Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 9, 2022 - Volume 862
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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Dear Tidbits Subscriber,
1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Identifying Single-line Ribbon Versus Multi-line Ribbon (7.7% of all clicks.)
B.) List of all Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide (5.2% of all clicks.)
C.) 7 Common Mistakes That Are Damaging Your Smartphone (4.5% of all clicks.)
D.) IIT Kanpur Develops Haptic Smartwatch For The Blind And The Visually Impaired (4.5% of all clicks.)
E.) June 2022 Freedom Scientific Training Events (4.5% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Seeking Click-To-Vote Quick Poll Questions From Readers
Do you have a multiple choice question related to assistive technology that you would like to get reader feedback on? If you do, send it along, and we will publish it as we have space available:
3) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 861 Results | 294 Votes
As a blind or vision impaired user of assistive technology which of the following statements best convey your feelings about upgrading to Windows 11?
C.) I have no plans to upgrade to Windows 11. (70 Votes / 24% of all clicks.)
D.) I'm still not sure. Researching. (67 Votes / 23% of all clicks.)
B.) I have already upgraded to Windows 11. (66 Votes / 22% of all clicks.)
A.) I do not use Windows, so this does not apply to me. (48 Votes / 16% of all clicks.)
E.) I bought a new PC and it already had Windows 11 installed. (43 Votes / 15% of all clicks.)
4) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Opening A Link From A Chat
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
5) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Easily Toggle Between the Dolphin Cursor and Forms Mode to Complete a Form
Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
6) Tips For Using a Screen Reader to Present with Microsoft PowerPoint
Courtesy of Robert Lee Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist:
7) The New Frontier of Prosthetics? Tech for Independent Living | Wired
For many, "prosthetics" means wheelchairs and hearing aids. Adults with cognitive disabilities are pioneering a new paradigm for assistive technology:
8) AccessWorld May 2022
Topics include: Editor's Page: Push and Pull in Accessibility | Employment Matters: What Assistive Technologies are Used in the Workplace? Initial research findings by NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University | Product Reviews and Guides: Voxmate: A Swiss Army Knife of Easy-to-use Apps for Your Android Phone | A Review of Two Sheet Music Apps: SM Music Reader and Sheet Music Scanner:
9) Mosen at Large WWDC 2022 Keynote Recap
Jonathan Mosen has published a WWDC 2022 Keynote recap:
10) Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2022: New MacBooks, iOS 16, and More | Wired
The company's annual developer conference kicked off on Monday, with a keynote address stuffed with new product news:
11) New Accessibility Features Available With iOS 16 | Apple
iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share:
12) New Accessibility Features Available with MacOS Ventura | Apple
macOS Ventura makes the things you do most on Mac even better, with powerful new ways to get more done:
13) Eloquence Finally In iOS
In more iOS 16 news, the popular speech synthesizer, Eloquence, appears to be available to Voiceover. There are apparently a lot of other voices too. There are multiple sources that mention this so here is the AppleVis entry:
14) Here's How iOS 16 And macOS 13 Enable Password-less Sign-In With 'Passkeys'
Apple is adopting the FIDO standard for authentication to apps on its iOS and Mac OS platforms released later this year. This will make it easier and more secure to log in to apps and services:
15) New Feature in Voice Dream Reader for iOS: Support For Audio Books From Bookshare
The latest update to Voice Dream Reader on iOS offers support for the audio books from Bookshare which have recently been made available. These books can now be downloaded and played from within the app. It is unclear how many of these audio books are being made available for Bookshare members outside of the United States:
16) iOS and iPadOS 16: The MacStories Overview
At its keynote Apple unveiled the next major versions of iOS and iPadOS: iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Both OSes will be released for free this fall, with developer betas now available and a public beta to follow next month:
17) Recording of Humanware Webinar From May 23rd 2022: Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 Version 2.0.0 Update | YouTube
18) Making Data Visualization More Accessible For Blind And Low-Vision Individuals | MIT
Researchers have created prototypes that enable screen-reader users to quickly and easily navigate through multiple levels of information in an online chart:
19) Discover Accessible Places
This is a crowd-sourced app for locating and documenting accessible places in your community. It is available on iOS and Android:
20) Leasey Gets a New Summer Update - Celebrate with a Virtual Event
Earlier this year, we introduced to you version 7 of our popular Leasey product. While Leasey is ideal for the complete computer beginner, by far the vast majority of people who work with Leasey would be intermediate to advanced JAWS users, since there are so many useful tools to enhance productivity and to make computing easier. In version 7, we brought to you a small handful of new improvements. We did not think that was nearly enough. So our Summer Update includes 16 very significant new features we would like to celebrate, and we'd like to show them to you at a virtual event using the Zoom Conferencing platform. This event will take place on Wednesday 29 June at 7 PM UK time which is 2 PM US Eastern. We've never dedicated a virtual event to Leasey before, and this is exactly the right time to do so. At the event, you will hear a demonstration of the new features and have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding them. There may well be questions you have as there is a lot to learn about:
21) Google Takes On User Feedback To Make Android Easier For Braille Readers To Use
The multinational technology firm is building out-of-the-box support for users of braille displays so that they can navigate Android devices more easily, thanks to helpful user feedback. Available in Google's next Android 13 Beta, which is due to be released very soon, the firm is building support for braille displays in TalkBack — Google's screen reader within Android:
22) Save Your Money: The 10 Best Places to Download Free eBooks and Audiobooks
From Project Gutenberg to LibriVox, here's how to find free eBooks and audiobooks online:
23) Twitter Launches Audio Translations for Charts for Visually Impaired Users
Twitter continues to expand its accessibility tools, this time via the addition of a new option to translate charts into audio elements for visually impaired users:
24) Theia Handheld Guidance Device Ready For The Visually Impaired
The 2022 Design Intelligence Awards season is here. This means we'll hear about new, interesting, and intelligent designs that we know someday will prove very useful. The DIA Award is a program where creatives and designers are free to submit their work and hopefully get funding. As China's premier awards program, it aims to discover good design ideas and develop them. It's all about entrepreneurship and innovation as plans can turn into actual, working products that will grace the consumer market:
25) The Origins of Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+Z Explained
We use them dozens of times a day: The Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts that trigger Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste. But where did they come from, and why does Windows use those particular keys for those functions? We'll explain:
26) The Ultimate Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet
Get more out of Spotify with this cheat sheet of essential Spotify keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac:
27) Google Updates Android Messaging, Accessibility Features and More
Google unveiled an update for Android users on June 2nd 2022 filled with new messaging and accessibility features:
28) Dot Inc With Service Plan Reveal Dot Pad, A Smart Tactile Graphics Display For The Visually Impaired
Dot Inc. Korea continues to create innovative tech to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired communities worldwide with the Dot Pad, whose tactile display makes images touchable:
29) iRobot Unveils iRobot OS, Understanding the Most Voice Commands
Consumer robotics provider iRobot has introduced iRobot OS, an evolution of its Genius Home Intelligence platform, which it says can understand more voice commands than any other home robot. With approximately 600 supported Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri commands, iRobot OS delivers a wide array of flexible voice-activated cleaning options and understands more voice commands than any other robot, according to the company. iRobot OS powered robots can clean specific rooms using voice and are the only robots that can be told to clean targeted areas like "around the couch," the company claims:
30) Control your Samsung TV with Gesture Interaction
Gesture Interaction allows you to control your TV by using the camera connected to your TV and AI technology to recognize your gestures:
31) 42 Android Secret Codes and Hacks You Need to Know
Android phones are great devices for those who like to have a lot of customization options and control over their device's operating system. Your Android device comes with pre-installed and automatically activated features that ensure your smartphone's security and functionality:
32) 12 Keyboard Shortcuts for Tabs in Google Chrome
Tabs are an indispensable part of web browsers. Navigating between tabs and keeping them organized can be a challenge — especially if you love to keep tons of them open. We'll show you some nifty keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome to help:
33) Chromebook 101: What Are Those New Keys About, Anyway?
One of the first shocks that you may experience when you buy your first Chromebook probably comes when you look at the keyboard. Where is the Caps Lock key? What (if you have a PixelBook) is that strange-looking key between the Ctrl and Alt keys? What is that key in the top row that looks like a square with two straight lines next to it?
34) 4 PDF Accessibility Hacks
We've all seen them — Higher ed websites filled with PDFs. Maybe it's the flyer promoting the Chess Club's next meet, the Parents Weekend schedule, or even the new student application instructions — all PDFs, and all with limited or no accessibility:
35) Why Tweet When You Can Chat? How to Use Twitter Spaces for Live Conversations
With Twitter Spaces, the social network's answer to Clubhouse, you can host or join a live audio conversation via the Twitter app on your mobile device:
36) From APH: Louis Website Gets New Look, Improved Search
Did you know our Louis Database contains information on over 240 thousand accessible books available from over 75 agencies across the U.S., including APH? Materials listed in Louis include braille, large print, audio, and a range of digital formats. This free service makes it possible for schools, families, and adults to quickly locate information on accessible textbooks and other materials they need with just one search. And when a user includes our unified search partners in the Louis search, this provides access to information on over 1.1 million items!
37) 9 Nifty Windows Folder Tricks You Have to Know
Look after your folders and they'll look after you — use these tips to get a head start:
38) The 10 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time
You may not agree with all of them, especially from an adaptive technology perspective, but it still makes for an interesting read:
39) Best Continuous Glucose Monitors for 2022
If you're considering switching to a continuous glucose monitor, try one of these:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Report: 33% Of Orgs Don't Have A Digital Focus On Accessibility
VentureBeat has a story of how only 54% of companies have an active disability inclusion accessibility policy. The article is here:
2) The Coziest Graffiti You'll Ever See Takes Over A London Riverfront Park
This art is intended to raise issues surrounding deaf blindness:
3) Introducing Aira Points — Rewarding Explorer's Loyalty
Introducing Aira Points, our new Explorer loyalty program. It's simple, when you use Aira to meet your visual information needs, you earn Aira Points. Once you accumulate enough points, you can redeem them for rewards. Aira Points will feature specific Aira Access Partners or specific Aira promotions, points will be rewarded for activities related to the specific partner or promotion. Ready to start earning, follow these four steps:
4) CLT Partners with Aira for On-Demand Visual Interpreting
CLT passengers who are blind or have low vision now have free access to the visual interpreting service Aira, which acts as an assistant to help navigate the terminal and answer questions. With the Aira app, passengers can connect with a live Aira agent who will visually interpret their surroundings via the user's smartphone camera. While at CLT, travelers will have free, unlimited access to the service:
5) Illinois State Board Of Elections Launches Accessible Vote-By-Mail Option
The Illinois Board of Elections is launching a new effort to make it easier for those with disabilities to cast a mail-in ballot. The blind and visually impaired can now request a special ballot so that they can vote privately in their own home without assistance. Security envelopes will be mailed out but the actual ballot will be sent electronically. Those interested can contact their local election authority for the special ballot:
6) Inaccessible Medical Billing: KHN Wants to Hear From You
People who are blind or use a screen reader or other assistive technology to access the web sometimes receive inaccessible medical bills or other health information. We at KHN, a nonprofit newsroom that covers health care, want to better understand the scope of the problem. We know that some people have had bills sent to collections or taken hits to their credit score because of documents they could not access and therefore bills they did not pay. Some examples of inaccessible information are small-print bills or insurance billing websites that screen readers can't access. We would love to hear from you about any challenges you, family members, or colleagues have faced navigating inaccessible medical or health insurance bills:
7) 'After Losing My Sight 21 Years Ago, I Almost Gave Up - Golf Was My Salvation,' Says Champion Player Eddie Maguire (78)
One of Ireland's leading visually impaired golfers — and chairman of Irish Blind Golf — is calling on all people who have an interest in the sport "which literally saved my life" to join the society:
8) For The First Time, A Visually Impaired Cast Performs 'The Braille Legacy' Musical
Clad in a gray overcoat and tidy ascot, Ronnie Chism strides confidently in front of the camera. Chism pauses, then begins to tap the floor with his white cane, creating a rhythmic beat he raps along with:
9) Preparing For The Low Vision Patients Of The Future
Low vision aid suppliers, Eschenbach Optik and Sight and Sound Technology, tell Optometry Today about developments in the technology and what patients are looking for:
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) June 2022 Braille Monitor by National Federation of the Blind
2) Mosen At Large Episode 181: Braille HID Expectations And Complexity, A Demo Of Sonos Voice Control, And A Joyous Personal Announcement
3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 78: Google's Big Week
June 5th 2022 | This week, we talk all things that happened in Google land in the week. We first talk about scams going on across YouTube channels. We then talk about Google opening some Pixel exclusive features to non-Pixel phones. Features such as, improved image support in GBoard, converting Play points to payment methods, sound amplifier. Google Lookout brings image recognition feature which is currently in Beta. Ware OS beta opens for testing on Samsung and other ware OS brands. For our users of CSR, listener demoed granular editing feature. And for TalkBack users the screen search was demoed:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpi3iSU1GC_jpmG0Sv7ZJ-4
4) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 859: Accessing Arts And Science: The Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Accessible Descriptions And Sonifications On The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Web Site And Sci-Fi On The Talk Description To Me Podcast
June 7th 2022 | Christine Malec, co-host of the Talk Description to Me podcast, returns to the Blind Abilities Studio to bring us the news about the Luminato Festival Toronto Access Hub, The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Sonifications and descriptions from images from deep within our Universe and highlights some of the Star Trek and other topics from the over 106 Talk Description to Me episodes:
5) Eyes on Success Episode 2223: Pet Peeves of a Blind Person
June 8th 2022 | People who are blind have many ways of adapting in a world that consists of primarily sighted people. Sometimes though, being blind can be frustrating, especially when simple changes that could be made to make our lives easier are not made. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about some of Peter's pet peeves as a blind person:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) Home and Self Care Tips from the Field using Magnification | Vispero
June 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Join Mike and Michelle on Thursday, June 9, 2022, as they share helpful tips for everyday activities using video magnification. Hear some great tips on how to use magnification to control your home, kitchen and self-care activities. Learn what products are the best fit for various types of tasks. Objectives: 1. Distance cameras for self-care and home management. 2. Cooking in the kitchen safely with video magnification. 3. To roll or not to roll? Using a rolling table or specialty tables for larger desktops and what types are out there. 4. Watching TV with a desktop or head worn device successfully. Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Enter to Win $500 Towards a Vispero Product! We'll be choosing one lucky winner to receive $500 towards the product of their choice from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision! This offer is open to U.S. attendees only. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
2) 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:
3) Help Students Become The Architects Of Their Own Learning With Mindomo | The Network Of Assistive Technologists
June 10th 2022 | 10:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT, 1:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM GMT | Join The Network of Assistive Technologists as we welcome Mindomo. Discover Mindomo as a reliable and easy-to-use tool for educating tomorrow's thinkers today. An almost-all-in-one tool covering both individual and collaborative work on mind maps, concept maps, org charts, timelines, and outlines, Mindomo will make it easy for you to promote students' independent learning and study skills. Its top features include quick enrollment for students and teachers, automatic license distribution, a great variety of integrations, predefined templates with completion guidelines, automatic sharing of files between teachers and students, diverse formatting, import and export options, and over 40 other features. Registration is now open. Visit the N.O.A.T. Events Site for more information and to register:
4) 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?
5) 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.
6) How to Retrofit Your Self-Service Kiosk for Usability and Accessibility | TPGi
June 14th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Laura Boniello Miller, Director of Business Development, Vispero and Traci Murray, Director of Business Development, Vispero. Join Laura Boniello Miller to discuss retrofitting options for making your kiosk deployment accessible to users with disabilities. You have already purchased and deployed kiosks but want (or need) to make them usable, accessible, and ADA/CSA compliant according to US and/or Canadian standards. Learn about the process you may need to follow and how you might retrofit your self-service kiosks quickly and efficiently:
7) | 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:
8) 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:
9) Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS | Vispero
June 16th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to revise Google documents with JAWS? Want to know how to navigate comments and track changes? Join us Thursday, June 16, 2022, at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS." We'll provide an overview of Google Docs Suggesting Mode, and show you how to: Navigate comments left by other collaborators. Turn on Suggesting Mode. Navigate, accept, and reject suggested changes from other collaborators. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
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) 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ✉. To read about the speakers and to register, click the link below:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:
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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:
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
Email: email@example.com ✉
About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com
Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021
Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐
Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877 ☎
Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday
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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:
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐
Phone: (617) 969-6200 ☎Fax: (617) 969-6204 ░
Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒
Donate: https://carroll.org/donate ❤
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:
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
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:
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (800) 444-4443 ☎
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
Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐
Email: email@example.com ✉
APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
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
Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐
Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600 ☎
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥
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.
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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
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.
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
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 ☎ / firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / email@example.com ✉.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐
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
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
Phone: (269) 216-4798 ☎
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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 ☎.
➜ Free SuperNova 10-min Trainings Every Tuesday
Join Miranda 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 with common applications and on the web. Participate live every Tuesday 9am PT - 11am CT - 12pm ET or watch the recordings at your leisure:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐
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.
Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.
Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.
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