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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 30, 2022 - Volume 865

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Use The Paste Recovery Table And Why You Might Want To (5.7% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:

B.) Can You See Me: A New Windows Application to Assist in Determining Your Position in Your Computer's Camera (4.5% of all clicks.)
This app provides a much-needed service which is sadly missing from the Windows operating system. It requires no installation and no administrator permissions to run. Just run the app and keep pressing the enter key to receive information regarding your position in the computer's camera. It's incredibly useful to know if you're visually centered in your camera for Zoom, Teams, Skype or other video calls. You can read more about the app and download it here::

C.) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2206.9 | June 2022 (3.9% of all clicks.)
A new JAWS update has been released by Freedom Scientific. Notification history, iTunes support, and Math Editor are among the enhancements:

D.) Tactile Engineering Reveals New Technology To Help The Blind (3.4% of all clicks.)
A Lafayette engineering firm has revealed technology that they claim will revolutionize the way blind people learn, work, and play. Tactile Engineering has developed a graphical computer tablet. The tablet includes 3,000 tiny parts that can change and act as interactive braille so users can experience animation. CEO David Schleppenbach said that the focus of this technology is overcome an important challenge; making it available and affordable to as many people as possible:

E.) Reader Review: PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System By Maxi Aids, Color Detector, Humanware Video Magnifier and Seeing AI (3.2% of all clicks.)
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6) CYBER.ORG Launches Project Access, a National Effort to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Education for Students with Disabilities

CYBER.ORG has announced the kickoff of Project Access, a program designed to expand access to cybersecurity education for blind and vision impaired students between the ages of 13-21 who are in pre-employment transition (Pre-ETS). Through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP) grant, CYBER.ORG is pioneering a series of camps this summer in Arkansas, Maine, Virginia, and Michigan to introduce blind and vision impaired students to key cybersecurity topics, help them develop cybersecurity skills, and explore the possibility of a career in a growing industry:

7) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Navigating the Calendar with JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:

8) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Resolving Keyboard Conflicts With The Dolphin Cursor When Browsing The Web

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:

9) Reader Review: Black & Decker Talking Toaster Oven

Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:

10) The Alt Text Issue

Here is a well-thought-out guide to alternative text, particularly for social media written by Alexa Heinrich:.

11) Audiom

Audiom is a tool that purports to allow blind and visually impaired individuals to view maps completely in audio. It is a web component and can be embedded into any webpage, like Google Maps:

12) Introducing New Microsoft Teams On Web Features For Small Businesses

Captioning improvements are coming to Teams:.

13) What To Do If You Can No Longer Use Gmail With Your Favorite Program or Device | WebFriendlyHelp

Due to Google's increased security, you may find yourself unable to send email with your program of choice. If you want to keep using your existing email program, such as Outlook 2010, to read your Google email, read this for links to Google Settings and information:

14) NV Access In-Process For June 29th 2022


15) First Look: Windows 11's New Sound Recorder App

The replacement for Voice Recorder gets a new name, a new look, and new input and output capabilities:

16) Date and Time Pickers for All | Adobe

We are very excited to announce the release of the React Aria and React Spectrum date and time picker components! This includes a full suite of fully featured components and hooks including calendars, date and time fields, and range pickers, all with a focus on internationalization and accessibility. It also includes @internationalized/date, a brand new framework-agnostic library for locale-aware date and time manipulation:

17) Googles Opens Accessibility Research Group To Start Accepting People That Reside Outside Of The US And Canada

Your feedback will help shape new Google products. To sign up, you'll need a Google Account. If you don't have one, you can create one. You will then pick one of the Trusted Tester Programs, Communications or Accessibility:

18) #CSUNATC22 Audio: Inclusive Map Viewing Through Any Browser With Audiom

It would be truly wild if you could take the skills you have learned through playing audio games, like Swamp or Tactile Battle, and transfer them into real world Orientation and Mobility. Surprisingly enough, J.J. did just that when he spoke to Brandon Biggs, Engineer with the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute, during our CSUN 2020 coverage:

19) How the Notification History Coexists with our JAWS-Based Products | Brian Hartgen, Hartgen Consultancy

Many people will be aware that in the update to JAWS version 2022 just released, a feature is in place to support alerts and notifications sent by the focused application or Windows itself to the screen-reader. This was widely publicized in the Mosen at Large Podcast. Of course, Jonathan Mosen, host of the podcast, provided an excellent demonstration of the capabilities of the Notification History feature, together with describing the kinds of alerts and notifications which are sent to JAWS and which potentially can be filtered out or viewed in a list. In the interests of efficiency, some of our products have filtered out such alerts and notifications for some considerable time, so I want to tell you how our various products fit into the new tool Vispero are providing so you are not caught out:

20) Narrator Braille Driver Improvements | Jeff Bishop, Windows Accessibility

My name is Jeff Bishop and I work on the Windows Accessibility team at Microsoft. We would encourage you to review our most recent Windows Insider blog post about some changes that we have brought to the Dev Channel for Narrator Braille. If you are participating in the Windows Insider program and are on the Dev Channel and have a braille display then we would appreciate your help in testing our new braille driver solution for Narrator along with third-party screen readers:

21) June Updates for JAWS 2022 and Zoomtext 2022 | What's New

JAWS Updates: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements
ZoomText Updates: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#enhancements

22) Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 2.0 Update | YouTube | APH

Have you updated your Mantis Q40 or Chameleon 20? Our latest software update is jam-packed with features including one very exciting update to the Chameleon! Check out this video for a breakdown of the top features in 2.0:

23) Dicapta: Spanish Audio Description Services and Technology for Accessibility (Including Emergency Alerts)

Are you or a loved one a Spanish speaker who is blind, low vision, or deafblind? Read on to learn about an organization that makes audiovisual content and emergency alerts accessible to Spanish speakers with sensory disabilities:

24) Alexa To Add Voices Of Your Deceased Loved Ones

On June 22nd 2022 Amazon announced a new feature that will allow Alexa to speak in the voices of deceased relatives, friends and other loved ones:

25) Accessibility in Fedora Workstation

The first concerted effort to support accessibility under Linux was undertaken by Sun Microsystems when they decided to use GNOME for Solaris. Sun put together a team focused on building the pieces to make GNOME 2 fully accessible and worked with hardware makers to make sure things like Braille devices worked well. We even heard claims that GNOME and Linux had the best accessibility of any operating system for a while due to this effort. As Sun started struggling and got acquired by Oracle this accessibility effort eventually trailed off with the community trying to pick up the slack afterwards. Especially engineers from Igalia were quite active for a while trying to keep the accessibility support working well:

26) Experiment Shows Surprising Results Of Echolocation

Echolocation has been used as a way for blind people to navigate, despite the skill's usefulness, few blind people have actually learned how to use echolocation. Now, though, researchers say humans can learn echolocation in as little as 10 weeks:

27) 6 Accessibility Basics Cause 97% of Errors

I repeatedly encounter the same six issues when evaluating a website's accessibility, as do most consultants. I'd like to imagine a world where companies clean up most accessibility glitches in-house and hire consultants only to solve highly technical problems. Alas, many companies struggle with implementing the basics. Addressing the six common errors below solves many accessibility snafus, greatly helping vision-impaired users:

28) What's New in Mozilla Thunderbird 102

The first of several planned updates, Thunderbird 102, is about to start rolling out:

29) Audio Description Quality: Best Practices and Legal Standards

Video is everywhere. It's on our TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and even some smart refrigerators. But have you ever wondered how blind and low vision viewers access video content? To fully enjoy all the movies, TV shows, and other video content we so much love to watch, people with vision loss rely on audio description (AD) to access the visual elements of a video. Unfortunately, the quality of AD varies significantly among its providers. And so do consumer preferences on what visual information should be described, in how much detail, and how the descriptions should be voiced:

30) Firefox 102: New ESR Base And Improved Security

One bug fix to Firefox 102 will be of relevance to screen reader users: Pressing Enter while using a Screen Reader on Windows no longer activates the wrong element and/or another window:

➜ Press Releases and Other News

1) W3C To Become A Public-Interest Non-Profit Organization

The World Wide Web Consortium is set to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and notably, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG):

2) Deafblind Teen Artist Creates NFT Collection To Spark Passion And Discussion

A Deafblind teen artist from Lancashire has created one of the first NFT collections of its kind to spread awareness about her disability. You can read more about this on the Lancashire Telegraph:

3) Biden Administration Announces New At-Home Covid Tests For Blind And Low-Vision Americans

On June 23rd 2022 the Biden administration rolled out free at-home Covid-19 tests that are designed to be more accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. White House Covid-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said the administration will provide more accessible, rapid self-tests to Americans across the country for free through https://www.covid.gov/tests, which ships tests through the US Postal Service. The specific USPS form to place orders for Covid-19 tests that are more accessible to individuals with low vision or who are blind can be found here:

4) Braille Institute Names Winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge

Celebrating more than 100 years of positively transforming the lives of those with vision loss, Braille Institute announced the winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge this past Saturday at the Finals Award Ceremony held at the University of Southern California campus:

5) The Role of Technology in Helping Students with Limitations

Limitations come in all shapes and sizes. Some students have physical limitations that prevent them from being able to write, while others have cognitive limitations that make it difficult for them to process information. But there is one common thread among all students with constraints: the right technology can help them overcome their challenges and be successful in school:

6) American Foundation for the Blind Announces Third Access and Engagement Report, Observing Impact of COVID-19 as Students with Visual Impairments Returned to In-Person Education

On June 23rd 2022 the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the release of the third Access and Engagement research report, which examines the continued negative impact of systemic and COVID-19-specific issues on the education of students who are blind or have low vision. The report is based on focus groups and short surveys with families of these students and the professionals who serve them as the 2020-2021 school year concluded:

7) New Miami Lighthouse Podcast Focuses On Issues And Opportunities Facing The Blind And Visually Impaired

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has launched a new podcast series that discusses medical, technological, legal, social and lifestyle issues impacting individuals with vision challenges and their families. Vision Insights has posted its first episodes, which can be heard on all major podcast outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible and Amazon Music, as well as, the Miami Lighthouse website:

8) By the Blind, For the Blind

Why tools made by the blind, are the best for the blind:

9) Some (More) Thoughts On Smart Canes | From The Blog Of Derek Reimer

In early 2021, I wrote a blog post about smart canes, why they usually are hype, and why canes have the design elements that make them so versatile. This blog post got a couple orders of magnitude more traffic than I expected, and based on the feedback I have received, it was much more educational than I would have expected. It has been posted on many peoples blogs, and even Hacker News. I want to make sure the positive reception of my article is used to guide the industry in an appropriate direction, and generate new useful technologies, instead of being cynical and bashing anyone who may have the thought to attach something to a cane. I will do this by explaining some of the drawbacks to having objects on a cane, and travel implements we could design that would achieve useful goals for blind people, while being more robust:

10) 'Calls Kept Coming': Ukraine's Network For The Blind Shelters Displaced People

One of country's oldest-running organizations turns factory into accommodation for refugees:

11) MetroList of Northern California Launches Property Search by Voice — Search by Voice Helps the Visually Impaired Participate in Their Home Buying Process

MetroList, the largest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Northern California, now offers Search by Voice capabilities, powered by Lundy, Inc. through its newly released MetroList.com real estate search portal. Lundy is leading the way in developing the most comprehensive property search engine to help MLSs be more inclusive and accessible to blind or visually impaired consumers:

12) NSITE Now Offers Additional Resources to Blind and Visually-Impaired Job Seekers and Employers

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for the blind or visually impaired, has announced an ever-expanding list of programs and resources to train and help place BVI and military veteran job seekers:

13) Blind Scientist Envisions A More Accessible World Through Inclusive Technology

After 20 years in academic research, Dr. Miele made a career shift into the tech space a few years ago by accepting a job as Principal Accessibility Researcher with Amazon. Now, he develops new ways to make Amazon's suite of products accessible to all users, making tools like Alexa, tablets, and TVs useable for the blind:

14) Envision Dallas Adds New Postpress Production Capabilities and Jobs for the Vision Impaired

Envision Dallas is partnering with Kolbus America to expand their operation and bring jobs to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) community of Dallas, Texas. The Kolbus DA 270 will be operated by blind and visually impaired employees of Envision and will expand their capacity to meet increased customer demand of their award binders and retirement binders:

15) Nurturing A New Generation Of Visually Impaired Leaders

Extant theatre company hopes sharing best practice across the industry will lead to increased sector opportunities for visually impaired talent:

➜ 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:

2) Audible Vision Baseline Survey

This baseline survey aims to understand how assistive technology users conduct certain activities:

3) Audible Vision App Survey

This survey aims to understand how assistive technology users use the Audible Vision app:

4) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2022

Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is asking users to complete a short satisfaction survey. It is at:

➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

1) Recording: National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina: Good Maps | MP3

June 18th 2022 | Whether or not you are planning to go to New Orleans for our National convention? You should attend this technology presentation presented by the Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC. We will have a representative from Good Maps joining us to demonstrate the GPS Good Maps app. This app will allow you to keep track of the direction you are heading, what's around you, and the streets you are on/crossing:

2) Low Vision Devices Delivered Right to Your Door | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

June 24th 2022 | CEO of Eschenbach Optik of America Ken Bradley joins the podcast to discuss how Eschenbach has adapted through the pandemic to help people with visual impairment access low vision devices remotely. Through their "Telelowvision" program, you can try out magnification devices from the comfort of your home to find what works best for you before you buy:

3) Mosen At Large Episode 185: RNZ Told To Lift Its Disability Game, ACB, NFB Andcovid19, And Part 2 Of The Blindshell 2 Review

June 25th 2022

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 81: It Is The Display

June 25th 2022 | In this episode we first talk about Google opening up their accessibility and research group to accept people residing outside of the US and Canada. We then take a look at the display settings on an Android phone. We demo the Christian teaching reading app. And then bring another Talkback Tip showing the cut text gesture. This episode can be found at:

5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode #823, New! Tech Abilities: It Is HOT, And The Tech Tidbits Are Fast And Furious, And VR As A Vehicle Explained. News From A Blindness Perspective From Around The Globe And The Outhouse, Too.

June 27th 2022 | Serina, Callie and Jeff, dive deep into the pool of news stemming from Uber, Lyft, Microsoft, and you can check out the links and topics below. The TA Team take a journey into their Vocational Rehab experience and explain how VR impacted their destiny and how it is differed a bit for each of us. Join the Tech Abilities Crew and keep up with the latest news and Tech Tidbits from around the globe and always with a Blindness perspective. Everyone has a perspective, and we know we are not always seeing things the same way, so, let us know your perspective and give us a call at 612-367-6093, we would love to hear from you:

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2226: National Coding Symposium and STEM Camp

June 29th 2022 | The fields of computers and STEM offer excellent career opportunities for visually impaired people. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Leanne Grillot, outreach director at the American Printing House, about some of APH's ongoing programs to inspire interest in these fields, make people aware of the opportunities, and help them connect with mentors:

➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

1) 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:

2) Inaccessible to Accessible | SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar

July 12th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | How to magnify or convert print and PDFs and how to customize your view of interactive whiteboards at work or school. Participate live every Tuesday 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT or watch the recordings at your leisure:

3) VoiceOver External Keyboard Basics with iPhone & iPad | Access Ingenuity

July 13th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Previously, we introduced VoiceOver gestures while working with an iPhone or iPad. While that option is always available, did you know there is a more efficient method of using an external keyboard to navigate, edit, and type large amounts of information if you already know how to work with a QWERTY keyboard? Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore VoiceOver keyboard basics to increase your efficiency while using VoiceOver with your iPhone and iPad. Learning Outcomes: External keyboard considerations, including USB and Bluetooth. How to connect a USB keyboard or pair a Bluetooth keyboard. Basic keyboard commands and how to perform them most efficiently. Turning on and off Quick Nav and editing basics. Join Zoom Meeting: Zoom Meeting for VoiceOver External Keyboard Basics with iPhone & iPad. | Meeting ID: 843 7682 5271 | Passcode: 525671 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84376825271#,,,,*525671# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):

4) Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech | TPGi

July 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Le McNamara, Accessibility Engineer. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Le McNamara as they talk about, "Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech." Hiring neurodivergent technologists can benefit your IT teams! Twenty technologists who identify as neurodiverse came forward, during a hackathon event, to share and record their experiences with the hiring process in tech. This talk will cover the common threads of those disclosures, the value of neurodivergent team members, and the experiences positive and negative that neurodivergent applicants face in looking for work within the tech sector and for technology roles in other industries. We'll be sharing what in the interview processes triggered negative outcomes and what behaviors and processes facilitated positive outcomes. We'll be making suggestions for changes hiring professionals can make as well as accommodations that can be asked for and should be expected. We'll also be talking about how to reach out to neurodiverse talent directly, to get back those that have given up, by working directly with services and communities:

5) Envision Glasses: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask | Access Ingenuity

July 20th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Did you know that Envision Glasses are built like a platform, and are constantly updated with new features and functionalities? With that in mind, we are excited to present the July 2022 edition of our Envision glasses presentation. This session will serve as an introduction to those new to the glasses, as well as a chance to review, learn about the latest features, or ask questions for those who have attended our previous webinars or who are the lucky owners of a pair. We may even get a visit from an Envision representative! Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as we look at the exciting new Envision glasses. Envision glasses use the cutting-edge Google Glasses platform as a way for visually impaired users to gain access to their environment. They provide the ability to scan text, be it handwritten notes, books, or your favorite recipe. Using the built-in camera, you can call someone and have them see from your point of view to help you pick out the perfect outfit or help you navigate a challenging obstacle. Learn more about the additional features these glasses offer and how they differ from other wearable technologies currently on the market. Learning Outcomes: How Scene Description can offer more independence. How the glasses use cutting-edge technology to help you do more. Explore new features since our last Envision glasses presentation. | Meeting ID: 844 9731 5433 | Passcode: 122811 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84497315433#,,,,*122811# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join:

6) Best Practices to Structure Accessibility Testing

July 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | This webinar will cover common gaps in how organizations implement accessibility testing. These gaps complicate communication within an organization and lead to barriers for people with disabilities. Once the common gaps have been identified, we will review step-by-step instructions on how to reduce these gaps. Participants will leave with a clear plan for accessibility testing that is practical and sustainable. With this plan, organizations can increase the coverage and precision of their testing while decreasing the overall amount of test results. Additionally, participants will learn: The pros and cons of the different automated accessibility testing libraries and which one is right for their organization. The limitations of automated testing and how to bridge the gap with manual testing. How to track progress on errors and verify what's been fixed from one sprint to the next. While this webinar focuses on building accessibility testing skills with the ARC Platform, the lessons are applicable to all testing libraries. With the evolution of AI and machine learning, there are many new innovations in automated accessibility testing. This webinar evaluates their effectiveness and looks ahead to how they could affect accessibility testing. Register today:

7) Methods to Navigate Word & Outlook Efficiently with JAWS Using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

July 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Many JAWS users may know some features to quickly navigate specific increments and elements such as links, headings, forms, graphics, and tables when using a web browser. However, most do not know that there are similar JAWS features to increase efficiency when navigating Word documents and Outlook emails. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore various JAWS Navigation Quick Keys with a browser, Word, and Outlook. It is important to note that this presentation will benefit those who want to know how to work with Navigation Quick Keys 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: Introduce JAWS Navigation Quick Keys and how they can increase your efficiency when navigating a browser, Word, and Outlook. Understand how to turn on and off Navigation Quick Keys, when you want them on or off, and the JAWS default settings for Quick Keys in different situations. Discover how to learn the Quick Keys in different situations with the JAWS Screen Sensitive help. Explore Quick Key features such as links, headings, forms, tables, misspelled words, comments, track changes, etc. | Meeting ID: 872 7899 0752 | Passcode: 807757 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87278990752#,,,,*807757# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:

8) How to Quickly Test Your Website for JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility | TPGi

July 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mike DeSorda, Customer Success Manager, and Al Puzzuoli, Customer Support. Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester quickly making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use JAWS Inspect alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy screen reader compatibility testing:

9) 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:

10) 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:

11) 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:

12) 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:

13) 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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1) FOR SALE: One New Braille Embosser Index Basic D Version 4 USB Retail Box

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➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: We're Exhibiting at both ACB and NFB Conventions

Barry, Kae, and Debra welcome you to our world of everything leather, dog, and gadget; and our "New" Evo 12 stereo Daisy player with 6 voices, $289; Hermione bottomless leather bag, $65; Titanium telescopic locking canes, $50; Next generation bone conduction headphones, $110; Talking medical bundle, $120; Soft absorbent doggie bathrobes, $30 - $35; Protective doggie winter jackets/raincoats, $30 - $40; Self-cleaning grooming brushes, $15 - $26, and much more! Come find us! For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 📱️ / bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 📱️ / guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️.

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

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

➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

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

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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 📱️.

➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

Logo. Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. Logo of stick figure walking confidently with white cane, surrounded by print words Blind in Mind - The Braille Superstore, with Blind in Mind spelled out in contracted Braille dots at bottom.

Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 📱️

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com 📧️

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:


On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
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If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.

➜ Advance Your Career With Fable Pathways' Free, Accessible Online Learning

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com 📧️

Phone: (888) 212-3532 📱️ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.


Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.

➜ Join the Dolphin Friends Program

Dolphin Friends supports, recognizes, and rewards the great work that charities and sight loss societies do to support the people in their community who are visually impaired. Members receive free Dolphin software, staff training on GuideConnect and SuperNova, computing accessories and a useful resource pack to help you advise your service users on Dolphin assistive technology. Join Dolphin Friends:

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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.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

Dolphin assistive technology products include: SuperNova | GuideConnect | EasyReader | EasyConverter Express | Publisher | ScreenReader.

Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.

➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:

Logo. Clusiv. Building Unseen Talent.

Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
VR Agency / Counselor. I want to help the people I serve with Clusiv.
Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.

➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

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

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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️

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

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

➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 837-2000 📱️

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

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

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.

➜ 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:

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877 📱️

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

Phone: (800) 444-4443 📱️

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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.

APH ConnectCenter logo.

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

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

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 📱️
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674 📱️
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800 📱️
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393 📱️

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.

➜ 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.

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