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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

➜ 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 ☎ |

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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: 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

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GuideLights And Gadgets
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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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ 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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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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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

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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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
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Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

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

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


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