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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 8, 2022 - Volume 888

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

A.) Check Out This Library Of Obsolete Sounds, Including Plenty Of Clips Of Old Tech (9.0% of all clicks.)
Obsolete Sounds is a new project that its creator Cities and Memory claims is "the world's biggest collection of obsolete and disappearing sounds."" It consists of over 150 sounds that are increasingly rare, ranging from sounds used in retro video games, recordings of old-fashioned transport, and plenty of mechanical sounds from outdated hardware:
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/28/23481711/obsolete-sounds-project-cities-and-memory-modem

B.) Wonderful YouTube Video Containing Samples Of Many Old And Modern Text To Speech Engines/Humor | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List (8.6% of all clicks.)
The individual who produced this video either has too much time on their hands, too many text to speech engines or a combination of the two. This is a wonderful and light video to end the year and I personally found parts of it to be hilarious. Warning: some voices may be unexpectedly loud:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsJS7SZdkAI

C.) Neuralink Co-Founder Unveils Cyborg Eye Prosthesis To Cure Blindness (8.2% of all clicks.)
The co-founder of Elon Musk's brain chip startup Neuralink has unveiled a visual prosthesis for blind patients as part of a new project. The Science Eye aims to target two forms of serious blindness that currently have no cure, before eventually serving as a brain-computer interface (BCI) by transmitting information through a wearer's optic nerve:
https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/neuralink-science-eye-brain-computer-interface-b2231585.html

D.) Use Gmail With A Screen Reader (7.4% of all clicks.)
We understand that this how-to article has recently been updated:
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/90559?hl=en

E.) Your iPhone Has 26 New Accessibility Tools You Shouldn't Ignore (6.3% of all clicks.)
This is a handy rundown of the latest accessibility features on iOS devices:
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/your-iphone-has-26-new-accessibility-tools-you-shouldnt-ignore-0385071/

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4) Apple Highlights Accessibility Features on iPhone, Mac, and More in New Ad

On November 30th 2022 Apple shared a new ad titled "The Greatest" that highlights accessibility features available on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Namely, the ad demonstrates the Door Detection, Sound Recognition, and Voice Control features on these devices:
https://www.macrumors.com/2022/11/30/apple-the-greatest-accessibility-ad/

5) Apple Music Sing Brings Karaoke Mode to Subscribers

The Spotify rival's new feature includes separate lyrics for backup vocals and duets:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/apple-music-sing-karaoke-mode-lets-you-unleash-your-inner-rock-star/#ftag=CAD590a51e

6) iOS 16 Accessibility: How To Use Live Captions and Accessibility Shortcuts | Meryl Evans

I finally got a sign it was time to upgrade from an iPhone 7 Plus. Of course, I like to use the latest technologies. But I also like to stretch my dollars. So, I drive cars (2008) and use technologies for as long as possible. What was the sign? Two words: Live Captions (beta). The catch? Live Captions would only be available for iPhone 11 and later. No way was I going to miss out on Live Captions. Here are the models that support Live Captions:
https://equalentry.com/ios-live-captions-accessibility/

7) ChatGPT: Optimizing Language Models for Dialogue | OpenAI

Publisher: Would you like to text back and forth with the current state of artificial intelligence? Here at Tidbits we encourage you to give it a try. Not because the technology is amazing, because it is, but because you will immediately begin to understand, as a user of adaptive technology, just how transformative this technology might become. You will need to create a free account with OpenAI in order to use ChatGPT, or any of the other models that are currently open for exploration.
OpenAI: We've trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests. ChatGPT is a sibling model to InstructGPT, which is trained to follow an instruction in a prompt and provide a detailed response:
https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/

8) Why Everyone's Talking About ChatGPT, a Mindblowing AI Chatbot

This artificial intelligence bot is an impressive writer, but you should still be careful how much you trust its answers:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/why-everyones-obsessed-with-chatgpt-a-mindblowing-ai-chatbot/#ftag=CAD590a51e

9) Introducing OpenAI's ChatGPT Chat Bot Generating Detailed Human-like Responses | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

This is an experimental chat bot which provides detailed responses to a variety of questions and challenges. It seems to be all the rage of those who I follow on Mastodon and it's easy to understand why. You'll need to create an OpenAI account to use it. Before I post OpenAI's announcement about the bot I will provide a few examples of some of ChatGPT's responses. These responses are from questions which I typed into the chatbot's edit field. The questions or challenges go from serious to extremely silly. I have not edited any of the bot's responses:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3109

10) Add ChatGPT Answers To Google Search

ChatGPT is a new product by OpenAI that has been optimized for dialogs. You communicate with the artificial intelligence, for instance, by asking a question, and getting an answer. Several browser extensions have been created in the past days that integrate the functionality on Google Search. The main idea behind these is to add an independent response to a user's query on Google Search. Depending on the query in question, it may work better than Google Search, or not:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/12/07/add-chatgpt-answers-to-google-search/

11) Google's Reading Mode App Helps Visually Impaired People Read Long-Form Content

Google has launched a new app called Reading Mode. It helps people with visual imparities and dyslexia read the content on the screen — especially articles. The newly released app works on any device running Android 9.0 or above. Once you install it on your phone, you will have to turn on the toggle for the app under the Accessibility settings. This allows the app to have a floating button on the screen all the time, so you can turn any app or webpage into a more accessible version:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/12/01/googles-reading-mode-app-helps-visually-impaired-people-read-long-form-content/

12) Indie Game Studio 'Play By Ears' Publishes Their First Audio Game: Evidence 11

Publisher: This information comes to us directly from the 'Play By Ears' studio.
Studio: We recently published our very first audio game by the name of Evidence 111. It is a detective story for mobile phones and you can influence how the story ends by your choices. The game is mixed in binaural audio so it gives you a very strong sense of presence when you play it. We also use our own accessibility system, so you don't have to rely on voiceover. So far we have had a very good reception from players. We offer a free demo version. If you like the game you can buy the full version for just $4.99:
Game Trailer: https://youtu.be/EfbgBDg6k3E
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/evidence-111/id1550652340
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.PlayByEars.Evidence111

13) Indie Game Studio 'Play By Ears' Launches English Version of Audio Game: Evidence 11

We are happy to announce that we have just launched the English version of the game. Evidence 111 is now available on Android and iOS and features some of the most highly-renowned voice actors, including Zoe Robins, Emmy Award winner Rosamund Pike and Kenny Blyth:
Press Release: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/documents/2.pdf
Game Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynpM1aCkfg
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/evidence-111/id1550652340
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.PlayByEars.Evidence111

14) Microsoft Neural Voices on Speech Central

Speech Central has added support for Microsoft Neural Voices in the latest version. Those are the high quality voices provided online through Microsoft's servers:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/microsoft-neural-voices-speech-central

15) An Oversimplified Guide To Setting Up Mastodon | Sarah Higley

This is a guide for anyone who, like me, is casting about for alternatives to Twitter and would like an absolute minimum, bare-bones walkthrough for getting started with Mastodon. No evangelizing or attempted explanations of the "fediverse" will be involved:
https://sarahmhigley.com/writing/mastodon/

16) Third-Party Twitter App Makers Turn Their Attention To Mastodon

Open source Twitter alternative Mastodon has gained a bit of attention in the wake of Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition. Now, it's gaining interest from third-party Twitter app developers, as well. The makers of popular Twitter clients, including Aviary and Tweetbot, have recently set their sights on building similar clients for the growing Mastodon user base:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/12/05/third-party-twitter-app-makers-turn-their-attention-to-mastodon/?guccounter=1

17) Learning MetaText and Mastodon with AnonyMouse: Part 1 | AppleVis

In the first episode of a two part miniseries, Thomas Domville gives us an in-depth look at Mastodon and the MetaText app for iOS:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/learning-metatext-mastodon-anonymouse-part-1

18) Project Aims to Convey Big Data With Sound and Touch

From functioning effectively at work to keeping up with the news, modern society increasingly expects people to not only be data-literate, but also data-savvy. Charts and infographics that can make a sea of numbers tangible often present a barrier for blind users, and existing accessibility tools like screen readers cannot yet provide an overview of large data sets or charts, let alone in-depth searches. Supported by $433,000 from the National Science Foundation, two University of Maryland researchers are turning to sound and touch to help people analyze large-scale data:
https://today.umd.edu/project-aims-to-convey-big-data-with-sound-and-touch

19) Technology Guides for Blind Users | Holiday Gift Ideas For Adaptive Technology Learners | National Braille Press

Most Recent Technology Books: The Power of PowerPoint: Using a Screen Reader to Create Attention-Grabbing Presentations , by Judy Dixon, $14.00. | Microsoft Windows 11 Keystroke Compendium, $10.00 and up. | An Introduction to Chromebooks: Big Productivity in a Small Package, by Kim Nova and Chris Nova, $14.00. | Designing Documents for Appearance: Using a Screen Reader to Create Eye-Catching Newsletters, Flyers, Certificates, and More, by Judy Dixon, $14.00. | Emoji Tactile Graphics: Names, Meanings, and Tactile Graphics of 97 Face Emoji, $28.00. Computer Basics for the Newly Blind User: An Introduction to Windows-Related Assistive Technology, by Kim Nova and Chris Nova, $14.00 and up:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/technology.html

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

https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-november-2022

21) Cast Your Votes Now for the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2022

AppleVis has announced nominees and is now seeking your votes for the best apps of the year in several categories. "Launched in 2012, the AppleVis Golden Apples is an opportunity for blind and low vision users of Apple products to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which developers have put into making and maintaining great and accessible applications during the given year:"
https://www.applevis.com/blog/cast-your-votes-now-applevis-golden-apples-2022

22) Microsoft Teams Launches New Accessibility Feature

In a Microsoft blog post, Accessibility Architect Chris Sano announced the creation of a "best-in-class experience for the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) community" on Teams:
https://coolblindtech.com/microsoft-teams-launches-new-accessibility-feature/

23) All of Microsoft's PowerToys for Windows 10 and 11, Explained

Microsoft's PowerToys come installed with Windows and aim to help users get the most out of their operating system. There are many in the lineup, so we decided to take a closer look at them. This article gives an overview of Microsoft's PowerToys for Windows 10 and 11:
https://www.ghacks.net/microsofts-powertoys-windows-10-11

24) Blind Abilities Podcast Interview With Menus4All Vice President of Marketing Stephanie Jones | YouTube

Menus4All Vice president of Marketing, Stephanie Jones, returns to the blind Abilities studio to announce the launch of their new app, Menus4All. The largest and most accessible menu for the Blind and Visually Impaired. With over 750,000 unique menus from United States and Canada, this well organized and accessible app is the cat's meow. From the voiceover accessibility, headings, near me list population and ease of use, this is the best thing since slice bread. And yes, you can search for bread or any other menu item or zip code or many other options that will suit your needs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b-F2WJhOfk

25) Recording: NRTC Webinar: Linking Up with LinkedIn From November 30th 2022

With great interest in this webinar, we know many of you could not attend, or you may have attended but want to share this information with others. This webinar is now available to view on our Webinars and Podcasts page at:
https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/consumers/webinars-podcasts

26) Upcoming Training Course From Hartgen Consultancy: Brave Words: Harnessing the Power of the Brave Browser With JAWS For Windows

Considering that most of us increasingly rely on the web browser to get things done, the search for the perfect web browser will never stop. Learning the facilities of an alternative browser to the one you currently use is always preferable so you can make the right choice. Discover how to gain the most from Brave in an accessible way and enter a brave new world:
https://www.hartgen.org/bravewords

27) NV Access | In-Process 2nd December 2022

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-2nd-december-2022/

28) New Features Have Arrived For The Pixel Family

VPN by Google, enhanced call quality, and call transcription with speaker labels are coming to Google phones:
https://blog.google/products/pixel/feature-drop-december-2022/

29) Giphy Is Adding Alt Text To Make Gifs More Accessible

Human professionals will add alternative text, not AI:
https://www.engadget.com/giphy-alt-text-gifs-screen-readers-accessibility-scribely-184931525.html

30) Apple Advances User Security With Powerful New Data Protections

Apple has expanded the types of data on its services that is encrypted end-to-end. Support for hardware security keys is also coming, both in 2023:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/12/apple-advances-user-security-with-powerful-new-data-protections/

31) Libre Office Getting Started Guide 7.4 and Impress Guide 7.4 Available for Download

The Impress Guide 7.4 was coordinated by Peter Schofield and revised by Kees Kriek. The guide is available in PDF as well as in ODF formats. An online version is available in the bookshelf website:
https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2022/12/01/getting-started-guide-7-4-and-impress-guide-7-4-available-for-download/

32) Version 1.1 Of StellarTrek: A Major Update Of Our Orientation And Mobility Digital Assistant | Humanware

The StellarTrek has been out for a few months now. Still hesitating to buy one? These updates might change your mind:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3079

33) Announcing BrailleBlaster 2.0.42-stable

https://www.freelists.org/post/aphbrailleblaster-announce/Announcing-BrailleBlaster-2042stable

34) Explore Accessibility Via Amazon Alexa At Sight Tech Global 2022

A little-appreciated fact about Amazon's Alexa is where the voice service's public debut took place before it became widely available to customers. The venue was CSUN, the longstanding conference dedicated to assistive technology for people with disabilities, notably vision loss. No one had more to gain from a machine that could provide quick replies to spoken questions, and no group could provide more incisive feedback:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/12/01/explore-accessibility-via-amazon-alexa-at-sight-tech-global-2022/

35) The Challenge of Finding a Usable Table on the Web | The Idea Place | Kelly Ford

Publisher: I, Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher for Access Information News, am also a web developer that specializes in using HTML and CSS to create custom user interfaces, and I would like to note here that the struggle involving accessible tables is real. Even to this day. I'm honestly not sure if it's gotten better, or if it's gotten worse. Why you ask? If tables can be coded in such a way as to make them fully accessible then what's the problem? Why are there still so many tables on the internet today that are still absolutely terrible to navigate with a screen reader? Because accessibility is not built in. It has to be coded for, specifically. And more often than not this specific accessibility coding is not done at the time the table is built. So it must be done after. Maybe after this table has already scaled to thousands of users. Or more. And that kind of scale can make such a task highly difficult to achieve. Or altogether cost-prohibitive. And so, we are left with inaccessible, or barely accessible tables, everywhere.
Kelly Ford: Several months ago, I started a podcast with a nephew of mine. In a quest to feed what I lovingly call the monster because the podcast always needs content, I was researching some NFL statistics and it was a poignant reminder of what a challenge it is to find consistently usable tables on the web:
https://theideaplace.net/the-challenge-of-finding-a-usable-table-on-the-web/

36) Potential Accessibility Concern: Microsoft Forms Are About To Get A Lot More Powerful | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

As a regular user of Microsoft Forms I have a concern that the inclusion of this feature could result in data which will be inaccessible to screen reader users. Essentially, this feature will permit users to insert images as an answer or response in a form:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/microsoft-forms-will-support-inserting-images-in-quizzes-and-forms-by-the-end-of-this-year

37) With The Releasee Of iOS 16, Apple Brought Eloquence, And Now eSpeak Has Popped Up On The iOS App Store

The eSpeak NG is a compact open source software text-to-speech synthesizer. It supports more than 100 languages and accents. It is based on the eSpeak engine created by Jonathan Duddington. This app adds a compatibility layer between eSpeak NG library and Apple VoiceOver. eSpeak is here, on iOS, and macOS as well. You will need at least iOS 16.1.1 or macOS 13.0.1 or later for this to work:
AppleVis For More Info: https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/espeak-ng
Apple App Store to Download App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/espeak-ng/id6444089174

38) Rocket Switch — Accessibility Done With Elegance

This is an accessibility-enabling controller, a USB HID device which interfaces to a wide variety of headphone-jack-connectable switches. With this device, someone unable to use a computer mouse can use two tactile buttons to control their computer, either by imitating mouse clicks or by sending keypresses into accessibility software equipped a control flow for such two-switch arrangements:
https://hackaday.com/2022/12/04/rocket-switch-accessibility-done-with-elegance/

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

https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew

40) From Hartgen Consultancy: JAWS Scripts For The Vocaster Hub Have Been Updated | Hartgen Consultancy

Scripts for the Vocaster Hub are updated. The following changes have been made since the previous version:
https://tweesecake.social/@hartgenconsult/109443614992188868

41) How We're Making Firefox Accessible And Delightful For Everyone | Jamie Teh

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I want to take a moment to share how we're working to make Firefox not just accessible. We want to make sure the browser is also delightful, efficient and easy to use for everyone, including the more than 1 billion people around the world who live with disabilities:
https://blog.mozilla.org/en/products/firefox/firefox-news/firefox-accessibility-text-recognition-screen-readers/

42) The 7 Best AI Voice Generators

AI voice-generation technology is more sophisticated than it's ever been. Give these voice generators a try and see for yourself:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-ai-voice-generators/

43) Google Nest Thermostat vs. Nest Learning Thermostat: Which One Is Best for You?

Looking to invest in a smart thermostat but can't decide which one? This comparison between the Nest Learning and Nest Thermostat should help:
https://www.makeuseof.com/nest-thermostat-vs-nest-learning-thermostat/

44) Checking Out The New C.Crane CC Skywave SSB 2 Radio | Jock Elliott | KB2GOM

Folks who are regular readers of my posts here have already figured out that I am a big fan of the C.Crane Skywave SSB. It is easily the most versatile radio I own, receiving AM (medium wave), FM, shortwave, HF single sideband, NOAA weather stations with alert, and scannable civilian VHF frequencies, and I have written enthusiastically about it here on multiple occasions. I think of the Skywave SSB as my "anti-boredom machine." It's small enough to slide into a shirt or jacket pocket or tuck into any pack. Get stuck waiting in line, whip out the Skywave SSB, plug in a pair of ear buds, and listen to whatever is available:
https://swling.com/blog/2022/11/checking-out-the-new-c-crane-cc-skywave-ssb-2/


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1) Hadley Insights and Sound Bites Podcast: You Can't Do This Alone

December 1st 2022 | Sharon shares with us how she worked through the isolation and found people just like her to get the support she needed:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/you-cant-do-alone

2) Mosen at Large Episode 209: Aira To Increase Prices And Make Free Offers Less Generous, Mastodon Adoption Increases Rapidly, And Be Sure To Vote For Your Top 10 Holiday Songs

December 3rd 2022https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/f88a11cc/aira-to-increase-prices-and-make-free-offers-less-generous-mastodon-adoption-increases-rapidly-and-be-sure-to-vote-for-your-top-10-holiday-songs

3) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 104: Looking At The Google Autofill Settings

December 3rd 2022 | One plus has announced that from 2023, its flagships will get four years of Android updates and five years of security updates. Be careful of the password managers you use. LastPass recently suffered further security difficulties. This week, we look at the Autofill-related aspects of the Passwords and Accounts section of the Settings app. App of the week. We demo the recently released reading mode. Tip of the week. We show you how to find out more about the Wi-Fi network and band you are connected to. This episode can be found and downloaded from our website and on this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqo7ZIVx0y5IesM0eVWGxaZ6

4) Blind Abilities Episode 913: Menus4All App is Now in the App Store! Stephanie Jones Returns to Give Us All the Details and More

December 4th 2022 | Menus4All Vice president of Marketing, Stephanie Jones, returns to the blind Abilities studio to announce the launch of their new app, Menus4All. The largest and most accessible menu for the Blind and Visually Impaired. With over 750,000 unique menus from United States and Canada, this well organized and accessible app is the cat's meow. From the voiceover accessibility, headings, near me list population and ease of use, this is the best thing since slice bread. And yes, you can search for bread or any other menu item or zip code or many other options that will suit your needs. Co-hosting with Jeff Thompson in the studio is Serena Olsen, aka @BlindBroad from the Facebook Live show, The Blind Grind. Stephanie, Serena and Jeff share some experiences, laughs and a lot of information about the development, the usability and the multiple ways a user can buy, subscribe and utilize the Menus4All App:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7730

5) Blind Abilities Episode 914: Tech Bootcamps For Microsoft Suite And Google Workspace By Career Launch @ Perkins — Job Training And Career Services For Blind Adults

December 5th 2022 | Program Director, Alicia Smith and Training and Program Specialist, Brian Switzer, join Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to talk about the latest offerings at Perkins Career Launch at Perkins is currently offering week-long Tech Bootcamp sessions to help adults use access technology to work effectively and efficiently with the tools most commonly used in the workplace: Google Workspace and Microsoft Suite. Each week-long, virtual session costs $250 and includes 20 hours of coursework, including live classes taught via Zoom, independent assignments submitted via email as well as assessments before and after the session. Microsoft Session 1: January 23rd-27th. Google Session 1: January 30th -February 3rd. Microsoft Session 2: February 13th- 17th. Google Session 2: February 20th-24th:
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7732

6) Eyes on Success Episode 2249: Science Without Sight

December 7th 2022 | As many of our listeners know, despite being born blind, co-host of Eyes On Success Peter Torpey enjoyed math and science as a youth and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics and work as a research scientist at Xerox Corporation. This week Marie Sina of Deutsche Welle talks to Peter about his educational and work experiences in science:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2249.htm

7) Blind Abilities, 416, ABLR Works: BVI Training Program for Digital Accessibility Testers — Meet CEO, Disability Awareness Speaker and Author, John Samuel

December 7th 2022 | When speaking to businesses ,adding Accessibility to Diversity Equity and Inclusion, an IDEA worth Spreading.is what John Samuel is all about. As CEO of ABLR Works, John talks about a new program that they have developed to teach Blind and Visually Impaired students to become Digital Accessibility Testers. ABLR Works has teamed up with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) to kick off the statewide initiative this month. With this model, John hopes the programs at ABLR Works will spread across the States. John talks about his Blindness journey and embracing his disability/authentic self and the release of his new book, "Don't Ask the Blind guy for Directions: A 30,000-Mile Journey for Love, Confidence, and a Sense of belonging:"
https://blindabilities.com/?p=7739


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1) Gifts & Gab: A Holiday Gift Guide | Vispero

December 8th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Vispero Presenters: Mike Wood and Michelle Williams. Summary: Michelle and Mike will share the gift of gab as they cover popular low-vision products. They will share how each can be used around the holiday season and why they make such meaningful gifts! Bring your questions — this will be a very interactive session! Objectives: Attendees will learn the benefits of traveling with a video magnifier—determining proper storage and care while you travel with a screened product. Attendees will learn how to shop and look at price tags and vital information with a smaller screen magnifier. We will discuss the difference between sleep mode and turning the unit on and off. Learn how important proper lighting is while doing holiday tasks. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar on Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OT_SYdp_Qc-TelUVIyHoDA

2) 2022 Digital Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey Feingold | Free Webinar

December 8th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | What We'll Cover: A lot has happened in the digital accessibility legal space this year — have you kept up? Most recently, a new digital accessibility law was introduced in the United States Congress. If the law passes as written, it will result in digital accessibility regulations for both websites and software applications. Commercial providers who design, develop, and modify certain websites or applications are part of the proposed legislation. Speaker: Lainey Feingold. Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer who has worked in the digital accessibility space since 1995. She is also an author and international speaker. Lainey, along with her blind clients and co-counsel, helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States more than twenty years ago. She has worked with dozens of companies on their accessibility initiatives since that time. Lainey is the author of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her book shares stories and strategies from twenty-five years of collaborations and relationship-building to help create an inclusive digital world. Register here:
https://go.3playmedia.com/wbnr-12-08-2022-lainey

3) TTS: Elevating Art Over compliance

December 9th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 12/10 | This is an audio event. TTS (text to speech) Audio Description has mixed reception from AD users, though the majority think it's awful. Despite this, TTS is growing in popularity among providers because it's cheaper than human narration and helps companies reach baseline legal compliance. If Audio Description is intended to bring communities together, inform and entertain, and be a respected art form and professional field, then the AD community (both audiences and professionals) must come together to influence companies to stop cutting costs by cutting corners on quality. Let's discuss the state of the industry, how we can reach streaming channels, filmmakers, and providers, and support a flourishing Audio Description field where art is elevated over compliance:
https://www.linkedin.com/events/tts-elevatingartovercompliance7004569396740317184/about/

4) 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

5) 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/

6) Basics of Accessibility Testing | TPGi

December 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Accessibility testing is a critical step in delivering a modern online experience. This webinar goes beyond testing checklists to answer the fundamental questions people have when they start testing for web accessibility. For accessibility testing to be effective, organizations must understand what makes a digital experience equal. We'll cover web accessibility, the role and structure of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and how to quantify the risk associated with a guideline. Additionally, we'll discuss the following: How to set the scope for accessibility testing and feel confident you are covering the "right parts" of a website/web application. We'll document mouse-only, keyboard-only, and assistive technology testing plans. We'll delve into how web pages expose "semantics" and the tools to understand if your site is properly conveying its meaning to assistive technology. How to get expert support beyond your team to be sure that your accessibility testing results are accurate and more! Learn how to use the tools, access resources, and receive clear steps to perform a full-scale WCAG audit. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-13-at-12pm-et-basics-of-accessibility-testing/

7) Partner Showcase: Audiojack's Newest O+M Experience | APH ConnectCenter

December 13th 2022 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | The APH Partner Showcase for December features Audiojack and its creator David Tobin. Listen live to the latest O&M Audiojack in the Life category, located in the mobile app and on the website. Then, engage with other Audience members and David as you discuss the newest Audiojack. The APH Partner Showcase is part of Access Academy, but does not offer ACVREP credits. The Showcase is strictly informational/promotional, and highlights some of APH's partner vendors in the field, and their product(s):
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GnG1mrKsT0SX60sz1MDs4g

8) Explore SuperSense and Seeing AI Webinar | Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

December 14th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 12/15 | Come explore SuperSense and Seeing AI, two leading apps that leverage artificial intelligence to describe the world around you. We'll compare these apps in real world scenarios, learn to maximize their functionality, and help you decide which app might best meet your needs in this fun, interactive and informative webinar from the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance at:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54Ben7JCTBeh66IoXUzzWA

9) Creating Accessible Promotional Materials (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 14th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As a document author, learn about choosing colors, selecting images, and laying out your brochure, poster, or flyer in an engaging yet accessible way. Join Rachel Reeves in reviewing the most accessible way to create PDF Promotional Material. Learning Outcomes: Review color contrast requirements. Address mistakes commonly made in the Layout/Reading Order of one-page posters or flyers. Understand obstacles commonly encountered if using authoring tools such as Canva or Illustrator. Analyze poor templates that have images and fonts that make PDF remediation difficult. Meeting ID: 865 1628 1737 | Passcode: 967492 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86516281737#,,,,*967492# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86516281737?pwd=NTZDdzRmZUdieFBTWnRiMzFsQVhHdz09#success

10) 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

11) Career Conversations with Joe Strechay | APH ConnectCenter

December 15th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM on 12/16 GMT | Join us and meet Joe Strechay, a blind Film and Television Producer. No stranger to CareerConnect, Joe is back with us sharing his breakthrough into Television and film. Listen in and hear how as a blind professional, Joe works directly on set with actors and actresses who themselves are blind. From television and film sets both domestic and international, we will spend the hour engaging on this fascinating career:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m0H5e0hpTeOLEeCIl-SH3g

12) Clear the Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

December 15th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Are you looking for ways to quickly locate information on web pages? Want to learn about JAWS features that will help you navigate more efficiently? Join us for a live webinar, "Clear the Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience with JAWS." Objectives: We'll discuss different types of web content and show you how to: Use Flexible Web to quickly find or hide content. Hide/ignore inline frames. Use the Skim Reading tool to review page content. Navigate tables, forms, and web-based applications with Smart Navigation. Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Cathy Johnson, and Rachel Buchanan. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Help Us Spread the Word: Please feel free to share this with someone you think might benefit from attending. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S6hSiWGeRc-KLWIHjPK-rg

13) ZoomText, JAWS & Fusion: Latest Features (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 21st 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's that time again. Not only is it the holidays but also the time when there are important updates for ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore what's new in the 2023 updates and some features within the past few years. Learning Outcomes: Briefly explain the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Compare the different licenses and how you can find out if you are eligible for the latest updates. Explore new 2023 features such as Tethered View, Smart Glance, Notification History improvements, New Tables Only option for Smart Navigation, etc. Review recent features, including Docking the Quick Access Bar, Voice Assistant, Sound Splitter, New Vocalizer Expressive Voices and Languages, and more. Meeting ID: 827 9977 1867 | Passcode: 853407 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82799771867#,,,,*853407# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82799771867?pwd=VVNHeWhjVVVLc1JDUUtSMlllMnlQZz09#success

14) Ask The Advocate | APH ConnectCenter

December 28th 2022 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 1:30AM GMT on 12/29 | Answering questions families have to better understand the processes, procedures and parent rights in a 504/IEP. When parents are better informed they will be better equipped to navigate and negotiate successful student outcomes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rSJUAYVjTfCA34Ibi8gyuQ

15) 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/

16) 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/

17) 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/

18) 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:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

19) 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/

20) 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/

21) 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/


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➜ 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.
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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!
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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:
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We are offering to the first 5 customers for this deal a combination of safety and security; our 60 inch locking telescopic titanium cane and a leather RFID waist pack with built in 14 inch cane holster (it's a CCW gun case that's also great with a cane.) This 9 section cane telescopes to 11 inches and you can lock individual sections to make it shorter (54 48.) The waist pack is 17.5 inches long by 7 inches deep and with back to front expansion of 4 inches. It holds a lot. The price is $100, incl. shipping. This is $25 off retail. We have 5 of these available. To order call either Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

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➜ 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!
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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:
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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.

Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.

Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:

Products:

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

If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.


➜ Free and Accessible Training for the Tech Sector

Fable Pathways helps you gain the skills that you need to work in the tech sector with a free, accessible, and on-demand program. Learn from industry leaders with disabilities to take your career to the next level, like Kelly Ford, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, who introduces GitHub and VS Code using a screen reader. Spend less time and energy trying to access courses with your assistive technology and focus on the content that matters to you, with Fable Pathways' accessible platform. Sign up today!
https://www.fablepathways.com/

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

If you work for a non-profit, charity or society that provides services to people with visual impairments, we invite you to take part in our Dolphin Friends Program. Dolphin will outfit your center with assistive technology solutions that can benefit your clients who need to remain independent, are trying to sharpen their technology skills for employment and more. Learn more about becoming a Dolphin Friend:
https://info.yourdolphin.com/join-dolphin-friends

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Products

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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


➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel

Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 837-2000

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

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

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


➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com

Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Item_Detail?itemid=3196066

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Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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

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Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls every day asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io

About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.


➜ Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

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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.


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