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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 6, 2022 - Volume 879

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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This is a photo promoting this year's Laugh For Sight on Monday, October 24th 2022 at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Featured in the promo are all of this year's performing comedians which will star Robert Klein, Ophira Eisenberg, Joe Derosa, Keith Robinson, Aaron Berg, Andy Fiori, Boris Khaykin, Brian Fischler with his Guide Dog Wesley, and Host Brian Mccarthy. Also featured in the promo is a photo of GILBERT GOTTFRIED who will be one of this year's inaugural Laugh For Sight Lifetime Appreciation Award recipients. Other recipients include Robert Klein, Chris Mazzilli, and Larry Goldberg. Tickets are $40 for general admission plus a two drink minimum and $125 for VIP Reserved Seating with an open bar. Everyone is invited to come to the silent auction and cocktail hour which will start at 7pm, the comedy show will start at 830pm. For tickets https://bit.ly/LFSNYC22.

That Real Blind Tech Show is a podcast that aims to inform you and make you laugh. We are not your Grandfather's Blind Tech Show. Co-Hosted by Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher, and Allison Meloy we talk the latest in talking tech products, and give you our honest opinions. Additionally, if you are in NYC, please join us as the tech and comedy worlds collide on October 24th 2022 at Gotham Comedy Club for the return of Laugh For Sight! This year's benefit will feature comedy legend Robert Klein, Ophira Eisenberg, Aaron Berg, Keith Robinson, Joe Derosa, Brian Mccarthy, Andy Fiori, Boris Khaykin, and Brian Fischler with his guide dog Wesley. In honor of our 15th year, we will be presenting the Inaugural Laugh For Sight Lifetime Appreciation Award in which Larry Goldberg will be one of the recipients. All proceeds are being donated to Guiding Eyes For the Blind and the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center's Guide Dog Fund.

Featured in the full promo available here are all of this year's performing comedians which will star Robert Klein, Ophira Eisenberg, Joe Derosa, Keith Robinson, Aaron Berg, Andy Fiori, Boris Khaykin, Brian Fischler with his Guide Dog Wesley, and Host Brian Mccarthy. Also featured in the promo is a photo of GILBERT GOTTFRIED who will be one of this year's inaugural Laugh For Sight Lifetime Appreciation Award recipients. Other recipients include Robert Klein, Chris Mazzilli, and Larry Goldberg. Tickets are $40 for general admission plus a two drink minimum and $125 for VIP Reserved Seating with an open bar. Everyone is invited to come to the silent auction and cocktail hour which will start at 7:00 PM, the comedy show will start at 8: 30 PM.

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Everything Amazon Just Announced At Its Annual Hardware Event: A Kindle You Can Write On, A New TV, Four New Echo's And More (10.8% of all clicks.)
Amazon just announced a bunch of new hardware and software products and services:
https://www.wired.com/story/everything-amazon-announced-september-2022/

B.) Enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta 2 (4.0% of all clicks.)
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

C.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Create A To-Do Task In Outlook (3.9% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/122.html

D.) Dictating On The iPhone | How To Get The Best Results | 9to5Mac (3.8% 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/

E.) How To Enable The New Power On And Off Sounds For iPhone 14 (3.8% of all clicks.)
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/

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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: ALELRBBER SSIEOM = BRAILLE EMBOSSER
NEW SCRAMBLE: IIMCGNAFTAINO =

4) Dolphin SuperNova With Microsoft Office Power Tip: Showing SuperNova Magnification and Visual Effects Through A Microsoft Teams Meeting

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/123.html

5) Reader Review: The Talking Cooking Thermometer

Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/124.html

6) Tech-VI Listserv Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary With Over 1,000 Subscribers on October 10th 2022

Here at Top Tech Tidbits we have a very special appreciation for this list. David Goldfield and the many accurate and timely adaptive technology updates that he provides on a daily basis have become a centerpiece for the adaptive technology community. One that we are always happy to support in any way we can. So please join all of us here at Tidbits in wishing David and the entire Tech-VI List a very happy two year anniversary. To subscribe, send a blank message to:
tech-vi+subscribe@groups.io

7) Accessibility Resources From Amazon Specifically For Top Tech Tidbits Readers

Yes. You read that right. Amazon has reached out to Top Tech Tidbits and we have agreed to provide readers with ongoing accessibility updates provided directly by their Accessibility Department. Here are some interesting updates to kick off this new partnership:
A.) Amazon has just released a series of new videos, featuring people with disabilities (including an Amazon employee) using many of their accessibility features across Alexa, Fire TV, Kindle, and more. An attempt to help all of their customers (many of which are Tidbits readers) to learn how these features can help them be more connected, entertained, and independent:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaQihAe6OdwIj3TkzYEKPN0Nycry8-Veo
B.) Additionally, Amazon has redesigned the accessibility portion of their site to make it easier to explore:
https://www.amazon.com/accessibility
C.) Amazon continues to build new features and offerings with all customers in mind, including Tap to Alexa on Fire tablets:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/alexa-accessibility-features-extend-to-fire-tablets
D.) And Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids on Fire TV:
https://amazonfiretv.blog/fire-tv-launches-hearing-aid-pairing-423d56625683
E.) This video is Amazon's access flagship favorite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ4vkkGvUbU&list=PLaQihAe6OdwIj3TkzYEKPN0Nycry8-Veo&index=1
F.) Finally, you can also visit the Amazon Accessibility blog at:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/how-amazon-is-building-a-more-accessible-future

8) Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'

The company's new smart gadget uses radar to track your breathing while you sleep. It's part of Amazon's plan to weave its products invisibly into your life:
https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-wants-to-cocoon-you-with-ambient-intelligence/

9) Remote Incident Manager Versus The Other Players — Part 2: RIM vs. TeamViewer

I, Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits, and former remote computer technician would like to provide some information on this topic that is directly related to an experience that I had recently in serving a blind client. We were attempting to connect via TeamViewer because that was the client's choice of software. Perhaps because it is free and perhaps because we had successfully used it to connect in previous sessions. Not so this time. The client could not use NVDA, Dolphin QS with Supernova or Windows Narrator to access the TeamViewer application. When the client reached out to these screen reader support groups she was informed by both Dolphin and NVDA that, "the current version of TeamViewer has broken accessibility in their user interface for all screen readers." This incident took place on September 29th 2022. With that, we give you the following article:
https://pneumasolutions.com/remote-incident-manager-vs-the-other-players-part-2-rim-vs-teamviewer/

10) Learn Why And How To Make Your Kiosks Accessible | Mary Jo Barry | Dolphin Computer Access

This past year, global reliance on self-service kiosks has grown by leaps and bounds. There is also greater awareness and understanding — both socially and politically — about our need to provide all kiosk users with an equal and accessible experience. If you're just starting to explore accessibility for your self-service kiosk project, we also recommend you check out our blog Make Your Self-Service Kiosk Accessible. There you'll find insight into the positive impacts of showing consideration for the needs of customers with visual impairments. When you make your self-service kiosk accessible, it's a win for your brand and a big win for prospective customers with a disability or neurodiversity:
https://blog.yourdolphin.com/blog/learn-why-and-how-to-make-your-kiosks-accessible

11) Google Calendar's New Keyboard Shortcuts Might Not Be For You, But They Are Very Important

Android phones are accessible to people across a wide price range, from budget handsets going for a few hundred dollars to flagships for more than a thousand. Thanks to Google's efforts, Android is also evolving into a more accessible platform for people with disabilities. The company's newest effort extends beyond the OS and into its web services. Google Calendar is getting keyboard shortcuts that verbally announce specific details for events:
https://www.androidpolice.com/google-calendar-easier-screen-reader-keyboard-shortcuts/

12) Two New Power Toys Useful For Office Users

Two new Windows Power Toys are especially useful for many Microsoft Office users. One is a better way to type accented characters and the other grabs text from images:
https://office-watch.com/2022/two-new-powertoys-useful-for-office-users/

13) Exploring Whether Dual-Frequency GPS on the iPhone 14 Pro Makes a Meaningful Difference to Real-World Navigation | Applevis | David Goodwin

The marquee features of thee iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are unquestionably upgraded cameras; a new always-on display; and a Dynamic Island' that changes size and shape to accommodate various types of alerts, notifications, and interactions. For my circumstances and use case, I can roughly appraise these as having some potential utility, no utility, and some curiosity appeal. However, digging deep in to the new iPhones' technical specifications, I found something that piqued my interest and which I thought could potentially offer me significant utility, and that is their support for "precision dual-frequency GPS:"
https://applevis.com/blog/exploring-whether-dual-frequency-gps-iphone-14-pro-makes-meaningful-difference-real-world

14) Are Braille Bugs Biting You In iOS 16? Here Is Some Bug Repellent To Help | Scott Davert | Helen Keller National Center for Deafblind Youths and Adults

As many may already be aware, iOS 16 was released on September 12th 2022. For details about many of the new features and changes, please see my article What's New In iOS 16 Accessibility For Blind And DeafBlind Users. Along with every major release come new bugs, and iOS 16 is no exception. For a list of bugs present as detected by the AppleVis Editorial Team, you can visit the blog post entitled The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 16 for Blind and Low Vision Users. Though Apple recently released iOS 16.0.2 which addresses some VoiceOver issues, it did not address a number of bugs related to the editing of text. Though not all users are experiencing these bugs, many are. They seem most common on the iPhone SE 2 and iPhone SE 3, but users on the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 12 Mini are also reporting these shortcomings. The purpose of this posting is to discuss workarounds for some of these bugs:
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/bug-repellent-help

15) Freedom Scientific October 2022 Training Events

The Freedom Scientific training team offers ongoing opportunities for you to join in live training sessions and advance your skills. You're sure to find something that will help you at work, school, or play:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/october-2022-training-events/

16) Microsoft Wants You To Help With Assistive Tech | Jonathan Bennett

In college I had an exceptional piano teacher that was entirely blind. One day he noticed I had brought in my new-ish laptop, and his unexpected request — "can I look at your laptop?" — temporarily flabbergasted me. Naturally there wasn't much he could do with it, so he gave it a once over with his fingers to understand the keyboard layout, and that was that. I still think about this experience from time to time, and the most obvious lesson is that my paradigm for using a computer didn't map well to his abilities and disability. The folks at Microsoft are thinking about this problem, too, and they're doing a lot of work to make technology work for more users, like the excellent Xbox Adaptive Controller:
https://hackaday.com/2022/09/30/microsoft-wants-you-to-help-with-assistive-tech/

17) Talking Points | A Bi-Weekly Livestream | BlindShell USA

Talking Points is a bi-weekly livestream where you can learn everything about the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible phone, meet other BlindShell users, ask questions, discover tips and tricks, explore your favorite applications, learn every day hacks to help you streamline your communication skills, and much more. Talking Points is a free 45-minute livestream for anyone interested in learning more about the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible cell phone. Talking Points meets every other Thursday at 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM Pacific. Register today:
https://blindshellusa.com/talkingpoints/?mc_cid=43b873cc6a

18) Blind Shell Classic 2 Playlist

Payown Media, LLC is producing a series of short form videos about the Blind Shell Classic 2 phone. Currently the playlist consists of 29 videos, and more are being added regularly. The videos provide verbal direction and audio cues from the phone so that you can either follow along with your phone or listen to what the process would be like to complete the task outlined. Accessing this link will take you to the YouTube playlist where you can use heading navigation to navigate through the titles of each video in the playlist and choose that link to begin playback. There's also an opportunity to shuffle the videos or play the list in order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNC7pndw1rKOpgBJVrx6a6mAKJE9BvxHm

19) Accessible Smart Energy Meters | RNIB

Blind and partially sighted people can now request a free Accessible In-Home Display (AIHD) from their energy supplier:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/living-with-sight-loss/assistive-aids-and-technology/everyday-tech/technology-in-the-home/accessible-smart-energy-meters/

20) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for September 2022

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-september-2022

21) Software Developer Invents Assistant Glasses For Blind And Partially Sighted Users

A 25-year-old Turkish Software developer has invented special glasses, named "assistant glasses," that help visually impaired people to "recognize" people or "identify" objects. Graduated from the U.S. Brown College, Melis Gokalp, who is working in an international digital health systems company, wrote the software for the assistant glasses between 2019 and 2021. Here's how they work:
https://coolblindtech.com/software-developer-invents-assistant-glasses-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-users/

22) ASL Now Launches New Mobile App

Connect Direct has launched its new ASL Now app. This is the first-of-its-kind, free mobile app that with the touch of a button connects American Sign Language (ASL) users with trained customer service agents who are fluent in ASL — no interpreters or captions required:
https://www.csd.org/stories/asl-now-launches-new-mobile-app/

23) Upcoming Free Course: VoiceOver In and Out: iOS Edition | TTJ Tech | Mondays and Wednesdays Beginning October 3rd 2022 at 2PM ET

TTJ is now accepting registrations for the upcoming free course: VoiceOver In and Out: iOS Edition. Read on for how to register. This course teaches you everything you need to know about using an iPhone, both with and without VoiceOver, while offering particular emphasis on the fundamentals of navigating with the VoiceOver screen reader. Learn how to set up a new device, how to navigate, how to enter text, how to download and work with apps, how to communicate with others, and so much more, all with VoiceOver. This year's class promises to be our best one yet, and it's still completely free! The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Monday, October 3, 2022 at 2PM Eastern Time. All sessions will be held in Zoom, with sessions also being posted to YouTube for those who are unable to attend. We strongly recommend that you do attend live sessions whenever possible, as you'll have opportunities to ask questions and try the various concepts we teach. If you will be attending live, please plan to join from a secondary device if at all possible. While this is not a requirement, it will make it easier for you to try what you've learned, while still listening to the session. To register, please use the below registration link, complete the form, and you're all set. You will receive an email confirmation from Zoom with the meeting join info within a few minutes of your registration. Please note that due to the need for registration, and the way that process is being handled, it is not ideal for us to add each live teaching session to our TTJ Public Calendar. Rather, you can quickly add all sessions to your own calendar. To do this, simply locate the Add to Calendar attachment link near the bottom of the Zoom confirmation email and click or tap it (double-tap if you are using VoiceOver). This will allow you to add all sessions to the calendar of your choosing within the Apple Calendar app:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqceGgrj8jEtKwf9UcUXu8JK_MUbIfPYsU

24) NVDA 2022.2.4 Released

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-2-4/

25) Speech Accessibility Project

This project at the University of Illinois seeks to help people with various speech disabilities benefit form speech recognition technology:
https://speechaccessibilityproject.beckman.illinois.edu/

26) Matter Is Now Official!

This is a smart home standard that will make device interoperability easier:
https://staceyoniot.com/matter-is-now-official/

27) Microsoft Quietly Releases HDR Calibration App For Windows 11

You can use this app to calibrate your HDR (high dynamic range) monitor or screen on your Windows 11 device:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-11/274302/microsoft-quietly-releases-hdr-calibration-app-for-windows-11?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

28) Show Me The Money! | October 2022 Webinar Series | Maryland Department of Disabilities Assistive Technology Program

A month-long financial resiliency webinar series focused on knowledge-building, resources, and services for people with disabilities to increase financial independence:
https://conta.cc/3D2U43t

29) 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/

30) 19 Android Settings You May Not Know About

From using less mobile data to live captions for videos, these settings will make your phone run more smoothly:
https://www.wired.com/story/19-android-settings-tips/

31) Audiogames.net New Monthly Digest Available | JS | Top Tech Tidbits Reader

I'd like to let everyone who might be interested in blind accessible gaming know about the new monthly digest from audiogames.net. The audiogames.net forums have a sadly well deserved dubious reputation as of late, but the digest itself is a drama free, comprehensive, and to-the-point listing of new, upcoming, and updated games. It's not just audio or text only PC games anymore either, they also cover mobile games for both iOS and Android, games for smart assistance like the Amazon Echo, playable mainstream titles (including those for the console), and even mods written by the community which make existing games that would otherwise be inaccessible, possible for us to enjoy. So whether you're someone who's more (RS Games and Alteraeon), or whether The Last of Us II and Hearthstone is more your speed, you'll find something interesting here! If you'd like to sign up for the monthly updates, you can go to:
http://ctemm.me/agd

32) List of Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup Groups | Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Whether I'm on Twitter or attending an online event, every week someone asks me about accessibility and inclusive design meetup groups. So I decided to create a list of all the accessibility and inclusive design meetup groups I could find online. I've been updating the list since 2015. With over three dozen groups on the list, I wanted to make it easy for people to find a group. So I decided to organize groups first by region, then alphabetically by city within each region:
https://www.lireo.com/accessibility-inclusive-design-in-person-groups/

33) Speech Accessibility Project Aims to Make Voice Recognition More Inclusive

A new research initiative aims to make voice recognition technology more useful for people with a range of diverse speech patterns and disabilities. Big tech companies like Amazon are supporting the Speech Accessibility Project. The Speech Accessibility Project, which launched on October 3rd 2022, is spearheaded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft are all supporting the project, as well as a handful of nonprofit disability organizations:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/speech-accessibility-project-aims-to-make-voice-recognition-more-inclusive/ar-AA12ymAn

34) Paid Google Study For Those With Cognitive Accessibility Needs And / Or Those Who Aare Deaf / Hard of Hearing And Use A Tablet | October 5th Through October 31st 2022

Google is undertaking a paid study for those with cognitive accessibility needs or those who are deaf / hard of hearing and use a tablet. Here is what is needed: User Type: Users with Cognitive Accessibility needs and users who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Product: Android. Length of Study: 90 minutes and short 3 day diary. Details: All users must use a Tablet Device (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo Tab etc.) Open to Tablet users who also use Stylus, Tablet Keyboards, Smart Watches or Smart Displays. User will have a short 3-day follow up diary assignment. Thank-You Gifts: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins plus $45 USD / $60 CAD for short 3 day diary. Location: USA / Canada Remote. Link to participate with eligibility form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRSkeyvWv-EONUIW0b8i8A0V1CenF-lvmkoCve3l1QMgaeiQ/viewform?resourcekey=0-XdiLbrvGRjNN1l91oHSlIw

35) 1428: Shadows Over Silesia For The Blind

This game claims to be accessible. We'll be trying it out in the next few days:
https://blind.shadows1428.com/

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

This program in North Carolina seeks to train people with visual impairments to assess websites for accessibility:
https://wraltechwire.com/2022/09/22/first-of-its-kind-program-to-train-visually-impaired-as-digital-accessibility-testers/

37) Ways To Make Your Home More Accessible Without Renovating

This article contains some low-cost solutions for improving your home's accessibility:
https://www.housedigest.com/1013836/ways-to-make-your-home-more-accessible-without-renovating/

38) Blind Android Users Turkish Sister Site Blind Android Turkey Launches New App

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tr.bi.erisilebilir.android

39) Audacity 3.2 Now Available

Audacity 3.2.0 is a gigantic release, adding: VST3 support, Realtime Effects support, the ability to upload and share audio with their new sister service, audio.com, and more:
https://www.audacityteam.org/audacity-3-2-is-out-now/

40) GoldWave Audio Editor Version 6.66 Released

New features include: Multiband Compressor effect. Multi-Device Recorder tool. Tempo setting in Time effect. Snap to zero crossing selection setting in Batch Processing. Blend At Marker in Batch Processing. Several fixes and other improvements:
https://goldwave.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5797&sid=ec7d8eaf228d3087d6c3afc473c478b6

41) How God of War Made Accessibility a Core Part of Its Game Design

For the Ragnarok sequel, Santa Monica Studio incorporated regular feedback from disabled gamers, hosted public conversations on social media, and more:
https://www.wired.com/story/god-of-war-santa-monica-accessibility-game-design/

42) We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business

Turns out the obsolete floppy is way more in demand than you'd think:
https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/we-spoke-with-the-last-person-standing-in-the-floppy-disk-business/


➜ Press Releases and Other News

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1) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 31 | September 29th 2022

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:
https://accessreadyreporter.org/september-29-2022-issue-31.html

2) National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2022 | The White House

During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the essential contributions to our workplaces, economy, and Nation made by disabled Americans and recommit to promoting equal opportunity for all people:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/09/30/a-proclamation-on-national-clean-energy-action-month-2022/

3) Senator Duckworth and Representative Sarbanes Introduce Bill to Make Websites and Mobile Applications Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

The American Council of the Blind (ACB), the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commend Sen. Duckworth and Rep. Sarbanes for their leadership and for introducing this legislation with the full support and collaboration of the disability community. Once passed, this legislation would require the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to establish a clear and enforceable uniform national framework for website and software application accessibility, reaffirm that existing disability rights law covers websites and software applications, and ensure that accessibility standards keep pace with new and emerging technologies:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/senator-duckworth-and-representative-sarbanes-introduce-bill-to-make-websites-and-mobile-applications-accessible-to-individuals-with-disabilities-301637276.html

4) A First Look at the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act Bill | Ben Myers

This week, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. John Sarbanes introduced a digital accessibility bill called the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act (or the #A11yAct, if you're on Twitter) to Congress. If passed, it would build on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and lead to clearer regulations for digital accessibility requirements in the US:
https://benmyers.dev/blog/a11yact-bill/

5) Please Contact your Members of Congress to Support the new Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act | AFB Team

This week, the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act (S. 4998, H.R. 9021) was introduced in both houses of Congress by Senator Duckworth of Illinois and Representative Sarbanes of Maryland! AFB's Public Policy and Research Institute has been working with the National Federation of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and the National Disability Rights Network on the bill's introduction. Take Action on how you can contact your members of Congress
https://www.afb.org/take-action/web-app-bill?sourceid=1074348&emci=ffe563ee-2a40-ed11-b495-00224832e4ca&emdi=c3cb7dab-fe40-ed11-b495-00224832e4ca&ceid=9602623

6) The Prevalence of Social Isolation Among PWD (And How to Combat It)

This article argues for increased accessibility for persons with disabilities through gaming and technology:
https://ablegamers.org/the-prevalence-of-social-isolation-among-pwd-and-how-to-combat-it/

7) The IRS Alternative Media Center: Working To Ensure Tax Info Is Accessible To Everyone

The agency's Alternative Media Center offers a variety of resources and accessibility services for visually impaired taxpayers. Tax-related content is available in several formats for use with assistive technology. This includes screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and screen magnifying software. People can view and download hundreds of tax forms and publications in alternative formats, many of which are available in Spanish, including:
https://www.bctv.org/2022/09/29/the-irs-alternative-media-center-working-to-ensure-tax-info-is-accessible-to-everyone/

8) Learning With Annie: How Thinkerbell Labs Is Rethinking Assistive Technology For The Visually Impaired

When we think about civil rights, equality, and nondiscrimination, we're mostly thinking about race and gender. Does disability come to mind? Especially, when it comes to employment and poverty regarding people who are blind:
https://yourstory.com/2022/10/thinkerbell-annie-rethinking-assistive-technology-visually-impaired/amp

9) Banking When Blind: The Importance of App and Web Accessibility | Lily Mordaunt

I am one of the 78% of Americans who does their banking online. I also happen to be one of the 1 in 4 with a disability. I have been fortunate to have had, for the most part, accessible banking experiences. But, with 58% of banks being inaccessible as recently as 2018, my positive experience may be in the minority. Read on to learn what 4 common banking experiences are like as a blind person, how these experiences can be accessible, and why accessibility on websites and apps is important to banking customers with disabilities like me:
https://blog.usablenet.com/banking-when-blind-the-importance-of-app-and-web-accessibility

10) FCC Gives the OK to More EAS Improvements

The changes adopted Thursday, September 29th 2022 at the commission's monthly meeting are meant to make the alerts from broadcasters more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly for people with disabilities, the FCC said. The updated rules will replace the technical jargon that accompanies certain alerts - including test messages - with plain language terms, but the changes will affect radio broadcasters in other ways. New rules also will require broadcasters, cable systems and other Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants to transmit the Internet-based version of alerts to the public when available, rather than transmit the legacy version of alerts:
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/fcc-gives-the-ok-to-more-eas-improvements

11) Florida Outreach Center for the Blind Announces New Website

We are extremely proud to announce our brand-new web site that reflects the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind along with its programs, services, outreach, and community events. We have been working hard on this project, and we are extremely excited to share the news with everybody. Please check it out and give us any feed back on how we can make it better and engage with you on what the Florida Outreach Center is all about:
https://www.floridaoutreachcenter.org/

12) Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a Finalist for Inaugural Audio People's Choice Award

The American Counsel of the Blind (ACB) has announced that it is launching its very first Audio Description People's Choice Award competition, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is one of the premiere ten finalists:
https://www.dailystartreknews.com/read/star-trek-strange-new-worlds-a-finalist-for-inaugural-audio-peoples-choice-award

13) Stimulation To Visual Cortex Could Reduce Hallucinations In Blind Patients

Using a non-invasive stimulation on the brain may be effective in reducing the frequency of visual hallucinations in blind patients, a new study has found:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-09-visual-cortex-hallucinations-patients.html

14) NSITE and WOS Partner to Increase IT/Tech Employment Opportunities for Blind/Low-Vision Individuals

As we approach October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, it is important to note that despite the record-low unemployment rate of 3.7% in the United States, only 19% of disabled adults are employed, according to US Department of Labor (USDoL) statistics:
https://www.einnews.com/amp/pr_news/593026072/nsite-and-wos-partner-to-increase-it-tech-employment-opportunities-for-blind-low-vision-individuals

15) Radius XR, A New Fashion-Forward Wearable Technology Brand, Brings Together Multimodal Diagnostics, Practice Management, And Patient Engagement For The First Time

IrisVision co-founder and CEO Ammad Khan has introduced a new company, Radius XR, to coincide with the opening of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2022 meeting in Chicago. Radius XR builds on the therapeutic legacy of IrisVision by introducing diagnostic capability to the proprietary VR/AR assistive device:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220928005007/en/Radius-XR-a-new-fashion-forward-wearable-technology-brand-brings-together-multimodal-diagnostics-practice-management-and-patient-engagement-for-the-first-time

16) MBTA Launches Online Applications For Tap And Blind Access Customers

The MBTA announced that eligible riders can now apply online for a new, renewal, or replacement TAP CharlieCard or Blind Access CharlieCard. People with disabilities (including low vision) and Medicare cardholders are eligible for reduced MBTA fares with a TAP CharlieCard and people who are legally blind are eligible for free MBTA fares with a Blind Access CharlieCard:
http://eastietimes.com/2022/09/28/mbta-launches-online-applications-for-tap-and-blind-access-customers/

17) Zola Class Action Claims Website Inaccessible To Visually Impaired, Blind Consumers

Retailer Zola does not make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired people using a screen reader in violation of the law, a new class action lawsuit alleges:
https://topclassactions.com/disability-class-action-lawsuit/zola-class-action-claims-website-inaccessible-to-visually-impaired-blind-consumers/

18) Braille Banners Of Support For Visually Impaired Runners At London Marathon

Vision impaired runners will be able to feel braille banners of support as they run at this year's London Marathon:
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/braille-banners-support-visually-impaired-runners-london-marathon-rsbc-b1029107.html

19) Skateboarder And TikTok Star Anthony Ferraro, Who Is Blind, Is Pushing Forward Inclusivity In Action Sports

When Anthony Ferraro and his then-girlfriend, Kelly, made a video in January 2021 about his daily life as someone who was born blind and posted it to TikTok, neither of them had very high expectations:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellebruton/2022/10/04/skateboarder-and-tiktok-star-anthony-ferraro-who-is-blind-is-pushing-forward-inclusivity-in-action-sports/?sh=3bb106885abb


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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:
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2) 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

3) 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

4) Survey: Paid Google Study For Those With Cognitive Accessibility Needs And / Or Those Who Aare Deaf / Hard of Hearing And Use A Tablet

Closes: October 31st 2022Google is undertaking a paid study for those with cognitive accessibility needs or those who are deaf / hard of hearing and use a tablet. Here is what is needed: User Type: Users with Cognitive Accessibility needs and users who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Product: Android. Length of Study: 90 minutes and short 3 day diary. Details: All users must use a Tablet Device (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo Tab etc.) Open to Tablet users who also use Stylus, Tablet Keyboards, Smart Watches or Smart Displays. User will have a short 3-day follow up diary assignment. Thank-You Gifts: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins plus $45 USD / $60 CAD for short 3 day diary. Location: USA / Canada Remote. Link to participate with eligibility form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRSkeyvWv-EONUIW0b8i8A0V1CenF-lvmkoCve3l1QMgaeiQ/viewform?resourcekey=0-XdiLbrvGRjNN1l91oHSlIw


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1) That Real Blind Tech Show | Episode 100 | The Clip Show Part 1

August 3rd 2022 | Join us for a look back at some of our top moments celebrating our 100th Episode. You will laugh, you will cry, you will learn. Ok, so maybe no crying, but we guarantee you will laugh. Featured in Part 1 you will learn about the evolution of our show, and hear interview clips with David Kingsbury, Karen Kramer, and Jeanine Stanley:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-100-the-clip-show-part-one

2) iBUG Today

September 21st 2022 | The President and Vice President join the National Federation of the Blind of SC for a presentation on IBUG today. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the individual independence, social integration, and educational development of the blind through accessible technology training. iBUG has been serving the blind community since May 2011. In April 2021, iBUG was featured in the nationally renowned technology podcast Blind Abilities. We were also awarded the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award on July 8, 2018, at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award honors individuals and organizations that are a positive force in the lives of blind people and whose work advances the goal of helping transform their dreams into reality. We provide technology training for the blind through virtual and in-person meetings. All of our training sessions are recorded:
https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/4OXdKRqRLtb

3) Jalapenos in the Oatmeal: Digesting Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

September 30th 2022 | Blogger and social worker Jeff Flodin talks about his personal journey with vision loss and how his passion for helping people led him to blog about his experiences:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/jalapenos-oatmeal-digesting-vision-loss

4) Marketplace Tech: For Blind People, Technology Can Offer A Way To Perceive Images Through Touch

September 30th 2022 | Chancey Fleet of the New York Public Library uses a graphic embosser to print tactile images for people who are blind or have low vision:
https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/printer-tactile-images-blind-people/

5) Mosen at Large Episode 200: New Zealand Says Yes To Braille With An Uppercase B, Apple Feedback, Envision Glasses And More

October 1st 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/cd7f9856/new-zealand-says-yes-to-braille-with-an-uppercase-b-apple-feedback-envision-glasses-and-more

6) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 95: Guest Appearances With Diane Ducharme The Blind Shell Phone Rep And Salih Kunduz

October 1st 2022 | In this episode we first talk about the news. We then interview Diane Ducharme, Program Manager, Blind Shell. And we hear from our sister site from Turkey. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrzRN8sPMEHrapzVdkOemMl

7) Unmute Presents on ACB Community

October 4th 2022 | This is a recording of the Unmute Presents live call from Tuesday, October 4th 2022. ACB Community Unmute Presents is normally Marty Sobo and Michael Babcock, but Damashe steps in to assist Michael with answering your questions. We talked about iOS Updates and Sound Source on the Mac with controlling Audio Output on Windows. GPS apps and AIRA:
https://pnc.st/s/unmute-presents-on-acb-communi/2f667e0d/unmute-presents-october-4

8) Eyes on Success Episode 2240: NSITE Employment Services

October 5th 2022 | NSITE provides a full range of training resources, connections with potential employers, as well as internship opportunities for people who are visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marianne Haegeli, Program Director, NSITE Learning and Leadership, about the organization and how their services might benefit you:
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%202204.htm

9) That Real Blind Tech Show | Episode 100 | The Clip Show Part 3

October 5th 2022 | Join us for the third part in our epic five part Clip Show celebrating the 100th episode of That Real Blind Tech Show. In this part you will hear clips from Eddie Brill former warm up comic at the Late Show with David Letterman, Legendary Comedian Robert Klein, David Woodbridge, demos of HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video with audio description. Recaps from the ACB and NFB national conventions and a lot of laughs along the way:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-100-the-clip-show-part-3


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1) 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

2) New Braille for Beginners Course Launch Event | The Braillists Foundation

October 10th 2022 | 11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT | Since 2020, the Braillists Foundation has helped over 250 people learn braille through its revolutionary Braille for Beginners program. Taught remotely by expert braille tutors, it has increased the independence of dozens of blind and partially sighted adults by teaching them to read the entire braille alphabet, numbers and punctuation, and equipping them with the skills to develop their braille writing. We are now ready to lift the lid on the next phase of this pioneering project, which will allow us to reach hundreds more blind and partially sighted people who wish to learn to read braille by touch. We will be holding a special launch event for this new course during National Braille Week, and we'd love to see you there! At the event, you will hear first-hand from the people who put the course together, alongside past participants and established braille users. We will demonstrate the profound impact that braille has had on the lives of people who have learnt it and explain how this new incarnation of Braille for Beginners will work. Join us on Zoom at 7:00 PM BST on Monday 10 October and help us change the lives of blind and partially sighted people:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/new-braille-for-beginners-course-coming-soon/

3) 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

4) 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/

5) Women's Empowerment Conference | NFB DC

October 14th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | The NFB of DC proudly presents our 7th Annual Blind Women's Empowerment Conference via zoom. There will be a panel of talented women speaking to you from their hearts to your hearts. Get ready to be dazzled, rejuvenated, and inspired to live the life you want. This is a free event and all Women Are Welcome! No Registration Necessary! The Zoom information will be sent out on the week of the conference. For more information contact Libra Robinson at (202) 427-3600 ☎ or email leelibra342@gmail.com

6) Believe You Can 3rd Annual Talent Show | Dancing Dots

October 15th 2022 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12PM GMT, 10/16 | Dancing Dots Presents: Believe You Can! Hosted by the Keystone Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania. In Honor of Blind Equality Achievement Month #BEAM, we bring you a night of amazing talent! This is our 3rd Annual Talent Show and we are excited for another wonderful year! Come see and hear wonderful performers within the blind and visually impaired communities from all over the world. Performances include singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, and more! Tickets: $10 for Individual, and $25 for a Watch Party. Questions? Contact: BelieveYouCanShow@gmail.com ✉. Purchase Tickets or Make A Donation at:
http://believeyoucan.live/tickets/

7) Free Presentation | Introduction to Services Webinar | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

October 19th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Join the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled on Wednesday, October 19th 2022 at 11:00 AM for an Introduction to Services Webinar. Geared to those new to the library's services, this 30-minute presentation will focus on the library's overall operation, qualifications for library service, and how to complete the application process. This program will be presented via Zoom. If you have any questions or require accommodation, please let the library know before October 12th 2022:
https://bit.ly/IntroLBPD

8) 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

9) 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/

10) 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

11) 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

12) WordPress Accessibility Day

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

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

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

14) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

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

15) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

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

16) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

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


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

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

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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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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/.


➜ 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:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

Support: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/support

Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate

About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.

We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.

Dolphin Products

Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
VR Agency / Counselor. I want to help the people I serve with Clusiv.
Inclusive Employer. I want to hire Clusiv graduates.


➜ 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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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

YouTube: https://bit.ly/321OUEy

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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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com

About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ 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:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877

Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday

Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒

Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io

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.

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