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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 27, 2022 - Volume 882

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

A.) AccessWorld September 2022 (6.7% of all clicks.)
September updates include: Editor's Page Editor's Notes: Style Sheets and Hearthstone Access | Conference Coverage: A Wrap-Up of Apple's "Far Out" Product Launch Event | Access Matters Access Tech — The Future of Haptic Helpers | Product Reviews and Guides: The RealSAM Pocket — Is This the Phone You've Been Waiting For? | Amazon Fire-TV Recast: Accessible Over-The-Air TV Channels With No Cable Bill:
https://www.afb.org/aw/full-issue?id=18062

B.) Apple Glasses Accessibility Features Could Be A Huge Benefit, Suggests Disability Campaigner | Ben Lovejoy | 9To5Mac (6.2% of all clicks.)
Apple Glasses Accessibility features could see the long-rumored devices make a huge difference to the lives of those with disabilities. The point was made by Colin Hughes, the disability campaigner who recently shared the ways in which Apple tech allows him to live a more independent life despite almost no use of his limbs. I recently got to visit his London apartment to see for myself his combined Accessibility and HomeKit setup:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/17/apple-glasses-accessibility/

C.) A Blind Woman Just Piloted An Airplane Across The Country (5.6% of all clicks.)
"This is just such a huge moment, not just for me and my family, but the entire visually impaired community," Kaiya Armstrong said:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/10/13/kaiya-armstrong-blind-pilot-airplane/

D.) Enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Public Beta 3 (5.3% of all clicks.)
The latest public beta for Jaws, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 has been released by Freedom Scientific:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

E.) How To Get The Windows 10 2022 Update (4.9% of all clicks.)
Microsoft has announced the availability of the Windows 10 2022 Update (also known as Windows 10, version 22H2):
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2022/10/18/how-to-get-the-windows-10-2022-update/

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Do you consider yourself to be a Top Tech Tidbits hard-liner? Did you know there was such a thing? And if you did, do you know what it means to be one? These questions answered along with an update that we're all pretty excited about. And we think you will be too:
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6) Top Tech Tidbits Weekly Scramble

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7) Android Users Can Now 'Like' Messages From iPhones

Texting between Android and iPhones isn't always the smoothest experience. Photos and videos get pixelated, messages from Android users show up as the dreaded green chat bubble on iPhone, and then there are emoji reactions. When an iPhone user hits the thumbs-up or heart reaction emoji, that doesn't translate to Android, and it shows up as an awkward text description of the emoji instead. Google has been trying to fix some of that, though it faces the never-ending challenge of buy-in from Apple. This week, Google said that updates coming to Messages will allow Android users to respond to iPhone texts with emojis:
https://www.wired.com/story/android-users-can-like-iphone-messages-now/

8) Announcing The See The World Through Your Ears App

A new and first of its kind spatial audio navigation app, See the World Through Your Ears is now available for Android and iOS. The app requires bone conduction headphones for proper and safe use.
Download link for iOS:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/waveout/id1496541182
Download link for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.dreamwaves.waveout

9) Demonstration of AIRA Using The Envision Glasses on the In Touch Podcast

The piece begins at time index 11:49:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001d5kq

10) Demo of Google Lookout On The BlindShell Classic 2 | YouTube

In this audio Michael Babcock takes his BlindShell Classic 2 phone into the kitchen to use Google Lookout so he can find the boxes and jars he is looking for. If you have been curious how Google Lookout works on the BlindShell Classic 2, we let you hear how this app works:
https://youtu.be/Mdf0lPYl--k

11) How to Set Up Your New Android Phone

Welcome to your shiny new Google-powered smartphone. It will be up and ready in no time with these handy tips:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-set-up-your-new-android-phone/

12) How to Extract the Text From Any Image | Wired

Whether it's for accessibility or research purposes, you have lots of tools to work with here:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-extract-text-from-any-image/

13) Apple Releases iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1 And macOS Ventura

Earlier this week, Apple released updates to its mobile and desktop operating systems. Here is a concise article describing the changes:
https://www.thurrott.com/apple/275106/apple-releases-ios-16-1-ipados-16-1-and-macos-ventura

14) Apple Releases iOS 16.1 And iPadOS 16.1 Bringing Many Fixes for VoiceOver Users | AppleVis

Apple has released iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to the public. Our testing suggests that these releases resolve a number of the issues introduced for blind and low vision users with the initial release of iOS 16:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-161-ipados-161-bringing-many-fixes-voiceover-users

15) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, And Bugs In macOS 13 Ventura For Blind And Low Vision Users | AppleVis

Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura to the public. As usual, we won't cover the mainstream features here, concentrating instead on what's new and changed for blind and low vision users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-bugs-macos-13-ventura-blind-low-vision-users

16) A Quick Guide to the System Settings App in macOS Ventura

Here is a quick guide posted on AppleVis on the new settings app on MacOS X:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/quick-guide-system-settings-app-macos-ventura

17) Apple Releases WatchOS 9.1 and TvOS 16.1 | AppleVis

Apple has released WatchOS 9.1 and TvOS 16.1 to the public. According to the release notes, WatchOS 9.1 Includes the following changes:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-watchos-91-tvos-161

18) The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in MacOS 13 Ventura For Blind and Low Vision Users | AppleVis

Apple has released macOS 13 Ventura to the public. As usual, we won't cover the mainstream features here, concentrating instead on what's new and changed for blind and low vision users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/new-features-changes-improvements-bugs-macos-13-ventura-blind-low-vision-users

19) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS and iPadOS 16 | Wired

The latest versions for iPhones and iPads are now available, complete with a revamped lock screen, editable Messages, and Safety Check:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-16-ipados-16-new-features/

20) What's New in JAWS 2023 Screen Reading Software | Freedom Scientific

Windows on ARM and better access to Windows Notifications are among the enhancements:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

21) Magnifiers: What, How, and Where to Buy? | Hadley

A magnifier can be a handy tool, but it can be overwhelming to find the right one. Here are answers to the 3 most common questions we get about magnifiers:
https://hadley.edu/blog/magnifiers-what-how-and-where-buy

22) Review: Microsoft Releases PC Manager Beta to Optimize Windows Performance | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David's Review:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2831
Announcement:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/pc-manager-beta-microsoft

23) For Amazon Echo Enthusiasts: Echo Tips Podcast From New Vision, Roanoke, VA

You can access this podcast within your client of choice as well as on an Amazon or Google Smart Speaker:
https://tunein.com/podcasts/Education-Podcasts/Echo-Tips-Podcast-p1118403/

24) Review And An Overview Of The Podcast Guru For iOS | Seeing In The Dark | October 19th 2022 | 50 Minutes

This in-depth demonstration runs for 50 minutes and is endorsed by David Goldfield of the Tech-VI List for anyone searching for a full-featured podcast client for their iOS device:
https://castro.fm/episode/ayvAbY

25) Recording: Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Managing Participants in the Waiting Room | Freedom Scientific | YouTube

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, "Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6lBI7MqHMo

26) Let's Play! — A Collection of Free Stepwise Braille and Audio Classical Guitar Lessons

Let's Play! is a collection of free stepwise Braille and audio classical guitar lessons. You'll need a guitar and a footstool. A footstool is something to put your left foot on so you can raise your left leg 5 to 20 inches and be able to hold the guitar properly:
https://www.letsplayguitar.org/

27) Windows Surface vs. Apple iPad: The Best Pro Tablets

This is a good article on the comparison between popular Windows and Apple Tablets:
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/can-pro-tablets-replace-your-laptop/

28) Collection of Third Party Sites Offering JAWS Scripts | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

A few days ago someone posted a message to the JAWS for Windows (JFW) discussion group asking for addresses of websites which offer free or paid scripts to be used with the JAWS screen reader. I responded to this message by providing a list of such sites which were known to me. I am reposting my response to the Tech-VI list in case this information might be of interest or value:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/2839

29) How to Stop Microsoft Edge From Hogging System Resources

Microsoft Edge has earned its spot as a reputable browser, making it a fine default option for most Windows users. However, it isn't perfect. If Microsoft Edge is slowing your computer down, there are a few fixes you can try before switching to a different browser. We've combed through the app's performance settings to help you both speed up your browser and minimize its resource use on your PC:
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-stop-microsoft-edge-from-hogging-system-resource-1849680959

30) Upcoming Training Course From Hartgen Consultancy: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Wednesday, December 14th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

31) Recording: Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Using Chat and Accessing Links in Chat Messages | October 21st 2022

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, "Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS." 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:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640?i=1000583449630

32) New Tech Lets Blind, Visually Impaired People Play Trackmania

A French organization is developing technology to give visually impaired people more ability to perceive their environment — and they're using videogames to test and expand it. In the process they've managed to make Trackmania accessible to those who are totally blind:
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-tech-lets-blind-visually-impaired-people-play-trackmania/

33) Review: Rode Procaster: Broadcast-Quality Microphone For Under $200 | ZDNET

Rode's Procaster microphone is built like a tank and provides excellent audio for new podcasters or video content creators:
https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/smart-office/rode-procaster-microphone-review/

34) How To Perform Common Tasks in Windows Command Prompt

All of the necessary basics to get you started:
https://www.tomshardware.com/how-to/use-windows-command-prompt

35) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments | December 7th 2022

Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

36) Use Resume Assistant And LinkedIn For Great Resumes | Microsoft

Resume Assistant is being phased out, starting in September 2022. By the end of January 2023, it will be removed and no longer supported. For creating a resume that gets you noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, we recommend starting with a professionally designed resume template in Word or using the LinkedIn Resume Builder. Once you've created your resume, you can upload it to LinkedIn for job applications or for displaying on your profile:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-resume-assistant-and-linkedin-for-great-resumes-444ff6f0-ef74-4a9c-9091-ffd7a9d1917a

37) A Quick Guide to the System Settings App in macOS Ventura

In macOS Ventura, Apple replaced the familiar System Preferences app with a new app called System Settings. This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, however the interface is quite different and many settings have been relocated, which may at first be disorienting to longtime Mac users. However, the new layout may feel familiar if you've used iOS or iPadOS, and you may eventually find that the increased parody between the two platforms makes the experience of locating and changing settings easier and more predictable on both of them:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/quick-guide-system-settings-app-macos-ventura

38) Leasey For JAWS 2023 and Earlier Now Available

Version 7 of Leasey from Hartgen Consultancy has been updated and is now compatible with JAWS 2023. This version of Leasey will also work with earlier versions of JAWS:
https://www.hartgen.org/leaseydemo

39) LinkedIn Adds New Accessibility Features, Including Auto-Captions on Videos

As we all know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To mark the event LinkedIn has announced a range of new updates to improve accessibility for LinkedIn users:
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/LinkedIn-Adds-Accessibility-Features-Auto-Captions/634643/

40) How Does A Blind Person Find A Door With Their Phone? | Visual and Audio Walk Through | YouTube | Juan Alcazar

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/XlkgcvqBiCI

41) How A Blind Person Frames Themselves On Camera When Filming A Video | Visual and Audio Walk Through | YouTube | Juan Alcazar

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/N40IEIPQO5k


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1) Tell Aira To Use 100% Accessible RIM Instead of TeamViewer

This pre-filled letter can be sent to Aira in order to request that they adopt Remote Incident Manager (RIM) in order to provide a more seamless remote support experience to Explorers. The letter begins: I would like to request an improvement be made to the Aira service. While my experience with Aira has been very positive, there is one area in which I have faced some difficulty. As is well known by now, a recent update to TeamViewer broke accessibility with screen readers. This makes it impossible to read the ID and password independently in order to help the agent connect to my computer:
https://t.co/Sehv9H3Sla

2) Q&A: UnlockedMaps Provides Real-Time Accessibility Information For Urban Rail Transit In Six Metro Areas

This web app and study demonstrates the inaccessibility of transit stations in urban locations:
https://www.washington.edu/news/2022/10/17/unlockedmaps-real-time-accessibility-information-urban-rail-transit-in-six-metro-areas/

3) Audio Only Computer Game Receives Innovation Award

An audio-only computer game developed by Lancaster University researchers was recognized at an awards ceremony organized by the national membership organization for sight loss charities. The game, which was tested by people with sight loss, received the Inspire Award at the annual Visionary Awards. The game uses abstract noises to guide players through 16 levels of an immersive maze. Sight Advice South Lakes recruited people with sight loss from across the country with computer game experience to take part in the testing of the technology:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/science-and-vision/technology/2022/10/21/audio-only-computer-game-receives-innovation-award

4) Blue's Clues & You Introduces a New Character with Albinism

Season 3, Episode 15 introduces a new classmate named Pearl the Bunny. Pearl is unique because she wears glasses, uses a cane, and her eyes "dance" because Pearl has albinism:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/blues-clues-you-introduces-a-new-character-with-albinism/

5) System Breaks Down Barriers for Blind Web Designers

Numerous applications help blind users surf the web — but what if someone with a visual impairment wants to design the visual layout of a page? Few tools are available to support them, particularly without the help of a sighted person. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland are increasing accessibility by developing a novel device that lets blind users design a web layout using touch and sound:
https://today.umd.edu/system-breaks-down-barriers-for-blind-web-designers

6) Announcing Democracy's Library | Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has officially announced a brand new initiative: Democracy's Library. We believe that free and open access to public information is critical for any functioning democracy, and that every citizen should be able to seek knowledge in the public domain. That's why we're working to collect important government documents, so that citizens everywhere can be better informed:
https://mailchi.mp/archive.org/20221020democlibryeng?e=6e9865d97d

7) While You Are Home: Activities for Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Activity ideas from Dr. Christine Roman for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) in each of the three different phases:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/while-you-are-home-activities-children-cvi/

8) Greg Stilson on What Organizations Stand to Gain When They Prioritize Accessibility

It's no secret that blind and low vision individuals face heightened barriers when it comes to securing workplace opportunities and advancement. Join Aira in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month as they spotlight individuals who overcome these barriers through assistive technologies like Aira:
https://aira.io/gregstilson/

9) OER Initiative Offers Tools to Expand Awareness of Digital Accessibility

Teach Access, a nonprofit focused on digital accessibility skills education, is launching a collection of free online teaching resources designed to help faculty teach accessibility across a range of computer science, technology, and design programs. Built in collaboration with iDesign, the Teach Access Curriculum Repository provides more than 250 open educational resources to help students better understand digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop, and build new technologies:
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2022/10/25/oer-initiative-offers-tools-to-expand-awareness-of-digital-accessibility.aspx

10) Science, Symbolism And Sight: Wellcome Collection Explores How We See And Are Seen

'In Plain Sight' at London's Wellcome Collection explores sight from every angle, spanning science and symbolism, art and eyewear, and experiences of the partially sighted and blind:
https://www.wallpaper.com/art/wellcome-collection-integrates-sensation-in-visions-of-history-spirituality-and-touch

11) Recording: Tek Talk Welcomes Peter Tucic, HumanWare Director of Strategic Partnerships To Discuss All That is New With HumanWare | October 10th 2022

Join Peter Tucic as he returns to Tek Talk with information on all that is new with HumanWare. Peter presents on recent updates to HumanWare's braille product portfolio including the implementation of text-to-speech on the Brailliant BI X series displays and direct cloud integration into the BrailleNote Touch Plus amongst other topics. Attendees also learn about the recently launched Steller Trek GPS device:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000583301473

12) Blind to Problems: How VA's Electronic Record System Shuts Out Visually Impaired Patients

Sarah Sheffield, a nurse practitioner at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Eugene, Oregon, had a problem. Her patients — mostly in their 70s and beyond — couldn't read computer screens. It's not an unusual problem for older people, which is why you might think Oracle Cerner, the developers of the agency's new digital health record system, would have anticipated it. But they didn't:
https://khn.org/news/article/va-electronic-record-system-blind-visually-impaired/

13) Saying Goodbye to the Sonata Internet Audio Service on October 31st 2022 | British Wireless for the Blind Fund

We launched the Sonata Internet Audio Service over 13 years ago. Our commitment to the Sonata service and to its listeners has seen it go from strength to strength. However, we have now reached a point where the technology is no longer sustainable. Therefore, we are sad to announce that the Sonata service will cease operating on 31st October 2022. After this date Sonata Radio will no longer connect to the content it currently provides. We will of course, be able to offer our Sonata users an alternative device. We will be in contact with all Sonata recipients nearer the time to talk through the available options:
https://blind.org.uk/news/saying-goodbye-to-sonata/

14) 70 Percent Of Blind Adults Are Unemployed. Miami Lighthouse Is Helping To Change That

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired may be best known for its impactful work bringing free eye exams to local schools and hosting early childhood education for vision impaired youth. A year ago, Miami Lighthouse opened Florida's first CVI center to respond to the leading cause of pediatric visual impairment. All this work continues, of course, but this 91-year-old award-winning Miami nonprofit organization has also long supported adults as well, and recently has been doubling down on its digital literacy programming as well as its website accessibility advocacy:
https://www.miamiherald.com/living/helping-others/article267163806.html

15) Douglas County Nebraska Demonstrates New Voting Machines For Blind | 6News WOWT

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said almost 70% of the early ballots cast so far this year have been dropped in a collection box. But for many of the 50 or so in attendance at Tuesday night's meeting of the Omaha Association of the Blind, he wanted to let voters know there are improved options for those who don't have that sort of freedom:
https://www.wowt.com/2022/10/19/douglas-co-demonstrates-new-voting-machines-blind/

16) Skateboarding Clinic Held For Visually Impaired Kids At Adidas Training Center | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nq72N9oXk

17) Empowering the Blind Voter | NFB | YouTube

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

18) Barilla® Adds QR Codes on Packaging to Assist Visually Impaired Customers in Expanded Partnership with Be My Eyes

Barilla, a world leader in the markets of pasta, is expanding its partnership with Be My Eyes, a platform that provides live audio and visual support for blind and visually impaired consumers, by incorporating QR codes on the packaging of ten of Barilla's most popular classic pasta offerings:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/barilla-adds-qr-codes-on-packaging-to-assist-visually-impaired-customers-in-expanded-partnership-with-be-my-eyes-301651355.html


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1) Surveys | 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 | Google | Keyboard-Only Navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users

Closes: October 28th Team: Google Material Design. Length of Study: 30 minutes. Date(s): October 24th 2022 to October 28th 2022. Details: Study is open to Keyboard-only navigation / Alternative Keyboard Users. Participants will evaluate a proposed design to evaluate assistive technology usage. Due to the nature of the design, we will not accept Screen-Reader users for this study. Incentive: $50 USD. Location: Remote USA/Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXe2NurYzKLjVlsxvzSKjQmuCdGTyGDPmSoTlb2FyOaJ7P5w/viewform

3) 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

4) Survey | Google | Using Pixel 5 or Higher | Focus is on the Google Assistant

Closes: November 2nd 2022 Team: Assistant on Pixel. Length of Study: 90 minutes. Date(s): October 20th 2022 to November 2nd 2022. Details: All users must own a Pixel 5 or higher phone. All users must use Mobile Assistant weekly on their Pixel phone, preferably with SIM card. All users must use a mobile device that has screen sharing via Google Meet and a second device (laptop or computer) for audio communication. Incentive: $100 USD / $125 CAD for 90 mins. Location: Remote USA / Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRXhnv5rQgOlx42-Ulyj5OmedsasqQyea6XVMlgghmpTJN5A/viewform


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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1) Mosen at Large Episode 203: iPhone And iOS Feedback, Comments On The Envision Smart Glasses, Another Beatles Remix And More

October 22nd 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/842775fd/iphone-and-ios-feedback-comments-on-the-envision-smart-glasses-another-beatles-remix-and-more

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 98: Navigating With Wave Out - Audio Navigation

October 22nd 2022 | In this episode we first inform our listeners that we have crossed the milestone of 750 YouTube subscribers. We then tell the listeners to join our 100th episode party email contactus@blindandroidusers.com ✉ and we will share the link to join, the 100th episode will be recorded on November 5th 2022 at 9:00 AM PT. We then interview Hugo Furtado, developer of WaveOut an audio navigation app for Android and iOS. We then show you, the latest features of CSR, how to disable key echo and the shake your phone. In the tip of the week, we show the feature talked about at the Made by Google Event which as of this recording is only available in USA on Pixel 3A and higher, Hold For Me and Direct My Call. Listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqtLYqIQeJ0PX11zsbSJ4ZU

3) Eyes on Success Episode 2243: How to Find Accessible Games

October 26th 2022 | If you enjoy gaming on your iOS or other device and are also visually impaired, it is likely that you have experienced the frustration of finding a game that is accessible. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Aaron Spelker, who runs the Mobile Accessible Games (for the Blind) Facebook group, about his game reviews that can ease the frustration:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2243.htm


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1) October 2022 Orbit Research Zoom Meeting

October 28th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Richard Turner, and his wife Carol, are inviting you to the October Orbit Research zoom meeting set for October 28, at 9 AM pacific, 11 AM Central, Noon Eastern, and 5 PM in the UK. Robert couldn't host this month so asked me to do it and since my wife has a paid account, she will be assisting on the call for raised hands, etc. | Meeting ID: 890 8115 2310 | Passcode: 735975 | One tap mobile: +12532158782,,89081152310#,,,,*735975# US (Tacoma) | +13462487799,,89081152310#,,,,*735975# US (Houston):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89081152310?pwd=NHIwMlZqNUsvYy9ETnR2YXZSRDVXQT09

2) 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

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

November 1st 2022 and 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/

4) 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/

5) 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/

6) ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful (ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

November 2nd 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle - reading, writing, viewing photographs and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX DeskSet and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern camera technology and HD displays provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ONYX Pro takes portability to the next level by combining it with the Surface 7 tablet to provide the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools. | Meeting ID: 859 6552 3448 | Passcode: 173081 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85965523448#,,,,*173081# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85965523448?pwd=RklNZkpzQkRLcGc0bFprYjJGYzN1QT09#success

7) What's New with ARC Toolkit | TPGi

November 3rd 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | ARC Toolkit is more than just a way to quickly find accessibility issues by scanning a page; but is a series of tools that can help developers, QA, and accessibility testers alike perform the additional tests needed to determine if a screen is accessible. Learn about ARC Toolkit and ask questions about what it can do and what it can do for you:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-3-at-12pm-et-whats-new-with-arc-toolkit/

8) 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/

9) 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/

10) 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/

11) 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

12) Creating Source Files in Microsoft Office for PDF Remediation | Access Ingenuity

November 9th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Microsoft Office offers many tools that make remediation in PDF quicker and more successful. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for creating your documents in Microsoft Office with the intent to convert them to PDF. Learning Outcomes: Discover best practices in formatting standard document elements. Explore the WCAG 2.1 color requirements that may apply to your content. Introduction to creating PDFs directly from Microsoft Office. | Meeting ID: 874 1435 1888 | Passcode: 514898 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87414351888#,,,,*514898# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87414351888?pwd=b0dvS2NPcUtjTnVYbzZCWEFBdVRhdz09#success

13) 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

14) How Anyone Can Manage Accessibility Program — Ask Me Anything (AMA) | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. The foundation for an accessibility program is having a clear, repeatable process for accessibility testing — with roles and responsibilities mapped to each step from design to development. If you are leading your organization's accessibility effort, you need an accessibility resource center to create accessible online experiences consistently and provide defensible data to stakeholders. Join TPGi's Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant, for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session and get answers to your accessibility questions. This AMA session is great for product managers, content teams, UX teams, and marketers:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-9-at-12pm-et-how-anyone-can-manage-accessibility-program-ask-me-anything-ama/

15) How To Scale a Sustainable Accessibility Program | TPGi

November 9th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mark Miller, TPGi's Director of Sales, and Kelly Mahoney, 3Play Media's Content & Partner Marketing Specialist. This webinar will explore what it takes to scale accessibility programs for enterprise organizations. From the foundations of digital accessibility to the actionable steps your organization can take moving forward, we'll dig into the details of what it looks like to ensure accessible content, policies, and practices are baked in from the beginning. Key takeaways: What is digital accessibility and how should it influence your organization? Actionable steps you can take toward digital accessibility, including remediation tools and services. What do accessibility policies/programs look like at an enterprise organization?
https://www.tpgi.com/how-to-scale-a-sustainable-accessibility-program/

16) Usability and Accessibility for Digital Marketers — Delight Your Audience With Inclusive UX

November 10th 2022 | Presenters: Digital Marketing Institute, TPGi's Principal UX David Swallow, TPGi's UX Practice Manager David Sload, and Marketing Educator and Author Will Francis. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. But how can we ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? To mark World Usability Day 2022, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help digital marketers deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility, and inclusive design and provide practical tips that everyone involved in digital marketing can apply in their work to make their digital experiences more accessible and usable:
https://www.bigmarker.com/digital-marketing-institute/Usability-and-Accessibility-for-Digital-Marketers-Delight-Your-Audience-with-Inclusive-UX

17) National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention

November 11th 2022 to November 14th 2022 | Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future! Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204. Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Donald Porterfield, President of the NFB of Arizona, Board Member of the NFB, and a criminal prosecutor. Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more. Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday. Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind:
https://nfbmd.org/convention/2022

18) Zoom Meeting for JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

November 16th 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 of JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc. | 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

19) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

20) 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

21) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

22) 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/

23) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

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) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

27) 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/

28) 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/

29) 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/

30) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

31) 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/

32) 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/

33) 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/


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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 and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/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:
https://bit.ly/321OUEy

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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.


➜ Fall Specials Means Take Advantage Of Our "Fall-Ing" Prices On These Items

Heavy-duty cowhide 19 inch rucksack style backpack; 50 percent off; now only $50.00. How low can you go with our 7 pocket 17.5 by 7 by 5 inch RFID and CCW leather waist pack with a built-in cane holder (that's what the holster is really for) $30.00 while supplies last. Valuables protection with our cowhide leather chest pack with flip up phone holder for use with AIRA; big ten inch square by 4 inch compartment can easily hold a day's essentials, reduced from $70 to $50; Our 60 inch titanium telescopic locking canes are flying out of here so fast that it feels like their winter sojourn is already happening; $80 including shipping; And, if you want to hibernate also, the most comfortable wired earbuds for sleepy listening you will ever find, from JVC $20.00. For these specials, call GuideLights and Gadgets: Barry at (617) 969-7500 ☎, or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎.

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!


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