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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Volume 886

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Your iPhone Has 26 New Accessibility Tools You Shouldn't Ignore (16.4% of all clicks.)
This is a handy rundown of the latest accessibility features on iOS devices:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/your-iphone-has-26-new-accessibility-tools-you-shouldnt-ignore-0385071/

B.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Don't Forget About the F6 Key (10.5% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/133.html

C.) Overview Of The 6dot Braille Label Maker | Easterseals Crossroads (5.5% of all clicks.)
If you're looking for an easy-to-use Braille label maker, check out the 6dot Braille Label Maker from Logan Tech. This portable Braille label maker has a built-in Braille keyboard that supports all grades of Braille in "virtually every language:"
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2022/10/27/6dot-braille-label-maker/

D.) The 6 Best Speech-to-Text Apps for Note-Taking (4.7% of all clicks.)
Speech-to-text apps are the best way to take notes on the go. They can also save you time. Here are some of the best ones to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-speech-to-text-apps/

E.) A Beginner's Guide To Mastodon, The Open Source Twitter Alternative (4.3% of all clicks.)
As Twitter users fret over the direction that new owner Elon Musk is taking the company, masses of users have hopped over to Mastodon, an open source Twitter alternative. Since October 27, when the SpaceX and Tesla CEO formalized his Twitter takeover, Mastodon has gained nearly 500,000 new users, effectively doubling its user base. But what is Mastodon, and should we all be getting our accounts set up?:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/08/what-is-mastodon/

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4) The Fediverse Is Happening. Here's How To Take Part. A Guide To Getting Started With Mastodon | Ben Werdmuller

I've been trying to explain what the fediverse actually is in a few different contexts. One thing that's revealed to me is that there's a whole generation of internet users whose entire model of how things work is based on the centralized, VC-funded service model. For them, a service is tied to a domain name and run by a company, and that's it — even though they likely use email every day. It's a surprising (to me) way that the prevailing business models for the web have changed the conversation:
https://benwerd.medium.com/the-fediverse-is-happening-heres-how-to-take-part-11c42f5ebefd

5) We Joined Mastodon. Here's What We Learned About Privacy and Security | The Markup

As Elon Musk sends Twitter into chaos, we're sharing what we picked up about Mastodon as we selected a server:
https://themarkup.org/the-breakdown/2022/11/21/we-joined-mastodon-heres-what-we-learned-about-privacy-and-security

6) New Mastodon Instance For Professionals and Consumers Interested in Audio Description

Editor: Scott Blanks has launched a Mastodon subscription instance for audio description. This is a space where professionals and fans can come together to learn, advocate, and work together towards the goal of quality AD in all environs. | Welcome to everyone with a connection to Audio Description. This server is a place to learn, advocate, network, and strive for great AD everywhere:
https://adforward.org/explore

7) Introducing The New Menus4ALL App Providing 750,000 Accessible Restaurant Menus | Stephanie Jones

Publisher: Menus4ALL is a founding sponsor of the new Access Information News publication and a long time Top Tech Tidbits supporter. They've been working on this solution for some time and we are all so very happy to finally see it come to fruition. | Stephanie Jones: My name is Stephanie Jones and I am co-founder of an accessibility solutions company, Menus4ALL. Our mission is to provide folks accessible restaurant menus. Previously we offered 50,000 US accessible menus on our website for 3 years. This Fall we beta tested with the BVI community an iPhone app, available now in the App Store. The Menus4ALL iPhone app features 750,000 fully accessible restaurant menus. 500,000 menus in the U.S. and 250,000 menus in Canada. It supports Apple's dynamic type, VoiceOver, Voice Control and common Braille displays. And it's affordable for all at $2.99 a month, with a onetime 14-day trial:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/introducing-new-menus4all-app-providing-750000-accessible-restaurant-menus

8) Introducing Sign Language View for Teams Meetings | Microsoft

Today we are pleased to announce sign language view, a new meeting experience in Microsoft Teams that helps signers — people who are Deaf/hard of hearing, interpreters, and others who use sign language — keep one another prioritized on center stage, in a consistent location, throughout every meeting:
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/introducing-sign-language-view-for-teams-meetings/ba-p/3671257

9) 'Moonwalkers': These Strap-On Shoes Can Make You Walk Three Times Faster

Imagine being able to make a quick grocery run or walk your dog as fast as if you were on a moving walkway. An American start-up, Shift Robotics, has invented a device designed to be strapped onto your own shoes to boost your walking speed by up to 250 percent. That's right, you could be walking at up to 11 km/h, about three times faster than you normally would. The "Moonwalkers" look like skates, but they're not freewheeling — so that you don't lose your balance. Thanks to machine learning algorithms, they only move when you do: they can stop when you want, be locked to go up or down stairs, and automatically regulate their speed when you're going downhill:
https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/11/18/moonwalkers-these-strap-on-shoes-can-make-you-walk-three-times-faster

10) This App Gives Your Screenshots Superpowers. That's Just The Beginning | Wired

Publisher: While this technology is still under development, and is not, strictly speaking, directly related to accessibility right now, I believe that all Tidbits readers will immediately recognize the power that this technology could bring to the blind and vision impaired community. | Wired: What if screenshots were linkable, or portals to the playlist, the mapped location, the shopping page you wanted to share? That's the reality Alex Mahedy has been trying to create for the past few years. The twentysomething New York City — based entrepreneur has even convinced some noteworthy venture capitalists to fund the idea. He just launched a new app for sharing link-enabled screenshots, called Pager. Here's how Pager works, and this may be its biggest barrier at the start: It's a separate mobile app that's currently only available through TestFlight, an Apple-owned app testing platform. This also means it's only available on iOS right now. The app first collates the existing screenshots in your camera roll. (It actually asks for permission to access all photos, a request that typically makes privacy advocates cringe, but Pager claims it's touching only your screenshots. And iOS now lets people select which photos they want to share with other apps:)
https://www.wired.com/story/pager-link-screenshots/

11) The Windows Subsystem For Linux In The Microsoft Store Is Now Generally Available

This will make updating Windows Subsystem for Linux much easier. It also brings GUI app support to Windows 10:
https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/the-windows-subsystem-for-linux-in-the-microsoft-store-is-now-generally-available-on-windows-10-and-11/

12) Opening Windows — Learning to Use the Tools Built Into The Windows Operating System

Staying with the Windows theme, Brian Hartgen has completed his course on using tools built into the Windows operating system. The archive is now available for purchase. All topics are displayed here:
https://www.hartgen.org/openingwindows

13) TechVision Seeking Individuals Skilled at Visual Studio and Coding | Dr. Denise M. Robinson

Our company is looking to add more instructors, specifically those using Visual Studio and general coding. If anyone is interested in a position with us, please let us know and we will get an interview setup with you. Schedule is flexible and you work from home using Zoom to connect to students. Pay is also very competitive. Call (425) 220-6935 ☎ or visit:
https://yourtechvision.com/

14) Microsoft Windows 11 Keystroke Compendium | National Braille Press | $10 - $12.50

Comprehensive collection of keystrokes available in Windows 11, containing keystrokes which are either available anywhere in Windows or are used in many different apps, as well as application-specific keystrokes:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WIN11-REF.html

15) Updated JAWS Scripts for Unigram by Doug Lee

https://www.dlee.org/unigram/#hist

16) Audible Now Works Independently On Apple Watch With Streaming And One-Tap Downloads

Amazon's Audible has delivered a valuable update for Apple Watch users. Shifting away from the reliance on a connection with your iPhone, the popular audiobook app now works independently on Apple Watch for both streaming and downloading content:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/11/17/audible-apple-watch-streaming/

17) For Those Interested In The Mac: Mac4TheBlind Tutorial Videos Available On The SturItUp YouTube Channel

Publisher: Just a quick reminder that John Panarese was one of the founding sponsors of the Top Tech Tidbits Publication, and is an incredibly knowledgeable and sought-after accessibility instructor. | SturItUp: Hello. John Panarese from Mac4TheBlind has graciously allowed me to post his free audio tutorials on the SturItUp YouTube page. It has its own playlist, and nothing but free audio Tutorials from John Panarese and Mac4TheBlind will be found on this play list. Find it here and save it to your favorites, sign up for alerts for it, however it works on YouTube. Currently, only 3 tutorials are there, but as John and I gather the ones he wants posted, they will be there. Enjoy. They can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOefEEZcxAG8VxmDYMkETHV1X7sXN64qo

18) NV Access In-Process For November 19th 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-19th-november/

19) ARX Vision Headset — Intro And Hardware First Impressions | YouTube | David Nason

The ARX Vision headset is a wearable device aimed at helping blind and visually impaired people to interact with the visual world around them using a camera and AI. This video gives a quick intro and takes a first look at the hardware. If you have any questions please comment. This is a review unit which has been loaned to me by ARX:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcjAFo0Kbqo

20) How To Use Emergency SOS Via Satellite Service On iPhone 14

Apple has launched its Emergency SOS via satellite service for iPhone 14 users in the US and Canada, with the feature coming to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December 2022:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-use-emergency-sos-via-satellite-service-on-iphone-14/

21) Your Google Searches Are Quietly Evolving. Here's What's Next | Wired

We went behind the scenes to make sense of Shopping, Ads, and the changes that will shape your internet searches:
https://www.wired.com/story/google-search-shopping-ads-malware-trends/

22) Google Just Launched A Slew Of Helpful Search Features

Google has announced a bevy of new search features to make searching easier and more helpful. The new features center around Google Maps, Search, Lens, and Shopping. Most of the features launched November 17th 2022, except one for Google Lens and another for Google Maps. Read more here:
https://www.androidauthority.com/google-search-features-3236058/

23) Your iPhone Has 26 New Accessibility Tools You Shouldn't Ignore | Gadget Hacks

While it's not usually the first thing everyone looks at after installing a new iOS software update, I'd give the new accessibility features on your iPhone priority attention because there are some highly valuable tools that even users without disabilities can enjoy:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/your-iphone-has-26-new-accessibility-tools-you-shouldnt-ignore-0385071/

24) 5 Anti-Spam Software For Microsoft Outlook That'll Protect Your Inbox

Microsoft is losing the war to spam. If your Outlook inbox is under spam siege, check out the top anti-spam tools for Outlook:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/anti-spam-filters-microsoft-outlook/

25) GetBraille.com Offers Customizable Braille Holiday Messages | Mark Cadigan | GetBraille.com

This Holiday season GetBraille.com is offering customizable braille holiday messages. We offer both clear plastic braille overlays that can be cut to size and adhered to traditional commercial holiday greeting cards and personalized holiday letters/notes embossed on standard 8.5 by 11 braille paper. For braille overlays: Email us the greeting card language plus any personal note, provide the card dimensions, and specify what part of the card the text corresponds to E.G. text on the front or text inside the card. We will mail the completed overlays to you in UEB grade 1 or 2 depending on your preference. For personalized holiday letters/notes: Email us the text and specify if you want it in UEB Grade 1 or 2. Each overlay or card will cost $10. We offer second business day turn around if your order is placed by noon Eastern. We can ship via free matter for the blind or with tracking for an additional $5. We accept all major credit cards. Reach out to us via email at: mark@getbraille.com ✉ for all your braille needs or visit us online at:
https://getbraille.com/

26) Spotify Wants To Make Your Podcast Sound Better With New One-Tap Feature For Anchor

Spotify has pushed more and more into podcasting in recent years, including its acquisition of the podcast creation platform Anchor in 2019. Now, Spotify is rolling out an update to the dedicated Anchor app on iPhone with a new feature it says can drastically improve the audio of your podcast with just one click:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/11/21/anchor-podcast-audio-feature-spotify/

27) Reading Recipes With Siri Or Apple Watch | Jamie Teh

I'm finally learning to cook some decent food, so I need to be able to read recipes. For a while, I was reading them out of SimpleNote on my iPhone. However, I encountered several frustrations with this approach (and this applies to any notes or text app really):
https://www.jantrid.net/2021/08/24/reading-recipes-with-siri-or-apple-watch/

28) 100 Days Of SwiftUI, My Foray Into Understanding A Bit More About How iOS Works | The Thoughts and Ramblings of Steve

Ever since I was able to accessibly use an iOS device, an iPhone 3GS, I've imagined how awesome it would be to be able to develop my own applications. That excitement was very short lived though as I soon became aware of just how complicated developing an application really is. It's a very involved process — or so it seemed to me — and for someone who hasn't written any code since C ++ was the talk of the town, it seemed like an impossibility. I wrongly assumed this was especially true for iOS because apps are often very visual and interactive and I just couldn't imagine how I'd tackle that without vision. And so I quickly decided that iOS app development was just not for me. Fast-forward quite a few years and Apple releases Swift and SwiftUI which, at the risk of over simplifying things quite a bit, is a more powerful and natural programming language for application development:
https://steves.life/2022/11/22/100-days-of-swiftui-my-foray-into-understanding-a-bit-more-about-how-ios-works/


➜ Surveys

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1) Surveys | APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey | PDF User Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 Equidox Software Company provides PDF accessibility software and services and is conducting a survey of blind and low-vision adults who are assistive technology users. The goal is to gain information about the real experience of people who use assistive technology to access PDF documents. Tammy Albee, who created this survey, worked at the NFB national office for four years with Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE. Ms. Albee now works for Equidox and hopes to submit the results of this survey to the Journal of Blindness Innovation. The information will also be used to advocate for accessibility in government, education, and private enterprise organizations, presented at conferences, and made available on the Equidox website. The survey has 15 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses and emails will be kept completely anonymous. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Tammy@equidox.co. The deadline for participation is November 30, 2022. To learn more about Equidox, please visit https://equidox.co/. You may complete the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nfbaffiliate

3) Survey | Tennessee Specialized Services Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 If you are or were a vocational rehabilitation client in the state of Tennessee, please complete this survey for Blind Citizens of Tennessee. Those who have tried to get basic licensing, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and braille skills in Tennessee know that our state is a desert of services. This survey will assist the Blind Citizens of Tennessee in their research to determine the need for a standalone training facility for the blind in Tennessee:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3lOO_LLUTFEZtqb1mrW0LfOiO2ZQwVuw5JwJLpeTE_TZ9tg/viewform?usp=sf_link


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) LBPD TUG: Technology User Group | Maryland State Library Agency | 13th Annual Look At Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays

November 5th 2022 | On Saturday, November 5th 2022 the Technology User Group presented our 13th Annual Look At Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays! Gadgets, gizmos and exciting products for the home, office and play. Most items profiled cost less than $100. Many vendors also profiled their wares in this special two-hour event:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/maryland-state-library-agency/id1633488438?i=1000586151653

2) Tek Talk Features Stocking Stuffers Part 1 With Barry Scheur Of Guidelights And Gadgets And Krystle Zamudio Of Scentsy

November 7th 2022 | Barry will present in the first half hour from 8 to 8:30pm Eastern and Krystle will present in the second half hour from 8:30 to 9pm Eastern:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000586203245

3) Tek Talk features Stocking Stuffers Part 2 with Denise Russell of Speak To Me Catalog and Barry Carver of Mountain Crafted

November 14th 2022 | Tek Talk features Stocking Stuffers Part 2 with Denise Russell of Speak To Me Catalog and Barry Carver of Mountain Crafted. Denise will present in the first half hour from 8 to 8:30pm Eastern and Barry will present in the second half hour from 8:30 to 9pm Eastern:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000587023947

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2247: Training Low Vision Rehabilitation Optometrists

November 23rd 2022 | People with newly diagnosed vision problems may not get directed to low vision optometrists who can help them adapt to their vision changes. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Richard Jamara and Sarah Hinkley, two editors of a training guide for low vision optometrists, who hope to train more of them and increase awareness of their specialty:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2247.htm

5) National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Podcast | Presentation From Oran McAllister With NaviLens

November 16th 2022 | The Computer Science & Technology Division (CSTD) of the NFB of SC had a presentation from Oran McAllister with NaviLens to tell us all about NaviLens. We have permission to share the recording of Oran's presentation to others who were not able to attend! You will be able to find the recording for the NaviLens presentation at the below links on the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina's podcast. If you have any suggestions for future Technology Presentations, please send them to Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com ✉: .
Part 1: https://anchor.fm/national-federation-of-the-blind-of-south-carolina/episodes/NaviLens-Part-1-e1qsqsn
Part 2: https://anchor.fm/national-federation-of-the-blind-of-south-carolina/episodes/NaviLens-Part-2-e1qstip

6) Mosen at Large Episode 207: The Windows Start Menu Verbosity Saga, Mastodon Continues To Gain Traction, And The Need To Make Data Journalism Accessible

November 19th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/97ff31c5/the-windows-start-menu-verbosity-saga-mastodon-continues-to-gain-traction-and-the-need-to-make-data-journalism-accessible

7) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 102: Passwords And Accounts Saved Passwords, Autofill and Settings

November 19th 2022 | This week, we look at the password manager-related aspects of the Passwords and Accounts section of the Settings app. Tip of the week: John shows us how to find out what song is playing using the Google Assistant, regardless of the Android phone you have. We have a guide on how to register for discord on google chrome using this link: https://blindandroidusers.com/guide-to-registering-for-discord-on-chrome-browser/. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrQdcSCN6NTaqKf9kZv3D5y


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar or Training Course for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-webinar-training-course or locate "Webinar / Training Course Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

2) Linking Up with LinkedIn to Increase Employment Opportunities For Blind or Low Vision Users | Mississippi State University National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness & Low Vision

November 30th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | We are having our final webinar of the year, and you are invited! Brief Summary: The NRTC will partner with NSITE to discuss how people with vision loss can increase employment opportunities by using LinkedIn. Registration: Visit the Webinars & Podcasts page to learn more about this webinar, and register today:
https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/consumers/webinars-podcasts

3) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

4) Using JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect for Testing | TPGi

December 1st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead Using transcripts of JAWS speech, you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple tests using both JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect, explaining how these tools can be integrated into your test processes. Register today:.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-1-at-12pm-et-using-jaws-inspect-and-jaws-connect-for-testing/

5) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

6) Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar

December 6th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | If you are part of a disability nonprofit organization, please join us for our Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar on Tuesday, December 6th. In this introductory session, you will learn about: Accessibility Nonprofit Tech Accelerator 2023 grant program that provides selected organizations with technology grants and dedicated specialist staff to support your mission. Access to Microsoft Philanthropies grants and discounts across our nonprofit cloud products including Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 for all registered 501 c3 organizations. Microsoft Accessibility team will share our commitment to disability nonprofit partners, our work on AI for Accessibility & Innovation. Register today for the Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofit Webinar:
https://learning.eventbuilder.com/event/67484

7) The Current Legal Landscape for Digital Assets Accessibility Risks and How to Provide an Accessible Experience for Retail Customers

December 6th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Matt Ater, Lori Sommerfield, and Kim Phan Join Matt Ater of Vispero, along with Lori Sommerfield & Kim Phan, partners at Troutman Pepper, for a discussion concerning the current state of legal risks for accessibility non-compliance and practical tips for making your retail business digital assets accessible for people with disabilities. We will discuss the current state of website and mobile application accessibility litigation, as well as the increasing threat of enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act for digital assets by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Biden administration. Learn how to mitigate legal risks by meeting digital accessibility requirements and creating a usable and accessible retail experience. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-6-at-11am-et-the-current-legal-landscape-for-digital-assets-accessibility-risks-and-how-to-provide-an-accessible-experience-for-retail-customers/

8) ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 7th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle - reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern camera technology and HD displays provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ONYX Pro takes portability to the next level by combining it with the Surface 7 tablet to provide the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools. Meeting ID: 821 2886 0126 | Passcode: 792304 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82128860126#,,,,*792304# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82128860126?pwd=UHBhYXBzTHVGb0tCaktXZVc1anQ0dz09#success

9) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

10) 2022 Digital Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey Feingold | Free Webinar

December 8th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | What We'll Cover: A lot has happened in the digital accessibility legal space this year — have you kept up? Most recently, a new digital accessibility law was introduced in the United States Congress. If the law passes as written, it will result in digital accessibility regulations for both websites and software applications. Commercial providers who design, develop, and modify certain websites or applications are part of the proposed legislation. Speaker: Lainey Feingold. Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer who has worked in the digital accessibility space since 1995. She is also an author and international speaker. Lainey, along with her blind clients and co-counsel, helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States more than twenty years ago. She has worked with dozens of companies on their accessibility initiatives since that time. Lainey is the author of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her book shares stories and strategies from twenty-five years of collaborations and relationship-building to help create an inclusive digital world. Register here:
https://go.3playmedia.com/wbnr-12-08-2022-lainey

11) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

12) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

13) Basics of Accessibility Testing | TPGi

December 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Accessibility testing is a critical step in delivering a modern online experience. This webinar goes beyond testing checklists to answer the fundamental questions people have when they start testing for web accessibility. For accessibility testing to be effective, organizations must understand what makes a digital experience equal. We'll cover web accessibility, the role and structure of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and how to quantify the risk associated with a guideline. Additionally, we'll discuss the following: How to set the scope for accessibility testing and feel confident you are covering the "right parts" of a website/web application. We'll document mouse-only, keyboard-only, and assistive technology testing plans. We'll delve into how web pages expose "semantics" and the tools to understand if your site is properly conveying its meaning to assistive technology. How to get expert support beyond your team to be sure that your accessibility testing results are accurate and more! Learn how to use the tools, access resources, and receive clear steps to perform a full-scale WCAG audit. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-13-at-12pm-et-basics-of-accessibility-testing/

14) Creating Accessible Promotional Materials (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 14th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As a document author, learn about choosing colors, selecting images, and laying out your brochure, poster, or flyer in an engaging yet accessible way. Join Rachel Reeves in reviewing the most accessible way to create PDF Promotional Material. Learning Outcomes: Review color contrast requirements. Address mistakes commonly made in the Layout/Reading Order of one-page posters or flyers. Understand obstacles commonly encountered if using authoring tools such as Canva or Illustrator. Analyze poor templates that have images and fonts that make PDF remediation difficult. Meeting ID: 865 1628 1737 | Passcode: 967492 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86516281737#,,,,*967492# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86516281737?pwd=NTZDdzRmZUdieFBTWnRiMzFsQVhHdz09#success

15) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

16) ZoomText, JAWS & Fusion: Latest Features (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 21st 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's that time again. Not only is it the holidays but also the time when there are important updates for ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore what's new in the 2023 updates and some features within the past few years. Learning Outcomes: Briefly explain the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Compare the different licenses and how you can find out if you are eligible for the latest updates. Explore new 2023 features such as Tethered View, Smart Glance, Notification History improvements, New Tables Only option for Smart Navigation, etc. Review recent features, including Docking the Quick Access Bar, Voice Assistant, Sound Splitter, New Vocalizer Expressive Voices and Languages, and more. Meeting ID: 827 9977 1867 | Passcode: 853407 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82799771867#,,,,*853407# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82799771867?pwd=VVNHeWhjVVVLc1JDUUtSMlllMnlQZz09#success

17) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

18) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

19) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

20) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. 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. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

21) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

22) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

23) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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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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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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➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
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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 Holiday Sales

Our holiday sales, with some deeply cut prices through December 31st. Leather Purse Blow Out: approximately 6 by 10 inches with a very stylish design; has 6 zippered pockets; and a great half moon pocket on the front. Lots of room for essentials - $20. Hands free leather neck pouch; great for AIRA or Be My Eyes; works great with BlindShell. Front: velcro pocket; two full size phone slots, with a full size pocket on the back; down from $20 to $15. Talking Medical bundle with case and accessible "how to" mp: files on sd card. 2nd gen talking oximeter, infrared thermometer, and BP meter. Tested in doctors' offices - $140.00. Call either Barry or Kae (617) 969-7500 ☎ or (781) 286-1696 ☎ for information or for orders.

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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, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Audible | Google Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube

Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
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Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

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➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
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We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

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Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


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Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
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About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
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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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About: 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.


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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


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Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
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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.


➜ Attend the 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.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
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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.


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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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


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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) iOS 16.2 To Introduce 'Custom Accessibility Mode' With Streamlined Experience For iPhone And iPad (9.6% of all clicks.)
This update to the iOS interface, now in beta, seeks to simplify the user experience for users:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/11/08/ios-16-2-custom-accessibility-mode/

B.) JAWS Power Tip: Using Smart Glance (9.5% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/130.html

C.) The 6 Best Speech-to-Text Apps for Note-Taking (8.7% of all clicks.)
Speech-to-text apps are the best way to take notes on the go. They can also save you time. Here are some of the best ones to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-speech-to-text-apps/

D.) Reader Review: azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM) (6.6% of all clicks.)
Dear Tidbits Readers. One of the applications that I always loved during these past 15 to 20 years is the azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM) database. Basically its a simple freeform database that can be used for many different things / ideas. For example I have a personal telephone directory. I also have a database file with a lot of tips and tricks that I learned during my life about computers and if you like you can use it as a picture album because it supports the insertion of pictures directly into the cards:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/131.html

E.) The 27 Best Mac Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier | Wired (6.2% of all clicks.)
MacOS may be the apple of your eye, but some of its stock apps are a little rotten. Take a bite of these third-party apps instead:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-mac-apps/

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4) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Don't Forget About the F6 Key

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
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5) A Beginner's Guide To Mastodon, The Open Source Twitter Alternative | TechCrunch

Publisher: We begin this week by riding the elephant. | As Twitter users fret over the direction that new owner Elon Musk is taking the company, masses of users have hopped over to Mastodon, an open source Twitter alternative. Since October 27, when the SpaceX and Tesla CEO formalized his Twitter takeover, Mastodon has gained nearly 500,000 new users, effectively doubling its user base. But what is Mastodon, and should we all be getting our accounts set up?
https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/08/what-is-mastodon/?guccounter=1

6) Additional Links For Those Interested in Using Mastodon | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Here are some links regarding Mastodon as it relates to disabilities and accessibility. First, Mastodon servers are very accessible. Four servers that may be of interest to some in this community are:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2953

7) Mastodon 4.0 Released | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

This is not a piece of software that most users will be downloading and installing unless they are running their own Mastodon server or, as it's often called, an instance. However, these changes should hopefully be making their way to the various Mastodon servers which are available. This new version includes 43 added features, 30 changes and 72 fixes:
https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/releases/tag/v4.0.0

8) New Training Course From Hartgen Consultancy: Masto-Done; Riding the Elephant!

In the wake of the noisy takeover of Twitter, people have been looking for alternatives to the microblogging social media platform. Many of those fleeing or hedging their bets have turned to Mastodon, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of new users since Twitter's acquisition. Like Twitter, Mastodon allows users to post, follow people and organizations, and like and repost others' posts. But while Mastodon supports many of the same social networking features as Twitter, it is not a single platform:
https://www.hartgen.org/mastodone

9) A n00b's Guide To Mastodon | Jeremy Littau

With Twitter flailing, I spent a week trying to level up my experience on the major social network people are fleeing to. It has a learning curve, but that's why you've got me to help:
https://jeremylittau.medium.com/a-n00bs-guide-to-mastodon-806d1b367f2d

10) NVDA 2022.3.2 Released

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-3-2/

11) How to Find Your Twitter Friends on Mastodon | Wired

If you're pondering a move to the decentralized social network, here's how to find the people you know and want to talk to:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-find-twitter-friends-on-mastodon/

12) Microsoft Accessibility Nonprofit Tech Accelerator Launches To Supply Technology And Funding Support To Disability Nonprofit Organizations Around The World

"The Accessibility NTA is a program that supports disability-focused nonprofit organizations with access to enterprise technology and grants to best serve the disability community." If you are an organization who is interested in applying, there is an online seminar on December 6th 2022 with more information:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/microsoft-accessibility-nonprofit-tech-accelerator/

13) About Us, The Unwritten

This publication pays disabled writers for their contributions:
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14) Introducing Our New Interactive Audio Game — Evidence 111 | Applevis

My name is Kamila and I am writing on behalf of a Czech indie game development studio Play By Ears. I would like to inform you about the release of our fully-accessible audio game called Evidence 111, launching November 15th 2022 on iOS and Android:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados-gaming/introducing-our-new-interactive-audio-game-evidence-111

15) This Modder Sells an Ingenious One-Handed Nintendo Switch Adapter | ReviewGeek

After building one-handed adapters for the Xbox and PS5, Akaki Kuumeri now sells a similar attachment for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons. The 3D-printed, fully mechanical adapter allows gamers to access the full range of Joy-Con controls using just one hand:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/127506/this-modder-sells-an-ingenious-one-handed-nintendo-switch-adapter/

16) Github Is Experimenting With A New Way To Let Programmers Create Code With Their Voice Inside Copilot

This system, now available in VS (Visual Studio) Code, will make it possible to control an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) with your voice. It has accessibility benefits for coders:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/9/23449175/hey-github-voice-copilot-code-programming-system

17) GitHub's Copilot Takes the Keyboard Out of Coding

It seems that Microsoft's love for accessibility is trickling down to GitHub. In a surprise announcement, GitHub says that it's testing a hands-free coding feature for its Copilot software. In time, a simple "Hey, GitHub" voice command will let you write, edit, and navigate code without a keyboard:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/136042/githubs-copilot-takes-the-keyboard-out-of-coding/

18) Hartgen Consultancy Holiday Sale | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

While I personally can't and don't endorse all of the products that get mentioned on the Tech-VI list there are some products that I don't hesitate to endorse and recommend. The products from Hartgen Consultancy definitely fall into that category. I've been a user of Leasey since 2018 and I would not want to use JAWS without Leasey installed. I've also used his scripts for Zoom as well as for Teams and they have definitely enhanced and improved the user experience. I have purchased many of his training courses and I feel that he's one of the finest trainers we have in this industry. I have not been asked to make this recommendation and I have never received any discounts for the products which I have purchased beyond the sales he has offered for all of his customers:
https://www.hartgen.org/holiday2022

19) Significant Improvements for Screen Readers Now in Nightly Firefox

The nightly builds of Firefox have improvements for screen reader users. If all goes well, they will be in the stable release soon:
https://blog.mozilla.org/accessibility/significant-improvements-for-screen-readers-now-in-nightly-firefox/

20) Overview Of The 6dot Braille Label Maker | Easterseals Crossroads

If you're looking for an easy-to-use Braille label maker, check out the 6dot Braille Label Maker from Logan Tech. This portable Braille label maker has a built-in Braille keyboard that supports all grades of Braille in "virtually every language:"
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2022/10/27/6dot-braille-label-maker/

21) Sight Tech Global 2022 Agenda Announced | December 7th & 8th 2022

The third annual Sight Tech Global conference, a virtual, free and highly accessible event on December 7 and 8 convenes some of the world's top experts working on assistive tech, especially AI, for people who are blind or visually impaired. If you don't follow this topic, maybe you should, because a lot of cutting-edge tech over the years — think OCR and NLP — was developed at the outset with blind people in mind, and went from there to more mainstream uses. Register today:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/11/sight-tech-global-2022-agenda-announced/

22) New Quick Assist App Will Soon Be Integrated Into Windows

Microsoft announced the retiring of the integrated Quick Assist application of the Windows operating system in May 2022. Quick Assist is a remote assistance application, which may be used to get or give assistance. It is commonly used by technicians to provide remote assistance to an organization's workforce:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/11/13/new-quick-assist-app-will-soon-be-integrated-into-windows/

23) Microsoft Office Is Getting an Updated Look On iPhone

The Microsoft Office apps have been around on iPhone, iPad, and Android for years, and every once in a while, they receive a significant update. Now another change is rolling out to the iPhone apps:
https://www.howtogeek.com/848116/microsoft-office-is-getting-an-updated-look-on-iphone/

24) Braille on Android | Devin Prater

In this article, I'll overview Android's past support for Braille, and talk about how it's current support works. I'll also compare it to Apple's implementation. Then, I'll discuss how things could be better on both systems:
https://write.as/devinprater/braille-on-android

25) Blind Android Users Launches New Discord Server

Discord is a free communications app that lets you share voice, video, and text chat with friends and colleagues. It has hundreds of millions of users, making it one of the most popular ways to connect with people online. Join the new Blind Android Users Discord server at:
https://discord.gg/GuNVWWGTxx

26) How To Have Your Android Phone's Google Assistant Read Articles Out Loud To You

The tool is called "Read it," and it works within Chrome, the Google app, or the Google News app. If you have an Android phone and a web article is pulled up on your browser, you can say, "Hey Google, read it," or "Hey Google, read this page," and it will immediately read the content of the web page as if it was a podcast:
https://chromeunboxed.com/how-to-android-read-it-assistant

27) Your iPhone Has 26 New Accessibility Tools You Shouldn't Ignore

This is a handy rundown of the latest accessibility features on iOS devices:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/your-iphone-has-26-new-accessibility-tools-you-shouldnt-ignore-0385071/

28) The Best Apple Watch for 2022 | PC Mag

Can't decide between the Apple Watch Series 8, SE, Ultra, or an older model that's still on sale? We're here to help you figure out which Apple Watch is best for you:
https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-apple-watch?taid=636ed3fd61b9590001775547

29) This Bluetooth Chessboard Rekindled My Love of Chess | Wired

Publisher: We currently have no information regarding the accessibility of this product but we would be more than happy to publish any that readers might wish to provide. | The Square Off Pro is an internet-connected board you can roll up to take anywhere — and to play with opponents around the world:
https://www.wired.com/story/square-off-pro-chessboard-rave/

30) Thunderbird Supernova Preview: The New Calendar Design

In 2023, Thunderbird will reinvent itself with the "Supernova" release, featuring a modernized interface and brand new features like Firefox Sync. One of the major improvements you can look forward to is an overhaul to our calendar UI (user interface). Today we're excited to give you a preview of what it looks like:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2022/11/thunderbird-supernova-preview-the-new-calendar-design/

31) Latest Accessibility Features That Make Amazon Devices Disable Friendly | Sovan Mandal | Good eReader

It has been a constant endeavor at Amazon to offer devices and services that has the widest appeal and application in society. That includes reaching out to those with different forms of disabilities so that they too are able to make the most of the latest Amazon devices. With around a billion people living throughout the world with different forms of disabilities, it makes a lot of business sense as well reaching out to them with the right kind of devices and features, besides of course making things easier for them as well. I discuss here four ways Amazon has made Alexa or its devices more accessible instead of the usual voice commands, something that can be a boon for the disabled and help them be "connected, entertained, and independent:"
https://goodereader.com/blog/kindle/latest-accessibility-features-that-make-amazon-devices-disable-friendly


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1) Surveys | APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey | Programming Workspace Accessibility for Blind Individuals

Closes: November 17th 2022 A research team composed of blind and sighted scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is conducting exploratory research on blind individuals' interactions with accessible programming workspaces and their approach towards comprehending and navigating code. In this context, an individual's level of visual impairment is based on The U.S. legal definition of blindness: visual acuity of not greater than 20/200 in the better eye with correction or a field not subtending an angle greater than 20 degrees. The expected value of this study is that we will get a better sense of the following topics based on blind programmers; experiences, which will in turn scientifically highlight the existing accessibility of programming workspaces and the opportunities to improve them to support blind programmers: The common accessibility issues of blind programmers. The patterns of interaction between blind programmers and the accessibility tools used to code. The level of navigability, glanceability, alertability, and discoverability the popular accessible programming workspaces have. Participants' personal information and data such as name, email, age, etc. collected from the interview will be systematically removed from the final results used to conduct analysis in order to make sure researchers will not disclose any of your personal information without your permission as well as skew the analysis. The research team would like to invite blind individuals to participate in an online interview consisting of two sections: a questionnaire regarding past coding experience and an interactive coding session. This will allow researchers to further investigate how blind programmers code and interact with technologies and tools. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card upon completing the one-hour interview and coding activity. Eligible participants for the online interview are those: self-identifying themselves as an individual who is blind; age 18 or older; having any level of programming experience; having familiarity with Python, Java, C++ or C programming languages; having experience with screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, ORCA, etc. If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact our research team at:rshah257@illinois.edu

3) Survey | The Byte Size Training Tech Website Feedback Survey

Closes: November 18th 2022 This survey is where individuals with disabilities can provide feedback relating to the Byte Size Training Tech website and suggest improvements. Here is a link to the Byte Size Training Tech website at https://bytesizetrainingtech.com:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJ1gqw4KFOduexJc5HY-nyGrybfODQhGLpJBP9gQ9wVL8swg/viewform?usp=sf_link

4) Survey | PDF User Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 Equidox Software Company provides PDF accessibility software and services and is conducting a survey of blind and low-vision adults who are assistive technology users. The goal is to gain information about the real experience of people who use assistive technology to access PDF documents. Tammy Albee, who created this survey, worked at the NFB national office for four years with Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE. Ms. Albee now works for Equidox and hopes to submit the results of this survey to the Journal of Blindness Innovation. The information will also be used to advocate for accessibility in government, education, and private enterprise organizations, presented at conferences, and made available on the Equidox website. The survey has 15 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses and emails will be kept completely anonymous. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Tammy@equidox.co. The deadline for participation is November 30, 2022. To learn more about Equidox, please visit https://equidox.co/. You may complete the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nfbaffiliate

5) Survey | Tennessee Specialized Services Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 If you are or were a vocational rehabilitation client in the state of Tennessee, please complete this survey for Blind Citizens of Tennessee. Those who have tried to get basic licensing, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and braille skills in Tennessee know that our state is a desert of services. This survey will assist the Blind Citizens of Tennessee in their research to determine the need for a standalone training facility for the blind in Tennessee:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3lOO_LLUTFEZtqb1mrW0LfOiO2ZQwVuw5JwJLpeTE_TZ9tg/viewform?usp=sf_link


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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1) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 905: Tech Abilities - Education and Learning, Twitter Accessibility Team is Laid Off, Traveling Blind, BARD Update, and Resources for Learning and Knowledge with Blindness in Mind

November 6th 2022 | A Big salute to the entire Accessibility Experience Team formally at Twitter. As part of the takeover at Twitter and all the layoffs, the entire Accessibility Experience Team at Twitter has been laid off. Accessibility Experience Team Manager, Gerard Koen, released a twitter thread acknowledging the members of the Accessibility Experience Team, the work they did and is looking forward to working on accessibility for future companies. We play a voice over rendition of his Twitter thread he posted. In this episode of Tech Abilities the team, and no, Serina has not been laid off, comes together in the Blind Abilities Studio to talk about resources for general knowledge and learning on an everyday basis along with the latest news and tech tidbits from a Blindness perspective. Here are the topics and some links from the show: Wow, Twitter, Hmm. Learning - Where do we get our knowledge? Resources: Freedom Scientific Training Events. Hadley. Perkins. APH Educational R:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7688

2) Reading After Vision Loss: Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

November 11th 2022 | Whether you like to read for enjoyment or need to check your mail, reading is an essential part of your day. We're sharing tips and tricks for how to continue reading, the best low-tech and high-tech gadgets, and the benefits of learning braille:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/reading-after-vision-loss

3) Mosen at Large Episode 206: Mastering Mastodon, How Do You Get Started With Ham Radio, And A Fix For The Eset Issues Plaguing Screen Reader Users

November 12th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/bd3f4f1e/mastering-mastodon-how-do-you-get-started-with-ham-radio-and-a-fix-for-the-eset-issues-plaguing-screen-reader-users

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 101: BAU Podcast Crew Reflects On The Discussions Held In Episode 100

November 12th 2022 | In episode 101 we first thank our YouTube subscribers for taking us over the milestone of 775 subscribers. Our channel handle is @BlindAndroidUsers. Our YouTube channel can also be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/@BlindAndroidUsers. First, we show you how to diagnose problems and device care available on Samsung phones. Then the podcast crew reflects on topics that were discussed on our 100-episode celebration in which our listeners had joined us. Topics include: Seeing move assistant and guided frames on Pixel and Samsung cameras. Warren demos it on Pixel 7 phone. Android marriage with Windows. Watch my demo of how to link any Android device to a PC running Windows 10 or 11. The demo is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/9Brg2H3ND1A. All about TTS in which we went down memory lane discussing the piko TTS available back in android 2.3.6 days and how some of the TTS may not work after Android 14 rolls out as it will be 64 bit only. And the most important of all, phone speakers and audio. in which we discuss beets audio, the best sounding phone and much more. To listen to this episode, you can visit:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqo9W1sv_ISoOUheGSRlvUDf

5) That Real Blind Tech Show, Episode 103: Twitter, The Technological Hindenburg

November 12th 2022 | The entire That Real Blind Tech Show team gets together to discuss the latest goings on at Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon. We discuss the upcoming Sight Tech Global, as Brian will be this year's Host. We also discuss the good and bad from our experiences running Mac OS Ventura:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-103-twitter-the-technological-hindenburg

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2246: Over Every Hurdle

November 16th 2022 | "Over Every Hurdle" is the third book in a series whose protagonist suddenly loses her sight and adapts to life as a blind person. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with best-selling author Barbara Hinske and with Julie Rock, Manager, Adult and Transition Services at Foundation for Blind Children about how they interacted to make the series possible:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2246.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

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1) New features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 | Freedom Scientific

November 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Vispero Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. Summary: We will provide an overview of Fusion Suite 2023, plus discuss and demonstrate new features. Participants will learn how to: Access the What's New pages for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023. Get started using new features. Download and install the software. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar on Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I8M3DYvBT0CQ-T-xGXOl4Q

2) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

3) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

4) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

5) Using JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect for Testing | TPGi

December 1st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead Using transcripts of JAWS speech, you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple tests using both JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect, explaining how these tools can be integrated into your test processes. Register today:.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-1-at-12pm-et-using-jaws-inspect-and-jaws-connect-for-testing/

6) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

7) Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar

December 6th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | If you are part of a disability nonprofit organization, please join us for our Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar on Tuesday, December 6th. In this introductory session, you will learn about: Accessibility Nonprofit Tech Accelerator 2023 grant program that provides selected organizations with technology grants and dedicated specialist staff to support your mission. Access to Microsoft Philanthropies grants and discounts across our nonprofit cloud products including Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 for all registered 501 c3 organizations. Microsoft Accessibility team will share our commitment to disability nonprofit partners, our work on AI for Accessibility & Innovation. Register today for the Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofit Webinar:
https://learning.eventbuilder.com/event/67484

8) The Current Legal Landscape for Digital Assets Accessibility Risks and How to Provide an Accessible Experience for Retail Customers

December 6th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Matt Ater, Lori Sommerfield, and Kim Phan Join Matt Ater of Vispero, along with Lori Sommerfield & Kim Phan, partners at Troutman Pepper, for a discussion concerning the current state of legal risks for accessibility non-compliance and practical tips for making your retail business digital assets accessible for people with disabilities. We will discuss the current state of website and mobile application accessibility litigation, as well as the increasing threat of enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act for digital assets by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Biden administration. Learn how to mitigate legal risks by meeting digital accessibility requirements and creating a usable and accessible retail experience. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-6-at-11am-et-the-current-legal-landscape-for-digital-assets-accessibility-risks-and-how-to-provide-an-accessible-experience-for-retail-customers/

9) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

10) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

11) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

12) Basics of Accessibility Testing | TPGi

December 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Accessibility testing is a critical step in delivering a modern online experience. This webinar goes beyond testing checklists to answer the fundamental questions people have when they start testing for web accessibility. For accessibility testing to be effective, organizations must understand what makes a digital experience equal. We'll cover web accessibility, the role and structure of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and how to quantify the risk associated with a guideline. Additionally, we'll discuss the following: How to set the scope for accessibility testing and feel confident you are covering the "right parts" of a website/web application. We'll document mouse-only, keyboard-only, and assistive technology testing plans. We'll delve into how web pages expose "semantics" and the tools to understand if your site is properly conveying its meaning to assistive technology. How to get expert support beyond your team to be sure that your accessibility testing results are accurate and more! Learn how to use the tools, access resources, and receive clear steps to perform a full-scale WCAG audit. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-13-at-12pm-et-basics-of-accessibility-testing/

13) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

14) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

15) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

16) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

17) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. 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. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

18) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

19) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

20) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Audible | Google Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube

Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

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Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

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If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

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Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
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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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About: 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.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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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Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
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Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

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

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

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

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Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day 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.


➜ Attend the 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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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
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Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ 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 Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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4) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for November 10th 2022

Updates this week include: (1) Attention Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors. Top Tech Tidbits To Transition All Future Sponsorship Renewals From One-Time Payments To Subscriptions At Your Request. Everything You Need To Know. | (2) Top Tech Tidbits "Cleans" Mailing List This Week To Remove 438 Subscribers Listed As "Suspended" | (3) A Word About CAPTCHA And Our Inability To Completely Remove It From The Top Tech Tidbits Subscription Process:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/132.html

5) Access Information News Publisher Updates For November 14th 2022

I know that many of you were waiting to find out just how many readers were going to stay on with the new Access Information News publication so I wanted to include this update in Tidbits ahead of the next issue just to keep everyone in the loop. Answers to all of your questions here:
https://www.accessinformationnews.com/1.html

6) JAWS Power Tip: Using Smart Glance

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/130.html

7) Reader Review: azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM)

Dear Tidbits Readers. One of the applications that I always loved during these past 15 to 20 years is the azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM) database. Basically its a simple freeform database that can be used for many different things / ideas. For example I have a personal telephone directory. I also have a database file with a lot of tips and tricks that I learned during my life about computers and if you like you can use it as a picture album because it supports the insertion of pictures directly into the cards:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/131.html

8) iOS 16.2 To Introduce 'Custom Accessibility Mode' With Streamlined Experience For iPhone And iPad

This update to the iOS interface, now in beta, seeks to simplify the user experience for users:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/11/08/ios-16-2-custom-accessibility-mode/

9) A Look At The October 2022 Games Accessibility Conference

This article summarizes the topics and themes covered in this year's conference for accessible video games:
https://www.eurogamer.net/a-look-at-this-octobers-games-accessibility-conference

10) Zoom Boosts Accessibility With Sign Language Interpretation View

Meeting hosts can now designate a live sign language translation professional to appear in a dedicated view during a zoom meeting:
https://www.uctoday.com/unified-communications/zoom-boosts-accessibility-with-sign-language-interpretation-view/

11) Do You Use Aira's Intuit Small Business Offer?

If you use Aira's Intuit Small Business offer to assist with visual tasks for your business they'd like to feature your story in their holiday shopping webinar. You can complete the form at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuOnJ1vGGu7-DblVZ4eBTLAv7exyYxKfbrlOYVRpnuX-gdIw/viewform?usp=sf_link

12) PowerToys 0.64 Launches With File Locksmith And Hosts File Editor

Microsoft has released PowerToys 0.64 Stable to the public. The new version of the open source tools collection for Windows includes two new programs and other changes:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/11/03/powertoys-0-64-launches-with-file-locksmith-and-hosts-file-editor/

13) NV Access In-Process For November 3rd 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-november-2022/

14) The 27 Best Mac Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier | Wired

MacOS may be the apple of your eye, but some of its stock apps are a little rotten. Take a bite of these third-party apps instead:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-mac-apps/

15) How To Speed Up Working On A Mac Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts don't stop at Command-Z, Command-C, and Command-V. Here's how to create your own keyboard shortcuts in every version of macOS:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/mac/tips/speed-up-working-on-a-mac-using-custom-keyboard-shortcuts

16) The 6 Best Speech-to-Text Apps for Note-Taking

Speech-to-text apps are the best way to take notes on the go. They can also save you time. Here are some of the best ones to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-speech-to-text-apps/


➜ Surveys

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related survey for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-survey or locate "Survey Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Surveys | APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey | Programming Workspace Accessibility for Blind Individuals

Closes: November 17th 2022 A research team composed of blind and sighted scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is conducting exploratory research on blind individuals' interactions with accessible programming workspaces and their approach towards comprehending and navigating code. In this context, an individual's level of visual impairment is based on The U.S. legal definition of blindness: visual acuity of not greater than 20/200 in the better eye with correction or a field not subtending an angle greater than 20 degrees. The expected value of this study is that we will get a better sense of the following topics based on blind programmers; experiences, which will in turn scientifically highlight the existing accessibility of programming workspaces and the opportunities to improve them to support blind programmers: The common accessibility issues of blind programmers. The patterns of interaction between blind programmers and the accessibility tools used to code. The level of navigability, glanceability, alertability, and discoverability the popular accessible programming workspaces have. Participants' personal information and data such as name, email, age, etc. collected from the interview will be systematically removed from the final results used to conduct analysis in order to make sure researchers will not disclose any of your personal information without your permission as well as skew the analysis. The research team would like to invite blind individuals to participate in an online interview consisting of two sections: a questionnaire regarding past coding experience and an interactive coding session. This will allow researchers to further investigate how blind programmers code and interact with technologies and tools. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card upon completing the one-hour interview and coding activity. Eligible participants for the online interview are those: self-identifying themselves as an individual who is blind; age 18 or older; having any level of programming experience; having familiarity with Python, Java, C++ or C programming languages; having experience with screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, ORCA, etc. If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact our research team at:rshah257@illinois.edu

3) Survey | The Byte Size Training Tech Website Feedback Survey

Closes: November 18th 2022 This survey is where individuals with disabilities can provide feedback relating to the Byte Size Training Tech website and suggest improvements. Here is a link to the Byte Size Training Tech website at https://bytesizetrainingtech.com:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJ1gqw4KFOduexJc5HY-nyGrybfODQhGLpJBP9gQ9wVL8swg/viewform?usp=sf_link

4) Survey | PDF User Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 Equidox Software Company provides PDF accessibility software and services and is conducting a survey of blind and low-vision adults who are assistive technology users. The goal is to gain information about the real experience of people who use assistive technology to access PDF documents. Tammy Albee, who created this survey, worked at the NFB national office for four years with Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE. Ms. Albee now works for Equidox and hopes to submit the results of this survey to the Journal of Blindness Innovation. The information will also be used to advocate for accessibility in government, education, and private enterprise organizations, presented at conferences, and made available on the Equidox website. The survey has 15 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses and emails will be kept completely anonymous. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Tammy@equidox.co. The deadline for participation is November 30, 2022. To learn more about Equidox, please visit https://equidox.co/. You may complete the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nfbaffiliate

XX) Survey | Tennessee Specialized Services Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 If you are or were a vocational rehabilitation client in the state of Tennessee, please complete this survey for Blind Citizens of Tennessee. Those who have tried to get basic licensing, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and braille skills in Tennessee know that our state is a desert of services. This survey will assist the Blind Citizens of Tennessee in their research to determine the need for a standalone training facility for the blind in Tennessee:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3lOO_LLUTFEZtqb1mrW0LfOiO2ZQwVuw5JwJLpeTE_TZ9tg/viewform?usp=sf_link


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Insights & Sound Bites Podcast Episode 1: Survive, Adapt, Overcome

October 28th 2022 | Larry shares how he found strength in his core beliefs to get him through the shock of his initial diagnosis:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/survive-adapt-overcome

2) iCantCU Podcast Episode 204: Tech Difficulties And Being Blind Doesn't Help

November 3rd 2022 | In this episode of iCantCU, I talk about various technical issues that have cropped up. The biggest one being with HostGator, our web host. Multiple down time over the past month has caused fewer visitors to iCantCU.com and fewer downloads of the podcast. Migrating to a new host will bring new issues and questions about their accessibility. I also talk about a problem with Facebook while using larger text:
https://www.iCantCU.com/204

3) Mosen at Large Episode 205: My Most Bizarre Windows Experience Ever, The Real-World Impact Of iOS Bugs, How To Maintain Maximum iPhone Battery Health For Years, And Audiobooks On The BlindShell Classic 2

November 5th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/5b5527e2/my-most-bizarre-windows-experience-ever-the-real-world-impact-of-ios-bugs-how-to-maintain-maximum-iphone-battery-health-for-years-and-audiobooks-on-the-blindshell-classic-2

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 100: The Centurion Celebration

November 5th 2022 | We first open with some fireworks as this is our 100th episode celebration and welcome our listeners. We then thanked all our listeners, donators, web developers for their valuable efforts and time. Then the listeners who joined us for our celebration introduced themselves. The discussion started from Guided Camera Frame available on Pixel 7 and later Samsung phones. It then moved to Android and Windows and then the Commentary Screen Reader vs Talkback debate. We then discussed TTS and Android losing ETI Eloquence in Android 14 as Eloquence is a 32-bit app, also the listeners spoke about the possible names of Android 14, and Upside-Down Cake was the winner. The podcast then concluded with which phone has the best audio speakers and other audio features. To listen to the podcast, visit our website or click on:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqBEQR-ibKA2pfu0BjzGMBn

5) Eyes on Success Episode 2245: Waymap Navigation System

November 9th 2022 | The Waymap app was designed to assist visually impaired people navigate transportation systems in cities around the world. Requiring no signals, the app is accurate down to 1 meter both indoors and outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with CEO Tom Pey about the motivation for developing the app, how it works, and their plans to expand its use:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2245.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar or Training Course for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-webinar-training-course or locate "Webinar / Training Course Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) The Many Faces of BARD | Maryland State Library Agency

November 10th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 11/11 | The topic for the November The Many Faces of BARD program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS. The program is on November 10, 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and will last for one hour and be recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking. The session will begin with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD. The session may be joined by going to the link below on a computer or calling +1 (669) 245-5252 ☎. Full Zoom invitation information follows. To call into a session, participants must use the telephone numbers provided here for Zoom.gov rather than the regular Zoom telephone numbers. One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1619486122# or +16468287666,,1619486122# | Meeting ID: 161 948 6122 | Passcode: 112643:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1619486122?pwd=VVhxNkk1SGJlNHJXVFRtNUo5V3loZz09

2) Usability and Accessibility for Digital Marketers — Delight Your Audience With Inclusive UX

November 10th 2022 | Presenters: Digital Marketing Institute, TPGi's Principal UX David Swallow, TPGi's UX Practice Manager David Sload, and Marketing Educator and Author Will Francis. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. But how can we ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? To mark World Usability Day 2022, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help digital marketers deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility, and inclusive design and provide practical tips that everyone involved in digital marketing can apply in their work to make their digital experiences more accessible and usable:
https://www.bigmarker.com/digital-marketing-institute/Usability-and-Accessibility-for-Digital-Marketers-Delight-Your-Audience-with-Inclusive-UX

3) National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention

November 11th 2022 to November 14th 2022 | Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future! Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204. Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Donald Porterfield, President of the NFB of Arizona, Board Member of the NFB, and a criminal prosecutor. Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more. Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday. Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind:
https://nfbmd.org/convention/2022

4) NaviLens | Computer Science & Technology Division | NFB of SC

November 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | The Computer Science & Technology Division (CSTD) of the NFB of SC invites everyone to a presentation from NaviLens on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern. Oran McAllister from NaviLens will join us for a presentation to tell us all about the app and what it does! Below is the Zoom information you will need to join us and a brief description of the app! NFB of SC Zoom. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York) | +13017158592,,8032543777# US (Germantown) | Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) | NaviLens is a high-density artificial markers system for long distance reading. The tags generated by this system are designed in order to be read from a long distance, without the need of focusing and even in motion. This makes them useful for blind and low vision people. Join here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

5) Getting in Touch with Literacy | Conversations Session Five — Joyful Journey of Stories in a Virtual World | Paths To Literacy

November 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | While we wait to gather again in-person in 2023, we invite you to participate in a series of virtual conversations. These virtual sessions will capture the spirit of in-person interactions with robust conversations using a variety of breakout rooms and other online meeting tools. This fifth virtual "Conversations on Literacy: Content and Connections" will be a Joyful Journey of Stories in a Virtual World. Join Gwyn McCormack, from the United Kingdom, to discuss how to make literacy opportunities for families simple, possible, and doable using a multi-sensory approach in a virtual environment. Gwyn uses her many years of experience as a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) and Head of Service to deliver imaginative and creative approaches, within easy-to-use frameworks. She founded Positive Eye in 2008, to provide practical courses and a range of resources for practitioners working with children and young people with vision impairments. Gwyn is also collaborating with the Deafblind Projects in the Southeast and Midwest States (USA) to bring Sparkly Story Shows to hundreds of children and their families. These Story Time Shows are strengthening the literacy outcomes for children with complex learning needs. Join us November 14, 2022, to learn more about these exciting projects. Register now:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/getting-in-touch-with-literacy/

6) Bytesize Training Tech Q and A Session

November 14th 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT | This event is where I will be discussing the assistive technology training services that Byte Size Training Tech offers. In addition, there will be a Q and A session where participants will be able to have their questions answered:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/MOXB7G84?utm_medium=ch_event&utm_campaign=pm-MMIuRiLSoGzDrb2BVkg-438223

7) Interactive Webinar: Windows Narrator: Not Just Another Voice In The Crowd | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

November 16th 2022 | 6PM PT, 7PM MT, 8PM CT, 9PM ET, 2AM GMT on 11/17 | Where: Online or via phone. Join us for a webinar about Windows Narrator! Windows Narrator is over 20 years old. There have been drastic improvements to this screen reader over the past several years, and this free screen reader is quickly becoming a recognizable voice in the crowd. Come explore some of narrators features, learn to maximize functionality, compare narrator to other leading screen readers, and ask questions during this interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Sign up via Eventbrite or reach out to Tim Paulding at (208) 771-4901 ☎ or TPaulding@LHBlind.org ✉. Meet The Hosts: Timothy Paulding is the Services and Instructional Manager at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. He has served in the blindness rehabilitation field for over ten years as a computer and assistive technology instructor and orientation and mobility specialist. He believes that people who are blind can be as independent as they want to be, given proper opportunity and training. Tim has masters degrees in Blindness and Low Vision Studies from Western Michigan University and is dual certified in orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation therapy. Tim is a drummer and keyboard player and lives with his wife and children in Spokane Valley, Washington. Everett Elam, CATIS, is a computer and assistive technology instructor at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Prior to serving at the Lighthouse, Everett worked for a year in St. Louis, Missouri in the k-12 arena and also created and managed a curriculum for Assistive Technology Training. He has served in a variety of roles in the blindness rehabilitation field. He is a technology enthusiast who is passionate about helping people who are blind to reach their fullest potential. Everett believes that learning should be tailored to the learner, easy to apply in real world situations, and should most definitely be fun. In his free time, Everett is an award winning fiddle player and marathon runner and lives in Spokane, Washington. Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-narrator-not-just-another-voice-in-the-crowd-tickets-454175780987

8) Zoom Meeting for JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

November 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc. | Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

9) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

10) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

11) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

12) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

13) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

14) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

15) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

16) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

17) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

18) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

19) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

20) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. 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. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

21) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

22) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

23) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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


➜ GuideLights and Gadgets Holiday Sales

Our holiday sales, with some deeply cut prices through December 31st. Leather Purse Blow Out: approximately 6 by 10 inches with a very stylish design; has 6 zippered pockets; and a great half moon pocket on the front. Lots of room for essentials - $20. Hands free leather neck pouch; great for AIRA or Be My Eyes; works great with BlindShell. Front: velcro pocket; two full size phone slots, with a full size pocket on the back; down from $20 to $15. Talking Medical bundle with case and accessible "how to" mp: files on sd card. 2nd gen talking oximeter, infrared thermometer, and BP meter. Tested in doctors' offices - $140.00. Call either Barry or Kae (617) 969-7500 ☎ or (781) 286-1696 ☎ for information or for orders.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

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


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Audible | Google Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube

Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
VR Agency / Counselor. I want to help the people I serve with Clusiv.
Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.


➜ 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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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

YouTube: https://bit.ly/321OUEy

About: 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.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day 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.


➜ Attend the 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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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ 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 Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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

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

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Announcing The See The World Through Your Ears App (9.2% of all clicks.)
A new and first of its kind spatial audio navigation app, See the World Through Your Ears is now available for Android and iOS. The app requires bone conduction headphones for proper and safe use.
Download link for iOS:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/waveout/id1496541182
Download link for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.dreamwaves.waveout

B.) Apple Releases iOS 16.1 And iPadOS 16.1 Bringing Many Fixes for VoiceOver Users | AppleVis (7.3% of all clicks.)
Apple has released iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to the public. Our testing suggests that these releases resolve a number of the issues introduced for blind and low vision users with the initial release of iOS 16:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-161-ipados-161-bringing-many-fixes-voiceover-users

C.) How to Extract the Text From Any Image | Wired (5.6% of all clicks.)
Whether it's for accessibility or research purposes, you have lots of tools to work with here:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-extract-text-from-any-image/

D.) What's New in JAWS 2023 Screen Reading Software | Freedom Scientific (5.2% of all clicks.)
Windows on ARM and better access to Windows Notifications are among the enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

E.) Collection of Third Party Sites Offering JAWS Scripts | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List (5.0% of all clicks.)
A few days ago someone posted a message to the JAWS for Windows (JFW) discussion group asking for addresses of websites which offer free or paid scripts to be used with the JAWS screen reader. I responded to this message by providing a list of such sites which were known to me. I am reposting my response to the Tech-VI list in case this information might be of interest or value:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2839

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If you missed this announcement last week we invite you to catch up using the link below. For those of you in the know you will notice that this issue of Tidbits is quite a bit shorter than usual. That's because this is the very first issue of Tidbits that does not include the "Access Information News" section. On November 7th 2022 this section will be published independently for the very first time. You will now receive it on Monday mornings at 4:00 AM and gain the ability to opt out of receiving it without affecting your Top Tech Tidbits subscription. That said, we sincerely hope you'll stick around, as we've got some really great things planned. In the meantime, can we all take a moment to enjoy a leaner and more focused Top Tech Tidbits this week? Hard-liners rejoice! Catch up here:
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5) Reader Review: 6-in-1 Multi-Opener

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6) Ask Alexa

A.) Alexa knows when all the important dates are throughout the year. Ask about holidays, big events, and more.
Just say, "Alexa, when is Hannukah?"

B.) The best music trivia for Alexa, Song Quiz offers you music from every decade: 2010s, 2000s, 90s, 80s, 70s, and 60s! Challenge your friends and family in live competitions or compete head to head against music fans across the country.
Just say, "Alexa, open Song Quiz."

C.) Living in a cloud of statistics, Alexa loves to make predictions.
Just say, "Alexa, what's your World Series prediction?"

D.) Apple Podcasts now syncs your listening across Apple and Alexa devices. Once Apple Podcasts is set as your default podcast provider, just ask Alexa to pause when you're on the go and resume once you've returned.
Just say, "Alexa, resume my podcast on Apple Podcast."

E.) Get pumped for some football with this playlist from Prime Video's Thursday Night Football.
Just say, "Alexa, play the Thursday Night Football playlist on Amazon Music."

7) Transcribing Audio With Word Online And A Screen Reader

Here is an article from Kelly Ford on making text transcripts using Word Online and a screen reader:
http://theideaplace.net/transcribing-audio-with-word-online-and-a-screen-reader/

8) Microsoft Makes It Easier To Use Pictures From Your Android Phone In Word Or PowerPoint

Here is an article on how one can insert images taken from their Android smartphone and insert them into their document:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/1/23435298/microsoft-office-web-apps-word-powerpoint-android-qr-code

9) Navigating Slack With The JAWS Screen Reader | A11y Tutorials | Slack

This is a series of tutorials for navigating Slack with a screen reader. Slack is a popular chat and collaboration tool used in the workplace:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWlXaxtQ7fUbLVoC2vLrELjD9VXb-YA_0

10) New Mix-And-Match Computer Accessories Give People With Disabilities Easier Ways To Work And Create

This describes the adaptive accessories from Microsoft that we have covered in previous issues and how they can be used:
https://news.microsoft.com/features/new-mix-and-match-computer-accessories-give-people-with-disabilities-easier-ways-to-work-and-create/

11) New Coding Tool Could Aid Computer Programmers Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision

The tool, called Grid Editor, serves as a modification to traditional code editors that programmers use to add lines of code when updating features and functions in software. Prior work has focused on making different parts of the coding process more accessible for blind and low-vision users, such as reading or navigating code. Grid Editor is the first to place emphasis on code editing — an important step in making continuous updates to software, in which programmers edit and update existing code that was previously written by other programmers:
https://www.psu.edu/news/information-sciences-and-technology/story/new-coding-tool-could-aid-computer-programmers-who-are/

12) Sound Notifications in Android Now Detect Custom Sounds For Deaf Users

Sound Notifications, an accessibility feature in Android, was introduced in 2020 to identify sounds in and around households and notify deaf and hard of hearing users. Originally, it came with a limited number of sounds in its alert library but now users can add their own custom sounds to the alert library to get notified the next time they sound:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/11/sound-notifications-android-deaf.html

13) Identify Common Errors In Text With The VoiceOver Text Checker On MacOS | AppleVis

In this podcast, Tyler demonstrates the VoiceOver Text Checker on macOS, a feature that identifies common errors in typed text such as misspellings, repeated spaces, and misplaced capital letters:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/identify-common-errors-text-voiceover-text-checker-macos

14) How to Control Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch

In WatchOS 9, Apple includes a feature that allows you to control your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Learn how it works:
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/control-iphone-with-apple-watch/

15) Recording: Episode 65: Introducing The SmartVision 3 Mobile Phone With Tony Shrubb | Sight and Sound Technology

The SmartVision 3, the only Google certified smartphone designed specifically for people with low or no vision has recently joined our product portfolio. This handset, which integrates Google's Talkback screen reader, offers three ways to control your smartphone and access information, including a tactile keypad. Stuart caught up with Tony Shrubb from our field sales team to find out all about it:
https://audioboom.com/posts/8180376-episode-65-introducing-the-smartvision-3-mobile-phone-with-tony-shrubb

16) A Bug in Apple MacOS Ventura Breaks Third-Party Security Tools | Wired | October 26th 2022

Your anti-malware software may not work if you upgraded to the new operating system. But Apple says a fix is on the way:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-macos-ventura-bug-security-tools/

17) New SuperSense AI Listserv

A group to discuss all things SuperSense and Super Lidar. This group is designed for technical support, idea sharing, and all discussion related to SuperSense and Super Lidar. It will be monitored by members of the team to answer questions and start conversations, as well as occasionally provide special deals and offers to list members:
https://www.freelists.org/list/supersenseai

18) Why Are There Now Two "Outlook For Windows"?

Microsoft is hyping a new "Outlook for Windows" as a coming replacement to the familiar Windows program giving both the same "Outlook for Windows" name even though the two programs are completely different and the proposed replacement is quite crippled:
https://office-watch.com/2022/why-two-outlook-windows/

19) Too Many Microsoft Outlook's — We Explain Them All

Once upon a time there was just one "Microsoft Outlook" but these days there are at least ten current programs or services under the "Outlook" name — and two programs called "Outlook for Windows". That's before counting past versions that are still supported:
https://office-watch.com/2022/many-faces-of-microsoft-outlook/

20) Add An iCalendar .ics To An Outlook Calendar But Be Careful

Inserting an .ics iCalendar item into Outlook is typical Microsoft Office. Seemingly easy if you believe the simplistic 'help' from Redmond but a little more involved in practice. iCalendar .ics files are small text files which contain an appointment or event. It's a common standard so they can be used by Outlook or any other calendar software or online service. They can arrive via email (Outlook uses them to send appointments) or some booking sites (airlines, events etc.) have a link to an .ics. Or sent by more secure means like instant messaging, document attachment, USB memory stick etc:
https://office-watch.com/2022/add-icalendar-ics-outlook-calendar-be-careful/

21) Inside Smart Copy and Paste in Word

When Microsoft Word was first released, all those years ago, it had a Paste feature but it was dumb and literal. These days Word's Paste (Word for Windows and Word for Mac) is a lot smarter and does very useful things that you may not fully realize or appreciate:
https://office-watch.com/2022/word-smart-copy-and-paste/

22) Copying/Moving Footnotes or Endnotes in Word

There's a small but important point about Microsoft Word with Footnotes and Endnotes:
https://office-watch.com/2022/word-footnote-endnote-copy-move/

23) Paste Tricks And Tips For Microsoft Word

There's more to Paste in Word than just the keyboard shortcut. This article demystifies the many paste options in Word and offers workarounds for troublesome situations:
https://office-watch.com/2020/paste-in-microsoft-word/

24) Important Notice For Those Using Joseph Lee's Add-Ons With The NVDA Screen Reader | Tech-VI List

Joseph Lee's add-ons will require Windows 10 and later, effective January 3, 2023 (exception: Add-on Updater):
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2884

25) Overview: 6dot Braille Label Maker | YouTube | Jim Rinehart, Assistive Technology Specialist, Easter Seals Crossroads

Jim Rinehart, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easter Seals Crossroads shows us the 6dot Braille Maker, which is a portable Braille label maker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt3HXHhZTk0

26) How to Fix the Most Annoying Bluetooth Headphone Problems | Wired

Wireless headphones and earbuds are convenient, but they come with a host of tricky troubleshooting problems. Here's how to fix them all:
https://www.wired.com/story/bluetooth-headphone-troubleshooting-tips/

27) Recording: Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: Ask Sharky: Navigate File Explorer in Windows 11 With JAWS | October 28th 2022

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, Elizabeth and Rachel talk about tips they recommend for using the File Explorer in Windows 11 with JAWS:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640?i=1000584286949

28) First eSpeak-NG Beta for iOS Now Available

https://applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/first-espeak-ng-beta-ios-now-available

29) Freedom Scientific Releases Version 2023 of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion

New Smart Glance feature, enhancements to Notification History, support for ARM 64 devices, changes that fix a long-standing issue with some Dell computers, and Tethered View in ZoomText:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/224

30) Freedom Scientific November 2022 Training Events

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/november-2022-training-events/

31) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for October 2022

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-october-2022


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Closes: November 18th 2022 This survey is where individuals with disabilities can provide feedback relating to the Byte Size Training Tech website and suggest improvements. Here is a link to the Byte Size Training Tech website at https://bytesizetrainingtech.com:
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1) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 902: Tech Abilities: Through the Lens of Experience We Share Our Views on Apple Products, Upcoming Apple Services, White Cane Safety Day and Awareness to the People, Plus, Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

October 27th 2022 | Serina, Callie, Seyoon and Jeff chill out in the Blind Abilities Studio to bring you the Tech Abilities Show. From Avatars getting legs, Apple's new Savings plan, Air Tag battery replacement, new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max for Seyoon and jeff, to Air Friers being Accessible, new Apple TVs, iPads new and the massive iPad Pro with the M2 chip. Wow factor gets tested. But, is this too much iPad? With White Cane Safety Day in the Books we talk about the importance that bringing awareness to the general public has today and a big step for Audio Description on the 20,000 Hertz podcast. This is a healthy and longest Tech Abilities episode and it is just perfect for the times. We enjoyed the conversation and we hope you find something that helps you along your own journey. Give us a call at (612) 367-6093 ☎, email us at Info@BlindAbilities.com ✉, we would love to hear from you:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7682

2) That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 102: Apple 21st Century Mafia

October 28th 2022 | Join us for a recap of this year's Laugh For Sight in NYC. We then discuss Mac OS Ventura and the multitude of issues for VoiceOver users. We discuss iOS 16.1 and whether or not it is time to update. You may not have noticed the explosion of gambling ads appearing everywhere on the planet, but we have. We wrap up with a discussion of our go to devices for specific tasks:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-102-apple-21st-century-mafia

3) Mosen at Large Episode 204: iOS 16 Bugs, More Envision Smart Glasses Feedback, And The History, Art, And Technicalities Of Audio Description With Joel Snyder

October 29th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/dee7bb71/ios-16-bugs-more-envision-smart-glasses-feedback-and-the-history-art-and-technicalities-of-audio-description-with-joel-snyder

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 99: Seeing Assistant Move, A Navigational App For The Blind, CSR, And A Battle Of The Watches

October 29th 2022 | Our 100th episode celebration is next week, email contactus@blindandroidusers.com ✉ to get the link to join us on the recording. We interview the developer of Seeing Assistant Move which is a navigation app for the visually impaired. For Android, the app can be downloaded here.. And for iOS it can be downloaded here. We also have a comparison between the just released Pixel Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. We have a new episode in our CSR screen reader segment in which we see the new feature of ear piece settings and how to turn off and on speech. This episode can be found at:
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5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 904: Meet Matt Carson — Musician, Singer/Songwriter and Producer Who Happens To Be A TBVI (Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

November 1st 2022 | Jeff and Pete welcome mat Carson into the Blind Abilities studio today. Matt is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, a musician, a singer songwriter who is proud to write and perform sad songs that fit neatly into the country music genre. Matt has written, performed, recorded and produced dozens of songs, most of which he produced himself in his home studio. Matt released his first full length album in 2019 entitled no regrets, on which he played all of the instruments with the exception of drums And pedal steel guitar. Matt has also been totally blind since birth. He shares all of these topics, with Jeff and Pete and as usual, they introduce quite a few excerpts of his music, not only from his no regrets album, but from his current project, a three song EP on which he welcomes Michael Cleveland, Bluegrass fiddler extraordinaire, whom Jeff and Pete introduced on Blind Abilities a couple of months ago:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7686

6) Unmute Presents on ACB Community

November 1st 2022 | This is the weekly recording of Unmute Presents hosted every Tuesday on ACB Community. For information about ACB Community visit: https://acb.community. Unmute Presents is live every Tuesday at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM Eastern. Join us each week as we share updates on the Access Technology Community and answer your questions regarding iPhones, Androids, Mac, and Windows. We will also give you insight into new apps; helpful information to stay up to date on accessibility technology; and the best podcasts to listen to:
https://pnc.st/s/unmute-presents-on-acb-communi/ae012751/november-1-2022

7) Eyes on Success Episode 2244: Writing a Novel as Therapy

November 2nd 2022 | Some people write for fun or because it is a job. Others have a story they want to share. When Aaron Spelker suddenly lost his sight, he found writing to be both therapeutic as well as a good activity for learning important blindness skills. Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with Aaron about how writing "The Bubonic Reorder" helped him navigate in a new world:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2244.htm


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1) What's New with ARC Toolkit | TPGi

November 3rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | ARC Toolkit is more than just a way to quickly find accessibility issues by scanning a page; but is a series of tools that can help developers, QA, and accessibility testers alike perform the additional tests needed to determine if a screen is accessible. Learn about ARC Toolkit and ask questions about what it can do and what it can do for you:
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2) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 2: Emergent Literacy and LEGO Braille Bricks | APH

November 4th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together the countless possibilities for developing pre-braille skills using LEGO Braille Bricks and other manipulative tools:
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3) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 4th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

4) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 5th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

5) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

6) HLAA Webinar: The FDA Regulations for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

November 8th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | On October 17, 2022, the FDA regulations on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids went into effect, creating a new category of hearing devices that can be safely sold to adults 18 years of age and older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss without the intervention of a hearing professional. These devices will be referred to as OTC hearing aids. In addition, the FDA will now refer to traditional hearing aids as prescription hearing aids. The regulations provide for technical and safety guidelines for those manufacturers who wish to make OTC hearing aids. This new pathway may empower consumers seeking to take responsibility for their own hearing loss. At the same time, education will be needed to help consumers find OTC hearing aids that work for them. This webinar will provide an overview of the key points of the regulation and how this may affect availability and access of both OTC and prescription hearing aids. In addition, we will provide suggestions on determining your hearing loss, accessing assistance from hearing professionals and key features to consider when purchasing OTC hearing aids. Presenter: Thomas A Powers, Ph.D., founder/managing member, Powers Consulting and strategic adviser, Hearing Industries Association Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., provides management consulting to the hearing health industry:
https://hearingloss.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o0ZyrCxcSIGZsZwGZsRVcg

7) Workshop: High and Low-Tech Tools for Accessible Cooking | Chancey S. Fleet | Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

November 9th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | Find out about accessible recipe apps, appliances, labeling methods and tools that can help you cook with confidence as a blind or low-vision person:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldeuvrTktE9DDwfXfzIcd1aOng9QZii51

8) Creating Source Files in Microsoft Office for PDF Remediation | Access Ingenuity

November 9th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Microsoft Office offers many tools that make remediation in PDF quicker and more successful. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for creating your documents in Microsoft Office with the intent to convert them to PDF. Learning Outcomes: Discover best practices in formatting standard document elements. Explore the WCAG 2.1 color requirements that may apply to your content. Introduction to creating PDFs directly from Microsoft Office. | Meeting ID: 874 1435 1888 | Passcode: 514898 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87414351888#,,,,*514898# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87414351888?pwd=b0dvS2NPcUtjTnVYbzZCWEFBdVRhdz09#success

9) ATHEN Annual Meeting 2022

November 9th 2022 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Please hold the date for the ATHEN Annual Meeting. All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting which will take place Wednesday, November 9th 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and the Zoom link for joining the meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please indicate this on the Zoom form or contact me at: athenpresident@gmail.com ✉. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-qoqzkjHtfDz8f_4AG70f5HKm-EouSi

10) How Anyone Can Manage Accessibility Program — Ask Me Anything (AMA) | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. The foundation for an accessibility program is having a clear, repeatable process for accessibility testing — with roles and responsibilities mapped to each step from design to development. If you are leading your organization's accessibility effort, you need an accessibility resource center to create accessible online experiences consistently and provide defensible data to stakeholders. Join TPGi's Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant, for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session and get answers to your accessibility questions. This AMA session is great for product managers, content teams, UX teams, and marketers:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-9-at-12pm-et-how-anyone-can-manage-accessibility-program-ask-me-anything-ama/

11) How To Scale a Sustainable Accessibility Program | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mark Miller, TPGi's Director of Sales, and Kelly Mahoney, 3Play Media's Content & Partner Marketing Specialist. This webinar will explore what it takes to scale accessibility programs for enterprise organizations. From the foundations of digital accessibility to the actionable steps your organization can take moving forward, we'll dig into the details of what it looks like to ensure accessible content, policies, and practices are baked in from the beginning. Key takeaways: What is digital accessibility and how should it influence your organization? Actionable steps you can take toward digital accessibility, including remediation tools and services. What do accessibility policies/programs look like at an enterprise organization?
https://www.tpgi.com/how-to-scale-a-sustainable-accessibility-program/

12) Usability and Accessibility for Digital Marketers — Delight Your Audience With Inclusive UX

November 10th 2022 | Presenters: Digital Marketing Institute, TPGi's Principal UX David Swallow, TPGi's UX Practice Manager David Sload, and Marketing Educator and Author Will Francis. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. But how can we ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? To mark World Usability Day 2022, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help digital marketers deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility, and inclusive design and provide practical tips that everyone involved in digital marketing can apply in their work to make their digital experiences more accessible and usable:
https://www.bigmarker.com/digital-marketing-institute/Usability-and-Accessibility-for-Digital-Marketers-Delight-Your-Audience-with-Inclusive-UX

13) National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention

November 11th 2022 to November 14th 2022 | Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future! Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204. Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Donald Porterfield, President of the NFB of Arizona, Board Member of the NFB, and a criminal prosecutor. Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more. Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday. Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind:
https://nfbmd.org/convention/2022

14) Bytesize Training Tech Q and A Session

November 14th 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT | This event is where I will be discussing the assistive technology training services that Byte Size Training Tech offers. In addition, there will be a Q and A session where participants will be able to have their questions answered:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/MOXB7G84?utm_medium=ch_event&utm_campaign=pm-MMIuRiLSoGzDrb2BVkg-438223

15) Interactive Webinar: Windows Narrator: Not Just Another Voice In The Crowd | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

November 16th 2022 | 6PM PT, 7PM MT, 8PM CT, 9PM ET, 1AM GMT on 11/17 | Where: Online or via phone. Join us for a webinar about Windows Narrator! Windows Narrator is over 20 years old. There have been drastic improvements to this screen reader over the past several years, and this free screen reader is quickly becoming a recognizable voice in the crowd. Come explore some of narrators features, learn to maximize functionality, compare narrator to other leading screen readers, and ask questions during this interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Sign up via Eventbrite or reach out to Tim Paulding at (208) 771-4901 ☎ or TPaulding@LHBlind.org ✉. Meet The Hosts: Timothy Paulding is the Services and Instructional Manager at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. He has served in the blindness rehabilitation field for over ten years as a computer and assistive technology instructor and orientation and mobility specialist. He believes that people who are blind can be as independent as they want to be, given proper opportunity and training. Tim has masters degrees in Blindness and Low Vision Studies from Western Michigan University and is dual certified in orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation therapy. Tim is a drummer and keyboard player and lives with his wife and children in Spokane Valley, Washington. Everett Elam, CATIS, is a computer and assistive technology instructor at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Prior to serving at the Lighthouse, Everett worked for a year in St. Louis, Missouri in the k-12 arena and also created and managed a curriculum for Assistive Technology Training. He has served in a variety of roles in the blindness rehabilitation field. He is a technology enthusiast who is passionate about helping people who are blind to reach their fullest potential. Everett believes that learning should be tailored to the learner, easy to apply in real world situations, and should most definitely be fun. In his free time, Everett is an award winning fiddle player and marathon runner and lives in Spokane, Washington. Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-narrator-not-just-another-voice-in-the-crowd-tickets-454175780987

16) Zoom Meeting for JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

November 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc. | Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

17) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

18) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

19) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

20) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

21) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

22) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

23) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

24) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

25) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

26) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

27) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

28) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. 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. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

29) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

30) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

31) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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➜ GuideLights and Gadgets To Present At Let's Go Shopping Event To Take Place on November 4th and 5th 2022

The Let's Go Shopping 7 event is being held this Friday and Saturday and both Kae and Barry are doing separate hour long segments. GuideLights will be presenting on Friday at 1 PM Pacific (4 PM Eastern) and GuideLight Dogs at 8 AM Pacific (11 AM Eastern) on Saturday. For the schedule and zoom information, along with other announcements, send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉ to be added to the announcement list. The zoom info is as follows: Meeting ID: 886 0188 4692 | Passcode: 509750 | One tap mobile: +166990068331,88601884692#,,,,*509750# US (San Jose) | +171935945801,88601884692#,,,,*509750# US | We plan specials on leather, electronic, and dog products!

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

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

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


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

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Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
VR Agency / Counselor. I want to help the people I serve with Clusiv.
Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.


➜ 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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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

YouTube: https://bit.ly/321OUEy

About: 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.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day 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.


➜ Attend the 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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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ 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 Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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

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

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


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5) An Open Letter To All Top Tech Tidbits Readers. We Need Your Help. Top Tech Tidbits To Spin Off Access Information News Section As Standalone Publication Beginning November 7th 2022. Everything You Need To Know.

Do you consider yourself to be a Top Tech Tidbits hard-liner? Did you know there was such a thing? And if you did, do you know what it means to be one? These questions answered along with an update that we're all pretty excited about. And we think you will be too:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/128.html

6) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble

The Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble presents a single word or phrase related to adaptive or assistive technology whose letters have been scrambled. Can you put the letters back in the proper order to determine this week's word? Check your work next week where we'll provide the answer along with a new challenge.
LAST WEEK'S SCRAMBLE: TRTA ITEELNATXEV = ALTERNATIVE TEXT
NEW SCRAMBLE: BITLDRIISS IGHTYA = (This phrase is 2 words with one space.)

7) Android Users Can Now 'Like' Messages From iPhones

Texting between Android and iPhones isn't always the smoothest experience. Photos and videos get pixelated, messages from Android users show up as the dreaded green chat bubble on iPhone, and then there are emoji reactions. When an iPhone user hits the thumbs-up or heart reaction emoji, that doesn't translate to Android, and it shows up as an awkward text description of the emoji instead. Google has been trying to fix some of that, though it faces the never-ending challenge of buy-in from Apple. This week, Google said that updates coming to Messages will allow Android users to respond to iPhone texts with emojis:
https://www.wired.com/story/android-users-can-like-iphone-messages-now/

8) Announcing The See The World Through Your Ears App

A new and first of its kind spatial audio navigation app, See the World Through Your Ears is now available for Android and iOS. The app requires bone conduction headphones for proper and safe use.
Download link for iOS:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/waveout/id1496541182
Download link for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.dreamwaves.waveout

9) Demonstration of AIRA Using The Envision Glasses on the In Touch Podcast

The piece begins at time index 11:49:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001d5kq

10) Demo of Google Lookout On The BlindShell Classic 2 | YouTube

In this audio Michael Babcock takes his BlindShell Classic 2 phone into the kitchen to use Google Lookout so he can find the boxes and jars he is looking for. If you have been curious how Google Lookout works on the BlindShell Classic 2, we let you hear how this app works:
https://youtu.be/Mdf0lPYl--k

11) How to Set Up Your New Android Phone

Welcome to your shiny new Google-powered smartphone. It will be up and ready in no time with these handy tips:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-set-up-your-new-android-phone/

12) How to Extract the Text From Any Image | Wired

Whether it's for accessibility or research purposes, you have lots of tools to work with here:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-extract-text-from-any-image/

13) Apple Releases iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1 And macOS Ventura

Earlier this week, Apple released updates to its mobile and desktop operating systems. Here is a concise article describing the changes:
https://www.thurrott.com/apple/275106/apple-releases-ios-16-1-ipados-16-1-and-macos-ventura

14) Apple Releases iOS 16.1 And iPadOS 16.1 Bringing Many Fixes for VoiceOver Users | AppleVis

Apple has released iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to the public. Our testing suggests that these releases resolve a number of the issues introduced for blind and low vision users with the initial release of iOS 16:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-161-ipados-161-bringing-many-fixes-voiceover-users

15) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, And Bugs In macOS 13 Ventura For Blind And Low Vision Users | AppleVis

Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura to the public. As usual, we won't cover the mainstream features here, concentrating instead on what's new and changed for blind and low vision users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-bugs-macos-13-ventura-blind-low-vision-users

16) A Quick Guide to the System Settings App in macOS Ventura

Here is a quick guide posted on AppleVis on the new settings app on MacOS X:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/quick-guide-system-settings-app-macos-ventura

17) Apple Releases WatchOS 9.1 and TvOS 16.1 | AppleVis

Apple has released WatchOS 9.1 and TvOS 16.1 to the public. According to the release notes, WatchOS 9.1 Includes the following changes:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-watchos-91-tvos-161

18) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in MacOS 13 Ventura For Blind and Low Vision Users | AppleVis

Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura to the public. As usual, we won't cover the mainstream features here, concentrating instead on what's new and changed for blind and low vision users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-bugs-macos-13-ventura-blind-low-vision-users

19) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS and iPadOS 16 | Wired

The latest versions for iPhones and iPads are now available, complete with a revamped lock screen, editable Messages, and Safety Check:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-16-ipados-16-new-features/

20) What's New in JAWS 2023 Screen Reading Software | Freedom Scientific

Windows on ARM and better access to Windows Notifications are among the enhancements:https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

21) Magnifiers: What, How, and Where to Buy? | Hadley

A magnifier can be a handy tool, but it can be overwhelming to find the right one. Here are answers to the 3 most common questions we get about magnifiers:
https://hadley.edu/blog/magnifiers-what-how-and-where-buy

22) Review: Microsoft Releases PC Manager Beta to Optimize Windows Performance | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David's Review:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2831
Announcement:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/pc-manager-beta-microsoft

23) For Amazon Echo Enthusiasts: Echo Tips Podcast From New Vision, Roanoke, VA

You can access this podcast within your client of choice as well as on an Amazon or Google Smart Speaker:
https://tunein.com/podcasts/Education-Podcasts/Echo-Tips-Podcast-p1118403/

24) Review And An Overview Of The Podcast Guru For iOS | Seeing In The Dark | October 19th 2022 | 50 Minutes

This in-depth demonstration runs for 50 minutes and is endorsed by David Goldfield of the Tech-VI List for anyone searching for a full-featured podcast client for their iOS device:
https://castro.fm/episode/ayvAbY

25) Recording: Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Managing Participants in the Waiting Room | Freedom Scientific | YouTube

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, "Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6lBI7MqHMo

26) Let's Play! — A Collection of Free Stepwise Braille and Audio Classical Guitar Lessons

Let's Play! is a collection of free stepwise Braille and audio classical guitar lessons. You'll need a guitar and a footstool. A footstool is something to put your left foot on so you can raise your left leg 5 to 20 inches and be able to hold the guitar properly:
https://www.letsplayguitar.org/

27) Windows Surface vs. Apple iPad: The Best Pro Tablets

This is a good article on the comparison between popular Windows and Apple Tablets:
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/can-pro-tablets-replace-your-laptop/

28) Collection of Third Party Sites Offering JAWS Scripts | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

A few days ago someone posted a message to the JAWS for Windows (JFW) discussion group asking for addresses of websites which offer free or paid scripts to be used with the JAWS screen reader. I responded to this message by providing a list of such sites which were known to me. I am reposting my response to the Tech-VI list in case this information might be of interest or value:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2839

29) How to Stop Microsoft Edge From Hogging System Resources

Microsoft Edge has earned its spot as a reputable browser, making it a fine default option for most Windows users. However, it isn't perfect. If Microsoft Edge is slowing your computer down, there are a few fixes you can try before switching to a different browser. We've combed through the app's performance settings to help you both speed up your browser and minimize its resource use on your PC:
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-stop-microsoft-edge-from-hogging-system-resource-1849680959

30) Upcoming Training Course From Hartgen Consultancy: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Wednesday, December 14th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

31) Recording: Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Using Chat and Accessing Links in Chat Messages | October 21st 2022

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, "Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS." Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640?i=1000583449630

32) New Tech Lets Blind, Visually Impaired People Play Trackmania

A French organization is developing technology to give visually impaired people more ability to perceive their environment — and they're using videogames to test and expand it. In the process they've managed to make Trackmania accessible to those who are totally blind:
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-tech-lets-blind-visually-impaired-people-play-trackmania/

33) Review: Rode Procaster: Broadcast-Quality Microphone For Under $200 | ZDNET

Rode's Procaster microphone is built like a tank and provides excellent audio for new podcasters or video content creators:
https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/smart-office/rode-procaster-microphone-review/

34) How To Perform Common Tasks in Windows Command Prompt

All of the necessary basics to get you started:
https://www.tomshardware.com/how-to/use-windows-command-prompt

35) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments | December 7th 2022

Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

36) Use Resume Assistant And LinkedIn For Great Resumes | Microsoft

Resume Assistant is being phased out, starting in September 2022. By the end of January 2023, it will be removed and no longer supported. For creating a resume that gets you noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, we recommend starting with a professionally designed resume template in Word or using the LinkedIn Resume Builder. Once you've created your resume, you can upload it to LinkedIn for job applications or for displaying on your profile:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-resume-assistant-and-linkedin-for-great-resumes-444ff6f0-ef74-4a9c-9091-ffd7a9d1917a

37) A Quick Guide to the System Settings App in macOS Ventura

In macOS Ventura, Apple replaced the familiar System Preferences app with a new app called System Settings. This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, however the interface is quite different and many settings have been relocated, which may at first be disorienting to longtime Mac users. However, the new layout may feel familiar if you've used iOS or iPadOS, and you may eventually find that the increased parody between the two platforms makes the experience of locating and changing settings easier and more predictable on both of them:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/quick-guide-system-settings-app-macos-ventura

38) Leasey For JAWS 2023 and Earlier Now Available

Version 7 of Leasey from Hartgen Consultancy has been updated and is now compatible with JAWS 2023. This version of Leasey will also work with earlier versions of JAWS:
https://www.hartgen.org/leaseydemo

39) LinkedIn Adds New Accessibility Features, Including Auto-Captions on Videos

As we all know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To mark the event LinkedIn has announced a range of new updates to improve accessibility for LinkedIn users:
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/LinkedIn-Adds-Accessibility-Features-Auto-Captions/634643/

40) How Does A Blind Person Find A Door With Their Phone? | Visual and Audio Walk Through | YouTube | Juan Alcazar

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/XlkgcvqBiCI

41) How A Blind Person Frames Themselves On Camera When Filming A Video | Visual and Audio Walk Through | YouTube | Juan Alcazar

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/N40IEIPQO5k


➜ Access Information News

✍ Submit your Access Information news item for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-tidbit or locate "Tidbit Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Tell Aira To Use 100% Accessible RIM Instead of TeamViewer

This pre-filled letter can be sent to Aira in order to request that they adopt Remote Incident Manager (RIM) in order to provide a more seamless remote support experience to Explorers. The letter begins: I would like to request an improvement be made to the Aira service. While my experience with Aira has been very positive, there is one area in which I have faced some difficulty. As is well known by now, a recent update to TeamViewer broke accessibility with screen readers. This makes it impossible to read the ID and password independently in order to help the agent connect to my computer:
https://t.co/Sehv9H3Sla

2) Q&A: UnlockedMaps Provides Real-Time Accessibility Information For Urban Rail Transit In Six Metro Areas

This web app and study demonstrates the inaccessibility of transit stations in urban locations:
https://www.washington.edu/news/2022/10/17/unlockedmaps-real-time-accessibility-information-urban-rail-transit-in-six-metro-areas/

3) Audio Only Computer Game Receives Innovation Award

An audio-only computer game developed by Lancaster University researchers was recognized at an awards ceremony organized by the national membership organization for sight loss charities. The game, which was tested by people with sight loss, received the Inspire Award at the annual Visionary Awards. The game uses abstract noises to guide players through 16 levels of an immersive maze. Sight Advice South Lakes recruited people with sight loss from across the country with computer game experience to take part in the testing of the technology:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/science-and-vision/technology/2022/10/21/audio-only-computer-game-receives-innovation-award

4) Blue's Clues & You Introduces a New Character with Albinism

Season 3, Episode 15 introduces a new classmate named Pearl the Bunny. Pearl is unique because she wears glasses, uses a cane, and her eyes "dance" because Pearl has albinism:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/blues-clues-you-introduces-a-new-character-with-albinism/

5) System Breaks Down Barriers for Blind Web Designers

Numerous applications help blind users surf the web — but what if someone with a visual impairment wants to design the visual layout of a page? Few tools are available to support them, particularly without the help of a sighted person. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland are increasing accessibility by developing a novel device that lets blind users design a web layout using touch and sound:
https://today.umd.edu/system-breaks-down-barriers-for-blind-web-designers

6) Announcing Democracy's Library | Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has officially announced a brand new initiative: Democracy's Library. We believe that free and open access to public information is critical for any functioning democracy, and that every citizen should be able to seek knowledge in the public domain. That's why we're working to collect important government documents, so that citizens everywhere can be better informed:
https://mailchi.mp/archive.org/20221020democlibryeng?e=6e9865d97d

7) While You Are Home: Activities for Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Activity ideas from Dr. Christine Roman for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) in each of the three different phases:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/while-you-are-home-activities-children-cvi/

8) Greg Stilson on What Organizations Stand to Gain When They Prioritize Accessibility

It's no secret that blind and low vision individuals face heightened barriers when it comes to securing workplace opportunities and advancement. Join Aira in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month as they spotlight individuals who overcome these barriers through assistive technologies like Aira:
https://aira.io/gregstilson/

9) OER Initiative Offers Tools to Expand Awareness of Digital Accessibility

Teach Access, a nonprofit focused on digital accessibility skills education, is launching a collection of free online teaching resources designed to help faculty teach accessibility across a range of computer science, technology, and design programs. Built in collaboration with iDesign, the Teach Access Curriculum Repository provides more than 250 open educational resources to help students better understand digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop, and build new technologies:
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2022/10/25/oer-initiative-offers-tools-to-expand-awareness-of-digital-accessibility.aspx

10) Science, Symbolism And Sight: Wellcome Collection Explores How We See And Are Seen

'In Plain Sight' at London's Wellcome Collection explores sight from every angle, spanning science and symbolism, art and eyewear, and experiences of the partially sighted and blind:
https://www.wallpaper.com/art/wellcome-collection-integrates-sensation-in-visions-of-history-spirituality-and-touch

11) Recording: Tek Talk Welcomes Peter Tucic, HumanWare Director of Strategic Partnerships To Discuss All That is New With HumanWare | October 10th 2022

Join Peter Tucic as he returns to Tek Talk with information on all that is new with HumanWare. Peter presents on recent updates to HumanWare's braille product portfolio including the implementation of text-to-speech on the Brailliant BI X series displays and direct cloud integration into the BrailleNote Touch Plus amongst other topics. Attendees also learn about the recently launched Steller Trek GPS device:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000583301473

12) Blind to Problems: How VA's Electronic Record System Shuts Out Visually Impaired Patients

Sarah Sheffield, a nurse practitioner at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Eugene, Oregon, had a problem. Her patients — mostly in their 70s and beyond — couldn't read computer screens. It's not an unusual problem for older people, which is why you might think Oracle Cerner, the developers of the agency's new digital health record system, would have anticipated it. But they didn't:
https://khn.org/news/article/va-electronic-record-system-blind-visually-impaired/

13) Saying Goodbye to the Sonata Internet Audio Service on October 31st 2022 | British Wireless for the Blind Fund

We launched the Sonata Internet Audio Service over 13 years ago. Our commitment to the Sonata service and to its listeners has seen it go from strength to strength. However, we have now reached a point where the technology is no longer sustainable. Therefore, we are sad to announce that the Sonata service will cease operating on 31st October 2022. After this date Sonata Radio will no longer connect to the content it currently provides. We will of course, be able to offer our Sonata users an alternative device. We will be in contact with all Sonata recipients nearer the time to talk through the available options:
https://blind.org.uk/news/saying-goodbye-to-sonata/

14) 70 Percent Of Blind Adults Are Unemployed. Miami Lighthouse Is Helping To Change That

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired may be best known for its impactful work bringing free eye exams to local schools and hosting early childhood education for vision impaired youth. A year ago, Miami Lighthouse opened Florida's first CVI center to respond to the leading cause of pediatric visual impairment. All this work continues, of course, but this 91-year-old award-winning Miami nonprofit organization has also long supported adults as well, and recently has been doubling down on its digital literacy programming as well as its website accessibility advocacy:
https://www.miamiherald.com/living/helping-others/article267163806.html

15) Douglas County Nebraska Demonstrates New Voting Machines For Blind | 6News WOWT

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said almost 70% of the early ballots cast so far this year have been dropped in a collection box. But for many of the 50 or so in attendance at Tuesday night's meeting of the Omaha Association of the Blind, he wanted to let voters know there are improved options for those who don't have that sort of freedom:
https://www.wowt.com/2022/10/19/douglas-co-demonstrates-new-voting-machines-blind/

16) Skateboarding Clinic Held For Visually Impaired Kids At Adidas Training Center | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nq72N9oXk

17) Empowering the Blind Voter | NFB | YouTube

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

18) Barilla® Adds QR Codes on Packaging to Assist Visually Impaired Customers in Expanded Partnership with Be My Eyes

Barilla, a world leader in the markets of pasta, is expanding its partnership with Be My Eyes, a platform that provides live audio and visual support for blind and visually impaired consumers, by incorporating QR codes on the packaging of ten of Barilla's most popular classic pasta offerings:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/barilla-adds-qr-codes-on-packaging-to-assist-visually-impaired-customers-in-expanded-partnership-with-be-my-eyes-301651355.html


➜ Surveys

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1) Surveys | APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey | Google | Keyboard-Only Navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users

Closes: October 28th Team: Google Material Design. Length of Study: 30 minutes. Date(s): October 24th 2022 to October 28th 2022. Details: Study is open to Keyboard-only navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users. Participants will evaluate a proposed design to evaluate assistive technology usage. Due to the nature of the design, we will not accept Screen-Reader users for this study. Incentive: $50 USD. Location: Remote USA/Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXe2NurYzKLjVlsxvzSKjQmuCdGTyGDPmSoTlb2FyOaJ7P5w/viewform

3) Survey: Paid Google Study For Those With Cognitive Accessibility Needs And / Or Those Who Aare Deaf / Hard of Hearing And Use A Tablet

Closes: October 31st 2022Google is undertaking a paid study for those with cognitive accessibility needs or those who are deaf / hard of hearing and use a tablet. Here is what is needed: User Type: Users with Cognitive Accessibility needs and users who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Product: Android. Length of Study: 90 minutes and short 3 day diary. Details: All users must use a Tablet Device (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo Tab etc.) Open to Tablet users who also use Stylus, Tablet Keyboards, Smart Watches or Smart Displays. User will have a short 3-day follow up diary assignment. Thank-You Gifts: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins plus $45 USD / $60 CAD for short 3 day diary. Location: USA / Canada Remote. Link to participate with eligibility form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRSkeyvWv-EONUIW0b8i8A0V1CenF-lvmkoCve3l1QMgaeiQ/viewform?resourcekey=0-XdiLbrvGRjNN1l91oHSlIw

4) Survey | Google | Using Pixel 5 or Higher | Focus is on the Google Assistant

Closes: November 2nd 2022 Team: Assistant on Pixel. Length of Study: 90 minutes. Date(s): October 20th 2022 to November 2nd 2022. Details: All users must own a Pixel 5 or higher phone. All users must use Mobile Assistant weekly on their Pixel phone, preferably with SIM card. All users must use a mobile device that has screen sharing via Google Meet and a second device (laptop or computer) for audio communication. Incentive: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins. Location: Remote USA / Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRXhnv5rQgOlx42-Ulyj5OmedsasqQyea6XVMlgghmpTJN5A/viewform


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Mosen at Large Episode 203: iPhone And iOS Feedback, Comments On The Envision Smart Glasses, Another Beatles Remix And More

October 22nd 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/842775fd/iphone-and-ios-feedback-comments-on-the-envision-smart-glasses-another-beatles-remix-and-more

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 98: Navigating With Wave Out - Audio Navigation

October 22nd 2022 | In this episode we first inform our listeners that we have crossed the milestone of 750 YouTube subscribers. We then tell the listeners to join our 100th episode party email contactus@blindandroidusers.com ✉ and we will share the link to join, the 100th episode will be recorded on November 5th 2022 at 9:00 AM PT. We then interview Hugo Furtado, developer of WaveOut an audio navigation app for Android and iOS. We then show you, the latest features of CSR, how to disable key echo and the shake your phone. In the tip of the week, we show the feature talked about at the Made by Google Event which as of this recording is only available in USA on Pixel 3A and higher, Hold For Me and Direct My Call. Listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqtLYqIQeJ0PX11zsbSJ4ZU

3) Eyes on Success Episode 2243: How to Find Accessible Games

October 26th 2022 | If you enjoy gaming on your iOS or other device and are also visually impaired, it is likely that you have experienced the frustration of finding a game that is accessible. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Aaron Spelker, who runs the Mobile Accessible Games (for the Blind) Facebook group, about his game reviews that can ease the frustration:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2243.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar or Training Course for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-webinar-training-course or locate "Webinar / Training Course Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) October 2022 Orbit Research Zoom Meeting

October 28th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Richard Turner, and his wife Carol, are inviting you to the October Orbit Research zoom meeting set for October 28, at 9 AM pacific, 11 AM Central, Noon Eastern, and 5 PM in the UK. Robert couldn't host this month so asked me to do it and since my wife has a paid account, she will be assisting on the call for raised hands, etc. | Meeting ID: 890 8115 2310 | Passcode: 735975 | One tap mobile: +12532158782,,89081152310#,,,,*735975# US (Tacoma) | +13462487799,,89081152310#,,,,*735975# US (Houston):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89081152310?pwd=NHIwMlZqNUsvYy9ETnR2YXZSRDVXQT09

2) Inclusive Cybersecurity Workshop For Middle And High School Students

October 28th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The goal is to explore cybersecurity concepts with fun games and puzzles. This is for beginners and no experience needed in computer programming etc. At the end of the workshop, we believe that the kids would like to learn more about cyber and technology opportunities. The workshop is designed to be accessible to all. Agenda: Protecting Information online. Ciphers and Encryption. Online Scavenger Hunt. Quiz. Please enroll here to join:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nii4FvGm0Oe3mh76c9j7lCSCLrHYzWr8f4qqcVsAEz8/viewform?ts=633a4fdc&edit_requested=true

3) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 1st 2022 and November 2nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

4) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 2nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

5) WordPress Accessibility Day

November 2nd 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide. Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day: We will provide an accessible speaking experience — the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed. You don't have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed. You don't have to be an "expert" or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don't think you've reached the end of that journey yet. Your topic doesn't have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome. If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we'd love to hear it!
https://wpaccessibility.day/weekend-plans-apply-to-speak-at-wp-accessibility-day/

6) ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

November 2nd 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle - reading, writing, viewing photographs and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX DeskSet and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern camera technology and HD displays provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ONYX Pro takes portability to the next level by combining it with the Surface 7 tablet to provide the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools. | Meeting ID: 859 6552 3448 | Passcode: 173081 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85965523448#,,,,*173081# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85965523448?pwd=RklNZkpzQkRLcGc0bFprYjJGYzN1QT09#success

7) What's New with ARC Toolkit | TPGi

November 3rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | ARC Toolkit is more than just a way to quickly find accessibility issues by scanning a page; but is a series of tools that can help developers, QA, and accessibility testers alike perform the additional tests needed to determine if a screen is accessible. Learn about ARC Toolkit and ask questions about what it can do and what it can do for you:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-3-at-12pm-et-whats-new-with-arc-toolkit/

8) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 2: Emergent Literacy and LEGO Braille Bricks | APH

November 4th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together the countless possibilities for developing pre-braille skills using LEGO Braille Bricks and other manipulative tools:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

9) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 4th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

10) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 5th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

11) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

12) Creating Source Files in Microsoft Office for PDF Remediation | Access Ingenuity

November 9th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Microsoft Office offers many tools that make remediation in PDF quicker and more successful. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for creating your documents in Microsoft Office with the intent to convert them to PDF. Learning Outcomes: Discover best practices in formatting standard document elements. Explore the WCAG 2.1 color requirements that may apply to your content. Introduction to creating PDFs directly from Microsoft Office. | Meeting ID: 874 1435 1888 | Passcode: 514898 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87414351888#,,,,*514898# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87414351888?pwd=b0dvS2NPcUtjTnVYbzZCWEFBdVRhdz09#success

13) ATHEN Annual Meeting 2022

November 9th 2022 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Please hold the date for the ATHEN Annual Meeting. All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting which will take place Wednesday, November 9th 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and the Zoom link for joining the meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please indicate this on the Zoom form or contact me at: athenpresident@gmail.com ✉. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-qoqzkjHtfDz8f_4AG70f5HKm-EouSi

14) How Anyone Can Manage Accessibility Program — Ask Me Anything (AMA) | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. The foundation for an accessibility program is having a clear, repeatable process for accessibility testing — with roles and responsibilities mapped to each step from design to development. If you are leading your organization's accessibility effort, you need an accessibility resource center to create accessible online experiences consistently and provide defensible data to stakeholders. Join TPGi's Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant, for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session and get answers to your accessibility questions. This AMA session is great for product managers, content teams, UX teams, and marketers:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-9-at-12pm-et-how-anyone-can-manage-accessibility-program-ask-me-anything-ama/

15) How To Scale a Sustainable Accessibility Program | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mark Miller, TPGi's Director of Sales, and Kelly Mahoney, 3Play Media's Content & Partner Marketing Specialist. This webinar will explore what it takes to scale accessibility programs for enterprise organizations. From the foundations of digital accessibility to the actionable steps your organization can take moving forward, we'll dig into the details of what it looks like to ensure accessible content, policies, and practices are baked in from the beginning. Key takeaways: What is digital accessibility and how should it influence your organization? Actionable steps you can take toward digital accessibility, including remediation tools and services. What do accessibility policies/programs look like at an enterprise organization?
https://www.tpgi.com/how-to-scale-a-sustainable-accessibility-program/

16) Usability and Accessibility for Digital Marketers — Delight Your Audience With Inclusive UX

November 10th 2022 | Presenters: Digital Marketing Institute, TPGi's Principal UX David Swallow, TPGi's UX Practice Manager David Sload, and Marketing Educator and Author Will Francis. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. But how can we ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? To mark World Usability Day 2022, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help digital marketers deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility, and inclusive design and provide practical tips that everyone involved in digital marketing can apply in their work to make their digital experiences more accessible and usable:
https://www.bigmarker.com/digital-marketing-institute/Usability-and-Accessibility-for-Digital-Marketers-Delight-Your-Audience-with-Inclusive-UX

17) National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention

November 11th 2022 to November 14th 2022 | Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future! Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204. Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Donald Porterfield, President of the NFB of Arizona, Board Member of the NFB, and a criminal prosecutor. Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more. Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday. Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind:
https://nfbmd.org/convention/2022

18) Zoom Meeting for JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

November 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc. | Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

19) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

20) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

21) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

22) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

23) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

24) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

25) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

26) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

27) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

28) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

29) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

30) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. 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. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

31) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

32) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

33) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
VR Agency / Counselor. I want to help the people I serve with Clusiv.
Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.


➜ 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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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

YouTube: https://bit.ly/321OUEy

About: 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.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day 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.


➜ Attend the 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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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ 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 Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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

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

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


➜ Fall Specials Means Take Advantage Of Our "Fall-Ing" Prices On These Items

Heavy-duty cowhide 19 inch rucksack style backpack; 50 percent off; now only $50.00. How low can you go with our 7 pocket 17.5 by 7 by 5 inch RFID and CCW leather waist pack with a built-in cane holder (that's what the holster is really for) $30.00 while supplies last. Valuables protection with our cowhide leather chest pack with flip up phone holder for use with AIRA; big ten inch square by 4 inch compartment can easily hold a day's essentials, reduced from $70 to $50; Our 60 inch titanium telescopic locking canes are flying out of here so fast that it feels like their winter sojourn is already happening; $80 including shipping; And, if you want to hibernate also, the most comfortable wired earbuds for sleepy listening you will ever find, from JVC $20.00. For these specials, call GuideLights and Gadgets: Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

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


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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Three Features Make iOS 16 Great (8.7% of all clicks.)
This op ed is not accessibility specific, but offers some useful insights:
https://500ish.com/three-features-make-ios-16-great-93b509a9cea7

B.) Directly Editing Text Under Braille Screen Input Without Moving The Rotor | Applevis (4.6% of all clicks.)
The following guide has been inspired by this episode of the Apfel-Fleger Podcast, a podcast in German for blind users of Apple products. All credit goes to Jurgen Fleger and his friend for discovering and presenting this little trick:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/directly-editing-text-under-braille-screen-input-without-moving-rotor

C.) Everything New For Microsoft Edge From Ignite 2022 (3.5% of all clicks.)
Microsoft announced new security options, accessibility tools, and productivity features for Edge this week:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/browsing/everything-new-for-microsoft-edge-from-ignite-2022

D.) Lexmark Launches Two Accessibility Solutions For Printers And MFPs To Assist Visually Impaired Users (3.4% of all clicks.)
Lexmark International, Inc. has unveiled two features designed to provide people with visual impairments easier access to its range of printers and multi-function printers (MFPs):
https://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/lexmark-mfp-printers-442608

E.) Parcel Package Tracking App Updated With Siri Integration (3.0% of all clicks.)
Parcel is one of the most popular package tracking apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. This week, the app received a major update that added support for Siri commands, so users can now ask Apple's virtual assistant about the status of their packages:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/07/parcel-app-updated-with-siri-commands/

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6) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble

The Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble presents a single word or phrase related to adaptive or assistive technology whose letters have been scrambled. Can you put the letters back in the proper order to determine this week's word? Check your work next week where we'll provide the answer along with a new challenge.
LAST WEEK'S SCRAMBLE: CSEC SE SFOEAA = EASE OF ACCESS
NEW SCRAMBLE: TRTA ITEELNATXEV = (This phrase is 2 words with one space.)

7) AccessWorld September 2022

September updates include: Editor's Page Editor's Notes: Style Sheets and Hearthstone Access | Conference Coverage: A Wrap-Up of Apple's "Far Out" Product Launch Event | Access Matters Access Tech — The Future of Haptic Helpers | Product Reviews and Guides: The RealSAM Pocket — Is This the Phone You've Been Waiting For? | Amazon Fire-TV Recast: Accessible Over-The-Air TV Channels With No Cable Bill:
https://www.afb.org/aw/full-issue?id=18062

8) Apple Announces New iPads and Apple TVs

A.) On Tuesday, October 18th 2022 Apple released new iPad devices:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/10/apple-unveils-completely-redesigned-ipad-in-four-vibrant-colors/
B.) iPad Pros:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/10/apple-introduces-next-generation-ipad-pro-supercharged-by-the-m2-chip/
C.) Apple TVs:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/10/apple-introduces-the-powerful-next-generation-apple-tv-4k/

9) Apple Glasses Accessibility Features Could Be A Huge Benefit, Suggests Disability Campaigner | Ben Lovejoy | 9To5Mac

Apple Glasses Accessibility features could see the long-rumored devices make a huge difference to the lives of those with disabilities. The point was made by Colin Hughes, the disability campaigner who recently shared the ways in which Apple tech allows him to live a more independent life despite almost no use of his limbs. I recently got to visit his London apartment to see for myself his combined Accessibility and HomeKit setup:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/17/apple-glasses-accessibility/

10) JAWS For Windows Scripts for Temporarily Suspending Braille

Some braille displays take quite a beating, as their dots dance up and down, trying to keep up with you as your jump around in a document or application with your keyboard. In many cases you are busy typing and listening, and are not even looking at the display. So, the wear and tear that occurred on the pins in the display was all for naught. You paid a wear and tear penalty but got nothing for it. And, if your display has a high failure rate, it's damage you would rather avoid. This simple script gives you a way to press a hot key, and freeze your display in place, until you press the key again, or until you do a say Line command to force an update. This free script can be incorporated into your default scripts, so it's available no matter where you are focused:
http://snowmanradio.com/SuspendBraille.html

11) Enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta 3

The latest public beta for Jaws, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 has been released by Freedom Scientific:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

12) Scheduling Secure Zoom Calls and Blocking Unwanted Guests

How can you set up a meeting and block uninvited people in Zoom for Mac too?
https://www.askdavetaylor.com/scheduling-secure-zoom-calls-and-blocking-unwanted-guests/

13) Enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta 3

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

14) NVDA 2022.3.1 Released

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-3-1/

15) NVDA 2022.4 Beta 2 Available For Testing

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-4beta2/

16) NV Access In Process for October 19th 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-19th-october-2022/

17) From Vision Australia Radio: Leisure Link From October 15: Interview With David Bradburn of Humanware Regarding The Multi-line Braille Display From The Partnership of Humanware and APH | Tech-VI List | David Goldfield

This episode of Leisure Link starts out with Peter Greco interviewing David Bradburn, Humanware's Vice President for Global Sales. Peter talks about the multi-line Braille display being developed through the partnership between Humanware and APH. While the below link will take you to the page containing this episode Leisure Link can also be subscribed to as a podcast in your podcast player of choice:
https://omny.fm/shows/leisure-link/leisure-link-90min-15-oct-2022

18) How To Get The Windows 10 2022 Update

Microsoft has announced the availability of the Windows 10 2022 Update (also known as Windows 10, version 22H2):
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2022/10/18/how-to-get-the-windows-10-2022-update/

19) Windows 11 Version 22H2 Optional Update Released

This update adds File Explorer tabs among other things:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/274852/windows-11-version-22h2-optional-update-file-explorer-tabs

20) Making The Everyday Easier With New Experiences Available In Windows 11

Microsoft has announced the availability of new features in Windows 11 along with some exciting new experiences:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2022/10/18/making-the-everyday-easier-with-new-experiences-available-in-windows-11/


➜ Access Information News

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1) Cheaper Hearing Aids Hit Stores Today, Available Over The Counter For First Time

The U.S. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, and they go on sale on Tuesday, October 18th 2022. Often thousands of dollars and prescription only, aids now start at $199 at Walmart:
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/10/cheaper-hearing-aids-hit-stores-today-available-over-the-counter-for-first-time/

2) Google on Alt Text SEO & Accessibility

Google's John Mueller and Lizzi Sassman discuss creating image alt text that's good for those using screen readers, briefly touching on what to do about decorative images and how it's tricky to write alt text that finds the balance between SEO and accessibility:
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-on-alt-text-seo-accessibility/468044/

3) Verizon's Call Filter Gets an Upgrade

Call Filter now helps identify callers by category so you can make more informed decisions on the calls you pick up and filter out the spam:
https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizons-call-filter-gets-upgrade

4) October 2022 Accessibility Newsletter from TPGi

October 2022 updates include: Join us at the 10th M-Enabling Summit! | Accessibility Strategy Consulting | Single Page Applications | Improve your accessibility testing skills with FREE ARC training sessions:
https://email.tpgi.com/october-accessibility-newsletter-from-tpgi

5) From Pharrell's Inclusive Skincare Line To A Lube With Braille Writing, Consumer Brands Are Finally Starting To Think About Blind And Visually Impaired Customers | Berenice Magistretti | Forbes

Thinking inclusively as a brand sounds easy enough. Yet for the majority of companies out there, inclusion is an afterthought, often triggered by a PR scandal or public shaming on social media. Many brands don't think proactively about making their products and services accessible to those who live with a disability. On this World Sight Day, it's important to remember that globally, there are 43 million people who are blind and 295 million people who are visually impaired (including myself). And for those of us who cannot rely 100% on our vision, it's nice to "see" that some companies are more visionary than others:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/berenicemagistretti/2022/10/13/from-pharrells-inclusive-skincare-line-to-a-lube-with-braille-writing-consumer-brands-are-finally-starting-to-think-about-blind-and-visually-impaired-customers/?sh=123a05e95e41

6) After A Lifetime Of Blindness, Newly Sighted Can Immediately Identify Human Locomotion

A study on blind patients who recovered their sight suggests rethinking the belief that babies learn to recognize human movement through visual exposure:
https://news.mit.edu/2022/newly-sighted-can-immediately-identify-human-locomotion-1018

7) Meijer Partnership Makes Shopping Easier For The Blind And Visually Impaired

Meijer has partnered with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) to make shopping in its stores much easier for blind and low-vision customers, this month and beyond:
https://www.fox17online.com/morning-mix/meijer-partnership-makes-shopping-easier-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired

8) Online Archives in a Digitized World | APH

Have you ever done research in an archive? Maybe for a school project, or just researching a topic of personal interest? There's something special about visiting an archive, and burying your head in materials from a collection, hunting for that piece of information that will hopefully answer the question you're seeking — or possibly even send your research down a completely different path. Of course, COVID-19 threw a huge wrench in that experience. And although a lot of places (including APH) are welcoming in-person researchers once again, there may be other barriers to visiting an archive. Maybe the archive isn't located nearby, or you just need to look up one thing and don't need to search through the entire collection. While nothing can replace the experience of in-person research, there are a lot of practical benefits of online resources:
https://www.aph.org/online-archives-in-a-digitized-world/

9) Barilla® Adds QR Codes on Packaging to Assist Visually Impaired Customers in Expanded Partnership with Be My Eyes

The Italian family-owned food company continues first-of-its-kind collaboration with the innovative app to bring increased accessibility to consumers:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/barilla-adds-qr-codes-on-packaging-to-assist-visually-impaired-customers-in-expanded-partnership-with-be-my-eyes-301651355.html

10) Haleon And Microsoft Use AI To Enhance Health Product Accessibility For People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted

On World Sight Day, October 13th 2022, Haleon and Microsoft launched a joint effort to make health products more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision, with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that narrates product labels:
Press Release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/haleon-and-microsoft-use-ai-to-enhance-health-product-accessibility-for-people-who-are-blind-or-partially-sighted-301647940.html
Microsoft: https://news.microsoft.com/transform/haleon-harnesses-microsofts-seeing-ai-technology-to-make-health-product-information-more-accessible-for-people-who-are-blind-or-have-low-vision/

11) Chicago City Council Starts Delivery Robot Pilot

Chicago's city council has given the go-ahead for a pilot allowing delivery robots to use its pavements for making deliveries around the city. The University of Illinois Chicago pilot began by allowing Starship delivery robots to operate on its campus in 2021. The university has approached the city council to allow it to trial the robots on city streets outside of the campus. Alongside Starship, other delivery robot companies like NIO will also be allowed to apply for Emerging Business Permits too:
https://apex-insight.com/chicago-city-council-starts-delivery-robot-pilot/

12) New Xbox Service Lets Players Submit Accessibility Feedback To Developers

Xbox hosted its second annual Xbox Accessibility Showcase on October 13th 2022 as part of its month-long celebration of the Disability community, showcasing personal stories from gamers and announcing brand new features coming to their console and future titles. The updates include the introduction of a new service that lets players with disabilities submit feedback to developers:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/xbox-accessibility-showcase-news/

13) Abbott Has A New Glucose Monitor For Diabetics - It's So Small I Forgot I Was Wearing It | Erin Black | CNBC News

Abbott has just released its newest CGM, the FreeStyle Libre 3. It comes with an important upgrade. Whereas the previous systems were "flash" CGMs, which means you had to hold your reader or phone close to the sensor to get a reading, the new version sends data straight to your phone:
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/14/review-abbott-freestyle-libre-3-cgm-for-diabetics-.html

14) Be My Eyes and Vote.org Team Up Once Again To Make The Process of Registering and Preparing to Vote as Clear and Accessible as Possible | Be My Eyes

As blind and low-vision people, we are underestimated and underrepresented every day of our lives. Voting in an election is our chance to change that. We may only turn out a few million strong, but in an election, that can make a big difference. That's why, for the 2022 midterm election, Be My Eyes and Vote.org are teaming up again — to make sure that for any American with a visual impairment, the process of registering and preparing to vote is as clear and accessible as possible:
https://bit.ly/3EHVYYb

15) FDA Offers Clarification to States Regarding Final OTC Hearing Aid Rule

On October 13th 2022 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to state officials offering clarifications about the Final Rule on OTC Hearing Aids, following requests by several professional organizations seeking to better understand the distinction between 'Prescription' and 'OTC' hearing aid categories:
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/fda-state-clarity-otc-hearing-aids/

16) 10K 'Easier-To-Use' COVID Tests For Visually Impaired Coming To NYC

The city will distribute 10,000 easier-to-read COVID-19 at-home test kits to visually-impaired New Yorkers. The at-home test kits — manufactured by Ellume and sent to New York City by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — utilize easier-to-use test components for those who are blind or have low vision and communicate with a user's smartphone to give an electronic text readout of their result:
https://www.silive.com/coronavirus/2022/10/10k-easier-to-use-covid-tests-for-visually-impaired-coming-to-nyc.html

17) Retail And Information Kiosks And Bank ATMs Must Be Accessible Too

All the same drivers — ethical, legal, and commercial — apply to self-service machines. Think about where you've been over the last few weeks, or the last time you were in an airport. As you replay these journeys in your mind, note the number of self-service kiosks you encountered. One for depositing checks or withdrawing cash, another for purchasing tickets to a show or checking out at the grocery store, one more for finding your way at a shopping mall, and maybe several for ordering and paying for your meals. If you flew, you most likely interacted with the airline kiosk for checking in and securing your boarding pass:
https://www.deque.com/blog/retail-and-information-kiosks-and-bank-atms-must-be-accessible-too/

18) A Proclamation on Blind Americans Equality Day | 2022 | The White House

On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the essential contributions of blind and low-vision Americans, whose talents and strength shape every industry and every community:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/10/14/a-proclamation-on-blind-americans-equality-day-2022/

19) A Blind Woman Just Piloted An Airplane Across The Country

"This is just such a huge moment, not just for me and my family, but the entire visually impaired community," Kaiya Armstrong said:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/10/13/kaiya-armstrong-blind-pilot-airplane/

20) Blind To Problems: VA's New Medical Record System Is Shutting Out Visually Impaired Patients

The VA has a new medical record system. One problem: The million patients and employees who are blind or low-vision say it's hard to use:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/10/18/veterans-affairs-record-system-visually-impaired-patients/10490153002/


➜ Surveys

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1) Surveys | APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey | Google | Keyboard-Only Navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users

Closes: October 28th Team: Google Material Design. Length of Study: 30 minutes. Date(s): October 24th 2022 to October 28th 2022. Details: Study is open to Keyboard-only navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users. Participants will evaluate a proposed design to evaluate assistive technology usage. Due to the nature of the design, we will not accept Screen-Reader users for this study. Incentive: $50 USD. Location: Remote USA/Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXe2NurYzKLjVlsxvzSKjQmuCdGTyGDPmSoTlb2FyOaJ7P5w/viewform

3) Survey: Paid Google Study For Those With Cognitive Accessibility Needs And / Or Those Who Aare Deaf / Hard of Hearing And Use A Tablet

Closes: October 31st 2022Google is undertaking a paid study for those with cognitive accessibility needs or those who are deaf / hard of hearing and use a tablet. Here is what is needed: User Type: Users with Cognitive Accessibility needs and users who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Product: Android. Length of Study: 90 minutes and short 3 day diary. Details: All users must use a Tablet Device (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo Tab etc.) Open to Tablet users who also use Stylus, Tablet Keyboards, Smart Watches or Smart Displays. User will have a short 3-day follow up diary assignment. Thank-You Gifts: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins plus $45 USD / $60 CAD for short 3 day diary. Location: USA / Canada Remote. Link to participate with eligibility form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRSkeyvWv-EONUIW0b8i8A0V1CenF-lvmkoCve3l1QMgaeiQ/viewform?resourcekey=0-XdiLbrvGRjNN1l91oHSlIw

4) Survey | Google | Using Pixel 5 or Higher | Focus is on the Google Assistant

Closes: November 2nd 2022 Team: Assistant on Pixel. Length of Study: 90 minutes. Date(s): October 20th 2022 to November 2nd 2022. Details: All users must own a Pixel 5 or higher phone. All users must use Mobile Assistant weekly on their Pixel phone, preferably with SIM card. All users must use a mobile device that has screen sharing via Google Meet and a second device (laptop or computer) for audio communication. Incentive: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins. Location: Remote USA / Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRXhnv5rQgOlx42-Ulyj5OmedsasqQyea6XVMlgghmpTJN5A/viewform


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Grandpa's White Cane | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

October 14th 2022 | Jim Hoxie and Joanna Jones join us to discuss their children's book, "Grandpa's White Cane." Jim shares how vision loss shaped his life and how he and Joanna, a retired teacher, began instructing children about the importance of white cane awareness and the do's and don'ts for helping people with visual impairment:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/grandpas-white-cane

2) Mosen at Large Episode 202: A Comprehensive Review And Demonstration Of The Envision Smart Glasses

October 15th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9f3797ce/a-comprehensive-demonstration-and-review-of-the-envision-smart-glasses

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 97: Unboxing All Things Google

October 15th 2022 | In this episode we unbox all the things released in last week's Pixel Event. We unbox Google Chromecast 2022, Pixel Watch and Pixel 7 Pro. For our tip of the week, we show you how to use Google Voice dictation on a Samsung keyboard. If you want to join us on our upcoming 100th episode celebration on November 5th 2022, you can send an email to contactus@blindandroidusers.com ✉. Listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqp7ennprm_fujtdk8hzs-Ug

4) Blind Abilities Podcast | Episode 900: The Accessible Air Frier: Cosori Pro II — Second Generation Smart Device

October 17th 2022 | Whether you are on your own, off-campus living or just wanting access to an Air Frier, this 5.8 Quart basket Air Frier from Cosori is accessible through a free app as well as through the Amazon and Google smart devices. With just a little set up with the VeSync App, and the VeSync skill for your preferred smart device, the rest is all at your command. Set your time and Temp and you be cooking. Just like that! No buttons to label, mark or worry about. You can even receive a text message when the Cosori Pro II Air Frier is done cooking:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7669

5) Unmute Presents S1 E10: October 18th 2022 Wayaround

October 18th 2022 | This week Marty Sobo and Michael Babcock of Unmute Presents have Michael Doise on to talk about Wayaround. WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence. You will receive a demo of the Wayaround app on an iPhone, an explanation of how the app is laid out, and some news Michael shared with the Unmute Listeners:
https://pnc.st/s/unmute-presents-on-acb-communi/719da73e/october-18th-wayaround

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2242: Remote Jazz Piano Instruction

October 19th 2022 | Have you always wanted to play the piano but just never got around to it or couldn't arrange the logistics? If so, then Mark Miller, who does business as the piano web man, has the answer for you. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mark about how his remote piano lessons work for both sighted and visually impaired students alike:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2242.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

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1) Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

October 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface. Schedule a meeting. Open and navigate the list of meeting participants. Start/stop screen share. Open accessibility settings. Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Help Us Spread the Word: Please feel free to share this invitation with someone you think might benefit from attending. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_URCFlNe4S0GF771EeDj0EQ

2) Democracy Live Workshop | Presenting The Latest in Accessible Electronic Voting | Florida Outreach Center for The Blind

October 20th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Please join The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind for our next exciting and informative workshop. We are excited to have a representative from Democracy Live. They will be presenting the latest electronic voting ballot where you can vote completely independently and in the comfort of your own home for the upcoming elections! This ballot is completely accessible and will allow an individual to use various screen readers/magnification software of their own choice. In addition, you can access the platform on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. A door prize will be given out at the conclusion of the meeting. If you have any questions regarding our workshop or any of our programs and services please call us at: (561) 642-0005 ☎ or email us at: info_focb@bellsouth.net ✉. Also check us out on our brand-new web site at: https://www.floridaoutreachcenter.org/. We look forward to having you join us for our next exciting and informative workshop. Duration: 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799 | Meeting ID: 835 8160 548. Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09

3) Where the Blind Work Webinar | NFB

October 21st 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM, 10/22 GMT | Join the National Federation of the Blind as we celebrate the work and accomplishments of blind and low-vision people with a panel of successfully employed professionals. Plan to attend the Where the Blind Work Webinar scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m., Eastern. Register for the Where the Blind Work Webinar for the Zoom details:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/employment/where-the-blind-work-webinars-registration

4) Intro to Mobile Accessibility Testing Tools | TPGi

October 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Laurie Pagano, Senior Accessibility Engineer. The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Senior Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-25-at-12pm-et-intro-to-mobile-accessibility-testing-tools/

5) Education Technology Accessibility Boutique | NFB

October 25 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Attend this accessibility boutique to discuss the accessibility of several educational technologies used in the classroom. This event is a great opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents of blind students, blind parents, students, and any education professional:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/center-excellence-nonvisual-access/events

6) Discovering Aira and Content Creation | Aira

October 25th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

7) JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

October 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools in JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help menu options, including the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources such as the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page and the Surf's Up Training website. Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

8) Virtual Career Fair During Blind Equality Achievement Month | National Federation of the Blind

October 26th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join us Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern via Zoom for our fall virtual career fair. There is no charge for employers or job seekers. The National Federation of the Blind career fairs are events for blind people seeking jobs to connect with employers, and an opportunity for employers to seek more talent for their teams. The career fairs may be in-person or virtual and provide additional trainings for developing skills such as interviewing tips. Join us for the next career fair. Registration required by October 12, 2022. For more information on the career fair, please contact Dick Davis, Employment Committee Chair, at dickblind@gmail.com ✉, John Dubay, Employer Liaison, at jdubay@leadsatscale.com, or Rachel Kuntz at rkuntz@saavi.us ✉. About National Federation of the Blind Employment Initiatives With opportunities to compete in the workplace in terms of equality, blind people can achieve careers based on their dreams, talents, and abilities. The National Federation of the Blind connects working-age blind people with opportunities and resources to compete in the workplace on terms of equality. For more information, contact Maurice Peret, NOMCT, Coordinator of Career Mentoring & Employment Programs, at mperet@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314 ☎, extension 2350.
Registration for Job Seekers: https://nfb.org/form/career-fair-jobseeker-registration
Registration for Employers: https://nfb.org/form/career-fair-employer-registration

9) Inclusive Cybersecurity Workshop For Middle And High School Students

October 28th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The goal is to explore cybersecurity concepts with fun games and puzzles. This is for beginners and no experience needed in computer programming etc. At the end of the workshop, we believe that the kids would like to learn more about cyber and technology opportunities. The workshop is designed to be accessible to all. Agenda: Protecting Information online. Ciphers and Encryption. Online Scavenger Hunt. Quiz. Please enroll here to join:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nii4FvGm0Oe3mh76c9j7lCSCLrHYzWr8f4qqcVsAEz8/viewform?ts=633a4fdc&edit_requested=true

10) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 1st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

11) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 2nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

12) WordPress Accessibility Day

November 2nd 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide. Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day: We will provide an accessible speaking experience — the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed. You don't have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed. You don't have to be an "expert" or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don't think you've reached the end of that journey yet. Your topic doesn't have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome. If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we'd love to hear it!
https://wpaccessibility.day/weekend-plans-apply-to-speak-at-wp-accessibility-day/

13) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 2: Emergent Literacy and LEGO Braille Bricks | APH

November 4th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together the countless possibilities for developing pre-braille skills using LEGO Braille Bricks and other manipulative tools:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

14) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 4th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

15) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 5th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

16) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

17) ATHEN Annual Meeting 2022

November 9th 2022 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Please hold the date for the ATHEN Annual Meeting. All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting which will take place Wednesday, November 9th 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and the Zoom link for joining the meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please indicate this on the Zoom form or contact me at: athenpresident@gmail.com ✉. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-qoqzkjHtfDz8f_4AG70f5HKm-EouSi

18) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

19) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

20) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

21) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

22) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

23) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

24) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

25) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

26) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

27) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


➜ Directories


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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


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➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Audible | Google Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube

Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

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If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.


➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

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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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About: 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.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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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Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

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Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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

Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day 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.


➜ Attend the 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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Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ 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 Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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

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


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

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


➜ Fall Specials Means Take Advantage Of Our "Fall-Ing" Prices On These Items

Heavy-duty cowhide 19 inch rucksack style backpack; 50 percent off; now only $50.00. How low can you go with our 7 pocket 17.5 by 7 by 5 inch RFID and CCW leather waist pack with a built-in cane holder (that's what the holster is really for) $30.00 while supplies last. Valuables protection with our cowhide leather chest pack with flip up phone holder for use with AIRA; big ten inch square by 4 inch compartment can easily hold a day's essentials, reduced from $70 to $50; Our 60 inch titanium telescopic locking canes are flying out of here so fast that it feels like their winter sojourn is already happening; $80 including shipping; And, if you want to hibernate also, the most comfortable wired earbuds for sleepy listening you will ever find, from JVC $20.00. For these specials, call GuideLights and Gadgets: Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

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


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Volume 880

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Reader Review: The Talking Cooking Thermometer (8.0% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/124.html

B.) We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business (3.2% of all clicks.)
Turns out the obsolete floppy is way more in demand than you'd think:
https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/

C.) Remote Incident Manager Versus The Other Players — Part 2: RIM vs. TeamViewer (3.2% of all clicks.)
I, Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits, and former remote computer technician would like to provide some information on this topic that is directly related to an experience that I had recently in serving a blind client. We were attempting to connect via TeamViewer because that was the client's choice of software. Perhaps because it is free and perhaps because we had successfully used it to connect in previous sessions. Not so this time. The client could not use NVDA, Dolphin QS with Supernova or Windows Narrator to access the TeamViewer application. When the client reached out to these screen reader support groups she was informed by both Dolphin and NVDA that, "the current version of TeamViewer has broken accessibility in their user interface for all screen readers." This incident took place on September 29th 2022. With that, we give you the following article:
https://pneumasolutions.com/remote-incident-manager-vs-the-other-players-part-2-rim-vs-teamviewer/

D.) Software Developer Invents Assistant Glasses For Blind And Partially Sighted Users (3.1% of all clicks.)
A 25-year-old Turkish Software developer has invented special glasses, named "assistant glasses," that help visually impaired people to "recognize" people or "identify" objects. Graduated from the U.S. Brown College, Melis Gokalp, who is working in an international digital health systems company, wrote the software for the assistant glasses between 2019 and 2021. Here's how they work:
https://coolblindtech.com/software-developer-invents-assistant-glasses-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-users/

E.) Accessibility Resources From Amazon Specifically For Top Tech Tidbits Readers (2.9% of all clicks.)
Yes. You read that right. Amazon has reached out to Top Tech Tidbits and we have agreed to provide readers with ongoing accessibility updates provided directly by their Accessibility Department. Here are some interesting updates to kick off this new partnership:
A.) Amazon has just released a series of new videos, featuring people with disabilities (including an Amazon employee) using many of their accessibility features across Alexa, Fire TV, Kindle, and more. An attempt to help all of their customers (many of which are Tidbits readers) to learn how these features can help them be more connected, entertained, and independent:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaQihAe6OdwIj3TkzYEKPN0Nycry8-Veo
B.) Additionally, Amazon has redesigned the accessibility portion of their site to make it easier to explore:
https://www.amazon.com/accessibility
C.) Amazon continues to build new features and offerings with all customers in mind, including Tap to Alexa on Fire tablets:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/alexa-accessibility-features-extend-to-fire-tablets
D.) And Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids on Fire TV:
https://amazonfiretv.blog/fire-tv-launches-hearing-aid-pairing-423d56625683
E.) This video is Amazon's access flagship favorite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ4vkkGvUbU&list=PLaQihAe6OdwIj3TkzYEKPN0Nycry8-Veo&index=1
F.) Finally, you can also visit the Amazon Accessibility blog at:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/how-amazon-is-building-a-more-accessible-future

2) Top Tech Tidbits Reaches 7,500 Weekly Subscribers | Aaron Di Blasi | Publisher

Well it would seem that more has grown over the last year than just the sections within this newsletter. Insert bright smile here. I am incredibly happy to report that Top Tech Tidbits continues to experience positive subscriber growth, week over week, topping out this week at over 7,500 subscribers. I honestly don't know what else to say, except, thank you. Thank you to all the readers that trade feedback with me on a daily basis. Thank you to all of the content contributors that work with us each week as we sift through vast amounts of news. Thank you to all of the Sponsors that work with us to reach Tidbits readers in the most helpful and non-intrusive manner possible. And sincerest thanks to the Tidbits Editorial Team, who take their time each day to sift, sort, rate and submit. Tidbits would not be possible without the efforts of each and every one of you. I, am, frankly, amazed at the community that has formed around Top Tech Tidbits. It is a community that I am truly proud to be part of, and to serve. And here is where I would generally ask you for your support, in the form of a donation or a sponsorship, but thanks to the efforts of all of the aforementioned parties, the publication does not currently require it. So I'm going to close this by asking you to hold on to your money. For now. And to simply celebrate with us by continuing to read and share Top Tech Tidbits each week. We may however be making some future announcements in which your assistance might be incredibly useful. Until then, we celebrate:
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