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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 30, 2022 - Volume 865

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

A.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Use The Paste Recovery Table And Why You Might Want To (5.7% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/90.html

B.) Can You See Me: A New Windows Application to Assist in Determining Your Position in Your Computer's Camera (4.5% of all clicks.)
This app provides a much-needed service which is sadly missing from the Windows operating system. It requires no installation and no administrator permissions to run. Just run the app and keep pressing the enter key to receive information regarding your position in the computer's camera. It's incredibly useful to know if you're visually centered in your camera for Zoom, Teams, Skype or other video calls. You can read more about the app and download it here::
https://canyouseeme.app/

C.) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2206.9 | June 2022 (3.9% of all clicks.)
A new JAWS update has been released by Freedom Scientific. Notification history, iTunes support, and Math Editor are among the enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#latest

D.) Tactile Engineering Reveals New Technology To Help The Blind (3.4% of all clicks.)
A Lafayette engineering firm has revealed technology that they claim will revolutionize the way blind people learn, work, and play. Tactile Engineering has developed a graphical computer tablet. The tablet includes 3,000 tiny parts that can change and act as interactive braille so users can experience animation. CEO David Schleppenbach said that the focus of this technology is overcome an important challenge; making it available and affordable to as many people as possible:
https://www.wlfi.com/news/tactile-engineering-reveals-new-technology-to-help-the-blind/article_58ebb9f6-edd4-11ec-b7a8-1388d420c617.html

E.) Reader Review: PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System By Maxi Aids, Color Detector, Humanware Video Magnifier and Seeing AI (3.2% of all clicks.)
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https://www.toptechtidbits.com/92.html

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6) CYBER.ORG Launches Project Access, a National Effort to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Education for Students with Disabilities

CYBER.ORG has announced the kickoff of Project Access, a program designed to expand access to cybersecurity education for blind and vision impaired students between the ages of 13-21 who are in pre-employment transition (Pre-ETS). Through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP) grant, CYBER.ORG is pioneering a series of camps this summer in Arkansas, Maine, Virginia, and Michigan to introduce blind and vision impaired students to key cybersecurity topics, help them develop cybersecurity skills, and explore the possibility of a career in a growing industry:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220627005666/en/CYBER.ORG-Launches-Project-Access-a-National-Effort-to-Increase-Access-to-Cybersecurity-Education-for-Students-with-Disabilities

7) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Navigating the Calendar with JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/97.html

8) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Resolving Keyboard Conflicts With The Dolphin Cursor When Browsing The Web

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/96.html

9) Reader Review: Black & Decker Talking Toaster Oven

Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/94.html

10) The Alt Text Issue

Here is a well-thought-out guide to alternative text, particularly for social media written by Alexa Heinrich:.
https://accessiblesocial.substack.com/p/june-28-2022

11) Audiom

Audiom is a tool that purports to allow blind and visually impaired individuals to view maps completely in audio. It is a web component and can be embedded into any webpage, like Google Maps:
https://www.ski.org/project/audiom

12) Introducing New Microsoft Teams On Web Features For Small Businesses

Captioning improvements are coming to Teams:.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/introducing-new-microsoft-teams-on-web-features-for-small/ba-p/3556209

13) What To Do If You Can No Longer Use Gmail With Your Favorite Program or Device | WebFriendlyHelp

Due to Google's increased security, you may find yourself unable to send email with your program of choice. If you want to keep using your existing email program, such as Outlook 2010, to read your Google email, read this for links to Google Settings and information:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/what-to-do-if-you-can-no-longer-use-gmail-with-your-favorite-program-or-device/

14) NV Access In-Process For June 29th 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-june-2022/

15) First Look: Windows 11's New Sound Recorder App

The replacement for Voice Recorder gets a new name, a new look, and new input and output capabilities:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/first-look-windows-11s-new-sound-recorder-app

16) Date and Time Pickers for All | Adobe

We are very excited to announce the release of the React Aria and React Spectrum date and time picker components! This includes a full suite of fully featured components and hooks including calendars, date and time fields, and range pickers, all with a focus on internationalization and accessibility. It also includes @internationalized/date, a brand new framework-agnostic library for locale-aware date and time manipulation:
https://react-spectrum.adobe.com/blog/date-and-time-pickers-for-all.html

17) Googles Opens Accessibility Research Group To Start Accepting People That Reside Outside Of The US And Canada

Your feedback will help shape new Google products. To sign up, you'll need a Google Account. If you don't have one, you can create one. You will then pick one of the Trusted Tester Programs, Communications or Accessibility:
https://partnerdash.google.com/apps/uberfoodportal/join-a11y

18) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Inclusive Map Viewing Through Any Browser With Audiom

It would be truly wild if you could take the skills you have learned through playing audio games, like Swamp or Tactile Battle, and transfer them into real world Orientation and Mobility. Surprisingly enough, J.J. did just that when he spoke to Brandon Biggs, Engineer with the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute, during our CSUN 2020 coverage:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22493

19) How the Notification History Coexists with our JAWS-Based Products | Brian Hartgen, Hartgen Consultancy

Many people will be aware that in the update to JAWS version 2022 just released, a feature is in place to support alerts and notifications sent by the focused application or Windows itself to the screen-reader. This was widely publicized in the Mosen at Large Podcast. Of course, Jonathan Mosen, host of the podcast, provided an excellent demonstration of the capabilities of the Notification History feature, together with describing the kinds of alerts and notifications which are sent to JAWS and which potentially can be filtered out or viewed in a list. In the interests of efficiency, some of our products have filtered out such alerts and notifications for some considerable time, so I want to tell you how our various products fit into the new tool Vispero are providing so you are not caught out:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2227

20) Narrator Braille Driver Improvements | Jeff Bishop, Windows Accessibility

My name is Jeff Bishop and I work on the Windows Accessibility team at Microsoft. We would encourage you to review our most recent Windows Insider blog post about some changes that we have brought to the Dev Channel for Narrator Braille. If you are participating in the Windows Insider program and are on the Dev Channel and have a braille display then we would appreciate your help in testing our new braille driver solution for Narrator along with third-party screen readers:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2226

21) June Updates for JAWS 2022 and Zoomtext 2022 | What's New

JAWS Updates: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements
ZoomText Updates: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#enhancements

22) Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 2.0 Update | YouTube | APH

Have you updated your Mantis Q40 or Chameleon 20? Our latest software update is jam-packed with features including one very exciting update to the Chameleon! Check out this video for a breakdown of the top features in 2.0:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ButQDs8_a4I

23) Dicapta: Spanish Audio Description Services and Technology for Accessibility (Including Emergency Alerts)

Are you or a loved one a Spanish speaker who is blind, low vision, or deafblind? Read on to learn about an organization that makes audiovisual content and emergency alerts accessible to Spanish speakers with sensory disabilities:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/dicapta-spanish-audio-description-services-and-technology-for-accessibility-including-emergency-alerts/

24) Alexa To Add Voices Of Your Deceased Loved Ones

On June 22nd 2022 Amazon announced a new feature that will allow Alexa to speak in the voices of deceased relatives, friends and other loved ones:
https://fox8.com/news/alexa-to-add-voices-of-your-deceased-loved-ones/?fbclid=IwAR3LLcSr0L7JT5g5A6hTahGdK4NGJbn6mzlXsrxRvz2ZyRXsPfUKfiJjryk

25) Accessibility in Fedora Workstation

The first concerted effort to support accessibility under Linux was undertaken by Sun Microsystems when they decided to use GNOME for Solaris. Sun put together a team focused on building the pieces to make GNOME 2 fully accessible and worked with hardware makers to make sure things like Braille devices worked well. We even heard claims that GNOME and Linux had the best accessibility of any operating system for a while due to this effort. As Sun started struggling and got acquired by Oracle this accessibility effort eventually trailed off with the community trying to pick up the slack afterwards. Especially engineers from Igalia were quite active for a while trying to keep the accessibility support working well:
https://fedoramagazine.org/accessibility-in-fedora-workstation/

26) Experiment Shows Surprising Results Of Echolocation

Echolocation has been used as a way for blind people to navigate, despite the skill's usefulness, few blind people have actually learned how to use echolocation. Now, though, researchers say humans can learn echolocation in as little as 10 weeks:
https://coolblindtech.com/experiment-shows-surprising-results-of-echolocation/

27) 6 Accessibility Basics Cause 97% of Errors

I repeatedly encounter the same six issues when evaluating a website's accessibility, as do most consultants. I'd like to imagine a world where companies clean up most accessibility glitches in-house and hire consultants only to solve highly technical problems. Alas, many companies struggle with implementing the basics. Addressing the six common errors below solves many accessibility snafus, greatly helping vision-impaired users:
https://www.practicalecommerce.com/6-accessibility-basics-cause-97-of-errors

28) What's New in Mozilla Thunderbird 102

The first of several planned updates, Thunderbird 102, is about to start rolling out:
https://www.howtogeek.com/814358/whats-new-in-mozilla-thunderbird-102/

29) Audio Description Quality: Best Practices and Legal Standards

Video is everywhere. It's on our TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and even some smart refrigerators. But have you ever wondered how blind and low vision viewers access video content? To fully enjoy all the movies, TV shows, and other video content we so much love to watch, people with vision loss rely on audio description (AD) to access the visual elements of a video. Unfortunately, the quality of AD varies significantly among its providers. And so do consumer preferences on what visual information should be described, in how much detail, and how the descriptions should be voiced:
https://www.3playmedia.com/blog/audio-description-quality-best-practices-and-legal-standards/

30) Firefox 102: New ESR Base And Improved Security

One bug fix to Firefox 102 will be of relevance to screen reader users: Pressing Enter while using a Screen Reader on Windows no longer activates the wrong element and/or another window:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/06/28/firefox-102/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) W3C To Become A Public-Interest Non-Profit Organization

The World Wide Web Consortium is set to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and notably, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG):
https://www.w3.org/2022/06/pressrelease-w3c-le.html.en

2) Deafblind Teen Artist Creates NFT Collection To Spark Passion And Discussion

A Deafblind teen artist from Lancashire has created one of the first NFT collections of its kind to spread awareness about her disability. You can read more about this on the Lancashire Telegraph:
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/deafblind-teen-artist-creates-nft-130000379.html?guccounter=1

3) Biden Administration Announces New At-Home Covid Tests For Blind And Low-Vision Americans

On June 23rd 2022 the Biden administration rolled out free at-home Covid-19 tests that are designed to be more accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. White House Covid-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said the administration will provide more accessible, rapid self-tests to Americans across the country for free through https://www.covid.gov/tests, which ships tests through the US Postal Service. The specific USPS form to place orders for Covid-19 tests that are more accessible to individuals with low vision or who are blind can be found here:
https://www.wsiltv.com/coronavirus/biden-administration-announces-new-at-home-covid-tests-for-blind-and-low-vision-americans/article_150cfed8-3f9a-5515-acfe-548d1d66d66d.html

4) Braille Institute Names Winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge

Celebrating more than 100 years of positively transforming the lives of those with vision loss, Braille Institute announced the winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge this past Saturday at the Finals Award Ceremony held at the University of Southern California campus:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/braille-institute-names-winners-of-the-2022-braille-challenge-301576105.html

5) The Role of Technology in Helping Students with Limitations

Limitations come in all shapes and sizes. Some students have physical limitations that prevent them from being able to write, while others have cognitive limitations that make it difficult for them to process information. But there is one common thread among all students with constraints: the right technology can help them overcome their challenges and be successful in school:
https://www.studentassembly.org/assistive-technology-helping-students/

6) American Foundation for the Blind Announces Third Access and Engagement Report, Observing Impact of COVID-19 as Students with Visual Impairments Returned to In-Person Education

On June 23rd 2022 the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the release of the third Access and Engagement research report, which examines the continued negative impact of systemic and COVID-19-specific issues on the education of students who are blind or have low vision. The report is based on focus groups and short surveys with families of these students and the professionals who serve them as the 2020-2021 school year concluded:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/american-foundation-blind-announces-third-124300760.html

7) New Miami Lighthouse Podcast Focuses On Issues And Opportunities Facing The Blind And Visually Impaired

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has launched a new podcast series that discusses medical, technological, legal, social and lifestyle issues impacting individuals with vision challenges and their families. Vision Insights has posted its first episodes, which can be heard on all major podcast outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible and Amazon Music, as well as, the Miami Lighthouse website:
https://southfloridahospitalnews.com/new-miami-lighthouse-podcast-focuses-on-issues-and-opportunities-facing-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/

8) By the Blind, For the Blind

Why tools made by the blind, are the best for the blind:
https://write.as/devinprater/by-the-blind-for-the-blind

9) Some (More) Thoughts On Smart Canes | From The Blog Of Derek Reimer

In early 2021, I wrote a blog post about smart canes, why they usually are hype, and why canes have the design elements that make them so versatile. This blog post got a couple orders of magnitude more traffic than I expected, and based on the feedback I have received, it was much more educational than I would have expected. It has been posted on many peoples blogs, and even Hacker News. I want to make sure the positive reception of my article is used to guide the industry in an appropriate direction, and generate new useful technologies, instead of being cynical and bashing anyone who may have the thought to attach something to a cane. I will do this by explaining some of the drawbacks to having objects on a cane, and travel implements we could design that would achieve useful goals for blind people, while being more robust:
https://derekriemer.com/posts/2022/04/21/some-more-thoughts-on-smart-canes/

10) 'Calls Kept Coming': Ukraine's Network For The Blind Shelters Displaced People

One of country's oldest-running organizations turns factory into accommodation for refugees:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/22/ukraine-network-visually-impaired-provides-shelter-displaced-people

11) MetroList of Northern California Launches Property Search by Voice — Search by Voice Helps the Visually Impaired Participate in Their Home Buying Process

MetroList, the largest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Northern California, now offers Search by Voice capabilities, powered by Lundy, Inc. through its newly released MetroList.com real estate search portal. Lundy is leading the way in developing the most comprehensive property search engine to help MLSs be more inclusive and accessible to blind or visually impaired consumers:
https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/metrolist-launches-property-search-by-voice-search-by-voice-helps-the-visually-impaired-participate-in-their-home-buying-process

12) NSITE Now Offers Additional Resources to Blind and Visually-Impaired Job Seekers and Employers

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for the blind or visually impaired, has announced an ever-expanding list of programs and resources to train and help place BVI and military veteran job seekers:
https://www.einnews.com/amp/pr_news/578834300/nsite-now-offers-additional-resources-to-blind-and-visually-impaired-job-seekers-and-employers

13) Blind Scientist Envisions A More Accessible World Through Inclusive Technology

After 20 years in academic research, Dr. Miele made a career shift into the tech space a few years ago by accepting a job as Principal Accessibility Researcher with Amazon. Now, he develops new ways to make Amazon's suite of products accessible to all users, making tools like Alexa, tablets, and TVs useable for the blind:
https://www.inspiremore.com/blind-scientist-envisions-a-more-accessible-world-through-inclusive-technology/

14) Envision Dallas Adds New Postpress Production Capabilities and Jobs for the Vision Impaired

Envision Dallas is partnering with Kolbus America to expand their operation and bring jobs to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) community of Dallas, Texas. The Kolbus DA 270 will be operated by blind and visually impaired employees of Envision and will expand their capacity to meet increased customer demand of their award binders and retirement binders:
https://www.piworld.com/article/envision-adds-new-production-capabilities-jobs-vision-impaired/

15) Nurturing A New Generation Of Visually Impaired Leaders

Extant theatre company hopes sharing best practice across the industry will lead to increased sector opportunities for visually impaired talent:
https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/nurturing-new-generation-visually-impaired-leaders


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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) Audible Vision Baseline Survey

This baseline survey aims to understand how assistive technology users conduct certain activities:
https://bit.ly/Audiblevision

3) Audible Vision App Survey

This survey aims to understand how assistive technology users use the Audible Vision app:
https://bit.ly/AudibleVisionForm2

4) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2022

Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is asking users to complete a short satisfaction survey. It is at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-nr8XMipBx8jrXBTK7M_pxsw7GQR11Vt9E8VG52fK7op15Q/viewform


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Recording: National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina: Good Maps | MP3

June 18th 2022 | Whether or not you are planning to go to New Orleans for our National convention? You should attend this technology presentation presented by the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC. We will have a representative from Good Maps joining us to demonstrate the GPS Good Maps app. This app will allow you to keep track of the direction you are heading, what's around you, and the streets you are on/crossing:
https://nfbofsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Good-Maps-6-18-2022.mp3

2) Low Vision Devices Delivered Right to Your Door | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

June 24th 2022 | CEO of Eschenbach Optik of America Ken Bradley joins the podcast to discuss how Eschenbach has adapted through the pandemic to help people with visual impairment access low vision devices remotely. Through their "Telelowvision" program, you can try out magnification devices from the comfort of your home to find what works best for you before you buy:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/low-vision-devices-delivered-right-your-door

3) Mosen At Large Episode 185: RNZ Told To Lift Its Disability Game, ACB, NFB Andcovid19, And Part 2 Of The Blindshell 2 Review

June 25th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/8347795e/rnz-told-to-lift-its-disability-game-acb-nfb-andcovid19-and-part-2-of-the-blindshell-2-review

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 81: It Is The Display

June 25th 2022 | In this episode we first talk about Google opening up their accessibility and research group to accept people residing outside of the US and Canada. We then take a look at the display settings on an Android phone. We demo the Christian teaching reading app. And then bring another Talkback Tip showing the cut text gesture. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqEtCBn9K3VeWdiKWMxD-bh

5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode #823, New! Tech Abilities: It Is HOT, And The Tech Tidbits Are Fast And Furious, And VR As A Vehicle Explained. News From A Blindness Perspective From Around The Globe And The Outhouse, Too.

June 27th 2022 | Serina, Callie and Jeff, dive deep into the pool of news stemming from Uber, Lyft, Microsoft, and you can check out the links and topics below. The TA Team take a journey into their Vocational Rehab experience and explain how VR impacted their destiny and how it is differed a bit for each of us. Join the Tech Abilities Crew and keep up with the latest news and Tech Tidbits from around the globe and always with a Blindness perspective. Everyone has a perspective, and we know we are not always seeing things the same way, so, let us know your perspective and give us a call at 612-367-6093, we would love to hear from you:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7445

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2226: National Coding Symposium and STEM Camp

June 29th 2022 | The fields of computers and STEM offer excellent career opportunities for visually impaired people. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Leanne Grillot, outreach director at the American Printing House, about some of APH's ongoing programs to inspire interest in these fields, make people aware of the opportunities, and help them connect with mentors:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202226.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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

2) Inaccessible to Accessible | SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar

July 12th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | How to magnify or convert print and PDFs and how to customize your view of interactive whiteboards at work or school. Participate live every Tuesday 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

3) VoiceOver External Keyboard Basics with iPhone & iPad | Access Ingenuity

July 13th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Previously, we introduced VoiceOver gestures while working with an iPhone or iPad. While that option is always available, did you know there is a more efficient method of using an external keyboard to navigate, edit, and type large amounts of information if you already know how to work with a QWERTY keyboard? Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore VoiceOver keyboard basics to increase your efficiency while using VoiceOver with your iPhone and iPad. Learning Outcomes: External keyboard considerations, including USB and Bluetooth. How to connect a USB keyboard or pair a Bluetooth keyboard. Basic keyboard commands and how to perform them most efficiently. Turning on and off Quick Nav and editing basics. Join Zoom Meeting: Zoom Meeting for VoiceOver External Keyboard Basics with iPhone & iPad. | Meeting ID: 843 7682 5271 | Passcode: 525671 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84376825271#,,,,*525671# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84376825271?pwd=YBrES1bQpOh3pZvAWqpu9aWQt4ypjX.1#success

4) Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech | TPGi

July 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Le McNamara, Accessibility Engineer. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Le McNamara as they talk about, "Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech." Hiring neurodivergent technologists can benefit your IT teams! Twenty technologists who identify as neurodiverse came forward, during a hackathon event, to share and record their experiences with the hiring process in tech. This talk will cover the common threads of those disclosures, the value of neurodivergent team members, and the experiences positive and negative that neurodivergent applicants face in looking for work within the tech sector and for technology roles in other industries. We'll be sharing what in the interview processes triggered negative outcomes and what behaviors and processes facilitated positive outcomes. We'll be making suggestions for changes hiring professionals can make as well as accommodations that can be asked for and should be expected. We'll also be talking about how to reach out to neurodiverse talent directly, to get back those that have given up, by working directly with services and communities:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-13-at-12pm-et-hiring-for-cognitive-diversity-in-tech/

5) Envision Glasses: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask | Access Ingenuity

July 20th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Did you know that Envision Glasses are built like a platform, and are constantly updated with new features and functionalities? With that in mind, we are excited to present the July 2022 edition of our Envision glasses presentation. This session will serve as an introduction to those new to the glasses, as well as a chance to review, learn about the latest features, or ask questions for those who have attended our previous webinars or who are the lucky owners of a pair. We may even get a visit from an Envision representative! Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as we look at the exciting new Envision glasses. Envision glasses use the cutting-edge Google Glasses platform as a way for visually impaired users to gain access to their environment. They provide the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books, or your favorite recipe. Using the built-in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Learning Outcomes: How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting-edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last Envision glasses presentation. | Meeting ID: 844 9731 5433 | Passcode: 122811 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84497315433#,,,,*122811# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84497315433?pwd=ScI1ThYtHUY1tcB0cf_AOoDqdlB908.1#success

6) Best Practices to Structure Accessibility Testing

July 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will cover common gaps in how organizations implement accessibility testing. These gaps complicate communication within an organization and lead to barriers for people with disabilities. Once the common gaps have been identified, we will review step-by-step instructions on how to reduce these gaps. Participants will leave with a clear plan for accessibility testing that is practical and sustainable. With this plan, organizations can increase the coverage and precision of their testing while decreasing the overall amount of test results. Additionally, participants will learn: The pros and cons of the different automated accessibility testing libraries and which one is right for their organization. The limitations of automated testing and how to bridge the gap with manual testing. How to track progress on errors and verify what's been fixed from one sprint to the next. While this webinar focuses on building accessibility testing skills with the ARC Platform, the lessons are applicable to all testing libraries. With the evolution of AI and machine learning, there are many new innovations in automated accessibility testing. This webinar evaluates their effectiveness and looks ahead to how they could affect accessibility testing. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-at-12pm-et-best-practices-to-structure-accessibility-testing/

7) Methods to Navigate Word & Outlook Efficiently with JAWS Using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

July 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Many JAWS users may know some features to quickly navigate specific increments and elements such as links, headings, forms, graphics, and tables when using a web browser. However, most do not know that there are similar JAWS features to increase efficiency when navigating Word documents and Outlook emails. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore various JAWS Navigation Quick Keys with a browser, Word, and Outlook. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to work with Navigation Quick Keys using JAWS with either a QWERTY keyboard or a Focus braille display. 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: Introduce JAWS Navigation Quick Keys and how they can increase your efficiency when navigating a browser, Word, and Outlook. Understand how to turn on and off Navigation Quick Keys, when you want them on or off, and the JAWS default settings for Quick Keys in different situations. Discover how to learn the Quick Keys in different situations with the JAWS Screen Sensitive help. Explore Quick Key features such as links, headings, forms, tables, misspelled words, comments, track changes, etc. | Meeting ID: 872 7899 0752 | Passcode: 807757 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87278990752#,,,,*807757# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278990752?pwd=0bOnQubthYiLE-xJtf_PuOGsnBFL-F.1#success

8) How to Quickly Test Your Website for JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility | TPGi

July 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mike DeSorda, Customer Success Manager, and Al Puzzuoli, Customer Support. Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester quickly making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use JAWS Inspect alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy screen reader compatibility testing:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-quickly-test-your-website-for-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility/

9) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

10) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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) 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

13) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One New Braille Embosser Index Basic D Version 4 USB Retail Box

Listing Date: 6/23/2022 | Price: $1,200.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Hello, we have a practically new Index Basic D version 4 double sided Braille embosser with USB and many of the modern embosser features still in the retail box we can sell. It has never had any problems at all, it just has not been used . Asking $1200 OBO | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: We're Exhibiting at both ACB and NFB Conventions

Barry, Kae, and Debra welcome you to our world of everything leather, dog, and gadget; and our "New" Evo 12 stereo Daisy player with 6 voices, $289; Hermione bottomless leather bag, $65; Titanium telescopic locking canes, $50; Next generation bone conduction headphones, $110; Talking medical bundle, $120; Soft absorbent doggie bathrobes, $30 - $35; Protective doggie winter jackets/raincoats, $30 - $40; Self-cleaning grooming brushes, $15 - $26, and much more! Come find us! For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, 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 ☎.


➜ Future Aids, 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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About: Welcome to Future Aids: 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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If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Advance Your Career With Fable Pathways' Free, Accessible Online Learning

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!
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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://makeitfable.com/pathways/.

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://makeitfable.com/community/.


➜ Join the Dolphin Friends Program

Dolphin Friends supports, recognizes, and rewards the great work that charities and sight loss societies do to support the people in their community who are visually impaired. Members receive free Dolphin software, staff training on GuideConnect and SuperNova, computing accessories and a useful resource pack to help you advise your service users on Dolphin assistive technology. Join Dolphin Friends:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends-us

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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.

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.


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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:

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➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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➜ 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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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

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

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

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


➜ 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

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Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

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


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

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

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Taking Notes Using The Voice Memo App for iPhone (9.1% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of the Technology User Group (TUG) at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD):
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/88.html

B.) How to Get a List of Directions in Apple Maps (7.2% of all clicks.)
Cool Blind Tech has given us step-by-step directions to get the list of instructions that will be used in the Apple Maps directions:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-a-list-of-directions-in-apple-maps/

C.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Creating Headings in Microsoft Word (7.0% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/86.html

D.) How to Use Microsoft Word for Free (6.9% of all clicks.)
No hacks or questionable software purchases here. This comes to us from Wired Magazine. If you don't want to pay for the word processor, and Google Docs won't work for what you need, you have options:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-microsoft-word-for-free/

E.) Mechanical Engineering Students Design a Unique Electronic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired (6.4% of all clicks.)
Currently, most visually impaired individuals rely on external forces to help guide them safely, the most common include a site guide, dog or white cane. Lahmann and Taylor wanted to create a device for independence, something that is sorely lacking in the market. They also wanted it to be discreet and hands free:
https://www.rose-hulman.edu/news/2022/mechanical-engineering-students-design-a-unique-electronic-travel-aid-for-the-visually-impaired.html

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Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Fable, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next year. Enterprises use Fable Engage to connect to people with disabilities for user research and accessibility testing. Fable Upskill provides custom training for digital teams to gain the skills to build inclusive products. Learn more about why leading organizations use Fable today at:
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4) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for June 23rd 2022

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6) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll #864: Should Top Tech Tidbits continue to include the actual link text for each Tidbit? Or should we change the format to link just the title of the Tidbit?

We need your help in deciding the answer to a question that could impact the way in which future issues of Top Tech Tidbits are delivered. If you are a Top Tech Tidbits reader, please help us by casting a vote. Our question is this. Should Top Tech Tidbits continue to include the actual link text for each Tidbit? Or should we change the format to link just the title of the Tidbit? Changing the format to link just the title of the Tidbit would cut the character count for the entire newsletter nearly in half, which would not just make Tidbits more deliverable from a spam filter perspective, but would also give us a lot more room to grow different sections of the publication. That said, if doing this breaks the reading experience for even a handful of readers, I'm not sure we could justify going forward with it. Hence this Quick Poll. We need to understand how many readers, if any, still fall back on the native link text in order to read an article. This would mean that you do not click links within the newsletter, but instead manually copy and paste them into a web browser. Examples of both the current and new formats below. Same Tidbit. Two different structures. Both lead to https://www.toptechtidbits.com. Please share your thoughts with us using the Click-To-Vote Links below:

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7) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Use The Paste Recovery Table And Why You Might Want To

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/90.html

8) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Extracting Text From An Image Copied To The Clipboard

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/93.html

9) Reader Review: PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System By Maxi Aids, Color Detector, Humanware Video Magnifier and Seeing AI

Courtesy of Gwen Costello Becker, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/92.html

10) Putting Websites on the Home Screen on iPhone

Courtesy of the Technology User Group (TUG) at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD):
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/89.html

11) Can You See Me: A New Windows Application to Assist in Determining Your Position in Your Computer's Camera

This app provides a much-needed service which is sadly missing from the Windows operating system. It requires no installation and no administrator permissions to run. Just run the app and keep pressing the enter key to receive information regarding your position in the computer's camera. It's incredibly useful to know if you're visually centered in your camera for Zoom, Teams, Skype or other video calls. You can read more about the app and download it here:
https://canyouseeme.app/

12) NV Access In-Process for June 16th 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-16th-june-2022/

13) From the June 2022 Braille Monitor: TalkBack and VoiceOver: There is a Choice After All

June 29th 2022 will mark the 15-year anniversary of the launch of the iPhone, which ushered in the age of the smartphone. Just over a year later, on September 23, 2008, HTC released the Dream, running on the Android operating system. Perhaps of greater significance to this magazine's readership, VoiceOver launched in 2009, making smartphones accessible to blind people. Not long after, the Android operating system also began supporting some rudimentary features to assist those with blindness or low vision. From those early days, however, Apple's accessibility provided a truly superior experience, but at a significant financial cost. Back then, iPhone models typically cost significantly more than hardware that runs Android. And honestly, that cost difference has changed little over the intervening years. With the sheer magnitude of tasks that can be performed on a smartphone today — banking, scheduling, communication, ride hailing, navigation, not to mention social engagement on a myriad of social media platforms — the need for equal access for blind people to this technology is paramount:
https://nfb.org//images/nfb/publications/bm/bm22/bm2206/bm220611.htm

14) iOS 16 Will Let You Bypass Captchas On Some Apps And Websites

When iOS 16 comes out later this fall, you may notice that you don't have to deal with as many annoying CAPTCHAs asking you to slide a puzzle piece or distinguish between a hill and a mountain. That's because Apple's introducing a feature for its iPhones and Macs called Automatic Verification, which let some sites know that you're not a bot without you actually having to do anything:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/20/23175765/apple-ios-16-captcha-private-access-tokens

15) Tactile Engineering Reveals New Technology To Help The Blind

A Lafayette engineering firm has revealed technology that they claim will revolutionize the way blind people learn, work, and play. Tactile Engineering has developed a graphical computer tablet. The tablet includes 3,000 tiny parts that can change and act as interactive braille so users can experience animation. CEO David Schleppenbach said that the focus of this technology is overcome an important challenge; making it available and affordable to as many people as possible:
https://www.wlfi.com/news/tactile-engineering-reveals-new-technology-to-help-the-blind/article_58ebb9f6-edd4-11ec-b7a8-1388d420c617.html

16) So Long, Internet Explorer

As of June 15th 2022 Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser that legions of web surfers loved to hate — and a few still claim to adore. The 27-year-old application now joins BlackBerry phones, dial-up modems and Palm Pilots in the dustbin of tech history:
https://apnews.com/article/internet-explorer-shutting-down-e45abf1df9d34c135e41a01cf7d96c25

17) The Ghost of Internet Explorer Will Haunt the Web for Years | Wired

Microsoft's legacy browser may be dead — but its remnants are not going anywhere, and neither are its lingering risks:
https://www.wired.com/story/internet-explorer-dead-security-risks/

18) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2206.9 | June 2022

A new JAWS update has been released by Freedom Scientific. Notification history, iTunes support, and Math Editor are among the enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#latest

19) How The Notification History Coexists With Our JAWS-Based Products

Brian Hartgen explains how the new notification functionality will coexist with Leasey, Zoom, and Teams scripts:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/580

20) Enhancements in ZoomText 2022.2206.7 | June 2022

A new ZoomText update has been released as well. Additional UI languages, improved Acrobat DC support, and improved curser and focus enhancement support are among some of the changes:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#latest

21) Voice Dream Reader for Desktop

Continuing with software updates, there is also a new release for Voice Dream Reader for Desktop. The ability to export audio and text files are among the improvements:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader-for-desktop/id972112040?mt=12

22) Chameleon Version 2.0.0

And finally, there has also been an update to the Chameleon braille display. It now includes text-to-speech functionality:
https://www.aph.org/release-notes/

23) Getting Started with Android: Android and TalkBack for the Beginning User (Android S, 12) | Mystic Access via National Braille Press | $26 - $28.50

Note: The DAISY edition of this book will be ready later in April 2022, but you can place an order for it now. If you are curious about the Android operating system and its built-in screen reader, TalkBack, this book is a comprehensive overview for beginners and novices alike. Kim and Chris Nova get down to the basics to help you decide whether Android is a good fit for you. Coverage includes: Android basics; choosing a device; security and customization; setting up and configuring your phone; navigational gestures; essential Android functions and screens; important apps for staying connected and organized; editing and manipulating text; Bluetooth, external keyboards, and keyboard commands; and much more:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/ANDROID-2022.html?from_search=1

24) Laptop Ports Explained: Every Symbol And Connector Identified

This handy guide will help you understand all of the laptop ports, past and present:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/706969/laptop-ports-symbols-explained.html

25) Introducing the Wayband ®

WearWorks is a haptic platform company that builds products and experiences that communicate information through touch. The WAYBAND ® is a haptic navigation app and optional smart band that gently navigates a person to a destination using vibrations, without the need for visual or audio feedback. For more information, send an email to:
hello@wear.works

26) NLS Launches Braille-on-Demand Pilot Project

As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot project on Monday, June 20, 2022. This project allows active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library to begin the process of becoming a patron:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/nls-launches-braille-on-demand-pilot-project/

27) Use Alexa to Talk with a Doctor

If you have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show device, you can now summon medical care with a simple voice command. Echo users can say, "Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor" to be connected with the Teledoc call center, and then a Teledoc health provider will call back through the device. This fully remote service will be available 24/7 for non-emergency needs — like allergies or colds — and will initially be audio-only. For people with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost will vary depending on coverage.

28) Tiger Software Suite is Upgrading

If you own a PixBlaster embosser, you are probably already familiar with Tiger Software Suite (TSS) since your embosser came with a free license. If you're not familiar, know that TSS is a popular collection of apps for creating and editing both braille and tactile graphics. Now TSS is offering a paid upgrade from version 7 to 8 and bringing with it a whole lot of improvements! Please note the cost of the upgrade is not Federal Quota eligible and that the upgrade is entirely optional. If you choose not to update, you'll be able to continue using TSS 7 the same as you did before. Nothing will change about how you use your embosser; you just won't get the features listed below:
https://www.aph.org/attention-tiger-software-suite-is-upgrading/

29) Talking Online Crossword Puzzles

If you're a crossword puzzle fan, and frustrated by the lack of accessibility, you may want to check out https://bgspeaking.com/word-speaking-vocal-crossword. Also available in the Apple App Store and Google Play as "Word Speaking Vocal Crossword", these crosswords speak to you! In the app, you get two free puzzles to try. The letters are large, with a tactile option, too. For more details, visit the blog at:
https://tinyurl.com/mwavb7b2

30) The 13 Top New Features in Android 13 — and How to Install It

Here's what's coming in the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, which arrives later this year:
https://www.wired.com/story/android-13-features-and-how-to-download/

31) Accessible Medication Labels

WayTag Audio Labels can now be added to prescriptions, vitamins, and supplements filled through Accessible Pharmacy. Labels will include the medication name, directions, important dates, and more. All accessible packaging, accessible labeling and delivery are FREE. For more information, contact:
info@accessiblepharmacy.com

32) Microsoft 'Defender' Service to Protect Android, iOS, MacOS Devices

The company adds a new perk to Microsoft 365 subscriptions called Microsoft Defender, which offers cross-platform protection against malware and phishing threats:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-defender-service-to-protect-android-ios-macos-devices

33) How to Use Door Detection in iOS 16

People with difficulty seeing or judging distances can have issues with doors. They may not see them at all, or maybe can't tell how far away the door is. Such folks may struggle to determine whether the door swings open, where the door knob is, and so forth. That's where Door Detection, a new Accessibility feature in iOS 16, comes in. Where do you Find Door Detection in iOS 16? Apple has included Door Detection in its Magnifier app. You can access Magnifier in a couple of ways, including using a Spotlight search or adding it to Control Center. The most convenient way to access Magnifier is by adding it to Control Center via the Settings app:
https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/how-to-use-door-detection-in-ios-16/

34) Smart Harness Helps The Visually Impaired Navigate | YouTube | Reuters

Developed by a Swiss-based startup, this smart harness supports the visually impaired with navigation, using the technology of autonomous cars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmrBdT0Hh8k

35) Tennis For Blind People To Become A Reality Thanks To Amazing New Audio Technology

The UK's national tennis body has teamed up with the BBC and a tech firm to give blind and partially sighted fans the first chance to follow tennis in a completely new way — it's a massive step for inclusion:
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/tennis-blind-people-become-reality-27263727

36) Zapvision Vision Technology And QR Code Helps Visually Impaired Access Product Information

Zappar, an AIPIA member which specializes in Augmented Reality (AR) creation, has launched Zapvision technology, which aims to provide access to relevant product information to everyone as a basic right, regardless of their visual ability:
https://packagingeurope.com/news/zapvision-vision-technology-and-qr-code-helps-visually-impaired-access-product-information/8361.article

37) Windows 11: Microsoft Aims to Put Accessibility First

Computing should be for everyone, and Microsoft is leaning into this idea, as shown by a recently published blog post called, "Making Windows 11 The Most Inclusively Designed Version of Windows Yet." The post offers a defined set of principles for inclusive design:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-11-accessibility-features


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Robles v. Domino's Settles After Six Years of Litigation

One of the most famous accessibility lawsuits of all time finally settles before trial under terms that may never be known:
https://www.adatitleiii.com/2022/06/robles-v-dominos-settles-after-six-years-of-litigation/

2) How Art Helps These Disabled Creators Find Themselves

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is showing off artwork from some of the most talented artists with disabilities in the U.S as part of a national competition. The Grand prize is $20,000. The Hill has the story and lists the winners:
https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/accessibility/3525135-how-art-helps-these-disabled-creators-find-themselves/

3) Metaverse For All: Building An Accessible Future

Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are major social concerns — and the combination of the metaverse and the connectivity of 5G could make a notable difference:
https://www.verizon.com/about/news/how-the-metaverse-can-improve-accessibility-for-all

4) How Pantene Put The Visually Impaired Community At The Heart Of Its Content

"PrettyGreen", "What They Said" and "Pantene" won in the New Product or Service Launch Strategy of the Year category at The Drum Awards for Marketing 2022. Here, we find out more about what went into their successful campaign:
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2022/06/20/how-pantene-put-the-visually-impaired-community-the-heart-its-content

5) Report From The United States Department of Labor: Disability and the Digital Divide: Internet Subscriptions, Internet Use, and Employment Outcomes

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ODEP/pdf/disability-digital-divide-brief.pdf

6) Humans Can Learn Mind-Blowing 'Sixth Sense': Study

For the blind, better navigation might be just a click of the tongue away. A study from Durham University, published in the Public Library of Science Journal One, examined how individuals with vision loss can use echolocation — a type of sonar used by animals in nature, where they emit a sound that bounces off objects — to get around:
https://nypost.com/2022/06/20/humans-can-learn-mind-blowing-sixth-sense-study/

7) Theatre Performance For The Visually Impaired

"Camille: The Story" is a revolutionary, multi-sensorial theatrical experience, specially designed for people living with visual impairments. Director and Creator Audrey-Anne Bouchard joins Global's Laura Casella ahead of the English language premiere to tell us more about this unique performance:
https://globalnews.ca/video/8933103/theatre-performance-for-the-visually-impaired/

8) WCAG, But In Language I Can Understand

First posted January 28th 2022. Updated May 12th 2022:
https://www.tempertemper.net/blog/wcag-but-in-language-i-can-understand

9) Level Access and eSSENTIAL Accessibility Agree to Merge, Strengthening Market Presence as an All-Encompassing Digital Accessibility Solutions Provider

Combined company plans to expand leadership in accessibility, empowering businesses and organizations to provide equitable experiences for people with disabilities:
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/level-access-and-essential-accessibility-agree-to-merge-strengthening-market-presence-as-an-all-encompassing-digital-accessibility-solutions-provider-1031528777

10) MIT Is Making Datavis More Accessible For Visually Impaired Users

Researchers from MIT worked with visually impaired London academic Daniel Hajas on prototypes that enable people to access complex data using screen-reading tech:
https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/visually-impaired-data-visualisation-mit-research

11) The End of an Era | Pneuma Solutions

June 15, 2022, marked the end of support for Internet Explorer. It'll go on being supported on some legacy servers for another seven years, but for all intents and purposes, the browser that led us through the explosion of Web 2.0 will take its place in the technology archives. The sunset of Internet Explorer means that the end is also near for System Access to Go (or SAToGo), the first screen reader that could be launched directly from a web browser with no additional assistance. The web is a different place now than it was in 2007 when we launched SAToGo. Today's web browsers are much more focused on both security and keeping the user in control, as they should be, and it is no longer practical for a website to talk the user through the process of downloading and running a program like SAToGo:
https://pneumasolutions.com/the-end-of-an-era/

12) The Future of System Access | Pneuma Solutions

In the wake of our farewell to Internet Explorer, where we announced the coming end of System Access to Go (or SAToGo), there has been some unfortunate confusion about the future of System Access in general. So in this post, as chief technology officer of Pneuma Solutions, I want to personally set the record straight. This will be a long post, but I think it's important to be completely candid about where we're coming from and where we're going, so please bear with us:
https://pneumasolutions.com/the-future-of-system-access/

13) IN THE DARK Sees Audiences Blindfolded To Hear The Stories Of Its Blind Or Visually Impaired Performers

In the Dark brings to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or visually impaired. It's an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects are created live. They are stories of adversity, adventure and determination:
https://www.broadwayworld.com/ireland/article/IN-THE-DARK-Sees-Audiences-Blindfolded-To-Hear-The-Stories-Of-Its-Blind-Or-Visually-Impaired-Performers-20220620

14) A Year in Cleanfeed Accessibility

It's almost exactly one year ago that Marc (co-founder of Cleanfeed) and I were invited for a thoroughly enjoyable discussion as guests to the Blind Podcasters' Roundtable. We've made a steady stream of updates since then, so let's follow up where we were then, and now:
https://blog.cleanfeed.net/a-year-in-cleanfeed-accessibility/

15) Waymap's App Helps The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transit

London-based Waymap wants to help guide visually impaired people to navigate their surroundings, and it's starting with public transit. The company just concluded a closed two-week trial of its navigation app at three stops within Washington, D.C.'s Metro, and hopes to begin a public trial at 25 Metro stations and 1,000 bus stops by September, according to Waymap:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/06/16/waymaps-app-helps-the-visually-impaired-navigate-public-transit/

16) Business Leaders Who Prioritize Inclusion Will Benefit From An Untapped Workforce. I'm The Proof.

My name is Kyle Shaults, and I was born with congenital glaucoma on Aug. 19, 1991. I've had 71 eye surgeries to conserve my vision. And while I've faced obstacles in my journey since then, my story proves that great things can happen when people within a company accept people as they are and genuinely strive to be inclusive for all:
https://kansasreflector.com/2022/06/18/business-leaders-who-prioritize-inclusion-will-benefit-from-an-untapped-workforce-im-the-proof/

17) Art Show Recognizes Deafblind Awareness Week

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is celebrating national Deafblind Awareness Week from June 26 to July 2 by hosting the inaugural HHSC Deafblind Awareness Week Art Show: Empowerment through Art. The in-person art show opening will be held on Friday, June 24, at the HHSC North Austin Complex:
https://www.hhs.texas.gov/news/2022/06/art-show-recognizes-deafblind-awareness-week


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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) Audible Vision Baseline Survey

This baseline survey aims to understand how assistive technology users conduct certain activities:
https://bit.ly/Audiblevision

3) Audible Vision App Survey

This survey aims to understand how assistive technology users use the Audible Vision app:
https://bit.ly/AudibleVisionForm2


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Mosen At Large Episode 184: More About Eloquence In iOS 16, Braille Should Always Be Spelled With A Capital B, And JAWS Lets You Take Control Of Windows Notifications

June 18th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/cfd82fc4/more-about-eloquence-in-ios-16-braille-should-always-be-spelled-with-a-capital-b-and-jaws-lets-you-take-control-of-windows-notifications

2) The DM Series Episode 97 | According to the Juices

June 18th 2022 | Starting out with a discussion about note taking and how both of us are handling capturing thoughts. Michael admits that drafts no longer live on his doc. Damashe shares a little about why he doesn't want to use notes. Damashe helps us learn a little more about DEVONthink and how he's using it. And Michael shares his ideal note taking wishes. Michael acquired a new piece of hardware for his audio setup, and we ask if you know the perfect solution to solve our problems. Damashe shares with us his consideration of Google workspace abandonment and this turns into a conversation about why we explore automation as much as we are. Damashe shares his predictions for the iPhone 14 line. And we discussed what Apple could do next. We close this episode out with a brief discussion of Apple's passkeys and a little something we forgot to put in the show:
https://yourownpay.com/dm97

3) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 861: When the iPhone Itch Comes Calling: Upgrade or Not? Plus, Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimizing Battery Charging

June 21st 2022 | Do you get that feeling of urgency to upgrade to a new iPhone every time a new one comes along? I have and I am finally coming to terms with waiting and making the best out of what I already have, own and utilize perfectly well. I have upgraded on the Apple Upgrade Plan, did the 2 year upgrade cycle, and today I am going to keep my iPhone 12 Pro Max another year and I will tell you why and how I am going to keep my iPhone in peak performance for the next year. I will also demo the Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimize Battery Charging. Hope you enjoy:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7441

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2225: The Candy in My Pocket

June 22nd 2022 | Over the years John Robert Wiltgen developed many complications from childhood diabetes including blindness, amputation of a limb, and kidney failure. Despite these setbacks, he soldiered on to become a world-renowned interior designer. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John about his experiences and his newly released memoir "The Candy In My Pocket:"
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202225.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) National Deaf Center New Data Report: Supporting Deaf College Students: Perspectives from Disability Services Professionals

June 23rd 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | In this session, Dr. Jeffery Palmer will lead an overview of NDC's latest data report which focuses on the perspectives of disability services professionals serving deaf college students. This report summarizes findings from a national survey between 2018-2020 of disability services professionals about services that were provided to deaf college students on their campus. Findings illustrate the various approaches to campus policies and practices and reveal that disability services professionals and deaf students often have different perspectives about the experience of being a deaf student on a college campus. Join us to learn more about key takeaways and ask questions from the co-authors, Tia Ivanko MA, NIC, ADAC and Lauren Kinast, EdD. There will be a short 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session about the report. Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided. Additional access requests can be emailed to help@nationaldeafcenter.org ✉ at least 3 business days prior to the event. Register here:
https://bit.ly/3Mw04mo

2) Learn About Web Accessibility | Where It's AT — Assistive Technology Blog

June 24th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Don't miss our next IT Accessibility session: Basic Web Accessibility — Guidelines, Techniques & Testing! Join our very own Andrew Drummond as he partners with the NFB to introduce you to the laws and guidelines that define accessibility as well as the methods you can use to test your website. This session will also include a demonstration of how a screen reader interprets a website:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eBBkbCvwQAOoMx17r6Ljgg?fbclid=IwAR0gXIE1vH4NoYCCysJ83tXRfElrc5z30Lv52w6ha5imWeoEisOjf8bl0Rg

3) SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar | Dolphin Computer Access

June 28th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Help! What to do when you're not sure what to do-all of the SuperNova help and resources available at your fingertips. Participate live every Tuesday 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

4) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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

5) Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech | TPGi

July 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Le McNamara, Accessibility Engineer. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Le McNamara as they talk about, "Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech." Hiring neurodivergent technologists can benefit your IT teams! Twenty technologists who identify as neurodiverse came forward, during a hackathon event, to share and record their experiences with the hiring process in tech. This talk will cover the common threads of those disclosures, the value of neurodivergent team members, and the experiences positive and negative that neurodivergent applicants face in looking for work within the tech sector and for technology roles in other industries. We'll be sharing what in the interview processes triggered negative outcomes and what behaviors and processes facilitated positive outcomes. We'll be making suggestions for changes hiring professionals can make as well as accommodations that can be asked for and should be expected. We'll also be talking about how to reach out to neurodiverse talent directly, to get back those that have given up, by working directly with services and communities:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-13-at-12pm-et-hiring-for-cognitive-diversity-in-tech/

6) How to Quickly Test Your Website for JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility | TPGi

July 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mike DeSorda, Customer Success Manager, and Al Puzzuoli, Customer Support. Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester quickly making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use JAWS Inspect alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy screen reader compatibility testing:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-quickly-test-your-website-for-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility/

7) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

8) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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

9) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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

10) 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

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

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One New Braille Embosser Index Basic D Version 4 USB Retail Box

Listing Date: 6/23/2022 | Price: $1,200.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Hello, we have a practically new Index Basic D version 4 double sided Braille embosser with USB and many of the modern embosser features still in the retail box we can sell. It has never had any problems at all, it just has not been used . Asking $1200 OBO | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

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➜ Join the Dolphin Friends Program

Dolphin Friends supports, recognizes, and rewards the great work that charities and sight loss societies do to support the people in their community who are visually impaired. Members receive free Dolphin software, staff training on GuideConnect and SuperNova, computing accessories and a useful resource pack to help you advise your service users on Dolphin assistive technology. Join Dolphin Friends:
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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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Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

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


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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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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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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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.


➜ 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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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.


➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
https://bit.ly/3HueRfI

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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

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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: We're Exhibiting at both ACB and NFB Conventions

Barry, Kae, and Debra welcome you to our world of everything leather, dog, and gadget; and our "New" Evo 12 stereo Daisy player with 6 voices, $289; Hermione bottomless leather bag, $65; Titanium telescopic locking canes, $50; Next generation bone conduction headphones, $110; Talking medical bundle, $120; Soft absorbent doggie bathrobes, $30 - $35; Protective doggie winter jackets/raincoats, $30 - $40; Self-cleaning grooming brushes, $15 - $26, and much more! Come find us! For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
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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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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) New Accessibility Features Available With iOS 16 | Apple (7.7% of all clicks.)
iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share:
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-16-preview/features/

B.) Eloquence Finally In iOS (5.2% of all clicks.)
In more iOS 16 news, the popular speech synthesizer, Eloquence, appears to be available to Voiceover. There are apparently a lot of other voices too. There are multiple sources that mention this so here is the AppleVis entry:
https://applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/eloquence-finally-ios

C.) 4 PDF Accessibility Hacks (5.0% of all clicks.)
We've all seen them — Higher ed websites filled with PDFs. Maybe it's the flyer promoting the Chess Club's next meet, the Parents Weekend schedule, or even the new student application instructions — all PDFs, and all with limited or no accessibility:
https://www.stamats.com/insights/pdf-accessibility-hacks/

D.) Save Your Money: The 10 Best Places to Download Free eBooks and Audiobooks (4.8% of all clicks.)
From Project Gutenberg to LibriVox, here's how to find free eBooks and audiobooks online:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/download-free-ebooks-audiobooks-online

E.) Tips For Using a Screen Reader to Present with Microsoft PowerPoint (4.6% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Robert Lee Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/83.html

2) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Creating Headings in Microsoft Word

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/86.html

3) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Removing the SuperNova Control Panel From The Switch To (ALT + TAB) List

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/85.html

4) Taking Notes Using The Voice Memo App for iPhone

Courtesy of the Technology User Group (TUG) at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD):
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/88.html

5) Ask Alexa

A.) For a dash of fun, ask Alexa for a spicy joke.
Just say, "Alexa, tell me a spicy joke."

B.) Now you can anticipate potential rain or snow occurring later in the day.
Just say, "Alexa, turn on rain and snow alerts."

C.) Did you know Alexa can set a music timer? Just ask for music — or nature sounds — for a set period of time, and she'll stop when the time is up.
Just say, "Alexa, play nature sounds for 30 minutes."

D.) Ask Alexa to play podcasts from your choice of provider, including Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Pandora, and Audible:
Just say, "Alexa, play a meditation podcast."

E.) Did you know Alexa is Multilingual? Alexa will respond to your question in the language you spoke:
Just say, "Alexa, speak Spanish."

6) Free Comprehensive Pro Tools Guide for Screen Reader Users Now Available Online

The "Pro Tools Guide for Screen Reader Users" is a free online resource made possible through the Berklee College of Music and features a comprehensive series of tutorials aimed specifically at blind users of Avid's Pro Tools digital audio workstation software. It includes 250 audio demonstrations (totaling 20 hours) with detailed examples to accompany each topic. All of the Pro Tools session files used throughout this series are available to download for reference and practice. As the process of refining Pro Tools accessibility is ongoing, this online guide will continue to be updated regularly to reflect the most recent improvements to the Pro Tools user interface from the perspective of a screen reader user. Whether you're new to Pro Tools or already use it and want to expand your knowledge, start your journey by visiting:
https://ptaccess.github.io

7) From The Apple Developer Network: How To Add Accessibility to Your Unity Games

Learn how you can make your Unity games accessible on Apple platforms using our open source Accessibility plug-in. Follow along as we add support for assistive technologies like VoiceOver and Switch Control to a sample Unity game project. We'll show you how you can automatically scale text with Dynamic Type, support interface accommodations like reduced transparency or increased contrast, and more:
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2022/10151/

8) Best Games For Accessibility On PS5 2022

These games have been curated by Android Central. Seems like a good place to get started if looking for accessible games on Sony's platform:
https://www.androidcentral.com/gaming/playstation/best-games-for-accessibility-on-ps5

9) 7 Resources for People With Disabilities to Break Into Software Engineering Careers

This article covers some resources and tips that can help those with disabilities break into a software engineering career. Most of which Top Tech Tidbits has mentioned previously:
https://www.containiq.com/post/resource-disabilities-software-engineering

10) Firefox Rolls Out Total Cookie Protection By Default To All Users Worldwide

Long known as a very accessible web browser, particularly on Windows, Firefox now offers cookie protection. The Technology works by storing cookies separate to each site. You can find out more by visiting their blog:
https://blog.mozilla.org/en/products/firefox/firefox-rolls-out-total-cookie-protection-by-default-to-all-users-worldwide/

11) How to Get a List of Directions in Apple Maps

Cool Blind Tech has given us step-by-step directions to get the list of instructions that will be used in the Apple Maps directions:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-a-list-of-directions-in-apple-maps/

12) How Can You Make Your Twitch Stream More Accessible?

NERDBOT offers some tips to make streaming on Twitch more accessible:
https://nerdbot.com/2022/06/12/how-can-you-make-your-twitch-stream-more-accessible/

13) Amazon Adds New Adult Disability Fiction Category To Its Online Bookstore

This will make it easier to find books with a disability theme on Amazon:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2022/05/10/amazon-adds-new-adult-disability-fiction-category-to-its-online-bookstore/?sh=2b58b1552702

14) When DRM Comes For Your Wheelchair

This article by Cory Doctorow describes some of the issues about the right to repair as it relates to wheelchairs:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/when-drm-comes-your-wheelchair

15) Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Leads To Free Open Source Solution For Remote Access | NVDA Remote 2.5 Now Available: Providing Remote PC Access, Compatible With NVDA 2022.1

NVDA Remote allows NVDA users to remotely access another Windows computer, similar to the functionality of JAWS Tandem. This free addon is compatible with NVDA 2022.1. Connect to any Windows computer running NVDA, right now, for free:
https://nvdaremote.com/

16) From Humanware: The HW Buddy App is Finally Available and Updated

Our HW Buddy app is now back up and updated on the Android and Apple stores. You will need to re-create your account on installation to get everything up and running:
https://milled.com/humanware-uk/the-hw-buddy-app-is-finally-available-and-updated-LAwJnu1YTWIfYN5G

17) NVDA Screenshots Addon Helps in Taking Screenshots of The Entire Screen or Specific Portions of The Screen

This add-on provides a wizard to take screenshots of the entire screen or specific areas such as objects, windows, etc. It is activated by the print screen key which on standard keyboards is usually the first of the group of three to the right of F12. If you prefer to use another, it can be configured in the NVDA preferences, input gestures:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/screenshots.en.html

18) Enjoying Summer Events When Blind or Low Vision and Using a White Cane | APH VisionAware

Summer is a time of year filled with outdoor gatherings. Generally, they involve food, drinks, lots of sitting and chatting, and perhaps even some games on the lawn. Typically, the meal is potluck style where everyone brings their favorite dish to share, and drinks are served in those ever-present bright red plastic cups. It's common for clusters of folding camp chairs to be scattered around the lawn in groups of three or four. There might also be an area set aside for games like frisbee or football. These events are great fun! But how can you enjoy yourself if you are blind or low vision and use a long white cane:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/enjoying-summer-events-when-blind-or-low-vision-and-using-a-white-cane/

19) #CSUNATC22 Audio: What's New In Duxbury 12.6 For Mac And Windows

Neal Kuniansky, Director of marketing and Sales for Duxbury Systems, is no stranger to the BBQ Exhibit Hall microphones. Moreover, he might be slightly infamous for his aid in a past April's Fool podcast. But this interview is about Duxbury's future and J.J. gets the low down on the new features in 12.6 for Windows and Mac OS. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to get some insights on EBRF and multi-line braille display support as well. To learn more about 12.6, which has been released since the time we recorded this, or to purchase an upgrade to an existing product, visit the Duxbury Systems website:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22490

20) Star Trek Fans Rejoice | Courtesy of the Technology User Group (TUG) at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

Whether you are a fan of the original Star Trek series or branch out into the other spin offs, you can catch Star Trek audio described on Bananavision Star Trek, which is available on your Victor Reader Stream, Internet Radio option. Use the search term bananavision to find not only Star Trek but other exciting streams as well:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/87.html

21) How to Use Microsoft Word for Free

No hacks or questionable software purchases here. This comes to us from Wired Magazine. If you don't want to pay for the word processor, and Google Docs won't work for what you need, you have options:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-microsoft-word-for-free/

22) From The National Braille Press: Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 15 | $26.00 - $28.50

By Anna Dresner. Avaialble in Braille, DAISY, eBraille or Word. This new edition of our soup-to-nuts tutorial for beginners contains everything you need to know to get started using the iPhone and the iOS 15 operating system. If you like step-by-step tutorials, you'll appreciate the detailed way in which you're guided through setting up your phone, placing calls, configuring VoiceOver, entering text and working with apps, using a Bluetooth keyboard and braille display, and more. If you prefer to look up the commands you need, you'll love the first appendix, which lists the most handy gestures and buttons in an organized manner so you can find the one you want. Other appendices include troubleshooting tips and a list of resources to help you learn more. Most of the book is relevant for iPod touch users, and since the layout of iPhone Plus screens resembles that of iPad screens, iPad users should find this edition useful as well:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS15.html

23) Vispero and Aira: The Right Stuff | How Both Products Work Together For Better Accessibility | How To Access The Vispero Offer With Aira

Anyone striving to be an astronaut is said to have "the right stuff". It's a combination of personal skill and knowing how to use what's out there to get things done. The same can be said for achieving accessibility. Two powerful additions to your accessibility tool kit are products from Vispero and professional visual interpreting from Aira:
https://aira.io/vispero-and-aira/

24) K-9 Mail App Will Become Thunderbird's Android Email Client

The developers of the open source Thunderbird email client have confirmed that the open source Android email app K-9 Mail will become Thunderbird for Android:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/06/13/k-9-mail-app-will-become-thunderbirds-android-email-client/

25) How to Dictate Text in Microsoft Office

There are a few different ways to dictate text in Microsoft Office depending on the software version you use. Here's how to do it in Word, PowerPoint, and more:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/dictate-text-in-microsoft-office

26) How To Create A Microsoft Teams Meeting From The Outlook Calendar

You can create a Teams Meeting directly from the Outlook calendar:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie/creating-a-microsoft-teams-meeting-from-outlook/

27) From Justin Macleod's Audio Presentations and Tutorials

Most of the tutorials on this site are for the Reaper program. All are in MP3 format:
https://nextcloud.danielwproductions.com/index.php/s/BwcC2mdPPtNjfiz

28) New Updates for Notepad and Media Player for Windows Insiders Include Accessibility Improvements

Improved support for screen readers, text scaling, access keys, and other assistive technologies are available starting in version 11.2204 and higher in all channels, with additional improvements in version 11.2205 and higher available in the Dev channel:
https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2022/06/09/new-updates-for-notepad-and-media-player-for-windows-insiders/

29) Twitter Helps The Visually Impaired By Releasing New Option To Translate Charts Into Audio Elements

To put it simply, visually impaired users will now be able to hear charts after they're translated into various pitched sounds. This will also be accompanied by a written chart description:
https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2022/06/twitter-helps-visually-impaired-by.html

30) Mechanical Engineering Students Design a Unique Electronic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired

Currently, most visually impaired individuals rely on external forces to help guide them safely, the most common include a site guide, dog or white cane. Lahmann and Taylor wanted to create a device for independence, something that is sorely lacking in the market. They also wanted it to be discreet and hands free:
https://www.rose-hulman.edu/news/2022/mechanical-engineering-students-design-a-unique-electronic-travel-aid-for-the-visually-impaired.html

31) Get an Organization System in Place with Labelers for the Blind and Visually Impaired

MaxiAids provides you with products that make everyday life easier when blind or living with visual impairment. Getting a system in place to get more organized is difficult without the proper products, but they make it possible with their inventory of Reizen Labelers:
https://www.maxiaids.com/get-an-organization-system-in-place-with-labelers-for-blind-and-visually-impaired


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Judge Rules Against Alaska in Ballot Access Case

A state court judge has ruled that Alaska elections officials cannot certify the results of the by-mail special primary for U.S. House until visually impaired voters are given a "full and fair opportunity" to participate in the election:
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2022-06-10/judge-to-hear-arguments-in-alaska-ballot-access-case

2) McDonald's And Righthear Expand Their Partnership To Make Fast Food More Accessible

RightHear is installing tiny sensors in all of McDonald's Israel restaurants which use Bluetooth technology to connect offer helpful information for visually impaired restaurant-goers:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90757316/mcdonalds-and-righthear-visually-impaired-people

3) Nashville Council Buys $20.3M Former Tennessee School For The Blind, Ultimate Use Remains Undecided

Nashville taxpayers now own the former Tennessee School for the Blind:
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson/2022/06/08/metro-buys-20-3-m-former-tennessee-school-blind/7459920001/

4) CBS To Offer Audio Description For The Blind of "The 75th Annual Tony Awards"

It is the first time an audio description will be provided for the live broadcast of the Tony Awards:
https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/cbs-to-offer-audio-description-for-the-blind-of-the-75th-annual-tony-awards

5) Suit Challenges Alabama's Denial Of Accessible Absentee Voting Ballots To The Blind And People With Print Disabilities

The SPLC and its co-counsel, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) and Brown Goldstein & Levy, have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Alabama for denying voters who are blind or have print disabilities access to the state's absentee ballot program in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act (RA):
https://www.splcenter.org/news/2022/06/08/alabama-suit-defends-absentee-voting-for-blind


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) DM96 — It's Not A Pod

June 7th 2022 | This episode starts out talking about the new Mic Damashe ended up with. Remember that the podcast was recorded Friday June 3rd. Should we have talked about this? Michael is playing with the Pixel, and Damashe shares his thoughts about Core OS! Why we think people need to use your words, and how Damashe ended up installing his own RSS Service to sink his feeds:
https://yourownpay.com/dm96-its-not-a-pod/

2) Apps, Gadgets, and Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

June 10th 2022 | Scottish radio broadcaster and podcaster Steven Scott loves finding and talking about tech stuff. He's especially fond of apps and gadgets that make life easier for him and others with vision loss:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/apps-gadgets-and-vision-loss

3) Mosen At Large Episode 183: Apple Surprises And Delights The Blind Community With Eloquence, Humanware Talks Braille HID, And To Capital B Or Not To Capital B?

June 11th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/afac06b3/braille-hid-expectations-and-complexity-a-demo-of-sonos-voice-control-and-a-joyous-personal-announcement

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 79: Android 13 Beta 3 and a Book on Android from Mystic Access

June 12th 2022 | It's another double bill this week. Chris and Kim Nova from Mystic Access talk to us about their new book, "Getting Started with Android: Android and Talkback for the Beginning User", available from National Braille Press. We then talk about what's new in Android 13. Next we have highlights from the Talkback series in which we talk about some of the new features. This week, one of our listeners brings us her Android journey telling us how she got started with Android:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpi3iSU1GC_jpmG0Sv7ZJ-4

5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 860: Tech Abilities: Pump It Up! iOS16 Beta Surprises or I Thought We Had That? Amazoning, Intersection Crossing, Pop Culture, Tech Tidbits and News with a Blindness Perspective

June 13th 2022 | Serina, Callie and Jeff kind of sorta in a way talk about that WWDC event from Apple, but same as it ever was, same as it ever was, these Talking Heads jump the tracks and yes, they do find there way back through the weeds and negotiating intersections from mobility, movie going, Amazoning and many perspectives on interpreting the newly announced upcoming iOS 16 for the iPhone and the Mac OS Ventura. A bit on the Watch OS but for times sake, we actually fartleked through this episode. Yes, Fartlek is like interval training, so we did some of this and then some of that and back to this and that. Nice:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7439

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2224: Offerings from Independence Science

June 15th 2022 | Accessible measurement tools are essential if visually impaired students and professionals are to be full participants in STEM related activities either independently or with their sighted peers. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Michael Hingson and Ashley Neybert, from Independence Science, about the tools and services they offer to meet these needs:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202224.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS | Vispero

June 16th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to revise Google documents with JAWS? Want to know how to navigate comments and track changes? Join us Thursday, June 16, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of Google Docs Suggesting Mode, and show you how to: Navigate comments left by other collaborators. Turn on Suggesting Mode. Navigate, accept, and reject suggested changes from other collaborators. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qEa1IT2ETayPg4Sh7ktk_A

2) What's New in the BrailleSense 6 and BrailleSense 6 Mini | HIMS

June 17th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Topic: BrailleSense Firmware v1.7 Webinar. One tap mobile: US: +12532158782,,89214689544# or +13462487799,,89214689544# | Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923. Webinar ID: 892 1468 9544. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89214689544

3) See The LiveScribe Echo 2 In Action With SmartpenCentral | The Network of Assistive Technologists

June 17, 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Join The Network of Assistive Technologists as we welcome SmartpenCentral and the LiveScribe Echo 2. Don't miss this opportunity to review the product and discover how it can be used by Assistive Techs to improve the independence, confidence and test-scores of the students in your care. Learn: WHAT is a Livescribe smartpen. WHY it provides value to the student, the school and to parents. HOW to build a successful support program that includes Livescribe smartpens:
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/

4) 2022 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding its second annual virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents, producers and anyone else with a passion for braille literacy! The schedule of events is as follows: 1:00pm EST: Revitalising Braille through a Grass Roots Community (Matthew Horspool and Dave Williams, Braillists Foundation) 2:00pm EST: Hadley's Braille for Everyday Use (Douglas Walker and Dr. Kim Walker, Hadley) 3:00pm EST: What is the science of reading, and what does it teach us about braille contractions? (Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University) 4:00pm EST: Walking Through Paths to Literacy For All Things Braille (Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired). Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period, and then a 15 minute intermission. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqgqTgoHNE6DUAxovR0glJTq4v53gFQ

5) Easy Portable Reading — The OmniReader | Access Ingenuity

June 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The omniReader is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads text aloud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want - at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain the critical assistive role this machine plays to the visually impaired. 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 walkthrough of the omniReader. Explanation of the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. | Meeting ID: 832 7410 0965 | Passcode: 575948 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83274100965#,,,,*575948# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83274100965?pwd=VE5BekE2RUVZaldBVkZFTXQ0Z3pRUT09

6) Free SuperNova 10-Minute Training | Dolphin Computer Access

June 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Miranda McPherson, professor, AT Trainer, and SuperNova user as she delivers a series of practical 10-20 minute training webinars that will help trainers, assessors, and users build proficiency using SuperNova with common applications and on the web. Participate live every Tuesday 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

7) How to Create Accessible Videos | Access Ingenuity

June 22nd 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 891 2139 8335 | Passcode: 616098 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89121398335#,,,,*616098# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121398335?pwd=bENxNldHa2RqaDFZdmVCakhESDQrUT09

8) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/

9) National Deaf Center New Data Report: Supporting Deaf College Students: Perspectives from Disability Services Professionals

June 23rd 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | In this session, Dr. Jeffery Palmer will lead an overview of NDC's latest data report which focuses on the perspectives of disability services professionals serving deaf college students. This report summarizes findings from a national survey between 2018-2020 of disability services professionals about services that were provided to deaf college students on their campus. Findings illustrate the various approaches to campus policies and practices and reveal that disability services professionals and deaf students often have different perspectives about the experience of being a deaf student on a college campus. Join us to learn more about key takeaways and ask questions from the co-authors, Tia Ivanko MA, NIC, ADAC and Lauren Kinast, EdD. There will be a short 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session about the report. Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided. Additional access requests can be emailed to help@nationaldeafcenter.org ✉ at least 3 business days prior to the event. Register here:
https://bit.ly/3Mw04mo

10) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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

13) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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

14) 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

15) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One New Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 in Retail Box

Listing Date: 5/26/2022 | Price: $2,875.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: I have a new Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 with all its accessories still in its retail box I can sell for about half price of retail. So asking about $2,875 USD or best offer. Of course, since it is new, everything is perfect. :) Text me. | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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

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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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➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
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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: We're Exhibiting at both ACB and NFB Conventions

Barry, Kae, and Debra welcome you to our world of everything leather, dog, and gadget; and our "New" Evo 12 stereo Daisy player with 6 voices, $289; Hermione bottomless leather bag, $65; Titanium telescopic locking canes, $50; Next generation bone conduction headphones, $110; Talking medical bundle, $120; Soft absorbent doggie bathrobes, $30 - $35; Protective doggie winter jackets/raincoats, $30 - $40; Self-cleaning grooming brushes, $15 - $26, and much more! Come find us! For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, 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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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 9, 2022 - Volume 862

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

A.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Identifying Single-line Ribbon Versus Multi-line Ribbon (7.7% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/80.html

B.) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide (5.2% of all clicks.)
Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them::
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

C.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (4.5% of all clicks.)
Everyone does it. We're all human, after all. But, if you avoid these mistakes, your smartphone is guaranteed to last longer:
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-mistakes-damaging-smartphone/

D.) IIT Kanpur Develops Haptic Smartwatch For The Blind And The Visually Impaired (4.5% of all clicks.)
IIT Kanpur researchers have developed a touch-sensitive or haptic smartwatch for the blind and the visually impaired that offers various features to help in day-to-day life:
https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/iit-kanpur-develops-haptic-smart-watch-for-the-blind-and-the-visually-impaired-1955424-2022-05-28

E.) June 2022 Freedom Scientific Training Events (4.5% of all clicks.)
The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills. We're excited to announce our jam-packed June training schedule, where you're sure to find something that will help you at work or play:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-june-2022-training-events/

2) Top Tech Tidbits Seeking Click-To-Vote Quick Poll Questions From Readers

Do you have a multiple choice question related to assistive technology that you would like to get reader feedback on? If you do, send it along, and we will publish it as we have space available:
publisher@toptechtidbits.com

3) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 861 Results | 294 Votes

As a blind or vision impaired user of assistive technology which of the following statements best convey your feelings about upgrading to Windows 11?

C.) I have no plans to upgrade to Windows 11. (70 Votes / 24% of all clicks.)

D.) I'm still not sure. Researching. (67 Votes / 23% of all clicks.)

B.) I have already upgraded to Windows 11. (66 Votes / 22% of all clicks.)

A.) I do not use Windows, so this does not apply to me. (48 Votes / 16% of all clicks.)

E.) I bought a new PC and it already had Windows 11 installed. (43 Votes / 15% of all clicks.)

4) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Opening A Link From A Chat

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/81.html

5) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Easily Toggle Between the Dolphin Cursor and Forms Mode to Complete a Form

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/82.html

6) Tips For Using a Screen Reader to Present with Microsoft PowerPoint

Courtesy of Robert Lee Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/83.html

7) The New Frontier of Prosthetics? Tech for Independent Living | Wired

For many, "prosthetics" means wheelchairs and hearing aids. Adults with cognitive disabilities are pioneering a new paradigm for assistive technology:
https://www.wired.com/story/prosthetics-disability-future-of-work/

8) AccessWorld May 2022

Topics include: Editor's Page: Push and Pull in Accessibility | Employment Matters: What Assistive Technologies are Used in the Workplace? Initial research findings by NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University | Product Reviews and Guides: Voxmate: A Swiss Army Knife of Easy-to-use Apps for Your Android Phone | A Review of Two Sheet Music Apps: SM Music Reader and Sheet Music Scanner:
https://www.afb.org/aw/23/5

9) Mosen at Large WWDC 2022 Keynote Recap

Jonathan Mosen has published a WWDC 2022 Keynote recap:
Transcript: https://mosen.org/malp0182transcript/
Podcast Audio: https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/86738057/a-recap-of-wwdc-from-a-blindness-perspective-

10) Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2022: New MacBooks, iOS 16, and More | Wired

The company's annual developer conference kicked off on Monday, with a keynote address stuffed with new product news:
https://www.wired.com/story/wwdc-2022-everything-apple-announced/

11) New Accessibility Features Available With iOS 16 | Apple

iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share:
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-16-preview/features/

12) New Accessibility Features Available with MacOS Ventura | Apple

macOS Ventura makes the things you do most on Mac even better, with powerful new ways to get more done:
https://www.apple.com/macos/macos-ventura-preview/features/

13) Eloquence Finally In iOS

In more iOS 16 news, the popular speech synthesizer, Eloquence, appears to be available to Voiceover. There are apparently a lot of other voices too. There are multiple sources that mention this so here is the AppleVis entry:
https://applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/eloquence-finally-ios

14) Here's How iOS 16 And macOS 13 Enable Password-less Sign-In With 'Passkeys'

Apple is adopting the FIDO standard for authentication to apps on its iOS and Mac OS platforms released later this year. This will make it easier and more secure to log in to apps and services:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/06/07/passkeys-passwordless-sign-in-ios-16/

15) New Feature in Voice Dream Reader for iOS: Support For Audio Books From Bookshare

The latest update to Voice Dream Reader on iOS offers support for the audio books from Bookshare which have recently been made available. These books can now be downloaded and played from within the app. It is unclear how many of these audio books are being made available for Bookshare members outside of the United States:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader/id496177674

16) iOS and iPadOS 16: The MacStories Overview

At its keynote Apple unveiled the next major versions of iOS and iPadOS: iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Both OSes will be released for free this fall, with developer betas now available and a public beta to follow next month:
https://www.macstories.net/stories/ios-and-ipados-16-the-macstories-overview/

17) Recording of Humanware Webinar From May 23rd 2022: Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 Version 2.0.0 Update | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4TWye8ge3U&t=125s

18) Making Data Visualization More Accessible For Blind And Low-Vision Individuals | MIT

Researchers have created prototypes that enable screen-reader users to quickly and easily navigate through multiple levels of information in an online chart:
https://news.mit.edu/2022/data-visualization-accessible-blind-0602

19) Discover Accessible Places

This is a crowd-sourced app for locating and documenting accessible places in your community. It is available on iOS and Android:
https://accessnow.com/

20) Leasey Gets a New Summer Update - Celebrate with a Virtual Event

Earlier this year, we introduced to you version 7 of our popular Leasey product. While Leasey is ideal for the complete computer beginner, by far the vast majority of people who work with Leasey would be intermediate to advanced JAWS users, since there are so many useful tools to enhance productivity and to make computing easier. In version 7, we brought to you a small handful of new improvements. We did not think that was nearly enough. So our Summer Update includes 16 very significant new features we would like to celebrate, and we'd like to show them to you at a virtual event using the Zoom Conferencing platform. This event will take place on Wednesday 29 June at 7 PM UK time which is 2 PM US Eastern. We've never dedicated a virtual event to Leasey before, and this is exactly the right time to do so. At the event, you will hear a demonstration of the new features and have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding them. There may well be questions you have as there is a lot to learn about:
https://hartgenconsultancy.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItc-qrqTgiHtSK_A--s89V-_uZ4rlIJuoC

21) Google Takes On User Feedback To Make Android Easier For Braille Readers To Use

The multinational technology firm is building out-of-the-box support for users of braille displays so that they can navigate Android devices more easily, thanks to helpful user feedback. Available in Google's next Android 13 Beta, which is due to be released very soon, the firm is building support for braille displays in TalkBack — Google's screen reader within Android:
https://attoday.co.uk/google-takes-on-user-feedback-to-make-android-easier-for-braille-readers-to-use/

22) Save Your Money: The 10 Best Places to Download Free eBooks and Audiobooks

From Project Gutenberg to LibriVox, here's how to find free eBooks and audiobooks online:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/download-free-ebooks-audiobooks-online

23) Twitter Launches Audio Translations for Charts for Visually Impaired Users

Twitter continues to expand its accessibility tools, this time via the addition of a new option to translate charts into audio elements for visually impaired users:
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-launches-audio-translations-for-charts-for-visually-impaired-users/625086/

24) Theia Handheld Guidance Device Ready For The Visually Impaired

The 2022 Design Intelligence Awards season is here. This means we'll hear about new, interesting, and intelligent designs that we know someday will prove very useful. The DIA Award is a program where creatives and designers are free to submit their work and hopefully get funding. As China's premier awards program, it aims to discover good design ideas and develop them. It's all about entrepreneurship and innovation as plans can turn into actual, working products that will grace the consumer market:
https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/05/26/theia-handheld-guidance-device-ready-for-the-visually-impaired/

25) The Origins of Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+Z Explained

We use them dozens of times a day: The Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts that trigger Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste. But where did they come from, and why does Windows use those particular keys for those functions? We'll explain:
https://www.howtogeek.com/804030/the-origins-of-ctrlc-ctrlv-ctrlx-and-ctrlz-explained/

26) The Ultimate Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Get more out of Spotify with this cheat sheet of essential Spotify keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spotify-mac-and-windows-keyboard-shortcuts/

27) Google Updates Android Messaging, Accessibility Features and More

Google unveiled an update for Android users on June 2nd 2022 filled with new messaging and accessibility features:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/google-updates-android-messaging-accessibility-features-and-more/#ftag=CADf328eec

28) Dot Inc With Service Plan Reveal Dot Pad, A Smart Tactile Graphics Display For The Visually Impaired

Dot Inc. Korea continues to create innovative tech to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired communities worldwide with the Dot Pad, whose tactile display makes images touchable:
https://campaignbriefasia.com/2022/06/01/dot-inc-with-serviceplan-reveal-dot-pad-a-smart-tactile-graphics-display-for-the-visually-impaired/

29) iRobot Unveils iRobot OS, Understanding the Most Voice Commands

Consumer robotics provider iRobot has introduced iRobot OS, an evolution of its Genius Home Intelligence platform, which it says can understand more voice commands than any other home robot. With approximately 600 supported Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri commands, iRobot OS delivers a wide array of flexible voice-activated cleaning options and understands more voice commands than any other robot, according to the company. iRobot OS powered robots can clean specific rooms using voice and are the only robots that can be told to clean targeted areas like "around the couch," the company claims:
https://www.speechtechmag.com/Articles/News/Speech-Technology-News/iRobot-Unveils-iRobot-OS-Understanding-the-Most-Voice-Commands-153174.aspx

30) Control your Samsung TV with Gesture Interaction

Gesture Interaction allows you to control your TV by using the camera connected to your TV and AI technology to recognize your gestures:
https://www.samsung.com/pk/support/tv-audio-video/control-your-samsung-tv-with-gesture-interaction/

31) 42 Android Secret Codes and Hacks You Need to Know

Android phones are great devices for those who like to have a lot of customization options and control over their device's operating system. Your Android device comes with pre-installed and automatically activated features that ensure your smartphone's security and functionality:
https://www.online-tech-tips.com/smartphones/42-android-secret-codes-and-hacks-you-need-to-know/

32) 12 Keyboard Shortcuts for Tabs in Google Chrome

Tabs are an indispensable part of web browsers. Navigating between tabs and keeping them organized can be a challenge — especially if you love to keep tons of them open. We'll show you some nifty keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome to help:
https://www.howtogeek.com/807523/12-keyboard-shortcuts-for-tabs-in-google-chrome/

33) Chromebook 101: What Are Those New Keys About, Anyway?

One of the first shocks that you may experience when you buy your first Chromebook probably comes when you look at the keyboard. Where is the Caps Lock key? What (if you have a PixelBook) is that strange-looking key between the Ctrl and Alt keys? What is that key in the top row that looks like a square with two straight lines next to it?
https://www.theverge.com/23150376/chromebook-keyboard-how-to

34) 4 PDF Accessibility Hacks

We've all seen them — Higher ed websites filled with PDFs. Maybe it's the flyer promoting the Chess Club's next meet, the Parents Weekend schedule, or even the new student application instructions — all PDFs, and all with limited or no accessibility:
https://www.stamats.com/insights/pdf-accessibility-hacks/

35) Why Tweet When You Can Chat? How to Use Twitter Spaces for Live Conversations

With Twitter Spaces, the social network's answer to Clubhouse, you can host or join a live audio conversation via the Twitter app on your mobile device:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/use-twitter-spaces-for-live-audio-conversations

36) From APH: Louis Website Gets New Look, Improved Search

Did you know our Louis Database contains information on over 240 thousand accessible books available from over 75 agencies across the U.S., including APH? Materials listed in Louis include braille, large print, audio, and a range of digital formats. This free service makes it possible for schools, families, and adults to quickly locate information on accessible textbooks and other materials they need with just one search. And when a user includes our unified search partners in the Louis search, this provides access to information on over 1.1 million items!
https://www.aph.org/louis-website-gets-new-look-improved-search/

37) 9 Nifty Windows Folder Tricks You Have to Know

Look after your folders and they'll look after you — use these tips to get a head start:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-nifty-windows-folder-tricks-know/

38) The 10 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

You may not agree with all of them, especially from an adaptive technology perspective, but it still makes for an interesting read:
https://www.tvc-mall.com/blog/product_knowledge/the_10_most_influential_gadgets_of_all_time_.html

39) Best Continuous Glucose Monitors for 2022

If you're considering switching to a continuous glucose monitor, try one of these:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/best-continuous-glucose-monitors-for-2022/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Report: 33% Of Orgs Don't Have A Digital Focus On Accessibility

VentureBeat has a story of how only 54% of companies have an active disability inclusion accessibility policy. The article is here:
https://venturebeat.com/2022/05/27/report-33-of-orgs-dont-have-a-digital-focus-on-accessibility/
And the full report in PDF format is here:
https://www.thevaluable500.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/The-Valuable-Truth-2022.pdf

2) The Coziest Graffiti You'll Ever See Takes Over A London Riverfront Park

This art is intended to raise issues surrounding deaf blindness:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/yarn-bombing-london-ontario-1.6479177

3) Introducing Aira Points — Rewarding Explorer's Loyalty

Introducing Aira Points, our new Explorer loyalty program. It's simple, when you use Aira to meet your visual information needs, you earn Aira Points. Once you accumulate enough points, you can redeem them for rewards. Aira Points will feature specific Aira Access Partners or specific Aira promotions, points will be rewarded for activities related to the specific partner or promotion. Ready to start earning, follow these four steps:
https://aira.io/aira-points

4) CLT Partners with Aira for On-Demand Visual Interpreting

CLT passengers who are blind or have low vision now have free access to the visual interpreting service Aira, which acts as an assistant to help navigate the terminal and answer questions. With the Aira app, passengers can connect with a live Aira agent who will visually interpret their surroundings via the user's smartphone camera. While at CLT, travelers will have free, unlimited access to the service:
https://www.aviationpros.com/airports/airport-technology/press-release/21269770/charlotte-douglas-international-airport-clt-clt-partners-with-aira-for-ondemand-visual-interpreting

5) Illinois State Board Of Elections Launches Accessible Vote-By-Mail Option

The Illinois Board of Elections is launching a new effort to make it easier for those with disabilities to cast a mail-in ballot. The blind and visually impaired can now request a special ballot so that they can vote privately in their own home without assistance. Security envelopes will be mailed out but the actual ballot will be sent electronically. Those interested can contact their local election authority for the special ballot:
https://www.wjol.com/state-board-of-elections-launches-accessible-vote-by-mail-option/

6) Inaccessible Medical Billing: KHN Wants to Hear From You

People who are blind or use a screen reader or other assistive technology to access the web sometimes receive inaccessible medical bills or other health information. We at KHN, a nonprofit newsroom that covers health care, want to better understand the scope of the problem. We know that some people have had bills sent to collections or taken hits to their credit score because of documents they could not access and therefore bills they did not pay. Some examples of inaccessible information are small-print bills or insurance billing websites that screen readers can't access. We would love to hear from you about any challenges you, family members, or colleagues have faced navigating inaccessible medical or health insurance bills:
https://khn.org/news/article/inaccessible-medical-billing-khn-wants-to-hear-from-you/

7) 'After Losing My Sight 21 Years Ago, I Almost Gave Up - Golf Was My Salvation,' Says Champion Player Eddie Maguire (78)

One of Ireland's leading visually impaired golfers — and chairman of Irish Blind Golf — is calling on all people who have an interest in the sport "which literally saved my life" to join the society:
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/after-losing-my-sight-21-years-ago-i-almost-gave-up-golf-was-my-salvation-says-champion-player-eddie-maguire-78-41721258.html

8) For The First Time, A Visually Impaired Cast Performs 'The Braille Legacy' Musical

Clad in a gray overcoat and tidy ascot, Ronnie Chism strides confidently in front of the camera. Chism pauses, then begins to tap the floor with his white cane, creating a rhythmic beat he raps along with:
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-05-27/the-braille-legacy-musical-los-angeles-theatre-by-the-blind

9) Preparing For The Low Vision Patients Of The Future

Low vision aid suppliers, Eschenbach Optik and Sight and Sound Technology, tell Optometry Today about developments in the technology and what patients are looking for:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/industry/equipment-and-suppliers/2022/06/06/preparing-for-the-low-vision-patients-of-the-future


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) June 2022 Braille Monitor by National Federation of the Blind

June 3rd 2022
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/braille-monitor-june-2022/id818515069?i=1000565124389

2) Mosen At Large Episode 181: Braille HID Expectations And Complexity, A Demo Of Sonos Voice Control, And A Joyous Personal Announcement

June 4th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/afac06b3/braille-hid-expectations-and-complexity-a-demo-of-sonos-voice-control-and-a-joyous-personal-announcement

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 78: Google's Big Week

June 5th 2022 | This week, we talk all things that happened in Google land in the week. We first talk about scams going on across YouTube channels. We then talk about Google opening some Pixel exclusive features to non-Pixel phones. Features such as, improved image support in GBoard, converting Play points to payment methods, sound amplifier. Google Lookout brings image recognition feature which is currently in Beta. Ware OS beta opens for testing on Samsung and other ware OS brands. For our users of CSR, listener demoed granular editing feature. And for TalkBack users the screen search was demoed:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpi3iSU1GC_jpmG0Sv7ZJ-4

4) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 859: Accessing Arts And Science: The Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Accessible Descriptions And Sonifications On The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Web Site And Sci-Fi On The Talk Description To Me Podcast

June 7th 2022 | Christine Malec, co-host of the Talk Description to Me podcast, returns to the Blind Abilities Studio to bring us the news about the Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Sonifications and descriptions from images from deep within our Universe and highlights some of the Star Trek and other topics from the over 106 Talk Description to Me episodes:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7435

5) Eyes on Success Episode 2223: Pet Peeves of a Blind Person

June 8th 2022 | People who are blind have many ways of adapting in a world that consists of primarily sighted people. Sometimes though, being blind can be frustrating, especially when simple changes that could be made to make our lives easier are not made. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about some of Peter's pet peeves as a blind person:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202223.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Home and Self Care Tips from the Field using Magnification | Vispero

June 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Mike and Michelle on Thursday, June 9, 2022, as they share helpful tips for everyday activities using video magnification. Hear some great tips on how to use magnification to control your home, kitchen and self-care activities. Learn what products are the best fit for various types of tasks. Objectives: 1. Distance cameras for self-care and home management. 2. Cooking in the kitchen safely with video magnification. 3. To roll or not to roll? Using a rolling table or specialty tables for larger desktops and what types are out there. 4. Watching TV with a desktop or head worn device successfully. Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Enter to Win $500 Towards a Vispero Product! We'll be choosing one lucky winner to receive $500 towards the product of their choice from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision! This offer is open to U.S. attendees only. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cXTS4xBKQc2QL4YB62vGhw

2) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

3) Help Students Become The Architects Of Their Own Learning With Mindomo | The Network Of Assistive Technologists

June 10th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Join The Network of Assistive Technologists as we welcome Mindomo. Discover Mindomo as a reliable and easy-to-use tool for educating tomorrow's thinkers today. An almost-all-in-one tool covering both individual and collaborative work on mind maps, concept maps, org charts, timelines, and outlines, Mindomo will make it easy for you to promote students' independent learning and study skills. Its top features include quick enrollment for students and teachers, automatic license distribution, a great variety of integrations, predefined templates with completion guidelines, automatic sharing of files between teachers and students, diverse formatting, import and export options, and over 40 other features. Registration is now open. Visit the N.O.A.T. Events Site for more information and to register:
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/

4) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

5) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.

6) How to Retrofit Your Self-Service Kiosk for Usability and Accessibility | TPGi

June 14th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Laura Boniello Miller, Director of Business Development, Vispero and Traci Murray, Director of Business Development, Vispero. Join Laura Boniello Miller to discuss retrofitting options for making your kiosk deployment accessible to users with disabilities. You have already purchased and deployed kiosks but want (or need) to make them usable, accessible, and ADA/CSA compliant according to US and/or Canadian standards. Learn about the process you may need to follow and how you might retrofit your self-service kiosks quickly and efficiently:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-14-at-12pm-et-how-to-retrofit-your-self-service-kiosk-for-usability-and-accessibility/

7) | Dialog Boxes with JAWS Using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

June 15th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Dialog boxes often appear and play a critical role while working with Windows, JAWS, and various applications. It's good to understand dialog boxes and the Windows and JAWS commands needed to work with them efficiently. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore various dialog boxes to understand how they work with JAWS and Windows. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to work with dialog boxes using JAWS with either a QWERTY keyboard or a Focus braille display. 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: Understand dialog boxes, when they appear, and what JAWS does to indicate that an action will open a dialog box. Explore the various keyboard and braille commands to work with dialog box controls such as edit boxes, combo boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, standard buttons, changing pages, etc. Explore the JAWS commands for locating and reading read-only information within a dialog box. | Meeting ID: 872 1037 6004 | Passcode: 781932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87210376004#,,,,*781932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87210376004?pwd=N3cxM0h4SE4xTHJjODZUUGxLSGlmQT09

8) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

9) Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS | Vispero

June 16th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to revise Google documents with JAWS? Want to know how to navigate comments and track changes? Join us Thursday, June 16, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of Google Docs Suggesting Mode, and show you how to: Navigate comments left by other collaborators. Turn on Suggesting Mode. Navigate, accept, and reject suggested changes from other collaborators. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qEa1IT2ETayPg4Sh7ktk_A

10) 2022 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding its second annual virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents, producers and anyone else with a passion for braille literacy! The schedule of events is as follows: 1:00pm EST: Revitalising Braille through a Grass Roots Community (Matthew Horspool and Dave Williams, Braillists Foundation) 2:00pm EST: Hadley's Braille for Everyday Use (Douglas Walker and Dr. Kim Walker, Hadley) 3:00pm EST: What is the science of reading, and what does it teach us about braille contractions? (Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University) 4:00pm EST: Walking Through Paths to Literacy For All Things Braille (Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired). Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period, and then a 15 minute intermission. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqgqTgoHNE6DUAxovR0glJTq4v53gFQ

11) How to Create Accessible Videos | Access Ingenuity

June 22nd 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 891 2139 8335 | Passcode: 616098 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89121398335#,,,,*616098# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121398335?pwd=bENxNldHa2RqaDFZdmVCakhESDQrUT09

12) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/

13) Easy Portable Reading — The OmniReader | Access Ingenuity

June 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The omniReader is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads text aloud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want - at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain the critical assistive role this machine plays to the visually impaired. 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 walkthrough of the omniReader. Explanation of the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. | Meeting ID: 832 7410 0965 | Passcode: 575948 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83274100965#,,,,*575948# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83274100965?pwd=VE5BekE2RUVZaldBVkZFTXQ0Z3pRUT09

14) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

16) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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

18) 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

19) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One New Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 in Retail Box

Listing Date: 5/26/2022 | Price: $2,875.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: I have a new Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 with all its accessories still in its retail box I can sell for about half price of retail. So asking about $2,875 USD or best offer. Of course, since it is new, everything is perfect. :) Text me. | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

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Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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

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


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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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.


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

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Phone: (800) 444-4443

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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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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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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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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.


➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
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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

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.


➜ GuideLights and Gadgets:

(1) Our new Evo 12 is here; stereo speakers, impressive sound for a tiny unit; stereo recording, both alone or w/Internet/FM radio, edit mp3 files on the player; $289, $299 w/leather case. (2) Talking 3 item medical bundle: convention special through 07/31, $120, $140 w/new leather case. (3) Our new leather "Hermione" bottomless bag; two lined interior compartments; big enough for a Mantis to fit perfectly, $65. (4) $25 leather waist pack, 17 by 6 by 3.5 inches; has 15 inch cane holder. Converted gun case. Not quite as deep as I would like, bought 50 of them, my mistake, your gain. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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:
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

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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 ☎.


➜ Free SuperNova 10-min Trainings Every Tuesday

Join Miranda McPherson, professor, AT Trainer, and SuperNova user as she delivers a series of practical 10-20 minute training webinars that will help trainers, assessors, and users build proficiency using SuperNova with common applications and on the web. Participate live every Tuesday 9am PT - 11am CT - 12pm ET or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

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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.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Volume 861

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Volume 861

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Online Courses For People With Disabilities, By People With Disabilities (8.2% of all clicks.)
Fable Pathways is a new online education program. It is free. Right now, it consists of 2 courses, but here is hoping that more will be added in the future::
https://makeitfable.com/pathways/

B.) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide (7.2% of all clicks.)
Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

C.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (6.8% of all clicks.)
Everyone does it. We're all human, after all. But, if you avoid these mistakes, your smartphone is guaranteed to last longer:
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-mistakes-damaging-smartphone/

D.) 5 Tips For Preventing Hearing Loss Caused By Headphones (6.5% of all clicks.)
Thanks to remote work and school, and ever-increasing amounts of smartphone and tablet use, we spend a lot of time wearing headphones. Let us help you protect your ears with five tips to reduce or eliminate the long-term hearing damage these devices can cause:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-prevent-hearing-loss-caused-by-headphones/

E.) 10 Things Blocking Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home (6.1% of all clicks.)
There are a surprising number of things in your home — from the type of material your walls are made of to the kind of things you decorate your home with — that can degrade your Wi-Fi signal:
https://www.howtogeek.com/802892/things-blocking-your-wi-fi-signal-at-home/

2) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for June 2nd 2022

We have some really important updates this week. If you are a Sponsor, Sponsor-in-Waiting or Content Contributor please be sure to review these updates when you have the opportunity. They include: Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Polls Are A Hit | Attention Sponsors and Potential Sponsors: Top Tech Tidbits Sponsorship Package Availability | Attention Sponsors: New Sponsor Benefit Announcement | Attention Sponsors And Weekly Content Providers: New Submission Deadline of 6:00 PM ET | Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Blind Abilities as a Top Tech Tidbits Partner:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/79.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Clusiv

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Clusiv, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next year. Clusiv is the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. They are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. They are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. And they are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more today at:
https://clusiv.io/

4) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Dolphin Computer Access

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Dolphin Computer Access, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next quarter. 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 and magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision. Learn more today at:
https://yourdolphin.com/

5) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 860 Results | 185 Votes

Having read that an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods has caused permanent hearing loss and damage, which of the following best describes how you will use ear buds going forward?

A.) This information will not change how I use ear buds. (62 Votes / 34% of all clicks.)

B.) I plan to turn off AMBER Alerts. (52 Votes / 28% of all clicks.)

C.) I plan to do more research. (37 Votes / 20% of all clicks.)

D.) I do not plan to use ear buds again. (34 Votes / 18% of all clicks.)

6) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 861

As a blind or vision impaired user of assistive technology which of the following statements best convey your feelings about upgrading to Windows 11?

A.) I do not use Windows, so this does not apply to me.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-a

B.) I have already upgraded to Windows 11.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-b

C.) I have no plans to upgrade to Windows 11.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-c

D.) I'm still not sure. Researching.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-d

E.) I bought a new PC and it already had Windows 11 installed.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-e

7) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Identifying Single-line Ribbon Versus Multi-line Ribbon

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/80.html

8) 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Recordings from TPGi | YouTube

A.) May 17th 2022 — You Don't Know, What You Don't Know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9v8J_kHZI
B.) May 18th 2022 — How to Create an Accessible Kiosk Experience (Ask Me Anything)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyKw1rpwgiY
C.) May 19th 2022 — Creating Inclusive Customer Experiences Through Digital Accessibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3CDgcu1iGs

9) DAISY Music Braille Project: New Tutorial Video 'Screenreader Accessibility in MuseScore' | YouTube

Getting started with a screen reader in MuseScore 3. Demonstrates score creation, navigation, and note input with NVDA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bRfouJa6oA

10) What's New in Duxbury DBT 12.6

https://duxburysystems.com/dbt_new.asp?f3=USA

11) Version 2.0 — Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 Update

HumanWare has announced the launch of a significant KeySoft Lite update to the Brailliant BI X braille displays, including unlocking audio capabilities, a new braille editor application, and improvements to the terminal connectivity:
https://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/260520220925-BIX-Mantis-update.htm

12) BrailleBlaster 2.0.38-Stable Released May 11th 2022

Welcome to BrailleBlaster 2.0.38-stable. When you first run this version you will immediately notice something different, a first run wizard will appear and lead you through configuring some important new settings. Whilst it was introduced to give you better control over what BrailleBlaster does, it will also give us a way to alert you to features in new versions. There also have been a number of smaller improvements and some significant bug fixes:
https://www.brailleblaster.org/download.php

13) Conveniently Use Your Mobile Devices Anywhere with the Hable One, Audio Documentation | To Be Released on July 1st 2022 | $17 - $19 USD | Mystic Access

Learn to navigate and type on your iOS or mobile devices with ease using the compact, high-quality, and intuitively-designed Hable One. This audio documentation orients you to the product, shows you how to hold it, compares it to the Orbit Writer, demonstrates device pairing, and takes you through many real world navigation and typing tasks. Learn to make calls, send messages, browse the Internet, send email, use Siri and the Google Assistant, and more, without ever needing to touch your mobile device. Please read below for additional information:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/conveniently-use-your-mobile-devices-anywhere-with-the-hable-one-audio-documentation/

14) Gmail Adds Image Alt-Text To Help The Visually Impaired

Google said the image alt-text feature on Gmail is rolling out immediately. This will particularly help people who rely on screen readers to get an accurate audio description of an image. Additionally, people who use American Sign Language or ASL will welcome the addition of multi-pin on Google Meet. Using this feature, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can pin both the presenter and the interpreter's screen together, thereby speeding up communication:
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/gmail-adds-image-alt-text-to-help-the-visually-impaired.html

15) June 2022 Freedom Scientific Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills. We're excited to announce our jam-packed June training schedule, where you're sure to find something that will help you at work or play:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-june-2022-training-events/

16) NV Access In Process for May 31st 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-31st-may-2022/

17) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Finding Layers Of Context With The Dynamic Tactile Device From APH

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22491

18) Google Drive Is Finally Getting Cut, Copy And Paste Keyboard Shortcuts

How did these shortcuts not already exist?
https://www.androidpolice.com/google-drive-keyboard-shortcuts-browser/

19) BrailleSense 6 and BrailleSense 6 Mini Firmware Update

The latest firmware for the BrailleSense 6 is now available! You can download the firmware by going to Utilities (u) then Upgrade (u), then choose "online" and press Enter. Alternatively, you can install the firmware offline by downloading the latest version here:
https://hims-inc.com/bs6-resources/latest-braillesense-6-firmware/

20) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2022

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

21) Students Can Listen To Free Audiobooks And Read Ebooks All Summer Long

Students often let reading slide to the summertime, but it is important to build good habits and read all of the time. In response, OverDrive Education is offering the most expansive Sora Sweet Reads summer reading program yet, May 4-August 17. In its ninth year, this free program is designed to help educators and students beat the "summer slide" with popular digital reading materials through the award-winning Sora student reading app. Currently, over 53,000 schools around the world are opting into the program. If your school offers access to Sora, find your digital collection at https://soraapp.com. If not, schools can sign up before June 17 to gain access to the Sora Sweet Reads collection as well as a wide range of other no-cost books:
https://goodereader.com/blog/digital-library-news/students-can-listen-to-free-audiobooks-and-read-ebooks-all-summer-long

22) Android or iOS: Getting Started | Which Operating System Is More Friendly To Blind Beginners?

In this post, I'll go over what it's like as a blind person to get started with the phones, from first touch to setup. I'll first go over how an iPhone user would see things, then an Android user. Hopefully, this sparks discussion over phone design, user experience, and how blind people should truly have their voices heard at the real start of projects, and not at the start of the top-layer user interface:
https://medium.com/@r.d.t.prater/android-or-ios-getting-started-8ec6813c75e6

23) Microsoft Begins Testing New 'One Outlook' Email Client With Insiders

Microsoft's new web-based Outlook client is now official. It is available now for Insiders in the Office Beta Channel. The preview is only for commercial accounts with personal coming later:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-begins-testing-new-one-outlook-email-client-insiders

24) 6 Ways to Fix Zoom Crashing or Freezing

Zoom crashing or freezing is understandably frustrating, especially if you need to join an important call that's time-sensitive. But don't worry, we're here to get you sorted. Follow these troubleshooting steps in turn and Zoom's crashes and freezes will be a thing of the past:
https://www.makeuseof.com/fix-zoom-crashing-or-freezing/

25) How AI Is Improving The Web For The Visually Impaired

The Problem: Consider these two sample buttons that you might find on a web page or mobile app. Each has a simple background, so they seem similar:
https://venturebeat.com/2022/05/19/how-ai-is-improving-the-web-for-the-visually-impaired/

26) IIT Kanpur Develops Haptic Smartwatch For The Blind And The Visually Impaired

IIT Kanpur researchers have developed a touch-sensitive or haptic smartwatch for the blind and the visually impaired that offers various features to help in day-to-day life:
https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/iit-kanpur-develops-haptic-smart-watch-for-the-blind-and-the-visually-impaired-1955424-2022-05-28


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 27 | May 26th 2022

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:.
http://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-27-may-26-2022.html

2) My Thoughts on the Current State of macOS as a Blind User

Since 2005, I have used a variety of Macs, and have regularly used every version of macOS from Tiger to Monterey since then. Over that time, I've witnessed the various changes to VoiceOver, both major and minor, as well as how VoiceOver on macOS helped usher in a whole new world of mobile accessibility on iOS and iPadOS:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/my-thoughts-current-state-macos-blind-user

3) The Wacky World of Flexible Records | APH

For a time during their heyday in the 1960s and 70s, flexible records were seemingly everywhere and yet nowhere, and by that I mean for most people they remained a novelty. The Beatles put out a Christmas record every year for their fan clubs. McDonald's issued a record with their latest jingle misrecorded. One version would win a big prize. They were basically tricking you into listening to their advertising. Computer magazines even tucked audio into their issues in the form of something called "audio software." I have no idea how that worked. And in the midst of all this craziness, the American Printing House for the Blind got into the business too:
https://www.aph.org/the-wacky-world-of-flexible-records/

4) FDA Clears Abbott's Freestyle Libre 3 Glucose Sensor

The updated CGM will launch later in 2022:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/fda-clears-abbotts-freestyle-libre-3-glucose-sensor/#ftag=CADf328eec

5) Waymap Starts Guiding Blind People Through Washington Subway Stations

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) partnered with UK-based Waymap(Opens in a new window) to bring audio navigation to the capital's Brookland, Silver Spring, and Braddock Road subway stations:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/waymap-starts-guiding-blind-people-through-washington-subway-stations

6) How GoodMaps Is Helping The Louisville Airport Improve Accessibility

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) has become the first airport in the country to utilize technology that helps blind and visually-impaired users navigate indoors:
https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/inno/stories/news/2022/05/20/goodmaps-sdf-explore.html

7) Apple's iPhone Development Schedule Delayed By China Lockdowns

Apple, Inc. has told its suppliers to speed up iPhone development after China's strict COVID-19 lockdowns hampered schedule for at least one of the new phones, Nikkei reported, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the matter:
https://www.reuters.com/technology/apples-iphone-development-schedule-delayed-by-china-lockdowns-nikkei-2022-05-25/

8) 'It Means Freedom': App Helps Visually Impaired Navigate Metro System | Video

A new app is the first of its kind to guide the blind and visually impaired through Metro stations step-by-step. News4's Adam Tuss explains how it works:
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/it-means-freedom-app-helps-visually-impaired-navigate-metro-system/3060676/

9) On 'Strange New Worlds,' Meet The Blind Telepathic Engineer

'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' co-stars Bruce Horak as Hemmer. Bruce Horak is a Visually Impaired Performer Creator, according to his website. He's an actor, playwright, composer, visual artist, and other things, so that sounds about right. He's also legally blind, seeing about 9% of what the average person does. On May 5, 2022, the relatively unknown Canadian co-stars in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," the latest installment of the venerable franchise. Horak portrays Hemmer, a blind telepathic Aenar who works as an engineer on the USS Enterprise. A company Hemmer is a tyrant at work, but he's also a miracle worker:
https://technotrenz.com/entertainment/on-strange-new-worlds-meet-the-blind-telepathic-engineer-1870634.html


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1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

March 27th 2022 | NYT Columnist Frank Bruni returns to the podcast to talk about his new book. Frank describes his personal experiences with vision loss and how, with time, his perspective has grown:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/beauty-dusk-vision-lost-and-found?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Hadley+Presents+-+Episode+56+-+Frank+Bruni&utm_term=button&utm_id=40680&sfmc_id=17577827

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 77: Get That Storage Under Control

May 28th 2022 | This week, we take a look at storage settings in Android and talk about the storage restrictions introduced by Google in later versions of Android for user safety. In our spotlight section we show how to setup an Amazon Echo Dot using a Samsung Galaxy phone. In our tip of the week, we show our listeners how to run 3rd party accessibility services which will help users of Commentary Screen Reader (CSR). You can find our podcast on all podcast apps, Spotify and on this YouTube playlist:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpi3iSU1GC_jpmG0Sv7ZJ-4

3) Mosen At Large Episode 180: Looking Ahead To WWDC, Google Finally Answers The Braille Question, And Author Of After Steve, Tripp Mickle

May 29th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/a8cfdd4e/looking-ahead-to-wwdc-google-finally-answers-the-braille-question-and-author-of-after-steve-tripp-mickle

4) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 52: Listening for Storms

May 29th 2022 | Episode 52 of The AMI Audio podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther is all about listening for storms beginning with the sound of Northern Lights. Ms Lilly schools us on the Parker Solar Probe, and Lawrence provides tips on how to get the most out of your weather app. Guest Dave Brown and Lawrence explore solar storm impacts on digital technology, and Lawrence reflects on his own close call with a recent deadly weather event:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-52-listening-for-storms/id1530444764?i=1000564432415

5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 857: Tech Abilities: Anticipation 6-6, Weather App Alerts, Facebook/Twitter Accessibility, Apple's 22 Min-Pay, SOS setup, Clipboard list, Audio Description and More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

June 1st 2022 | Two is company as Callie takes a break from the Blind Abilities Studio this week and Serina and Jeff pick up the tech tidbits and news. From accessibility to losing sight, they dash through the latest and bring a perspective of experience and usability. Join the 2 out of 3 ain't bad crew and check out the list of topics listed below. But, believe us, there is a lot between the lines!
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7429

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2222: Voice Dream Reader for macOS

June 1st 2022 | The award-winning Voice Dream Reader app is used by many Voiceover users and others around the world to read and listen to documents in many formats. Originally developed for iOS, this powerful productivity tool now comes to macOS. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with the developer, Winston Chen, about the app, its features, and its development:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202222.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

2) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

3) The Web is Inherently Accessible | TPGi

June 8th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Talk aimed at front-end developers or anyone using the basics of HTML to create content for the web. Join TPGi's Rachele DiTullio, Senior Accessibility Engineer, as Rachele explains how the web is accessible by default and that it's design choices that make the web inaccessible. The web is accessible by default; it is our design decisions that stop it being accessible. We need to develop accessible pages from the bottom up, starting with semantic HTML. Many designers and developers have a poor grasp of what native elements to use and what functionality they provide. Every semantic mistake introduces accessibility issues into your code. In this session, you will learn: When to use a link or a button. Why to use headings. How to create form fields. When to use tables. How to create accessible images, font icons and emojis. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-the-web-is-inherently-accessible/

4) Ideal Computer Configurations for Assistive Technology Users | Access Ingenuity

June 8th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | While there are general default settings in Windows, there are also unique default settings for various brands and models of Windows computers. Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to accept the default configurations if it is not ideal for your specific needs. While this is generally the case, it is especially true when working with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discuss some default settings that can cause challenges when working with assistive technology and possible solutions. Learning Outcomes: Explain the idea of a turnkey computer for assistive technology. Discuss some critical Windows default settings to change. Introduce some Windows and Office settings that some may want to customize. Explain some specific brand and model defaults that you may need a technician to configure. | Meeting ID: 899 8366 3728 | Passcode: 781130 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89983663728#,,,,*781130# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983663728?pwd=UW1QdHpya2FxZjdldU1HWXBqQ2w3Zz09

5) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

6) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

7) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.

8) | Dialog Boxes with JAWS Using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

June 15th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Dialog boxes often appear and play a critical role while working with Windows, JAWS, and various applications. It's good to understand dialog boxes and the Windows and JAWS commands needed to work with them efficiently. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore various dialog boxes to understand how they work with JAWS and Windows. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to work with dialog boxes using JAWS with either a QWERTY keyboard or a Focus braille display. 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: Understand dialog boxes, when they appear, and what JAWS does to indicate that an action will open a dialog box. Explore the various keyboard and braille commands to work with dialog box controls such as edit boxes, combo boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, standard buttons, changing pages, etc. Explore the JAWS commands for locating and reading read-only information within a dialog box. | Meeting ID: 872 1037 6004 | Passcode: 781932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87210376004#,,,,*781932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87210376004?pwd=N3cxM0h4SE4xTHJjODZUUGxLSGlmQT09

9) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

10) 2022 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding its second annual virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents, producers and anyone else with a passion for braille literacy! The schedule of events is as follows: 1:00pm EST: Revitalising Braille through a Grass Roots Community (Matthew Horspool and Dave Williams, Braillists Foundation) 2:00pm EST: Hadley's Braille for Everyday Use (Douglas Walker and Dr. Kim Walker, Hadley) 3:00pm EST: What is the science of reading, and what does it teach us about braille contractions? (Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University) 4:00pm EST: Walking Through Paths to Literacy For All Things Braille (Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired). Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period, and then a 15 minute intermission. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqgqTgoHNE6DUAxovR0glJTq4v53gFQ

11) How to Create Accessible Videos | Access Ingenuity

June 22nd 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 891 2139 8335 | Passcode: 616098 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89121398335#,,,,*616098# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121398335?pwd=bENxNldHa2RqaDFZdmVCakhESDQrUT09

12) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/

13) Easy Portable Reading — The OmniReader | Access Ingenuity

June 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The omniReader is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads text aloud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want - at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain the critical assistive role this machine plays to the visually impaired. 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 walkthrough of the omniReader. Explanation of the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. | Meeting ID: 832 7410 0965 | Passcode: 575948 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83274100965#,,,,*575948# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83274100965?pwd=VE5BekE2RUVZaldBVkZFTXQ0Z3pRUT09

14) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

16) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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

18) 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

19) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 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


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

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


➜ 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.


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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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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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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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
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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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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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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.


➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

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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:

(1) Our new Evo 12 is here; stereo speakers, impressive sound for a tiny unit; stereo recording, both alone or w/Internet/FM radio, edit mp3 files on the player; $289, $299 w/leather case. (2) Talking 3 item medical bundle: convention special through 07/31, $120, $140 w/new leather case. (3) Our new leather "Hermione" bottomless bag; two lined interior compartments; big enough for a Mantis to fit perfectly, $65. (4) $25 leather waist pack, 17 by 6 by 3.5 inches; has 15 inch cane holder. Converted gun case. Not quite as deep as I would like, bought 50 of them, my mistake, your gain. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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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 ☎.


➜ Learn SuperNova 10 Minutes at a Time — Sign Up for the SuperNova Everyday Essentials Training Series

Join Mrianda McPherson, professor, AT Trainer and SuperNova user as she delivers a series of practical 10-20 minute training webinars that will help trainers, assessors and users build proficiency using SuperNova to complete a variety of common computing tasks for work and for home. Participate live every Tuesday 9am PT - 11am CT - 12pm ET or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

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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.


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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.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
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Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 26, 2022 - Volume 860

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

A.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (19.8% of all clicks.)
Everyone does it. We're all human, after all. But, if you avoid these mistakes, your smartphone is guaranteed to last longer:
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-mistakes-damaging-smartphone/

B.) Human-Narrated Audiobooks (Beta) Are Here (8.2% of all clicks.)
Bookshare announced that they are adding over 5,000 audiobooks to its library for members to download. Previously, Bookshare's offerings were text-only, which members used text-to-speech software to access:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/campaign/summer

C.) Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features (5.5% of all clicks.)
Using advancements across hardware, software, and machine learning, people who are blind or low vision can use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last few feet to their destination with Door Detection; users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control can fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Mirroring; and the Deaf and hard of hearing community can follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple is also expanding support for its industry-leading screen reader VoiceOver with over 20 new languages and locales. These features will be available later this year with software updates across Apple platforms:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/05/apple-previews-innovative-accessibility-features/

D.) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Hable Is The New Tactile Assistant For Your Smartphone (4.1% of all clicks.)
Braille Screen Input, or BSI, is a great choice for those who like that approach on a touch sensitive glass screen. But there is now more than one way to input a cord these days and Freek van Welsenis, Co-Founder of Hable, offers to J.J. another alternative for smartphone navigation. The lightweight Hable is a Bluetooth enabled input device for Android and iOS that has been sweeping its way across the EU. And now it sets its sights on a U.S. launch:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22489

E.) A Comprehensive Overview Of Windows 11 22H2, The OS's First Big Yearly Update (3.5% of all clicks.)
A look at the most significant features coming to the OS later this year:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/05/windows-11s-first-yearly-update-is-almost-done-heres-what-is-and-isnt-part-of-it/

2) Top Tech Tidbits Introduces New Click-To-Vote Quick Poll Feature

I'd like to open this up by offering our sincerest thanks to all Top Tech Tidbits Premium Subscribers, for these are Premium Subscriber dollars at work. Learn more about this exciting new feature below, and you may want to, as we introduce our very first Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll within this issue:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/78.html

3) Loud Noise Heard Over A Pair Of AirPods Damages A Boy's Eardrum

It appears that an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods has caused permanent hearing loss and damage:
https://www.phonearena.com/news/wearing-air-pods-damages-boys-eardrum_id140227

4) How To Turn Off AMBER And Other Emergency Alerts On Android And iOS

The AMBER Alert system is an excellent tool for finding and recovering children abducted in your area. According to the U.S. government, this system has helped recover 1,029 children throughout all participating regions — 87 through Wireless Emergency Alerts alone:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-amber-alerts/

5) 5 Tips For Preventing Hearing Loss Caused By Headphones

Thanks to remote work and school, and ever-increasing amounts of smartphone and tablet use, we spend a lot of time wearing headphones. Let us help you protect your ears with five tips to reduce or eliminate the long-term hearing damage these devices can cause:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-prevent-hearing-loss-caused-by-headphones/

6) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 860

Having read that an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods has caused permanent hearing loss and damage, which of the following best describes how you will use ear buds going forward? | Remember, there is no form. Each click represents a single vote, so please be sure to read all of the options before you click.
A) This information will not change how I use ear buds. | Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll860-a
B) I plan to turn off AMBER Alerts. | Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll860-b
C) I plan to do more research. | Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll860-c
D) I do not plan to use ear buds again. | Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll860-d

7) JAWS Power Tip: Adjusting Settings for Specific Web Pages

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/77.html

8) ARIA Authoring Practices Guide

The standards and guidance for accessible rich internet applications (ARIA) has been republished in a more usable format. This will make it easier for developers to refer to ARIA best practices:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/ARIA/apg/

9) Online Courses For People With Disabilities, By People With Disabilities

Fable Pathways is a new online education program. It is free. Right now, it consists of 2 courses, but here is hoping that more will be added in the future:
https://makeitfable.com/pathways/

10) Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features Combining The Power Of Hardware, Software, And Machine Learning

We acknowledge that we covered most of these announcements last week from Apple, but we missed some of the things added to Apple Maps. Apple Maps features a new guide from the National Park Foundation, Park Access for All, to help users discover accessible features, programs, and services to explore in parks across the US. Guides from Gallaudet University — the world's premier university for Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind students — feature businesses and organizations that value, embrace, and prioritize the Deaf community and signed languages:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/05/apple-previews-innovative-accessibility-features/

11) Braille Might Not Be What You Thought In Android | From The Mosen At Large Podcast Episode 178 Transcript |

Some Braille users may be locked out of the new TalkBack Braille support, The ReVision Fitness app, and farewell to the iPod Touch:
https://mosen.org/malp0178transcript/

12) Windows 11 Now Available For All Compatible Devices According To Microsoft

The release version of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system is now available for all compatible devices according to Microsoft. The designation for broad deployment is an important milestone, as it is used by organizations to determine the readiness of the operating system for broader deployment on devices:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/05/19/windows-11-now-available-for-all-compatible-devices-according-to-microsoft/

13) AFB AccessWorld April 2022

Editor's Page: Revisiting Pokemon Go and Third Party Accessibility | Return to Almost Normal, What's New from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference | Braille and Tactile Graphics at CSUN 2022 | Back to the Future with the BlindShell Classic 2:
https://www.afb.org/aw/23/4

14) Voting is Now Open for the 2022 Inductees Into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/voting-now-open-2022-inductees-applevis-ios-app-hall-fame

15) Sonos Introducing Its Own Voice-Activated Digital Assistant On June 1st 2022

The new service, called Sonos Voice Control, is focused on controlling media content and the company's devices, rather than serving up information in the style of Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. Still, it marks an ambitious expansion for a company best known for sound bars and other audio accessories:
https://coolblindtech.com/sonos-introducing-its-own-voice-activated-digital-assistant-on-june-1/

16) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide

Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

17) NVDA 2022.1 Released

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-1/

18) Recognizing 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day | Technology Takeaways From Meta

Here Meta highlights recent advances they have made to make their products more inclusive:
https://about.fb.com/news/2022/05/recognizing-global-accessibility-awareness-day/

19) Apple's Splintered Accessibility | Why I use Android and Windows | Devin Prater

Apple, for now, is the leader in mobile accessibility. iOS is a really nice system to use, if you like walled gardens and the occasional persistent bug or two. I'd say about 90% of all blind people that have a phone, own an iPhone. However, Apple doesn't just want you on their phone. They have an entire ecosystem ready to go, to make having an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods even more worth it. Since the iPhone was so nice, people started investing in Mac computers, starting after the release of Tiger and Leopard. Things really picked up around 2010 or so:
https://medium.com/@r.d.t.prater/apples-splintered-accessibility-f0d95b100c42

20) Google Is Making Android Better For The Visually Impaired

Google is bringing enhanced support for braille in Android with the next major update coming this fall. The company announced this on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The move comes after a similar announcement by Apple earlier in the week:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/google-android-13-accessibility-braille-improvement/

21) Using Audio Hijack 4 with VoiceOver

We know that many users with vision impairments work (and play) with audio extensively. To help facilitate that, we strive to make Audio Hijack fully accessible to those using VoiceOver on their Macs. While you should be able to pick up the app and get started with ease, the following article may help fill in any gaps:
https://rogueamoeba.com/support/knowledgebase/?showArticle=VoiceOver-AH4

22) Blindness Charity Launches New Voice-Based Service For Smart Speakers

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland has launched a voice-based platform for Google and Amazon smart speakers that provides information on sight loss, and access to support and technology services:
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/blindness-charity-launches-new-voice-based-service-for-smart-speakers-1.4882842

23) Gmail Adds Image Alt-Text To Help The Visually Impaired

Google is announcing a handful of new accessibility-oriented features, including the ability to add alt-text to images sent using Gmail. The features come as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day:
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/gmail-adds-image-alt-text-to-help-the-visually-impaired.html

24) 10 Things Blocking Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home

There are a surprising number of things in your home — from the type of material your walls are made of to the kind of things you decorate your home with — that can degrade your Wi-Fi signal:
https://www.howtogeek.com/802892/things-blocking-your-wi-fi-signal-at-home/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Partner Innovation Buildfor2030: Empowering An Inclusive And Accessible World

Microsoft and its partners have announced Microsoft #BuildFor2030 and initiative designed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The partner projects include BAWA Cane, CityMaaS.io: Localized accessibility information, and the Johns Hopkins Balance - Mental Health Program:
https://partnerinnovation.microsoft.com/initiatives/buildfor2030-empowering-an-inclusive-and-accessible-world/

2) The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence to Assess Job Applicants and Employees

The Justice Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance on how companies can safely use algorithm-based tools in the hiring process without risking the systematic exclusion of people with disabilities:
https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/americans-disabilities-act-and-use-software-algorithms-and-artificial-intelligence

3) Kim Kardashian Launches Inclusive SKIMS Collection For People With Limited Mobility

Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand SKIMS has released an underwear line for people with disabilities, which combines easy-access closures with a range of sizes and colors to suit different skin tones and body types. The clothing uses hook-and-eye closures to make putting them on and taking them off easier:
https://www.dezeen.com/2022/05/06/skims-adaptive-collection-kim-kardashian-news/

4) Level Access Launches Accessibility Education Platform to Deliver Self-Sufficient Compliance to Businesses

Level Access, has announced the launch of its all-new learning platform, Access Academy. The Access Academy platform serves to help organizations improve accessibility processes without disrupting product roadmaps. Users learn the skills they need, in a non-disruptive manner, to solve their real-world accessibility problems. The integrated training platform includes advanced features like weekly live training sessions, role-based learning paths, and tailored learning:
https://www.levelaccess.com/level-access-news/level-access-launches-accessibility-education-platform-deliver-self-sufficient-compliance-businesses/

5) If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All | Wired

Building around the so-called typical user is a dangerous mistake:
https://www.wired.com/story/technology-design-marginalized-communities/

6) Channel 4 is an Essential Platform for Disabled People, we Can't Allow it to be Privatised

https://www.theunwritten.co.uk/2022/05/25/channel-4-is-an-essential-platform-for-disabled-people-we-cant-allow-it-to-be-privatised/

7) Washington Talking Book & Braille Library In Seattle Takes Home National Award

A local library took home a top honor recently for its "outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities:"
https://komonews.com/news/local/washington-talking-book-braille-library-in-seattle-takes-home-national-award

8) Milwaukee Public Museum Hosts 20th Annual Braille Games (Video)

On May 19th 2022 blind and visually-impaired children were able to take part in the 20th Annual "Braille Games" at the Milwaukee Public Museum. This year, they went on an adventure around the globe as they learn about cultures from Asia, India, Africa and Central America. It's an important opportunity for blind children to use braille in a fun and interactive way, all while being mentored by blind adults who are self-sufficient and independent:
https://www.cbs58.com/news/milwaukee-public-museum-hosts-20th-annual-braille-games

9) "No Child Left Behind" Except for More Than 90% of Blind Children?

Teaching inspires a revolutionary innovation, the BrailleDoodle, to spread Braille Literacy and Touchable Art worldwide:
https://tech.einnews.com/pr_news/573168373/no-child-left-behind-except-for-more-than-90-of-blind-children

10) Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Enforcing the 'For All' in 'Smarter Technology For All'

The broad nature of the accessibility and inclusivity space is often met with varying perspectives. In my 25-year tenure at Lenovo, I've witnessed tremendous growth in this space. At its core, my role asks me to uncover the limitless potential of technology. As a company that strives to create Smarter Technology For All, it is important that we consistently work to develop innovative ways to ensure our devices and solutions meet the needs of everyone — regardless of ability:
https://news.lenovo.com/gaad-enforcing-the-for-all-in-smarter-technology-for-all/

11) How AI Is Improving The Web For The Visually Impaired

There are almost 350 million people worldwide with blindness or some other form of visual impairment who need to use the internet and mobile apps just like anyone else. Yet, they can only do so if websites and mobile apps are built with accessibility in mind — and not as an afterthought:
https://venturebeat.com/2022/05/19/how-ai-is-improving-the-web-for-the-visually-impaired/

12) The Benefits Of Accessible Mobile Games For The Blind And Visually Impaired Community

For most people, a lifetime of gaming begins only days after we are born. It starts simply with a round of peekaboo with our mother. As we gain the ability to speak, we play I Spy and 20 questions. On vacations to the beach, we graduate to epic sessions of Monopoly, Stratego, Risk!, and Battleship. If we were lucky, we would get an opportunity to play card games with the adults. For the rest of the summer, we would do our best to teach our friends the various games of poker:
https://www.pocketgamer.com/features/blind-visually-impaired-gaming-benefits/

13) Almost One Billion Children And Adults With Disabilities And Older Persons In Need Of Assistive Technology Denied Access, According To New Report

A new report published last week by WHO and UNICEF reveals that more than 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive products, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or apps that support communication and cognition. Yet nearly one billion of them are denied access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where access can be as low as 3% of the need for these life-changing products:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/05/global-report-assistive-technology.html

14) Accessibility Gains From the Pandemic Shouldn't Be Forgotten, Advocates Say

What's happening: As companies roll out return-to-office plans, accessibility advocates say it's important to remember the needs of employees with disabilities. Why it matters: The COVID-19 pandemic brought accommodations that people in the disability community have requested for years, like remote work and captioned video calls. Now, experts say it's important to maintain a focus on accessibility to ensure all employees are supported:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/accessibility-gains-from-the-pandemic-shouldnt-be-forgotten-advocates-say/#ftag=CADf328eec

15) A Beginner's Guide to Website Accessibility

We all have to start somewhere. This article provides some great first steps:
https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/small-business/construction-management/articles/website-accessibility/

16) University of Wisconsin Researcher Develops OTC Hearing Aid

A new type of hearing aid being developed by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee engineer could make the devices much more accessible to the millions of people who need them. An article detailing the research appears on the University's website:
https://hearingreview.com/inside-hearing/research/university-wisconsin-researcher-develops-otc-hearing-aid


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 51: Outdoor Gear for Women and Community Supported Fisheries

May 15th 2022 | On AMI Audio's podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther we explore 12 gear suggestions of special interest to vision impaired and blind women. Our bucket list segment comes from British Columbia and the founder of one of Canada's first ever community supported fisheries. Lawrence has tips for harvesting your own fish, and reflects on what we can learn from First Nations fishers about celebrating the days catch, as well as being aware of fish consumption advisories:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-51-outdoor-gear-for-women-and-community/id1530444764?i=1000561472769

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 76, Android 13 Beta 2 In-Depth Look And GAAD Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 21st 2022 | In this episode we take a detailed look at the features in Android 13 Beta 2. Then we talk about announcements of Google on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcast platforms and on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrHRttBzafqq60Vfs_Sy7An

3) Mosen At Large Episode 179: Apple's Forthcoming Accessibility Features, Groundhog Day At Google Accessibility Support, And Accessible Learning From Fable Pathways

May 21st 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/2b399e19/apples-forthcoming-accessibility-features-groundhog-day-at-google-accessibility-support-and-accessible-learning-from-fable-pathways

4) Eyes on Success 2221 Offerings from the National Braille Press

May 25th 2022 | No matter what your age, interests, or career, chances are that the National Braille Press offers something for you. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kesel Wilson, editorial director at the NBP, about books the NBP produces in braille and other formats for children, general interest, professionals, and those looking for technical manuals:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202221.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Tips and Tricks for a More Enjoyable OCR Experience | Free Training Webinars by Vispero

May 26th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Summary: If you currently own an OCR (optical character recognition) product or are in the market for one, this session is for you. Join Mike and Michelle on Thursday, May 26, at noon Eastern Time as they share helpful tips from experienced users and show them in action with our scanning products. Hear and see how material management and specific features can contribute to a more accurate, enjoyable OCR experience. Objectives: 1. Identifying when a combo (screen/scanner) product vs. OCR is preferable. 2. Managing print materials for accurate scanning. 3. Using product features for better results. Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Prize Giveaway: We will choose one random winner to receive a $500 voucher towards the product of their choice from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision! ACVREP credits will be awarded to those that attend the live webinar. Register for Tips and Tricks for a More Enjoyable OCR Experience:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vL1JSjtgQ5iOPU7bgg52oA

2) Reading and Typing Anywhere | From IRIE-AT: SuperNova 10-Minute Trainings

May 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Miranda McPherson, AT Trainer, Professor and SuperNova user each week as she delivers practical, 10-minute training webinars that will help you build core computing skills using SuperNova Magnifier, Speech and Screen Reader:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X6Kn2OGWQUusnluTr5xhgw?_x_zm_rtaid=fLk2aOXRT722PTe9sYE0EA.1652816435272.bc800e8cf5b23a93259e41d00cbf2a03&_x_zm_rhtaid=637

3) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

4) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

5) The Web is Inherently Accessible | TPGi

June 8th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Talk aimed at front-end developers or anyone using the basics of HTML to create content for the web. Join TPGi's Rachele DiTullio, Senior Accessibility Engineer, as Rachele explains how the web is accessible by default and that it's design choices that make the web inaccessible. The web is accessible by default; it is our design decisions that stop it being accessible. We need to develop accessible pages from the bottom up, starting with semantic HTML. Many designers and developers have a poor grasp of what native elements to use and what functionality they provide. Every semantic mistake introduces accessibility issues into your code. In this session, you will learn: When to use a link or a button. Why to use headings. How to create form fields. When to use tables. How to create accessible images, font icons and emojis. Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-the-web-is-inherently-accessible/

6) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

7) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

8) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.

9) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

10) 2022 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium

June 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding its second annual virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents, producers and anyone else with a passion for braille literacy! The schedule of events is as follows: 1:00pm EST: Revitalising Braille through a Grass Roots Community (Matthew Horspool and Dave Williams, Braillists Foundation) 2:00pm EST: Hadley's Braille for Everyday Use (Douglas Walker and Dr. Kim Walker, Hadley) 3:00pm EST: What is the science of reading, and what does it teach us about braille contractions? (Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University) 4:00pm EST: Walking Through Paths to Literacy For All Things Braille (Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired). Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period, and then a 15 minute intermission. Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqgqTgoHNE6DUAxovR0glJTq4v53gFQ

11) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/

12) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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

13) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

14) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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

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

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


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Listing Date: 5/26/2022 | Price: $2,875.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: I have a new Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 with all its accessories still in its retail box I can sell for about half price of retail. So asking about $2,875 USD or best offer. Of course, since it is new, everything is perfect. :) Text me. | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Orcam Read

Listing Date: 5/5/2022 | Price: $1,100.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Barely 6 months old. Never used. For visually impaired. Version 9. Sells for $1,800. | Contact: Michael via Email at: miketmarano@icloud.com ✉ or by phone at:(413) 786-1724 ☎. |

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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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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.


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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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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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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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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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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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.


➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
https://bit.ly/3HueRfI

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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.


➜ GuideLights and Gadgets:

(1) Our new Evo 12 is here; stereo speakers, impressive sound for a tiny unit; stereo recording, both alone or w/Internet/FM radio, edit mp3 files on the player; $289, $299 w/leather case. (2) Talking 3 item medical bundle: convention special through 07/31, $120, $140 w/new leather case. (3) Our new leather "Hermione" bottomless bag; two lined interior compartments; big enough for a Mantis to fit perfectly, $65. (4) $25 leather waist pack, 17 by 6 by 3.5 inches; has 15 inch cane holder. Converted gun case. Not quite as deep as I would like, bought 50 of them, my mistake, your gain. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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:
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

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Skype: atguys ✆

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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 ☎.


➜ 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.


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 19, 2022 - Volume 859

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) JAWS Power Tip: Lock Your Keyboard With JAWS (10.1% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/76.html

B.) Free Guide for Blind iPhone Users (7.5% of all clicks.)
After two years, Michael Feir has released Personal Power: Getting the Most From iOS as a Totally Blind User. This second edition of his guide is available free to all in several formats. Get the guide at:
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-second-edition-of-personal-power.html?m=1

C.) Freedom Scientific May 2022 Training Events (5.4% of all clicks.)
The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-may-2022-training-events/

D.) What are Hearables? (4.1% of all clicks.)
Odds are, you've heard of wearables — think fitness trackers, smart clothing, smartwatches, and display glasses. But what about hearables? We have all the info on what they are, who should use them, how they can help you, and where you can get them:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/114421/what-are-hearables/

E.) Microsoft Adaptive Accessories (3.9% of all clicks.)
Microsoft has announced new adaptive accessories, including a mouse, buttons, and a hub. They will be available this Fall:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/microsoft-adaptive-accessories

2) Happy 11th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) From Top Tech Tidbits

Please join all of us here at Tidbits in celebrating 11th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) today. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities / impairments:
Website: https://accessibility.day/
Events: https://accessibility.day/events/

3) Reflections for Global #Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD | Jonathan Mosen

Our past success wasn't inevitable, our future success is not guaranteed:
https://mosen.org/gaad2022/

4) Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features

Using advancements across hardware, software, and machine learning, people who are blind or low vision can use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last few feet to their destination with Door Detection; users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control can fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Mirroring; and the Deaf and hard of hearing community can follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple is also expanding support for its industry-leading screen reader VoiceOver with over 20 new languages and locales. These features will be available later this year with software updates across Apple platforms:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/05/apple-previews-innovative-accessibility-features/

5) Breaking: Android 13 will Include Built-in Braille Support, Supplanting BrailleBack

Android 13 will at long last include built-in braille support without the need to download a separate app. The feature was announced by Google's Nimer Jaber during a session at this year's IO conference:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22488

6) Free Educational Game App to Explore Sonification

Sonification is a technology that represents data and information in non-speech sound. This emerging technology can provide additional or alternative access to information. Learn how this works in 'CosmoBally on Sonoplanet', the new, educational game app by Sonokids Australia. Can you HEAR what shape it is? Free, for iOS and Android, suitable for young and old. By completing the anonymous 2 minutes' user survey (optional) your feedback will support ongoing work on accessible sonification:
https://www.sonoplanet.com

7) Human-Narrated Audiobooks (Beta) Are Here

Bookshare announced that they are adding over 5,000 audiobooks to its library for members to download. Previously, Bookshare's offerings were text-only, which members used text-to-speech software to access:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/campaign/summer

8) Deafblind Communities May Be Creating a New Language of Touch

Tactile sign may be evolving:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/deafblind-communities-may-be-creating-a-new-language-of-touch

9) NV Access In-Process for May 18th 2022

We've got some helpful info for NVDA users in or from Ukraine this week. Plus a workaround for an issue affecting some Dell users. But first, we are getting ever closer to NVDA 2022.1:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-18th-may-2022/

10) 4 Common Myths About Braille and Web Accessibility

Support for electronic braille devices has grown over the past decade, but braille is often ignored in discussions of web accessibility. In this article, we'll discuss four common misconceptions about braille users and provide some quick tips for considering people with vision disabilities when designing your content:
https://www.boia.org/blog/4-common-myths-about-braille-and-web-accessibility

11) Video Playlist From Microsoft Ability Summit 2022

Here you will find all recorded sessions from the Microsoft Ability Summit, hosted virtually on May 10th 2022:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtSVUgxIo6Ko_SB8H9JUaCZMsxiCNu-am

12) Dolphin Upcoming Webinars List

https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/webinars?filterBy=upcoming&sortBy=startTime&sortDescending=false

13) Microsoft Adding Accessibility Features To Windows 11

Last year, Microsoft announced a commitment to closing the disability divide and to work toward improving educational employment opportunities for people with disabilities around the world. The Windows 11 launch, last fall, included a whole host of accessibility improvements, such as appealing sound schemes, closed caption customizations, and a more responsive and flexible experience for working with assistive technologies and accessibility. Since its launch, Microsoft is adding additional features, such as system-wide live captions and more powerful voice access tools:
https://coolblindtech.com/microsoft-adding-accessibility-features-to-windows-11/

14) Toggle Full Screen in a Microsoft Teams Meeting

When you join a Microsoft Teams meeting, the meeting usually opens in a separate window. You can always maximize an application window by pressing Alt + Space, then X, or Windows key + Up Arrow. But you can get rid of the title bar at the top of the Teams meeting window by pressing F11. This gives a little more space for the application. It is actually the same shortcut to activate full screen in a browser window, and other applications like File Explorer:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie/toggle-full-screen-in-a-microsoft-teams-meeting/

15) New Update for Envision Glasses Version 1.6.0

This new major update brings additions like Smart Guidance and Layout Detection to the reading functions. Videos detailing each topic available here:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/new-update-for-envision-glasses-version-1-6-0

16) How Mozilla Thunderbird Is Making a Comeback in 2022

Thunderbird has been around since 2003, but it has stalled in recent years due to dwindling interest from Mozilla and limited funds. However, the project is now making a resurgence, and it might be worth your time to try:
https://www.howtogeek.com/805530/heres-how-mozilla-thunderbird-is-making-a-comeback-in-2022/

17) A Comprehensive Overview Of Windows 11 22H2, The OS's First Big Yearly Update

A look at the most significant features coming to the OS later this year:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/05/windows-11s-first-yearly-update-is-almost-done-heres-what-is-and-isnt-part-of-it/

18) The Sony Alpha 7 IV Camera Has a Screen Reader Feature for the Vision Impaired

Photography is an inherently visual medium, but that does not mean those without perfect eyesight can't enjoy it. Sony seems to have recognized this and added a screen reading feature to its Alpha 7 IV camera to help the vision-impaired:
https://petapixel.com/2022/05/13/the-sony-alpha-7-iv-has-a-screen-reader-feature-for-the-vision-impaired/

19) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone

Everyone does it. We're all human, after all. But, if you avoid these mistakes, your smartphone is guaranteed to last longer:
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-mistakes-damaging-smartphone/

20) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Hable Is The New Tactile Assistant For Your Smartphone

Braille Screen Input, or BSI, is a great choice for those who like that approach on a touch sensitive glass screen. But there is now more than one way to input a cord these days andFreek van Welsenis, Co-Founder of Hable, offers to J.J. another alternative for smartphone navigation. The lightweight Hable is a Bluetooth enabled input device for Android and iOS that has been sweeping its way across the EU. And now it sets its sights on a U.S. launch:
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22489


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Could Neuralink Neuroprosthetic Device Help Tinnitus?

Australian author and academic David Tuffley challenges bold claims that a neuroprosthetic device developed by Elon Musk's Neuralink start-up company could "cure tinnitus" within five years:
https://hearingreview.com/hearing-loss/tinnitus/tinnitus-therapy/could-neuralink-neuroprosthetic-device-help-tinnitus

2) National Braille Press Creates New Technology For Blind Community In 21st Century

A white classic colonial style building on St. Stephen Street in Boston's Fenway district holds some of the most innovative and collaborative work for the blind community:
https://huntnewsnu.com/68722/city-pulse/national-braille-press-creates-new-technology-for-blind-community-in-21st-century/

3) The City Of Winnipeg Launches App For Residents With Mobility Issues To Book Accessible Cab Rides

The City of Winnipeg has launched a service and app that will enable wheelchair users to book rides with accessible vehicles from several taxi and private transportation providers:
https://nationworldnews.com/the-city-of-winnipeg-launches-app-for-residents-with-mobility-issues-to-book-accessible-cab-rides-nation-world-news

4) U.S. Department of Education Announces Intent to Strengthen and Protect Rights for Students with Disabilities by Amending Regulations Implementing Section 504

The Department's Office for Civil Rights will solicit public comments to help decide how best to improve current regulations to assist America's students. As part of the development of the proposed amendments to the Section 504 regulations, the Department is soliciting public input. Interested parties may go to www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/ to submit comments:
https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-intent-strengthen-and-protect-rights-students-disabilities-amending-regulations-implementing-section-504

5) Hadley offers Invaluable Help for Visually Impaired Travelers to Make the Most of Vacation

Many of us are looking forward to traveling again this summer. For the millions of older Americans with visual impairments, however, traveling may seem like more of a challenge, especially if their eye condition is new to them. But with a little preparation and proper resources, those with low vision or blindness can continue to enjoy traveling:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hadley-offers-invaluable-help-for-visually-impaired-travelers-to-make-the-most-of-vacation-301548793.html

6) Expand Your Definition Of Inclusivity: How Employers Can Support Blind Talent

In today's competitive labor market, many employers are working to expand who and where they recruit from, going as far as to remove location or college degree requirements. And yet, disabled populations, like those who are blind or visually impaired, are still vastly underemployed:
https://www.benefitnews.com/news/expand-your-definition-of-inclusivity-how-employers-can-support-blind-talent


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Finding the Funny After Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

May 13th 2022 | IT professional and stand-up comedian Todd Blenkhorn talks about his personal journey with vision loss and how his passion for stand-up helped him find and share the humor in daily interactions.
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/finding-funny-after-vision-loss

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 75, A Time To Celebrate With Our Readers And Listeners And Thoughts On Google IO 2022

May 14th 2022 | We celebrated our 75th episode with some of our listeners that joined us. We discussed our thoughts on the just occurred Google IO 2022. The playlist of Google with presentations on accessibility can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsILw2VmhxUWyd_imCrJef_iz. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcatchers, on Spotify, on smart speakers and on this YouTube playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpEh6UljW4PFrB7cCrJ7bEg.

3) Mosen At Large Episode 178: Some Braille Users May Be Locked Out Of The New Talkback Braille Support, The Revision Fitness App, And Farewell To The Ipod Touch

May 14th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/8c9fa2e7/some-braille-users-may-be-locked-out-of-the-new-talkback-braille-support-the-revision-fitness-app-and-farewell-to-the-ipod-touch

4) Eyes on Success 2220 Encore of 2102 Access Technology Reminiscences

May 18th 2022 | David Bradburn, Vice-President Global Sales at Humanware, has been involved in the access technology field for over 35 years. A lot has changed over that time. Listen in on a conversation between David as a salesman and host Peter Torpey as a user as they reminisce about the evolution of access technology equipment since the early days:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202220.htm

5) Blind Abilites Podcast: QuickByte: Hiding Screen Pages on Your Apple Device and Still Accessing Everything

May 18th 2022 | In this QuickByte demo, previously published in the Tech Abilities episode, Jeff takes us through the process of hiding and unhiding a Screen page on the iPhone. When you have a lot of apps and widgets filling screen pages and want to clean up the experience, you can hide the pages and still be able to access the apps through the Library, the Library search and with the Siri assistant. Just double tap and hold on the page number and then select the page you want to hide or unhide and single finger double tap. And lastly, Tap on Done and there you go!
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7414


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program Field Updates

May 19th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program field updates Lisamaria Martinez, Richard Rueda. ACVREP credits available. Wondering how can APH Transition Hub support and increase the number of families that are directed to your summer residential program? Learn the latest innovations from APH CareerConnect. Join the National Transition Conversation as the APH ConnectCenter unveils the latest features of the Transition Hub project, and shares updates on CareerConnect. Just in time for summer programming across the United States, the National Transition Conversation will provide three mini forums spotlighting some of our partner transition programs and services. The second hour will provide a forum for practitioners, rehabilitation personnel, transition specialists and program administrators to share their own program successes and learn from other programs. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A-h3iZRzSCitNrhTdOTrVQ

2) Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

May 19th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Do you find navigating certain web elements challenging? Want to clear the clutter when accessing information? Join us Thursday, May 19, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of several web page elements you may encounter when surfing the web, and show you how to: Access expandable menus. Navigate modals. Customize websites using Flexible Web so web page content is easier to read. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ja366UUvQyWzfOSOhhfXVw

3) Creating Inclusive Customer Experiences Through Digital Accessibility | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 19th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is connecting with and highlighting individuals that are passionate about advancing digital accessibility programs at their organizations and are focused on creating inclusive customer experiences. Join host TPGi's Mark Miller, Director — Emerging Accounts & Platform, with special guests. This conversation will help you learn about how these individuals started their accessibility program, the challenges they encountered, what maturity stage their accessibility program is currently, and helpful tips they can share to help your digital accessibility operate more efficiently. Save your seat for this conversation; you won't want to miss it! Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/may-19-gaad-creating-inclusive-customer-experiences-through-digital-accessibility/

4) OrCam Free Demo Day | AdaptiVision

May 20th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | AdaptiVision is delighted to offer a free OrCam Demo Day on Friday, May 20th 2022. Attendees will have the chance to try out the latest OrCam assistive devices for low vision and blindness, including the OrCam MyEye and the OrCam Read Smart. These high-tech devices use artificial intelligence to convert visual information into audio, helping the user read text, recognize faces, distinguish colors and currency, and identify products. They are small, discreet, and easy to use. Notably, the Read Smart, a handheld reader designed for people with low vision, dyslexia, or other reading challenges, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Inventions of 2021. The demo day will be held at The Carroll Center for the Blind, one of the nation's preeminent vision rehabilitation centers. Event details: Date: Friday, May 20, 2022. Location: The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458. Time: 10:00 AM. Cost: Free. Pre-registration is required. Visit the link below to learn more and register:
https://lowvisionsource.com/orcam-demo-day/

5) Computer Magnification Made Easy | From IRIE-AT: SuperNova 10-Minute Trainings

May 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Miranda McPherson, AT Trainer, Professor and SuperNova user each week as she delivers practical, 10-minute training webinars that will help you build core computing skills using SuperNova Magnifier, Speech and Screen Reader:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bZeED-jwQUqkQK-Bwq0PYw?_x_zm_rtaid=fLk2aOXRT722PTe9sYE0EA.1652816435272.bc800e8cf5b23a93259e41d00cbf2a03&_x_zm_rhtaid=637

6) A Webinar Of Anxiety: Developments In Accessibility For People With Anxiety And Panic Disorders | TPGi

May 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, XXX GMT | Presenter: Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer. Awareness of the impact of online accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders has grown in recent years. High-pressure sales tactics and deceptive patterns have caught the attention of lawmakers. Banks have introduced new measures to support vulnerable customers. Social media companies have recognized the impact of their services on users' mental health. But has this made any difference? In this webinar, TPGi's Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer will provide an update on developments in understanding this often-overlooked aspect of web accessibility. He'll explore aspects of user interface and user experience design that contribute to feelings of anxiety and panic. He'll also examine whether the web is still as anxiety-inducing as ever, highlight recent initiatives aimed at addressing anxiety-related issues, and share recommendations on what organizations can do to improve the user experience for people with anxiety and panic disorders:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-24-at-12pm-et-a-webinar-of-anxiety-developments-in-accessibility-for-people-with-anxiety-and-panic-disorders/

7) Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 — What's new in Version 2.0.0? | The Braillists Foundation

May 24th 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM, 5/25 GMT | Version 2.0.0 is coming soon and will contain some significant new enhancements for the Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 braille displays. If you want to be more productive and efficient using your Braille display, join Andrew and Peter to find out what's new in the most updated software version. We are sure there will be some tremendous good reasons you should update to the latest software. Don't worry, and we will make sure to have time for your questions at the end:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Uo3HUi1_R8qCm8HGQpP9zg

8) Basics of PowerPoint Remediation | Access Ingenuity

May 25th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn how to make your PowerPoint file as accessible as possible for screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Highlight the use of Office formatting features and how to leverage them to create the most accessible end product possible. Explore the accessibility tools in PowerPoint such as the Reading Order pane and how to add alternative text. Go through the steps in creating a clean PowerPoint Accessibility Check. Meeting ID: 819 7420 5040 | Passcode: 255996 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81974205040#,,,,*255996# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81974205040?pwd=WjI5ZUlrMm5aMkxhUXJEd3B4cGdPdz09

9) Reading and Typing Anywhere | From IRIE-AT: SuperNova 10-Minute Trainings

May 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Miranda McPherson, AT Trainer, Professor and SuperNova user each week as she delivers practical, 10-minute training webinars that will help you build core computing skills using SuperNova Magnifier, Speech and Screen Reader:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X6Kn2OGWQUusnluTr5xhgw?_x_zm_rtaid=fLk2aOXRT722PTe9sYE0EA.1652816435272.bc800e8cf5b23a93259e41d00cbf2a03&_x_zm_rhtaid=637

10) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

11) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

12) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

13) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

14) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.

15) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

16) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/

17) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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

18) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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

19) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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

20) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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) 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

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

November 5th 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


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Orcam Read

Listing Date: 5/5/2022 | Price: $1,100.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Barely 6 months old. Never used. For visually impaired. Version 9. Sells for $1,800. | Contact: Michael via Email at: miketmarano@icloud.com ✉ or by phone at:(413) 786-1724 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Put A New 32 Cell Braille Display in Your Braillenote for Cheap

Listing Date: 4/28/2022 | Price: $925.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Is your Braillenote Touch Plus 32 or Touch 32 or Apex 32 not as perfect as it was when new? Then just replace it with a brand new perfect one for only $925. We also take trade-in Braille devices to further help you with the price for the new display. | Contact: Joe via Email at: newbraille32@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at:(726) 777-9536 ☎. |

3) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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➜ 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:
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➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
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➜ GuideLights and Gadgets: New Daisy Player and Entertainment System, The Evo 12

We are pleased to announce the availability of our new daisy player and entertainment system, the Evo 12. It utilizes the highly listenable Sally and Joey voices and reads Bookshare as well as epub, word and text documents. It does not accept either BARD or Audible files. The Evo now supports the "abc" method for entering text, along with its most exciting new feature, stereo recording from the internal microphone as well as from the Internet radio and FM radio. For better reception, a flexible antenna has been added. Another unique and very popular feature makes possible basic editing of recorded files. The unit also contains a memo recorder, voice reminders and timers, a color reader, Internet radio, and podcatcher to which your own entries can be added to the player database. The introductory price through July 31st is $289.00. The player is available both from GuideLights and Gadgets and from our collaborative partner, Mystic Access. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉.

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Free Guide for Blind iPhone Users (9.8% of all clicks.)
After two years, Michael Feir has released Personal Power: Getting the Most From iOS as a Totally Blind User. This second edition of his guide is available free to all in several formats. Get the guide at:
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-second-edition-of-personal-power.html?m=1

B.) JAWS Power Tip: How To Navigate Your Outlook Inbox Like A Table (7.9% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/74.html

C.) What are Hearables? (7.6% of all clicks.)
Odds are, you've heard of wearables — think fitness trackers, smart clothing, smartwatches, and display glasses. But what about hearables? We have all the info on what they are, who should use them, how they can help you, and where you can get them:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/114421/what-are-hearables/

D.) Tips for Accessible Screen Sharing (5.5% of all clicks.)
For many of us, phone calls have largely been replaced with meetings over video conferencing platforms like Zoom. One advantage to these platforms is the ability to share computer screens. We have all likely been in virtual meetings where someone says, "it's easier if I just share my screen," and it's true that screen sharing is often an effective way to demonstrate tasks or share information. However, screen sharing comes with some accessibility dangers:
https://webaim.org/blog/tips-for-accessible-screen-sharing/

E.) Voice Dream Reader for Desktop (5.1% of all clicks.)
Voice Dream Reader is a popular text to speech app on iOS and Android. The product's developer has now released a desktop version:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id972112040

2) 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day Reminder

This is just a Top Tech Tidbits reminder to join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Next Thursday, May 19th 2022. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities / impairments:
https://accessibility.day/

3) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for May 12th 2022

Updates this week include: (1) Welcome back to Jonathan Mosen and the Mosen at Large Podcast | (2) Bouncing is for Balls. Not Emails. Why Are There So Many Hurdles To Receiving Emails From Top Tech Tidbits? | (3) PayPal Unable To Serve Deafblind Subscribers. Top Tech Tidbits Offers Free Lifetime Premium Memberships to all Deafblind Readers | (4) A Note About The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter and Top Tech Tidbits Partner Donna Jodhan:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/75.html

4) JAWS Power Tip: Lock Your Keyboard With JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/76.html

5) Android 13 Will Introduce New Restrictions On Sideloaded Apps

With an aim to crack down on apps that misuse the Accessibility API, Google is planning to introduce new restrictions on sideloaded apps with Android 13, according to Mishaal Rahman at Esper. The proposed restrictions will affect APK files that come from unreliable sources:
https://www.neowin.net/news/android-13-will-introduce-new-restrictions-on-sideloaded-apps/

6) Ask Alexa

A.) Speaker groups allow you to play music, podcasts and news on multiple Echo devices at once, providing a Multi-room audio experience.
Just say, "Alexa, move my music to the kitchen."

B.) Set a reminder with Alexa so you don't forget family plans.
Just say, "Alexa, remind me to join my family call on Sunday."

C.) Streamline your day with Featured Routines in the Alexa app. Routines are like ready-made shortcuts — or you can easily create your own Routines from scratch, limited only by your imagination!
Just say, "Alexa, enable the Good Morning Routine."

D.) Personalize your Flash Briefings by choosing providers that report on the entertainment, business, sports, and local news that you care about most.
Just say, "Alexa, play Flash Briefing."

E.) Transform your apprentice knight into a powerful paladin, and battle evil forces like Dark Tower Knights and terrifying Dark Forest orcs.
Just say, "Alexa, start Knight Manager."

7) Microsoft Adaptive Accessories

Microsoft has announced new adaptive accessories, including a mouse, buttons, and a hub. They will be available this Fall:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/microsoft-adaptive-accessories

8) Auto-Generated Summaries In Google Docs

Google announced that it will be able to summarize long documents, chat, and other text-based communications:
https://ai.googleblog.com/2022/03/auto-generated-summaries-in-google-docs.html

9) The Music Lives On

Apple has discontinued the iPod Touch. For many the iPod Touch 3GS was their first experience with an accessible touchscreen device (this contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) still has theirs). Voiceover on iOS came about in 2009:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/05/the-music-lives-on/

10) Reimagining The Apps Included With Windows 11

Microsoft continues to release new apps that come included with Windows. One of these is a new version of Sound Recorder, just released to Windows Insiders:
https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2022/05/10/reimagining-the-apps-included-with-windows-11/

11) Stream Audio Directly To Your Compatible Bluetooth Hearing Aids:

Amazon has announced that hearing aid wearers can now connect them directly to the Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation). Here's how and check compatibility:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202105050

12) Xbox Accessibility Guidelines V3.0

The Xbox Accessibility Guidelines have been updated to include information on mental health, motion sickness, and text sizing:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/gaming/accessibility/guidelines

13) BrailleSense 6 MINI Using BrailleSense Cloud Drive | HIMS | YouTube

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14) The 5 Best Text-to-Speech Add-ons for Firefox

Whether you use text-to-speech for accessibility or convenience, it's hard to find the feature everywhere online. So, here are five Firefox add-ons:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-text-to-speech-firefox-add-ons/

15) A List of Various Master Classes From The Braillists Foundation

The Braillists Foundation runs regular Masterclasses introducing various aspects of using braille and available braille technologies. On this page you can find resources produced by the Braillists Foundation, including recordings and notes from previous events:
https://www.braillists.org/media/

16) Freedom Scientific May 2022 Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-may-2022-training-events/

17) LibreOffice 7.3.3 Community Available For Download

LibreOffice 7.3.3 Community, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 7.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, is available for download:
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2022/05/05/libreoffice-733-community/

18) TPGi's Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2022 Webinar Lineup

In honor of GAAD, TPGi is hosting three events throughout the next week to help educate people on digital accessibility, how inaccessible digital products like a self-service kiosk can impact people with disabilities, and what people are doing to create more inclusive user experiences for all:
https://www.tpgi.com/global-accessibility-awareness-day-gaad-2022/

19) Microsoft Releases A New Sound Recorder App For Windows 11 Insiders

Microsoft has announced a new Sound Recorder app for users in the Dev Channel of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Program. It replaces the Voice Recorder app, and brings a revamped design with more options:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/05/11/new-sound-recorder-app-windows-11/

20) Update To Bixby Makes It Quicker And Easier To Answer Some Samsung Galaxy Phones Hands-Free

Samsung refuses to abandon its Bixby digital assistant leaving it on its phones even though it is barely used. For the most part, Google Assistant, which of course is available on Samsung's handsets, has more capabilities than Samsung's Bixby. The manufacturer has long given up on having Bixby become a legit challenger to the big three assistants which are Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa:
https://www.phonearena.com/news/samsung-bixby-update_id140025

21) Firefox 101 Beta Brings Back The Download Prompt Allowing Users To Choose Whether To Open Or Save Files

Mozilla changed the download behavior of Firefox when it released version 97 of the browser, by skipping the prompt that allowed users to choose whether to Open a file, save it, or cancel the action. When you click on a download link, the file gets saved to your Downloads folder. Most other browsers have this behavior enabled by default, so Mozilla was following the trend. That's not always a good idea. Since the browser downloads files by default, this could result in the Downloads directory getting cluttered with files that you did not want to download, i.e. accidentally clicking a link, or clicking the wrong link. It wasn't surprising to see that many users weren't happy with this change:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/05/05/mozilla-firefox-101-beta-download-prompt-for-opening-and-saving-files/

22) Revolutionary eSight 4 Vision Assistance Device to be Showcased at Retina World Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 12th 2022 through May 15th 2022

Leading vision enhancement platform, eSight,has announced that it is holding demonstrations of its flagship medical device, the eSight 4, at the Retina World Congress in Fort Lauderdale, May 12 through May 15 2022. eSight will be attending the conference with eSight 4 user Gary Foster to foster dialogue about patient needs and the future of assistive technology:
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/05/10/2439808/0/en/Revolutionary-eSight-4-Vision-Assistance-Device-to-be-Showcased-at-Retina-World-Congress.html

23) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Navigating Through The Mazes Of Math With APH's Road To Code

Higher end math and computational thinking are skill sets that can provide amazing opportunities to many at a young age. The problem that persists is how do parents and educators find the right accessible tools for mastering these abilities in the K-12 environment?
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22487

24) Linux Accessibility: An Unmaintained Mess

Linux is mainly known as a server operating system. It performs impressively on that front, being used by just about every company out there. But through the years, some people in the tech community have made it their personal, home computer operating system as well. There are several podcasts where people talk about the viability of Linux on the desktop. However, as Linux reaches more and more mainstream users, it brings to light the disappointing truth that not everyone can use it. Those with disabilities, who could be the most helped by its open-source nature, are instead left for the for-profit companies which, regardless of what else they've done, at least have made their offerings more or less accessible:
https://medium.com/@r.d.t.prater/linux-accessibility-an-unmaintained-mess-8fbf9decaf8a

25) Low-Hanging Fruit: 4 Accessibility Issues That Make a Website an Easy Target

Here we look at several common WCAG failures that can raise an organization's risk of compliance violations (and provide quick tips for addressing those issues):
https://www.boia.org/blog/low-hanging-fruit-5-accessibility-issues-that-make-a-website-an-easy-target

26) Tractive GPS Dog LTE Tracker | PC Mag

If you're in the market for a GPS pet tracker, you probably want one that informs you as quickly as possible of your pet's escape. The $49.99 Tractive GPS Dog LTE Tracker offers the fastest escape alerts of any tracker we've tested, in a convenient design that securely attaches to your dog's existing collar with a rubber clip. We also like that a Basic subscription, which includes live location, activity, and sleep monitoring, is more affordable than you get with competitors. Although its battery life could be longer and we'd like to see more health and social features, the Tractive still offers top-notch GPS tracking for a resonable price, earning it our Editors' Choice award:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/tractive-gps-dog-lte-tracker


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) Accessibility in Education and Learning Styles

"Accessible education" (also known as "accessible learning") is "the process of designing courses and developing a teaching style to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles." Accessible education follows similar principles of web accessibility and other access-related standards and guidelines — maintain consistency, ensure effective communication, provide course-related materials in formats that can be understood, etc. Essentially, poorly designed environments negatively impact accessibility and the student's ability to learn:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-learning-styles-impact-accessibility-in-education

2) Bose to Exit Hearing Aid Market as Company Shutters Health Division

A Boston Globe report on May 3, 2022 confirmed months of rumors circulating in the hearing industry — that the Bose hearing aid division was either closing or shifting its business strategy:
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/bose-exits-hearing-aid-market/

3) Finalists Announced for 2022 Braille Challenge Finals

The Braille Institute is proud to announce the 50 finalists for the 2022 Braille Challenge Finals competition. These competitors achieved the highest scores in the braille literacy testing competition, out of over 800 youth across the U.S., Canada and U.K.:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/finalists-announced-for-2022-braille-challenge-finals-301540168.html

4) Bandcamp Faces Legal Action From Visually Impaired Musicians

A visually impaired musician named Linda Slade has brought the class action suit against Bandcamp. Slade has no vision whatsoever and must rely on screen readers to browse the internet. Bandcamp's website lacks accessibility features intended to make it easier for people with visual impairments to browse it:
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/05/03/bandcamp-faces-legal-action-visually-impaired-musicians/

5) Malta's First Blind Artist Publishes Book Collecting Works From Visually-Impaired Artists

By way of the book — 'The Art Beyond Light Project' — a number of talented artists have been allowed to express their imagination by pitching their own unique paintings:
https://lovinmalta.com/malta/maltas-first-blind-artist-publishes-book-collecting-works-from-visually-impaired-artists/

6) Allowing Blind People To See Again With A Wireless Implant

Being able to see without eyes sounds like a miracle, but in the not-too-distant future, a new brain chip could allow the blind and visually impaired to perceive images again. Ph.D. student Adedayo Omisakin worked on wireless communication from and to this innovative implant. He defended his research at the department of Electrical Engineering on Friday April 22nd 2022:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-05-people-wireless-implant.html

7) What is it Like to Be a Blind Writer Writing for Sighted Readers?

What is it like to be blind in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by sighted individuals? Jessica Powers, founder and publisher at Catalyst Press, spoke to George Mendoza and Kristen Witucki about crafting stories for sighted readers, finding community and release in fiction, and battling ableism in traditional publishing and publicity:
https://lithub.com/what-is-it-like-to-be-a-blind-writer-writing-for-sighted-readers/

8) PNC Class Action Alleges Website Not Accessible To Blind, Visually Impaired

Who: A legally blind woman is suing PNC. Why: She says the PNC website is not accessible with a screen reader, depriving blind people from using its services online. Where: The case is pending in New York federal court:
https://topclassactions.com/disability-class-action-lawsuit/pnc-class-action-alleges-website-not-accessible-to-blind-visually-impaired/


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

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/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 50: Episode 50: Bear-Human Interactions And Overcoming Disfigurement And A Disability

May 1st 2022 | On episode 50 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Ms Lilly explains how bears in Pakistan are being liberated. We here from bear researcher Dr. Barrie Gilbert about his own much to close encounter with an angry mother Grizzly. Barrie describes how he overcame his facial disfigurement and loss of one eye to become a world-famous Grizzly Bear expert and advocate. Lawrence also shares his own much less traumatic encounter with a Black Bear while tent camping:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-50-bear-human-interactions-and-overcoming/id1530444764?i=1000559262327

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 74, It's Simply App Bonanza

May 7th 2022 | On May 14th 2002 at 9AM Pacific we recorded our 75th episode. Listeners can join in live to take part in the celebrations at: https://meet.google.com/wro-pssc-fzv. This week, we demo 3 apps. LinkedIn, Cloud Radio, and a social networking app Mastodon. We then discuss the 2-finger triple-tap and hold gesture of Talkback. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcatcher and podcast platforms and on Youtube at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqxi2NDFrQ5jPhNlxuKM1ad

3) Mosen At Large Episode 177: Blind People On Juries, ACB's Advocacy Priorities, An Explosive New Book About Apple, And Part 1 Of An Extensive Look At The Blindshell Classic 2

May 8th 2022
https://mosen.org/episode-177-blind-people-on-juries-acbs-advocacy-priorities-an-explosive-new-book-about-apple-and-part-1-of-an-extensive-look-at-the-blindshell-classic-2/

4) Eyes on Success 2219 The Hosts as Guests

May 11th 2022 | Every week Peter and Nancy Torpey interview interesting guests from around the world for their Eyes On Success weekly podcast. This week, however, the tables are turned as Sonia Usatch-Kuhn, host of the North Carolina Radio Reading Services Community Connections podcast, interviews Peter and Nancy about their own lives and careers and show:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202219.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Premium Services Using Alexa and Google | Technology User Group

May 14 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. Alexa and Google are adding premium services to their skill set. How do you subscribe to these services and use them?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

2) You Don't Know What You Don't Know | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | With the increasing popularity of coding bootcamps, people turn to these programs for new and rewarding careers. However, as tech companies hire these recent grads, a clear skills gap exists: Accessibility isn't part of the bootcamp curriculum. So while we're out here trying to make the web more accessible, a torrent of new developers are unleashed into the workforce every year, unaware and unprepared. In celebration of GAAD 2022, "The Outlaw" Jonny James, Senior Accessibility Engineer, will draw from his own experience, challenging our existing paradigm of what it means to be qualified to work in this field and how the gatekeepers of web accessibility could be harming the industry, once referred to as "the business of empathy." Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-17-at-12pm-you-dont-know-what-you-dont-know/

3) Introducing the TOPAZ Ultra (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

May 18th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore the features of the TOPAZ Ultra. The TOPAZ Ultra is the next generation of portable magnifiers. With its unique folding design, it's easy to take with you wherever you go. The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier in a compact and portable design. TOPAZ Ultra is ideal for individuals who need a lightweight magnification solution in different locations - at home, in the office or classroom, and on the go. Use the TOPAZ Ultra right out of the box to magnify text and objects up close, in the distance, and even look at yourself with its convenient 3-in-1 camera. 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 walkthrough of the TOPAZ Ultra. Differences from previous TOPAZ portable models. How the TOPAZ Ultra can be an effective reading tool. Meeting ID: 898 9510 6641 | Passcode: 641890 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89895106641#,,,,*641890# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89895106641?pwd=ZUZyc2k3Nmh1b05Kai95Vm9NK1ZMdz09

4) Where in the World: Accessible Wayfinding and Mapping for iOS | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

May 18th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Wednesday May 18th 2022 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET. We'll explore accessible mainstream apps like Apple and Google Maps, which can give you walking or transit directions and help you discover points of interest in your city. Plus, we'll explore Microsoft Soundscape and GoodMaps, two apps built to give you precise, accessible guidance. This event will take place in person and online. To attend in person, please RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ or register via Zoom to join online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcu2rrjkjGd0aaqdPZNDeB4iaC3L06-Lo

5) How To Create An Accessible Kiosk (Ask Me Anything) | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 18th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Did you know that self-service kiosks need to be accessible? If you own or are considering launching self-check-in kiosks or lockers at some of your business locations or are currently researching how you can improve your customer experiences, this session is for you. Join Matt Ater, Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Vispero; Laura Miller, Director of Business Development, Vispero; and Ryan Jones, Solutions Architect, TPGi, on May 18 at 1 PM eastern. They will answer your questions on how to create accessible kiosk experiences:
https://www.tpgi.com/may-18-at-1-pm-et-gaad-2022-how-to-create-an-accessible-kiosk-experience-ask-me-anything/

6) The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program Field Updates

May 19th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program field updates Lisamaria Martinez, Richard Rueda. ACVREP credits available. Wondering how can APH Transition Hub support and increase the number of families that are directed to your summer residential program? Learn the latest innovations from APH CareerConnect. Join the National Transition Conversation as the APH ConnectCenter unveils the latest features of the Transition Hub project, and shares updates on CareerConnect. Just in time for summer programming across the United States, the National Transition Conversation will provide three mini forums spotlighting some of our partner transition programs and services. The second hour will provide a forum for practitioners, rehabilitation personnel, transition specialists and program administrators to share their own program successes and learn from other programs. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A-h3iZRzSCitNrhTdOTrVQ

7) Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

May 19th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Do you find navigating certain web elements challenging? Want to clear the clutter when accessing information? Join us Thursday, May 19, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of several web page elements you may encounter when surfing the web, and show you how to: Access expandable menus. Navigate modals. Customize websites using Flexible Web so web page content is easier to read. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ja366UUvQyWzfOSOhhfXVw

8) Creating Inclusive Customer Experiences Through Digital Accessibility | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 19th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is connecting with and highlighting individuals that are passionate about advancing digital accessibility programs at their organizations and are focused on creating inclusive customer experiences. Join host TPGi's Mark Miller, Director — Emerging Accounts & Platform, with special guests. This conversation will help you learn about how these individuals started their accessibility program, the challenges they encountered, what maturity stage their accessibility program is currently, and helpful tips they can share to help your digital accessibility operate more efficiently. Save your seat for this conversation; you won't want to miss it! Register today!
https://www.tpgi.com/may-19-gaad-creating-inclusive-customer-experiences-through-digital-accessibility/

9) OrCam Free Demo Day | AdaptiVision

May 20th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | AdaptiVision is delighted to offer a free OrCam Demo Day on Friday, May 20th 2022. Attendees will have the chance to try out the latest OrCam assistive devices for low vision and blindness, including the OrCam MyEye and the OrCam Read Smart. These high-tech devices use artificial intelligence to convert visual information into audio, helping the user read text, recognize faces, distinguish colors and currency, and identify products. They are small, discreet, and easy to use. Notably, the Read Smart, a handheld reader designed for people with low vision, dyslexia, or other reading challenges, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Inventions of 2021. The demo day will be held at The Carroll Center for the Blind, one of the nation's preeminent vision rehabilitation centers. Event details: Date: Friday, May 20, 2022. Location: The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458. Time: 10:00 AM. Cost: Free. Pre-registration is required. Visit the link below to learn more and register:
https://lowvisionsource.com/orcam-demo-day/

10) A Webinar Of Anxiety: Developments In Accessibility For People With Anxiety And Panic Disorders | TPGi

May 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, XXX GMT | Presenter: Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer. Awareness of the impact of online accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders has grown in recent years. High-pressure sales tactics and deceptive patterns have caught the attention of lawmakers. Banks have introduced new measures to support vulnerable customers. Social media companies have recognized the impact of their services on users' mental health. But has this made any difference? In this webinar, TPGi's Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer will provide an update on developments in understanding this often-overlooked aspect of web accessibility. He'll explore aspects of user interface and user experience design that contribute to feelings of anxiety and panic. He'll also examine whether the web is still as anxiety-inducing as ever, highlight recent initiatives aimed at addressing anxiety-related issues, and share recommendations on what organizations can do to improve the user experience for people with anxiety and panic disorders:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-24-at-12pm-et-a-webinar-of-anxiety-developments-in-accessibility-for-people-with-anxiety-and-panic-disorders/

11) Basics of PowerPoint Remediation | Access Ingenuity

May 25th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn how to make your PowerPoint file as accessible as possible for screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Highlight the use of Office formatting features and how to leverage them to create the most accessible end product possible. Explore the accessibility tools in PowerPoint such as the Reading Order pane and how to add alternative text. Go through the steps in creating a clean PowerPoint Accessibility Check. Meeting ID: 819 7420 5040 | Passcode: 255996 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81974205040#,,,,*255996# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81974205040?pwd=WjI5ZUlrMm5aMkxhUXJEd3B4cGdPdz09

12) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

13) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 4th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

14) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

15) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | 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. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

16) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.

17) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

18) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Orcam Read

Listing Date: 5/5/2022 | Price: $1,100.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Barely 6 months old. Never used. For visually impaired. Version 9. Sells for $1,800. | Contact: Michael via Email at: miketmarano@icloud.com ✉ or by phone at:(413) 786-1724 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Put A New 32 Cell Braille Display in Your Braillenote for Cheap

Listing Date: 4/28/2022 | Price: $925.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Is your Braillenote Touch Plus 32 or Touch 32 or Apex 32 not as perfect as it was when new? Then just replace it with a brand new perfect one for only $925. We also take trade-in Braille devices to further help you with the price for the new display. | Contact: Joe via Email at: newbraille32@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at:(726) 777-9536 ☎. |

3) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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➜ 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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Phone: (617) 969-6200

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


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
https://scribeit.io/

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

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?

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➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Directory of Services

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

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


➜ 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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