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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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A) AI Is Going Great For The Blind | Robert Kingett

As I was looking at the amount of times platforms died on the web and I began thinking about the slow death of AI enthusiasm and what that will do to the Blind community. It really is a bizarre feeling when you're the only detractor of a thing within your own community. My first post about AI has gained some attention, as well as the follow up post about this topic. AI is taking the blind community by storm:
https://robertkingett.com/aigreat/

B) Amazon Launches Q, A Business Chatbot Powered By Generative Artificial Intelligence

The tech giant will launch Q — a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence. The announcement, made in Las Vegas at an annual conference the company hosts for its AWS cloud computing service, represents Amazon's response to rivals who've rolled out chatbots that have captured the public's attention:
https://apnews.com/article/amazon-chatbot-q-chatgpt-09964d52076b1db7df8cca695423661f

C) No, You Don't Need to Turn Off Apple's NameDrop Feature in iOS 17 | Wired: Subscription Required

Yes, your iPhone automatically turns on NameDrop with the latest software update. But you shouldn't really be worried about it — regardless of what the police are saying:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-namedrop-ios17/

D) Experimenting with Be My Eyes and Videos | The Idea Place

I suspect anyone who has tried some of the newer AI-based image descriptions, such as those from Be My Eyes, has noticed the high quality image descriptions that are available. I've been curious about how I could apply that to videos so did a little experimentation. I want to emphasize that I do not consider this a replacement for audio description. There is so much more to that experience than just giving details on what's in an image:
https://theideaplace.net/experimenting-with-be-my-eyes-and-videos/

E) 6 Tips To Spot Misinformation On The Web | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Ah, the internet! A vast ocean of knowledge, cat videos, and, unfortunately, a fair share of nonsense. So, how do you separate the wheat from the digital chaff? Let's dive in:
https://mvsltd.com/news/6-tips-to-spot-misinformation-on-the-web/

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9) AI Updates

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A) OpenAI's Q* Project: Unraveling the Mystique | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

OpenAI's mysterious Q* project has captured the tech world's attention, particularly following Sam Altman's reinstatement as OpenAI's CEO. Speculations suggest Q* marks a substantial advance in AI, reportedly capable of solving mathematical problems at a grade-school level — a modest yet significant achievement that indicates a potential for more complex capabilities. This speculation is based on anonymous sources, so a cautious approach is warranted until more information is available. The project may link to OpenAI's earlier initiative focusing on enhancing large language models (LLMs) through process supervision, a method for improving accuracy by reducing logical errors. It has been hypothesized that this involves a blend of reinforcement learning and other techniques to improve an LLMs' task-solving abilities, including mathematical reasoning:
https://mvsltd.com/news/openai-q-star-project-unraveling-the-mystique/

B) Voicemod Will Now Let You Create And Share Your Own Ai Voices | TheVerge.com

Thanks to AI voice cloning, anyone can sound like Joe Rogan, Oprah, or even Darth Vader. But a newly launched set of features from Voicemod should make it easy for users to create and share their own bespoke AI voices from scratch. Users can now create and tweak unique synthetic voices with AI Voice Changer and then share them with other users on Community Voices:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/30/23981835/voicemod-ai-voice-creator-community-voices

C) Smart Glasses Use ChatGPT To Help The Blind And Visually Impaired | 5G Playbook | Business Insider

Envision Glasses are AI-powered smart glasses that help people who are blind or have low vision live more independently. This assistive wearable technology uses ChatGPT and Google Glass hardware to capture and convert the visual information around the user into speech. And thanks to more widespread 5G networks, these smart glasses are able to process this information much more quickly, providing a much more seamless experience for visually impaired users. Take a look at how the Envision Glasses work, and how it assists the blind and visually impaired:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w36gKjepUNg

D) Free AI Santa Voice: Text to Speech for Christmas | ElevenLabs

As the festive season approaches, we're is thrilled to unveil an innovative way to bring the Christmas spirit to your home or workplace. Introducing Santa Text-to-Speech (TTS) for Christmas 2023, a cutting-edge technology designed to spread joy and create unforgettable memories during this special time of year:
https://elevenlabs.io/blog/santa-text-to-speech/

E) Social Bias? New Study Shows That We Prefer AI Writing Over Human Writing Except When We Know That It's Human Writing | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Today we're going to discuss a groundbreaking study published In September 2023 titled "Human Favoritism, Not AI Aversion: People's Perceptions (and Bias) Toward Generative AI, Human Experts, and Human-GAI Collaboration in Persuasive Content Generation" conducted by Yunhao Zhang and colleagues from the MIT Sloan School of Management. This study, in collaboration with the esteemed consulting firm Accenture, embarked on an intriguing journey to explore how content creation is perceived when it's crafted under varying conditions of human and AI involvement:
https://mvsltd.com/news/study-social-bias-ai-writing-vs-human-writing/

10) Apple Updates

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A) Apple Releases iOS 17.1.2, iPadOS 17.1.2, and macOS Sonoma 14.1.2 With Security and Bug Fixes | AppleVis

As these updates appear to have been released to address a small set of specific issues, our expectation is that they do not contain any accessibility changes for blind and low vision users:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-1712-ipados-1712-macos-sonoma-1412-security-bug-fixes

B) Quick Tip For Users of iOS 17: What Can You Do to Temporarily Disable Siri's Follow-up Mode | David Goldfield

While Siri is speaking to you it often listens for you to ask another question. Unfortunately, sometimes even just clearing your throat can cause Siri to interrupt itself and then start listening again as it misinterprets this sound and assumes that you have something else to say to the assistant. While there's currently no option to disable this feature you can force Siri to stop listening for a follow-up response:
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2023/12/06/quick-tip-for-users-of-ios-17-what-can-you-do-to-disable-siris-follow-up-mode/

C) Apple Will Let You Change Default iPhone Alert Sounds With iOS 17.2 | RedmondPie.com

When Apple releases iOS 17.2 to the public later this year, and likely before Christmas, it will include with it a new feature that many have been crying out for — the ability to change the default notification alert. With all shipping versions of iOS the default alert tone has been set by Apple with no way of changing it:
https://www.redmondpie.com/apple-will-let-you-change-default-iphone-alert-sounds-with-ios-17.2/

D) Zoom Videoconferencing App Now Available On Apple TV | 9to5 Mac

As promised earlier this year, the popular video meetings app Zoom is now available on the Apple TV 4K. Of course, the Apple TV box itself does not have a camera, so the app relies on using your iPhone with a stand like the Belkin MagSafe Mount to take advantage of the Continuity Camera feature:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/12/03/zoom-videoconferencing-app-now-available-on-apple-tv/

E) Apple Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities with Video and Ebook | John Voorhees | MacStories.net

Sunday, December 3, 2023 was International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and to mark the day, Apple released a short film directed by Taika Waititi. The film, shot in New Zealand, stars a young girl and a menagerie of fanciful creatures searching for one of their voices. The narrative is told in rhyme in a style that's reminiscent of a children's book, which foreshadows the final scene of the video between a father and his daughter, which I won't spoil. The narrator is Dr. Tristram Ingham, a physician from Taika Waititi's hometown in New Zealand who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and uses Personal Voice to narrate the film:
https://www.macstories.net/news/apple-marks-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-with-video-and-ebook/

F) From The iPhone To The Vision Pro: Accessible Technology According To Apple

There are things that we are used to taking for granted: for example moving, speaking, seeing, listening, remembering. But then an illness, an accident, or even just advancing age force us to consider the world from a different perspective: that of those who move with difficulty, or cannot speak, see, listen, have difficulty understanding or remembering. Putting yourself in these people's shoes is a tough, perhaps impossible challenge, yet trying is necessary. For oneself, first of all, because it means dealing with a very different world: indifferent, if all goes well, more often hostile, limiting, discriminatory. And it is worth remembering this every day, not just on December 3, which has been World Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1981. In the world over a billion people have to deal with some type of disability, over the age of 65 the percentage is 40 percent:
https://www.breakinglatest.news/technology/from-the-iphone-to-the-vision-pro-accessible-technology-according-to-apple/

11) JAWS Power Tip: How To Turn On Keyboard Shortcuts In Gmail In Standard View With JAWS | Freedom Scientific

Google provides keyboard commands specific to Gmail. Though they are not screen reader dependent and can be used by everyone, they may be especially helpful to JAWS users when navigating with the JAWS Virtual PC Cursor off. To use these commands, you will need to turn them on in Settings. Here's how:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/209.html

12) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #5 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling "Sharkvember Shortcuts." Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we are providing a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-5/

13) How To Install Web Apps For Mastodon And The Fediverse | Fedi.tips

Most people think about websites and apps as being two separate things. However, some websites are specially written to function pretty much like apps, and you can even install these sites as apps with their own icon. You don't need to go through any app stores, you can install them directly from your web browser:
https://fedi.tips/how-to-install-web-apps-for-mastodon-and-the-fediverse/

14) How to Create a Podcast and Manage Ad Placements in RedCircle with a Screen Reader | Delgadillo Access

Starting a podcast can be overwhelming. Everyone seems to be trying to sell you on something, whether it's a podcaster trying to hock their latest course, to podcast hosting providers rushing to upsell you at every opportunity, the signal-to-noise ratio for beginning podcasters is not great. For blind and low vision podcasters, this issue becomes compounded with concerns that their podcast host of choice lacks key accessibility considerations:
https://delgadilloaccess.com/how-to-create-a-podcast-and-manage-ad-placements-in-redcircle-with-a-screen-reader/

15) Cast Your Votes Now for the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2023

We are pleased to announce that voting for the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards of 2023 is now open. 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-2023

16) Be My AI TM Beta Now Officially Available On Android Smartphones

In celebration of the UN Persons with Disabilities Day on December 3rd, Be My Eyes is proud to announce that its new feature Be My Be My AI TM will now be available for Android smartphone users worldwide:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/be-my-ai-beta-now-officially-available-on-android-smartphones

17) Microsoft's Seeing AI App is Now Available on Android | CNet

Microsoft is expanding its Seeing AI app to Android. It's now available on the Google Play Store and works across 18 languages, with plans to expand to 36 languages next year.
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/microsofts-seeing-ai-app-is-now-available-on-android/

18) CoPilot Comes to Windows 10 (Initially to a Small Audience) in the Optional November 30, 2023 Update

This update adds the Copilot in Windows (in preview) button to the right side of the taskbar. This only applies to devices that run Home or Pro editions (non-managed business devices). When you select it, Copilot in Windows appears at the right on your screen. It will not overlap with desktop content or block open app windows. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/november-30-2023-kb5032278-os-build-19045-3758-preview-0ae14f06-577e-4eb3-8fcb-c722f3f9dc29

19) Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise) Comes Out Of Preview | MSPowerUser.com

On December 1, 2023 Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise). Microsoft announced the rebranding of Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise at Ignite conference last week:
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-copilot-formerly-bing-chat-and-bing-chat-enterprise-comes-out-of-preview/

20) Windows 11 Optional Update is Out With Copilot Improvements | Thurrott.com

David Goldfield: This is a minor thing but if your device's speech mispronounces the word "copilot" you can freely change its pronunciation in your screen reader's pronunciation editor. How you do this depends on which screen reader you use. A good replacement for the word is "coPilot", capitalizing the letter P.
Laurent Giret: Microsoft released a bit later than usual the optional “D” release for Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2 on December 4, 2023. This patch (KB5032288) introduces various improvements for Copilot in Windows, which should now open faster from the taskbar:
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/294088/windows-11-optional-update-is-out-with-copilot-improvements

21) Windows 10 Extended Security Update Program is Coming to Consumers Too | Thurrott.com

David Goldfield: This is good news for users of Windows 10 who own a computer which cannot be upgraded to Windows 11. For users who can upgrade to Windows 11 my opinion is that paying for this service just to stay on Windows 10 is not worth the investment. If your computer supports Windows 11 then upgrading will save you money.
Paul Thurrott: If you were surprised that Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Extended Security Update Program so early, this next one will floor you: It's going to be offered to consumers as well..
https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/294120/windows-10-extended-security-update-program-is-coming-to-consumers-too

22) OKO App Leverages AI To Help Blind Pedestrians Recognize Traffic Signals | Gus Alexiou | Forbes: Subscription Required

Though clearly an issue that is only substantially addressable through long-term investment in accessible civic planning, New York-based startup AYES has demonstrated its commitment not to leave blind pedestrians stranded on the other side of the street through the launch of its OKO smartphone app earlier this year:
Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2023/08/10/oko-app-deploys-ai-to-make-crossing-the-street-safer-for-blind-pedestrians/
AYES: https://www.ayes.ai/post/oko-app-leverages-ai-to-help-blind-pedestrians-recognize-traffic-signals

23) The Blindtech List Was Suddenly Shut Down, Here Are Two Similar Lists | Gene

The Blindtech list was suddenly and unexpectedly shut down this week. The list was for the discussion of technology of use and interest to blind users. It was not limited to computer technology, but could include Braille writers, slates, stoves, all sorts of areas where blind people want to know how to use or adapt products as blind users. There are other such lists. The one I know of that is large and that already has a lot of the same members is the Tech Talk list. I am an owner and Laz is the other owner. You may join by sending a blank e-mail to:
main+subscribe@TechTalk.groups.io

24) BrailleBot Teaches You How to Read with Your Fingers | Cameron Coward | Hackster.io

Learning Braille is hard for many people, which is why Mukesh Sankhla invented the BrailleBot for Braille training:
https://www.hackster.io/news/braillebot-teaches-you-how-to-read-with-your-fingers-a5e0ae4a8283

25) How To Use The Jieshuo Screen Reader's New Detailed Image Description Feature | Accessible Android

The new image recognition, similar to the old one, works on the focused item. It is not possible to share an image to Jieshuo for description. Instead, you have to focus the image, or it's better to open the image and focus on the image view. In some apps like Google Photos or Samsung Gallery, locating the image is easy. In others like WhatsApp, it's enough to open the image and access the feature, avoiding moving the focus to prevent difficulties in refocusing on the actual image:
https://accessibleandroid.com/how-to-use-the-jieshuo-screen-readers-new-detailed-image-description-feature/

26) Talking Balance: A New Windows Program For Accessing Scientific Scales

Welcome to Talking Balance, a program you can use to make your scientific scales talk! On this website you'll find download and set up instructions, as well as some FAQ's and our contact details if you'd like to get in touch:
https://talkingbalance.co.uk/

27) MarsEdit 5.1: Mastodon Support is Here | RedSweater.com

https://redsweater.com/blog/4036/marsedit-5-1-mastodon-support-is-here

28) Thunderbird for Android / K-9 Mail: October 2023 Progress Report

https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/11/thunderbird-for-android-k-9-mail-october-2023-progress-report/

29) December Gift of Accessibility: Scribe for Meetings Free for All | Pneuma Solutions

This holiday season Pneuma Solutions is thrilled to announce a special gift for everyone: Scribe for Meetings is available for free throughout December. In the spirit of the holidays, we are dedicated to making meetings more inclusive and accessible, especially for those with visual impairments:
https://pneumasolutions.com/december-gift-of-accessibility-scribe-for-meetings-free-for-all/

30) A Note About Password Managers From David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

1Password is my password manager of choice. I use it in Windows and on iOS and, for the most part, it's quite accessible. I currently can't speak to the accessibility of the Mac or Android versions. If you're currently managing your passwords by writing them in a document (as I once did) or just trying to remember them I encourage you to try using a password manager. It's not only easier than your current method but it's also more secure. 1Password's security makes it nearly impossible for hackers to steal your passwords even if 1Password experienced a data breach. Also, because of the way password managers work you are less likely to accidentally become the victim of a phishing attack. I am an unapologetic advocate for password managers. The experience will be easy, more secure and almost liberating.
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5757

31) Tusky: Mastodon App for Android V24.0 Released | Github

https://github.com/tuskyapp/Tusky/releases/tag/v24.0

32) Welcome to VDJ: Accessibility Extension For the Blind & Visually Impaired

This Software Allows Virtual DJ to be used by the Blind and Visually Impaired, the software is a Virtual Midi Device, that emulates an LCD Screen of a Virtual DJ Controller, to convert Midi Sysex Text into Speech. and adds Commands to VDJ Script, to allow scripting of Speech Output From Virtual DJ. The Software will automatically setup a default Keyboard Map, with set keyboard shortcuts, and is ready to use without any extra configuration, but you can edit the scripts to customize as much as you want. script command lists can be found on this site soon. A Virtual Midi Cable will also need to be Installed, Free Options are 'LoopBe1' and 'LoopMidi.' Features:
https://virtualdjaccessibility.com/

33) The Calc Guide 7.6 is Published | LibreOffice

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2023/12/05/the-calc-guide-7-6-is-published/

34) Dispatch From the Future: The Must-Have Gadgets and Gear of 2053 | Wired: Subscription Required

To celebrate WIRED's 30th birthday, we asked the experts — and our imaginations — to dream up the cars, phones, televisions, and other tools of tomorrow:
https://www.wired.com/story/gadgets-and-gear-of-2053/

35) CyberPunk 2077 Update 2.1 Accessibility Features | CyberPunk.net

https://www.cyberpunk.net/en/news/49591/update-2-1-accessibility-features

36) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for November 2023

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-november-2023

37) December 2023 Training Events | Freedom Scientific

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-december-2023-training-events/

38) NV Access In Process For December 4, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-4th-december-2023/

39) Accessibility.com November 2023 Newsletter

https://bit.ly/3t45l0R


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Closing: December 8, 2023 | A Short Survey For A School Project: Museum Accessibility

A group of master's students at American University is working on a project that will assess the experiences of blind and visually impaired patrons at entertainment and cultural institutions. They've provided additional information below; as always with a school project, they're on a deadline, so if you can help, please do so this week. A message from the students begins here: Hello! We are graduate students at American University who want to learn more about the experience of the visually impaired at museums. Our project specifically centers around inclusive marketing with a primary focus on enhancing the accessibility of a local, well-known museum for the visually impaired community. As part of our comprehensive market research, we are actively seeking visually impaired individuals of all levels who are willing to contribute to our survey. This survey works best on a computer, but can be taken on a mobile device. Your participation is invaluable to us and all responses will be kept confidential. We look forward to collaborating with you on this important initiative and contributing to the development of a more inclusive experience for the visually impaired community at museums. Additionally, we are seeking 4-5 people with visual disabilities to participate in a one-on-one in-depth interview. Interviews will need to be conducted within the next couple of weeks and will be a maximum of 45 minutes. Interviews will also be kept confidential. If you would like to participate in an in-depth interview so we can learn more about your experience with your disability, please contact Stephanie Sheline at ss6964a@american.edu ✉. Thank you for your time:
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November 30, 2023 | Tek Talk Welcomes Ron Miller Of Vispero To Discuss The New Split Braille Feature In The Latest Version Of JAWS

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk-welcomes-ron-miller-of-vispero-to-discuss/id1500954706?i=1000637033901

December 1, 2023 | ATU653: OrCam with Matt Darusz

Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Special Guest: Matt Darusz — Area Sales Manager for Ohio, Indiana and Michigan — OrCam Technologies Ltd:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/atu653-orcam-with-matt-darusz/id442159129?i=1000637140504

December 2, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 156: One UI Part 12, Lock Screen From System Settings

Welcome to Episode 156, the 12th entry in our "Samsung One UI" series. BAU Podcast celebrates 3 years. Do join us on for the celebrations. Android Basics: One UI Part 12 (Lock screen Settings). We continue our journey through the Samsung One UI and this week, it's all about the "Lock screen Settings" as shown in the system Settings. Image Recognition With CSR. Kareen Kiwan takes us through the "image recognition" process of CSR (Commentary Screen Reader). Tip Of The Week: Managing Links In Messaging Apps. For Episode 156 "Tip Of The Week," Kareen and Warren bring you a "Dual Tip Of The Week," showing you how to manage those links in some of the messaging apps. Android Journey: Our friend, Amir Soleimani took us down the memory lane of his Android journey as he intimated us with how that journey began for him about a decade ago, going back to 2014 when it all began:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

December 3, 2023 | Can Identifying As Blind Harm The Blind Community? | DoubleTap

Publisher (Di Blasi): This podcast listing comes with a trusted reader endorsement. Lena writes: "I am bringing this podcast to your attention because I think it tackles a topic that needs to be discussed calmly and respectfully in the blind community. The points made in the podcast were expressed respectfully and very well. Matthew's life story was shared a little bit as was Steven's. It;s an inspirational podcast. I am not one that gets too excited about podcasts. If I listen to them at all, I usually skip a lot. This is an exceptional podcast, though. It is one I wish everyone in the blind community could know about."
DoubleTap: Content Warning: This episode contains references to alcoholism and suicide, and also contains what some may consider to be strong language. Today is a little different on Double Tap, as we ditch the theme music, put Mr. F into his bed with hot cocoa, and Steven, Shaun and special guest Matthew Alcock sit down for a good old-fashioned heart-to-heart:
https://doubletaponair.com/can-identifying-as-blind-harm-the-blind-community/

December 3, 2023 | Navigating iOS 17: Resolving Double Tap Timing and Apple Watch Accessibility Challenges | UnMute.show

In this episode, we delve into the challenges and solutions surrounding the double tap timeout in iOS 17 and the Apple Watch, especially for VoiceOver users. Our guest, David Goldfield, joins us to share insights and helpful tips.You can tune into this call live every Tuesday:
https://unmute.show/2023/12/03/navigating-ios-17-resolving-double-tap-timing-and-apple-watch-accessibility-challenges/

December 4, 2023 | Technically Working 37: AI Music, Custom GPTs & Tech Exploration

In TW37, hosts Damashe and Michael explore various tech topics including AI music creation and custom GPTs. They discuss the use of Suno AI to create a theme song for Double Tap's Gift Guide, highlighting the AI's ability to generate lyrics and music efficiently. The conversation then shifts to AI's impact on individual creativity and the potential legal complexities around copyright and AI-generated content. Additionally, they share insights about customizing Google's GPT for personalized search experiences and their applications. The episode is filled with technical exploration, discussing the utility and limitations of these emerging technologies in real-world scenarios:
https://technically-working.pinecast.co/episode/759a0bf9/tw37-ai-music-custom-gpts-tech-exploration

December 5, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 143: White Men With Packed Drawers Can't Rap

The entire gang is back together for the first time in awhile. We have some fun and continuation with our back and forth with the gang over at Double Tap, in a segment you will not want to miss. We discuss the continuing saga at Open A.I. We discuss Be My A.I. beta and Seeing A.I. coming to Android devices, the issue with the Nerd Face emoji, getting started setting up a new computer, winter cleaning, and much more:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-143-white-men-with-packed-drawers-cant-rap

DEcember 6, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2349: Beyond Human Eyesight — AI and Visual Assistance

The Be My Eyes app now offers users their choice of whether to work with a sighted volunteer, an AI bot, or specific people in their own group of friends and family. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with founder and CEO Hans Jorgen Wiberg about the various options as well as recent privacy issues around facial description and recognition:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2349.htm

December 7, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, December 7, 2023

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December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
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December 7, 2023 | Streamline Accessibility Testing and Management with a Unified Platform | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. There are many different types of analysis available for accessibility, from broad automated scans to user testing and time-intensive manual assessments. With ARC, TPGi's unified accessibility management and testing platform, you can put the proper analysis in the right hands, spreading the effort through your organization without losing effective oversight. This webinar will walk you through a sample accessibility program, demonstrating when and where to test and how to distribute work and knowledge. Who should attend: Accessibility professionals. Web developers and designers. Product managers:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-7-at-11am-et-streamline-accessibility-testing-and-management-with-a-unified-platform/

December 7, 2023 | The Oko Story | AYES.AI | 2023 Sight Tech Global Event

8:35 AM PT, 9:35 AM MT, 10:35 AM CT, 11:35 AM ET, 3:35 PM GMT
We're eager to share the oko story and our future plans in a webinar at Sight Tech Global on December 7th, from 8:35 AM to 9:00 AM PT. The webinar will include a live Q&A session, so feel free to ask us anything. If you haven't registered for our session yet, please do so using this link:
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DEcember 7, 2023 | Streamline Accessibility Testing and Management with a Unified Platform | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
There are many different types of analysis available for accessibility, from broad automated scans to user testing and time-intensive manual assessments. With ARC, TPGi's unified accessibility management and testing platform, you can put the proper analysis in the right hands, spreading the effort through your organization without losing effective oversight. This webinar will walk you through a sample accessibility program, demonstrating when and where to test and how to distribute work and knowledge:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-7-at-11am-et-streamline-accessibility-testing-and-management-with-a-unified-platform/

December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 12, 2023 | How to Perform Accessibility Testing (Part 2)

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Does your organization (need to) perform manual accessibility testing on tens of applications? In this webinar, attendees learn how enterprise-level organizations dramatically reduce the level of effort and accessibility expertise required to perform manual audits. There are four fundamental steps to creating a world-class, enterprise-level internal accessibility team. Break down each of the WCAG Success Criteria into a set of smaller, easily repeatable tests. Automate as much of the work as possible, and clearly distinguish what requires manual testing. Develop solution templates to save testing teams from having to reinvent the wheel. Have the ability to generate multiple findings reports — suited for the different audiences involved in delivering an online experience. With these clear steps, teams, even those new to accessibility testing, can accurately and effectively carry out full-scale, full WCAG coverage audits. For large organizations, the challenge here is doing each of these steps requires significant investment. Until now. Learn how the Accessibility Resource Center brings your accessibility testing team to a world-class level and start performing manual accessibility audits faster:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-12-at-12pm-et-how-to-perform-accessibility-testing-part-2/

December 12, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Five Ways To Use JAWS Dictionary Manager | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
The JAWS Dictionary Manager enables you to create pronunciation rules for words a synthesizer may not pronounce correctly. Learn how to go to the Dictionary Manager and create rules for word pronunciations, abbreviations, and phrases, plus play a sound instead of speaking a particular word, and more. Register for this event, which will take place on the Zoom Conferencing platform:
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December 13, 2023 | Learn About The Hable One | A. T. Guys

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
The Hable One is AT Guys' newest product that allows you to remotely control your smart phone with an easy to use interface. Use the Hable one as if you were using braille screen input in screen away mode. No need for a table to quickly enter text and control your phone. You can even wake your phone up with it still in your pocket! Discover the Hable One in AT Guys' upcoming free webinar, highlighting its simplified text entry, app navigation, and call management. Reserve your spot here:
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December 13, 2023 | Internet Browsing with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Are you interested in gaining a further understanding of web surfing with JAWS? Let's explore methods and strategies to enhance your browsing experience. We covered web browsing basics in a previous webinar. Now, we'll dive deeper. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to discuss webpage structure and how this can help the JAWS user better understand how to navigate by headings, forms, buttons, and regions to get the job done quickly. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Discuss different elements of a webpage. Use Windows commands to navigate a webpage. Demonstrate the JAWS find command. Explore forms:
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December 13, 2023 | Tech Time: Learn About Be My Eyes And Be My AI

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
Tech Time is a monthly technology conference put on once a month by the Conklin Davis Center. The focus is smart phones, but other topics are discussed. The topic for this month is the Be My Eyes app. We will do an overview of the Be My Eyes app and demonstrate the new Be My AI feature. You can participate using the following information: Meeting ID: 857 3480 8270 | Passcode: 963553 | Join:
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December 14, 2023 | Hadley Learning And Exploring Workshop | Florida Outreach Center for The Blind

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
Please join the florida outreach center for the blind for our next workshop. We are proud to have Marc Arneson director of community at Hadley. Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. With Hadley, you can discover new ways to do things that have become more difficult due to vision loss and connect with a network of peers who "get it." And you don't need to come to Hadley. Hadley's help comes to you; online, or through the mail. Hadley offers a wide variety of self-taught classes and podcasts on a variety of subjects from braille, technology, daily living skills, and much more. A door prize will be given out to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the presentation, but you must be present to win! This event will be held over Zoom. If you have any questions please call The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind at: (561) 642-0005 ☎ or email us at: info_focb@bellsouth.net ✉. Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | Passcode: 182630 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799 | Join Zoom Meeting:
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December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
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April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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:
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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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Sponsor: Access Tech Live


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About: Formerly Double Tap TV, Access Tech Live is a weekly tech show on AMI-TV, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube).

Join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) each week as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist them in their everyday lives.

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.

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➜ Classified Advertisement: HIMS BrailleSense 6 & 6 Mini Upgrade Released!

This upgrade updates the operating system from android 10 to Android 12, ensuring greater longevity of the BrailleSense, and the ability to install and use modern applications for years to come. This upgrade also adds a new To Do List application, brings the same games offered in the U2 to the BrailleSense 6, makes several improvements and enhancements to the e-mail program, and adds and optional Chat GPT interface. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note. Please visit our BrailleSense 6 Download Page or BrailleSense 6 mini Download Page to gather the complete list of improvements through the release notes, as well as links to the firmware and upgrade instruction. Visit us on the web 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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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:
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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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: December Gift of Accessibility: Scribe For Meetings Completely Free For All Until January 2nd, 2024!

Celebrate the Holidays with Inclusive Meetings! This holiday season, Pneuma Solutions is thrilled to announce a special gift for everyone: Scribe for Meetings is available for free throughout December! In the spirit of the holidays, we are dedicated to making meetings more inclusive and accessible, especially for those with visual impairments. Scribe for Meetings is an innovative cloud-based solution designed to make online meetings and webinars accessible to blind and low-vision participants. By integrating seamlessly with popular meeting platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, it ensures that all participants can engage fully in the online experience. Our December Offer: Unprecedented Accessibility for Everyone! In an effort to spread holiday cheer and inclusivity, Scribe for Meetings is completely free for the entire month of December. This offer is open to businesses, organizations, and individuals, aiming to make every online meeting an inclusive and joyful experience.
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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: We're Already Thinking Ahead For The Holidays!

Our Victor Stream Bundle, with leather case, bone conduction headphones, and 256 GB SD card; $625, including shipping; SensePlayer OCR Bundle; same accessories as above; $875, incl. shipping. All 3 accessories for less than the Exec Products case alone! Leather Stream or SensePlayer case, $35; Telescopic Locking 60 and 54 inch titanium canes; $70 and $65, plus shipping; Hands free no-bounce leather pouch, $35; or our original 3 pocket hands-free leather pouch for Be My Eyes or AIRA, $30. Talking Medical Bundle with Leather case; $140 incl. shipping. Zip-around RFID Italian leather wallets; $35.00. Call or email Barry at: (617) 969-7500 ☎ or barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉. Call or email Kae at: (781) 286-1696 ☎; or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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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!



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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:
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Phone: (269) 216-4798

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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 ☎.


Sponsor: Braille Works


BrailleWorks. Making the world a more readable place (TM). Serving Customers Quality and Excellence Since 1994. Certified WBENC. Women's Business Enterprise.

Sponsor Since: November 17, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://brailleworks.com/ 🌐

Email: info@brailleworks.com

Phone: +1 (813) 654-4050

About: Dedicated to making the world a more readable place, Braille Works is one of the nation's leading providers of reading materials for people who are blind, visually impaired, or reading impaired. Making The World A More Readable Place™ has been our mission from day one. We are creative and innovative because our customers expect it.

Your projects are given careful consideration to make every page easy to read and handle. This gives your blind and visually impaired customers the respect and independence they rightly deserve. At Braille Works, attention to detail drives everything we do. From the layout of your braille document to the format of a large print document, the scripting of an audio document, or the full compliance and accessibility of your PDF, we seek to exceed the expectations of your customers.

Products and Services: 508 Compliance | Audio | Braille | Large Print

Industries We Serve: Government Agencies | Banking & Financial | Translation Agencies | Healthcare & Insurance | Restaurants | Utilities

Request A Quote: Contact Braille Works today to discuss your project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and the quality solutions we provide. Click here to get started or call us today at +1 (813) 654-4050 ☎.

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Sponsor: Hable


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➜ Classified Advertisement: A New Assistive Technology for Students with Blindness | Hable One

Students with blindness often encounter challenges such as limited access to class materials, difficulties in note-taking, and barriers to online research. However, with Hable One, a revolutionary portable Braille keyboard, these obstacles can be transformed into stepping stones to success.

Hable One empowers students with blindness to take notes in class, access digital textbooks effortlessly, conduct online research more quickly and efficiently, send emails and messages independently, manage their calendars, and utilize various study aids.

Discover further details in our latest blog article here.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your academic journey — get Hable One on Amazon USA or through our website (for international orders) right now, before stock runs out this holiday season!"

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Article: New Assistive Technology for Students with Blindness | Hable

Sponsor Since: November 16, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.iamhable.com/ 🌐

About: At Hable we empower people with visual impairment in the digital world.

Inclusivity at the core and innovation at the fingertips.

Our keyboard for the blind has redefined cellphone and tablet experiences and accessibility for over 5,000 visually impaired people globally.

Hable is an external keyboard designed to make using a smartphone simpler and more convenient for those with visual impairments, allowing for easy operation and accessibility.

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Sponsor: The Accessibility Guy


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Expert Document Accessibility Remediation: Compliant, Multilingual, & Inclusive

Unlock the power of inclusivity with our specialized document accessibility remediation services. With over 100,000 documents transformed and compliant with standards such as Section 508, WCAG 2.1 AA, HHS, AODA, and PDF/UA, we are your go-to accessibility experts. No document is too complex!

What To Expect:

Screen Reader Testing: We test all documents with industry-leading tools like JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, CommonLook Validator, and PAC3.

Turnaround Time: Our standard time is 5 business days. Expedited options are available.

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Languages Supported: Offering remediation in over 50 languages.

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Learn More: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/document-remediation/

Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/ 🌐

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@TheAccessibilityGuy 📹

About: My name is Shawn Jordison and I love helping others learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.

I have made over 100 thousand documents accessible, provided hundreds of trainings in the areas of accessibility and document remediation, and reviewed many websites and mobile applications for accessibility.

I have developed and reviewed VPATs, LMS courses, and other pieces of training. I am the accessibility Swiss army knife. Let me be your personal accessibility expert.

➜ Over 13 years of experience in the field of accessibility.

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➜ Wide range of project experience, including document accessibility, training, and more.

➜ Expertise in captioning, assistive technology, and accessibility best practices. I'm here to help you create a more accessible world.

The Blog: This blog covers topics like making Word, PDF & PowerPoint files accessible, Closed Captioning, assistive technology, and other important accessibility topics.

Training and Consulting: Offering customized training and consulting for implementing accessibility best practices.

Accessible Document Service: Providing top-tier document remediation services for all types of files, ensuring compliance with WCAG, 508, and PDF UA standards.


Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐

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Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐

App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

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Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.



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Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.

A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.

When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!

Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, David also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. Over this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using assistive and main stream technology.

In the last seventeen years, he has also been involved with evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired covering both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

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A.) 43 Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts To Remember For Stylish And Speedy Web Surfing | Onmsft.com

Scrolling through the list of Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts can be daunting, but this guide has you covered. In the fast-paced world of web browsing, efficiency is key. Microsoft Edge offers a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that can significantly enhance your browsing experience. Let's explore these Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts categorized for your convenience and make navigating the digital realm a breeze:
https://onmsft.com/how-to/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/

B) Want To Speak With ChatGPT? Chatbot's Voice Feature Now Available For Everyone, Including Free Users | November 21, 2023 | Rafly Pratama | MSPowerUser.com

Forget the recent leadership saga at OpenAI. Just today, the Microsoft-backed AI giant is finally rolling out its ChatGPT with voice feature for everyone, including those using the free, GPT-3.5 plan. You can now talk to ChatGPT just like you would talk to a person:
https://mspoweruser.com/speak-with-chatgpt-with-voice-availability/

C) Announcing AI-Content-Describer: NVDA Add-On That Provides Descriptions For Controls And Images, Powered By GPT4 | Chris Smart | Tech-VI List

This add-on makes it possible to obtain detailed descriptions for images and other visually inaccessible content. Leveraging the multimodal capabilities of the GPT-4 large language model, we aim to deliver best-in-class content descriptions. More information on the underlying model here. More information on the add-on here:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5621

D) Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Everyone loves a gift at the holidays, but we thought here at Double Tap - why not create our own gift guide together? Let's put all our suggestions into one place so we can all enjoy either buying a friend or family member a cool 'blind-person recommended' gadget, or treat ourselves to a festive treat. Submit your thoughts here, and if Santa's elves approve, it'll display on this page for all to see. Choose the 'Add an item' link to get started, and add your favorite gadget to the Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide for 2023! Happy Holidays!
https://doubletaponair.com/2023-gift-guide/

E) How To Create Your Own Chatbot With ChatGPT | November 21, 2023 | Christoph Schwaiger | Tom's Guide

More people are using AI chatbots as their personal assistant for work and leisure as the bots' abilities and knowledge increase. But nothing says personal like having your own custom chatbot that you've designed, trained, and named yourself. That's possible in a few easy steps thanks to the GPT builder created by OpenAI! Oh, and none of these steps require you to know how to code:
https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-create-your-own-chatbot-with-chatgpt

2) Sponsored By Top Tech Tidbits: Sight Tech Global: One Week Left To Register! Free And Online December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023

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A) Happy Birthday ChatGPT: A Look Back At The Transformative Impact of Generative AI | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As November 30, 2023 marks the one-year anniversary of ChatGPT, it's clear that 2022 was a pivotal year, ushering in a new era with groundbreaking developments like Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT. These advancements have reshaped our world in profound ways, signaling a new chapter in the story of generative AI:
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B) Speech To Speech & Product Update | ElevenLabs

ElevenLabs' recent blog post, published on November 1, 2023, introduces their newest addition, Speech to Speech (STS) in Speech Synthesis. This innovative tool allows for the conversion of one voice recording to sound as if spoken by another. STS stands out by offering control over emotions, tone, and pronunciation, surpassing the capabilities of typical Text-to-Speech (TTS) prompts. It's designed for extracting more nuanced emotions from voices and providing a custom speech delivery reference. Alongside STS, ElevenLabs announced updates to their premade voices and improvements in their Projects feature, including normalization, a pronunciation dictionary, and enhanced customization options:
https://elevenlabs.io/blog/product-update-speech-to-speech-and-changes-to-voices/

C) ElevenLabs Now Lets You Use AI To Change Your Voice — Here's How To Sound Like A Different Person | November 23, 2023 | Ryan Morrison | Tom's Guide

You can now convert your voice into any other using a new tool from ElevenLabs. The AI platform says the conversion keeps any emotion and intonations expressed in the original recording and carries it to the new voice. The quality of synthetic speech has improved dramatically in recent months, as has the speed of training an AI model on an entirely new voice. ElevenLabs lets you clone your own voice from a minute of audio, or create one by describing how it should sound:
https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/elevenlabs-now-lets-you-use-ai-to-change-your-voice-heres-how-to-sound-like-a-different-person

D) Tech-Freedom's Document Reader: Elevating Reading with ElevenLabs AI Voices | Accessible Android

The ElevenLabs AI voice creation tool has amazed many by offering high-quality generated voices proficient in multiple languages. However, using these voices for tasks like reading books requires a significant investment due to ElevenLabs' subscription fees. Thanks to a generous donation from ElevenLabs, the Tech-Freedom app now integrates several of these remarkable voices into its document reader feature for free. So what exactly is the document reader, and how can you utilize the ElevenLabs voices to listen to your documents?
https://accessibleandroid.com/tech-freedoms-document-reader-elevating-reading-with-elevenlabs-ai-voices/

E) AI And The Future Of Mobility Technology For People With Sight Loss | Joe Lonergan | Vision Ireland

Recently we have read some stories on the developments of Technology and AI when it comes to guiding devices for people with Sight loss. Some ideas are far-fetched, and some are more realistic, one is a robotic guide dog, and the other idea is an AI-powered suitcase that guides the blind person to their destination:
https://vi.ie/ai-and-the-future-of-mobility-technology-for-people-with-sight-loss/

F) AI Is Going Great For The Blind | Robert Kingett

As I was looking at the amount of times platforms died on the web and I began thinking about the slow death of AI enthusiasm and what that will do to the Blind community. It really is a bizarre feeling when you're the only detractor of a thing within your own community. My first post about AI has gained some attention, as well as the follow up post about this topic. AI is taking the blind community by storm:
https://robertkingett.com/aigreat/

G) Experimenting with Be My Eyes and Videos | The Idea Place

I suspect anyone who has tried some of the newer AI-based image descriptions, such as those from Be My Eyes, has noticed the high quality image descriptions that are available. I've been curious about how I could apply that to videos so did a little experimentation. I want to emphasize that I do not consider this a replacement for audio description. There is so much more to that experience than just giving details on what's in an image:
https://theideaplace.net/experimenting-with-be-my-eyes-and-videos/

H) Exploring IVONA Voices for iPhone: Alternatives and Innovations | SpeechCentral.net

This article explores the impact and legacy of IVONA, a former leader in text-to-speech (TTS) technology, particularly in relation to its integration with iPhone devices. IVONA, known for its TTS solutions, underwent significant changes following its acquisition by Amazon in 2013. Post-acquisition, Amazon shifted focus to a cloud-based TTS strategy, which resulted in the gradual deprecation of platform-specific developments for the iPhone since 2017. This shift marked the end of support for existing IVONA releases. Although Apple allowed third-party voice integrations with iOS 16, IVONA voices were not directly available for the iPhone. Limited integration was possible through some apps using IVONA's SDK package, but this became increasingly unviable due to lack of support and outdated technology. Consequently, users have been seeking affordable, high-quality alternatives to IVONA for iOS. Speech Central has emerged as a notable solution, offering cost-effective access to cloud-based voices and providing a new avenue for TTS experiences on iOS devices. This transition from IVONA to alternatives like Speech Central highlights the evolving landscape of TTS technology on mobile platforms, particularly for iPhone users seeking advanced and affordable voice technology options:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/11/28/exploring-ivona-voices-for-iphone-alternatives-and-innovations/

I) Amazon Launches Q, A Business Chatbot Powered By Generative Artificial Intelligence

The tech giant will launch Q — a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence. The announcement, made in Las Vegas at an annual conference the company hosts for its AWS cloud computing service, represents Amazon's response to rivals who've rolled out chatbots that have captured the public's attention:
https://apnews.com/article/amazon-chatbot-q-chatgpt-09964d52076b1db7df8cca695423661f

J) How Artificial Intelligence Can Help The Visually Impaired | Oslo Metropolitan University | Partner Science Norway

Traditional navigation tools for the visually impaired are often impractical and require extensive training. Rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and increasingly more computing power in smartphones offer new opportunities:
https://partner.sciencenorway.no/artificial-intelligence-blind-medicine/how-artificial-intelligence-can-help-the-visually-impaired/2283919

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A) No, You Don't Need to Turn Off Apple's NameDrop Feature in iOS 17 | Wired: Subscription Required

Yes, your iPhone automatically turns on NameDrop with the latest software update. But you shouldn't really be worried about it — regardless of what the police are saying:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-namedrop-ios17/

11) JAWS Power Tip: How To Use The Split Braille Feature in JAWS 2024

In JAWS, you can temporarily suspend the use of Navigation Quick Keys when on a web page by pressing INSERT+SHIFT+Z. This is useful if you need to use keystrokes native to a particular website that conflict with the use of Navigation Quick Keys. These quick keys can include T to navigate by table, H to navigate by heading, or L to navigate by list. This command allows you to leave the JAWS Virtual PC Cursor on so you can continue navigating the page while using the commands specific to the web page. Navigation Quick Keys resume when you move focus away from the current browser window, navigate to a new page, or execute the command once more:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/207.html

12) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #4 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling "Sharkvember Shortcuts." Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we are providing a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-4/

13) Introduction to Electronic Handheld Magnifiers and Wearable Devices: A Comprehensive Guide | New England Low Vision and Blindness

As the leading assistive technology provider and trainer for people who are visually impaired, we understand the importance of ensuring access to electronic handheld magnifiers and wearable devices, also known as Low Vision Glasses. These innovative devices have revolutionized the way individuals with low vision and blindness can gain independence, confidence, and increased ease in navigating daily tasks:
https://nelowvision.com/introduction-to-electronic-handheld-magnifiers-and-wearable-devices-a-comprehensive-guide/

14) 6 Tips To Spot Misinformation On The Web | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Ah, the internet! A vast ocean of knowledge, cat videos, and, unfortunately, a fair share of nonsense. So, how do you separate the wheat from the digital chaff? Let's dive in:
https://mvsltd.com/news/6-tips-to-spot-misinformation-on-the-web/

15) Alt+Tab Not Working on Windows: How to Fix It | HowToGeek.com

Windows is supposed to display the app switcher when you press the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut. If that doesn't happen in your case, your Alt or Tab keys may be damaged, or your Windows installation may have an issue. We'll show you a few ways to get around this problem so you can switch between your apps without problems:
https://www.howtogeek.com/fix-alt-tab-not-working-windows/

16) Accessibility Tips For Inclusive Microsoft Teams Meetings And Live Events | Microsoft Support

Learn how to make Microsoft Teams meetings and live events more inclusive for all users. Check out our best accessibility tips for Microsoft Teams meeting and live event organizers, producers, and presenters:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/accessibility-tips-for-inclusive-microsoft-teams-meetings-and-live-events-fa0cb694-0fcd-4019-b67c-8270ea4e0c54

17) Windows 11, Version 23H2 Known Issues And Notifications | Microsoft

When using physical media or disc images (ISO) to install Windows 11, version 23H2 (also referred to as the Windows 11 2023 Update) on a device, Microsoft Narrator may not start:
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-health/status-windows-11-23h2#3212msgdesc

18) Announcing Emacspeak 59.0 (VirtualDog)

Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating environments. By seamlessly blending live access to all aspects of the Internet such as ubiquitous assistance, Web-surfing, blogging, remote software development, streaming media, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables spoken access to local and remote information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the evolving assistant-oriented social Internet cloud:
https://emacspeak.blogspot.com/2023/11/announcing-emacspeak-590-virtualdog.html

19) BrailleSense 6 V2.0 Upgrade Now Available | HIMS, Inc. | Tech-VI List

HIMS is pleased to announce this major upgrade for BrailleSense 6, V2.0. This upgrade updates the operating system from android 10 to Android 12, ensuring greater longevity of the BrailleSense, and the ability to install and use modern applications for years to come. This upgrade also adds a new To Do List application, brings the same games offered in the U2 to the BrailleSense 6, makes several improvements and enhancements to the e-mail program, and adds an optional Chat GPT interface. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5681

20) Announcement of LibreOffice 7.6.3 Community and LibreOffice Viewer App for Android in the Google Play Store | The Document Foundation

David Goldfield: For Windows users Microsoft Office is going to provide the best experience when it comes to screen reader accessibility. However, I understand that there are several reasons why some users can't or choose not to purchase an Office 365 subscription or a Microsoft Office perpetual license. LibreOffice is free of cost and provides adequate accessibility with Windows screen readers, at least with Writer for word processing and Calc for accessing spreadsheets. I have not used or tested other apps from LibreOffice and as I'm not a Mac user I am not in a position to write about VoiceOver with Microsoft Office or LibreOffice. TDF is interested in addressing accessibility issues. Please send feedback and bug reports to TDF via their official channels. Visit this link to learn about how you can get involved with TDF and this link to learn about their various mailing lists, including one for accessibility issues.
The Document Foundation: LibreOffice 7.6.3 Community, the third minor release of the 7.6 family of the volunteer-supported free office suite for Windows (Intel/AMD and ARM processors), macOS (Apple and Intel processors) and Linux is now available from:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download

21) Assessing the Individual's Familiarity and Comfort with Technology: An Insightful Analysis | New England Low Vision and Blindness

Assessing an individual's familiarity and comfort with technology has become an important aspect of today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. Technology plays a significant role in various aspects of our lives, making it essential for individuals to be familiar with different tools and gadgets. With an aging population, it's necessary not only to evaluate a person's comfort level with technology but also to ensure that they can adapt to new advancements with ease:
https://nelowvision.com/assessing-the-individuals-familiarity-and-comfort-with-technology-an-insightful-analysis/

22) OneNote Wonder! A Beginners Guide to JAWS for Windows with Microsoft OneNote! | Paid Course | New From Hartgen Consultancy | £50 / $62

Microsoft OneNote is your digital notepad & note taking app. Everyone needs to write down information. It could be a shopping list, thoughts you might want to present at an important meeting, or maybe lecture notes. But how do you get to your notetaking program quickly to write down those spontaneous ideas you've had? Where do you save them? How can you share them with other people? And, most importantly, how do you find them again?
https://www.hartgen.org/onenotewonder

23) Google Announces The Open Source Release Of Project Guideline: Revolutionizing Accessibility With On-Device Machine Learning For Independent Mobility

Project Guideline, initiated by Google, marks a significant leap in accessibility technology for individuals with visual impairments. This open-source project employs on-device machine learning (ML) on Google Pixel phones to enable blind or low vision individuals to walk or run independently. It involves a waist-mounted phone, a designated guideline on a pedestrian pathway, and audio cues combined with obstacle detection. Project Guideline diverges from traditional assistance methods by using ARCore for position tracking, DeepLabV3+ based segmentation models for guideline detection, and a monocular depth ML model for obstacle identification. This system dynamically adjusts to the user's movements, providing accurate navigation and safety through 3D point cloud generation and real-time audio cues. It represents a transformative advancement in assistive technology, combining machine learning, augmented reality, and audio feedback, paving the way towards a more accessible and inclusive future:
https://www.marktechpost.com/2023/11/25/google-announce-the-open-source-release-of-project-guideline-revolutionizing-accessibility-with-on-device-machine-learning-for-independent-mobility/

24) Google Drive Now Has a Much Better Document Scanner | HowToGeek.com

Keeping track of physical papers, documents, invoices, and receipts can get annoying. The Google Drive scanner is a surprisingly useful tool for keeping digital copies of stuff, and now, Google is rolling out a few new features and changes:
https://www.howtogeek.com/google-drive-document-scanner-new-features/

25) I Was Banned From The Hcaptcha Accessibility Account For Not Being Blind | Michael Taboada | Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: I just encountered HCaptcha today for the second time while trying to pay a medical bill. I absolutely despise this company. In my opinion it is an act of discrimination to force blind people to provide their email address and accept a cookie to solve a captcha. Sighted computer users are not required to do this and there are methods HCaptcha could use to make their captchas accessible without forcing blind people to go through these hoops. In addition HCaptcha recommends that users of the Brave browser, of which I am one, enable all cookies in order for HCaptcha's cookie to be processed. I absolutely refuse to do this and it's not something that I should be expected to do just to solve a captcha. Instead, I had to go into Brave's cookie settings and set the specific page containing the form to accept all cookies which, again, is not something I should be required to do. Apparently, while HCaptcha supposedly has a text captcha option I was not presented with this choice..
Michael Taboada: I'm sure you've seen the HCaptcha captcha service, where you check a box and then need to select all images of a house or whatever. If you're not aware, they intentionally do not provide an audio captcha version for the blind since they say this would make it easier for bots to get through. Instead, they provide a special account for blind people that allows them to get a cookie which lets them get past the captcha without a challenge:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5682

26) Device Lets Blind People "Hear" Facial Features | Neuroscience News & Research

A groundbreaking study, recently published in PLOS ONE, explores a novel device that enables blind individuals to perceive facial features through sound. This technology, termed 'sensory substitution,' uses a computer chip to transform visual shapes into audible signals. Conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center, the research involved six blind participants (born blind or blinded before age two) and ten sighted individuals. The study's process involved training participants to interpret sound waves representing facial features, starting from basic geometric shapes. Impressively, all blind subjects successfully identified faces more than 85% of the time. MRI scans during the study revealed that the fusiform face area (FFA) in the brain, essential for facial recognition, was activated in blind individuals, but on the opposite side compared to sighted people. This finding challenges the previously held belief that facial recognition wiring in the brain is innate or relies on early visual exposure. The study's results suggest that the FFA encodes the concept of a face through exposure to facial contours and geometry, regardless of sensory modality. This research contributes significantly to understanding brain plasticity, indicating the potential for developing technologies to help blind individuals navigate a visually-oriented world:
https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/news/device-lets-blind-people-hear-facial-features-381423

27) Blind People Can Now Recognize Faces Using New Tool | Penny Min | HealthNews.com

In a recent study, facial features were visible to blind individuals due to an apparatus that converts photos into sound waves:
https://healthnews.com/news/blind-people-can-now-recognize-faces-using-new-tool/

28) The Sound Of Crunching Chips Is Annoying. So Doritos Has Made A Silencer. | Sydney Page | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

The noise of someone chomping on chips can be irritating, especially if it's directly in your ear, on say, a voice chat or a Zoom call. Voices — and crunching — are amplified when people are using headsets, which are often worn by gamers, many of whom spend hours at a time playing multiplayer video games. So the chip brand Doritos created Doritos Silent, a crunch-cancellation software that removes the sound of chewing from voice chats, Zoom or any calls that use headphones. But it was really created for gamers:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/11/27/doritos-silent-gaming-crunch-cancellation/

29) DoorDash Now Delivers Tech, Not Just Food | HowToGeek.com

Uber Eats, DoorDash, and other delivery services have made it possible to order food and have it delivered in a few minutes. For most other stuff, however, you need to wait at least one or two days, or potentially even more, for a shipment to come to your door. If you want to buy tech, and you want it fast, DoorDash is now partnering with Best Buy to bring it to you:
https://www.howtogeek.com/doordash-best-buy-partnership/


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Closing: December 4, 2023 | Blind and Low-Vision Participants Needed for Mock Election to Test Mobile Voting App

If you are looking forward to the day when you can vote using your smartphone, here is your opportunity to help make that desire a reality! Tusk Philanthropies and the Free Democracy Foundation are hosting a mock election on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7 to test a new mobile voting app for iOS and Android devices designed to make accessible absentee voting more secure. Want to participate? Sign up at the link below by 5pm ET on Monday, December 4. Once you sign up, you'll receive instructions via email from mock election sponsor, Tusk Philanthropies, on how to install the app on your device and participate:
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Closing: December 8, 2023 | A Short Survey For A School Project: Museum Accessibility

A group of master's students at American University is working on a project that will assess the experiences of blind and visually impaired patrons at entertainment and cultural institutions. They've provided additional information below; as always with a school project, they're on a deadline, so if you can help, please do so this week. A message from the students begins here: Hello! We are graduate students at American University who want to learn more about the experience of the visually impaired at museums. Our project specifically centers around inclusive marketing with a primary focus on enhancing the accessibility of a local, well-known museum for the visually impaired community. As part of our comprehensive market research, we are actively seeking visually impaired individuals of all levels who are willing to contribute to our survey. This survey works best on a computer, but can be taken on a mobile device. Your participation is invaluable to us and all responses will be kept confidential. We look forward to collaborating with you on this important initiative and contributing to the development of a more inclusive experience for the visually impaired community at museums. Additionally, we are seeking 4-5 people with visual disabilities to participate in a one-on-one in-depth interview. Interviews will need to be conducted within the next couple of weeks and will be a maximum of 45 minutes. Interviews will also be kept confidential. If you would like to participate in an in-depth interview so we can learn more about your experience with your disability, please contact Stephanie Sheline at ss6964a@american.edu ✉. Thank you for your time:
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November 23, 2023 | The Impact of Vision Loss on Friendships | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Friendships often change when one has vision loss. Whether it's adaptations to the activities you enjoy together, asking for help, or turning that help down ... there are conversations to be had. Let's tune in as two Hadley members, Eugenia DeReu and Tara Perry, share their experiences with what's changed for them — and what's stayed the same:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/impact-vision-loss-friendships

November 25, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 142: Dirty Pickle

Join Allison, Brian, David, and Jeanine as they discuss Holiday shopping, the chaos at Open A.I. and will Be My A.I. be affected, the Humane A.I. pin, and what the heck is going on with the state of pickles. It is another hilarious episode that will inform you make you laugh, cry, and shout out loud:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-142-dirty-pickle

November 25, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 155: One UI Part11 (Battery Settings) and Android 14 QPR 2 Beta 1.1

Android Basics. It is a double bill this week. First, we talk about the latest beta of the Android 14 Quarterly Platform Release (or QPR) for eligible Pixel phones. Next, in our next instalment looking at Samsung UI, John demonstrates the battery settings. Tip of the week: John shows us how to change the default spell checker on a Samsung device. Highlights from TalkBack. Finally, John demonstrates how to spell check using the TalkBack Braille Keyboard::
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

November 29, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2348: Raising Awareness One Video At A Time

Lucy Edwards is a blind broadcaster, content creator, and disability activist living in the UK. One of her goals is to change how people see blindness. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lucy about what motivated her to start her social media presence, how it led to a position with the BBC, and why she says she has her dream job:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2348.htm

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November 30, 2023 | FSOpenLine | Freedom Scientific

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT
FSOpenLine, Freedom Scientific's global call-in show, will take place Thursday, November 30 at 8 PM Eastern time. Do you have questions about our products or an idea you want to share? Join us and have your voice heard by key members of Freedom Scientific's product management and engineering teams. In August, we gave you a sneak peek into the upcoming releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024, and discussed how you could participate in the Public Beta program. In this show, we'll discuss new features, plus answer your questions:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-fsopenline-15/

December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

December 4, 2023 through December 6, 2023 | 2023 National Coding Symposium for Students | APH

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
The 2023 National Coding Symposium is back for another year of coding fun, bringing even more opportunities to engage students and all levels of coders! This event has been moved from spring to December to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. The goal of the Coding Symposium is to build connections between students, teachers, and professionals in coding. The symposium will be completely virtual, enabling more students, teachers, and family members nationwide to attend than an in-person event would have allowed. Professionals from Apple, Deque Systems, Bridges, NSITE, HumanWare and more will also be in attendance, sharing ideas, activities, resources, and career opportunities:
https://www.aph.org/2023-national-coding-symposium-for-students/

December 6, 2023 | Basics of PowerPoint Accessibility Remediation (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
One of the most used presentation programs is PowerPoint. We will cover the basics of structuring PowerPoint documents for accessibility, including how to effectively add alternate text to images, especially those with multiple parts like flowcharts, and best practices for making your PowerPoint files accessible. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn how to make your PowerPoint accessible for screen readers. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Highlight how to use Office formatting features to create accessible documents. Explore the accessibility tools in PowerPoint, such as the Reading Order pane, and how to add alternative text. Go through the steps in creating a clean PowerPoint Accessibility Check:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89851602654?pwd=cEtva3Rsd21tM1h5Rk9wb0J2VzZ4dz09&mc_cid=e69ad01a13&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

December 7, 2023 | Streamline Accessibility Testing and Management with a Unified Platform | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. There are many different types of analysis available for accessibility, from broad automated scans to user testing and time-intensive manual assessments. With ARC, TPGi's unified accessibility management and testing platform, you can put the proper analysis in the right hands, spreading the effort through your organization without losing effective oversight. This webinar will walk you through a sample accessibility program, demonstrating when and where to test and how to distribute work and knowledge. Who should attend: Accessibility professionals. Web developers and designers. Product managers:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-7-at-11am-et-streamline-accessibility-testing-and-management-with-a-unified-platform/

December 7, 2023 | The Oko Story | AYES.AI | 2023 Sight Tech Global Event

8:35 AM PT, 9:35 AM MT, 10:35 AM CT, 11:35 AM ET, 3:35 PM GMT
We're eager to share the oko story and our future plans in a webinar at Sight Tech Global on December 7th, from 8:35 AM to 9:00 AM PT. The webinar will include a live Q&A session, so feel free to ask us anything. If you haven't registered for our session yet, please do so using this link:
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December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 12, 2023 | How to Perform Accessibility Testing (Part 2)

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Does your organization (need to) perform manual accessibility testing on tens of applications? In this webinar, attendees learn how enterprise-level organizations dramatically reduce the level of effort and accessibility expertise required to perform manual audits. There are four fundamental steps to creating a world-class, enterprise-level internal accessibility team. Break down each of the WCAG Success Criteria into a set of smaller, easily repeatable tests. Automate as much of the work as possible, and clearly distinguish what requires manual testing. Develop solution templates to save testing teams from having to reinvent the wheel. Have the ability to generate multiple findings reports — suited for the different audiences involved in delivering an online experience. With these clear steps, teams, even those new to accessibility testing, can accurately and effectively carry out full-scale, full WCAG coverage audits. For large organizations, the challenge here is doing each of these steps requires significant investment. Until now. Learn how the Accessibility Resource Center brings your accessibility testing team to a world-class level and start performing manual accessibility audits faster:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-12-at-12pm-et-how-to-perform-accessibility-testing-part-2/

December 13, 2023 | Learn About The Hable One | A. T. Guys

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
The Hable One is AT Guys' newest product that allows you to remotely control your smart phone with an easy to use interface. Use the Hable one as if you were using braille screen input in screen away mode. No need for a table to quickly enter text and control your phone. You can even wake your phone up with it still in your pocket! Discover the Hable One in AT Guys' upcoming free webinar, highlighting its simplified text entry, app navigation, and call management. Reserve your spot here:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=24

December 13, 2023 | Internet Browsing with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Are you interested in gaining a further understanding of web surfing with JAWS? Let's explore methods and strategies to enhance your browsing experience. We covered web browsing basics in a previous webinar. Now, we'll dive deeper. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to discuss webpage structure and how this can help the JAWS user better understand how to navigate by headings, forms, buttons, and regions to get the job done quickly. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Discuss different elements of a webpage. Use Windows commands to navigate a webpage. Demonstrate the JAWS find command. Explore forms:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81286375149?pwd=ZkwzZm4wbVdxTUlGLzQxYWtHVzZiZz09&mc_cid=e69ad01a13&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
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April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

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Keep adding more WayTags! Use any style of tag, in any order. There's no limit to the number of WayTags you can use. So you can rely on one system to label all your things. Try our Starter Pack to experience ALL of the different types of WayTags!
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Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com

About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.

Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.

Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8

Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround



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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 ☎ | AU: +1.800.765.096 ☎ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 ☎ | NZ: +1.800.425.451

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Learn Management Skills For Free. Get The Job You Want.

Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
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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/.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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/

Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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Sponsor: Access Tech Live


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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accesstechlive.com/ 🌐

Email: feedback@accesstechlive.com

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@accesstechlive

Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl

About: Formerly Double Tap TV, Access Tech Live is a weekly tech show on AMI-TV, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube).

Join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) each week as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist them in their everyday lives.

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.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/accesstechlive

X (Formerly Twitter): https://twitter.com/accesstechlive

Instagram: https://instagram.com/accesstechlive

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/accesstechlive



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➜ Classified Advertisement: HIMS BrailleSense 6 & 6 Mini Upgrade Released!

This upgrade updates the operating system from android 10 to Android 12, ensuring greater longevity of the BrailleSense, and the ability to install and use modern applications for years to come. This upgrade also adds a new To Do List application, brings the same games offered in the U2 to the BrailleSense 6, makes several improvements and enhancements to the e-mail program, and adds and optional Chat GPT interface. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note. Please visit our BrailleSense 6 Download Page or BrailleSense 6 mini Download Page to gather the complete list of improvements through the release notes, as well as links to the firmware and upgrade instruction. Visit us on the web at:
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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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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/

Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: December Gift of Accessibility: Scribe For Meetings Free For All! Starts December 1st, Runs Till January 2nd, 2024!

Celebrate the Holidays with Inclusive Meetings! This holiday season, Pneuma Solutions is thrilled to announce a special gift for everyone: Scribe for Meetings is available for free throughout December! In the spirit of the holidays, we are dedicated to making meetings more inclusive and accessible, especially for those with visual impairments. Scribe for Meetings is an innovative cloud-based solution designed to make online meetings and webinars accessible to blind and low-vision participants. By integrating seamlessly with popular meeting platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, it ensures that all participants can engage fully in the online experience. Our December Offer: Unprecedented Accessibility for Everyone! In an effort to spread holiday cheer and inclusivity, Scribe for Meetings is completely free for the entire month of December. This offer is open to businesses, organizations, and individuals, aiming to make every online meeting an inclusive and joyful experience.
https://scribeformeetings.com

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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Australia): +61 2 9686 2600
Phone (Canada): +1 888 723-7273
Phone (Europe): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (International): +44 1933 415 800
Phone (Ireland): +01 8307033
Phone (New Zealand): +027 700 1674
Phone (United Kingdom): +01933 415800
Phone (United States): +1 800 722-3393

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥

About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: We're Already Thinking Ahead For The Holidays!

Our Victor Stream Bundle, with leather case, bone conduction headphones, and 256 GB SD card; $625, including shipping; SensePlayer OCR Bundle; same accessories as above; $875, incl. shipping. All 3 accessories for less than the Exec Products case alone! Leather Stream or SensePlayer case, $35; Telescopic Locking 60 and 54 inch titanium canes; $70 and $65, plus shipping; Hands free no-bounce leather pouch, $35; or our original 3 pocket hands-free leather pouch for Be My Eyes or AIRA, $30. Talking Medical Bundle with Leather case; $140 incl. shipping. Zip-around RFID Italian leather wallets; $35.00. Call or email Barry at: (617) 969-7500 ☎ or barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉. Call or email Kae at: (781) 286-1696 ☎; or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!



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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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:
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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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


Sponsor: Braille Works


BrailleWorks. Making the world a more readable place (TM). Serving Customers Quality and Excellence Since 1994. Certified WBENC. Women's Business Enterprise.

Sponsor Since: November 17, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://brailleworks.com/ 🌐

Email: info@brailleworks.com

Phone: +1 (813) 654-4050

About: Dedicated to making the world a more readable place, Braille Works is one of the nation's leading providers of reading materials for people who are blind, visually impaired, or reading impaired. Making The World A More Readable Place™ has been our mission from day one. We are creative and innovative because our customers expect it.

Your projects are given careful consideration to make every page easy to read and handle. This gives your blind and visually impaired customers the respect and independence they rightly deserve. At Braille Works, attention to detail drives everything we do. From the layout of your braille document to the format of a large print document, the scripting of an audio document, or the full compliance and accessibility of your PDF, we seek to exceed the expectations of your customers.

Products and Services: 508 Compliance | Audio | Braille | Large Print

Industries We Serve: Government Agencies | Banking & Financial | Translation Agencies | Healthcare & Insurance | Restaurants | Utilities

Request A Quote: Contact Braille Works today to discuss your project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and the quality solutions we provide. Click here to get started or call us today at +1 (813) 654-4050 ☎.

Social: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | X (Formerly Twitter) | YouTube


Sponsor: Hable


Right: A blind woman sits on her couch using a Hable keyboard to wirelessly control an iPad sitting on the table in front of her. Left: Hable logo. Simplifying smartphone use for the visually impaired. Order Hable.

➜ Classified Advertisement: Amazing Christmas Gifts for People with Blindness | Hable

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Look no further! We've curated a list of 10 unique and creative gift ideas that will leave your loved ones speechless. Say goodbye to the stress of gift-giving and make this holiday season truly memorable.

But that's not all! We're also here to help you create a heartwarming surprise for your blind friends and family members. Learn how to craft a one-of-a-kind experience that they'll cherish forever.

And for those seeking a gift that combines innovation and thoughtfulness, consider the Hable One. This cutting-edge device is a game-changer for anyone with vision impairments, and this Christmas, it's available at a special price on Amazon for USA or in our Website for Other Countries!

Order it right now through the link below!

Wishing you a season filled with joy and love. Happy Holidays!

Amazon USA Order: https://amzn.openinapp.co/TibBits-10-Christmas-Gifts-30-11-23

International Order: https://www.iamhable.com/order/canada?utm_source=TechTidBits&utm_medium=Sponsorship&utm_campaign=International_order_Privacy+and+Security+21.11.23

Article: 10 Different Gift Ideas for Blind People: How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Christmas? | Hable

Sponsor Since: November 16, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.iamhable.com/ 🌐

About: At Hable we empower people with visual impairment in the digital world.

Inclusivity at the core and innovation at the fingertips.

Our keyboard for the blind has redefined cellphone and tablet experiences and accessibility for over 5,000 visually impaired people globally.

Hable is an external keyboard designed to make using a smartphone simpler and more convenient for those with visual impairments, allowing for easy operation and accessibility.

Order:

Ready to experience the convenience and accessibility of Hable for yourself? Order Hable today at:
Amazon in the USA: https://amzn.to/3MEvLN5 | Other Countries: https://bit.ly/3sq4kjz.

Website: Home | Experiences | Tips and Tricks | Support | Order Hable

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Sponsor: The Accessibility Guy


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Expert Document Accessibility Remediation: Compliant, Multilingual, & Inclusive

Unlock the power of inclusivity with our specialized document accessibility remediation services. With over 100,000 documents transformed and compliant with standards such as Section 508, WCAG 2.1 AA, HHS, AODA, and PDF/UA, we are your go-to accessibility experts. No document is too complex!

What To Expect:

Screen Reader Testing: We test all documents with industry-leading tools like JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, CommonLook Validator, and PAC3.

Turnaround Time: Our standard time is 5 business days. Expedited options are available.

Forms Handling: We specialize in making static PDFs accessible to screen readers.

Languages Supported: Offering remediation in over 50 languages.

File Types Supported: Word, PDF, PowerPoint.

Custom Reports: Available for an additional fee.

Learn More: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/document-remediation/

Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/ 🌐

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@TheAccessibilityGuy 📹

About: My name is Shawn Jordison and I love helping others learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.

I have made over 100 thousand documents accessible, provided hundreds of trainings in the areas of accessibility and document remediation, and reviewed many websites and mobile applications for accessibility.

I have developed and reviewed VPATs, LMS courses, and other pieces of training. I am the accessibility Swiss army knife. Let me be your personal accessibility expert.

➜ Over 13 years of experience in the field of accessibility.

➜ Passionate about providing equal access to information for everyone.

➜ Wide range of project experience, including document accessibility, training, and more.

➜ Expertise in captioning, assistive technology, and accessibility best practices. I'm here to help you create a more accessible world.

The Blog: This blog covers topics like making Word, PDF & PowerPoint files accessible, Closed Captioning, assistive technology, and other important accessibility topics.

Training and Consulting: Offering customized training and consulting for implementing accessibility best practices.

Accessible Document Service: Providing top-tier document remediation services for all types of files, ensuring compliance with WCAG, 508, and PDF UA standards.


Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐

About: Fun and easy, you'll just love going out. You walk with confidence, and Glide will simply guide you where you want to go.

Just Grab Your Glide And Walk With Confidence
Glide will guide you to your destination or just keep you to a safe path and leave it to you to steer the way, giving you full autonomy and independence.

Portable, Light And Versatile
Glide uses advanced technology to help you safely and smoothly weave your way among obstacles and people, and make your way to a near by door, steps or a park bench.

Easy To Use
Smart technology for effortless mobility.

Affordable
No fancy back flips, just what you need to get back out there.

Quick To Learn
Our friendly design means you'll be up and running in no time.

Feel Confident
Without hesitation, anxiety, or getting lost.

Get started with Glide today at: https://glidance.io/.


Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐

App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

https://apps.apple.com/be/app/oko-by-ayes/id1583614988

Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

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A.) Introducing The Obstacle Detector App: Travel Tools For The Blind, Obstacle Distance Detection App | Obstacle Detector: Professional | AppleVis

Editor (Woodbridge): The Obstacle Detection App for iPhone mainly uses LIDAR, requires an iPhone 12 Pro or above, and includes a 5 minute demo within the app and then an in-app purchase. Worth having a look at and play with.
AppleVis: Obstacle Detector is a powerful obstacle-detection application explicitly designed for visually impaired individuals. With its robust features and advanced technology, Obstacle Detector has become an indispensable travel companion for the visually impaired:
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B.) Microsoft Office 2024 Confirmed: Won't Require A Subscription | ghacks.net

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024:
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C.) Vispero's Next Big Thing Contest Winner Announced | DoubleTap

The winner of Freedom Scientific's Next Big Thing contest has been announced. Freedom Scientific, a leading manufacturer of assistive technology for people with vision impairments, launched the innovative contest back in September to crowdsource new features for their renowned software products JAWS and ZoomText. Finalists' ideas included creating a JAWS Gym to help people get to know the numerous keyboard shortcuts within JAWS, and a cool idea to give you paragraph previews of documents, websites and more without having to open the item up:
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D.) Pedesting App Revolutionizes Accessibility With Detailed Indoor Navigation And Inclusive Building Features | Assistive Technology Blog

Pedesting is a groundbreaking app developed by Nabeel Ramji, who, despite his rare form of cerebral palsy, has navigated significant challenges to create a solution for individuals with disabilities facing barriers in public spaces. Ramji's personal journey, from a childhood with limited speech and mobility to becoming a University of Calgary graduate and a successful professional in real estate, inspired the creation of Pedesting:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/11/pedesting-indoor-navigation-calgary.html

E) iOS Accessible App Spotlight: Be My AI / Be My Eyes (3 of 3) | Illegally Sighted | YouTube

In this third video covering Be My AI, I try looking at several charts, diagrams, tables, diagrams, and more. Again, I am very impressed with the results. Describing these types of pictures may be extremely helpful for students and professionals:
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A) Be My Eyes AI Offers GPT-4-Powered Support For Blind Microsoft Customers | The Verge

Microsoft is integrating a digital visual assistant tool Be My Eyes created — Be My AI — into its Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, allowing visually impaired Microsoft users to resolve technical issues or perform tasks like updating software without needing the assistance of a call center agent. After testing the tool earlier this year on Microsoft users, Be My Eyes said the tool resolved inquiries in four minutes on average, which is less than half the average call time with human agents. In addition, only 10 percent chose to talk to a human customer service representative after interacting with the AI tool:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/15/23962709/microsoft-blind-users-open-ai-chatgpt-4-be-my-eyes

B) Be My AI Integration Into Microsoft's Disability Answer Desk Will Help Visually Impaired Users Install A New Version Of Windows Without Any External Assistance | Windows Central

Microsoft is working closely with Be My Eyes to make its Disability Answer Desk customer service department more accessible to users with visual impairments. Through Be My AI, users with low vision will be able to install new Windows versions without seeking assistance from anyone. According to Be My Eyes' analysis, only 10% of the Microsoft users leveraging the service reached out to humans for extra support:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft/be-my-ai-integration-into-microsofts-disability-answer-desk-will-help-visually-impaired-users-install-a-new-version-of-windows-without-any-external-assistance

C) How To Create Your Own Chatbot With ChatGPT | November 21, 2023 | Christoph Schwaiger | Tom's Guide

More people are using AI chatbots as their personal assistant for work and leisure as the bots' abilities and knowledge increase. But nothing says personal like having your own custom chatbot that you've designed, trained, and named yourself. That's possible in a few easy steps thanks to the GPT builder created by OpenAI! Oh, and none of these steps require you to know how to code:
https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-create-your-own-chatbot-with-chatgpt

D) Want To Speak With ChatGPT? Chatbot's Voice Feature Now Available For Everyone, Including Free Users | November 21, 2023 | Rafly Pratama | MSPowerUser.com

Forget the recent leadership saga at OpenAI. Just today, the Microsoft-backed AI giant is finally rolling out its ChatGPT with voice feature for everyone, including those using the free, GPT-3.5 plan. You can now talk to ChatGPT just like you would talk to a person:
https://mspoweruser.com/speak-with-chatgpt-with-voice-availability/

E) Accelerating Math Accessibility With The Use Of AI | Microsoft Accessibility Blog

A year ago, NWEA, now part of HMH, shared their innovative approach to make math more accessible for students. The aim was to identify the biggest challenges and gaps in mathematics for students who use screen readers and refreshable braille devices, because classroom materials are not always adapted to formats such as braille or large print, and materials are not always suitable for a screen-reader navigation, voice input, or a combination of these designs. NWEA developed prototypes that enabled screen readers to interact with equations in a more intuitive way, based on a method called process driven math (PDM):
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/accelerating-math-accessibility-with-the-use-of-ai/

F) What Is Microsoft Copilot? How to Use Bing AI Chatbot | Tech.co

Also known as Bing Chat, the generative AI assistant from Microsoft can do a lot for your business, if you use it right:
https://tech.co/news/what-is-microsoft-copilot

G) Adobe Is Using AI To Break Apart Messy Audio | The Verge

Adobe's AI-powered Project Sound Lift can separate background noise from the sound of someone's voice:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/15/23962452/adobe-project-sound-lift-ai-audio-tool

H) YouTube's New GenAI Can Make Any Singer Sing A Song Composed By You | MS Power User

Google DeepMind and YouTube have announced Dream Track. This AI-powered music creation tool allows creators to generate unique soundtracks for their YouTube Shorts. Dream Track uses Google's Lyria music generation model to create high-quality music with instrumentals and vocals in the style of popular artists:
https://mspoweruser.com/youtubes-new-genai-can-make-any-singer-sing-a-song-composed-by-you/

I) Announcing AI-Content-Describer: NVDA Add-On That Provides Descriptions For Controls And Images, Powered By GPT4 | Chris Smart | Tech-VI List

This add-on makes it possible to obtain detailed descriptions for images and other visually inaccessible content. Leveraging the multimodal capabilities of the GPT-4 large language model, we aim to deliver best-in-class content descriptions. More information on the underlying model here. More information on the add-on here:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5621

J) The Case for Using AI to Log Your Every Living Moment | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): This article touches on a concept very near and dear to my heart. That being the ability to record and analyze "all" of my daily living information so that I can use it (via AI) to optimize everything that I do, from my shower times to my meeting times. I already use Otter.ai to transcribe my meetings and ideations, which I then feed into ChatGPT for summary and insights. Once you understand how AI works, you very quickly come to the realization that there is a very immediate way to make the system better. Simply feed it more data. I fully understand and respect that many people have privacy concerns around AI, but I'm not one of them. I want absolutely everything that AI can give me from my data. Even if the cost is my privacy. Dear AI. Please take my data.
Wired: Sam Liang, CEO of Otter, argues that life would be better if algorithms logged every spoken word so life events past can be lived and explored again:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-case-for-using-ai-to-log-your-every-living-moment/

K) Beta Testing Of The Next Gen Of Speech Central | SpeechCentral.net

After a full year of development, a completely reinvented Speech Central is getting close to the release. It features over 1000 improvements including the new integrated Apple Watch experience:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/11/17/beta-testing-of-the-next-gen-of-speech-central/

L) AppleVis App Review: FYE: From Your Eyes: Image Descriptions From Artificial Intelligence and Human Volunteers | Enes Deniz | AppleVis | With Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: As of this writing my opinion of this app is that it's off to a promising start but it's far from perfect and lacks the seamless experience of what we're accustomed to from Be My Eyes. It seems to originate from Turkey and when you are asked to enter a phone number the default country code is from Turkey. It will take a bit of scrolling to locate your particular country code and expected scrolling sounds are not heard while doing this. I feel quite confident that with further development other aspects of this app will improve.
AppleVis: From Your Eyes is an assistant technology that brings together human and artificial intelligence and offers both fast and qualified visual explanation service to visually impaired and visually impaired users. There are three hundred and thirty million visually impaired people worldwide. One million of them are in Turkey, and ten million are in the United States. FYE consists of three parts:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5620

M) From Punch Cards to ChatGPT | Ty Stephens | Medium: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): I share this story because it moved me, emotionally. As a lifelong learner with a passion for inspirational teachers I absolutely love to share information with others. Especially new and truly groundbreaking information that I know will really help them. While this article may not directly address the type of accessibility that Top Tech Tidbits is known for, I believe it gives us a glimpse of what making cross-generational information sharing accessible can really do. Get out there and share.
Ty Stephens: My maternal grandfather, Skip, was always a farmer in my eyes. Tragically, my mother passed away from leukemia just a month after my birth in 1988. Being the first grandchild in the family, Skip and I were very close. As a child, I spent my days riding on the arm rest of tractors and combines during annual wheat harvest — and when I became a teenager, I worked the farm as a summer job myself:
https://towardsdatascience.com/from-punch-cards-to-chatgpt-42c2a09ac01a

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A) Apple's Next Fight Could Be Against 'Shoulder Surfers' | Sarah Bregel | Fast Company | With Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: Several years ago I was assisting at a tech demo and someone approached me who recognized me as we apparently took the same public transit commuter rail. He actually admitted that while I was using my phone while on the train he noticed that my screen was dark. This is because I always enable screen curtain when I'm out in public. The point is that this individual actually admitted that he was even looking at my phone and felt totally comfortable sharing this with me. I was honestly a bit flabbergasted. There were several responses that I could have provided but I chose to politely tell him that I enabled a feature to darken my phone's screen so that people on the train wouldn't know what I was reading. That was the end of that conversation. My point is that this brief encounter gave me an education about how people have no qualms in engaging in what this article refers to as shoulder surfing. As blind people we're a bit more vulnerable since we really don't know how many people might be observing how we use a smart phone when we're out in public. Admittedly, how we do it is rather fascinating and I get that many people understandably would find it interesting but if they don't engage with us directly we won't know who might be observing us and what they might be able to see from our screens. I'm not suggesting that we enable screen curtain in a public work environment but when we're traveling in a public vehicle it's always best to enable screen curtain. Most devices have such a feature. Even most Windows screen readers have a screen curtain or screen shade option which might be helpful for those who share living space with friends or roommates.
Fast Company: We do just about everything on our phones and computers. From paying bills, to having private conversations, to googling a new and unpleasant rash, our devices hold information about our lives that is quite personal. But if you've ever worried about someone peeking at what you're doing on your phone or your laptop, you're certainly not alone. “Shoulder surfers” are a genuine problem that leads to hacking, stolen information, and even identity theft. Because our bright screens, which have high resolution, are so clear, it's not all that tough to gather information from phones like credit card data, passwords, and more, just from a quick glance. All someone has to do is stand behind you in line or peer over your shoulder, though some can go to more extreme lengths, like using binoculars to view faraway screens. Apple has improved screens in just about every imaginable way already. However, most of those fixes make our scenes easier to view — not harder. Now, the company might be working on a solution that will leave shoulder surfers struggling for a solid view:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90987346/apple-iphone-mac-screen-privacy-design-patent

B) The Apple Way: Four Lessons From Working On The Apple Vision Pro Team | Chappy Asel | Medium: Subscription Required

The Apple Vision Pro will define a new paradigm in computing. As an AR/VR engineer working on VisionOS for the past two years and experiencing firsthand the breathtaking magic that is the VisionOS spatial computing platform, I can say this with the utmost confidence:
https://chappyasel.medium.com/the-apple-way-013c1192be67

13) Fusion and ZoomText Power Tip: How To Use the New Single Wedge Cursor Enhancements in Fusion and ZoomText 2024 | Freedom Scientific

The Single Wedge Bottom and the Single Wedge Top cursors are two new cursor schemes available in ZoomText and Fusion 2024. The Single Wedge Bottom cursor scheme displays a single blue triangle below the current cursor position. The Single Wedge Top cursor scheme displays a single blue triangle above the current cursor position. To choose either Single Wedge cursor, do the following:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/206.html

14) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #3 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling “Sharkvember Shortcuts.” Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we will provide a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-3/

15) Removing Background Images and Watermarks in Microsoft Word | Section 508 for Word | The Accessibility Guy

Welcome to another post in our series on enhancing Word accessibility to ensure Section 508 compliance. Today, we learn how to remove background images and watermarks from MS Word documents, to ensure Word accessibility:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/removing-background-images-and-watermarks-in-microsoft-word-section-508-for-word/

16) How To Use Accessibility Features In Microsoft 365 Like Narrator, Read Aloud And Voice Search Easily | Onmsft.com

Using accessibility features like Narrator, Read Aloud, and Voice Search in Microsoft 365 can greatly enhance productivity and make the digital world more inclusive for everyone. These features are designed to assist people with disabilities, but they have benefits for a wide range of users. Today, we are going to show you how to use accessibility features in Microsoft 365 like Narrator, Read aloud, and Voice Search:
https://onmsft.com/how-to/how-to-use-accessibility-features-in-microsoft-365-like-narrator-read-aloud-and-voice-search-easily/

17) 43 Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts To Remember For Stylish And Speedy Web Surfing | Onmsft.com

Scrolling through the list of Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts can be daunting, but this guide has you covered. In the fast-paced world of web browsing, efficiency is key. Microsoft Edge offers a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that can significantly enhance your browsing experience. Let's explore these Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts categorized for your convenience and make navigating the digital realm a breeze:
https://onmsft.com/how-to/microsoft-edge-keyboard-shortcuts/

18) The Best Key Mapping Software for Windows | HowToGeek.com

Change the function of your keys with these excellent and free tools for Windows 10 and 11:
https://www.howtogeek.com/best-key-mapping-software-windows/

19) How Do I Discover Accounts To Follow On Mastodon And The Fediverse? | Fedi.Tips

There are lots of ways to discover interesting accounts on topics you are interested in, see below for a complete list:
https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-find-accounts-to-follow-on-mastodon-and-the-fediverse-how-do-i-find-my-friends/

20) How To Preserve Family Recipes and Traditions with WayTags ® | Wayaround

As the holiday season approaches, you may dust off your grandmother's China or reminisce about family stories. Whether your memories involve family-led activities such as games, stories, music, or meals around an older family member's table, preserving favorite family traditions is an important part of celebrating holidays. Holidays signify love, togetherness, and belonging. The older we get, the more we want to hold tight to those feelings from years past that keep us connected to who we are. Unfortunately, time can get the better of us, and sometimes memory can cloud certain aspects of our family traditions. Keeping these important parts of our family alive is the key to passing the traditions on to future generations:
https://www.wayaround.com/preserving-family-traditions/

21) Letter to Vispero Concerning Working with Pneuma Solutions Regarding Remote Incident Manager | November 22, 2023 | Brian Hartgen Blog

Today, I have sent the below letter to Vispero at Management level in the hope of eliciting a response and action from them. The purpose of the letter is in the hope of forging an effective relationship and action between the two companies so as to improve upon the already existing functionality of JAWS working alongside Remote Incident Manager for the provision of technical support and training. If you as a blind person are reading this, and especially if you are contemplating working in the access technology field, I urge you to please contact Vispero with a similar request so as to encourage them to liaise with Pneuma Solutions in this regard:
https://www.hartgen-home.org/rim

22) Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Everyone loves a gift at the holidays, but we thought here at Double Tap - why not create our own gift guide together? Let's put all our suggestions into one place so we can all enjoy either buying a friend or family member a cool 'blind-person recommended' gadget, or treat ourselves to a festive treat. Submit your thoughts here, and if Santa's elves approve, it'll display on this page for all to see. Choose the 'Add an item' link to get started, and add your favourite gadget to the Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide for 2023! Happy Holidays!
https://doubletaponair.com/2023-gift-guide/

23) Monarch Field Testing Reaches Halfway Point | November 21, 2023 | APH

Friday, November 3rd marked the halfway point for Monarch Field Testing. Composed of three, two-week units of course content, the goal for the six-week field testing is to gather user experience and data from teachers and students from many areas and regions of the United States. With a current value of $20,000 per Monarch plus shipping, it's a million-dollar endeavor not including man hours. This goes to show just how committed APH is to getting it done right:
https://www.aph.org/monarch-field-testing-reaches-halfway-point/

24) Copilot AI Coming to Windows 10 | PC Mag

It's official: A billion more users can now use Microsoft's spiffy new ChatGPT-based generative AI:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/copilot-ai-coming-to-windows-10

25) Coming 'Ultrasonic' Revolution Could Change Wireless Earbuds Forever | November 14, 2023 | Cult of Mac

xMEMS Labs is bringing what it calls breakthrough technology to the wireless earbuds market late next year after a CES 2024 debut — the Cypress ultrasonic speaker. It turns ultrasonic waves we normally can't even hear into full-frequency, hi-res audio with remarkable detail, the California-based semiconductor company said Tuesday:
https://www.cultofmac.com/836973/ultrasonic-revolution-may-change-wireless-earbuds-forever/

26) Magic Touch: How 'Revolutionary' Changes Are Making Braille Better Than Ever | Maddie Thomas | The Guardian

This article discusses the enduring relevance and recent advancements in braille, a script invented in 1824 by Louis Braille for the visually impaired. Despite initial beliefs that technology would render braille obsolete, it has experienced a resurgence due to innovations like refreshable braille displays, making it more portable and integrated into various aspects of life. Advocates emphasize braille's irreplaceable role in literacy and communication for the visually impaired. The script is now found in many everyday products and public spaces, enhancing accessibility. Organizations like Vision Australia and the Clear Vision Project in the UK are working to make environments and literature more inclusive for the blind, with efforts such as tactile art reproductions and braille-inclusive children's books. These advancements not only provide practical benefits but also foster a more inclusive experience in various settings for people with visual impairments:
https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2023/nov/20/magic-touch-how-revolutionary-changes-are-making-braille-better-than-ever

27) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 in Simple Language | Haley Penrod, CPACC, Accessibility Specialist

Do you find the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines difficult to interpret? Is it about as clear as the legal language on a Terms & Conditions document? Well, good news! I have rewritten the guidelines in simple, easy to understand language. I invite you to bookmark Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 in simple language:
https://lnkd.in/gjCt3jTp

28) Android vs. iOS: Which Phone OS Really Is the Best? | November 15, 2023 | PC Mag UK

You've probably already picked a side, but is it the right one? Here's how Apple and Google's mobile operating systems stack up on 14 key features:
https://www.pcmag.com/comparisons/android-vs-ios-which-mobile-os-is-best

29) TuneIn Launches New Integration with HumanWare to Enhance Accessibility for the Visually Impaired Community

TuneIn's extensive catalog of music, podcasts, live sports and more is now available to stream through HumanWare's assistive digital audio player, Victor Reader Stream 3:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tunein-launches-integration-humanware-enhance-140100378.html

30) Ocutrx Announces New AR Headset For Vision Impaired | Forbes: Subscription Required

Ocutrx, an Irvine, CA startup, is launching a see-through, standalone AR headset early next year, the OcuLenz, which provides vision correction to patients with Advanced Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 60. “Advanced forms of the disease lead to a devastating and irreversible loss of the highly detailed central vision for which we have no treatment available," said Dr. Thomas A. Finley, MD, a Vitreoretinal surgeon, and early champion of the OcuLenz, in an interview:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/charliefink/2023/11/15/ocutrx-announces-new-ar-headset-for-vision-impaired/?sh=2d74ee3a41ff

31) Humanware: Introducing Brailliant V2.1: More Text-To-Speech Voices And Expanded Libraries | The Braillists Foundation

We are happy to unveil yet another advancement for Brailliant BI X displays and Mantis Q40:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/humanware-introducing-brailliant-v2-1-more-text-to-speech-voices-and-expanded-libraries/

32) Radio G App | Accessible Android

Radio G lets you Listen to online radio stations from 210 countries / territories and in 283 languages as advertised in their Google Play description:
https://accessibleandroid.com/app/radio-g

33) RIP uBlock Origin? Google Proceeds With Plan to Shake Up Chrome Extensions | PC Mag UK

The company is slated to phase out older 'Manifest V2' Chrome extensions in June 2024, meaning an end to the existing version of uBlock Origin, a popular ad blocker for the browser:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/rip-ublock-origin-google-proceeds-with-plan-to-shake-up-chrome-extensions

34) Experience: I Invented The Lickable TV | The Guardian

My creation was well received — the BBC described it as 'NetLicks.' Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, invented the Taste the TV (TTTV), a device that brings flavors of the world into homes. During the pandemic, as Tokyo's bustling life paused, Miyashita longed for the rich food experiences once available in the city. Leveraging taste sensors used in Japan for product quality monitoring, he created a system that quantifies and recreates tastes. The TTTV, resembling a TV screen, allows users to select a dish from a menu; an apparatus then sprays a combination of liquid flavor samples onto a hygienic film over the screen for the user to lick. The BBC dubbed it "NetLicks", hinting at a future with downloadable taste content. Miyashita's subsequent inventions, TTTV2 and TTTV3, further expand on this concept, with TTTV3 using Large Language Models to generate unknown tastes. He envisions this technology becoming a household staple, broadening culinary experiences, especially for those with food allergies. Miyashita's work earned him the Ig Nobel prize for nutrition, and he anticipates further advancements in tele-taste media:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/nov/17/experience-i-invented-the-lickable-tv

35) Credit For Developing The First E-Reader (Of Sorts) Goes To... | November 16, 2023 | Sovan Mandal | Good eReader

Meet Angela Ruiz Robles, the trailblazer behind an early e-reader. Long before Kindles and iPads took over the digital reading scenario, a visionary teacher in a Spanish village was crafting the future of learning tech. Angela, a widowed educator, birthed the Enciclopedia Mecanica in 1948, a device resembling a pale green textbook with a mesmerizing interior. What's even more exciting is that it has a feature that allows reading in darkness, a capability that stacks up well against the front-light technology found in nearly all e-readers today:
https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/credit-for-developing-the-first-e-reader-of-sorts-goes-to

36) macOS Has A Bunch Of US Keyboard Shortcuts Apple Never Documented | The Verge

There are riches at the bottom of this TidBits story — a list of shortcuts that use the Fn key instead of command, option, or control. Some are easier than Apple's listed alternatives (like using Fn-F versus the hand-contorting Control-Command-F to enter fullscreen.) This delights me, a person who rages when using any interface that doesn't support tabbing between text input fields:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/19/23968008/macos-has-a-bunch-of-keyboard-shortcuts-apple-never-documented

37) Victrola Hi-Res Onyx Review: A Solid Record Player With Bluetooth | November 21, 2023 | Tyler Hayes

A modern tech-infused turntable, perfect for people interested in getting into vinyl records.
https://www.howtogeek.com/victrola-hi-res-onyx-review/

38) Introducing QFire: The Ultimate Quick Fire Mental Math Game

This game is inspired by Math Flash by the American Printing House for the Blind. The aim of this game is simple, to answer as many short maths questions as you can. Are you a young child developing their mental math skills? Do you want to keep up the mental math skills you already have? This game is for you:
https://www.seedy.gq/programs/QFire/

39) Petition: Make The Social Network Telegram Accessible For Blind People, Using Voice Over | Change.org

https://bit.ly/3R6qQY9

40) NV Access In-Process For November 17, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-17th-november-2023/

41) TPGi Newsletter for November 2023

https://bit.ly/3MWoE30


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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
https://www.aph.org/rd/get-involved/surveys/

Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

We are doing a study to find out how reliable select cell phone apps may be for certain street-crossing tasks. This survey is designed to learn more about ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired may be using select cell phone apps to get assistance with street crossings. This survey does not include questions about GPS apps. This study is being conducted at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes:
http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Use-of-Apps-with-Live-Agents-for-Executing-Street-Crossings

Closing: November 24, 2023 | Participants for Research Study | Technical Standard for Plain Language Committee for the Accessible Canada Act

Looking for participants who are 18+ years old, live in Canada, and have a print disability to participate in an interview via Zoom or email. This research is being conducted for a doctoral dissertation at University of Toronto. Contact Ellen Forget at ellen.michelle@mail.utoronto.ca ✉ if you are interested in participating. A print disability is any visual, physical, or cognitive disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a print book. Proof of disability is not required. Participants will be compensated for their time. Please share and/or participate.

Closing: December 4, 2023 | Blind and Low-Vision Participants Needed for Mock Election to Test Mobile Voting App

If you are looking forward to the day when you can vote using your smartphone, here is your opportunity to help make that desire a reality! Tusk Philanthropies and the Free Democracy Foundation are hosting a mock election on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7 to test a new mobile voting app for iOS and Android devices designed to make accessible absentee voting more secure. Want to participate? Sign up at the link below by 5pm ET on Monday, December 4. Once you sign up, you'll receive instructions via email from mock election sponsor, Tusk Philanthropies, on how to install the app on your device and participate:
https://forms.gle/8eHt2kKK3KBq6yTt5


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November 14, 2023 | Shubh from Seleste Smart Glasses | The Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast

Shubh gives us a demonstration of the glasses. Following is a lengthy Q&A session.You can reach him at shubh@seleste.cothe ✉ website is: https://www.seleste.co/product-page/seleste-smart-glasses. Podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/124-shubh-from-seleste-smart-glasses/id1314459181?i=1000634799276

November 17, 2023 | Face in View | Ask Sharky

Video calls have become a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature helps with this by alerting you to key visual details:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-face-in-view/id1521340640?i=1000635174136

November 18, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 154: Samsung One UI Part 10 Display Settings and Android 14 QPR Beta 2.1

In a typical "Google style," Google surprised us by pushing out Android 14 QPRBeta2.1. In normal circumstances, QPR2 does not commence until the month of January; but like everything else this year, things got turned upside down! Next, we continue our journey through the Samsung One UI wherein, we discuss the Display Settings. Spotlight: We interview Dipti Prasad from NobaFlix a leading OTT app mainly for Visually challenged individuals. App of the Week: For our "app of the week," we introduced you to an online radio app called "Radio G.” Tip Of The Week: Customizing Your Individual Telegram Notification Sound. For the "Tip of the week," we looked at how you can go about customizing the notification sound for an individual contact within your telegram contacts. Android Journey: Our friend, Joshua Schramm took us down the memory lane of his Android journey as he intimated us with how that journey began for him a couple of years ago. Release Notes for Android 14 QPR Beta 2.1 | Nobaflix | Listen at:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

November 22, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2347: iOS Access for All for iOS 17

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin, author of “iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPhone and iPad”, about this valuable reference guide. Shelly discusses what can be found in the book and highlights features of interest including Point To Speak, customizing Voiceover voices, Personal Voice, and more:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2347.htm

November 23, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, November 23, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
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November 27, 2023 | Novel Writing 101 By Award-Winning Novelist John DeDakis | The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled is excited to announce a live event on Nov 27, 2023 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This one-hour event honors National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is held every November. The award-winning novelist John DeDakis will present Novel Writing 101, the basics of writing a novel. Mr. DeDakis (pronounced: deh-DAY-kiss) is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense-thriller series. Book 6, Enemies Domestic, a political thriller, will be released in the summer of 2024. DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and regularly teaches novel writing online and at literary centers and writers' conferences around the country. He is also the host of the live video podcast “One-to-One” on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Meeting ID: 577 017 8916. Website: http://www.johndedakis.com. Join Zoom Meeting:
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/5770178916

November 28, 2023 | Access Academy Part 3: Strategies and Resources for the Instruction and Evaluation of Tactile Graphicacy Skills | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT
This webinar is part three of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Participate in this webinar to learn instructional strategies pertinent to effective graph reading and tactual perceptual skills. Explore methods for creation of tactile graphics and resources for evaluating tactile graphicacy capabilities of students with visual impairments.
https://www.aph.org/events/strategies-and-resources-for-the-instruction-and-evaluation-of-tactile-graphicacy-skills/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

November 28, 2023 | Ask Sharky: A Review of the Sharkvember Keyboard Commands | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Continue celebrating Sharkvember with us as we review the Sharkvember shortcuts we've provided each day during our month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for additional details on Sharkvember events. Where: Freedom Scientific. Register for this webinar, which will take place on the Zoom Conferencing platform:
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November 29, 2023 | Unlocking Access: Balancing Cyber Security and Digital Accessibility | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Do you struggle to enter and remember unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts? Have you ever received a suspicious link and not known how to verify its authenticity? Are you concerned about keeping your information private but easily accessible to you? If so, join The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for this month's interactive webinar on cyber security and digital accessibility. Gain actionable insights on accessible ways to keep your data and personal information safe. We'll also cover how to safely manage passwords and recognize and mitigate cyber threats. Leave this webinar with practical, real-world solutions, regardless of your experience with technology. Register now to secure your spot:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPUZJF0TSQay6-A5BE3BHg

November 29, 2023 | ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful | ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern cameras produce high-definition images with color-coded controls and adjustable magnification. The ONYX Pro combines portability with the Surface 7 tablet, providing the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools:
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December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

December4, 2023 through December 6, 2023 | 2023 National Coding Symposium for Students | APH

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
The 2023 National Coding Symposium is back for another year of coding fun, bringing even more opportunities to engage students and all levels of coders! This event has been moved from spring to December to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. The goal of the Coding Symposium is to build connections between students, teachers, and professionals in coding. The symposium will be completely virtual, enabling more students, teachers, and family members nationwide to attend than an in-person event would have allowed. Professionals from Apple, Deque Systems, Bridges, NSITE, HumanWare and more will also be in attendance, sharing ideas, activities, resources, and career opportunities:
https://www.aph.org/2023-national-coding-symposium-for-students/

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
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December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/register/

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send email to:
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Our Victor Stream Bundle, with leather case, bone conduction headphones, and 256 GB SD card; $625, including shipping; SensePlayer OCR Bundle; same accessories as above; $875, incl. shipping. All 3 accessories for less than the Exec Products case alone! Leather Stream or SensePlayer case, $35; Telescopic Locking 60 and 54 inch titanium canes; $70 and $65, plus shipping; Hands free no-bounce leather pouch, $35; or our original 3 pocket hands-free leather pouch for Be My Eyes or AIRA, $30. Talking Medical Bundle with Leather case; $140 incl. shipping. Zip-around RFID Italian leather wallets; $35.00. Call or email Barry at: (617) 969-7500 ☎ or barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉. Call or email Kae at: (781) 286-1696 ☎; or guidelightdogs@gmail.com ✉.

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Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com

About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.

What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!



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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:
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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 ☎.


Sponsor: Braille Works


BrailleWorks. Making the world a more readable place (TM). Serving Customers Quality and Excellence Since 1994. Certified WBENC. Women's Business Enterprise.

Sponsor Since: November 17, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://brailleworks.com/ 🌐

Email: info@brailleworks.com

Phone: +1 (813) 654-4050

About: Dedicated to making the world a more readable place, Braille Works is one of the nation's leading providers of reading materials for people who are blind, visually impaired, or reading impaired. Making The World A More Readable Place™ has been our mission from day one. We are creative and innovative because our customers expect it.

Your projects are given careful consideration to make every page easy to read and handle. This gives your blind and visually impaired customers the respect and independence they rightly deserve. At Braille Works, attention to detail drives everything we do. From the layout of your braille document to the format of a large print document, the scripting of an audio document, or the full compliance and accessibility of your PDF, we seek to exceed the expectations of your customers.

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Industries We Serve: Government Agencies | Banking & Financial | Translation Agencies | Healthcare & Insurance | Restaurants | Utilities

Request A Quote: Contact Braille Works today to discuss your project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and the quality solutions we provide. Click here to get started or call us today at +1 (813) 654-4050 ☎.

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Sponsor: Hable


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Did you know that there now finally is a way for people who are blind to navigate their smartphones privately in public places? Access your bank account discreetly with full control over your phone without the use of voice commands or dictation.

Keep sensitive data secure, and navigate your smartphone effortlessly. You can read more about it in our latest article here.

The portable Hable One allows you to access sensitive information, such as your bank accounts, or send messages to your loved ones on your smartphone in public places while your smartphone is safely in your pocket.

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About: At Hable we empower people with visual impairment in the digital world.

Inclusivity at the core and innovation at the fingertips.

Our keyboard for the blind has redefined cellphone and tablet experiences and accessibility for over 5,000 visually impaired people globally.

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Sponsor: The Accessibility Guy


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I have made over 100 thousand documents accessible, provided hundreds of trainings in the areas of accessibility and document remediation, and reviewed many websites and mobile applications for accessibility.

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Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐

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Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐

App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

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Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Limited Time Introductory Pricing On The New Victor Reader Stream 3!

With the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3, it's so easy to take your books, music, and more wherever you go. Imagine being able to listen to the latest novels, magazines, or your favorite music, podcasts, and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its sleek, compact design and easy-to-grip edges, the digital media player gives you hours of listening wherever you are and a superior text-to-speech experience in multiple languages.

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Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐

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Phone: (415) 878-2922

Email: info@sterlingadaptives.com

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

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About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.

We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.

We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.

We are known for providing you and your clients with the standards of service that you demand and that result in the right product at the right time and with the right backup service.

We look forward to hearing from you and being afforded the opportunity to show you just how Sterling our service is!



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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:

Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.

Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.

Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.



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Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

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In addition to serving as Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits Aaron also serves as Publisher for the Access Information News Publication and is also the President and Senior Project Management Professional for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As Publisher Aaron oversees the weekly distribution of Top Tech Tidbits as a not-for-profit project on behalf of Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, John also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Jenna also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and runs her own Digital Marketing Firm.

Jenna also serves as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has worked in accessibility in higher education since 2005, is certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, and in his spare time plays for the San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team. He can be reached on twitter at: @samarositz.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT).

Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.

A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.

When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!

Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.

Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn, but I'll warn you in advance that I haven't given my profile the recommended attention!

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, David also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. Over this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using assistive and main stream technology.

In the last seventeen years, he has also been involved with evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired covering both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

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In addition to his weekly contributions to Top Tech Tidbits and Access Information News, David's regularly occurring activities are his weekly tech radio show, bi-monthly exploring tech webinars for Vision Australia, his iSee podcast when something of note grabs his attention, and the weekly Tech Monday chat sessions.

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A.) Seeing AI Advances | Ophthalmic Edge

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a dominant force in technology, and it's encouraging to note that people with vision loss are benefiting. In August 2017, we first reported the new Seeing AI app from Microsoft, an intelligent camera that translates images into words for people with low vision or blindness. The app is part of an ongoing research project, founded and led by software engineer Saqib Shaikh, who also worked on the development of Bing search and the Cortana voice assistant. He well understands the needs of people with vision loss, having lost his own sight at the age of seven. It was a labor of love for Saqib, and it appeared to be an incredibly magnanimous gesture on the part of Microsoft. They created the app (so far exclusively) for Apple iOS. The app was, and remains, free on the App Store. As Seeing AI launched, they promised the "best was yet to come," and we'd have to say, that is true:
https://ophthalmicedge.org/patient/seeing-ai-gets-upgrade/

B.) How 'Acoustic Touch' Technology Offers Vision Through Sound | Unite.ai

In an era where technological marvels emerge at a breathtaking pace, a remarkable breakthrough has surfaced from the labs of Australian researchers—'acoustic touch.' This pioneering technology promises to redefine the landscape of assistive devices for the visually impaired. Developed by an industrious team from the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney, and the innovative minds at Sydney start-up ARIA Research, acoustic touch stands as a testament to human ingenuity and compassion. Acoustic touch does not just aim to assist those who navigate the world without sight; it seeks to transform their interaction with their surroundings, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary through auditory signals:
https://www.unite.ai/how-acoustic-touch-technology-offers-vision-through-sound/

C.) How Your Smartphone Can Help If You Have Hearing Loss | Kami Funk | Accessibility.com

Eighty-five percent of people now own a smartphone. Smartphones are ubiquitous tools nowadays. But did you know they can also be accessibility tools for people with hearing loss or hearing-related disabilities? It's true! Let's take a look at the features that make your smartphone an excellent accessibility tool for hearing-related disabilities:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-your-smartphone-can-help-if-you-have-hearing-loss

D.) Best Microphones For Zoom, According To The CNET Staff Who Use Them

As remote work increases globally, online meetings are also on the rise. Having the best microphone for those meetings helps everyone communicate effectively:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-microphone-for-zoom-according-to-the-cnet-staff-who-use-them/

E) Best Password Managers To Protect Your Data On iOS And macOS | Apple Insider

Using unique and strong passwords for every website is a must for internet security. Too few people know how to do this, and that's where password managers come in and can make online life easier. There's no doubt about it, actually doing the work to stay safe on the web is hard — and getting harder. In order to be truly secure online, each and every login you use needs its own strong, unique password:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios/best/best-password-managers-to-protect-your-data-on-ios-and-macos

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10) AI Updates

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A) New Models And Developer Products Announced At DevDay 2023 | OpenAI

GPT-4 Turbo with 128K context window, lower prices, the new Assistants API, custom GPTs, GPT-4 Turbo with Vision, the DALL·E 3 API and more:
https://openai.com/blog/new-models-and-developer-products-announced-at-devday

B) Humane Officially Launches The AI Pin, Its OpenAI-Powered Wearable | The Verge

It's a gadget designed for interacting with large language models, not apps, and for talking instead of typing. But it's not yet entirely clear what you're supposed to use it for:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/9/23953901/humane-ai-pin-launch-date-price-openai

C) Humane's AI Pin Promises An 'Ambient Computing' Future For $699 (Plus $24 A Month) | TechCrunch

After months of leaks and teases, the extremely hyped wearer device has finally officially been revealed — it arrives November 16, 2023:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/11/09/humanes-ai-pin/

D) Humane's AI Pin Is A $700 Smartphone Alternative You Wear All Day | Wired: Subscription Required

If you're willing to clip the Ai Pin to your chest, you can talk, gesture, and tap to take photos or summon a powerful virtual assistant:
https://www.wired.com/story/humane-ai-pin-700-dollar-smartphone-alternative-wearable/

E) Bridging The Gap In AI: A Call for Inclusive Innovation | Mike Calvo | Pneuma Solutions

As the CEO of Pneuma Solutions and a blind individual, my journey through the world of technology is one of hope, challenge, and advocacy. The unveiling of the Humane AI Pin initially filled me with excitement, but this quickly turned to dismay when I realized the lack of information on its accessibility features. This isn't just a Humane issue; it reflects a wider trend in the tech industry where the needs of the visually impaired are often overlooked:
https://pneumasolutions.com/bridging-the-gap-in-ai-a-call-for-inclusive-innovation/

F) I Touched The AI Pin, Humane's Ambitious Attempt At Replacing Your Phone | Ian Carlos Campbell | Inverse

Is Humane's AI-equipped and screen-free wearable really the next big thing?
https://www.inverse.com/tech/humane-ai-pin-hands-on-demo-voice-assistant

G) Embracing OpenAI's Revolutionary Text-to-Speech Technology in iOS Apps | Speech Central

OpenAI has unveiled a groundbreaking text-to-speech technology, poised to redefine voice streaming on digital platforms. It enters the market as a potent rival to established names like Amazon Polly and Google WaveNet, promising an echelon of quality that sets a new industry standard:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/11/08/embracing-openais-revolutionary-text-to-speech-technology-in-ios-apps/

H) Envisioning the Future: AI and the Quest for Enhanced Accessibility for the Blind Community | Charlotte Joanne

In a time when technological advancements are unfolding at an unprecedented pace, it's crucial for us to try and understand how these developments can foster an inclusive environment, particularly for those of us living in the world without sight:
https://lottie.micro.blog/2023/11/03/envisioning-the-future.html

I) Benetech Secures Grant From Patrick J. McGovern Foundation To Further Inclusive AI Initiatives For Education Equity | Benetech

Addressing the technology gap with AI-powered STEM Initiatives expands learning opportunities for students with learning differences:
https://benetech.org/news/press/benetech-secures-grant-from-patrick-j-mcgovern-foundation-to-further-inclusive-ai-initiatives-for-education-equity/

J) Forget Bixby, Samsung Announces 'Galaxy AI' For Galaxy S24 Series | Android Authority

Samsung has introduced Galaxy AI, the new comprehensive artificial intelligence coming to Galaxy phones early next year. Samsung will use both on-device and cloud-based AI processing for Galaxy AI. The company has also given a small example of how Galaxy AI will enable real-time call translations:
https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-ai-3383914/

K) This New Breed of AI Assistant Wants to Do Your Boring Office Chores | Wired: Subscription Required

Adept AI, a startup in San Francisco founded by veterans of OpenAI, Google, and DeepMind, is today launching an experimental AI agent that automates common chores in a more sophisticated and potentially powerful way than chatbots like ChatGPT. Instead of being limited to using online services that provide APIs to make them accessible to software, ACT-2 attempts to use a computer more like a human — by making sense of the pixels on a display and then taking action to control a browser and online services:
https://www.wired.com/story/this-new-breed-of-ai-assistant-wants-to-do-your-boring-office-chores/

L) Chrome Extension: ChatGPT Accessibility Enhancements | Github

ChatGPT Accessibility Enhancements is a Chrome extension designed to improve the ChatGPT user interface for screen reader users. Features: Each ChatGPT response is presented with a heading level 3 for easy location by its heading. Announces when GPT begins and finishes generating its response. Adds accessible labels to the buttons that appear under ChatGPT's response, including: Copy Response. Like Response. Dislike Response. Regenerate Response:
https://github.com/Luke-Robinett/ChatGPTAccessibilityEnhancementsChromeExtension#chatgpt-accessibility-enhancements

11) Apple Updates

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A) The Pros and Cons of Apple's HomeKit Secure Video | Wired: Subscription Required

Shopping for a security camera or video doorbell? Before you go all-in on Apple's framework, there are some things to consider:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-homekit-secure-video-pros-and-cons/

B) iOS Accessible App Spotlight: Be My AI / Be My Eyes (3 of 3) | YouTube | Illegally Sighted

In this third video covering Be My AI, I try looking at several charts, diagrams, tables, diagrams, and more. Again, I am very impressed with the results. Describing these types of pictures may be extremely helpful for students and professionals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDF2qwcAvVs&t=3s

C) How to Change Your Apple Watch Strap: A Step-by-Step Guide | CNET

Swapping straps on your Apple Watch is a great way to give it a new look or simply replace a worn-out one. Here's an easy-to-follow guide to doing just that:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/how-to-change-your-apple-watch-strap-a-step-by-step-guide/

D) Apple Has Invented A Remote Control Device For Autonomous Vehicles That Could Be Used In A Health Emergency Situation | Patently Apple

The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that relates to a vehicle navigation system which can navigate a vehicle through an environment based on driving commands received from a remote control system based on manual operator interaction with an interface of the remote control system. Remote driving control can be engaged based on determination, via processing vehicle sensor data, of a health emergency associated with one or more occupants of the vehicle, and the remote control system can generate remote driving commands which cause the vehicle to be navigated to a particular location without requiring the occupant associated with the health emergency to manually navigate the vehicle:
https://www.patentlyapple.com/2023/11/apple-has-invented-a-remote-control-device-for-autonomous-vehicles-that-could-be-used-in-a-health-emergency-situation.html

E) Apple Extends Free Period For iPhone 14 Satellite Features | 9to5Mac

Apple has announced it is extending the free usage period for Emergency SOS satellite features for iPhone 14 users. Previously, Apple gave iPhone 14 customers two free years after device activation, which would have began expiring this time next year:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/11/15/apple-extends-free-period-for-iphone-14-satellite-features/

12) JAWS Power Tip: How To Use The Split Braille Feature in JAWS 2024

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/205.html

13) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #2 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling “Sharkvember Shortcuts.” Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we will provide a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-2/

14) How Password Managers Work | 1Password

You've probably heard of a few password management options, like 1Password, Dashlane, and LastPass — but what do they all do? We've all dealt with the pains of password management, but there's a lot more to it. Whether it's repeatedly resetting passwords, searching for your wallet every time you want to make an online purchase, or struggling to securely share passwords, we need digital life management, too — and that's where a password manager comes in. So, let's take a deeper look at what password managers are, how they work, if they're safe, and everything else you may need to know:
https://blog.1password.com/how-password-managers-work/

15) Navigating Teams on iPhone and iPad with VoiceOver | Vision Ireland

Teams is extremely accessible on iOS for VoiceOver users. Just like on Windows, you'll likely receive an email to join a meeting. For the vast majority of users with the Team's app, double tapping here will bring you straight into the Teams meeting waiting room. If you're an advanced user and have multiple accounts in your Team's app, you'll be asked which account you'd like to use first. If you're joining a meeting from an organization with which you have a Team's work account, that's usually top of the list, but you can also flick passed the other accounts heading if you want to use a personal account:
https://vi.ie/navigating-teams-on-iphone-and-ipad-with-voiceover/

16) The Best Google Calendar Shortcuts | Android Police

Traditional calendars stop at helping you mark dates, but Google Calendar takes it a step further. You can schedule events, invite guests, and set reminders from small phones and tablets to larger devices. A first glance at the app can be confusing, especially if you're a busy person. Shortcuts aid you in navigating through the interface quickly and save time:
https://www.androidpolice.com/best-google-calendar-shortcuts/

17) 8 FaceTime Gestures That Trigger Cool Reactions On iOS 17 | Mashable

Did you know you can trigger cool effects like balloons, fireworks, hearts, and even a rainstorm on FaceTime? As long as you're running iOS 17 on a compatible iPhone you can set off fun reactions with a handful of gestures. Try out the following eight gestures to surprise your friends and family during video calls:
https://mashable.com/article/apple-facetime-gestures

18) Introducing The Obstacle Detector App: Travel Tools For The Blind, Obstacle Distance Detection App | Obstacle Detector: Professional | AppleVis

Editor (Woodbridge): The Obstacle Detection App for iPhone mainly uses LIDAR, requires an iPhone 12 Pro or above, and includes a 5 minute demo within the app and then an in-app purchase. Worth having a look at and play with.
AppleVis: Obstacle Detector is a powerful obstacle-detection application explicitly designed for visually impaired individuals. With its robust features and advanced technology, Obstacle Detector has become an indispensable travel companion for the visually impaired:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/introducing-obstacle-detector-app-travel-tools-blind-obstacle-distance-detection

19) Leasey Update Available: Build 8111 | Brian Hartgen | Tech-VI List

Most people are not backing up their JAWS settings when using JAWS 2023 and so it is not possible to migrate them to JAWS 2024. In addition, possibly due to the number of files involved in such a restoration, a few people have said it is unsuccessful. It is possible that the backup initially was incorrectly carried out in some way and that was certainly the case on one occasion. To compensate for this, there is now an additional option on the Backup and Restore Manager, to migrate basic settings from JAWS 2023 to 2024. It is the third option. This will take a copy of the default settings and voice profiles and migrate them to JAWS 2024, whether the user has backed up settings or not:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5512

20) How To Use Voicify, The Automatic Language Switching Tool By Tech-Freedom | Accessible Android

If you're someone who frequently deals with content in multiple languages, a tool or TTS engine that can detect the text language and use an appropriate voice to read it is crucial for you. Unfortunately, Android still lacks a built-in solution that enables voice switching based on the language of the on-screen text. Additionally, neither Jieshuo nor TalkBack screen readers offer a similar feature:
https://accessibleandroid.com/how-to-use-voicify-the-automatic-language-switching-tool-by-tech-freedom/

21) Pedesting App Revolutionizes Accessibility With Detailed Indoor Navigation And Inclusive Building Features | Assistive Technology Blog

Pedesting is a groundbreaking app developed by Nabeel Ramji, who, despite his rare form of cerebral palsy, has navigated significant challenges to create a solution for individuals with disabilities facing barriers in public spaces. Ramji's personal journey, from a childhood with limited speech and mobility to becoming a University of Calgary graduate and a successful professional in real estate, inspired the creation of Pedesting:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/11/pedesting-indoor-navigation-calgary.html

22) New PAC 2021 Checker

Some great news for the accessibility community. PAC 2021 (The Free PDF Accessibility Checker and Validator) is now back under its original creators, Axes software. It is no longer affiliated with The PDF/UA Foundation. Download the free checker from the PAC web page at:
https://support.axes4.com/hc/en-us/articles/7371921627794-PDF-Accessibility-Checker-PAC-2021

23) Accessible Design and the Internet of Things in 2023 | Cam Waller | Accessibility.com

Though the term may no longer dominate headlines in 2023, the Internet of Things (IoT) is arguably more relevant than ever. This interconnected network of devices, sensors, and applications has enabled seamless communication and data exchange, transforming how we interact with technology and the rest of the world. And prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity can fully unlock the potential of IoT technologies. But what is the vital role of accessible design within the IoT ecosystem?
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/accessible-design-and-the-internet-of-things-in-2023

24) Introducing Betterbird: An Alternative to the Thunderbird Email Client

David Goldfield: This program is a fork of Thunderbird. I have not used it and am therefore not officially recommending or endorsing it but am passing this along for informational purposes only.
Betterbird: Betterbird is a fine-tuned version of Mozilla Thunderbird, Thunderbird on steroids, if you will. Betterbird is better than Thunderbird in three ways: It contains new features exclusive to Betterbird, it contains bug fixes exclusive to Betterbird and it contains fixes that Thunderbird may ship at a later stage. Please refer to this feature table for examples. This should give you an impression of where the project is headed:
https://www.betterbird.eu/

25) As Microsoft Blocks Xbox Fighting Game And Disability Accessories, XIM Cheaters Will Escape The Ban | Jez Corden | Windows Central

What you need to know: Microsoft is banning third-party "unauthorized" USB accessories from Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. Many fair accessories are being blocked, from racing wheels to fighting game joysticks and adapters. Disability peripherals will need to connect via a pricy Xbox Adaptive Controller to still function, if they aren't licensed through Microsoft. Getting your accessories licensed through Microsoft can be a difficult and pricy process, and require proprietary security chips from Xbox. Despite Microsoft's assertions that the new policies are to "protect users," it is declining to ban XIM cheating adapters from Xbox consoles. XIM uses Xbox hardware to trick consoles into thinking they're connected to a regular gamepad. However, we've learned that Microsoft does have APIs to block this tech, they just haven't used it for some as-of-yet unknown reason:
https://www.windowscentral.com/gaming/xbox/as-microsoft-blocks-xbox-fighting-game-and-disability-accessories-xim-cheaters-will-escape-the-ban

26) Microsoft Office 2024 Confirmed: Won't Require A Subscription | ghacks.net

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024:
https://ghacks.net/2023/11/13/microsoft-office-2024-confirmed-wont-require-a-subscription/

27) Envision Glasses Version 2.3 Reveals Supercharged Scene Descriptions And Multilingual Voice Input for Ask Envision

We are delighted to announce the latest update release for the Envision glasses, which includes a revamped Describe Scene experience and multilingual support for Ask Envision. Discover all the details here:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/envision-glasses-new-version-2-3

28) Could A New Screenreader For Mac Be On The Way? | DoubleTap

A blind developer is working on a new project to develop a third-party screenreader for the Mac, similar to NVDA for Windows. Joao Santos, who is from Portugal, is currently creating the new software as he feels there has been "general neglect of MacOS accessibility from Apple" for some time:
https://doubletaponair.com/could-a-new-screenreader-for-mac-be-on-the-way/

29) Why Making Video Games Accessible For Disabled Players Is Empowering — And Good Business | CBC Radio Canada

Sony's Access Controller is the latest high-profile device built with disabled gamers in mind:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/video-game-accessibility-playstation-1.7017576

30) New Platform Launches To Help Web Designers Navigate Accessibility Guidelines | Abbey Bamford | Design Week UK

Designer Alais de Saint Louvent, supported by Edinburgh-based design consultancy Studio Lutalica and web design studio Lattimore + Friends, has developed a free website in a bid to demystify the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and help designers make websites more accessible. Understanding Accessibility was created to be a simple step-by-step guide for web designers that they can use to help them design for disabilities:
Article: https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/06-november-10-november-2023/understanding-accessibility-wcag-guidlines/
Website: https://www.understandingaccessibility.com/

31) 25 years of Help Tech and Me | Marco | Accessibility Engineer and Evangelist at Mozilla

There are many experiences in a person's life that in some way more or less strongly influence their course of life. However, there are some such events whose impact is so lasting that they can rightly be described as a key experience:
https://www.marcozehe.de/25-years-of-help-tech-and-me/

32) What is the Chameleon 20? | November 14, 2023 | Melissa Matthews | APH ConnectCenter |

Part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is Assistive Technology, which is ever-changing and evolving. Knowing and understanding what technology your child uses and how to help outside school will further their confidence. While knowing existing technology and what is available to your child may seem overwhelming, we can simplify this by sharing resources and information:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/technology/what-is-the-chameleon-20/

33) BBC Sounds Enables Multi-Room Playback On Alexa Devices And Other Improvements | Radio Today

Aniruddh Dimri, Head of Product, BBC Sounds provides an update on BBC Sounds as Alexa users can now enable multi-room audio for the skill:
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2023/11/bbc-sounds-enables-multi-room-playback-on-alexa-devices-and-other-improvements/

34) Orcam Technologies Unveils Orcam Read 3: First AI-Driven All-In-One Solution For People With Low Vision And Visual Impairments | November 14, 2023

This groundbreaking, all-in-one solution was unveiled today by OrCam Technologies, a global leader in personal, AI-driven assistive tech innovations. OrCam Read 3 will change the way individuals with vision loss and reading difficulties interact with visual materials. Just point the device at a book, computer screen, product packaging or any text, and the AI technology will loudly and clearly read the text aloud or through earphones. It even supports 17 different languages:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/orcam-technologies-unveils-orcam-read-3---first-ai-driven-all-in-one-solution-for-people-with-low-vision-and-visual-impairments-301987140.html

35) These Prosthetics Break The Mold With Third Thumbs, Spikes, And Superhero Skins | Joanna Thompson | MIT Technology Review: Subscription Required

Prosthetics designers are coming up with new ways to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/02/10/1067838/prosthetics-that-break-the-mold/

36) Opinion: Why Samsung/Google TalkBack Separation is Nothing but a Headache | Accessible Android

TalkBack, the screen reader by Google, used to be a built-in screen reader on Android phones and tablets. However, things have changed. A few years ago, Samsung, one of the most renowned manufacturers of Android devices, decided to launch its own version of TalkBack on its devices. While it's not a negative step for a company to release its own screen reader, Samsung's move caused significant confusion and trouble that persists and deepens with time:
https://accessibleandroid.com/opinion-why-samsung-google-talkback-separation-is-nothing-but-a-headache/

37) Vispero's Next Big Thing Contest Winner Announced | DoubleTap

The winner of Freedom Scientific's Next Big Thing contest has been announced. Freedom Scientific, a leading manufacturer of assistive technology for people with vision impairments, launched the innovative contest back in September to crowdsource new features for their renowned software products JAWS and ZoomText. Finalists' ideas included creating a JAWS Gym to help people get to know the numerous keyboard shortcuts within JAWS, and a cool idea to give you paragraph previews of documents, websites and more without having to open the item up:
https://doubletaponair.com/visperos-next-big-thing-contest-announces-winner-tonight/

38) Samsung Galaxy S23 Review | Accessible Android

You might find it too early that I'm making this claim after only two weeks of use, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 is hands down the best phone I've used to date. In this Samsung Galaxy S23 Review, I'm excited to share the reasons behind my conclusion and the aspects that impressed me. So, let's get started:
https://accessibleandroid.com/samsung-galaxy-s23-review/

39) An Untold History of Thunderbird | November 13, 2023 | Ryan Sipes | Thunderbird Blog

Hi, my name is Ryan Sipes and I run MZLA Technologies Corporation, the subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that develops Thunderbird. I have been working on Thunderbird for my day job since November of 2017. It doesn't seem like that long ago, but looking at the calendar I see that it has been six years this month. A lot has happened in that time and Thunderbird is in a much different place than it was when I started. I've seen multiple people online share accounts of “the Thunderbird story,” and each time I've thought “that's really great, but they missed some important parts.” It's not their fault, we've simply never shared the whole story. So today, I thought I'd sit down and write that:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/11/the-untold-history-of-thunderbird/

40) Featured Access Technology Product: Lord of the Rings Middle Earth Map Bundle (Braille & Tactile Maps Only, No Print) | $19.00 | Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired

18 pages, 11.5" x 11", comb-bind, VP Columbia. A tactile map series of Middle Earth. The maps have raised lines, textures, and braille. There are 7 maps of Middle Earth, each focusing on different features (regions, settlements, mountains, forests, rivers and bodies of water). There are also two detailed maps: the Shire and Mordor:
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Closing: November 17, 2023 | Blind And Low-Vision Adults Needed For Research Study On Audio Communication And Human-Robot Interaction

Hello! I am Audrey Balaska, a PhD student studying Mechanical Engineering and Human-Robot Interaction at Tufts University. As part of my dissertation, I am investigating differences in how people with visual impairments and people without visual impairment process audio communications from a robot. I am seeking participants who would be willing to take an hour to participate in my anonymous online study! Compensation is a $15 Amazon gift card. More information is included at the end of this message. If you have any questions, please contact me at Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu ✉. Otherwise, the study is completely asynchronous and screen reader accessible! Thank you! Summary. Who: Anyone with a computer! However, we are also specifically recruiting people who are blind and low vision! What: A study about audio communication in human-robot interaction. Where: Online study (computer/tablet recommended, not a smartphone). When: Any 1-hour time block that fits in your schedule. Compensation: $15 Amazon Gift Card for participating!" Email Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu ✉ with any questions/concerns. The study is contained completely within a screen-reader accessible Qualtrics survey. The link is:
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Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

We are doing a study to find out how reliable select cell phone apps may be for certain street-crossing tasks. This survey is designed to learn more about ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired may be using select cell phone apps to get assistance with street crossings. This survey does not include questions about GPS apps. This study is being conducted at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes:
http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Use-of-Apps-with-Live-Agents-for-Executing-Street-Crossings

Closing: November 24, 2023 | Participants for Research Study | Technical Standard for Plain Language Committee for the Accessible Canada Act

Looking for participants who are 18+ years old, live in Canada, and have a print disability to participate in an interview via Zoom or email. This research is being conducted for a doctoral dissertation at University of Toronto. Contact Ellen Forget at ellen.michelle@mail.utoronto.ca ✉ if you are interested in participating. A print disability is any visual, physical, or cognitive disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a print book. Proof of disability is not required. Participants will be compensated for their time. Please share and/or participate.


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November 9, 2023 | Vision Loss Bloopers: Shopping Mishaps | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Losing some vision can make for shopping challenges. Here are a few mishaps that Hadley members have run into. Have your own to share? Email us at podcast@HadleyHelps.org ✉:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/vision-loss-bloopers-shopping-mishaps?_q=4voigk13x5

November 15, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2346: Desmos Tools for Mathematics

Desmos Studios offers a variety of accessible software tools for working with mathematics including scientific and graphing calculators, a matrix calculator, and a new 3-D calculator. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Accessibility Specialist Stephen Clower from Desmos about how they came to make these tools accessible and about how they work:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2346.htm

November 16, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, November 16, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
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November 16, 2023 | Accessible Word Documents Webinar | ADA Great Lakes Center

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Description: In this informative presentation, we will delve into the world of accessible Word documents, exploring the key principles, techniques, and tools needed to make your documents inclusive and user-friendly. This presentation is designed for individuals and organizations that want to make a positive impact on their audience by ensuring that their Word documents are accessible to all. Join us and take the first step towards creating content that is inclusive, compliant, and enhances the user experience for everyone. Individuals will be able to submit questions for the speaker in advance during the registration process. This session will have human generated real-time captioning provided. Continuing Education Recognition Available. Certificate. Credit hours ACTCP: 1.5. Certificate of Attendance: 1.5. Speakers: Gaby de Jongh, IT Accessibility Specialist, UW-IT, Accessibility Technology Services, University of Washington:
https://accessibilityonline.org/ada-tech/session/?id=111084

November 16, 2023 | Unveiling the Latest BrailleNote Touch Updates: A KeySoft Showcase

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Join Peter Tucic and Andrew Flatres as they unveil the latest enhancements to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. With the recent launch of HumanWare's KeySoft, this informative webinar will highlight the features and advancements released. Notably, we'll delve into the introduction of the new onboard Dictionary, and will also explore the braille-centric KeyCode coding application. Join us for a comprehensive overview of what's hot and happening in the world of BrailleNote Touch Plus. As always, we look forward to hearing from you during a questions and answer portion of the webinar. Time permitting, we'll address any questions or insights you'd like to share. Register now and be part of the conversation:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_79Y5CXVSTECgCGGKs5uZhQ#/registration

November 16, 2023 | New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024 | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Do you want to learn more about the enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024? Want to see some of the features in action? Join us Thursday, November 16 at Noon Eastern time for a live webinar, "New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024." Objectives: We'll demo new features, plus discuss how to download and install the software. Features include: Face in View: This new feature in JAWS and Fusion helps you focus your camera before participating in a video call. Split Braille: This JAWS feature enables you to split a line of content on your braille display into two halves, one on each side of the display so you can view content from two different applications or locations such as buffered text and annotations. Inverted Mouse Pointer Scheme: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that inverts the pointer and background colors, making the pointer easier to locate. Single Wedge Cursor Enhancement: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that displays a single triangle below the cursor, making the cursor easier to locate. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUen38RYTa6GvAdoCu-pug#/registration

November 21, 2023 | Accessible Music Publishing Round Table | RNIB, DAISY Consortium

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT
Introduction: The international DAISY Consortium and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) invite music publishers, composers, and music-setters/engravers to take part in our upcoming online Round Table on Accessible Music Publishing. The event aims to explore and understand various sector requirements, through presentations and discussions between: Mainstream music publishers (including exam boards). Braille and other accessible format producers. Blind, partially sighted, and print-disabled musicians. Music setters/engravers. Music notation software producers. We will discuss steps that the global sector can take to ensure equitable access to published scores, in response to legislation and to take advantage of technological advances, with the aim of establishing a sector Working Group and trialling some solutions:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accessible-music-publishing-round-table-tickets-732765169347

November 28, 2023 | Access Academy Part 3: Strategies and Resources for the Instruction and Evaluation of Tactile Graphicacy Skills | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT
This webinar is part three of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Participate in this webinar to learn instructional strategies pertinent to effective graph reading and tactual perceptual skills. Explore methods for creation of tactile graphics and resources for evaluating tactile graphicacy capabilities of students with visual impairments.
https://www.aph.org/events/strategies-and-resources-for-the-instruction-and-evaluation-of-tactile-graphicacy-skills/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

November 29, 2023 | Unlocking Access: Balancing Cyber Security and Digital Accessibility | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Do you struggle to enter and remember unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts? Have you ever received a suspicious link and not known how to verify its authenticity? Are you concerned about keeping your information private but easily accessible to you? If so, join The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for this month's interactive webinar on cyber security and digital accessibility. Gain actionable insights on accessible ways to keep your data and personal information safe. We'll also cover how to safely manage passwords and recognize and mitigate cyber threats. Leave this webinar with practical, real-world solutions, regardless of your experience with technology. Register now to secure your spot:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPUZJF0TSQay6-A5BE3BHg

November 29, 2023 | ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful | ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern cameras produce high-definition images with color-coded controls and adjustable magnification. The ONYX Pro combines portability with the Surface 7 tablet, providing the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85400848456?pwd=eUdyUFRGeFlncXlWdnkyTFo5SkdwQT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885

December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/register/

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send email to:
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Join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) each week as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist them in their everyday lives.

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.

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

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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.



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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?

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Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.



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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.



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What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!



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Sponsor: Hable


Right: A blind woman sits on her couch using a Hable keyboard to wirelessly control an iPad sitting on the table in front of her. Left: Hable logo. Simplifying smartphone use for the visually impaired. Order Hable.

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Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐

App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

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App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

Email: hello@ayes.ai

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.



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About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.

We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.

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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:

Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.

Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.

Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Have You Tried The Best Way to Label Things if You're Blind or Have Low Vision?

WayAround is a smartphone-based labeling app that works with your preferred accessibility settings. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags ® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. If you want to label something that's inside, outside, wet, dry, hot, or cold, there's a WayTag that will attach securely. WayTags come as stickers, buttons, magnets, and clips. Each of the different styles of WayTags work exactly the same. Simply choose the WayTag that's best for what you want to label.

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About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.

Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.

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A.) The iPhone 15 Pro Brings Tangible Accessibility Benefits | SixColors

What makes an iPhone accessible? Mostly, it's the software: the operating system and apps that follow guidelines Apple has set for that purpose. If new hardware plays a role, it's often in the opposite direction. For some with hearing or vision disabilities, the loss of the Home button has made hanging onto an iPhone SE feel worth the struggle. But this year, there's another hardware story (and I'm mighty surprised to be writing this): What's inside Apple's Pro iPhones is giving an important boost to usability for people with disabilities:
https://sixcolors.com/post/2023/10/the-iphone-15-pro-brings-tangible-accessibility-benefits/

B.) What's New in JAWS 2024 Screen Reading Software | Freedom Scientific

This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 2024:
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

C.) Computer Scientists Program Robotic Seeing-Eye Dog To Guide The Visually Impaired | News Wise

Engineers from the Computer Science Department at Binghamton University, State University of New York have programmed a robot guide dog to assist the visually impaired. The robot responds to tugs on its leash:
https://www.newswise.com/articles/computer-scientists-program-robotic-seeing-eye-dog-to-guide-the-visually-impaired

D.) This USB-C Headphone Dongle Brings Back The Headphone Jack To The iPhone 15 — And Makes Your Music Sound Brilliant | iMore

The last iPhone to carry the headphone jack was the first generation iPhone SE, discontinued in 2018. For those that can do maths, that is now five years ago. Five years with no main-line iPhone with a headphone jack, and the only way to get one officially from Apple is with a $10 dongle that feels like it's only going to last around three minutes. From my experience, in fact, they can last even less time than that, with unreasonably thin cables. Now, with the advent of the USB-C port on the bottom of the iPhone 15 line, it's become easier to connect headphones with different dongles, and it's even opened the floodgates to a whole new idea for iPhones — USB-C Digital to Analog Converters (DACS):
https://www.imore.com/iphone/this-usb-c-headphone-dongle-brings-back-the-headphone-jack-to-the-iphone-15-and-makes-your-music-sound-brilliant

E.) AI Suitcase Tested Outdoors To Guide Visually Impaired People

An artificial intelligence-powered suitcase being developed to guide visually impaired people is slowly moving toward taking over the roles of white canes and guide dogs, researchers said. They are now at the difficult stage of making the robotic suitcase on wheels usable in both indoor and outdoor environments. During an experiment in September, the smart suitcase guided Chieko Asakawa, director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), to the nearest station from her workplace in Tokyo's Koto Ward:
https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/15025247

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A) All The News From OpenAI's First Developer Conference | The Verge

Highlights: OpenAI is launching a GPT store later this month. OpenAI's "Copyright Shield" will defend customers from legal action. OpenAI turbocharges GPT-4 and makes it cheaper. OpenAI is letting anyone create their own version of ChatGPT. ChatGPT continues to be one of the fastest-growing services ever:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/6/23948619/openai-chatgpt-devday-developer-conference-news

B) Say What? AI Can Diagnose Type 2 Diabetes In 10 Seconds From Your Voice | Diabetes.co.uk

Researchers involved in a recent study trained an artificial intelligence (AI) model to diagnose type 2 diabetes in patients after six to 10 seconds of listening to their voice. Canadian medical researchers trained the machine-learning AI to recognize 14 vocal differences in the voice of someone with type 2 diabetes compared to someone without diabetes. The auditory features that the AI focussed on included slight changes in pitch and intensity, which human ears cannot distinguish. This was then paired with basic health data gathered by the researchers, such as age, sex, height and weight. Researchers believe that the AI model will drastically lower the cost for people with diabetes to be diagnosed:
https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2023/oct/say-what-ai-can-diagnose-type-2-diabetes-in-10-seconds-from-your-voice.html

C) Seeing AI Advances | Ophthalmic Edge

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a dominant force in technology, and it's encouraging to note that people with vision loss are benefiting. In August 2017, we first reported the new Seeing AI app from Microsoft, an intelligent camera that translates images into words for people with low vision or blindness. The app is part of an ongoing research project, founded and led by software engineer Saqib Shaikh, who also worked on the development of Bing search and the Cortana voice assistant. He well understands the needs of people with vision loss, having lost his own sight at the age of seven. It was a labor of love for Saqib, and it appeared to be an incredibly magnanimous gesture on the part of Microsoft. They created the app (so far exclusively) for Apple iOS. The app was, and remains, free on the App Store. As Seeing Ai launched, they promised the "best was yet to come," and we'd have to say, that is true:
https://ophthalmicedge.org/patient/seeing-ai-gets-upgrade/

D) American Association of People With Disabilities: AAPD Statement on White House Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence

AAPD appreciates President Biden's Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence, which comes at a crucial time as artificial intelligence and related technology continues to evolve in ways that can be detrimental to people with disabilities. We admire the bold leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration in implementing necessary safeguards — for disabled people and all Americans — as the nation continues to grapple with the transformational power of artificial intelligence:
https://www.aapd.com/ai-eo-statement/

E) Legal Labyrinth: Balancing AI Innovation with Enforcement | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Recent days have been absolutely brimming with technological advancement, with significant buzz in the realm of artificial intelligence, focusing particularly on its governance. Notably, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order, alongside the emergence of the Bletchley Park Declaration — an articulate vision for the desired utilization of AI, endorsed by 27 nations:
https://mvsltd.com/news/legal-labyrinth-balancing-ai-innovation-with-enforcement/

F) Bridging the Accessibility Gap: The Ingenuity of AI and Human Collaboration | Charli

I wrote some rough-and-ready notes on how to create a new forum post on www.AppleVis.com for a friend. I assumed they were using JAWS on a Windows machine, so that's what I used to check my notes as I went. As usual, 'assume' made an ass of me. My friend only visits AppleVis on an iPhone which they access with VoiceOver. I didn't have time to rewrite my notes there and then, so I pasted them into ChatGPT and prompted it to "rewrite these instructions for a blind user using VoiceOver on an iPhone." Here are my original notes, written with JAWS on a Windows Laptop:
https://lottie.micro.blog/2023/11/03/bridging-the-accessibility.html

G) How 'Acoustic Touch' Technology Offers Vision Through Sound | Unite.ai

In an era where technological marvels emerge at a breathtaking pace, a remarkable breakthrough has surfaced from the labs of Australian researchers—'acoustic touch.' This pioneering technology promises to redefine the landscape of assistive devices for the visually impaired. Developed by an industrious team from the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney, and the innovative minds at Sydney start-up ARIA Research, acoustic touch stands as a testament to human ingenuity and compassion. Acoustic touch does not just aim to assist those who navigate the world without sight; it seeks to transform their interaction with their surroundings, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary through auditory signals:
https://www.unite.ai/how-acoustic-touch-technology-offers-vision-through-sound/

H) Elon Musk Unveils Grok, An AI Chatbot With A 'Rebellious Streak' | The Guardian

Elon Musk has unveiled Grok, an artificial intelligence chatbot with a “rebellious streak” inspired by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/nov/05/elon-musk-unveils-grok-an-ai-chatbot-with-a-rebellious-streak

9) Apple Updates

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A) Apple Watch Double Tap: What I Like and Don't Like About It So Far | Lisa Eadicicco | CNET

Apple's new finger gesture represents an advance for the Apple Watch. But it's not perfect:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/apple-watch-double-tap-what-i-like-and-dont-like-about-it-so-far/#ftag=CAD590a51e

B) Best Password Managers To Protect Your Data On iOS And macOS | Apple Insider

Using unique and strong passwords for every website is a must for internet security. Too few people know how to do this, and that's where password managers come in and can make online life easier. There's no doubt about it, actually doing the work to stay safe on the web is hard — and getting harder. In order to be truly secure online, each and every login you use needs its own strong, unique password:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios/best/best-password-managers-to-protect-your-data-on-ios-and-macos

10) ZoomText Power Tip: How To Use The Inverted Mouse Pointer Scheme | Freedom Scientific

The Inverted pointer scheme is a new pointer enhancement available in ZoomText and Fusion 2024. When using other pointer schemes, the pointer is always a solid color. You can increase the size of the pointer to cover more of the viewing area on your screen. Inverting the pointer and background colors helps you quickly locate the pointer position. Being able to see under the pointer is extremely helpful at any magnification level. For example, when moving the mouse pointer over a black background on the screen, the pointer will change to white and vice versa. To choose the Inverted pointer scheme, follow these steps:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/203.html

11) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling "Sharkvember Shortcuts." Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we will provide a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup/

12) How Do I Make Posts More Accessible To Blind People On Mastodon And The Fediverse? | Fedi.tips

There are a lot of people on Mastodon and the Fediverse who use screen readers to convert text into audio, including blind people, partially sighted people and those with many other disabilities. There are five easy things abled people can do to help screen readers work better with what they've posted:
https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-make-posts-more-accessible-to-blind-people-on-mastodon-and-the-fediverse/

13) How Your Smartphone Can Help If You Have Hearing Loss | Kami Funk | Accessibility.com

Eighty-five percent of people now own a smartphone. Smartphones are ubiquitous tools nowadays. But did you know they can also be accessibility tools for people with hearing loss or hearing-related disabilities? It's true! Let's take a look at the features that make your smartphone an excellent accessibility tool for hearing-related disabilities:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-your-smartphone-can-help-if-you-have-hearing-loss

14) Here's Everything You Can Do With Copilot, the Generative AI Assistant on Windows 11 | Wired: Subscription Required

Microsoft's operating system just got supercharged with Bing, Dall-E integrations and more:
https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-windows-11-copilot-generative-ai-assistant-tips/

15) What To Do If Voiceover Stops Describing Images | Matt Vollbrecht | Tech-VI List

If you use VoiceOver Recognition features, such as Image Recognition, Text Recognition, and Screen Recognition, there is a possibility that after installing certain iOS 17 updates, images may no longer be described. You can test this by opening the Photos app, and allowing the VoiceOver Cursor to rest on any photo. You can also test this by placing the VO Cursor on an article in the News app, or a movie or show in the Up Next section of the TV app. If you have Image Recognition enabled, you should hear descriptions of images in these and other scenarios. If not, the following instructions will correct the issue:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5502

16) This Cheap Hacking Device Can Crash Your iPhone With Pop-Ups | Dan Goodin | Ars Technica

Publisher (Di Blasi): The only cure for this hack currently is to turn off Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad. So if this ever happens to you, in between pop-ups, go into the settings app and turn off Bluetooth. This will thwart the attack. Please note that using the Control Center to disable Bluetooth will allow the unwanted Bluetooth notifications to continue unabated.
Ars Technica: The Flipper Zero device is used to send Bluetooth pairing requests to all iPhones within radio range. This slim, lightweight device has been available since 2020, but in recent months, it has become much more visible. It acts as a Swiss Army knife for all kinds of wireless communications. It can interact with radio signals, including RFID, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or standard radio. People can use it to covertly change the channels of a TV at a bar, clone some hotel key cards, read the RFID chip implanted in pets, open and close some garage doors, and disrupt the normal use of iPhones:
https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/11/flipper-zero-gadget-that-doses-iphones-takes-once-esoteric-attacks-mainstream/

17) Audacity Multi-Track Editor: Accessibility Enhancement | Github

Compatibility: Minimum required NVDA version: 2020.4. Last NVDA version tested: 2023.1. This add-on adds extra functionality when working with Audacity multi-track editor: A script to report audio position, a script to report start and end of selection, a script to announce the state of the "Pause", "Play" and "record" buttons, automatic audio position changes report, automatic selection changes report (can be disabled), timer control editting support, use of spacebar to press a button, script to report playback/recording peak level, script to report playback/record slider level, script to report playback speed, script to display add-on user manual, script to display audacity guide written by David Bailes. This addon's version has been tested with audacity 3.2, 3.1, 3.0. Previous versions of Audacity are not supported:
https://github.com/paulber19/audacityAccessEnhancementNVDAAddon#audacity-multi-track-editor-accessibility-enhancement

18) Announcing OctoStudio: A Block-Based Programming App | Perkins School for the Blind

OctoStudio is a new block-based coding app that enables students to make simple animations and games using characters and sounds that they choose. OctoStudio was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab and is available for free on iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets. OctoStudio is a fun creative tool designed for students ages 7 and up to learn to create interactive projects by tinkering with code blocks, while developing their creativity and problem-solving skills. OctoStudio is a mainstream app that has been designed for all students — including students who are low vision and students who use a screen reader:
https://www.perkins.org/resource/announcing-octostudio-a-block-based-programming-app/

19) OneUI 6 With Android 14 Review | Accessible Android

Before we dive into the update adventure, I have to say that I'm now a happy owner of a Samsung S23, and the day after I received my phone, I received the Android 14 update. This is a nice coincidence. My friend Semih has an S23 Ultra. We both decided to sit down and update our phones to Android 14 together. So here's the OneUI 6 with Android 14 Review:
https://accessibleandroid.com/oneui-6-with-android-14-review/

20) Gboard For Android Getting A 'Scan Text' OCR Tool | 9to5Google

Google is adding a new built-in tool to Gboard for Android that lets you "Scan Text" using optical character recognition (OCR):
https://9to5google.com/2023/11/02/gboard-scan-text/

21) Unveiling the Latest Features in Google Lookout's September 2023 Update | Daniel Dunne | National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)

Google Lookout, an Android app designed to help blind people and those with low vision is getting some new features. Launched in 2019, the app helps them accomplish everyday tasks like putting away groceries or sorting their mail. Google updated its popular Lookout App in September and has added some great new features. For iPhone users reading this — Google Lookout is quite similar to Seeing AI and some of the in-camera features that Apple has added to their Camera App:
https://www.ncbi.ie/unveiling-the-latest-features-in-google-lookouts-september-2023-update/

22) A Beginner's Guide to the Types of Screen Reader Gestures on Android | Accessible Android

Sighted people may not be aware that when a screen reader is active, many things change, including how items are activated and the functionality of swiping gestures. The screen reader has its own focus that enables navigation and interaction with on-screen elements. Additionally, the operating system introduces specific onscreen gestures for the screen reader to utilize. Now, let's explore the various types of on-screen screen reader gestures available on Android:
https://accessibleandroid.com/a-beginners-guide-to-the-types-of-screen-reader-gestures-on-android/

23) Samsung OneUI 6 With Android 14 Review From Accessibility Point Of View | Accessible Android

The S23 series is the first to receive Samsung's Android 14-based OneUI 6 update, which brings performance improvements and visual changes to the way the status bar and notifications look. The update is around 3GB, so be careful if you're using your mobile data. Of course, the download time may vary depending on your connection speed. Before starting the update process, I decided to disable Jiesho and enable TalkBack instead, as I thought it might not work after the restart:
https://accessibleandroid.com/oneui-6-with-android-14-review/

24) Turn Speech Into Text With Audio Hijack 4.3's New Transcribe Block | Paul Kafasis | Rogue Amoeba

Our flagship recording tool Audio Hijack can now act as your own personal stenographer! We've just released version 4.3, with a brand-new Transcribe block to turn spoken audio into a written text transcript. Read on for more details, or grab this free update immediately by selecting Check for Updates in the Audio Hijack menu or downloading right here:
https://weblog.rogueamoeba.com/2023/11/02/turn-speech-into-text-with-audio-hijack-4-3s-new-transcribe-block/

25) New Leasey Update Coming | November 2, 2023 | Brian Hartgen

A new Leasey update will be available next week. This update corrects some problems found since the release of Leasey 8.1 for JAWS 2024 and earlier:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5469

26) Best Microphones For Zoom, According To The Cnet Staff Who Use Them

As remote work increases globally, online meetings are also on the rise. Having the best microphone for those meetings helps everyone communicate effectively:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-microphone-for-zoom-according-to-the-cnet-staff-who-use-them/#ftag=CAD590a51e

27) Unreal Speech: A New Affordable Cloud Speech Engine for iPhone and Android

Just like its competitors, Unreal Speech delivers top-tier voice streaming via the internet. However, what sets it apart is its aggressive pricing. While the standard rate for many cloud speech engines hovers around $16 per million characters, Unreal Speech undercuts this by a significant margin, making it three times cheaper. Some premium providers like ElevenLabs even surpass this standard rate, but none have ventured to challenge it as decisively as Unreal Speech:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/10/13/unreal-speech-the-new-affordable-cloud-speech-engine-for-iphone-and-android/

28) Appdome CEO Tom Tovar Talks His Company's Mission, Android Accessibility Service Attacks, More In Interview | Steven Aquino | Forbes: Subscription Required

In a press release issued in late September, Bay Area-based mobile security company Appdome announced so-called "new mobile anti-malware protections" which detect various kinds of Android Accessibility Service malware. According to Appdome, malware of this type is oftentimes used to "carry out large scale, distributed attacks on mobile banking apps, crypto wallets, and other financial services apps:"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/11/01/appdome-ceo-tom-tovar-talks-his-companys-mission-android-accessibility-service-attacks-more-in-interview/

29) An Evolution in Microsoft Office Accessibility | WebAIM

While Microsoft's ongoing efforts to focus on accessibility are to be commended, for many years there have been signs that increasing accessibility was not a comprehensive effort across the product team. When compared with the inherent focus on accessibility of the Accessibility Checker, accessibility updates to other parts of Office since the checker's introduction suggested a "siloed" approach for the product as a whole:
https://webaim.org/blog/an-evolution-in-microsoft-office-accessibility/

30) Freedom Scientific November 2023 Training Events

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-november-2023-training-events/

31) NC Access In-Process For November 6, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-6th-november-2023/


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Closing: November 17, 2023 | Blind And Low-Vision Adults Needed For Research Study On Audio Communication And Human-Robot Interaction

Hello! I am Audrey Balaska, a PhD student studying Mechanical Engineering and Human-Robot Interaction at Tufts University. As part of my dissertation, I am investigating differences in how people with visual impairments and people without visual impairment process audio communications from a robot. I am seeking participants who would be willing to take an hour to participate in my anonymous online study! Compensation is a $15 Amazon gift card. More information is included at the end of this message. If you have any questions, please contact me at Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu ✉. Otherwise, the study is completely asynchronous and screen reader accessible! Thank you! Summary. Who: Anyone with a computer! However, we are also specifically recruiting people who are blind and low vision! What: A study about audio communication in human-robot interaction. Where: Online study (computer/tablet recommended, not a smartphone). When: Any 1-hour time block that fits in your schedule. Compensation: $15 Amazon Giftcard for participating!" Email Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu ✉ with any questions/concerns. The study is contained completely within a screen-reader accessible Qualtrics survey. The link is:
https://tinyurl.com/asaronlinestudy2023

Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

We are doing a study to find out how reliable select cell phone apps may be for certain street-crossing tasks. This survey is designed to learn more about ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired may be using select cell phone apps to get assistance with street crossings. This survey does not include questions about GPS apps. This study is being conducted at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes:
http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Use-of-Apps-with-Live-Agents-for-Executing-Street-Crossings


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November 2, 2023 | Sight and Sound Technology Podcast Episode 79: Meet the Cadence Tablet

The Cadence tablet from Tactile Engineering is a pocket-sized device (about the size of a large mobile phone) with 48 cells of 8-dot refreshable Braille, in four lines of 12 cells each. Connecting four tablets into a desktop quartet provides eight lines of 24 cells each. The tablet features Perkins keys, a directional pad for navigation and control, and seven multi-use keys for selecting lines, accessing labels and menus, highlighting objects, and more. Joe Said from Tactile Engineering recently visited our head office in Northampton and Stuart took the opportunity to sit down with him and learn more:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sight-and-sound-technology-podcast/id1437977653

November 3, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Using Gmail in Standard View with JAWS

Ron Miller from Freedom Scientific's very own training team demonstrates how to navigate Gmail in Standard View within JAWS. For more resources on using Gmail in Standard View with JAWS, you can reference our 2021 training on the same subject:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-using-gmail-in-standard-view-with-jaws/id1521340640?i=1000633625534

November 4, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 152: 2023 4th Quarter App Bonanza

This is the final app bonanza of the year in which we demo lots of apps:
https://youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

November 7, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show: Episode 141: Fahrvergnugen Humanity

It's an all new That Real Blind Tech Show where we discuss the Apple Scary Fast snooze fest, our current concerns with VoiceOver on the Mac, why we have not updated to Sonoma, we recap the Laugh For Sight comedy benefit that was just held for the 16th year in New York City, and have a few laughs along the way. It is another epic episode that you will not want to miss. Sorry for the singing, some of us can't help it:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-141-fahrvergnugen-humanity

November 8, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2345: Tutorials for Using Band-in-a-Box with JAWS

Band-in-a-Box is a program that can be used to create complete professional arrangements of songs in almost any style by just typing in chords. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Gudrun Brunot about the tutorials she and Roy Robinson developed to help users navigate the myriad of features and enable them to effectively use the program with special JAWS scripts:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2345.htm

November 9, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, November 9, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
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November 9, 2023 | From Classroom to Cash Flow: How Earning in School Can Shape a Brighter Future For Blind And Low Vision Students | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Discover the transformative power of earning money while in school for students with vision loss! This compelling presentation will unveil the benefits of cultivating strong money management habits and seeking accessible part-time work to foster independence. Learn how to save for the future while safeguarding government benefits and find out how families can play a pivotal role in this empowering journey:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bcrdsBoFS36Dc7hD8v_9Bg

November 14, 2023 | How Beginners Can Easily Test for JAWS Screen Reader Accessibility | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. JAWS Inspect enables rapid JAWS testing without the complexity of the end-user product. Using transcripts of JAWS speech you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple JAWS accessibility tests that can be run quickly even by novice accessibility testers and provide a good indicator of accessibility levels as well as an introduction to the challenges assistive technology users face. Testing with assistive technologies. JAWS compatibility testing. Introduction to accessibility testing. Understanding the user experience. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-14-at-11am-et-how-beginners-can-easily-test-for-jaws-screen-reader-accessibility/

November 14, 2023 through November 17, 2023 | The Design + Accessibility Summit By CreativePro

Join us at the 3rd annual Design + Accessibility Summit, the essential HOW-TO event for design professionals who need to master accessibility, coming to a device near you November 14-17, 2023. It's no secret that accessibility is a hot topic. In fact, ensuring your documents are accessible is not just a good idea: it's the law. Whether you're extending your company's DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) focus, expanding your market to include the estimated 25% of the population who have disabilities, or safeguarding your company against legal risks, it's important to make accessibility a business priority. Creative professionals must learn how to design documents that are accessible for people with vision and hearing impairments, mobility challenges, cognitive, and other disabilities. And those who ramp up their knowledge and expertise in accessibility will find themselves in high demand supporting their business' efforts; while those who don't will risk falling behind. At The Design + Accessibility Summit, you will learn practical techniques for building accessible documents with InDesign, Acrobat, PowerPoint, and other tools widely used by creative professionals:
https://creativepro.com/design-accessibility-summit/

November 14, 2023 | Access Academy Part 2: Teaching Touch and Exploratory Skills to Prepare for Tactile Graphics Learning | APH

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
This webinar is part two of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to discover how to teach touch and exploratory skills to developing tactile learners. Learn how the development of exploratory skills serves as a foundation for braille readiness and meaningful tactile graphics experiences for students with visual impairments:
https://www.aph.org/events/teaching-touch-and-exploratory-skills-to-prepare-for-tactile-graphics-learning/

November 14, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
Consider gifting experiences this holiday season. Discover unique gift ideas for digital enthusiasts and fashion that all can enjoy:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/webinars/experiential-gift-giving-digital-music-fashion-and-more/

November 15, 2023 | What's New in WCAG 2.2? | Digital Accessibility Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
After the approval of WCAG 2.2, you may be wondering about the impact on your accessibility testing and certification processes. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn what changed with WCAG 2.2 and how it impacts the accessibility of your digital content. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information. Overview of WCAG 2.2. Accessibility benefits for users with disabilities. How to test for the new criteria:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82292206539?pwd=Rzl5UFI1TEw3bW0vWGNWV3lPZnorZz09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

November 15, 2023 | Diving Into Braille Displays From Humanware In Collaboration With Eye.T

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Announcing a new addition to Eye.t Screen Reader Curriculum, "Diving into Braille Displays", sponsored by Humanware! Topics include choosing the right braille display for you, connecting your display to your computer and editing using your new display! Humanware will be hosting a webinar for our brand new course on November 15 at 2 PM EST, giving everyone who attends a FREE license to the course. Register to secure your spot:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2aknhgjUSMu_xRUX_3MMUA#/registration

November 15, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving, Part 2 | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Consider gifting experiences this holiday season. Enjoy a touch tour at a museum, make dinner then watch an audio described film with your family member or friend who is blind or low vision. Hear from presenters about unique gift ideas that all can participate in and enjoy:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/webinars/experiential-gift-giving-hobbies-sports-and-more/

November 16, 2023 | Accessible Word Documents Webinar | ADA Great Lakes Center

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Description: In this informative presentation, we will delve into the world of accessible Word documents, exploring the key principles, techniques, and tools needed to make your documents inclusive and user-friendly. This presentation is designed for individuals and organizations that want to make a positive impact on their audience by ensuring that their Word documents are accessible to all. Join us and take the first step towards creating content that is inclusive, compliant, and enhances the user experience for everyone. Individuals will be able to submit questions for the speaker in advance during the registration process. This session will have human generated real-time captioning provided. Continuing Education Recognition Available. Certificate. Credit hours ACTCP: 1.5. Certificate of Attendance: 1.5. Speakers: Gaby de Jongh, IT Accessibility Specialist, UW-IT, Accessibility Technology Services, University of Washington:
https://accessibilityonline.org/ada-tech/session/?id=111084

November 16, 2023 | Unveiling the Latest BrailleNote Touch Updates: A KeySoft Showcase

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Join Peter Tucic and Andrew Flatres as they unveil the latest enhancements to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. With the recent launch of HumanWare's KeySoft, this informative webinar will highlight the features and advancements released. Notably, we'll delve into the introduction of the new onboard Dictionary, and will also explore the braille-centric KeyCode coding application. Join us for a comprehensive overview of what's hot and happening in the world of BrailleNote Touch Plus. As always, we look forward to hearing from you during a questions and answer portion of the webinar. Time permitting, we'll address any questions or insights you'd like to share. Register now and be part of the conversation:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_79Y5CXVSTECgCGGKs5uZhQ#/registration

November 16, 2023 | New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024 | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Do you want to learn more about the enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024? Want to see some of the features in action? Join us Thursday, November 16 at Noon Eastern time for a live webinar, "New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024." Objectives: We'll demo new features, plus discuss how to download and install the software. Features include: Face in View: This new feature in JAWS and Fusion helps you focus your camera before participating in a video call. Split Braille: This JAWS feature enables you to split a line of content on your braille display into two halves, one on each side of the display so you can view content from two different applications or locations such as buffered text and annotations. Inverted Mouse Pointer Scheme: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that inverts the pointer and background colors, making the pointer easier to locate. Single Wedge Cursor Enhancement: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that displays a single triangle below the cursor, making the cursor easier to locate. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUen38RYTa6GvAdoCu-pug#/registration

November 21, 2023 | Accessible Music Publishing Round Table | RNIB, DAISY Consortium

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT
Introduction: The international DAISY Consortium and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) invite music publishers, composers, and music-setters/engravers to take part in our upcoming online Round Table on Accessible Music Publishing. The event aims to explore and understand various sector requirements, through presentations and discussions between: Mainstream music publishers (including exam boards). Braille and other accessible format producers. Blind, partially sighted, and print-disabled musicians. Music setters/engravers. Music notation software producers. We will discuss steps that the global sector can take to ensure equitable access to published scores, in response to legislation and to take advantage of technological advances, with the aim of establishing a sector Working Group and trialling some solutions:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accessible-music-publishing-round-table-tickets-732765169347

November 28, 2023 | Access Academy Part 3: Strategies and Resources for the Instruction and Evaluation of Tactile Graphicacy Skills | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT
This webinar is part three of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Participate in this webinar to learn instructional strategies pertinent to effective graph reading and tactual perceptual skills. Explore methods for creation of tactile graphics and resources for evaluating tactile graphicacy capabilities of students with visual impairments.
https://www.aph.org/events/strategies-and-resources-for-the-instruction-and-evaluation-of-tactile-graphicacy-skills/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

November 29, 2023 | ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful | ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern cameras produce high-definition images with color-coded controls and adjustable magnification. The ONYX Pro combines portability with the Surface 7 tablet, providing the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85400848456?pwd=eUdyUFRGeFlncXlWdnkyTFo5SkdwQT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885

December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/register/

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send email to:
ADA-OSU@osu.edu


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