyslexia/

7) Razer's Latest Productivity Keyboard And Mouse Have 'Silent' Mechanical Switches

This author is in love with mechanical keyboards but cannot use them in this remote work environment with all its Zoom and Teams calls and in audio recording situations because of the noise they make. This keyboard tries to solve this problem:
https://www.engadget.com/razer-productivity-keyboard-mouse-silent-mechanical-switches-pro-type-ultra-pro-click-mini-164230459.html

8) How to Start Voice Typing on Windows 11 | Makeuseof.com

Dictation has never worked better in Windows. You can even choose to have punctuation added automatically. Discover how to turn on and use this enhancement:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-start-voice-typing-on-windows-11/

9) Quadriplegic Apple User Rates iOS 15 and WatchOS 8 | 9to5Mac

This article provides some effective ways to interact with an iPhone and Apple Watch if you cannot use the touch screen or controls:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/11/02/quadriplegic-apple-user-accessibility-ratings/

10) Android Users Need to Uninstall These 151 Apps Immediately | PCMag.com

150 Apps have been removed from the Google Play Store due to malware. PC Mag recommends you check your Android phone ASAP and remove any Apps from this list:
https://au.pcmag.com/android-apps/90484/151-android-apps-need-to-be-uninstalled-immediately

11) Android 12 Update: Full List, Update for Xiaomi, Realme, OnePlus, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo | Trak.in - Indian Business of Tech, Mobile & Startups

All of these smartphones are set to receive Android 12. Is yours on the list?
https://trak.in/tags/business/2021/10/31/android-12-update-full-list-update-for-xiaomi-realme-oneplus-samsung-oppo-vivo/

12) Amazon Fire TV - Accessibility Features

The Amazon Fire TV can turn your television into an affordable and accessible streaming solution. This official site offers an overview of the accessibility features that can be activated right from the remote control:
https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=23477585011

13) Change This One Setting On Your New MacBook Immediately | CNet.com

This setting may make the trackpad easier and more intuitive to use:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/change-this-one-setting-on-your-new-macbook-immediately/

14) MacOS Monterey: Is Your Computer Compatible With Apple's New OS? Find Out Now | CNet.com

Not sure if your Mac can run the latest MacOS Monterey? CNET provide a full list of compatible computers:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/macos-monterey-is-your-computer-compatible-with-apples-new-os-find-out-now/

15) How to Turn on and Use Live Captions on Android | Makeuseof.com

Live captions are just a tap away on Android 11 and 12. Learn how to enable on-device captions for your next video, podcast and more:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-turn-on-and-use-live-caption-on-android/

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

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

17) 7 Ways to Customize iOS 15's Focus Mode for Work and Play | Wired

This new feature can help with more than just being productive. Use it to enjoy the moment in all kinds of activities:
https://www.wired.com/story/7-tips-ios-15-focus-mode-work-play/

18) 7 Best Free OCR Software Apps to Convert Images Into Text

Want OCR software for free? This article collects the seven best programs that turn images into text:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/

19) NVDA 2021.3 Beta1 Available for Testing

Beta1 of NVDA 2021.3 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, you are welcome to download the beta and provide feedback:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-3beta1/

20) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy Commencing December 8th 2021

The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Creating Opportunities For People With Disabilities In STEM Careers

This article from the Forbes Business Council proposes some new ideas and strategies for including employees with disabilities in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math):
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2021/10/05/creating-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities-in-stem-careers/?sh=2f722906d4c0

2) GPS App Guides Visually Impaired Navigate Trails Of City Park

The BlindSquare app assists users in navigating parks and trails. It's part of a pilot project by Alberta Parks with CNIB Frontier Accessibility and Trans Canada Trail to make hiking more accessible to people of all abilities:
https://coolblindtech.com/gps-app-guides-visually-impaired-navigate-trails-of-city-park/

3) Voters With Disabilities Gain Political Clout As Ballots Become More Accessible, Study Finds

In this article, The researchers, who analyzed data from the federal government's Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement for November 2020, found that 62% of people with disabilities voted in 2020, up from 56% in 2016 in the United States:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/11/02/voters-disabilities-gain-political-clout-more-accessibility/6248651001/

4) Mastercard Introduces Accessible Card For People With Sight Loss

Here is a new standard for identifying different types of cards, credit, debit, and prepaid:
https://coolblindtech.com/mastercard-introduces-accessible-card-for-people-with-sight-loss/

5) Flying Blind: Taking Flight Simulation To A New Level In Accessibility

Software developers [Andy Borka] and [Jason Fayre] have a love for aviation. They are also both totally blind. They've developed software called Talking Flight Monitor, and it has made flight simulation possible for anyone with impaired vision or blindness. What draws them to aviation and flight simulators:
https://hackaday.com/2021/11/02/flying-blind-taking-flight-simulation-to-a-new-level-in-accessibility/

6) Travel Hands To Launch Uber-style App For Blind People To Get Guided Assistance From Public

This November, London-based startup Travel Hands intends to launch an Uber-style app to help individuals with sight loss living in or visiting urban environments receive guided assistance from volunteers:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/10/31/travel-hands-to-launch-uber-style-app-for-blind-people-to-get-guided-assistance-from-public/?sh=5dc96fca7f42

7) Legal Update: Accessibility Overlay Edition

This page is an article about web accessibility overlays and the law. An overlay is a type of software that can be installed on a website. Companies selling overlays say they will protect a company from being sued. But lawsuits still happen when companies use overlays. Six hundred people have signed a statement about the problems with overlays. This article talks about 4 legal developments about overlays:
https://www.lflegal.com/2021/11/overlay-legal-update/

8) How to Hear Images and See Sounds

Artists Shannon Finnegan and Andy Slater talk accessibility, transdimensional hearing, alt-text as poetry, sound descriptions, and Instagram captions for McSweeney's Audio Issue:
https://daily.jstor.org/how-to-hear-images-and-see-sounds/

9) Blind People Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM. In 3 Years, They'll Have to Do It Again

Advocates will once again be granted a DMCA exception to make accessible versions of texts. They argue that it's far past time to make it permanent:
https://www.wired.com/story/ebooks-drm-blind-accessibility-dmca/

10) The Internet Archive Transforms Access to Books in a Digital World

In honor of Open Access Week, and particularly this year's theme of structural equity, we wanted to highlight a project from the Internet Archive that is doing extraordinary work promoting access to knowledge. The bad news: that project is also under legal threat. The good news: the Archive is fighting back:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/10/internet-archive-transforms-access-books-digital-world

11) For A Legally Blind Player, Far Cry 6's Accessibility Options Are Empowering

Despite stagnant open-world tropes, Far Cry continues to improve its accessibility options:
https://www.polygon.com/22748526/far-cry-6-accessibility-pc-xbox-one-series-x-ps5-ps4

12) Love is Blind Season 2 is Not Coming to Netflix in November 2021

Love is Blind season 2 has been high in demand by millions of Netflix users ever since the show aired its first season in 2020. Waiting for the second season certainly wasn't made any easier when the popular dating series dropped a follow-up special earlier this year titled Love is Blind: After the Altar, which showcased the lives of these couples two years after the unprecedented success of the show:
https://netflixlife.com/2021/10/29/love-is-blind-season-2-not-coming-netflix-november-2021/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Access Tech Watch-360 Podcast | Google Lookout versus Microsoft Seeing AI, plus the first Audio Described Dancehall / Hip-Hop Music Video

October 26th 2021 We give a comparison between Lookout on the Galaxy S21 Ultra/ Android and the Microsoft Seeing Ai, using a iPhone 10X (latest operating system), the pod looks at several products and goes over basic functions with both devices and applications; Additionally, we cover the first audio described modern Dancehall/Hip-Hop Video with Jamaica's Trophy Sniper and the Eloheem Team (Silent Killa):
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/google-look-out-vs-seeing-ai-plus-the-first-audio-described-music-video-silent-killa/

2) Blind Android Users 47 | Count That Money

October 30th 2021 | In this episode we talk about currency readers / recognisers. We demo the currency recognising features in Lookout and Supersense. We demo Cash Reader and an app launched by Reserve Bank of India, MANI. We unbox the Pixel 6 Pro and review it which can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers. In the next episode of Commentary screen reader we see multi finger gestures and focus monitor. To listen to this and all previous episodes, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Mosen At Large 155

October 31st 2021 Apple SharePlay, JAWS 2022, part 1 of our Chromebook review and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/be99390c/apple-shareplay-jaws-2022-part-1-of-our-chromebook-review-and-more

4) Eyes on Success 2145 Accessibility of Android Devices Past and Present

November 3rd 2021
The accessibility of Android devices has continued to improve over the years and is now a viable option for those who are visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Austin Pinto, Warren Carr and Mariam Mohsen from the Blind Android Users team about how Android has evolved over time as well as about recently introduced accessibility features:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202145.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) 6th Annual Let's Go Shopping Retail Therapy Extravaganza

November 5th 2021 and November 6th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | What follows is the complete schedule for the Let's Go Shopping event. Please note that all times below are Pacific time. Be sure to adjust for your time zone accordingly. FRIDAY: 9:00 AM PT to 5:00 PM PT | 09AM: Welcome and introduction | 09:15: EZ2See® Products LLC - Gifts to keep you organized | 10AM: Scentsy with Nini - Festive Fragrances for your Holiday Home | 11AM: A. T. Guys, Featuring the Blindshell Classic 2 and Other Cool Stuff | 11:30: The Unseen Bean - It's a coffee Christmas | 12N: Guidelight Dogs - Going To The Dogs (and more!) with KaeAnn, Debra and Thor at GuideLight Dog Products! | 01PM: Patti and Ricky - Adaptive fashion and accessories for men, women, and kids | 02PM: Stocking Stuffers: Gifts under $20! | 03PM: Elegant Insights - Ten years of braille jewelry and accessories! Celebrate with us! | 3:30: Elegant Insights - Sparkle On with The Sparkle Squad | 04PM: Wright Turn Only - Unique handcrafted gifts | 05PM: End of day. | SATURDAY: November 6 9:00 AM PT to 5:00 PM PT | 09AM: Guidelights and Gadgets - It Talks, It's Soft, and You Can Walk with It: Unique Holiday Gifts and More from GuideLights and Gadgets | 10AM: EZ2See® Products LLC - Give the gift of organization | 10:30: Angela's Awesome Jerky - A very tasty Christmas | 11AM: Scenic Made - Artisinal gourmet | 12N: Blind Girl Designs - Fun Holiday Wear by Blind Girl Designs. | 01PM: Elegant Insights - For the person who has everything | 1:30: Elegant Insights - Deck the halls with a tactile touch: Holiday ornaments! | 02PM: On The Go Dog Gear - Bandannas, bells, bling, and other gifts for the dog lover on your list | 03PM: Mama Otter's Tidbits - Handcrafted Gemstone and Seasonal Jewelry Gifts | 3:30PM A. T. Guys Tech and Gadgets for the Holidays | 04PM: Happy Hour Q and A - Pop a cork, crack open a cold one, find something fizzy, and get your questions answered! | 05PM End of day. | The 'Stocking Stuffers' segment is an opportunity for any of the vendors with well-priced, small items to present their products in a fast-paced format to help you find those little gifts perfect for stockings or secret Santa gift exchanges. The "Happy Hour" session at the end of Saturday is meant to provide a bit of extra time for any of the vendors to make themselves available for anyone who was unable to get their questions answered during the scheduled time slot. All-comers welcome! Be sure to use the hashtag #LetsGoShopping when tweeting or posting about the event. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's go shopping! This will be the 6th LGS event, and it promises to be the most fun and exciting yet! Get early access to the vendor list, event schedule, special sales, promotions, door prizes, news and updates. Spread the word use the tag #LetsGoShopping when tweeting about the event. Then, shop til you drop while enjoying some good retail therapy! Simply join our announce-only email list. Just send a blank email to:
lgs+subscribe@groups.io

2) What's New With ZoomText? | Access Academy | APH ConnectCenter

November 5th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Get ready for ZoomText 2022! Join Ben Knolles for more information about the Quick Access toolbar, learn how to get the most out of the voice assistant, and review the features that make ZoomText a must-have:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nW9HNW-NRh6CqSplkfniIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

6) Meet the RUBY 10 Video Magnifier-A Versatile, Low Vision Solution for Everyday Living Activities

November 11th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Our RUBY video magnifiers have become some of the most popular low vision products on the market today, and we're so excited to announce the newest addition: the RUBY 10! The RUBY 10 video magnifier features a large, 10-inch touchscreen display and three dedicated cameras to help you with your everyday tasks. Use the RUBY to magnify magazines, photos, letters, labels, and other fine print. A swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. Enable full-page OCR on the speech model when the arm is extended. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera is dedicated to seeing objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. Join Mike Wood and Michelle Williams as they introduce the RUBY 10 and demonstrate its ease of use and unique viewing modes. For example: ColorSight +TM is a feature that addresses color blindness by shifting specific colors to assist color differentiation in real-time. Glare GuardTM attempts to maximize comfort during long-term use by minimizing pain from light sensitivity. This feature reduces the wavelengths of light associated with such pain. EdgeScribeTM edge enhancement modes attempt to improve object recognition by removing visual clutter. AptiviewTM adjusts the contrast in different parts of the image, which could improve the viewing experience in more lighting conditions than previously possible:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N3WJbUe5SIOhZsv6wwOBQg

7) Room to Grow: Progressing a Student Through MATT Connect's Interfaces | APH

November 12th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Ready. Set. Grow! The MATT Connect has the capacity to evolve with your student through Basic, Standard and Advanced Interfaces. In this webinar, we'll compare the user interfaces and provide resources on when to advance a student through each interface:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dOx3f-OPQaaSyYZoX_PCtg

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

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

9) Using Windows 11 with a Screen Reader by Microsoft

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

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

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

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

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

12) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

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

13) SenseAbility! Using the BrailleSense 6 | An 8 Lesson Course for $112.00 USD from Hartgen Consultancy

December 8th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The training course will be held over at least eight sessions starting in December 2021. Within each session, you will be able to ask questions relating to the topic being worked through. Broadly speaking, topics will include:
http://hartgen.org/senseability

14) Structuring Accessible Forms | TPGi

December 14th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, XXX GMT | Creating accessible forms is the science of constructing form fields that provide the correct name, role, and state through the data entry experience. In this webinar, we examine how to: Create and label form fields of different types. Group related form fields, like radio buttons. Mark form fields as required. Handle input errors. Verify data integrity. Through code examples and testing with a screen reader, you'll learn how to create form fields that work for all your users. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-14-at-12pm-et-structuring-accessible-forms/

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

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

16) Axe-Con 2022

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


➜ 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 Cyclone Braille Embosser for Text or Graphics

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

2) FOR SALE: One Dell G7 7500 Laptop

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