Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Volume 817
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last WeekA.) Windows 11: Four New Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Learn: (8.9% of all clicks.)
Votes: 25 | Winners: 3 | Kate Crohan, Maiia Jeffrey, Ruchika Sharma
B.) Keyboard Shortcuts in Office: (7.0% of all clicks.)
C.) Microsoft Announces Windows 365, A Cloud OS You Can Stream: (4.5% of all clicks.)
D.) How to Order Groceries with Amazon Alexa: (4.2% of all clicks.)
E.) Blind Accessibility Tips Website: (3.9% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits "Most Clicked Tidbit" Weekly Contest | Week #30 of 52 | This Week's Odds: 1 of 22Number of votes last week: 25. Number of winners last week: 3. Kate Crohan, Maiia Jeffrey, and Ruchika Sharma. How well do you know adaptive technology? Do you think that you could consistently identify adaptive technology trends if given the opportunity? Well here's your chance. You can now cast your vote each week for the one Tidbit that you believe will receive the most clicks. Get it right more than anyone else each week and you win a $250.00 USD cash prize at the end of the year (December 31st 2021). In addition, there may be opportunities for winners to join our editorial team. The premise is simple and voting is easy. Can you pick the one Tidbit out of each issue that will get the most clicks? If you think you can, or at least would like to try, learn everything there is to know about the contest here and start casting your vote today:
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4) AccessWorld July 2021Some good, unique information here: "Reading Print with Low Vision," "Supercharge Your Braille Reading for Pleasure and Productivity," "Take a Note: A History of Braille Note Taking," "Product Review: The Brailliant Bi 40X Braille Display from HumanWare," and "Vision Tech: New Research into Glaucoma:"
5) Everything New With Siri in iOS 15: On-Device Processing, Offline Support, Sharing, Improved Context and MoreOf course, it isn't official until the official release, but here's what we have to look forward to with Siri come September 2021:
6) Audio-Based Video Game, The Vale: Shadow of the CrownThis launches August 19th 2021 on PC and Xbox. Here's a YouTube video about it:
7) Envision YouTube ChannelFind lots of information about the glasses and app, with user stories:
8) Android Shortcut SupercourseThis is free, not related to TalkBack, but has great potential. A week of email lessons:
9) FSCast #202Maybe you don't know FSReader as well as you think, accessible Emoji, financial education and software development:
10) Two New NVDA Add-onsA.) Advanced Phonetic Reading:
11) Exploring Tech Webinar with David WoodbridgeAll about Smart Speakers with and without screens, and some 3rd party devices, on YouTube:
12) Audiobooks are Books, TooIs listening to books really reading? This author proves why it is:
13) Intro to Grade 3 Braille, Braille with JAWS, and Braille in iOSThese are some of the recorded masterclasses available from the Braillists Foundation:
14) Case For Not Using Accessibility Overlays, With Added Privacy ConcernsA.) A lot of accessibility professionals have endorsed or contributed to this document explaining why AccessiBe and similar products harm accessibility efforts:
B.) This post from respected authority L'onie Watson is clear about the unwelcome privacy consequences of AccessiBe:
15) Using Picture Smart in JAWS and Fusion to Describe Image Files or Pictures on Web PagesThis is a short TikTok video:
16) Game On | 1 New Endorsement | Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory | 10 Games ListedIf you are a blind or visually impaired gamer and you play a game that you would like to tell other blind or visually impaired gamers about, please submit your game to the Top Tech Tidbits BVI Technology Game Directory today. And remember, if you come across a game in the Directory that you agree is awesome, please be sure to endorse it by submitting it yourself so that it moves up the list where more people will notice it:
17) Paid Research Project | Exploring the Experiences and Needs of People with Visual Impairments in a Kitchen | Closes: August 3rd 2021The University of Wisconsin-Madison is conducting a research project to explore how blind and low-vision people cook in the kitchen so that we can understand their challenges, and design technologies to support cooking activities. In a study session, we will be observing participants cooking, and interviewing them about their cooking experiences. You may qualify if you are: 18+ years old AND blind or low vision for at least one year AND a US resident. (We can only offer research compensation to US residents for now due to tax requirements. Sorry for that!). We will provide a $15 Amazon gift card per hour as compensation. The study will last about 2 hours, so the total compensation will be $30. If you are interested in our study, please fill in the questionnaire in the link to sign up:
18) New "SkipTo" Browser Extension Provides Keyboard Navigation to Landmarks and HeadingsThe "Skip to Landmarks and Headings" browser extension is an assistive technology to support the Bypass Blocks requirement of WCAG by providing keyboard support for viewing and navigating to selected landmarks and headings on any web page. It also provides everyone with a high level outline of the landmarks and headings of a page to quickly scan the content of a web page, including users of screen readers. The SkipTo extension is an open source project and is free for anyone to share or use. The link to the source code can be found on GitHub at: https://github.com/skipto/extension. Shortcut keys to open the SkipTo menu: Windows/Linux: ALT+2. MacOS: Option+2. Your feedback on the extension is important, please email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like the extension, they encourage you to consider giving it a rating and a review.
Chrome Extension URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/skip-to-landmarks-and-hea/fjkpbfcodhflpdildjbmdhhmcoplghgf
Firefox Extension URL: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/skipto/
19) Orbit Reader 20 Plus Version A1.02.00.09r17 Now AvailableFor instructions on upgrading the device, please refer to Section 24 of the User Guide (Version 1.5) available on the website at:
20) The YouTube Channel of Dr. Denise M. RobinsonA referral from David Goldfield aimed at both students and TVIs. Recent videos include: The Pearl Camera And How to Use It, Math graphics online to word to embosser for screen readers, Geometry using CPM math online and typing math in Word by Boon, Google Slides navigation with screen reader, Electronic books using read aloud for Blind students-with navigation commands and many more:
21) How to Use Automated Captions for Voice Tweets on TwitterTwitter rolled out automated captions for voice tweets just a few days ago. Voice tweets is a new feature that was rolled out last year and it faced a lot of criticism after users pointed out Twitter's disinterest in making it accessible for all types of users. For instance, this feature would be difficult to use for people who are visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing. To make up for this miss, Twitter recently launched automated captions for all voice tweets:
22) Game-Changing iPhone Features That Make Life With a Disability EasierThe accessibility mode may just be the greatest ally in maintaining your autonomy:
23) A Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable WebsitesPunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Newton's Carroll Center for the Blind Launches New Career ProgramThe Screen Reader User Tester Training Program will teach visually impaired adults how to explore, test and report on digital accessibility:
2) Guide Dog Organizations Partner to Aid People Who are Blind Amid COVID-19A global pandemic can't stop the Leader Dogs for the Blind from assisting those who are blind or visually impaired, regardless of what country they reside in:
3) Chemical Modelling With A Sense of TouchComputational chemist Mona Minkara simulates the molecular dynamics required for lung function and boosts access for visually impaired chemists:
4) 7 Ways New Voting Laws Can Affect People With DisabilitiesA July 13th 2021 opinion piece in the Washington Post, by Katrina vanden Heuvel, offered a rare look at a comparatively neglected aspect of the current fight to preserve voting rights: safe, flexible, and accessible voting for people with disabilities. It's a perspective well known in the disability community, but seldom covered as strongly in the "mainstream" press:
5) New Device Could Help Visually Impaired Avoid Obstacles, Research SuggestsChest-mounted video camera and vibrating wristbands developed by US team reduce collisions by 37% in small study:
6) Science Daily: Wearable Devices Can Reduce Collision Risk In Blind And Visually Impaired PeopleA new randomized trial shows potential for collision-warning devices as an added travel safety measure in addition to a conventional long cane:
7) Say Yes To The Dress: Who is Shaela Warkentin? Meet TLC's blind bride on Instagram"Say Yes To The Dress" featured the second episode of its brand new season on Saturday, July 24th 2021. The episode took many viewers by surprise as it featured the blind bride, Shaela Warkentin, whom Randy Fenoli and the other store managers assisted to find a bridal gown:
8) Triple-A Game Publishers Are Finally Taking Accessibility SeriouslyThanks in large part to these developers who are blind:
9) New Award-Winning App Helps the Visually Impaired Manage Their WardrobeTwo Industrial Design students from Carleton University have won an Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition award from Universities Canada for their concept Closet, a label system that enables people with visual disabilities to independently manage their clothes:
10) H&M Tops List of Accessible Websites, As Most Retailers Fail to Cater for The Visually ImpairedClothing retailer H&M's homepage topped the table for accessible websites, registering a perfect score of 100 on Google Lighthouse — the only site to cater for all types of visual impairments:
11) Deaf-Blind Swimmer Withdraws From Paralympics After Being Denied Access To Personal Care AssistantBecca Meyers, a six-time medallist, has been forced to withdraw from the competition after officials denied her access to have her Personal Care Assistant with her in Japan:
12) Blind Youtube Star Molly Burke Wants To Help Young Disabled People Navigate WellnessMolly Burke has been on YouTube for six years, sharing her life as a young blind woman to nearly two million people on a regular basis — including daily routines, unique challenge videos and anecdotes about losing her sight as a result of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. With her recent partnership with Schick, however, the 27-year-old aims to do more than to share her life experiences on her platform, but also to use it to make wellness more accessible:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Now There's a Magazine Website Specifically for You | Hadley PresentsJuly 23rd 2021 | Dorrie Rush, OE's Chief Content Officer, joins us for a chat about this wonderful online resource chock full of tips for living well with vision loss. You'll find great articles on using tech tools, tips for health and well-being, stories from others living with vision loss, a terrific podcast, and more:
2) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 30: Trail Racing BlindJuly 23rd 2021 | Episode 30 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther explores what it takes to be a blind ultra-trail race competitor in the 125 km 24-hour Canada Death Race. Ms Lilly describes ten of the world's toughest trail races, and blind trail racer Richard Marsolais explains what it takes to compete. As always, we include low- and high-tech tips on trail racing, and insights on how trail running differs from marathons:
3) Blind Android Users 33 | Lets Socialise and Chat with Developer of Audible VisionJuly 24th 2021 | We have lots of extra content on our Youtube channel. We talk about the newly launched onePlus nord2 5g. We then discuss must have apps for all who use social networks. For our spotlight section we have a chat with the developer of Audible vision app. For our app of the week section, we have demo of HalloApp app which is just launched social network app by former WhatsApp employees. For the tip of the week, we show you how to copy paste text on Android:
4) Mosen At Large 140July 24th 2021 Amazon Echo's new voice, the Apple MagSafe Battery, meet the Optophone, a reading machine invented in the early 1900s and more:
5) That Real Blind Tech Show 45 | ACB 2021 Recap, I'm An Excellent ComplainerJuly 26th 2021
It's an Ed less That Real Blind Tech Show, as Allison and Brian wonder twin powers unite to bring you the latest all new That Real Blind Tech show. Listen in to find out what baffling phrase is setting off Brian's A Lady devices. Strange stuff! We then discuss self flying planes, seriously self flying planes, they are coming, well some of us think sooner than later. Epic Games is back at it, now they are suing google:
6) Eyes on Success 2131 | MuseScore Music Scoring SoftwareJuly 28th 2021
MuseScore is a program for creating and sharing musical scores. Despite being open source and free, MuseScore includes many of the features found in commercial programs. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marc Sabatella, one of the developers, about his work to make MuseScore accessible with a variety of screen readers:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC): An Educational and Legal Requirement | APHJuly 28th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Educators have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that students with Visual Impairment, Including Blindness have opportunities to gain skills in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). The ECC refers to nine specialized areas of instruction that form a framework for conducting assessments and planning educational programs for this unique and complex group of students. Attend this webinar to acquire a better understanding?of the ECC and how it reflects a key educational requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
2) In-Depth Look Into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download) By Scott Meneely, Reader Advisor at Library of Accessible Media for PennsylvaniansJuly 29th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Come join us for an in-depth look into BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download). From start to finish, Scott Meneely (reader advisor at Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians) will explain, demonstrate and answer questions. Please register here. An event specific zoom link will be emailed out the evening of Wednesday, July 28. While we will leave the registration form open until 10:30AM EDT the day of the event, we will try to email the link as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee delivery:
3) Mac by the Bit (Session 3): Simple Basic NavigationJuly 29th 2021 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on July 30th 2021 | Note: Because of the ACB convention, this is the 5th Thursday instead of the 4th as usually scheduled. Mac by the Bit, Session 3 will start with some Basic navigation procedures. Keystrokes, quick nav on and off, and even some familiar gestures, if you use an iPhone that is. Showing you the built in tutorial, users guide, and how to find help on the fly. Time permitting, we may explore an app. Come with your questions ready, and to continue on this journey of learning the Mac from the ground up, Bit by Bit. This next installment of Mac by the Bit is, Thursday July 29th 2021 at 8:00PM EST, 7:00PM EST, 6:00PM MST, and 5:00PM PST. To join at the Scheduled time click here:
4) Making Life Easier With a Smart Home, Part 1July 29th 2021 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 12:30AM GMT on July 30th 2021 | This free Mystic Access Zoom event covers advantages and disadvantages of having a Smart Home, and Smart Home appliances for security, comfort and cooking. More to come next month:
5) The Road Ahead: Career Readiness for Students with Multiple Impairments | APHJuly 30th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The employment rate for individuals with visual impairments is approximately 37% and remains relatively unchanged for decades. The Road Ahead webinar series guides educators to move beyond triaged transition planning with the goal of changing the trajectory for all students. Attend this webinar to better understand what is meant by career readiness skills for students with multiple impairments, identify ways to embed skills into everyday routines, and investigate local and statewide resources available to meet student needs:
6) ParentConnect: A Family Support Group Offered in Partnership with the Virtual Parent Support Group Chicago Lighthouse for the BlindAugust 4th 2021 2021 | 4:30PM PT, 5:30PM MT, 6:30PM CT, 7:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT | APH FamilyConnect and the Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families. No ACVREP or professional development credits will not be available. This Family Support Group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month:
7) Getting Started with Mantis: Connecting to iOS & Chrome | APHAugust 4th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | You have your Mantis Q40, now what? Attend this webinar to learn how to connect your Mantis to your device(s) using one of the available free screen access solutions: VoiceOver (iOS/Apple) or ChromeVox (Chrome OS):
8) VPAT® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template - TPGiAugust 4th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Accessibility Engineers Brian Elton and Mitchell Evan from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT? Is a VPAT just for websites? Is every organization required to have one? How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved?
9) Step-By-Step: An Interactive Guide to Mobility Techniques | APHAugust 5th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Updated digital instruction is now available for both future O&M Specialists and those currently providing direct services to individuals with visual impairments. Attend this webinar and explore APH's newly revised product, Step-by-Step: A Guide to Mobility Techniques. This interactive computer curriculum provides demonstrations of how mobility skills are performed, visual observation skills used by professionals to spot common performance errors made by new learners who are blind, and methods for correcting errors most efficiently:
10) Flipped Classroom - Building Accessible Word documents and PowerPoints | APHAugust 10th 2021 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | Let's flip the webinar and use our time wisely! Register and watch two courses, Building Accessible PowerPoints and Building Accessible Word Documents, in the APH Hive and then join us in this meeting to practice working through accessibility assignments together:
11) Teaching Screen Readers the Fun Way with Cody Laplante: Part 3 of 4 | APHAugust 10th 2021 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | It's time to practice those screen reader skills! In part 3 of this 4-part series, join Cody Laplante, founder of eye.t, to learn about creating practice activities for your screen reader lessons. Learn multiple ways to incorporate fun into your practice activities and explore activities that take the intimidation out of learning JAWS, NVDA or Chromevox:
12) Introduction to Audio Description from 3Play MediaAugust 12th 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:
13) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and ComputerAugust 14th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On On Saturday, August 14th 2021 the Technology User Group helps you prepare for the changes coming to your iDevice and computer. This September, iOS 15 will be released. Is your phone eligible for the upgrade? What new features can you expect? Is Siri going to have added skills and abilities? Also, we will look at the expected changes to Jaws and Zoomtext as they move toward a new Beta version debuting in October. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about 90 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you virtually and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
14) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021December 1st & 2nd 2021 | 100% free. 100% virtual. Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is now open:
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➜ Accessible Pharmacy Joins Be My Eyes
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