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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 10, 2021 - Volume 810

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 Best Speech to Text Software for Windows 10: (6.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/software-reviews/the-best-speech-to-text-software-for-windows-10/
B.) Will Blind People Be Able to See Again in the Future Thanks to a Brain Implant?: (6.7% of all clicks.)
https://innovationorigins.com/en/brain-implant-enables-blind-people-to-see-again-in-the-future/
C.) Mantis and Chameleon Software Improvements New Features as of May 2021: (6.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.aph.org/mantis-and-chameleon-software-improvements/
D.) Writing with a Screen Reader: (5.8% of all clicks.)
https://annalodwick.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/writing-with-a-screen-reader/
E.) How to Listen to Radio Stations Online for Free: (5.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/how-to-listen-to-radio-stations-online-for-free/

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

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

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

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

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

5) Get into Python | Quality Tool For Learning Python

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

6) JAWS Power Tip: Virtualize Current Control

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

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

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8) What Is Amazon Sidewalk and How Do You Disable It?

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

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

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

10) NVDA 2021.1 Beta2 Available for Testing

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

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

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

12) AppleVis on WWDC

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

13) WWDC21 Breakdown

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

14) Parallel #52 on WWDC

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

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

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

16) VSCode is Now Very Accessible

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

17) Alexa Series from Hadley

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

18) Graphing Calculator in Prodigi 4.5

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

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

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

20) iPhone101: Lists, Lists and More Lists

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

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

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

22) Bring Accessibility to Charts in Your App

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

23) Tips for Power Users on the Mac

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

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

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

25) New Features Added to ProdigiTM Software

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

26) Best Windows Laptops with Full Number Pads 2021

Whether it's for data entry, accounting, or just entering numbers and calculations with precision and speed, there are plenty of reasons to have a number pad on a laptop. Even though laptops are getting smaller, you can still purchase several excellent laptops with full number pads. Every one of these devices has a full number pad, and each is one of the best Windows laptop picks in the category:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-laptops-full-number-pads

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

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

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Coding Color Into Sound: Hacking for Assistive Technology

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

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

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

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

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

4) How an Adaptive Game Controller Helps My Family Bond

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

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

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

6) Untold RPG for iOS: Playability and Accessibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) 13 Letters | Cognitive Dissidents

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

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

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

3) Say My Meme | Musical Theatre

June 7th 2021
Matthew Shifrin is the host of the new Radiotopia Presents podcast Blind Guy Travels — and he's also somewhat of a "meme skeptic." Blind since birth, Matthew hasn't engaged much with the visual culture of memes. So in our never-ending crusade to bring memes to the people who have the least access, we attempted to turn Matthew into a meme enthusiast by tapping into one of this favorite subjects: musical theatre:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/podcasts/musical-theatre

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

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

5) Blind Tech Guys | WWDC Event Wrap-Up

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

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

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

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

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

8) Mosen At Large 130

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

➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

1) Multiply Your Math Success Exponentially With The MATT Connect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6) Present and Future of JAWS

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

7) 1st World Blindness Summit 2021

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

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

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

9) National Federation of the Blind 2021 National Convention

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

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

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

➜ Surveys

1) WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #9

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

2) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

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

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

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

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

5) Access Technology in the Workplace

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

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

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Accessible Pharmacy, the new, home delivery pharmacy with a blind founder, is bringing its full range of support and services to Be My Eyes. Users of the Be My Eyes app can now call Accessible Pharmacy directly to get support with medication, medical devices, and even home delivery COVID testing. With a fully trained and discreet pharmacy staff on call from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific, Accessible Pharmacy is the new way for blind and low vision consumers to get an easy, frictionless pharmacy experience. Call today — and you'll never have to take an Uber to the drugstore again.
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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

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

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Sponsor: A. T. Guys

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

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

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Sponsor: Commtech USA

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

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