Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, August 11, 2022 - Volume 871
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
B.) For Readers With Qualifying Print Disabilities: Downloading Books From The Internet Archive | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List (5.4% of all clicks.)
C.) Winamp 5.9 RC1 Has Been Released (5.1% of all clicks.)
D.) The Tongue: How One Of The Body's Most Sensitive Organs Is Helping Blind People 'See' (4.3% of all clicks.)
E.) Everything New With Siri and Dictation in iOS 16 (3.9% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes That Real Blind Tech Show
Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to That Real Blind Tech Show, who has so very graciously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next three months. That Real Blind Tech Show is a podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology, That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, they're going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged not to use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to the show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while they are responsible for the laughs, they are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it real, and don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show:
3) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for August 11th 2022
Updates this week include: Top Tech Tidbits Mailing List Scam Going Around. Important Information You Should Know | Full House. No More Sponsorship Packages Available. Important Note For All Current And Future Sponsors:
4) Top Tech Tidbits Editor Alex Marositz And The San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team Interviewed By NBC on The Today Show
5) Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll #871 | Sponsored By Dolphin Computer Access
Question: As someone who uses a screen reader or screen magnifier (or both) at work, what was the main driver to determine which assistive technology product(s) you use in the workplace?
B.) My organization's IT / Technical Team researched magnification and/or screen readers that would best fit within the organization's technical infrastructure and network.
Poll Link: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll871
6) JAWS Power Tip: JAWS Settings for Specific Web Pages
7) Dolphin SuperNova With Microsoft Office Power Tip: Reviewing The Header Information in a Received Outlook Message
8) Table Top Role Play Gaming Community
Have you ever been interested in Table Top Role Play Gaming, such as Dungeons and Dragons, but hesitant to give it a shot or didn't know how? Knights of the Braille is a community of blind, visually impaired, and sighted individuals who welcome everyone. We meet on Discord and the developers are aware of screen reader users, but check us out for yourself:
9) Online Workshop: Learn About Leasey: Introduction to Leasey and Using Leasey Select to Easily Select, Copy and Cut Text | August 19th 2022 | David Goldfield
If you are a user of either JAWS or Fusion I would suggest that Leasey from Hartgen Consultancy is a program that you might want to consider using. It adds over sixty additional features and functions to JAWS. Users who are very new to using a computer or who may have cognitive challenges are sure to appreciate Leasey Basic which includes a consistent menu interface for accessing commonly used programs and tasks. Leasey Basic also includes friendly context- sensitive help. When using Leasey Basic the menus along with the context-sensitive help are spoken in a pleasant, human voice. Learn more at:
10) BlindShell News: Alexa, Aira, Google Lookout and WhatsApp Now Available on the BlindShell Classic 2
Our team of developers continue to work around the clock to expand the BlindShell App Library (apps) with the new and exciting applications with one goal in mind. Provide greater independence for individuals living with sight loss conditions:
11) Blind Android Users Podcast Now Available on Rumble in Addition to YouTube
12) Microsoft Edge Dev Improves Accessibility With Narrator Improvements
Edge Dev Insiders have a new build to pick up that improves the browser's accessibility:
13) 5 Empowering Microsoft Narrator Alternatives for Visually Impaired Windows Users
If Narrator isn't making the cut for you, try an alternative accessibility tool for Windows instead:
14) Survey: Do You Find It Helpful When People Describe Themselves During Meetings Or At Conferences?
Karen McCall has put together a short survey on whether someone should describe themselves in online meetings. Some of the arguments against this practice are that it takes up too much time, many people who are blind don't feel comfortable trying to describe themselves, and there is the issue of body confidence and body shaming among other posts and discussions. She says, "I've created a two-question anonymous survey to get feedback on whether the practice is helpful and collect any comments (good or bad) about the practice. I will be publishing the results so make sure there is no identifying information in your responses:"
15) The Latest Video Game Controller Isn't Plastic. It's Your Face.
Enabled Play is a device that promises to learn to work with a user's facial expression, speech commands, and other motions in interact with videogame systems. It has many other possible applications too:
16) Oxford University Press (OUP) Digitizes Thousands Of Titles To Improve Accessibility Of Research
The publisher said it has migrated more than 42,000 books and 500,000 chapters to its Oxford Academic digital platform, which already hosts 500 journals and three million journal articles:
17) New Series of LeaseyBites Has Started | Hartgen Consultancy
The new series of LeaseyBites has started. Episodes are available here:
18) TeamViewer Quick Support: A Workaround For The TeamViewer Screen Reader Accessibility Challenges | David Goldfield
Many of us who use AIRA are familiar with the TeamViewer application. This gives AIRA agents the ability to remotely access and, if needed, control our computers. This is extremely convenient when we encounter accessibility challenges which require a bit of assistance from a trusted sighted agent. When opening TeamViewer we need to navigate to the fields which contain the TeamViewer partner ID and password to provide to the agent. In the past these edit fields were easily readable with screen readers. Lately, however, these edit fields became inaccessible. There are some workarounds to get around this, such as using the screen reader's speech history feature to review what was spoken, but this method isn't as convenient. The speech history feature is built into JAWS and can be used by installing an optional NVDA add-on:
19) WordPress Accessibility Day | November 2nd 2022 | 24-Hour Online Event | Seeking Speakers
WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide. Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day: We will provide an accessible speaking experience — the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed. You don't have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed. You don't have to be an "expert" or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don't think you've reached the end of that journey yet. Your topic doesn't have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome. If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we'd love to hear it:
20) New Slack Updates To Make Your Digital HQ More Accessible And Equitable
Introducing new ways for users with disabilities to get the most out of Slack:
21) Working With Citations and Bibliographies in Microsoft Word Using NVDA | YouTube | Thee Quinn
In this video I show you how to insert and update citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word with NVDA:
22) 63 Best Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts
Improve your workflow by using keyboard shortcuts for everything. You can even create custom shortcuts that work best for you. Shortcuts work on every app and system, from your Word document to the Windows interface. Many of them also stay the same no matter what program you're using. This article focuses on learning the best keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs:
23) Here's Your Summer Reading List of Free eBooks
For centuries, libraries have offered access to the printed wisdom (and folly) of humanity, but only to "authorized personnel" in the beginning. Most people had to travel and pay for books, and that was hard on budgets. But now the Internet makes available more good books, old and new, than one person can read in a lifetime. Ready to curl up in your favorite chair (or at the beach) with a good page turner? Here are some places where you can find quality reads free of charge:
24) How to Enable Reader Mode in Google Chrome and Firefox
Chrome and Firefox both come with a reader mode to help declutter pages. Here's how to use the feature in both browsers:
25) Google Search Tools Students Often Overlook
The default action for students to take when given a research task is to turn to Google. Unfortunately, many students won't venture much beyond the first couple of pages of Google.com results pages before declaring, "I can't find anything about this." But as Dan Russell reminds us in The Joy of Search, good search often requires the use of multiple tools. To that end, Google offers search tools beyond just Google.com. Unfortunately, students won't use those tools unless they know that those tools exist and how to use them. Here are some of the Google search tools that students often overlook:
26) Participate In An Upcoming Google Research Study
The Fitbit team is inviting people with only one functional biological arm for a new study (US residents only). If you're interested, learn more and sign up at:
27) Accessibility Options For The Peloton Tread Including Using Talkback
Peloton offers information describing how to use Talkback on their Peloton Tread:
28) Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced vs. Nest Thermostat: Is Ecobee or Nest the Best?
Is Ecobee's model worth the extra bucks? Let's find out:
29) What Is Apple Arcade? Should You Subscribe? | Wired
Exclusive games and freedom from ads and in-app purchases make this subscription worth trying. We break down the cost, features, and highlights:
30) 21 Home Theater Maintenance Tips and Tricks
This slightly off-topic but incredibly thorough article comes to us from a Top Tech Tidbits reader. Whether it's the vibration from the speakers themselves or just general movement, the screws that hold together the drivers (woofer & tweeter) can actually loosen over time unbeknownst to most. This can cause distortion from the driver vibrating against the cabinet, which can typically be heard in the form of some kind of rattling or buzzing. Ultimately this results in a muddy and stifled sound. So to fix this, and ideally prevent this, there's 2 things you can do:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
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1) BlindShell Partners with Aira to Debut Aira App on Award-Winning BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone
BlindShell and Aira have announced the integration of the Aira app for live, on-demand visual interpreting with the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible cell phone, which combines a tactile keypad, voice control, and a high-volume speaker for flexibility and ease in operation, eliminating the barriers to communication found in traditional cell phones with touchscreen navigation. The Aira app connects those with vision loss to professionally trained visual interpreters, called Agents, who read documents, assist with navigation, access computers remotely, and provide any other visual information needed to accomplish a task:
2) Pottery Barn Launches Accessible Furniture Line
"The Accessible Home" collection includes bestselling pieces from Pottery Barn's regular lineup that have been tweaked to be more accessible. Chairs have been adapted to offer a lift function while tables, desks and other items have been adjusted to the appropriate height to roll up in a wheelchair. There are also grab bars, non-slip rugs, unbreakable plates and other tabletop products, adjustable beds, mirrors that pivot and more:
3) FTA Issues NOFO For Rail Station Accessibility Program
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $343 million available through the All-Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP), which is one of four new programs established under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was signed into law in November 2021:
4) Q&A: Jill Bateman Makes Online Accessibility A Priority At Ohio University
Here is an interview with Jill Bateman, digital accessibility coordinator, at Ohio University:
5) Google Glass Helps Kids With Autism Read Facial Expressions
Wearing a device that identifies other people's facial expressions can help children with autism develop better social skills, a Stanford pilot study has demonstrated:
6) Uber Receives ADA Complaint Over Drivers' Refusal to Transport Guide Dog
A blind Florida resident sued Uber Technologies Inc. for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations relating to its drivers' refusal to transport the plaintiff because of his guide dog. The Southern District of Florida complaint argues that the discrimination the plaintiff has experienced is the fault of the company for failing to train its drivers even after notification of the recurring problem:
7) Libraries Can Now Share Thoughts And Recommendations With Libby
Overdrive Libby has just gained new functionality for libraries to share thoughts, quotes, trivia and recommendations. Shelf Talkers provides a new space for each library to showcase their curatorial expertise and knowledge through personal notes to patrons within the Libby app. Shelf Talkers in Libby allow librarians to connect with readers by recommending titles, providing interesting facts about a title or author, showing curators' personalities and adding more library-specific flavor to their Libby collection:
8) Adaptive Sports, Support For Visually-Impaired Hoosiers | YouTube
A nonprofit called Bosma provides services for people in Indiana who are blind of visually impaired:
9) Our Story: U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
USABA was founded by Dr. Charles Buell in 1976 with the purpose of improving the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. That year, 27 young men and women were selected to represent the United States in the first Olympiad for the Disabled in Toronto, Canada. As a result of this Olympic involvement, a group of national leaders, educators and coaches of the visually impaired met to discuss the need for an organization to structure, promote and sponsor competitions for people who are blind and visually impaired throughout the United States:
10) South Western Railway Leads The Way In Sight Loss Trial
In an industry first, South Western Railway has embarked on a trial of new, cutting-edge technology which enables people with sight loss to navigate train stations with greater ease:
11) Texas A&M Team Translates Thousands Of Pages Of Math Into Braille
A Texas A&M University Disability Resources team is dedicated to ensuring courses are accessible to all Aggie students:
12) Riverside-Based Startup's 'Smart' Frames Eye Your Health
What started as eye pressure monitoring designed to track a patient's risk of glaucoma — the most common cause of irreversible blindness — expanded to an ocular health care platform called Blink, with a microscopic camera concealed in stylish eyeglass frames:
13) DOJ Announces Intent for Future Website Accessibility Regulations
In July 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its intent to establish new regulations providing technical standards for website accessibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
14) Kellogg's Trials Code For The Visually Impaired
The new code was developed by NaviLens from Spain, where the technology is already in use on public transport, for example. Kellogg's is the first food manufacturer to be using it. "There is a lot of information to be included on packaging. Often even in several languages. This means that everything is written in a small font, which does not make it easy to read. For visually impaired people, it is often even impossible", general manager Luc Houben of Kellogg's Benelux says in Belgian newspaper De Morgen:
15) Detroit Students Design Accessible Products, From Menstrual Cycle Apps To Better Walkers
From electronics to cookware, many of the products used in everyday life are developed for able-bodied individuals. But what about people who don't have the use of one of their five senses? Students at Detroit's College for Creative Studies (CCS) are coming up with innovative solutions, through design:
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1) Surveys: From APH
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) Survey: Do You Find It Helpful When People Describe Themselves During Meetings Or At Conferences?
Closes: August 19th 2022 Karen McCall has put together a short survey on whether someone should describe themselves in online meetings. Some of the arguments against this practice are that it takes up too much time, many people who are blind don't feel comfortable trying to describe themselves, and there is the issue of body confidence and body shaming among other posts and discussions. She says, "I've created a two-question anonymous survey to get feedback on whether the practice is helpful and collect any comments (good or bad) about the practice. I will be publishing the results so make sure there is no identifying information in your responses:"
3) Survey: Recruiting Participants For An In-Person Study About Augmenting Landmark Navigation Using Augmented Reality For Individuals With Low Vision
Closes: August 31st 2022 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting participants for an in-person study on the campus. The purpose of this study is to design a landmark-based navigation system using augmented reality (AR) for people with low vision to help them navigate effectively indoor and outdoor. The only requirements for this study are to be 18 years or older, have low vision, and be able to travel to the UW-Madison campus. The study will take roughly two hours to complete with compensation of 20$/hr and reimbursing up to 30$ of travel expenses. Some tasks you will encounter if you participate in the study are navigating several indoor routes around campus, completing a brainstorming session using a Hololens 2 device, and a short interview about your visual condition and AR Experience. If you have any questions, contact information for the research is present on the survey form.
4) Survey: Participate In An Upcoming Google Research Study
Closes: August 31st 2022 The Fitbit team is inviting people with only one functional biological arm for a new study (US residents only). If you're interested, learn more and sign up at:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
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1) The Impact of Vision Loss on Marriage, Revisited | Hadley Presents | A Conversation With The Experts
August 5th 2022 | Karen and Dan Leonetti share how vision loss has changed their relationship and the advice they have for other couples:
2) Mosen at Large Episode 191: National Federation of the Blind President, Mark Riccobono
3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 87: Privacy, Permissions - Account Activity, Personal Data, Part Two
August 6th 2022 | In this episode we first announce the list of donations received. In our Android Basic section we continue focusing on Privacy Settings and Permission Manager. In our spotlight section we interview the developer of multilingual TTS and unbox the Pixel 6a. In our TalkBack Highlights we focus on the 4th part of the 4 finger gesture:
4) That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 95: Door Detection Is Damn Sexy
August 8th 2022 | On this episode Brian, Allison, Jeanine, and David Goldstein discuss iOS 16 beta, door detection, Amazon acquiring Roomba, HBO Max and Discovery Plus merging and what it means for accessibility, and a very special What's Pissing Off Brian Now as he has heard back from the Justice Department after being refused service at a business with his guide dog, and of course it is more of Watcha Streaming, Watcha Reading:
5) Eyes on Success Episode 2232: Blind Stand-Up Comedian
August 10th 2022 | During the day, Todd Blenkhorn is an I.T. specialist who works at the Canadian National Institute of the Blind. After work, however, Todd performs in local comedy clubs in Toronto. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Todd about getting into comedy and how he integrates some of his experiences as a blind person into his acts:
6) Blind Abilities Episode 877: iPhone101: A Deeper Dive — Screen Recording on the iPhone and Other iDevices — It's Not Just For Videos
August 10th 2022 | Blind Abilities expands its iPhone101 Series with a follow up episode on a topic which they previously touched upon, but this time they do a "deeper dive". In November of 2021, Pete Lane described the iOS Control Center, and in that review, touched on the iOS screen recording feature. This time, Pete has circled back to cover this feature, but in far greater detail. In this episode: Pete takes a thorough approach toward discussing the entire process of iOS screen recording, beginning with an explanation of what screen recording is, and why we might want to use the iOS screen recording feature. Takes us through the details of where and how to select the screen recording element from our iOS Settings app and add it to the Control Center on our iOS device. Discusses how sensitive our built-in iOS microphones are, and actually demonstrates this by using the built-in mic in an interesting segment of this demonstration, pointing out specific factors which might improve or damage the clarity and quality of your screen recording. These include such issues as your microphone technique, external and ambient sounds and your room conditions:
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
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1) What are the Benefits to a Campus, Building, or System-wide License? | Vispero
August 11th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT,11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | In this webinar we will discuss these licensing benefits and host a special guest that will share their reasons for choosing a campus-wide license of Fusion. We will describe the different types of licenses that are offered and the benefits to each of those licenses. We will also briefly cover the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. You won't want to miss this presentation! Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will learn the difference between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. 2. Attendees will discover the benefits of having a multi-user license for their school or campus. 3. Participants will learn about different types of licenses and the benefits to each. Presenters: Michael Wood, Michelle Williams, Douglas Gerry, and Jason Buzzell. Enter to Win $500 Towards a Vispero Product! We'll be choosing one lucky winner to receive $500 towards the product of their choice from Freedom Scientific, Optelec, or Enhanced Vision! This offer is open to U.S. attendees only. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
2) AT Update 2022 | Job Accommodation Network
August 11th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12AM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Are you wondering about what's new in the world of assistive technology (AT)? Are you curious about equipment and technology-related accommodation trends? Do you simply have a love of gadgets? Attend this training for an introduction to new and improved products and a discussion of how to apply them as workplace accommodations. JAN Consultants will discuss new accommodation approaches to a variety of accommodation challenges. Presenters: Teresa Goddard , Lead Consultant — Assistive Technology Services. Matthew McCord , Senior Consultant — Motor Team. Christy McCune , Consultant — Sensory Team:
3) Preparing Access Services for Deaf College Students: Tips and Resources | National Deaf Center
August 11th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Are you a disability services professional coordinating access for deaf students at your college or university? The National Deaf Center has a wide variety of tools and strategies to help create an accessible campus environment for deaf students. This presentation is designed to walk through the initial meeting with deaf students and how to engage in the interactive process that will inform effective accommodations. Presenters will also touch on common accommodations used by deaf students as well as our top tips to prepare for the beginning of the semester. NDC's Help Team specialists will also answer commonly asked questions from participants on implementing accommodations and campus-wide policies and procedures to support effective communication access. Participants will leave with NDC resources designed to support working with a variety of deaf students and communication needs. Interpreters and captioning will be provided for this event. Should you need any additional accommodations please email email@example.com ✉ at least three (3) business days prior to event date. Can't make it but have questions about working with interpreters, captionists, assistive listening systems and other accommodations commonly used by deaf students? Contact our Help Team today at firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ for support. For more information about this webinar or to register:
4) 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:
5) Every Word Counts: Voice And Message Banking For People With ALS | ALS Association
August 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Webinar for the ALS community to learn about Voice and Message Banking:
6) SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar: Making and Editing PowerPoints-Using Connect and View for Presentations
August 16th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Watch the recordings at your leisure or participate live every Tuesday at:
7) Create Inclusive Customer Experiences: The Basics of Kiosk Accessibility
August 17th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Laura Boniello Miller and Traci Murray, Kiosk Accessibility Experts. Creating inclusive and usable experiences does not only apply to your company website or application but also includes digital interfaces one may encounter at a restaurant, healthcare facility, airport, or movie theater, to name a few. More organizations are adopting self-service kiosk technologies to improve their customers' experience in areas such as self-check-in kiosks, self-service lockers, and escape rooms. However, as recent lawsuits suggest, many of these "out of the box" kiosks are not inclusive or usable by people with disabilities. This webinar is focused on helping teams think about creating more accessible and inclusive customer experiences from website to in-person self-serve kiosk engagements. Join Laura Boniello Miller & Traci Murray for this introduction to kiosk accessibility as they discuss the basics of what kiosk deployers should consider before launching their kiosks into the field:
8) Video Game Accessibility | Pacer Center | Champions For Children with Disabilities
August 17th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Video games provide an opportunity for social inclusion with an individual's peers, but it can be hard when a lack of accessibility creates barriers. This workshop will showcase a variety of ways video games can be made accessible. Features covered will include Closed Captions and different adaptive devices:
9) RUBY Handheld Magnifiers: A Vision Solution for Every Situation (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
August 17th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Did you know there are five RUBY models to help with your low-vision needs? RUBY handheld video magnifiers provide the help that many people with low vision need to read text and see details. All RUBY models have a crisp, sharp image, high-contrast modes, and built-in LEDs. The streamlined design means RUBY can go with you anywhere, giving you easy access to photos, letters, prescriptions, packaging labels, and menus, even in a dark restaurant. With its broad range of adjustable, undistorted magnification, a RUBY video magnifier outperforms a drawerful of traditional magnifiers. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of all the RUBY models and the assistance each can give in specific situations. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all RUBY models. How to determine which size is right for you. How adding speech capability can take you further. Meeting ID: 886 6576 5413. Passcode: 174052. One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88665765413#,,,,*174052# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
10) Back to School with Freedom Scientific, Access Digital Textbooks with JAWS
August 18th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to navigate and read textbooks? Join us on Thursday, August 18 at noon Eastern time for a live webinar, "Back to School with Freedom Scientific, Access Digital Textbooks with JAWS." Objectives: In this session, you'll learn how to: Open DAISY books using FSReader. Search for and download books on Bookshare. Open Kindle books and use advanced features. Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Help Us Spread the Word: Please feel free to share this invitation with someone you think might benefit from attending. Register:
11) Online Workshop: Learn About Leasey: Introduction to Leasey and Using Leasey Select to Easily Select, Copy and Cut Text | David Goldfield
August 19th 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 8/20 | If you are a user of either JAWS or Fusion I would suggest that Leasey from Hartgen Consultancy is a program that you might want to consider using. It adds over sixty additional features and functions to JAWS. Users who are very new to using a computer or who may have cognitive challenges are sure to appreciate Leasey Basic which includes a consistent menu interface for accessing commonly used programs and tasks. Leasey Basic also includes friendly context- sensitive help. When using Leasey Basic the menus along with the context-sensitive help are spoken in a pleasant, human voice. Learn more and join the meeting at:
12) Using Focus Braille Displays on VoiceOver with iPhone & iPad (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
August 24th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | While it is possible to use VoiceOver on an iPhone and iPad with finger gestures and an external keyboard, are you aware that it is also possible to connect a braille display via Bluetooth and operate your iPhone and iPad? In addition, while VoiceOver has general braille commands while working with most braille displays, there are further keyboard key assignments with the Focus braille displays allowing you to navigate even more conveniently and efficiently. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity along with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore how to use a Focus braille display to increase your efficiency while using VoiceOver with your iPhone and iPad. 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: Explore how to pair the Focus braille displays via Bluetooth. Understand how to auto-connect and auto-disconnect once paired. Discuss the braille options and how to work with them. Discover braille and Focus-specific commands. | Meeting ID: 814 9421 7204 | Passcode: 239395 | One tap mobile: +16694449171,,81494217204#,,,,*239395# US | Dial by your location: +1 669 444 9171 US | Join Zoom Meeting:
13) Essay Writer: a Visual Writing Tool | Call Scotland
August 31st 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Essay Writer is a visual writing tool for students, which is designed to support the development of organising, writing, and referencing skills. Combining a visual mind map and linear text provokes meaningful learning. The software can help overcome barriers such as weak working memory, slow processing speeds and overwhelming feelings. In this webinar, Helen-Louise Rowe will demonstrate how the application of assistive technology can not only make learning and writing easier but also develop your own skills. Essay Writer utilises writing tools such as, phrase banks, paragraph highlighting and automatic referencing; as well as offering easy ways to completely restructure essays without the worry of losing track and so much more:
14) ZoomText, JAWS, & Fusion: Products and Licenses | Access Ingenuity
August 31st 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | ZoomText Magnifier with and without speech, JAWS screen reader, and Fusion. What are they, and what are the differences? What are the distinctions among the different license options? In addition, what is a Software Maintenance Agreement? These are Frequently Asked Questions about ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to learn about these products and license options. Learning Outcomes: Explain the difference between ZoomText Magnifier with and without speech, JAWS screen reader, and Fusion. Discuss the advantages of each program and the individuals who would benefit from them. Explore the different license options and understand what a Software Maintenance Agreement is. Meeting ID: 858 5495 8739 | Passcode: 930963 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85854958739#,,,,*930963# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
15) 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:
16) 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:
17) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
18) WordPress Accessibility Day
November 2nd 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide. Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day: We will provide an accessible speaking experience — the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed. You don't have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed. You don't have to be an "expert" or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don't think you've reached the end of that journey yet. Your topic doesn't have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome. If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we'd love to hear it!
19) 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:
20) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala
November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
21) 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:
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