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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Volume 825

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) How to Dial An Extension on an iPhone & Save Extensions to Contacts (iOS 15 Update): (6.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-dial-extension-your-iphone
B.) My Thoughts on The Victor Reader Trek From Humanware by David Goldfield: (6.5% of all clicks.)
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/my-thoughts-on-the-victor-reader-trek-from-humanware/
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D.) Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology. A Downloadable Guide Written By The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF): (4.8% of all clicks.)
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E.) Here's Everything Apple Announced at Its September 14th Event: (4.4% of all clicks.)
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3) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Stephen (Alex) Marositz As Paid Editorial Contributor To Top Tech Tidbits

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Alex Marositz. In addition to being an Editorial Contributor to Top Tech Tidbits Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA. He first begain using assistive technology in March of 1986 and has been reading Tidbits since November of 2009. Alex will start contributing to Top Tech Tidbits as an Editor each week beginning October 7th 2021. Please join all of us in welcoming Alex aboard and be sure to check out what he has to say in his profile on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/about.html#stephen-alex-marositz

4) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Ben Moxey As Paid Editorial Contributor To Top Tech Tidbits

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Ben Moxey. In addition to being an Editorial Contributor to Top Tech Tidbits Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT). He first begain using assistive technology in September of 1999 and has been reading Tidbits since September of 2015. Ben will start contributing to Top Tech Tidbits as an Editor each week beginning October 7th 2021. Please join all of us in welcoming Ben aboard and be sure to check out what he has to say in his profile on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
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5) What's New in iOS 15 Accessibility for Blind and DeafBlind Users

Applevis notes that another Autumn means another release of iOS. Just like releases of iOS dating back to 2009, this release brings a lot of new features and functions for blind and DeafBlind users. Major changes in iOS 15 include a new Focus Mode, several enhancements with FaceTime, the ability to use Siri for certain tasks while offline, and more. Many blogs will be highlighting these enhancements to iOS, so I will not discuss them in great detail here. This article covers accessibility features impacting individuals who are blind or DeafBlind:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/whats-new-ios-15-accessibility-blind-and-deafblind-users?fbclid=IwAR2_RCJWhDDYRYdYaAiDlM5oRv91GQDAjKPB6XJ_4J8PvZpGnLGZ7PGksbc

6) How To Install or Update New Maps and Navigate Virtually on the VR Trek | By HumanWare | YouTube Video Posted September 8th 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NipahJkP-o0

7) How to Code Accessible Emails with Semantic HTML and ARIA

For those of you that ask how we code Top Tech Tidbits to reach the most alternatively abled people possible, this article from Email on Acid is a really great start:
https://www.emailonacid.com/blog/article/email-development/how-to-code-accessible-emails/

8) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for Blind and Low Vision Users

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were released to the public on Monday, September 20th 2021. This post contains details of the VoiceOver, low vision, and braille bugs which Applevis believes will be introduced in these releases; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which they believe to be resolved:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/accessibility-bugs-introduced-and-resolved-ios-15-and-ipados-15-blind-and-low-vision-users

9) Microsoft Office 2021 Joins Windows 11 for October 5 Launch

For those of us married to the intricate network of systems established by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more: Good news. Microsoft Office 2021, the latest iteration of the long-running program suite, is headed to a PC near you on October 5, 2021. It will be icing on the proverbial cake that is Windows 11, which also launches on October 5th 2021:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-office-2021-joins-windows-11-october-5-launch

10) 4,881 Free Online Courses from Top Universities (Updated Weekly)

While this list is not AT-specific, the CourseMarks Directory allows you to take free online courses from some of the best universities in the world. Below you will find a ranked list of 4,881 free online courses from universities such as Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia and other top schools. If you would like to sign up for a free version of a MOOC, please select the "Full Course, No Certificate" (edX) or "Audit" (Coursera) option. If you take the course to earn a certificate, you will be charged a fee:
https://coursemarks.com/trending/free-online-courses-by-top-universities/

11) Accessibility Errors with PDF Maker Update Sept 2021

Several major bugs have been documented by users in the Adobe Community Forums since Acrobat and PDF Maker were updated on September 14, 2021. They are:
https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/44183082-accessibility-errors-with-pdf-maker-update-sept-20

12) Cash Reader: The Best Money Reader For The Blind

Cash Reader is a smartphone application that enables visually impaired people to identify currency independently. It detects the value of a banknote and reads it out to the person or vibrates the value if the phone is in silent mode:
https://iphonearena.com/cash-reader-review-money-identifier-app-for-blind/

13) 5 Reasons to Choose a Mac as a Blind Student

If you live with sight loss, going to a new college or university can bring a host of new experiences and challenges. Stressing over your assistive technology should not be one of them. The inevitable question will arise: What computing platform should you choose for your academics? Mac or Windows?
https://iphonearena.com/reasons-to-choose-a-mac-as-a-blind-student/

14) NVDA Beats VoiceOver In These 7 Important Ways. Every. Single. Time.

The folks over at iPhoneArena.com believe that NVDA is better than VoiceOver at some things. And they want to talk about them. Here are seven reasons why NVDA beats VoiceOver. Every. Single. Time:
https://iphonearena.com/nvda-vs-voiceover/

15) How to Add Closed Captions to Videos if You are Blind

As a content creator, it is no secret one of your biggest goals is to reach as wide of an audience as possible. As such, you should want to insure your content is as accessible as possible and one way to do this is through the use of closed captions for people who are hard of hearing. Closed captions are a textual representation of what is being said in a video, as well as other critical sounds important to understanding the plot. However, there's a bit of a paradox for blind advocates and content creators, and that is the ability to caption their content independently:
https://rossminor.com/2021/09/14/331/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Apple Refutes Flicktype Developer's Account Of App Store Issues

Apple has told AppleInsider how it denies FlickType developer Kosta Eleftheriou's claims in a lawsuit, over the App Store handling of his accessibility keyboard app for Apple Watch:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/15/apple-refutes-flicktype-developers-account-of-app-store-issues?utm_medium=rss

2) Developer Disputes Apple's Take on 'FlickType' Removal

Kosta Eleftheriou, developer and vocal App Store critic, says it took a year of appeals to get his "FlickType" Apple Watch keyboard approved, with those hard-fought gains potentially wiped clean now that Apple "Sherlocked" the app:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/17/developer-disputes-apples-take-on-flicktype-removal?utm_medium=rss

3) Three Ways AI Is Improving Assistive Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are some of the buzziest terms in tech and for a good reason. These innovations have the potential to tackle some of humanity's biggest obstacles across industries, from medicine to education and sustainability. One sector, in particular, is set to see massive advancement through these new technologies: assistive technology:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2021/09/21/three-ways-ai-is-improving-assistive-technology/?sh=4a77f0b5419d

4) Store for Visually Impaired Gives Customers Independence

There's a new store in St. Petersburg, Florida making it easier for the blind and visually impaired to get the tools they need to improve their quality of life. The Lantern is a low-vision store at the Lighthouse of Pinellas where shoppers can buy everything from magnifying glasses to blood pressure monitors to talking clocks:
https://www.fox13news.com/news/store-for-visually-impaired-gives-customers-independence

5) How Companies Can Make Their Remote Working Inclusive For The Deaf And Blind

As remote working takes a greater hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, a wealth of opportunities can open up for people that may not have existed before. For example, less of a focus on the office can draw more people with disabilities into the workforce:
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/how-to-make-remote-working-inclusive-for-the-deaf-and-blind.html

6) Mcdonald's To Add Assistive Technology For Blind Customers To All US Company-Owned Stores

McDonald's will add assistive technology for blind customers at all company-owned restaurants in the U.S. by the end of this year, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal:
https://www.qsrweb.com/news/mcdonalds-to-add-assistive-technology-for-blind-customers-to-all-us-company-owned-stores/

7) Do We Need Louder EVs? Well, the Safety of the Visually Impaired Depends On It

Electric vehicles are quiet because they simply lack the noise-making traditional combustion engines as they are powered by batteries and electric motors. However, this silence is not considered good for traffic and road safety as it can lead to accidents:
https://interestingengineering.com/safety-of-the-visually-impaired-depends-on-louder-evs

8) Why The Events Industry Must Prioritize Accessibility Post-Covid

The long-awaited return of live events is here, but does its arrival offer an opportunity to rebuild the industry for the better? As part of The Drum's Experiential Deep Dive, experts weigh in on how events can become more inclusive for people with disabilities — ending social isolation for everyone, once and for all:
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2021/09/15/why-the-events-industry-must-prioritize-accessibility-post-covid

9) AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

The nonprofit raised over $1 million. Donations came from big companies like Twitch, but many were smaller contributions from individual gamers:
https://www.wired.com/story/ablegamers-million-dollar-birthday-fundraiser/

10) How Accessible Are Zelda, Pokémon And Animal Crossing For Blind Gamers?

On June 19, 2020, the gaming industry saw the release of the first video game to be created for blind gamers from the ground-up. Naughty Dog's, The Last of Us Part II was a look into what the future of gaming can be. However, what does the current landscape look like for disabled gamers wanting to play games now?
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/09/feature_how_accessible_are_zelda_pokemon_and_animal_crossing_for_blind_gamers

11) How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

This article from Wired Magazine outlines some easy ways to make audio more accessible for everyone:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-podcasts-better-for-people-with-hearing-loss/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 34: Farming Blind and the Harvest Moon

September 17th 2021 On AMI Audio's podcast “Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther” we celebrate the harvest moon and get to meet Matthew Bulmer, a blind farmer, inventor and municipal counsellor. Find out what it takes to farm blind. Test your knowledge and guess eight sounds from the farm. Learn tips on how to stay safe in one of the world's most dangerous professions:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-34-farming-blind-and-the-harvest-moon/id1530444764?i=1000535819850

2) Blind Android Users 41 | Get that Human Assistant!

September 18th 2021 | This week, we first talk about the return of our trusted friend in Android 12 Beta 5, the 2 finger hold to start talkback. We then talk about human assistant apps, Ira and Be My Eyes. We show you the layout of Ira. We have an interview with Ryan and Irene from Ira. We then unbox and review the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Then in our talkback highlights we show how to use 4 finger gestures:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Mosen At Large 149

September 18th 2021 iOS 15, new Apple hardware, and adventures in Android:
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9ee5c3f6/ios-15-new-apple-hardware-and-adventures-in-android

4) Eyes on Success 2139 Using Reaper with OSARA

September 22nd 2021
Reaper is a powerful multi-track audio production program used by many people with visual impairments. The program is made accessible using a screen reader on both PC's and Mac's by the open source OSARA extension for Reaper. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott Chesworth who manages the Reaper forums and Jamie Teh, the author of OSARA:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202139.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) American Printing House for the Blind Announces the Chameleon 20 Has A Voice

September 24th 2021 | The Chameleon 20 has a voice! Text to Speech is coming soon to this portable and powerful braille device. Join American Printing House for the Blind on September 24th 2021 to be the first to hear about this update plus Spanish language support and one-handed mode. #AccessAcademy. Register at:
https://bit.ly/2I75VTA

2) Ask an AT Professional

September 25th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Need some help with your Assistive Technology? Wondering what's that JAWS or NVDA Command? Puzzling* about your braille display? Having trouble with your iPhone? Googled, Asked friends and still can't find the answer... Register and get the Zoom link to Ask the AT Professional. Ask the AT Professional is available every Wednesday and Saturday. Sponsored by: Our Space Our Place, Inc.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdu6vrDsqH9ROpLzHnt6zZtN_sIzjCa6N

3) How To Use The Victor Reader Trek To Become More Knowledgeable And Efficient When Traveling

September 29th 2021 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Don't' miss this Leader Dogs for the Blind and HumanWare collaboration event on where Peter Tucic will be discussing how one can best utilize electronic navigation aids such as the Victor Reader Trek to further increase awareness and efficiency when traveling. Peter will discuss both appropriate means of introducing GPS technology to someone who may be newer to vision loss, as well as how such devices can benefit those who are seasoned travelers who would like to further augment their traditional orientation and mobility skillset. To register to this upcoming collaboration event, please visit the zoom registration page:
https://leaderdog-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEucuioqzgpGd0iiUjtV6Td3V_cvm0FX032?fbclid=IwAR3xBM8hmNzUHh9_wrQNT6C5yCxsiEHej09HmlZbVakjYgeMIvnxkc5B-7g

4) 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

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) Gadgets, Apps & Resources for Your Health by The Technology User Group

October 2nd 2021 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | On Saturday, October 2nd 2021, the Technology User Group will take a close look at health resources, apps and gadgets. There are thousands of health resources available, but if they lack accessibility, they will be of little use to you. We will be looking at many aspects of health and showcasing some of the best resources. Please note that for this event and the event in November, we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month. You do not need to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour. All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling:
(319) 527-4994

7) 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/

8) Building A Professional Website Using WordPress Course

October 5th 2021 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | My name is Taylor Arndt and I am the owner of Taylor's Accessible Branding Solutions, LLC. Having an online presence is essential for success today, which is why my company offers products like Wordpress website development, training solutions, copywriting and more. We will be hosting a WordPress professional web development course starting on October 5th 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. The course will last for 10 weeks, and will guide you through the basics of hosting your own website and give you detailed information on accessible WordPress themes and plugins such as GeneratePress, Gravity Forms, UpdraftPlus, Rank Math SEO, and Jetpack. When you complete our 10-week course you will be able to install the WordPress content management system, set up your website, understand how to maintain and secure your site, and use SiteKit to view analytics. The course this fall has a limited number of seats, and seats are filling up fast! The registration fee will be $300 USD and you can register at:
https://courses.tayloraccess.com/courses/

9) 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

10) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

October 7th 2021 through October 8th 2021 | American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. This event is primarily Online, with in-person participation options still to be determined. Please note that this Summit is in the same week and in the same vicinity as the M-Enabling Summit. The premier annual event for digital accessibility legal practioners. In-depth talks and panels. Featuring leaders from the digital accessibility and legal fields. Tackling big practice issues:
https://accessibility.legal/

11) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIG

October 11th 2021 through October 12th 2021 | The full line-up has been announced for the free-to-attend online edition of accessibility conference GAconf, taking place on October 11th-12th 2021. GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord. Topics include Far Cry 6's methodology for accessibility user research, how the Diablo 2 team tackled accessibility of remasters, audio description for blind gamers, Insomniac's journey through Spider-Man, Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart; case studies on indie accessibility gems The Vale and The Big Con, how to communicate complex information through sound for blind gamers, panel discussion on representation of disabled characters, lived experiences of gaming with motor impairments, what legally blind gamers see, how to make horror games scary for all? players, how Roblox enables and supports accessibility of user generated content, and more! Speakers include indie accessibility superstars Falling Squirrel and Mighty Yell through to AAAs and publishers like EA, Insomniac, Blizzard and Ubisoft, and disabled gamers advocates and specialists such as Paul Amadeus Lane, James Rath, and Courtney Craven:
https://www.gaconf.com/

12) 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/

13) 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/

14) 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


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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


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1) FOR SALE: One Perfect BrailleSense Polaris 32

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $1,450.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: We have one unused Hims Braille Sense Polaris 32. This notetaker has powerful built-in capabilities and can also be used as a 32 cell Braille display and Braille keyboard for your computer and/or phone. | Contact: Email cs567eml@gmail.com ✉ or (408) 659-1374 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Victor Reader Stream TREK

Listing Date: 9/16/2021 | Price: $60.00 USD | Condition: Gently Used. | Description: This VR TREK will need a new battery, and the small clip that holds the battery in is broken, you may be able to have this fixed, or you could just use tape to hold the battery in. Other than that it works just fine. Comes with its originall carrying case. | Contact: Email jflower418@gmail.com ✉. |

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Sponsor: GuideLights and Gadgets

➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For Fall
(1) New! Talking oximeter, easy to use and accurate. $65 w/shipping. (2) Our leather "everything" crossbody/shoulder bag now has RFID protection and a nice-feeling rectangular shape. Single or double compartment models (6x9) can hold a Braille display w/5 other pockets for all day essentials; $25 or $35. (3) New! Sturdier leather neck pouch with strap, slightly larger and more rugged, AIRA/Be My Eyes, just $5 more, $20 (4) 13x17x8" rucksack style leather backpack is tough enough to go anywhere, while remaining comfortably on your shoulders. A pack made for a lifetime, $90.00. (5) Convenient convertible Embassy leather backpack rolling duffel is back $70. Call Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or email bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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: Blind Mice Mega Mall

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


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

➜ The 50% Introductory Rate for Scribe for Meetings is Coming to a Close!
Sign up for your lifetime subscription at the discounted rate before October 15, and lock in your access to future features, including the recently unveiled functionality with Microsoft Teams. Robust accessibility at the price you want starts here:
https://pneumasolutions.com/scribe-for-meetings-promotion-expiring-soon/

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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.


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:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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/

APH ConnectCenter logo.

Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

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!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/092320211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

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

Be My Eyes logo.

Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐

Download The App (iOS):
Be My Eyes for iOS - From the Apple App Store 📱

Download The App (Android):
Be My Eyes for Android - From the Google Play Store 📱

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.

American Printing House (APH) logo.

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.


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