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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 9, 2021 - Volume 823

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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A.) The AT Social Hub: We Need to Talk About WeWalk (YouTube Video: August 22nd 2021): (8.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zWA-HGeWxw
B.) How Apple's HomePod Mini Finally Gives Blind People an Affordable HomeKit Hub: (7.5% of all clicks.)
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We have received so many applications for the originally announced position in just the first week that we have made the decision to move the deadline up to September 15th 2021. So there's still time, but the window is now closing. In addition, because we have received applications from so many editors that we believe would truly make Tidbits even better than it is today, we have also made the decision to hire a 2nd paid Editorial Contributor from this very same applicant pool, in addition to the 1st paid Editorial Contributor position that we announced last week. This 2nd paid Editorial Contributor will now mark our limit to the number of paid editors that Tidbits can sustain at any one time. Two. In additon to the two that volunteer on behalf of Mind Vault. From all of us here at Tidbits I cannot tell you how very excited we are to welcome two new editors aboard. And we know that readers are excited too. For those of you that have already applied, thank you. We are truly humbled. We had no idea that so many people wished to be involved in Tidbits. But now, we hear you. And we will continue to look for ways to get more of you involved. For those still interested, we encourage you to apply by or before September 15th 2021. Updated information on both positions can now be found here:
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4) Accessible Online Editor for Python

I am Syed Billah; I am an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University. One of our research agenda is to make computer programming accessible to students with vision impairments. Our lab recently developed a research prototype of an accessible online editor for Python. Programming languages like Python are predominantly visual. As a result, sighted programmers often rely on visual cues, such as empty spaces, highlighting parentheses, to write error-free code in an editor. Unfortunately, most editors fail to properly convey these visual cues in audio, making it difficult to write code non-visually. We hope our prototype overcomes these challenges and lets someone writes Python code non-visually. Currently, we are running a study to test this prototype. We invite adults with vision impairments who are familiar with Python to participate in our study.Participants will be asked to read/write simple Python code non-visually using screen readers (e.g., NVDA). The study will be conducted over Zoom video conferencing software. It will take 2 hours, and we'll pay an Amazon Gift card of USD $50 to compensate for the individual's time. Please note that payment may take a week due to the official process. If you are interested, don't hesitate to contact me, Syed Billah at sbillah@psu.edu. Thank you. Syed M. Billah, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania:
https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/topic/85327792

5) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Using Google Drive (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxXuYZHY1ZE

6) 10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know

In the digital age, eBook reader apps have replaced conventional printed books. Now you can simply read your favorite book on your smartphone or tablet by downloading apps on your Android device. Several of the eBook apps even provide hundreds of free books. With these apps, you can quickly search for a book of your choice and start reading them right away. You no longer have to visit physical stores to buy books. Here are some of the best eBook reader apps for Android:
https://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/10-best-ebook-reader-apps-for-android-you-need-know.html

7) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Configuring and Using Email (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnxtNShqKnc

8) How Do I Make Personal Google Play Books Voice Readable?

You can use Google's Text-to-Speech app from the Play Store. It allows you to read text on the screen aloud by using the device's text-to-speech feature. As mentioned in the description, it can be used by: Google Play Books to "Read Aloud" your favourite book. Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word. TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device. And many other applications. To use Google Text-to-speech on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-speech Engine as your preferred engine:
https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/111935/personal-google-play-books-how-to-make-them-voice-readable

9) Voxmate: New All-In-One Android App for the Blind, Reimagines Accessible Apps with a Simple Interface

Voxmate is a new Android app for the visually impaired, now available on Google Play. With Voxmate, you can read news, listen to audiobooks, play games and more with just four swipes - up, down, left and right. Today, there are 20 audio-first apps. Some are audible interfaces to popular services like YouTube and Telegram, and some are originals, like the Audio Forum. Unlike traditional screen readers, Voxmate was designed from the ground up to focus on a great audio experience rather than describing what's on the screen. It is easy to learn, even for people who have difficulty with Talkback and VoiceOver. Voxmate is free to use for a limited time per week. If you sign up for a monthly or annual subscription, this restriction is lifted. During Early Access, subscriptions are discounted by 75%:
https://voxmate.com/

10) Introduction to RoboBraille

RoboBraille is an e-mail and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of alternate formats for the visually and reading impaired. RoboBraille is accessible 24/7 as a self-service solution and is available free of charge to individual, non-commercial user not affiliated with an institutional setting obligated to provide support (academic institution, organisation, association or similar). Users need not register in order to use the service. The objective is to support and promote self-sufficiency of people with special needs socially, throughout the educational system and on the labour market. As an additional benefit, RoboBraille helps to protect the privacy of of those who need material in alternate formats. Convert a file for free here:
https://www.robobraille.org/

11) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Downloading Android Apps from Google Play Store (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj8chWnChX0

12) Firefox 92: Some Accessibility Improvements

Improvements include: (1) Performance with screen readers and other accessibility tools is no longer severely degraded if Mozilla Thunderbird is installed or updated after Firefox. (2) MacOS VoiceOver now correctly reports buttons and links marked as 'expanded' using the aria-expanded attribute. (3) An open alert in a tab no longer causes performance issues in other tabs using the same process:
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/92.0/releasenotes/

13) Technology Blog and Podcast By Shaun Everiss

While this technology blog and podcast are not always AT-specific, they both contain an incredible amount of very useful technical information. Shaun is a long time Supporter, Reader and Partner to Top Tech Tidbits:
https://technology.jaredrimer.net/

14) Notes on Synthetic Speech | September 3rd 2021

I use a screen reader and it sounds the same, whatever I'm doing - reading an email from a friend, reading news of a global disaster, reading something in the first-person female or first-person transgender, shopping for clothes or scrutinising a business contract. Although the quality of voices used by screen readers is OK, you're never in any doubt that you're listening to synthetic speech - and believe me, it's boring!.
https://tink.uk/notes-on-synthetic-speech/

15) Hadley Labels for Everyday Use Series

This series includes 4 workshops titled: "Labels: Label it Large," "Labels: Audio Labels," Labels: Labels You Touch," and "Labels: Medications:"
https://hadley.edu/workshops/labels-for-everyday-use-series

16) Getting to Know Your New BrailleSense6: Using New Features (YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbaG6LF17W0

17) In-Process for September 3rd 2021

We're continuing to get closer to the release of NVDA 2021.2, so let's dive into that first this week:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-september-2021/

18) NVDA 2021.2rc1 Available for Testing

The Release Candidate (RC) of NVDA 2021.2 is now available for download and testing. We encourage all users to download this RC and provide feedback. Unless any critical bugs are found, this will be identical to the final 2021.2 release:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2021-2rc1/

19) Free APH Mantis Q40 Audio Documentation by Mystic Access

Experience Audio Documentation that is Easy to Navigate, Highly Structured and Professionally Produced. Mystic Access is thrilled to have collaborated with APH to create audio documentation for the Mantis Q40. In these three hours of comprehensive content, you will be guided through the documentation by Kim Nova, a totally blind, female Mantis user in a warm, friendly and highly-structured manner. Professionally recorded, edited and produced in-house by Mystic Access, you will find the documentation to be a pleasant listening experience. Available in both DAISY and MP3 formats, you may choose how and where you listen to the audio. Please read below for the full table of contents for this audio documentation:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/free-aph-mantis-q40-audio-documentation/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) The Challenges Visually-Impaired People Have in the Workplace

In recent years, organizations all over the country have started to recognize the importance of making everyone feel safe, included, and comfortable in the workplace. As a result, the modern office has become more diverse in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion. However, we still have a long way to go when it comes to making the workplace more inclusive towards people with disabilities — especially to those who are blind or visually-impaired. This has undoubtedly discouraged and obstructed visually-impaired adults from pursuing a full time job, and it is estimated that more than 70% of them remain unemployed today:
https://www.supersense.app/post/the-challenges-visually-impaired-people-have-in-the-workplace

2) The Issues With Accessibility at Live Music Venues

Although for a while it felt like we'd never step foot into a concert again, the recent Boris-approved abandonment of most Covid measures marks the return of live music. This also means the return of the well-established accessibility issues that have always plagued concert-goers with disabilities. From painfully understaffed disabled booking lines to inaccessible seating, people with disabilities have to jump through many metaphorical hoops in order to be able to enjoy live music. As we take these first steps back to live shows, I want to reflect on my experiences of concerts, and how gigs can be made accessible to more people:
https://theboar.org/2021/09/accessibility-at-music-venues/

3) Strawberry Field Leads The Way in Accessibility To All, With Advanced Features

Strawberry Field, the world-famous site immortalised by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, "Strawberry Fields Forever", is aiming to be the UK's Number 1 attraction for accessibility, thanks to a series of upgraded and innovative features:
https://bbg.life/index.php/2021/09/03/strawberry-field-leads-the-way-in-accessibility-to-all-with-advanced-features-the-guide-liverpool/

4) Make Accessibility Part Of Your Startup's Products And Culture From Day One

The world of accessibility has experienced a tipping point thanks to the pandemic, which drove people of all abilities to do more tasks and shopping online. For the last year, the digital world was the only place brands could connect with their customers. A Forrester survey found that 8 in 10 companies have taken their first steps toward working on digital accessibility. What's driving this change besides the increased digital interactions? Fortune 500 companies are finally starting to realize that people with disabilities make up 1 billion of the world's market. That population and their families control more than $13 trillion in disposable income, according to Return on Disability's "The Global Economics of Disability:"
https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/03/make-accessibility-part-of-your-startups-products-and-culture-from-day-one/

5) This Drone Device Allows The Visually Impaired To Play Badminton

Led by assistant professor yoichi ochiai, a team of students from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, have formed the digital nature group to develop technological solutions that bring humans and machines closer together. recently, the team has unveiled an innovative device that helps the visually impaired play badminton again, using a drone as a ball. although the current design specifically targets badminton enthusiasts, the project has the potential to diversify a wide range of sports and activities, thus improving both the physical and mental health of people with limited vision:
https://www.designboom.com/technology/drone-device-visually-impaired-play-badminton-09-02-2021/

6) Beep Cricket - Enabling An Active And Inclusive Lifestyle With The Support Of Ian Healy

Known as one of the greatest wicketkeepers in history, Ian Healy's contributions to Blind Bats Inc and their newest venture in Beep Cricket promotes increased sporting accessibility for the blind and vision impaired. At a time when sport has been curtailed and operated in restricted environments, innovators within the cricketing domain are developing a new and improved cricket ball for blind and visually impaired players:
https://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/383966/beep-cricket-enabling-an-active-and-inclusive-lifestyle-with-the-support-of-ian-healy#.YTQ9fI5KiUl


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: Golfing After Vision Loss

September 3rd 2021 | Champion blind golfer Chad NeSmith talks about how vision loss shaped his life, and how he shares his passion for golf with others with vision loss:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/golfing-after-vision-loss

2) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 33: Rafting the Ottawa River's Whitewater Blind

September 3rd 2021 | Lawrence and Lilly leave Lewis behind for an exciting day of whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River. Find out the technology and tips used to raft class five rapids aboard small self-bailing rafts, followed by cliff jumping. Joining the crew for the adventure is ten-year old autistic "Tegan":
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-33-rafting-the-ottawa-rivers-whitewater-blind/id1530444764?i=1000534240204

3) Mosen At Large 146

September 4th 2021 New Zealand's Royal Commission into abuse in care, blindisms, tech topics and more:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/eff200d4/new-zealand-s-royal-commission-into-abuse-in-care-blindisms-tech-topics-and-more

4) Blind Android Users 39 | Don't Touch The Dial and Chat with Voxmate

September 4th 2021 | In this episode we talk about Radio apps and advantages and disadvantages of TuneIn Radio, VRadio, Simple Radio and we demo the Radio.Net app. We mention an app for our UK listeners from British Wireless for the Blind Fund, Speech Radio. We also advise that UK listeners listening to BBC programming may need to use the BBC Sounds app. We are joined by Gleb Zevkov, founder of the Voxmate app, which provides an all-in-one, self-voicing app designed for blind people. We unbox and review Google Pixel 5A:
http://www.blindandroidusers.com/

5) Eyes on Success 2137 Sharing Experiences with Cochlear Implants

September 8th 2021
Blind individuals rely heavily on their ability to hear in order to compensate for their lack of sight. But what happens when a blind person loses their hearing? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey join a conversation between Jim Snowbarger and Greg Green, both of whom are blind and both of whom have cochlear implants, about their experiences with the implants:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202137.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) 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

2) 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

3) 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

4) Virtual ISLAND Conference hosted by Princeton University

September 17th 2021 through September 18th 2021 | The Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability and STEM will be held virtually on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th 2021. This year's conference will be hosted by Princeton University. Online registration is now open for this year's conference. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
https://islandconference.org

5) 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

6) 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/

7) 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

8) 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/

9) 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/

10) 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

11) 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/

12) 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/

13) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for axe-con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/


➜ 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


➜ 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"

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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:
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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.


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

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

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

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Sponsor: Freedom Scientific

➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Email: info@vispero.com

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter

➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services
APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision. https://visionaware.org/

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About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


Sponsor: Humanware

➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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.
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/accessible-pharmacy-joins-be-my-eyes.

Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community

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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

➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products
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 Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


Sponsor: American Printing House (APH)

➜ Build A Foundational Understanding Of Construction And Electronics With BRIC: Structures® Access Kit From APH - An Adapted Version Of An Educational Elenco® Product For Students Who Are Blind And Visually Impaired!
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 Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

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: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ 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 ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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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 ☎.


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