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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 12, 2021 - Volume 819

The Week's News in Access Technology

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4) PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for JAWS Users from Freedom Scientific

Are you looking for ways to navigate in PowerPoint more efficiently with JAWS? Want tips for increasing productivity when creating and giving presentations? Download or stream Freedom Scientific's recorded training, "PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for JAWS Users:"

5) Link Correction | Applications Now Open for the Chance to Become an "AstroAccess Ambassador" | Deadline To Apply: August 15th 2021

Selected applicants will act as crew members onboard the 2021 Mission: AstroAccess parabolic flight with ZERO-G! They will also be responsible for using this experience to publicly advocate for inclusion and accessibility in space. Several readers reported correctly last week that the link within the main menu to apply for this was broken. So we located a second, functional link at the bottom of the page and have included it here. Please be advised that this is a link to Google Form:

6) iOS Custom Accessibility Actions

When testing your app with VoiceOver or Switch Control, a common test is to ensure you can reach every interactive element on screen. If these assistive technologies can't focus all of your buttons how will your customers be able to interact fully with your app? Except there are times when hiding buttons from your assistive technology users is the better choice. Consider an app with a table view that has many repeating interactive elements — this could be a social media app where 'like, share, reply' etc is repeated for each post. Or perhaps an e-commerce app with 'wishlist, buy now, add to basket' are repeated for each item. Visually these buttons won"t interrupt your users skimming the list of content, but for VoiceOver or Switch Control users, they will have to visit each one for every item on the screen. This is going to make navigating your app long and tedious, and means your users are more likely to drop out. To improve this:

7) Scribe For Meetings Browser Extension Now Available

Now there are even fewer steps to take when you need to attend an online meeting and want to enjoy real-time access to the digital content presented on screen during the meeting. Links to download the new browser extension for Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge included:

8) Here"s How to Try All the Top New iOS 15 Features Now

The next version of Apple's iPhone operating system debuts this fall, but you can try the public beta — at your own risk:

9) How To Access Images Without Alt Text | Recognizing Images With Seeing AI

Veroniiiica shares her workarounds and tips for how to access images without alt text and get descriptive information when it is not otherwise made available. While having quality alt text/image descriptions provided will always be a better option, she believes (and we agree) that it's important for people to have other tools that they can use to access images when these things are not available:

10) Google Assistant Adds Accessibility Settings For 'Mic Notification' on Android

Similar to Smart Displays and speakers, Google is adding Accessibility settings for Assistant on Android. However, the exact functionality remains unclear at the moment:

11) U.S. Access Board Launches New Site for the ICT Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility

In partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the ICT Baseline Working Group in coordination with the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (CIOC ACOP), the U.S. Access Board has released a baseline for testing web content. The ICT Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility sets minimum testing criteria and evaluation guidance to determine if web content meets the 508 Standards that incorporate by reference the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA:

12) Microsoft PowerToys 0.43 Released With Many Improvements

The PowerToys 0.43 release was originally planned for July, but it is finally available after a short delay. The new version 0.43 is a maintenance update; it corrects some bugs and includes a number of improvements:

13) Day One, The App That Has Made Journaling Fun For Me

A blog post about a cross-platform journal app:

14) Microsoft To Do, My Current Favorite App For Getting Things I Need To Do, To Done:

From the same blogger:

15) SenseCast the HIMS International Podcast

Jenny Axler has launched a podcast:

16) Use JAWS Find in Word and Outlook

It's a lot easier to use JAWS Find in those programs than the internal find functions, as Brian Hartgen demonstrates:

17) Why Siri, Alexa, & Every Other AI Voice Has Been Feminine

From YouTube:

18) iPhone101: ScripTalk App Demonstration

Also includes an interview with Envision America's Marketing Director:

19) How I Think Smart Watches Are Way More Useful Than You May Think

Our Editor Dean Martineau is still contemplating this, because he is not yet converted:

20) Latest Accessibility News Archives

WebABLE keeps us current:

21) An Overview of Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10

A thorough overview courtesy of BlindBargains:

22) Nimer Tech and Outdoor Adventures on YouTube

Frequent videos about Android, Windows and the outdoors:

23) YouTube Webinar Recording | Talk To The Experts: Getting The Most Out of JAWS, Focus 40 and the ElBraille

In this webinar Danny Keogh from Quantum RLV and Damian McMorrow explore some of the key features of JAWS screen reading software and discuss and demonstrate the benefits of combining JAWS with the Focus 40 5th generation and the ElBraille 40 V to provide a portable Windows and braille computing device suitable for home, education or the workplace:

24) Final Version of New Website NVDA-ADDONS.ORG Now Available

The final version of NVDA-addons.org, the first website created to serve as an international directory for both official and unofficial NVDA add-ons, is now available:

25) How Microsoft Soundscape Can Help People Who Are Vision Impaired

Microsoft has launched Soundscape in Ireland, an app that uses 3D audio to give people a richer sense of their environment. The app, which is now available for free on iOS, aims to help people who are blind or vision impaired to navigate around cities and towns by employing audio technology:

26) Voice Commands Are Now Available for Outlook Emails

Outlook 365 desktop (Windows/Mac) is getting more Dictation controls for email creation and sending:

27) NVDA 2021.2beta1 Available for Testing

Beta1 of NVDA 2021.2 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, you are hereby welcome to download the beta and provide feedback:

28) Microsoft Edge is Now Safer Thanks to Super-Duper Secure Mode

In the official blog, the Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research team details a new flag for Microsoft Edge called "Super-Duper Secure Mode." It intends to improve Edge's security by disabling JIT (Just-in-Time) compilation in the V8 JavaScript engine. Microsoft says bugs in JavaScript inside modern browsers are the most common vector for attackers. According to CVE data from 2019, approximately 45% of attacks on V8 relate to JIT. Disabling that component makes Microsoft Edge more secure and harder to crack:

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) GuideLights and Gadgets Releases July 2021 Products Catalog

Below are brief descriptions and prices of items available from GuideLights and Gadgets through the remainder of July. Items that have limited quantities are shown either by a quantity available or by "ltd." The use of the word "clearance" before the price of an item is also self explanatory. Most clearance items are being deeply discounted as we reduce our supply of these items. All such items will be in excellent to mint condition:

2) Audio-Based Indie Game The Vale Broadens Representation & Accessibility

Working closely with the blind and visually impaired community, the developers of The Vale have crafted a game that raises the bar for accessibility:

3) Barilla Partners with Be My Eyes to Share Pasta Knowledge and Insights with the Visually Impaired Across the U.S.

Beginning August 9th 2021, a team of Barilla "Pasta Professionals" will field calls from the Specialized Help section of Be My Eyes' iOS and Android apps to support those who are cooking delicious pasta at home. Whether you are wondering how long to cook Barilla Bucatini to ensure it is al dente for a Carbonara recipe or picking the perfect Barilla sauce to make a Bolognese, the pasta experts can answer queries around package labels, basic cooking instructions, product availability and more on weekdays from noon to 4PM Central time:

4) Designing a Typeface for the Visually Impaired

Applied Design's Atkinson Hyperlegible typeface was developed as part of its rebranding of the Braille Institute of America. Here's how they did it:

5) 4 Ways Hollywood Is Working to Increase Deaf and Disability Inclusion

From American Sign Language interpreters at the Oscars, to studio and network pledges to audition disabled actors, here's an accounting of the industry's current efforts:

6) This is a Cookbook for the Visually Impaired Written in Braille in Which the Recipes Require the Use of Only Four Human Senses: Touch, Smell, Hearing and Taste (Video)

From Reuters:

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Blind Android Users 35 | Envision What Colour Is It?

August 7th 2021 | in this episode we talk about colour detectors. We demo the colour detection feature of envision and Sullivan Plus. Then we demo a colour detector app known as Colour Grab. In our spotlight segment we have Karthik from envision AI for an interview. In our app of the week, Kareen Kiwan demos auto tts app. In our talkback tip of the week, Warren shows some gestures to make navigating around your phone easy:

2) Mosen At Large 142

August 7th 2021 Leona Godin, author of There Plant Eyes, a Personal and Cultural History of Blindness:

3) Eyes on Success 2133 | Encore of 1844 Sounds of the Stars

August 11th 2021
Last week we talked about creating tactile representations of the universe. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Greg Salvesen, a post-doctoral fellow at UCSB, and Matt Russo, a professor of astronomy at Seneca College about using sonification to transform astronomical data into audio for use by both sighted and vision impaired people:

4) That Real Blind Tech Show 47 | Yahoo Fantasy Football The Ultimate Demo

August 11th 2021
It's another spectacular That Real Blind Tech show demo. This time, Brian walks you through the Yahoo Fantasy Football app for iOS. Brian briefly discusses the difference between season long, daily fantasy, and Best Ball Leagues. He describes how to join a Yahoo Fantasy football League. Brian then walks you through the my team home screen, the main tabs you will use, and the league screen.Brian then walks you through once of his head to head baseball weekly matchups to give you an idea how football scoring matchups will work. He follows that with joining a football mock draft, and showing you how VoiceOver works when live drafting. For you hard core fantasy football fanatics, Brian finishes with walking you through how to pre-rank your draft rankings using Google Chrome on the Mac:

➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

1) Telework In Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Arrived from EARN

August 12th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies quickly transitioned to telework. As a result, much has been learned about conducting business in a teleworking environment. Once considered a workplace accommodation or employee benefit, telework has now become a common workplace practice. This webinar will focus on how organizations and employees have adapted to telework and how it will remain an integral part of the workplace of the future. Guest speakers will discuss the many benefits of telework, including cost savings, increased productivity of employees, and expanded access to a qualified talent pool of people with disabilities. Participants will also learn about providing accommodations remotely and ensuring accessibility of recruiting, onboarding, communication, and training platforms:

2) Introduction to Audio Description from 3Play Media

August 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:

3) Technology User Group Helps You Prepare for the Changes Coming to Your iDevice and Computer

August 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:
(319) 527-4994 📱️

4) Fun Activities Using Music with Technology from AbleNet

August 18th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | This presentation features remote class activities highlighting the use of music with technology. The activities are tailored to students with special needs, including the types of devices to consider:

5) Tech for Teens Club: LEGO Stop-Motion Videos from PACER

August 21st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, XXX GMT | Using just a mobile phone and LEGO brand toys, we'll be learning how to create stop-motion style videos that you can share with your family and friends. Learn the techniques to create smooth animation using the Stop Motion Studio app (iPhone & Android). Then create your own stories and bring your characters to life!

6) Speech recognition for communication impairments from CallScotland

August 25th 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Project Euphonia is a Google Research initiative focused on helping people with atypical speech be better understood. The approach is centred on analysing speech recordings to better train speech recognition models. The aim is for people living with dysarthria or other speech difficulties to be better understood by speech recognition technology such as Google Assistant. In this webinar, Richard will discuss the Euphonia project and how people living with speech impairment can participate. With the forecast being that by 2024, there will be more devices that can interact with voice than the global population, it is vitally important that everyone is included in the development of the technology behind speech recognition:

7) iBUG Introductory Mac Training Course

September 7th 2021 This 12-week course is free, and you are expected to work, attend and participate. It starts Tuesday, September 7th 2021. Email by August 27th 2021 to see the requirements you have to adhere to, and provide the model or year of your Mac:
chanellem.allen@gmail.com 📧️

8) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments

October 4th - 6th 2021 | The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting digital environments and assistive technologies for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital inclusion strategies or develop assistive solutions and accessible digital contents and services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets:

9) Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference by Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

November 15th - 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:

10) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021

December 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:

➜ Surveys

1) Twitter Spaces Usability Study

Close Date: August 16th 2021 Level Access supports businesses of all sizes in their accessibility journeys. We conduct usability research studies, focusing on individuals with disabilities' ability to interact with different digital experiences. We are currently seeking participants for a new usability study on Twitter Spaces. This study will take place during the week of 8/16 - 8/20. Sessions will be approximately 60 minutes long and will be conducted remotely using Zoom. Participants will receive a $150 Amazon gift card in thanks for their time and feedback. If you are interested, please complete the survey in the link below. If it looks like you will be a good candidate for our study, you will be contacted to schedule your session

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Sponsor: Be My Eyes

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

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

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

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

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Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

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The BRIC: Structures® Access Kit combines ordinary building bricks with Snap Circuits® to create 26 projects, such as circuits and real-world structures, that run on electricity. Visit https://www.aph.org/product/bric-structures-access-kit/ to learn more.

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Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

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(1) New 17 inch leather rucksack backpack made of heavy duty cowhide will last many years. Fold over flap with cord for closing and three additional pockets keeps everything dry and orderly. Intro: $90 incl. shipping. (2) New stereo soundbox needs no wires or bluetooth and boosts the sound of your phone or Stream. 4 AA batteries, weighs 12 ounces, and makes listening a pleasure; $45 incl. shipp. (3) New 5 pocket leather hands free neck pouch; 7.5x5.5x3.5x, will carry your essentials: dis45 incl. shipping. (4) Ultimate 20 cell Braille display protection; re-purposed leather concealed weapons case with lock is the best to safely use and carry your display; $75.00 incl. shipping. New Catalog: https://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/Gadgets.html. Call Barry (617) 969-7500 📱️ or email bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️.

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

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