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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 17, 2022 - Volume 850

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 with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Don't Forget About F6! (9.2% of all clicks.)
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/62.html
B.) This Walking Navigation System For The Visually Impaired Was Partly Developed By Honda (6.7% of all clicks.)
https://www.autoblog.com/2022/03/06/honda-ashirase-navigation-visually-impaired/
C.) New Microphone Invented For Speech Recognition (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/new-microphone-invented-speech-recognition
D.) 'Heardle' Is 'Wordle' With Music Instead of Words (4.3% of all clicks.)
https://www.reviewgeek.com/111415/heardle-is-wordle-with-music-instead-of-words/
E.) Everything Apple Announced During Its 'Peek Performance' Event (3.6% of all clicks.)
https://9to5mac.com/2022/03/08/everything-apple-announced-during-todays-peek-performance-event/

2) Dot Inc. Announces the World's First Tactile Braille Display, Compatible with iPhone and iPad

Braille is widely used by people with vision impairments, but despite widespread improvements to accessibility on the web and smart devices, innovation for braille-reader hardware has essentially been stalled. Dot has taken a huge step forward with a smart braille device that not only allows for easy display of text, but tactile representations of imagery, potentially opening an entirely new layer for education and accessible content. This device is a tactile display intended for graphics. It may be available in 2023:
A.) https://techcrunch.com/2022/03/10/dot-pad-tactile-display-makes-images-touchable-for-visually-impaired-users/
B.) http://newzhook.com/story/dot-inc-announces-the-worlds-first-tactile-braille-display-compatible-with-iphone-and-ipad/
C.) https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dot-inc-announces-the-worlds-first-tactile-braille-display-compatible-with-iphone-and-ipad-301500795.html
D.) https://mspoweruser.com/dot-pad-lets-blind-and-visually-impaired-read-and-feel-images/

3) YouTube - Double Tap TV - March 15th 2022

Microsoft's Dave Dame joins us to talk about how he helps make Microsoft's Surface hardware accessible for everyone:
https://bit.ly/321OUEy

4) Twitter Tests Alt Text Changes To Make Platform More Accessible

There is now a badge on some people's Twitter feed that shows when an alternative text description is available. Two new image accessibility features are being tested ahead of a global launch next month:
A.) https://coolblindtech.com/twitter-to-make-alt-text-descriptions-more-useful/
B.) https://www.siliconrepublic.com/business/twitter-alt-text-image-description-accessibility-feature
C.) https://www.engadget.com/twitter-alt-badges-limited-rollout-202540476.html

5) A Short Tutorial on NVDA Screen Review

This short tutorial brought to us by Tidbits Reader Gene Asner:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/63.html

6) Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket

Terrill Thompson has released his 2022 accessible NCAA Tournament bracket. You can create an account and fill it out by Thursday, 12:40 P.M. Eastern Time at the following URL:
https://www.terrillthompson.com/ncaa/

7) Apple Makes Fitness+ Workouts More Accessible to Blind and Low Vision Subscribers with the Addition of Audio Hints That Supplement Trainer's Spoken Instructions

Apple Fitness+ workouts are gaining Audio Hints, a new accessibility format developed by Apple engineering that combines VoiceOver and Apple's Text-to-Speech synthesizer to read synchronized Timed Text over video to provide verbal cues beyond those given by the trainers. Audio Hints will begin rolling out this week. Applevis has the details:
https://applevis.com/blog/apple-makes-fitness-workouts-more-accessible-blind-low-vision-subscribers-addition-audio-hints

8) Orbit Research Introduces the Orbit Speak Notetaker

Orbit Research has announced Orbit Speak, a fully functioning note-taker. Onboard Apps include, Clock and Alarm, Calendar, Address book, and Calculator. It can also be used as a portables braille display to control a computer or smartphone. They are taking preorders now:
http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/orbit-speak/

9) Great Abs, But Killer Music: Can A Gym Workout Destroy Your Hearing?

This is an article describing the potential hearing loss one can experience while going to the gym. One other factor not mentioned is that loud environmental music can make it more difficult for gym-goers with visual impairments. This was recently a problem for this contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz):
https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/exercise/article-700433

10) iPad For All Computing 2022 iPad OS 15 | 4 Courses | YouTube Playlist | The Tech Juggernaut

These are audio tutorials available on YouTube. TTJ now has a playlist on YouTube for this class. Just click, or tap, on the link below to be taken directly to the playlist for the iPad For All Computing course. Currently, there are two videos in the playlist, both of which were from our March 7th session. Immediately, or shortly, following each class session, that day's videos will be added to the playlist. You can also subscribe to the TTJ YouTube channel so that you'll be notified whenever they post something new. The link to the course playlist is:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTW5X6VAVuIH3nx9suGmrPHXX9FOLCljt

11) NV Access: In-Process 10th March 2022

Closing windows on the fly, accessing the notification area, startup apps, and more:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-10th-march-2022/

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

You can now download iOS 15.4, which allows you to use Face ID even if you have a face mask on, among other new perks:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-15-ipados-15-new-features/

13) Microsoft's PeopleLens Project Helps Blind Kids Learn Social Cues In Conversation

Among the challenges of growing up with a visual impairment is learning and participating in the social and conversational body language used by sighted people. PeopleLens is a research project at Microsoft that helps the user stay aware of the locations and identities of the people around them, promoting richer and more spontaneous interactions:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/03/14/microsofts-peoplelens-project-helps-blind-kids-learn-social-cues-in-conversation/

14) Envision Presents Next Generation AI-Powered Smart Glasses for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Envision has announced a slew of updates for its smart glasses, including better Optical Character Recognition (OCR), improved text reading with contextual intelligence, new languages, and a third-party app ecosystem:
A.) https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/envision-presents-next-generation-ai-powered-smart-glasses-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-at-csun-2022
B.) https://www.laptopmag.com/news/google-inspired-smart-glasses-for-the-blind-adds-eye-catching-new-features-heres-how-it-works

15) Tattoos And Car Sensors Inspire University of Arizona Team's New Navigational Tool For The Visually Impaired

"A cane has been serving its purpose for people with visual impairments for a long time. It is part of myself," Dr. Hong said. Dr. Hong also said while the cane is helpful, it leaves a lot of his body vulnerable. "Say there are things above your head or your shoulder area, the area where the cane would not be able to cover, then the only way for you to detect it is detecting it with your body, so that is not the most reasonable way of doing. In some cases, it can be pretty dangerous," Dr. Hong said. Dr. Hong began to collaborate with Dr. Wolfgang Fink, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the university:
https://www.kold.com/2022/03/09/tattoos-car-sensors-inspire-uarizona-teams-new-navigational-tool-visually-impaired/

16) New Features Added to ATMOS Automated Weather Reporting

Summit Technology Group's latest version of ATMOS Automated Weather Reporting adds approximately 300 new voices, including many multilingual speakers, to deliver weather reports for foreign-language stations:
https://www.radioworld.com/tech-and-gear/products/new-features-added-to-atmos-automated-weather-reporting

17) Benetech Unveils Bookshare Reader Suite for Web, Mobile, and Smart Speaker Devices

Announcing a new suite of free reading software for school, work, and leisure that breaks down barriers for people with dyslexia, vision loss, and other reading challenges:
https://blog.bookshare.org/2022/03/benetech-unveils-bookshare-reader-suite/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) New Lighthouse Guild Center Lets People With Vision Loss Test Latest Assistive Devices

Lighthouse Guild, a nonprofit organization located at 250 West 64th Street (near WEA), which provides services to those who are blind or visually impaired, opened a new 11,000-square-foot technology center on Tuesday, March 8th 2022:
https://www.westsiderag.com/2022/03/12/new-lighthouse-guild-center-lets-people-with-vision-loss-test-latest-assistive-devices

2) Feature: 5 Accessibility Features That Every Game Should Have

These options should really be industry standard by now:
https://www.nintendolife.com/features/5-accessibility-features-that-every-game-should-have

3) Winners Named At The 2021 Video Game Accessibility Awards

Now in its second year, the Video Game Accessibility Awards have just concluded its award ceremony celebrating games that go the extra mile to help everyone play:
https://www.thegamer.com/2021-video-game-accessibility-awards-winners/

4) Sound Can Stimulate Blind Retina To Transmit Signals To The Brain Via An Ultrasonic Retinal Prosthesis

Retinal degenerative diseases, caused by progressive degeneration of the light-sensitive photoreceptors in the retina, is one of the major causes of vision loss and blindness, affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. Although the rods and cones which are the light-sensitive cells of the retina have completely degenerated, the neural circuitries connected to the brain are mostly well preserved, providing the opportunity to restore vision by directly stimulating the retinal neurons:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-retina-transmit-brain-ultrasonic-retinal.html

5) Disabled Gaming Advocate Faces Backlash For Claiming Elden Ring's Difficulty Is An Accessibility Issue

Disabled gamer and YouTuber Steve Saylor has received backlash after claiming that Elden Ring's difficulty was an accessibility issue:
https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/03/08/disabled-gaming-advocate-faces-backlash-for-claiming-elden-rings-difficulty-is-an-accessibility-issue/

6) Visually Impaired Skateboarder Shares His Journey In The Sport | YouTube

Justin Bishop had to relearn how to skateboard after a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa claimed his eyesight forever. He shares his incredible journey to adaptive skating as he pushes himself and his sport towards the world's biggest stage. "I loved skateboarding with all my heart," Bishop says adding, "I even missed falling:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnGF33g3AUA

7) Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities

Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors' appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter:
https://khn.org/news/article/pandemic-medical-innovations-leave-behind-people-with-disabilities/

8) JD.com Joins P&G China to Launch Services for Visually Impaired Consumers

JD.com joined P&G China, the leading consumer goods company, and officially launched the "P&G CARE+ Accessible Shopping Assistant" on March 10, providing an array of solutions to the problems often faced by visually impaired consumers before, during, and after the online shopping process. The services aim to optimize the online shopping experiences through barrier-free consultation, home delivery, door-to-door pickup logistics services, etc:
https://jdcorporateblog.com/jd-com-and-pg-china-launch-services-for-visually-impaired-consumers/


➜ 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) Eyes on Success 2211 Your Personal Path to Fitness

March 9th 2022 | Is your visual impairment keeping you from exercising and being as active as you would like? If so, this is the book for you. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy Dixon and Bonnie O'Day about their new book, "Your Personal Path To Fitness", and some of the fitness opportunities that are available to people who are blind or low vision:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202211.htm

2) Blind Android Users 66 | Special App Management and Google Assistant Part 1

March 11th 2022 | This week, we talk about all things Google Assistant. We show how to set google assistant routines and how to link google assistant to your preferred music player. We are then joined by the CEO of audible vision for an interview. We then have a demo of the audio click feature of CSR screen reader. And demo the screen search feature of Talkback. As our website is down, this episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrbLarFdpKvH52nXCcR9X7m

3) DM90 - Done at 100!

March 14th 2022 | This episode starts out with Michael and Damashe Discussing the fact that we have 10 more episodes, and we really need a new system! Michael doesn't think Mallory will agree with Damashe's comment! Michael has been using the Mac on a semi-regular basis and shares his thoughts about it. Damashe and Michael also reviewed the experiences of Damashe resetting his Mac. Damashe is looking for some assistance with VS Code, do you have any suggestions for him? With the combination of using Windows and Mac, Michael needs a way to keep all of his files in sync. This episode discusses that, before we transition into our closing topic. Michael has a cousin who recently received his contractor's license for pouring concrete, and asks Damashe what the essential infrastructure tools are to get started!
https://yourownpay.com/dm90


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) Filling the Canvas: Using JAWS with Canvas Learning Management System | APH

March 22nd 2022 | 8:30PM PT, 9:30PM MT, 10:30PM CT, 11:30PM ET, 3:30 PM GMT | Description: The Canvas Learning Management System is a widely used platform for accessing classes online. When classes are created with accessibility in mind, students using the JAWS screen reader can easily navigate lessons, assignments, and quizzes using a combination of reading and web navigation commands, plus native Canvas keyboard shortcuts. This webinar will delve into navigating Canvas with JAWS. We'll provide an overview of the Canvas interface and discuss accessibility considerations. Instructor: Elizabeth Whitaker, Technical Writer, Vispero. Primary Core or ECC Area: Assistive Technology. Target Audience: Teachers, Students, Parents, Assistive Technology Specialists. Pre-requisite knowledge: None. Lesson Plan Goal: The participant will understand how to use the Canvas Learning Management System with JAWS. Learning Objectives: The participant will review at least three JAWS Navigation Quick keys for navigating Canvas content. The participant will identify one keyboard command for listing native Canvas keystrokes. The participant will review three steps for accessing a class. The participant will review three steps for accessing the calendar. Materials Needed: None. Collect ACVREP Credit: Credit is only available for the live presentation. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes, then submit these to the APH Hive's NEW webinar certificate portal within 30 days of the scheduled event. Following submission, a certificate is immediately available and stored:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6fpMMQy7TmuPr34uXB8OKw

2) Section 508 Questions and Answers | U.S. Access Board

March 29th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM 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/

3) 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/

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

March 30th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM 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/

5) Grocery Delivery Services and Websites | Technology User Group

April 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM 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

6) 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

7) 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

8) VPAT® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

April 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Accessibility Engineers Brian Elton and Mitchell Evan from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT. Is a VPAT just for websites. Is every organization required to have one. How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved? TPGi's webinar will answer those questions and more, and explain how your organization can benefit from a VPAT. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-27-at-12pm-et-vpat-101-introduction-voluntary-product-accessibility-template/

9) 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

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

May 14 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM 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?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

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

June 11th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM 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?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx


➜ Directories


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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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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.


➜ DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Save 20% Now $39.99

The DannyBoy Portable Stand holds your Smart Phone stationary so it's camera can view items and documents clearly providing stability for excellent recognition & clarity. Take perfect pictures and scan images. Read documents quickly and easily. Great for anyone with motor disabilities, too! Made with the Blind In Mind! Lightweight & Portable. Ready To Use or Collapses In Seconds. Read All About the DannyBoy Portable Stand at DannyBoy.com in BlindMiceMegaMall.com at:
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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

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Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


➜ 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:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Phone: (617) 969-6200

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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!

This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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Sales: (866) 202-0520

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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and AndroidTM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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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

APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive.?Share the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide with people who need to know about living with vision loss.
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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

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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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!

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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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

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: Highlighting Hands-Free Leather Pouches For Any Use or Need

We now have 4 different options to choose from: (1) Our $15 4x6' Basic with two phone compartments and a snap pocket on one side and a full size slot on the other; (2) a sturdier version with velcro rather than a snal pocket; $20 (3) Rugged leather pouch that can handle the largest phones; $30, or (4) Our "Gadget essentials" 6x8' cowhide pouch with 5 compartments that will expand to 3 inches across, $40. All can also be worn cross-body. For more info or to order, call Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎ | bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ | guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

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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