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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Volume 841

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: What is the Single Line versus Multi-Line Ribbon? And How Do I Know Which One I'm Using? (7.9% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/48.html
B.) Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna Jodhan Launches The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter (6.8% of all clicks.)
https://www.donnajodhan.com/tbln/2022/01012022/
C.) MIT Technology Review | The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021 (5.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/24/1014369/10-breakthrough-technologies-2021/
D.) iOS 15 Settings You Should Change On Your iPhone 13 Right Now (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/ios-15-settings-you-should-change-on-your-iphone-13-right-now/
E.) Ten Facts About Braille (4.4% of all clicks.)
https://clovernook.org/2021/06/21/ten-facts-about-braille/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI56Dx6NqU9QIVqBZMCh3YtAWsEAAYAiAAEgLmkvD_BwE

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

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

3) Hey Alexa

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

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

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

5) The Best of CES 2022 | Wired

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

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

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

7) Accessibility Reminder, a Microsoft Garage Project

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

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

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

9) Contest for Reviewing Audio Description

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

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

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

11) Five 2022 Accessibility Trends

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

12) Soundscape Recreational Activities

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

13) Reviewed Launches New Vertical Dedicated To Accessibility

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

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

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

15) Accessible Chess

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

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

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

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

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

18) Orcam Myeye PRO Receives CES Innovation Award

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

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

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

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

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


➜ Press Releases and Other News


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11) Inclusion Movement Increasingly Apparent in Food Packaging

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

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

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

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

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

14) Visually Impaired YouTubers Open The Eyes Of Sighted Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18) 4 Reasons ADA Compliance is Important for Ecommerce Stores

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

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

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


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


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

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

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

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

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

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

4) Eyes on Success 2202 Not Just For Fun

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


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


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

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

2) Intro to NVDA: A 12-Wweek Workshop

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

3) Exploring JAWS - A 12-Week Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

6) Google Drive and Docs with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) Slate and Stylus 101 | APH

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

11) The Marketer's Guide to Accessibility | TPGi

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

12) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity

January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
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13) Using a Team Approach in Evaluating Students with Visual Impairments Using the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation | APH

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

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

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

15) Foundations of Duxbury | APH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan

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

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

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

21) Axe-Con 2022

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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