Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 26, 2022 - Volume 860
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (19.8% of all clicks.)
B.) Human-Narrated Audiobooks (Beta) Are Here (8.2% of all clicks.)
C.) Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features (5.5% of all clicks.)
D.) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Hable Is The New Tactile Assistant For Your Smartphone (4.1% of all clicks.)
E.) A Comprehensive Overview Of Windows 11 22H2, The OS's First Big Yearly Update (3.5% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Introduces New Click-To-Vote Quick Poll Feature
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3) Loud Noise Heard Over A Pair Of AirPods Damages A Boy's Eardrum
It appears that an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods has caused permanent hearing loss and damage:
4) How To Turn Off AMBER And Other Emergency Alerts On Android And iOS
The AMBER Alert system is an excellent tool for finding and recovering children abducted in your area. According to the U.S. government, this system has helped recover 1,029 children throughout all participating regions — 87 through Wireless Emergency Alerts alone:
5) 5 Tips For Preventing Hearing Loss Caused By Headphones
Thanks to remote work and school, and ever-increasing amounts of smartphone and tablet use, we spend a lot of time wearing headphones. Let us help you protect your ears with five tips to reduce or eliminate the long-term hearing damage these devices can cause:
6) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 860
Having read that an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods has caused permanent hearing loss and damage, which of the following best describes how you will use ear buds going forward? | Remember, there is no form. Each click represents a single vote, so please be sure to read all of the options before you click.
7) JAWS Power Tip: Adjusting Settings for Specific Web Pages
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
8) ARIA Authoring Practices Guide
The standards and guidance for accessible rich internet applications (ARIA) has been republished in a more usable format. This will make it easier for developers to refer to ARIA best practices:
9) Online Courses For People With Disabilities, By People With Disabilities
Fable Pathways is a new online education program. It is free. Right now, it consists of 2 courses, but here is hoping that more will be added in the future:
10) Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features Combining The Power Of Hardware, Software, And Machine Learning
We acknowledge that we covered most of these announcements last week from Apple, but we missed some of the things added to Apple Maps. Apple Maps features a new guide from the National Park Foundation, Park Access for All, to help users discover accessible features, programs, and services to explore in parks across the US. Guides from Gallaudet University — the world's premier university for Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind students — feature businesses and organizations that value, embrace, and prioritize the Deaf community and signed languages:
11) Braille Might Not Be What You Thought In Android | From The Mosen At Large Podcast Episode 178 Transcript |
Some Braille users may be locked out of the new TalkBack Braille support, The ReVision Fitness app, and farewell to the iPod Touch:
12) Windows 11 Now Available For All Compatible Devices According To Microsoft
The release version of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system is now available for all compatible devices according to Microsoft. The designation for broad deployment is an important milestone, as it is used by organizations to determine the readiness of the operating system for broader deployment on devices:
13) AFB AccessWorld April 2022
Editor's Page: Revisiting Pokemon Go and Third Party Accessibility | Return to Almost Normal, What's New from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference | Braille and Tactile Graphics at CSUN 2022 | Back to the Future with the BlindShell Classic 2:
14) Voting is Now Open for the 2022 Inductees Into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame
15) Sonos Introducing Its Own Voice-Activated Digital Assistant On June 1st 2022
The new service, called Sonos Voice Control, is focused on controlling media content and the company's devices, rather than serving up information in the style of Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. Still, it marks an ambitious expansion for a company best known for sound bars and other audio accessories:
16) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide
Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them:
17) NVDA 2022.1 Released
18) Recognizing 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day | Technology Takeaways From Meta
Here Meta highlights recent advances they have made to make their products more inclusive:
19) Apple's Splintered Accessibility | Why I use Android and Windows | Devin Prater
Apple, for now, is the leader in mobile accessibility. iOS is a really nice system to use, if you like walled gardens and the occasional persistent bug or two. I'd say about 90% of all blind people that have a phone, own an iPhone. However, Apple doesn't just want you on their phone. They have an entire ecosystem ready to go, to make having an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods even more worth it. Since the iPhone was so nice, people started investing in Mac computers, starting after the release of Tiger and Leopard. Things really picked up around 2010 or so:
20) Google Is Making Android Better For The Visually Impaired
Google is bringing enhanced support for braille in Android with the next major update coming this fall. The company announced this on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The move comes after a similar announcement by Apple earlier in the week:
21) Using Audio Hijack 4 with VoiceOver
We know that many users with vision impairments work (and play) with audio extensively. To help facilitate that, we strive to make Audio Hijack fully accessible to those using VoiceOver on their Macs. While you should be able to pick up the app and get started with ease, the following article may help fill in any gaps:
22) Blindness Charity Launches New Voice-Based Service For Smart Speakers
The National Council for the Blind of Ireland has launched a voice-based platform for Google and Amazon smart speakers that provides information on sight loss, and access to support and technology services:
23) Gmail Adds Image Alt-Text To Help The Visually Impaired
Google is announcing a handful of new accessibility-oriented features, including the ability to add alt-text to images sent using Gmail. The features come as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day:
24) 10 Things Blocking Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home
There are a surprising number of things in your home — from the type of material your walls are made of to the kind of things you decorate your home with — that can degrade your Wi-Fi signal:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Partner Innovation Buildfor2030: Empowering An Inclusive And Accessible World
Microsoft and its partners have announced Microsoft #BuildFor2030 and initiative designed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The partner projects include BAWA Cane, CityMaaS.io: Localized accessibility information, and the Johns Hopkins Balance - Mental Health Program:
2) The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence to Assess Job Applicants and Employees
The Justice Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance on how companies can safely use algorithm-based tools in the hiring process without risking the systematic exclusion of people with disabilities:
3) Kim Kardashian Launches Inclusive SKIMS Collection For People With Limited Mobility
Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand SKIMS has released an underwear line for people with disabilities, which combines easy-access closures with a range of sizes and colors to suit different skin tones and body types. The clothing uses hook-and-eye closures to make putting them on and taking them off easier:
4) Level Access Launches Accessibility Education Platform to Deliver Self-Sufficient Compliance to Businesses
Level Access, has announced the launch of its all-new learning platform, Access Academy. The Access Academy platform serves to help organizations improve accessibility processes without disrupting product roadmaps. Users learn the skills they need, in a non-disruptive manner, to solve their real-world accessibility problems. The integrated training platform includes advanced features like weekly live training sessions, role-based learning paths, and tailored learning:
5) If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All | Wired
Building around the so-called typical user is a dangerous mistake:
6) Channel 4 is an Essential Platform for Disabled People, we Can't Allow it to be Privatised
7) Washington Talking Book & Braille Library In Seattle Takes Home National Award
A local library took home a top honor recently for its "outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities:"
8) Milwaukee Public Museum Hosts 20th Annual Braille Games (Video)
On May 19th 2022 blind and visually-impaired children were able to take part in the 20th Annual "Braille Games" at the Milwaukee Public Museum. This year, they went on an adventure around the globe as they learn about cultures from Asia, India, Africa and Central America. It's an important opportunity for blind children to use braille in a fun and interactive way, all while being mentored by blind adults who are self-sufficient and independent:
9) "No Child Left Behind" Except for More Than 90% of Blind Children?
Teaching inspires a revolutionary innovation, the BrailleDoodle, to spread Braille Literacy and Touchable Art worldwide:
10) Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Enforcing the 'For All' in 'Smarter Technology For All'
The broad nature of the accessibility and inclusivity space is often met with varying perspectives. In my 25-year tenure at Lenovo, I've witnessed tremendous growth in this space. At its core, my role asks me to uncover the limitless potential of technology. As a company that strives to create Smarter Technology For All, it is important that we consistently work to develop innovative ways to ensure our devices and solutions meet the needs of everyone — regardless of ability:
11) How AI Is Improving The Web For The Visually Impaired
There are almost 350 million people worldwide with blindness or some other form of visual impairment who need to use the internet and mobile apps just like anyone else. Yet, they can only do so if websites and mobile apps are built with accessibility in mind — and not as an afterthought:
12) The Benefits Of Accessible Mobile Games For The Blind And Visually Impaired Community
For most people, a lifetime of gaming begins only days after we are born. It starts simply with a round of peekaboo with our mother. As we gain the ability to speak, we play I Spy and 20 questions. On vacations to the beach, we graduate to epic sessions of Monopoly, Stratego, Risk!, and Battleship. If we were lucky, we would get an opportunity to play card games with the adults. For the rest of the summer, we would do our best to teach our friends the various games of poker:
13) Almost One Billion Children And Adults With Disabilities And Older Persons In Need Of Assistive Technology Denied Access, According To New Report
A new report published last week by WHO and UNICEF reveals that more than 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive products, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or apps that support communication and cognition. Yet nearly one billion of them are denied access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where access can be as low as 3% of the need for these life-changing products:
14) Accessibility Gains From the Pandemic Shouldn't Be Forgotten, Advocates Say
What's happening: As companies roll out return-to-office plans, accessibility advocates say it's important to remember the needs of employees with disabilities. Why it matters: The COVID-19 pandemic brought accommodations that people in the disability community have requested for years, like remote work and captioned video calls. Now, experts say it's important to maintain a focus on accessibility to ensure all employees are supported:
15) A Beginner's Guide to Website Accessibility
We all have to start somewhere. This article provides some great first steps:
16) University of Wisconsin Researcher Develops OTC Hearing Aid
A new type of hearing aid being developed by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee engineer could make the devices much more accessible to the millions of people who need them. An article detailing the research appears on the University's website:
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 51: Outdoor Gear for Women and Community Supported Fisheries
May 15th 2022 | On AMI Audio's podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther we explore 12 gear suggestions of special interest to vision impaired and blind women. Our bucket list segment comes from British Columbia and the founder of one of Canada's first ever community supported fisheries. Lawrence has tips for harvesting your own fish, and reflects on what we can learn from First Nations fishers about celebrating the days catch, as well as being aware of fish consumption advisories:
2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 76, Android 13 Beta 2 In-Depth Look And GAAD Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 21st 2022 | In this episode we take a detailed look at the features in Android 13 Beta 2. Then we talk about announcements of Google on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Our podcast can be found on all popular podcast platforms and on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrHRttBzafqq60Vfs_Sy7An
3) Mosen At Large Episode 179: Apple's Forthcoming Accessibility Features, Groundhog Day At Google Accessibility Support, And Accessible Learning From Fable Pathways
4) Eyes on Success 2221 Offerings from the National Braille Press
May 25th 2022 | No matter what your age, interests, or career, chances are that the National Braille Press offers something for you. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kesel Wilson, editorial director at the NBP, about books the NBP produces in braille and other formats for children, general interest, professionals, and those looking for technical manuals:
➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events
1) Tips and Tricks for a More Enjoyable OCR Experience | Free Training Webinars by Vispero
May 26th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Summary: If you currently own an OCR (optical character recognition) product or are in the market for one, this session is for you. Join Mike and Michelle on Thursday, May 26, at noon Eastern Time as they share helpful tips from experienced users and show them in action with our scanning products. Hear and see how material management and specific features can contribute to a more accurate, enjoyable OCR experience. Objectives: 1. Identifying when a combo (screen/scanner) product vs. OCR is preferable. 2. Managing print materials for accurate scanning. 3. Using product features for better results. Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Prize Giveaway: We will choose one random winner to receive a $500 voucher towards the product of their choice from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision! ACVREP credits will be awarded to those that attend the live webinar. Register for Tips and Tricks for a More Enjoyable OCR Experience:
2) Reading and Typing Anywhere | From IRIE-AT: SuperNova 10-Minute Trainings
May 31st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Miranda McPherson, AT Trainer, Professor and SuperNova user each week as she delivers practical, 10-minute training webinars that will help you build core computing skills using SuperNova Magnifier, Speech and Screen Reader:
3) 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:
4) 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:
5) The Web is Inherently Accessible | TPGi
June 8th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Talk aimed at front-end developers or anyone using the basics of HTML to create content for the web. Join TPGi's Rachele DiTullio, Senior Accessibility Engineer, as Rachele explains how the web is accessible by default and that it's design choices that make the web inaccessible. The web is accessible by default; it is our design decisions that stop it being accessible. We need to develop accessible pages from the bottom up, starting with semantic HTML. Many designers and developers have a poor grasp of what native elements to use and what functionality they provide. Every semantic mistake introduces accessibility issues into your code. In this session, you will learn: When to use a link or a button. Why to use headings. How to create form fields. When to use tables. How to create accessible images, font icons and emojis. Register today!
6) 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:
7) Gadgets and Apps for Safe Navigation | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
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?
8) 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.
9) 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:
10) 2022 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium
June 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) will be holding its second annual virtual braille symposium. This event will be of interest to braille readers, educators, transcribers, parents, producers and anyone else with a passion for braille literacy! The schedule of events is as follows: 1:00pm EST: Revitalising Braille through a Grass Roots Community (Matthew Horspool and Dave Williams, Braillists Foundation) 2:00pm EST: Hadley's Braille for Everyday Use (Douglas Walker and Dr. Kim Walker, Hadley) 3:00pm EST: What is the science of reading, and what does it teach us about braille contractions? (Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University) 4:00pm EST: Walking Through Paths to Literacy For All Things Braille (Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired). Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period, and then a 15 minute intermission. Register at:
11) 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 email@example.com ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
12) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. 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:
13) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. 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:
14) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? 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:
15) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. 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:
16) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. 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:
17) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. 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:
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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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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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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 Android TM 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:
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
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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 Information and Referral Line?
APH ConnectCenter 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 call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021
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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!
Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021
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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!
Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020
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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.
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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.
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
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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:
(1) Our new Evo 12 is here; stereo speakers, impressive sound for a tiny unit; stereo recording, both alone or w/Internet/FM radio, edit mp3 files on the player; $289, $299 w/leather case. (2) Talking 3 item medical bundle: convention special through 07/31, $120, $140 w/new leather case. (3) Our new leather "Hermione" bottomless bag; two lined interior compartments; big enough for a Mantis to fit perfectly, $65. (4) $25 leather waist pack, 17 by 6 by 3.5 inches; has 15 inch cane holder. Converted gun case. Not quite as deep as I would like, bought 50 of them, my mistake, your gain. For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / email@example.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / firstname.lastname@example.org ✉.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
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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, affordable, 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:
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
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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:
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
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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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