Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 22, 2022 - Volume 890
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) iOS 16.2 Will Leave you Speechless — 7 More Changes | Nikhil Vemu (8.8% of all clicks.)
B.) Apple Releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2; Bringing Bug Fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users | AppleVis (7.5% of all clicks.)
C.) Your iPhone Has 26 New Accessibility Tools You Shouldn't Ignore (4.2% of all clicks.)
D.) Here Are My Favorite Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts | Kevin Okemwa (4.1% of all clicks.)
E.) Voiceover On The iPhone Was A Miracle For People Who Can't See, And It Keeps Getting Better (3.8% of all clicks.)
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4) What Is Twitter Blue, Exactly?
The relaunch of Twitter's subscription service is pretty confusing. Here's what users get for their money:
5) Ask Alexa
A.) Use Alexa to improve your knowledge of history and trivia.
B.) Use Alexa to inform your food choices.
C.) Use Alexa for entertainment.
D.) Use Alexa to improve your spelling.
E.) Use Alexa to track and remind.
6) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS and iPadOS 16
The latest versions for iPhones and iPads are now available, complete with a revamped lock screen, Freeform, and Safety Check:
7) Addressing The Accessibility Of Forms In Documents | University of Washington
Publisher: This fantastic and simple resource comes to us from a recent discussion on the ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) Listserv related to document form accessibility. This is a great general primer for anyone starting out in document form accessibility and/or remediation. | University of Washington: Online forms must be coded properly in order to be accessible. There a wide variety of issues that must be considered, and the form must be created with care:
8) Fun With Alexa: Interactive Adventure And Escape Games | APH
In need of some entertainment during the holiday season? Use Amazon Alexa TM to access a plethora of accessible, entertaining strategy games perfect for your child or teen who is blind or visually impaired or the whole family! We tested out and put together this list of Alexa games to bring some cheer to your child's winter vacation. Simply say, "Alexa open" and the name of the game to start playing:"
9) Skype Can Now Translate Your Own Voice Into Different Languages With AI
Translated voices within Skype can now sound more like the original speaker:
10) Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner
These past few years have been visceral reminders of our mortality. But new technologies can offer a way for us and our loved ones to live on:
11) Why Do Most Digital Voice Assistants Have Female Voices & Names? | Sarah Magliocco
Sarah Magliocco explores why nearly all digital voice assistants are programmed with female voices and names, and what this says about gender bias:
12) December 2022 Quality Update Brings Functionalities Of New Quick Assist App To Its Original Version
Quick Assist is an incredibly helpful Microsoft Windows feature allowing a user to remotely view or control a Windows computer over a network. However, the software giant's recent move to make it an app for the Microsoft Store and abandon the old built-in version was terrible news to the IT community as it meant inconvenience. IT professionals aired their disappointment with the decision, citing concerns regarding local admin permission requirements during installations and inconvenient per-user installation. In May, Microsoft explained that it was pushed to resort to such actions due to the need for faster security updates push and the "underlying functionality" of Quick Assist. It also stressed that "sometime in mid-May the old version will no longer be usable." However, these things should no longer be a concern after Microsoft announced the December 2022 quality update:
13) Review: Sony C10 Self-Fitting Hearing Aids | Wired
Americans no longer need a medical exam to start using hearing aids. This new over-the-counter offering is affordable and excellent:
14) Linux Desktop, Blind Edition: Chapter 1
I switched to daily driving Linux desktop almost a month ago and in that time, I have learned a lot, so I decided to write this series of articles to detail my adventure for anyone else who might want to try. Not everything in these articles will be the perfect solution, or use the best methods. They are just what work for me, and they may or may not work for you:
15) What's New in Fusion 2023
A new early adopter program, a freeze view update and changes in smart Glance highlights are among some of the changes:
16) Communication Made Easier
Project Relate is an Android beta app created to help people with non-standard speech make their voices heard:
17) 18 Google Scholar Tips All Students Should Know
Here is a great article on tips for getting started with Google Scholar:
AVSpeechSynthesisProviderAudioUnit is an object that generates speech from text. More text-to-speech voices are coming to Apple's iOS operating system. Here is the developer's guide on how to get started:
19) Direct To Consumer Audio And E-Books Launched By Princeton University Press
In partnership with Glassboxx, Princeton University Press (PUP) has launched a direct-to-consumer audio book and e-books. Readers will be able to access and buy e-books and audio books through PUP's website, which is supported by a new, reader-facing app, for reading, browsing and listening. Glassboxx aims to enable publishers, authors, and retailers the ability to offer their audio and e-books in a more streamlined way to readers:
20) Amazon To Stop Textbook Rentals, Reorganizes Magazine And Newspaper Subscriptions
Amazon announced it is in the process of winding down their print textbook rental program along with magazine and newspaper subscriptions, both print and digital, Publishers Weekly reported. The print textbook rental program which was established more than a decade ago will be phased out by the Spring semester. Amazon however said it will continue to support its digital textbook rental program which will continue to function as usual. The sale of print textbooks, both new and old will also continue unabated. As it is, the retailer hosts more than two million textbooks that are available for outright purchase or for rent:
21) Blind Android Users Survey For Best OCR Award of 2022
This is your opportunity to vote for the Blind Android Users Best OCR of 2022. Survey closes on December 30th 2022 at 12:00 AM PT:
22) Everything Apple Announced And Released In 2022 | Gizmodo
Apple had a pretty big year in 2022 for product announcements, from iPhones to iPads to new operating systems. Here's everything the company announced and released this year, including links to our reviews:
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1) Surveys | APH
Closes: Ongoing Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
2) Survey | Blind Android Users Survey For Best OCR Award of 2022
Closes: December 30th 2022 This is your opportunity to vote for the Blind Android Users Best OCR of 2022. Survey closes on December 30th 2022 at 12:00 AM PT:
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1) Outdoors With Lawrence Gunther Episode 66: Hibernating Bears and Montreal's Biodome
December 11th 2022 | Episode 66 of the Accessible Media show Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther starts with Lilly conducting a Black bear bed check. Then Lawrence and Lilly are off to Montreal for the first of several visits to the Biodome. Lawrence has tips for keeping your guide dog happy and their paws safe on ice, and a few reflections on when is ice actually safe to go on. That's right, lakes are starting to freeze over!
2) Braille Monitor: National Federation Of The Blind
3) Employment Insights with the NRTC
December 15th 2022 | The NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision is committed to enhancing employment outcomes for people with vision loss. In this episode, our guest, Pat, joins us to talk about her eye condition that developed later in her career, her challenges, and her advice for others in a similar situation:
4) I Came Full Circle | Insights and Sound Bites Podcast | Hadley
December 15th 2022 | Annie shares with us the steps she took to work through her depression by seeking help from a mental health professional:
5) Mosen at Large Episode 211: There's An All Too Common Problem With Some Lenovo ThinkPads, Unboxing An Apple Watch Ultra, And The Audio Game Evidence 111
6) Blind Android Users Episode 106: Blind Android Users Celebrates Its 2nd Year Anniversary
December 17th 2022 | We first announce that we near the 800 subscription mark on our YouTube channel. We then announce the best OCR poll that is running as of now. Our listeners that joined us for the celebration discussed what they like and dislike about Android. We had a listener vote on what according to them is the best ocr but actual vote will count after filling the survey. This episode can be found at:
7) Blind Abilities Episode 920: New Sing Feature In Apple Music Is Like... Karaoke On Your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV
December 17th 2022 | Apple introduced a new feature called Sing when iOS 16.2 was released. You can now drop the volume level of the vocals in a song on Apple Music so you can take over the vocals of millions of songs. Apple has created some Sing playlist in many categories and genres so you can find plenty of songs to sing along with. The one caveat is that you have to be a subscriber to Apple Music, and have one of the latest Apple devices. We would love to hear from you! Send us an email at: email@example.com ✉ or give us a call and leave us some feedback at (612) 367-6093 ☎:
8) Blind Abilities Episode 921: The Kevin Chao Experience: A Blindness Perspective Of Sight Tech Global 2022 — Tactile Graphics, Digital Tactile Display, Autonomy, Ara From Strap, Pixar Audio Description And More
December 19th 2022 | Held the 3rd Annual Sight Tech Global 2022, virtual and in-person event. Kevin Chao attended virtually for the first 2 days and being just 20 minutes away, Kevin attended the first in-person event put on by the Vista Center and documented his experience. It was a pleasure to have Kevin back in the Blind Abilities Studio to tell us all about the Sight Tech Global 2022. From his hands-on demonstrations to his conversations with attendees, you will learn what caught Kevin's attention and how meeting the technology pioneers rounded out his virtual and in-person conference experience:
9) Unmute Presents | MP3
December 20th 2022 | This is a replay of the Unmute Presents call hosted live on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. In this call we answer listener questions and learn more about about tools and tips you can use to export contacts and so much more. Tune in to this replay, and remember to join us live every Tuesday. Visit: https://acb.org/acb-community-events to get the call in information:
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1) 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:
2) 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:
3) Braille Technology Throughout the Ages: A Special Event for World Braille Day | The Braillists Foundation
January 4th 2023 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | In addition to our collaboration with Sight and Sound Technology, we are pleased to present an evening panel discussion for World Braille Day focussing on braille technology: its past, present and future. We will be joined by historians, people working in the braille technology industry today and developers of the next generation of braille hardware and software. The event will take place on Wednesday 4 January at 7:00 PM, and you will need to register in advance. This is a separate registration link to both our regular Masterclasses and the event with Sight and Sound. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ if you have difficulties completing the form:
4) 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
January 5th 2023 through January 8th 2023 | CES ® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world's biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector. Register now:
5) Maryland Technology Assistance Program | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)
January 7th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | MD-TAP can help Marylanders acquire, use and own valuable assistive technology products. Learn how you can benefit from their programs. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎or via email email@example.com ✉
6) Special Needs Trusts: Planning For Your Future
January 18th 2023 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT | Join the Carroll Center for the Blind's Exclusive Trust Partner, PLAN of MA & RI, for an informational webinar to learn about Special Needs Trusts and how they can help you and your loved ones plan for your future. A Special Needs Trust allows money to be set aside for a person with a disability. The trust is intended to help preserve funds for the sole benefit of this person, enhance their quality of life, and protect their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Speaker: Kathy Vitello, LSW, Director of Operations at PLAN of MA and RI. About the Speaker: Kathy Vitello is a Licensed Social Worker with more than 35 years of experience working with seniors, people who are physically challenged, and chronically ill. She has broad experience and insight — drawn from her work in hospitals, in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and psychiatric facilities, and in-home care and hospice settings. Kathy holds a degree in Mental Health from Northern Essex Community College; has a BA in Applied Mental Health from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and earned certificates in Suicide Prevention in Older Adults and Mental Health and Aging from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University. Kathy has also participated in a week-long training in Thanatology and is a member of the NPA Conference Planning Committee.
What You'll Learn: Information about the different types of Special Needs Trusts. Why a Special Needs Trust is beneficial to you. How to protect your assets without affecting your Social Security Disability Benefits. Unique features of PLAN as a Professional Trustee. Who Should Attend: Individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. Parents, family members, and other caregivers of a person with a disability. Professionals. Individuals who think they could benefit from a Special Needs Trust:
7) 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:
8) Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)
February 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
9) 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:
10) Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)
March 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email email@example.com ✉
11) 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
12) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference
March 15th 2023 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:
13) 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:
14) How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)
April 8th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email email@example.com ✉
15) 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:
16) Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)
May 13th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
17) 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:
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About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.
➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!
APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐
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Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱
About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
➜ End Of Year Sale On Our Most Popular Products — All Prices Include Shipping
60 inch titanium locking telescopic cane: $75; non-contact infrared talking thermometer, tested and accurate: $50; Talking Oximeter: $40; RFID Leather Waistpack with gun or cane holster, rugged for outdoor use, can carry up to a 14 inch item easily: $45; 3 choices of BlindShell neck and cross-body pouches or cases that support outside camera use: $30 to $45. For more information or to order call either Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email email@example.com ✉.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
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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:
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.
➜ That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 96: We Got More Resolutions, ACB Style!
It's a fully packed That Real Blind Tech show lair. Join us as we recap this year's ACB Resolutions. We chime in with all of our opinions about this year's resolutions, and as usual some hilarity ensues. You will not want to miss both AirPods issues that take place on this episode. We are adding do not listen to That Real Blind Tech show on the bus as we are not responsible for the stares you will receive when laughing or cackling like a lunatic!
Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022
Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐
Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com ✉
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.
➜ 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:
Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/
Email: email@example.com ✉
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.
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.
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐
Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 ☎
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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:
If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.
➜ Tired Of Paying For Inaccessible Learning Apps?
We get it. Focus on the content that matters to you and spend less time trying to navigate online learning with your assistive technology. Verified by a community of accessibility testers, Fable Pathways offers free, assistive-technology-friendly online learning, compatible with devices like screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice navigation, and switch controls. Sign up today for your free, accessible, membership at:
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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.
➜ 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:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐
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 Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.
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:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
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.
➜ 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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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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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:
Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021
Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐
Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877 ☎
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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.
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