Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 21, 2022 - Volume 868
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Chameleon 2.0 Update Features Text to Speech!
The Chameleon is a sleek, 20-cell refreshable braille display with a Perkins-style keyboard that connects to multiple devices via Bluetooth and includes an editor, book reader, calculator, clock, and file manager. Text-to-speech and audio support are now available on the Chameleon 20! With text-to-speech, users will benefit from the many customizable options such as: include read after pan, read while typing, read while deleting, a read all command (Space + G), and read text under cursor. Reading text under the cursor allows you to quickly familiarize yourself with new words and braille contractions. Each option can be toggled off and on and the whole feature can be quickly disabled with a hotkey (Space + Previous thumb key) to avoid any distractions. Audio support allows users to play unprotected DAISY files, increase and decrease playback speed, fast forward and rewind, and navigate throughout the book using the formatting of the file or user-created bookmarks. Learn more at:
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B.) 8 New Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Know (7.6% of all clicks.)
C.) Mycroft AI Launches Mimic 3 TTS (5.5% of all clicks.)
D.) Siri Gets A Boost in iOS 16 (4.3% of all clicks.)
E.) APH Is Ready for a Braille Revolution (3.9% of all clicks.)
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3) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for July 21st 2022
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4) Top Tech Tidbits Editor Alex Marositz To Compete In The 2022 Beep Baseball World Series in Beaumont, Texas | July 24th through 31st 2022
Please join all of us here at Tidbits in congratulating one of our star editors for making it to the 2022 Beep Baseball World Series. That's right. Top Tech Tidbits Editor Alex Marositz will be unable to contribute to next week's issue because he will be in Beaumont, Texas competing to win the 2022 Beep Baseball World Series. An achievement that we all thought was incredibly awesome. So please join us in wishing Alex and his team, the San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team, the very best of luck as they attempt to cement their place in Beep Baseball history:
5) JAWS Power Tip: Using Speech on Demand
6) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Adding A Temporary Place Marker to a Web Page
7) Tips For Soup and Salad | Hadley Dining Out Series
Learn a few tips to enjoy soup and salad with skill, no matter what's on the menu - and no matter your level of vision:
8) A Father's Quest for an Accessible Game Controller | Wired
After months of writing hardware companies and developers for help, Andreas Karlsson finally found a hero in retro controller maker 8BitDo:
9) Sources for Adapted Equipment Resources | TeachingVisuallyImpaired.com
Individuals who are blind or visually impaired will typically need instructional and material adaptations to access recreational activities. Adaptive equipment can allow students who are blind or visually impaired to participate in recreational activities:
10) Check Out the New Remote Incident Manager from Pneuma Solutions
Take complete control of a distant computer over an organization's network or the Internet, as if you were sitting at that computer. Beta test it now. Excellent for corporate technical support or helping out a friend. This software may be used by blind and sighted users alike:
11) Hartgen Consultancy Now Using Remote Incident Manager When Providing Remote Technical Support
As a company we are now moving to a new method of providing Technical Support and training to customers. Beginning July 13th 2022 we have been using the Remote Incident Manager application from Pneuma Solutions. This greatly assists us in providing excellent Technical Support together with making it far easier to diagnose and fix problems, particularly if JAWS is needing to be restarted multiple times which is often the case with complex installations:
12) My Experience Taking The Covid-19 Home Accessible Test | Scott Davert | Tech-VI List
I had to take a Covid test over the weekend and figured I would share my experience. Since I do not have any vision, I'm not able to provide feedback from that perspective. First, the box that arrives contained
13) What Are the Top 6 Problem Spots for Blind Testers in Accessibility Testing?
Here is an article on barriers blind testers may face when checking for accessibility issues on the web:
14) Forza Horizon 5 Introduces Sign Language Support Throughout In-Game Scenes
A free, in-game update will include American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for in-game cinematics. The update includes actors from the deaf and hard of hearing community signing in parts of the story between driving, such as jumping into challenges, getting ready for a race, meeting other players, and racing across Mexico while planes fly overhead:
15) 15 Tips To Make Meetings More Accessible For Everyone
Here is an article on making your online presentations and meetings more accessible:
16) Intel Supports Hands-Free UCL MotionInput Software Which Promises More 'Equitable Computing' For All
Developed in collaboration with Microsoft and IBM, UCL Motion Input software was built by students at the University College London's (UCL) Computer Science department. When paired with a webcam, the software enables people to control their PC in a hands-free way:
17) NVDA 2022.2 Released
NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2022.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, is now available for download. We encourage all users to upgrade to this version. Java and braille are among some of the improvements:
18) Training Courses for Accessibility Professionals from Accessibility Unraveled
Accessibility Unraveled is offering training courses which may be of value to accessibility professionals. Learn more about them as well as the courses they offer here:
19) Fast Highlighting Using Two Keyboard Shortcuts In Word
There are two keyboard shortcuts to highlight text in Word, for some reason Microsoft has hidden the main one and the alternative has an annoying inconsistency:
20) NV Access In Process for July 15th 2022
21) White Cane Freedom March Song on the NFB Website | MP3
22) Did You Know? Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Win+L Opens LinkedIn on Windows
When you press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Win+L in Windows, your default browser opens and loads the LinkedIn social networking website. But why? We'll get to the bottom of this mystery:
23) Free Tutorial For Using Pro Tools With VoiceOver on The Mac Now Available
The author of this tutorial will be a guest on episode 188 of the Mosen at Large podcast, which is scheduled to be released the weekend of July 16th 2022. You can download the tutorial from the following link:
24) How To Make The Most Of Your Windows PC's Accessibility Features
Windows 11 is the most inclusive version of recent Windows operating systems. It's much easier to find and operate the accessibility features in this version than in its predecessor, Windows 10:
25) Discussion Group For Those Who Wish to Ask Questions or Provide Help to Other Users of the Hable One Keyboard
26) Samsung Reveals New Accessibility Update For The Galaxy Watch
Samsung announced that its forthcoming One UI Watch 4.5 update will add new accessibility features to its Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic smartwatches. The settings will essentially allow users to adjust audio and visual settings, including colour adjustments and rebalancing stereo audio:
27) The Volunteer-Run Bots That Make Twitter More Accessible
In a recent viral photo from the popular Twitter account Bodega Cats, a black cat is peering into the camera from its perch behind a shelf at a corner store. Surrounded by hanging packages of Sour Patch Kids, Haribo gummy bears, and other brightly-colored treats, the cat is invisible except for its two watchful green eyes, narrowed slightly and glaring from the shadows. There's no text in the post, but the joke is obvious: choose your snack wisely. The picture has been liked and retweeted thousands of times. But for people using screen readers, as many blind or low vision users do, the content is imperceptible. The person running the account hasn't added alternative text — or alt text — to the photo:
28) How To Make The Most Of Android's Accessibility Features
Accessibility features aren't exactly the most well-known pieces of the modern smartphone puzzle. And yet, they might be the pieces with the greatest potential to make a meaningful impact on someone's life. Here's a tour of Android's most significant accessibility features and what they can do for you:
29) How to Take Advantage of Windows 11's Improved Accessibility Tools
Windows 11 contains various accessibility improvements compared to Windows 10, but the most noticeable is the name change. The feature set known as "Ease of Access" in Windows 10 was transformed into Accessibility in the the latest Windows version. Microsoft even changed the icon into a human-shaped one, which is the recognized Accessibility icon in most parts of the world:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) As of July 16th 2022 The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Mandates the Ability to Text the Suicide Line 988
2) 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
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has 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:
3) Joshua Miele — Building Technology & Public Awareness For Better Accessibility
Here is an excellent interview with Dr. Joshua A. Miele. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for his accessibility technology that assists blind and low-sighted people to navigate the physical and digital world. Dr. Miele currently is Amazon's principal accessibility researcher:
4) For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws
Companies say their A.I.-powered tools are the best way to fix accessibility problems online, but many blind people find they make websites harder to use:
5) Misuse of Twitter's Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates
Twitter is testing pop-ups that remind users to add appropriate image descriptions as misuse of the alt text feature prevails:
6) Blind Folks Live Full Lives Too
Blindness is one of the most, if not the most, misunderstood type of disability. The general masses have their own pre-conceived notions about the blind people that they firmly believe to be true without even getting in touch with a blind person:
7) My Ideas For Improving Alt Text Features On Social Media | Veroniiiica
I was quoted in the Wall Street Journal talking about how I would improve existing alt text features on Twitter and other social media. While the actual quote is only a sentence long, I have many other thoughts on improving alt text features on social media, and today I will be sharing my extended thoughts on how alt text features can evolve to further benefit Blind and low vision users on social media:
8) Baylor Chemist Leads $1.3 Million Research Project to Make Chemistry Labs and Concepts Accessible to Blind and Low Vision Students
National Institutes of Health funds a first-of-its-kind effort, led by chemistry/biochemistry professor Bryan Shaw, to provide tools eliminating barriers that exclude students with blindness from pursuing chemistry education and experiences:
9) Golf Odyssey: Playing Four Holes With Blind Golfer William Pease
William "Bill" Pease walked into the tee box and pushed his white peg into the ground, centering his ball almost perfectly between the stone tees. He stood up and stepped back:
10) The Hidden History Of Screen Readers
For decades, blind programmers have been creating the tools their community needs:
11) Twitter To Soon Alert Users To Add Alt Texts To Images, Custom-Built TL Also In The Works
In case you upload an image and forget to add alternative text or alt text to it, Twitter is going to alert you soon so as you add it:
12) Making Astronomy Accessible For Blind And Visually Impaired Astronomers
Today's paper discusses an interview with four people (Dr. Nicolas Bonne, Dr. Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, Dr. Garry Foran, and Dr. Enrique Perez Montero) who are involved with increasing accessibility for people who are blind and visually impaired (BVI) in astronomy. Three of the people interviewed are astronomers or astrophysicists who are blind or visually impaired:
13) Envision's Dallas Location Begins Capital Campaign With $6M Donation
The gift is the largest in Envision's history, according to the company that specializes in training and putting to work those who are blind or visually impaired:
14) Uber Commits to Changes and Pays Millions to Resolve Justice Department Lawsuit for Overcharging People with Disabilities
On July 18th 2022 the Department of Justice filed in court a multi-million-dollar settlement agreement with Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) to resolve a lawsuit alleging that Uber violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, Uber will offer several million dollars in compensation to more than 65,000 Uber users who were charged discriminatory fees due to disability:
15) Mohawk College's Reasons for Cancelling Its Much-Needed Accessible Media Production Program Don't Stand Up Under Scrutiny
On June 10, 2022, the AODA Alliance raised serious objections when it learned that Mohawk College, an Ontario Government-funded community college, cancelled its well-regarded Accessible Media Production (AMP) program. That graduate certificate program educates its students on how to create accessible documents, web sites, videos and like media. Ontario needs this one-of-a-kind program, given how far we are lagging in achieving digital accessibility:
16) For the Disabled, Consumer Electronics Aren't There Yet
It's a new world for the differently abled thanks to software patches, but hardware needs to be designed from the beginning with accessibility in mind:
17) Phoenix Sky Harbor Launches Free App To Help Blind, Visually Impaired Travelers
Travelers who are blind or visually impaired and are flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor have a new app to help make their day a little easier:
18) Camp Abilities In Brockport Helping Visually Impaired Enjoy Sports
The adaptive sports camp opened on the SUNY Brockport campus in 1996. After two years of virtual camp because of the pandemic — this is the 25th year of in-person activities:
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) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 83: Managing Accessibility Settings
July 9th 2022 | This podcast can be found at:
2) Mosen at Large Episode 188: ACB Says No To braille With A Capital B, And An Extended Interview With Slau Halatyn
3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 84: What's New in the Final Beta of Android 13
July 16th 2022 | In this podcast, we talk about: (1) The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) mandates the ability to text the suicide line - 988, starting on July 16, 2022. (2) The "Nothing" Phone finally becomes available, although it isn't available in North America. We talk about what's new in the final Beta of Android 13. And start TalkBack Highlights 4 Finger Gesture. This podcast can be found at:
4) Eyes on Success Episode 2229: Pet Peeves from Listeners
July 20th 2022 | Episode #2223 of Eyes On Success featured a variety of pet peeves of a blind person navigating in a world primarily designed for and consisting of sighted people. The show elicited lots of responses from listeners who resonated with what they heard. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share some of the feedback they received:
5) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 870: The LyrIQ Assistive Reader, The Patriot Pro And The Patriot Viewpoint: Combining The Most State-Of-The-Art Technology With Usability For All Sorts Of Tasks
July 20th 2022 | The Team from Magnifying America which makes the Patriot brand of AT products joined Simon Bonenfant outside the Exhibit Hall at the NFB2022 Convention. John Palmer, President and Founder of Patriot Vision Industries, along with his team give us an overview of the new OCR Scanner, the LyriQ Assistive Reader. This is a camera operated flat folding device that is portable, fast and accurate. Within seconds the LyriQ is reading without fuss about aiming the camera as the design of the LyriQ makes for ease of use and the simple operation is all by design. Listen to the demonstration and audio description of the LyriQ and decide for yourself. The Patriot Pro is overviewed and has the Patriot software baked into an iPad Pro, combining great accessibility and the Patriot software for an incredible experience for low vision users. The Patriot ViewPoint is low vision device that allows one to watch TV, read and write and much more. This wearable device allows for handsfree viewing:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) 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:
2) 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 email@example.com ✉.
3) iBUG Apple Workshop
July 23rd 2022 | 2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT | You are invited to the upcoming iBUG Apple Workshop which explores all things from the Apple-verse. Join us for this free training session for the latest news/rumors, app demos, and learn more about the accessibility features of Apple products. | Meeting ID: 742 848 6329 | Password: 369978 | One tap mobile from a smartphone: +1 346 248 7799,,7428486329# US | Dial from a landline: +1 346 248 7799 US | Join the Zoom meeting:
4) 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:
5) SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar: Excel at Excel - Creating, Editing, and Reviewing Excel Spreadsheets
July 26th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Watch the recordings at your leisure or participate live every Tuesday at:
6) 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:
7) 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:
8) 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:
9) 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.
10) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ✉.
11) Supporting the Next Billion Users: Personalization & the Web
August 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Matthew Atkinson, Senior Accessibility Engineer at TPGi, and co-chair of the W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) working group. Content must be understandable to be accessible. The W3C is working on standards that will help you empower people who may struggle to understand your content and interfaces. In the future, the web will adapt to users' needs. Learn how to use (with technical examples) and shape these exciting emerging developments. Register today:
12) 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:
13) 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:
14) Blindness & Diabetes Webinar: Dexcom vs Freestyle Libre | Accessible Pharmacy Services For The Blind
September 23rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Blindness and Diabetes Webinar: Dexcom vs Freestyle Libre. Please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind and University of Pennsylvania's Diabetes Education Center as we compare Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices available to our blind, deafblind, and low vision patients living with diabetes. We will be discussing differences between Dexcom and Freestyle Libre as well as their accessibility features. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. If you are unable to attend, please register to receive the webinar audio and video via email:
15) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
16) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
17) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
December 10th 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:
1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory
2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory
3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory
4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory
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APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐
Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839 ☎
Phone: (512) 895-2405 ☎
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YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥
Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱
About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: 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 ☎ / email@example.com ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / firstname.lastname@example.org ✉.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐
About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
Phone: (269) 216-4798 ☎
Email: email@example.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.
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
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:
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!
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐
Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate
About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.
We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.
Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.
Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.
Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.
Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.
➜ 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:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
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.
➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel
Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
Email: email@example.com ✉
About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com
Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021
Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐
Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877 ☎
Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday
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:
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐
Phone: (617) 969-6200 ☎Fax: (617) 969-6204 ░
Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒
Donate: https://carroll.org/donate ❤
About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐
Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.
Sales: (866) 202-0520 ☎
Support: (650) 249-1000 ☎
About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.
➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (800) 444-4443 ☎
About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.
➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?
APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021
Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐
Email: email@example.com ✉
APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.
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