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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 1, 2022 - Volume 874

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

A.) Hidden iPhone Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier (15.7% of all clicks.)
While this article is not accessibility-specific, these tips, swipes, and settings are guaranteed to make using your phone both faster and simpler:
https://www.wired.com/story/hidden-iphone-tips-tricks/

B.) Shift + Enter Is a Secret Shortcut Everyone Should Know (8.7% of all clicks.)
The Enter key can mean several things based on context. It can produce a line feed and carriage return, or it can submit a form or text field. With Shift + Enter, you can often toggle between those two modes with ease. Here's why — and how to use it:
https://www.howtogeek.com/825393/shift-enter-is-a-secret-shortcut-everyone-should-know/

C.) HumanWare Introduces New Digital Orientation And Mobility Assistant, The StellarTrek (5.8% of all clicks.)
In addition to the link below look for two different webinars (listed in our "Featured Webinars and Training Courses" section) on September 1st discussing the launch:
https://store.humanware.com/hus/stellartrek.html

D.) The Best eBook Subscription Services for Every Kind of Reader (4.6% of all clicks.)
You can read countless eBooks, listen to audiobooks, or browse comics with one of these WIRED-tested digital reading subscriptions:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-ebook-subscription-services/

E.) Sorted. What Is Apple TV? Is Apple TV A Smart TV? What's The Difference Between A Smart TV And A Set Top Box? How Do I Tell The Difference? | Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher, Top Tech Tidbits (4.5% of all clicks.)
Here at Tidbits we monitor many different BVI listservs and the following questions were recently asked and answered in a somewhat fragmented fashion, so we thought that it might help to sort these questions out here, in complete detail, once and for all. And I believe the very best way to do that is to simply answer the questions that were asked in the most straightforward manner possible. One by one. So here goes:
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4) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Working With Side-by-Side Applications in a Multiple Monitor Setup With SuperNova

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/115.html

5) Reader Review: The Egg Pod

Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/114.html

6) How Microsoft Soundscape Enables Anyone To Hear The World Around Them | YouTube | Microsoft

The Microsoft Soundscape app enables anyone to hear the physical world around them. It's a powerful tool that reimagines how technology can enhance independence and mobility, and was built with the help of Guide Dogs UK and San Francisco Lighthouse for the blind, organizations that empower the blind and people with low vision with technology, training and more. Throughout National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Microsoft shared examples of how advances in technology can make a difference in the lives of the more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world, and in this video, Amos Miller shows CEO Satya Nadella how he uses the app to navigate the Microsoft campus in Redmond:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmbQGCZmgsU

7) What Is WordPress And Should You Use It?

While this article is not specific to accessibility, I, Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits, and web developer for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd., can attest to the general accessibility of the WordPress suite for blind, visually impaired, deaf, deafblind and disabled website developers. Here at Mind Vault we host WordPress websites for several BVI clients that in turn administrate these sites themselves through WordPress. It is an incredibly flexible and accessible platform for web development and this article outlines many of the reasons that I recommend it to clients so often:
https://www.androidauthority.com/what-is-wordpress-3199470/

8) Apple Fixed a Serious iOS Security Flaw — Have You Updated Yet?

Plus: Chrome patches another zero-day flaw, Microsoft closes up 100 vulnerabilities, Android gets a significant patch, and more:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-fixed-a-serious-ios-security-flaw-have-you-updated-yet/

9) Making Events Accessible

The W3C's Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has updated the article, "Checklist for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid". Find it at:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/teach-advocate/accessible-presentations/

10) Lost in Transcription: Auto-Captions Often Fall Short on Zoom, Facebook, Google Meet, and YouTube

And here is a study on how well, or not, automatic subtitles work in many popular online meeting platforms:
https://www.consumerreports.org/disability-rights/auto-captions-often-fall-short-on-zoom-facebook-and-others-a9742392879/

11) Should I Use a Button or a Link?

This article from Ashlee M Boyer describes the difference between a button and a link on a webpage and when to use each from an accessibility perspective:
https://ashleemboyer.com/blog/should-i-use-a-button-or-a-link

12) Small Steps: Celebrating Four Accessibility Wins

Deborah Edwards-Oñoro highlights 4 well-known entities that have recently started including alternative text in their social media posts based on some advocacy. Do you have any accessibility success stories. If so, please feel free to share in the contact form or @samarositz on Twitter:
https://www.lireo.com/small-steps-celebrating-four-accessibility-wins/

13) The Last of Us Part 1 Accessibility Review — Can I Play That?

Can I Play That's Ben Bayliss has a mostly positive review of The Last of Us Part 1's accessibility features:
https://caniplaythat.com/2022/08/31/the-last-of-us-part-1-accessibility-review-can-i-play-that/

14) Mac Accessibility Resources

Here is a nice collection of Mac utilities and applications for accessibility curated by Aaron Hewitt:
https://aaron-gh.github.io/Mac-Accessibility-Hub/contact.html

15) CTRL + F6 Mystery Revealed in Excel

The Ctrl+F6 shortcut in Excel doesn't behave the same way as Word or PowerPoint. It changed a few years ago to behave differently from what most Office users expect. Ctrl + F6 will switch (cycle through) the open windows in Word or PowerPoint. It's a quick way to move between different documents/slides. Since Windows doesn't have a global shortcut to cycle through open windows of an app, it's a useful shortcut to remember:
https://office-watch.com/2022/ctrl-f6-mystery-revealed-in-excel/

16) An Introduction and Overview of Pages for macOS (The 2022 Edition)

To help start off a new school year, Tyler gives us a podcast demonstration covering some of the aspects of Pages for macOS using VoiceOver:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/introduction-overview-pages-macos-2022-edition

17) SuperNova 21.03 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that a free update is now available for all SuperNova and Dolphin screen reader customers running version 21:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=522

18) How To Make A Non-Contiguous Selection in Microsoft Word And File Explorer Using NVDA | YouTube | User Thee Quinn

Watch this video to find out how to make a non-contiguous selection in Microsoft Word and in File explorer with NVDA. This video was frequently suggested in my comments. The Clip Contents Designer add on is also featured in this video to make non-contiguous selection of text. Check out my website for the transcript for the video (website link is in the video description). Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRPRmUw0cqQ&t=3s

19) How to Use the Emergency SOS Feature on Your Smartphone

Let's hope you never need it — but it's important to know how it works on your phone:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-emergency-sos-smartphone/

20) Cache the World Opt-In Preview From Mozilla Firefox

Firefox's accessibility engine dates back many, many years, having received a hurried but less than ideal update with Firefox's move to a multi-process architecture about 5 years ago. The current Firefox multi-process accessibility architecture suffers from considerable, sometimes catastrophic performance issues and is more costly and difficult to maintain than they would like. These deficiencies prompted the team to design and build a newer, faster and more maintainable accessibility engine and the team has dubbed that project "Cache the World". It's called that because the new engine automatically sends information from web content processes to a cache in the browser's main process for consumption by assistive technologies:
https://blog.mozilla.org/accessibility/cache-the-world-opt-in-preview/

21) Six Months With Android: A Journey From A Blind Perspective

During the last six months, I've used Android exclusively as my primary device. I made calls with it, texted with it, read emails with it, browsed the web, Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook with it, and played games on it. Now, I'm going to express my thoughts on it, its advancements, and its issues. This will contain mostly opinions, or entirely opinions, depending on whether you really love Android or not. But whatever your stance, these are my experiences with the operating system. My issues may not be your issues, and so on:
https://medium.com/@r.d.t.prater/six-months-with-android-a-journey-from-a-blind-perspective-8637fa92fad4

22) News From The Technology Field | Perkins School for the Blind

Read about the latest news, participate in surveys, and learn about upcoming events and opportunities for educators and/or students with low vision and blindness:
https://www.perkins.org/paths-to-technology/news-updates-for-assistive-technology/

23) Microsoft Edge Dev 106.0.1363.0 Update Improves Narration

Microsoft Edge Dev's Narrator can now read aloud a thumbs up or down following a recent update:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/microsoft-edge-dev-106013630-update-improves-narration

24) NV Access In-Process for August 25th 2022

We've got lots of new things this week, including a surprise release and a new beta:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-25th-august-2022/

25) TPGi Newsletter | July 2022 | The Insider News On Accessibility — Straight From The Experts

Topics include: Humans and Machines in Accessibility Testing | Section 508 Checklist for Accessibility | Make Any Web Page Accessible | Ensure Third Party Content is Accessible | Improve Your Accessibility Testing Skills With FREE ARC Training Sessions:
https://email.tpgi.com/july-accessibility-newsletter-from-tpgi

26) Ten Amazing AI Websites That You Can Try Right Now

This article, written by Tidbits Publisher Aaron Di Blasi for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd., is not specific to accessibility, but we're including it in this week's Tidbits because we believe that a few of the tools may have benefit to BVI individuals as they develop, in addition to providing all readers with a general sense of the current state of AI:
https://mvsltd.com/news/ten-amazing-ai-websites-that-you-can-try-right-now/

27) Freedom Scientific September 2022 Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to join live training sessions and advance your skills:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/september-2022-training-events/

28) 3D Printing Could Improve Accessibility By Helping Blind Scientists to Read Data

Accessibility, especially in academia, has been a topic of conversation for quite some time. People with a wide range of disabilities have the right to certain accommodations in order to allow them to work or study at the same level, however, often places do not even do the bare minimum. Thankfully, one Baylor Study has now shown how that does not need to be the case for blind scientists thanks to 3D printing. They hope that by turning scientific data into tactile graphics, they will be able to eliminate barriers that have caused the exclusion of individuals with blindness from pursuing chemistry education:
https://www.3dnatives.com/en/3d-printing-blind-scientists-260820224/

29) 'Mind-Reading' Technology Can Turn Brain Activity Into Images

Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have developed technology that can "read minds" by turning a person's neurological activity into stunningly accurate pictures:
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/339085-mind-reading-technology-can-turn-brain-activity-into-images

30) Human Sight Could Be Restored for Blind People, Thanks to These 4 New Technologies

From a photovoltaic retinal prosthesis to visual stimulation through ultrasound waves, these futuristic techniques offer hope for blindness:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a40835515/future-technologies-to-restore-sight/

31) Neosensory Launches New Hearing Loss Solution, Outperforming Hearing Aids

Neosensory, a technology company designing breakthrough solutions for hearing health, is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest solution: a wristband for people with hearing loss to experience speech without hearing aids or invasive surgery. Clarify is a ground-breaking wristband and the first alternative to hearing aids and sound amplifiers on the market in a generation:
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/neosensory-launches-hearing-loss-solution-130000875.html?src=rss

32) Gene Therapy Partly Restores Cone Receptors in Children Born Completely Colorblind

Gene therapy has partly restored the function of the retina's cone receptors in two children who were born completely colorblind, reports a new study led by UCL researchers:
https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/news/gene-therapy-partly-restores-cone-receptors-in-children-born-completely-colorblind-365039


➜ Press Releases and Other News

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1) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 30 | August 25th 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:
https://accessreadyreporter.org/issue-30-august-25-2022.html

2) Aira and BlindShell Partner, Adding Another Choice to 'Aira Everywhere'

Aira and BlindShell have announced the availability of Aira in the BlindShell App Library and the 'Aira Everywhere' promotion for anyone new to Aira or new to the BlindShell phone:
https://aira.io/tactilephone/

3) ACB Immediate Past President Kim Charlson Receives Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership from The Kennedy Center

Kim Charlson was selected out of a diverse pool of nominees to receive a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership at the organization's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference held in Raleigh, NC, in early August, 2022. The Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership recognizes a lifetime of achievement in arts access, and was presented to Kim for her avid championing of audio description and life-long accessibility advocacy:
https://www.acb.org/kim-charlson-lead-award-2022

4) Why Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone. An app or website that causes problems for a screen reader is likely to be more difficult than an accessible app or website for anyone to use because it will take more time or effort:
https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-getting-more-people-with-disabilities-developing-technology-is-good-for-everyone/

5) Blind Caregiver Doesn't Let Disability Slow Her Down From Caring For Bethesda Seniors

A Bethesda, Maryland blind caregiver is being recognized for her service to seniors living in the community:
https://wjla.com/news/local/bethesda-maryland-blind-caregiver-michelle-lindsay-disability-seniors-griswold-home-care-griswold-home-care-living-facility-doctor-jamaica

6) UOW's 3D-Printed Models Help Teach Chemistry To Vision-Impaired Students

A University of Wollongong lecturer has created a set of 3D-printed models of the body's molecules to make sure visually impaired students in his chemistry classes don't miss out on learning the intricacies of molecular biology:
https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/7875167/3d-printed-models-help-teach-chemistry-to-vision-impaired-students/

7) Pieces of the Past: Cultural Artifacts Uncovered by PG&E Help Educate Visually-impaired Community

Napa County — While working to restore power and remove hazardous trees after the 2017 Nuns Fire, a PG&E forester found what turned out to be ancient artifacts in the mountains west of Napa that shed new light on the region's rich cultural history:
https://www.pgecurrents.com/2022/08/24/pieces-of-the-past-cultural-artifacts-uncovered-by-pge-help-educate-visually-impaired-community/

8) Disneyland Paris Introduces Audio Description Across the Resort for Those Who Are Visually Impaired

Disneyland Paris is introducing audio description across the resort for those who are visually impaired. There will be many locations equipped with this including attractions, restaurants, hotels and more:
https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2022/08/24/disneyland-paris-introduces-audio-description-across-the-resort-for-those-who-are-visually-impaired/

9) IRS Continues to Work Toward Accessibility for All Taxpayers

It can be intimidating to receive correspondence from the IRS — but what if you couldn't understand any of it?
https://news.bloombergtax.com/financial-accounting/irs-continues-to-work-toward-accessibility-for-all-taxpayers


➜ Surveys

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1) Surveys: From APH

Closes: Ongoing 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) Survey: Data Visualization Research at Boston College

Closes: September 22nd 2022 Hello, there! We are data visualization researchers at Boston College. We are currently studying how charts and graphs can be made more accessible for blind and low-vision users. For this, we are looking for people that meet the following requirements: blind or low-vision, screen reader user, in the USA, and at least 18 years or older. If this is you, please take part in our study! Your participation will help develop and improve different strategies to guide the exploration of charts. The study will take approximately 90 minutes. The study will be conducted online via a remote zoom call. We will compensate you with up to $50 in Amazon gift cards for your participation. To take part, send an email with the subject "Study Sign Up" to joynersh@bc.edu ✉. If you have any questions, you can use the same address.

3) Survey: Robotics Institute at OSU is Testing A New Navigation Aid, The Optiband

Closes: October 1st 2022 The Robotics Institute at OSU is testing a new handheld navigation aid, the Optiband, which uses vibrations to help a user understand their environment better. The Optiband was designed with a blind stakeholder to be more than an obstacle avoidance device, and helps users gain spatial and depth perception. We are interested in talking to BVI persons about our device, and whether or not they are willing to test out a model of the device. We are running a study and are actively recruiting participants, to whom we will provide a device as well as cash compensation for their time. If you are interested or have any questions/concerns, please send an email to: bontulaa@oregonstate.edu ✉ or send a text to (541)-360-9491 ☎.


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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1) Mosen at Large Episode 194: Aira Comes To The Envision Smart Glasses, Apples Got New iPhones Coming, And A Final Discussion About Literacy In A Blindness Context

August 27th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/445c783c/aira-comes-to-the-envision-smart-glasses-apples-got-new-iphones-coming-and-a-final-discussion-about-literacy-in-a-blindness-context

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 90: Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 90 (Part 3)

August 27th 2022 | In this episode we thank those who have donated. We then shift focus to Part 3 of Privacy Permissions Account Activity Controls. We have unboxing of Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Buds 2, and Fold 4. We conclude the 4 finger gesture in our Talkback Highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqq-oeLQHV3FbhKpymQHSuqE

3) Blind Abilities Episode 883: Aira Explorer App Goes Live on the BlindShell Classic 2 Accessible Cell Phone. Jenine Stanley, Director of Customer Communications at Aira Brings Us the Breaking News!

August 29th 2022 | Jenine Stanley joins Pete and Jeff in the Blind Abilities Studio to break the news that the Aira Explorer App is now on the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible Cell Phone. Listen in as Jenine demonstrates the BlindShell navigation, the voice and of course Aira Explorer being right in the menu. With all tactile buttons, the BlindShell Classic 2 is becoming the tactile button accessible cell phone we thought we would always have and now Aira is available in the BlindShell Classic 2 app library. To learn more about the specials offered by Aira and BlindShell, checkout the Aira Announcement here. Sign up for the Aira/BlindShell Webinar. Happening on August 30, 2022, at 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada. And join the Aira WhatsApp Group to contribute and learn about the Aira Explorer experiences. You can also check out the BlindShell Classic 2 group on Groups.io. Listen here:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7602

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2235: Pole Dancing for Fitness

August 31st 2022 | Have you ever considered becoming a pole dancer? Surprisingly, the experience might not be what you would have expected. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lauren Back, a blind pole dancer, who has enjoyed participating in several pole dancing groups and extols the virtues of pole dancing as a means of exercise and socializing with others:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202235.htm

5) FSCast 219, Ryan Jones Previews Our 2023 Software Public Betas, And We Meet Svetlana, Freedom Scientific's July Student Of The Month

August 31st 2022 | On FSCast 219, we spend some time with Ryan Jones, Freedom Scientific's new Vice President of Software Product Management. He gives us a bit of his background, talks about what's coming in the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 product betas, and demonstrates the new JAWS Smart Glance feature. Then a visit with Svetlana, the Freedom Scientific July Student of the Month:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast-219-ryan-jones-previews-our-2023-software-public-betas-and-we-meet-svetlana-freedom-scientifics-july-student-of-the-month/


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

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1) StellarTrek Launch Webinar Introducing Our New Digital Orientation And Mobility Assistant, The StellarTrek | Humanware

September 1st 2022 | 6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM GMT | How about a digital orientation assistant designed to help you travel independently and accomplish your daily tasks? Guiding you through the final 40 feet. Like a friend always ready to lend a hand, the StellarTrek's built-in optical sensor and artificial intelligence locate and recognize street addresses, doors and entrances, and provide audio and voice guidance to the last 40 feet of your destination. Recognizing and reading text aloud. It recognizes and reads aloud texts such as street or entrance signs, ingredient lists, receipts or nutritional values on food labels. Its cameras offer text recognition capability in 14 languages. Improving accessibility, mobility, and autonomy. With all-day battery life, there's no fear of your smartphone running out of steam for navigation tasks. Its advanced features and a touchscreen menu, StellarTrek now makes a world of possibilities available, independently and safely. Join us to discover the brand new StellarTrek, our new orientation and mobility device! We will be holding 2 sessions on September 1, 2022. On the agenda: 1. Out of the box experience. 2. Physical description of the device. 3. Features (OCR, address recognition, dictation). 4. Differences between the VR Trek and the StellarTrek. 5. Maps. 6. Prices. Register here for the September 1st 2022, 9:00 AM (EDT) session:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__qGQc7gkR_GYYmA-xVsDXg

2) StellarTrek Launch Webinar Introducing Our New Digital Orientation And Mobility Assistant, The StellarTrek | Humanware

September 1st 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12PM GMT on 9/2 | How about a digital orientation assistant designed to help you travel independently and accomplish your daily tasks? Guiding you through the final 40 feet. Like a friend always ready to lend a hand, the StellarTrek's built-in optical sensor and artificial intelligence locate and recognize street addresses, doors and entrances, and provide audio and voice guidance to the last 40 feet of your destination. Recognizing and reading text aloud. It recognizes and reads aloud texts such as street or entrance signs, ingredient lists, receipts or nutritional values on food labels. Its cameras offer text recognition capability in 14 languages. Improving accessibility, mobility, and autonomy. With all-day battery life, there's no fear of your smartphone running out of steam for navigation tasks. Its advanced features and a touchscreen menu, StellarTrek now makes a world of possibilities available, independently and safely. Join us to discover the brand new StellarTrek, our new orientation and mobility device! We will be holding 2 sessions on September 1, 2022. On the agenda: 1. Out of the box experience. 2. Physical description of the device. 3. Features (OCR, address recognition, dictation). 4. Differences between the VR Trek and the StellarTrek. 5. Maps. 6. Prices. Register here for the September 1st 2022, 8:00 PM (EDT) session:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yYLEVSugSUmGmbihUcjzrQ

3) Introduction to NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)

September 6th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | Collaborated Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the Blind Parents Group with the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania. Facilitator: Chris Westbrook. Dates: Tuesdays, starting September 6, 2022 for 9 weeks. Time: 7PM to 8PM ET. Location: Virtually through Zoom. Price: Free. If you wish to join in, please email Stacie Leap at stacie.leap@gmail.com ✉ with the following information: Full Name, Email Address, Phone Number, and your proficiency level with NVDA( beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.) NVDA is a free screen reading software for blind and visually impaired that blind people use in order to navigate the digital world. More information about the program can be found at https://www.nvaccess.org/. You do not need to have NVDA installed on your computer prior to the start of this course. Chris will walk through everything so you have nothing to worry about. You do not need to be a parent to join us. NVDA is for everybody so this class is as well. For more information, please contact Chris Westbrook at westbchris@gmail.com ✉ or (570) 506-4760 ☎.

4) Unseen Touchscreen | Canadian Council of the Blind

September 7th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Based on the free eBook Personal Power: Getting the Most From iOS as a Totally Blind user, this course is taught by the author. Michael Feir shares lessons learned over twelve years of owning an iPhone and using it completely blind. This course takes blind iPhone users through all aspects of getting the most from their devices. Topics discussed include: Setting up an iPhone without sighted assistance. How to use the VoiceOver screen reader. Using the apps included on your iPhone. The economics of owning an iPhone. Obtaining accessible apps from the app store. Using apps which promote mental and physical health. Reading books on and iPhone. Listening to Internet radio and podcasts. Participating in social media. Shopping online for goods and services. Playing accessible games on your iPhone. And many more topics:
https://ccbnational.net/shaggy/get-together-with-technology/

5) Learn All About the New and Improved Amigo by Enhanced Vision

September 8th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, XXX GMT | Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Summary: In this webinar, you'll learn that our new, redesigned classic not only has an increased screen size and new unique contrast features, but the new Amigo has a total of 13 upgrades and improved features. This is another presentation you won't want to miss! Objectives: Learn about the benefits of next-level contrast features. Discover the advantages of having two dedicated cameras in one device. Learn about and see the all-new Live Image Panning feature and why you need it. Register for this webinar on Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IP5cuf1PSdK1NEEWZ1p5tw

6) 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

7) Requirements Beyond WCAG: An Accessibility Decision Tree | TPGi

September 13th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Presenter: Mitchell Evan, Senior Accessibility Engineer. WCAG is essential, but it's not the only accessibility standard. User needs go beyond WCAG for particular kinds of digital products, and regulations and standards such as Section 508 and EN 301 549 help address these needs. In this webinar, we'll show how these other standards apply to documents, native apps, hardware devices, and particular product functions of websites and ICT (information and communication technologies):
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-13-at-11am-et-requirements-beyond-wcag-an-accessibility-decision-tree/

8) 13th Annual Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND)

September 16th 2022 | The 13th annual Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND) will be held virtually on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2022. All times on the schedule are in the eastern time zone. This year's conference will be hosted by Princeton University. We want to thank everyone in advance for your interest in attending the 2022 ISLAND conference. Also, on-line registration is now open for this year's conference. There is a $25 registration fee for registration if it is completed by September 1, 2021. Please be sure to check back as the conference nears for final program and other details. For questions regarding this year's ISLAND conference, please contact the conference organizers at island@princeton.edu ✉. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
https://islandconference.org/

9) 13th Annual Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND)

September 17th 2022 | The 13th annual Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND) will be held virtually on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2022. All times on the schedule are in the eastern time zone. This year's conference will be hosted by Princeton University. We want to thank everyone in advance for your interest in attending the 2022 ISLAND conference. Also, on-line registration is now open for this year's conference. There is a $25 registration fee for registration if it is completed by September 1, 2021. Please be sure to check back as the conference nears for final program and other details. For questions regarding this year's ISLAND conference, please contact the conference organizers at island@princeton.edu ✉. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
https://islandconference.org/

10) Digital Accessibility - Ask Me Anything (AMA) | TPGi

September 21st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mark Miller, Director of Sales and Host of the Real People, Real Stories Podcast. Join TPGi for a live AMA event with Mark Miller. Mark has over 10 years of digital accessibility knowledge and has supported accessibility teams at all points in their journey. No matter where you are on your accessibility journey, there is always something new to learn. Get answers to your top accessibility questions:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-september-21-at-12pm-et-digital-accessibility-ask-me-anything-ama/

11) 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:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-diabetes-webinar-dexcom-vs-freestyle-libre/

12) 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

13) 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!
https://wpaccessibility.day/weekend-plans-apply-to-speak-at-wp-accessibility-day/

14) 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

15) 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:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

16) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

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


➜ Directories


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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Listing Date: 8/25/2022 | Price: $4,500.00 USD | Condition: New. | Description: Show used only. Like new. Only used twice to show less than 50 pages total embossed. Index Basic D V5 Embosser. Includes Travel Lock. Will be shipped free matter unless arrangements for other shipping is made. $4,500 obo. | Contact: Ashley via email at: crazy4chemistry@att.net ✉ or by phone / text at: (972) 369-6010 ☎. |

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

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

New jumbo leather waist pack with cane holder, new no bouncy neck pouchy to keep your phone camera stable, new phone case neck pouch combo, new Victor Stream and Trek "protect and go" case, new Lyric scanner bag, and for our puppies, new raincoats and "portable place" very soft mats for use in rideshare vehicles, restaurants, etc., when you want your dog to be comfortable. Lots of products, lots of choices, and best of all, lots of bargains! Call Barry for either of these new products at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or by email at barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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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!


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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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➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
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Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

Goals: We want to educate you on the latest tech for the blindness community. You'll learn what is worth keeping and what you need to return. Our goals are: To inform, inspire and educate our audience. Feature guests and products that bring you value. Continuously improve and deliver the best content.

About: 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, we are 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 to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ 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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➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

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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Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

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/.


➜ SuperNova Supports Microsoft Teams

If you use Microsoft Teams, check out the new SuperNova update (all editions) for Teams support plus other cool improvements. Find out more about what's new and download a full, unrestricted 30-day trial of SuperNova today!
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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

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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.

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

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


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

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

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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.
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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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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.


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