Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Volume 876
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Apple's Killing the Password. Here's Everything You Need to Know (11.7% of all clicks.)
B.) Outlook Quick Steps Can Save Time And Are An Accessibility Win For Me | The Idea Place | Kelly Ford (7.4% of all clicks.)
C.) 6 Things Slowing Down Your Wi-Fi (And What to Do About Them) (6.3% of all clicks.)
D.) AccessWorld July 2022 (4.4% of all clicks.)
E.) GuideLights and Gadgets Announces The Availability of the 60 Inch Locking Titanium Telescopic Cane | Barry Scheur (4.2% of all clicks.)
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5) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble
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6) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Create Basic Rules in Outlook
7) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: How To Start SuperNova With The Same Setup Every Time
8) New Accessibility Features Are Coming To Android Devices
Android is introducing new features to improve accessibility, personalization, and productivity across various devices:
9) What's New In iOS 16 Accessibility For Blind And Deafblind Users | AppleVis | Scott Davert
I'm back yet again. Just like in years past, September brings us a new major release of iOS. This latest edition includes many mainstream changes such as a revamped Lock screen; enhancements to privacy and safety features; Focus Mode enhancements; new functionality in Messages and Mail; along with many other improvements. For Apple's official list of iOS 16 features and changes, see this webpage which Highlights many. A lot of articles will cover these changes in detail, but far fewer will cover the accessibility enhancements and features for individuals who are blind or deafblind:
10) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS and iPadOS 16
The latest iPhone update is now available for download, complete with a revamped lock screen, editable Messages, and more:
11) Apple Releases WatchOS 9 | Bringing New and Revamped Watch Faces | A New Medications App | More Voices for VoiceOver | And More
Apple has released WatchOS 9, mostly bringing iterative enhancements to existing features rather than big changes:
12) iOS 16 Has 2 New Security Features for Worst-Case Scenarios
Safety Check and Lockdown Mode give people in vulnerable situations ways to quarantine themselves from acute risks:
13) iOS 16 RC Tidbits: New Boot Chime For iPhone 14 Pro, Crash Detection API, More
Another new feature coming to iPhone 14 Pro models is a boot chime. More specifically, users will have the option to make the iPhone play a sound every time the device is turned on or off as part of the iOS accessibility features:
14) What Is eSIM and Does My Carrier Support It?
We're finally witnessing the death of physical SIM cards. The new iPhone 14 requires eSIM for mobile networking, and it's only a matter of time before other smartphones follow suit. Unfortunately, your carrier may not support eSIM yet:
15) 4 Ways to Sell or Trade In Your Old iPhone
If you plan to upgrade to one of Apple's new models, these tips will help you to get the maximum resale value for your current phone:
16) Mosen at Large Episode 197: iOS 16, Demo And Explanation Of Some Of Its New Features
While you can still find this episode in our Featured Podcasts section just as you do every week we wanted to highlight this particular episode of Mosen at Large because it devotes nearly two hours to explaining as well as demonstrating many of the new features found in iOS 16, many of which will be of great interest to many in the blindness community:
17) The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 16 for Blind and Low Vision Users
Apple released iOS 16 to the public on Monday, September 12th 2022. As is their tradition for the major iOS release of the year, they have posted to the AppleVis website a list of the VoiceOver, low vision, and Braille bugs which they believe will be introduced in iOS 16; as well as details of the pre-existing bugs which they believe to be resolved:
18) iOS 16.1 Beta 1: Here Are All Of The New Features And Changes
iOS 16.1 is here and available to download for developer beta testers. As we expected, the update includes a number of changes and features. These include updates to features already included in iOS 16, the addition of features announced at WWDC in June, and more. Head below for the full roundup:
19) Make Google Search Far Better With 12 Useful Chrome Extensions
Google Search is incredibly powerful, but you can beef it up a bit with the help of Chrome extensions. Here are 12 of the most useful:
20) Telstra's New Haptic Tablet Prototype Could Bring Vision Impaired AFL Fans Closer To The Game
This device has the potential to make live, in person sport much more accessible to those who cannot see the action. Specifically, it will help users track the ball on the field:
21) So Long PixelBook? I Can Live With That.
Kevin Tofel explains the Google PixelBook is going away but that there are a good number of viable options for high-end Chromebooks on the market:
22) Tactile Point Symbol Slate
APH is currently seeking field evaluators for the Tactile Point Symbol Slate. This unique slate can be used by teachers, braille transcribers, and students for preparing and embellishing tactile displays, worksheets, charts, artwork, and more. More information and a chance to sign up are at:
23) Student Career Development Series
The inaugural Teach Access Career Development series will feature guest speakers from EY, Walmart, World Institute on Disability, American Foundation for the Blind, VMWare, Microsoft, and the U.S. Department of Labor. All sessions will take place virtually on Zoom from 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern Time (9:00am-10:00am Pacific Time). Note, you will need to register for the Zoom sessions separately once you registered for the series. Register at:
24) Chrome Accessibility Video Series | Do You Use ChromeVox + A Chromebook At Work?
Have you found Chromebook / ChromeOS to be beneficial in your professional life? If so, Google would love to hear from you. They are looking for people to share their stories in an external facing Google video. Time commitment would be a one-day shoot with a film crew in your city. If you are interested in participating, please answer the following questions:
25) Get Crisp Clear Voice Recordings From Audio and Video With LALAL.AI
Please note that this solution has not been tested for accessibility. Clear up voice recordings in an instant and extract the information you need with LALAL.AI:
26) Winamp 5.9 Final Released After Years Of Development
Two months ago, the developers of the audio player Winamp released a first release candidate of Winamp 5.9. The player, which many thought dead and buried, came back to life and users started to take notice again:
27) From Brian Vogel: Controlling Your Email Traffic from Groups.io - Plus using the Group Archive
This information may be of value to anyone who is subscribed to any group from Groups.io:
28) Forget Silicon. This Computer Is Made of Fabric
The jacket can raise and lower its own hood — without chips or batteries — and might one day help disabled wearers move:
29) New Mailing List From APH Regarding The Dynamic Tactile Device
APH has created an email communication channel for anyone interested in receiving the latest information about the innovative Dynamic Tactile Device. Visit this link to subscribe:
30) Geeking Out With The NLS E-Reader | Deborah Armstrong | Tech-VI List
Disclaimer: I am not an NLS insider, and I have no special relationship with Humanware. What I am is a curious consumer with a programming background. Some of this information may not be completely accurate but I've tried to the best of my ability to eliminate any errors in the below. I only have the HumanWare e-Reader, so I'm unsure how much this applies to the E-Reader from Zoomax:
31) NV Access In Process For September 8th 2022
32) What to Consider Before Picking Up a Hearing Aid at Best Buy or CVS
Access to over-the-counter hearing aids means a cheaper and more accessible alternative to $8,000 devices. But issues that vex the tech industry as a whole could also be at play here:
33) Review of The Envision Glasses | YouTube | Unsightly Opinions | 22 Minutes
This video attempts to answer the question, "Are Envision's Blind Google Glasses Something You Need?"
34) Maryland State Library Agency Library for the Blind and Print Disabled September / October Newsletter
In this issue: Collection Highlights | New Releases | Youth Digest | Assistive Tech News | Recent Podcasts
35) Top 5 Tips For ZoomText Beginners
If you're a beginner, here are our top tips for getting the most out of ZoomText:
36) Bath University Develops Groundbreaking Technology For The Visually Impaired
Researchers at the University of Bath are looking at how they might be able to help those who are visually impaired to effectively 'see' with their tongue. A device is being developed which translates an image of the world around us into a moving pattern onto the user's tongue. By combining the device with artificial intelligence technology, it has the potential to change the lives of those who are sight impaired:
37) Accessibility Support Phone Lines You Should Know
With a welcomed emphasis on accessibility and inclusion, numerous companies now offer specialized support services for customers with vision loss. They are there to help you get the most out of their products and to ensure your devices are set right to accommodate your needs. This is an effort we greatly appreciate and are delighted to spread the word:
38) Recording | 4th Annual TTJ Tech Summit | Next Level, New Heights | August 27th 2022 | YouTube
Watch the 4th Annual TTJ Tech Summit here:
39) Designers Craft Braille-Based Instrument For Visually Impaired Musicians
A trio of Korean designers have crafted an innovative new instrument that's likely to appeal to a new generation of visually impaired musicians. The Vitar, short for "visual guitar," was developed by Eojin Roh, Seonjin Baek, and Yujeong Shin. While few instruments exist today that are specifically catered to the visually impaired, the Vitar is servicing a populace of musicians who respond especially well to auditory stimulation:
40) What's New in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta
41) Master Your Mantis Q40 | YouTube Playlist from APH
APH has uploaded ten videos covering various features of this 40-Cell braille display with a QWERTY keyboard and it is likely that the number of videos in this playlist will only increase:
42) Inclusive Design 24 #ID24, a Free, 24-hour, Virtual Accessibility Conference | September 21st 2022
Whether you're new to accessibility or an expert wanting to learn more about a specific topic, #ID24 has 24 talks you'll be interested in. This free, 24-hour virtual accessibility conference is hosted on YouTube and starts at 23:30 UTC on the 21st of September. You can pick and choose which sessions you want to view, from more technical talks like Rabab Gomaa's "The Recipe for Making Accessible Widgets!" to talks about overarching accessibility theories like Kate Every's "Dangerous Design: Why We Need to Think about Design Ethics." Also, Rachael Bradley Montgomery and Vispero's Matt Ater will be presenting a session called "Tips and Tradeoffs to Designing Accessible Escape Rooms." Save the date and check out the complete schedule:
43) Google Announces Accessibility Updates That Help Disabled People 'Get More Done And Have Fun'
In a post published on its Keyword blog last week, Google announced an important update to its Sound Notifications accessibility feature on Android that was introduced almost two years ago. The update is amongst a bevy of other new functionality designed to help Android users "get more done and have fun:"
44) Chinese Scientists Say New Device Mimics Sense Of Touch 'In High Definition'
Researchers say it could make it easier for blind people to read and write, help astronauts feel through thick gloves and let avatars shake hands in the metaverse. The technology is part of a project by tech giant Tencent to improve user experience in films, gaming and video calls:
45) What Is L5 'Precision Dual Frequency GPS', Why Is Apple Using It, And Do You Need It?
Apple is packing 'precision dual-frequency GPS' into the iPhone 14 Pro and the Apple Watch Ultra. But what is it, and what benefits will it bring?
46) How to Get Notifications When New Startup Apps Are Added to Windows 11
Windows 11 has an option that notifies you when a new startup app gets added. Here's how to enable and customize it:
47) Best Microphone for Zoom: According to the CNET Staff Who Use Them
Online meetings are vital for remote workers, and having the best microphone helps everyone communicate effectively:
48) Enhanced Braille Ready Format (EBRF) Working Group
The DAISY Consortium, in association with the American Printing House for the Blind, has established a working group for the development of the Enhanced Braille Ready Format (EBRF). For more information and to join the working group, visit the EBRF page on the DAISY website:
49) Braille Holiday Cards On Sale From Hadley Through December 9th 2022
Free Ground Shipping to all U.S. States. Call for international shipping rates. Sale ends December 9th 2022. In the Hadley tradition the 2022 Braille Holiday Card carries the interior greeting "Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season" in both print and embossed braille. This year's artwork features a joyful winter scene with two children tossing snowballs while a cheerful snowman looks on. For a tactile effect, the snowman and snowflakes have been embossed. About the artist: Nancy Iida has been a resident of Winnetka, IL where Hadley is headquartered, for 23 years. Nancy recently opened Heart Studio, an art studio in Winnetka, IL. She donates all proceeds from sales of her art to charity. Card and envelope imprinting available. Please allow 10 business days after the date your order is processed for delivery. Questions? Call (800) 323-4238 ☎ or email firstname.lastname@example.org ✉:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
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1) CBS Commits to Better Disability Representation On TV
CBS is committing to feature more actors with disabilities:
2) Eric Damery Reflects on the Impact of JAWS and Shares How Some of Your Favorite Features Came to Be
After more than 28 years advocating for JAWS and other software, plus impacting the industry with countless contributions, Eric Damery has retired. Along with announcing the availability of Fusion Suite Public Beta and the approach of the 2023 release, we want to reflect on the impact of JAWS from Eric's perspective and discuss a few of its most significant features:
3) Microsoft Launches Call For Low-Cost Assistive Tech Innovations To Advance Access In Low-Income Countries
The Microsoft AI for Accessibility program is calling for project proposals that advance equitable access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries, with the option to incorporate AI:
4) US Open to Unveil Action Audio in Semifinals For Impaired Audience
The broadcast technology, geared toward those with vision or hearing impairments, will be implemented in matches starting September 8th 2022:
5) Why Alt Text Is Important and How to Write It Properly
If you run a website or post a lot on social media, you'll know that alt text is a very common feature now, solidifying the importance of accessibility across the digital landscape:
6) Artificial Intelligence's Impact On The Lives Of People With Disabilities
The 21st century has made many impossible things possible. It has taken us to a day where the physically impaired walk and the deaf hears and responds. It is not a miracle, but technology is making extraordinary changes:
7) If You Have Sleep Apnea and a Medical Device Implant, Check Your CPAP Mask
Some sleep therapy masks made by Philips Respironics present a potential risk of serious injury for people with pacemakers or other metallic implants:
8) Britain's First 10k Race For Visually-Impaired Runners Returns To Bristol
Great Bristol Run is staging the second annual official 10k race for blind and partially-sighted runners. On September 22nd 2022, runners will be taking on The Visually Impaired Runners 10k Challenge, the UK's only dedicated event for blind and partially-sighted runners:
9) How To Make Telemedicine Work For Visually Impaired Patients
Telemedicine came into its own during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act, physicians could bill the same amount for a telemedicine visit with Medicare patients as they could for an in-person visit. And many commercial healthcare insurers followed suit, relaxing restrictions for telemedicine for most patients. This "points to the fact that now that telehealth is mainstream, it is essential that no group be left behind if at all possible," Jonathan Weiner, a professor of health policy and management and health informatics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, tells Fierce Healthcare. "This would include patients with disabilities that impact their use of telehealth as well as those facing technical or financial access barriers. And while telehealth rates may have decreased since the peak of the pandemic, we aren't going back to the pre-COVID era. This mode of care is here to stay, and we must view these barriers as an important potential cause of healthcare disparities:"
10) Telstra Unveils 5G Touch And Track Prototype: A New Way For Vision Impaired Australians To Experience Live AFL
This footy finals season Telstra is demonstrating how 5G technology and the power of their network can bring the magic of near real-time sporting action to Australia's vision impaired audience:
11) Improving Services to Taxpayers With Visual Disabilities
Millions of U.S. taxpayers are visually impaired and unable to read print material in a standard font size. As a result of a settlement agreement between the IRS and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on July 10, 2020, the IRS agreed to develop a process for taxpayers to request post-filing tax notices in a variety of acceptable formats, including Braille and large print. (See IRS statement, July 15, 2020.) This settlement resolved a case brought forth by several blind taxpayers and NFB who alleged the IRS was in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits individuals with a disability from being excluded from the participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subjected to discrimination under any executive agency:
12) Liberty Global and Nuance Expand Voice-Enabled TV Services to Provide Accessibility for Visually Impaired Customers
New capabilities allow for UK customers to change channels and search guides simply using their voice, making access to programming and customer service requirements easier than ever:
13) Because Every Vote Counts: Making Elections More Accessible
According to data released earlier this month, an estimated 1.95 million people with disabilities had trouble voting in the 2020 election. Today marks the beginning of Disability Voting Rights Week 2022, an annual effort coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to make sure disabled voters in every community across the country are registered, ready to vote and have access to the ballot. Additionally, it's a day to engage with candidates and community leaders on issues impacting people with disabilities and to discuss better accessibility inclusion programs:
14) 30 Hikers Who Are Visually Impaired Focus On What's Possible
On the trail there's a common thread among these hikers who have lost some or all their vision: We can do a lot more than people might think:
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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 email@example.com ✉. If you have any questions, you can use the same address.
4) Survey: Seeking User Feedback On The Accessibility Of COVID And Home Diagnostics Tests | ACB On Behalf Of The National Institutes Of Health (NIH) And The Georgia Institute Of Technology
Closes: September 22nd 2022 Whether you have taken a COVID home test or not, your feedback is incredibly valuable to inform this research and improve all future forms of home diagnostic testing. Please help us gain more equitable access to at-home testing by taking 15-20 minutes to share your thoughts and experiences in response to this survey:
5) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ or send a text to (541)-360-9491 ☎.
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
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1) That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 98: Apple Far Out Recap, It's Time To Stand
September 7th 2022 | Join the entire That Real Blind Tech Show gang, Brian, Ed, Allison, and Jeanine for a fun light hearted recap of Apple's Far Out event. We discuss the new Apple Watches, iPhones, and Air Bud Pro two's. We also discuss the newly announced Bose Quiet Comfort Buds two. We discuss whether or not VoiceOver users should be installing iOS 16 or wait until the first few updates to the operating system drop. You will not want to miss the strange time one of us is receiving those It's time to stand watch notifications:
2) Careers For The Blind Episode 49: Chief Accessibility Officer - Jeff Wissel
September 8th 2022 | Discussion with Jeff Wissel about Disability:IN and his position. Disability:IN's role in the disability and inclusion landscape of corporate America, the Disability:IN conference, and initiatives they are taking to advance the equality of people with disabilities in the work place. The certification body of Disability Owned Businesses, and the Procure Access Initiative, are two examples given in the podcast:
3) Mosen at Large Episode 197: iOS 16, Demo And Explanation Of Some Of Its New Features
4) Blind Abilities Episode 889: Tech Abilities: 5 More Perspectives on Apple's Far Out Event
September 10th 2022 | The much anticipated Far Out event from the Fruit Company called Apple was back on Wednesday and this group of 5 took it all in and got together in the Blind Abilities Studio to give their perspectives on the event, the new iPhone 14 line up, the 3 new Apple watches and the 2nd Generation Air Pods Pro. Serina Gilbert, Callie Gray, Seyoon Choi, Jesse Anderson and Jeff Thompson get to the core of the Apple event and dabble around the orchard with opinions, perspectives and some Apple picking. You can watch the entire Apple Far Out Event on Apple's YouTube Channel. Thanks for listening and leave us a message, give us some feedback, suggestions or just say Hi at info@BlindAbilities.com ✉ or give us a call at (612) 367-6093 ☎, we would love to hear from you. Subscribe to the Blind Abilities Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and check out all the podcasts on the web at BlindAbilities.com. Listen here:
5) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 92: Location Services
September 10th 2022 | In episode 92, we talk about an important setting on android which is location services. We show how to take a look at apps requesting location access and how to grant or prevent apps from tracking you. In our app of the week section, we demo DayBridge which is a Calendar App which can also become a social networking app. This episode can be found at:
6) Eyes on Success Episode 2237: Raising A Sighted Child
September 14th 2022 | What is it like to raise a sighted child when one of the parents is blind? That is the question Ron and Denise Miller asked of hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey back in 2015. We talked with the Miller's about our experiences raising sighted children and aired a show based on the discussion. Now, seven years later, we follow up with Ron to see how it's been going:
7) FSCast 220: Archive of the August 2022 FSOpenLine
September 14th 2022 | On the Archive of the August FSOpenLine, Ryan Jones, Glen Gordon, and Rachel Buchanan take your calls on a variety of topics including: Math in Braille with JAWS, switching Braille tables on the fly, Quick Keys in Word, efficiently reading Windows event logs, and why new JAWS versions are installed alongside old ones.
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
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1) 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:
2) Deliver Accessible Materials With EasyReader | Learn How to Make Learning Materials Talk! | Dolphin Computer Access
September 15th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | If you're working in an educational setting, get information about Dolphin's Free Accessible Book Reader for IOS, Android, Windows and Fire. You'll learn how it works with accessible libraries like Bookshare, CELA and NLS-BARD. Webinars scheduled through December, click to attend one that works with your schedule:
3) 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:
4) 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:
5) 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:
6) 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:
7) Inclusive Design 24 #ID24, a Free, 24-hour, Virtual Accessibility Conference
September 21st 2022 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 10:30PM GMT | Whether you're new to accessibility or an expert wanting to learn more about a specific topic, #ID24 has 24 talks you'll be interested in. This free, 24-hour virtual accessibility conference is hosted on YouTube and starts at 23:30 UTC on the 21st of September. You can pick and choose which sessions you want to view, from more technical talks like Rabab Gomaa's "The Recipe for Making Accessible Widgets!" to talks about overarching accessibility theories like Kate Every's "Dangerous Design: Why We Need to Think about Design Ethics." Also, Rachael Bradley Montgomery and Vispero's Matt Ater will be presenting a session called "Tips and Tradeoffs to Designing Accessible Escape Rooms." Save the date and check out the complete schedule:
8) 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:
9) 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:
10) 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:
11) 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:
12) 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!
13) 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:
14) 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:"
15) 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!
16) 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: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.
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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: 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.
➜ Announcing The Availability of the 60 Inch Locking Titanium Telescopic Cane
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. To kick this off, we are offering a combo cane / waistpack package with an included cane holder. $100 for 50 and 54 inch cane/waistpack; $120 for the 60 inch combo. Call Barry for this new product at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or by email at email@example.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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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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