Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 8, 2022 - Volume 875
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
B.) How to Use the Emergency SOS Feature on Your Smartphone (7.0% of all clicks.)
C.) Hidden iPhone Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier (6.1% of all clicks.)
D.) Human Sight Could Be Restored for Blind People, Thanks to These 4 New Technologies (5.9% of all clicks.)
E.) How Microsoft Soundscape Enables Anyone To Hear The World Around Them | YouTube | Microsoft (5.6% of all clicks.)
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5) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble
The Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble presents a single word or phrase related to adaptive or assistive technology whose letters have been scrambled. Can you put the letters back in the proper order to determine this week's word? Check your work next week where we'll provide the answer along with a new challenge.
6) AccessWorld July 2022
July updates include: Editor's Page: Back To School | Book Review Double Feature: Designing Documents For Appearance And The Beauty Of Dusk | A "More" Accessible Covid Test From The US Government | Vision Tech: Voxlens — A Single Line Of Code That Can Enable Developers To Make Charts And Graphs More Accessible | Scanning And Reading Documents With Onestep Reader And Voice Dream Scanner | Bookshare Comes To The Amazon Echo | A Review Of Senior Sidekick | A Review Of Voice Dream Reader For The Mac:
7) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for August 2022
8) Everything Apple Announced At Far Out: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Ultra, and More
Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating:
9) Apple Event: Far Out
Missed Wednesday's event? Watch or listen to it on YouTube here:
10) Apple's Killing the Password. Here's Everything You Need to Know
With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple is introducing passkeys — a more convenient and secure alternative to passwords:
11) Outlook Quick Steps Can Save Time And Are An Accessibility Win For Me | The Idea Place | Kelly Ford
Over the years I've assisted multiple people with Outlook and one feature that I commonly use stands above the rest as far as being a time saver that most people seem to have not discovered. Quick Steps allow you to take multiple actions on an email message with just a couple mouse clicks or a single key press:
12) APH ConnectCenter Job Seekers Toolkit Now Available Online Through NSITE U (LMS)
Students and Job Seekers. Are you ready to hone your career exploration and job-seeking skills? You'll be thrilled to know ... drumroll, please! ... The APH ConnectCenter and NSITE have partnered to update the long-loved Job Seeker's Toolkit, an accessible, self-paced, free online training course featuring five modules: Self-Awareness; Career Exploration: Methods & Resources; Finding Employment; The Interview; and Maintaining Employment — Advancing Your Career! Educators and Rehabilitation practitioners, APH ConnectCenter is pleased to be providing this no cost tool for career curious students and adults. Contact us for classroom presentations throughout October and November 2022. Visit our online interactive Job Seekers Toolkit by visiting:
13) GuideLights and Gadgets Announces The Availability of the 60 Inch Locking Titanium Telescopic Cane | Barry Scheur
I am very excited to announce that for the first time, a 60 inch version of the locking titanium telescopic cane is now available for purchase from GuideLights and Gadgets. We have underwritten the cost of manufacturing this length and it will only be available through GuideLights:
14) Windows 11 Version 22H2 Review: Refined, But Still Not Perfect
It's been almost a year since Windows 11 launched to the world, and Microsoft has been hard at work on "polishing" the vision it has for this era of Windows. Last year was the big bang new release with a brand-new design, sounds, animations, and features. This year is all about refining those experiences to ensure this release is the best version of Windows yet:
15) From The Web Accessibility Initiative: Updated: Making Events Accessible — Checklist For Meetings, Conferences, Training, And Presentations That Are Remote / Virtual, In-Person, Or Hybrid
Making Events Accessible: Checklist for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid is updated. It helps presenters, participants, and organizers make events inclusive, particularly to people with disabilities. This benefits everyone, particularly international participants:
16) Sign Up To Receive Braille Refresher Questions from APH
The American Printing House for the Blind have launched Braille Refresher Questions, a weekly email inviting you to answer a multiple choice question on a particular aspect of the braille code. They are topical and designed to keep your knowledge of braille sharp. These no-stakes Braille Refreshers are for fun, and are in no way a test. To subscribe to these emails at any time, please send your name and braille-related title to BrailleImprovement@aph.org ✉.
17) American Council of the Blind To Host A Community Event With Representatives From The Space Telescope Science Institute
Have you experienced the beauty and awe of the incredible photos taken by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope? The scientists, writers, and educators from the Space Telescope Science Institute want to make space accessible for everyone, and have created vividly detailed alt text for every photo that has been released. These image descriptions can be found in the Webb's First Images Gallery under "Download Options." In recognition of this valuable resource, the American Council of the Blind will be hosting a community event with representatives from the Space Telescope Science Institute to discuss how their team have collaborated with one another to make the photos accessible to people who are blind or low vision. We would love to hear from you with any questions that you have for their team. If your question is selected, we will meet with you to pre-record your question, which will then be aired during the live event. If you would like to submit a question, please email email@example.com ✉ by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 16th 2022. This event will be a great opportunity to learn how NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute are bridging the gap in access and inclusion for people with disabilities. More details about the event will be coming soon, so please stay tuned:
18) Guest Review of Remote Incident Manager (RIM) Version 3.0
Here is a review from Christopher Wright, a new user of just-launched RIM version 3.0:
19) LibreOffice Calc Guide 7.4 Released
The guide is for beginner to advanced users of Calc, the spreadsheet component of LibreOffice. The book introduces the features and functions of LibreOffice Calc. It is not a tutorial on using spreadsheets. Some chapters assume familiarity with basic spreadsheet usage when describing how to use Calc:
20) Top 5 Tips For Choosing Assistive Technology
The range of assistive and accessible technology has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. It's fantastic to have so many options and clever solutions that make life more accessible for people who are blind or vision impaired, and for people with reading or learning difficulties. But all that choice can be a bit confusing, so we thought we'd bring you some tips to help with decision making:
21) Google Meet Launches New Accessibility Features
Google Meet users will soon find that their space button will now double as a mute toggle in Google Meet's latest update. Google announced through their own blog that Google Meet would receive a new suite of updates now that the popular video conferencing service has now hit web devices:
22) 6 Things Slowing Down Your Wi-Fi (And What to Do About Them)
The degree to which we rely on the internet for everything from work to entertainment means sluggish Wi-Fi speeds are excruciating. Here are some common causes of Wi-Fi issues and what to do about them:
23) Comparing JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver
A 2021 research by WebAim found that from 1568 responders, more than 53.7 percent of people surveyed used JAWS on Windows, more than 30.7 percent of people used NVDA on Windows and a little over 6.5 percent of people used VoiceOver on macOS:
24) Aira Explorer App Now Available in the Blind Shell Classic 2 App Catalog
For more information about what to expect from this early release version, visit:
25) A Windows 11 Automation Tool Can Easily Be Hijacked
Hackers can use Microsoft's Power Automate to push out ransomware and key loggers — if they get machine access first:
26) Hartgen Consultancy Product Compatibility With the Upcoming JAWS 2023 Public Beta | Brian Hartgen
I'm beginning to feel like the queen. Each year at Christmas, she delivers an annual message. But it is at this time of year where I have to give my very own annual message: my usual reminder about the upcoming version of JAWS and how our products fit into the upcoming public beta:
27) Assistive Touch On My Apple Watch Makes Me Feel Like I'm Living In The Future
Along with the geeky joy, there's a deeper lesson about accessibility:
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1) Apple Settles Lawsuit With Developer Over App Store Scam Apps
Apple has reached a settlement with Kosta Eleftheriou, a developer who sued the company over scams in the App Store and copycat keyboards:
2) Brian Hartgen To Be Guest Banquet Speaker at Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Annual Conference | Brian Hartgen
The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Conference is the most important meeting of the organization. It is during this weekend that the members decide the direction of the organization by voting on resolutions and board members and directors. It is a time for both members and those interested in the mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind to learn about the latest issues concerning persons with vision loss. The conference features presentations on topics like adjustment to blindness, access technology and more. Both professional and social networking opportunities are offered throughout the weekend. I am both thrilled and delighted this year to be the guest banquet speaker at the event. I am also more honored than I can say that the organization are presenting me with an award in recognition of the contribution given to the productivity of individuals with vision loss:
3) August 2022 Updates To ADA, WCAG And Digital Accessibility
A collection of current articles on digital accessibility best practices, news, thought leadership, and insights:
4) The Salvation Army Aids Visually Impaired Community During Water Crisis
Mississippi Industries for the Blind is the leading employer of Mississippians who are blind. They strive to provide training and employment for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, to facilitate independence and self-reliance in all aspects of their lives. Lakenya Moore, Chief Financial Officer spoke on the struggles their employees have faced during the water crisis. "We have been trying for a month to get access to water. We spoke with The Salvation Army this morning, and here they are. They stepped up when no one else has:"
5) The Signs Of Hearing Loss You Shouldn't Ignore
This article describes some of the lesser-known symptoms of early hearing loss:
6) Five Ways The Metaverse Could Be Revolutionary For People With Disabilities
This article describes how virtual reality is envisioned to be a benefit for persons with disabilities:
7) How Public Broadcasters Manage Accessibility and Streaming Tech Upgrades
The ways that public broadcasters manage accessibility and tech upgrades on their streaming platforms are heavily influenced by government regulations and funding. Ravi Singh, Director of Streaming Platforms, Knowledge Network, talks with Nadine Krefetz, Consultant, Reality Software, and Contributing Editor at Streaming Media about the unique challenges that public broadcasting streaming platforms face:
8) Study: Blind People Watch TV About as Much as Sighted People
Ninety-six percent of visually impaired adults watch TV on a regular basis, according to Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind:
9) Legally-Blind Alabama Woman Helped Make McDonald's Orders Easier For Visually Impaired
Krista Hamilton, who is legally blind, helped McDonald's improve its self-service kiosks to make them more accessible for the visually impaired:
10) Visually-Impaired Boy Lands Job at Microsoft by Learning Coding from YouTube
Suffering from congenital glaucoma, Yash lost his sight at age of 8 but not his dreams and grit to achieve big. After completing his engineering degree, he taught himself coding from YouTube and will now be joining Microsoft:
11) Hearing Dogs Give Deaf People a New Lease of Life!
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a charity in Buckinghamshire England, that trains dogs to help deaf people live happy and fulfilling lives:
12) Apple AI Conference Keynote Concentrates On Accessibility
Apple has given a rare speech at a global AI gathering, with vice president Ge Yue choosing to concentrate on Machine Learning in accessibility features:
13) New Funding Will Help Expand STEM Opportunities For The Visually Impaired
New funding, a university's ingenuity, and a leading advocate's guidance could now result in sought-after jobs in coding for the blind and visually impaired. Even with a lot of developments in recent years, much of the internet isn't accessible for people with visual impairments. In 2020, a technology called CodeJumper was launched by Microsoft. It has knobs to turn and makes sounds as you connect parts of the chain:
14) When Do the Disabled Get the Respect and Services They Deserve?
Those with physical disabilities aren't invisible, and yet we fail to adequately plan for their needs and ability to contribute to our society:
15) AudioSpot App At Disneyland Paris Increases Accessibility For The Visually Impaired
Blind and visually impaired guests at Disneyland Paris now have the ability to access audio description content via the AudioSpot mobile app to enhance their park-going experience:
16) Now, Visually Impaired Can 'Listen' To James Webb Telescope Images Of Universe
Although the main objective behind this project is to support visually impaired and low-vision listeners, its immersive experience captivates anyone who listens:
17) Mastercard and Ajman Bank Launch Payment Card For the Visually Impaired
Mastercard and Ajman Bank have unveiled an accessible payment card that lets blind and partially sighted people facilitate payments and distinguish between their cards:
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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:
2) Survey: Product Testing Opportunity: Tactile Point Symbol Slate
Closes: September 20th 2022 American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is currently seeking field evaluators for the Tactile Point Symbol Slate. Evaluators will be asked to use the prototype to design, create, and embellish tactile displays of their own choosing using a variety of media. Note: The number of available field-test prototypes is limited. If you are interested in possibly serving as a field evaluator, please complete the Tactile Point Symbol Slate field test opportunity survey by September 20th 2022 at:
3) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ✉. If you have any questions, you can use the same address.
4) 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: email@example.com ✉ or send a text to (541)-360-9491 ☎.
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1) That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 97: The Return of the Ed
August 27th 2022 | On our latest episode we discuss Ed Plumacher's European vacation which included the first international All Blind Italian Baseball Tournament which took place in the Netherlands. We discuss the arrival of Aira to the Envision glasses, the leak of the new high end Sonos speakers which are rumored to have directional audio, and a disastrous campaign targeting Tesla's automated driving features, and what this could mean for blind people eventually getting behind the wheel:
2) Keeping Your Job After Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts
September 2nd 2022 | A change in your vision may make some parts of your job more challenging. But with a bit of help and some new skills, you may be able to stay in your job. Hadley Chief Program Officer Ed Haines and Learning Expert Steve Kelley join the podcast to talk about our new Working with Vision Loss workshops and to share tips for where to find support and how to ask for what you need:
3) Blind Abilities Episode 866: iPhone101: Blocking Callers and Senders of Unwanted Calls, Messages and Emails — A Deep Dive!
September 2nd 2022 | Blind Abilities adds to the iPhone101 Series with this in depth, comprehensive review of blocking callers and senders of unwanted text messages and emails. Pete Lane takes us through a detailed journey covering the various processes for eliminating and reducing these unwelcome contacts in multiple Apps across iOS. From blocking unknown phone numbers in our Messages and Phone Apps, to blocking and unsubscribing from sales, spam and scam emails, collectively referred to as Robocalls, Pete demonstrates step by step techniques for getting these nagging senders out of our virtual hair. Check out all of the iPhone101 and QuickByte demonstrations at BlindAbilities.com and subscribe to the Blind Abilities podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. That's 2 words, Blind Abilities. Listen here:
4) Mosen at Large Episode 195: One Guy's Thoughts On iOS Podcast Apps, Looking Ahead To Apple's Far Out Event, And Could The Dot Pad Be The Holy Braille?
5) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 91: IFA and More
September 3rd 2022 | In this episode, we focus on IFA2022, with special attention to HMD (Nokia), Huawei, Honour, and Samsung. LastPass has a data breach, so folks are advised to change their passwords. Consequently, Samsung customers in the U.S. and Canada should also change their passwords as Samsung also observed some data breach on its U.S. and Canadian servers. In our Spotlight we went all in on IFA2022, especially paying attention to Nokia's "Circular" subscription-based services with the introduction of its newest phones, the X30 and the G60. We talk about some new updates in the world of CSR along with a tip of the week:
6) Eyes on Success Episode 2236: NBP Center for Braille Innovation
September 7th 2022 | The National Braille Press (NBP) is well known for its mission of promoting braille literacy and producing a variety of braille books for all ages and interests. Perhaps less well known is their program to advance technologies to produce braille. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian MacDonald, President and CEO of NBP, about these efforts:
7) Mosen at Large Episode 196: Apple's Far Out Event From A Blindness Perspective
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
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1) Learn All About the New and Improved Amigo by Enhanced Vision | Vispero Group
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:
2) 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:
3) 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):
4) Blind Shell USA | Unmute Presents
September 13th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Unmute presents a live event on September 13th, 2022, at 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM ET with Blind Shell USA. It will be a fun and entertaining session where you can ask your questions about the new accessible Blind Shell Classic 2, get the latest on apps, and learn from other users. You can get the zoom info when you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ and share that you're looking to join the Unmute Presents call on the Blind Shell Classic 2 on September 13th. If you already receive the ACB Community daily emails, then you will receive the information on the email that's sent out on the day of the event. Bring your friends, colleagues, and family! As always, audience participation is encouraged and rewarded! It will be fun, don't miss it:
5) Chameleon 20 Basics Using Text-To-Speech | APH Access Academy
September 13th 2022 | 12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT | Duration: 90 minutes. Description: Say WHAAAAAAT!? The Chameleon 20 refreshable braille display is now available in both English and Spanish with the 2.0 software update. Attend this webinar to learn more about this update, while also covering the basics from using the Editor and Library to connecting with an external device via the Terminal app. No prior knowledge is necessary, yet it is helpful to update the Chameleon to 2.0 before attending. Instructor: William Freeman, Tactile Technology Product Manager at APH. Primary Core or ECC Area: Assistive Technology. Target Audience: TVIs. Pre-requisite knowledge: None. Lesson Plan Goal: Explore Text-to-Speech on the Chameleon20. Learning Objectives: Setup your Chameleon 20 device to use the latest version via one of three methods for updating. Experiment with text-to-speech and how it interacts with the different apps. Compare three differences between the Editor and Library apps. Materials Needed: None. Collect ACVREP Credit. Credit is only available for the live presentation. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes, then submit these to the APH Hive's NEW webinar certificate portal within 30 days of the scheduled event. Following submission, a certificate is immediately available and stored:
6) Alternative Formats & Accessible/Inclusive Language | Access Ingenuity
September 14th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity and learn more about the alternative format services Access Ingenuity can offer. Learning Outcomes: Learn about our Braille services. Discover how Audio CDs can be a solution. Discuss the standards for Large Print documents. Learn some language to use when creating websites and documents that promote inclusivity. | Meeting ID: 835 5959 8799 | Passcode: 876909 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83559598799#,,,,*876909# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
7) Prep and Proof: Use Styles in Microsoft Word with JAWS | Vispero Group
September 15th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Want to learn how to format documents more efficiently with JAWS? Join us on Thursday, September 15th 2022 at Noon Eastern time for a live webinar, "Prep and Proof: Use Styles in Microsoft Word with JAWS."
Objectives: We'll provide an overview of what styles are and how to use them, plus show you how to: Apply existing Word styles to a document. Create new styles to customize formatting. Create a Table of Contents using styles. Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
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 email@example.com ✉. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ✉. For more information regarding registration and other details, go to:
10) Outlook Emails with JAWS using Speech & Braille (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
September 21st 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to explore some tips on using Microsoft Outlook with JAWS. This presentation benefits anyone who wants to know about using Outlook with JAWS while on a PC, with a QWERTY keyboard, Focus Braille Display, and the ElBraille. 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: Efficient methods to use JAWS to work with more and lesser-known Outlook features like Ribbons, Quick Find, Quick Access Toolbar, and File tabs. Basic techniques to work with the Message list, navigate emails, and more. Additional tools such as Advanced Find, edit mail folders, and Message options. | Meeting ID: 846 2544 0710 | Passcode: 614312 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84625440710#,,,,*614312# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
11) 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:
12) 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:
13) TOPAZ Family of Magnifiers: Powerful Visual Aids (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
September 28th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The TOPAZ family of desktop video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful features to help people retain their independent lifestyle - reading, writing, viewing photographs and engaging in hobbies. All TOPAZ models are available in a range of monitor sizes and provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ergonomic design provides exceptional reading comfort for hours of use in the home, office, or school. During this webinar, hosted by Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero, we discuss the features of all the TOPAZ models and the benefits each can give in specific situations. We will dive deep into how these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. 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 TOPAZ models. How to determine which features fit your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. | Meeting ID: 836 4264 4156 | Passcode: 887513 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83642644156#,,,,*887513# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
14) 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:
15) U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Amusement Rides
October 6th 2022 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | Up and down, around and around! Amusement rides are enjoyed by many people, including those with disabilities. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards address accessibility for permanent amusement rides. The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board's free monthly series will take place October 6 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (ET) and review scoping and technical provisions for amusement rides. For newly designed and constructed rides, scoping provisions provide the option to choose the type of access that is suitable for a particular ride or experience. Three options for providing accessibility onto a ride device include a wheelchair space on the ride, a ride seat designed for transfer, or a transfer device. This session will review the technical provisions for each type of access required on rides. Additionally, U.S. Access Board staff Bill Botten and Bobby Stinnette will address requirements for accessible routes, que lines, parking and passenger loading areas, signage, sales, and service counters. Visit Great Lakes ADA Center's AccessibilityOnline webpage for more information or to register. All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site:
16) 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!
17) 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:
18) 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:"
19) 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!
20) 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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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
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I am very excited to announce that for the first time, a 60 inch version of the locking titanium telescopic cane is now available for purchase from GuideLights and Gadgets. We have underwritten the cost of manufacturing this length and it will only be available through GuideLights. Learn more at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/116.html. Call Barry for this new product at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or by email at email@example.com ✉.
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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
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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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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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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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We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.
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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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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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