Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 3, 2022 - Volume 844
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: Creating and Editing Signatures in Microsoft Outlook with JAWS (6.2% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Readership Surpasses 7,000 Weekly Subscribers
Some thoughts from our Publisher on what made this possible (hint: you) along with some updates on future initiatives intended to grow Tidbits readership:
3) Hey Alexa
A.) You can delete your voice interactions with Alexa by visiting Alexa Privacy Settings or by saying, "Alexa, delete what I just said" or "Alexa, delete what I said today" or "Alexa, delete everything I've ever said."
4) Tidbits Reader Roger Buchanan Outlines His Experience with NaviLens and NaviLensGo
Sincerest thanks to this Tidbits reader for taking the time to share with us his experiences in using the Navilens and NavilensGo Apps and QR Codes. Roger reached out to us after reading about NaviLens in last week's issue in which our Editor Stephen (Alex) Marositz requested feedback on its effectiveness. Here's what Roger had to say:
5) RealThing AI Launches Latest Smartphone for the Visually Impaired with the RNIB and O2
RealThing Ai has announced the launch of its latest fully voice accessible smartphone: the RealSAM Pocket V4, completely designed for those with sight loss:
6) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for January 2022
7) Finally! iOS 15.4 Lets You Use Face ID With A Mask - And We Tested It | Tom's Guide
Our long nightmare of not being able to easily unlock our iPhones with Face ID when wearing a face mask is about to come to an end:
8) Beijing 2022: NBCU To Provide Closed Captioning, Audio Description, and Web Content Accessibility for Winter Olympics, Paralympics
"For the Olympic Winter Games, all competitions aired during primetime hours and Prime Plus, along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, will include live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) channel, provided by Descriptive Video Works." "Viewers can use #NBCOlympicsA11y and #NBCParalympicsA11y on social media to share with others or provide feedback on closed captioning or audio description to NBCUniversal."
9) COVID-19 At-home Test Information
In the U.S. Aira and NFB have partnered to make at home COVID-19 tests more accessible:
10) Create, Convert, Connect: Take Your Documents To The Next Level
Texthelp has a new service that should make collaborating with PDF documents more accessible in the education setting:
11) Windows 11 Will Be Offered To All Eligible PCs Ahead Of Schedule
Microsoft changed the rollout status of the Windows 11 operating system to broad deployment on January 26th 2022. The new status means that Windows 11 will be offered to all eligible devices ahead of schedule:
12) Google Assistant Just Got A Big Upgrade That Makes It Easier To Talk To
If you know how to use Google Assistant, you've probably noticed by now that canceling a request or getting the assistant to shut up isn't exactly easy. It's downright inconvenient. But Google just rolled out an awesome update that makes quieting down Google Assistant less of a hassle:
13) Recording | Vision Australia's Exploring Technology Webinar BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone from January 27th 2022 | YouTube
14) Instagram Outlines Key Updates to Improve the In-App Experience for Visually Impaired Users
Instagram has shared a new overview of how it's improving its systems for screen readers, in order to enable more people to experience the app in the same way, by focusing on the core elements of utility and action within the Instagram experience:
15) Tutorials and Other Resources for Using Reaper From a Blindness Perspective
REAPER is an accessible and affordable digital audio workstation (DAW). It can be used to compose, record, edit, mix and master pretty much any musical or audio-based thing you could name. This is the landing page for REAPER Made Easy. On this page you'll find an expanding collection of free training content, all tailored toward using REAPER with screen reader software:
16) What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action:
17) Label Maker With A Braille Input Allows Visually-Impaired To Print Tactile Touch-Friendly Labels
Here's a design exercise that can really help develop your skills — take a product and see if it's disability-proof. If it isn't, you've got yourself a rather nifty design brief! Take, for instance, the label maker — a pretty useful product... as long as you can see and read. To overcome this accessibility gap, the Braille Label Maker allows you to print labels in braille that the visually impaired can touch to read:
18) Recording | 3 Ways to Set Up an Android Phone for the Visually Impaired by Voxmate and Blind Android Users from January 21st 2022 | YouTube
19) You Can Ditch The Microsoft Teams Icon From The Taskbar To Speed Up Windows 11
You won't just save screen space, Microsoft Teams is also a RAM hog:
20) How Some Features In Apple's AirPods Max Are A Huge Game Changer And Seamlessly Fit Into The Workflows Of Voiceover Users
Many articles have been written about how the AirPods Max sound, good or bad, this post isn't at all about that. Sometimes there is a feature in a product that flies under most of our radars. For most of us, this feature is either never used or never thought about. For some though, it is a huge game changer the rest of us will never fully realize. People who design such features totally deserve a raise, and when these features are revealed more to those who don't benefit from them it helps us all think beyond our narrow use cases. When we all design anything outside of our own experiences, situations we as individuals may never even know about may be made easier for others:
21) Top Ten Most Common Web Accessibility Issues | TPGi
If you are just starting your digital accessibility journey, you may feel overwhelmed with all the information on the topic. Don't worry: this article will help you understand some of the most common web accessibility issues you will encounter as you start reviewing and testing your website and applications for accessibility errors:
22) How to Use the Secret Safari Browser Hidden on Your Apple Watch
Did you know your Apple Watch is hiding a built-in web browser? Here's how to find and use it:
23) Digitally Accessible Math Worksheets | Paths to Literacy
Many math worksheets are not accessible to people who use screen readers. The worksheets found at this link are accessible to people who use screen readers. Please note that they will be adding new worksheets on an on-going basis, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back to see what's new:
24) Microsoft's PowerToys Adds A Tool To Help People With Visual Impairments
Microsoft's PowerToys just got even more powerful with the addition of three new tools:
25) 42 Ways Google Assistant Can Make You More Efficient On Android
Google Assistant has some genuinely useful productivity tools for professionals — but it's up to you to learn how to use them:
26) How To Enable (And Use) Clipboard History In Windows 11
Soon after Windows 10 was released Microsoft made a very useful upgrade to the Clipboard via a new tool called Clipboard History. Clipboard History is also included with Windows 11, but as with Windows 10 it's disabled by default. Luckily, it's very easy to enable the Clipboard History feature in Windows 11:
27) What's New in Leasey Version 7
Leasey Version 7 is just a few weeks away:
28) Google Maps for Android Loses Voice Navigation Because We All Know Why
At first glance, Android 12 is a must-have update given the long list of improvements and new features it brings to users out there. But when it comes to the experience drivers end up struggling with, this new operating system version is a release some might want to avoid:
29) Idaho commission for the Blind Seeks Instructor for the Blind, Senior | Deadline To Apply: February 19th 2022
This position will instruct the blind in skill areas such as reading and writing Braille, travel methods, communications, home economics, and alternative daily living practices; counsel students in adjusting to blindness; perform related work further outlined here:
30) Smartsheet Recruiting For Accessibility Research
At Smartsheet we are determined to create a great user experience for those with accessibility needs. To do this, we need people to test our product and provide feedback during the design and development process in order to learn how to make them usable and intuitive. If you are interested in participating in this type of research, follow the link below to sign up. Experience using Smartsheet is not required:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) AccessReady Reporter Newsletter for January 27th 2022 | A Top Tech Tidbits Partner Publication
Topics this month include: Accessready.Org And Top Tech Tidbits Announce Their Partnership To Provide Current Assistive Technology News And Trends To Their Joint Readership | 2021 Year End Report - App & Web Accessibility Lawsuits Break Records | Forum Shopping For A Website Lawsuit Over The Holidays? Look No Further Than The SDNY | Five 2022 Accessibility Trends | Crystal Ball 2022: More Aggressive DOJ Enforcement, More Lawsuits, And Maybe A New Rulemaking:
2) I Have Met the Enemy, and He is Blind | Joe Orozco
The high cost of assistive technology sometimes drives people to purchase used items on the open market, but this case study serves as a reminder that consumers should always be careful with how they make purchases:
3) The Case For Describing Race In Alternative Text Attributes
This is an excellent article by Tolu Adegbite on why we need to get more descriptive in some alternative text descriptions:
4) Flicktype's Lawsuit Against Apple And Its App Store Is Moving Forward
Another lawsuit against Apple is moving forward:
5) The Crisis Is Real: Where Are The Web Accessibility Professionals?
Like everyone in the web accessibility field, WebAIM has a vested interest in a sufficiently-sized community comprised of skilled professionals. The shortage of qualified talent is felt by all of us. But from where will these individuals come, and how can we accelerate their availability?
6) What Kind of Writer Accuses Libraries of Stealing?
A wrangle on the topic of Controlled Digital Lending:
7) Workplace Technology: Accommodations and Accessibility
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) released a study of 317 participants who requested accommodation during the hiring process. It was a comprehensive survey, and the entire report is worth a read:
8) Hitting The Books: The Decades-Long Fight To Bring Live Television To Deaf Audiences
Engadget has a write up on a new book by Harry G. Lang on the history of closed captioning in the United States:
9) New Memoir "Snow Blind" Celebrates The Power Of Skiing For The Visually Impaired
Johnson's new memoir is a beautiful tribute to the uplifting joy of skiing and an inspiring tale of human resilience:
10) A Blind Tech Consultant Finds His Calling
Legally blind from birth, Julian Vargas's old cell phone led him to a new career in training other blind people how to use technology:
11) How Digital Content Empowers Braille Literacy
Braille is an essential tool that promotes literacy for individuals who are blind. It provides a means of reading and writing at home, in school, and in the workplace that can't be substituted by any other means of accessibility:
12) Action Request: American Council of the Blind Seeks Update on Accessible At-Home COVID Testing
Dear Acting Director Lawrence Tabak: As the President of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), we need your help. I write to you on behalf of our members and the blind and low vision community, to urge the National Institutes of Health to develop accessible testing right away:
13) Aussie Device That Gives Eyes To The Blind Fast-Tracked In US
A world-first bionic eye that restores partial vision to the blind has been given "breakthrough" designation by the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
14) 3 Ways Focusing on Office Accessibility Can Boost Your Reputation and ROI
Making your office maximally accessible to people with disabilities or limitations is not just the right thing to do — it also gives teams additional communication and productivity tools:
15) NBCUniversal Enhances Accessibility for 2022 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games
NBCUniversal's Winter Games coverage will be more accessible to viewers of all abilities than ever before, providing the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games through closed captioning, audio description, and digital content accessibility:
16) Butler Museum Embraces Use of Aira App for the Visually Impaired
People who are blind or have low vision can enjoy The Butler Institute of American Art through an online service that describes art:
17) This Remarkable Tech Can Actually Improve The Eyesight Of The Visually Impaired
A gene-editing treatment known as CRISPR appears to have positive results for people suffering from a rare visual disorder. According to new reports, researchers injected seven volunteers with CRISPR to treat a rare vision disorder. Unlike other treatments, scientists designed CRISPR to fight diseases at a genetic level. Following the experiment, some of the volunteers noted a marked improvement in their eyesight. The affected individuals were all born with vision disorders, however, thanks to CRISPR, they're now able to see better:
18) Blind And Low-Vision Fans Benefiting From New Technology At Australian Open
Developers hope the Action Audio system will be adopted by other grand slams:
19) Blind Institute Of Technology Partners Up With Be My Eyes To Assist Professionals With Disabilities
The Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) has announced its partnership with Be My Eyes, an innovative app that provides real-time video assistance for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Starting on February 2, 2022, the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) team will be able to field calls from the Specialized Help section of the app:
20) A New Wave of Lawsuits Accuses 50 Art Galleries of Allegedly Violating the Americans With Disabilities Act
Dealers complain that a lack of clear guidelines has opened the door to a flood of lawsuits:
21) Why Technology Accessibility Is Key For Disability Inclusion At Work
Technology, like video conferencing tools and online messaging systems, has gained prominence in workplaces across the country, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as many businesses have switched to remote and hybrid models. In fact, more than half of U.S. workers rely on technology to complete their jobs. For workers with disabilities, tools for accessibility, like screen readers and subtitles for video meetings, are extremely important and necessary for workplace inclusion:
22) Video: Audio Devices Fitted In Dozens Of Rail Operator's Toilets To Help Visually Impaired Visitors
Dozens of toilets at Northern Rail's stations will be fitted with a new device to help blind and visually impaired people navigate the toilets more confidently. RoomMate is a wall-mounted device that gives blind and visually impaired visitors bespoke audio description in an accessible toilet. It will be installed in 44 locations across the rail operators' network. If audio guidance is required, a wave of the hand over the unit triggers a detailed explanation of the room in order of typical use:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther 43: SCUBA Diving Blind and Wrecks of the St. Lawrence |
January 23rd 2022 | On episode 43 of the AMI Audio podcast "Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther" we explore SCUBA for blind and low vision divers with Hubert Chretien, executive director of Freedom at Depth. Ms. Lilly shares the details of a number of notable shipwrecks that have occurred over the past 300 years on the St. Lawrence River. Lawrence and Hubert discuss tips and tech used by vision impaired SCUBA divers and their sighted dive partners, and Lawrence reflects on some of the professional blind SCUBA divers he's met over the years. If you want to learn to SCUBA, sign up with Freedom at Depth now before dive season starts:
2) Blind Android Users 60 | Network and Internet
January 29th 2022 | This week we start talking about settings in Android. We talk about network and connections in android and mainly focus on hotspot. We are then joined by Charles Leclercq, CEO of ArxVision, developer of the soon to be launched ARxWear Headset which enables a user to have their surroundings described such as the contents of a document, a storefront, or items on a shelf. In our app of the week segment, we demo universal copy app. You can listen to our podcast on all smart speakers, popular podcast playing apps and Youtube.To listen to the podcast on our wqebsite, please visit:
3) DM87 - Tracking Voice Toys
February 1st 2022 | In the latest episode of the Damashe and Michael, Just Talking Tech Series we start out with Michael demoing one of the new narrator voices. Damashe shares info about how you can now type either / or to get to a url. This takes us into a conversation about focus modes and automating the use of these. Damashe and Michael discuss the problem with a unified design for credit and debit cards. This takes us into a conversation regarding the Lookout app on Android and how effective it is. You can listen in on our conversation about backups and what we are using to keep our digital lives backed up. This then takes us to a conversation about Damashe's new toy, let us know what you think of it! This then takes us into a discussion about this being the year of tracking. And Damashe closes our chat out with a way he's using AIRA:
4) Eyes on Success 2205 Taking Charge of Your Health
February 2nd 2022 | As a result of being born prematurely, Jeff Bishop had to deal with a number of medical issues including becoming a diabetic. Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with Jeff about his journey to control his diabetes by making a series of lifestyle changes that included sticking to a healthy diet, regular exercise, and developing the drive to succeed:
➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events
1) Accessible Signage | U.S. Access Board
February 3rd 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 7:30 PM GMT | What type of signs are covered by the ADA and ABA Standards? Which ones must be tactile? Are signs required where none are planned? These are just some of the questions that frequently come up when addressing access to signs under the ADA and ABA. The Access Board will soon issue a new technical bulletin on signs that clarifies scoping and technical requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for signs, answers common questions, and provides best practice recommendations. This session will review the new bulletin and requirements for tactile signs, directional and information signs, required accessibility symbols, and pictograms. Presenters will also explain ways to meet various provisions and common sources of confusion about accessible signage. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. Continuing Education Recognition Available:
2) 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:
3) Meet the New RUBY 10 (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
February 9th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel and Mike Wood from Vispero to meet the new RUBY 10. During this webinar, we will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of the latest low vision solution from Freedom Scientific, the RUBY 10. The video magnifier has a 10-inch touchscreen and three dedicated cameras, and it can magnify letters, magazines, labels, and photos. The swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write, and when extended, it also enables full-page OCR. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera can see objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. Users can utilize cutting-edge magnification features with industry-leading OCR to maximize the reading experience. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: How RUBY 10 uses cutting-edge view modes not seen in any other device. Discover different uses of the RUBY 10. How the RUBY 10 differs from the other models. Why having OCR in a portable unit can be a game-changer. Meeting ID: 843 8747 2637 | Passcode: 269697 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84387472637#,,,,*269697# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
4) 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:.
5) 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.
6) Working with Tables & JAWS | Access Ingenuity
February 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Many screen reader users face challenges with navigating tables. However, some specific methods and commands make navigating tables much simpler. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore working with tables using the JAWS screen reader. Learning Outcomes: Introduce the different ways to read and edit tables in Microsoft Word. Discover how to navigate tables in HTML, such as on a web browser or reading a PDF with Adobe Reader. Explore the JAWS quick settings to customize the way JAWS behaves with tables. Meeting ID: 839 1156 9156 | Passcode: 811726 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83911569156#,,,,*811726# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
7) 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:
8) What Are Focus Braille Displays and the ElBraille Notetaker? (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
February 23rd 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | The Focus Braille displays have been around for quite a long time. However, many may not know about the fifth-generation features. In addition, the 40-cell version can work in conjunction with the ElBraille Notetaker. Join Ian Ramos, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to learn about the Focus Braille displays and ElBraille Notetaker running on Windows to help determine if one or both these products would be beneficial to you. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Discuss the Focus Braille displays, the new features, and the differences of the fifth-generation products. Introduce the ElBraille Notetaker that runs on Windows 10 and 11, coupled with the Focus fifth-generation Braille display. Discuss the features of the Focus Braille display and ElBraille Notetaker and provide scenarios where it is ideal to have only a Focus Braille display or both. Provide demonstrations and orientations of both the Focus and the ElBraille. Meeting ID: 845 9035 5826 | Passcode: 951549 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84590355826#,,,,*951549# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
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 email@example.com ✉ with your name and contact information. Ida will arrange the registration on your behalf:
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:
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
15) Section 508 Questions and Answers | U.S. Access Board
March 29th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Technical questions can arise in applying the Section 508 Standards to the various types of information and communication technologies (ICT) that they cover in the federal sector. In this webinar, Section 508 Specialists at the U.S. Access Board and the General Services Administration (GSA) will provide answers to common questions about the 508 Standards. They will address use of the 508 Standards in ICT acquisitions, validating conformance with the standards, available Section 508 tools and resources, the 2021 revision of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, development of an ICT Testing Baseline portfolio, and other topics. This session is intended for entry-level to intermediate audiences, but all are welcome to join. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Continuing Education Recognition Available:
16) The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University
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