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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 10, 2022 - Volume 884

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Tidbit for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-tidbit or locate "Tidbit Submission Form" within the main menu of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) Why Are There Now Two "Outlook For Windows"? (6.4% of all clicks.)
Microsoft is hyping a new "Outlook for Windows" as a coming replacement to the familiar Windows program giving both the same "Outlook for Windows" name even though the two programs are completely different and the proposed replacement is quite crippled:
https://office-watch.com/2022/why-two-outlook-windows/

B.) Reader Review: 6-in-1 Multi-Opener (6.2% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan, Top Tech Tidbits reader:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/129.html

C.) How to Fix the Most Annoying Bluetooth Headphone Problems | Wired (6.0% of all clicks.)
Wireless headphones and earbuds are convenient, but they come with a host of tricky troubleshooting problems. Here's how to fix them all:
https://www.wired.com/story/bluetooth-headphone-troubleshooting-tips/

D.) Transcribing Audio With Word Online And A Screen Reader (5.9% of all clicks.)
Here is an article from Kelly Ford on making text transcripts using Word Online and a screen reader:
http://theideaplace.net/transcribing-audio-with-word-online-and-a-screen-reader/

E.) How to Control Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch (5.7% of all clicks.)
In WatchOS 9, Apple includes a feature that allows you to control your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Learn how it works:
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/control-iphone-with-apple-watch/

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5) Access Information News Publisher Updates For November 14th 2022

I know that many of you were waiting to find out just how many readers were going to stay on with the new Access Information News publication so I wanted to include this update in Tidbits ahead of the next issue just to keep everyone in the loop. Answers to all of your questions here:
https://www.accessinformationnews.com/1.html

6) JAWS Power Tip: Using Smart Glance

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/130.html

7) Reader Review: azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM)

Dear Tidbits Readers. One of the applications that I always loved during these past 15 to 20 years is the azzCardfile Personal Information Manager (PIM) database. Basically its a simple freeform database that can be used for many different things / ideas. For example I have a personal telephone directory. I also have a database file with a lot of tips and tricks that I learned during my life about computers and if you like you can use it as a picture album because it supports the insertion of pictures directly into the cards:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/131.html

8) iOS 16.2 To Introduce 'Custom Accessibility Mode' With Streamlined Experience For iPhone And iPad

This update to the iOS interface, now in beta, seeks to simplify the user experience for users:
https://9to5mac.com/2022/11/08/ios-16-2-custom-accessibility-mode/

9) A Look At The October 2022 Games Accessibility Conference

This article summarizes the topics and themes covered in this year's conference for accessible video games:
https://www.eurogamer.net/a-look-at-this-octobers-games-accessibility-conference

10) Zoom Boosts Accessibility With Sign Language Interpretation View

Meeting hosts can now designate a live sign language translation professional to appear in a dedicated view during a zoom meeting:
https://www.uctoday.com/unified-communications/zoom-boosts-accessibility-with-sign-language-interpretation-view/

11) Do You Use Aira's Intuit Small Business Offer?

If you use Aira's Intuit Small Business offer to assist with visual tasks for your business they'd like to feature your story in their holiday shopping webinar. You can complete the form at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuOnJ1vGGu7-DblVZ4eBTLAv7exyYxKfbrlOYVRpnuX-gdIw/viewform?usp=sf_link

12) PowerToys 0.64 Launches With File Locksmith And Hosts File Editor

Microsoft has released PowerToys 0.64 Stable to the public. The new version of the open source tools collection for Windows includes two new programs and other changes:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/11/03/powertoys-0-64-launches-with-file-locksmith-and-hosts-file-editor/

13) NV Access In-Process For November 3rd 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-3rd-november-2022/

14) The 27 Best Mac Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier | Wired

MacOS may be the apple of your eye, but some of its stock apps are a little rotten. Take a bite of these third-party apps instead:
https://www.wired.com/story/best-mac-apps/

15) How To Speed Up Working On A Mac Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts don't stop at Command-Z, Command-C, and Command-V. Here's how to create your own keyboard shortcuts in every version of macOS:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/mac/tips/speed-up-working-on-a-mac-using-custom-keyboard-shortcuts

16) The 6 Best Speech-to-Text Apps for Note-Taking

Speech-to-text apps are the best way to take notes on the go. They can also save you time. Here are some of the best ones to use:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-speech-to-text-apps/


➜ Surveys

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


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 | Programming Workspace Accessibility for Blind Individuals

Closes: November 17th 2022 A research team composed of blind and sighted scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is conducting exploratory research on blind individuals' interactions with accessible programming workspaces and their approach towards comprehending and navigating code. In this context, an individual's level of visual impairment is based on The U.S. legal definition of blindness: visual acuity of not greater than 20/200 in the better eye with correction or a field not subtending an angle greater than 20 degrees. The expected value of this study is that we will get a better sense of the following topics based on blind programmers; experiences, which will in turn scientifically highlight the existing accessibility of programming workspaces and the opportunities to improve them to support blind programmers: The common accessibility issues of blind programmers. The patterns of interaction between blind programmers and the accessibility tools used to code. The level of navigability, glanceability, alertability, and discoverability the popular accessible programming workspaces have. Participants' personal information and data such as name, email, age, etc. collected from the interview will be systematically removed from the final results used to conduct analysis in order to make sure researchers will not disclose any of your personal information without your permission as well as skew the analysis. The research team would like to invite blind individuals to participate in an online interview consisting of two sections: a questionnaire regarding past coding experience and an interactive coding session. This will allow researchers to further investigate how blind programmers code and interact with technologies and tools. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card upon completing the one-hour interview and coding activity. Eligible participants for the online interview are those: self-identifying themselves as an individual who is blind; age 18 or older; having any level of programming experience; having familiarity with Python, Java, C++ or C programming languages; having experience with screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, ORCA, etc. If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact our research team at:rshah257@illinois.edu

3) Survey | The Byte Size Training Tech Website Feedback Survey

Closes: November 18th 2022 This survey is where individuals with disabilities can provide feedback relating to the Byte Size Training Tech website and suggest improvements. Here is a link to the Byte Size Training Tech website at https://bytesizetrainingtech.com:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJ1gqw4KFOduexJc5HY-nyGrybfODQhGLpJBP9gQ9wVL8swg/viewform?usp=sf_link

4) Survey | PDF User Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 Equidox Software Company provides PDF accessibility software and services and is conducting a survey of blind and low-vision adults who are assistive technology users. The goal is to gain information about the real experience of people who use assistive technology to access PDF documents. Tammy Albee, who created this survey, worked at the NFB national office for four years with Scott White, Director of NFB-NEWSLINE. Ms. Albee now works for Equidox and hopes to submit the results of this survey to the Journal of Blindness Innovation. The information will also be used to advocate for accessibility in government, education, and private enterprise organizations, presented at conferences, and made available on the Equidox website. The survey has 15 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses and emails will be kept completely anonymous. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Tammy@equidox.co. The deadline for participation is November 30, 2022. To learn more about Equidox, please visit https://equidox.co/. You may complete the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nfbaffiliate

XX) Survey | Tennessee Specialized Services Survey

Closes: November 30th 2022 If you are or were a vocational rehabilitation client in the state of Tennessee, please complete this survey for Blind Citizens of Tennessee. Those who have tried to get basic licensing, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and braille skills in Tennessee know that our state is a desert of services. This survey will assist the Blind Citizens of Tennessee in their research to determine the need for a standalone training facility for the blind in Tennessee:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3lOO_LLUTFEZtqb1mrW0LfOiO2ZQwVuw5JwJLpeTE_TZ9tg/viewform?usp=sf_link


➜ 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) Insights & Sound Bites Podcast Episode 1: Survive, Adapt, Overcome

October 28th 2022 | Larry shares how he found strength in his core beliefs to get him through the shock of his initial diagnosis:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/survive-adapt-overcome

2) iCantCU Podcast Episode 204: Tech Difficulties And Being Blind Doesn't Help

November 3rd 2022 | In this episode of iCantCU, I talk about various technical issues that have cropped up. The biggest one being with HostGator, our web host. Multiple down time over the past month has caused fewer visitors to iCantCU.com and fewer downloads of the podcast. Migrating to a new host will bring new issues and questions about their accessibility. I also talk about a problem with Facebook while using larger text:
https://www.iCantCU.com/204

3) Mosen at Large Episode 205: My Most Bizarre Windows Experience Ever, The Real-World Impact Of iOS Bugs, How To Maintain Maximum iPhone Battery Health For Years, And Audiobooks On The BlindShell Classic 2

November 5th 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/5b5527e2/my-most-bizarre-windows-experience-ever-the-real-world-impact-of-ios-bugs-how-to-maintain-maximum-iphone-battery-health-for-years-and-audiobooks-on-the-blindshell-classic-2

4) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 100: The Centurion Celebration

November 5th 2022 | We first open with some fireworks as this is our 100th episode celebration and welcome our listeners. We then thanked all our listeners, donators, web developers for their valuable efforts and time. Then the listeners who joined us for our celebration introduced themselves. The discussion started from Guided Camera Frame available on Pixel 7 and later Samsung phones. It then moved to Android and Windows and then the Commentary Screen Reader vs Talkback debate. We then discussed TTS and Android losing ETI Eloquence in Android 14 as Eloquence is a 32-bit app, also the listeners spoke about the possible names of Android 14, and Upside-Down Cake was the winner. The podcast then concluded with which phone has the best audio speakers and other audio features. To listen to the podcast, visit our website or click on:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqqBEQR-ibKA2pfu0BjzGMBn

5) Eyes on Success Episode 2245: Waymap Navigation System

November 9th 2022 | The Waymap app was designed to assist visually impaired people navigate transportation systems in cities around the world. Requiring no signals, the app is accurate down to 1 meter both indoors and outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with CEO Tom Pey about the motivation for developing the app, how it works, and their plans to expand its use:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2245.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 | Maryland State Library Agency

November 10th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 11/11 | The topic for the November The Many Faces of BARD program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS. The program is on November 10, 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and will last for one hour and be recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking. The session will begin with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD. The session may be joined by going to the link below on a computer or calling +1 (669) 245-5252 ☎. 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. One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1619486122# or +16468287666,,1619486122# | Meeting ID: 161 948 6122 | Passcode: 112643:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1619486122?pwd=VVhxNkk1SGJlNHJXVFRtNUo5V3loZz09

2) 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

3) 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

4) NaviLens | Computer Science & Technology Division | NFB of SC

November 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | The Computer Science & Technology Division (CSTD) of the NFB of SC invites everyone to a presentation from NaviLens on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern. Oran McAllister from NaviLens will join us for a presentation to tell us all about the app and what it does! Below is the Zoom information you will need to join us and a brief description of the app! NFB of SC Zoom. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York) | +13017158592,,8032543777# US (Germantown) | Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) | NaviLens is a high-density artificial markers system for long distance reading. The tags generated by this system are designed in order to be read from a long distance, without the need of focusing and even in motion. This makes them useful for blind and low vision people. Join here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

5) Getting in Touch with Literacy | Conversations Session Five — Joyful Journey of Stories in a Virtual World | Paths To Literacy

November 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | While we wait to gather again in-person in 2023, we invite you to participate in a series of virtual conversations. These virtual sessions will capture the spirit of in-person interactions with robust conversations using a variety of breakout rooms and other online meeting tools. This fifth virtual "Conversations on Literacy: Content and Connections" will be a Joyful Journey of Stories in a Virtual World. Join Gwyn McCormack, from the United Kingdom, to discuss how to make literacy opportunities for families simple, possible, and doable using a multi-sensory approach in a virtual environment. Gwyn uses her many years of experience as a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) and Head of Service to deliver imaginative and creative approaches, within easy-to-use frameworks. She founded Positive Eye in 2008, to provide practical courses and a range of resources for practitioners working with children and young people with vision impairments. Gwyn is also collaborating with the Deafblind Projects in the Southeast and Midwest States (USA) to bring Sparkly Story Shows to hundreds of children and their families. These Story Time Shows are strengthening the literacy outcomes for children with complex learning needs. Join us November 14, 2022, to learn more about these exciting projects. Register now:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/getting-in-touch-with-literacy/

6) Bytesize Training Tech Q and A Session

November 14th 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT | This event is where I will be discussing the assistive technology training services that Byte Size Training Tech offers. In addition, there will be a Q and A session where participants will be able to have their questions answered:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/MOXB7G84?utm_medium=ch_event&utm_campaign=pm-MMIuRiLSoGzDrb2BVkg-438223

7) Interactive Webinar: Windows Narrator: Not Just Another Voice In The Crowd | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

November 16th 2022 | 6PM PT, 7PM MT, 8PM CT, 9PM ET, 2AM GMT on 11/17 | Where: Online or via phone. Join us for a webinar about Windows Narrator! Windows Narrator is over 20 years old. There have been drastic improvements to this screen reader over the past several years, and this free screen reader is quickly becoming a recognizable voice in the crowd. Come explore some of narrators features, learn to maximize functionality, compare narrator to other leading screen readers, and ask questions during this interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Sign up via Eventbrite or reach out to Tim Paulding at (208) 771-4901 ☎ or TPaulding@LHBlind.org ✉. Meet The Hosts: Timothy Paulding is the Services and Instructional Manager at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. He has served in the blindness rehabilitation field for over ten years as a computer and assistive technology instructor and orientation and mobility specialist. He believes that people who are blind can be as independent as they want to be, given proper opportunity and training. Tim has masters degrees in Blindness and Low Vision Studies from Western Michigan University and is dual certified in orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation therapy. Tim is a drummer and keyboard player and lives with his wife and children in Spokane Valley, Washington. Everett Elam, CATIS, is a computer and assistive technology instructor at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Prior to serving at the Lighthouse, Everett worked for a year in St. Louis, Missouri in the k-12 arena and also created and managed a curriculum for Assistive Technology Training. He has served in a variety of roles in the blindness rehabilitation field. He is a technology enthusiast who is passionate about helping people who are blind to reach their fullest potential. Everett believes that learning should be tailored to the learner, easy to apply in real world situations, and should most definitely be fun. In his free time, Everett is an award winning fiddle player and marathon runner and lives in Spokane, Washington. Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-narrator-not-just-another-voice-in-the-crowd-tickets-454175780987

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

November 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM 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

9) 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/

10) 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

11) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM 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

12) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

13) 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/

14) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM 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

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

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

16) 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, 7PM 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

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

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

20) 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/

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

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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

3) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Listserv Directory

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

4) Top Tech Tidbits Blind And Visually Impaired Podcast Directory

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


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➜ 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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Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

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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.


➜ GuideLights and Gadgets Holiday Sales

Our holiday sales, with some deeply cut prices through December 31st. Leather Purse Blow Out: approximately 6 by 10 inches with a very stylish design; has 6 zippered pockets; and a great half moon pocket on the front. Lots of room for essentials - $20. Hands free leather neck pouch; great for AIRA or Be My Eyes; works great with BlindShell. Front: velcro pocket; two full size phone slots, with a full size pocket on the back; down from $20 to $15. Talking Medical bundle with case and accessible "how to" mp: files on sd card. 2nd gen talking oximeter, infrared thermometer, and BP meter. Tested in doctors' offices - $140.00. Call either Barry or Kae (617) 969-7500 ☎ or (781) 286-1696 ☎ for information or for orders.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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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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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

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

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

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

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

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira 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
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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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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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Email: feedback@doubletap.online

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


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

The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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.

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