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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 5, 2022 - Volume 857

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 10 Popular Smartphone Myths That Aren't True (10.6% of all clicks.)
Doing these 10 things won't do your smartphone any good:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-popular-smartphone-myths-that-arent-true/

B.) Spacefelt - A New Assistive Technology Innovation For People With Visual Impairment (6.8% of all clicks.)
I'm Vivian from Grailmaker Innovations. Our startup has developed Spacefelt, a tagging and labelling app for persons with visual impairment. Using it, the user can tag, label and identify objects around them independently. The idea of Spacefelt came up when my friend, Aishwarya, who is a visually impaired tactile artist wanted some technology that will help her identify colors:
https://newzhook.com/story/workshop-on-spacefelt-a-new-assistive-technology-innovation-for-people-with-visual-impairment/

C.) New Sensor Technology Helps Blind And Visually Impaired Pedestrians Avoid Hazards (6.5% of all clicks.)
A new patented technology from Intelligent Material Solutions, Inc. is designed to help pedestrians who are blind and visually impaired navigate busy sidewalks and avoid sidewalk hazards. The sensor tech uses a cooperative guidance system to determine the pedestrians' precise geolocation and guide them to public transportation, retail entrances, sidewalk exits and other locations:
https://coolblindtech.com/new-sensor-technology-helps-blind-and-visually-impaired-pedestrians-avoid-hazards/

D.) Send to Braille 2.0 Released (4.5% of all clicks.)
The American Printing House for the Blind is pleased to announce the release of an update to its popular Send to Braille application. This is a simple tool which adds options to the right click "Send to" menu to translate documents into braille and vice-versa:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/send-to-braille-2-0-released/

E.) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Filtering by Unread Chats (3.4% of all clicks.)
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3) JAWS Power Tip: How To Navigate Your Outlook Inbox Like A Table

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/74.html

4) 2022 National Coding Symposium Presented by APH and Partners Takes Place Next Week from May 9th to May 13th

Calling all future coders! The 2022 APH Coding Symposium is back for the second year of coding fun and information! From basic, entry-level coding to more advanced concepts, we will explore some of the nuts and bolts of programming codes and the products that students and teachers are using to learn how to code. Our goal is to make the connections between students, teachers, and professionals in coding to share ideas and activities, resources, and career opportunities. This year, APH is partnering with student and teacher sites across the country to share activities and experiences with our virtual attendees. Activities can be done in advance on the Resource's page! Learning how to code is a pathway to all kinds of careers in all areas of technology. Meet the professionals in the industry who are leading the way for students interested in coding and learn about their career journeys. There will be award and scholarship opportunities this year! Check out the Awards page for more information on the drawing and how to apply for the available scholarships:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/coding/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Paid+Traffic+%28Google+Ads%29&utm_campaign=2022_Coding_Symposium

5) Hey Alexa

A.) Put your puzzling skills to the test in a tricky Escape Room adventure, with challenge rooms for every ability level.
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B.) Whoever answers the most questions in 60 seconds gets crowned this week's Trivia Hero.
Just say: "Alexa, open Trivia Hero."

C.) Find out if you can you handle the pressure of answering ten trivia questions in a row to win.
Just say: "Alexa, enable Feel the Pressure."

D.) Are you a music expert? Compete against another player to name that tune and artist from 25 catchy playlists.
Just say: "Alexa, open Song Blast."

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7) Free Guide for Blind iPhone Users

After two years, Michael Feir has released Personal Power: Getting the Most From iOS as a Totally Blind User. This second edition of his guide is available free to all in several formats. Get the guide at:
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-second-edition-of-personal-power.html?m=1

8) Tips for Accessible Screen Sharing

For many of us, phone calls have largely been replaced with meetings over video conferencing platforms like Zoom. One advantage to these platforms is the ability to share computer screens. We have all likely been in virtual meetings where someone says, "it's easier if I just share my screen," and it's true that screen sharing is often an effective way to demonstrate tasks or share information. However, screen sharing comes with some accessibility dangers:
https://webaim.org/blog/tips-for-accessible-screen-sharing/

9) Tip: Does The Facetime Control Bar Sometimes Get In Your Way? There's An Accessible Way To Dismiss It:

One of the new features introduced in iOS15 is this call control bar which provides FaceTime audio controls across the top of the iOS screen during a FaceTime audio call:
https://steves.life/2022/04/30/tip-does-the-facetime-control-bar-sometimes-get-in-your-way-theres-an-accessible-way-to-dismiss-it/

10) Duxbury 12.6 Released

This new version offers many performance improvements and optimizations, including a new version of the UKAAF template:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/duxbury-12-6-released/

11) Thunderbird Mobile Application Is Coming Soon

Users of the open source email client Thunderbird may soon install it as an application for use on mobile devices:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/05/03/thunderbird-mobile-application-is-coming-soon/

12) Beeping Eggs

The Rachael Project teaches participants to construct beeping eggs for an Easter egg hunt for blind children. There is also information on hosting beeping Easter egg hunts:
https://www.iabti.org/beeping-eggs/

13) Establishing A New Braille File Standard With The eBRF

APH is developing a successor to the BRF (braille ready format) called EBRF. EBRF provides formatted braille text and tactile graphics in one file with enhanced navigation:
https://www.aph.org/establishing-a-new-braille-file-standard-with-the-ebrf/

14) RightHear Is Turning Public Spaces Into Accessible Environments For The Blind And Visually Impaired

This is an app with associated Bluetooth beacons for indoor navigation. There are no RightHear enabled spaces near this contributor, but please feel free to let us know how it works if you do:
https://www.right-hear.com/

15) Voice Dream Reader for Desktop

Voice Dream Reader is a popular text to speech app on iOS and Android. The product's developer has now released a desktop version:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id972112040

16) Pioneering Accessible Navigation — Indoors And Outdoors

The popular navigation app, BlindSquare has been updated. Expanded support for Bluetooth hearing aids, Adding Moovit integration and turn-by-turn directions are among the improvements:
https://www.blindsquare.com/

17) What are Hearables?

Odds are, you've heard of wearables — think fitness trackers, smart clothing, smartwatches, and display glasses. But what about hearables? We have all the info on what they are, who should use them, how they can help you, and where you can get them:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/114421/what-are-hearables/

18) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for April 2022

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-april-2022

19) Review: Reizen Talking Label Wand

Labeling items in your environment is an essential task if you're blind, but finding a quick and convenient way to do so can be a challenging process. Braille labels often mandate an arts-and-crafts session to type up, cut out, and place. Bump dots require you to create a code for yourself that you still have to remember. The Reizen Talking Label Wand offers an excellent solution to these shortcomings. The wand, which is about the length of an average adult hand, comes with packs of adhesive labels that you apply to objects by touching the tip of the wand to the sticker and speaking the information you want to include. To hear the label read the information again, simply touch the wand to the sticker, and your message will be played back to you. The Reizen has many different uses that can significantly increase independence, which makes this tool a powerful resource for people with visual disabilities:
https://www.reviewed.com/accessibility/content/reizen-talking-label-wand-review-alternative-braille-alphabet-reader-blind

20) Fire TV Launches Hearing Aid Pairing

We're thrilled to announce Fire TV Cube (2nd gen) now supports Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids, commonly known as ASHA. This makes Fire TV the first-ever streaming media player to support ASHA and allow customers to directly connect compatible Bluetooth hearing aids:
https://amazonfiretv.blog/fire-tv-launches-hearing-aid-pairing-423d56625683

21) Latest Chrome Beta Adopts Tab Reordering Via Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the best things about running a browser based on open-source code is the speed at which new features and improvements are introduced. Chrome is that kind of browser, with a slew of features constantly being tested in the Canary channel, where the brave and adventurous get to try out what's in development before everyone else. One such feature that has been in development and testing in the Canary channel for some time now is the ability to reorder tabs in a browser window by just using keyboard shortcuts. Sure, you could use a mouse, but nothing beats using a good old keyboard shortcut to get things done quicker. Originally posted by Redditor u/Leopeva64-2, the feature was first documented via a commit and was described as follows:
https://chromeunboxed.com/chrome-beta-tab-reordering

22) Welcome to Luna For Reddit. Part of the Luna Range: A Reminder That Just Because You're Blind Doesn't Mean You Can't Get To The Moon

Reddit is a very popular social media platform for people to share their thoughts, articles, hopes, dreams, ask questions and more. It has a web interface which, while usable, is rather fiddley for screen reader users and does not give you full functionality. Enter Luna For Reddit, the Windows client for screen reader users that is stepping up to the plate and accepting the challenge to make Reddit as accessible as they will allow. Luna implements as many relevant API's as possible into a sleek, fast interface that presents you with all the details that you choose:
https://nathantech.net/products/software/lunareddit.php

23) Announcing Emacspeak 56.0 — AgileDog

Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating environments. By seamlessly blending live access to all aspects of the Internet such as ubiquitous assistance, Web-surfing, blogging, remote software development, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables spoken access to local and remote information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the evolving assistant-oriented social Internet cloud:
https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2022/04/announcing-emacspeak-560-agiledog.html

24) How to Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from One of the Best US Libraries (US Only.)

For just $50 per year (renewable annually) you can become a member of Brooklyn Public Library, no matter what state you live in! Brooklyn Public Library has a collection of more than 400,000 books, magazines and audiobooks — one of the largest online libraries around. But not many people realize that they can borrow titles from this collection from out of state. All you need to do is fill out the form here in order to make an application for a library card:
https://www.lovemyfire.com/borrow-ebooks-audiobooks-from-brooklyn-public-library.html

25) Hable One Challenge - "There Is Just So Much I Can Do With This Little Device"!

Last month we ran a unique challenge for the Hable One Braille bluetooth smartphone keyboard, with great results! Each participant received a Hable One for two weeks and completed a number of challenges during that time. After the initial masterclass, participants had a few days to get used to their device and explore the features before their first challenge:
https://www.sightandsound.co.uk/hable-one-challenge-there-is-just-so-much-i-can-do-with-this-little-device/

26) NV Access In-Process for May 3rd 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-may/

27) NVDA 2022.1beta4 Available For Testing

Beta4 of NVDA 2022.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-1beta4/

28) PSA: Reading Apple Books On Kindle Still Won't Be Possible, Even With Upcoming Change

For years, there were two main competing ebook file formats: MOBI and EPUB. Amazon used MOBI for its Kindle devices, while Apple used EPUB for what were then iBooks and are now Apple Books. For a while, it looked like we might end up with a single standard, as most companies adopted EPUB. But this was not to be, as Amazon stuck stubbornly to MOBI:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/05/03/reading-apple-books-on-kindle-still-impossible/


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) This Technology Helps Blind And Low-Vision Tennis Fans Follow Matches

Action Audio — a winner of Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards — turns a tennis ball's movements into "3D audio," allowing low-vision fans to track the ball during matches:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90740965/this-technology-helps-blind-and-low-vision-tennis-fans-follow-matches

2) I'm Deaf And I Have 'Perfect' Speech. Here's Why It's Actually A Nightmare.

Here is a personal article about deafness and hearing people's perceptions. We thought it was a good read:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coda-deaf-perfect-speech_n_624b2290e4b068157f7ac51f

3) Blind People Remember Language Better Than Sighted People Do

Blind people can remember speech better than sighted people, but a person's ability to see makes no difference in how they remember sound effects, found a new study by Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Irvine:
https://hub.jhu.edu/2022/04/27/blind-people-recall-language-better-than-sighted-people/

4) How Star Trek: The Next Generation Explored Blindness & Accessibility With Geordi LaForge

Lavar Burton's chief engineer embodies everything right about Star Trek's diversity and representation:
https://gamerant.com/star-trek-next-generation-blindness-accessibility-disability-geordi-laforge/

5) 'See Beyond Festival' Draws Attention To Blind Sports, Accessibility Issues

More than 1,000 people attended the Maryland School for the Blind's annual See Beyond Festival to learn more about how others cope with vision impairment on Saturday, April 28th 2022 according to school staff:
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/04/30/see-beyond-festival-draws-attention-to-blind-sports-accessibility-issues/

6) Leading Global Accessibility Provider Recognized by McDonald's

TPGi is honored to be recognized by McDonald's for receiving the 2021 "Living the Values Award". The Living the Values Award, is given annually to a Global Technology Provider who has demonstrably impacted one or more of McDonald's values by putting customers first, creating an inclusive environment, operating with integrity, and supporting community efforts overall to be better together:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/223

7) Designing Food Labels For the Visually Impaired

From Braille on boxes to QR codes for screen readers, producers are finding ways to make their goods more accessible:
https://modernfarmer.com/2022/05/food-labels-for-visually-impaired/

8) RNIB Petition Calls For Audio Descriptions On Streaming Services

Most video on demand services are still inaccessible to the 350,000 blind and partially sighted people living in the UK, the charity said:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/industry/charity/2022/04/26/rnib-petition-calls-for-audio-descriptions-on-streaming-services

9) Good Video Conferencing Etiquette - Zoom

More and more of us are conducting much of our work (and socialising) over video conferencing platforms. But, what's the best etiquette for these meetings? We've put together a guide of some best practice etiquette in a handy guide:
https://www.londonvision.org/technology/good-video-conferencing-etiquette-zoom/

10) Chanel's 'Awe-Inspiring' Disability-Friendly Website Leaves Gucci's Looking 'Less Than Desirable'

Chanel has been ranked as the most accessible fashion brand when it comes to online shopping:
https://www.professionaljeweller.com/chanels-awe-inspiring-disability-friendly-website-leaves-guccis-looking-less-than-desirable/

11) What Is Kindle Unlimited, and Is It Worth It?

There are plenty of services that will let you consume as many TV shows, movies, and music as you want for a monthly fee. But what about books? Is there a streaming service for books? Meet "Kindle Unlimited." Some people can finish 10 seasons of a TV show in a weekend, others can motor through a dozen books a week. If you relate to the latter, Kindle Unlimited is for you. Let's take a look at what this service has to offer:
https://www.howtogeek.com/799922/what-is-kindle-unlimited-and-is-it-worth-it/

12) Google Tests Technology To Help Utah Athletes With Blindness Exercise Unassisted

Utah athletes living with blindness regularly put their trust in sighted counterparts to guide their every footstep as they run across pathways they cannot see. But Google is developing technology that could one day allow these runners to exercise independently:
https://www.ksl.com/article/50392125/google-tests-technology-to-help-utah-athletes-with-blindness-exercise-unassisted

13) All Aboard Is Making Bus Stops More Accessible For Blind Bus Riders

If you are a bus rider, you have probably occasionally missed your bus because you were standing just a few steps away from the bus stop, the bus approached, the driver thought you weren't going to get on, and they drove off! (it's happened to me for sure!) For the visually impaired, this is a much bigger problem ("the last 10 meter problem") because GPS apps can bring them no closer than 10 meters from their target which may not be enough. Someone could possibly feel a pole with their cane and think it's a bus stop, but it actually might not be. Identifying physical bus stops is not an easy task for people with visual impairment:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/05/all-aboard-bus-stops-accessibility.html

14) Copyright Laws Shut Out Blind And Visually Impaired South Africans From The World Of Books

The magic of books is, for the blind or visually disabled, simply just out of reach, kept behind an act that is not locally or globally supported:
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2022-04-28-copyright-laws-shut-out-blind-and-visually-impaired-south-africans-from-the-world-of-books/

15) Making Accessible Websites — What Are the Fundamental Considerations?

Considering the internet's global reach, it is important that websites are accessible to all users. The term web accessibility refers to making websites as inclusive as possible to as many users as possible, whether they have disabilities or not:
https://www.qrcodepress.com/making-accessible-websites/8541121/

16) Best Smart Home Device Deals for April 2022

https://bgr.com/deals/best-smart-home-devices-deals/

17) 'This Is The Boarding Queue For The Flight To Alaska, Not Atlanta': My Life As A Visually Impaired Travel Writer — And The Case For Everything Being A Bit Bigger, Please ...

Visually impaired travel writer Rob Crossan wants travel to be super-sized He reveals how he struggles to read seat numbers, menus and info screens. He once missed a flight to Atlanta at JFK as he'd misread the gate information:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-10766643/My-life-visually-impaired-travel-writer-case-bit-bigger-please.html

18) Scarborough And Malton Train Stations Fitted With New Devices To Help Visually Impaired People

Toilets at railway stations across Scarborough and Malton have been fitted with a new electronic device to help blind and visually impaired people when it comes to navigating the facilities:
https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/scarborough-and-malton-train-stations-fitted-with-new-devices-to-help-visually-impaired-people-3675824

19) Making TV More Accessible

There are many ways of making TV more accessible and pleasurable to watch and enjoy when you are blind or partially sighted. London Vision outlines them in this article:
https://www.londonvision.org/vision-confident/managing-sight-loss-courses/more-about-the-managing-sight-loss-course/accessible-tv/

20) Web Accessibility on a Budget: How to Get Started for Free or Little Cost

Some companies, especially small businesses, have concerns that website accessibility is cost prohibitive. They may want to ensure their websites are accessible to all their customers but don't know if they can afford it. Accessibility is an investment that pays off, but it doesn't have to be expensive to get started:
https://www.boia.org/blog/web-accessibility-on-a-budget-how-to-get-started-for-free-or-little-cost


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 49: Animal Myths Busted and Camping for All Occasions

April 17th 2022 | On Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, Ms. Lilly busts nine common animal myths and Lawrence shares his seven favorite bucket list camping destinations. We also explore the accessibility and perks of four different styles of camping:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-49-animal-myths-busted-and-camping-for-all/id1530444764?i=1000557852719

2) Eye Doctors on Common Eye Conditions | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

April 29th 2022 | In this episode, we're sharing highlights from previous interviews with a glaucoma specialist, retina specialist, and a low vision doctor. Listen in to learn more about common eye conditions, treatments, and what to expect at these specialist appointments:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/eye-doctors-common-eye-conditions

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 73, Talkback 12.2 And Android 13 Beta 1

April 30th 2022 | In this episode we talk about all things new in the recently released Talkback 12.2 and our observations about it. In the next segment, we talk about all things new in the just released android 13 beta 1 for all supported Pixel phones. If you have a supported pixel, you can register to receive beta updates at https://www.google.com/android/beta. In our app of the week, we see how to uninstall Samsung Talkback or any system app without the need of a PC. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcasting platforms, on smart speakers and on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqp1JRJzrXhtLk1gtCxNlnAf

4) Eyes on Success 2218 Conditions for the Blind in Iran

May 4th 2022 | Aliasghar Assadi is a blind teacher of blind and visually impaired students in Iran. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ali about conditions for the blind in Iran including the challenges of acquiring assistive technologies, how legal protections for the disabled are evolving, employment opportunities for the blind, and much more:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202218.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) 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 chanceyfleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register for the Zoom:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAud-6prjIiHNLfBON7AHjHx7b0LE-PELaN?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

2) Discover The All-In-One AT Support Extension — Helperbird | Network Of Assistive Technologists

May 6th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Discover Helperbird and why you need to add it to your edtech tool bag. Join The Network of Assistive Technologists as we welcome Robert James Gabriel from Helperbird. Discover Helperbird and its literacy support tools to help individuals to succeed when working online or within Google files including Docs and Slides and PDFs. Some of the features include, Immersive Reader by Microsft, Text adjustments, Reader Mode, sticky notes, word prediction, natural text to speech and over 32 other features. Also get to ask its Founder, any questions you might have. Registration is now open:
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/

3) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

4) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

5) 2022 National Coding Symposium | APH and Partners

May 9th 2022 through May 13th 2022 | The FREE, Virtual 2022 National Coding Symposium is Back, May 9-May 13, 2022. The FREE, Virtual 2022 National Coding Symposium is Back, May 9-May 13, 2022 Calling all future coders! APH and our partners are pleased to present the 2022 National Coding Symposium. This event connects parents, teachers, and students who are visually impaired with professionals in the coding industry from organizations such as LinkedIn, Vispero, Amazon, Apple, NVDA, Yahoo, HumanWare, Tetralogical, APH, and many more. Through a series of inspirational speakers, panel discussions, presentations, and question and answer sessions, attendees of all ages will be introduced to coding concepts and various pathways to careers in and/or related to coding. Awards and scholarship opportunities are also available! Learn more and register for the 2022 National Coding Symposium today!
https://aphconnectcenter.org/coding/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Paid+Traffic+%28Google+Ads%29&utm_campaign=2022_Coding_Symposium

6) 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.
https://knowbility.org/programs/accessu-2022

7) 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.
https://knowbility.org/programs/accessu-2022

8) 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.
https://knowbility.org/programs/accessu-2022

9) Introduction To Creating Accessible PDFs | TPGi

May 10th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Evan Burnett, Document Accessibility Lead. PDFs and other electronic documents are essential elements for online communication. As we strive to create an accessible digital experience for all users, we must not neglect the electronic documents hosted on websites. Ensuring such documents are accessible is a critical aspect of a comprehensive, accessible experience. Join TPGi's Document Accessibility Lead, Evan Burnett for an introductory webinar that will provide a high-level overview of how to remediate electronic documents (specifically PDFs) for accessibility. We will review the fundamental concepts of PDF remediation and techniques that you can implement in your documents upon completion of the webinar:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-10-at-12pm-et-introduction-to-creating-accessible-pdfs/

10) Save, Open & Browse Files with JAWS Using Speech or Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

May 11th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | In many cases, the ability to save, open, or browse for files within various Windows programs uses a very similar interface. The key is to understand this interface while working with JAWS using either a QWERTY keyboard or Focus braille display to help you become more efficient with the above tasks. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore the Save As, Open With and Browse dialog boxes to understand how it works with JAWS and Windows. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to manage files while using JAWS with either a QWERTY keyboard or a Focus braille display. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Understand the difference between Save and Save As. Explain the three main questions in the Save As, Open With, and Browse dialog boxes and the default answers. Explore more efficient ways to work with the TreeView and ListView to locate files since just using shortcuts may not be available when browsing. Introduce key commands for working with JAWS using a QWERTY keyboard or Focus braille display. Meeting ID: 834 2828 1678 | Passcode: 911989 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83428281678#,,,,*911989# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83428281678?pwd=ZGZVQkFUUDlqRFpQQzB6NGFJd1p4UT09

11) 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.
https://knowbility.org/programs/accessu-2022

12) 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

13) Introducing the TOPAZ Ultra (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

May 18th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore the features of the TOPAZ Ultra. The TOPAZ Ultra is the next generation of portable magnifiers. With its unique folding design, it's easy to take with you wherever you go. The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier in a compact and portable design. TOPAZ Ultra is ideal for individuals who need a lightweight magnification solution in different locations - at home, in the office or classroom, and on the go. Use the TOPAZ Ultra right out of the box to magnify text and objects up close, in the distance, and even look at yourself with its convenient 3-in-1 camera. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features walkthrough of the TOPAZ Ultra. Differences from previous TOPAZ portable models. How the TOPAZ Ultra can be an effective reading tool. Meeting ID: 898 9510 6641 | Passcode: 641890 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89895106641#,,,,*641890# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89895106641?pwd=ZUZyc2k3Nmh1b05Kai95Vm9NK1ZMdz09

14) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcu2rrjkjGd0aaqdPZNDeB4iaC3L06-Lo

15) The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program Field Updates

May 19th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | The National Transition Conversation 2022: APH Transition Hub & Pre ETS Program field updates Lisamaria Martinez, Richard Rueda. ACVREP credits available. Wondering how can APH Transition Hub support and increase the number of families that are directed to your summer residential program? Learn the latest innovations from APH CareerConnect. Join the National Transition Conversation as the APH ConnectCenter unveils the latest features of the Transition Hub project, and shares updates on CareerConnect. Just in time for summer programming across the United States, the National Transition Conversation will provide three mini forums spotlighting some of our partner transition programs and services. The second hour will provide a forum for practitioners, rehabilitation personnel, transition specialists and program administrators to share their own program successes and learn from other programs. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A-h3iZRzSCitNrhTdOTrVQ

16) OrCam Free Demo Day | AdaptiVision

May 20th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | AdaptiVision is delighted to offer a free OrCam Demo Day on Friday, May 20th 2022. Attendees will have the chance to try out the latest OrCam assistive devices for low vision and blindness, including the OrCam MyEye and the OrCam Read Smart. These high-tech devices use artificial intelligence to convert visual information into audio, helping the user read text, recognize faces, distinguish colors and currency, and identify products. They are small, discreet, and easy to use. Notably, the Read Smart, a handheld reader designed for people with low vision, dyslexia, or other reading challenges, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Inventions of 2021. The demo day will be held at The Carroll Center for the Blind, one of the nation's preeminent vision rehabilitation centers. Event details: Date: Friday, May 20, 2022. Location: The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458. Time: 10:00 AM. Cost: Free. Pre-registration is required. Visit the link below to learn more and register:
https://lowvisionsource.com/orcam-demo-day/

17) A Webinar Of Anxiety: Developments In Accessibility For People With Anxiety And Panic Disorders | TPGi

May 24th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, XXX GMT | Presenter: Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer. Awareness of the impact of online accessibility for people with anxiety and panic disorders has grown in recent years. High-pressure sales tactics and deceptive patterns have caught the attention of lawmakers. Banks have introduced new measures to support vulnerable customers. Social media companies have recognized the impact of their services on users' mental health. But has this made any difference? In this webinar, TPGi's Dr. David Swallow, Lead UX Consultant and Senior Accessibility Engineer will provide an update on developments in understanding this often-overlooked aspect of web accessibility. He'll explore aspects of user interface and user experience design that contribute to feelings of anxiety and panic. He'll also examine whether the web is still as anxiety-inducing as ever, highlight recent initiatives aimed at addressing anxiety-related issues, and share recommendations on what organizations can do to improve the user experience for people with anxiety and panic disorders:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-24-at-12pm-et-a-webinar-of-anxiety-developments-in-accessibility-for-people-with-anxiety-and-panic-disorders/

18) Basics of PowerPoint Remediation | Access Ingenuity

May 25th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn how to make your PowerPoint file as accessible as possible for screen readers. Learning Outcomes: Highlight the use of Office formatting features and how to leverage them to create the most accessible end product possible. Explore the accessibility tools in PowerPoint such as the Reading Order pane and how to add alternative text. Go through the steps in creating a clean PowerPoint Accessibility Check. Meeting ID: 819 7420 5040 | Passcode: 255996 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81974205040#,,,,*255996# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81974205040?pwd=WjI5ZUlrMm5aMkxhUXJEd3B4cGdPdz09

19) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

20) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuiqqjwtHdzr8bnEn6y-ypuxRhgkdvwz

21) 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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=O_T4jl2gQk-eJ1vIXaeqDw.1648421599270.e098cddc0d3e6ab8b653afe6c5833f53&_x_zm_rhtaid=371

22) 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?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

23) Tactile Drawing from Still Life | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

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.

24) Intro to Google Translate | Andrew Heiskell Braille And Talking Book Library

June 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Wednesday June 15th 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern. Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We'll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ to attend in person, or register to participate online:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

25) Eye Drop Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

June 22nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will have a live ASL interpreter, and closed captioning. If you are unable to attend, still be sure to register to receive access to the webinar audio and video via email afterwards. Please join us as we discuss tips and techniques for using eye drops as well as trends in eye drop refill legislation. Speakers will include experts from The Chicago Lighthouse and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind. Questions? Please contact info@accessiblepharmacy.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/eye-drop-webinar/


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

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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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➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One Orcam Read

Listing Date: 5/5/2022 | Price: $1,100.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Barely 6 months old. Never used. For visually impaired. Version 9. Sells for $1,800. | Contact: Michael via Email at: miketmarano@icloud.com ✉ or by phone at:(413) 786-1724 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: Put A New 32 Cell Braille Display in Your Braillenote for Cheap

Listing Date: 4/28/2022 | Price: $925.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Is your Braillenote Touch Plus 32 or Touch 32 or Apex 32 not as perfect as it was when new? Then just replace it with a brand new perfect one for only $925. We also take trade-in Braille devices to further help you with the price for the new display. | Contact: Joe via Email at: newbraille32@gmail.com ✉ or by phone at:(726) 777-9536 ☎. |

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Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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


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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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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.


➜ Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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