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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 6, 2022 - Volume 840

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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

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

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

3) Hey Alexa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) Accessible Publishing: A Valued Skill for Graphic Communicators

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

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

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

12) Introduction to Cognitive Disability and Accessibility Testing

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

13) World Braille Day | January 4th 2022

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

14) Ten Facts About Braille

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

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

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

16) CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Attendee Registration

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

17) Comparison of Scribe with RoboBraille and SensusAccess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23) Braille Institute Celebrates "Technology Month" In January

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

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

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


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter Issue 22 | December 21st 2021

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

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

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

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

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

4) Hadley Workshop Spotlight: Is It Done?

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

5) Wish List of a Visually Impaired Online Banking User

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9) CVS Makes Reading Prescriptions More Accessible With Spoken Rx

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

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

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

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

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

12) More Access For The Visually Impaired To Digital Worlds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17) The Everyday Smart Tech Helping Australians With Sight Disabilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


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

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

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

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

3) Eyes on Success 2201 The Dream of a Lifetime

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


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


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

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

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

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

3) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

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

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

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

5) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

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

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

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

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

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

8) Axe-Con 2022

March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for Axe-Con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
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9) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

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


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