Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 6, 2021 - Volume 805The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last WeekA.) Zoom Makes Changes Across All Platforms: (10.4% of all clicks.)
B.) 9 Devices and Technologies That Will Soon Be Obsolete: (10.2% of all clicks.)
C.) Top 8 Apps That Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired To Navigate Better: (6.9% of all clicks.)
D.) Apple Releases iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 Bringing Accessibility Fixes, Support for AirTag, Privacy Enhancements, and More: (6.1% of all clicks.)
E.) 6 of the Best Alternatives to Audible: (5.3% of all clicks.)
2) JAWS Power Tip: Creating a Voice ProfileCourtesy of Freedom Scientific:
3) A Review of the Brailliant BI 40XFull text review as of April 23rd 2021. Courtesy of Scott Davert:
4) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Using the Search in Microsoft OfficeCourtesy of Freedom Scientific:
5) A Design Day Project with Vision: Students Create Improved Screen Reader for the Visually ImpairedWhat's next for the screen reader? Could it be a marriage to AI? An annual rite of passage, Design Day is an opportunity for engineering students to prove that they can translate theoretical knowledge learned in classrooms and laboratories into creative, practical solutions to real-world problems. As part of this year's event on Tuesday, May 4th 2021, students from around the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering will present their work to sponsors and mentors from industry, faculty members, clinicians, fellow students, and other guests through virtual live and recorded poster sessions and demonstrations. One computer science project that attendees will learn about is an artificially intelligent screen reader that reads webpage content out loud to users. But unlike most screen readers currently available, "A Set of Eyes" doesn't work mechanically to just read aloud loud whatever is hardcoded onto a webpage. Instead, it uses computer vision and a flexible user interface to create a more accessible—and natural—experience for users:
6) ZoomText Power Tip: Creating a Voice ProfileCourtesy of Freedom Scientific:
7) Touching The News by Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually ImpairedSign up to receive tactile graphics files to print at home and surveys to vote on the next week's tactile graphic. TTN graphics are designed to be printed on ViewPlus Columbia or Delta, or similar: APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet) and capsule paper (or Swell, PIAF, Zychem). The braille font and raised lines are specific to each embosser or tactile printer. Results may vary if printed on a different embosser:
8) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for April 2021A recap of AppleVis important events during April:
9) Resources for Accessible CrosswordsThis is the landing page of resources and instructions for the "Accessible Crossword Puzzles" session that occurred on Clubhouse on April 29th 2021:
10) Parallel #48: The Trouble with Accessibility OverlaysThis episode of the Parallel Podcast covers a hot topic in web accessibility:
11) How to Answer Calls With Your Voice in iOS 14.5Courtesy of Lifehacker:
12) 10 Free Online Classes from Harvard to Learn Something NewMore classes are available, these are the ones the Mashable author highlighted:
13) Recent Additions to JAWS Tips and Tricks PageBrian Hartgen continues to add to this page. Some tips require Leasey, a package well worth using with JAWS, but many do not. Additions include Closing Applications Quickly, Adjusting the Volume of Applications, and Storing Internet Favourites:
14) Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 20th 2021This annual event keeps gaining content every year. Here is the main page:
15) NV Access | In-Process April 30th 2021Learn about NVDA training material, symbol pronunciation, and more:
16) Brailliant BI 40X Version 1.1.1This update includes localizations and hotkeys:
17) Build Your Professional Circle and Link Your Life to Success! Accessible LinkedInThis Access Tech Watch-360 podcast on LinkedIn kicks off a three-part series on gaining employment and using social media:
18) When Screen Readers Are Not Enough. Two Interesting Technologies People Without Sight Can Use to Read The Stock MarketScreen readers are a great assistive technology that are often used to accomplish tasks using the computer. These programs can process the text on the screen and read it out loud. Screen readers however are ineffective for consuming information in a graph. It may work for simple ones, but for more complex data, it's not enough. It doesn't work well in identifying the categories of data and trends. Two interesting solutions can help visually impaired users navigate the digital world better. Not only for analysing financial charts, but in other use cases as well:
19) Amazon Alexa Now Supports RealSam Digital Hub for Blind PeopleBlind and visually impaired people across the UK can now access the RealSam Smart Speaker via their Amazon Alexa device:
20) New Research Shows Robotic Guide Dog Helps Visually Impaired People Even in Confined SpacesA robotic guide dog on a leash? You bet. Here's why:
21) Hadley Keyboarding Series WorkshopsThree workshops available including "Keyboard Shortcuts," "Finding Keys Faster," and "Making Your Keyboard Easier To See". Learn shortcuts that eliminate the use of a mouse, ways to label the keys, and how to find your favorite keys with more ease in this series of free Workshops:
22) Google Fixes Two Annoying Quirks in Its Voice AssistantIf you've interacted with a voice assistant, there's a good chance you've changed the specifics of your command mid-sentence. "Hey Google, set a timer for 20—no, 10 minutes." Until now, Assistant would've likely named your 10-minute timer "20, no." With the latest update, it understands you made a mistake, and that you just want 10 minutes on the clock:
23) Voice Dream Reader Version 4.13.0 Released, Bringing New Features and UI ChangesA new version of Voice Dream Reader has been released, bringing new fonts, Bookshare changes, improved cloud services and more:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) The Helen Keller National Center Announces the Techology, Research, and Innovation CenterThe Technology, Research and Innovation Center (TRIC) is a state of the art technology center for those who are DeafBlind located on the campus of The Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, New York. While the Center is still under construction, they have announced the areas of TRIC that will work to serve the DeafBlind community:
2) Sports and Exercise Tips for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired From The Lighthouse Guildhttps://www.lighthouseguild.org/newsroom/sports-and-exercise-tips-for-people-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/
3) Internet Radio: Listen to Music for Free From Thousands of StationsInternet-Radio has 21,514 live streaming internet radio stations from around the world, with 196 genres. Genres include Anime, Bollywood, Greek, Hindi, Tejano Dub, Kpop, Polka and more mainstream genres such as Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Swing, Big Band, and music from the 50s through the 90s:
4) Degree Launches Accessible Deodorant To Serve People With DisabilitiesDegree Deodorant has realized that people who are visually impaired, and people with upper limb mobile disabilities are also people who need to use deodorant. This week Degree Deodorant decided to intentionally serve these two groups of customers by introducing Degree Inclusive, a deodorant with a product design exclusively for people with visual impairment and upper limb mobile disabilities:
5) Rosie Lowers Accessibility Barriers to Online Grocery OrderingE-commerce provider Rosie has met specific criteria to ensure people with disabilities can use its online platform. Rosie said it is one of the first grocery e-commerce providers to meet Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The e-commerce provider also said it scored 100/100 in the Accessibility Mode and 98/100 in default mode for Lighthouse, a tool for improving web page quality:
6) Freedom Scientific Announces Module 9 of JAWS Training for Teachers and AT InstructorsThe ninth module of JAWS training for teachers and Assistive Technology (AT) instructors is now available:
7) Guide Dogs Make All The Difference for the Visually ImpairedOccupaws is an organization headquartered in Madison. They are one of 15 internationally accredited guide dog associations currently operating in the United States. What sets Occupaws apart from other guide dog organizations is they provide the dog to visually impaired people completely free of charge. There is an application and interview process if you'd like to receive an Occupaws guide dog:
8) Doubling Down on Accessibility: Microsoft's Next Steps to Expand Accessibility in Technology, the Workforce and Workplacehttps://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2021/04/28/doubling-down-on-accessibility-microsofts-next-steps-to-expand-accessibility-in-technology-the-workforce-and-workplace/
9) Intel and AI Developer Create Backpack That Helps Navigate Persons with Visual ImpairmentWhile the backpack is still not commercially available, development continues:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Blind Tech Guys 83 | Walking with NVDAApril 28th 2021 | On this episode of the pod, the team sits down with Michael Curran and Quentin Christensen from NVAccess to learn more about them, and discuss the screen reader landscape, and Nimer demonstrates Google Calendar.
2) That Real Blind Tech Show 30 | Apple Updates and A Conversation with Academy Award Winner J.K. SimmonsApril 30th 2021
Brian starts the podcast off flying solo. Stupid people with day jobs. He discusses the new features in iOS 14.5, the new Siri voices which he is not a fan of, the new big privacy update, and gives you a That Real Blind Tech Show demo of some of the new things you can do with Siri and different podcast players:
3) Blind Android Users 20 | All About Notifications and Muslim ProMay 3rd 2021
4) Mosen At Large 120May 4th 2021 Twitter Spaces from the perspective of a blind person using the VoiceOver screen reader:
5) Say My Meme | Star Wars MemesMay 5th 2021 | May The Fourth Be With You! This week, Caroline and Will are joined by a special guest host – Caroline's husband, Justin – to unpack the wonderful and incredibly nerdy world of Star Wars memes. I've been waiting a long time for this, my little green friend!
6) Eyes on Success 2119 | Accessible Cloud TechnologiesMay 5th 2021
Pneuma Solutions offers a suite of accessible cloud services geared to the needs of the visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with co-founders Mike Calvo (CEO) and Matt Campbell (CTO) about Sero as well as how Scribe for Meetings and Scribe for Education transform documents to make them accessible in a variety of formats for web events and personal use:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) Microsoft 2021 Ability SummitMay 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:
2) Zoom Meeting | From The Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library | Podcast Discussion -- 99% Invisible -- The Universal PageMay 6th 2021 | 2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT | Join The Heiskell Tech Team and guest patron Andrew Leland for a screening and discussion of 99 Percent Invisible: The Universal Page. In this podcast episode, Andrew explores his changing relationship to print and delves into the various historical and contemporary ways that blind and visually impaired people attain literacy. Join us at 5:00 PM Eastern to hear the podcast as a group, or listen to the podcast on your own and join at 6:00 PM Eastern for the discussion. Podcast link: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-universal-page/. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register in advance for this meeting:
3) TPGi Webinar | How Any Organization Can Start Small but Deliver Big with AccessibilityMay 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:
4) Technology User Group (TUG) Presentation Cooking BlindMay 8th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Many visually impaired food aficionados will share their tips and tricks for food preparation as well as gadgets, recipe resources, and instructional sites to make that perfect dish. All are welcome to come and share their experiences with cooking as well as the lessons they have learned. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 ☎. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021.
5) All Virtual All Free 2021 National Coding SymposiumMay 11th 2021 to May 14th 2021 | Designed for you to attend all, or just what you can, this Zoom event targets middle and high-school students, parents, teachers and adaptive technology instructors. Co-hosted by American Printing House (APH) and California School for the Blind (CSB), professionals in the field of coding will share their experiences and answer student questions. Hear from inspirational speakers and panelists in presentations and question and answer sessions to learn more about careers related to coding. Teachers of students with visual impairments and assistive technology specialists can learn about ways to integrate accessible coding activities into their lesson plans. Parents can learn how to support their children with interests in this field. Emphasis is on accessibility of the coding process. Recordings will be posted to the APH YouTube Channel afterwards. All student participants who register and participate in the 2021 National Coding Symposium will be eligible to receive a free one-year subscription to JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion from Vispero. In addition, all students are invited to submit a short essay (500 word or less) and complete a simple form to be eligible to receive a credit of up to $3000 towards the purchase of technology from Vispero, Humanware, or APH and a $200 Amazon gift card. Details and registration information here:
6) Video Accessibility with 3Play Media | Part 2 of 3 | Audio DescriptionMay 11th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility:
7) Video Accessibility with 3Play Media | Part 2 of 3 | Live CaptioningMay 18th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | In this webinar you will learn the basics of live captioning and how 3Play Media can help make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and more engaging for all viewers:
8) Zoom Webinar by World-Renowned Apple Trainer and Consultant John Panarese and Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) Donna JodhanMay 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:
9) Zoom Webinar | Florida Vision Technology | Florida Assistive Technology PresentationJune 7th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Join Florida Vision Technology for a virtual presentation of the latest and greatest in Assistive Technology including the brand new Envision Glasses and other wearables Check out our most updated catalog of products: https://floridareading.com/downloads. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance for this webinar:
10) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National ConventionJuly 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:
1) Microsoft Screen Reader Experience SurveyClose Date: May 14th 2021 | Microsoft is inviting users of screen readers to participate in a survey to collect information regarding which screen reader they use, how they use it, and their confidence level. Your responses will not be associated with any of your personal information. The survey should take around 15 minutes:
2) Vispero Video Magnifier SurveyClose Date: May 31st 2021 | Do you use our low vision hardware products? If so, we need your help! We want to make changes that ensure a hassle-free experience for you when using our products. Please take our three-minute survey to tell us what is most important to you. In appreciation of your feedback, you will be entered to win one of five Amazon gift cards. The grand prize is a $100 gift card, and the other four gift cards are $25 each. Take the Vispero Video Magnifier Survey today. The survey ends May 31. You must be 18 years of age or older to win the gift card. Vispero employees are not eligible to win.
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2) FOR SALE: One HIMS QBraille XL 40 Smart DisplayListing Date: 4/22/2021 | Price: $2,500.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: A 40 cell display that has all the control keys found on PC/Mac. You can read/type in braille with the Perkins but not have to learn specific screen reader commands. USB/bluetooth, and it can take standalone notes, has a calendar etc. Reasonable offers OK. | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ or (269) 358-8853 ☎ |
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