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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 27, 2022 - Volume 843

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Biped's Smart Harness Helps Visually Impaired People Avoid Obstacles While Walking (6.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.dezeen.com/2022/01/14/biped-smart-harness-visually-impaired-obstacles-ces-2022/
B.) Stop Using Safari Immediately (at Least for Now) (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://lifehacker.com/stop-using-safari-immediately-at-least-for-now-1848384461
C.) Now You Can Play The Popular Game Wordle With A Screen Reader (5.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22165
D.) 20 Cool Google Tricks to Search More Effectively (5.1% of all clicks.)
https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/20-cool-google-tricks-to-search-more-effectively/
E.) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Hey Alexa

A) Don't miss any of the action in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Ask Alexa when the games start, when closing and opening ceremonies will be happening and more. Just say, "Alexa, when is the Opening Ceremony?"
B) Alexa can tell you when specific sports begin. Get ready for curling, snowboarding, speed skating and all your favorite winter sports. Just say, "Alexa, when is Figure Skating?"
C) Hear insider coverage leading up to the games. Learn about the stories that have defined past games and those that will shape this year's event. Just say, "Alexa, play The Podium Podcast."
D) Once the games begin on February 4th 2022 Alexa can give you daily updates on what's happening. Ask about a specific sport or country too. Just say, "Alexa, what's my Olympics update?"

3) JAWS Tip: Creating and Editing Signatures in Microsoft Outlook with JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/53.html

4) Navilens: The Cutting-Edge Technology For The Visually Impaired

This app and associated system of signage is relatively new to us. There's nothing actionable here but it appeals to us because it works outside of GPS and since it is not based on direction, would work well for someone who is blind or low vision and has a hearing impairment. If you live near transit where NaviLens has been enabled and have experience with it, please reach out to us and provide feedback on its effectiveness:
https://www.navilens.com/en/

5) 5 Things I Learned From My Smart Range

While not directly related to accessibility we are excited about internet connected appliances because of the accessibility improvements they will bring to the home. Users who are blind or who have low vision could independently set temperature and safely ensure that the stove or other appliances are off using an accessible smartphone app:
https://staceyoniot.com/5-things-i-learned-from-my-smart-range/

6) BrailleR

R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. The BrailleR package has been created for the benefit of blind people wishing to get more out of R. This should be of interest to any visually impaired person going into statistics or data science. More information and a getting started guide are here:
https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/BrailleR/vignettes/GettingStarted.html

7) SAS® Graphics Accelerator

While we are on the topic of statistics, SAS Graphics Accelerator enables users with visual impairments or blindness to create, explore, and share data visualizations created in the SAS products:
http://support.sas.com/software/products/graphics-accelerator/

8) Microsoft Disability Scholarship

This scholarship from Microsoft will be awarded to high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. All completed applications must be submitted by March 15, 2022:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

9) Wordle: 5 Letter Guessing Game

While we recently covered Wordle accessibility via screen reader, this article, from Perkins, shows us how to create a tactile version of the game:
https://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/wordle-5-letter-guessing-game

10) Rest Your Fingers, Try Google Docs Voice Typing

Voice typing, also called speech to text, frees up your fingers and hands so that you can write by speaking out loud. It's free in Google Docs and works with dozens of languages. PC Mag provides some tips for mastering the service:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/rest-your-fingers-try-google-docs-voice-typing

11) Australian Open Debuts Sound Design Intervention For Blind Tennis Fans

Action Audio by AKQA uses real-time ball monitoring technology and spatial sound design to give low-sight audiences insight into what is happening on the court:
https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/17-23-january-2022/australian-open-action-audio/

12) Windows 10 vs Windows 11: All the Major Changes

Windows 11 is Microsoft's newest Windows release, and with it comes a lot of promises and changes from Microsoft. From a fresh, modern look to brand-new features, Windows 11 is quite a bit different than Windows 10:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-10-11-major-changes/

13) Creating and Reading Accessible Math | The DAISY Consortium

This webinar from October 20th 2021 saw a session focused on accessible math and some of the complexities surrounding the creation and reading of math for students. The page contains: Full Video of the Webinar. Speaker Information. Session Overview. Related Resources
https://daisy.org/news-events/articles/creating-reading-accessible-math-w/

14) 5 Download-Free OCR Websites That Let You Convert Images to Text for Free

While there are some great tools for converting images to text, not many of these are online. So, here are five download-free OCR tools to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/convert-images-text-download-free-ocr-websites/

15) Did You Know Spotify Has a Voice Assistant?

Voice assistants are all the rage, but did you know that Spotify has one too? That's right, the Spotify app for iPhone, iPad, and Android has a voice assistant built-in. This article tells you all about it:
https://www.howtogeek.com/779632/did-you-know-spotify-has-a-voice-assistant/

16) Making It Easier To Create Content That Everyone Can Use — What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features For Winter 2022

https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/m365-winter-accessibility-updates/

17) Installing Windows 11 On Mac Accessibly | YouTube - Techopolis

In this tutorial Tay shows you how to accessibly install Windows 11 on your M1 Mac:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwWdac5hNw4&t=17s

18) The Mega-Guide to Fixing Your Own iPhone | Wired

Battery not holding a charge? Wi-Fi woes? Wired breaks down ways to solve almost any issue you can think of:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-fix-your-iphone/

19) How to Index Windows 11 for Faster Search Results

You can speed up your search results by indexing them. Here's everything you need to get started:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-11-index-faster-search-results/

20) Audible App For Windows Has Been Discontinued, Company Advises Users To Switch To The Cloud Player Or Mobile Apps

The audiobook platform is recommending users switch to the Audible mobile app on iOS or Android, as a means to access their purchased content. The other alternative is to use the Audible Cloud Player, which is the web-based solution offered by the service that you can use from any web browser. The AudibleSync app is available from the official website, you can use it to download your audiobooks and transfer it to other devices:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/01/19/audible-app-for-windows-has-been-discontinued-company-advises-users-to-switch-to-the-cloud-player-or-mobile-apps/

21) Windows 11 Accessibility For The Blind And Vision Impaired | YouTube - The Blind Life

This is a first look at the accessibility features of the new Windows 11 operating system. In this video, we walk through all of the settings and accessibility options that will help the blind, vision impaired, low vision, and partially sighted, use the computer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yQ9HUNuLeI

22) New Device Lets People Who Are Blind "See" In Infrared

Watch out, Matt Murdock — there may be a new Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen soon enough! While Murdock's superhero character relies on super hearing, taste and electrical impulses to see because he is blind, IRL folks with low vision may soon have access to a new pair of goggles that uses infrared technology to assist in navigating the world around them:
https://futurism.com/neoscope/people-blind-infrared-camera

23) Google Pixel 6's December 2021 Update: Accessibility Features

Google has recently pushed out its December 2021 update for the Google Pixel 6 range of smartphones, and in it are some exclusive accessibility improvements. These include support for people that have difficulty hearing conversations in loud places and some extra language support in its other features:
https://www.accessibility.org.au/google-pixel-6s-december-update-accessibility-features/

24) Haptic Feedback Sleeve And Goggles Allow Blind People To 'See' With Their Arm

Two researchers with the Center for Digital Technology and Management, Technical University of Munich, have developed a haptic feedback sleeve and goggle system that allows blind people to partially "see" with the skin on their arm. Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan published a paper describing their sleeve and goggle system on the arXiv preprint server:
https://techxplore.com/news/2022-01-haptic-feedback-sleeve-goggles-people.html

25) High School Students Build "Atheia" For Visually Impaired During Pandemic

Taking advantage of the abilities of machine learning, a group of bright high school students have created an app called "Atheia" that will not only help detect objects but also describe a scene just as a human would. The app strives to improve spatial awareness and safety for blind people. According to the source article, it can also identify family and friends through facial recognition, has a built in text reader to read text on objects aloud and can search for objects in the person's immediate surrounding:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/01/atheia-for-blind.html

26) Bionic Eye Implant Helps Blind 88-Year-Old To See Again

UK-first procedure involved surgically inserting a 2mm microchip beneath the patient's retina and fitting them with special video glasses:
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/bionic-eye-implant-inserted-beneath-retina-helps-blind-88-year-old-to-see-again/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) The Access Technology Affordability Act

Chris Hofstader shares his opinions on this bill in a blog post:
https://www.chrishofstader.com/the-access-technology-affordability-act/

2) Open Letter To IAAP Against Overlay Providers

An open letter to voice opposition to an overlay company being a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), and opposing IAAP publicizing overlay companies material:
https://incl.ca/open-letter-to-iaap-against-overlay-providers/

3) Music Professionals With Disabilities Have New Champion in Advocacy Organization RAMPD

Co-founded by artists Lachi and Gaelynn Lea, the coalition is focused on promoting "disability culture" and inclusion in the music industry:
https://www.billboard.com/business/business-news/rampd-music-disability-advocacy-launch-1235021234/

4) Cisco Introduces Digital Accessibility Features For Webex

Cisco aims the latest features at making Webex friendlier to disabled people, an essential step as digital accessibility lawsuits rise and the fight for talent intensifies:
https://www.techtarget.com/searchunifiedcommunications/news/252512340/Cisco-introduces-digital-accessibility-features-for-Webex

5) Why Many Blind People Can't Take An At-Home COVID-19 Test

The US government began taking orders for free, at-home COVID-19 tests this week, making it likely that more people will be able to take a test soon, if they wish. But for those who are blind or visually impaired, having a test and being able to use it are not the same. That's because taking an at-home COVID-19 test requires vision, and the ability to complete the process without touching the test strip:
https://www.kut.org/2022-01-19/why-many-blind-people-cant-take-an-at-home-covid-19-test

6) Envision Opens First-Of-Its-Kind National Gallery Exhibiting Art for and by Artists and Audiences Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Envision, a leading non-profit employing and furthering possibilities for those who are blind or have low vision, has opened a first-of-its-kind national permanent gallery that gives artists who are visually impaired a stage to showcase their work. Located in Wichita, Kansas, the Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center defies the obstacles faced by marginalized artists who are blind or visually impaired (BVI) and gives those with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD), as well as sighted and neurotypical audiences, a chance to experience art through multiple senses:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/envision-opens-first-of-its-kind-national-gallery-exhibiting-art-for-and-by-artists-and-audiences-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired-301465218.html

7) ADP Settlement Offers Framework for Future Digital-Accessibility Agreements

When a lawsuit alleged that human-resources software company Automatic Data Processing Inc. had failed to make its products accessible for people who are blind or have low vision, the case joined a growing body of litigation over accessibility in the digital world. But its recent settlement, and the path that the opposing parties took to get there, could do more for digital accessibility than many of the cases that came before it, some advocates say. The sides used so-called structured negotiations — a strategy in which parties agree to cooperate with one another, usually without a lawsuit on file — that resulted in a settlement without further litigation in court. They also made public the details of their agreement, including a commitment by ADP not to rely entirely on automation to make its products accessible:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/adp-settlement-offers-framework-for-future-digital-accessibility-agreements-11642699462

8) Why Many Blind People Can't Take An At-Home COVID-19 Test

Taking a test and reading the results requires vision, or the assistance of a sighted friend. Blind people say they want to take medical tests independently and privately:
https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/why-many-blind-people-cant-take-an-at-home-covid-19-test/

9) Temporary Disability Changed the Way I Look at My Environment

Now, the challenge is to never forget the lessons I learned:
https://medium.com/completely-inclusive/temporary-disability-changed-the-way-i-look-at-my-environment-562f263872d0

10) Local Colorado Non-Profit Adapts A Classic Children's Book For Kids With Disabilities

Colorado-based nonprofit, Imagination Videobooks, that produces accessible videos of children's books for those who are hearing or visually impaired, or have learning disabilities recently turned the classic Winnie-the-Pooh book into an audiobook series (and soon the video version) that all kids can enjoy, no matter their ability:
https://kdvr.com/news/local-colorado-non-profit-adapts-a-classic-childrens-book-for-kids-with-disabilities/

11) 'Serious Concerns' Over NSW Ivote Suspension For Blind Voters

Vision Australia calls for upgrades to be fast-tracked:
https://www.itnews.com.au/news/serious-concerns-over-nsw-ivote-suspension-for-blind-voters-574859

12) Good News To Patients With Corneal Blindness: MIOK Keratoprosthesis, The World's First Artificial Cornea Of 100% Non-Biological Materials Has Been Approved For Listing In China

On December 7, 2021, MIOK Keratoprosthesis was approved for listing by NMPA, the Chinese agency for regulating drugs and medical devices. MIOK Keratoprosthesis is the world's first ever approved artificial cornea that requires no co-implantation of donor corneas, and is of great significance across the 60 million patients with corneal blindness worldwide, as MIOK Keratoprosthesis makes it no longer impossible to restore sight to patients with corneal blindness, and ease the burden on their families:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/good-news-to-patients-with-corneal-blindness-miok-keratoprosthesis-the-worlds-first-artificial-cornea-of-100-non-biological-materials-has-been-approved-for-listing-in-china-301463469.html

13) The Colombian Who Translates Sports For The Blind In The United States

https://www.sundayvision.co.ug/the-colombian-who-translates-sports-for-the-blind-in-the-united-states/

14) Comcast and Team Gleason Partner to Revolutionize TV Control and More for People with Physical and Speech Disabilities

Together, Comcast and Team Gleason are actively engaging with people with ALS (pALS) and caregivers, as well as preeminent clinicians, technologists and assistive technology partners to define and develop accessible, empowering experiences - from TV control to smart home solutions and beyond:
https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-team-gleason-partner-revolutionize-tv-control-physical-speech-disabilities

15) 'This Is Us': Is the Actor Who Plays Jack Damon Visually Impaired in Real Life?

This Is Us reintroduced viewers to the character of Jack Damon, played by Blake Stadnik, during "Four Fathers," the third episode in the series final season. In the future, Toby and Kate's son appears to have achieved extraordinary professional success as a musician. He is also happily married to Lucy (Auden Thornton). On the show, the character is visually impaired. Is Stadnik visually impaired as well?
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/this-is-us-blake-stadnik-jack-damon-visually-impaired.html/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 59 | Journey Through The Apps Drawer or Apps List

January 22nd 2022 | This week we talk about apps drawer vs apps list. We talk about the history of apps drawer. We demo global search on Pixel phones, apps drawer on the Pixel launcher, apps drawer, folder and tabs on Nova launcher. We then had a demo on how to open and read Google docs on Android. We then demo AVS converter. In Talkback Highlights we show the left right swipe gestures. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Eyes on Success 2204 Accessibility of Medical Devices

January 26th 2022 | In order for people to take charge of their health and manage certain medical conditions it is often important that medical monitoring devices be accessible to those who need them. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tom Tobin and Jeff Bishop, who are both blind, about the importance of having accessible devices and where we stand today:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202204.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) 2022 Conference

January 26th 2022 through January 29th 2022 | ATIA 2022. Where the Assistive Technology Community Meets to Network, Learn and Share. Over the past 22 years, ATIA has been a community gathering for assistive technology practitioners, teachers, parents and caregivers, persons with disabilities and more to learn, network and share on the best in assistive technology. We are excited to gather together for ATIA 2022, January 26 - 29, 2022 (Pre-conference Seminars January 25 - 26) in Orlando, Florida, with a virtual component:
https://www.atia.org/atia-2022/

2) Using a Team Approach in Evaluating Students with Visual Impairments Using the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation | APH

January 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Psychologists and diagnosticians trained in using the Woodcock-Johnson IV rarely have the knowledge and experience necessary to validly evaluate students with visual impairments who use braille. Join this webinar to learn how to be a valuable team member in administering and scoring the tests and in interpreting the results:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na8C0sOIS7CUpeLKsNDLfQ

3) Accessibility Compliance and Risk Mitigation Tactics | TBase Communications, CommonLook and Accessible 360

January 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As legislation evolves, many organizations are unaware that providing accessible technology is not a choice — it is now the law. These laws define the civil rights of those with disabilities and ensure equitable access across websites, apps, and internal systems. However, though the laws are clear, many companies are at risk of costly litigation, negative press, brand damage, and more due to the lack of knowledge or adherence to legal requirements. In this 60 minute webinar, we will debunk many of the myths regarding accessibility, including: What it means to have usable and compliant websites and apps. How to properly test and certify digital properties. How to track the governance and business compliance. The common elements of a demand letter and lawsuits and how to settle legal actions. How to mitigate risk before legal action:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916415732492/WN_IFkIR-ywS4-j1-uiL7R_mA

4) Foundations of Duxbury | APH

January 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Where to start with Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)? We start with the program's nuts and bolts. We will clearly explain the inner workings of DBT, and how you can get it to purr ... or quack ... happily for you:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1R5NxubRxKA4TKRy3-gUA

5) Washington Seminar Career Fair | NFB

February 7th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | The National Federation of the Blind will hold the 2022 Washington Seminar Career Fair virtually on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern. Connect with diverse and dynamic employers and job seekers from across the United States. This event is organized by the National Federation of the Blind Employee Committee. The NFB Employment Committee runs employment activities during the year. It is our goal to bring employers who are interested in hiring blind people in contact with blind people who are looking for employment. We do seminars and other activities to help blind job seekers develop interviewing and other skills. We also help answer employer questions about hiring blind people. Registration open. Register by January 25, 2022, 8 p.m. eastern time:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/advocacy/washington-seminar/washington-seminar-career-fair

6) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

7) Jaw Muscles: A Guide to Increased Productivity Using JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy

February 14th 2022 | While many people can use computing applications with the keyboard at a basic level, we want to kick your screen-reading skills into shape. We'll show you plenty of strategies you probably didn't know about. Once you've completed our new training course, you will be able to show everyone your screen-reading muscles! Course Delivery: Jaw Muscles will commence week beginning Monday 14 February 2022 and weekly thereafter. The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 68 US dollars. Purchase JAW Muscles Online. While it is by no means a requirement for course participation, we are offering an additional package if you do not have our Leasey product. One of the main advantages of Leasey is to add even more productivity tools to those already available within JAWS and this year, we intend to add even more of these. JAW Muscles with Leasey is available at a substantially reduced rate for a combined total of £80 which is approximately $108 US. Purchase Jaw Muscles With Leasey Online. Alternatively, anyone can purchase either package by sending an email to jaws@hartgen.org ✉, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card.

8) Prep and Proof Word Documents Using Track Changes and Comments with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

February 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Track Changes is a feature in Microsoft Word that allows you to view changes made to a document by you or other users. Comments in a Word document provide information from reviewers or collaborators without altering the document's text. This feature is great for asking questions or making suggestions. Join us on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at noon Eastern Time as we describe and demonstrate how to use the Track Changes and Comments features in Word. We'll show you how to: Turn on and navigate Track Changes. Accept or reject changes. Keep Track Changes turned on. Add and read comments. Reply to comments. Register:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yu1HjdDGSjO06bQ-lGxM9w

9) Taking Your Accessibility Statement To The Next Level

February 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | The accessibility statement is a familiar public expression of an organization's commitment to digital accessibility. In the European Union, legislation mandates public organizations provide a web accessibility statement in a particular format. Elsewhere, accessibility statements are often limited to a generic and vague expression of a future ideal, or present overly detailed technical information (which can quickly becomes dated and inaccurate). But they can be so much more. Join David Sloan, head of UX at TPGi and a 20-year accessibility veteran, in an exploration on how your organization can take advantage of the many opportunities an effective accessibility statement or microsite can bring to your accessibility efforts. For example, you can use it to: Describe accessibility features you provide. Effectively report on your progress and plans. Provide a trusted communication channel for people with disabilities. We'll also look at strategies for managing your accessibility statement content as it evolves over time. Don't pass up this exciting chance to learn how you can take advantage of an accessibility statement's possibilities. If you are using Internet Explorer and have cookies disabled (either via privacy mode or decline cookies on the website), you may not be able to register through this form. If you are still unable to register, please email ida@tpgi.com ✉ with your name and contact information. Ida will arrange the registration on your behalf:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-24-at-12pm-et-taking-your-accessibility-statement-to-the-next-level/

10) Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind | Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

February 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | On February 25, 2022, please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind as we discuss accessible breast cancer information, detection and prevention for blind women and their families with these expert presenters: Dr. Kim Kubek, MD: Pennsylvania Diagnostic Breast Cancer Center and https://www.breastcancer.org/. Dr. Kristen Capece, PharmD, BCGP: Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Dr. Jill Lykon, PharmD, BCOP: University of Miami Hospital. Agenda: 12:00 - Welcome. 12:05 - Dr. Kim Kubek: Breast Cancer Overview and How to Self-Exam. 12:50 - American Cancer Society: Accessible Cancer Resources. 1:00 - Dr. Kristen Capece: Cancer Medications. 1:15 - Dr. Jill Lykon: Impact of Chemotherapy on Medication and Diabetes. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. Eligible attendees can receive CE credit for participating. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video after the event, as well as an audio description of a breast self-exam for women who are blind or have low vision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caNB11QmS4a4KjJyBnZWwQ

11) Virtual Assistive Technology Expo | School of Medicine Columbia | University of South Carolina

March 1st 2022 | 5:30AM PT, 6:30AM MT, 7:30AM CT, 8:30AM ET, 1:30 PM GMT | Join us March 1, 2022 for a full day of fast-paced sessions showcasing the latest assistive technology for people with a wide range of disabilities. This year's expo will be presented virtually and two $50 gift cards will be given away after each session so register today:
https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/medicine/centers_and_institutes_new/center_for_disability_resources/assistive_technology/expo/index.php

12) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan

March 10 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more:
https://askjan.org/events/index.cfm?calview=eventdetails&dtid=8915ADD3-BF08-73CC-570AFACA27FE7DCE

13) Screen Reader User Tester Training Program | Carroll Center for the Blind | Become a Screen Reader User Tester and Launch Your Career in Digital Accessibility

March 14th 2022 | Want to break into the field of digital accessibility as a screen reader user tester? A new session of the Carroll Center for the Blind's popular 7-week, face-to-face Screen Reader User Tester Training program starts on March 14, 2022. Come learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers during this intensive training program. If you're interested in gaining the foundation to develop a solid career path in the digital accessibility field while making a difference as a screen reader user tester, reach out today. Spots are filling up fast! To learn more, visit the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program page at: https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/. To apply, please reach out to the admissions team at the Carroll Center by emailing admissions@carroll.org ✉ or by calling (617) 969-6200 ☎, extension 216.

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/

15) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
https://ada.osu.edu/presentations-2022


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➜ 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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➜ 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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➜ Coding is Easy and Accessible with Colby the Code & Go Robot Mouse

Code & Go Mouse introduces coding concepts and tactile graphics as users program Colby to race through a maze toward the cheese. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features two speeds along with colorful buttons for easy programming and sequencing.
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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For You in 2022!

(1) New protective hands-free leather pouch for larger phones Pro and Pro Max and Android) 5 by 8 inches; 4 compartments; $30. (2) New single-ear headphone design with easy to locate buttons and all day comfort: $45. (3) Talking Medical Bundle Sale - (infrared thermometer, BP unit with cuff, and oximeter, ending Jan. 31: $130. (4) Many new leather bag styles for laptops, tablets, and Braille displays. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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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!


➜ Plugable 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 Plugable 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:
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➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at Dannyboy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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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.


➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to 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. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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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.


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

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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?

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


➜ 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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Phone: (800) 444-4443

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 20, 2022 - Volume 842

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) The Best of CES 2022 | Wired (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.wired.com/story/best-of-ces-2022/
B.) How I Have Sex: 'With My [Visual] Disability, I Can't Sense What My Partner Wants — They Have to Say It' (5.7% of all clicks.)
https://theswaddle.com/how-i-have-sex-with-my-visual-disability-i-cant-see-cues-about-what-my-partner-wants-they-have-to-voice-it/
C.) Microsoft 365 Update Will Make Sure No One Is At A Disadvantage (5.5% of all clicks.)
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D.) AI Co-Pilot For Blind And Visually Impaired Demonstrated At CES (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.med-technews.com/news/ai-and-vr-in-healthcare/ai-co-pilot-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-demonstrated-at-/
E.) Love Is Blind: Woman Lists 5 Good Things About Being In A Relationship With A Blind Person (3.9% of all clicks.)
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2) Accessready.org And Top Tech Tidbits Announce Their Partnership to Provide Current Assistive Technology News and Trends to Their Joint Readership

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3) Hey Alexa

A) Each month you can listen to a free Audible title. Just say, "Alexa, what's free from Audible?"
B) Alexa has introduced a new service to help you care for the ones you love. And right now you can enjoy 6 months for free. Just say, "Alexa, introduce me to Alexa Together."
C) Choose the speaking rate that's right for you. Just say, "Alexa, speak faster." You can also say, "Alexa, speak slower." To reset, just say "Alexa, reset the speaking speed." to return to the default speaking rate.

4) Stop Using Safari Immediately (at Least for Now)

Extreme advice? Perhaps. You be the judge. A newly identified unpatched security flaw now makes Safari a risky web browser on Mac, iPhone, and iPad:
https://lifehacker.com/stop-using-safari-immediately-at-least-for-now-1848384461

5) A Bug in iOS 15 Is Leaking User Browsing Activity in Real Time | Wired

Apple has known about the vulnerability, which also affects iPadOS 15 and Safari 15, since late November 2021:
https://www.wired.com/story/ios-15-bug-leaking-user-browsing-activity-in-real-time/

6) Now You Can Play The Popular Game Wordle With A Screen Reader

Thanks to blind Bargains and Hai Nguyen Ly for this, you can now play Wordle and view attempts with a screen reader:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22165

7) Biped's Smart Harness Helps Visually Impaired People Avoid Obstacles While Walking

While we know that we have written about this device in previous issues, last Saturday we got to try it out for ourselves and we think the device has promise:
https://www.dezeen.com/2022/01/14/biped-smart-harness-visually-impaired-obstacles-ces-2022/

8) Revisiting Why Hyperlinks Are Blue

This blog post from Mozilla explains the origins of the blue hyperlink and is an excellent piece of internet history:
https://blog.mozilla.org/en/internet-culture/why-are-hyperlinks-blue-revisited/

9) Assistive Tech Startup Led By Former NASA Engineer Uses An AI 'Parrot' To Help People With Disabilities

This article from GeekWire describes Parrot, a device to assist people with mobility disabilities:
https://www.geekwire.com/2022/assistive-tech-startup-led-by-former-nasa-engineer-uses-an-ai-parrot-to-help-people-with-disabilities/

10) Making Data Visualizations More Accessible

This, from MIT, is a study on what types of text descriptions for data visualizations are most useful for blind readers:
https://news.mit.edu/2021/data-visualizations-accessible-blind-1012

11) Thorium Reader

Thorium is an accessible e-book reader available on Mac and PC that we began using a couple of days ago to read e-pub material on the Mac and on PC:
https://www.edrlab.org/software/thorium-reader/

12) Windows 11 with JAWS, Lesson 9 | dSurf

In lesson nine of the Windows 11 with JAWS series we learn about the Settings app in Windows 11 and its new design. Learn about different control types such as lists, radio buttons, time picker buttons, slider controls, breadcrumb buttons, expanded vs. collapsed states, and more. A brief discussion of the new Accessibility settings is also included. In this lesson you learn how to: List at least two ways to open the Settings app in Windows 11. Navigate through the different settings categories and within the individual settings for each category. Move quickly back to the Search edit box from anywhere in the settings screens. Move back to the prior Settings page after moving forward one or more pages. Use Windows Settings to enable or disable Bluetooth on your device. Discuss the changes to Accessibility settings. List the keystroke to instantly open Windows Accessibility settings. Use distinct types of controls found in the app, such as unique radio buttons and time picker buttons. Use lists for navigation, both vertical and horizontal. Understand the difference between controls with expanded or collapsed states and how to toggle between them when encountered. Video Heading Times (14 headings): [01:21] Changes to Settings in Windows 11. [01:56] Opening the Windows Settings App. [04:53] Bluetooth Settings. [06:34] Controls and States in the Windows Settings App. [07:47] Lists or List Boxes. [08:29] Vertical List Example. [10:02] Horizontal List Example. [12:01] Visual Indicators vs. "More" Buttons. [17:31] Radio Buttons. [20:40] Time Picker Buttons. [25:43] Expanded vs. Collapsed States. [27:59] Slider Controls. [30:28] Breadcrumb Buttons. [32:07] Accessibility. #Windows11 #JAWS #education #training.
Web: https://dsurf.net/windows-11-training/the-settings-app-in-windows-11/
YouTube: https://youtu.be/W97sZFJoswA

13) Top Tech Tidbits Launches Blind And Visually Impaired Technology App Directory

To the many readers that have requested this Directory for such a very long time we sincerely apologize that it has taken us this long to implement, but we're very excited to announce that it is now live. It has only one listing currently, so please help us to keep readers informed as to exactly which apps they should be using. And why. Submission is easy. Just fill out a short form and if approved the app will be added to the new Directory within 24 hours. In order for your submission to be included within this new Directory it must be approved by at least 2 out of 3 Tidbits Editors. Our editors consider app metrics such as App Store ratings as well as number of downloads, installs, and/or active users, but above all they vote based on its usefulness to the blind, vision impaired, deaf, deafblind and/or disabled community:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

14) JAWS Tip: Turning On and Off Announcements of Grammatical Errors

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/52.html

XX) Apple Support Claims iPhone 13 Doesn't Support Phone Noise Cancellation

Apple support has confirmed that the iPhone 13 lineup does not support Phone Noise Cancellation, even though it is supported on older iPhones:
https://www.imore.com/apple-support-claims-iphone-13-doesnt-support-phone-noise-cancellation

15) The Tech Juggernaut (TTJ) YouTube Playlist | Fall 2021 iPhone and iOS 15 Operating System Videos

The TTJ instructor team walks you through the new and improved features of iOS and Voiceover. Starting from the basics, and then showing you some advanced features you may not know about:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOefEEZcxAG_rXonH0RMoGSDO4n-Hjs-f

16) Project Rainbow at Pactera EDGE Seeks Persons Who Live With Vision Loss or Blindness, Hearing Impairment or Deafness, or a Speech Impairment

We are making AI more inclusive for everyone! We are looking for people who live with vision loss or blindness, hearing impairment or deafness, or a speech impairment to send 25-50 pictures and 1 short video following our guidelines. Your contribution will help the development of Artificial Intelligence, moving towards a much more accessible world! Please sign up today if you are interested or share the info with your friends! This is a paid study and can be done remotely. The images collected will be used for training purposes only in machine learning. If you'd like to apply, please email: recruitment@pacteraedge.com ✉. Remember to mention Rainbow in the subject line and let us know where you saw the post:
https://knowledgebase.oneforma.com/?page_id=3217

17) Apple AirTags: Low Vision Series | Hadley Workshops

Finding misplaced items just got a whole lot easier with AirTags. Learn how to set up and get the most out of these handy tools with these 3 workshops: AirTags Low Vision: Setting It Up. AirTags Low Vision: Finding Nearby Items. AirTags Low Vision: Finding Items Further Away:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/apple-airtags-low-vision-series

18) Best Smart Plug For Google Home And Alexa 2022

Not every device in your home needs to be smart, but you can stay in control with one of the best smart plugs for Google Home and Alexa:
https://www.androidcentral.com/best-smart-plugs-alexa-google-home

19) Inventhelp Develops Playing Card Technology For Blind And Visually Impaired

An inventor has developed technology that can help blind and visually impaired individuals identify playing cards, through a card reader with embedded speakers. The creator, from Justice, Illinois, submitted their invention proposal through the InventNow platform, which was established in 1984 to help budding inventors formulate ideas before applying for patents and then releasing them to market:
https://www.gamblinginsider.com/news/14576/inventhelp-develops-playing-card-technology-for-blind-and-visually-impaired

20) Comcast Tests The First Multigigabit Cable Modem

Whether or not you'll get full use of that bandwidth however is another matter entirely:
https://www.engadget.com/comcast-10gbps-multigigabit-cable-modem-test-150001003.html?src=rss

21) 20 Cool Google Tricks to Search More Effectively

Google is straightforward to use. You can type just about anything into the search bar and expect useful results. However, you can take control of how Google conducts its searches to increase the chances that you'll find what you're looking for in fewer steps and with better accuracy. Master these Google search tricks, and you'll save yourself a ton of time and frustration in the future:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/20-cool-google-tricks-to-search-more-effectively/

22) Wi-Fi 6: Everything You Need To Know

New Wi-Fi is here in the form of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E. Are you ready?
https://www.windowscentral.com/wi-fi-6-everything-you-need-know

23) Aira Announces RSS Feed

Aira Tech Corp. now has an RSS feed on its web site to deliver news about new Access Network partners, changes to their app and service, and interesting blog posts. You can add them to your RSS reader at:
http://aira.io/feed

24) Intel and GoodMaps Collaborate to Improve Indoor Mapping Technology

As part of the Intel RISE Technology Initiative (IRTI), GoodMaps is collaborating with Intel to deliver a high-quality indoor wayfinding solution for all, with special emphasis on improving indoor navigation for people including those who are blind or low vision, mobility impaired, and deaf or hard of hearing:
https://www.goodmaps.com/news/intel

25) Please, Touch the Artwork is Coming to iOS, Android, and Steam on January 26th 2022

Please, Touch the Artwork, the award-winning title from Thomas Waterzooi, is coming to both iOS and Android devices (and on Steam) this January 26th 2022. The narrative puzzle game features a zen experience made possible through a jazzy soundtrack and stunning visuals, and the only way you can succeed in the game is, of course, to touch the artwork. Please, Touch the Artwork lets players explore the ins and outs (and hidden stories) of paintings over 150 puzzles. A Nintendo Switch release is also planned for later this year, and you can pre-order the game now on the iOS App Store for a special discounted rate (20% off):
https://www.pocketgamer.com/please-touch-the-artwork/ios-android-and-steam-on-january-26th/

26) How To Uninstall Programs That Won't Uninstall on Windows 10

You try to remove a program, but that program won't uninstall on your Windows 10 PC. This happens for various reasons, some of which are not related to the program but rather your system. Luckily, you can fix most uninstall issues by following simple procedures. You'll then be able to delete your programs like you usually do:
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-uninstall-programs-that-wont-uninstall-on-windows-10/

27) 7 Ways to Make Your E-Commerce Site More Accessible to Consumers With Disabilities

Twenty-six percent of Americans live with a disability, accounting for $490 billion in disposable income every year. These consumers want to discover products, learn more about them, and purchase easily, rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
https://www.mytotalretail.com/article/7-ways-to-make-your-e-commerce-site-more-accessible-to-consumers-with-disabilities/

28) FDA Approves Cochlear Nucleus Implants for Unilateral Hearing Loss/Single-Sided Deafness

Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), a global leader in implantable hearing solutions, obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of CochlearTM Nucleus® Implants for the treatment of unilateral hearing loss (UHL)/single-sided deafness (SSD). Cochlear implants are already FDA approved for those with moderate to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. With this approval, for the first time Cochlear can expand implantable treatment options for those with UHL/SSD to include cochlear implants:
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/fda-approves-cochlear-nucleus-unilateral-hearing-loss-ssd/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Tabletop RPG Rule Books Can Be Beautiful and Accessible | Wired

Role-playing rule books are being designed to be more experimental and unique. Here's how they can be designed for accessibility, too:
https://www.wired.com/story/ttrpg-accessible-design/

2) I'm Going Blind. Somebody's Got to Help Me.

Julia Lefelar didn't know what else to do. She had been taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, but seemed to be getting sicker. Her eyes hurt, her vision was dimming by the hour, and she had been unable to snag an appointment with her ear, nose and throat specialist. So Lefelar drove to the office of the ophthalmologist she had seen several years earlier for routine care and pleaded with the startled receptionist: 'I'm going blind. Somebody's got to help me:'
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/medical-mysteries/medical-mystery-eye-pain-dimming-vision/2022/01/14/0924917e-55e8-11ec-929e-95502bf8cdd5_story.html

3) Bionic Eyes Will Allow The Blind To See

The Phoenix99 Bionic Eye is an implantable system designed to restore a form of vision to patients living with severe vision impairment and blindness:
https://www.ameinfo.com/tech-and-mobility/bionic-eyes-will-allow-the-blind-to-see/

4) How The Australian Open Is Being Made Accessible For The Blind

Action Audio was developed by Tennis Australia, Monash University and the design and innovation company AKQA. The tool takes visual, spatial data from the tennis court and converts it into audio. Taking their cue from blind tennis, in which a tennis ball often contains beads to make it rattle or jingle, Action Audio uses different sounds to represent different elements of the game:
https://bbg.life/index.php/2022/01/14/how-the-australian-open-is-being-made-accessible-for-the-blind/

5) Can A New Online Learning Platform Improve Employment For Those With Visual Impairment?

Despite being capable of working a variety of jobs, people who are blind or visually impaired tend to have low job placement rates, low salaries and an unusually high underemployment rate. But some advocates say that more-accessible tech platforms could be a key to changing that:
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2022-01-14-can-a-new-online-learning-platform-improve-employment-for-those-with-visual-impairment

6) How AI Is Being Used To Improve Disability Employment

Sammy was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. I first met him through his Microsoft internship application and followed him on his path to becoming a full-time employee. Sammy is not his real name, but his experience is very real. Like many people with a disability, he has felt excluded from society at times, first at school when he wanted to help fellow students with autism, but the administration discouraged him from doing so because of his disability. As he grew up, he worried these imposed limitations would carry over into employment, so he learned to mask his disability to avoid the stigma he might encounter in job interviews:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/how-ai-is-being-used-to-improve-disability-employment/

7) California's Disability Community Doesn't Need More Tech. We Need Less Discrimination

I'm frequently asked about the latest disability technology being covered in the media. People expect me, as a blind person, to share their excitement about such innovations. Most find my frustration and lack of enthusiasm perplexing. They don't understand that in the excitement that accompanies supposed technological solutions for the disability community, the true problem — ableism — is often overlooked:
https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article256043442.html

8) Covid-19 Home Tests Pose Accessibility Problems for People With Disabilities

When Chancey Fleet, a blind technology educator, opened an at-home Covid-19 testing kit earlier this winter, she realized it would require vision to use the product correctly. Ms. Fleet completed the test with the help of her husband, who is sighted, and said she initially brushed off the experience as a personal inconvenience. But she changed her thinking when she thought of the many people who are blind and lack access to a sighted person who can help them. Her critique of Covid-19 tests' accessibility on Twitter went viral:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-home-tests-pose-accessibility-problems-for-people-with-disabilities-11642096771

9) How Technology Is Changing Being Blind In The Digital Age

January is National Braille Literacy Month. The New York State Commission for the Blind says braille literacy is decreasing because of fewer trained instructors, and with more school age students being educated in their own communities instead of schools specifically for the blind. Educators from the nonprofit Visually Impaired Advancement say technology also plays a bigger role in the lives of those who are visually impaired:
https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2022/01/13/how-technology-is-changing-being-blind-in-the-digital-age

10) Moovit Powers Public-Transport Independence For The Blind

Partnership with WeWALK enables vision-impaired Moovit app users anywhere to get real-time bus and train information, navigation guidance:
https://www.israel21c.org/moovit-powers-public-transport-independence-for-the-blind/

11) Local Puppy Raisers Help Train Dogs To Make Life Easier For Visually Impaired | Fox8

A plane full of pups. Admit it, when you read that sentence, it instantly brought a smile to your face. Even though it may look like one of them is flying the plane, they're not that smart. But given some time, they will do something even better than looking adorable in the cockpit. They'll give a person who is sight impaired a chance to be mobile again:
https://fox8.com/news/local-puppy-raisers-help-train-dogs-to-make-life-easier-for-visually-impaired/

12) Matt Mrazik '20: Concentrating on Game Design

Matt's game for visually impaired individuals highlights a novel approach to accessibility in game development:
https://www.umassd.edu/engineering/features/matt-mrazik-designs-game-for-visually-impaired.html

13) Blind Community Reveals Challenges With At-Home Testing, Calls For Changes | YouTube | WJZ

The National Federation of the Blind, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, wants to see improved accessibility in at-home COVID-19 testing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmx8LBCpPgA

14) Motherwell Teenager With Sight Loss Hails Braille Over Technology

A Motherwell teenager who has sight loss has championed Braille on the occasion that marks the birth of its inventor:
https://www.glasgowworld.com/education/motherwell-teenager-with-sight-loss-hails-braille-over-technology-3524018

15) How A Miami School Helps Kids With A Visual Impairment See Better And Improve Skills

Unlike other visual impairments, CVI isn't caused by damage to the eyes, but rather an injury to the part of the brain that processes vision. Kids with CVI can have difficulties recognizing and understanding what they're seeing:
https://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article257123737.html


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 58 | Get Hold of That Finance

January 15th 2022 | This week, it is all about organising your finances with Android. We demo Google Pay, PayPal, NatWest Bank, and Metro Bank apps. In our spotlight segment we are joined for an interview by Silvia Van Os, developer of the Raise to Answer app that lets you just answer a call by holding your phone to your ear. in our app of the week segment, our frequent contributor, Kareen Kiwan demos ADB App Control. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) The DM Series: DM86 - It Was A Big Deal When Michael Wore Pants

January 18th 2022 | We started this episode out talking about the DM Series New Year show. Give it a listen to let us know your thoughts! This then transitioned into a follow-up on Damashe's shortcut he talked about in (dm85). Damashe asked Michael how his experience with Onenote was. We talked about Michael telling Damashe Thomas He was right. Damashe talked about his experience with doing a factory reset on his phone, and his phone setup! Michael shares a notification he got on his phone taking us into a conversation about Time Tracking with Focus Modes. We then discuss about how both of us are using Toggle and Timery. Briefly we mentioned our watch setup! We close this episode out talking about Google workspace and alternative options:
https://yourownpay.com/dm86-it-was-a-big-deal-when-michael-wore-pants/

3) Eyes on Success 2203 Inspire Low Vision Aid

January 19th 2022 | Inspire is a lightweight headset that enables people with low vision to make the most use of the vision that they have. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian Murphey, sales manager from IrisVision, about this digital eyewear system and how it can be used in daily life. They also demonstrate various functions of the device:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202023.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Best Practices for Cognitive Evaluation of Students with Visual Impairment | APH

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | When appropriate practices are followed, cognitive testing of individuals who are blind and visually impaired provides useful and valuable information to test-takers, their families, instructors, and other decision makers. Join this webinar to examine guidelines for intelligence testing and review important concepts which guide all formal evaluations for students with Visual Impairments:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PDlvJHUYQfOPOHUCOY9jFg

2) ABLE Accounts: A Financial Planning Tool for People with Disabilities and their Families | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

January 20th 2022 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Join us to learn about the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and how a Maryland ABLE account can help people who are blind, those with low vision, and other qualifying disabilities to save and invest for the future without jeopardizing federal, state, and local benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. Attendees will learn about the enrollment process, tax-advantaged savings, and investment options, how to use the ABLE account to pay for qualified disability-related expenses, and the account management process. No registration is needed:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mdlbpd

3) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FUfHcHelRqmp5TXxlKgEVw

4) Slate and Stylus 101 | APH

January 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | One of the important tools used by many adults who are blind is the slate and stylus, which allows for a quick method to jot down grocery lists, telephone numbers, and love notes. Join this webinar and learn how to load the slate with paper, acquire the language used to teach students how to create alphabet letters, and write names and numbers using the slate and stylus. Amount of Time: 90 minutes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k7tiKuJZSk-9rIxx5_Z0zA

5) Fearless Interviewing for Blind Job Seekers Seminar (CC Available)

January 24th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/18| 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. eastern time via Zoom. Please join the National Federation of the Blind on Monday, January 17 to learn more about Zoom before the 2022 career fair. Closed captions and the 1CapApp will be available. Meeting ID: 975 2358 8063 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,97523588063# US | 1CapApp Link: https://ECS.1capapp.com/event/nfb. Join the January 24 Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97523588063

6) The Marketer's Guide to Accessibility | TPGi

January 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | As a marketer, you spend substantial time and effort building content and crafting messaging to convince individuals that your company can satisfy their needs. But imagine if 20% of your audience ignored everything you created - not because they weren't interested, but because they were unable to access it. This is exactly what happens when your digital content is not accessible to people with disabilities. Understanding and delivering accessible digital content is a critical skill to have in your marketing toolkit. During this webinar you'll learn best practices for digital accessibility that touch on a variety of platforms, types of content, and even how to deal with third-party vendors. You'll leave with easy, effective methods for improving and testing the accessibility of your website and marketing content. Don't miss your chance to broaden your target market and lower your risk - register today! Unable to register? If you are using Internet Explorer and have cookies disabled (either via privacy mode or decline cookies on the website), you may not be able to register through this form. If you are still unable to register, please email ida@tpgi.com ✉ with your name and contact information. Ida will arrange the registration on your behalf:
https://www.tpgi.com/anuary-25-at-12pm-et-the-marketers-guide-to-accessibility/

7) The Difference in Smart Speakers | Michael Babcock, Sight Loss Instructor with The Hull Foundation and Learning Center

January 25th 2022 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT | In this one hour session, Michael Babcock, Sight Loss Instructor with The Hull Foundation and Learning Center will be talking with us about the different smart speakers in the market and what each of them can and cannot do. We know it can be confusing trying to figure out which one you should get, and everyone seems to have one or the other period Michael will help you with understanding the differences in each smart speaker ecosystem, and share with you the different types of speakers available with each assistant. Our January Zoom meetings have something for everyone and are full of interesting topics that can assist you in your everyday life. Bring a friend or spouse! Sighted or not! If you would like to sign up to receive a weekly email with the Zoom schedule for the week and the links to the meetings, please email the office at oralhull@gmail.com ✉ or call us at (503) 668-6195 ☎:
https://oralhull.org/my-calendar-2/

8) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83657878970?pwd=OUVvTEhuVUpLNkNDU2RnMXhjZ2p2dz09

9) Using a Team Approach in Evaluating Students with Visual Impairments Using the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation | APH

January 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Psychologists and diagnosticians trained in using the Woodcock-Johnson IV rarely have the knowledge and experience necessary to validly evaluate students with visual impairments who use braille. Join this webinar to learn how to be a valuable team member in administering and scoring the tests and in interpreting the results:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na8C0sOIS7CUpeLKsNDLfQ

10) Accessibility Compliance and Risk Mitigation Tactics | TBase Communications, CommonLook and Accessible 360

January 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As legislation evolves, many organizations are unaware that providing accessible technology is not a choice — it is now the law. These laws define the civil rights of those with disabilities and ensure equitable access across websites, apps, and internal systems. However, though the laws are clear, many companies are at risk of costly litigation, negative press, brand damage, and more due to the lack of knowledge or adherence to legal requirements. In this 60 minute webinar, we will debunk many of the myths regarding accessibility, including: What it means to have usable and compliant websites and apps. How to properly test and certify digital properties. How to track the governance and business compliance. The common elements of a demand letter and lawsuits and how to settle legal actions. How to mitigate risk before legal action:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916415732492/WN_IFkIR-ywS4-j1-uiL7R_mA

11) Foundations of Duxbury | APH

January 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Where to start with Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)? We start with the program's nuts and bolts. We will clearly explain the inner workings of DBT, and how you can get it to purr ... or quack ... happily for you:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1R5NxubRxKA4TKRy3-gUA

12) Washington Seminar Career Fair | NFB

February 7th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | The National Federation of the Blind will hold the 2022 Washington Seminar Career Fair virtually on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern. Connect with diverse and dynamic employers and job seekers from across the United States. This event is organized by the National Federation of the Blind Employee Committee. The NFB Employment Committee runs employment activities during the year. It is our goal to bring employers who are interested in hiring blind people in contact with blind people who are looking for employment. We do seminars and other activities to help blind job seekers develop interviewing and other skills. We also help answer employer questions about hiring blind people. Registration open. Register by January 25, 2022, 8 p.m. eastern time:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/advocacy/washington-seminar/washington-seminar-career-fair

13) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

14) Jaw Muscles: A Guide to Increased Productivity Using JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy

February 14th 2022 | While many people can use computing applications with the keyboard at a basic level, we want to kick your screen-reading skills into shape. We'll show you plenty of strategies you probably didn't know about. Once you've completed our new training course, you will be able to show everyone your screen-reading muscles! Course Delivery: Jaw Muscles will commence week beginning Monday 14 February 2022 and weekly thereafter. The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 68 US dollars. Purchase JAW Muscles Online. While it is by no means a requirement for course participation, we are offering an additional package if you do not have our Leasey product. One of the main advantages of Leasey is to add even more productivity tools to those already available within JAWS and this year, we intend to add even more of these. JAW Muscles with Leasey is available at a substantially reduced rate for a combined total of £80 which is approximately $108 US. Purchase Jaw Muscles With Leasey Online. Alternatively, anyone can purchase either package by sending an email to jaws@hartgen.org ✉, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card.

15) Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind | Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

February 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | On February 25, 2022, please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind as we discuss accessible breast cancer information, detection and prevention for blind women and their families with these expert presenters: Dr. Kim Kubek, MD: Pennsylvania Diagnostic Breast Cancer Center and https://www.breastcancer.org/. Dr. Kristen Capece, PharmD, BCGP: Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Dr. Jill Lykon, PharmD, BCOP: University of Miami Hospital. Agenda: 12:00 - Welcome. 12:05 - Dr. Kim Kubek: Breast Cancer Overview and How to Self-Exam. 12:50 - American Cancer Society: Accessible Cancer Resources. 1:00 - Dr. Kristen Capece: Cancer Medications. 1:15 - Dr. Jill Lykon: Impact of Chemotherapy on Medication and Diabetes. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. Eligible attendees can receive CE credit for participating. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video after the event, as well as an audio description of a breast self-exam for women who are blind or have low vision:
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16) Virtual Assistive Technology Expo | School of Medicine Columbia | University of South Carolina

March 1st 2022 | 5:30AM PT, 6:30AM MT, 7:30AM CT, 8:30AM ET, 1:30 PM GMT | Join us March 1, 2022 for a full day of fast-paced sessions showcasing the latest assistive technology for people with a wide range of disabilities. This year's expo will be presented virtually and two $50 gift cards will be given away after each session so register today:
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17) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan

March 10 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more:
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18) Screen Reader User Tester Training Program | Carroll Center for the Blind | Become a Screen Reader User Tester and Launch Your Career in Digital Accessibility

March 14th 2022 | Want to break into the field of digital accessibility as a screen reader user tester? A new session of the Carroll Center for the Blind's popular 7-week, face-to-face Screen Reader User Tester Training program starts on March 14, 2022. Come learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers during this intensive training program. If you're interested in gaining the foundation to develop a solid career path in the digital accessibility field while making a difference as a screen reader user tester, reach out today. Spots are filling up fast! To learn more, visit the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program page at: https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/. To apply, please reach out to the admissions team at the Carroll Center by emailing admissions@carroll.org ✉ or by calling (617) 969-6200 ☎, extension 216.

19) 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:
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20) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
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https://www.toptechtidbits.com/48.html
B.) Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna Jodhan Launches The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter (6.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.donnajodhan.com/tbln/2022/01012022/
C.) MIT Technology Review | The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021 (5.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1014369/10-breakthrough-technologies-2021/
D.) iOS 15 Settings You Should Change On Your iPhone 13 Right Now (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/ios-15-settings-you-should-change-on-your-iphone-13-right-now/
E.) Ten Facts About Braille (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://clovernook.org/2021/06/21/ten-facts-about-braille/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI56Dx6NqU9QIVqBZMCh3YtAWsEAAYAiAAEgLmkvD_BwE

2) How To Navigate Tidbits Using A Screen Reader. Tidbits Reader Feedback Plus Publisher Rant Answers The Question: 'Do Users of Screen Reader Technology Read Advertisements?'

If you are a Tidbits Sponsor, past or present, we encourage you to review this article. If you are interested in not just accessibility, but in achieving Assistive Technology convenience and ease of use, we believe you will find this information equally as useful:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/50.html

3) Hey Alexa

A.) Create an Alexa Voice ID for a more personalized on-device experience. Just say, "Alexa, learn my voice."
B.) Let loved ones know they're on your mind by sending them a hug message with fun sound effects. Just say, "Alexa, send a hug."
C.) Share your dietary preferences with Alexa and get personalized recipe ideas. Just say, "Alexa, open my food preferences."

4) American Foundation for the Blind Releases 2022 Workplace Technology Study

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has announced the release of the Workplace Technology Study, a new report examining how technology in the workplace influences the experiences of workers who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind:
https://www.afb.org/research-and-initiatives/workplace-tech-study

5) The Best of CES 2022 | Wired

These are the products, prototypes, and ideas that did the best job of signaling the future at this year's consumer tech showcase:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-of-ces-2022/

6) AI Co-Pilot For Blind And Visually Impaired Demonstrated At CES

Comprising a collar fitted with 3D cameras, biped continuously monitors a 170 degree field of view for the user detecting, tracking, and predicting the trajectories of all surrounding elements a few seconds in advance. It then filters the relevant information and warns the wearer via immersive 3D sounds:
https://www.med-technews.com/news/ai-and-vr-in-healthcare/ai-co-pilot-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-demonstrated-at-/

7) Accessibility Reminder, a Microsoft Garage Project

This is a new app from Microsoft Garage which allows document recipients to remind authors about accessibility issues they have with their documents:
https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/product/office/wa200003509?tab=overview

8) YouTuber's Open-Source 3D Printed PS5 DualSense Attachment Allows Accessible One-Handed Play

This device makes it easier for PlayStation gamers to play with one hand:
https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/youtubers-open-source-3d-printed-ps5-dualsense-attachment-allows-accessible-one-handed-play-202109/

9) Contest for Reviewing Audio Description

Students and teachers of the visually impaired can enter a contest to win devices by reviewing described media. Read more about the content and enter here:
https://dcmp.org/learn/657-lil-badie

10) Build A Solid Foundation for SEO With Web Accessibility Requirements

Here is an alternate case for building accessible web content based on search engine optimization:
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/accessibility-foundation-seo/432159/

11) Five 2022 Accessibility Trends

This article by Sheri Byrne-Haber, as the title suggest, covers accessibility trends in 2022. Slowly Improving accessibility, overlay vendors and how the private sector will move forward with updated accessibility standards are some of the topics:
https://uxdesign.cc/five-2022-accessibility-trends-9b0fe09adef2

12) Soundscape Recreational Activities

This contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) noticed a new button in the Microsoft Soundscape app called "Recreational Activities." Evidently organizations can create their own Soundscape experiences for users by writing to soundscape@microsoft.com. We, at Tidbits, have done this and will report on what we find out. For more information about Soundscape, go to:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

13) Reviewed Launches New Vertical Dedicated To Accessibility

Reviewed has announced the launch of a dedicated Accessibility category, focused on providing in-depth product insights for adaptive products, assistive technology and accessible design for people with disabilities, people who are aging and their caregivers:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/reviewed/2022/01/10/reviewed-launches-new-focus-accessibility-and-aging/9134353002/

14) Acoustic Virtual Reality Game Helps Blind And Partially Sighted People To Orient Themselves

The people over at CoolBlindTech bring us the story of a VR game designed to assist people with blindness better orient themselves:
https://coolblindtech.com/acoustic-virtual-reality-game-helps-blind-and-partially-sighted-people-to-orient-themselves/

15) Accessible Chess

Accessible Chess is the Chess program that was built for the blind. It's the most accessible, most in-depth program for playing Chess on the Windows market for blind people. Accessible Chess costs the small amount of 10 British Pounds to play it fully featured, but there is a demo:
https://nathantech.net/products/games/chess.php

16) Better Quality, Easier To Use Braille Maps Made By Using New Indigenous Technology Coming Soon

Visually-challenged students will soon have access to Braille maps designed and developed using digital embossing technology, which would be user friendly and easier to handle besides being more durable and longer lasting:
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/better-quality-easier-to-use-braille-maps-made-by-using-new-indigenous-technology-coming-soon-359992

17) Microsoft 365 Update Will Make Sure No One Is At A Disadvantage

At a time when businesses are using web accessibility software to make their websites accessible to all, Microsoft has released a new add-on that does the same thing for its office software:
https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-365-update-will-make-sure-no-one-is-at-a-disadvantage

18) Orcam Myeye PRO Receives CES Innovation Award

The OrCam MyEye PRO beat out over 1,800 products to receive the innovation honoree award at the CES trade show held in the past week in Nevada:
https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/tech/article-691812

19) OrCam's MyEye Pro Device on Glasses Can Help Visually Impaired Users to Read

OrCam MyEye is a small wearable device that provides a solution to users with vision problems. The small device can be attached to the glasses. It has a built-in camera, a cable that can be connected to a bigger device that is the same size as a smartphone and a speaker. Once the device is ready to go, you can have it read things for you:
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/270220/20220107/orcams-myeye-pro-device-help-visually-impaired-users-read.htm

20) Libreoffice 7.3 Will Ship With Support For Two Made-Up Languages; Klingon And Interslavic

The popular open-source office suite, LibreOffice, will support two constructed (made-up) languages from early February with the launch of LibreOffice 7.3. The two languages are Star Trek's Klingon — the language of the Klingons, and Interslavic, a language that's supposed to bridge the language gap between Slavic languages such as Russian and Polish:
https://www.neowin.net/news/libreoffice-73-will-ship-with-support-for-two-made-up-languages-klingon-and-interslavic/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) CES 2022: biped Steers Blind/Visually Impaired To Independent Living

With biped, the Switzerland-based company with artificial intelligence-based technology, obstacles are less likely for the 40 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.ibtimes.com/ces-2022-biped-steers-blindvisually-impaired-independent-living-3361917

2) Increasing At-Home COVID Test Accessibility For The Blind

Accessibility in health care for low vision people has always been an issue, but the pandemic has exacerbated inequities:.
https://www.wmar2news.com/news/coronavirus/increasing-at-home-covid-test-accessibility-for-the-blind

3) Covid Tests 'Still Not Accessible' For Blind People Two Years Into The Pandemic

Lucy Edwards, a blind YouTuber and TikToker who campaigns for awareness, told Metro.co.uk about her difficulties taking coronavirus tests, calling 'the whole process completely inaccessible'. The 26-year-old added: 'The only way I am able to do it independently is if I use an app called Be My Eyes, which connects me to an NHS professional via the specialized help tab of the app:
https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/09/covid-tests-not-accessible-for-blind-people-two-years-into-pandemic-15867869/

4) How I Have Sex: 'With My [Visual] Disability, I Can't Sense What My Partner Wants — They Have to Say It'

In How I Have Sex, we bring you candid retellings of people's sexual lives that explore the multidimensional nature of this human experience. In this installment, 23-year-old Rakshit recounts their experience of navigating intimacy while living with partial blindness:
https://theswaddle.com/how-i-have-sex-with-my-visual-disability-i-cant-see-cues-about-what-my-partner-wants-they-have-to-voice-it/

5) Love Is Blind: Woman Lists 5 Good Things About Being In A Relationship With A Blind Person

TikToker @niyaesperanza posted a lighthearted video on the social network tagging her boyfriend in the caption and writing, '@jakeolson61 is the perfect boyfriend and here's why...' In the video, Niya lists five good things about being in a relationship with a guy who is blind:
https://www.gentside.co.uk/viral/5-reasons-to-date-blind-person_art8915.html

6) Accused of Refusing Aid to Disabled Kids, a State Agency Responded — by Hiring a PR Firm

Charging nearly $200k, the firm promised to help Florida's NICA program "win in the court of public opinion." But in the end, state lawmakers insisted that administrators listen to parents and make changes:
https://www.propublica.org/article/accused-of-refusing-aid-to-disabled-kids-a-state-agency-responded-by-hiring-a-pr-firm

7) The Pandemic Has Highlighted the Need for Accessible Technology in Government

The rise of remote work and virtual meetings revealed IT solutions' shortcomings for workers with disabilities:
https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2022/01/pandemic-has-highlighted-need-accessible-technology-government

8) The Government Just Turned A Celebration Of Disability Into An Accessibility Nightmare

It's only the start of January. But already the government has shown that blind and low vision people are an afterthought. Because its Disability Unit managed to create a video about them which was inaccessible:
https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2022/01/05/the-government-just-turned-a-celebration-of-disability-into-an-accessibility-nightmare/

9) Court Orders 9,000 Crosswalk Upgrades for Blind Pedestrians

A federal court directed New York City to improve the intersections in the next decade to bring them in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act:
https://www.route-fifty.com/public-safety/2022/01/court-orders-crosswalk-upgrades-blind-pedestrians-new-york/360468/

10) Improve Disability Rights? The Government Can't Even Make a Tweet Accessible

If the Disability Unit was serious it would be working on addressing the real issues affecting disabled people in Britain today:
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/disability-rights-government-tweet-braille-day-b1989207.html

11) Inclusion Movement Increasingly Apparent in Food Packaging

Inclusion is one of those buzzwords that has gained prominence in recent years, but in practical terms, those with disabilities often have been left out. Now food manufacturers are taking another look, including braille labels and larger fonts on their packaging:
https://foodinstitute.com/focus/inclusion-movement-increasingly-apparent-in-food-packaging/

12) Why Voting In Switzerland Is Difficult For The Visually Impaired

The Swiss democratic system struggles to include certain groups of citizens. People who are visually impaired can participate in votes and elections in Switzerland, but they need assistance from another person, which compromises the secrecy of the ballot:
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/why-voting-in-switzerland-is-difficult-for-the-visually-impaired/47236244

13) Belkin Vision, An Israeli Startup, Will Offer Fast, Non Invasive Treatment For Glaucoma

Belkin Vision, an Israeli startup is working on making fast, non-invasive treatment accessible for everyone by automating the SLT procedure. Direct SLT, invented by Belkin, requires no direct contact with the eye. An advanced algorithm locates the treatment area and with just a press of a button, 120 lasers are delivered to the eye at the speed of light. As a result, the patient is in and out within minutes. Also, because of no contact involved, it becomes much more desirable, especially during times like Coronavirus pandemic:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2021/12/belkin-vision-an-israeli-startup-will-offer-fast-non-invasive-treatment-for-glaucoma.html

14) Visually Impaired YouTubers Open The Eyes Of Sighted Society

Visually impaired YouTubers are raising their voices to create awareness among society and to make life accessible for them:
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/visually-impaired-youtubers-open-eyes-of-sighted-society-3587268

15) Feel The Sequins: Touch Tours And Headset Hosts Are A Sensation For Visually Impaired Audiences

A writer who had felt shut out from stage plays finds out how Curve Leicester's A Chorus Line is presented with audio description and a guide to the costumes:
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/05/feel-the-sequins-touch-tours-and-headset-hosts-are-a-sensation-for-visually-impaired-audiences

16) DigitalAge's Mantra "Innovate for Good" Embraces ADA Compliance Including Text to Speech Features, a First For a Social Media Network

Though many websites are starting to offer Accessibility controls like text enlargement and redesigning layouts to compliance standards, the social media platforms are remiss and rely on the operating systems they live on, i.e., Android or iOS. Though Apple and Google are making strides, mobile apps and specifically social media apps need to do better:
https://sports.yahoo.com/digitalages-mantra-innovate-good-embraces-184100359.html

17) National Federation of the Blind Enhances Largest Scholarship Program for Blind Scholars

The National Federation of the Blind, the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans, is now accepting scholarship applications. Thirty scholarships are available for blind students who are residents of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico and who are pursuing or plan to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in a degree program at an accredited United States institution in the fall of the 2022-2023 academic year:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-federation-of-the-blind-enhances-largest-scholarship-program-for-blind-scholars-301454642.html

18) 4 Reasons ADA Compliance is Important for Ecommerce Stores

Accessibility has been garnering interest for the last 5 years — and it isn't stopping soon. Everywhere in the digital world, people are adapting their presence (website, social media, forums, etc.) to include a wider range of audiences and lending a helping hand to people who were earlier ignored:
https://www.webpronews.com/ada-compliance/

19) Visually-Impaired Not Enjoying Full Range Of Technology Advancements

Technological advancement has taken humans to a never-before-experienced level of convenience. Unfortunately, it has not had quite the same impact for the visually impaired. For instance, touch-screen technology is great, but only for the sighted:
https://www.thesundaily.my/home/page-2-lead-jan-10-blind-tech-CB8740985


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts: Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss: Twin Perspectives

January 7th 2022 | Twin sisters Jenelle and Joy join the podcast to share their personal experiences with vision loss and adjusting to it emotionally. While they look identical, their perspectives and journeys differ, highlighting their mission to show that "there is no right way to go blind."
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/emotional-adjustment-vision-loss-twin-perspectives

2) Blind Android Users 57 | Travel and Lodging with Android

January 8th 2022 | In this episode, we demo traveling apps such as Gett and Moovit for our UK listeners. We then demo Priceline, Kayak and Uber for global listeners. And for Indian listeners we demo the public transport and B.E.S.T bus ticket and pass booking app Chalo. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther: Episode 42: Healing Crystals, Brett Kissel and Accessible Power Tools

January 9th 2022 | On episode 42 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, we start with Ms. Lilly telling us about healing crystals. Country music star Brett Kissel speaks with us about his latest song "Make a Life Not a Living". We demonstrate Ryobi tool accessibility features, including how to use MS Seeing AI to monitor battery charging, and offers some reflections for the New Year:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-42-healing-crystals-brett-kissel-and/id1530444764?i=1000547353415

4) Eyes on Success 2202 Not Just For Fun

January 12th 2022 | Camp Abilities is a week long sports camp for children with visual impairments. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lauren Lieberman, the camp's founder and director, about the program and the benefits it provides to blind youth who otherwise might have missed out on such opportunities to participate in activities with their peers:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202202.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Low Vision Basics - The Importance of Lighting, Eye Protection, and Magnification | Freedom Scientific

January 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Bill Kilroy, Ana Tello, Mike Wood, and Michelle Williams on Thursday, January 13, 2022, as they discuss some of the basics, such as lighting, eye protection, and magnification, to help with low vision. Objectives 1. Learn why different temperatures of lighting can be important. 2. Discover the differences between optical and video magnifiers.3. Determine why filtered lenses can help protect your eyes. Summary. Lighting: Proper lighting is essential to everyone, not only those who are visually impaired. Our wide range of lighting solutions significantly impacts daily living activities, like reading, writing, and crafts. Eye Protection: Our Improvision PROSHIELD filter lenses offer protection against harmful UV light while improving contrast and reducing glare. They selectively filter out the blue light while maintaining all other spectral colors. They are designed for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two frame styles and multiple color lenses. Each is also available with added 60% tint. Optical Magnification: We offer a wide array of magnifiers with different LED light options (natural, neutral, and cool white). Be it the good, the better, or the best series, all of them are made in Germany by our partner, SCHWEIZER, and feature premium optical lenses. We also offer the world's only magnifier series with wireless charging, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Video Magnification: We'll wrap up this webinar discussing our most popular handheld and foldable video magnifiers for active seniors, students, and those with limited space. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_alC8AZbeTgGXyLX5iElgvQ

2) Intro to NVDA: A 12-Wweek Workshop

January 13th 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT | Thursdays beginning January 13, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern. There are several Windows screen readers to choose from. Come discover how this free open-source option compares. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the NVDA screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing NVDA settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon! This event will take place online: .
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYKIXMmWmBwpCcqAMper8IJhPbk0bJidqJBOZNn-IvJgov1A/viewform

3) Exploring JAWS - A 12-Week Workshop

January 13th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Thursdays beginning January 13, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the JAWS screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond. We'll cover the basics of customizing JAWS settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, so please apply to participate soon! This event will take place online. Sign up using the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSIMNlPdlpFKLpZFCGaMS_M3YMMfTJaVM2swPcJefQaLe8qA/viewform

4) Tech for Teens Club: Building Websites from Pacer | K-12 AT Webinar

January 15th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to a method of designing websites using the free online tool at Weebly.com. Students will learn how to use template designs and insert small amounts of code to customize and publish their own websites online. This is an extension of the Coding Websites workshop but past attendance isn't required:
https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

5) Free Webinar: 3 Ways to Set Up an Android Phone for the Visually Impaired | Blind Android Users Podcast and Voxmate

January 19th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | The Blind Android Users Podcast and Voxmate teams are co-hosting a webinar on January 19 at 12pm EST. In this one-hour hands-on webinar, you'll learn the key principles of Android accessibility and the organizers will introduce you to three different ways to set up the phone for the visually impaired: beginner, intermediate, and experienced tech users. Android is the most popular operating system in the world, with over 2.5 billion active users. In the past, the screen reader TalkBack was assumed to be difficult, but recent developments suggest that 2022 could be a good year to make the switch. This webinar is primarily for assistive technology specialists and caregivers, but all others interested are welcome to attend. The webinar is free, but registration is required:
https://voxmate.com/webinar

6) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | While Google Drive and Docs have grown in popularity over the past few years, this is not necessarily the case for many JAWS users. The reason is likely because some specific set up is required to work with these Google products on Windows with assistive technology. While this is documented in Google's help, unfortunately, not everybody reads this information. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore key settings and tips to better work with Google Drive and Docs with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Compare the Google Drive website to the desktop app and discussed the advantages of each while working with a screen reader. Explore the settings in Google Docs that are critical while using assistive technology. Explore basic Google Docs features including menus, getting help, searching for commands, and editing text. Meeting ID: 836 7127 4943 | Passcode: 248634 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83671274943#,,,,*248634# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671274943?pwd=ZE9kQTRPbWxZZXVWTmpTRCt4UGpZUT09

7) Best Practices for Cognitive Evaluation of Students with Visual Impairment | APH

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | When appropriate practices are followed, cognitive testing of individuals who are blind and visually impaired provides useful and valuable information to test-takers, their families, instructors, and other decision makers. Join this webinar to examine guidelines for intelligence testing and review important concepts which guide all formal evaluations for students with Visual Impairments:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PDlvJHUYQfOPOHUCOY9jFg

8) ABLE Accounts: A Financial Planning Tool for People with Disabilities and their Families | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

January 20th 2022 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Join us to learn about the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and how a Maryland ABLE account can help people who are blind, those with low vision, and other qualifying disabilities to save and invest for the future without jeopardizing federal, state, and local benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. Attendees will learn about the enrollment process, tax-advantaged savings, and investment options, how to use the ABLE account to pay for qualified disability-related expenses, and the account management process. No registration is needed:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mdlbpd

9) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FUfHcHelRqmp5TXxlKgEVw

10) Slate and Stylus 101 | APH

January 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | One of the important tools used by many adults who are blind is the slate and stylus, which allows for a quick method to jot down grocery lists, telephone numbers, and love notes. Join this webinar and learn how to load the slate with paper, acquire the language used to teach students how to create alphabet letters, and write names and numbers using the slate and stylus. Amount of Time: 90 minutes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k7tiKuJZSk-9rIxx5_Z0zA

11) The Marketer's Guide to Accessibility | TPGi

January 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | As a marketer, you spend substantial time and effort building content and crafting messaging to convince individuals that your company can satisfy their needs. But imagine if 20% of your audience ignored everything you created - not because they weren't interested, but because they were unable to access it. This is exactly what happens when your digital content is not accessible to people with disabilities. Understanding and delivering accessible digital content is a critical skill to have in your marketing toolkit. During this webinar you'll learn best practices for digital accessibility that touch on a variety of platforms, types of content, and even how to deal with third-party vendors. You'll leave with easy, effective methods for improving and testing the accessibility of your website and marketing content. Don't miss your chance to broaden your target market and lower your risk - register today! Unable to register? If you are using Internet Explorer and have cookies disabled (either via privacy mode or decline cookies on the website), you may not be able to register through this form. If you are still unable to register, please email ida@tpgi.com ✉ with your name and contact information. Ida will arrange the registration on your behalf:
https://www.tpgi.com/anuary-25-at-12pm-et-the-marketers-guide-to-accessibility/

12) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83657878970?pwd=OUVvTEhuVUpLNkNDU2RnMXhjZ2p2dz09

13) Using a Team Approach in Evaluating Students with Visual Impairments Using the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation | APH

January 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Psychologists and diagnosticians trained in using the Woodcock-Johnson IV rarely have the knowledge and experience necessary to validly evaluate students with visual impairments who use braille. Join this webinar to learn how to be a valuable team member in administering and scoring the tests and in interpreting the results:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_na8C0sOIS7CUpeLKsNDLfQ

14) Accessibility Compliance and Risk Mitigation Tactics | TBase Communications, CommonLook and Accessible 360

January 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As legislation evolves, many organizations are unaware that providing accessible technology is not a choice — it is now the law. These laws define the civil rights of those with disabilities and ensure equitable access across websites, apps, and internal systems. However, though the laws are clear, many companies are at risk of costly litigation, negative press, brand damage, and more due to the lack of knowledge or adherence to legal requirements. In this 60 minute webinar, we will debunk many of the myths regarding accessibility, including: What it means to have usable and compliant websites and apps. How to properly test and certify digital properties. How to track the governance and business compliance. The common elements of a demand letter and lawsuits and how to settle legal actions. How to mitigate risk before legal action:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916415732492/WN_IFkIR-ywS4-j1-uiL7R_mA

15) Foundations of Duxbury | APH

January 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Where to start with Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)? We start with the program's nuts and bolts. We will clearly explain the inner workings of DBT, and how you can get it to purr ... or quack ... happily for you:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1R5NxubRxKA4TKRy3-gUA

16) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

17) Jaw Muscles: A Guide to Increased Productivity Using JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy

February 14th 2022 | While many people can use computing applications with the keyboard at a basic level, we want to kick your screen-reading skills into shape. We'll show you plenty of strategies you probably didn't know about. Once you've completed our new training course, you will be able to show everyone your screen-reading muscles! Course Delivery: Jaw Muscles will commence week beginning Monday 14 February 2022 and weekly thereafter. The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 68 US dollars. Purchase JAW Muscles Online. While it is by no means a requirement for course participation, we are offering an additional package if you do not have our Leasey product. One of the main advantages of Leasey is to add even more productivity tools to those already available within JAWS and this year, we intend to add even more of these. JAW Muscles with Leasey is available at a substantially reduced rate for a combined total of £80 which is approximately $108 US. Purchase Jaw Muscles With Leasey Online. Alternatively, anyone can purchase either package by sending an email to jaws@hartgen.org ✉, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card.

18) Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind | Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

February 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | On February 25, 2022, please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind as we discuss accessible breast cancer information, detection and prevention for blind women and their families with these expert presenters: Dr. Kim Kubek, MD: Pennsylvania Diagnostic Breast Cancer Center and https://www.breastcancer.org/. Dr. Kristen Capece, PharmD, BCGP: Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Dr. Jill Lykon, PharmD, BCOP: University of Miami Hospital. Agenda: 12:00 - Welcome. 12:05 - Dr. Kim Kubek: Breast Cancer Overview and How to Self-Exam. 12:50 - American Cancer Society: Accessible Cancer Resources. 1:00 - Dr. Kristen Capece: Cancer Medications. 1:15 - Dr. Jill Lykon: Impact of Chemotherapy on Medication and Diabetes. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. Eligible attendees can receive CE credit for participating. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video after the event, as well as an audio description of a breast self-exam for women who are blind or have low vision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caNB11QmS4a4KjJyBnZWwQ

19) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan

March 10 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more:
https://askjan.org/events/index.cfm?calview=eventdetails&dtid=8915ADD3-BF08-73CC-570AFACA27FE7DCE

20) Screen Reader User Tester Training Program | Carroll Center for the Blind | Become a Screen Reader User Tester and Launch Your Career in Digital Accessibility

March 14th 2022 | Want to break into the field of digital accessibility as a screen reader user tester? A new session of the Carroll Center for the Blind's popular 7-week, face-to-face Screen Reader User Tester Training program starts on March 14, 2022. Come learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers during this intensive training program. If you're interested in gaining the foundation to develop a solid career path in the digital accessibility field while making a difference as a screen reader user tester, reach out today. Spots are filling up fast! To learn more, visit the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program page at: https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/. To apply, please reach out to the admissions team at the Carroll Center by emailing admissions@carroll.org ✉ or by calling (617) 969-6200 ☎, extension 216.

21) 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/

22) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
https://ada.osu.edu/presentations-2022


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➜ Coding is Easy and Accessible with Colby the Code & Go Robot Mouse

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


➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New Leather Bags To End The Year With A Bang!

Heavy Duty shoulder bag for laptop (14 inches) AND your Braille display, $70 Braille Display 20 cell gux case: $70 New neck pouch for large phones (pro, pro max) 5 pockets; $35 Our ever popular leather utility wallet for Stream or Trek, $15, 2 for $25, 3 for $30 Guide Dog Treat Pouch 2 pocket, $20 Multiple color small cross body (6x8) purses, (closeout) 3 for $25 REALLY NICE 18" leather waist pack $25 (not a misprint, a buying mistake). Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur@scheur.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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


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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 Plugable 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:
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➜ New Spring Session of Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to 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. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision Loss

APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive.?Share the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide with people who need to know about living with vision loss.
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➜ 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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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) iOS 15 Settings You Should Change On Your iPhone 13 Right Now (12.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/ios-15-settings-you-should-change-on-your-iphone-13-right-now/
B.) 10 Amazing Apple iPhone Accessibility Tips You Might Not Be Aware Of (5.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.hellomagazine.com/news/20211217129234/apple-iphone-accessibility-tips/
C.) Did You Know Gmail Has Dozens Of Handy Keyboard Shortcuts? (5.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.ricksdailytips.com/gmail-keyboard-shortcuts/
D.) AccessiBe Breaks Accessibility of The Focus on The Family Online Shop by David Goldfield (5.1% of all clicks.)
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/accessibe-breaks-accessibility-of-the-focus-on-the-family-online-shop/
E.) How to Use Your Smart Speakers as a Home Theater Sound System (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://gizmodo.com/how-to-use-your-smart-speakers-as-a-home-theater-sound-1848271953

2) Moonshot: Top Tech Tidbits 2022 Website Recode Attempts to Achieve Sitewide 400/400 Google Lighthouse Score on Both Desktop and Mobile

Our Publisher bites off a little more than he can chew with the 2022 Top Tech Tidbits Website Recode Project. If you have custom website development experience perhaps you can provide him with some much needed direction. Learn more about the project and what score we were ultimately able to achieve here:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/49.html

3) Hey Alexa

A.) Alexa can help recommend local businesses by hours of operation, delivery, rating, and more. Just say, "Alexa, find restaurants that are open now."
B.) You can now choose between Alexa's original voice and a new voice option in Alexa's default voice settings. Just say, "Alexa, change your voice."
C.) Speaker groups allow you to play music, podcasts, and news on multiple Echo devices at once, providing a multi-room audio experience. In the Alexa app, you can create custom speaker groups, such as "Upstairs," "Bedrooms," or "Downstairs." Just say, "Alexa, play music everywhere."

4) Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna Jodhan Launches The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter

As the very first founding Sponsor of Top Tech Tidbits we are pleased to announce that Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna Jodhan has launched her very own monthly newsletter. The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter. The newsletter by and for the blind and visually impaired by Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna Jodhan. Full disclosure, Donna is also a client of the company that now publishes Top Tech Tidbits, Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd., so her new newsletter will benefit from the very same heading and accessibility features as the Tidbits newsletter itself. The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter will focus on lifestyle news for the blind, deaf, deafblind and disabled that is not directly related to technology, making it a great compliment to your Tidbits subscription. Check out her very first issue and subscribe below:
The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter for January 1, 2022 - Issue 1:
https://www.donnajodhan.com/tbln/2022/01012022/
Subscribe:
https://www.donnajodhan.com/subscribe

5) JAWS Tip: What is the Single Line versus Multi-Line Ribbon? And How Do I Know Which One I'm Using?

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/48.html

6) Booze Allen Hamilton Seeking To Hire 7 Junior Accessibility Testers and 10 Senior Accessibility Testers | Majority of Positions Are Remote

Booze Allen Hamilton is currently seeking to hire 7 junior accessibility testers and 10 senior accessibility testers with the majority of the positions being remote. Federal clearance required. For more information about the positions, please contact Larry Lewis at lewis_larry@bah.com

7) MIT Technology Review | The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021

This list marks 20 years since MIT began compiling an annual selection of the year's most important technologies. Some, such as mRNA vaccines, are already changing our lives, while others are still a few years off. In this article you'll find a brief description along with a link to a feature article that probes each technology in detail. We hope you'll enjoy and explore. Taken together, some of our very best minds believe this list represents a glimpse into our collective future:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1014369/10-breakthrough-technologies-2021/

8) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for December 2021

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

9) Recording: An Introduction to Windows 11 and JAWS (MP3) | Training From Freedom Scientific | December 31st 2021

The release of Windows 11 brings some of the new and some of the old to your computer. So in this session, we'll discuss those changes and how to efficiently use JAWS to: Navigate the Windows 11 desktop. Explore the Start menu. Explain changes in the File Explorer menus. Demonstrate Notification Center and Quick Settings flyouts. Mention new terminology. Discuss Ease of Access Center name change. Describe changes to Taskbar settings:
MP3: https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/archives/2021_12_31_Windows_11_and_JAWS/Introduction_to_Windows_11_and_JAWS.mp3
MP4: https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/archives/2021_12_31_Windows_11_and_JAWS/Introduction_to_Windows_11_and_JAWS.mp4

10) Accessible Publishing: A Valued Skill for Graphic Communicators

This journal article highlights the need for accessible publishing primarily using accessible e-pub:
https://whattheythink.com/articles/108856-accessible-publishing-valued-skill-graphic-communicators/

11) How to Create and Use Voiceover Activity Profiles on iOS

This contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) recently found this Voiceover feature useful and wanted to remind everyone about this excellent podcast demonstration:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/how-create-and-use-voiceover-activity-profiles-ios

12) Introduction to Cognitive Disability and Accessibility Testing

This article from TPGi is a good primer for web accessibility from a cognitive disability perspective:
https://www.tpgi.com/introduction-to-cognitive-disability-and-accessibility-testing/

13) World Braille Day | January 4th 2022

In the United States, National Braille Day was Tuesday. Here is an article providing a brief history of how this day came to be recognized:
https://nationaltoday.com/world-braille-day/

14) Ten Facts About Braille

Here are 10 braille fast facts:
https://clovernook.org/2021/06/21/ten-facts-about-braille/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI56Dx6NqU9QIVqBZMCh3YtAWsEAAYAiAAEgLmkvD_BwE

15) A Matter Of Respect. Why I Always Write "Braille" With An Uppercase B

While preparing this week's Tidbits, this contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) did some research on why the "b" in braille is not capitalized. The short answer is that braille is an eponym, a word that comes from a person's name that is now in common usage. E.G., sandwich. Jonathan Mozen has an alternate perspective worth considering:
https://mosen.org/a-matter-of-respect-why-i-always-write-braille-with-an-uppercase-b/

16) CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Attendee Registration

The CSUN Assistive Technology conference attendee registration opens next week:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/index.php/public/website_pages/view/39

17) Comparison of Scribe with RoboBraille and SensusAccess

A few weeks ago, we wondered how Scribe for Documents and RoboBraille were differentiated. Pneuma Solutions, makers of Scribe for Documents have published a blog post on the subject:
https://pneumasolutions.com/comparison-of-scribe-with-robobraille-and-sensusaccess/

18) Reviewing the New Now NVDA Advanced OCR Add-On | YouTube - Thee Quinn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On_S4w1bVqg

19) 12 of the Best Windows Sound Schemes to Install on Your PC

Windows 11 and 10 offer only two sound scheme options: "Windows Default" and "No Sounds." If you're bored of listening to them, consider this collection of alternate Windows sound schemes from different genres, including anime, classic games, voices, and aerial sounds. You can either install an entire sound scheme as a theme pack or mix things up to produce a specific event sound:
https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-windows-sound-schemes/

20) How to Fix Cortana's Voice Commands When They Stop Working

Cortana can be handy, but it's only at its best when it can receive commands. Here's how to get Cortana's voice commands back:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-10-cortana-voice-commands-not-working/

21) What To Do If Your YouTube Channel Gets Hacked | Blind Android Users | YouTube

In this tip BAU shows you what to do if your YouTube channel gets hacked, how to recover it and more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbr34z_AT-U&list=PL5iI0uwraRqoX7XxVuiAV75L8eOSavKWa

22) Backing Up Your Google Account Data Using Google Takeout | Blind Android Users | YouTube

In this tip BAU shows you how to backup the data in your Google account using Google Take Out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYsEccqb1-I&list=PL5iI0uwraRqoX7XxVuiAV75L8eOSavKWa&index=6

23) Braille Institute Celebrates "Technology Month" In January

Experts discuss the latest in assistive technology to increase independence and improve daily activities for those who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/braille-institute-celebrates-technology-month-in-january-301445647.html

24) Virtual Reality Archery Is "Braille" For Orientation Of Blind People

Researchers at the IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) have developed an acoustic virtual reality-based archery game, enabling blind people to experience for the first time this type of technology, which is typically focused on vision. The researchers' aim was to understand how blind people move and orient themselves in space, and they did so in an engaging way. The platform may be used in the future to rehabilitate blind people's orientation skills and make them more independent, like braille does for reading and writing:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-virtual-reality-archery-braille-people.html


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter Issue 22 | December 21st 2021

Access Ready Inc. is an independent, national nonprofit, cross disability, advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility across information technology through education and best practices:
http://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-22-december-16-2021.html

2) The Tech Industry's Accessibility Report Card For 2021

In spite of all the advancements we've seen in tech, the industry as a whole has consistently neglected people with disabilities. There have been some improvements, including video call apps like FaceTime, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts and more adding better support for sign language interpreters and closed captioning. And, this year, Instagram and TikTok finally added stickers that enable automated captioning for speech in videos, too. But major organizations continued to make decisions that exclude people with disabilities. The organizer of E3 2021, for example, failed its deaf and hard of hearing viewers during its live streamed show:
https://www.engadget.com/accessibility-in-tech-2021-report-card-apple-google-microsoft-amazon-facebook-meta-twitter-210034415.html

3) Apple's Accessibility Record In 2021 Still The Best, With One Failure Being Addressed

A summary of the way that various tech giants last year sought to address the needs of people with disabilities shows that Apple's accessibility record is better than that of most companies — but did make things worse in one respect
https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/03/apples-accessibility-record-2021/

4) Hadley Workshop Spotlight: Is It Done?

Make sure every dish is cooked to perfection, no matter your level of vision, with tips from the following workshop:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/cooking-series/cooking-is-it-done

5) Wish List of a Visually Impaired Online Banking User

Here is the sharing of one person's online banking experience from a visually-impaired perspective:
https://www.thesundaily.my/home/wish-list-of-visually-impaired-online-banking-user-YM8718010

6) World Braille Day 2021: Significance And All You Need To Know

World Braille Day is observed every year on January 4, as a means of realising fully the human rights of visually impaired and partially-sighted people, and bringing written language to the forefront as a critical prerequisite for promoting fundamental freedoms:
https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/world-braille-day-2021-significance-and-all-you-need-to-know

7) World Braille Day: The Blindspot In Communicating With The Visually Impaired During The Pandemic

The pandemic has emphasised the imperative role of Braille as a mode of communication to reach out to the visually impaired when it comes to public information dissemination:
https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/article/world-braille-day-the-blindspot-in-communicating-with-the-visually-impaired-during-the-pandemic/846072

8) 'Game-Changing' Tech To Assist Blind, Visually Impaired Being Developed In Metro Atlanta

New technology to help blind and visually impaired people get around easier is almost a reality, and it's being developed in metro Atlanta:
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/game-changing-tech-assist-blind-visually-impaired-being-developed-metro-atlanta/WV627ELD2BEGLCQTXWWUXWXG2Y/

9) CVS Makes Reading Prescriptions More Accessible With Spoken Rx

In a press release published at the end of November, drug store giant CVS announced Spoken Rx, an in-house prescription label technology that makes medicinal labels accessible to Blind and low vision people. CVS touted the talking prescription feature as "the first in-app prescription reader to be developed by a national retail pharmacy:"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2021/12/30/cvs-makes-reading-prescriptions-more-accessible-with-spoken-rx/?sh=9ec6ff329390

10) Getting to Yes, And... | Deana Criess — Improv for the Visually Impaired

Kelly talks to Deana Criess whose work at the Perkins School for the Blind has her teaching improvisation to the visually impaired:
https://wgnradio.com/wgn-plus/second-city-works/getting-to-yes-and-deanna-criess-improv-for-the-visually-impaired/

11) Music For The Deaf, Theatre For The Blind: How The Arts Is Catering To People With Disabilities

https://bbg.life/index.php/2021/12/29/music-for-the-deaf-theatre-for-the-blind-how-the-arts-is-catering-to-people-with-disabilities/

12) More Access For The Visually Impaired To Digital Worlds

Gadija Gonsalwes wants to study law. Her school grades are top, a place at university is almost certain. But whether the 18-year-old South African will ever be able to work as a lawyer is uncertain. Because Gonsalwes is blind. She comes from a poor family and has little access to technology that enables the visually impaired to access digital worlds:
https://marketresearchtelecast.com/more-access-for-the-visually-impaired-to-digital-worlds/237864/

13) The GTA Trilogy Remaster Is Flawed, But So Much More Accessible

TheThe release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition was, to put it lightly, a shitstorm. The remastered classics were replete with graphical issues and gameplay bugs, vestigial code, and missing songs. To pour salt on the wound, the original PC versions were delisted from digital storefronts on the day of the ports' release. The work was shoddy and unfinished, and for many, these remasters were anything but the definitive versions Rockstar Games had promised. Even so, I couldn't stop playing. Despite this trilogy's abundance of problems, Rockstar's guns for hire at Grove Street Games had, intentionally or not, made these hallowed classics far more accessible:
https://www.polygon.com/22858290/grand-theft-auto-trilogy-definitive-edition-remasters-accessibility

14) Amazon Com : How An Amazon Researcher Who Is Blind Advocates For Customers With Disabilities

The Amazon principal accessibility researcher shares how he's helping make devices more inclusive. For millions of Amazon customers with disabilities, even simple accessibility features make a big difference:
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/AMAZON-COM-INC-12864605/news/Amazon-com-How-an-Amazon-researcher-who-is-blind-advocates-for-customers-with-disabilities-37437315/

15) Audio Universe: Tour Of The Solar System Is Helping Blind People To 'Hear' The Universe

Astronomers from the universities of Newcastle and Portsmouth, supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), have developed Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System, a sound-based educational astronomy show to make learning about the Universe a more immersive and inclusive experience for all:
http://newzhook.com/story/audio-universe-tour-of-the-solar-system-is-helping-blind-people-to-hear-the-universe/

16) IRS Makes Strides In Helping Non-English Speakers And Users With Visual Impairments

The Internal Revenue Service has been stepping up its efforts to provide tax information and resources to taxpayers with limited English proficiency and visual impairments, but more work is needed, according to a new report:
https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-making-strides-on-helping-non-english-speakers-and-visually-impaired

17) The Everyday Smart Tech Helping Australians With Sight Disabilities

Smart technology is seemingly taking over our homes. For the majority it's a luxury but for those without sight it's changing lives:
https://www.9news.com.au/technology/amazon-alexa-for-the-blind-everyday-smart-tech-helping-australians-with-sight-disabilities/9c800761-a52f-4add-9a4d-1f437eaf11b0

18) How Guide Dogs Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Pandemic Challenges (YouTube)

With the Covid-19 pandemic bringing about disruptions to their regular routines, blind and visually impaired Singaporeans say their bond with their guide dogs has become stronger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCdShQImOTg

19) Orchards Man's Radio Station Aims To Help Blind, Visually Impaired, Disabled Vets

A local up-and-coming amateur radio station for blind and disabled veterans began airing every day from 6 AM to Noon in December 2021:
https://www.columbian.com/news/2021/dec/29/orchards-mans-radio-station-aims-to-help-blind-visually-impaired-disabled-vets/

20) Forza Horizon 5 and the State of Accessibility at Xbox

Accessibility has finally started to be a central point in game development, which leads to a question. Why can't all games adopt these techniques?
https://www.thexboxhub.com/forza-horizon-5-and-the-state-of-accessibility-at-xbox/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 41: Teas for Healthier Living

December 26th 2021 | On AMI Audio's podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, Lawrence and Lilly explore First Nations remedies for maximising your health. Ms. Lilly provides background on the First Nations Mohawk of Akwesasne community. Sateiokwen Bucktooth, Owner of Snipe Clan Botanicals, introduces us to traditional First Nations serums, tinctures, sav's and five herbal teas, and gives advice on brewing the perfect cup of tea. Lawrence reflects on his favorite teas and their role in his personal daily health regime. So if your feeling those winter blues, got the sniffles, or just want to learn more about traditional First Nations healthy beverage options, join Lawrence and Lilly on episode 40 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-41-teas-for-healthier-living/id1530444764?i=1000546157343

2) Blind Android Users 56 | What To Look Out For When Choosing A Phone In 2022 And Lots More

January 1st 2022 | In this episode we first enjoy some new year fireworks from London contributed by Fi Done. Then we wrap up phone trends in 2021 and talk about some good phones. Then we see what to look out for when buying a phone in 2022 and talk about what may be some upcoming trends. We talk about what to do if your YouTube channel gets hacked and how to recover your channel, this is from our own experience. We show you, how to back up all the data including emails that are in your Google account. We talk about an overly simplistic raise to answer app. We also have Episode 19 of our Talkback Highlights. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Eyes on Success 2201 The Dream of a Lifetime

January 5th 2022 | The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Josh Miele, blind since childhood and one of the 2021 fellows, about his work in the field of accessibility:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202201.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Remote Tools: Zoom Remote Control vs. JAWS Tandem | Access Ingenuity

January 12th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Although many have been using remote tools to connect with each other recently, there are still individuals who have questions about using remote tools with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to compare the Zoom Meetings Remote Control tool versus the JAWS Tandem feature. Learning Outcomes: Explain the requirements of both tools. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom Remote Control versus JAWS Tandem. Provide a demonstration of both features. | Meeting ID: 820 1996 4784 | Passcode: 251037 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82019964784#,,,,*251037# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82019964784?pwd=WG90ZVdpQWNVTXFNOVJCbVZhSXRtQT09

2) Low Vision Basics - The Importance of Lighting, Eye Protection, and Magnification | Freedom Scientific

January 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Bill Kilroy, Ana Tello, Mike Wood, and Michelle Williams on Thursday, January 13, 2022, as they discuss some of the basics, such as lighting, eye protection, and magnification, to help with low vision. Objectives 1. Learn why different temperatures of lighting can be important. 2. Discover the differences between optical and video magnifiers.3. Determine why filtered lenses can help protect your eyes. Summary. Lighting: Proper lighting is essential to everyone, not only those who are visually impaired. Our wide range of lighting solutions significantly impacts daily living activities, like reading, writing, and crafts. Eye Protection: Our Improvision PROSHIELD filter lenses offer protection against harmful UV light while improving contrast and reducing glare. They selectively filter out the blue light while maintaining all other spectral colors. They are designed for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two frame styles and multiple color lenses. Each is also available with added 60% tint. Optical Magnification: We offer a wide array of magnifiers with different LED light options (natural, neutral, and cool white). Be it the good, the better, or the best series, all of them are made in Germany by our partner, SCHWEIZER, and feature premium optical lenses. We also offer the world's only magnifier series with wireless charging, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Video Magnification: We'll wrap up this webinar discussing our most popular handheld and foldable video magnifiers for active seniors, students, and those with limited space. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_alC8AZbeTgGXyLX5iElgvQ

3) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | While Google Drive and Docs have grown in popularity over the past few years, this is not necessarily the case for many JAWS users. The reason is likely because some specific set up is required to work with these Google products on Windows with assistive technology. While this is documented in Google's help, unfortunately, not everybody reads this information. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore key settings and tips to better work with Google Drive and Docs with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Compare the Google Drive website to the desktop app and discussed the advantages of each while working with a screen reader. Explore the settings in Google Docs that are critical while using assistive technology. Explore basic Google Docs features including menus, getting help, searching for commands, and editing text. Meeting ID: 836 7127 4943 | Passcode: 248634 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83671274943#,,,,*248634# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671274943?pwd=ZE9kQTRPbWxZZXVWTmpTRCt4UGpZUT09

4) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FUfHcHelRqmp5TXxlKgEVw

5) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83657878970?pwd=OUVvTEhuVUpLNkNDU2RnMXhjZ2p2dz09

6) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"

February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

7) Jaw Muscles: A Guide to Increased Productivity Using JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy

February 14th 2022 | While many people can use computing applications with the keyboard at a basic level, we want to kick your screen-reading skills into shape. We'll show you plenty of strategies you probably didn't know about. Once you've completed our new training course, you will be able to show everyone your screen-reading muscles! Course Delivery: Jaw Muscles will commence week beginning Monday 14 February 2022 and weekly thereafter. The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 68 US dollars. Purchase JAW Muscles Online. While it is by no means a requirement for course participation, we are offering an additional package if you do not have our Leasey product. One of the main advantages of Leasey is to add even more productivity tools to those already available within JAWS and this year, we intend to add even more of these. JAW Muscles with Leasey is available at a substantially reduced rate for a combined total of £80 which is approximately $108 US. Purchase Jaw Muscles With Leasey Online. Alternatively, anyone can purchase either package by sending an email to jaws@hartgen.org ✉, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card.

8) 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/

9) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
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