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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 24, 2022 - Volume 847

The Week's News in Access Technology

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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,

1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) New and Emerging AT from CES 2022 (8.1% of all clicks.)
B.) JAWS Power Tip: Personalizing Web Settings (6.3% of all clicks.)
C.) The TouchPad Pro: A Multi-line Braille Display in Development (6.2% of all clicks.)
D.) Soundscape + LinkBuds (4.4% of all clicks.)
E.) 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2021 (4.2% of all clicks.)

2) FDA Clears The First iPhone App For Delivering Insulin, Rollout Starts This Spring

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared what is described as the first-ever smartphone application capable of initiating insulin delivery on both iOS and Android operating systems. The system here comes from Tandem Diabetes Care, and the application ties in to the company's t:slim X2 insulin pump:

3) JAWS Power Tip: Getting Help in JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:

4) You've Got Questions - We've Got Answers - We Hope! | YouTube - Double Tap TV - February 22nd 2022

Our viewers aren't shy about sending us their tech questions to bring in the big guns to tackle them all. Shaun Preece joins Steven (Scott) and Marc (Aflalo) to answer them all:

5) The Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2022 | MIT Technology Review

We primed you for this last week with a recap of the Top 10 Breakthrough Tecnologies of 2021. Without further ado, here is the 2022 list:

6) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2202.38 | February 2022

Jaws, Zoomtext, and Fusion had updated this week. Changes to sentence navigation to accommodate other apps, new voices and languages, and improved navigation in Excel were among some of the enhancements:

7) NVDA 2021.3.2 Released

NVDA also has an update addressing some security fixes:

8) There Is No Character Limit For "Alt Text"

This article explains that alternative text can be of any length so long as it is descriptive:

9) Accessible Technology (Software)

Here is a Trello board with a breakdown of accessible assistive technology and their use cases created by Joshua Hori, Accessibility Coordinator at University of California, Davis:

10) Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake Chips For Thinner And Lighter Laptops Have Arrived

This is an upgrade to Intel's processors designed for mobile computing primarily aimed at consumer laptops. The Verge has more details:

11) My Thoughts on Accessibility of NFTs and Web3

Crystal Preston-Watson describes accessibility challenges while purchasing NFTs in this well-written article. She concludes that similar accessibility issues exist for NFTs as do other more traditional web transactions:

12) 10 Pairs of Common Tech Terms That Are Often Confused

When you talk about technology, you come across various confusing terminologies. As technology is evolving continuously, newer terms emerge every day. It is essential to understand the terms and their meanings if you want to utilize and implement them properly. Here we have prepared a list of pairs of terms that are sometimes difficult to differentiate and used interchangeably by mistake:

13) What's New in iOS 15: A Guide for Blind Users | National Braille Press | Various Formats | $18.00 to $20.50

Anna Dresner starts by helping you get your iDevice updated with the new iOS 15 operating system, and then walks you through what's new, starting with changes to VoiceOver and other key accessibility changes. Coverage includes: Configuring focus and notifications; finding information on your phone; new audio features; privacy and online services; iPad changes; new Home screen options; new features in the FaceTime, Messages, Health, Wallet, Safari, Weather, and Find My apps; and much more:

14) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS 15

Face ID will finally work with your face mask in iOS 15.4:

15) Browsing and Searching a Groups.io Group Archive | Brian Vogel


16) Introducing Voxmate: An Accessible and Reliable Suite of Apps

With Voxmate, you can make calls, scan printed text, read news, listen to audiobooks, play games, chat on the Audio Forum and more with just four swipe gestures — up, down, left and right. The app gives you instant feedback and reads aloud every content or menu item. It has an intuitive, easy-to-remember interface that is repeated in every Voxmate app, so you don't have to create a separate mental model for each feature:

17) Recording | Smart Cooking Appliances Workshop From The Florida Outreach Center For The Blind

This past week the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind hosted a workshop where Jason Goldfield demonstrated the use of three kitchen appliances which can be accessed with a smart speaker such as an Amazon Echo. You can play or download the file by accessing the following link:

18) Using The Language Attribute To Make Your Website Accessible

There's a couple of criteria in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that I see catching people out time and time again. 3.1.1 Language of page and 3.1.2 Language of parts. These two criteria are important, because they help screen readers to read out the language correctly. If your page is set to English, but some of your content is not in English, then the screen reader is just going to attempt to pronounce it in English anyway, which can lead to some pretty weird results:

19) Recording | Aira Presentation | February 19th 2022

On February 19, 2022, a representative from Aira was gracious enough to give a presentation on their service to the NFB of SC and others from around the country. This Presentation was arranged by the Computer Science and Technology Division of the NFB of SC:

20) In-Process - NV Access - February 21st 2022


21) Which Smartphone Keyboard To Choose: Hable One Vs Rivo?

In the age of technology, there are many assistive devices out there making phones and computers more accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. In the search of the best braille keyboard you might have seen many brands, Hable One and Rivo among them. But how exactly do they differ? In this blog, they give you a comparison of the two:

22) Talking Bathroom Scale For Weighing Yourself In 2022

This accessible bathroom scale is for people with visual impairments. The Taylor 7084 Talking Digital Scale is ideal for those with poor eyesight or for anyone who simply doesn't want to look down at the scale's readout. The 7084 announces the weight reading out loud in English, Spanish, Greek, German or Croatian. Not only does this talking scale help you to monitor your weight, it also complements your bathroom décor:

23) How iPhone And Apple Watch Can Help Protect You From Hearing Loss

iPhone and Apple Watch include a wide range of valuable health features and a couple of them that don't get much attention include measuring ambient and headphone noise levels. Read along for a look at how to protect from hearing loss by checking decibel levels on iPhone and Apple Watch:

24) 4 Key Takeaways from Thinking with Reginé Gilbert: Inclusive and Accessible Products

Recently, Think Company hosted a talk by Reginé Gilbert. An Industry Assistant Professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, Reginé teaches User Experience Design to students in the Integrated Digital Media Program and is the author of Inclusive Design for a Digital World. We were fortunate to have her speak at Think Company about inclusive and accessible digital products — practices at the core of our values:

25) The 7 Best Tabletop Radios

Although the popularity of smartphones in the past decade has increased tremendously, there is still something special that makes tabletop radios worth buying. Tabletop radios are practical and easy to use, giving you total control of manually or automatically tuning to your favorite radio station with ease. When shopping for tabletop radios, some key features you should consider are reception, durability, portability, and sound clarity. Here are the best tabletop radios you can buy today:

26) 20+ Headphone Statistics Savvy Buyers Need To Know

When headphones were first conceived toward the end of the 19th Century, they were designed to free an individual's hands while using a telephone. A different kind of telephone is still central to the use of contemporary headphones; it's called a cell phone. As technology improves and mobile phones become more abundant, the global headphones market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years:

27) New Tech Could Help Blind People To See

Medical advancements are becoming increasingly more profound as the years progress forward. It is now commonplace to wear smart devices capable of tracking vital stats such as heart rate or oxygen saturation. The Apple Watch has even helped to save numerous people's lives who have suffered falls in remote areas because of its capability to detect such an occurrence and alert the paramedics. The BBC detailed that medical tech is now taking another big step forward with bionic eyes that can help people to see who can't:

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Accessible Information Vs The PDF: Are You Breaking The Law?

Accessible information is gaining ground on the war against the PDF. In fact, presenting information only in accessible PDFs is becoming illegal. But, will an accessible web design be too expensive of an overhaul? The answer might just surprise you:

2) New Summer Camp Launched For Blind And Visually Impaired

Camp Abilities Four Corners wants to open up the world of sports to visually impaired and blind students at a new camp June 12-17 in northern Arizona. Adaptive practices allow students to play basketball, soccer and golf and compete in swimming:

3) Blind People Stagnating At Work Due To Inaccessible Technology, Says New Study

Bringing "your whole self to Work" has been an important mantra within diversity circles over the past few years. However, according to a new study carried out by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), employees with sight loss continue to be hampered in in carrying out the bare essentials of their jobs by their employer's lack of knowledge and commitment to digital accessibility:

4) The Hidden Image Descriptions Making the Internet Accessible

In an image-saturated world — over 63 million were uploaded to Instagram alone in a single day in February, according to Internet Live Stats — it can be difficult for people who are blind or have low vision to fully experience the web:

5) Interview: Blind Streamer Rattlehead Explains How He Plays Pro Mortal Kombat

Even at a basic level, playing well in a fighting game isn't just about just memorizing moves, but also being able to react to your opponent. Knowing how to pull off specials and combos will help, but if you can't mix it up depending on what the other guy is going, you won't get very far. That level of multitasking is hard enough, so how would you do it without being able to see what the other player is doing? Carlos Vasquez, also known as Rattlehead, does just that. As a blind gamer, he doesn't just play Mortal Kombat casually — he's a pro:

6) Patients With Bionic Eyes Fear for Sight As Company Discontinues Technology

More than 350 blind people around the world who received retinal implants manufactured by an American company — which provide them with an artificial form of vision — discovered that the technology has been discontinued and the firm will no longer be offering repairs or replacements, sparking fears for their futures, according to a report:

7) The Teacher Who Wants Everyone to Fall in Love with Braille

Juventino Jiménez, a visually impaired indigenous Ayuujk and teacher of the braille system, talks about the usefulness of the raised dots and how to use them in everyday life:

8) Growing Into Braille Technology | Carroll Center for the Blind

At five years old, an age when most kindergarteners were just beginning to learn individual letter names and sounds, I remember working with the Perkins Brailler. The Perkins Brailler is similar to a typewriter and produces braille on paper instead of producing it electronically:

9) Envision Grows Dallas Footprint With More Jobs For Blind, Visually Impaired

Envision's purchase of a new campus in the Dallas area is another indicator of the demand for jobs for those who are blind or visually impaired, said David Stupay, managing director of Envision Dallas:

10) Persons Who are Deaf-blind Need a Seat at the Legal Table


11) Congressional Lawmakers Want Investigation Into USPS Program For The Visually impaired

Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and other congressional leaders want the post office's inspector general to investigate a program for the blind and visually impaired after reports of delayed delivery of materials under the program:

12) Meet the Teacher Empowering Visually Impaired Students With Next-Gen Tech

Special hardware and training from HP is helping make education accessible at this historic North Carolina school for the blind:

13) Architecture Students Design Playground For Visually Impaired Children

NC State's Freedom By Design is a club of architecture students with the purpose of providing service to the community by utilizing the students' design skills. The club — a program under the American Institute of Architecture Students — is currently working on a playground for the Governor Morehead School (GMS), which serves the visually impaired. The club has been working on the playground for a few years, with setbacks due to the pandemic:

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Blind Android Users 63 | App Management from System Settings

February 19th 2022 | We are listed as the 5th best Android related podcast on the Feedspot Blog. This week, we move along the settings to show how to manage your apps. In our app of the week segment, we demo Shortwave a new email client from ex Google employees. We show the up and curve right jesture in talkback highlights. You can listen to our podcast on all smart speakers, popular podcast playing apps and Youtube. To listen to the podcast on our website, please visit:

2) Eyes on Success 2208 Extreme Sports - Rock Climbing

February 23rd 2022 | John Churcher's experience is proof that it is never too late to begin something new. Inspired by a friend later in life, he soon became an avid rock climber. Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with John about what rock climbing means to him, how he does it as a blind person, and about some of his adventures including scaling the Eiger, a several day endeavor:

3) ATW360 Black History Month 22! MS' Teams & Community Leaders

February 23rd 2022 | Back again and ever powerful, grab the remote and turn us up baby! Today we give flowers to three incredible Black entrepreneurs all representing various industry but connected and focused on community legacy and long term building. Additionally, we take a drive around the Microsoft Teams app for iOS, demonstrating two ways of creating instant meetings! "Black history means much more when its knocking at your front door." #ATW360 Paschall Access Solutions.

➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

1) FSOpenLine, Freedom Scientific's Live Call-In Show

February 24th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | Our next FSOpenLine takes place on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 3 PM Eastern time. Join Glen Gordon, our Chief Technology Officer, Rachel Buchanan, User Education and Outreach Manager, and Eric Damery, Freedom Scientific's Vice President Software Product Management, and get your questions answered. Participate in FSOpenLine. We are hosting FSOpenLine on the Zoom conferencing platform. Join via Zoom. Additionally, we will broadcast live on Clubhouse. This audio chat app is available on iOS and Android devices. Join Clubhouse directly at this link for FSOpenLine. We will also stream live on our YouTube Training Channel, Facebook page, and Twitter page. You will have the opportunity to ask questions in Zoom and on Clubhouse, but not through any of these social media pages. Have questions? Email training@vispero.com 📧️ for assistance. Can't attend? FSOpenLine will be recorded and made available on the FSCast podcast.

2) 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 become 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:

3) Exploring Core Applications On The Braillesense 6 And Braillesense Polaris | Sight And Sound Technology

February 24th 2022 | 21PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT | We're delighted to announce a new series of BrailleSense training sessions. Our last series was extremely popular and, based on feedback received, we are focusing this time on some of the core applications on the BrailleSense 6 and Polaris devices. We'll be exploring, over four weeks, the power of the BrailleSense's word processor, file manager, email application and DAISY player. Each session will run for one hour, commencing at 8:00 pm GMT on Thursday February 3rd, and running each week until February 24th. The complete schedule is below. Thursday 3rd February: Introducing the BrailleSense file manager. Thursday 10th February: Exploring BrailleSense email. Thursday 17th February: All you wanted to know about the BrailleSense word processor. Thursday 24th February: Introducing the BrailleSense DAISY player. Whether you use a BrailleSense 6 or a BrailleSense Polaris, these sessions will hopefully be of use:

4) 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:

5) 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:

6) Webinar: Mobile-Accessibility Testing Toolbox | TPGi

March 2nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Laurie Pagano, Senior Accessibility Engineer. The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Senior Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today:

7) 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:

8) Using the GPS in the Victor Reader Trek | Technology User Group

March 12th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | On Saturday, March 12th, the Victor Reader Trek will be profiled. We will demonstrate the many features that the Trek possesses over its predecessor, the Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation. Is the significant increase in cost worth the reward? Does the GPS work as advertised? Those who have this device are welcome to come and share their experiences. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling (319) 527-4994 📱️. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes:

9) 37th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

March 14th 2022 through March 18th 2022 | The 2022 Conference will be held March 14-18 at the Anaheim Marriott. The Conference explores all aspects of assistive technology, starting with pre-conference workshops followed by more than 250 educational sessions and a free Exhibit Hall opening on Wednesday, March 16th 2022. We are excited to return to an in-person conference and look forward to having you join us in Anaheim where we will demonstrate the changes we've made to improve the conference experience:

10) 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.

11) 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:

12) 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:

13) 2022 Access | The Age of Digital Inclusion | 3Play Media

March 29th 2022 through April 1st 2022 | #ACCESS2022 | We can't wait to see you virtually! What accessibility accommodations will you provide? We will offer live professional captioning for all sessions in-person and online. Additional accommodations can be requested while ordering your ticket, or by emailing us at events@3playmedia.com 📧️. Please let us know by March 1, 2022. Will sessions be recorded? Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available for replay. You will be notified by email when the recordings are ready. Is the event free? Yes! The event is free. Our mission is to provide a space where professionals can connect with one another. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to learn about accessibility has access. Who is 3Play Media? We are a video accessibility company providing services in closed captioning, audio description, translation, transcription, and live captioning. Agenda, speakers and registration here:

14) Webinar: How Any Organization Can Start Small but Deliver Big with Accessibility | TPGi

March 30th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. Creating and maintaining an accessible website can be a daunting proposition for many businesses for several reasons: They aren't aware of the magnitude of how much remediation may be needed for their own website and aren't sure how to start assessing this. They have limited resources to devote to accessibility-related activities. They are not interested or unable to pay for expensive accessibility monitoring and testing software that caters to enterprise organizations. If you have found yourself reluctant to dip your toe into digital accessibility because of one or more of these reasons, you're not alone! But TPGi is here to offer you a solution. In this webinar, Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead at TPGi, will show you exactly how any size business can quickly start Phase I of an accessibility program with ARC without spending a lot of money. Attendees will learn how they can assess the scope of their business's accessibility responsibilities, start with prioritized small changes that have a big impact, and pay for only what they use. Charlie will also debunk myths about accessibility (e.g., it's all or nothing, there's no benefit to the company, it's only possible and really necessary for large enterprise organizations, etc.)

15) Grocery Delivery Services and Websites | Technology User Group

April 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 📱️ at 10 AM ET. Yes, there are plenty of delivery services and if you are a tech guru, you have access to all of it. But what if you don't have those skills and still need grocery delivery?

16) 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:

17) 13th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference

April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th 2022 | Four Day Virtual Event. The State of Accessibility: Are We Living Up to the Promise of Compliance and the Law? Each year, the CUNY Accessibility Conference brings together hundreds of participants from the New York City region and across North America to discuss accessibility, disability services and disability activism in the context of postsecondary education. Two years after the start of an unprecedented pandemic and resultant transitions nationwide, we are returning to our foundation. The conference theme for 2022 is The State of Accessibility: Are we living up to the promise of compliance and the law? With this theme we hope to reflect topics such as on meeting the promise, falling short, advancements the law did not anticipate, and moving beyond a legal framework of accessibility. Submit your Proposal. Proposals are due by February 21st. Presentations will be 60 minutes long along with an extra 15 minutes for questions and answers (total 75 minutes). You will be notified by the committee regarding the acceptance of your proposal by March 8th. For questions, please email Tania Kalaitzidis at akalaitzidis@qcc.cuny.edu 📧️. Please fill out our Call for Proposals form at:

18) American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference (AFBLC)

May 2nd 2022 through May3rd 2022 | Hyatt Regency Arlington, Virgina. Join us for the American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference (AFBLC), which will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Arlington, Virginia this year. We aim to create a world of no limits for people who are blind. We are committed to putting inclusion to work, which will be a major emphasis of our 2022 AFBLC. AFBLC provides a forum in which leaders from a variety of fields-including research, technology, education, corporations, health and government organizations-have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of best practices, refine leadership skills, identify inclusion practices that work, and share concerns and strategies. The Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field, as well as the Corinne Kirchner Research Award and the newly established Llura Gund Leadership Award will be presented at the AFB Leadership Conference. We look forward to gathering with you to explore the conference themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility:

19) Premium services using Alexa and Google | Technology User Group

May 14 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 📱️ at 10 AM ET. Alexa and Google are adding premium services to their skill set. How do you subscribe to these services and use them?

20) Gadgets and Aapps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 📱️ at 10 AM ET. There are many apps and devices that can aid a visually impaired traveler through the unknown. Avoid low-hanging obstacles and other obstructions. Which ones can you afford and which ones offer the best protection?

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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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➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.

➜ VisionAware Resources: The Reader's Digest Getting Started Guide to Vision Loss

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Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.

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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: Cables!

I hate cables; cheap ones that come w/things you buy, or that break or just stop working. We found a steel core rope braided 5 and 10 foot length with lightning, usbc, and microusb, each with a 15 inch extension held on by a brass collar. Charge and transfer for 3 devices at once. 300 sold, only 5 replaced for free as we will do for 180 days. $25 for 10ft; $18 for 5ft. iPhone splitter w/lightning and 3.5mm adapters or w/2 lightning adapters to charge while listening, $25. And now, lightning to 3.5mm. stereo cable to record from your iphone to a Stream or Trek; $45 w/tutorial. Call Barry at (617) 969-7500 📱️ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 📱️ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️.

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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, afforable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!

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If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 📱️.

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Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:

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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.

➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:

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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.

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