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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Volume 880

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

A.) Reader Review: The Talking Cooking Thermometer (8.0% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits Reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/124.html

B.) We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business (3.2% of all clicks.)
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/

C.) Remote Incident Manager Versus The Other Players — Part 2: RIM vs. TeamViewer (3.2% of all clicks.)
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/

D.) Software Developer Invents Assistant Glasses For Blind And Partially Sighted Users (3.1% of all clicks.)
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/

E.) Accessibility Resources From Amazon Specifically For Top Tech Tidbits Readers (2.9% of all clicks.)
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

2) Top Tech Tidbits Reaches 7,500 Weekly Subscribers | Aaron Di Blasi | Publisher

Well it would seem that more has grown over the last year than just the sections within this newsletter. Insert bright smile here. I am incredibly happy to report that Top Tech Tidbits continues to experience positive subscriber growth, week over week, topping out this week at over 7,500 subscribers. I honestly don't know what else to say, except, thank you. Thank you to all the readers that trade feedback with me on a daily basis. Thank you to all of the content contributors that work with us each week as we sift through vast amounts of news. Thank you to all of the Sponsors that work with us to reach Tidbits readers in the most helpful and non-intrusive manner possible. And sincerest thanks to the Tidbits Editorial Team, who take their time each day to sift, sort, rate and submit. Tidbits would not be possible without the efforts of each and every one of you. I, am, frankly, amazed at the community that has formed around Top Tech Tidbits. It is a community that I am truly proud to be part of, and to serve. And here is where I would generally ask you for your support, in the form of a donation or a sponsorship, but thanks to the efforts of all of the aforementioned parties, the publication does not currently require it. So I'm going to close this by asking you to hold on to your money. For now. And to simply celebrate with us by continuing to read and share Top Tech Tidbits each week. We may however be making some future announcements in which your assistance might be incredibly useful. Until then, we celebrate:
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5) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble

The Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble presents a single word or phrase related to adaptive or assistive technology whose letters have been scrambled. Can you put the letters back in the proper order to determine this week's word? Check your work next week where we'll provide the answer along with a new challenge.
LAST WEEK'S SCRAMBLE: IIMCGNAFTAINO = MAGNIFICATION
NEW SCRAMBLE: CSEC SE SFOEAA = (This phrase is 3 words with two spaces.)

6) Fusion Power Tip: How To Capture A Magnified Area

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/125.html

7) How To Use SuperNova's Connect & View to Customize Your View of an Interactive Whiteboard

Courtesy of Dolphin Computer Access:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/126.html

8) Eyes on Success Podcast Tops One Million Downloads Since Its Inception | Please Join Us In Congratulating Them

Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in congratulating Peter and Nancy Torpey on this incredible milestone. I think I speak for many Tidbits readers when I say that we sincerely appreciate the wonderful work that you both do each week. If you are one of these readers, and you would like to see the show continue, please consider joining other listeners who have made a small donation to the show using the link below. As a reader and sponsor supported publication ourselves, we understand the importance of keeping a publication, or podcast, funded. Donation amount is your choice. No amount is too small. Each contribution helps to defray the cost of web hosting, upgrades, software and equipment. We just made our donation. Please consider making yours today:
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9) Lego Braille Bricks Live Sessions From APH

We're excited to share that our friends at the LEGO Foundation are hosting nine 45-minute LEGO Braille Bricks live sessions! Anyone can join: whether you are following the current online course, have attended a previous webinar, or are just curious. These monthly interactive sessions are all independent and have specific topics and special international guests. This will be a great opportunity to speak live, share experiences/knowledge, and challenge each other to go further with LEGO Braille Bricks! Register today for each session at:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

10) NV Access In-Process For October 6th 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-6th-october-2022/

11) What Is The Google Guided Frame Feature? | Gemma Ryles | Trusted Reviews

The new Guided Frame feature is an accessibility feature that aims to help visually-impaired and blind users take selfies with more ease. Guided Frame comes in the form of a voice and it helps guide users, helping them understand where they should hold their phone if they want to take a picture with the forward-facing camera. If a user opens the camera and holds it in front of their face, the voice will advise them to lift the camera up or down so they can get the best angle:
https://www.trustedreviews.com/explainer/what-is-the-google-guided-frame-feature-4272841

12) Google's Guided Frame Gives Visually Impaired Folks A Voice-Over For Selfies | Haje Jan Kamps | TechCrunch

Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are an important aspect of photography; they help us connect with loved ones, and people spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about how to look good in photos taken of yourself. (I should know; I wrote a whole damn book about 'em in a past life). People who are blind and vision impaired still use phones, of course — there's a ton of audio guidance available on modern smartphones — but taking photographs is much harder. Well, it was, at any rate, until Google introduced its Guided Frame, which sparked into life at one of Google's hackathon events:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/06/google-guided-frame/

13) Guided Frame on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro | Audio Description | YouTube

Take a deeper look into Guided Frame — the newest accessibility feature helping blind and low-vision users take better selfies on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0I9CF6HZ6o

14) Directly Editing Text Under Braille Screen Input Without Moving The Rotor | Applevis

The following guide has been inspired by this episode of the Apfel-Fleger Podcast, a podcast in German for blind users of Apple products. All credit goes to Jurgen Fleger and his friend for discovering and presenting this little trick:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/directly-editing-text-under-braille-screen-input-without-moving-rotor

15) GuideConnect 1.23 Now Available

This update includes improvements for proof-reading documents, attaching files to emails, copying text from websites and more:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=525

16) Aira Is Looking For Content Creators For A Webinar | To Be Held On Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Hello Explorers. Are you a social media content creator who is blind or has low vision? Do you work with visual formats as part of your job? Do you utilize Aira as part of your workflow? We want to hear from you. We're holding a webinar on Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM Eastern time to "Discover Aira and Content Creation." If you'd like to be a panelist to discuss using tools like Canva, platforms like Instagram and YouTube, or creating other visual materials, send us an email at:
airacast@aira.io

17) Everything Google Announced at the "Made by Google" Pixel Event 2022

The new Pixel 7 phones, the Pixel Watch, and a closer look at the Pixel Tablet were the highlights of Google's 2022 hardware event:
https://www.makeuseof.com/everything-google-announced-at-the-pixel-event/

18) This App Uses Augmented Reality And A Camera To Guide Blind Travelers

A pair of young French engineering students are working to tackle the problem of navigating big cities by developing a augmented reality (AR) navigation app that identifies the most practical route for them and uses spatial sound, also known as 3D sound to guide them in the right direction:
https://coolblindtech.com/this-app-uses-augmented-reality-and-a-camera-to-guide-blind-travellers/

19) Google Pixel 7 Camera App Adds 'Cinematic Blur' And Accessibility Features

They also offer sharper zoom photos, new macro functions and improved skin tones:
https://www.engadget.com/pixel-7-pixel-7-pro-camera-features-150718081.html

20) Three Features Make iOS 16 Great

This op ed is not accessibility specific, but offers some useful insights:
https://500ish.com/three-features-make-ios-16-great-93b509a9cea7

21) NVDA 2022.4 Beta1 Available For Testing

Beta1 of NVDA 2022.4 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback:
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-4beta1/

22) Parcel Package Tracking App Updated With Siri Integration

Parcel is one of the most popular package tracking apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. This week, the app received a major update that added support for Siri commands, so users can now ask Apple's virtual assistant about the status of their packages:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/07/parcel-app-updated-with-siri-commands/

23) Webinar Recordings | Sight and Sound Technology UK | Envision Products and Excel Basics | YouTube

Envision Products: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9HxGsk9EXY
Excel Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PizNW3r4r_k

24) New Envision Products Discussion Group

Page on Groups.io: https://groups.io/g/envision
Website: https://www.letsenvision.com/
Subscribe: envision+subscribe@groups.io

25) Always On The Lookout

Lookout is an app for Android devices that uses Google's Artificial Intelligence toolkit to assist individuals, especially those who are blind or visually impaired. While the app isn't new to the scene, there are two new features for Lookout app users to explore:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2022/10/05/always-on-the-lookout/

26) How To Use Summarize In MacOS To Shorten Documents

This article describes how to use Summarize from within MacOS for long documents. It does not work on PDF files:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/macos/tips/how-to-use-summarize-in-macos-to-shorten-documents?utm_medium=rss

27) The Best Touchscreen Gloves | Wired

We braved the cold to answer the modern dilemma: Can you keep your hands warm and use a smartphone at the same time?
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-touchscreen-gloves/

28) Windows 11 Now Offers Automatic Phishing Protection

The latest September 2022 version 22H2 update for Windows 11 includes a new feature designed to keep you even safer than before from phishing attacks: the practice of bad actors attempting to get you to reveal your usernames and passwords so they can log in rather than break in to your accounts:
https://www.wired.com/story/windows-11-automatic-phishing-protection/

29) Microsoft Surface Event: Here's Everything That Was Announced

The Microsoft Surface 2022 event has concluded. Here's a roundup of all the unveilings:
https://www.windowscentral.com/hardware/laptops/microsoft-surface-event-heres-everything-that-was-announced

30) Introducing New Surface Devices That Take The Windows PC Into The Next Era Of Computing

Microsoft announced a new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, adaptive accessories, as well as a presenter and audio dock for their Surface branded devices:
https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2022/10/12/introducing-new-surface-devices-that-take-the-windows-pc-into-the-next-era-of-computing/

31) Everything New For Microsoft Edge From Ignite 2022

Microsoft announced new security options, accessibility tools, and productivity features for Edge this week:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/browsing/everything-new-for-microsoft-edge-from-ignite-2022

32) New Tools From Microsoft 365, Edge, And Bing Bridge The Gap Between Productivity And Creativity

Along with the hardware announcement, Microsoft announced some new software experiences in Office and on their Edge browser:
A: Article:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2022/10/12/new-tools-from-microsoft-365-edge-and-bing-bridge-the-gap-between-productivity-and-creativity/
B: And here is how you can sign up to be on the waitlist for the new Microsoft Designer tool:
https://designer.microsoft.com/


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1) Roku To Launch New Smart Home Products At Walmart

Roku is partnering with Wizz to create a new smart home platform. The Wizz app and Roku are generally accessible, so we're hoping this new service will be as well:
https://newsroom.roku.com/news/2022/10/roku-to-launch-new-smart-home-products-at-walmart/nejuvvx8-1665506909

2) Advocating For Work With Judy Heumann | Fable Pathways Newest Free Course

Drawing from decades of committed action for the equitable treatment of people with disabilities worldwide, Heumann's course, Advocating for work, shares her perspective on self-advocacy in the workplace and beyond, covering topics like nurturing a professional network, interviewing, and how to collaborate for change. Participants will learn how to increase their confidence, along with the skills they need to enter or advance in the technology workforce:
https://makeitfable.com/pathways/advocating-for-work/

3) Your Questions Answered — What Jobseekers With Disabilities Need To Know To Enter Today's Job Market | Neil Barnett | Microsoft Director of Accessibility with Susan Lang, Founding CEO of Lime Connect

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions of America's workers with disabilities, past and present, while working to achieve parity with this year's theme "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation:"
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/your-questions-answered-what-jobseekers-with-disabilities-need-to-know-to-enter-todays-job-market/

4) New Bose, Lexie Hearing Aid To Enter The Over-The-Counter Market

The B2 is an updated version of Lexie Hearing's B1 aid, which also uses Bose technology. Both will be available at stores throughout the country next week:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/new-bose-lexi-hearing-device-entering-over-the-counter-hearing-aid-market/#ftag=CAD590a51e

5) Accessibility In The Workforce: A Blind Person's Perspective

It's National Disability Employee Awareness Month (NDEAM), a month to celebrate those with disabilities in the workplace while showing support, and inclusive policies and best practices. In 1945, Congress designated the first week of October as a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions of disabled people in the workplace. In 1988, that week was extended to a month, and October became NDEAM:
https://blog.usablenet.com/accessibility-in-the-workforce-a-blind-persons-perspective

6) The Magic Of Touch: How Deafblind People Taught Us To 'See' The World Differently During COVID

Issy McGrath has type 2 Usher syndrome. Completely blind and severely deaf, she has a passion for music and plays the flute. Using a combination of touch, smell and keen imagination — her "inner eye" — Issy says she frequently senses things that are beyond the grasp of sight: the "almost solid" nature of the winter air in the morning, or the enchanting atmosphere of a frozen landscape:
https://theconversation.com/the-magic-of-touch-how-deafblind-people-taught-us-to-see-the-world-differently-during-covid-191698

7) Driving Blind: This Headset Lets You Drive in a Car Without Windows

The Honeywell 360 Display combines camera and sensor data to create a "360 view dome" inside a vehicle, letting drivers see the road even if the windows are blacked out:
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/honeywell-360-display-headset-lets-you-drive-in-a-car-without-windows/

8) Oral Argument for Orozco v. Merrick in Washington, DC | October 18th 2022

If you are in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, please consider attending the Orozco v. Merrick oral argument in-person on October 18th 2022. NFB member Joe Orozco is appealing a federal district court decision finding that blind federal employees do not have a private right of action to directly enforce Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act against their federal employers. The impact of the decision could extend to both members of the public seeking to access federal electronic information technology as well as disabled federal employees using technology at work. For those who cannot attend in-person, audio of the oral argument will be live-streamed on the court's YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/USCourtsCADC

9) Lexmark Launches Two Accessibility Solutions For Printers And MFPs To Assist Visually Impaired Users

Lexmark International, Inc. has unveiled two features designed to provide people with visual impairments easier access to its range of printers and multi-function printers (MFPs):
https://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/lexmark-mfp-printers-442608

10) Montgomery County Receives $22.6 Million in Digital Equity Grants to Expand Computers and Broadband Services to Low-Income and Senior Residents

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today announced that Montgomery Connects, the County's digital equity program, has received more than $22.6 million in Federal and State grants to expand access to computers, broadband service and service discounts, and technology training for low-income residents and seniors:
https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=42233

11) TV Licence Fee: Some Britons Can Get A Discount On Their Bill | Are You Eligible?

To watch live television in the UK, people need to pay a fee of £159, however some groups are able to get a discount or for free:
https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1678073/tv-licence-fee-discount-bbc

12) Accessibility + AI: Enabling Content for the Visually Impaired

Researchers are experimenting with the use of AI to help develop appropriate alt-text descriptions. Often the alt-text needs to be developed from the context of the purpose of the whole web page and not the isolated image to which it will be attached:
https://formtek.com/blog/accessibility-ai-enabling-content-for-the-visually-impaired/

13) Thoughts On The Proposed Websites And Software Applications Accessibility Act | Aaron Gustafson

Last month, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Representative John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act — I'm gonna call it the WS3A for short — simultaneously in the U.S. Senate (S. 4998) and House of Representatives (H.R. 9021) to explicitly bring websites — and other forms of digital media that didn't exist when the ADA was signed into law — into the purview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I am definitely in favor of this effort as it removes the ambiguity that currently exists in U.S. law as to whether websites are governed by the ADA. The WS3A is a reasonable framework, but there is still a lot of work to be done when it (hopefully) passes:
https://www.aaron-gustafson.com/notebook/thoughts-on-the-proposed-websites-and-software-applications-accessibility-act/

14) See How Apple Accessibility Transforms Lives, Working Hand-In-Hand With HomeKit | Video

For severely disabled people, it's no exaggeration to say that Apple Accessibility transforms lives — but it can be difficult to appreciate the impact that even minor-sounding changes can make until you see it for yourself:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/06/apple-accessibility-transforms-lives/

15) Focus on AFB: Fall 2022 Newsletter | American Foundation for the Blind

Topics include: Blind Leaders Development Program's New Cohort is the Largest Yet | Donor Corner: Lifelong Blindness Advocate and Her Husband Leave a Lasting Legacy | Mind The Gap: AFB Report Provides Insights on Educational Challenges | Arielle Silverman: What Does the World Look Like to You? | AFB NEWS: Help AFB Put Every Dollar into Our Programs:
https://www.afb.org/newsletters/focus-afb-newsletter/focus-fall2022

16) In Its Latest Partnership With Disabled Community, Autonomous Driving Startup Waymo Announces New Waymo Accessibility Network

In a blog post published on October 6th 2022, autonomous driving startup Waymo announced the formation of what the Mountain View-based company calls the Waymo Accessibility Network. Waymo notes in the announcement the initiative is meant to "formalize and scale our longstanding collaboration with disability advocates, [and will] expand inclusion of their crucial voices and valuable perspectives as we work together to shape the future of transportation:"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2022/10/06/in-its-latest-partnership-with-disabled-people-autonomous-driving-startup-waymo-announces-new-waymo-accessibility-network/?sh=7d9ec78b38d8

17) No Longer Out of Sight, Effort Gets Underway to Combat Treatable Blindness

Africa and Latin America have the highest rates in the world of treatable sight problems, but a Spanish NGO is finding innovative ways to reverse this situation:
https://www.voanews.com/a/no-longer-out-of-sight-effort-gets-under-way-to-combat-treatable-blindness/6777047.html

18) Eye-Opening Discovery About Adult Brain's Ability To Recover Vision

A UCI team demonstrates the adult brain has the potential to partially recover from inherited blindness:
https://news.uci.edu/2022/10/05/eye-opening-discovery-about-adult-brains-ability-to-recover-vision/

19) Innovative Technology For The Hearing Impaired Makes Use Of Visual Cues

New visually-guided hearing aid uses eye gaze to focus amplification of sound signals from the direction of the user's attention:
https://europe.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/innovative-technology-for-the-hearing-impaired-makes-use-of-visual-cues

20) The Rise of Accessible Gaming

The online gaming community is one of vibrance and diversity. It is also enormous: More than 216 million people in the U.S. play video games regularly, and the booming industry is expected to grow to $321 billion by 2026 globally. Of the Americans that play video games, 46 million have one or more disabilities. For all consumers to enjoy their favorite video games, the games must be accessible to them. This need creates a large demand for accessibility in the gaming space:
https://www.3playmedia.com/blog/the-rise-of-accessible-gaming/

21) Experimental Gene Therapy Helps Restore Night Vision in People With Form of Childhood Blindness

Adults with a genetic form of childhood-onset blindness experienced striking recoveries of night vision within days of receiving an experimental gene therapy, according to researchers at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania:
https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/news/experimental-gene-therapy-helps-restore-night-vision-in-people-with-form-of-childhood-blindness-366449


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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: 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


➜ 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) That Real Blind Tech Show | Episode 100 | The Clip Show Part 5 The Finale

October 7th 2022 | Join us for our final listen back to our first 100 episodes. Disclaimer, you may not want to listen to this episode on public transportation as we are not responsible for the strange looks you get while you are laughing out loud. If you have never listened to That Real Blind Tech show, and you like a little humor with your blind tech, then this is our must listen to episode:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-100-the-clip-show-part-5-the-finale

2) Mosen at Large Episode 201: Casting A Secret Ballot Shouldn't Be This Hard, Voiceover Quiet When On Phone Calls, And Is It Time Aira Ditched Its Free Calls

October 8th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/45aba55f/casting-a-secret-ballot-shouldn-t-be-this-hard-voiceover-quiet-when-on-phone-calls-and-is-it-time-aira-ditched-its-free-calls-

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 96: The Made By Google Event And Guest Appearance Of The Tech-Freedom Team

October 8th 2022 | in this episode, we have the developers of Tech Freedom. We also show you CSR quick browsing and content filter. We then have Milosz Nowicki joining us for his android journey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrpfuPchZMU

4) Eyes on Success Episode 2241: Getting Your Business to the Next Level

October 12th 2022 | The New Venture Competition awards winning participants cash prizes to help get their new or growing business to the next level. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with long-time organizer Colleen Wunderlich as well as with the 2021 winners of the competition, Bruno D'Avanzo and Jennifer Rhodes, about their experiences with the competition:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2241.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar or Training Course for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-webinar-training-course or locate "Webinar / Training Course Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) The Many Faces of BARD | Library of Congress | Spanish Language Only

October 13th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The Many Faces of BARD program for October will be presented in Spanish and led by Juana Gonzalez and Yanci Munoz, who are reader advisors at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, October 13, and will last for one hour. The session will begin with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions related to the presentation or to BARD usage in general. Since the entire program will be presented in Spanish, we request that questions also be posed in Spanish. The session can be joined by going to the link below on a computer or calling +1 (669) 254-5252 ☎. Full Zoom invitation information follows. To call into a session, participants must use the telephone numbers provided here for Zoom.gov rather than the regular Zoom telephone numbers. Join Zoom Meeting: One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1611161911# or +16468287666,,1611161911# | Meeting ID: 161 116 1911 | Passcode: 489758 | Join by Telephone: For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location. Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 | Meeting ID: 161 116 1911 | International numbers: Join from an H.323/SIP room system. | H.323: | 161.199.138.10 (US West) 161.199.136.10 (US East) | Meeting ID: 161 116 1911 | Passcode: 489758 | SIP: 1611161911@sip.zoomgov.com ✉ | Passcode: 489758 | Upon connecting, participants will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the program begins. When they enter the room, they will be on mute, and they should remain on mute unless the host calls on them to speak. At that time, they may unmute by using Alt-A from a computer or star 6 if dialing in by phone. All Many Faces of BARD programs are recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking. Meeting URL:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1611161911?pwd=bVh5ejFsWFBlL21KY0VqaHlRMUlSQT09

2) 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

3) 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/

4) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 1: Experience Tool | APH

October 18th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | How to observe children with visual impairment at play? How can we assess that an activity is joyful, physically engaging, socially interactive, iterative, and meaningful? Let's discover the special experience tool for visually impaired students:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

5) A Deeper Dive Into The Amigo 8 Portable Video Magnifier | Free Training Webinar | From Enhanced Vision

October 19th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Summary: Experience this step-by-step webinar on how to get the most from the new Amigo 8 by Enhanced Vision. We will teach you how to set up and customize your Amigo to get the most out of the new features. Don't miss out on this educational hour as we demonstrate live and answer your questions in real-time! Objectives: Learn the initial setup process. Navigating the menu with buttons. How to turn certain features on and off based on your client's needs and abilities. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Help Us Spread the Word. Please feel free to share this invitation with someone you think might benefit from attending. Registration: Register for this webinar on Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nNe4cSnbRQamQ3CvtlxqEw

6) 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

7) 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

8) Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

October 20th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface. Schedule a meeting. Open and navigate the list of meeting participants. Start/stop screen share. Open accessibility settings. Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Help Us Spread the Word: Please feel free to share this invitation with someone you think might benefit from attending. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_URCFlNe4S0GF771EeDj0EQ

9) Democracy Live Workshop | Presenting The Latest in Accessible Electronic Voting | Florida Outreach Center for The Blind

October 20th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Please join The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind for our next exciting and informative workshop. We are excited to have a representative from Democracy Live. They will be presenting the latest electronic voting ballot where you can vote completely independently and in the comfort of your own home for the upcoming elections! This ballot is completely accessible and will allow an individual to use various screen readers/magnification software of their own choice. In addition, you can access the platform on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. A door prize will be given out at the conclusion of the meeting. If you have any questions regarding our workshop or any of our programs and services please call us at: (561) 642-0005 ☎ or email us at: info_focb@bellsouth.net ✉. Also check us out on our brand-new web site at: https://www.floridaoutreachcenter.org/. We look forward to having you join us for our next exciting and informative workshop. Duration: 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799 | Meeting ID: 835 8160 548. Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09

10) 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/

11) 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

12) 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

13) Inclusive Cybersecurity Workshop For Middle And High School Students

October 28th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The goal is to explore cybersecurity concepts with fun games and puzzles. This is for beginners and no experience needed in computer programming etc. At the end of the workshop, we believe that the kids would like to learn more about cyber and technology opportunities. The workshop is designed to be accessible to all. Agenda: Protecting Information online. Ciphers and Encryption. Online Scavenger Hunt. Quiz. Please enroll here to join:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nii4FvGm0Oe3mh76c9j7lCSCLrHYzWr8f4qqcVsAEz8/viewform?ts=633a4fdc&edit_requested=true

14) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 1st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

15) Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit | Sponsored By TPGi

November 2nd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | TPGi is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Digital Accessibility Legal Summit, a virtual conference and we invite you to join us on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st & 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM Eastern Time each day. Attendees and presenters will range from digital accessibility consultants to governmental personnel to lawyers "from both the plaintiff and defendant side of the legal landscape." Come and attend a talk led by Vispero's (TPGi's parent company) Director of Business Development, Laura Boniello Miller, "Emerging legal issues in... Unattended Retail: What could possibly go wrong for customers with disabilities?" from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM on day 2:
https://www.tpgi.com/tpgi-sponsor-fourth-annual-digital-accessibility-legal-summit/

16) WordPress Accessibility Day

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

17) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 2: Emergent Literacy and LEGO Braille Bricks | APH

November 4th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together the countless possibilities for developing pre-braille skills using LEGO Braille Bricks and other manipulative tools:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

18) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 4th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

19) Let's Go Shopping 7 | Elegant Insights

November 5th 2022 | We're just a month away! The 2022 holiday edition of Let's Go Shopping is scheduled for Friday, November 4th 2022 and Saturday, November 5th 2022. Several business owners have already sent in their RSVP, with an intent to present attendees with a full slate of fabulous gift ideas, so you can shop 'til you drop right from the comfort of your home. I'll have a few new vendors for you, as well as returning favorites. I'll also have a new hour set aside just to help with overburdened budgets this year, thanks to inflation. Any vendor who joins us for the inflation-fighters hour has pledged to offer at least one item at a deep discount. While of course, every little bit helps, I'll be honest, a measly ten percent discount barely gets my attention. The Let's Go Shopping entrepreneurs have agreed to do better than that, at least for one special item. We'll also have the usual stocking stuffers hour, where vendors with smaller gifts that would make great "secret Santa," "white elephant" gift exchanges, or thoughtful stocking fillers will share their products, all under $20.00. Finally, we'll also have our end of the day happy hour, our casual Q and A session for those who may have missed some info during a vendor presentation. Here's the important part: If you know of anyone who would like to join us, either as a vendor, or as an attendee, please send them our link below. It's the main information page for Let's Go Shopping, and they can subscribe to our groups list for all the relevant details, including the Zoom virtual shopping mall login. They can also send a blank email to: lgs+subscribe@groups.io ✉. to sign up to our announce list. This is where all the most important info is posted, including special sales, promos, giveaways, and the event schedule and vendor directory. So, please share this message! Get ready to shop for the best gifts from the best variety of small business owners anywhere, and get your gift list checked off early. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping! Laura Legendary, Founder, Let's Go Shopping Virtual Events:
https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

20) 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

21) ATHEN Annual Meeting 2022

November 9th 2022 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Please hold the date for the ATHEN Annual Meeting. All are welcome to attend the ATHEN Annual Meeting which will take place Wednesday, November 9th 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and the Zoom link for joining the meeting. Real-Time Captioning will be provided. If you would like to request any additional disability-related accommodations, please indicate this on the Zoom form or contact me at: athenpresident@gmail.com ✉. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-qoqzkjHtfDz8f_4AG70f5HKm-EouSi

22) 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

23) 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/

24) 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

25) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

26) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

27) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

28) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

29) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

30) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

31) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


➜ Directories


1) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired App Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-app-directory.html

2) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Game Directory

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/blind-and-visually-impaired-technology-game-directory.html

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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:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

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:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

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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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