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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Volume 802

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Volume 802

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Siri Shortcuts iOS Power Users Will Love: (7.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.applegazette.com/siri-2/siri-shortcuts-ios-power-users-will-love/
B.) The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet: (7.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/best-hidden-useful-gmail-settings/
C.) You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/11-essential-apple-watch-apps/
D.) Windows 10 Spring 2021 Update: Every New Feature, When to Download and More: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-spring-2021-update-every-new-feature-when-to-download-and-more/
E.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Tip: Turning Off the Backstage Menu: (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/20.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Freedom Scientific

From all of us here at Tidbits please join us in welcoming aboard Freedom Scientific who has generously agreed to support the distribution of Tidbits via sponsorship for the next year. Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Learn more today at:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/

3) Ask Alexa | How To Create Easy Voice Lists for Everything

The Alexa app is born with two lists by default. The first is a "Shopping" (sometimes also referred to as "Grocery") list and the second is a "To-do" list. The "Shopping" (AKA "Grocery") list is the list that items are added to any time you say, "Alexa, add bananas to my list." In other words, the default list named "Shopping" (AKA "Grocery") and "my list" are one and the same. But this doesn't mean that you can't create as many separately named lists as you like. Just say, "Alexa, create a new list named Walmart." And from that point forward you can then say, "Alexa, add shampoo to my Walmart list." All of your lists are stored inside the Alexa app and are available everywhere you can access Alexa. From within the Alexa app just select "More" and then select "Lists and Notes". And there you will find every list you ever created, along with every individual item you have ever added to each list. One final tip. The Alexa app will sometimes default your list to "Category" view if it recognizes the items contained within it. In order to change this "Category" view back to your standard chronological list view simply access the three dot menu (located in the upper right hand corner of the app) and select "Hide Categories". | Additional example commands are: "Alexa, what are my lists?" | "Alexa, what's on my Walmart list?" | "Alexa, take shampoo off my Walmart list." | "Alexa, delete Walmart list." | "Alexa, create a new list named CostCo." | "Alexa, add apples and oranges to my CostCo list."

4) Podcast Transcript: Mosen At Large 105, The AccessiBe Controversy

Can AI make the web fully accessible in a few short years, or might it make matters worse? Read the full transcript here:
https://mosen.org/malp0105transcript/

5) How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure

Trolls. Prying bosses. Zoom's a great video chat platform, but a few simple steps also make it a safe one:
https://www.wired.com/story/keep-zoom-chats-private-secure/

6) JAWS with Microsoft Office Tip: I Want the Save and Open Dialogs Back

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/21.html

7) Amazon Alexa Launches 'Call RNIB Helpline'

Amazon is launching the "Alexa, call RNIB Helpline" Alexa feature, which is one of the latest Alexa functions to follow from a collaboration with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB):
https://www.netimperative.com/2021/04/12/amazon-alexa-launches-call-rnib-helpline/

8) JAWS Tip: Append Selected Text to Clipboard with JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/22.html

9) Secret Alphabet Project "Wolverine" Aims To Give People Superhuman Hearing

X, a company focused on moonshot ideas that's owned and operated by the Google parent Alphabet, is now working on a project named "Wolverine", after the X-Men superhero with heightened senses, whose ultimate goal is to develop tech that lets people filter out a specific source of noise, perhaps granting abilities like being able to focus on just one speaker out of a noisy crowd:
https://futurism.com/the-byte/secret-alphabet-wolverine-superhuman-hearing

10) ZoomText Tip: Improve Your Productivity with Multiple Monitors

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/23.html

11) Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Podcast Directory | 26 New Podcasts Available

Readers rejoice. Since its launch last week the Top Tech Tidbits Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Podcast Directory has approved 26 submissions, all of which are now available for your perusal. We have also added a new field to the DIrectory which indicates whether or not a podcast is BVI-specific. We have done this in order to allow a select number of non-BVI-specific resources to appear within the directory. In other words, podcasts that are specific to technology, but not necessarily specific to blindness or visual impairment, but only when these technologies exponentially empower BVI persons. Think topics like Amazon Alexa Skills and other human enhancement technology. As the Directory grows we sincerely hope you will enjoy discovering new podcasts specific to your individual interests:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

12) Introducing the Allied Podcast | A Podcast On All Things Accessibility

Whether you're an expert in all things accessibility (a11y), new to the scene, or just here for fun, Allied will help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in accessibility. Learn from the top web and video accessibility experts and discover how a more accessible and inclusive world can positively impact any organization. The podcast launches on Friday, April 16th 2021. Subscribe here:
https://go.3playmedia.com/alliedpodcast-subscription

13) Leasey Version 6 Now Available

New in Version 6.0: Elegance for ElBraille, Track Packages, Disney+, Facebook Messenger, and more:
http://www.hartgen.org/leaseydemo

14) Now On Be My Eyes: Verizon & Jobs for Humanity

Do you need accessibility support on your mobile device? Customers of Verizon can now connect with their phone provider through Be My Eyes - just access the Specialized Help menu and find Verizon in the Technical category. Give them a call on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET to get an expert from Verizon to help with accessibility features and information about their services. To make things even more exciting, Be My Eyes has announced their first Careers partner, Jobs for Humanity. With the launch of their new job board, blind.jobs, they already have more than 1,000 positions available around the world, where employers have committed to interviewing the top visually impaired candidates. They're holding open office hours on Specialized Help a few hours per week to help people get familiar with the service they provide. Learn more by visiting:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/verizon-is-first-telecom-provider-to-join-be-my-eyes

15) Top Tech Tidbits Extends Sincerest Thanks To The Vorail Community

From all of us here at Tidbits we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Vorail Community for their generous support of Top Tech Tidbits over the last 3 months. This will be their last week with us as a sponsor so please join us in wishing them farewell. If you would like to show your support for Tidbits by securing this sponsorship package once it becomes available, please send an email to:
publisher@toptechtidbits.com

16) Microsoft Teams Tip: Using Hash Tags To Group and Locate Topics For Future Reference

Courtesy of Hartgen Consultancy:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/24.html

17) Introduction to Screen Reader Instruction

This course is designed for professionals teaching students or clients to use a screen reader, such as JAWS, NVDA, or ChromeVox:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/introduction-screen-reader-instruction

18) How to Free Up Space on Your Laptop

Courtesy of Wired:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-free-space-on-your-laptop/

19) Accessible Book Exchange between Canada, Switzerland and France

This will presumably epand to the US and elsewhere, but for now, thanks to the Marrakesh Treaty, registered users of five libraries in Canada, Switzerland and France can obtain books from each of the other libraries involved:
https://www.accessiblebooksconsortium.org/news/en/2021/news_0006.html

20) Dolphin SuperNova PC Magnifier And Screen Reader

This is a YouTube demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBA-dIzoi_Y

21) Some Thoughts on Smart Canes

Many of us are dubious about "Smart Canes," electronic devices which purport to do more than a conventional white cane. This post explains why:
https://derekriemer.com/posts/2021/01/16/some-thoughts-on-smart-canes/

22) Robotic Guide Dogs Could Help Visually Impaired People Navigate The World. Here's How

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a four-legged robotic dog known as 'mini cheetah' fitted with a laser mapping system, cameras, and sensors to safely guide the visually impaired on the streets. The autonomous AI robot dog could safely commute its handler through cluttered, narrow paths and obstacles just like a real canine:
https://www.republicworld.com/technology-news/science/robotic-guide-dogs-could-help-visually-impaired-people-navigate-the-world-heres-how.html

23) How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

You can use your face, fingerprint, or a wearable to get access to your gadgets. Here's how for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-log-in-without-passwords-touchid-face-unlock-windows-hello/

24) What's New? April 2021 Software Updates for JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion

Place markers in Excel, enhancements in Teams and Google Docs, and more:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/whats-new-in-the-april-2021-software-updates/

25) New Blind Accessibility Tips and Tutorials Website

This reader is a computer and a smart phone trainer for persons who are blind and visually impaired that recently developed and published a website which has tutorials which can help blind or visually impaired persons get up and running with using their computer. Check out their site and their services at:
https://blindaccessibilitytips.com/

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Preparing Blind People for the Rest of Reality

In this very well written op-ed from Joe Orozco he lays out exactly what he believes the next generation of blind and vision impaired persons need to do in order to achieve real progress as they prepare to meet the real world:
https://joeorozco.com/preparing-blind-people-for-the-rest-of-reality/

2) Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind Announces Upgraded and Expanded Braille Printing Capabilities for Medication

Our new label printing system allows us to apply contracted braille labels to anything through our home delivery pharmacy service. We can also apply braille labels to our various accessible packaging. For braille readers and family members, this is the most robust braille solution in the pharmacy industry. All braille labeling, accessible packaging and delivery are FREE. Simply call (215) 799-9900 ☎ or contact us through the Specialized Help Section on Be My Eyes to speak with a pharmacist to learn more!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/

3) Visually impaired Users Complain After Rail Websites Go Greyscale for Prince Philip

A leading sight charity has stressed the need for inclusive web design after rail websites switched to black and white to mark Prince Philip's death, leaving partially sighted people struggling:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/12/visually-impaired-users-complain-rail-websites-greyscale-prince-philip

4) Making Cooking Fun for the Blind - A Design Thinking Case Study

Spice cubes to restore confidence and increase self-sufficiency of the visually impaired in the kitchen:
https://medium.com/@anna.abraham77/making-cooking-fun-for-the-blind-a-design-thinking-case-study-5f95f2b7806b

5) Chefs and Cooks in the Disability Community Share Recipes for Accessibility

Food and cooking are essential areas where those with disabilities can often be invisible or overlooked. But Chef Regina Mitchell and other advocates are working hard to address the problem by offering classes and resources and putting forth ideas to make cooking and recipes accessible:
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2021-04-09/cooking-with-disabilities-accessibility

6) The Need for Better Accessibility in A Digital Age

Thirty years after the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in the U.S. to make the country and the internet more accessible, the glaring problems with digital accessibility can no longer be ignored:
https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/the-world/usa-and-canada/4364-the-need-for-better-accessibility-in-a-digital-age

7) Game Subscriptions Open Doors for Players With Disabilities

Subscription services are becoming the norm for every form of entertainment. Streaming content — movies, television shows, comic books, and games — to your devices is an excellent alternative to buying and storing files, especially during the COVID-19 era. While having multiple subscriptions can be costly, it delivers a unique benefit for those who are unable to leave their homes. And for disabled individuals, subscriptions, particularly for game services, offer a relatively unknown way to enjoy the latest titles:
https://www.wired.com/story/game-subscriptions-gamers-disabilities/

8) Why Tech Accessibility Matters, And The Long Road To Improving It

A growing list of companies including Google and Apple are incorporating more accessible design, but progress lags. Here's why experts say that needs to change:
https://www.cnet.com/news/why-tech-accessibility-matters-and-the-long-road-to-improving-it/#ftag=CADf328eec

9) Government of Canada Increases Funding for Alternate Format Materials for Persons with Print Disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for information, directives and guidelines on health and safety in alternate formats as Canadians have been asked to stay home as much as possible to flatten the curve:
https://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2021/03/23/government-of-canada-increases-funding-for-alternate-format-materials-for-persons-with-print-disabilities/

10) Sky Q Now Gives More Control to Visually Impaired Customers

Sky Q, the award-winning TV box, is introducing Voice Guidance — a new feature that will make the platform more accessible than ever. Rolling out over the next month, Voice Guidance will make navigating the platform's TV Guide, Menus, Show Centres, Collections, and on-screen messages much easier for those with visual impairments:
https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/sky-q-now-gives-more-control-to-visually-impaired-customers

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes (Recent and Upcoming)

1) That Real Blind Tech Show 26 | A Conversation with Derek Lane About Podcasting and Reaper Editing

April 7th 2021
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-26-a-conversation-with-derek-lane-about-podcasting-and-reaper-editing

2) Mosen At Large 112

April 10th 2021 New Cloudflare feature could put some blind people's jobs in jeopardy. Attitudes towards knowingly bringing blind children into the world. High-quality Siri voices with iOS Speak Screen. And more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bdc31cdf/new-cloudflare-feature-could-put-some-blind-people-s-jobs-in-jeopardy-attitudes-towards-knowingly-bringing-blind-children-into-the-world-high-quality-siri-voices-with-ios-speak-screen-and-more

3) Blind Android Users 18 | Let's Learn Editing

April 11th 2021
https://blindandroidusers.com

4) Say My Meme | Classic Art Memes

April 12th 2021 | This week on Say My Meme, we're describing Classic Art memes!
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/classic-art-memes

5) Be My Eyes Podcast | How do Blind People Shop for Groceries?

April 13th 2021 | Some of our favorite podcast guests share their tips and tricks for shopping blind at the grocery store:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/inside-the-mind-of-a-blind-psychologist

6) Blind Tech Guys 80 | Chat Is Good

April 14th 2021 | On this episode of the pod, Nimer shows us how accessible Google Sheets actually is, we demo Google Chat on both Android and on the web, and we continue our series on Android and iPhone settings by concentrating on WiFi settings:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/81

7) Eyes on Success 2116 | Super LIDAR App

April 14th 2021 | Developers are beginning to make use of LiDAR technology in some smart phones to assist those with impaired vision. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shane Lowe from Supersense about their new Super Lidar app and how it makes use of LiDAR to analyze the distance and warn about obstacles that might pose a danger to blind and low vision users:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2116.htm

8) Mosen At Large 113

April 14th 2021 The many benefits of meditation, how I discovered them and how you can too:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bbeeba9d/the-many-benefits-of-meditation-how-i-discovered-them-and-how-you-can-too

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) Clubhouse Event From Blind Bargains | Intro to OneNote: Microsoft's Hidden Gem for Productivity

April 15th 2021 | 3:55PM PT, 4:55PM MT, 5:55PM CT, 6:55PM ET, 10:55 PM GMT | With J.J. Meddaugh, Tangela Mahaffey. Join us for tips and tricks on using OneNote for Windows 10 with a screen reader. I will be using NVDA, but most screen readers should work similarly. If you don't yet have a Clubhouse account you may download the app (currently available only from the Apple App Store) in order to reserve your name and request early access.
https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/MEbWYWav

2) Zoom Workshop by Florida Outreach Center for The Blind | Introducing The Apple Watch

April 15th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Imagine a wearable device that can measure how far you have walked / ran, how often you exercised or perhaps a device that can measure your heart rate, blood oxygen and perform an Electrocardiogram and so much more. This is the Apple Watch which is available in a variety of sizes, finishes and colors. Come join the Florida Outreach Center for The Blind to hear about this versatile device that can measure various aspects of your health, run a variety of apps and perform many other tasks. In addition, a door prize will be given out at the conclusion of our workshop to one lucky participant. We look forward to having you join us for this informative and exciting event! | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,#,# | Direct dial: +1 (312) 626-6799 ☎ then enter the meeting ID#: 561 642 0005. If the system prompts you to enter a participant code, press the pound key. | Please Join with the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/5616420005

3) Zoom ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation - Shopping For a Low Vision Device

April 15th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Join Sponsored by Vispero. Charley Madson to discuss low vision devices and what to look for when shopping for the exact product to suit your needs. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968 | Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

4) Zoom ATI Conference Call: Presenter: Mark Arneson, Director of Community, Hadley School for the Blind

April 15th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 4/16 | We will have as our special guest Mark Arneson, Director of Community, Hadley School for the Blind. Mark will be speaking to us about some of the technology services and programs that Hadley offers. Mark says even though he is new to the vision field he has spent the last three years doing a lot of listening and learning. He said he had worked in social services for 25 years prior to Hadley. He says he is very much looking forward to meeting all of us on the 15th. | Phone: +1 (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 250 907 8857 | Passcode: 7172 | Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2509078857?pwd=dWEwN0N1dnEwQ3pyUnlpUnJ1VFUyZz09

5) Zoom Cracking the Code, Tips for Reading PDFs with JAWS

April 15th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This is a Freedom Scientific webinar. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MMB6Cpk7SJa20END-626Yg

6) ACB Zoom Call: Cutting The Cord

April 15th 2021 | 6PM PT, 7PM MT, 8PM CT, 9PM ET, 1AM GMT on 4/16 | In this ACB Zoom call they will look at ways to get the TV you want to watch, without using cable. Our emphasis will be on the channels plus app, a very accessible application. Join the event at:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/87626532467?pwd=QkF2RmlUTXNSckNZYmlMRDBZbmlyQT09

7) ACB Zoom Webinar | Apple Presentation: Is Beta Testing for You

April 16th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | This ACB webinar focuses on the beta test process for Apple devices. Join at:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

8) NOAT (Network of Assistive Technologists) Webinar | Part 2 of 3 CNIB Frontier Accessibility Vision Showcase

April 16th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Meet the key players and learn about available products and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. join Andrea Voss from CNIB Frontier Accessibility as she leads a three part series showcasing CNIB Frontier Accessibility and their various programs, plus their partnerships with Eschenbach, Humanware, and Vispero:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/cnib-frontier-vision-showcase-apr-2021

9) TPGi Webinar | ARC Test Initiatives & the API: Aligning Accessibility Goals with DevOps to Achieve More

April 20th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you fed up with remediating accessibility issues after they crop up during integration testing? Have you found it difficult to prevent and resolve accessibility issues at the earliest stages of software development? Join Kurt Mattes, Senior Accessibility Engineer with TPGi's ARC Platform, to learn about ARC's Test Initiatives and API.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-arc-test-initiatives-the-api-aligning-accessibility-goals-with-devops-to-achieve-more/

10) NOAT (Network of Assistive Technologists) Webinar | Part 3 of 3 CNIB Frontier Accessibility Vision Showcase

April 23rd 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Meet the key players and learn about available products and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. join Andrea Voss from CNIB Frontier Accessibility as she leads a three part series showcasing CNIB Frontier Accessibility and their various programs, plus their partnerships with Eschenbach, Humanware, and Vispero:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/cnib-frontier-vision-showcase-apr-2021

11) TPGi Webinar | Crystal Ball 2021: Predictions for the ADA Title III Digital Accessibility Landscape

April 27th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | In this webinar, Seyfarth's ADA Title III Team leaders will address how the pandemic has affected the ADA Title III landscape, how the Biden Administration will likely approach ADA Title III enforcement, and what we expect in 2021 and beyond for legal actions over digital accessibility:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-27-crystal-ball-2021-predictions-for-the-ada-title-iii-digital-accessibility-legal-landscape/

12) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

13) TPGi Webinar | How Any Organization Can Start Small but Deliver Big with Accessibility

May 6th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Creating and maintaining an accessible website can be a daunting proposition for many businesses for several reasons: • They aren't aware of the magnitude of how much remediation may be needed for their own website and aren't sure how to start assessing this. • They have limited resources to devote to accessibility-related activities. • They are not interested or unable to pay for expensive accessibility monitoring and testing software that caters to enterprise organizations. Register at:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-6-how-any-organization-can-start-small-but-deliver-big-with-accessibility/

14) Free 2021 National Coding Symposium

May 11th 2021 to May 14th 2021 | This event targets middle and high-school students, parents, teachers and adaptive technology instructors. Co-sponsored by American Printing House and the California School for the Blind, emphasis is on accessibility of the coding process. Recordings will be posted to the APH YouTube Channel afterwards. Details and registration information here:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/coding/

15) Zoom Webinar by World-Renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant John Panarese and Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) Donna Jodhan

May 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Share your thoughts and suggestions as to how Apple can further enhance and improve its products to meet the requirements of blind and vision impaired persons. Share your dreams and visions as to how we can foster more collaboration with Apple. To register, please send an email to the following address no later than 12:00 Noon EST on Friday May 21st 2021:
john@macfortheblind.com

16) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Surveys

1) Access Technology in the Workplace

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

➜ Directories

1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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

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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: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

John Panarese, Apple Certified Support Professional, Apple Certified Trainer
John Panarese is pleased to announce an upcoming May special event in collaboration with Donna Jodhan! See how these 2 people can give you a chance to make your views known to Apple! A unique event that is attracting a lot of attention from technology experts and podcasters alike! To learn more about John and his high profile initiatives visit him at:
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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
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About: Dean Martineau is the Founder and a Contributing Editor to the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter.


Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

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

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FREE Virtual National Coding Symposium
APH ConnectCenter and California School for the Blind (CSB) co-host FREE Virtual National Coding Symposium, May 11th - May 14th 2021. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to learn how the world of coding, programming, and related careers are available and accessible to students who are blind and visually impaired. Click here to learn more and register today!
https://www.aph.org/free-national-coding-symposium-for-students/

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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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


Sponsor: Dolphin Computer Access

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SuperNova — It's Magnification and So Much More
The SuperNova family of tools meet the needs of anyone with a visual impairment because you can get the version that's right for you-should your needs change, you won't need to change your tool. Plus, they include features you can't find anywhere else; true touchscreen functionality, interactive whiteboard compatibility, bold font and image sharpening, low computer resource requirements and remote access for Citrix and other desktop services! Try a FREE Download for 30 days!
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About: Dolphin Computer Access offers a wide array of solutions for students, people in the workforce, and at home who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia. Each product is purposefully designed to help users, with varying levels of technology experience, do everyday things EASILY on computers and tablets. Founded in 1986 and located in Worcester England, Dolphin has grown to become a global market leader worldwide.


Sponsor: Vorail

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://vorail.com/toptechtidbits

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Download The App (iOS):
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Vorail for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


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

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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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Where does your imagination take you? Embark on an audio adventure with APH and Audiojack - an app for iOS and Android devices, comprised only of sound designs that tell a story for your imagination!
Perfect for all ages, Audiojack's sound-based movies promote fun and creativity in educational, medical, and therapeutic settings. Choose from a variety of categories and activities to suit your needs. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/audiojack/

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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

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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

A Month of Excitement. New Products For You:
1) A Telescopic cane you can trust! Will stay open AND NOT COLLAPSE, extends from 11 to 59 inches. Corrugated light aluminum tubing; 2 nylon roller tips: $50. 2) Our first rugged leather "gadbag". For phone, stream, wallet, and more, 5x7x4. Will even work hands-free with AIRA, $35. 3) Our accurate non-contact talking infrared thermometer, $50, also cuff and wrist talking BP models; demos at: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/. 4) Our new loaded Evo 10 Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, audio editor, Ivona voices, and lots more; $230 with Mystic Access tutorial. Tutorial. Call us at: (617) 969-7500 ☎;. Email us at: bscheur@scheur.com

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: guidelights.and.gadgets@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, April 8, 2021 - Volume 801

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Volume 801

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) CNET Brings Us "Every Alexa Command You Can Give Your Amazon Echo Smart Speaker or Display": (7.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/every-alexa-command-you-can-give-your-amazon-echo-smart-speaker-or-display/
B.) Neuroscientists Unveil Tech for the Vision Impaired: Bionic Eyes, Textured Tablets and More: (7.4% of all clicks.)
https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/neuroscientists-unveil-tech-for-the-vision-impaired-bionic-eyes-textured-tablets-and-more
C.) The Ultimate List of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts: (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/11/24/mac-keyboard-shortcuts/
D.) March 2021 Issue of AccessWorld: (5.4% of all clicks.)
https://mailchi.mp/afb.org/accessworld-march2021
E.) A Complete Guide To Accessible Front-End Components: (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/03/complete-guide-accessible-front-end-components/

2) No Tidbits Last Week :( So We're A Little Beefy This Week :)

No, it wasn't your imagination. Or your spam filter. For a change. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the new Tidbits format there has been an absolute explosion of content being submitted each week. This new content, in turn, created an over 500% increase in the amount of traffic to the Top Tech Tidbits website. We therefore had to perform some upgrades that would allow the Tidbits website to continue serving up Tidbits without so much as a cough. We were supposed to have completed these upgrades in time to get the April 1st 2021 issue out, but it just did not work out that way. So we made the decision to hold last week's issue, and return this week with the upgrades complete. Which they now are. We sincerely appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy this week's somewhat beefier than usual edition. Now on to Tidbits!

3) Ask Alexa | How To Adjust The Alexa Sound Equalizer Using Direct Voice Commands

The Alexa Equalizer allows you to adjust the treble (higher frequencies), midrange (frequencies associated with voices), and bass (lower frequencies) to tailor the sound to suit your room and listening preferences. While music plays on a compatible Echo device you can use the Alexa voice assistant to adjust various settings. For example, you can say: Alexa, turn up the bass. Alexa, set the base to 6. Alexa, increase treble. Or Alexa, set midrange to 6. If you want to adjust the settings using a specific number, which we recommend, the range goes from -6 to +6 decibels.

4) Top Tech Tidbits Says Thank You and Wishes Farewell to Sponsor Donna Jodhan

From all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Author and Sight Loss Coach Donna Jodhan for her generous support of Tidbits over the last year. We are also excited to announce that Donna's former Sponsorship Package has been secured by a new sponsor from our waiting list and their name will be announced next week. If you would like to become a Tidbits Sponsor in the future we encourage you to join our waiting list today by sending an email to:
publisher@toptechtidbits.com

5) JAWS Tip: Finding Running Spaces and Font Changes

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/18.html

6) ZoomText Tip: Save and Restore a View with Hotkeys

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/19.html

7) JAWS with Microsoft Office Tip: Turning Off the Backstage Menu

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/20.html

8) Introducing The All New Top Tech Tidbits Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Podcast Directory

This new BVI directory, akin to our recent addition of the BVI Listserv Directory, is intended to provide readers with a list of podcasts related to blindness and/or visual impairment technology, both old and new, that they might find useful. You may only submit your podcast to this directory once. Individual episodes of recent podcasts will still be chosen by Tidbits Editors for inclusion within the Podcasts section of the newsletter each week. If you are the administrator of a Podcast dedicated to the discussion of Assistive Technology and would like to have your Podcast included in this directory please fill out and submit this short form today:
https://mvsltd.formstack.com/forms/tidbits_bvi_podcast_directory_submission

9) 5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

Turns out you can do a lot of things faster, easier, and with more room for customization - just by peeking under the hood:
https://www.wired.com/story/5-useful-terminal-tricks-for-mac/

10) The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet

Almost all of us have an account. Most of us use it every day. But if you peel back the curtain a little, you'll find some powerful tools buried underneath:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-hidden-useful-gmail-settings/

11) You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

While this article is not accessibility-specific, each of these tools will supercharge the capabilities of your Apple wearable:
https://www.wired.com/story/11-essential-apple-watch-apps/

12) HIMS BrailleSense 6 Overview

A recent video from the company about this forthcoming Android device has been described as well-done:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM3eY8MJLQM

13) Siri Shortcuts iOS Power Users Will Love

Here are some shortcuts, both from Apple and otherwise, that you might want to consider implementing:
https://www.applegazette.com/siri-2/siri-shortcuts-ios-power-users-will-love/

14) Controlling Windows With a Braille Entry Keyboard:

This is a new power capability of Leasey:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/539

15) Hartgen Consultancy JAWS Tips and Tricks Page

There are only five here now but the number will apparently grow, so have a look:
http://www.hartgen.org/tips

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

The best way to keep abreast:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-march-2021

17) The Blind PodMaker

A mailing list, a podcast and weekly chats on a new and increasingly popular social medium: Clubhouse, all about helping blind people create podcasts:
https://mosen.org/tbp-announce/

18) Free 2021 National Coding Symposium

This event targets middle and high-school students, parents, teachers and adaptive technology instructors. Co-sponsored by American Printing House and the California School for the Blind, it runs from May 11th 2021 to May 14th 2021. Emphasis is on accessibility of the coding process. Recordings will be posted to the APH YouTube Channel afterwards. This site has details and registration information:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/coding/

19) Scribe for Meetings Is Out Of Beta And Now Available Worldwide

Read about it here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-is-out-of-beta-and-available-world-wide/

20) Text Transcripts from Braillists Foundation

Transcripts of six "masterclasses" are now available, with more to follow:
https://www.braillists.org/media/

21) Excel with Microsoft Excel

This insightful post comes to us from Web Friendly Help:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/excel-with-microsoft-excel/

22) GoodMaps Has Great Plans for 2021

Read about the present and future of this free navigation app for iOS and Android:
https://www.aph.org/goodmaps-has-great-plans-for-2021/

23) Windows 10 Spring 2021 Update: Every New Feature, When to Download and More

Courtesy of CNET:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-spring-2021-update-every-new-feature-when-to-download-and-more/

24) The Fast Food Approach To Web Accessibility

There has been much discussion of late about "Accessibility Overlays" and the companies that provide and promote them. In addition to being the Publisher of Tidbits I (Aaron Di Blasi) am also a web developer. I have come across these overlays "in-code" and my experience with them was the very same as reported here in this very well written prospectus on the issue from Pneuma Solutions:
https://pneumasolutions.com/the-fast-food-approach-to-web-accessibility/

25) JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion April 2021 Updates

You can now review the April 2021 updates for JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion on each of their respective product release pages.

26) Freedom Scientific JAWS Speech and Sound Schemes Contest

JAWS and Fusion users can enter to create a speech and sound scheme that willl appear in the next version of JAWS. Quality submissions will be considered for integration into the JAWS 2022 release later this year. Winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and will be announced on their blog sometime during the last week of June 2021. Submissions must be received no later than May 15th 2021. Everyone will have an opportunity to try each submission and vote on their favorite scheme at that time. Visit the Speech and Sounds Contest page below for all the details and to fill out the form to submit a scheme. Please note that only U.S. participants are eligible to win. And Vispero employees are not eligible to win:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/speechandsounds/

27) AMI Launches Fully Accessible Android AMI-TV App for the Blind and Partially Sighted Community

Accessible Media, Inc. has announced the launch of the accessible Android version of the AMI-TV App, created especially for the blind and partially sighted community. It is available now for download on the Google Play Store:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ami-launches-fully-accessible-android-ami-tv-app-for-the-blind-and-partially-sighted-community-889429528.html

➜ Podcasts

1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts | Back in the Kitchen After Vision Loss

April 2nd 2021 Classically trained chef Regina Mitchell shares how vision loss shaped her life. Regina worked her way back into the kitchen and is now helping others cook with confidence, no matter their vision:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/back-kitchen-after-vision-loss

2) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 22 | Maple Syrup and the World Wide Web

April 2nd 2021 Spring has sprung, and in eastern Canada this means maple syrup season! Ms. Lilly schools us on how trees are way more like animals than we ever imagined. The Vanier Sugar Shack is our bucket list destination where we learn all about the indigenous and francophone connections to maple syrup. Learn tips on how to tell exactly when sap becomes syrup during the cooking process, and reflect on what trees can teach us about embracing diversity. It's all in episode 22 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther starting with facts about the "wood wide web".:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-22-maple-syrup-and-the-wood-wide-web/id1530444764?i=1000515521282

3) Mosen At Large 110

April 3rd 2021 New Siri voices, ableist use of the word "blind" in the media, cochlea implants, iOS hints and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9b3a1d78/new-siri-voices-ableist-use-of-the-word-blind-in-the-media-cochlea-implants-ios-hints-and-more

4) Blind Android Users 17 | Fun With Android Keyboards and Tasker

April 4th 2021
https://blindandroidusers.com

5) Say My Meme | GIF Me A Break

April 5th 2021 | Whether it's casually dropped in a text or mispronounced like the peanut butter, the GIF can be an elusive animal. This week on the podcast, Caroline and Will discuss GIF accessibility, and describe five popular GIFs ranging from The Rock to the girl who jumps like a horse:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gif-me-a-break/id1554583264?i=1000515854230

6) Blind Tech Guys 80 | Lean Crew Talks Docs

April 6th 2021 | On this week's episode, Nimer continues our current series on web apps accessibility by running through Google Docs, and in our Did You Know Section, we continue exploring settings on both Android and iPhone:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/80

7) Be My Eyes Podcast | Inside The Mind of a Blind Psychologist

April 6th 2021
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/inside-the-mind-of-a-blind-psychologist

8) Eyes on Success 2115 | Coping with Vision Loss

April 7th 2021 | Paul Wallis is a low vision optometrist whose treatment relies on dealing with the psychological adjustment to vision loss before engaging patients in the use of adaptive aids. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about types of vision loss, his methods, as well as about his book "Macular Degeneration: A guide to help someone you love":
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202115.htm

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) Free Training Webinars by Enhanced Vision | Merlin Ultra, Full HD Video Magnifier

April 8th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for an affordable desktop magnifier with crystal clear images and vibrant color? Want a wide field of view with amazing detail? If so, we'd like to introduce you to the Merlin ultra on Thursday, April 8 at noon Eastern time. We'll demo a Merlin ultra and show you how to make the most of its features:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UL_c6-Q0Q5KuwR9N3WeB8w

2) NOAT (Network of Assistive Technologists) Webinar | Part 1 of 3 CNIB Frontier Accessibility Vision Showcase

April 9th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30 PM GMT | Meet the key players and learn about available products and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. join Andrea Voss from CNIB Frontier Accessibility as she leads a three part series showcasing CNIB Frontier Accessibility and their various programs, plus their partnerships with Eschenbach, Humanware, and Vispero:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/cnib-frontier-vision-showcase-apr-2021

3) Technology User Group (TUG) Voice Dream Suite Demonstration

April 10th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Voice Dream Suite is a suite of products that work with your smart devices and offer a scanner for OCR, a reader for many types of documentation, and a writer for creating documents and letters. What sets the Voice Dream Suite apart from similar apps is ease of use. Voice Dream Suite is not free, so you will need to decide if the cost is worth the benefit. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

4) Virtual Event | Retail Therapy? Let's Go Shopping!

April 10th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | It's time for new things for Spring! Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! We invite you to join us for an all-day, online, accessible, virtual mall crawl like no other. Zoom in to our virtual shopping mall and discover small businesses offering everything from food to fashion, gadgets to gifts, beauty to subscription boxes, tech to treasures for Mother's Day, birthdays, graduation, Father's Day, and just for you! Save the date! 8AM to 5PM Pacific Time. Where: Our Zoom virtual mall. How to join us: Get on our announce list by sending a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉ and you will be subscribed to the email list. Why subscribe to the list? It's the only way to get your Zoom room login link and password. Not comfortable with using Zoom? No problem! We'll provide you with phone numbers you can use to call in to listen to our fabulous vendors present their products. Plus, by adding your name to the group email announce list, you'll get access to special promotions, discounts, and even door prizes! Want more info? Go to the Let's Go Shopping main information page at:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/ for more details

5) Tek Talk Webinar (Zoom) | Chromebook

April 13th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT | Learn about Chromebooks and tutorials to use them. Join here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/839935813?pwd=eXFMRHpxNnhFZlRiMHAzRWNWYXM3Zz09

6) Cracking the Code, Tips for Reading PDFs with JAWS (Zoom)

April 15th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This is a Freedom Scientific webinar. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MMB6Cpk7SJa20END-626Yg

7) NOAT (Network of Assistive Technologists) Webinar | Part 2 of 3 CNIB Frontier Accessibility Vision Showcase

April 16th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30 PM GMT | Meet the key players and learn about available products and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. join Andrea Voss from CNIB Frontier Accessibility as she leads a three part series showcasing CNIB Frontier Accessibility and their various programs, plus their partnerships with Eschenbach, Humanware, and Vispero:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/cnib-frontier-vision-showcase-apr-2021

8) TPGi Webinar | ARC Test Initiatives & the API: Aligning Accessibility Goals with DevOps to Achieve More

April 20th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you fed up with remediating accessibility issues after they crop up during integration testing? Have you found it difficult to prevent and resolve accessibility issues at the earliest stages of software development? Join Kurt Mattes, Senior Accessibility Engineer with TPGi's ARC Platform, to learn about ARC's Test Initiatives and API.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-arc-test-initiatives-the-api-aligning-accessibility-goals-with-devops-to-achieve-more/

9) NOAT (Network of Assistive Technologists) Webinar | Part 3 of 3 CNIB Frontier Accessibility Vision Showcase

April 23rd 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30 PM GMT | Meet the key players and learn about available products and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. join Andrea Voss from CNIB Frontier Accessibility as she leads a three part series showcasing CNIB Frontier Accessibility and their various programs, plus their partnerships with Eschenbach, Humanware, and Vispero:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/cnib-frontier-vision-showcase-apr-2021

10) TPGi Webinar | Crystal Ball 2021: Predictions for the ADA Title III Digital Accessibility Landscape

April 27th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | In this webinar, Seyfarth's ADA Title III Team leaders will address how the pandemic has affected the ADA Title III landscape, how the Biden Administration will likely approach ADA Title III enforcement, and what we expect in 2021 and beyond for legal actions over digital accessibility:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-27-crystal-ball-2021-predictions-for-the-ada-title-iii-digital-accessibility-legal-landscape/

11) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

12) Free 2021 National Coding Symposium

May 11th 2021 to May 14th 2021 | This event targets middle and high-school students, parents, teachers and adaptive technology instructors. Co-sponsored by American Printing House and the California School for the Blind, emphasis is on accessibility of the coding process. Recordings will be posted to the APH YouTube Channel afterwards. Details and registration information here:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/coding/

13) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Surveys

1) Access Technology in the Workplace

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

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) March 2021 Freedom Scientific Student of the Month

The Freedom Scientific Student of the Month Program features K-12 students living in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired and use Freedom Scientific technology to achieve educational goals. The Student of the Month for March 2021 is Kai, a second grader from California:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/march-2021-freedom-scientific-student-of-the-month/

2) Uber Ordered to Pay $1.1M After Denying Blind Passenger Rides 14 Times

Uber has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to a blind passenger after an independent arbitrator ruled that the company's drivers discriminated against her after refusing her rides on 14 separate occasions:
https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/uber-ordered-to-pay-1-1m-after-denying-blind-passenger-rides-14-times

3) Blind and Visually Impaired Teens Adapt to Zoom for Social Activities

When nearly everything went virtual and the term "lockdown" was newly abuzz last spring, Stephanie Hurd and Ryan Menter began asking how they would modify their teen programming for Future in Sight, a nonprofit that provides education, rehabilitation and social services to those who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/local/2021/04/06/zoom-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-virtual-activities-nonprofit-future-in-sight/4819725001/

4) 'Our Hands Are Part of Our Vision': Nevada Mother Describes Living Visually Impaired During Pandemic

Remember when you first went to the grocery store at the start of the pandemic and all the aisles were turned into one-way only? Now imagine doing that as a person who is visually impaired:
https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/our-hands-are-part-of-our-vision-nevada-mother-describes-living-visually-impaired-during-pandemic/

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: One Humanware Braillenote Touch+ 32

Listing Date: 3/25/2021 | Price: $4,850.00 USD | Condition: Gently used. | Description: Rarely used like new. Proprietary keysoft and Android software. Braille keyboard, touch screen & speech output. Wireless and Bluetooth capability. Google Playstore. Original packaging with charger, earbuds & quick reference manual. Free US shipping. | Contact: ccldmac2367@gmail.com ✉ or (781) 883-1076 ☎ |

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Sponsor: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

John Panarese, Apple Certified Support Professional, Apple Certified Trainer
High profile Apple trainer and consultant John Panarese is teaming up with Apple Certified Support Professional Donna Jodhan to offer you a very rare and unique opportunity! Yes! An opportunity for you to say what is on your mind! Coming on May 22nd 2021! Your chance to provide feedback to Apple about their iOS devices and Mac Computers! Stay tuned for more info! To learn more about John and his incredible work visit him at:
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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

VisionAware Resources
VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral LineAPH 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 at 1-800-232-5463 ☎ with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision:
https://visionaware.org/

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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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SuperNova — It's Magnification and So Much More
The SuperNova family of tools meet the needs of anyone with a visual impairment because you can get the version that's right for you-should your needs change, you won't need to change your tool. Plus, they include features you can't find anywhere else; true touchscreen functionality, interactive whiteboard compatibility, bold font and image sharpening, low computer resource requirements and remote access for Citrix and other desktop services! Try a FREE Download for 30 days!
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Sponsor: Vorail

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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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

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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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Where does your imagination take you? Embark on an audio adventure with APH and Audiojack - an app for iOS and Android devices, comprised only of sound designs that tell a story for your imagination!
Perfect for all ages, Audiojack's sound-based movies promote fun and creativity in educational, medical, and therapeutic settings. Choose from a variety of categories and activities to suit your needs. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/audiojack/

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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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets
Listen from 4 to 5 PM EDT on April 10th 2021 for Barry on LGS5 with some exciting new products: a telescopic cane you can trust! Our first leather "Gadbag" or "Crap Carrier" (Your choice of name.) Cases to fit every Braille display; Our accurate non-contact talking infrared thermometer, $50, also cuff and wrist talking blood pressure models; demos at: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/. Our new loaded Evo 10 Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, audio editor, Ivona voices, and lots more; $230 with Mystic Access 10 hour tutorial; New adjustable size phone case. | Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.com

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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2) 800th Issue of Tidbits

Since this is our 800th issue, we'll comment on the history of adaptive technology as announced in Tidbits. In the inaugural issue, December 16, 2004, we announced the release of JFW version 6. Now, with the product at version 2021, here is a YouTube playlist of JAWS quick tips:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk-npwu4WEBSLlaPnlHeZQ9jy7O9QXfTB

3) Ask Alexa | Coronavirus Commands

To ask for help timing your handwashing for 20 seconds, ask Alexa: "Alexa, help me wash my hands."

4) Accessible World Tek Talk

Accessible World Tek Talk has been around almost as long as Tidbits. We first mentioned the weekly show in the April 27th 2006 issue. On GMT 30 March, hear about Nathan Tech on Tek Talk at 00:00:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/839935813?pwd=eXFMRHpxNnhFZlRiMHAzRWNWYXM3Zz09

5) AFB AccessWorld

AFB AccessWorld has been around a lot longer than Tidbits. The March 2021 issue includes "Introducing Pneuma Solutions: Two Tech Innovators are Back with a New Company and New Products," "Video Streaming Services, Part 2: Cutting the Cable Cord with YouTube TV," "Popular Web Conferencing Programs, Part 2: Teleconferencing Using Google Meet with Assistive Technology in Mind," "The Accessibility of Apple Fitness+," and more:
https://mailchi.mp/afb.org/accessworld-march2021

6) No iPhones

Of course, the iPhone didn't exist in 2004. We announced the imminent release of the first accessiblde one in July, 2009. Now, thanks to iGeeksBlog, learn how to put a web page shortcut on your iPhone home screen:
https://www.igeeksblog.com/how-to-create-website-shortcuts-on-iphone-ipad/

7) 36th CSUN Conference

The keynote address and feature presentations from the 36th CSUN conference are now available on YouTube. Clearly, the CSUN Conference was a going concern before the Tidbits idea was even a glimmer:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB7reFpQdLPP0W40usN3W1zdCVohyzk3t

8) CNET Brings Us "Every Alexa Command You Can Give Your Amazon Echo Smart Speaker or Display"

https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/every-alexa-command-you-can-give-your-amazon-echo-smart-speaker-or-display/?PostType=link&ServiceType=twitter&TheTime=2021-03-21T18:51:50&UniqueID=7EBABD5C-8A76-11EB-93DE-2BF439982C1E&ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b

9) Hop into Fusion: A Software Solution for Every-Bunny

With the Easter-inspired title, Vispero and American Printing House offer "Hop into Fusion: A Software Solution for Every-Bunny" on GMT Monday, 29 March at 15:30. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U0v3d2ZsTba7iS4vel2IKA?utm_content=158946477&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

10) WebAIM: Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners #3 Results

https://webaim.org/blog/practitioners-survey-3/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

11) Words and Names From the First Issue of Tidbits

Here are some words and names appearing in the first several issues of Tidbits: Maestro for Pocket PC, Window-Eyes, Windows XP, Windows Vista, FreedomBox, Kurzweil 1000, OpenBook, (those last two are still available for sale but not being developed,) Pac Mate, dial-up Internet, Encarta, and more.

12) Voiceover for the Mac

We announced VoiceOver for the Mac when it was released in 2005. Now, here's The ultimate list of Mac keyboard shortcuts:
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/11/24/mac-keyboard-shortcuts/

13) A Complete Guide To Accessible Front-End Components

Via Smashing Magazine: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/03/complete-guide-accessible-front-end-components/

14) Mailing List For Current and Aspiring Creators of Podcasts:

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15) Refurbished Phones and Laptops Can Save You a Bundle. 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

From CNET
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16) Talkback

We mentioned Talkback for the first time in 2010. Now, the popular Lookout app has gotten an update with more languages and usability improvements:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.accessibility.reveal&hl=en_US&gl=US

17) The Buzzy, Chatty, Out-of-Control Rise of Clubhouse

Paul Davison and Rohan Seth's audio-only app is the tech crush of the pandemic. Now comes the hard part: hosting a global gabfest, without the toxicity:
https://www.wired.com/story/inside-clubhouse-audio-app-paul-davison-rohan-seth/

18) Neuroscientists Unveil Tech for the Vision Impaired: Bionic Eyes, Textured Tablets and More

There are many, many wearable and portable devices aimed at improving life for the blind and visually impaired (in some cases, even restoring vision). Such devices have been developed for pretty much every part of the body: fingers, wrists, abdomen, chest, face, ears, feet, even the tongue. The thing is—people don't want to wear them:
https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/neuroscientists-unveil-tech-for-the-vision-impaired-bionic-eyes-textured-tablets-and-more

19) Introducing the ForAll Accessible El Podcast

This Spanish speaking podcast, hosted by Gerardo Corripio Flores, aims to provide the Latin American blind community with those tools, products, services and apps that they need to better their quality of life, be it education, work or leisure:
https://podcasts.apple.com/mx/podcast/forall-accesible-el-podcast/id1534983814

20) AI Hearing Aids Optimize Sound in Real Time

A software update is coming to an ear near you. Whisper, which develops AI-enabled hearing aids, just announced that they've rolled out the first software upgrade to their Whisper Hearing System, AI-powered hearing aids that improve over time:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/ai-hearing-aid-optimizes-sound-in-real-time/

21) RightHear Orientation App For The Blind - A Future Echo For Accessible Indoor Spaces

RightHear's technology pairs a smartphone app with strategically placed Bluetooth beacons or accessible spots to provide detailed and customizable audio wayfinding information for all manner of public indoor environments:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/03/17/righthear-orientation-app-for-the-blind--a-future-echo-for-accessible-indoor-spaces/?sh=57d219313b18

22) What to Know About Starbucks' New Technology Service That Helps Blind and Low-Vision Customers

The coffee chain will also rollout new large print and Braille menus:
https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Food/starbucks-technology-service-helps-blind-low-vision-customers/story?id=76418800

23) New Neuroscience-Driven Multisensory Technologies to Help the Vision Impaired

Learn about new research showing how feedback from digital haptics - using the sense of touch coupled with motion - enables the visually impaired to easily learn about new objects and spaces. It's just one way researchers are leveraging all the human senses to develop new technology for vision rehabilitation:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/cns-nnm031221.php

➜ Podcasts

1) Braillecast 18 | Advocating for Braille in the Wider World

March 16th 2021 | This session talked through advocacy strategies that you can use to facilitate access to braille in the wider world. This includes having healthcare and other personal communication sent to you in braille, as well as advocating for braille signage in public places:
https://www.braillecast.com/podcast/

2) Blind Tech Guys 78 | Art And Tech Intersect

March 16th 2021 | On this week's pod, Clare McLaughlin, an artist from Ireland, joined us to discuss her project, Seen Unseen and we interviewed Brendan Lewis, President and Director of Business Development, with RealThing AI, to talk about RealSAM, which allows you access to various libraries:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/78

3) Be My Eyes Podcast | Growing Up Blind With A Sighted Mom

March 18th 2021
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/growing-up-blind-with-a-sighted-mom

4) Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts | Well Connected Call-In Community for Older Adults

March 19th 2021 In this episode we sit down with the director of Well Connected, an organization that offers free, call-in groups for adults over 60 on a wide variety of interest areas: games, music, meditation and more:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/well-connected-call-community-older-adults

5) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 21 | Sled Dogs and Mushing Blind

March 19th 2021 Episode 21 is all about sled dogs and mushing blind. Rachael Scdoris has done just that - four times as an Edytarod competitor. Learn how Rachael took her love of dog mushing to the competitive level and has since made it her business:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/outdoors-with-lawrence-gunther/id1530444764

6) Say My Meme 8 | Take Me Home Mario

March 19th 2021 | Sometimes memes must be sung. On this episode, a listener named Violet gives us a sparkling rendition of the John Denver - Super Mario mashup: "Take Me Home, Rainbow Road."
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/say-my-meme/id1554583264

7) Blind Android Users 15 | Manage Your Files, Battery and Chat with GoneMAD Music Player

March 21st 2021 | We inform our listeners about the launch of our new YouTube Channel on which we will upload all our podcast episodes. In our Android Basics section we talk about file management on Android, including the best File Management apps. We also talk about battery management and how to get the most of a single charge. In our In Focus Section this week we are joined by Kyle Hunsberger from GoneMad Software, LLC to discuss his very popular and accessible app, GoneMad Music Player. In our App of the Week Section we demo the Gone Mad Music Player App. And in our My Android Journey Section Mariam Mohsen discusses her android Journey and how she got started with Android:
https://blindandroidusers.com

8) Eyes on Success 2113 | Understanding Your Body

March 24th 2021 | Krishna Washburn is a professional ballet dancer and instructor who runs Dark Room Ballet. She believes that visually impaired people could benefit from having a better understanding of how their bodies and body parts work. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her instructional methods as well as how her on-line classes work:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202113.htm

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2) Mystic Access: Extend Your Browser With Browser Extensions

March 25th 2021 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 12:30 AM GMT | A Mystic Access free event. Here is the link to attend:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/84337036730?pwd=cGZ6amdQZWpkV2d6ZmMrU1I5cGYvdz09

3) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families

March 31st 2021 | 3:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM MT, 5:30 PM CT, 6:30 PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
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4) TPGi Webinar | Accessibility and Higher Education Institutions: What You Need to Know

March 31st 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Brian Landrigan from TPGi and special guest Jeff Mills, founder of GrackleDocs, for a webinar on how higher education institutions can achieve their accessibility goals:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-31-accessibility-and-higher-education-institutions-what-you-need-to-know/

5) TravelAbility Launches the World's First Pitchfest Featuring Adaptive Technology + Products from 9 Countries

April 1st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | TravelAbility LaunchPad will be the first of four TravelAbility events in 2021. TravelAbility is sponsored by Google, Expedia, AccessiBe and Design Sensory. Think "Shark Tank" at the intersection of travel and disability. LaunchPad will be promoted internationally to provide exposure to prospective investors, grant funders and travel industry professionals that may become possible distribution partners. Registration is $195. Check out the agenda and register here:
http://travelability.net/agenda/

6) Technology User Group (TUG) Voice Dream Suite Demonstration

April 10th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Voice Dream Suite is a suite of products that work with your smart devices and offer a scanner for OCR, a reader for many types of documentation, and a writer for creating documents and letters. What sets the Voice Dream Suite apart from similar apps is ease of use. Voice Dream Suite is not free, so you will need to decide if the cost is worth the benefit. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

7) TPGi Webinar | ARC Test Initiatives & the API: Aligning Accessibility Goals with DevOps to Achieve More

April 20th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you fed up with remediating accessibility issues after they crop up during integration testing? Have you found it difficult to prevent and resolve accessibility issues at the earliest stages of software development? Join Kurt Mattes, Senior Accessibility Engineer with TPGi's ARC Platform, to learn about ARC's Test Initiatives and API.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-arc-test-initiatives-the-api-aligning-accessibility-goals-with-devops-to-achieve-more/

8) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

9) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Guide Dogs for the Blind to Unleash Virtual Workshops for Children and Teens Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) has a new program coming out of the starting blocks in April, when it launches "Ready, Set, FORWARD", a series of virtual workshops about the guide dog lifestyle aimed at youth who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210310005222/en/Guide-Dogs-for-the-Blind-to-Unleash-Virtual-Workshops-for-Children-and-Teens-Who-Are-Blind-or-Visually-Impaired

2) National Braille Press, LightHouse of San Francisco, University of Alabama Huntsville Launch the Accessible Graphics Consortium

The primary goal of the AGC is to promote greater tactile graphic literacy through research, improved production methods, and curriculum development:
https://www.prweb.com/releases/national_braille_press_lighthouse_of_san_francisco_university_of_alabama_huntsville_launch_the_accessible_graphics_consortium/prweb17768635.htm

3) Sight-Loss Charity Creates Scents of The Gruffalo to Help Visually Impaired Children Connect to Story Time

Sight-loss charity Guide Dogs has bought a popular children's book to life by creating and releasing the smell of The Gruffalo, and the four other characters, Mouse, Fox, Owl and Snake:
https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1644998/sight-loss-charity-create-scents-of-the-gruffalo-to-help-visually-impaired-children-connect-to-storytime

4) This Shopping Cart is Designed for People Who are Visually Impaired (Video)

This shopping cart aims to allow people who are visually impaired to shop independently. Anna Frederikse, a young designer from New Jersey has created SONA, a prototype shopping cart that involves a special handle to provide voice commands and haptic signals for shoppers to navigate the store:
https://news.yahoo.com/shopping-cart-designed-people-visually-212043138.html

5) Blind Taxi Passenger Dropped Off At Wrong Location And Left To Fend For Herself

Victoria Nolan, a blind rower training for the Paralympics, was able to hold it together when she was dropped off by a taxi driver in the wrong location with no idea where she was because its not the first time shes had an upsetting experience with a taxi:
https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/328313/Blind-taxi-passenger-dropped-off-in-wrong-location-left-to-fend-for-herself

6) Vaccine Rollout Leaves Behind the Blind, Paralyzed, Autistic

Millions of Americans with disabilities are being overlooked during the pandemic recovery, stuck at home without therapy or social programs, and struggling to book Covid-19 vaccinations:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-18/disabled-citizens-left-behind-in-u-s-push-to-overcome-pandemic

7) American Council of the Blind Strives for Accessible and Incluside Currency

According to recent press reports, as well as statements from the White House Press Office, the Biden Administration is considering accelerating the redesign of the $20 bill to incorporate a picture of Harriet Tubman. The Council welcomes such a redesign, provided that the newly redesigned bill incorporates an accessibility feature for the blind and visually impaired:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/acb-supports-accessible-and-inclusive-currency-301237697.html

8) 'Bonocle' Invention to Give Visually-Impaired Access to 2022 World Cup Using Braille

The invention, named 'Bonocle' is a product of the The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's flagship innovation programme, Challenge 22, and works to convert digital content into Braille, which allows fans with visual impairments to access content:
https://www.dohanews.co/bonocle-invention-to-give-visually-impaired-access-to-2022-world-cup-using-braille/

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


Sponsor: Dolphin Computer Access

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Introducing SuperNova Kiosks
Deliver a positive experience to all of your customers by making your self-service stations accessible for all levels of sight. Choose SuperNova Kiosks and empower people with partial sight to explore the screen in comfort and provide complete access for people who are blind. Learn more about SuprNova Kiosks at:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/supernova-kiosks

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Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Vorail

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://vorail.com/toptechtidbits

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

Download The App (iOS):
Vorail for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Vorail for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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Sponsor 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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Where does your imagination take you? Embark on an audio adventure with APH and Audiojack - an app for iOS and Android devices, comprised only of sound designs that tell a story for your imagination!
Perfect for all ages, Audiojack's sound-based movies promote fun and creativity in educational, medical, and therapeutic settings. Choose from a variety of categories and activities to suit your needs. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/audiojack/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets
Our new Non-Contact Infrared Talking Thermometer is by far the most consistent and accurate today; along with new talking BP cuff and wrist models. Demos and audio walk-throughs: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us. New Evo 10 Media and Daisy Players back in stock, no BARD, but lots more: audio editor, Ivona voices, Internet radio and podcatcher; $230.00. Now that spring is here take your Orbit Writer with you protect$ by our own mobile use case: $35.00. And bag specials always when you call, AND doggy toys too. | Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.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: guidelights.and.gadgets@gmail.com

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

John Panarese, Apple Certified Support Professional, Apple Certified Trainer
No need to be afraid of Apple technology! John Panarese has the perfect solution for you! Visit https://www.macfortheblind.com.

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Volume 799

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Volume 799

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Windows 10's Most Annoying Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them: (9.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10s-most-annoying-problems-and-how-to-troubleshoot-them/
B.) JAWS Tip: Using Voice Schemes: (6.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/15.html
C.) 15 Best Tips and Tricks for DuckDuckGo Search Users: (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://mashtips.com/duckduckgo-search-tips-tricks/
D.) Microsoft's New 'Group Transcribe' iPhone App Offers Free Real-Time Transcription and Translation: (5.3% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2021/03/03/microsofts-group-transcribe-iphone-app-free-transcription-translation/
E.) HIMS Announces The BrailleSense 6: 32-Cell Android Device Running Android 10: (5.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I1642cdvto

2) Starbucks Launches Technology to Aid Visually Impaired at U.S. Stores

Starbucks has launched a new service, Aira, designed to aid the visually impaired in U.S. stores. Developed by Aira Tech Corp., the service provides those who are blind or have low vision with visual information, such as the layout of a Starbucks location, through a smartphone app. Starbucks tested Aira in seven U.S. cities earlier this year, including at the Washington D.C. signing store. This summer, Starbucks will bring Braille and large print menus to stores in Canada and the U.S.:
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/starbucks-launches-technology-to-aid-visually-impaired-at-us-stores-2021-03-15

3) JAWS Tip: Using the Skim Reading Tool

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/13.html

4) Recording | Tek Talk Meeting | March 8th 2021 | Deborah Armstrong | What To Do When Your PC Stops Talking

Learn more and listen:
https://tinyurl.com/y5u8dsx2
Direct Download:
https://tinyurl.com/r7n6h69z

5) JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Sending and Receiving Chats with JAWS

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/16.html

6) Top Tech Tidbits Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Listserv Directory:

We won't post this every week, but we will when there are additions, of which there were several last week. If you are the administrator of a Listserv dedicated to the discussion of Assistive Technology, and would like to have your Listserv included in this free directory, please visit:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

7) ZoomText Tip: Learning ZoomText's Key Features and Hotkeys Are Only a Tooltip Away

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/17.html

8) Learn to Use VoiceOver on Your iPhone: A Beginner's Guide

This very thorough and helpful guide comes to us from Geeksmodo:
https://geeksmodo.com/learn-to-use-voiceover-on-your-iphone-a-beginners-guide/

9) Axe-Con Digital Accessibility Conference

This conference received positive reviews. It is now over, but registering for it gives you access to the recordings:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/

10) NV Access In-Process For March 12th 2021

Learn more about the latest version of NVDA, and get ready for the Microsoft Ability Summit:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-12th-march-2021/

➜ Podcasts

1) Braillecast | Getting the Braille you Need in Work or Education

March 9th 2021 | This session covered how to obtain braille through the Access To Work and Disabled Students Allowance schemes. We talked about how to advocate for the braille you need and what options you have. We also looked at advocating for braille textbooks and braille signage in work or education:
https://www.braillecast.com/podcast/

2) Blind Android Users 14 | Getting To Know System Settings

March 14th 2021 | Shout out back at The Blind Android Users Mailing List for mentioning us in this episode yet again, along with the new Top Tech Tidbits Blind and Visually Impaired Listserv Directory. Thank you! In this episode Warren gives a tour of the settings app, Tabitha AKA Snowsprite unboxes her LG V60, and Warren delves into Shortcut Maker and demonstrates Star Launcher. Finally, Judy Jones talks about her Android journey:
https://blindandroidusers.com

3) Say My Meme 7 | Work, Work, Work Work Work

March 15th 2021 | Let's face it: If work didn't suck at least a little, they wouldn't have to pay you to show up. We all get frustrated with our jobs, and when we do, the healthy response is to spend an inordinate amount of office time researching the perfect image to encapsulate exactly how much you want to throw your boss into the volcano from Lord of the Rings. In this episode, Caroline from Scribely describes: Work memes!
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/say-my-meme/id1554583264

4) Blind Tech Guys 77 | Dolphin, The Right Of Reply

March 16th 2021 | On this episode, Neill from Dolphin Access responds to our critique of their screenreader, Thomas reviews how accessible Netflix is on both Android and iPhone and Kirt demonstrates voiceover command settings, a powerful feature for iPhone customization:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/77

5) Eyes on Success 2112 | Steering the Course to a Career In Science

March 17th 2021 | Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey first interviewed Rebecca Alford in 2011 when she was in high school. Despite being visually impaired she went on to win the Intel Science competition and weve been following her progress ever since. Now with a Ph.D. in chemical and biomechanical engineering, having started her first job, she shares her experiences with us.:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202112.htm

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) Freedom Scientific Webinar: Using JAWS with Gmail in Standard View

March 18th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | There are two views available for displaying Gmail in your web browser, Basic HTML and Standard. In December 2019, we discussed how to use Gmail in Basic HTML view. In our upcoming webinar, we show you how to use Gmail in Standard view, which is chosen by default. Standard view allows you to use all of the included Gmail features, and is navigable with JAWS. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PjR6_TCcQ9-CL0wNQVkddw

2) ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation: Free Product Training Sessions And Resources

March 18th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join Jeff Bazer to discuss Free Product Training Sessions and Resources. Sponsored by Vispero. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968 | Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

3) Guidelights and Gadgets Product Demonstrations for The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind

March 18th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Zoom meeting. | This workshop is committed to describing and demonstrating unique products within three categories: gadgets and electronics, leather bags and pouches of all types and "all things dog" for handlers and their companions. One tap mobile: +13126266799,,#,# | Direct Dial: +1 (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 561 642 0005 | If the system prompts you to enter a participant code just press the pound key. Join at:
https://zoom.us/j/5616420005

4) ACB Community Call: Apple Presentation: What About The Mac, Part 2

March 19th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join certified Apple Teacher Matt Vollbrecht and the TTJ Instructor Team as they provide an overview, complete with demonstrations of course, of how to use Mac OS with Voiceover. Learn the basics of setting up a Mac, navigating with both a keyboard and a TrackPad, and where to go to learn more. Sponsored by The Tech Juggernaut. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,84439933345# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 844 3993 3345 | Join the webinar:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

5) ACB Community Call: Exploring NVDA: Google Docs

March 20th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Let's explore Google Docs. Each week we will go through the ins and outs of NVDA, a free and open source screen reader for Windows. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,85748494298# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 857 4849 4298 | Passcode: 272636 | Join the call:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/85748494298?pwd=QXY4ZmtJU045bWxvZXBIb2JldTEvQT09

6) Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey | Making the Most of iOS Voice Control in Conjunction with VoiceOver

March 24th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | VLANJ Tech Talks- virtual online monthly topic-based evening event. Presented by VLANJ instructors or guest speakers on various to, which include pics include accessible technologies, helpful apps, etc.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucOygqDwtHtP5XldL3JPoufPS2FclYGKP

7) Mystic Access: Free Question and Answer Session About Evo E10 DAISY Media Player

March 26th 2021 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 12:30AM GMT
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/87625412547?pwd=YkFLNFBVWk5VenJxaEdEY3h6M09yUT09

8) Mystic Access: Extend Your Browser With Browser Extensions

March 27th 2021 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 12:30 AM GMT | A Mystic Access free event. Here is the link to attend:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/84337036730?pwd=cGZ6amdQZWpkV2d6ZmMrU1I5cGYvdz09

9) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families

March 31st 2021 | 3:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM MT, 5:30 PM CT, 6:30 PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

10) TPGi Webinar | Accessibility and Higher Education Institutions: What You Need to Know

March 31st 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Brian Landrigan from TPGi and special guest Jeff Mills, founder of GrackleDocs, for a webinar on how higher education institutions can achieve their accessibility goals:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-31-accessibility-and-higher-education-institutions-what-you-need-to-know/

11) TravelAbility Launches the World's First Pitchfest Featuring Adaptive Technology + Products from 9 Countries

April 1st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | TravelAbility LaunchPad will be the first of four TravelAbility events in 2021. TravelAbility is sponsored by Google, Expedia, AccessiBe and Design Sensory. Think "Shark Tank" at the intersection of travel and disability. LaunchPad will be promoted internationally to provide exposure to prospective investors, grant funders and travel industry professionals that may become possible distribution partners. Registration is $195. Check out the agenda and register here:
http://travelability.net/agenda/

12) TPGi Webinar | ARC Test Initiatives & the API: Aligning Accessibility Goals with DevOps to Achieve More

April 20th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you fed up with remediating accessibility issues after they crop up during integration testing? Have you found it difficult to prevent and resolve accessibility issues at the earliest stages of software development? Join Kurt Mattes, Senior Accessibility Engineer with TPGi's ARC Platform, to learn about ARC's Test Initiatives and API.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-arc-test-initiatives-the-api-aligning-accessibility-goals-with-devops-to-achieve-more/

13) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

14) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Job Announcements

1) Virtual Career Fair For People With Disabilities

March 23rd 2021 | Are you a person with a disability, looking for a career opportunity or internship? This Virtual Career Fair is free for career seekers with disabilities to attend. Experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities meet online with employers across the nation to discuss competitive career opportunities. Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. Learn more and register here:
https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=6a058ac1-e837-4b18-a883-ac4e0161fe77

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Cable News Networks, ESPN Get FCC Audio Description Exemption

The FCC has officially approved requests from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ESPN to be exempt from audio description rules that are required of top national non-broadcast networks, based on the amount of non-live linear programming the networks offer per calendar quarter:
https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/cable-news-networks-espn-get-fcc-audio-description-exemption

2) What Assistive Technologies Can Do To Make STEM More Inclusive

https://science.thewire.in/the-sciences/what-assistive-technologies-can-do-to-make-stem-more-inclusive/

3) Super.com Partners with Mars Vision to Improve Access for Visually Impaired Gamers

https://venturebeat.com/2021/03/10/super-com-partners-with-mars-vision-to-improve-access-for-visually-impaired-gamers/

4) 4 Signs Your Product Is Not As Accessible As You Think

https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/15/4-signs-your-product-is-not-as-accessible-as-you-think/

5) Social Media Has Upped its Accessibility Game. But Deaf Creators Say it Has a Long Way to Go

Captioning on social media can be hit or miss, making the experience sometimes alienating for deaf users:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/15/social-media-accessibility-captions/

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Volume 798

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Volume 798

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021: (8.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1014369/10-breakthrough-technologies-2021/
B.) 6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt: (8.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/6-windows-command-prompt-clever-tips/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_brand=wired&mbid=social_twitter&utm_social-type=owned
D.) Alexa Skills That Are Actually Fun and Useful: (7.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/alexa-skills-that-are-actually-fun-and-useful/
C.) 12 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Google Chrome: (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://gizmodo.com/12-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-in-google-chrome-1846373120
E.) JAWS Tip: Create Row and Column Headers for Ranges that Read Automatically for JAWS Users: (5.0% of all clicks.)
https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/doccenter/rs25c51746a0cc/2013-09-25_ExcelAndWordHeaders/02_HeadersInExcel.htm

2) HIMS Announces The BrailleSense 6: 32-Cell Android Device Running Android 10

It has been rare in recent years to see exciting new product announcements at CSUN, but we have one this year. This YouTube link brings the announcement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I1642cdvto
And you can visit the BrailleSense 6 Page here:
https://hims-inc.com/bs6/

3) JAWS Tip: Using Voice Schemes

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/15.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Launches Blind and Visually Impaired Technology Listserv Directory:

If your list has been mentioned in Top Tech Tidbits in the past you should now find it listed within this new free directory. If you are the administrator of a Listserv dedicated to the discussion of Assistive Technology, and would like to have your Listserv included in this free directory, please visit:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

5) JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Opening a File Using the Files Section of Microsoft Teams

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/14.html

6) Accessibility Overlay Controversy

There has been a lot of social media discussion about "web accessibility" companies, one in particular, providing web accessibility overlays that make web sites less usable than they would otherwise be. Jonathan Mosen is carrying out an investigation on the subject on the Mosen At Large podcast to be recorded on Saturday, 13 March at 19:00 GmT, and people are welcome to join the live recording or listen to the podcast version:
https://mosen.org/mosenatlarge/

7) ZoomText Tip: Seeing Two Places at One Time

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/12.html

8) New 'Say My Meme" Podcast Describes Memes for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Episodes air every week. 6 episodes available so far. "I really, deeply believe that memes are important, and that blind people should be able to enjoy them and use them to enhance their social and cultural credibility," says Will Butler, VP of community at Be My Eyes. "This is how people communicate." To that end, Butler has started a new podcast, Say My Meme, which literally describes some of the internet's most famous memes for a blind audience. On the show, his cohost, Caroline Desrosiers, describes them to Butler, who is legally blind, meaning he gets the same experience as the audience in hearing about many of them for the first time. "Millions and millions of blind people and people with low vision are just not participating in this whole cultural expression," Butler says. "So, when she describes it to me, I feel like I'm being let in on a whole new slice of culture." He says that, just a few weeks into the show, he's been able to have more dynamic conversations with friends because he can now reference memes:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90611875/this-delightful-new-podcast-describes-memes-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-people

9) CSUN 2021 | Booth Schedule for Google

There are still two days left, and visiting exhibitors' booths is free. You can drop in to discuss the topics that interest you according to the schedule:
https://sites.google.com/view/csun2021/booth-schedule?authuser=0

10) NLS BARD Confirms That BARD No Longer Supports Any Version of iOS Earlier Than 11.0

NLS staff worked hard to find a way around this situation, but after an exhaustive search, we have found none. We realize that, especially in these difficult times, this poses a very real hardship for some of you, since the only solution for continuing to use BARD Mobile is to purchase a newer device:
https://agenparl.eu/nls-bard-support-bard-and-older-ios-devices/

11) Microsoft's New 'Group Transcribe' iPhone App Offers Free Real-Time Transcription and Translation

Microsoft recently released a new iPhone app that's aiming to improve in-person meetings and conversations with a new take on smart transcription. The Group Transcribe iOS app is now available and boasts features like highly accurate real-time transcription, translation, speaker attribution, and more:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/03/03/microsofts-group-transcribe-iphone-app-free-transcription-translation/

12) Sounding out Your Story with Audiojack from APH

Audiojack is a fully accessible iOS and Android app complete with sound-based movies and activities that prompt you to tell a story based on what you hear. An "Audiojack" is an audio-based movie comprised only of sound designs that, together, tell a story for your imagination. The Audiojack web and mobile app contain a library of Audiojacks and related activities appropriate for young students to older adults at all levels of experience:
https://www.aph.org/sounding-out-your-story-with-audiojack-from-aph/

13) Recent BrailleCast Podcasts

The latest episodes of this braillecentric podcast include coverage of using braille for notetaking and public speaking:
https://braillecast.com

14) Windows 10's Most Annoying Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them

This comes to us from CNET:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10s-most-annoying-problems-and-how-to-troubleshoot-them/

15) 15 Best Tips and Tricks for DuckDuckGo Search Users

Brought to us by MashTips:
https://mashtips.com/duckduckgo-search-tips-tricks/

16) Vocalizer SAPI Voices for Any Screen Reader Now with 148 Voices

This $115 package includes voices for a lot of languages:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_20&products_id=242

17) Apple-Friendly Debugger Helps Make Apps and Websites Accessible

At a time when accessibility in apps and websites matters more than ever, Evinced is a new debugging tool that helps developers achieve just that:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3610333/apple-friendly-debugger-helps-make-apps-and-websites-accessible.html

➜ Podcasts

1) Braillecast | Notetaking: Taking Notes for Yourself

March 2nd 2021 | Led by Holly Scott-Gardner, this session looked at how to take effective notes in braille for your own personal use. We covered increasing your speed when note taking, ways to organise your notes and the tools that you may wish to use:
https://www.braillecast.com/podcast/

2) Damashe and Michael, Just Talking Tech 67 | Surge Protection ++

March 2nd 2021
https://yourownpay.com/dm67/

3) Hadley Presents | Low Vision Support Groups

March 5th 2021 | Support groups can be a great way to connect with others who "get it." Listen in as we chat with low vision support group leaders Lynndah Lahey and Judy Davis describe how their groups are run and what their members get out of them:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/low-vision-support-groups?utm_source=Learners&utm_campaign=c77cac07ee-hadleypresents-ep28-sf_03-05-2021&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1babd3418-c77cac07ee-52499638&mc_cid=c77cac07ee&mc_eid=8997daa19d

4) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 20 | Let's Go Skating - Blind!

March 5th 2021 | Ms Lilly has some schooling for us on when ice first took hold on planet earth, and how often our big beautiful blue planet freezes up and becomes a snowball. Lilly also found great examples of blind ice skaters who compete in dance, and I reach out to my friend Kevin Frost, the world's fastest blind speed skater, for his tips on speed skating blind and deaf. To wrap things up, I offer up some tips of my own on skating blind:
https://www.stitcher.com/show/outdoors-with-lawrence-gunther/episode/episode-20-ice-and-skating-blind-82163772

5) That Real Blind Tech Show 22 | A Conversation with Dr. Bryan Wolynski, Your Not Just A Giant Eye!

March 6th 2021 | Brian and Ed welcome in Dr. Bryan Wolynski, a good friend of theirs to discuss his career, their experiences at CSUN 2020, and what they are expecting from the all virtual CSUN 2021 starting on March 6, 2021. Bryan goes in to detail about all of the Orcam devices, and the differences between them. We have a frank discussion about how doctors approach giving a patient a life altering visual diagnosis, the state of technology for the blind and visually impaired in 2021 and eye doctors knowledge of available technology:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-22-a-conversation-with-dr-bryan-wolynski-your-not-just-a-giant-eye

6) Blind Android Users 13 | Every Android Phone Has A Launcher

March 7th 2021 | This episode includes an iInterview with the developer of shortcut maker, an android app that lets you add a shortcut of what ever you want to your home screen. Discussion about the home screen and launchers demo of pixel launcher and Hyperion launcher. A guide/ demo on how to uninstall Samsung talkback and install Google TalkBack on any Samsung phone running 1 ui 3.0 and higher:
https://blindandroidusers.com

7) Say My Meme 6 | Celebrity Memes

March 8th 2021 | From Beyonce to Snoop Dogg, celebrities capture our imagination and serve as relatable avatars for our own emotional journey. To put it simply: they make funny faces and do funny things to make us laugh. That's why celebrity memes are some of the most shared, most recycled genre of meme out there. This week we start with some of the most notable celebrities you might see crop up in memes: Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Leo DiCaprio and more..
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/say-my-meme/id1554583264

8) Eyes on Success 2111 | Using Tech Skills for Work and Pleasure

March 10th 2021 | In a previous episode, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Pranav Lal about the vOICe system that he has been using that enables the blind to "see" the environment around them by using sound. This week they talk with him about his career as a cybersecurity consultant and how he continues to make use of the vOICe system in daily life:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202111.htm

9) Blind Tech Guys 76 | TalkBack 9.1 Tips And Tricks

On this week's episode of the pod, Nimer delves further into Talkback 9.1, providing many helpful tips and tricks, Nimer also demonstrates Network Manager Pro and Kirt shows off a great new voice feature using Talkback 9.1:
March 10th 2021
https://www.blindtechguys.com/76

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation | Discussing the Scratchpad Feature of The Focus Braille Displays

March 11th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join Ron Miller to discuss the Focus Scratch Pad, Where, How, and Why? Sponsored by Vispero https://www.freedomscientific.com/. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968 | Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

2) ACB Community Call: Apple Presentation - What About The Mac?

March 12th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | With all this talk about how awesome Apple products really are, should I consider a Mac? Join Apple Teacher Matt Vollbrecht and his team as they attempt to answer this question, by exploring situations in which you might need a Mac, and situations where you definitely won't. Also, learn about the various Mac models available today. Sponsored by The Tech Juggernaut at https://ttjtech.net/. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,84439933345# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 844 3993 3345 | Join the webinar:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

3) Wayaround App on Maryland Technology Group Call

March 13th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Wayaround App. Makes labeling with a smartphone easy. To hear about this app, dial into the program by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

4) Free iPad Course for VoiceOver Geared Toward Middle School / High School Students

March 16th 2021 | This six-session course invites students to come and play games using their iPad with VoiceOver. Through game-based learning, students will learn and reinforce VoiceOver specific skills and explore apps helpful to the VoiceOver user. Through scavenger hunts, murder mysteries, and escape rooms, students will make friendships and connect with peers who are also VoiceOver users. Learn more about this and other California School for the Blind Short Courses here:
https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/outreach/shortcourses/index.aspx

5) Microsoft Outlook with JAWS in Conjunction with a PC, Focus Braille Display, and the ElBraille

March 17th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | From Access Ingenuity. Here is the Zoom link to attend:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85689955338?pwd=TlU1NTBhdUNFUlZCNGZnMDVscXM4dz09

6) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Teachers and Professionals

March 17th 2021 | 3:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM MT, 5:30 PM CT, 6:30 PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The very full agenda will cover: Introduction and orientation to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. Who benefits from use of the BrailleNote. Skills needed to prepare for BrailleNote use. Efficiency of the BrailleNote with built-in keyboard short-cuts as a "braille first" product. Use of BrailleNote vs. iPad with braille display. Overview of Google Drive/Google Docs. How to upload files to Google Drive/download files from Google Drive for editing in KeyWord. Explore EasyReader+. Download books from Bookshare and navigate contents. Web browsing using Chrome . Discussion of remote viewing of the BrailleNote screen including TeamViewer as well as other screen-sharing options. Overview of KeyMath. Q and A throughout training. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LZDZ1PQVsGVFyP9G-CI_icKbizjOvzok-Vis9lGlZgOmqQ/viewform

7) Envision App Webinar Q&A

March 17th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HyLgTVMgRHiKaVDqFDryRQ?timezone_id=Europe%2FLondon

8) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

9) Guidelights and Gadgets Product Demonstrations for The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind

March 18th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Zoom meeting. | This workshop is committed to describing and demonstrating unique products within three categories: gadgets and electronics, leather bags and pouches of all types and "all things dog" for handlers and their companions. One tap mobile: +13126266799,,#,# | Direct Dial: +1 (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 561 642 0005 | If the system prompts you to enter a participant code just press the pound key. Join at:
https://zoom.us/j/5616420005

10) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families.

March 31st 2021 | 3:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM MT, 5:30 PM CT, 6:30 PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

11) TravelAbility Launches the World's First Pitchfest Featuring Adaptive Technology + Products from 9 Countries

April 1st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | TravelAbility LaunchPad will be the first of four TravelAbility events in 2021. TravelAbility is sponsored by Google, Expedia, AccessiBe and Design Sensory. Think "Shark Tank" at the intersection of travel and disability. LaunchPad will be promoted internationally to provide exposure to prospective investors, grant funders and travel industry professionals that may become possible distribution partners. Registration is $195. Check out the agenda and register here:
http://travelability.net/agenda/

12) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

13) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Job Announcements

1) Virtual Career Fair For People With Disabilities

March 23rd 2021 | Are you a person with a disability, looking for a career opportunity or internship? This Virtual Career Fair is free for career seekers with disabilities to attend. Experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities meet online with employers across the nation to discuss competitive career opportunities. Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. Learn more and register here:
https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=6a058ac1-e837-4b18-a883-ac4e0161fe77

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Overwatch Community Rallies Around Blind Player After Stunning Highlight

For many players the Overwatch community has become their family. After a legally blind player saved their team from defeat, Overwatch fandom has rallied behind them:
https://www.dexerto.com/overwatch/overwatch-community-rallies-around-blind-player-after-stunning-highlight-1525220/

2) How YouTube's New Audio Feature is Helping Ubisoft Make its Trailers More Accessible

YouTube's new audio track feature offers companies a new option for making their videos more accessible to the visually impaired. The feature is still in beta, and only available to a small number of channels, but it allows for multiple audio tracks to be added to a video:
https://www.techradar.com/news/how-youtubes-new-audio-feature-is-helping-ubisoft-make-its-trailers-more-accessible

3) Building the Bionic Eye... With Car Tech?

Dr. Michael Beyeler and his team at UC Santa Barbara are prepping a smart prosthesis that provides cues to the visually impaired, much like a computer vision system talks to a self-driving car:
https://uk.pcmag.com/news/131896/building-the-bionic-eyewith-car-tech

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: Brailiant BI 14 Portable Braille Display

Listing Date: 2/25/2021 | Price: $375.00 USD | Condition: Gently used. | Description: This display has a new main board , and a new battery. Comes with Executive Products Carrying Case. I will ship with in the Continental US. | Contact: jimoneill1@verizon.net ✉ or (215) 317-9877 ☎ |

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: APH ConnectCenter

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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.
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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
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Sponsor: Humanware

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Introducing SuperNova Kiosks
Deliver a positive experience to all of your customers by making your self-service stations accessible for all levels of sight. Choose SuperNova Kiosks and empower people with partial sight to explore the screen in comfort and provide complete access for people who are blind. Learn more about SuprNova Kiosks at:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/supernova-kiosks

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Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

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

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


Sponsor: Vorail

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://vorail.com/toptechtidbits

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

Download The App (iOS):
Vorail for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Vorail for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

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

Download The App (Android):
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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Get Coding with Code JumperTM
Code JumperTM is a fully accessible and inclusive computer coding innovation, originally designed by Microsoft® and developed by APH (for Windows, Chromebook, and Android devices)! With Code Jumper, students across the vision spectrum can learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking by tactually creating computer code that can tell stories and make music. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/code-jumper/.

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets
Our new Non-Contact Infrared Talking Thermometer is by far the most consistent and accurate one available; and also new BP meter; demos http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ $50 each. New Evo 10 Media and Daisy Players back in stock, no BARD, but lots more, even an audio editor, Ivona voices, $230.00 w/tutorial. New adjustable leather phone case, and many other bag specials! | Join us for a presentation: Florida Outreach Center March 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST | https://zoom.us/j/5616420005 | Or call: +1 312 626 6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 5616420005 | Then press pound key. | Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.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: guidelights.and.gadgets@gmail.com

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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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: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Mac For The Blind Tutorials and Courses
John Panarese, world-renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant is at it again! He is offering new and exciting courses for the Spring! Not too late to register and cash in on the Winter offerings as well! Visit https://www.macfortheblind.com for more information.

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Director, https://www.MacForTheBlind.com
Authorized Apple Business Affiliate
Apple Certified Support Professional
Apple Certified Trainer
Assistive Technology Consultant

Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Volume 797

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) How to Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Not Responding: (8.4% of all clicks.)
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B.) JAWS Tip: Using Temporary Place Markers to Copy, Cut, Delete or Just About Anything Else You Might Want: (8.3% of all clicks.)
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C.) JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Sending and Receiving Chats with JAWS: (5.9% of all clicks.)
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D.) New Features in JAWS, ZT, and Fusion: (5.8% of all clicks.)
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E.) Supersense Introduces Super Lidar: (5.0% of all clicks.)
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2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes New Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

Please join us in extending a very big thank you and welcome aboard to our newest sponsor, APH ConnectCenter. If you missed this opportunity to join us as a sponsor we encourage you to keep your name on our waiting list and we will notify you again the moment another sponsorship package becomes available. APH ConnectCenter replaces Sprint IP Relay, whom we would also like to thank for their support. The mission of the APH ConnectCenter is to offer 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. Learn more today at:
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3) JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Opening A File Attachment From A Channel

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/8.html

4) JAWS Tip: Create Row and Column Headers for Ranges that Read Automatically for JAWS Users

https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/doccenter/rs25c51746a0cc/2013-09-25_ExcelAndWordHeaders/02_HeadersInExcel.htm

5) ZoomText Tip: Zoom In and Out Faster with Favorite Zoom Levels

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/11.html

6) The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021

Every year, for the last 20 years, MIT Technology Review has compiled an annual selection of the year's most important technologies. Here's what they've got on their radar for 2021:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1014369/10-breakthrough-technologies-2021/

7) WSU Professor, Colleagues Work on Creating Comic Book App for the Visually Impaired

They hope to have an app on the App Store and Google Play by next year:
https://www.ksn.com/news/ksn-extra/wsu-professor-colleagues-work-on-creating-comic-book-app-for-the-visually-impaired/

8) 6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt

Wired offers this article which demystifies a venerable Windows feature:
https://www.wired.com/story/6-windows-command-prompt-clever-tips/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_brand=wired&mbid=social_twitter&utm_social-type=owned

9) Microsoft's "Power Automate Desktop" Is Now Free and Can Do Your Work for You

This feature acts as a macro program which doesn't require you to learn any specific language to use it:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/72556/microsofts-power-automate-desktop-is-now-free-and-can-do-your-work-for-you/

10) Module 7 of JAWS Training for Teachers and AT Instructors

This one is called "Using Surf's Up as a Teaching Tool." It provides a review of surfing the internet with JAWS and shows you how to navigate Surf's Up, access web page elements, navigate web pages, use JAWS Navigation Quick Keys, fill out forms and read tables:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/module-7-of-jaws-training-for-teachers-and-at-instructors/

11) NV Access In-Process | February 26th 2021

Here is a lot of information about the latest NVDA release among other things:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-26th-february-2021/

12) How to Check Your PC's Full Specifications on Windows 10

Windows Central describes five tools for knowing what's in your computer:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-check-your-computer-full-specifications-windows-10?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wmexperts+%28Windows+Central%29

13) 12 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Google Chrome

Dean Martineau is a big fan of the OmniBox, for instance:
https://gizmodo.com/12-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-in-google-chrome-1846373120

14) Google Adds Voice Commands to Android TalkBack Screen Reader to Improve Accessibility

Google has added voice commands and other interactive features to the TalkBack screen reader for Android. TalkBack helps people with impaired vision use Android devices, and Google is implementing the new functions based on requests from the blind and low vision community:
https://voicebot.ai/2021/02/25/google-adds-voice-commands-to-android-talkback-screen-reader-to-improve-accessibility/

15) Live Caption Now Available on Google Chrome on Desktops

Whether you're hard of hearing, deaf, in a loud environment, or forget to bring your headphones, Live Caption automatically transcribes any audio coming from your phone for you. We long knew that Live Caption is on its way to Chrome as well, and we just spotted it working on the stable Chrome 88 release - you just need to activate a flag:
https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/02/25/live-caption-is-now-available-on-google-chrome-on-desktops/

16) Applevis Unlimited | What's New and Noteworthy for February 2021

This is the latest in the monthly series which highlights what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-february-2021

17) Alexa Skills That Are Actually Fun and Useful

Sure, you can add items to your shopping list, check the weather, and get random trivia. Now let's take your Echo to the next level:
https://www.wired.com/story/alexa-skills-that-are-actually-fun-and-useful/

18) Switching From JAWS To NVDA

The purpose of this guide, which continues to receive updates, is to assist users of JAWS (Job Access With Speech) in switching to the open-source screen reader NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) with ease. It assumes prior knowledge of JAWS and that you are proficient in its use. It is not intended to be a replacement of the included user guide, but as a means to make NVDA seem less daunting:
https://github.com/nvaccess/nvda-community/wiki/SwitchingFromJawsToNVDA

19) The Ultimate Guide to Mac Backup in 2021

This article is incredibly thorough and may well live up to its name:
https://thesweetbits.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-mac-backup/

20) VoiceOver? Or NVDA? Which is Better?

Draw your own conclusions and listen to theirs in this opine from iphonegeeks:
https://iphonegeeks.com/nvda-vs-voiceover-which-is-better/

21) Street Fighter V's Latest Patch Broke a Major Feature for Visually Impaired Players

A recent patch to Street Fighter V forces the game's audio into mono, which makes it nearly unplayable for visually impaired players:
https://www.cbr.com/street-fighter-v-audio-blind/

22) Zoom Getting Automatic Closed Captions for All Users — How to Get Early Access

Zoom's free tier is getting a big boost with automatic closed captions:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-is-getting-a-killer-update-to-make-life-easier

23) Introducing the "Outdoors With Lawrence Gunther" Podcast Series

This AMI Audio original podcast is directed toward youth living with vision loss, and is meant to inform and inspire such youth to connect with nature. Lawrence Gunther is a life-long outdoor enthusiast and is totally blind himself. He has another popular podcast dealing with fish and fishing and he produces a lot of film and TV content. So if you are a nature enthusiast, please be sure to check out "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther" for suggestions and tips for getting off the sidewalk and connecting with nature with low or no vision. 19 episodes currently available:
https://lawrencegunther.com/

24) MiniVision2 Big Button Cell Phone For Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

A couple months ago we covered the BlindShell Classic, which is a cellphone made specifically for individuals with visual impairments. If you or a loved one are in the market for a new phone that caters to individuals with visual impairments, another available option is the MiniVision2 Cell Phone:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2021/02/23/minivision2-cell-phone-for-visually-impaired-blind/

25) MantisTM Q40 & ChameleonTM 20 Release Notes

New features and fixes:
https://www.aph.org/release-notes/

26) Apple Stores Offering Free Sign Language Interpreter Appointments

Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/25/apple-retail-store-sign-language-interpreter-appointments/

➜ Podcasts

1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 19 | Greenhouse Gases, Wind Power, Blind Sailing and Lake Superior's Sleeping Giant

February 19th 2021 | In this episode Lawrence talks Lake Superior and it's Sleeping Giant. Why the lake is changing and what we can do. Also, tips and stories about sailing blind:
https://www.stitcher.com/show/outdoors-with-lawrence-gunther/episode/episode-19-greenhouse-gasses-wind-power-blind-sailing-and-lake-superiors-sleeping-giant-81790430

2) Sight and Sound Technology Podcast | Scribe for Windows

February 25th 2021 | Hear from the Sight and Sound Technology podcast about Pneuma Solutions and their product line:
https://pneumasolutions.com/mike-and-matt-on-sight-and-sound-technology-podcast/

3) That Real Blind Tech Show 21 | Conversation with Niv Shah Developer for Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball

February 27th 2021 | Brian welcomes Niv Shah, Founder and Developer of Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball, a dynasty baseball format with more of an advanced analytics approach to fantasy. Niv discusses the format of the game, where the unique name to the game comes from, and his role with Ottoneu:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-21-a-conversation-with-niv-shah-developer-for-ottoneu-fantasy-baseball

4) Blind Android Users 12 | Android Basics Revisited & Enlightened by Zen UI

February 28th 2021
https://blindandroidusers.com

5) Blind Tech Guys 75 | A Deep Dive Into Dolphin ScreenReader

On this episode Nimer demonstrated the Dolphin ScreenReader, Marco ran through how to use Samsung Health and Kirt showed off Hotspot, plus they welcome a special guest to the show:
March 2nd 2021
https://www.blindtechguys.com/

6) Eyes on Success 2110 | Some Favorite Tips of the Week

March 3rd 2021 | Every episode of Eyes On Success starts with a "Tip of the Week". These tips offer suggestions from people we interview about anything from the benefits of participating in sports to the importance of learning blindness skills. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share some of their favorite tips from the past 10 years with our listeners:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202110.htm

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) American Foundation for the Blind Centennial Gala Celebration

March 4th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 3/5 | The Art of Inclusion: AFB100 Concert & Celebration. An award-winning lineup of performers and other special guests. Available to stream via https://www.afb.org/ArtOfInclusion. Advance registration suggested at https://www.afb.org/100signup. Learn more:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-centennial-gala-celebration-301230831.html

2) Introduction to WeWalk

March 4th 2021 | 2AM PT, 3AM MT, 4AM CT, 5AM ET, 10AM GMT | This demo and discussion of the WeWalk Cane comes from Sight and Sound Technologies and SeaScape in the UK. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fyiQPZKWQPi7TVtEgOWlMg

3) Intracortical Visual Prosthesis Project Clinical Trial | Informational Session and Recruitment

March 9th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 3/10 | Zoom meeting. Link to Zoom session will be sent following registration. Conducted By: Illinois Institute of Technology & The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. | Learn from the researchers about an experimental device intended to restore visual perception for individuals who are blind. Learn about the intracortical visual prosthesis device, the study, expectations, possible risks and benefits, and post implant requirements. Interested individuals will receive contact information to speak with study personnel after the educational session is over. For more information and to reserve your spot please contact: Kelsey Stipp at (312) 567-5304 ☎, or ICVP@iit.edu ✉. For more details:
https://chicagolighthouse.org/icvp/

4) Wayaround App on Maryland Technology Group Call

March 13th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Wayaround App. Makes labeling with a smartphone easy. To hear about this app, dial into the program by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

5) Free iPad Course for VoiceOver Geared Toward Middle School / High School Students

March 16th 2021 | This six-session course invites students to come and play games using their iPad with VoiceOver. Through game-based learning, students will learn and reinforce VoiceOver specific skills and explore apps helpful to the VoiceOver user. Through scavenger hunts, murder mysteries, and escape rooms, students will make friendships and connect with peers who are also VoiceOver users. Learn more about this and other California School for the Blind Short Courses here:
https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/outreach/shortcourses/index.aspx

6) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Teachers and Professionals

March 17th 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The very full agenda will cover: Introduction and orientation to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. Who benefits from use of the BrailleNote. Skills needed to prepare for BrailleNote use. Efficiency of the BrailleNote with built-in keyboard short-cuts as a "braille first" product. Use of BrailleNote vs. iPad with braille display. Overview of Google Drive/Google Docs. How to upload files to Google Drive/download files from Google Drive for editing in KeyWord. Explore EasyReader+. Download books from Bookshare and navigate contents. Web browsing using Chrome . Discussion of remote viewing of the BrailleNote screen including TeamViewer as well as other screen-sharing options. Overview of KeyMath. Q and A throughout training. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LZDZ1PQVsGVFyP9G-CI_icKbizjOvzok-Vis9lGlZgOmqQ/viewform

7) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

8) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families.

March 31st 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

9) TravelAbility Launches the World's First Pitchfest Featuring Adaptive Technology + Products from 9 Countries

April 1st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | TravelAbility LaunchPad will be the first of four TravelAbility events in 2021. TravelAbility is sponsored by Google, Expedia, AccessiBe and Design Sensory. Think "Shark Tank" at the intersection of travel and disability. LaunchPad will be promoted internationally to provide exposure to prospective investors, grant funders and travel industry professionals that may become possible distribution partners. Registration is $195. Check out the agenda and register here:
http://travelability.net/agenda/

10) Microsoft 2021 Ability Summit

May 5th & 6th 2021 | The Microsoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience that brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. We encourage all to join and spread the word. Registration will open in March. In the meantime, learn more and check out the Ability Summit 2021 announcement video here:
https://sway.office.com/Dbr2Uz14PIn31Dq8

11) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

➜ Job Announcements

1) Membership Services Administrative Assistant | American Council of the Blind

Location: Remote (Work from home.) Compensation: $40,000 Annual Salary.
https://acb.org/jobs#MembershipServices-Admin

2) Virtual Career Fair For People With Disabilities

March 23rd 2021 | Are you a person with a disability, looking for a career opportunity or internship? This Virtual Career Fair is free for career seekers with disabilities to attend. Experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities meet online with employers across the nation to discuss competitive career opportunities. Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. Learn more and register here:
https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=6a058ac1-e837-4b18-a883-ac4e0161fe77

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) COVID Vaccine Websites Create Inequity for the Blind

Many COVID vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine, a KHN investigation has found:
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/safety-quality/covid-vaccine-websites-violate-disability-laws-create-inequity-blind

2) It's Impossible for Blind People to Go Supermarket Shopping — That Needs to Change

Carley Gregory, who lost her eyesight aged 10, has started a petition to get manufacturers to make changes, while the RNIB reveals how technology can improve accessibility:
https://inews.co.uk/news/real-life/blind-partially-sighted-visually-impaired-braille-supermarkets-products-kelloggs-navilens-874323

3) Microsoft's Investments Make Xbox a Leader in Gaming Accessibility, and Others Should Follow

Recent updates and a new developer-friendly service make Microsoft the current leader in gaming accessibility:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsofts-investments-make-xbox-leader-gaming-accessibility

4) Can Technology Open Spaceflight to Disabled Astronauts?

The European Space Agency wants to make sure its new astronaut class is more diverse. But it will take redesigned gear to make space accessible to everybody:
https://www.wired.com/story/can-technology-open-spaceflight-to-disabled-astronauts/

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The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
https://vorail.com/toptechtidbits

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Sponsor Since: January 21st 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Download The App (iOS):
Vorail for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Vorail for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


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

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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)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Get Coding with Code JumperTM
Code JumperTM is a fully accessible and inclusive computer coding innovation, originally designed by Microsoft® and developed by APH (for Windows, Chromebook, and Android devices)! With Code Jumper, students across the vision spectrum can learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking by tactually creating computer code that can tell stories and make music. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/code-jumper/.

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets
Customers say that our new Non-Contact Infrared Talking Thermometer is by far the most consistent, accurate unit available; check out our demo, as well our new BP meter http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ $50 each and with quantity discounts. Our new Evo 10 Media and Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, audio editor, Ivona voices, and lots more; $230 with Mystic Access 10 hour tutorial. New adjustable size phone case, and many other bag specials! Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Mac For The Blind Tutorials and Courses
COVID has brought us some very daunting challenges! But this has not stopped John Panarese from solving the great mystery! His technical offerings will help you to better understand and navigate the world of Apple devices! Visit https://macfortheblind.com/ to learn more today!

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Director, https://www.MacForTheBlind.com
Authorized Apple Business Affiliate
Apple Certified Support Professional
Apple Certified Trainer
Assistive Technology Consultant

Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Donna Jodhan is a world renowned and high profile podcast commentator and she offers tricks and tips on how to tackle technology! See how this Apple Certified Support Professional can help you to cope with COVID challenges! Visit Donna at: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan.

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Author, Donna Jodhan Publications
President, Sterling Creations
President, Barrier Free Canada / Canada sans Barrieres

Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan

About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Volume 796

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Volume 796

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) How to Replace Siri with Google Assistant on iPhone, iPad: (8.0% of all clicks.)
https://wccftech.com/how-to/how-to-replace-siri-with-google-assistant-on-iphone-ipad/
B.) Narrator for a Day: (7.4% of all clicks.)
https://technologyisawesome.com/2021/02/16/narrator-for-a-day/
C.) Calliope, More Than Just a Media Player: (6.5% of all clicks.)
https://www.nathantech.net/products/software/calliope.php
D.) JAWS Tip: Identifying The Address of a Link: (6.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/6.html
E.) What's New in JAWS 2021 Screen Reading Software: (6.1% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

2) JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Sending and Receiving Chats with JAWS

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/7.html

3) JAWS Tip: Using Temporary Place Markers to Copy, Cut, Delete or Just About Anything Else You Might Want

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/9.html

4) ZoomText Tip: Three Ways to Zoom In and Out

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/10.html

5) New Features in JAWS, ZT, and Fusion

A recap of the features made available in the latest Freedom Scientific product updates:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/new-features-in-jaws-zt-and-fusion/

6) Demo of Upcoming Scientific Calculator

Listen to this 9-minute demo of a forthcoming accessible scientific calculator:
https://nathantech.net/productdemo.php

7) How to Fix Windows 10 File Explorer Not Responding

If you sometimes encounter this annoyance, here are some ways to get around it:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-fix-windows-10-file-explorer-not-responding/

8) February 2021 AccessWorld

This issue includes "Access Essentials for Your iOS Device: Must-Haves for People with Visual Impairments," "Sight Tech Global: A New and Different Mainstream Accessibility Conference," "The Smarter Phone: BlindShell Classic Lite," and "Video Streaming Services, Part 1: Getting Started with Netflix for People with Visual Impairments."
https://www.afb.org/aw/22/2

9) Stanford Study Into "Zoom Fatigue" Explains Why Video Chats Are So Tiring

A lot of us will relate to this information:
https://newatlas.com/telecommunications/zoom-fatigue-video-exhaustion-tips-help-stanford/

10) Microsoft Teams or Zoom? A Salesman Offers His Stunning Verdict

This comes to us from ZDNet:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-teams-or-zoom-a-salesman-offers-his-stunning-verdict/

11) Android 12 Has Landed - Here's What We Know So Far

https://www.androidcentral.com/android-12

12) Magnification In Android 12 Is How It Should Have Always Been

With Android 12 you can magnify a smaller, more precise section of the display. As opposed to the whole thing. Android 12 achieves this by employing a floating square that shows the magnified area. And you can drag this square around to easily magnify other parts of the screen:
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/02/android-12-magnification-feature-accessibility-developer-preview-1.html

13) Foundation for Blind Children | Introducing The See It Our Way Podcast

We'd like to send a huge shout out to Matthew at the Foundation for Blind Children along with all of the students involved in the See It Our Way podcast. They currently have 21 podcasts available on a range of topics:
https://anchor.fm/seeitourway

14) Virtual Conferences Aren't as Accessible as You Might Think

Scientific American lays bare the reality that while virtual conferences have some advantages for people with disabilites, they still have plenty of problems as well:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/virtual-conferences-arent-as-accessible-as-you-might-think/

15) These 7 New Accessible Vehicles Let People with Disabilities Access Micromobility

If you live in New York City and use a manual wheelchair, you may soon be able to use the Lime app to order a free rental of an attachment that turns it into a power vehicle. The design is one of seven adaptive vehicles the micromobility company recently developed to make its services more accessible:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90605847/these-7-new-accessible-vehicles-let-people-with-disabilities-access-micromobility

16) What's New in NVDA 2020.4

This release includes new Chinese Input methods, an update to Liblouis and the elements list (NVDA+f7) now works in focus mode. Context sensitive help is now available when pressing F1 in NVDA dialogs. Improvements to symbol pronunciation rules, speech dictionary, Braille message and skim reading. Bug fixes and improvements to Mail, Outlook, Teams, Visual Studio, Azure Data Studio, Foobar2000. On the web, there are improvements to Google Docs, and greater support for ARIA. Plus many other important bug fixes and improvements:
https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/releases/2020.4/nvda_2020.4_changes.html

17) Microsoft Offers New Accessibility Testing Service for PC and XBox Games

Microsoft aims to make the PC and Xbox more inclusive with a new in-house testing service that compares games to the newly expanded Xbox Accessibility Guidelines:
https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/17/microsoft-offers-new-accessibility-testing-service-for-pc-and-xbox-games/

18) Supersense Introduces Super Lidar

This new and free app from Supersense is one of the first apps to use LiDAR technology to analyze space and detect obstacles that might pose a danger to blind and low vision users:
https://www.supersense.app/post/super-lidar-the-first-step-forward

➜ Podcasts

1) Hadley Presents | Painting Blind

February 19th 2021 | World-renowned artist John Bramblitt describes how vision loss has shaped his painting and his life.
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts

2) Blind Android Users 11 | Android with a Prospective of a Low Vision User

February 24th 2021
https://blindandroidusers.com

3) Blind Tech Guys | TalkBack 9.1 Is Here and Screen Readers Delight

Check out the episodes to learn about upcoming TalkBack 9.1, and for a comparison of the three Windows screen readers:
February 24th 2021
https://www.blindtechguys.com/

4) Access Tech Watch-360 Podcast | Accessible Business as a Blind Black Male Entrepreneur

February 24th 2021 | Hear from an audio production professional on this black history episode:
https://accesstechwatch360.podbean.com/e/black-history-special-with-byron-harden-accessible-business-as-a-blind-black-male-entrepreneur/

5) Eyes on Success 2109 | NaviLens School Kits

February 24th 2021 | Tim Fahlberg is a math and computer science teacher at the Wisconsin School for The Blind. Inspired by a previous episode of Eyes On Success about the NaviLens system for creating accessible signage, Tim gathered some students to expand on the idea. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about the NaviLens School Kit they produced and how it is used.
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202109.htm

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) FSOpenLine | Freedom Scientific Global Call-In Show

February 25th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | In this show, we will talk about: Support for native math equations in Microsoft Word, new keystrokes for quickly adjusting JAWS and system volume, and how to verify the source of a link in an email or on a web page using screen sensitive help. Join via Zoom or call in: United States: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 | Australia: +61 (0) 2 8015 2088 or +61 (0) 8 7150 1149 | Canada: +1 647 558 0588 | Germany: +49 (0) 30 3080 6188 or +49 (0) 30 5679 5800 | Ireland: +353 (0) 1 691 7488 | New Zealand: +64 (0) 4 831 8959 or +64 (0) 9 801 1188 | South Africa: +27 87 551 7702 | United Kingdom: +44 (0) 20 3051 2874 or +44 (0) 20 3695 0088 | Meeting ID: 727-803-8000. Learn more:
http://blog.freedomscientific.com/category/fscast/

2) Getting Your Label On

February 25th 2021 | 4:30PM PT, 5:30PM MT, 6:30PM CT, 7:30PM ET, 12:30 AM GMT, 2/26 | This month's free Mystic Access event takes a fresh look at the various methods for labeling various items. Here is the Zoom link:
https://mysticaccess.zoom.us/j/83830999626?pwd=SURBVkFERlRQS0VRNkM5blVRdlZOZz09

3) Using The Focus Braille Display With iOS | ACB Community Call: Vispero Presentation

February 25th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | One Tap Mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968 | Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

4) Timecheck: Using The Apple Watch | ACB Community Call: Apple Presentation

February 26th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join Apple Teacher Matt Vollbrecht and the TTJ Team as they explain how to use an Apple Watch with Voiceover. Learn how to select the right size Apple Watch for you, then learn about how to set it up with Voiceover. Learn how to view and change watch faces, navigate content, get quick access to the information that matters most, and more. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,84439933345# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 844 3993 3345 | Join the webinar:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

5) Meet The Voice Dream Apps | NOAT Welcomes Winston Chen Founder of Voice Dream

February 26th 2021 | 10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PMPM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | In this session, Winston will share the personal story of how he founded Voice Dream, and give a demo of Voice Dream Reader. He will also talk about where Voice Dream is going in the future, along with an overview of other Voice Dream Apps:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2021/meet-the-voice-dream-apps

6) iBug Apple Workshop

February 27th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join us for this free training session to learn more about the iOS and MacOS accessibility features of Apple products. One tap mobile from a smartphone +1 346 248 7799,,7428486329# US | Dial from a landline: +1 346 248 7799 US | Join the Zoom meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/7428486329?pwd=M003RmZaa3pTbWRlZ00xbSs4YTlmUT09

7) Exploring NVDA Using Google Forms | ACB Community Call

February 27th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | This week we will be discussing how to create forms using Google Forms. Google Forms is a tool to create and manage forms for people to fill out. So, take a step with me and let's take a safari into the wonderful world of Google Forms. For ease of use we will use the Chrome browser. Each week we will go through the ins and outs of NVDA, a free and open source screen reader for Windows, as well as NVDA. We will take a deep dive into Windows products such as the office suite and Windows ecosystem. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,85748494298# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 857 4849 4298 | Passcode: 272636 | Join the webinar:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/85748494298?pwd=QXY4ZmtJU045bWxvZXBIb2JldTEvQT09

8) Free 2021 Virtual Assistive Technology Expo

March 2nd 2021 | 5:30AM PT, 6:30AM MT, 7:30AM CT, 8:30AM ET, 1:30PM GMT | Sponsored by The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program. Keynote Speaker: Don Johnston, M.S. Target Audience: People with disabilities, their families, seniors, educators, veterans, and healthcare professionals. Learn more:
https://scatp.med.sc.edu/expo/

9) American Foundation for the Blind Centennial Gala Celebration

March 4th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 3/5 | The Art of Inclusion: AFB100 Concert & Celebration. An award-winning lineup of performers and other special guests. Available to stream via https://www.afb.org/ArtOfInclusion. Advance registration suggested at https://www.afb.org/100signup. Learn more:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-centennial-gala-celebration-301230831.html

10) Introduction to WeWalk

March 4th 2021 | 2AM PT, 3AM MT, 4AM CT, 5AM ET, 10AM GMT | This demo and discussion of the WeWalk Cane comes from Sight and Sound Technologies and SeaScape in the UK. Register here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fyiQPZKWQPi7TVtEgOWlMg

11) Intracortical Visual Prosthesis Project Clinical Trial | Informational Session and Recruitment

March 9th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 3/10 | Zoom meeting. Link to Zoom session will be sent following registration. Conducted By: Illinois Institute of Technology & The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. | Learn from the researchers about an experimental device intended to restore visual perception for individuals who are blind. Learn about the intracortical visual prosthesis device, the study, expectations, possible risks and benefits, and post implant requirements. Interested individuals will receive contact information to speak with study personnel after the educational session is over. For more information and to reserve your spot please contact: Kelsey Stipp at (312) 567-5304 ☎, or ICVP@iit.edu ✉. For more details:
https://chicagolighthouse.org/icvp/

12) Free iPad Course for VoiceOver Geared Toward Middle School / High School Students

March 16th 2021 | This six-session course invites students to come and play games using their iPad with VoiceOver. Through game-based learning, students will learn and reinforce VoiceOver specific skills and explore apps helpful to the VoiceOver user. Through scavenger hunts, murder mysteries, and escape rooms, students will make friendships and connect with peers who are also VoiceOver users. Learn more about this and other California School for the Blind Short Courses here:
https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/outreach/shortcourses/index.aspx

13) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Teachers and Professionals

March 17th 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The very full agenda will cover: Introduction and orientation to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. Who benefits from use of the BrailleNote. Skills needed to prepare for BrailleNote use. Efficiency of the BrailleNote with built-in keyboard short-cuts as a "braille first" product. Use of BrailleNote vs. iPad with braille display. Overview of Google Drive/Google Docs. How to upload files to Google Drive/download files from Google Drive for editing in KeyWord. Explore EasyReader+. Download books from Bookshare and navigate contents. Web browsing using Chrome . Discussion of remote viewing of the BrailleNote screen including TeamViewer as well as other screen-sharing options. Overview of KeyMath. Q and A throughout training. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LZDZ1PQVsGVFyP9G-CI_icKbizjOvzok-Vis9lGlZgOmqQ/viewform

14) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

15) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families.

March 31st 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

➜ Job Announcements

1) European Space Agency Seeking Persons With Disability as Part of Their New Call For Astronauts

"To be very explicit, this individual would do a meaningful space mission. So, they would need to do the science; they would need to participate in all the normal operations of the International Space Station (ISS)."
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56072219

2) New Organization Helps Blind Workers Find Dream Jobs in Cybersecurity

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has officially launched a new enterprise called NSITE, designed to connect businesses with qualified job seekers who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), and/or military veterans:
https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/new-organization-helps-blind-workers-find-their-dream-jobs-in-cybersecurity/

3) Accessibility Consultant with Level Access

Level Access has immediate openings for Accessibility Consultants. As our Accessibility Consultant you will work with clients to test and validate user interfaces against accessibility requirements and consult on the effective technical implementation of digital accessibility requirements in client systems. You will utilize your significant experience working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and strong verbal and written communication skills.
https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2414704540/

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) 2021 Muck Artist in Residence to Focus on Accessibility

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center has announced its third Artist-in-Residence, Erin Schalk, for the 2021 Season. During her residency she intends to focus on projects for the blind and visually impaired, including expanding art class access to that community and curating a gallery exhibition of work from visually impaired artists:
https://fullertonobserver.com/2021/02/18/2021-muck-artist-in-residence-to-focus-on-accessibility/

2) Disability Friendly Fashion and Beauty Brands

The fashion and beauty industry have been excluding the blind and visually impaired for a really long time. With the recent surge of inclusivity in the fashion and beauty industries, change may be afoot:
https://www.supersense.app/post/disability-friendly-fashion-and-beauty-brands

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Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
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About: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that allows anyone who needs video support to get assistance from a dynamic range of volunteers and company customer support professionals from around the world. With more than 4 million volunteers and dozens of companies offering on-demand visual interpretation and support, Be My Eyes is a free, unlimited way to bridge gaps and get access to whatever information you need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any language. Download the app today from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


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One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. To learn more send an email to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


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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: Barry Scheur

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News: Non-Contact Infrared Talking Thermometer; accurate, easy to use, English voice; talking BP meter, one cuff fits all, easy and accurate, each $50.00, quantity discounts. Braille Display Bonanza; Varioultra 20, $600; Chameleon, $1,000; Orbit 20 Plus; dis450. New! Patchwork Leather Tablet and Braille Display Case; 12' by 12' 8 pockets; $50. Call for bag specials! New! Evo 10 Media and Daisy Player with Internet/FM Radio, Podcatcher, audio sound editor, Ivona voices, recorder; 10hr tutorial, $230.00. Call Barry: (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.com ✉.

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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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About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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

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BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Volume 795

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This Week's Featured Advertisement: From GuideLights and Gadgets. Finally! Affordable, Accurate, Talking Devices to Monitor Temperature & Blood Pressure!

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

We are excited to offer a commercial-grade, accurate, talking, non-contact infrared thermometer, and a blood pressure meter ($50 each). Now, when your thermometer speaks, you get what we should have had long ago, accurate & consistent temperature readings! These units have been available to hospitals & DME providers; now blind consumers can purchase them directly. Listen to a complete demonstration of both units by Barry Scheur himself using this link: https://youtu.be/ff2vOdTEbpU. Our new Daisy Book and Entertainment "Non-BARD" players with Ivona voices, FM and Internet radio and podcatcher and more, including a 6-hour Mystic Access tutorial. And it now offers 2 things your Stream can't give you: the ability to edit audio files on the player AND a $140 lower price! For a wide variety of electronics, leather bags, and "all things dog" contact: Barry Scheur (617) 969-7500 ☎; bscheur@scheur.com ✉ or KaeAnn Rausch (781) 286-1696 ☎; guidelightdogs@gmail.comhttp://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/.


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B.) How To Scan A QR Code With Your iPhone - No App Required: (13.7% of all clicks.)
https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/scan-a-qr-code-iphe8bda8762/ios
C.) DuckDuckGo: Why I Switched to it From Google Search: (9.8% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/09/duckduckgo/
D.) New App AVA (Autonomous Vehicle Assistant) To Help The Visually Impaired and Seniors to Enjoy Ride-Sharing with Self-Driving Cars: (6.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uom-awh012921.php
E.) Microsoft Screen Reader Voices Survey: (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR7afTI9gwt5JlZ1kFok_MnZUM05MTlRLNTlaSUZKMEdZT0c1SDZEVDA2Sy4u

2) Narrator for a Day

A tech trainer resolves to use Narrator instead of JAWS for his computing activities for an entire day:
https://technologyisawesome.com/2021/02/16/narrator-for-a-day/

3) JAWS Tip: Identifying The Address of a Link

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/5.html

4) JAWS Virtual Cursor Support Now Available in Windows 10 Universal Apps

Apps such as Weather will be easier to navigate with this update, part of the February 2021 updates:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew?utm_content=154609552&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-2382446636

5) Calliope, More Than Just a Media Player

This is the first offering from a newly-discovered blind developer and trainer. If you don't need to speed up playback, this free multi-function media player could be a godsend. It allows searching and downloading from YouTube, playlist management, bookmarks, audio streaming, file tagging, library organization, and more:
https://www.nathantech.net/products/software/calliope.php

6) Calendar Craziness

Another free Windows program, this is a powerful calendar creator and manager with reminders, time display and chimes:
https://www.nathantech.net/nathantechsoftware.php

7) Learn To Code In Python

This 14-lesson audio tutorial with text transcripts takes you from the beginning to coding a game:
https://www.nathantech.net/products/tutorials/python/index.php

8) Learn To Use VoiceOver on iOS Devices

Here we have seven tutorials plus extras, all in audio and text format:
https://nathantech.net/products/tutorials/ios/index.php

9) Learn To Code In HTML

This is an eight-lesson tutorial, almost all with text transcripts:
https://www.nathantech.net/products/tutorials/html/index.php

10) Sunrise Waterfall, A Website Building Tool:

This final offering from Nathan, although there are many more on his site, is a website builder, documentation creator and Markdown Editor:
https://www.nathantech.net/products/software/sunrisewaterfall.php

11) Bookworm - The Universally Accessible e-Book Reader

Here's another free Windows app aimed at blind users. This allows for reading EPUB, PDF and other books on a PC:
https://blindpandas.com/bookworm/

12) How to Replace Siri with Google Assistant on iPhone, iPad

This could make for a more powerful digital assistant on the iPhone:
https://wccftech.com/how-to/how-to-replace-siri-with-google-assistant-on-iphone-ipad/

13) Workplace Technology Study

AFB seeks blind people with all sorts of work history to take this survey:
https://www.afb.org/research-and-initiatives/workplace-tech-study

14) What's New in JAWS 2021 Screen Reading Software

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

15) What's New in Fusion 2021 and ZoomText 2021

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#enhancements

16) What's New in ZoomText 2021

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew#enhancements

17) Learning Management Systems Top 15 Report from Better Buys

This is an Excel file so we are providing it as a ZIP file here for easy download. While this breakdown is not specific to accessibility it may still help teachers and buyers to better understand the differences between the top systems being used today:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/downloads/Learning-Management-Systems-Top-15-Report.zip

18) Discover Podcasting at the Kansas State School for the Blind

Shout out to the teacher and students of this podcasting course at the Kansas State School for the Blind. Their teacher wrote in to let us know that they sometimes refer to Tidbits in their app classes and asked if we might be willing to list their podcast in future issues. Which we were more than happy to do. So here's a quick introduction. Discover Podcasting at KSSB. Podcasting has been an interest to kids with visual impairments at the Kansas State School for the Blind for several years. They recently purchased equipment and began recording in the Spring of 2020. Topics vary with each episode, but a complete list can be found here:
https://discover-podcasting.simplecast.com/

19) Thunderbird Team Outlines Plans for the Email Client

The next major Thunderbird release is version 91. it is scheduled for a release in the third quarter of 2021. The developers have published a roadmap in which they list new features and improvements that they consider integrating in Thunderbird 91 and beyond:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/10/thunderbird-team-outlines-plans-for-the-email-client/

20) The Most Useful Thunderbird Keyboard Shortcuts

This guide lists some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for the Thunderbird email client:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/08/the-most-useful-thunderbird-shortcuts/

21) JAWS QuickTips: Using Voice Schemes

From the Freedom Scientific YouTube Channel. Check out their new series "JAWS QuickTips" for insights into how you can optimize JAWS for the best experience for you. Here, Matt Ater demonstrates how to customize JAWS Voice Schemes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eCf4z_esBo

➜ Podcasts

1) Kansas State School For The Blind 16 | More Than a Second Career: How Kimberly Rhea Became a TVI

February 5th 2021 | Kimberly Rhea has made an interesting path for herself by the interests and careers experiences she has pursued over the years. She has worked in the business world, taught students in public school, lived through a tornado, and has written several books. In her spare time, she has road motorcycles; made wedding cakes, and told jokes on stage.
https://discover-podcasting.simplecast.com/episodes/more-than-a-second-career-how-kimberly-rhea-become-a-tvi

2) Blind Android Users 9 | It's All About Supersense

February 14th 2021 | From all of us here at Tidbits, we would like to return the mega shout out that we received in this episode. Can't thank you all enough. We are so very happy to bring your information to our readers. In this episode they are joined by Shane Lo from the "Mediate Lab" group where they discuss the "Supersense app" and its capabilities including his experience with the app as well as some discussion around the "Super LIDAR" app from "Mediate Lab" that is only available on the Apple app store for the iPhone 12 Pro:
https://blindandroidusers.com

3) Mosen At Large 98 | Some Apple Slices. Moving Apps, Using Voice Control with VoiceOver, and Reassigning Thumbkeys on the APH Mantis and Similar Braille Displays

February 16th 2021
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/4ac75ab9/some-apple-slices-moving-apps-using-voice-control-with-voiceover-and-reassigning-thumb-keys-on-the-aph-mantis-and-similar-braille-displays

4) Blind Tech Guys 73 | A Window into Windows

February 16th 2021 | On this episode of the pod, Nimer demonstrated how one can go about setting up Windows 10 from scratch by using Windows Narrator, Marco demonstrated using Unigram with Jaws For Windows on a Windows PC and Kirt ran us through the Task Manager and showed us how powerful it actually is:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/73

5) Eyes on Success 2808 | Navilens Update

February 17th 2021 | NaviLens uses an app on your smart phone to find and identify customized signs and tags from as far away as 60 feet. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Javier Pita, founder and CEO of NavilLens, about how the system is being used in transportation and other venues to provide location, direction, and other dynamic data to the visually impaired:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202108.htm

6) Blind Bargains Qast 221 | The Other Oppisitte Of That

February 17th 2021 | The first one of the year, with some new product demos:
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22072

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (General)

1) List of Free February 2021 AT Webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

Thanks to the Accessible Technology Coalition for compiling this listing of free webinars from around the Web. You can follow the ATC Facebook page for late additions. Each is one hour unless noted. Pre-registration is sometimes required. Fifteen options for this short winter month, especially thanks to SETC in Washington. Many are recorded and archived if you miss them:
https://at3centerblog.com/2021/02/01/free-at-webinars-february-2021/

2) Mac For The Blind Announces the Continuation of Mac for the Blind Online Courses

Courses include: "Welcome to Your Mac," The VoiceOver Utility and the Commanders Features on the Mac," "What is an Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)," "Using Safari and VoiceOver in iOS," "You ask me all about the Mac," "VoiceOver and Finder on the Mac," and "You ask me all about iOS." 4 of these courses are free to join. 3 these courses have a $20.00 registration fee. Paid courses will have additional benefits not available with the free courses. The courses will take place throughout the months of February, March and April 2021. Learn more and register here:
https://macfortheblind.com/?page_id=3813

3) Mac Cafe Permanent Schedule

Group sessions where individual help is available for new Mac users now take place on the first and third Mondays of each month. | 7:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM MT, 9:30 AM CT, 10:30 AM ET, 11:30 AM GMT 4:30 PM GMT:
https://sturitup.com/2021/02/01/maccafe-is-here-to-stay/

4) Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Offers Free Monthly Meetings on Assistive Technology

Those curious about technology that can aid in education, employment, and access to information may want to join the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Technology User Group's monthly conference call. The call is generally held at 10:00 AM EST on the 2nd Saturday of the month and can be joined by dialing (319) 527-4994 ☎. For more information and to listen to recordings of previous calls visit:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

5) American Council of the Blind Weekly Community Event Schedule

Weekly webinars on a range of various topics:
https://acb.org/weekly-community-events

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) Hamburgers? Pizza? Wings? Chinese Food? You Name It. Florida Outreach Center for The Blind Discusses and Demonstrates Door Dash, Uber Eats and Many Others:

February 18th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,#,# | Dialing direct: +1 312 626 6799 ☎ | Meeting ID Number: 561 642 0005 | If the system prompts you to enter a participant code just press the # key. | We will be discussing and demonstrating such apps as Door Dash and Uber Eats along with many others. In addition, one lucky winner will be winning some free food compliments of The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind so please join us using the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/5616420005

2) ZoomText, Magnifier Software from Freedom Scientific

February 18th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you use ZoomText or want to learn more about it? Please join top software expert Ben Knolls and bring your questions. They'll cover ways to use ZoomText features with JAWS, and navigate and customize ZoomText. Benefit from tips, tricks, and key, commands. Continuing education credits offered for attending this webinar. Get a chance to win a home annual license of ZoomText for attending this webinar:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-a-zoomtext-software-webinar/

3) Learn About The Envision Glasses from Florida Vision Technology

February 18th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT | Zoom meeting. | Jose Cintron, Blindness Products Specialist and Training Manager, Florida Vision Technology, will be talking about Envision Glasses. Envision glasses are AI for your eye. They use the power of speech to make everyday life more accessible for any visual impairment. | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 250 907 8857 | Passcode: 7172 | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2509078857?pwd=dWEwN0N1dnEwQ3pyUnlpUnJ1VFUyZz09

4) ACB Community Call: Apple Presentation | Voice Memos Explained

February 19th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join certified Apple Teacher Matt Vollbrecht and the TTJ Instructor Team as they describe and demonstrate the Voice Memos app. Learn how to make recordings, rename and organize your recordings, and even how to add to and edit existing recordings. Finally, learn how to share what you've recorded with others in a variety of ways. Sponsored by The Tech Juggernaut. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,84439933345# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 844 3993 3345 | Join the webinar:
https://acb-org.zoom.us/j/84439933345

5) 2021 Online AT Fundamentals Course

February 22nd 2021 through March 17th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT | The AT Fundamentals Course helps candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and may help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam, but this is not an ATP exam prep course. This course will be an online instructor-led course designed as a convenient, cost-efficient and effective way for busy AT professionals to participate. | Online Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 PM ET - 9:00 PM ET | Registration Fees: $650 RESNA members, $800 nonmembers, $550 RESNA members, without book, $700 nonmembers, without book. Register here:
https://resna.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=0baafe32-0078-c746-d848-195740d3acb8

6) Tech It Out: Accessible Reading Apps and Gadgets Revisited

February 23rd 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT, 2/24 | Where is the best place to find accessible books? Can your smart assistant read books to you, download directly to a braille display? And how can you decide what to read next? Bring your questions about all things reading, as we cover the best apps, gadgets and services for enjoying your next good read:
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

7) Next-Gen Accessibility Testing Tools Webinar from the Paciello Group

February 24th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | With so many options for testing for accessibility, it's hard to know what tools are best suited for different situations. In this webinar, Charlie Pike, product manager for SaaS tools at TPG, will demonstrate the right tools to use for a variety of use cases. See TPG's next-generation accessibility tools in action:
https://www.paciellogroup.com/webinar-february-24-next-gen-accessibility-testing-tools/

8) Free 2021 Virtual Assistive Technology Expo

March 2nd 2021 | 5:30AM PT, 6:30AM MT, 7:30AM CT, 8:30AM ET, 1:30PM GMT | Sponsored by The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program. Keynote Speaker: Don Johnston, M.S. Target Audience: People with disabilities, their families, seniors, educators, veterans, and healthcare professionals. Learn more:
https://scatp.med.sc.edu/expo/

9) Free iPad Course for VoiceOver Geared Toward Middle School / High School Students

March 16th 2021 | This six-session course invites students to come and play games using their iPad with VoiceOver. Through game-based learning, students will learn and reinforce VoiceOver specific skills and explore apps helpful to the VoiceOver user. Through scavenger hunts, murder mysteries, and escape rooms, students will make friendships and connect with peers who are also VoiceOver users. Learn more about this and other California School for the Blind Short Courses here:
https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/outreach/shortcourses/index.aspx

10) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Teachers and Professionals

March 17th 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The very full agenda will cover: Introduction and orientation to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. Who benefits from use of the BrailleNote. Skills needed to prepare for BrailleNote use. Efficiency of the BrailleNote with built-in keyboard short-cuts as a "braille first" product. Use of BrailleNote vs. iPad with braille display. Overview of Google Drive/Google Docs. How to upload files to Google Drive/download files from Google Drive for editing in KeyWord. Explore EasyReader+. Download books from Bookshare and navigate contents. Web browsing using Chrome . Discussion of remote viewing of the BrailleNote screen including TeamViewer as well as other screen-sharing options. Overview of KeyMath. Q and A throughout training. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LZDZ1PQVsGVFyP9G-CI_icKbizjOvzok-Vis9lGlZgOmqQ/viewform

11) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

12) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families.

March 31st 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

➜ Job Announcements

1) Accessible Technology Assistant | University of California, Davis

February 24th 2021 application deadline. Salary Range: $23.89 - $32.81/Hr. Learn more and apply at:
https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucdavis/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&JobOpeningId=15327&PostingSeq=1&SiteId=7&languageCd=ENG&FOCUS=Applicant

2) Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility | Ohio State University

Reporting to the Deputy ADA Coordinator who oversees the Digital Accessibility Center, this position will support The Ohio State University's campus-wide digital accessibility compliance initiatives:
https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/Asst-Director--Digital-Accessibility_R6485-1

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Visually Impaired Face New Challenges Navigating a World Remade by COVID-19

Those in the blind and low-vision community have long faced challenges now synonymous with the pandemic: social isolation, mobility limitations, classroom dynamics that are less than ideal. But the crisis has exacerbated these problems:
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-13/blind-face-new-challenges-navigating-covid-19-world

2) After Super Bowl Breakthrough, Will Visually and Hearing-Impaired Audiences Stay in Brands' Plans?

For the first time in the history of the Big Game, this year saw Tide Detergent feature descriptive video, ensuring its Super Bowl spot was inclusive for the blind and visually impaired community. On the back of this accessibility milestone, The Drum explores its significance, questioning what more advertisers can do to reach blind audiences:
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2021/02/16/dvs-the-super-bowl-what-s-next-visually-and-hearing-impaired-viewers

3) Tennis Australia Launches Audio Stream To Allow Blind To Follow Sport

Tennis Australia has developed a web-based audio stream that makes use of real-time ball monitoring to create a 3D spatialised audio experience:
https://newsxpres.com/tennis-australia-launches-audio-stream-to-allow-blind-to-follow-sport-digital/

4) Researchers Identify Prevalence, Risk Factors Associated with Sleep Disorders in Visually Impaired Athletes

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have identified the prevalence and risk factors associated with sleep disorders in visually impaired athletes:
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210214/Researchers-identify-prevalence-risk-factors-associated-with-sleep-disorders-in-visually-impaired-athletes.aspx

5) A New Company Pursues Total Recall — Starting With Zoom

"Our long-term ambition is to provide perfect recall of every memory," he says. "We want to help you remember everything." To make that happen, he started a company called Scribe.ai. The plan is to methodically capture and store all sorts of data — audio, video, and eventually biometric — that can be easily searched or cleverly invoked in a way that augments your actual memory with stuff you otherwise wouldn't have possibly remembered:
https://www.wired.com/story/plaintext-new-company-total-recall-zoom/

6) Freedom Scientific Announces Changes to US Software Pricing

These changes represent price increases taking effect in March 2021 in the US:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/214

7) For Blind Students, Accessibility Makes All The Difference, This NYC Teacher Says

From making maps to touring city buses — it's all part of the job for one award-winning educator:
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/2/16/22286305/blind-students-accessibility-covid

8) 4 Tech Innovations That Support People with Disabilities Working From Home

For the 1.3 billion people across the world who live with some form of disability, remote working can be particularly tough. But technology is helping to overcome the barriers that risk excluding some people from the pandemic-era world of work:
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/02/tech-innovations-people-with-disabilities-covid/

9) Neurodiversity: Why People with Autism, Asperger's, Dyslexia, and ADHD Can Bring Massive Value to the Workplace

People with neurodivergent backgrounds tend to have a strong attention to detail and can excel at coding, and the use of technology and AI programming:
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/02/embracing-the-differences-neurodiversity-in-the-workplace/

10) FCC Seeks Outreach Partners for Emergency Broadband Benefit

On February 11, 2021, Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the FCC is seeking outreach partners to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit - an FCC program being developed to provide relief to households that are struggling to pay for internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the effort to inform consumers about the upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit, the FCC has established a new website where stakeholders can sign up to help promote this new program. Program eligibility details and participating providers will be announced in the coming weeks:
https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

11) Library of Smells for the Blind and Visually Impaired to Open in Poland

The centre launched an appeal to find "interesting smells" and began to receive packages from around the world. Marek Jakubowski, a centre spokesman, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that dried flowers and spices, railway engine grease, perfume and even elephant dung will be among the scents to sample:
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/13/library-of-smells-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-to-open-in-poland/

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: Humanware Braillenote Touch 32 Notetaker and Display

Listing Date: 1/28/2021 | Price: $1,885.00 USD | Condition: New | Description: This is a new in retail box with accessories Humanware Braillenote Touch 32 Notetaker and Braille Display for iPhone/Android/Computer/Mac. It is not used. Comes with everything. Only asking $1885 o.b.o. | Contact Chris at: cs567eml@gmail.com ✉ or (408) 659-1374 ☎ |

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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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About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


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

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

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Local: (415) 694-7301

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


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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Get Coding with Code JumperTM
Code JumperTM is a fully accessible and inclusive computer coding innovation, originally designed by Microsoft® and developed by APH (for Windows, Chromebook, and Android devices)! With Code Jumper, students across the vision spectrum can learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking by tactually creating computer code that can tell stories and make music. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/code-jumper/.

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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: New Year, Products, Pricing
Mystery Gadget or Doggy Bags; Through Jan. 31, we will double the value of your choice of $25 or $50 gadgets-leather or "all-things-dog" grab bags. Our new shoulder lambskin patchwork tablet and Braille display case will hold just about anything you need for a day $50; form fitting BN Touch Plus leather case $60; new $10 Stream pouch or new Orbit Writer and Phone "On the Go" pouch; write as you walk $35.00; ask about other bag deals. New! Evo 10 Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally; Mystic Access tutorial, leather case, $225. Call Barry:
(617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur@scheur.com.

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

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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: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Mac For The Blind Tutorials and Courses
COVID has brought us some very daunting challenges! But this has not stopped John Panarese from solving the great mystery! His technical offerings will help you to better understand and navigate the world of Apple devices! Visit https://macfortheblind.com/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Donna Jodhan is a world renowned and high profile podcast commentator and she offers tricks and tips on how to tackle technology! See how this Apple Certified Support Professional can help you to cope with COVID challenges! Visit Donna at: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan.

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan

About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

SuperNova 20—The Slickest Magnification and Screen-reading Software Available
Do you keep using the same Magnification or Screen-reading software you've always used because it's the very best or because migrating is scary? If you're an assessor, are you recommending what's best for your client, or what you're comfortable teaching? SuperNova 20 is hands down better than the competition in every single way, features, stability and you don't need a gaming-speed computer to run it. Give it a try FREE for 30 Days! Learn more and download the trial at:
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Volume 794

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Volume 794

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) The Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone: (10.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-rescue-a-wet-phone/
B.) This A Cappella Group is Scarily Good at Imitating Windows Sound Effects: (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.theverge.com/22252590/maytree-a-cappella-group-windows-10-singing
C.) Features and Accessibility of the Top Three Remote Meeting Platforms: Zoom, Teams, and Meet: (6.8% of all clicks.)
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/features-and-accessibility-of-the-top-three-remote-meeting-platforms-zoom-teams-and-meet/
D.) Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Microsoft Edge: Which Browser Gobbles Up the Most RAM?: (6.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/chrome-firefox-edge-ram-comparison
E.) Internet Archive Program for People with Print Disabilities: (6.0% of all clicks.)
https://archive.org/details/printdisabled&tab=about

2) CAPTCHA Be Gone | Alert | Service May No Longer Be Supported

After posting the contribution that we received last week regarding the CAPTCHA Be Gone subscription service we received several notifications from readers letting us know that while they were able to sign up for the service and download the plug-in, they were consistently unable to to contact anyone behind the service. This may mean that the CAPTCHA Be Gone service is no longer supported. If this is not the case, we encourage anyone behind the service to reach out to us so that we may update readers accordingly:
enews@toptechtidbits.com

3) Flex Reader, Concept to Develop (MP3)

Perhaps you will find this experiment, allowing a user to read recipes line by line using SIRI, worth learning about and expanding:
https://files.jantrid.net/FlexReaderDemo.mp3

4) DuckDuckGo: Why I Switched to it From Google Search

This 9to5Mac article explains the benefits:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/09/duckduckgo/

5) Non-Contact Infrared Talking Thermometer Now Available from Guidelights and Gadgets

A talking blood pressure monitor is also available. For more information, write to Barry Scheur at:
bscheur@scheur.com

6) BITS Tech Support During Zoom Chats

BITS is the tech affiliate of American Council of the Blind. They hold round tables and presentations for members. They also hold open chats a few nights a week, and they now use Zoom breakout rooms for people to discuss their technology issues and get assistance:
https://bits-acb.org/drupal77/

7) Microsoft Screen Reader Voices Survey

In this survey, Microsoft wants to learn about the voices that you use with screen readers:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR7afTI9gwt5JlZ1kFok_MnZUM05MTlRLNTlaSUZKMEdZT0c1SDZEVDA2Sy4u

8) Blind Android Users Mailing List

You can join this list of Android enthusiasts by sending a blank message to:
blindandroidusers+subscribe@groups.io

9) New App AVA (Autonomous Vehicle Assistant) To Help The Visually Impaired and Seniors to Enjoy Ride-Sharing with Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars will offer access to ride-sharing and ride-hailing with their suite of modern conveniences. However, many people with visual impairments who use these services rely on a human driver to safely locate their vehicle. AVA will help users request, find and enter a vehicle using a multisensory interface that provides guidance through audio and haptic feedback and high-contrast visual cues:
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uom-awh012921.php

10) Scribe for Meetings Now Free for Webinars Worldwide

This service gives access to otherwise unreadable PowerPoints shared in webinars and Zoom meetings. Effective immediately, it is now available free for public webinars whose audience is primarily blind or visually impaired, anywhere in the world. If you are an agency, for-profit company, or nonprofit organization serving the blindness community, you can visit ScribeForMeetings.com and register for the free service. Simply provide the event URL and upload a copy of your PowerPoint presentation to be shared at your event. This offer is currently for Webinars only. If you are interested in using Scribe for your internal Zoom Meetings, you can check out their pricing structure:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-is-free-for-webinars-worldwide/

11) Top 5 Keyboard Shortcuts for Speeding Up Search in Outlook

There are many shortcuts to learn in Outlook, and some come in handy more often than others. If you receive a lot of emails, these shortcuts will help you navigate your inbox faster and more effectively:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/5.html

12) How To Scan A QR Code With Your iPhone - No App Required

Did you know that you can use your iPhone's native camera app to read QR Codes? And, there's an even more direct method from within Settings:
https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/scan-a-qr-code-iphe8bda8762/ios

13) Humanware Ending Support for BrailleNote Apex | Replacements and Trade-In Program

Humanware has stated that they will continue to offer limited support for the BrailleNote Apex, to the best of their ability, until February 28th 2021. Starting March 1st 2021 all support for BrailleNote Apex will come to an end:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/260120211143-APEX_Final-US.htm

➜ Podcasts

1) Eyes on Success 2107 | Holzman Prize

February 10th 2021 | The Holman Prize was designed to support the growth of adventurous spirits, entrepreneurship and leadership within the blind community. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Caitlin O'Malior, a communications associate at San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired that sponsors the prize, about this unique award and how it works:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202107.htm

2) Mosen At Large 96 | Nick Zammarelli Reviews the New Version of Google Talkback Included with Samsung Smartphones

Samsung has recently released a new Galaxy range, plus they are going back and upgrading some older models to Android 11. As part of that upgrade, the Voice Assistant screen reader has been replaced by a new version of Talkback from Google. It boasts multitouch gestures and other improvements. In this episode, Nick Zammarelli introduces us to the new Google Talkback and shares his thoughts on his likes and dislikes:
https://mosen.org/episode-96-nick-zammarelli-reviews-the-new-version-of-google-talkback-included-with-samsung-smartphones/

3) Blind Tech Guys 72 | Securing Your Digital Life And Accessible Fitness Apps

February 9th 2021 | On this week's episode, Marco discussed accessible fitness apps, Kirt reviewed Surfshark VPN and they chatted about how best to secure your digital life in order to protect yourself as best as you can from the internet nasties:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/72

4) Blind Android Users 8

This podcast is up to episode 8, where the main topic is Lazarillo GPS app for the blind:
https://blindandroidusers.com

5) Two-Hour Interview with NVDA Contributor Joseph Lee

This podcast covers a lot of ground, very thorough:
https://www.techvb.net/2021/02/07/in-depth-interview-with-nvda-contributor-joseph-lee-we-talked-about-screen-readers-education-and-everything-else-accessibility-related/?fbclid=IwAR1wevrh3VVwCihpdqJDe50hC-l4E-fJ3HCHm1YrHzLxfIZC8CcJV45a8xQ

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (General)

1) Mac For The Blind Announces the Continuation of Mac for the Blind Online Courses

Courses include: "Welcome to Your Mac," The VoiceOver Utility and the Commanders Features on the Mac," "What is an Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)," "Using Safari and VoiceOver in iOS," "You ask me all about the Mac," "VoiceOver and Finder on the Mac," and "You ask me all about iOS." 4 of these courses are free to join. 3 these courses have a $20.00 registration fee. Paid courses will have additional benefits not available with the free courses. The courses will take place throughout the months of February, March and April 2021. Learn more and register here:
https://macfortheblind.com/?page_id=3813

2) Studio Recorder Course Now Available

You can buy the 4-hour archive of this course for about $62:
http://www.hartgen.org/training

3) Mac Cafe Permanent Schedule

Group sessions where individual help is available for new Mac users now take place on the first and third Mondays of each month. | 7:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM MT, 9:30 AM CT, 10:30 AM ET, 11:30 AM GMT 4:30 PM GMT:
https://sturitup.com/2021/02/01/maccafe-is-here-to-stay/

4) Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Offers Free Monthly Meetings on Assistive Technology

Those curious about technology that can aid in education, employment, and access to information may want to join the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Technology User Group's monthly conference call. The call is generally held at 10:00 AM EST on the 2nd Saturday of the month and can be joined by dialing (319) 527-4994 ☎. For more information and to listen to recordings of previous calls visit:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

5) List of Free February 2021 AT Webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

Thanks to the Accessible Technology Coalition for compiling this listing of free webinars from around the Web. You can follow the ATC Facebook page for late additions. Each is one hour unless noted. Pre-registration is sometimes required. Fifteen options for this short winter month, especially thanks to SETC in Washington. Many are recorded and archived if you miss them:
https://at3centerblog.com/2021/02/01/free-at-webinars-february-2021/

6) American Council of the Blind Weekly Community Event Schedule

Weekly webinars on a range of various topics:
https://acb.org/weekly-community-events

➜ Webinars and Training Courses (Upcoming)

1) Vispero Presentation: Low Vision Devices | ACB Community Call

February 11th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Join Charles Madsen who will be available to answer your questions around which low vision device is right for you. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,88275409010# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Webinar ID: 882 7540 9010 | Passcode: 974968 | Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275409010?pwd=dlZ1VFozQWlEcHZtSXBBZ25EQzRZdz09

2) Webinar From Accessible Pharmacy And Be My Eyes: Talking Glucose Meters For Blind And Low Vision Diabetics

February 12th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind and Be My Eyes are hosting a free webinar about talking glucose meters for blind and low vision diabetics. They will be joined by the team from Prodigy Diabetes Care and they will be discussing their products and the role that Accessible Pharmacy and Be My Eyes can play to help support patients. All attendees can get a free talking glucose meter to try. Register here:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/diabetes-care-webinar

3) What To Do When Your PC Stops Talking | ACB Community Call

February 12th 2021 | 2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 10PM GMT | You are alone at home and your Windows PC isn't talking! Deborah Armstrong, an experienced tech and screen reader user will help you prepare for that possible catastrophe and also show you ways to troubleshoot the problem when you appear to not have any speech. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,93446190538# | Phone: (312) 626-6799 ☎ | Meeting ID: 934 4619 0538 | Passcode: 397612 | Join the call at:
https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/93446190538?pwd=Q0kvMW9oQ3JXTFRyN3Urb0NaOVhnZz09

4) Free Train the Trainer Course for Dolphin GuideConnect V1.15

February 17th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | 6 Hour Training Course with Breaks. Register to get the training manual, slides and link to the training here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NJPzWGKHStedHNUuePxVfw?mc_cid=1889c7a05c&mc_eid=163fcd73b2

5) 2021 Online AT Fundamentals Course

February 22nd 2021 - March 17th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT | The AT Fundamentals Course helps candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and may help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam, but this is not an ATP exam prep course. This course will be an online instructor-led course designed as a convenient, cost-efficient and effective way for busy AT professionals to participate. | Online Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 PM ET - 9:00 PM ET | Registration Fees: $650 RESNA members, $800 nonmembers, $550 RESNA members, without book, $700 nonmembers, without book. Register here:
https://resna.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=0baafe32-0078-c746-d848-195740d3acb8

6) Free iPad Course for VoiceOver Geared Toward Middle School / High School Students

March 16th 2021 | This six-session course invites students to come and play games using their iPad with VoiceOver. Through game-based learning, students will learn and reinforce VoiceOver specific skills and explore apps helpful to the VoiceOver user. Through scavenger hunts, murder mysteries, and escape rooms, students will make friendships and connect with peers who are also VoiceOver users. Learn more about this and other California School for the Blind Short Courses here:
https://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/outreach/shortcourses/index.aspx

7) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Teachers and Professionals

March 17th 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The very full agenda will cover: Introduction and orientation to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. Who benefits from use of the BrailleNote. Skills needed to prepare for BrailleNote use. Efficiency of the BrailleNote with built-in keyboard short-cuts as a "braille first" product. Use of BrailleNote vs. iPad with braille display. Overview of Google Drive/Google Docs. How to upload files to Google Drive/download files from Google Drive for editing in KeyWord. Explore EasyReader+. Download books from Bookshare and navigate contents. Web browsing using Chrome . Discussion of remote viewing of the BrailleNote screen including TeamViewer as well as other screen-sharing options. Overview of KeyMath. Q and A throughout training. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LZDZ1PQVsGVFyP9G-CI_icKbizjOvzok-Vis9lGlZgOmqQ/viewform

8) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

9) Free Training Course from Humanware and the California School for the Blind (CSB) | BrailleNote Touch Plus Notetaker for Students, Teachers and Families.

March 31st 2021 | 12:30 PM PT, 1:30 PM MT, 2:30 PM CT, 3:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT | Presented by: Rachel Feinberg, West Coast Blindness Product Specialist on behalf of HumanWare Technologies. The format of the training will be primarily question and answer.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzzuwVaRWiWtgsBmN_XPYsihhJ8b_vXAc8eYCV19CJrwNfcQ/viewform

➜ Job Announcements

1) NIB Job Alert Moves to NSITEConnect

National Industries for the Blind has launched NSITEConnect, a free job board to connect job seekers who are blind or visually impaired with career opportunities with Corporate, Government and Non-Profit businesses across the country. NSITE Connect is Launching in two phases. Phase one is filling the site with talented Blind and Visually impaired job seekers. Phase two will include the businesses interested in partnering with NSITE Connect. The number of candidate profiles available on the site will have a significant effect on the number of companies who are drawn to register. So be the first in line, create your full profile today:
https://www.nib.org/press/new-enterprise-tackles-workforce-diversity-challenges/

2) Oregon: Portland Office of Equity & Human Rights Hiring Disability Digital Access Coordinator

March 8th 2021 deadline to apply. | Salary: $55,370.00 - $102,648.00 Annually | Learn more at:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portlandor/jobs/2969963/disability-digital-access-coordinator-coordinator-ii#details-info

➜ Press Releases

1) National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division Delivering Singing Telegrams to Those You Love on Valentine's Day for Only $5!

On Sunday, February 14th, The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division will be delivering singing telegrams to those you love for a donation of only $5. Send them to your spouse, partner, kids, grandparents, friends, neighbors, etc. Share the love with anyone. Because of the pandemic, many celebrations and gatherings are put on hold for the time-being, so you can brighten up someone's day by giving them something small to put a smile on their face, no contact necessary. Requests must be submitted by 8:00 PM EST on Friday, February 12th 2021:
http://www.nfb-pad.org/telegrams

2) Comcast Provides Update on Decade-Long Commitment to Digital Equity. Announces Plans to Accelerate Efforts in 2021

Comcast made several announcements last week regarding its commitment to advancing digital equity, closing the digital divide, and addressing both digital literacy and the homework gap:
https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-update-commitment-digital-equity-accelerate-efforts-2021

3) Invitation to Participate in Research on Accessibility and Usability of a Digital Library in Mobile Environment

A research team comprising blind and sighted scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is investigating the accessibility and usability of a digital library (DL) for users who are blind. The goal is to create digital library design guidelines to design DL in mobile environment that aid blind and visually impaired people in the effective search for information online via iPhone interface. You can earn a $100 gift card for participating in the study. Find out if you're eligible here:
https://sites.uwm.edu/bvi/2018/11/15/invitation-to-participate-in-research-on-evaluating-digital-library-accessibility-and-usability-guidelines-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/

4) LibreOffice 7.1 Community Released by The Document Foundation

A brand new version of the free open source office suite, based on the LibreOffice Technology platform for desktop, mobile and cloud productivity is now available. The Community label underlines the fact that the software is not targeted at enterprises, and not optimized for their support needs. LibreOffice 7.1 Community, the volunteer-supported version of the open source office suite for desktop productivity, is now available for download from:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download

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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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

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About: 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: Sprint IP Relay

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Sprint IP Relay
One challenge someone with a combined vision and hearing loss must address is accessing the phone system without adequate vision or hearing. Individuals with no hearing but vision can access the phone system using a videophone. Those with no vision, but who have hearing can use the phone as it was intended. How would someone with vision and hearing loss continue to call doctors, contact emergency services such as 911, arrange for medical appointments, contact businesses, or friends and family who do not text? One solution, for those living in the U.S. with a form of hearing loss, is Sprint IP Relay. Come learn more at our webinars, specialized for the DeafBlind community. To learn more send an email to deafblind@sprint.com. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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Email: scott.davert@t-mobile.com

Download The App (iOS):
Sprint IP Relay for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Sprint IP Relay for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Accessibility Customer Care: (800) 676-3777

About: Sprint IP Relay allows people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or with a Speech Disability to make or receive phone calls using an internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply type what you want to say to the operator, the operator relays the message to the person you called and then types the caller's response back to you. This process is all done through text, so a user with a braille display, for example, would not need to see the screen or use their voice to communicate with the hearing caller. The Sprint IP Relay service is available at no charge for those who are eligible. Registration is required to verify an individual's identity and residency. If you are a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have a speech disability, you will qualify to register for the Sprint IP Relay Service. The user can call anyone at any time within the United States and its territories. Email scott.davert@t-mobile.com with any questions.


Sponsor: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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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)

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Get Coding with Code JumperTM
Code JumperTM is a fully accessible and inclusive computer coding innovation, originally designed by Microsoft® and developed by APH (for Windows, Chromebook, and Android devices)! With Code Jumper, students across the vision spectrum can learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking by tactually creating computer code that can tell stories and make music. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/code-jumper/.

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

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: New Year, Products, Pricing
Mystery Gadget or Doggy Bags; Through Jan. 31, we will double the value of your choice of $25 or $50 gadgets-leather or "all-things-dog" grab bags. Our new shoulder lambskin patchwork tablet and Braille display case will hold just about anything you need for a day $50; form fitting BN Touch Plus leather case $60; new $10 Stream pouch or new Orbit Writer and Phone "On the Go" pouch; write as you walk $35.00; ask about other bag deals. New! Evo 10 Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally; Mystic Access tutorial, leather case, $225. Call Barry:
(617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur@scheur.com.

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

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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

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Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: John Panarese

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Mac For The Blind Tutorials and Courses
COVID has brought us some very daunting challenges! But this has not stopped John Panarese from solving the great mystery! His technical offerings will help you to better understand and navigate the world of Apple devices! Visit https://macfortheblind.com/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

Donate Course Time: https://donorbox.org/macfortheblind

Email: john@macfortheblind.com

About: Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.


Sponsor: Donna Jodhan

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Donna Jodhan is a world renowned and high profile podcast commentator and she offers tricks and tips on how to tackle technology! See how this Apple Certified Support Professional can help you to cope with COVID challenges! Visit Donna at: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan.

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Author, Donna Jodhan Publications
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Website: https://www.donnajodhan.com/ 🌐

Donate: https://donorbox.org/author-donna-jodhan

About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
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Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


Sponsor: Dolphin Computer Access

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

SuperNova 20—The Slickest Magnification and Screen-reading Software Available
Do you keep using the same Magnification or Screen-reading software you've always used because it's the very best or because migrating is scary? If you're an assessor, are you recommending what's best for your client, or what you're comfortable teaching? SuperNova 20 is hands down better than the competition in every single way, features, stability and you don't need a gaming-speed computer to run it. Give it a try FREE for 30 Days! Learn more and download the trial at:
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Sponsor Since: January 28th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

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

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

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


Sponsor: Vorail

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

The true beauty of a person lies within and if you hear our voices, you'll quickly understand.
24-hour peer-to-peer tech support in voice, and much more. Get answers to just about anything you need to know, whether it is blindness related or not, and make incredible friends. Follow who you like, mute those you don't. We're not alone in this blindness thing. Ask-alls range from "How to do X from an accessibility standpoint?" to "What do you keep in your bed other than yourself?" to "What word would you use to describe 2020? to "What word to describe your hopes for 2021?". Vorail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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Sponsor Since: January 21st 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Download The App (iOS):
Vorail for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Vorail for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

Mission: Vorail is the only platform in the world for the low vision and blind community where everybody can join conversations by voice on equal footing. Every day members of the Vorail community create ask-alls (questions) about life (news, health, technology, religion, sports and more) that allow us to see the world differently, and connect in a way that is deeper than 'liking' a photo. Vorail is an audio-only experience, voice is the window into a human soul. It does not matter if you are tall, short, wide, thin, white, or black when nobody sees your picture. Without the visuals, what counts is who you are, the person inside. That is the mission of Vorail, to create an extended family where we are judged for who we are, not what we look like.


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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Secret Hotkey Opens Windows 10's New Emoji Picker in Any App: (13.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.howtogeek.com/351344/how-to-use-windows-10%E2%80%99s-new-emoji-picker-in-any-app/
B.) YouTube Channel for VoiceOver Training: (11.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCgk4Ja4_u4K6UE2KjSvm211Guv0cGRAZ
C.) Pazera Free Audio Extractor. Free Audio Converter: (8.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.pazera-software.com/products/audio-extractor/
D.) Watch this YouTube video on how to use GoodMaps Explorer and O&M Skills to get to a restaurant: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-AMJcwqsrQ&feature=youtu.be

E.) New Braille Devices from HumanWare: Windows and iOS: (5.5% of all clicks.)
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/070120211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-EN.htm

2) COVID-19 Resources by Accessibility Type

Anyone seeking authoritative information about COVID-19 in accessible formats may find useful the resources produced by the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech. Subjects include symptoms, testing, use of masks, and how to protect your service animal. Materials are available in accessible Word documents, PDF, and hardcopy braille. The project was made possible with funding from the CDC Foundation. Resources on the site are adapted and accessible versions of the CDC's COVID-19 guidance:
https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid

3) Features and Accessibility of the Top Three Remote Meeting Platforms: Zoom, Teams, and Meet

This article comes to us from Web Friendly Help:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/features-and-accessibility-of-the-top-three-remote-meeting-platforms-zoom-teams-and-meet/

4) Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Microsoft Edge: Which Browser Gobbles Up the Most RAM?

An informative article from Tom's Guide:
https://www.tomsguide.com/news/chrome-firefox-edge-ram-comparison

5) It's Back! Accessible Apps Releases Chicken Nugget version 4.71, Bringing AI Image Descriptions, New Sounds, and More

This has been a popular Twitter client among blind users, and many are pleased to have it back: https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22060

6) This A Cappella Group is Scarily Good at Imitating Windows Sound Effects

Something a little different, courtesy of The Verge:
https://www.theverge.com/22252590/maytree-a-cappella-group-windows-10-singing

7) CAPTCHA Be Gone: Solve CAPTCHAs by Browser Extension

This $3.50 per month subscription service has gotten consistently positive reviews. Solves an unlimited number of CAPTCHAs with a single keystroke. Currently available for the Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer browsers and is also accessible to all modern Windows screen readers, including JAWS, NVDA, Narrator, Super Nova, System Access, and Window Eyes:
https://captchabegone.com/

8) AWARE App Aims To Help Visually Impaired Explore Their Surroundings Independently

The app, by Sensible Innovations, offers turn-by-turn descriptive navigation for users, who can place their phone in their pocket and listen as the app announces places they pass. The AWARE app works with Sensible Innovations Electronic Stickers, to provide indoor directions and descriptions crafted with a visually impaired focus. The AWARE app is built with large fonts and high contrast or for a Braille display for those who prefer to read, and is completely audible for non-visual users. Learn more here:
https://coolblindtech.com/aware-app-helps-visually-impaired-explore-their-surroundings-independently/

9) Samsung and Apple Upcoming Smart Watches May Allow Blood Glucose Monitoring

After bringing blood oxygen saturation, ECG, and blood pressure measurement to their smartwatches, Apple and Samsung have reportedly set their sights on another impressive feature for their upcoming smartwatches - blood sugar (or glucose) level measurement:
https://pocketnow.com/samsung-and-apples-upcoming-smartwatches-might-allow-blood-glucose-monitoring

10) The Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

Wired Magazine insists that given the hundreds of ways your phone could come into life-threatening contact with liquid, that you should know what to do when it happens. And if you're thinking rice, well, let's just say that science can provide a better method:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-rescue-a-wet-phone/

11) Using Twitterrific on the Mac with VoiceOver Demo

In this YouTube demo Herbert Allen takes you through the different tabs and menus for creating, replying, retweeting and much more. This video is intended to help blind individuals who only rely on hearing the speech output. Users with vision will not get any screen activity from this demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4oMkHSgXO0&feature=youtu.be

12) Apple is Bringing iCloud Keychain to the PC via a Chrome Extension

A new update to iCloud for Windows suggests iCloud Keychain is coming to Chrome on PC:
https://www.imore.com/apple-bringing-icloud-keychain-pc-chrome-extension

13) How GoodMaps is Revolutionizing Accessible Independent Travel

The concept of accessible indoor navigation, while well discussed in the disability community, is still in its infancy when it comes to implementation. GoodMaps is working to change that:
https://www.aph.org/how-goodmaps-is-revolutionizing-accessible-independent-travel/

14) APH Addresses iOS 14.4 Mantis and Chameleon Issues

APH reports that there are connection issues for the Mantis and Chameleon after upgrading to iOS 14.4. They are recommending that you turn off automatic updates and do not upgrade to 14.4 until a resolution has been found. This is a regression introduced by Apple in this release. APH has alerted Apple to this issue during 14.4 beta testing and they hope that Apple will correct it in a possible 14.4.1 release. Learn more here:
https://www.aph.org/ios-14-4-mantis-and-chameleon-issues/

15) Internet Archive Program for People with Print Disabilities

Gain access to millions of books without a waitlist, all in digital formats that are fully accessible. If you have a disability that interferes with reading printed text then all of these books can be instantaneously available in your browser or via protected download. Applying for access is free but requires an archive.org account, which is also free. Learn more here:
https://archive.org/details/printdisabled&tab=about

16) Now Available: Screenreader Compatible Versions of CC Cleaner for PC and Mac

For those that don't know what it is CC Cleaner is a small but effective utility for computers running Microsoft Windows, and now Mac as well, that cleans out the "junk" that accumulates on every device over time: temporary files, broken shortcuts, and other problems. Well it has been reported that recent versions of CCleaner now work a lot better with Voiceover and Windows screenreaders. Learn more here:
https://www.ccleaner.com/knowledge/out-now-ccleaner-v572-compatible-with-the-worlds-most-popular-screen-reading-technologies

17) Testers Needed for Bookshare's Alexa Skill | 55 Years or Older

Alexa is joining the Bookshare family and they need your help. If you are 55 years or older you can help test the new skill. You will need to complete a survey to qualify:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e323APf84pkw_mZhfo0-Ke-4UzwzdGF4Ds4Su_tsR24/viewform?edit_requested=true

➜ Podcasts

1) Mosen At Large Episode 92

January 27th 2021 | Listen to an interview with Microsoft Seeing AI founder Saqib Shaikh, and a walk around Mosen Towers to demonstrate Seeing AI's World Channel:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/a308aae0/interview-with-microsoft-seeing-ai-founder-saqib-shaikh-and-a-walk-around-mosen-towers-to-demonstrate-seeing-ai-s-world-channel

2) Blind Tech Guys | Phones, Phones, And More Phones

February 2nd 2021 | On this week's episode they discuss the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max and their thoughts on both of these devices. They also talked about Seeing AI and Super LiDAR with Nimer demonstrating both apps:
https://www.blindtechguys.com/71

3) Eyes on Success #2106 | Smart Phones Get Even Smarter

February 3rd 2021 | Today's Apple devices make use of advanced AI technologies to provide new features that can be particularly useful to people with vision loss. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Apple's Accessibility Evangelist Dean Hudson about some of these new and innovative features, how they work, and how you might benefit from using them:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202106.htm

➜ Webinars and Training Courses

1) Mac For The Blind Announces the Continuation of Mac for the Blind Online Courses

Courses include: "Welcome to Your Mac," The VoiceOver Utility and the Commanders Features on the Mac," "What is an Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)," "Using Safari and VoiceOver in iOS," "You ask me all about the Mac," "VoiceOver and Finder on the Mac," and "You ask me all about iOS." 4 of these courses are free to join. 3 these courses have a $20.00 registration fee. Paid courses will have additional benefits not available with the free courses. The courses will take place throughout the months of February, March and April 2021. Learn more and register here:
https://macfortheblind.com/?page_id=3813

2) Mac Cafe Permanent Schedule

Group sessions where individual help is available for new Mac users now take place on the first and third Mondays of each month. | 7:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM MT, 9:30 AM CT, 10:30 AM ET, 11:30 AM GMT 4:30 PM GMT:.
https://sturitup.com/2021/02/01/maccafe-is-here-to-stay/

3) List of Free February 2021 AT Webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

Thanks to the Accessible Technology Coalition for compiling this listing of free webinars from around the Web. You can follow the ATC Facebook page for late additions. Each is one hour unless noted. Pre-registration is sometimes required. Fifteen options for this short winter month, especially thanks to SETC in Washington. Many are recorded and archived if you miss them:
https://at3centerblog.com/2021/02/01/free-at-webinars-february-2021/

4) Intro to Zoom with Accessibility in Mind

February 4th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | From the New York Public Library, this meeting will provide lots of tips. Register here:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcumurTkuH911q56EfcQnQ3LD8-jC-z7u

5) Webinar from the Technology User Group (TUG) of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled | New & Exciting Apps

February 6th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Technology User Group will demonstrate new and useful apps for your smart device. Learn which apps are going to make a difference in your everyday life and which ones to avoid. They will also demonstrate how to make it easier to fill in repetitious information with just a couple keystrokes using your virtual keyboard. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. Duration is approximately 90 minutes. You do not have to RSVP for this event:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

6) Webinar from Florida Vision Technology | Meet The New Envision Glasses

February 9th 2021 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT | Envision glasses are AI for the eye. They use the power of speech to make everyday life more accessible for any visual impairment. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SFjNkFGVRlCVjfJ3LeZfeQ

7) Webinar from the Braillists Foundation | Using Braille as a Presentation Tool

February 9th 2021 | 11:30 AM PT, 12:30 PM MT, 1:30 PM CT, 2:30 PM ET, 7:30 PM GMT | This session will cover using a braille display with Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. We'll guide you through how braille output works with these applications and the ways in which braille output can enable you to deliver more effective presentations. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

8) Webinar from Vispero | Assistive Technology and Accessibility Showcase

February 9th and 10th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Join representatives from Vispero's hardware, software, and consulting teams for a free two-day webinar. They'll cover the latest and greatest from each brand: Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, Optelec, and The Paciello Group:
https://vispero.com/events/vispero-assistive-technology-and-accessibility-showcase/

9) 2021 Online AT Fundamentals Course

February 22nd 2021 - March 17th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT | The AT Fundamentals Course helps candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and may help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam, but this is not an ATP exam prep course. This course will be an online instructor-led course designed as a convenient, cost-efficient and effective way for busy AT professionals to participate. | Online Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 PM ET - 9:00 PM ET | Registration Fees: $650 RESNA members, $800 nonmembers, $550 RESNA members, without book, $700 nonmembers, without book. Register here:
https://resna.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=0baafe32-0078-c746-d848-195740d3acb8

10) Training Course from Hartgen Consultancy | Winning Teams! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows

March 17th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Cost: £150.00 / $205.00 USD | Four training sessions starting on Wednesday, March 17th 2021 and then weekly each Wednesday thereafter. If you cannot make a live session, you will have access to the recording of it shortly after. Requirements, registration and what you will receive available here:
http://www.hartgen.org/teams

➜ Press Releases

1) Blind Driver Challenge: National Federation of the Blind In Collaboration with Dan Parker to Attempt to Break the Guinness Book of World Records for the "Fastest Speed for a Car Driven Blindfolded" in the Fall of 2021

The National Federation of the Blind is celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Blind Driver Challenge by accelerating it this year. They are collaborating with Dan Parker to build and operate a car to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the "Fastest Speed for a Car Driven Blindfolded" in the fall of 2021, anticipating reaching a speed of over two hundred miles per hour. Learn more here:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/blind-driver-challenge

2) What's New in Duxbury DBT?

January 19th 2021 update. Duxbury Systems continually revises DBT to add new features, fix problems, and to respond to changes in braille rules, embosser and operating system updates, and third party changes. Below you will find their latest advances since the prior release:
https://www.duxburysystems.com/dbt_new.asp?f3=USA

3) City University of New York (CUNY) 12th Annual Accessibility Conference Call for Proposals

Perspectives on Access: Innovations, Lessons Learned, and Looking Forward. April 6th to 9th 2021. CUNY is currently inviting proposals for engaging presentations that will foster meaningful discussion on a range of topics. Proposals are due by February 16th 2021 at 12:00 PM EST. Presentations will be 50 minutes, including questions and answers. You will be notified by the committee regarding the acceptance of your proposal by February 23rd 2021. Learn more here:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=s_BgbwZfCU6XFZiduozH2I_mhufqVMhKkF6nbAPJwLhUNE5FUDM1WllVQUs4TVFTOVhORzFOR1lWUyQlQCN0PWcu

➜ Buy, Sell or Trade

1) FOR SALE: Humanware Braillenote Touch 32 Notetaker and Display

Listing Date: 1/26/2021 | Price: $1,885.00 USD | Condition: New | Description: This is a new in retail box with accessories Humanware Braillenote Touch 32 Notetaker and Braille Display for iPhone/Android/Computer/Mac. It is not used. Comes with everything. Only asking $1885 o.b.o. | Contact Chris at: cs567eml@gmail.com ✉ or (408) 659-1374 ☎ |

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

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

Get Coding with Code JumperTM
Code JumperTM is a fully accessible and inclusive computer coding innovation, originally designed by Microsoft® and developed by APH (for Windows, Chromebook, and Android devices)! With Code Jumper, students across the vision spectrum can learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking by tactually creating computer code that can tell stories and make music. Learn more at:
https://www.aph.org/product/code-jumper/.

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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

GuideLights And Gadgets: New Year, Products, Pricing
Mystery Gadget or Doggy Bags; Through Jan. 31, we will double the value of your choice of $25 or $50 gadgets-leather or "all-things-dog" grab bags. Our new shoulder lambskin patchwork tablet and Braille display case will hold just about anything you need for a day $50; form fitting BN Touch Plus leather case $60; new $10 Stream pouch or new Orbit Writer and Phone "On the Go" pouch; write as you walk $35.00; ask about other bag deals. New! Evo 10 Daisy Player with Internet and FM Radio, Podcatcher, lots more; Ivona Joey and Sally; Mystic Access tutorial, leather case, $225. Call Barry:
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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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Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor: John Panarese

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➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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About: My name is Donna J. Jodhan and I have been blind all my life, but that has not prevented me from living independently as someone who takes care of my own home and garden, travels regularly for my job, and runs my own business. I am an entrepreneur, blogger, author, audio mystery writer, advocate, podcaster, and law student. I enjoy cooking, ice skating, playing chess, composing on my electronic keyboard, and communicating with nature.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ This Week's Classified Ad:

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

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