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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 22, 2022 - Volume 877

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

A.) What's New In iOS 16 Accessibility For Blind And Deafblind Users | AppleVis | Scott Davert (7.1% of all clicks.)
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:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/whats-new-ios-16-accessibility-blind-deafblind-users

B.) Apple's Killing the Password. Here's Everything You Need to Know (4.2% of all clicks.)
With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple is introducing passkeys — a more convenient and secure alternative to passwords:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-passkeys-password-iphone-mac-ios16-ventura/

C.) New Accessibility Features Are Coming To Android Devices (3.9% of all clicks.)
Android is introducing new features to improve accessibility, personalization, and productivity across various devices:
https://coolblindtech.com/new-accessibility-features-are-coming-to-android-devices/

D.) Accessibility Support Phone Lines You Should Know (3.2% of all clicks.)
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:
https://ophthalmicedge.org/patient/accessibility-support-phone-lines-you-should-know/

E.) iOS 16.1 Beta 1: Here Are All Of The New Features And Changes (3.2% of all clicks.)
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:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/09/14/ios-16-1-changes-features/

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3) 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.
LAST WEEK'S SCRAMBLE: RRREDECSNEEA = SCREENREADER
NEW SCRAMBLE: IDIEMNTOEAR =

4) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Create A Folder in Outlook

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/119.html

5) Dolphin SuperNova With Microsoft Office Power Tip: Reviewing Applied Styles in Microsoft Word

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/120.html

6) Permanently Unhide The "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" Icon in Windows 11 | YouTube | DSurf | Dan Clark

The Taskbar corner in Windows 11 has been condensed to a "Show Hidden Icons" button along with a minimal number of other icons. While this looks great and is less cluttered, some of the icons for apps you may often use could be hidden within the Show Hidden Icons area when you need them. This is true of the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon. Here's how to find it and fix it in Windows 11:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OXPKCma2gY&feature=youtu.be&themeRefresh=1

7) AccessWorld August 2022

Articles this month include: Editor's Notes: Entrepreneurship and Personal Finance | First Post Pandemic Conventions: Together In Nola, NFB 2022 | Online Payment Platforms: An Evaluation of Accessibility, Part II: Apple Pay | Prizmo Go and TextGrabber: A Review of Two Mainstream OCR Apps | ReVision Fitness: An Accessible Fitness Program for iOS, Android, and on the Web:
https://www.afb.org/aw/full-issue?id=18034

8) Android's New Notification Feature Is a Decade Overdue

In Android 13, apps have to ask permission before they send any kind of alerts. Finally:
https://www.wired.com/story/android-13-notifications-permission/

9) Onsite 60 Minute Google Study in New York City For Persons With Speech Impairments Involving A Prototype of Google Assistant | Sept 27th 2022 Through September 29th 2022 | Blind Android Users

If you live in the New York City area and have some speech impairment, Google is inviting you to participate in research involving a prototype of the Google Assistant. This is an in-person appearance, meaning, you would have to go to the Google Office in New York City to do the 60-minute study. Below is the info with the available dates and the URL to the form to fill out for participation in the study. User Type: Users with Speech Impairments. Product: Google Assistant. Length of Study: 60 minutes. Date(s): Tuesday, Sept 27th - Thursday, Sept 29th 2022. Details: User must be located and able to attend an in-person study at our New York City office. User will test a Google Assistant prototype. Thank-You Gift: $125 USD. Location: New York City , New York. Link for participating:
https://forms.gle/A54mECBv3wTuyv2TA

10) iPhone 14: How to Enable the New Power On and Off Sounds

For the iPhone 14 series, Apple has added an optional new accessibility feature that plays a sound when the iPhone is powered on and off. Here's how to enable them:
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/enable-mac-like-startup-sound-turn-on-iphone-14/

11) NVDA 2022.2.3 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2022.2.3 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, is now available for download. This is a patch release to fix an accidental API breakage introduced in 2022.2.1, which broke compatibility with NVDA remote:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-2-3/

12) NV Access In Process For September 2022

The recent patch, NVDA 2022.3 Beta 5, NVDA Remote, and accessing the Windows Task Manager are discussed:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-20th-september-2022/

13) Spotify Launches Audiobooks. Don't Forget Your Wallet

The service was always an unlimited buffet. Now you'll need to fork out for each audiobook — the biggest change to how you pay for Spotify in a decade:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/spotify-launches-audiobooks-dont-forget-your-wallet/#ftag=CAD590a51e

14) How to Unsend and Edit Messages in iOS 16

With one long press, you can finally unsend that ill-considered rant — as long as both you and your contact have iOS 16:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-unsend-and-edit-messages-ios-16/

15) Dictating On The iPhone | How To Get The Best Results | 9to5Mac

Dictating on the iPhone is, I would confidently estimate, something I do more than typing. Siri is also the main way I control my HomeKit devices. Any time I've mentioned either of these things, there are always comments from people saying how terrible their experience is with both, so I thought I'd share a few things I think make a difference. If you've just updated to iOS 16, now is a particularly good time to give dictation another go, as you can now easily mix-and-match speaking and typing:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/09/14/dictating-on-the-iphone/

16) Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update: Every New Feature You Should Care About

The Windows 11 2022 update is here. Here we break down everything new:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/windows-11-2022-update-every-new-feature-you-should-care-about/#ftag=CAD590a51e

17) New Accessibility Features in Windows 11 22 H2 | Paul Thurrott

While this article was published three months ago it applies to the newest version of Windows 11 which is now available. Windows 11 version 22 H2 includes three major new accessibility features. Unfortunately, all three are available in U.S. English only. They are:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-11/268756/new-in-22h2-accessibility

18) OCR Video Series

While we have not yet had the opportunity to review these we are happy to pass on the information. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is proud to announce a video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including how people with disabilities use technology, applicable Federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access. Whether you are in the educational field or not, these videos have wide ranging coverage for those who want to know: What makes technology accessible for individuals with disabilities? And how can I make my site or platform more accessible?
https://adata.org/ocr-videos

19) Alexa Accessibility Features Extend To Fire Tablets

Useful for people with speech and/or mobility disabilities, Tap to Alexa with a compatible Bluetooth switch allows people with disabilities to navigate and interact with their Fire tablet. Tap to Alexa on Fire tablets (8th generation and later) is available in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/alexa-accessibility-features-extend-to-fire-tablets

20) 6 Helpful Accessibility Features in the Amazon Kindle

And while we're on the subject, PC Mag has a description of accessibility features in a Kindle Paperwhite:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/accessibility-features-amazon-kindle

21) How to Fix Common iOS Accessibility Issues

iOS provides a lot of accessibility behavior for free, so it's a great start to making a mobile application accessible. Unfortunately, accessibility is more complicated than the iOS behavior can address, and using only default behavior can actually cause the app to have additional issues:
https://www.deque.com/blog/how-to-fix-common-ios-accessibility-issues/

22) Discussion Paper: Where You AT? Supporting Clients Through Virtual Assistive Technology | The AT3 Team | King's Western University — Canada

Hello fellow ATs. We've just released our discussion paper, Where you AT? Supporting Clients Through Virtual Assistive Technology. You can review insights from this discussion paper based on data from the AT3: An AT Survey for ATs by ATs. This discussion paper contains: An Executive Summary. Highlights from the AT3 survey. AT Tips for virtual support. Recommendations. We hope our discussion paper provides information and guidance that you can use to determine how you move forward with virtual AT support and improve accessibility for your students/clients. Please feel free to circulate this discussion paper among your AT networks:
Yumpu eBook Version: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/67089992/where-you-at
Downloadable Accessible Low-Res Version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IDau6BHz9NnoMfZxsagGaF8g7rEMJ4EY/view?usp=sharing
Downloadable Accessible High-Res Version: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c92b09cb-c4b0-4fe6-9518-e1f222c1e658

23) Closet Organization | Part of the Clothing Series | Hadley |

Learn tips to clean and organize your closet in the following workshop:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/clothing-series/clothing-closet-organization

24) The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice on Apple's Mac App Store

The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice on Apple's Mac App Store to support end users who want to get all of their desktop software from Apple's proprietary sales channel:
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2022/09/19/the-document-foundation-releases-libreoffice-on-apples-mac-app-store/

25) Announcing BARD Mobile for iOS 2.0

NLS has released version 2.0 of BARD Mobile for iOS. In this version, the BARD Website option is replaced by a new and powerful search engine that has the following abilities. The update is expected to be available by Friday, September 23rd 2022:
https://www.loc.gov/nls/?loclr=eabard

26) For Users of NVDA And Microsoft Office | Announcing Office Desk: A New Add-on To Improve Support for Microsoft 365 Apps | Joseph Lee | Tech-VI List

I'm delighted to announce a new add-on project specifically designed for Microsoft 365 users in mind: Office Desk, a new add-on designed to provide improved support for Microsoft Office applications. Borrowing concepts from Windows App Essentials, this add-on consists of a global plugin and a collection of app modules for Office apps such as Excel, Word, Access and others:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2658

27) The Inside Story of NVDA | Joseph Lee | Tech-VI List

First, thank you to Brian V for giving me permission to do something I've been dreaming about for the last few years: giving you a tour of NVDA screen reader internals. For the last few years, I wished I could take some time to tell you how a screen reader works from the inside, as well as add a much needed body of knowledge to screen reader research. When you do a forum archive search for terms such as "internals" and "development", you will come across posts from yours truly and others talking about writing a series of articles on screen reader internals. To quote a few:
Introduction and Overall Goals and Mindset (Technical): https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2660
What A Screen Reader Is And Is Not, Possibilities And Constraints Of Screen Readers: https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2659

28) Recording: Prep and Proof: Use Styles in Microsoft Word with JAWS | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

We 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 and Cathy Johnson:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640?i=1000579681106

29) Telstra Builds A Buzzing, Vibrating Viewer For Visually Impaired AFL Fans

If you can't see the game, chances are you're going to have a different experience watching football, or even reading this article. But Telstra has been dabbling with a gadgety solution that can help you feel it:
https://www.pickr.com.au/news/2022/telstra-builds-a-buzzing-vibrating-viewer-for-visually-impaired-afl-fans/

30) Korean Trio Designs Guitar-Inspired Musical Instrument For The Visually Impaired

Korean design trio Eojin Roh, Seonjin Baek, and Yujeong Shin introduce 'VITAR', a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) designed for the blind and visually impaired. Shaped like a guitar, and instead of the traditional strings, the instrument includes a Braille fingerboard made up of several embossed keys that user's sense and press with their left hand to play a tune. While operating the keys, electronic signals get sent to a Digital Audio Workstation through which the melody unfolds:
https://www.designboom.com/design/vitar-electric-guitar-inspired-musical-instrument-for-the-visually-impaired-09-07-2022/

31) Smartphone 3D Surface Imaging Offers Accessibility to Visually Impaired Pediatric Patients with Craniofacial Abnormalities

For many children, wearing the correct glasses is crucially important to ensuring lifelong, healthy vision. While finding the right prescription or style might be tedious, there are many commercially available glasses to fit the needs of most children. However, for pediatric patients with congenital or acquired craniofacial abnormalities, finding glasses that comfortably fit with their unique cranial anatomy can be a challenge. These children may have poor adherence to wearing glasses daily, and because of this, they are at an increased risk of vision loss secondary to refractive amblyopia:
https://www.docwirenews.com/docwire-pick/home-page-picks/smartphone-3d-surface-imaging-offers-accessibility-to-visually-impaired-pediatric-patients-with-craniofacial-abnormalities/

32) Sao Mai Braille 22.9.15 Released | A Free Word Editor And Braille Translation Software

Sao Mai Braille (SMB) is a free rich text editing and Braille translation software for Windows, developed by Sao Mai Center for the Blind. Sao Mai Center is a non-profit organization based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. With 19 new additional music Braille translation options, full math editing and Braille + speech conversion features, as well as many more new improvements, Sao Mai Braille (SMB) 22.9.15 excels in its support for editing and translating a variety of documents into Braille (text, graphics, math equations and music):
https://saomaicenter.org/en/smsoft/smb


➜ Press Releases and Other News

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1) Canadian Family Taking World Tour Before Children Lose Their Vision

Their daughter Mia was just three years old when Canadian couple Edith Lemay and Sebastien Pelletier first noticed that she was having vision problems. A few years after they first took her to see a specialist, Mia, the eldest of their four children, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic condition that causes a loss or decline in vision over time. By this point, Lemay and Pelletier, who've been married for 12 years, had noticed that two of their sons, Colin, now seven, and Laurent, now five, were experiencing the same symptoms:
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/canadian-family-retinitis-pigmentosa/index.html

2) RNIB and Oxford Uni Press Partner

An agreement between Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has allowed those with a print disability to access more than 900,000 academic books:
https://www.opticianonline.net/news/rnib-and-oxford-uni-press-partner

3) If I Could Speak Again | Cai Emmons

I've been dreaming recently that I can talk. In these dreams I always know that my ability to speak will not last; it will come and go, so while it's available I have to speak quickly and efficiently to say everything I need to say. It's a positive dream, a real pleasure to be able to express myself again, if only for a limited period of time:
https://caiemmons.medium.com/if-i-could-speak-again-3fef979d1008

4) New Treaty Helps Visually Impaired To Access Books

China's effective implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty marks the country's continual efforts to ensure visually impaired people have equal rights to knowledge and education, experts said on Friday:
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202209/17/WS63251ebea310fd2b29e78312.html

5) NewHaptics Awarded NIH SBIR Phase II Grant to Commercialize Multiline Braille and Graphical Tactile Display

NewHaptics, an innovative tactile display technology company, announced it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The competitive $1.7M grant was awarded by the National Eye Institute, which aims to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research. This is the third SBIR award received by NewHaptics to date, and supports the company's development of novel tactile display technology for a low-cost multiline refreshable braille display for the blind:
https://www.yahoo.com/now/newhaptics-awarded-nih-sbir-phase-191300993.html

6) Mida Solutions Launches New Attendant Console for Visually Impaired Agents

Building on its longstanding partnership with Vision Dept, an Italian distributor of products and services for visually impaired and blind people, Mida Solutions has been working closely with the distributor to understand how to improve Mida Attendant Console in order to allow blind and visually impaired people to use the latest version of the application smoothly, without any kind of limitations compared to sighted operators. This has resulted in the new user interface of Mida Attendant Console achieving the aim of placing blind and visually impaired operators on a level playing field with sighted workers:
https://www.uctoday.com/unified-communications/mida-solutions-launches-new-attendant-console-for-visually-impaired-agents/

7) Alibaba Deploys Inclusive Technologies to Help Elderly and Visually Impaired Access Daily Services

Alibaba says it is committed to narrowing the digital divide through scientific and technological innovation, such as by upgrading to barrier-free services, introducing AI to disease screening, as well as by taking care of the needs of vulnerable groups:
https://pandaily.com/alibaba-deploys-inclusive-technologies-to-help-elderly-and-visually-impaired-access-daily-services/

8) Northside Distilling Co. To Release Bourbon Whiskey For The Visually Impaired

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is partnering with Northside Distilling Co. to release Braille Bourbon Whiskey later this month:
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/dining/2022/09/14/braille-bourbon-whiskey-northside-distilling-co-partner-cabvi/69491871007/

9) Braille Institute Establishes Partnership With CSULA to Provide Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Internships

Braille Institute has entered into an agreement with California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) to provide graduate students in their O&M program the ability to obtain hands-on experience by working with blind and visually impaired individuals at one of Braille Institute's seven centers through a formal internship training program:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220913005063/en/Braille-Institute-Establishes-Partnership-With-CSULA-to-Provide-Orientation-Mobility-OM-Internships

10) Dining In The Dark Event Raises Awareness, Funds To Support Hoosiers Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired

Tickets are on sale now for the Dining in the Dark event, which provides guests with an eye mask that allows them to experience how it feels to eat without being able to see. It's all part of a way to bring awareness to the training program offered at Bosma's Center for Visionary Solutions. Dining in the Dark is Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation's signature event. The gala will take place on Saturday, September 24th 2022 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis starting at 7:00 PM:
https://www.wishtv.com/lifestylelive/dining-in-the-dark-event-raises-awareness-funds-to-support-hoosiers-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/

11) Viewpoint: Telehealth Disparities Exist Among Visually Impaired Populations

An article in Health Affairs shows that visually impaired patients often experience telehealth disparities due to difficulties with accessibility and navigation and shares recommendations to alleviate these issues:
https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/viewpoint-telehealth-disparities-exist-among-visually-impaired-populations


➜ Surveys

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1) Surveys: From APH

Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

2) Survey: Data Visualization Research at Boston College

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

3) Survey: 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:
https://gatech.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdqaz5GtByY4H1I

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: bontulaa@oregonstate.edu ✉ or send a text to (541)-360-9491 ☎.


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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1) Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts: Tips for Fun and Accessible Travel

August 19th 2022 | Certified accessible travel advocate Melvin Reynolds joins the podcast to share tips for getting the most out of traveling, no matter your level of vision. Melvin gives advice on what to research ahead of a trip, considerations for traveling with a guide dog, and how a certified accessible travel advocate can help:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/tips-fun-and-accessible-travel

2) Mosen at Large Episode 198: Microphone Advice, Laptop Advice, And One Of These 26 Things Is Not Like The Other

September 17th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/7ad52cf6/microphone-advice-laptop-advice-and-one-of-these-26-things-is-not-like-the-other

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 93: App Bonanza

September 17th 2022 | In this episode we have our quarterly App Bonanza. We demo, Wion, Smart Audio Book Player and Yuka - Food & Cosmetic Scan. And we have a tip of the week in which Samsung users can change their side key from Bixby to Google Assistant. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpqOoiXXhw_Wimpf0YdhkD9

4) Blind Abilities Episode 892: iPhone101 QuickByte: Safari Ticking Be Gone! You Won't Miss It!

September 20th 2022 | Blind Abilities presents another QuickByte offering some troubleshooting for a possible problem you may be having in the Safari app on your iDevice. We think it's safe to assume many of us have experienced it... that distracting, irritating, downright annoying noise: what exactly would we call it? clicking? tapping... Pete Lane says "no," it's clearly ticking! And here is how to turn off that ticking sound: 1. Go to Settings, Accessibility, Voiceover, Audio, Sounds & Haptics, Sounds, and down to "Item Loading". Perform a single-finger double-tap and you'll hear Voiceover say: "On". This is its current position, so do another double tap to turn it "off". Voila! You should not be bothered again by the dreaded "ticking" sound! Listen here:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7639

5) Eyes on Success Episode 2238: Living with a Blind Person

September 21st 2022 | Most episodes of Eyes On Success center on the experiences of a blind person, whether dealing with technology, employment, travelling or whatever. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey discuss raising and living with a blind person from everybody else's perspective, including interviews with Pete's mother, sister, wife, in-laws and children:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202238.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

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1) Accessible Music Tech 2022

September 23rd 2022 | 2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT | A one-day, fully online event with technical talks, panels, and musical demonstrations exploring the intersections of accessibility and music. This event is free and there is no need to register. Just come back here at the start of the event:
https://accessiblemusic.tech/events/2022/

2) Blindness & Diabetes Webinar: Dexcom vs Freestyle Libre | Accessible Pharmacy Services For The Blind

September 23rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Blindness and Diabetes Webinar: Dexcom vs Freestyle Libre. Please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind and University of Pennsylvania's Diabetes Education Center as we compare Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices available to our blind, deafblind, and low vision patients living with diabetes. We will be discussing differences between Dexcom and Freestyle Libre as well as their accessibility features. This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter. If you are unable to attend, please register to receive the webinar audio and video via email:
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-diabetes-webinar-dexcom-vs-freestyle-libre/

3) Discovering Aira on the Blind Shell | Aira

September 27th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join us for this monthly series featuring Diane Ducharme of BlindShell USA and Jenine Stanley of Aira as they discover all there is to know about using Aira on the BlindShell Classic 2 phone:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

4) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83642644156?pwd=dWF6cVBpMFRVVEMvRU9QeUVIYmdMdz09#success

5) Train-The-Trainers Opportunity: Supporting Consumers Who Are Deafblind with Bluetooth QWERTY Keyboards on iOS | Technology Research and Innovation Center (TRIC) | Cost: $50.00

September 29th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | The Technology Research and Innovation Center (TRIC) announces Supporting Your Consumers Who Are Deafblind Using QWERTY Keyboards on iOS VoiceOver on an iPhone has been a popular access solution for many years. Many users also include accessories to utilize the operating system (iOS) more comfortably. Consumers who use speech, individuals who use a Mantis Q40 and for those who prefer typing on a QWERTY keyboard instead of a braille one, QWERTY keyboards often assist them in using their iOS device more efficiently. Demonstrations will be provided. Updated for iOS 16, topics in this seminar include: Reasons why a Deafblind individual may benefit from a Bluetooth keyboard over other access methods. Settings to consider when working with different parts of the Deafblind population. How to set up customized keyboard commands and why this may be necessary. On-screen sign language interpretation, voice over and captioning will be provided. This webinar will be taught by Scott Davert, an expert in the area of Deafblind technology. Time: 1 to 3 PM EDT. Cost: $50.00. CEU's available - please request when you register. Contact Information: If you have any questions about the webinar or registration, please contact us at: PLD@hknc.org ✉. Please use this link to register and pay:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7tSKJ78DRRilAXUqh31Ozw

6) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

7) 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:
https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=111019

8) Virtual Career Fair During Blind Equality Achievement Month | National Federation of the Blind

October 26th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join us Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern via Zoom for our fall virtual career fair. There is no charge for employers or job seekers. The National Federation of the Blind career fairs are events for blind people seeking jobs to connect with employers, and an opportunity for employers to seek more talent for their teams. The career fairs may be in-person or virtual and provide additional trainings for developing skills such as interviewing tips. Join us for the next career fair. Registration required by October 12, 2022. For more information on the career fair, please contact Dick Davis, Employment Committee Chair, at dickblind@gmail.com ✉, John Dubay, Employer Liaison, at jdubay@leadsatscale.com, or Rachel Kuntz at rkuntz@saavi.us ✉. About National Federation of the Blind Employment Initiatives With opportunities to compete in the workplace in terms of equality, blind people can achieve careers based on their dreams, talents, and abilities. The National Federation of the Blind connects working-age blind people with opportunities and resources to compete in the workplace on terms of equality. For more information, contact Maurice Peret, NOMCT, Coordinator of Career Mentoring & Employment Programs, at mperet@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314 ☎, extension 2350.
Registration for Job Seekers: https://nfb.org/form/career-fair-jobseeker-registration
Registration for Employers: https://nfb.org/form/career-fair-employer-registration

9) WordPress Accessibility Day

November 2nd 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | WordPress Accessibility Day is a free, 24-hour online event scheduled to start at 15:00 UTC (11:00 US Eastern, 8:00 US Pacific) on Wednesday, November 2nd. The conference will be held virtually so you can present from anywhere worldwide. Here are some other important things to know about speaking at WordPress Accessibility Day: We will provide an accessible speaking experience — the presentation platform will be screen reader-friendly, and we will have captions and sign language interpretation available for speakers as needed. You don't have to have speaking experience! We would love to have first-time speakers present and can support you in presenting as needed. You don't have to be an "expert" or have any special certifications. Anyone with something to share related to accessibility on the web or in WordPress is invited to apply. You can share your journey learning about accessibility or your experience as a person with a disability even if you don't think you've reached the end of that journey yet. Your topic doesn't have to be explicitly WordPress related. While we want some talks specific to WordPress and want to encourage developer-level presentations, not all talks need to be specific to WordPress. General website accessibility talks with broad applications for websites of all types and people of all levels of technical abilities are welcome. If you have an idea for a talk to share your knowledge or experiences about the intersection of WordPress and accessibility, we'd love to hear it!
https://wpaccessibility.day/weekend-plans-apply-to-speak-at-wp-accessibility-day/

10) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

11) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

12) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

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

13) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx


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➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend.
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➜ Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
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About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

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➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.


➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
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Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


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

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


➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

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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?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839

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Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


➜ Announcing The Availability of the 60 Inch Locking Titanium Telescopic Cane

Why hasn't somebody thought to produce a locking telescopic cane in multiple sizes? For a whole lot of years! Why hasn't there been accurate talking medical products where the thermometer gives you the same reading twice? And why do we get devices marketed to us where the USB port has a life expectancy of months rather than years? Haven't figured out how to solve the last one yet, but the first two, we have. Call Barry at: (617) 969-7500 ☎, or by email at barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


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

It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-96-we-got-more-resolutions-acb-style

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Audible | Google Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube

Hosts: Brian Fischler | Ed Plumacher | Allison Meloy | Jenine Stanley

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

About: A podcast discussing the good & bad of assistive technology for the low vision & totally blind. No longer focused on just Apple VoiceOver technology. That Real Blind Tech show covers all the fantastic talking tech and gadgets out there for the low vision and blindness community. Common topics include Apple's VoiceOver, JAWS, Microsoft Narrator, NVDA, Amazon Alexa and VoiceView, Google Assistant and Android. Basically, if a device can talk to you, we are going to be talking about it. That Real Blind Tech Show will not only educate you, but it will also make you laugh. Listeners are encouraged to not use treadmills or drink hot coffee while listening to our show, or accidents can and have occurred. Dishes have been broken while listening to That Real Blind Tech Show, and while we are responsible for the laughs, we are in no way responsible for the injuries or bills that pile up. Remember to keep it Real and also don't believe anything you hear on That Real Blind Tech Show.

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira on the Blind Shell | September 27th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Join us for this monthly series featuring Diane Ducharme of BlindShell USA and Jenine Stanley of Aira as they discover all there is to know about using Aira on the BlindShell Classic 2 phone:
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Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

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.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


➜ Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore: Touch Tomorrow in Today's Products

Serving blind people since 1999, we're a family-owned, forward-thinking company offering both tried-and-true and exciting new products for blind and low vision consumers. We design and carry self-voicing educational software, Braille supplies, talking gadgets, adapted household items, tactile card and board games, audible toys and gift ideas. Passionate about innovation, we've also created dozens of products from scratch when a suitable solution did not exist. Shop online at http://www.braillebookstore.com/ and enjoy fast, free shipping.

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
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If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


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