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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 2, 2021 - Volume 822

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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A.) Think You Know ALL Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts? Find Out in Our Full List: (7.4% of all clicks.)
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B.) Resources for Whenever Accessibility Goes Belly Up: (7.2% of all clicks.)
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C.) Step by Step Screen Reader Navigation of the Parts of the Menu Ribbon | Blind Accessibility Tips YouTube Channel: (6.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6G1CkN9d8&t=202s
D.) Typing on iPhone and Rotor: (6.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/typing-iphone-and-rotor
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6) Windows 11 Available on October 5th 2021

Last Tuesday Windows announced that Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5th 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/08/31/windows-11-available-on-october-5/

7) Aira News for August 2021

https://aira.io/aira-news-august-2021

8) The AT Social Hub: We Need to Talk About WeWalk (YouTube Video: August 22nd 2021)

We've heard about the WeWALK cane on a previous instalment of the AT Social Hub. When walking, WeWALK vibrates to inform you of low-hanging obstacles that the bottom of a cane may typically miss, such as a sign or tree branch. Additionally, you can pair your cane to the WeWALK app on your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to make use of WeWALK's smart features. But, how does it work in practical terms from a user's perspective in everyday life? Our own Stuart Beveridge has just received his WeWALK and put it through its paces as only Stuart can:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zWA-HGeWxw

9) The Best Text to Speech Extensions for Chrome

These Chrome extensions can read text aloud for you:
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/08/31/best-text-to-speech-extensions-for-chrome/

10) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for August 2021

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-august-2021

11) How Apple's HomePod Mini Finally Gives Blind People an Affordable HomeKit Hub

Finally, a usable and affordable HomeKit hub a blind person can enjoy. A nice speaker you can use with AirPlay too, at half the price of an Apple TV. VoiceOver works great on it with no hardware modifications. It's a considerable win:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2021/08/25/how-apples-homepod-mini-finally-gives-blind-people-an-affordable-homekit-hub/

12) The AT Social Hub: Mobility Magic with NaviBelt and UltraCane! (YouTube Video: August 5th 2021)

The AT Social Hub is back with another exciting session driven by your tech experiences! For our next session, the 2 Stuart's will be taking a look at the NaviBelt by FeelSpace and the UltraCane. The vibrating NaviBelt makes paths and directions tangible. Experience a completely new feeling of space! Simply put on the NaviBelt, enter a destination with the help of your smartphone and you will immediately feel where you are going. True to the motto: Always follow your gut feeling!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MBUayHvgj4

13) These Smart Lenses Could Help Restore Sight to Visually Impaired Individuals

Californian startup Mojo Vision is working on a novel concept of contact lenses featuring a screen capable of transcribing images in augmented reality. Still at the prototype stage, it could eventually help visually impaired people better understand their environment:
https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2021/08/29/these-smart-lenses-could-help-restore-sight-to-visually-impaired-individuals

14) Take Control of Just About Anything with Take Control Books

Take Control books are offered in multiple non-DRM formats including PDF, ePub, and Mobi format which makes it easy to read them on just about any device you choose. Yes, they do not use DRM or copy protection, because, as they put it, "our ebooks do not use copy protection because it makes life harder for everyone. So we ask a favor of our readers. If you want to share your copy of an ebook you've bought with a friend, please do so as you would with a physical book, meaning that if your friend uses it regularly, they should buy a copy":
https://www.steves.life/take-control-of-just-about-anything-with-take-control-books/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Blind Video Game Champion Takes on Twitch Audience

With a joystick in one hand, a Braille device under the other and a mask over his eyes, BlindWarriorSven efficiently disposes of yet another opponent. "I put this mask on because sometimes people tell me I'm not really blind," he says with a smile, in reference to the sore losers he has beaten on the video game streaming site Twitch:
https://news.yahoo.com/blind-video-game-champion-takes-064651292.html

2) American Foundation for the Blind Announces Llura Gund Workforce Inclusion Fund

New fund will devote resources to career pathways, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for jobseekers who are blind or have low vision:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-llura-gund-workforce-inclusion-fund-301365120.html

3) More Companies Are Looking to Hire Accessibility Specialists

Accessibility jobs, ranging from "head of accessibility" to "accessibility analyst," are increasing at a rapid pace across industries as companies strive to make their products and services more tailored to people with disabilities:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-companies-are-looking-to-hire-accessibility-specialists-11630501200

4) 3 Ways News Organizations Can Improve Accessibility Right Now

By considering the ways people navigate the digital world differently, news organizations can connect with their audiences in a more compassionate way:
https://www.poynter.org/ethics-trust/2021/3-ways-news-organizations-can-improve-accessibility-right-now/

5) Smart Home Technology Enhancements for the Visually Impaired

Smart home technology can provide visually impaired homeowners, in many cases, with more convenience and added safety than a smart home can provide to homeowners that aren't visually impaired. Smart home integrators need to understand the unique needs that visually impaired homeowners have to serve them properly:
https://restechtoday.com/smart-home-technology-enhancements-for-the-visually-impaired/

6) Recognise These? Japan's Pavement 'Tenji Blocks' Guide Visually Impaired Worldwide

The tactile paving was invented in Japan more than 50 years ago to help those with visual impairments move safely around urban environments "Tenji Blocks" have since gone global, becoming a familiar sight in cities around the world from London to Sydney:
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3147018/recognise-these-japans-pavement-tenji-blocks-guide-visually

7) WSU Researcher Awarded $100K for App That Helps Visually Impaired Read Comics, Graphic Novels

The National Endowment for Humanities has awarded a Wichita State University researcher $100,000 for his work on developing an application that allows visually impaired people to read comic books and graphic novels, the university recently announced in a news release:
https://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2021/08/26/wsu-vizling-app-visually-impaired-comics-graphics.html

8) Toyota Halts Use of Self-Driving Vehicle at Paralympic Village After Collision with Visually Impaired Athlete

Toyota has suspended use of all of its self-driving e-Palette transportation pods at the Tokyo Paralympic Games village:
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/toyota-halts-self-driving-vehicles-use-after-olympic-village-accident-1.6157569

9) HSBC UK Uses New Card Designs in Bid for Greater Accessibility

HSBC UK has announced a new range of redesigned credit and debit cards. The new designs are intended to make banking more accessible to people with dementia, visual impairments, color blindness, learning difficulties and dyslexia:
https://tearsheet.co/payments/hsbc-uk-uses-new-card-designs-in-bid-for-greater-accessibility/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 32: Climbing Mountains Blind One Finger at a Time (Part 2-of-2)

August 20th 2021 | On this, our final episode of season one, Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther celebrates by having Ms Lilly reveal her top five favorite episodes from the past year. We present the second half of our conversation with blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer, and Lawrence offers tips and some reflections on experiencing the outdoors. Tune in to AMI Audio for all the fun or download the podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-32-climbing-mountains-blind-one-finger-at-a/id1530444764?i=1000532598924

2) Mosen At Large 145

August 28th 2021 A COVID-19 Ccheck-In, Blind People in the Media, and Flying to Canada Now Takes Extra Effort:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/fa66a9e8/a-covid-19-check-in-blind-people-in-the-media-and-flying-tocanada-now-takes-extra-effort

3) Blind Android Users 38 | Video streaming services, which one is yours?

August 28th 2021 | In this show we talk all about video streaming apps. We demo Youtube app on android and Facebook. We then have an unboxing Party in which we have unboxing and review of Samsung Galaxy Z flip and review of Xperia M1 III. We have the 4th episode in the highlights from talkback. We show you how to read articles when browsing using Google assistant and skip all unwanted adds:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

4) Eyes on Success 2136 Combining Computer Science with Social Sciences

September 1st 2021
Bhavya Shah grew up in India where blind students were often dissuaded from certain studies and careers and where many textbooks could not be obtained in an accessible format. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bhavya about how he overcame these challenges and now combines his skills in computer science with his interest in social science to contribute to research projects:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202136.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Transitioning to JAWS - A 12-Week Workshop

September 7th 2021 Through November 23rd 2021| 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT | JAWS is a paid screen reader widely used in educational, corporate and governmental environments, and it's installed on every PC in the New York Public Library system. Perhaps you already have JAWS but need to brush up your skills, or maybe you're considering whether to purchase the program. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the JAWS screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing JAWS settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JiCsNATySaCS5-HJ8FSLm1169reOGjZzfkl4KegcIN0/viewform?edit_requested=true

2) 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

3) Intro to NVDA: A 12-Week Workshop

September 8th 2021 Through November 24th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | There are several Windows screen readers to choose from. NVDA is an increasingly popular option, created by blind developers and freely available all over the world. Come discover how this free- open-source option compares. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the NVDA screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing NVDA settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nHuFSU_3lHZvWMRTqIrVTjNxjmlWQR1uFMAQR8xOliY/viewform?edit_requested=true

4) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 2 - Access Ingenuity

September 8th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a part 2, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend part 1. In addition, please feel free to contact us if you would like access to the part 1 recording. Learning Outcomes: Understand folder paths to manage and locate your drives, folders, and files. Discover how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Explore the different ways to access various commands such as select, cut, copy, paste, rename, delete, and more. Meeting ID: 874 6987 8574 | Passcode: 109862 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87469878574#,,,,*109862# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87469878574?pwd=YlZ3VmRXS3I3SGl3azlVQUE2L3RRZz09

5) TOPAZ Ultra Training Webinar

September 9th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for the functionality of a desktop video magnifier but the flexibility to take it with you from room to room? The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier — but in a compact and foldable design. Join Mike Wood as he goes over all the features and benefit of TOPAZ Ultra:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uTRsGQWPR6mClAKjnsMqMA?utm_campaign=LV_Webinars&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=154104403&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_3_EUR-SSIjtFE7xHAVlg6FrWX1aFxemSW8iSeX8iRXUFlA0y99wHTwR170n8u8O-I8M3LeDIDGUvD0Wkbx2UBmW3jjA&utm_content=154104403&utm_source=hs_email

6) Alexa Games Presentation - Technology User Group

September 11th 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, September 11th 2021 The Technology User Group is pleased to present a morning of games with your Alexa device. Whether you are using an Echo Show, Dot, Flex, Fire, phone or computer app, there are hundreds of games available on this operating platform but only 60 minutes to tell you about the top ones. Come and witness the best and worst that the AI world has to offer. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will last about an hour. This presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

7) ONYX PRO: Next Generation Magnifier / Reader From Freedom Scientific - Access Ingenuity

September 15th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and special guests Joe McDaniel and Mike Woods from Freedom Scientific as we demonstrate the new ONYX PRO. The ONYX PRO easily connects to Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to magnify text or have text read aloud. Just place your Surface Pro 7 in the ONYX PRO stand, unfold the camera, and attach the camera to the stand and you are ready to go. Featuring a dual-camera design for flexibility, one camera allows you to easily go from near magnification to distance viewing. The second camera is dedicated to Document OCR (optical character recognition) mode that scans printed text and reads it back to you out loud in a clear and natural voice. The ONYX PRO is great for reading books, magazines, mail, and more! Learning Outcomes: Discover how the ONYX PRO takes us to the next level of portable magnifying/reading solutions. Understand the features and capabilities of the ONYX PRO. Explore how the ONYX PRO excels in the classroom, office or at home. Meeting ID: 870 4246 8742 | Passcode: 216057 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87042468742#,,,,*216057# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87042468742?pwd=UWtrc2dxRDFFZVpVQVVybTBOd3lYUT09

8) Accessing and Customizing Windows 10 Settings With Assistive Technology - Access Ingenuity

September 22nd 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the Settings App of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to better navigate, search, and customize your Windows 10 Settings. Unlike previous versions of Windows, most settings are now customized under the new Settings App of Windows 10. In some cases, changes will not take place unless configured in Settings. For example, even if you agree to make the current browser the default within that browser, it now still needs to be finalized in Settings. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the different ways to open the Settings App. Understand the Settings layout and how to use keyboard commands to best navigate the various options. Discover the different ways to search for specific settings. Explore some popular settings such as setting default apps, Windows Updates, managing devices, and more. Meeting ID: 825 5600 7846 | Passcode: 418662 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82556007846#,,,,*418662# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82556007846?pwd=SGU4RG4xN2ZPZG9OQVFwTHM2aGtxZz09

9) 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/

10) A Closer Look at the New Envision Glasses - Access Ingenuity

September 29th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a look at the exciting new Envision glasses. The Envision glasses use the cutting edge Google Glasses platform as a way for a visually impaired user to gain access to their environment. They give you the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books or your favorite recipe. Using the built in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view, to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Join us to learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Attendees from previous presentations on the glasses can still benefit from this since new features will be introduced. In addition, there are plans to present some live examples of the call feature for a blind person to get help during this presentation! Learning Outcomes: Convenience of using the Scan Text and Instant Text features. How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last glasses presentation. Benefits and uses of the Video Call feature. Meeting ID: 856 9427 2978 | Passcode: 248303 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85694272978#,,,,*248303# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694272978?pwd=dVFKb3ZYSndnUjBPekhsVm0rQXpQZz09

11) 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/

12) 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/

13) 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

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

November 15th 2021 Through November 19th 2021 | Presented and hosted by AHEAD, Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

15) 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/


➜ Surveys


1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID Pandemic

Clsoe Date: September 30th 2021 Dear Listers, this is Sushil Oswal from the University of Washington. I am the principal investigator on a survey about the availability of healthcare information to blind and low-vision consumers during the past 18 months. This is an important survey for our blindness community because it will give us an opportunity to express our experiences of finding healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please give us as much of your personal experiences as you can so that our study could create a comprehensive picture of the healthcare information barriers blind people face particularly under pandemic conditions. We will do a small draw of ten $25 gift cards for this survey. Besides publishing in academic journals, we will be producing a report on the basis of this healthcare information survey which will be shared with as many local and state-level health departments as possible. This report will also be available to blindness community at large. To complete the survey, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the survey, or you have difficulty completing the survey, please email me at oswal@u.washington.edu ✉. Our human subjects approval includes a permission to conduct this survey over the phone if necessary. So, do not hesitate to email me privately if you face computer issues while completing this survey. My co-investigator and I will maintain your privacy in all possible circumstances:
https://uwt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4FBAWsGQwBwtOC


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1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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➜ 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"

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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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Sponsor: Dean Martineau

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Sponsor: Carroll Center for the Blind

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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:
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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.


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