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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Volume 861

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


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Online Courses For People With Disabilities, By People With Disabilities (8.2% of all clicks.)
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::
https://fablepathways.com/

B.) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide (7.2% of all clicks.)
Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them:
https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts

C.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (6.8% of all clicks.)
Everyone does it. We're all human, after all. But, if you avoid these mistakes, your smartphone is guaranteed to last longer:
https://www.makeuseof.com/common-mistakes-damaging-smartphone/

D.) 5 Tips For Preventing Hearing Loss Caused By Headphones (6.5% of all clicks.)
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:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-prevent-hearing-loss-caused-by-headphones/

E.) 10 Things Blocking Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home (6.1% of all clicks.)
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:
https://www.howtogeek.com/802892/things-blocking-your-wi-fi-signal-at-home/

2) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for June 2nd 2022

We have some really important updates this week. If you are a Sponsor, Sponsor-in-Waiting or Content Contributor please be sure to review these updates when you have the opportunity. They include: Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Polls Are A Hit | Attention Sponsors and Potential Sponsors: Top Tech Tidbits Sponsorship Package Availability | Attention Sponsors: New Sponsor Benefit Announcement | Attention Sponsors And Weekly Content Providers: New Submission Deadline of 6:00 PM ET | Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Blind Abilities as a Top Tech Tidbits Partner:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/79.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Clusiv

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Clusiv, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next year. Clusiv is the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. They are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. They are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. And they are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more today at:
https://clusiv.io/

4) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Dolphin Computer Access

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Dolphin Computer Access, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next quarter. Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind and magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision. Learn more today at:
https://yourdolphin.com/

5) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 860 Results | 185 Votes

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?

A.) This information will not change how I use ear buds. (62 Votes / 34% of all clicks.)

B.) I plan to turn off AMBER Alerts. (52 Votes / 28% of all clicks.)

C.) I plan to do more research. (37 Votes / 20% of all clicks.)

D.) I do not plan to use ear buds again. (34 Votes / 18% of all clicks.)

6) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 861

As a blind or vision impaired user of assistive technology which of the following statements best convey your feelings about upgrading to Windows 11?

A.) I do not use Windows, so this does not apply to me.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-a

B.) I have already upgraded to Windows 11.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-b

C.) I have no plans to upgrade to Windows 11.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-c

D.) I'm still not sure. Researching.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-d

E.) I bought a new PC and it already had Windows 11 installed.
Click-To-Vote Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll861-e

7) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Identifying Single-line Ribbon Versus Multi-line Ribbon

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/80.html

8) 2022 Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Recordings from TPGi | YouTube

A.) May 17th 2022 — You Don't Know, What You Don't Know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9v8J_kHZI
B.) May 18th 2022 — How to Create an Accessible Kiosk Experience (Ask Me Anything)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyKw1rpwgiY
C.) May 19th 2022 — Creating Inclusive Customer Experiences Through Digital Accessibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3CDgcu1iGs

9) DAISY Music Braille Project: New Tutorial Video 'Screenreader Accessibility in MuseScore' | YouTube

Getting started with a screen reader in MuseScore 3. Demonstrates score creation, navigation, and note input with NVDA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bRfouJa6oA

10) What's New in Duxbury DBT 12.6

https://duxburysystems.com/dbt_new.asp?f3=USA

11) Version 2.0 — Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 Update

HumanWare has announced the launch of a significant KeySoft Lite update to the Brailliant BI X braille displays, including unlocking audio capabilities, a new braille editor application, and improvements to the terminal connectivity:
https://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/260520220925-BIX-Mantis-update.htm

12) BrailleBlaster 2.0.38-Stable Released May 11th 2022

Welcome to BrailleBlaster 2.0.38-stable. When you first run this version you will immediately notice something different, a first run wizard will appear and lead you through configuring some important new settings. Whilst it was introduced to give you better control over what BrailleBlaster does, it will also give us a way to alert you to features in new versions. There also have been a number of smaller improvements and some significant bug fixes:
https://www.brailleblaster.org/download.php

13) Conveniently Use Your Mobile Devices Anywhere with the Hable One, Audio Documentation | To Be Released on July 1st 2022 | $17 - $19 USD | Mystic Access

Learn to navigate and type on your iOS or mobile devices with ease using the compact, high-quality, and intuitively-designed Hable One. This audio documentation orients you to the product, shows you how to hold it, compares it to the Orbit Writer, demonstrates device pairing, and takes you through many real world navigation and typing tasks. Learn to make calls, send messages, browse the Internet, send email, use Siri and the Google Assistant, and more, without ever needing to touch your mobile device. Please read below for additional information:
https://www.mysticaccess.com/product/conveniently-use-your-mobile-devices-anywhere-with-the-hable-one-audio-documentation/

14) Gmail Adds Image Alt-Text To Help The Visually Impaired

Google said the image alt-text feature on Gmail is rolling out immediately. This will particularly help people who rely on screen readers to get an accurate audio description of an image. Additionally, people who use American Sign Language or ASL will welcome the addition of multi-pin on Google Meet. Using this feature, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can pin both the presenter and the interpreter's screen together, thereby speeding up communication:
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/gmail-adds-image-alt-text-to-help-the-visually-impaired.html

15) June 2022 Freedom Scientific Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to advance your skills. We're excited to announce our jam-packed June training schedule, where you're sure to find something that will help you at work or play:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-june-2022-training-events/

16) NV Access In Process for May 31st 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-31st-may-2022/

17) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Finding Layers Of Context With The Dynamic Tactile Device From APH

https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=22491

18) Google Drive Is Finally Getting Cut, Copy And Paste Keyboard Shortcuts

How did these shortcuts not already exist?
https://www.androidpolice.com/google-drive-keyboard-shortcuts-browser/

19) BrailleSense 6 and BrailleSense 6 Mini Firmware Update

The latest firmware for the BrailleSense 6 is now available! You can download the firmware by going to Utilities (u) then Upgrade (u), then choose "online" and press Enter. Alternatively, you can install the firmware offline by downloading the latest version here:
https://hims-inc.com/bs6-resources/latest-braillesense-6-firmware/

20) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2022

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

21) Students Can Listen To Free Audiobooks And Read Ebooks All Summer Long

Students often let reading slide to the summertime, but it is important to build good habits and read all of the time. In response, OverDrive Education is offering the most expansive Sora Sweet Reads summer reading program yet, May 4-August 17. In its ninth year, this free program is designed to help educators and students beat the "summer slide" with popular digital reading materials through the award-winning Sora student reading app. Currently, over 53,000 schools around the world are opting into the program. If your school offers access to Sora, find your digital collection at https://soraapp.com. If not, schools can sign up before June 17 to gain access to the Sora Sweet Reads collection as well as a wide range of other no-cost books:
https://goodereader.com/blog/digital-library-news/students-can-listen-to-free-audiobooks-and-read-ebooks-all-summer-long

22) Android or iOS: Getting Started | Which Operating System Is More Friendly To Blind Beginners?

In this post, I'll go over what it's like as a blind person to get started with the phones, from first touch to setup. I'll first go over how an iPhone user would see things, then an Android user. Hopefully, this sparks discussion over phone design, user experience, and how blind people should truly have their voices heard at the real start of projects, and not at the start of the top-layer user interface:
https://medium.com/@r.d.t.prater/android-or-ios-getting-started-8ec6813c75e6

23) Microsoft Begins Testing New 'One Outlook' Email Client With Insiders

Microsoft's new web-based Outlook client is now official. It is available now for Insiders in the Office Beta Channel. The preview is only for commercial accounts with personal coming later:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-begins-testing-new-one-outlook-email-client-insiders

24) 6 Ways to Fix Zoom Crashing or Freezing

Zoom crashing or freezing is understandably frustrating, especially if you need to join an important call that's time-sensitive. But don't worry, we're here to get you sorted. Follow these troubleshooting steps in turn and Zoom's crashes and freezes will be a thing of the past:
https://www.makeuseof.com/fix-zoom-crashing-or-freezing/

25) How AI Is Improving The Web For The Visually Impaired

The Problem: Consider these two sample buttons that you might find on a web page or mobile app. Each has a simple background, so they seem similar:
https://venturebeat.com/2022/05/19/how-ai-is-improving-the-web-for-the-visually-impaired/

26) IIT Kanpur Develops Haptic Smartwatch For The Blind And The Visually Impaired

IIT Kanpur researchers have developed a touch-sensitive or haptic smartwatch for the blind and the visually impaired that offers various features to help in day-to-day life:
https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/iit-kanpur-develops-haptic-smart-watch-for-the-blind-and-the-visually-impaired-1955424-2022-05-28


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 27 | May 26th 2022

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:.
http://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-27-may-26-2022.html

2) My Thoughts on the Current State of macOS as a Blind User

Since 2005, I have used a variety of Macs, and have regularly used every version of macOS from Tiger to Monterey since then. Over that time, I've witnessed the various changes to VoiceOver, both major and minor, as well as how VoiceOver on macOS helped usher in a whole new world of mobile accessibility on iOS and iPadOS:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/my-thoughts-current-state-macos-blind-user

3) The Wacky World of Flexible Records | APH

For a time during their heyday in the 1960s and 70s, flexible records were seemingly everywhere and yet nowhere, and by that I mean for most people they remained a novelty. The Beatles put out a Christmas record every year for their fan clubs. McDonald's issued a record with their latest jingle misrecorded. One version would win a big prize. They were basically tricking you into listening to their advertising. Computer magazines even tucked audio into their issues in the form of something called "audio software." I have no idea how that worked. And in the midst of all this craziness, the American Printing House for the Blind got into the business too:
https://www.aph.org/the-wacky-world-of-flexible-records/

4) FDA Clears Abbott's Freestyle Libre 3 Glucose Sensor

The updated CGM will launch later in 2022:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/fda-clears-abbotts-freestyle-libre-3-glucose-sensor/#ftag=CADf328eec

5) Waymap Starts Guiding Blind People Through Washington Subway Stations

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) partnered with UK-based Waymap(Opens in a new window) to bring audio navigation to the capital's Brookland, Silver Spring, and Braddock Road subway stations:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/waymap-starts-guiding-blind-people-through-washington-subway-stations

6) How GoodMaps Is Helping The Louisville Airport Improve Accessibility

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) has become the first airport in the country to utilize technology that helps blind and visually-impaired users navigate indoors:
https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/inno/stories/news/2022/05/20/goodmaps-sdf-explore.html

7) Apple's iPhone Development Schedule Delayed By China Lockdowns

Apple, Inc. has told its suppliers to speed up iPhone development after China's strict COVID-19 lockdowns hampered schedule for at least one of the new phones, Nikkei reported, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the matter:
https://www.reuters.com/technology/apples-iphone-development-schedule-delayed-by-china-lockdowns-nikkei-2022-05-25/

8) 'It Means Freedom': App Helps Visually Impaired Navigate Metro System | Video

A new app is the first of its kind to guide the blind and visually impaired through Metro stations step-by-step. News4's Adam Tuss explains how it works:
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/it-means-freedom-app-helps-visually-impaired-navigate-metro-system/3060676/

9) On 'Strange New Worlds,' Meet The Blind Telepathic Engineer

'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' co-stars Bruce Horak as Hemmer. Bruce Horak is a Visually Impaired Performer Creator, according to his website. He's an actor, playwright, composer, visual artist, and other things, so that sounds about right. He's also legally blind, seeing about 9% of what the average person does. On May 5, 2022, the relatively unknown Canadian co-stars in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," the latest installment of the venerable franchise. Horak portrays Hemmer, a blind telepathic Aenar who works as an engineer on the USS Enterprise. A company Hemmer is a tyrant at work, but he's also a miracle worker:
https://technotrenz.com/entertainment/on-strange-new-worlds-meet-the-blind-telepathic-engineer-1870634.html


➜ 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) The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

March 27th 2022 | NYT Columnist Frank Bruni returns to the podcast to talk about his new book. Frank describes his personal experiences with vision loss and how, with time, his perspective has grown:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/beauty-dusk-vision-lost-and-found?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Hadley+Presents+-+Episode+56+-+Frank+Bruni&utm_term=button&utm_id=40680&sfmc_id=17577827

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 77: Get That Storage Under Control

May 28th 2022 | This week, we take a look at storage settings in Android and talk about the storage restrictions introduced by Google in later versions of Android for user safety. In our spotlight section we show how to setup an Amazon Echo Dot using a Samsung Galaxy phone. In our tip of the week, we show our listeners how to run 3rd party accessibility services which will help users of Commentary Screen Reader (CSR). You can find our podcast on all podcast apps, Spotify and on this YouTube playlist:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpi3iSU1GC_jpmG0Sv7ZJ-4

3) Mosen At Large Episode 180: Looking Ahead To WWDC, Google Finally Answers The Braille Question, And Author Of After Steve, Tripp Mickle

May 29th 2022
https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/a8cfdd4e/looking-ahead-to-wwdc-google-finally-answers-the-braille-question-and-author-of-after-steve-tripp-mickle

4) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 52: Listening for Storms

May 29th 2022 | Episode 52 of The AMI Audio podcast Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther is all about listening for storms beginning with the sound of Northern Lights. Ms Lilly schools us on the Parker Solar Probe, and Lawrence provides tips on how to get the most out of your weather app. Guest Dave Brown and Lawrence explore solar storm impacts on digital technology, and Lawrence reflects on his own close call with a recent deadly weather event:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-52-listening-for-storms/id1530444764?i=1000564432415

5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 857: Tech Abilities: Anticipation 6-6, Weather App Alerts, Facebook/Twitter Accessibility, Apple's 22 Min-Pay, SOS setup, Clipboard list, Audio Description and More Tech Tidbits and News from a Blindness Perspective

June 1st 2022 | Two is company as Callie takes a break from the Blind Abilities Studio this week and Serina and Jeff pick up the tech tidbits and news. From accessibility to losing sight, they dash through the latest and bring a perspective of experience and usability. Join the 2 out of 3 ain't bad crew and check out the list of topics listed below. But, believe us, there is a lot between the lines!
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7429

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2222: Voice Dream Reader for macOS

June 1st 2022 | The award-winning Voice Dream Reader app is used by many Voiceover users and others around the world to read and listen to documents in many formats. Originally developed for iOS, this powerful productivity tool now comes to macOS. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with the developer, Winston Chen, about the app, its features, and its development:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202222.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


1) 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

2) 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

3) 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!
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-the-web-is-inherently-accessible/

4) Ideal Computer Configurations for Assistive Technology Users | Access Ingenuity

June 8th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | While there are general default settings in Windows, there are also unique default settings for various brands and models of Windows computers. Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to accept the default configurations if it is not ideal for your specific needs. While this is generally the case, it is especially true when working with assistive technology. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discuss some default settings that can cause challenges when working with assistive technology and possible solutions. Learning Outcomes: Explain the idea of a turnkey computer for assistive technology. Discuss some critical Windows default settings to change. Introduce some Windows and Office settings that some may want to customize. Explain some specific brand and model defaults that you may need a technician to configure. | Meeting ID: 899 8366 3728 | Passcode: 781130 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89983663728#,,,,*781130# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983663728?pwd=UW1QdHpya2FxZjdldU1HWXBqQ2w3Zz09

5) 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

6) 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?
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

7) 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.

8) | Dialog Boxes with JAWS Using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

June 15th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Dialog boxes often appear and play a critical role while working with Windows, JAWS, and various applications. It's good to understand dialog boxes and the Windows and JAWS commands needed to work with them efficiently. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore various dialog boxes to understand how they work with JAWS and Windows. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to work with dialog boxes 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 dialog boxes, when they appear, and what JAWS does to indicate that an action will open a dialog box. Explore the various keyboard and braille commands to work with dialog box controls such as edit boxes, combo boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, standard buttons, changing pages, etc. Explore the JAWS commands for locating and reading read-only information within a dialog box. | Meeting ID: 872 1037 6004 | Passcode: 781932 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87210376004#,,,,*781932# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87210376004?pwd=N3cxM0h4SE4xTHJjODZUUGxLSGlmQT09

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:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-itrjgvHNDogsDg6wMe47pOluSIcXYI?_x_zm_rtaid=5aP3v6sNTtuCFyUfVDXxaQ.1648429186785.e6167c6b9ddb64d3c5052fc57b1d89aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=506

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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqgqTgoHNE6DUAxovR0glJTq4v53gFQ

11) How to Create Accessible Videos | Access Ingenuity

June 22nd 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 891 2139 8335 | Passcode: 616098 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,89121398335#,,,,*616098# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121398335?pwd=bENxNldHa2RqaDFZdmVCakhESDQrUT09

12) 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/

13) Easy Portable Reading — The OmniReader | Access Ingenuity

June 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The omniReader is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads text aloud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want - at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain the critical assistive role this machine plays to the visually impaired. 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 omniReader. Explanation of the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. | Meeting ID: 832 7410 0965 | Passcode: 575948 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83274100965#,,,,*575948# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83274100965?pwd=VE5BekE2RUVZaldBVkZFTXQ0Z3pRUT09

14) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

15) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

16) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

17) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

18) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

19) 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:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-listserv-directory.html

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-podcast-directory.html


➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


1) FOR SALE: One New Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 in Retail Box

Listing Date: 5/26/2022 | Price: $2,875.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: I have a new Humanware Braillenote Touch Plus 32 with all its accessories still in its retail box I can sell for about half price of retail. So asking about $2,875 USD or best offer. Of course, since it is new, everything is perfect. :) Text me. | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

2) FOR SALE: One Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Ad (Just like this one.)

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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➜ 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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➜ 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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➜ BlindShell USA Joins BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Visit the new BlindShell USA store at BlindShell.BlindMiceMegaMall.com. BlindShell Classic 2 - The perfect cell phone for the visually impaired. New, updated design, improved tactile keypad, larger screen for easier reading, and enhanced voice control functionality make the BlindShell Classic 2 simpler to use. You won't believe all the things the BlindShell Classic 2 can do for you! Read about the new BlindShell Classic 2 cell phone and all it's fantastic accessories at:
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Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

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

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


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

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and 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:
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Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


➜ VisionAware Resources 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.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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


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

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

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


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

Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

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

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

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


➜ GuideLights and Gadgets:

(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 ☎ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, 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:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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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 ☎.


➜ Learn SuperNova 10 Minutes at a Time — Sign Up for the SuperNova Everyday Essentials Training Series

Join Mrianda McPherson, professor, AT Trainer and SuperNova user as she delivers a series of practical 10-20 minute training webinars that will help trainers, assessors and users build proficiency using SuperNova to complete a variety of common computing tasks for work and for home. Participate live every Tuesday 9am PT - 11am CT - 12pm ET or watch the recordings at your leisure:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

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