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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 7, 2022 - Volume 866

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Reader Review: Black & Decker Talking Toaster Oven (9.6% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/94.html

B.) Alexa To Add Voices Of Your Deceased Loved Ones (6.9% of all clicks.)
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:
https://fox8.com/news/alexa-to-add-voices-of-your-deceased-loved-ones/?fbclid=IwAR3LLcSr0L7JT5g5A6hTahGdK4NGJbn6mzlXsrxRvz2ZyRXsPfUKfiJjryk

C.) 6 Accessibility Basics Cause 97% of Errors (5.5% of all clicks.)
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:
https://www.practicalecommerce.com/6-accessibility-basics-cause-97-of-errors

D.) What To Do If You Can No Longer Use Gmail With Your Favorite Program or Device | WebFriendlyHelp (5.2% of all clicks.)
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:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/what-to-do-if-you-can-no-longer-use-gmail-with-your-favorite-program-or-device/

E.) Audiom (4.9% of all clicks.)
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:
https://www.ski.org/project/audiom

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3) AT&T Authorizes the Accessible MiniVision2+ Cell Phone to Operate on the AT&T and Cricket Network

RAZ Mobility, a provider of mobile assistive technology, and KAPSYS, a French manufacturer of accessible cell phones, announced that the MiniVision2+ Cell Phone, designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, has been authorized to operate on the AT&T and Cricket network as a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device):
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220629005158/en/ATT-Authorizes-the-Accessible-MiniVision2-Cell-Phone-to-Operate-on-the-ATT-and-Cricket-Network

4) Humanware Announces The Stellar Trek GPS Device: Still in Beta, Price Unknown | Tech-VI List

After demonstrating some features of the Victor Reader Trek Rachel Feinberg of Humanware announced and demonstrated a prerelease version of a new GPS product from Humanware called the Stellar Trek:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2285

5) Orbit June 2022 Zoom Meeting Recording, Chat and Closed Caption Files Now Available | ZIP File

http://www.turner42.com/OrbitResearchJune2022ZoomMeeting.zip

6) BlindAndroidUsers.com Back In Service

https://blindandroidusers.com/

7) Important News For People Using Dolphin Guide

When it was originally developed around 20 years ago, Dolphin Guide stood out as a pioneering example of easy-to-use assistive technology. It introduced many people who are blind and partially sighted to technology. Dolphin Guide was built and run on functionality in Microsoft Windows which — as time has passed and Windows has improved — no longer operates. In addition, Google has recently given notice that its services are no longer available to customers using less-secure apps. This includes all versions of Dolphin Guide (versions 1 to 9). As a result of these Windows and Google changes, many of the key features of Dolphin Guide, including access to Google email accounts, will no longer work:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=520

8) Tiger Software Suite is Upgrading

Improvements in this release including custom braille tables and PDF support:
https://www.aph.org/attention-tiger-software-suite-is-upgrading/

9) How Blind or Low Vision Booklovers Can Fully Concentrate While Reading an Audiobook

Empish J. Thomas has some tips for learning to enjoy audio books more fully with a visual impairment:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/how-blind-or-low-vision-booklovers-can-fully-concentrate-while-reading-an-audiobook/

10) Creating A More Accessible Envision

Making the Envision app free of charge, lower cost to the glasses, and opening to 3rd party manufactures are among the changes:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/creating-a-more-accessible-envision

11) Webinar Recording and Transcript Now Available | What's New in Leasey Version 7

On June 29th 2022 Hartgen Consultancy conducted a webinar demonstrating all of the new features which are soon to be made available in Version 7 of the Leasey product. You can download a recording of the webinar as well as a transcript of the event in rich text format from the following link:
https://hartgen.org/leaseyevent

12) How to Use Emojis in Windows 11 Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 11 comes packed with emojis, and you can access them with a simple keyboard shortcut:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-11-emoji-keyboard/

13) Siri Gets A Boost in iOS 16

Siri's iOS 16 changes are all about making your iPhone easier to use:
https://coolblindtech.com/siri-gets-boost-in-ios-16/

14) Recording of FSCast 216, A Demo Of The New JAWS Notification History Manager, And A Visit With Richard Oehm | June 29th 2022

On FSCast 216, we have an answer to the age-old question, "What do you do about applications that tell us too much?" It's the new JAWS Notification History Manager to the rescue. With it, you can gain precise control over which messages are spoken and which are shown in Braille. We'll get you started by demonstrating how to make Microsoft Edge less chatty. Then we'll get to know Richard Oehm, electronics engineer, entrepreneur, doctor of Optacons, and all-around interesting guy. Listen to or download the MP3. You can also read the transcript:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast-216-a-demo-of-the-new-jaws-notification-history-manager-and-a-visit-with-richard-oehm/

15) JAWS for ARM64 Prerelease

Thank you for your interest in the JAWS 2022 for ARM64 prerelease software. This version runs on ARM64 devices such as the Surface Pro X and requires running Windows 11. Please be aware this is prerelease software, and no technical support is provided. Important: ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ARM64

16) What are NVDA Add-Ons and What Are They Used For? | NVDA Discussion List | Brian Vogel | Tech-VI List

https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2273

17) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for June 2022

https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-june-2022

18) Free Apps and Actions from APH

We use apps every day to check email, listen to music, play games, and connect with friends. Here APH celebrates National App Day by sharing their FREE apps and actions that they think are a lot of fun:
https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/

19) Orbit Research Introduces the Orbit Slate Family of Multi-line Braille Displays

Orbit Research announced the launch of the Orbit Slate TM family of multi-line braille displays today on the eve of the annual conventions of the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind. The Orbit Slate is the first and only product in the world to provide multiple lines of true real-time refreshable braille in a single, compact, tablet-sized device. It enables people who are blind or visually impaired to seamlessly and intuitively experience spatially arranged text and information such as spatial math problems, braille music and tables in real time. The Slate offers Orbit's unique signage-quality TrueBraille TM cells in two configurations — a model with three rows of forty cells and one with five rows of twenty cells:
https://www.orbitresearch.com/slate/

20) Over 40 Libraries Now Available In The Easyreader Apps

Dolphin is pleased to announce a new update to the EasyReader App for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle Fire. The latest updates to EasyReader include:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=518

21) New Titles Available From National Braille Press

These books may be of relevance to those interested in learning more about technology. NBP offers their books in several electronic formats in addition to hardcopy Braille:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/hot_off.html

22) Next Episode, Please: How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Amazon Echo

Tap in to a variety of podcasts on your Echo via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-listen-to-podcasts-on-your-amazon-echo

23) What's Coming In Windows 11 22H2

Get a sneak peek at the main features arriving with the first Windows 11 feature update this Fall:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3664788/windows-11-22h2-new-features.html#tk.rss_all


➜ Press Releases and Other News


1) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 28 | June 30th 2022

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:.
http://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-28-june-30-2022.html

2) DeafBlind Awareness Week 2022

Held the last week of June, DeafBlind Awareness Week commemorates the birthday of Helen Keller, born on June 27. Here is a good article about various events and resources:
https://www.lireo.com/deafblind-awareness-week-2022-how-you-can-participate/

3) DOJ Fails To Report On Making Federal Websites Accessible To Disabled People

It has been 10 years since the Department of Justice filed a biennial report on the federal government's compliance with accessibility standards for information technology, a bipartisan group of concerned senators say. The reports are required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act:
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/30/1108737968/federal-websites-accessible-disabled

4) Microsoft Helps Build Data Hub To Track Disabilities As Part Of Effort To Close 'Disability Divide'

This resource should make it easier to understand disability prevalence and related policy:
https://www.geekwire.com/2022/as-disability-numbers-rise-see-long-covid-for-one-microsoft-helps-global-effort-to-track-disabilities/

5) Society Wants You To Feel Ashamed Of Yourself | MIT Technology Review

Algorithm expert Cathy O'Neil has written a new book that shows how the tech world and society generally feeds off the idea of shame:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/06/29/1053985/society-shame-book-review/

6) Visually Impaired Cast Brings 'The Braille Legacy' To Life Onstage

"The Braille Legacy" is a musical about the boy who invented a system of reading and writing for the blind. It debuted to sellout crowds in Los Angeles in June, marking the first time the show had been performed in the U.S. — and the first time it was performed by a cast fully comprised of blind actors. The cast spoke with "LA Times Today." Coco Atama plays Louis Braille in "The Braille Legacy" and discussed why it's important for this musical to be staged:
https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/la-times-today/2022/06/29/a-visually-impaired-cast-brings--the-braille-legacy-to-life-onstage

7) June 2022 Outreach Update and the Blind Outdoor News by Lawrence Gunther

https://mailchi.mp/lawrencegunther/calling-all-youth-living-with-vision-loss-9061367?e=a3e74a1a08

8) Solve For Tomorrow 2022: Student Wins National Technology Competition Which Aims To Solve Global Social Issues

Inventor for MyVision wows judges with smart tech to help the visually impaired. Over 450 young entrepreneurs entered Samsung's tech for good competition 'Solve for Tomorrow.' An engineering student from Ilford has been crowned winner of a national competition that invites young people to solve some of the world's biggest issues:
https://news.samsung.com/uk/solve-for-tomorrow-2022-student-wins-national-technology-competition-which-aims-to-solve-global-social-issues

9) How Accessible is Reading Today?

In this day and age, reading as a skill is often taken for granted. How are you reading these words right now? For most people, it's likely that you're using your eyes, which transmit neural signals to your brain that allow you to connect the symbols on the screen with meaning. However, this experience isn't universal. There is a diverse range of readers, many with a wide range of vision, communication or other print impairments. Adjustments in the way we encourage reading have been made to cater to these groups, but new challenges arise every day. Take the Internet, which despite its benefits has given rise to a steadily growing 'digital divide' for blind or partially-sighted people. Below, we examine the accessibility behind reading more closely:
https://blog.yourdolphin.com/blog/how-accessible-is-reading-today

10) N.J. Runner Stepping Up To Raise Awareness For Blind And Visually Impaired Athletes

After years of perfecting her craft at running, Jasmine Murrell is going the distance to help other athletes who have visual impairments. The 33-year-old runner from Union County has been named an endurance ambassador for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, a role aimed at providing awareness about endurance sports events and other initiatives for runners who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.nj.com/news/2022/06/nj-runner-stepping-up-to-raise-awareness-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-athletes.html

11) New AI Cane for the Visually Impaired | YouTube | Tech & Science Daily

A visually impaired university student and entrepreneur has created a brand new hi-tech version of the classic white cane, to help those with visual impairments. 19-year-old Ramneek Kaur Ahluwalia who's CEO of 'MyVision' said it uses AI, LiDAR and GPS technology, and can notify users with audio directions or haptic feedback. She has secured £10,000 in funding after winning the Samsung 'Solve For Tomorrow' national technology competition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfHtImc6AFQ

12) Designing Accessible Walking Routes for People With a Visual Impairment

Most of us take our navigation abilities for granted and instinctively use our sense of sight to help us find our way. However, for millions of people worldwide with visual impairments, wayfinding and navigation are a daily challenge. Pedestrians with visual impairments lack basic information about the spaces in which they are walking. This restricts and limits them, makes them dependent on others, harms their welfare, and negatively impacts them socially. Recently, a study was performed at the Technion in Israel, aimed at developing software and an application to design walking routes especially suited for the visually impaired population, focusing on their unique needs and preferences. This study offers an effective and practical solution for pedestrians who are visually impaired, which enhances their mobility, independence, and welfare, and thus enables them to engage more easily with society:
https://kids.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frym.2022.853975

13) Egypt Inaugurates First Beach For The Visually Impaired In Alexandria

Alexandria Governor Mohamed El-Sherif recently inaugurated the beach for the visually impaired, allocating an area for it at the People of Determination beach in Mandara. "This beach comes as a continuation of efforts made by the Governorate of Alexandria to provide best services for people of determination, in order to achieve principles of community integration and create a decent life for them," El-Sherif said during the opening:
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/2/471002/Egypt/Society/Egypt-inaugurates-first-beach-for-the-visually-imp.aspx

14) Blind Chinese Make-Up Artist Teaches Thousands Of Visually Impaired Women To Apply Make-Up Using Sense Of Touch

At 14, Xiao Jia began losing her sight, by the time she was an adult she had taught herself how to apply her own make-up, today she teaches others using her sense of touch she feels the direction of false eyelashes, the texture of skin and facial features for where to apply different cosmetics:
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/trending-china/article/3183512/blind-chinese-make-artist-teaches-thousands

15) Changes Are Coming To NC Schools For Deaf And Blind Students. See Who Will Run Them.

New groups are expected to take over running North Carolina's three residential schools for students who are deaf and/or visually impaired. The state Senate voted 40-4 on Friday to shift control of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson and the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton away from the State Board of Education. Under the legislation, each school would be run by a newly created board of trustees. The trustees would have wide-ranging power, such as hiring the school's director and setting admission criteria:
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article263094968.html


➜ Surveys


1) APH Surveys Page

Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Audible Vision Baseline Survey

This baseline survey aims to understand how assistive technology users conduct certain activities:
https://bit.ly/Audiblevision

3) Audible Vision App Survey

This survey aims to understand how assistive technology users use the Audible Vision app:
https://bit.ly/AudibleVisionForm2

4) NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2022

Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is asking users to complete a short satisfaction survey. It is at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-nr8XMipBx8jrXBTK7M_pxsw7GQR11Vt9E8VG52fK7op15Q/viewform


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes


1) Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther Episode 54: Outdoor Guide Dog Advocacy

June 26th 2022 | On this episode of AMI Audio's show Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, the focus is outdoor adventuring with your guide dog. But first Ms. Lilly is going to recap the family's day on the Ottawa River fishing and boating on Fathers Day. Larissa Proctor, Manager of Guide Dog Advocacy for the CNIB, is going to tell us about the recent Guide Dog Advocacy Camp held at CNIB Lake Joe. Lawrence has some tips for taking your guide dog on watercraft. He also has some reflections to share on adventuring with guide dogs in outdoor spaces where the chance of encountering either wild or farm animals is high:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-54-outdoor-guide-dog-advocacy/id1530444764?i=1000567762935

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 82: Managing The Wallpaper

July 2nd 2022 | In this podcast we first announce the growth of our YouTube subscriptions and viewership. We then have a chat with Karthik from Envision and got updated about the fact that Envision is now free for everyone without the need of a subscription and this takes place in mid-July. Be sure to hit that "update" (Envision v3) when it shows up as this will remove the paid subscription, making it free. Folks can still donate (if they choose to do so), as this helps in funding the project. Android Basics: In this week's section we continued our journey through the System Settings, and we turned our attention to the "Wallpaper" segment. Talkback Highlights: This week, we have installment 42 from the theme of "Highlights from Talkback" and this time, it's the 3-finger triple-tap gesture. This podcast can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqXMlHrIBmSyoVbWLrMmcKz

3) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode #864, Breaking News: Aira Everywhere! Aira for the Desktop, Aira on the Shell Phone Classic, Aira on the ARX Headset and Aira on the Envision Glasses! Oh, the Possibilities are Coming!

July 4th 2022 | Aira Director of Communications, Jenine Stanley, joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and hits us up with some news breaking announcements. Aira Everywhere starts out with Aira for the Desktop. Now Aira will be available on the Mac, PC and on the iPad as a web based app where you can be hands free and use Team Viewer, Google Remote and much more. This will be open to a limited Public Beta at the end of July and you can sign up now on the web at Aira.io/choice. Be part of the Aira Beta Team and help break down barriers to access together. Aira on ArxHeadset: With a camera and bone-conduction speakers, the ArxHeadset will now have Aira loaded up and ready to explore. The BlindShell Phone: A limited beta will be out at the end of July and soon Aira will be an option on the BlindShell Classic. Aira on the Envision Glasses: Hands free and this may become a reality later this summer around August. Talks are on-going so cross our fingers:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7448

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2227: Using MathML with JAWS

July 6th 2022 | Mathematics has been called the language of science. But how can a visually impaired person read and write complex mathematical expressions that are often written in a 2-D format? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ron Miller, Blindness Technology Products Specialist at Vispero, about how the JAWS screen reader makes this possible with MathML:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202227.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses


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

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:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/en-us/supernova-everyday-essentials

3) Assistive Technology (AT) for Low Vision | Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

July 12th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Zoom presentation. Join the MI Assistive Technology Program as we highlight the many AT devices in our inventory for Low Vision.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/assistive-technology-at-for-low-vision-registration-338359832367?aff=erelexpmlt&keep_tld=1

4) Ask Sharky: What Happened At the Conventions? | Freedom Scientific

July 12th 2022 | Join us for details on Vispero activities at the ACB and NFB conventions. Download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device.

5) 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):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84376825271?pwd=YBrES1bQpOh3pZvAWqpu9aWQt4ypjX.1#success

6) 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:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-13-at-12pm-et-hiring-for-cognitive-diversity-in-tech/

7) Ask an ADA Professional A Question Regarding Communication Requirements Under the ADA | Accessibility Online

July 13th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | During this new program individuals will have the opportunity to ask ADA professionals questions about Communication Requirements under the ADA. To ensure your question is answered during the session, individuals are highly encouraged to submit their questions ahead of time via the registration website (option to submit questions is available once you have registered for the session):
https://www.accessibilityonline.org/adapro/session/?id=111003

8) ACB Community Event: Use The JAWS Skim = Reading Tool to Quickly Review Long Documents | Freedom Scientific

July 14th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Want to quickly review long documents and search for information? Join us to learn how to make the JAWS Skim-Reading tool work for you. American Council of the Blind. To request an invitation, email community@acb.org ✉.

9) Ask Sharky: Use the JAWS Notification History | Freedom Scientific

July 19th 2022 | Learn to use the new Notification History feature in JAWS and Fusion, which enables you to control what notifications you hear. Download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device.

10) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84497315433?pwd=ScI1ThYtHUY1tcB0cf_AOoDqdlB908.1#success

11) Best Practices to Structure Accessibility Testing | TPGi

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:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-20-at-12pm-et-best-practices-to-structure-accessibility-testing/

12) JAWS Power Tips for Increasing Productivity at Work and at Play | Freedom Scientific

July 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Want tips for improving productivity in apps such as Word, Teams, and Edge? Join us for a webinar on JAWS power tips! Register for this webinar, which offers ACVREP credits to those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OwHsA3AJTMKeedGpAgBNzg

13) ACB Community Event: Schedule a Zoom Meeting Using JAWS | Freedom Scientific

July 21st 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Find out how to schedule events on the Zoom conferencing platform with JAWS. American Council of the Blind. To request an invitation, email community@acb.org ✉.

14) Snap & Read: 5 Essential Supports for Executive Function | Don Johnston

July 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presented By: Stephanie Gilley. Executive function deficits — disorganization, poor time management, difficulty getting started with tasks — can keep bright learners from doing great things. And it can be tough to know how to help! Digital supports can empower students to stay organized, focused, and work independently, both at this point in their lives and in the future. In this webinar, Stephanie Gilley will demonstrate the top 5 tools that support learners with executive functioning difficulties: Read Aloud tools to support focus. Highlighting/Color Overlay/screen masking tool for help with visual tracking. A tool to reduce digital distractions. Note taking tools to help with organization. PDF annotation to help streamline tasks and assignments. Register to attend live or receive a recording:
https://learningtools.donjohnston.com/webinar/snapread-5-essential-supports-for-executive-function/

15) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278990752?pwd=0bOnQubthYiLE-xJtf_PuOGsnBFL-F.1#success

16) 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:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-quickly-test-your-website-for-jaws-screen-reader-compatibility/

17) Controlling Your World with Control Bionics from APTAT

July 27th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | APTAT Assistive Technology Training Series Training Duration: 1 hour. An expanded training including an overview of using the Control Bionics device for communication as well as an environmental control unit. Registration is required. Accommodation requests should be made at least 2 weeks before the event date. We will do our best to coordinate any requests made within 2 weeks of the event, however please be aware we may not be able to honor the request on short notice. Certificate of Attendance is available for live attendees and can be requested during registration. This webinar will be recorded and archived on our YouTube channel: Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology:
https://rehabalabama.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scuCupjsrG9DYSokUMLLCB7Ck8WIqePKT

18) Ask Sharky: What Happened at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Conference? | Freedom Scientific

July 27th 2022 | Join us for details on Vispero activities at the ACB and NFB conventions. Download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device.

19) ACB Community Event: Ten JAWS Power Tips to Increase Productivity | Freedom Scientific

July 28th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Discover ten JAWS power tips for increasing productivity when navigating apps and completing tasks. American Council of the Blind. To request an invitation, email community@acb.org ✉.

20) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

21) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

22) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

23) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

24) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx


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1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

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2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

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3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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➜ Buy, Sell or Trade


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

Listing Date: 6/23/2022 | Price: $1,200.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Hello, we have a practically new Index Basic D version 4 double sided Braille embosser with USB and many of the modern embosser features still in the retail box we can sell. It has never had any problems at all, it just has not been used . Asking $1200 OBO | Contact: Jay via email at: JS5lio021@gmail.com ✉ or by phone / text at: (816) 659-0044 ☎. |

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

Price: $5.00 USD | Description: List your new, gently-used or refurbished item in FOUR (4) consecutive issues of Top Tech Tidbits for just $5.00 USD. | Buy an Ad: Fill out this short 10-step form ✔ to secure your Buy, Sell or Trade Classified Advertisement today. | Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/buy-sell-trade.html 🌐 |


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➜ 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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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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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.

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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:

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➜ 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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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.

Opportunities:

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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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.

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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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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:
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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:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
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➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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

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


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

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

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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.


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

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
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Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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


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

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

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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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.


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