Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 20, 2022 - Volume 842
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) The Best of CES 2022 | Wired (7.1% of all clicks.)
2) Accessready.org And Top Tech Tidbits Announce Their Partnership to Provide Current Assistive Technology News and Trends to Their Joint Readership
Beginning January 17th, 2022, AccessReady.org, which publishes the daily Access Ready Monitor news wire, as well as the monthly Access Ready Reporter newsletter, will begin providing its readers with current news and trends in adaptive technology sponsored by Top Tech Tidbits. These updates will provide AccessReady readers with all Tidbits newsletter information, including each issue's sponsored advertisements. In turn, beginning in January 2022, Top Tech Tidbits will begin including a link to the monthly Access Ready Reporter newsletter within its closest weekly issue, providing its 6,900 weekly subscribers with new and current information that spans the disability spectrum, from advocacy to healthcare to government and more. We're all very excited. Learn more about the partnership here:
3) Hey Alexa
A) Each month you can listen to a free Audible title. Just say, "Alexa, what's free from Audible?"
4) Stop Using Safari Immediately (at Least for Now)
Extreme advice? Perhaps. You be the judge. A newly identified unpatched security flaw now makes Safari a risky web browser on Mac, iPhone, and iPad:
5) A Bug in iOS 15 Is Leaking User Browsing Activity in Real Time | Wired
Apple has known about the vulnerability, which also affects iPadOS 15 and Safari 15, since late November 2021:
6) Now You Can Play The Popular Game Wordle With A Screen Reader
Thanks to blind Bargains and Hai Nguyen Ly for this, you can now play Wordle and view attempts with a screen reader:
7) Biped's Smart Harness Helps Visually Impaired People Avoid Obstacles While Walking
While we know that we have written about this device in previous issues, last Saturday we got to try it out for ourselves and we think the device has promise:
8) Revisiting Why Hyperlinks Are Blue
This blog post from Mozilla explains the origins of the blue hyperlink and is an excellent piece of internet history:
9) Assistive Tech Startup Led By Former NASA Engineer Uses An AI 'Parrot' To Help People With Disabilities
This article from GeekWire describes Parrot, a device to assist people with mobility disabilities:
10) Making Data Visualizations More Accessible
This, from MIT, is a study on what types of text descriptions for data visualizations are most useful for blind readers:
11) Thorium Reader
Thorium is an accessible e-book reader available on Mac and PC that we began using a couple of days ago to read e-pub material on the Mac and on PC:
12) Windows 11 with JAWS, Lesson 9 | dSurf
In lesson nine of the Windows 11 with JAWS series we learn about the Settings app in Windows 11 and its new design. Learn about different control types such as lists, radio buttons, time picker buttons, slider controls, breadcrumb buttons, expanded vs. collapsed states, and more. A brief discussion of the new Accessibility settings is also included. In this lesson you learn how to: List at least two ways to open the Settings app in Windows 11. Navigate through the different settings categories and within the individual settings for each category. Move quickly back to the Search edit box from anywhere in the settings screens. Move back to the prior Settings page after moving forward one or more pages. Use Windows Settings to enable or disable Bluetooth on your device. Discuss the changes to Accessibility settings. List the keystroke to instantly open Windows Accessibility settings. Use distinct types of controls found in the app, such as unique radio buttons and time picker buttons. Use lists for navigation, both vertical and horizontal. Understand the difference between controls with expanded or collapsed states and how to toggle between them when encountered. Video Heading Times (14 headings): [01:21] Changes to Settings in Windows 11. [01:56] Opening the Windows Settings App. [04:53] Bluetooth Settings. [06:34] Controls and States in the Windows Settings App. [07:47] Lists or List Boxes. [08:29] Vertical List Example. [10:02] Horizontal List Example. [12:01] Visual Indicators vs. "More" Buttons. [17:31] Radio Buttons. [20:40] Time Picker Buttons. [25:43] Expanded vs. Collapsed States. [27:59] Slider Controls. [30:28] Breadcrumb Buttons. [32:07] Accessibility. #Windows11 #JAWS #education #training.
13) Top Tech Tidbits Launches Blind And Visually Impaired Technology App Directory
To the many readers that have requested this Directory for such a very long time we sincerely apologize that it has taken us this long to implement, but we're very excited to announce that it is now live. It has only one listing currently, so please help us to keep readers informed as to exactly which apps they should be using. And why. Submission is easy. Just fill out a short form and if approved the app will be added to the new Directory within 24 hours. In order for your submission to be included within this new Directory it must be approved by at least 2 out of 3 Tidbits Editors. Our editors consider app metrics such as App Store ratings as well as number of downloads, installs, and/or active users, but above all they vote based on its usefulness to the blind, vision impaired, deaf, deafblind and/or disabled community:
14) JAWS Power Tip: Turning On and Off Announcements of Grammatical Errors
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
XX) Apple Support Claims iPhone 13 Doesn't Support Phone Noise Cancellation
Apple support has confirmed that the iPhone 13 lineup does not support Phone Noise Cancellation, even though it is supported on older iPhones:
15) The Tech Juggernaut (TTJ) YouTube Playlist | Fall 2021 iPhone and iOS 15 Operating System Videos
The TTJ instructor team walks you through the new and improved features of iOS and Voiceover. Starting from the basics, and then showing you some advanced features you may not know about:
16) Project Rainbow at Pactera EDGE Seeks Persons Who Live With Vision Loss or Blindness, Hearing Impairment or Deafness, or a Speech Impairment
We are making AI more inclusive for everyone! We are looking for people who live with vision loss or blindness, hearing impairment or deafness, or a speech impairment to send 25-50 pictures and 1 short video following our guidelines. Your contribution will help the development of Artificial Intelligence, moving towards a much more accessible world! Please sign up today if you are interested or share the info with your friends! This is a paid study and can be done remotely. The images collected will be used for training purposes only in machine learning. If you'd like to apply, please email: email@example.com ✉. Remember to mention Rainbow in the subject line and let us know where you saw the post:
17) Apple AirTags: Low Vision Series | Hadley Workshops
Finding misplaced items just got a whole lot easier with AirTags. Learn how to set up and get the most out of these handy tools with these 3 workshops: AirTags Low Vision: Setting It Up. AirTags Low Vision: Finding Nearby Items. AirTags Low Vision: Finding Items Further Away:
18) Best Smart Plug For Google Home And Alexa 2022
Not every device in your home needs to be smart, but you can stay in control with one of the best smart plugs for Google Home and Alexa:
19) Inventhelp Develops Playing Card Technology For Blind And Visually Impaired
An inventor has developed technology that can help blind and visually impaired individuals identify playing cards, through a card reader with embedded speakers. The creator, from Justice, Illinois, submitted their invention proposal through the InventNow platform, which was established in 1984 to help budding inventors formulate ideas before applying for patents and then releasing them to market:
20) Comcast Tests The First Multigigabit Cable Modem
Whether or not you'll get full use of that bandwidth however is another matter entirely:
21) 20 Cool Google Tricks to Search More Effectively
Google is straightforward to use. You can type just about anything into the search bar and expect useful results. However, you can take control of how Google conducts its searches to increase the chances that you'll find what you're looking for in fewer steps and with better accuracy. Master these Google search tricks, and you'll save yourself a ton of time and frustration in the future:
22) Wi-Fi 6: Everything You Need To Know
New Wi-Fi is here in the form of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E. Are you ready?
23) Aira Announces RSS Feed
Aira Tech Corp. now has an RSS feed on its web site to deliver news about new Access Network partners, changes to their app and service, and interesting blog posts. You can add them to your RSS reader at:
24) Intel and GoodMaps Collaborate to Improve Indoor Mapping Technology
As part of the Intel RISE Technology Initiative (IRTI), GoodMaps is collaborating with Intel to deliver a high-quality indoor wayfinding solution for all, with special emphasis on improving indoor navigation for people including those who are blind or low vision, mobility impaired, and deaf or hard of hearing:
25) Please, Touch the Artwork is Coming to iOS, Android, and Steam on January 26th 2022
Please, Touch the Artwork, the award-winning title from Thomas Waterzooi, is coming to both iOS and Android devices (and on Steam) this January 26th 2022. The narrative puzzle game features a zen experience made possible through a jazzy soundtrack and stunning visuals, and the only way you can succeed in the game is, of course, to touch the artwork. Please, Touch the Artwork lets players explore the ins and outs (and hidden stories) of paintings over 150 puzzles. A Nintendo Switch release is also planned for later this year, and you can pre-order the game now on the iOS App Store for a special discounted rate (20% off):
26) How To Uninstall Programs That Won't Uninstall on Windows 10
You try to remove a program, but that program won't uninstall on your Windows 10 PC. This happens for various reasons, some of which are not related to the program but rather your system. Luckily, you can fix most uninstall issues by following simple procedures. You'll then be able to delete your programs like you usually do:
27) 7 Ways to Make Your E-Commerce Site More Accessible to Consumers With Disabilities
Twenty-six percent of Americans live with a disability, accounting for $490 billion in disposable income every year. These consumers want to discover products, learn more about them, and purchase easily, rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
28) FDA Approves Cochlear Nucleus Implants for Unilateral Hearing Loss/Single-Sided Deafness
Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), a global leader in implantable hearing solutions, obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of CochlearTM Nucleus® Implants for the treatment of unilateral hearing loss (UHL)/single-sided deafness (SSD). Cochlear implants are already FDA approved for those with moderate to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. With this approval, for the first time Cochlear can expand implantable treatment options for those with UHL/SSD to include cochlear implants:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Tabletop RPG Rule Books Can Be Beautiful and Accessible | Wired
Role-playing rule books are being designed to be more experimental and unique. Here's how they can be designed for accessibility, too:
2) I'm Going Blind. Somebody's Got to Help Me.
Julia Lefelar didn't know what else to do. She had been taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, but seemed to be getting sicker. Her eyes hurt, her vision was dimming by the hour, and she had been unable to snag an appointment with her ear, nose and throat specialist. So Lefelar drove to the office of the ophthalmologist she had seen several years earlier for routine care and pleaded with the startled receptionist: 'I'm going blind. Somebody's got to help me:'
3) Bionic Eyes Will Allow The Blind To See
The Phoenix99 Bionic Eye is an implantable system designed to restore a form of vision to patients living with severe vision impairment and blindness:
4) How The Australian Open Is Being Made Accessible For The Blind
Action Audio was developed by Tennis Australia, Monash University and the design and innovation company AKQA. The tool takes visual, spatial data from the tennis court and converts it into audio. Taking their cue from blind tennis, in which a tennis ball often contains beads to make it rattle or jingle, Action Audio uses different sounds to represent different elements of the game:
5) Can A New Online Learning Platform Improve Employment For Those With Visual Impairment?
Despite being capable of working a variety of jobs, people who are blind or visually impaired tend to have low job placement rates, low salaries and an unusually high underemployment rate. But some advocates say that more-accessible tech platforms could be a key to changing that:
6) How AI Is Being Used To Improve Disability Employment
Sammy was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. I first met him through his Microsoft internship application and followed him on his path to becoming a full-time employee. Sammy is not his real name, but his experience is very real. Like many people with a disability, he has felt excluded from society at times, first at school when he wanted to help fellow students with autism, but the administration discouraged him from doing so because of his disability. As he grew up, he worried these imposed limitations would carry over into employment, so he learned to mask his disability to avoid the stigma he might encounter in job interviews:
7) California's Disability Community Doesn't Need More Tech. We Need Less Discrimination
I'm frequently asked about the latest disability technology being covered in the media. People expect me, as a blind person, to share their excitement about such innovations. Most find my frustration and lack of enthusiasm perplexing. They don't understand that in the excitement that accompanies supposed technological solutions for the disability community, the true problem — ableism — is often overlooked:
8) Covid-19 Home Tests Pose Accessibility Problems for People With Disabilities
When Chancey Fleet, a blind technology educator, opened an at-home Covid-19 testing kit earlier this winter, she realized it would require vision to use the product correctly. Ms. Fleet completed the test with the help of her husband, who is sighted, and said she initially brushed off the experience as a personal inconvenience. But she changed her thinking when she thought of the many people who are blind and lack access to a sighted person who can help them. Her critique of Covid-19 tests' accessibility on Twitter went viral:
9) How Technology Is Changing Being Blind In The Digital Age
January is National Braille Literacy Month. The New York State Commission for the Blind says braille literacy is decreasing because of fewer trained instructors, and with more school age students being educated in their own communities instead of schools specifically for the blind. Educators from the nonprofit Visually Impaired Advancement say technology also plays a bigger role in the lives of those who are visually impaired:
10) Moovit Powers Public-Transport Independence For The Blind
Partnership with WeWALK enables vision-impaired Moovit app users anywhere to get real-time bus and train information, navigation guidance:
11) Local Puppy Raisers Help Train Dogs To Make Life Easier For Visually Impaired | Fox8
A plane full of pups. Admit it, when you read that sentence, it instantly brought a smile to your face. Even though it may look like one of them is flying the plane, they're not that smart. But given some time, they will do something even better than looking adorable in the cockpit. They'll give a person who is sight impaired a chance to be mobile again:
12) Matt Mrazik '20: Concentrating on Game Design
Matt's game for visually impaired individuals highlights a novel approach to accessibility in game development:
13) Blind Community Reveals Challenges With At-Home Testing, Calls For Changes | YouTube | WJZ
The National Federation of the Blind, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, wants to see improved accessibility in at-home COVID-19 testing:
14) Motherwell Teenager With Sight Loss Hails Braille Over Technology
A Motherwell teenager who has sight loss has championed Braille on the occasion that marks the birth of its inventor:
15) How A Miami School Helps Kids With A Visual Impairment See Better And Improve Skills
Unlike other visual impairments, CVI isn't caused by damage to the eyes, but rather an injury to the part of the brain that processes vision. Kids with CVI can have difficulties recognizing and understanding what they're seeing:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Blind Android Users 58 | Get Hold of That Finance
January 15th 2022 | This week, it is all about organising your finances with Android. We demo Google Pay, PayPal, NatWest Bank, and Metro Bank apps. In our spotlight segment we are joined for an interview by Silvia Van Os, developer of the Raise to Answer app that lets you just answer a call by holding your phone to your ear. in our app of the week segment, our frequent contributor, Kareen Kiwan demos ADB App Control. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
2) The DM Series: DM86 - It Was A Big Deal When Michael Wore Pants
January 18th 2022 | We started this episode out talking about the DM Series New Year show. Give it a listen to let us know your thoughts! This then transitioned into a follow-up on Damashe's shortcut he talked about in (dm85). Damashe asked Michael how his experience with Onenote was. We talked about Michael telling Damashe Thomas He was right. Damashe talked about his experience with doing a factory reset on his phone, and his phone setup! Michael shares a notification he got on his phone taking us into a conversation about Time Tracking with Focus Modes. We then discuss about how both of us are using Toggle and Timery. Briefly we mentioned our watch setup! We close this episode out talking about Google workspace and alternative options:
3) Eyes on Success 2203 Inspire Low Vision Aid
January 19th 2022 | Inspire is a lightweight headset that enables people with low vision to make the most use of the vision that they have. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian Murphey, sales manager from IrisVision, about this digital eyewear system and how it can be used in daily life. They also demonstrate various functions of the device:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) Best Practices for Cognitive Evaluation of Students with Visual Impairment | APH
January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | When appropriate practices are followed, cognitive testing of individuals who are blind and visually impaired provides useful and valuable information to test-takers, their families, instructors, and other decision makers. Join this webinar to examine guidelines for intelligence testing and review important concepts which guide all formal evaluations for students with Visual Impairments:
2) ABLE Accounts: A Financial Planning Tool for People with Disabilities and their Families | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
January 20th 2022 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30 PM GMT | Join us to learn about the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and how a Maryland ABLE account can help people who are blind, those with low vision, and other qualifying disabilities to save and invest for the future without jeopardizing federal, state, and local benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. Attendees will learn about the enrollment process, tax-advantaged savings, and investment options, how to use the ABLE account to pay for qualified disability-related expenses, and the account management process. No registration is needed:
3) Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS | Freedom Scientific
January 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS," on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at noon Eastern Time. The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We'll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands. Check spelling and grammar. Review and select suggested edits. Review readability statistics. Run a subsequent edit on a document. Register at:
4) Slate and Stylus 101 | APH
January 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | One of the important tools used by many adults who are blind is the slate and stylus, which allows for a quick method to jot down grocery lists, telephone numbers, and love notes. Join this webinar and learn how to load the slate with paper, acquire the language used to teach students how to create alphabet letters, and write names and numbers using the slate and stylus. Amount of Time: 90 minutes:
5) Fearless Interviewing for Blind Job Seekers Seminar (CC Available)
January 24th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/18| 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. eastern time via Zoom. Please join the National Federation of the Blind on Monday, January 17 to learn more about Zoom before the 2022 career fair. Closed captions and the 1CapApp will be available. Meeting ID: 975 2358 8063 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,97523588063# US | 1CapApp Link: https://ECS.1capapp.com/event/nfb. Join the January 24 Zoom Meeting:
6) The Marketer's Guide to Accessibility | TPGi
January 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | As a marketer, you spend substantial time and effort building content and crafting messaging to convince individuals that your company can satisfy their needs. But imagine if 20% of your audience ignored everything you created - not because they weren't interested, but because they were unable to access it. This is exactly what happens when your digital content is not accessible to people with disabilities.
Understanding and delivering accessible digital content is a critical skill to have in your marketing toolkit. During this webinar you'll learn best practices for digital accessibility that touch on a variety of platforms, types of content, and even how to deal with third-party vendors. You'll leave with easy, effective methods for improving and testing the accessibility of your website and marketing content. Don't miss your chance to broaden your target market and lower your risk - register today! Unable to register? If you are using Internet Explorer and have cookies disabled (either via privacy mode or decline cookies on the website), you may not be able to register through this form. If you are still unable to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ with your name and contact information. Ida will arrange the registration on your behalf:
7) The Difference in Smart Speakers | Michael Babcock, Sight Loss Instructor with The Hull Foundation and Learning Center
January 25th 2022 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT | In this one hour session, Michael Babcock, Sight Loss Instructor with The Hull Foundation and Learning Center will be talking with us about the different smart speakers in the market and what each of them can and cannot do. We know it can be confusing trying to figure out which one you should get, and everyone seems to have one or the other period Michael will help you with understanding the differences in each smart speaker ecosystem, and share with you the different types of speakers available with each assistant. Our January Zoom meetings have something for everyone and are full of interesting topics that can assist you in your everyday life. Bring a friend or spouse! Sighted or not! If you would like to sign up to receive a weekly email with the Zoom schedule for the week and the links to the meetings, please email the office at email@example.com ✉ or call us at (503) 668-6195 ☎:
8) Windows 11 with JAWS | Access Ingenuity
January 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Since the recent release of Windows 11, there have been many questions regarding JAWS' compatibility with this new version of Windows. Join Ian Ramos, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore Windows 11 with JAWS basics. Learning Outcomes: Discuss requirements for automatic eligibility for Windows 11. Explain some things you will gain and lose. Explore the different methods of performing this upgrade. Provide a demonstration of Windows 11. | Meeting ID: 836 5787 8970 | Passcode: 588932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83657878970#,,,,*588932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
9) Using a Team Approach in Evaluating Students with Visual Impairments Using the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation | APH
January 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Psychologists and diagnosticians trained in using the Woodcock-Johnson IV rarely have the knowledge and experience necessary to validly evaluate students with visual impairments who use braille. Join this webinar to learn how to be a valuable team member in administering and scoring the tests and in interpreting the results:
10) Accessibility Compliance and Risk Mitigation Tactics | TBase Communications, CommonLook and Accessible 360
January 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As legislation evolves, many organizations are unaware that providing accessible technology is not a choice — it is now the law. These laws define the civil rights of those with disabilities and ensure equitable access across websites, apps, and internal systems. However, though the laws are clear, many companies are at risk of costly litigation, negative press, brand damage, and more due to the lack of knowledge or adherence to legal requirements. In this 60 minute webinar, we will debunk many of the myths regarding accessibility, including: What it means to have usable and compliant websites and apps. How to properly test and certify digital properties. How to track the governance and business compliance. The common elements of a demand letter and lawsuits and how to settle legal actions. How to mitigate risk before legal action:
11) Foundations of Duxbury | APH
January 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Where to start with Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)? We start with the program's nuts and bolts. We will clearly explain the inner workings of DBT, and how you can get it to purr ... or quack ... happily for you:
12) Washington Seminar Career Fair | NFB
February 7th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | The National Federation of the Blind will hold the 2022 Washington Seminar Career Fair virtually on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern. Connect with diverse and dynamic employers and job seekers from across the United States. This event is organized by the National Federation of the Blind Employee Committee. The NFB Employment Committee runs employment activities during the year. It is our goal to bring employers who are interested in hiring blind people in contact with blind people who are looking for employment. We do seminars and other activities to help blind job seekers develop interviewing and other skills. We also help answer employer questions about hiring blind people. Registration open. Register by January 25, 2022, 8 p.m. eastern time:
13) ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) 1st Annual "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math"
February 10th 2022 and February 11th 2022 | This virtual conference will take place on February 10th and 11th 2022. We are striving to create a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. Join us! | Call for Proposal (Google Form) (Open now!) | Brush up by taking a sneak peek into the complexities in creating accessible STEM content in the YouTube video "Factors Involved in Making STEM Content Accessible" (10-minutes). | Conference Details, Dates, Registration, Cost:.
14) Jaw Muscles: A Guide to Increased Productivity Using JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy
February 14th 2022 | While many people can use computing applications with the keyboard at a basic level, we want to kick your screen-reading skills into shape. We'll show you plenty of strategies you probably didn't know about. Once you've completed our new training course, you will be able to show everyone your screen-reading muscles! Course Delivery: Jaw Muscles will commence week beginning Monday 14 February 2022 and weekly thereafter. The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 68 US dollars. Purchase JAW Muscles Online. While it is by no means a requirement for course participation, we are offering an additional package if you do not have our Leasey product. One of the main advantages of Leasey is to add even more productivity tools to those already available within JAWS and this year, we intend to add even more of these. JAW Muscles with Leasey is available at a substantially reduced rate for a combined total of £80 which is approximately $108 US. Purchase Jaw Muscles With Leasey Online. Alternatively, anyone can purchase either package by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ✉, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card.
15) Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind | Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind
February 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | On February 25, 2022, please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind as we discuss accessible breast cancer information, detection and prevention for blind women and their families with these expert presenters: Dr. Kim Kubek, MD: Pennsylvania Diagnostic Breast Cancer Center and https://www.breastcancer.org/. Dr. Kristen Capece, PharmD, BCGP: Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Dr. Jill Lykon, PharmD, BCOP: University of Miami Hospital. Agenda: 12:00 - Welcome. 12:05 - Dr. Kim Kubek: Breast Cancer Overview and How to Self-Exam. 12:50 - American Cancer Society: Accessible Cancer Resources. 1:00 - Dr. Kristen Capece: Cancer Medications. 1:15 - Dr. Jill Lykon: Impact of Chemotherapy on Medication and Diabetes. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. Eligible attendees can receive CE credit for participating. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video after the event, as well as an audio description of a breast self-exam for women who are blind or have low vision:
16) Virtual Assistive Technology Expo | School of Medicine Columbia | University of South Carolina
March 1st 2022 | 5:30AM PT, 6:30AM MT, 7:30AM CT, 8:30AM ET, 1:30 PM GMT | Join us March 1, 2022 for a full day of fast-paced sessions showcasing the latest assistive technology for people with a wide range of disabilities. This year's expo will be presented virtually and two $50 gift cards will be given away after each session so register today:
17) Accommodation Solutions for Executive Functioning Deficits | AskJan
March 10 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | Executive functions are high-level mental processes or abilities that influence and direct more basic abilities like attention and memory. Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team consultants Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for a discussion about accommodation solutions that address limitations affecting attention, time management, memory, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and getting to work on time. This training will be a live question and answer session but will include JAN accommodation examples to prompt thinking about the topics and generate questions about the difficulties you or your employees are experiencing on the job that involve attention, meeting deadlines, productivity standards, and more:
18) Screen Reader User Tester Training Program | Carroll Center for the Blind | Become a Screen Reader User Tester and Launch Your Career in Digital Accessibility
March 14th 2022 | Want to break into the field of digital accessibility as a screen reader user tester? A new session of the Carroll Center for the Blind's popular 7-week, face-to-face Screen Reader User Tester Training program starts on March 14, 2022. Come learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers during this intensive training program. If you're interested in gaining the foundation to develop a solid career path in the digital accessibility field while making a difference as a screen reader user tester, reach out today. Spots are filling up fast! To learn more, visit the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program page at: https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/. To apply, please reach out to the admissions team at the Carroll Center by emailing email@example.com ✉ or by calling (617) 969-6200 ☎, extension 216.
19) Axe-Con 2022
March 15th 2022 through March 17th 2022 | Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Register for Axe-Con 2022, it's free! Join us for this three-day, multi-track conference to help further your digital accessibility efforts. Hear from the top experts in the field, for your area of interest with none of the noise. Learn more about why you should attend or get started by saving your seat by registering now:
20) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University
April 11th 2022 and April 12th 2022 | Conditions permitting, we will meet in person, provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions. "If I were just a woman, he could not do this to me; if I were only a person of color, he would not be able to do this to me; my conclusion was that the only reason that you are able to take this unfair advantage is because I also have a disability." "My own personal identity is very much tied into who I am as a woman of color and as a disabled person, and I try not to distinguish between the three identities anymore". These quotes from Johnnie Lacy capture the flavor to this year's theme for Multiple Perspective's ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identity, work, school, human rights, theory, discipline, and law. Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models:
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