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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 12, 2022 - Volume 858

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Free Guide for Blind iPhone Users (9.8% of all clicks.)
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:

B.) JAWS Power Tip: How To Navigate Your Outlook Inbox Like A Table (7.9% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:

C.) What are Hearables? (7.6% of all clicks.)
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:

D.) Tips for Accessible Screen Sharing (5.5% of all clicks.)
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:

E.) Voice Dream Reader for Desktop (5.1% of all clicks.)
Voice Dream Reader is a popular text to speech app on iOS and Android. The product's developer has now released a desktop version:

2) 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day Reminder

This is just a Top Tech Tidbits reminder to join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Next Thursday, May 19th 2022. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities / impairments:

3) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for May 12th 2022

Updates this week include: (1) Welcome back to Jonathan Mosen and the Mosen at Large Podcast | (2) Bouncing is for Balls. Not Emails. Why Are There So Many Hurdles To Receiving Emails From Top Tech Tidbits? | (3) PayPal Unable To Serve Deafblind Subscribers. Top Tech Tidbits Offers Free Lifetime Premium Memberships to all Deafblind Readers | (4) A Note About The Blind Lifestyle Newsletter and Top Tech Tidbits Partner Donna Jodhan:

4) JAWS Power Tip: Lock Your Keyboard With JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:

5) Android 13 Will Introduce New Restrictions On Sideloaded Apps

With an aim to crack down on apps that misuse the Accessibility API, Google is planning to introduce new restrictions on sideloaded apps with Android 13, according to Mishaal Rahman at Esper. The proposed restrictions will affect APK files that come from unreliable sources:

6) Ask Alexa

A.) Speaker groups allow you to play music, podcasts and news on multiple Echo devices at once, providing a Multi-room audio experience.
Just say, "Alexa, move my music to the kitchen."

B.) Set a reminder with Alexa so you don't forget family plans.
Just say, "Alexa, remind me to join my family call on Sunday."

C.) Streamline your day with Featured Routines in the Alexa app. Routines are like ready-made shortcuts — or you can easily create your own Routines from scratch, limited only by your imagination!
Just say, "Alexa, enable the Good Morning Routine."

D.) Personalize your Flash Briefings by choosing providers that report on the entertainment, business, sports, and local news that you care about most.
Just say, "Alexa, play Flash Briefing."

E.) Transform your apprentice knight into a powerful paladin, and battle evil forces like Dark Tower Knights and terrifying Dark Forest orcs.
Just say, "Alexa, start Knight Manager."

7) Microsoft Adaptive Accessories

Microsoft has announced new adaptive accessories, including a mouse, buttons, and a hub. They will be available this Fall:

8) Auto-Generated Summaries In Google Docs

Google announced that it will be able to summarize long documents, chat, and other text-based communications:

9) The Music Lives On

Apple has discontinued the iPod Touch. For many the iPod Touch 3GS was their first experience with an accessible touchscreen device (this contributor (Stephen (Alex) Marositz) still has theirs). Voiceover on iOS came about in 2009:

10) Reimagining The Apps Included With Windows 11

Microsoft continues to release new apps that come included with Windows. One of these is a new version of Sound Recorder, just released to Windows Insiders:

11) Stream Audio Directly To Your Compatible Bluetooth Hearing Aids:

Amazon has announced that hearing aid wearers can now connect them directly to the Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation). Here's how and check compatibility:

12) Xbox Accessibility Guidelines V3.0

The Xbox Accessibility Guidelines have been updated to include information on mental health, motion sickness, and text sizing:

13) BrailleSense 6 MINI Using BrailleSense Cloud Drive | HIMS | YouTube


14) The 5 Best Text-to-Speech Add-ons for Firefox

Whether you use text-to-speech for accessibility or convenience, it's hard to find the feature everywhere online. So, here are five Firefox add-ons:

15) A List of Various Master Classes From The Braillists Foundation

The Braillists Foundation runs regular Masterclasses introducing various aspects of using braille and available braille technologies. On this page you can find resources produced by the Braillists Foundation, including recordings and notes from previous events:

16) Freedom Scientific May 2022 Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills:

17) LibreOffice 7.3.3 Community Available For Download

LibreOffice 7.3.3 Community, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 7.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, is available for download:

18) TPGi's Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2022 Webinar Lineup

In honor of GAAD, TPGi is hosting three events throughout the next week to help educate people on digital accessibility, how inaccessible digital products like a self-service kiosk can impact people with disabilities, and what people are doing to create more inclusive user experiences for all:

19) Microsoft Releases A New Sound Recorder App For Windows 11 Insiders

Microsoft has announced a new Sound Recorder app for users in the Dev Channel of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Program. It replaces the Voice Recorder app, and brings a revamped design with more options:

20) Update To Bixby Makes It Quicker And Easier To Answer Some Samsung Galaxy Phones Hands-Free

Samsung refuses to abandon its Bixby digital assistant leaving it on its phones even though it is barely used. For the most part, Google Assistant, which of course is available on Samsung's handsets, has more capabilities than Samsung's Bixby. The manufacturer has long given up on having Bixby become a legit challenger to the big three assistants which are Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa:

21) Firefox 101 Beta Brings Back The Download Prompt Allowing Users To Choose Whether To Open Or Save Files

Mozilla changed the download behavior of Firefox when it released version 97 of the browser, by skipping the prompt that allowed users to choose whether to Open a file, save it, or cancel the action. When you click on a download link, the file gets saved to your Downloads folder. Most other browsers have this behavior enabled by default, so Mozilla was following the trend. That's not always a good idea. Since the browser downloads files by default, this could result in the Downloads directory getting cluttered with files that you did not want to download, i.e. accidentally clicking a link, or clicking the wrong link. It wasn't surprising to see that many users weren't happy with this change:

22) Revolutionary eSight 4 Vision Assistance Device to be Showcased at Retina World Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 12th 2022 through May 15th 2022

Leading vision enhancement platform, eSight,has announced that it is holding demonstrations of its flagship medical device, the eSight 4, at the Retina World Congress in Fort Lauderdale, May 12 through May 15 2022. eSight will be attending the conference with eSight 4 user Gary Foster to foster dialogue about patient needs and the future of assistive technology:

23) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Navigating Through The Mazes Of Math With APH's Road To Code

Higher end math and computational thinking are skill sets that can provide amazing opportunities to many at a young age. The problem that persists is how do parents and educators find the right accessible tools for mastering these abilities in the K-12 environment?

24) Linux Accessibility: An Unmaintained Mess

Linux is mainly known as a server operating system. It performs impressively on that front, being used by just about every company out there. But through the years, some people in the tech community have made it their personal, home computer operating system as well. There are several podcasts where people talk about the viability of Linux on the desktop. However, as Linux reaches more and more mainstream users, it brings to light the disappointing truth that not everyone can use it. Those with disabilities, who could be the most helped by its open-source nature, are instead left for the for-profit companies which, regardless of what else they've done, at least have made their offerings more or less accessible:

25) Low-Hanging Fruit: 4 Accessibility Issues That Make a Website an Easy Target

Here we look at several common WCAG failures that can raise an organization's risk of compliance violations (and provide quick tips for addressing those issues):

26) Tractive GPS Dog LTE Tracker | PC Mag

If you're in the market for a GPS pet tracker, you probably want one that informs you as quickly as possible of your pet's escape. The $49.99 Tractive GPS Dog LTE Tracker offers the fastest escape alerts of any tracker we've tested, in a convenient design that securely attaches to your dog's existing collar with a rubber clip. We also like that a Basic subscription, which includes live location, activity, and sleep monitoring, is more affordable than you get with competitors. Although its battery life could be longer and we'd like to see more health and social features, the Tractive still offers top-notch GPS tracking for a resonable price, earning it our Editors' Choice award:

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) Accessibility in Education and Learning Styles

"Accessible education" (also known as "accessible learning") is "the process of designing courses and developing a teaching style to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles." Accessible education follows similar principles of web accessibility and other access-related standards and guidelines — maintain consistency, ensure effective communication, provide course-related materials in formats that can be understood, etc. Essentially, poorly designed environments negatively impact accessibility and the student's ability to learn:

2) Bose to Exit Hearing Aid Market as Company Shutters Health Division

A Boston Globe report on May 3, 2022 confirmed months of rumors circulating in the hearing industry — that the Bose hearing aid division was either closing or shifting its business strategy:

3) Finalists Announced for 2022 Braille Challenge Finals

The Braille Institute is proud to announce the 50 finalists for the 2022 Braille Challenge Finals competition. These competitors achieved the highest scores in the braille literacy testing competition, out of over 800 youth across the U.S., Canada and U.K.:

4) Bandcamp Faces Legal Action From Visually Impaired Musicians

A visually impaired musician named Linda Slade has brought the class action suit against Bandcamp. Slade has no vision whatsoever and must rely on screen readers to browse the internet. Bandcamp's website lacks accessibility features intended to make it easier for people with visual impairments to browse it:

5) Malta's First Blind Artist Publishes Book Collecting Works From Visually-Impaired Artists

By way of the book — 'The Art Beyond Light Project' — a number of talented artists have been allowed to express their imagination by pitching their own unique paintings:

6) Allowing Blind People To See Again With A Wireless Implant

Being able to see without eyes sounds like a miracle, but in the not-too-distant future, a new brain chip could allow the blind and visually impaired to perceive images again. Ph.D. student Adedayo Omisakin worked on wireless communication from and to this innovative implant. He defended his research at the department of Electrical Engineering on Friday April 22nd 2022:

7) What is it Like to Be a Blind Writer Writing for Sighted Readers?

What is it like to be blind in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by sighted individuals? Jessica Powers, founder and publisher at Catalyst Press, spoke to George Mendoza and Kristen Witucki about crafting stories for sighted readers, finding community and release in fiction, and battling ableism in traditional publishing and publicity:

8) PNC Class Action Alleges Website Not Accessible To Blind, Visually Impaired

Who: A legally blind woman is suing PNC. Why: She says the PNC website is not accessible with a screen reader, depriving blind people from using its services online. Where: The case is pending in New York federal court:

➜ 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:

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 50: Episode 50: Bear-Human Interactions And Overcoming Disfigurement And A Disability

May 1st 2022 | On episode 50 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Ms Lilly explains how bears in Pakistan are being liberated. We here from bear researcher Dr. Barrie Gilbert about his own much to close encounter with an angry mother Grizzly. Barrie describes how he overcame his facial disfigurement and loss of one eye to become a world-famous Grizzly Bear expert and advocate. Lawrence also shares his own much less traumatic encounter with a Black Bear while tent camping:

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 74, It's Simply App Bonanza

May 7th 2022 | On May 14th 2002 at 9AM Pacific we recorded our 75th episode. Listeners can join in live to take part in the celebrations at: https://meet.google.com/wro-pssc-fzv. This week, we demo 3 apps. LinkedIn, Cloud Radio, and a social networking app Mastodon. We then discuss the 2-finger triple-tap and hold gesture of Talkback. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcatcher and podcast platforms and on Youtube at:

3) Mosen At Large Episode 177: Blind People On Juries, ACB's Advocacy Priorities, An Explosive New Book About Apple, And Part 1 Of An Extensive Look At The Blindshell Classic 2

May 8th 2022

4) Eyes on Success 2219 The Hosts as Guests

May 11th 2022 | Every week Peter and Nancy Torpey interview interesting guests from around the world for their Eyes On Success weekly podcast. This week, however, the tables are turned as Sonia Usatch-Kuhn, host of the North Carolina Radio Reading Services Community Connections podcast, interviews Peter and Nancy about their own lives and careers and show:

➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

1) 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?

2) You Don't Know What You Don't Know | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | With the increasing popularity of coding bootcamps, people turn to these programs for new and rewarding careers. However, as tech companies hire these recent grads, a clear skills gap exists: Accessibility isn't part of the bootcamp curriculum. So while we're out here trying to make the web more accessible, a torrent of new developers are unleashed into the workforce every year, unaware and unprepared. In celebration of GAAD 2022, "The Outlaw" Jonny James, Senior Accessibility Engineer, will draw from his own experience, challenging our existing paradigm of what it means to be qualified to work in this field and how the gatekeepers of web accessibility could be harming the industry, once referred to as "the business of empathy." Register today!

3) 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:

4) 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:

5) How To Create An Accessible Kiosk (Ask Me Anything) | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 18th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Did you know that self-service kiosks need to be accessible? If you own or are considering launching self-check-in kiosks or lockers at some of your business locations or are currently researching how you can improve your customer experiences, this session is for you. Join Matt Ater, Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Vispero; Laura Miller, Director of Business Development, Vispero; and Ryan Jones, Solutions Architect, TPGi, on May 18 at 1 PM eastern. They will answer your questions on how to create accessible kiosk experiences:

6) 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:

7) Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

May 19th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Do you find navigating certain web elements challenging? Want to clear the clutter when accessing information? Join us Thursday, May 19, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of several web page elements you may encounter when surfing the web, and show you how to: Access expandable menus. Navigate modals. Customize websites using Flexible Web so web page content is easier to read. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:

8) Creating Inclusive Customer Experiences Through Digital Accessibility | TPGi GAAD 2022 Agenda

May 19th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is connecting with and highlighting individuals that are passionate about advancing digital accessibility programs at their organizations and are focused on creating inclusive customer experiences. Join host TPGi's Mark Miller, Director — Emerging Accounts & Platform, with special guests. This conversation will help you learn about how these individuals started their accessibility program, the challenges they encountered, what maturity stage their accessibility program is currently, and helpful tips they can share to help your digital accessibility operate more efficiently. Save your seat for this conversation; you won't want to miss it! Register today!

9) 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:

10) 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:

11) 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:

12) 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:

13) 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:

14) 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:

15) 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?

16) 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.

17) 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:

18) 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:

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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory


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4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory


➜ 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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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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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

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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?

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➜ 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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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 Including the Directory of Services

APHConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also check out the Directory of Services to locate resources in your community for living with blindness and low vision.

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org 📧️

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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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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.

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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: New Daisy Player and Entertainment System, The Evo 12

We are pleased to announce the availability of our new daisy player and entertainment system, the Evo 12. It utilizes the highly listenable Sally and Joey voices and reads Bookshare as well as epub, word and text documents. It does not accept either BARD or Audible files. The Evo now supports the "abc" method for entering text, along with its most exciting new feature, stereo recording from the internal microphone as well as from the Internet radio and FM radio. For better reception, a flexible antenna has been added. Another unique and very popular feature makes possible basic editing of recorded files. The unit also contains a memo recorder, voice reminders and timers, a color reader, Internet radio, and podcatcher to which your own entries can be added to the player database. The introductory price through July 31st is $289.00. The player is available both from GuideLights and Gadgets and from our collaborative partner, Mystic Access. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 📱️ or bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

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

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798 📱️

Email: support@atguys.com 📧️

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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

➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

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

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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️

YouTube: https://bit.ly/321OUEy

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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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000 📱️

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com 📧️
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com 📧️

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

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io 📧️

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.

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