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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 27, 2022 - Volume 843

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Biped's Smart Harness Helps Visually Impaired People Avoid Obstacles While Walking (6.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.dezeen.com/2022/01/14/biped-smart-harness-visually-impaired-obstacles-ces-2022/
B.) Stop Using Safari Immediately (at Least for Now) (5.6% of all clicks.)
https://lifehacker.com/stop-using-safari-immediately-at-least-for-now-1848384461
C.) Now You Can Play The Popular Game Wordle With A Screen Reader (5.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22165
D.) 20 Cool Google Tricks to Search More Effectively (5.1% of all clicks.)
https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/20-cool-google-tricks-to-search-more-effectively/
E.) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory (4.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Hey Alexa

A) Don't miss any of the action in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Ask Alexa when the games start, when closing and opening ceremonies will be happening and more. Just say, "Alexa, when is the Opening Ceremony?"
B) Alexa can tell you when specific sports begin. Get ready for curling, snowboarding, speed skating and all your favorite winter sports. Just say, "Alexa, when is Figure Skating?"
C) Hear insider coverage leading up to the games. Learn about the stories that have defined past games and those that will shape this year's event. Just say, "Alexa, play The Podium Podcast."
D) Once the games begin on February 4th 2022 Alexa can give you daily updates on what's happening. Ask about a specific sport or country too. Just say, "Alexa, what's my Olympics update?"

3) JAWS Power Tip: Creating and Editing Signatures in Microsoft Outlook with JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/53.html

4) Navilens: The Cutting-Edge Technology For The Visually Impaired

This app and associated system of signage is relatively new to us. There's nothing actionable here but it appeals to us because it works outside of GPS and since it is not based on direction, would work well for someone who is blind or low vision and has a hearing impairment. If you live near transit where NaviLens has been enabled and have experience with it, please reach out to us and provide feedback on its effectiveness:
https://www.navilens.com/en/

5) 5 Things I Learned From My Smart Range

While not directly related to accessibility we are excited about internet connected appliances because of the accessibility improvements they will bring to the home. Users who are blind or who have low vision could independently set temperature and safely ensure that the stove or other appliances are off using an accessible smartphone app:
https://staceyoniot.com/5-things-i-learned-from-my-smart-range/

6) BrailleR

R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. The BrailleR package has been created for the benefit of blind people wishing to get more out of R. This should be of interest to any visually impaired person going into statistics or data science. More information and a getting started guide are here:
https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/BrailleR/vignettes/GettingStarted.html

7) SAS® Graphics Accelerator

While we are on the topic of statistics, SAS Graphics Accelerator enables users with visual impairments or blindness to create, explore, and share data visualizations created in the SAS products:
http://support.sas.com/software/products/graphics-accelerator/

8) Microsoft Disability Scholarship

This scholarship from Microsoft will be awarded to high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. All completed applications must be submitted by March 15, 2022:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

9) Wordle: 5 Letter Guessing Game

While we recently covered Wordle accessibility via screen reader, this article, from Perkins, shows us how to create a tactile version of the game:
https://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/wordle-5-letter-guessing-game

10) Rest Your Fingers, Try Google Docs Voice Typing

Voice typing, also called speech to text, frees up your fingers and hands so that you can write by speaking out loud. It's free in Google Docs and works with dozens of languages. PC Mag provides some tips for mastering the service:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/rest-your-fingers-try-google-docs-voice-typing

11) Australian Open Debuts Sound Design Intervention For Blind Tennis Fans

Action Audio by AKQA uses real-time ball monitoring technology and spatial sound design to give low-sight audiences insight into what is happening on the court:
https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/17-23-january-2022/australian-open-action-audio/

12) Windows 10 vs Windows 11: All the Major Changes

Windows 11 is Microsoft's newest Windows release, and with it comes a lot of promises and changes from Microsoft. From a fresh, modern look to brand-new features, Windows 11 is quite a bit different than Windows 10:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-10-11-major-changes/

13) Creating and Reading Accessible Math | The DAISY Consortium

This webinar from October 20th 2021 saw a session focused on accessible math and some of the complexities surrounding the creation and reading of math for students. The page contains: Full Video of the Webinar. Speaker Information. Session Overview. Related Resources
https://daisy.org/news-events/articles/creating-reading-accessible-math-w/

14) 5 Download-Free OCR Websites That Let You Convert Images to Text for Free

While there are some great tools for converting images to text, not many of these are online. So, here are five download-free OCR tools to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/convert-images-text-download-free-ocr-websites/

15) Did You Know Spotify Has a Voice Assistant?

Voice assistants are all the rage, but did you know that Spotify has one too? That's right, the Spotify app for iPhone, iPad, and Android has a voice assistant built-in. This article tells you all about it:
https://www.howtogeek.com/779632/did-you-know-spotify-has-a-voice-assistant/

16) Making It Easier To Create Content That Everyone Can Use — What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility Features For Winter 2022

https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/m365-winter-accessibility-updates/

17) Installing Windows 11 On Mac Accessibly | YouTube - Techopolis

In this tutorial Tay shows you how to accessibly install Windows 11 on your M1 Mac:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwWdac5hNw4&t=17s

18) The Mega-Guide to Fixing Your Own iPhone | Wired

Battery not holding a charge? Wi-Fi woes? Wired breaks down ways to solve almost any issue you can think of:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-fix-your-iphone/

19) How to Index Windows 11 for Faster Search Results

You can speed up your search results by indexing them. Here's everything you need to get started:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-11-index-faster-search-results/

20) Audible App For Windows Has Been Discontinued, Company Advises Users To Switch To The Cloud Player Or Mobile Apps

The audiobook platform is recommending users switch to the Audible mobile app on iOS or Android, as a means to access their purchased content. The other alternative is to use the Audible Cloud Player, which is the web-based solution offered by the service that you can use from any web browser. The AudibleSync app is available from the official website, you can use it to download your audiobooks and transfer it to other devices:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/01/19/audible-app-for-windows-has-been-discontinued-company-advises-users-to-switch-to-the-cloud-player-or-mobile-apps/

21) Windows 11 Accessibility For The Blind And Vision Impaired | YouTube - The Blind Life

This is a first look at the accessibility features of the new Windows 11 operating system. In this video, we walk through all of the settings and accessibility options that will help the blind, vision impaired, low vision, and partially sighted, use the computer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yQ9HUNuLeI

22) New Device Lets People Who Are Blind "See" In Infrared

Watch out, Matt Murdock — there may be a new Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen soon enough! While Murdock's superhero character relies on super hearing, taste and electrical impulses to see because he is blind, IRL folks with low vision may soon have access to a new pair of goggles that uses infrared technology to assist in navigating the world around them:
https://futurism.com/neoscope/people-blind-infrared-camera

23) Google Pixel 6's December 2021 Update: Accessibility Features

Google has recently pushed out its December 2021 update for the Google Pixel 6 range of smartphones, and in it are some exclusive accessibility improvements. These include support for people that have difficulty hearing conversations in loud places and some extra language support in its other features:
https://www.accessibility.org.au/google-pixel-6s-december-update-accessibility-features/

24) Haptic Feedback Sleeve And Goggles Allow Blind People To 'See' With Their Arm

Two researchers with the Center for Digital Technology and Management, Technical University of Munich, have developed a haptic feedback sleeve and goggle system that allows blind people to partially "see" with the skin on their arm. Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan published a paper describing their sleeve and goggle system on the arXiv preprint server:
https://techxplore.com/news/2022-01-haptic-feedback-sleeve-goggles-people.html

25) High School Students Build "Atheia" For Visually Impaired During Pandemic

Taking advantage of the abilities of machine learning, a group of bright high school students have created an app called "Atheia" that will not only help detect objects but also describe a scene just as a human would. The app strives to improve spatial awareness and safety for blind people. According to the source article, it can also identify family and friends through facial recognition, has a built in text reader to read text on objects aloud and can search for objects in the person's immediate surrounding:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/01/atheia-for-blind.html

26) Bionic Eye Implant Helps Blind 88-Year-Old To See Again

UK-first procedure involved surgically inserting a 2mm microchip beneath the patient's retina and fitting them with special video glasses:
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/bionic-eye-implant-inserted-beneath-retina-helps-blind-88-year-old-to-see-again/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) The Access Technology Affordability Act

Chris Hofstader shares his opinions on this bill in a blog post:
https://www.chrishofstader.com/the-access-technology-affordability-act/

2) Open Letter To IAAP Against Overlay Providers

An open letter to voice opposition to an overlay company being a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), and opposing IAAP publicizing overlay companies material:
https://incl.ca/open-letter-to-iaap-against-overlay-providers/

3) Music Professionals With Disabilities Have New Champion in Advocacy Organization RAMPD

Co-founded by artists Lachi and Gaelynn Lea, the coalition is focused on promoting "disability culture" and inclusion in the music industry:
https://www.billboard.com/business/business-news/rampd-music-disability-advocacy-launch-1235021234/

4) Cisco Introduces Digital Accessibility Features For Webex

Cisco aims the latest features at making Webex friendlier to disabled people, an essential step as digital accessibility lawsuits rise and the fight for talent intensifies:
https://www.techtarget.com/searchunifiedcommunications/news/252512340/Cisco-introduces-digital-accessibility-features-for-Webex

5) Why Many Blind People Can't Take An At-Home COVID-19 Test

The US government began taking orders for free, at-home COVID-19 tests this week, making it likely that more people will be able to take a test soon, if they wish. But for those who are blind or visually impaired, having a test and being able to use it are not the same. That's because taking an at-home COVID-19 test requires vision, and the ability to complete the process without touching the test strip:
https://www.kut.org/2022-01-19/why-many-blind-people-cant-take-an-at-home-covid-19-test

6) Envision Opens First-Of-Its-Kind National Gallery Exhibiting Art for and by Artists and Audiences Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Envision, a leading non-profit employing and furthering possibilities for those who are blind or have low vision, has opened a first-of-its-kind national permanent gallery that gives artists who are visually impaired a stage to showcase their work. Located in Wichita, Kansas, the Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center defies the obstacles faced by marginalized artists who are blind or visually impaired (BVI) and gives those with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD), as well as sighted and neurotypical audiences, a chance to experience art through multiple senses:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/envision-opens-first-of-its-kind-national-gallery-exhibiting-art-for-and-by-artists-and-audiences-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired-301465218.html

7) ADP Settlement Offers Framework for Future Digital-Accessibility Agreements

When a lawsuit alleged that human-resources software company Automatic Data Processing Inc. had failed to make its products accessible for people who are blind or have low vision, the case joined a growing body of litigation over accessibility in the digital world. But its recent settlement, and the path that the opposing parties took to get there, could do more for digital accessibility than many of the cases that came before it, some advocates say. The sides used so-called structured negotiations — a strategy in which parties agree to cooperate with one another, usually without a lawsuit on file — that resulted in a settlement without further litigation in court. They also made public the details of their agreement, including a commitment by ADP not to rely entirely on automation to make its products accessible:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/adp-settlement-offers-framework-for-future-digital-accessibility-agreements-11642699462

8) Why Many Blind People Can't Take An At-Home COVID-19 Test

Taking a test and reading the results requires vision, or the assistance of a sighted friend. Blind people say they want to take medical tests independently and privately:
https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/why-many-blind-people-cant-take-an-at-home-covid-19-test/

9) Temporary Disability Changed the Way I Look at My Environment

Now, the challenge is to never forget the lessons I learned:
https://medium.com/completely-inclusive/temporary-disability-changed-the-way-i-look-at-my-environment-562f263872d0

10) Local Colorado Non-Profit Adapts A Classic Children's Book For Kids With Disabilities

Colorado-based nonprofit, Imagination Videobooks, that produces accessible videos of children's books for those who are hearing or visually impaired, or have learning disabilities recently turned the classic Winnie-the-Pooh book into an audiobook series (and soon the video version) that all kids can enjoy, no matter their ability:
https://kdvr.com/news/local-colorado-non-profit-adapts-a-classic-childrens-book-for-kids-with-disabilities/

11) 'Serious Concerns' Over NSW Ivote Suspension For Blind Voters

Vision Australia calls for upgrades to be fast-tracked:
https://www.itnews.com.au/news/serious-concerns-over-nsw-ivote-suspension-for-blind-voters-574859

12) Good News To Patients With Corneal Blindness: MIOK Keratoprosthesis, The World's First Artificial Cornea Of 100% Non-Biological Materials Has Been Approved For Listing In China

On December 7, 2021, MIOK Keratoprosthesis was approved for listing by NMPA, the Chinese agency for regulating drugs and medical devices. MIOK Keratoprosthesis is the world's first ever approved artificial cornea that requires no co-implantation of donor corneas, and is of great significance across the 60 million patients with corneal blindness worldwide, as MIOK Keratoprosthesis makes it no longer impossible to restore sight to patients with corneal blindness, and ease the burden on their families:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/good-news-to-patients-with-corneal-blindness-miok-keratoprosthesis-the-worlds-first-artificial-cornea-of-100-non-biological-materials-has-been-approved-for-listing-in-china-301463469.html

13) The Colombian Who Translates Sports For The Blind In The United States

https://www.sundayvision.co.ug/the-colombian-who-translates-sports-for-the-blind-in-the-united-states/

14) Comcast and Team Gleason Partner to Revolutionize TV Control and More for People with Physical and Speech Disabilities

Together, Comcast and Team Gleason are actively engaging with people with ALS (pALS) and caregivers, as well as preeminent clinicians, technologists and assistive technology partners to define and develop accessible, empowering experiences - from TV control to smart home solutions and beyond:
https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-team-gleason-partner-revolutionize-tv-control-physical-speech-disabilities

15) 'This Is Us': Is the Actor Who Plays Jack Damon Visually Impaired in Real Life?

This Is Us reintroduced viewers to the character of Jack Damon, played by Blake Stadnik, during "Four Fathers," the third episode in the series final season. In the future, Toby and Kate's son appears to have achieved extraordinary professional success as a musician. He is also happily married to Lucy (Auden Thornton). On the show, the character is visually impaired. Is Stadnik visually impaired as well?
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/this-is-us-blake-stadnik-jack-damon-visually-impaired.html/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Blind Android Users 59 | Journey Through The Apps Drawer or Apps List

January 22nd 2022 | This week we talk about apps drawer vs apps list. We talk about the history of apps drawer. We demo global search on Pixel phones, apps drawer on the Pixel launcher, apps drawer, folder and tabs on Nova launcher. We then had a demo on how to open and read Google docs on Android. We then demo AVS converter. In Talkback Highlights we show the left right swipe gestures. To listen to the podcast, please visit:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

2) Eyes on Success 2204 Accessibility of Medical Devices

January 26th 2022 | In order for people to take charge of their health and manage certain medical conditions it is often important that medical monitoring devices be accessible to those who need them. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tom Tobin and Jeff Bishop, who are both blind, about the importance of having accessible devices and where we stand today:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202204.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) 2022 Conference

January 26th 2022 through January 29th 2022 | ATIA 2022. Where the Assistive Technology Community Meets to Network, Learn and Share. Over the past 22 years, ATIA has been a community gathering for assistive technology practitioners, teachers, parents and caregivers, persons with disabilities and more to learn, network and share on the best in assistive technology. We are excited to gather together for ATIA 2022, January 26 - 29, 2022 (Pre-conference Seminars January 25 - 26) in Orlando, Florida, with a virtual component:
https://www.atia.org/atia-2022/

2) 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

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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:
https://nfb.org/programs-services/advocacy/washington-seminar/washington-seminar-career-fair

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) Prep and Proof Word Documents Using Track Changes and Comments with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

February 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Track Changes is a feature in Microsoft Word that allows you to view changes made to a document by you or other users. Comments in a Word document provide information from reviewers or collaborators without altering the document's text. This feature is great for asking questions or making suggestions. Join us on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at noon Eastern Time as we describe and demonstrate how to use the Track Changes and Comments features in Word. We'll show you how to: Turn on and navigate Track Changes. Accept or reject changes. Keep Track Changes turned on. Add and read comments. Reply to comments. Register:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yu1HjdDGSjO06bQ-lGxM9w

9) Taking Your Accessibility Statement To The Next Level

February 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | The accessibility statement is a familiar public expression of an organization's commitment to digital accessibility. In the European Union, legislation mandates public organizations provide a web accessibility statement in a particular format. Elsewhere, accessibility statements are often limited to a generic and vague expression of a future ideal, or present overly detailed technical information (which can quickly becomes dated and inaccurate). But they can be so much more. Join David Sloan, head of UX at TPGi and a 20-year accessibility veteran, in an exploration on how your organization can take advantage of the many opportunities an effective accessibility statement or microsite can bring to your accessibility efforts. For example, you can use it to: Describe accessibility features you provide. Effectively report on your progress and plans. Provide a trusted communication channel for people with disabilities. We'll also look at strategies for managing your accessibility statement content as it evolves over time. Don't pass up this exciting chance to learn how you can take advantage of an accessibility statement's possibilities. 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/webinar-february-24-at-12pm-et-taking-your-accessibility-statement-to-the-next-level/

10) 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

11) 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:
https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/medicine/centers_and_institutes_new/center_for_disability_resources/assistive_technology/expo/index.php

12) 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

13) 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.

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

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


➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: New For You in 2022!

(1) New protective hands-free leather pouch for larger phones Pro and Pro Max and Android) 5 by 8 inches; 4 compartments; $30. (2) New single-ear headphone design with easy to locate buttons and all day comfort: $45. (3) Talking Medical Bundle Sale - (infrared thermometer, BP unit with cuff, and oximeter, ending Jan. 31: $130. (4) Many new leather bag styles for laptops, tablets, and Braille displays. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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