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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 29, 2022 - Volume 878

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

A.) Dictating On The iPhone | How To Get The Best Results | 9to5Mac (8.6% of all clicks.)
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/

B.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Create A Folder in Outlook (5.3% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/119.html

C.) Announcing BARD Mobile for iOS 2.0 (4.6% of all clicks.)
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

D.) New Accessibility Features in Windows 11 22 H2 | Paul Thurrott (4.5% of all clicks.)
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

E.) Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update: Every New Feature You Should Care About (4.0% of all clicks.)
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

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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: IDIEMNTOEAR = REMEDIATION
NEW SCRAMBLE: ALELRBBER SSIEOM = (Note: This scramble is two words. The included space is not in the proper place.)

4) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Create A To-Do Task In Outlook

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/122.html

5) Screen Gestures For Use With Dolphin's Free EasyReader App

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/121.html

6) Aira Seeks Android Users for Closed Beta Testing

Aira is excited to announce that we are working on improving our mobile app across both iOS and Android devices. As our apps evolve, we have invested in technology that allows us to write features once and have them available on multiple device types, which means for you, the pace of updates and new functionality will be more consistent. We are seeking individuals, particularly Android users, who are interested in participating in a closed Beta. We need people who are excited to try new technologies, enjoy giving feedback, and are not discouraged when things aren't working as expected. The closed beta will begin sometime in the next month. To apply for consideration, please complete the form at:
https://bit.ly/airabeta

7) Everything Amazon Just Announced At Its Annual Hardware Event: A Kindle You Can Write On, A New TV, Four New Echo's And More

Amazon just announced a bunch of new hardware and software products and services:
https://www.wired.com/story/everything-amazon-announced-september-2022/

8) Describing Yourself in Meetings Survey Results and a New Alt Text Survey | Karlen Communications

The results of the survey I conducted about describing yourself during meetings or conference sessions are up on my website:
Article: https://www.karlencommunications.com/PDFsurvey.html
Tagged PDF: https://bit.ly/3RkyjzM
I've also launched a new iteration of the Alt Text Survey that I conducted last year. The 2022 version is now here: https://forms.office.com/r/QBLTwR5kg3

9) Bookshare Reader

The new Bookshare web reader was launched. Bookmarking and picking up from where you left off are some of the enhancements. This will make it easier to read Bookshare content from any computer. Note that other versions of the Bookshare Reader, including for smart speakers is coming later:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-started/bookshare-reader

10) Intel's Unison App On Windows Will Let You Text And Send Files From Your Android Device Or iPhone

This app will allow users to access certain features on their smartphone from their Windows computer. It will be available on 12th and 13th generation Intel based computers. We hope it is accessible:
https://9to5google.com/2022/09/27/intel-unison-app-text-from-windows/

11) Exploring Whether Dual-Frequency GPS On The iPhone 14 Pro Makes A Meaningful Difference To Real-World Navigation

This post by David Goodwin describes some of the potential advantages dual-frequency GPS could provide for users of popular navigation apps for mobility. Results did not bear that out currently:
https://applevis.com/blog/exploring-whether-dual-frequency-gps-iphone-14-pro-makes-meaningful-difference-real-world

12) Google TV Will Curate Movies With Audio Descriptions In Accessibility Push

Google will curate movies available for purchase with audio description on Google TV through The Assistant:
https://9to5google.com/2022/09/08/google-tv-audio-descriptions/

13) How To Enable The New Power On And Off Sounds For iPhone 14

Cool Blind Tech brings us instructions for enabling and disabling startup sounds on iOS making it easier for blind and low vision users to know when their phone boots or shuts down:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-enable-the-new-power-on-and-off-sounds-for-iphone-14/

14) UX Win: Otter Basic Plan Updates Message | Deborah Edwards-Onoro

I've been a fan of Otter.ai, the speech to text web-based application which creates audio files and transcripts, for the past few years. It's one of my top recommendations to people looking to capture meeting notes, add transcripts to podcasts, or captions to videos. And for user experience researchers to record and transcribe user research interviews and usability test sessions. Having said that, you always want to edit autogenerated transcript. They're not 100% accurate. What I like about Otter.ai:
https://www.lireo.com/ux-win-otter-basic-plan-updates/

15) Enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta 2

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

16) Cloudflare Takes a Stab at a Captcha That Doesn't Suck

The internet infrastructure company has an alternative tool to check whether you're human — and it doesn't force you to pick out buses in tiny boxes:
https://www.wired.com/story/cloudflare-captcha-turnstile/?redirectURL=/story/cloudflare-captcha-turnstile/

17) Reminder: The Internet Archive Offers Free Access to Books For People With Qualifying Print Disabilities | Tech-VI List | David Goldfield

While the Internet Archive may not be the easiest page to navigate learning how to access it is well worth it as you will surely find content available from the site that may not be available elsewhere. If you are a user of BARD, Bookshare or the Ace Portal (Ontario) you can use your password from any of those sites to qualify your Internet Archive account for this service:
https://archive.org/details/printdisabled&tab=about

18) Windows 11 2022 Update: The Ultimate Resource Guide

Windows 11 version 22H2 has arrived, and here's what you need to know to get started:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-11/windows-11-2022-update-the-ultimate-resource-guide

19) RIM Versus JAWS Tandem and NVDA Remote | Web Friendly Help

Pneuma Solutions has just released Remote Incident Manager. What is it? This is a software package that allows you to remotely control another computer. The way this is done is simple. The controller and the target both choose a keyword to type into an edit box, then the controller is connected. You can also setup unattended access, meaning that someone wanting help can allow for the tech support to connect automatically without needing to type a keyword first. This is the only remote-control package that is completely accessible to assistive technology users, without requiring the use of a specific access technology product. There are plenty of remote-control software packages out there. I've tried many, and I've always been sorely disappointed:
https://webfriendlyhelp.com/rim-versus-jaws-tandem-and-nvda-remote/

20) EasyReader Premium Launch | Dolphin

The EasyReader App remains free to download and use. You can browse, download and read books from over 60 accessible libraries around the world. EasyReader Premium offers additional features within the EasyReader App — these include synchronization, access to Google Classrooms files and use on Mac — so you can read and learn anywhere! Our library partnerships continue to flourish, and we are proud that EasyReader App has been inducted into the AppleVis Hall of Fame by a global community of blind and partially sighted app users. We continue to develop EasyReader App, so people with visual impairments or neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia have better access to books and reading, in ways that suit their vision and reading preferences:
http://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=524

21) Apple Releases iOS 16.0.2 With Bug Fixes for VoiceOver Being Unusable After Rebooting, Copy/Paste, and More

Apple has released iOS 16.0.2 to the public. According to the release notes, iOS 16.0.2 resolves a bug which could cause VoiceOver to become unusable after rebooting your iPhone. The full list of fixes mentioned in the release notes are:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-1602-bug-fixes-voiceover-being-unusable-after-rebooting-copypaste-more

22) Product Review Of Seeing AI

Seeing AI uses a combination of technologies to narrate text, people, objects, and scenes for blind or visually impaired kids. Main channels include a short text reader, document reader, scanner, and person identifier. Experimental channels include the scene, color, and handwriting readers. There are tutorials for every channel, but the tool's not hard to figure out. Just choose a channel, point your device at what you'd like to hear narrated, and tap the screen or wait for the capture:
https://www.thetechedvocate.org/product-review-of-seeing-ai/

23) Dynamic Tactile Device (DTD) Refreshable Braille and Tactile Graphics Display Fact Sheet | APH

The Dynamic Tactile Device (DTD) is a refreshable braille and tactile graphics display capable of showing traditional braille and tactile graphics on the same tactile surface. DTD is not its final name and just a working title. The final name will be announced closer to launch:
https://www.aph.org/dtd-fact-sheet/

24) Feelif Pro Tablet Fact Sheet | Irie AT

Untested by Top Tech Tidbits we provide this link for informational purposes only. Discover a whole new digital world of pictures, shapes and colors with a special tactile grid, vibrations and sounds. It only takes minutes to learn the basics:
https://irie-at.com/product/feelif-pro/?mc_cid=230c13bb05

25) Remixing Linux For Blind And Visually Impaired Users

Fegora, a Fedora project, is an unofficial Linux distribution aimed at visually impaired users:
https://opensource.com/article/22/9/linux-visually-impaired-users

26) Scientists Develop 3D Printed Glasses With The Potential To Cure Color Blindness

Researchers at Khalifa University have come up with a set of 3D printed glasses that could be capable of curing Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) disorders:
https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/scientists-develop-3d-printed-glasses-with-the-potential-to-cure-color-blindness-214927/

27) Recording: Airacast Explorer Call September 2022 Featuring Envision Glasses

Did you miss the Explorer Call? Here it is from the Airacast feed:https://pnc.st/s/airacast/c75d808b/explorer-call-september-2022-featuring-envision-glasses

28) Software Programmer Develops App To Help Bus Drivers See Blind Passengers

Software programmer Cassie Hames is a regular bus user, and is also legally blind. To make it easier to hail public buses, she's developing an app that would trigger an alert to the driver:
https://coolblindtech.com/software-programmer-develops-app-to-help-bus-drivers-see-blind-passengers/

29) Recording | Blindness and Diabetes Webinar: Dexom and FreeStyle Libre | Accessible Pharmacy Services For The Blind | September 23rd 2022 | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRK6KTgaBHs

30) Recording: Unmute Presents on ACB Community S1 E7 | September 27th 2022

This is a recording of the ACB Community Call Held on Tuesdays at 10AM PT, 1PM Eastern. Michael Babcock and Damashe Thomas answer questions that people have and the differences between the Vocaster with Loopback and Be My Eyes. Questions about cables and more also come up in this hour long episode:
https://pnc.st/s/unmute-presents-on-acb-communi

31) An RNIB Guide To Braille Displays For Blind And Partially Sighted People

An RNIB guide to braille displays, how they work, and how they are used by blind and partially sighted people:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/living-with-sight-loss/assistive-aids-and-technology/everyday-tech/reading-and-writing/an-rnib-guide-to-braille-displays-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-people/

32) An RNIB Guide To Accessible Televisions

Most mainstream televisions available today have accessibility features and tools built into them which help to make these devices accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/living-with-sight-loss/assistive-aids-and-technology/everyday-tech/tv-audio-and-gaming/accessible-televisions/

33) An Invitation to Explore APH CareerConnect | APH | VisionAware

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time we at the APH ConnectCenter focus on the important roles individuals who are blind or low vision possess in our workforce. If you are an older individual who is blind or low vision, your contributions to the workforce are valued! If you're interested in re-entering the workforce or mentoring those in the workforce, we invite you to visit APHCareerConnect:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/an-invitation-to-explore-aph-careerconnect/

34) Maryland State Library Agency Tech Newsletter | Fall 2022 Edition

Including: Holiday Gift Ideas | Learning VoiceOver | The Varsity Network App | A Day In The Life Of An Amazon Echo Revisited | Events | Most Recent TUG Meeting:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDLIBRARY/bulletins/32c7fcd

35) Hadley Headlines for September 2022

Including: Hidden Gems | What's New | Learner Spotlight | Discussion Groups | Hadley Hint:
https://bit.ly/3UOE8Im

36) TPGi Accessibility Updates for September 2022

Including: Spotlight on ARC Provider Package | Next Month: Attend #a11yTO! | An Argument Against CSS Opacity | Testing with Speech Recognition | Improve your accessibility testing skills with FREE ARC training sessions:
https://bit.ly/3E5Lbqi


➜ Press Releases and Other News

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Press Release or Other News item for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-tidbit or locate "Tidbit Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) American Foundation for the Blind Announces Free Digital Inclusion Toolkits for School Administrators, Teachers, Families, and Students

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has announced its Digital Inclusion Toolkits, a set of free resources to create, encourage, and advocate for more digitally inclusive classrooms. Designed for school administrators, teachers, families, and students who are blind or have low vision, the toolkits include planning tools for educators and administrators; information and resources for families and students with visual impairments that are designed to help them connect with others; advocacy tips; and lists of support organizations, hotlines, and other helpful resources:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-foundation-for-the-blind-announces-free-digital-inclusion-toolkits-for-school-administrators-teachers-families-and-students-301634625.html

2) San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Names Sharon Giovinazzo Chief Executive Officer

The San Francisco-based LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has announced that it has named Sharon Giovinazzo as its new Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1902, the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is one of the nation's largest and most established blindness organizations, providing comprehensive education, training, and advocacy for the community:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/san-francisco-lighthouse-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-names-sharon-giovinazzo-chief-executive-officer-301633593.html

3) U.S. Access Board Seeks Public Comment on Accessibility Guidelines for Self-Service Transaction Machines

Touchscreen kiosks and other types of self-service transaction machines (SSTMs) are a common feature in places of public accommodation, government offices, and other buildings and facilities, allowing users to independently conduct a range of transactions and functions. The U.S. Access Board has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on supplemental accessibility guidelines for different types of SSTMs, including electronic self-service kiosks, for persons with disabilities. The Board seeks comments on accessibility related to the various types of SSTMs, use and design of SSTMs, location of SSTMs, and economic impacts on small business, non-profit, and governmental entities in the implementation of accessible SSTMs:
https://www.access-board.gov/news/2022/09/27/u-s-access-board-seeks-public-comment-on-accessibility-guidelines-for-self-service-transaction-machines/

4) U.S. Midterm Candidate Websites Lacking In Basic Accessibility, Blind Charity Says

Significant swathes of voters with sight loss are already contending with access barriers when it comes to participating in the U.S. midterm elections due to take place in November 2022. According to research just published by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, which looked at eight midterm races in five key swing states, major access barriers prevail across the 16 candidate websites under review:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2022/09/27/us-midterm-candidate-websites-lacking-in-basic-accessibility-blind-charity-says/?sh=672d7cd67c75

5) Copyright Act | Big Court Win For Visually Impaired | YouTube |

Section27 and Blind SA are celebrating a landmark judgment. The High Court ruled the Copyright Act is unconstitutional. It blocks books from being converted to accessible formats for the blind without permission of the copyright holder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOviyuZCMiY

6) Guide Dogs for the Blind and American Foundation for the Blind Release Research Study Findings

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have announced the findings of The Role of Guide Dogs in 2022 and Beyond, a joint, two-year research study to examine the long-term outlook for guide dog use in the United States and Canada:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220922005306/en/Guide-Dogs-for-the-Blind-and-American-Foundation-for-the-Blind-Release-Research-Study-Findings

7) Right to Know Week 2022 | OIPC Launches Accessible "Know Your Access Rights" Video

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) is inviting the public to "Know Your Rights" during the annual Right to Know (RTK) Week, held September 26th to October 2nd. RTK Week is promoted each year internationally evolving from International Right to Know Day, September 28th, which has been marked around the world since 2002:
https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2022/oipc/0926n02/

8) People Are Really Putting Aside Health And Wellbeing To Try And Manage Costs

Blind and partially sighted people are particularly vulnerable during the cost of living crisis, charities have warned:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/industry/charity/2022/09/26/people-are-really-putting-aside-health-and-wellbeing-to-try-and-manage-costs

9) A Global First As Aunt Bessie's Brings State-Of-The-Art Technology To The Freezer Aisle To Assist Blind And Partially Sighted People

Aunt Bessie's is bringing a first to the freezer aisle, by teaming up with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and NaviLens to support people with sight loss when shopping and preparing frozen food:
https://www.essexmagazine.co.uk/2022/09/a-global-first-as-aunt-bessies-brings-state-of-the-art-technology-to-the-freezer-aisle-to-assist-blind-and-partially-sighted-people/

10) Foundation Fighting Blindness Launches #ShareYourVision Campaign for October Blindness Awareness Month

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world's leading organization committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, launches a new social media campaign, #ShareYourVision. The new campaign coincides with October's Blindness Awareness Month:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/foundation-fighting-blindness-launches-shareyourvision-campaign-for-october-blindness-awareness-month-301630205.html

11) Netflix's Head Of Accessibility Grew Up With Deaf Parents, And It Made Her More Aware That TV Subtitles Can Be Terrible

It was only when she watched TV at a friend's house as a child that Heather Dowdy realized people didn't always use subtitles. Dowdy, who was hired as Netflix's first director of product accessibility last year, used to watch shows like "Family Matters" at home when she grew up in Chicago in the 1990s. The subtitles would always be on, because her parents are deaf. "That's what my parents automatically had," she told Insider. This experience shapes her job at Netflix, where she is tasked with making the platform more accessible to people with disabilities:
https://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-accessibility-head-on-growing-up-with-deaf-parents-2022-9

12) How Disability Is Informing Better Products-And Better Organizations

It wasn't so long ago that businesses were operating in what Jenny Lay-Flurrie calls the "dark ages." As Microsoft's chief accessibility officer, and someone who describes herself as "profoundly deaf," Lay-Flurrie said that the concerns and needs of people with disabilities were almost completely ignored by the business world:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90792839/how-disability-is-informing-better-products-and-better-organizations

13) Asda Expands In-Store Navigation Trial For Blind Customers

Asda is set to expand its trial of the GoodMaps smartphone app which helps blind or partially sited customers to navigate around the Big 4 grocer's stores:
https://www.grocerygazette.co.uk/2022/09/22/asda-navigation-tool-blind/

14) 'First-Of-Its-Kind' Program To Train Visually Impaired As Digital Accessibility Testers

A "first-of-its-kind" workforce development program has launched in North Carolina to train people who are blind or visually impaired to become digital accessibility testers:
https://wraltechwire.com/2022/09/22/first-of-its-kind-program-to-train-visually-impaired-as-digital-accessibility-testers/

15) Disney On Ice Treat Aims To Make Show More Magical For Visually Impaired Children

A group of children with sight impairments will get to enjoy a whole new experience when much-loved show Disney on Ice comes to Newcastle in December:
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/disney-ice-treat-aims-make-25091010

16) Mom Captures Video Of Visually Impaired Son Getting Chance To "See" Firefighter By Feeling

A mom captured a video of her visually impaired son getting the chance to "see" a firefighter by feeling the equipment and uniform with his hands. "His favorite part was spending time with this patient fire fighter who allowed Junie to feel all over his uniform and gear, touch whatever he wanted, hear the sounds his equipment made, and answered all of his questions!" the mother wrote in part on Facebook:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpHc1m4VuMA

17) Asda Expands Trial Of UK's First Indoor Navigation Tool For Blind And Partially Sighted People

Asda is expanding its trial of new technology which will make it easier for blind and partially sighted customers to navigate their way through the store whilst they do their shopping:
https://corporate.asda.com/newsroom/2022/09/21/asda-expands-trial-of-uks-first-indoor-navigation-tool-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-people

18) Elon Among Dozens Of Universities Sued Over Website Accessibility

Plaintiff claims the university, athletics websites are not accessible for blind, visually-impaired consumers:
https://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2022/09/elon-among-dozens-of-universities-sued-over-website-accessibility


➜ 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: 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 ☎.

3) Survey: Aira Seeks Android Users for Closed Beta Testing

Closes: October 13th 2022Aira is excited to announce that we are working on improving our mobile app across both iOS and Android devices. As our apps evolve, we have invested in technology that allows us to write features once and have them available on multiple device types, which means for you, the pace of updates and new functionality will be more consistent. We are seeking individuals, particularly Android users, who are interested in participating in a closed Beta. We need people who are excited to try new technologies, enjoy giving feedback, and are not discouraged when things aren't working as expected. The closed beta will begin some time in the next month. To apply for consideration, please complete the form at:
https://bit.ly/airabeta

4) Survey: Alt Text | Karlen Communications

Closes: October 13th 2022I've launched a new iteration of the Alt Text Survey that I conducted last year. The 2022 version is now here: https://forms.office.com/r/QBLTwR5kg3


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Mosen at Large Episode 199: Meet The Hable One, And David Andrews Remembers The Early Days Of Assistive Computer Technology

September 24th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/01f71692/meet-the-hable-one-and-david-andrews-remembers-the-early-days-of-assistive-computer-technology

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 94: Safety, Emergency, SOS, Medical Info, Etc.

September 24th 2022 | In this episode, we let users know we are nearing our 100th episode. We talk about SOS, emergency, and medical info. We have a new CSR episode. We also talk about Chrome flags in which we force websites into dark mode:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrPSzvucItB-zoXtbRwd-mc

3) Blind Abilities Episode 893: Tech Abilities: The School And Work Grind, Apples Galore, Twitter Alt Text Reminder, Amazon Announces Event, Apple 1, Block That Message, The Fart That Went Public And More Tech Tidbits To Boot!

September 26th 2022 | Serina Gilbert, Seyoon Choi and Jeff Thompson gather in the Blind Abilities Studio after the Apple Launch and dive right into the latest news and announcements from the 4 corners of the Earth. Yes, we record and then receive as like any other time, the Apples arrive and it is all good in the orchard as more apples will soon fall from the tree in this never ending routine of gadgetry. However, there is a lot more tech tidbits out there and we are bringing it. Here are some links to the topics we brought to the table,. But, there is also a nationally publicized fart, yes, fart and we brought it along as well. We would love to hear from you! See all the links and topics on the website and wherever you listen to the podcast! Send us an email at: info@BlindAbilities.com ✉ or give us a call and leave us some feedback at (612) 367-6093 ☎. Listen here:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7644

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2239: Images from the Webb Telescope

September 28th 2022 | If you can't see the image, you can still experience it. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Timothy Rhue II, principal informal education specialist, and Claire Blome, Principal Science Writer and author of some of the descriptions, both of the Space Telescope Science Institute, about how images from the James Webb Telescope are being made accessible to everyone:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202239.htm


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1) 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

2) 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

3) Byte Size Training Technology

October 3rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The Taking A Byte Out Of Technology event is where I will be discussing the assistive technology training services that Byte Size Training Tech offers:
https://fb.me/e/3DPB9FOkI

4) Ensuring That The World's Knowledge Is Accessible By All: Canadian Blind Scholars Share Their Experiences Of Journal And Other Digital Content

October 3rd 2022 | The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and its members are critical partners in the work of ensuring access to the world's knowledge for a diversity of students and faculty with print disabilities. The 2016 CRKN model license was a step in the right direction. However, unless principles of accessibility are intentionally centred at all stages of CRKN's activities - from procurement of academic journal subscriptions and eBooks, to negotiation with vendors, and the digitization of existing and often historic print resources - CRKN members may actually create and sustain accessibility barriers for disabled readers. In this round table presentation, blind scholars from diverse academic fields of study at Canadian universities and at various stages of our academic careers will highlight why strong and reciprocal community collaboration and deliberate relationship building are essential for CRKN to ensure its activities support digital accessibility. The panel will demonstrate how blind scholars access journal articles and eBooks with screen readers and braille displays. We will describe the everyday access barriers we face when we try to engage with the journal articles and other digital materials we require to complete and teach courses and undertake a diversity of research projects. We will also describe the significant personal impacts of encountering inaccessible library materials. Finally, we will offer our perspectives on practical solutions that are grounded in an assertion that accessibility is necessarily facilitated by a collective commitment across CRKN members and a collaborative relationship that centers diverse disabled expertise in all aspects of this work:
https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/conference/2022-crkn-conference-strength-community/program/ensuring-worlds-knowledge-accessible-all

5) Q&A: Tech for Blind and Low Vision Students | Thomas Pocklington Trust

October 4th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Calling all students. Maybe you have started the new academic year. Or university may be just in sight. But have you got all the tech you need to succeed? Do you know about built-in accessibility features that could make your life easier when studying? Join Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) for this tech Q&A webinar for students who are blind or low vision. We will have a panel of experts including education professionals, Student Voices volunteers and members of our education and tech teams. We are here to answer your questions! How can you make the most of the tech you are already using? Perhaps you want to know what built-in accessibility features you might find on college or university library computers. How can a screen reader help with accessing course textbooks? Our expert panel will bring a wealth of assistive technology experience from across school, college and university environments in the UK. If we can't answer your question ourselves, we will know who to ask:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kqYMhy_2QwaH7gDMdynQUQ

6) Outlook Calendar, Contacts & Meetings with JAWS Using Speech & Braille | ACVREP CE Approved | Access Ingenuity

October 5th 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 more tips on using Microsoft Outlook with JAWS while on a PC, with a QWERTY keyboard, Focus braille display, and the ElBraille. Previously, we presented working with emails using Microsoft Outlook and JAWS. This presentation will cover the other features of Microsoft Outlook, such as the calendar, contacts, tasks, notes, and starting a meeting. Even if you did not attend the previous session on Outlook email, this one is still beneficial. 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: How to use keyboard commands to quickly switch among the various Outlook features such as mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes. Work with keyboard commands to use the calendar, such as changing the calendar view and creating various appointments and meetings. Explore other Outlook features, such as contacts, tasks, and notes. Meeting ID: 815 1257 3200 | Passcode: 008291 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81512573200#,,,,*008291# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81512573200?pwd=SGVQUEh6RytiZ2lINWZrZWFRbzlQdz09#success

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) Windows Screen Readers: JAWS, NVDA & Narrator | Access Ingenuity

October 12th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity for a demonstration and comparison of the screen readers available to use with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Learning Outcomes: Provide a basic overview of the three screen readers and their interfaces. Discuss some advantages and disadvantages of each screen reader and how they behave in different situations. Present a comparison of various factors with the three screen readers, such as price, optimal use cases, end user considerations, tech support, remote tools, availability of features, etc. Meeting ID: 844 5201 1049 | Passcode: 906065 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84452011049#,,,,*906065# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84452011049?pwd=Y0g3dFVZUERQTUJEaEJnY2RjRXV3UT09#success

9) Accessibility Training | Ask Me Anything | TPGi

October 12th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training. Join TPGi for a live AMA event with Brian Elton. Brian is the manager of TPGi's training practice and has been with the company for just over three years after having spent the previous fifteen as a web developer and manager in various digital agencies in Toronto, Canada. He loves to share his experience and strong accessibility implementation knowledge with anyone who listens. Knowledge is power, and the reality is that most people working on creating inclusive experiences have learned about digital accessibility on the job. If you are unsure what accessibility training suits your team and are searching for answers to questions like: "What is accessibility training? Does my team need accessibility training?" Join us! Please bring your questions and get them answered during our live ask me anything session. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-12-at-12pm-et-accessibility-training-ask-me-anything-ama/

10) Meet the New RUBY 10 | ACVREP CE Approved | Access Ingenuity

October 19th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to as they demonstrate the advanced capabilities of the latest low vision solution from Freedom Scientific, the RUBY 10. The video magnifier has a 10-inch touchscreen and three dedicated cameras, and it can magnify letters, magazines, labels, and photos. The swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. When extended, it also enables full-page OCR. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera can see objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. Users can utilize cutting-edge magnification features with industry-leading OCR to maximize the reading experience. 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: How the RUBY 10 uses cutting-edge view modes not seen in any other device. Discover different uses of the RUBY 10. How the RUBY 10 differs from the other models. Why having OCR in a portable unit can be a game-changer. Meeting ID: 825 2253 8548 | Passcode: 942730 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82522538548#,,,,*942730# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82522538548?pwd=M01GbVVEZGxqd1BYbXFjQjJPOVhYZz09#success

11) Intro to Mobile Accessibility Testing Tools | TPGi

October 25th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Laurie Pagano, Senior Accessibility Engineer. The number of apps for mobile devices is ever-growing. It's important that mobile apps be accessible and inclusive, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of incorporating them into your accessibility-evaluation strategy. Join TPGi Senior Accessibility Engineer Laurie Pagano for an introduction to some of the mobile-device settings, assistive technologies, and other tools that you can add to your accessibility-testing toolbox. Set yourself up for success so you can start testing native mobile apps for accessibility conformance today. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-25-at-12pm-et-intro-to-mobile-accessibility-testing-tools/

12) JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

October 26th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools in JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help menu options, including the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources such as the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page and the Surf's Up Training website. Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

13) 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

14) 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/

15) 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

16) 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

17) 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/

18) 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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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:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

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

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

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!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

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 ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
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:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

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:

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Housewares
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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.


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