Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 14, 2022 - Volume 854
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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A.) The iPhone SE 3: A More Practical Phone for Some Use Cases | Scott Davert | AppleVis (5.1% of all clicks.)
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3) JAWS Power Tip: Announcing Document Headers and Footers
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
4) Establishing a New Braille File Standard with the eBRF
Imagine reading an interesting article or editing a hefty document with no way to navigate by page or heading, only able to scroll down one line at a time. Braille readers experience this tedium whenever they access digital braille files, making reading at home, in the classroom, and in the workplace a slow process. We think it's time to take the braille file into the 21st century. In collaboration with leaders from across the field, APH is developing a new, revolutionary braille file standard that will be accessible on both braille displays and embossers and will change the way students, teachers, and transcribers interact with braille and tactile graphics. We're calling it the eBRF:
5) Twitter Launches Improved Alt Text Accessibility Features Globally
Sometimes, new Twitter features can be divisive — TechCrunch has made their feelings clear about the edit button, which is apparently in the works. But we can (hopefully) all agree that simple accessibility features are a good thing:
6) Snapchat Creates Tool For Users To Start Learning American Sign Language
The new augmented reality-enabled Lens, which was released on Tuesday and made in partnership with the technology company SignAll, teaches you how to fingerspell your name and practice the ASL alphabet. It also has a game to track your progress and tell you what you are getting right and wrong:
7) Blind Student From Bastrop Makes History While Taking The A.C.T.
Many blind students have tried to take the A.C.T. with JAWS, but Ky'ren Johnson is the only one who's done it. This contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) was provided the test in braille only:
8) This App Translates Braille To Text With Your iPhone
As a follow up to our announcement last week, Braille Scanner was created to help transcribe Braille to text. It uses a combination of machine learning and vision to do this. The current transcription model uses Unified English Braille, Grade 1, and more is planned in the coming app updates. It is iOS only:
9) New Versions Of Open-Source Web Accessibility Tools Ainspector And FAE Now Available
The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) evaluates a website, or a single web page based on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA requirements. New updates are available:
10) Application Dictionary
Speaking of opensource, This NVDA add-on makes it possible to create application-specific dictionaries for NVDA:
11) Improved Announcements For Braille Comments And Highlights Available In Google Docs On Web
They have improved how comments and highlighted text are announced with braille support enabled in Google Docs. This change makes it easier for users of assistive technology, including screen readers and refreshable braille displays, to interact with comments in documents and identify text with background colors:
12) Powering Up Accessibly: A Review Of The Energrid VS820PD | Applevis | Scott Davert
The Energrid VS820PD is rectangular, measuring 5.5 inches long by 2.8 inches wide by 1 inch thick and weighs 13.2 ounces. Its physical profile is larger than other similar power banks because it contains a vibration motor and a device which produces beeps:
13) Android Voice Access: How To Control Your Android Phone With Your Voice
Android's accessibility features have expanded greatly in the last few years. Features like Live Transcribe are a perfect example, converting human voices to on-screen text to allow conversations that bridge communication barriers for someone with a hearing impairment. TalkBack makes it possible for a person with a visual impairment to use an Android phone by listening to spoken descriptions of apps, controls, and content. While accessibility features are critical for some users, they can be beneficial to all:
14) This Headset Sends Sound Through Your Jaw — And It's Great For The Blind
Bone conduction headphones have a bit of a cyborg vibe to them. They are headphones that don't sit on your ears, but rather sit against your jawbone. They use vibration to send sound straight to your inner ear, bypassing your outer ear entirely. These headphones have made steady progress in the personal audio market, and the options for consumers are continuously increasing. They are an especially useful accessory for people who are blind, offering several benefits over traditional headphones that make them worth the investment:
15) Book | Getting Started with Android: Android and TalkBack for the Beginning User (Android S, 12) | By Kim Nova and Chris Nova | $26 - $28
Braille. DAISY. Elbraille. Word. Note: The DAISY edition of this book will be ready later in April 2022, but you can place an order for it now. If you are curious about the Android operating system and its built-in screen reader, TalkBack, this book is a comprehensive overview for beginners and novices alike. Kim and Chris Nova get down to the basics to help you decide whether Android is a good fit for you. Coverage includes: Android basics; choosing a device; security and customization; setting up and configuring your phone; navigational gestures; essential Android functions and screens; important apps for staying connected and organized; editing and manipulating text; Bluetooth, external keyboards, and keyboard commands; and much more:
16) Top Video Games For The Visually Impaired
The incorporation of accessibility options and features by developers is increasing the popularity of blind gaming and disability gaming in general:
17) Windows 11 For Hybrid Work Event Biggest Announcements
Here's everything that Microsoft announced during the Windows 11 for Hybrid Work event:
18) What's the Fastest Way to Charge Your iPhone?
No one wants to leave their smartphone plugged into a charging cable or on a wireless charger for hours. Fast charging is the in-thing now. This guide compares the different fast-charging methods and accessories available for iPhone owners:
19) The Best Wireless Earbuds | Wired
Ready to cut the cord? These are our favorite buds that will never, ever get tangled:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference to Convene Experts in Workforce Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Accessibility
In less than one month, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will host its annual Leadership Conference, which aims to increase leadership capacity in order to foster a more equitable society for people who are blind or visually impaired. The conference 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 strategies to enable inclusion:
2) Justice Department Secures Agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc., to Make Online COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Accessible for People with Disabilities
The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island has announced a settlement agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc., under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that will eliminate barriers preventing people with certain disabilities from getting information about COVID-19 vaccinations and booking vaccination appointments online. CVS is the country's largest retail pharmacy, with nearly 10,000 locations. The resolution is the department's fifth agreement on the critical issue of COVID-19 vaccination website accessibility, following settlement announcements with Rite Aid Corporation, Hy-Vee Inc., The Kroger Co. and Meijer Inc.:
3) Apple's 'Friday Night Baseball' On Apple TV+ Blends Sports, Technology, And Accessibility
As a diehard baseball junkie since early childhood, it was exciting — not to mention journalistically relevant — for me to tune into Friday Night Baseball. I turned on the early game, the NL East matchup between the Mets and Nationals, extremely curious about the accessibility of the broadcast. However esoteric to most casual viewers, the reality is the technical aspects of any sporting event's TV presentation is an important consideration for Blind or low vision people. It makes perfect sense — a television is nothing more than a giant screen on which you consume content, and like an iPhone or iPad or iMac or even Apple Watch, the "user interface" matters. Text matters. Colors matter. Contrast matters. What fun is watching a baseball game if you can't see the score or what inning it is or how many outs there are or how many runners are on? For those with typical eyesight (or close to it), they may not think twice about this. On the other hand, those who are visually impaired may find assessing graphics packages as essential to the experience as it is nerdy. I certainly fit that demographic, so I paid close attention to how Apple and MLB decided to literally present Friday Night Baseball as ace hurler Max Scherzer made his much-ballyhooed debut in a Mets uniform:
4) Yes, Blind Women Wear Makeup. When Will the Beauty Industry Catch Up?
'It's taken society a long time to see us,' said YouTuber Molly Burke, one of the new generation of women speaking out about the blind experience of fashion and beauty:
5) Feds Seek to Improve Airline Accessibility
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule requiring that all new single-aisle aircraft with 125 or more seats have at least one accessible lavatory. The restroom would need to be large enough to allow a passenger with a disability to "approach, enter, and maneuver" and use all the facilities and leave using the onboard wheelchair. accessible restrooms are only mandated on planes with more than one aisle. But, federal officials note that most domestic flights — including those going across the country — are flown on single-aisle aircraft:
XX) Going Blind After A Lifetime Of Normal Vision: The Toll Of Macular Degeneration
Many people don't realize they could lose much of their eyesight as their body ages — the biggest risk factor is simply getting older:
6) Ultrasound Gave Us Our First Baby Pictures. Can It Also Help the Blind See?
The research team in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering is exploring a non-surgical solution that could restore sight by using another of the five senses. Sound:
7) Voters With Disabilities Score Big Win In Settlement With BOE Over Vote-By-Mail Accessibility
The state Board of Elections has settled a 2020 Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit with a host of disability organizations and will now create a statewide program allowing blind and disabled voters to fill out a remote, accessible vote-by-mail ballot online:
8) "Daily Living" Remains Top Challenge For Those New To Vision Loss
More than 20 million people in the United States have low vision, most commonly from age-related conditions, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. As the aging population grows, the number of those with vision loss is expected to double. Many more adults will face the physiological and emotional challenges of adjusting to life with a visual impairment. Hadley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, can help:
9) Synchrony Class Action Claims Financial Advice Website Not Accessible to the Blind
Synchrony Financial's website is not accessible to blind people, depriving them of the company's financial advice services, a new class action lawsuit alleges:
10) How Spatial Audio Holds The Key To Inclusive Immersion
With communal experiences, sharing the same information is paramount. Reece Webb speaks with Tim Devine to discover how spatial audio can be used to revolutionize the sports experience:
1) Survey | Help Researchers To Understand The Audio Perception Behavior of People With Visual Impairments
April 25th 2022 deadline to submit. | Hello. We are researchers from Indiana University Bloomington conducting an online survey to understand the audio perception behavior of people with visual impairments. I am inviting you to take part in a 25-30 minutes online survey from a place of your convenience. To participate in the survey, you must identify as visually impaired, must have normal hearing, and should be a native or bilingual speaker of English. You need to have access to a computer or laptop with a screen-reader and Internet connection. You should use headphones and should complete the survey in a quiet environment. For your participation, you will be paid $5 by an Amazon e-gift card. You will receive the URL link of the e-gift card within 3-5 business days after your participation. If you are interested in participating in our survey or have any questions about the study, please fill out the sign-up form below. Once you provide the details, one researcher will contact you via email or phone and send you the web link to participate in the survey. Alternatively, you may email Taslima Akter at firstname.lastname@example.org ✉. Please click here to sign up:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Eyes on Success 2215 Managing Care for Mental Health Disorders
April 13th 2022 | Finding the right therapist to help deal with a mental health issue is crucial to having a successful outcome. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Robert DeYoung, a practicing psychoanalyst who himself is blind, about special concerns faced by making this choice when one is blind and how blindness may affect the interaction between patient and therapist:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) When Do I Need to Upgrade My Magnifier? | Vispero
April 14th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join us on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at noon ET for a frank discussion on when it might be time to graduate to your next video magnifier. What are some of the indicators to making a change? Has your field of view changed? Do you notice more glare while using your magnifier? Is your reading time with your current magnifier being reduced due to eye fatigue? These are some of the indicators that it might be time to change your magnifier. Objectives: Managing your field of view. Learn how to reduce glare and eye fatigue. When should you incorporate Scanning and Reading (Optical Character Recognition). Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Product Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a $500 voucher good toward the purchase of any Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision product. This offer is open to U.S. attendees only. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register:
2) Braille Screen Input for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
April 16th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 PM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday April 16th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. If you know Braille (even if you don't know contractions), you can type comfortably and quickly with Braille screen input. In this workshop, we'll explore how to set it up, gestures you need to know, and what you can do if you're having trouble with this feature. This event will take place in person and online. Please RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
3) A Look at Programming Languages and Concepts for Blind and Low Vision Coders | APH
April 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Thanks to a generous grant from CDW, The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is proud to offer introductory coding courses for blind and visually impaired youth and adults. These courses are designed to familiarize blind and low vision young adults and adults with basic coding tools, challenges navigating these tools with assistive technology such as screen readers, and techniques for navigating those challenges. Join Florian Beijers, a blind coder, as he guides you through learning the basics of coding in multiple programming languages. This is the second in a series of four courses. This second course takes place Tuesdays in April at 1:00 PM Eastern time. Classes will be April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern daylight time, but all sessions will be recorded and available soon after the live class for those who cannot attend at the scheduled time. If you cannot attend at the scheduled time, please be sure to register for the webinar so that you will receive all emails, including links to the recordings. Pre-requisite knowledge: At least intermediate familiarity with a screen reader with speech and/or braille, or intermediate familiarity with a screen magnification program. Ability to use the internet to accomplish tasks such as searching for and reading information, completing forms, and using keyboard shortcuts to navigate, read, and edit. Ability to follow written instructions to independently download and install programs and extensions. Willingness to participate in the entire course consisting of 4 weekly sessions; each session will last 90 minutes. Willingness to spend at least two hours per week on review and homework. Lesson Plan Goal: Introduce students to multiple coding modalities and how to navigate barriers encountered. Learning Objectives: 1. Identify three reasons to use ARIA and when not to use it. 2. Explain at least three requirements for web accessibility using ARIA. 3. Successfully apply Python basics to at least three coding tasks. 4. Describe use of Python in web application, data science, and automation. 5. Identify at least two obstacles present in the development field for blind and low vision coders, and two strategies to either join a development team or take a software development-related study. Materials Needed: screen reader with speech output or Braille display and/or screen magnification program. Here is the link to register:
4) Use of Graphs & Charts in Document Remediation | Access Ingenuity
April 20th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to look at good and bad examples of bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, and maps in PDF remediation. Learning Outcomes: Review accessible design of graphs and charts. Discuss solutions for common color contrast failures in graphs and charts. Discover best practices when creating alternative text for graphs and charts. Meeting ID: 830 6302 5348 | Passcode: 010786 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83063025348#,,,,*010786# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). | Join Zoom Meeting:
5) Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Spelling and Grammar Features with JAWS
April 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Do you need to proof Google documents more efficiently with JAWS? Want to learn how to access and navigate the spelling and grammar options? Join us Thursday, April 21 at noon Eastern for a live webinar, Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Spelling and Grammar Features with JAWS. We'll provide an overview of the spelling and grammar options Google Docs offers, plus show you how to: Access the spelling and grammar checker using the keyboard. Navigate spelling options. Add a word to your personal dictionary. Access spelling and grammar options from the Tools menu. Check spelling one word at a time using the context menu. Access the dictionary definition of a word. Explore search results for a selected word. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register:
6) Tactile Graphics Open House | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
April 23rd 2022 | 10:30 AM ET PT, 11:30 AM ET MT, 12:30 PM ET CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday April 23rd 2022 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET. Whether you're new to the concept of images you can explore by touch or a seasoned tactile graphics creator, the Dimensions Lab is here to support you. Come explore our range of graphics embossers, 3D printers, a swell-form machine, a refreshable graphics tablet, and analog tools for tech-free, stress-free accessible drawing. This hands-on event will take place in person: kindly rsvp to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to reserve your spot!
7) Technology Blogs and Podcasts | Hadley Tech It Out Discussion Group
April 26th 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12PM GMT, 4/27 | It's great to know that for every tech topic out there, someone has researched and shared what's available and how to use it. Join us as we explore blogs and podcasts on technology from a blind and low vision perspective:
8) A Look at Programming Languages and Concepts for Blind and Low Vision Coders | APH
April 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Thanks to a generous grant from CDW, The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is proud to offer introductory coding courses for blind and visually impaired youth and adults. These courses are designed to familiarize blind and low vision young adults and adults with basic coding tools, challenges navigating these tools with assistive technology such as screen readers, and techniques for navigating those challenges. Join Florian Beijers, a blind coder, as he guides you through learning the basics of coding in multiple programming languages. This is the second in a series of four courses. This second course takes place Tuesdays in April at 1:00 PM Eastern time. Classes will be April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern daylight time, but all sessions will be recorded and available soon after the live class for those who cannot attend at the scheduled time. If you cannot attend at the scheduled time, please be sure to register for the webinar so that you will receive all emails, including links to the recordings. Pre-requisite knowledge: At least intermediate familiarity with a screen reader with speech and/or braille, or intermediate familiarity with a screen magnification program. Ability to use the internet to accomplish tasks such as searching for and reading information, completing forms, and using keyboard shortcuts to navigate, read, and edit. Ability to follow written instructions to independently download and install programs and extensions. Willingness to participate in the entire course consisting of 4 weekly sessions; each session will last 90 minutes. Willingness to spend at least two hours per week on review and homework. Lesson Plan Goal: Introduce students to multiple coding modalities and how to navigate barriers encountered. Learning Objectives: 1. Identify three reasons to use ARIA and when not to use it. 2. Explain at least three requirements for web accessibility using ARIA. 3. Successfully apply Python basics to at least three coding tasks. 4. Describe use of Python in web application, data science, and automation. 5. Identify at least two obstacles present in the development field for blind and low vision coders, and two strategies to either join a development team or take a software development-related study. Materials Needed: screen reader with speech output or Braille display and/or screen magnification program. Here is the link to register:
9) 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:
10) Assistive Technology Training, Assessment, Equipment & Accessibility Services: How These Can Benefit You, Your Organization, or Clients | Access Ingenuity
April 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you need help determining if you or your client needs assistive technology training or if the problem results from the materials not being made accessible? Do you know what type of assistive technology is necessary or if it is required to get an assessment? Join Zhi Huang and Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity to explore these services and how they can be beneficial. Learning Outcomes: Explore the benefits of assistive technology training. Discuss when you may need an assistive technology assessment versus just getting specific equipment. Compare documents that are not accessible versus documents that are accessible. Meeting ID: 894 9446 0678 | Passcode: 739184 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89494460678#,,,,*739184# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
11) What Does it Meme?: Understanding and Sharing Visual Culture | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
May 2nd 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT | Monday May 2, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern
Memes are a rich part of Internet culture but, usually, they're not accessible to blind and low-vision people. Join us as we dive into the meaning and evolution of memes, and explore how concise, evocative description can create equity of access in digital spaces. This event will take place online:
12) American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference (AFBLC)
May 2nd 2022 through May3rd 2022 | Hyatt Regency Arlington, Virginia. 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:
13) Intro to Facebook with Accessibility in Mind | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
May 5th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday May 5th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET. We'll go over the basics of navigating Facebook with confidence on mobile and the web. Learn how to create posts including links and photos, navigate the News Feed, access important settings, handle messages and more. This hybrid event will take place online and in person. Please RSVP to email@example.com ✉ to attend in person, or register for the Zoom:
14) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
May 7th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
15) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
May 7th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
16) The Web is Inherently Accessible | AccessU 2022 | TPGi
May 10th 2022 | 6:30AM PT, 7:30AM MT, 8:30AM CT, 9:30AM ET, 1:30PM GMT | Rachele DiTullio. Expand your accessibility knowledge by checking out some of the excellent sessions at AccessU. The schedule includes one day of pre-conference workshops followed by three days of live training and Q&A sessions. All times are US Central Time. Join TPGi's accessibility experts as they share their knowledge and present on some excellent topics.
17) Using the JAWS Screen Reader to Create Better Digital Content | AccessU 2022 | TPGi
May 10th 2022 | 11:45AM PT, 12:45PM MT, 1:45PM CT, 2:45PM ET, 6:45PM GMT | Rachele DiTullio. Expand your accessibility knowledge by checking out some of the excellent sessions at AccessU. The schedule includes one day of pre-conference workshops followed by three days of live training and Q&A sessions. All times are US Central Time. Join TPGi's accessibility experts as they share their knowledge and present on some excellent topics.
18) Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech | AccessU 2022 | TPGi
May 10th 2022 | 1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT | LE Silveus McNamara. Expand your accessibility knowledge by checking out some of the excellent sessions at AccessU. The schedule includes one day of pre-conference workshops followed by three days of live training and Q&A sessions. All times are US Central Time. Join TPGi's accessibility experts as they share their knowledge and present on some excellent topics.
19) Making Streaming Video Inclusive | AccessU 2022 | TPGi
May 11th 2022 | 6:30AM PT, 7:30AM MT, 8:30AM CT, 9:30AM ET, 1:30PM GMT | Carolina Crespo, Rachele DiTullio, Charu Panhdi. Expand your accessibility knowledge by checking out some of the excellent sessions at AccessU. The schedule includes one day of pre-conference workshops followed by three days of live training and Q&A sessions. All times are US Central Time. Join TPGi's accessibility experts as they share their knowledge and present on some excellent topics.
20) 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?
21) Where in the World: Accessible Wayfinding and Mapping for iOS | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
May 18th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Wednesday May 18th 2022 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET. We'll explore accessible mainstream apps like Apple and Google Maps, which can give you walking or transit directions and help you discover points of interest in your city. Plus, we'll explore Microsoft Soundscape and GoodMaps, two apps built to give you precise, accessible guidance. This event will take place in person and online. To attend in person, please RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ or register via Zoom to join online:
22) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
June 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET. If you're new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you're still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We'll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we'll open it up for questions and networking. This event will take place online:
23) iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
June 4th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30AM, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET. Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. This event will take place online:
24) Using iOS Shortcuts | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
June 9th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern. Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP in person, or register to participate online:
25) Gadgets and Apps 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?
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June 11th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Saturday June 11th 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered. This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to RSVP.
27) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library
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