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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 10, 2022 - Volume 849

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) How Close Are We To Curing Blindness? (7.6% of all clicks.)
https://www.freethink.com/health/curing-blindness
B.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Outlook 365 and the Focused Inbox (7.1% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/61.html
C.) Office Accessibility | Copy and Paste Behavior in MS Word | Customizing The Behavior to Your Personal Liking, And Overriding It When Necessary | Brian Vogel (4.9% of all clicks.)
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/1791
D.) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for February 2022 (4.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-february-2022
E.) Accessibility Interview Questions (4.7% of all clicks.)
https://scottaohara.github.io/accessibility_interview_questions/

2) YouTube - Double Tap TV - March 8th 2022

In celebration of International Women's Day we are joined by Author, Speaker and Disability Rights Lawyer Haben Girma about her career and how she advises some of the biggest tech companies in the world:
https://bit.ly/321OUEy

3) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Don't Forget About F6!

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/62.html

4) Everything Apple Announced During Its 'Peek Performance' Event

On Tuesday Apple held its special online event "Peek Perfomance," at which the company announced the third-generation iPhone SE, iPad Air 5, and a brand new Mac Studio desktop computer along with the new Apple Studio Display:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/03/08/everything-apple-announced-during-todays-peek-performance-event/

5) How To Type To Siri From The MacOS Terminal Command Line

https://accessibility-insights.com/2022/02/28/how-to-type-to-siri-from-the-macos-terminal-command-line/

6) New Powerful Music Transcription And More Braille Related Features With Sao Mai Braille 22.2

Sao Mai Braille (SMB) is a free rich text editing and Braille translation software for Windows, developed by Sao Mai Center for the Blind. We hope that this additional tool will help blind individuals/organizations for/of visually impaired people produce Braille materials quickly and less costly. Sao Mai Center is a non-profit organization based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Highlights from this release include: Used latest LibLouis library 3.20 with display table selection for Braille output in Ascii or Unicode. New Braille table style; and two new translation rules for list indent and right-margin indent. Created table of content from both print and Braille document. Saved Braille document in SMB (Sao Mai Braille rich-text format), BRF (Braille-Ready Format), BRL (unformatted Braille), and PEF (Portable Embosser Format). Can provide meta data for SMB and PEF document types. Many new powerful music Braille transcription features such as advanced repetition and note grouping; music text dictionary; doublings; advanced slurs and ties; instrument type detection and applying correct Braille translation rules; transcribing in single-part and full score mode (orchestra and chamber) for bar-over-bar, line-over-line and section-by-section formats; and many more other improvements and bug fixes:
https://saomaicenter.org/en/smsoft/smb

7) Announcing The Release of the ElBraille System 2022, Powered by Windows 11 | Released March 8th 2022

Elita Group LLC, developers of the ElBraille portable Braille solution, announce their next big release of the operating system that powers up the ElBraille, version 2022, powered by Windows 11, coming to all ElBraille 40 G2 devices on March 8th 2022:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/1812

8) Customize Sounds On Your Windows 11 PC

How to manage system sounds on Windows 11:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manage-system-sounds-windows-11

9) Action Audio, Making Sports Broadcasts Accessible To People Living With Blindness Or Low Vision

Action Audio works by turning spatial data provided by Hawk-Eye real time ball monitoring into 3D sound. The system emphasizes ball speed and trajectory, proximity to line and shot type, and augments critical moments to allow blind and low vision audiences to follow the game without seeing the ball. It was first used at the Australian Open:
https://action-audio.com/

10) What's New in Leasey Version 7!

Leasey version 7, a paid upgrade was released on Wednesday. Here are list of enhancements. Leasey is a set of scripts that can improve productivity for Jaws users:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/572

11) The 4to24 Mobile App

Mississippi State University's National Technical Assistance on Blindness and Low Vision created the 4to24 mobile app. The purpose of the app is to encourage incremental skill development and experiences by sending information, suggested activities, and accompanying resources such as APH FamilyConnect to parents of children ages 4 to 24 (or the youth themselves) and APH CareerConnect articles for transition-age youth who are blind or visually impaired:
https://aphcareerconnect.org/blog/college/theres-an-app-for-that-preparing-your-child-whos-blind-or-visually-impaired-for-a-successful-transition-to-adulthood-the-4to24-app/

12) Overlay Position and Recommendations

IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) has released an overlay position statement. You can review it at:
https://www.accessibilityassociation.org/s/overlay-position-and-recommendations

13) Sound Splitter

This add-on for NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access) screen reader for Windows adds the ability to split audio from NVDA and other sounds onto separate audio channels:
https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/soundSplitter.en.html

14) New Microphone Invented For Speech Recognition

SpeechWare has released a mic specifically designed for good speech recognition. Colin Hughes over at over at AbilityNet has the story and more information:
https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/new-microphone-invented-speech-recognition

15) 'Heardle' Is 'Wordle' With Music Instead of Words

A new game called Heardle turns the word-guessing formula on its head — instead of guessing a new word each day, you guess a popular song:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/111415/heardle-is-wordle-with-music-instead-of-words/

16) Kindle Unlimited Vs. Prime Reading

Amazon has two e-book reading services; Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited. In this article they do a deep-dive to examine which service may best suit your personal e-reading needs:
https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/kindle-unlimited-vs-prime-reading

17) Barnes And Noble Has A New Audiobook Subscription Plan

Barnes and Noble has recently revised their entire audiobook experience. They used to have a dedicated Nook audiobooks app and a dedicated audiobook website. These two things have been completely shuttered. The entire audiobook experience is now on their main Barnes and Noble website. They have a new dedicated audiobook landing page where you can view and search for audiobook specific tiles. For customers who normally just visit the website and search for books, you will now pull up a singular listing for print, ebook and now audiobooks:
https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/barnes-and-noble-has-a-new-audiobook-subscription-plan

18) This Walking Navigation System For The Visually Impaired Was Partly Developed By Honda

Navigation systems are becoming more advanced all the time, but until recently, they've nearly always been based on sight. Ashirase Inc., however, a new business initiative by Honda, is starting to change this by developing a GPS navigation system for the visually impaired. The in-shoe navigation system, also called Ashirase, notifies walkers using vibrational cues on their feet:
https://www.autoblog.com/2022/03/06/honda-ashirase-navigation-visually-impaired/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) American Foundation for the Blind Urges Department of Justice to Complete Rulemaking Process for Digital Accessibility Regulations

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), along with their colleagues at the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), urges the Department of Justice to finalize a rule on web and application accessibility before the end of the current administration:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-urges-department-of-justice-to-complete-rulemaking-process-for-digital-accessibility-regulations-301493154.html

2) Microsoft Just Finished Its Purchase Of Nuance For $19.7 Billion

Microsoft's acquisition of Nuance has been completed. Nuance is a well-known company specializing in artificial intelligence that also has a strong foothold in the medical industry. Microsoft initially announced its agreement to purchase Nuance for $19.7 billion back in April 2021. The deal has since gone through the required regulatory approvals:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-completes-197-billion-acquisition-ai-giant-nuance

3) How Sony Can Make Life Better for Visually Impaired Photographers

Take it from a legally blind photographer, camera tester, and blog editor; Sony's Accessibility feature in their recent cameras is a genuinely good attempt at helping us. But it also seems like they didn't really talk to visually impaired photographers for feedback. With mirrorless cameras came a lot of very big improvements for those who have a hard time seeing. And it's wonderful that photography is more accessible to us now. We've featured and talked to a ton of photographers who've overcome visual impairment. But, I can tell you from firsthand experience that there's a long way to go:
https://www.thephoblographer.com/2022/03/04/how-sony-can-make-life-better-for-visually-impaired-photographers/

4) National Braille Press Launches Pilot Program to Provide Tools and Resources for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

National Braille Press (NBP) has announced a pilot program to provide educational resources for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) to help them teach students who are blind and have low-vision. NBP will begin shipping the free "TVI Braille Ignition Kits" to TVIs on March 2nd 2022, to coincide with National Read Across America Day:
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/22/03/n25982325/national-braille-press-launches-pilot-program-to-provide-tools-and-resources-for-teachers-of-the-v

5) The LEGO Foundation shortlisted for RNIB See Differently Award

The LEGO Foundation has been shortlisted for an RNIB See Differently Award in recognition of its work to help children with vision impairment learn braille through play. The RNIB See Differently Awards, alongside headline sponsor Amazon Alexa, recognise and celebrate outstanding work to support people with sight loss:
https://www.toynews-online.biz/2022/03/03/the-lego-foundation-shortlisted-for-rnib-see-differently-award/

6) How the Beauty Industry Is Meeting the Needs of the Visually Impaired Community

For visually impaired people around the world, navigating the beauty and body-care world has never been easy. Now, brands are evolving with more accessible packaging and inclusive hiring practices:
https://www.shondaland.com/live/beauty/a39314926/beauty-industry-inclusive/

7) Independence Science to Develop Braille Device for Laboratory Science Students

An educational technology company in Purdue Research Park has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a more inclusive laboratory experience for blind and deaf-blind students to prepare them for careers in STEM fields:
https://www.labmanager.com/news/independence-science-to-develop-braille-device-for-laboratory-science-students-27640

8) The Metaverse Marginalizes Disabled Persons - How Virtual Worlds Can Be More Inclusive

The metaverse is the future, but it's leaving disabled persons in the past:
https://www.laptopmag.com/features/the-metaverse-marginalizes-disabled-persons-how-virtual-worlds-can-be-more-inclusive

9) Blindness On Stage: 'Until Disabled People Can Tell Their Own Stories, We'll Always Be Stereotypes'

From unreadable scripts to 'cripping up', a career in theatre with a visual impairment can be a challenge. Chloë Clarke and Douglas Walker share their successes and hopes for the future:
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/mar/02/blindness-on-stage-until-disabled-people-can-tell-their-own-stories-well-always-be-stereotypes

10) Soterix Medical Improves Safe Mobility Device For Blind Toddlers

Soterix Medical Inc. a global leader in the design and production of smart devices treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, has announced a successful partnership with Safe Toddles, a nonprofit committed to advancing access and education on assistive tools for blind toddlers. Together they obtained a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award from the Institute of Education Sciences - US Department of Education with the goal of modernizing the pediatric belt cane through the addition of smart technology:
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/soterix-medical-improves-safe-mobility-140300824.html

11) WHO Releases New Safe Listening Standard

Ahead of World Hearing Day 2022, under the theme To hear for life, listen with care! The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new international standard for safe listening at venues and events:
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/who-releases-new-safe-listening-standard/

12) Waymo Teams Up With The Foundation For Blind Children To Provide Safe And Reliable Transportation

Waymo One is serving riders, who must be at least 18 years of age to hail a ride, in the Phoenix East Valley through its ride-hailing app:
https://www.abc15.com/brand-spotlight/waymo-teams-up-with-the-foundation-for-blind-children-to-provide-safe-and-reliable-transportation

13) 14-Year-Old Creates Online Community For Visually Impaired Kids

A young girl from Niverville, Man. is creating a place where kids and teenagers with vision impairments can connect with one other:
https://www.chvnradio.com/articles/14-year-old-creates-online-community-for-visually-impaired-kids

14) Friends Help Color-Blind Teen See In Color With The Help Of Special Glasses

An inspiring story out of Nebraska, a teenager is seeing in full color for the first time in his life:
https://news4sanantonio.com/news/nation-world/friends-gift-brightens-life-for-color-blind-teen-help-see-with-the-help-of-special-glasses-local-san-antonio-texas-nebraska-lincoln


➜ Surveys


1) Survey | Help Writers, Editors, Designers And Publishers To Publish Books That Are More Accessible | Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney, Australia

March 31st 2022 deadline to submit. Do you have difficulty reading standard printed books? We'd love to hear from you! "How Do You Read" surveys seek to find out about reading experiences and barriers to reading for people with a print disability who live in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. The information you share will help writers, editors, designers and publishers to publish books that are more accessible. The forms are accessible with screen readers on both Windows and Mac. It takes around 15 to 25 minutes to complete the form. Both surveys are open now and available until 31 March 2022. To learn more about "How Do You Read" survey, please contact Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya on agata.mrva-montoya@sydney.edu.au ✉ or +612 9114 1456 ☎. The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney (no. 2021/891). Agata also has also been cleared to work with children in both volunteer and paid roles. Her Working with Children Check Number is WWC2372187E. There are two versions of the survey:
For people aged 18 and over: https://bit.ly/HDYR22
For children and teens who are under 18: https://bit.ly/HDYR22kt


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts | Fashion and Style Tips from Bold Blind Beauty

March 4th 2022 | Bold Blind Beauty blogger Stephanae McCoy joins us for a chat on beauty, style and confidence. Stephanae talks about how vision loss shaped her life, and then shares some of her favorite fashion and beauty tips:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/fashion-and-style-tips-bold-blind-beauty

2) Blind Android Users 65 | Special App Access, Default Apps and More

March 4th 2022 | We have made a change to our website by which listeners can directly play short clips from youtube for each section. We talk about MWC and some other tech news. Google opinion rewards app has fixed their inaccessible sliders to make it more accessible. We show how to set default apps, and talk about supported links, we also talk about special app access which can be an important troubleshooting step if an app doesn't work properly. Joseph Hodge, our frequent content contributer demos Samsung DeX and then we have another installment of talkback highlites. 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:
https://blindandroidusers.com/category/bauposts/shownotes/

3) Eyes on Success 2210 Benefits of Hiring the Blind and Visually Impaired

March 9th 2022 | With Welby Broaddus, author of the recently published "Leading Blind without Vision: The Benefits of Hiring the Blind and Visually Impaired". Welby wrote this book to educate business owners, executives, and HR professionals on the benefits of hiring individuals who are blind and visually impaired. He hopes to use this book to help educate the business community about the qualities and skillsets that the blind and visually impaired community can bring into the workplace:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202210.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Vispero Review of COVID-19 Funding and Impact for Assistive Technology Procurement

March 10th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join us on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Noon Eastern Time, for an informative session where we review the three stimulus funding programs enacted over the last 24 months by the Federal Government and their impact on persons with disabilities and assistive technology. With an emphasis on K-12 and higher education, we will review: CARES, CRRSA, & ARP stimulus funding programs. Education dollars allocated (by funding program & state). Where to search for funding in your community. Other program areas where stimulus funding is available to serve persons with disabilities Vispero Presenters. Mike Wood. Michelle Williams. Bill Kilroy. Charlie Madsen. ACVREP credits will be awarded to those that attend the live webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wS15bMyLRC-fkPEQqYdzWQ

2) 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

3) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

4) 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:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

5) 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.

6) Axe-Con 2022

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

7) 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:
https://www.access-board.gov/webinars/2022/03/29/section-508-questions-and-answers/

8) 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:
https://www.3playmedia.com/access/

9) 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.)
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-30-at-12pm-et-how-any-organization-can-start-small-but-deliver-big-with-accessibility/

10) 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?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

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

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

12) 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:
https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=s_BgbwZfCU6XFZiduozH2I_mhufqVMhKkF6nbAPJwLhUNUE3RTEwMDg3TkVMM1lPTUhCNVRKUjhFVyQlQCN0PWcu

13) 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:
https://www.afb.org/about-afb/events-and-awards/afblc2022?sourceid=&ms=N422JAN2EM3LC&emci=613b769b-b58e-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&emdi=e828bc7c-418f-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&ceid=8505425

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

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