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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 26, 2021 - Volume 821

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Windows Update Breaks Alt+Tab: (16.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.windowslatest.com/2021/08/17/windows-10-kb5005033-is-causing-new-issues-for-some-users/
B.) What Is Google's Auditorial Experiment?: (8.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.makeuseof.com/what-is-auditorial/
C.) Social Media Accessibility Tips & Tricks: Facebook: (6.5% of all clicks.)
https://abilitytools.org/blog/social-media-accessibility-tips-tricks-facebook/
D.) How to Get AR Walking Directions in iOS 15: (5.9% of all clicks.)
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-ar-walking-directions-in-ios-15/
E.) New Website Resource "Screenless Allies": (5.4% of all clicks.)
https://screenlessallies.com/

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Senior Editor Dean Martineau Transitions To Guest Contributor

With a little trepidation and a lot of gratitude, I'm announcing that Issue 821 will be the last issue of Tidbits for which I'll be providing content as Senior Editor. Fear not, though, Tidbits will continue, and just keep getting better. When I launched top Tech Tidbits some sixteen and a half years ago...
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/37.html

5) Good Maps Indoor Navigation Video Demo

Traveling the unknown back corridors of the American Printing House building:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw4l8CxLv5Q

6) A Letter to Apple About the Flicktype Situation

Many blind iPhone users benefited from this app, which Apple has essentially killed. Here's one letter about the situation:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/08/22/my-email-to-phil-schiller-at-apple-regarding-the-current-situation-with-flicktype/

7) Mosen At Large Episode 144, Flicktype Details, Using Braille Screen Input, More

Another thorough and detailed treatment of a controvertial topic. This is the Transcript:
https://mosen.org/malp0144transcript/

8) Typing on iPhone and Rotor

While we're on the subject of typing, this AppleVis Forum covers lots of options:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/typing-iphone-and-rotor

9) Reading Recipes with Siri or Apple Watch

This explanation goes into some good detail, to make the reading of recipes or other text really viable on phone or watch:
https://www.jantrid.net/2021/08/24/reading-recipes-with-siri-or-apple-watch/

10) Resources for Whenever Accessibility Goes Belly Up

The most comprehensive list I've seen of accessibility assistance numbers from companies that provide such numbers:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/resources-for-whenever-accessibility-goes-belly-up/

11) Android Commands and Settings, Android S (12)

A handy compendium, downloadable or on paper. It costs $12 or $14.50 depending on format:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/AND-COMMAND-2ED.html

12) Commmand Palette NVDA Add-on

This is an intriguing add-on, allowing you to type part of a command to execute it rather than using a keystroke:
https://github.com/blindpandas/command_palette/releases/tag/v1.0

13) How to Search in Windows

Clear explanations for Windows 10 and 11, from Make Tech Easier:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-search-in-windows/

14) Step by Step Screen Reader Navigation of the Parts of the Menu Ribbon | Blind Accessibility Tips YouTube Channel

The updating of Microsoft's menu bar to a menu ribbon saw some blind and visually impaired persons struggling to use it. This tutorial is meant to help these people learn how to navigate the menu ribbon with their screen reader, primarily in the Microsoft Word window, but also in the File Explorer window where the menu ribbon is also displayed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6G1CkN9d8&t=202s

15) Think You Know ALL Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts? Find Out in Our Full List

It can be overwhelming to memorize all the keyboard shortcuts. However, you do not need to learn every shortcut available on Windows 10. You only need to focus on those you need more frequently to make your life a little easier and improve productivity:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

16) 5 Often Overlooked Videogame Accessibility Features

Very useful options that are too often left out of games:
https://www.pcgamer.com/5-often-overlooked-videogame-accessibility-features/

17) Why Twitter's New Design Is Inaccessible to Some Disabled People

Twitter has launched a new design for its app and website, including its own font, higher contrast, and less gray space. The update was intended to increase accessibility, but many disabled users and accessibility experts disagree, pointing out that some of the changes have made the site less accessible. Twitter has responded to the concerns with promises to fix some of the key issues:
https://www.verywellhealth.com/twitter-new-accessible-redesign-5197808

18) What's Next for Xbox Accessibility Tech? Microsoft Isn't Sure

The Xbox Adaptive Controller meets many people's accessibility needs, and it's hard to design a follow-up act:
https://www.windowscentral.com/whats-next-xbox-accessibility-tech-microsoft-isnt-sure

19) Xbox Adaptive Controller Inventor Says Gaming Accessibility Has Hit "A Plateau"

Accessibility in video games has thankfully improved greatly in recent years, with developers and hardware manufacturers increasingly offering players with disabilities options ranging from colour-blind modes to modifiable inputs. However, a key figure in the creation of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a bespoke and customisable controller to allow better physical access, has said efforts to further expand access have hit "a bit of a plateau":
https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/xbox-adaptive-controller-inventor-says-gaming-accessibility-has-hit-a-plateau-3027532


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Canadian Geographic Announces the Largest Accessibility Project in North America

Congratulations are in order for Ashley Nemeth, motivational speaker, writer, and blogger for her feature in Canadian Geographic's magazine issue announcing the largest accessibility project in North America. In this article, Ashley shares her experience as an individual who is totally blind navigating through Wascana Park, Regina, and the enrichment that the BlindSquare app now offers to this experience:
https://www.blindsquare.com/2021/08/24/canadian-geographic-announces-the-largest-accessibility-project-in-north-america/

2) EA Opens Some of its Most Important Accessibility Patents

EA has announced that it is now offering its accessibility patents to anyone who wants to use them. Is about a paradigm shift for the video game industry, by allowing anyone to access accessibility tools, even your competitors:
https://www.cvbj.biz/2021/08/24/ea-opens-some-of-its-most-important-accessibility-patents/

3) Disabled Couple 'Full Of Rage' After Being 'Asked To Leave Theme Park Due To Guide Dog'

Outraged Paul and Kaylie Newbury, from Essex, claim they were approached about their Labrador by security at the theme park - who said dogs are supposed to wear muzzles:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-couple-full-rage-after-24830320

4) Paralympics: Who is the World's Fastest Blind Athlete?

David Brown lost sight at 13 but discovered sprinting talent at high school:
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympics/paralympics-tokyo-blind-sprinter-brown-b1907558.html

5) Friendship Between Visually Impaired Girl and Her Bus Driver Goes Viral on TikTok

A North Texas fourth grader and her bus driver are new buddies thanks to her determination and his kindness:
https://www.fox4news.com/news/friendship-between-visually-impared-girl-and-her-bus-driver-goes-viral-on-tik-tok

6) Handhelds Still Aren't Designed for Disabled Gamers

Valve's new Steam Deck looks fantastic — but for players with vision or dexterity difficulties, it's just more of the same challenges:
https://www.wired.com/story/valve-steam-deck-handhelds-not-designed-disabled-gamers/

7) New Windows 10 Update Breaks One of Its Most Useful Features for Some Users — What's Going On?

Some people who have downloaded the July 2021 preview (KB5004296) and the August 2021 update (KB5005033) are unable to use the Alt-Tab feature properly:
https://www.techradar.com/news/new-windows-10-update-breaks-one-of-its-most-useful-features-for-some-users-whats-going-on


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Behind the Scenes of Hadley's Adjusting to Vision Loss Series

August 20th 2021 | Doug Walker, Hadley co-director of R&D, and Ed Haines, Hadley Chief Program Officer, chat about the making of Hadley's "Adjusting to Vision Loss" workshop series. The series guides people through the emotional aspects of vision loss. Doug serves as the series' personal storyteller and narrator:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/behind-scenes-hadleys-adjusting-vision-loss-series

2) Blind Android Users 37 | Life's Hit When You Stay Fit

August 21st 2021 | Listeners can now register on our website and post Android-related guides. We gave our thoughts about Pixel 5A & Sony Xperia 1. We discuss about all thing's health on this show, the following apps were discussed Medi safe Pill Reminder, Medication Tracker, Mango Health & My Therapy, there is also Tab Time Vibrating Pill Box & Med Minder. We demo, my diary mood tracking app, Google Fit, Freestyle Libre app For the diabetics, Mobvoi app for tick watch users. We have the next episode of Commentary screen reader:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

3) Mosen At Large 144

August 21st 2021 FlickType has gone and Apple is to blame, how to use Braille Screen input, more on alternative iOS calendar apps:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/dcdd9e6a/flicktype-has-gone-and-apple-is-to-blame-how-to-use-braille-screen-input-more-on-alternative-ios-calendar-apps

4) Eyes on Success 2135 Getting Around as an Entrepreneur

August 25th 2021
Fernando Albertorio is a blind chemist turned entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is also a co-founder of the Sunu Band, a device worn on the wrist to provide tactile navigation cues to the blind. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Fernando about his journey, philosophy, and how his drive and motivation have opened up opportunities for him:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202135.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) FSOpenLine

August 26th 2021 | 2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT | FSOpenLine, Freedom Scientific's global call-in show, will take place Thursday, August 26th at 5:00 PM Eastern time with a sneak peek into Fusion Suite 2022. Do you have questions about our products or an idea you'd like to share? Join us and have your voice heard by key members of Freedom Scientific's product management and engineering teams. During the May FSOpenLine, we discussed keystrokes for navigating Outlook messages in email threads with JAWS and Fusion, told you about the Quick Access Bar in ZoomText and Fusion, and answered your questions:https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-6/

2) Enabling an Accessible SDLC - People, Process and Technologies | TPGi

August 31st 2021 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Join TPGi's Chase Aucoin, Chief Architect, and Mark Miller, Director, Emerging Accounts & Platform. In this session, we'll discuss how DevOps can play a crucial role in ensuring your products are accessible to all users. We will also review some hands-on examples of how TPGi makes collaboration on the accessibility process easy for software engineers, product managers and DevOps professionals so they can make any product accessible:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-august-31-enabling-an-accessible-sdlc-people-process-and-technologies/

3) 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

4) Can Everybody See My Screen?

September 22nd 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | After more than a year of adjusting to a remote work environment, we still rely heavily on technology to present and collaborate among teams. However, it's important to remember that different people perceive information, well, differently. And virtual communication is no exception. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Doug Abrams, WAS, to discuss what it means to be inclusive when presenting over video calls. In our introductory webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges people with visual disabilities may encounter when attending a virtual presentation, as well as helpful techniques to make your presentation more accessible. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-22-can-everybody-see-my-screen/

5) Native Mobile Application Testing

September 30th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-30-native-mobile-app-testing/

6) 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:
https://m-enabling.com/

7) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen Consulting

October 6th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6 GMT | While the BrailleSense 6 is a relatively new product, largely due to previous devices offered by its manufacturers it has already established itself as a power house for work and entertainment. Find out how it works in a way which makes Braille Sense!
http://hartgen.org/braillesense

8) 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:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

9) 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:
https://sighttechglobal.com/


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Focus 14 Braille Display

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $850.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This Braille display was only used during a couple of training sessions. Carrying case and all adaptors/charger included. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉ or call Jane at (415) 858-8436 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Mathcaster for Amazon Alexa. Just Say "Alexa, Open Mathcaster"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Mathcaster is suitable for ages between 8-12 and is free to play. This Alexa Skill is a perfect resource to help children improve and develop their math skills. Learn more at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094NDXMKF?ref&ref=cm_sw_tw_r_as_dp_KypaG8Iu9kJBy. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

3) FOR SALE: Escape from 63rd & Wallace. Just say "Alexa, Open Escape 63rd"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $4.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Escape from 63rd is an horror audio adventure that takes the listener on a journey to Chicago in 1893, following Charlene, a young woman searching for her sister. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/escape-from-63rd-and-wallace/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

4) FOR SALE: The Cursed Painting Audio RPG. Just say "Alexa, open the Cursed Painting"

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 | Price: $1.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Explore ancient ruins in order to uncover the secret of the Cursed Painting, and stop the undead curse plaguing the kingdom in this Interactive Fantasy Adventure Game, inspired by classic tabletop RPG's. Learn more at: https://poptale.com/releases/the-cursed-painting/. | Contact: Email nicksawka@wanderword.net ✉ or call Nicholas at (724) 466-2087 ☎. |

5) FOR SALE: One BrailleSense Polaris Mini

Listing Date: 8/5/2021 | Price: $2,000.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This 20-cell Android notetaker is in mint condition and needs a new forever home. Has new mother board, all original packaging, accessories and documentation including braille quick start guide along with an Executive Products case. | Contact: Email dave@speedyturtle.net ✉ or call Dave at (918) 527-0688 ☎. |

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


Sponsor: Barry Scheur

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: August Specials
(1) New 5 pocket cowhide neck pouch for hands free phone use and access to the camera; easily carry your essentials for the day; $45.00 incl. shipping. (2) Our new 7 section aluminum telescopic non-collapsing canes in 59 or 48 inch lengths; $55 incl. shipping. (3) New 17x12 inch leather rucksack backpack made of heavy duty cowhide that will last many years. Fold over flap with cord for closing with 3 additional pockets; $90 incl. shipping. (4) Ultimate 20 cell Braille display protection; re-purposed leather concealed weapons case 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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Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: A. T. Guys

➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the 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:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


Sponsor: Dean Martineau

➜ Voice Training
Would you like to learn to control your computer with your voice, or to create documents using your voice rather than the keyboard? There are several tools to accomplish these objectives. I can provide training in their use. Write to me if interested at:
topdot@gmail.com

Editor, Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter

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Sponsor Since: June 4th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/ 🌐

About: Dean Martineau is the Founder and a Contributing Editor to the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Email Newsletter.


Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

➜ Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Want to break into the digital accessibility field as a screen reader user tester? Through the Carroll Center for the Blind's all new 6-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program, participants can learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. To learn more about the User Tester program, visit:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ 3 Easy Steps To Accessible Shared Content For Your Remote Presentations: Rid Digital Darkness For Blind Attendee's Forever!
It's as easy as 1-2-3. Upload content... Copy a link... and paste the link in chat. Attendees never wonder what's shared on screen during online presentations. Upload slides within 5 minutes of presenting. Attendees can download content in multiple formats to view later. Eliminate digital darkness at your next online event with Scribe for Meetings. Get in on our, "Accessible Meetings and webinars for Life," introductory offer. Reseller opportunities available to expand your businesses accessibility offerings.
https://scribeformeetings.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


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