Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 30, 2021 - Volume 826
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last WeekA.) What's New in iOS 15 Accessibility for Blind and DeafBlind Users: (13.5% of all clicks.)
B.) NVDA Beats VoiceOver In These 7 Important Ways. Every. Single. Time.: (8.8% of all clicks.)
C.) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for Blind and Low Vision Users: (5.9% of all clicks.)
D.) Cash Reader: The Best Money Reader For The Blind: (5.6% of all clicks.)
E.) 4,881 Free Online Courses from Top Universities (Updated Weekly): (4.7% of all clicks.)
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3) Accesskit: A New Open-Source Project To Help Make More Apps AccessibleThe goal of AccessKit is to provide shared infrastructure for making apps accessible, across as many platforms and programming languages as possible. With AccessKit, a developer working with multiple platforms won't have to implement accessibility for each platform from scratch:
4) Microsoft 'Adaptive Kit' Makes Surface Devices More AccessibleMicrosoft has developed a new accessory kit that promises to make the company's Surface products easier to use for people with disabilities:
5) How Can You Read Product Labels If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision? From the Insight4Blind YouTube ChannelOne of the biggest barriers to independence in the kitchen for people with vision loss is access to product labels. However, people with low vision or no vision have more resources today than ever before. Check out this video on the Insight4Blind channel to discover a variety of options for accessing the information you need to get cooking with confidence. No vision required:
6) This Gadget Turns Your White Cane Into A Smart CaneThis small connected accessory that fits onto a regular white cane can help blind and visually impaired people move around more safely. This accessory detects all nearby obstacles, including those at head height, which generally go undetected with a standard white cane:
7) New Android Features Coming This SeasonWith Android, you can look forward to your device getting better and better throughout the year. From accessibility to Android Auto to features that make your life just a little easier, like Assistant and Gboard, we're rolling out new features that help you do more, stay secure and have more fun with your Android phone:
8) Amazon's Astro Robot Is A 24-Hour Security Guard And Smart Assistant All Rolled Into OneCute, evil, or a bit of both? Amazon has just unveiled Astro, a moving robot designed to wheel itself around your home, keep an eye on intruders, and even keep your kids occupied:
9) Recording: Tek Talk Welcomes Amanda Tolson, Director of Sales of En-Vision America, Discussing ScripTalk and Talking Prescription Labels | September 20th 2021Amanda speaks about ScripTalk, a fully accessible prescription reader system to help you safely manage your prescriptions independently. Did you know your pharmacy can use the ScripTalk system to make reading your prescription labels fully accessible? Envision America offers a hardware device or smart phone app solution to scan your prescription labels. Both systems will speak all the information on your prescription label, including the name of your medication, the dosage, and perhaps most importantly, how many refills you have left for that prescription:
10) A Quick Guide to Windows 11 AccessibilityMicrosoft has been improving the accessibility features available on Windows progressively through the years. Accessible technology aims to unlock opportunities for people with disabilities across the world and help tackle the "disability divide." For Microsoft, Windows 11 is a significant step towards achieving seamless accessibility without costly plug-ins or time-consuming work by IT administrators. Here are some of the key features of Windows 11 to support users across the disability spectrum:
11) Android Accessibility Update Lets You Control Your Phone, Communicate Using Facial GesturesThe new features, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, let users navigate their devices without their hands or voice:
12) NVAccess In Process for September 29th 2021https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-september-2021/
13) Recently Added to BARD: Audio: NLS Braille eReader HumanWare User GuideNational Library Service. Reading time 1 hour, 27 minutes. Read by Deborah Sampson. A production of Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Communication Center. Subjects: General. Description: This is the User Guide version 1.1.1 for instructional guidance to the NLS Braille eReader manufactured by Humanware. Available from BARD courtesy of the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Communication Center. Local book number: DB55397. Digital talking book. 12 levels and 94 navigation points. Digitally mastered. ISBN: NA, Washington DC, National Library Service, 2021., Recorded from: Full audio with structure. System requirements: Internet access and an NLS authorized digital talking book player. Contact your cooperating library for more information. Talking books; Downloadable books:
14) Windows 11: Everything You Need To Know by Android Authorityhttps://www.androidauthority.com/windows-11-2738763/
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) LightHouse Launches New Family Program for Blind Infants and ToddlersLightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco has announced the launch of a new program crucial to serving families with young children who are blind or have low vision. The new LightHouse Little Learners (LLL) is a developmental and educational program for children ages birth to three, who are blind, deafblind, have low vision or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision:
2) Collision Warning Device Developed For Visually Impaired PatientsThe real-world evaluation of a novel device designed to reduce collisions and thus improve daily walking showed that it decreased the rate of collisions by 37% when used by blind patients and those whose vision was severely impaired, according to lead author Shrinivas Pundlik, PhD, and senior author Gang Luo, PhD.:
3) Envision AI is HiringThe developers of the Envision AI app and the Envision glasses have several employment opportunities available. Available positions include a social media specialist, marketing specialist, inbound sales executive, a UI/UX designer and more. Read an apply for any of these positions by visiting the following link:
4) Hadley Women's Board Presents 2021 Braille Holiday Cards From HadleyIn the Hadley tradition. The 2021 Braille Holiday Card carries the interior greeting "Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season" in both print and embossed braille. This year's artwork features a delightful winter village beneath a snowy sky. Colorful houses and evergreen trees surround a frozen pond, where children skate while a woman and her dog walk nearby. For tactile effect some of the village buildings and a tree have been embossed. About the artist: Artist Sarah Sheridan grew up in Winnetka, IL, where Hadley is headquartered. Sarah's large family inspired her creation, "Some of my favorite times are spent with my family. We all live close to each other, and this snowy town reminds me of the joy I get from being so close to them." Free Ground Shipping to all U.S. States. Call for international shipping rates. Sale ends December 10th 2021. Order cards here:
5) The People Behind Windows 11: Working With Communities To Improve Input And AccessibilityJohn Porter is an input and accessibility designer who is unable to use what so many take for granted: a keyboard and mouse. Porter relies almost entirely on his voice and speech recognition technology, in addition to switches (a series of buttons with pre-defined actions to cover a small range of motion) to interact with his PC. Working on Windows 11 as part of the Modern Input & Accessibility Team, he's been creating solutions to help others who use their PCs in different ways:
6) The Science Fiction Future Of Contact Lenses Is Arriving NowWe are all familiar with contact lenses that help people see better. But imagine contact lenses that darken automatically when you step into bright sunlight, or detect diseases and slow down their progression. What about contact lenses that deliver augmented reality? Well, it's time to stop imagining because things are about to get better as modern times are yielding a significant jump in contact lens technology:
7) Jim Barnett Park's Long-Awaited Sensory Trail OpensConstruction of the Sensory Trail started in September 2017 but progressed slowly due to COVID-19, weather conditions, donation and material delays and so on. Winchester Host Lions Club member Celia "Caz" Zuckerman said the idea was to do something locally to celebrate that year's 100th anniversary of Lions ClubInternational:
8) How Can Packaging Become More Accessible For People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted?Marc Powell is the strategic accessibility lead at the Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and he is also registered blind himself. "I guess," he said, "lots of blind people guess what something is, and you get it home and you're like 'Oh, no, it's not the right thing!'". This can be even more of a problem when someone has diabetes or allergies, and having an accurate picture of the nutritional information on packaging is a matter of safety:
9) Women Who Travel: What I Learned While Traveling With A Visual DisabilityI have low vision and I'm partially sighted. I have a constant fear of crossing streets, falling down staircases, being hit by a speeding car, or bumping into strangers when the lights are dim. Much of India, and the northeast where I live in particular, has hilly terrain and is challenging to navigate. Uneven roads, potholes in the pavements, and puddles and muddy streets during the rainy season can be restrictive for visually impaired travelers like myself. As a woman, setting off on my own can also feel risky for its own set of reasons:
10) 'All the Light We Cannot See' Series Based on Best-Seller a Go at NetflixShawn Levy will direct the adaptation of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which is seeking a blind or low-vision actress for its lead role:
11) New Research Explores How Visually Impaired Babies Perceive The WorldVisually impaired babies rely more on touch than hearing to respond to the world around them, but both senses will be important in designing tools to help them develop, according to new research:
12) How a Smartphone Can Help You Cope With EpilepsyEpilepsy looks different depending on the person, but here are some strategies for managing symptoms and staying safe:
13) UC Irvine Asst. Professor One Of Popular Science's 'Brilliant 10'Stacy Branham, a UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics, was named this week as one of the "Brilliant 10" by Popular Science magazine. The list highlights "the most innovative up-and-coming minds in science," and features scientists, engineers, academic researchers and inventors. Branham, who works in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science, was recognized for her work in adapting commonly-used technologies for people with disabilities:
14) The Regs: Get a Feel for Designing for the Visually ImpairedGeoff Wilkinson reviews the official guidance on designing with consideration for blind and poorly sighted people:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Blind Android Users 42 | Play That Funky Tune!September 25th 2021 | To listen to this and all previous episodes go to BlindAndroidUsers.com. You can also take part in our forums and download episodes for offline listening. We demo omnia music player and poweramp music player. We have another commentary screen reader episode. In the app of the week segment, we demo speech central. We have highlights from Talkback Episode 8, and for demos on shuttle and GoneMAD music players check out our Youtube playlist at:
2) Mosen At Large 150September 25th 2021 iOS 15 reaction, Ed Green from the Blind Android Users Podcast, and listener feedback on Android:
3) DM79 — The ClickSeptember 28th 2021 In the latest episode of the DM Series, "DM79 - The Click", we start this episode out talking some troubleshooting steps out for Michael having strange Audio with his internet with a discussion of his reaper setup. Damashe shares a little about how he's getting better video into his video calls. Michael asks an important question about what does hardwired really mean? While we discuss how nice it is to have the ability to call someone for support. We take some time to share information about the Apple event and what was announced. This then transitions us into a conversation about IOS15 changes. We chat briefly about our thoughts on using Android with the Pixel and this episode is closed out by each of us sharing our favorite app/book for this week:
4) Eyes on Success 2140 Encore of 1916 The Voice Behind SiriSeptember 29th 2021
Meet Susan Bennett whose voice was used to create the original female English language Siri voice. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan about her experiences as a voice artist, actress, and musician, what it was like to create the voice for Siri, how she found out that she was the voice behind Siri, and how it changed her career:
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1) Native Mobile Application TestingSeptember 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!
2) Ask the Experts: Document Accessibility Part 2September 30th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | If you register, you have access to the recording of the webinar:
3) Gadgets, Apps & Resources for Your Health by The Technology User GroupOctober 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:
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4) 2021 M-Enabling Summit - Promoting Accessible Technologies and EnvironmentsOctober 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:
5) Building A Professional Website Using WordPress CourseOctober 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:
6) Browsing the Web With JAWS by Access IngenuityOctober 6th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Recently, we had 2 presentations explaining the differences among the 3 modern browsers, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. This will explain and demonstrate JAWS tools and features that can be used with all 3 browsers. Join Zhi Huang, Mark Schafer, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore the various methods to use JAWS to help increase your effectiveness when browsing the web. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the JAWS Screen sensitive help to find out about general webpage information, along with help with the element in focus. Use JAWS navigation quick keys and lists to navigate by forms, headings, links, regions, graphics, lists, list items, and tables. Work with the JAWS keyboard help to practice navigation quick keys. Discover how to use PlaceMarkers in conjunction with your bookmarks or favorites. | Meeting ID: 845 7479 0808 | Passcode: 291810 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84574790808#,,,,*291810# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
7) Sense-Ability. Using the BrailleSense 6! | Paid Course | Hartgen ConsultingOctober 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!
8) The 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Legal SummitOctober 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:
9) GAconf | A Game Development Conference Dedicated to Making Games More Accessible to Gamers with Disabilities, Hosted by the IGDA's Accessibility SIGOctober 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:
10) Undertaking JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility Testing in Real Life by TPGiOctober 13th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use this tool alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy testing. Register at:
11) Using Zoom Meeting on a PC With a Screen Reader by Access IngenuityOctober 13th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Recently, we learned that while many attend our weekly Zoom Presentations, a lot of people are doing this by calling or using the mobile app. This resulted in several requests for tips on attending Zoom presentations on a PC using a Screen Reader. Join Ian Ramos, Mark Schafer, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they share tips and different methods on using a keyboard to quickly access popular features on the zoom desktop app. Learning Outcomes: Explain the differences between the desktop app and web interface and the benefits of the desktop app while using screen readers. Discuss first time set up including downloading and installing app, first time prompts, and whether or not you need to sign in for different presentations. Explore different ways to navigate the interface with a keyboard including various hot keys to mute and unmute audio, mute and unmute video, raise and lower hand, work with chat, view users, start and stop recording, share screen, etc. | Meeting ID: 899 0594 3325 | Passcode: 246915 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89905943325#,,,,*246915# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
12) How to Make an Accessible Excel Workbook by TPGiOctober 19th 2021 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar provides best practices for making Excel spreadsheets accessible to disabled people. TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Aaron Farber, will review common accessibility issues within Excel spreadsheets and look at each accessibility issue first from the users' perspective, in how that issue affects them. The webinar then takes participants through the author's perspective and provides step-by-step instructions on how to fix that issue in their spreadsheet. Additionally, Aaron will answer the nuts-and-bolts questions such as compatibility between Excel and other operating systems like MacOS and the accessibility of other spreadsheet programs. Excel has released many new features such as Data from Picture; this webinar evaluates them through the lens of accessibility. Beyond building technical skills in Excel, participants will also learn whether WCAG applies to Excel spreadsheets. Register today:
13) TypeAbility Typing Program With JAWS and Fusion by Access IngenuityOctober 20th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity, and the developer of TypeAbility, David Pinto from Yes Accessible to explore this program that works with JAWS and Fusion! Learning Outcomes: Explore the different options to customize TypeAbility. Discover the different features including typing lessons, typing race, academic tests, create your own lessons, etc. Preview the upcoming TypeAbility5 along with new features. | Meeting ID: 837 7304 4871 | Passcode: 593759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83773044871#,,,,*593759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
14) Managing Folders, Files, and Drives With a Screen Reader Part 3 by Access IngenuityOctober 27th 2021 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they explain the File Explorer interface of Windows 10 and provide many examples and tips to manage your folders, files, and drives. Although this is a Part 3, attendees would still benefit from this even if they didn't attend Parts 1 and 2. In addition, please feel free to contact us if there's an interest in the Parts 1 and 2 recordings. Learning Outcomes: Provide more explanations and examples on how to work with the Tree View and List View and how they affect each other. Show practical examples for previously introduced methods to rename, select, cut, copy, paste, and delete files and folders. Demonstrate how to manage drives such as an SD Card for the Victor Reader, and how to work with syncing folders like OneDrive and Google Drive. | Meeting ID: 896 8577 0228 | Passcode: 483670 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89685770228#,,,,*483670# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
15) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 2021 Annual MeetingNovember 9th 2021 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ | Zoom meeting:
16) 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:
17) 2nd Annual Sight Tech Global 2021December 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:
18) Axe-Con 2022March 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:
1) Availability Of Healthcare Information To Blind And Visually Impaired Healthcare Users During The COVID PandemicClsoe 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 email@example.com ✉. 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:
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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:
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
Phone: (269) 216-4798 ☎
Email: email@example.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: HIMS, Inc.
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
Sales Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
Sponsor: Blind Mice Mega Mall
➜ Modified Talking Black & Decker Toaster Oven Factory Direct from E T S! Save $50 & Free U.S. Shipping
From E T S in BlindMiceMegaMall.com. The Modified Black and Decker counter top talking toaster oven Allows persons with low or no vision to warm, toast, bake and broil foods confidently & independently. Toast Up to 9-Slices of bread or Bake Two 12 inch Pizzas at once. Cook all your favorite foods. Clear and easy to understand. High quality male voice. Simple To Operate! Buttons are embossed & easy to locate by touch. Save up to $100!
Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021
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:
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
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:
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
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:
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: email@example.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/
Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021
Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
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.
➜ 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!
Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021
Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐
Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600 ☎
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.
Lead Contact: Will Butler, VP of Community
Sponsor Since: November 5th 2020
Website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/ 🌐
Download The App (iOS):
Download The App (Android):
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!
Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020
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.
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