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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 2, 2023 - Volume 896

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

A.) iOS 16.3 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.3 (13.8% of all clicks.)
On January 23rd 2023 Apple released iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 to the public after several weeks of testing, and while this is a more minor update, there are still some features that are worth knowing about:
https://www.macrumors.com/guide/ios-16-3-features/

B.) How To Sound Better During Your iPhone Calls With Mic Mode (12% of all clicks.)
The feature is called Voice Isolation, and it can be found under Mic Mode, which appears on the Control Center panel on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-sound-better-during-your-iphone-calls-with-mic-mode/

C.) 'Smart' Walking Stick Could Help Visually Impaired With Groceries, Finding A Seat (6.3% of all clicks.)
Engineers at CU Boulder are tapping into advances in artificial intelligence to develop a new kind of walking stick for people who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.colorado.edu/today/2023/01/19/smart-walking-stick-could-help-visually-impaired-groceries-finding-seat

D.) JAWS Power Tip: How To Copy Speech History to the Clipboard (5.2% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/141.html

E.) 101 iOS & iPadOS Apps Developed Specifically for Blind or Low Vision Users (4.7% of all clicks.)
While Top Tech Tidbits does indeed have its own BVI App Directory, it simply pales in comparison to the one offered by AppleVis. Currently our favorite compilation in this regard:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/apps-for-blind-or-low-vision-users

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4) Top Tech Tidbits Announces New Micro Advertising Service. Sponsored Tidbits Now Available. Everything You Need To Know.

Publisher: Sometimes you need to reach the entire access community on a particular day, or within a particular issue of Tidbits. Maybe you're launching a new product or service that day, or promoting an upcoming event or fundraiser. This has traditionally been very difficult to do, even for sponsors, who are the only ones that could do so in the past, by scheduling one of their Featured Advertisements for a particular issue date. Something they will continue to be able to do. But this did not help anyone else. That said, we have heard you loud and clear that everyone in the access community, not just sponsors, would like the opportunity to reach the Tidbits audience as needed. And we have heard you for a very long time. But we had to do our research to make sure that we could solve this problem intelligently, without affecting any of the benefits that readers or sponsors currently enjoy. So I will admit that it took us awhile. But I do believe that the solution we have come up with should appeal to everyone. So without further ado, here's how Sponsored Tidbits will work.:
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5) Blind in 2040: Specs on Deck

A day-in-the-life of you, a blind person in 2040, assisted by a pair of high-tech augmented reality glasses called Specs:
https://immerse.news/blind-in-2040-specs-on-deck-143b4acb15f8

6) You Really Need to Update Firefox and Android Right Now

January saw a slew of security patches for iOS, Chrome, Windows, and more:
https://www.wired.com/story/firefox-android-security-patch-critical-update-january-2023/

7) JAWS Power Tip: How To Automatically Announce Document Headers And Footers

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/145.html

8) 40 Cells To Empowerment: A Comparison Of Five Braille Displays To Fortify Your Success In 2023 | Scott Davert | Helen Keller Services

Scott Davert compares 5 braille displays and showcases their different internal features, costs, battery life and more:
https://www.helenkeller.org/40-cells-to-empowerment-a-comparison-of-five-braille-displays-to-fortify-your-success-in-2023/

9) Brain-Machine Interfaces Promise a Virtual Social Life for All | Wired

VR and BMIs will combine to give disabled people greater agency in gaming, digital messaging, and the metaverse:
https://www.wired.com/story/virtual-world-social-life/

10) An Open Letter From Jonathan Mosen: To Amazon's Audible.Com Division: Please Reinstate Support For HumanWare's Popular Victor Reader Stream Player For The Blind And Low Vision Community

On the Mosen at Large podcast, HumanWare detailed how a recent release of Audible Sync has broken support for the current generation of the Victor Reader Stream. If you are authorized already, you're fine, but authorization for new users is broken. This issue extends to lack of support for the third generation of the Stream, which HumanWare expects to release initially to the US market sometime in February. Since this episode was published only a few hours ago, I've received a large number of inquiries asking if I would help set up some sort of open letter or petition to Audible about this issue. While I am not a Stream user myself, I am happy to help, because I strongly support blind people being able to access information in the way that works for them. There is no doubt that the loss of Audible support for the Stream will deprive a good number of people of their preferred means of reading Audible books, and some will unsubscribe from Audible altogether. I have now set up an open letter to Audible which you can sign if you wish. I've taken care to use a site that is accessible and does not needlessly collect information from you. I have had representatives from Audible on Mosen at Large in the Past. I will use those contacts to ensure the letter gets to the right place, and will also invite Audible on the podcast for comment. If you support this initiative, please spread the word via email lists and social media. Here is the link to the open letter:
https://bit.ly/AudibleStreamSupport

11) Kindle for PC Update Required to Download Newer eBooks

Basically, Amazon is now requiring Kindle for PC and Mac users to install an update in order to download and read any new Kindle ebooks published as of January 3rd, 2023:
https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2023/01/25/kindle-for-pc-update-required-to-download-newer-ebooks/

12) The Best Ebook Readers | Wired

These WIRED-tested slim slates let you take the world's library anywhere:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-ereaders/

13) How to Use Stage Manager With Your iPad and Mac

Get your multitasking on with Apple's handy-dandy app juggling tool:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-stage-manager-with-ipad-and-mac/

14) ChatGPT Is Coming for Classrooms. Don't Panic

Publisher: Educators? What say you? Reboot? Or Apocalypse? Wired: The AI chatbot has stoked fears of an educational apocalypse. Some teachers see it as the reboot education sorely needs:
https://www.wired.com/story/chatgpt-is-coming-for-classrooms-dont-panic/

15) ChatGPT Is Making Universities Rethink Plagiarism

Students and professors can't decide whether the AI chatbot is a research tool — or a cheating engine:
https://www.wired.com/story/chatgpt-college-university-plagiarism/

16) Google Is Freaking Out About ChatGPT

Publisher: You may recall back in the December 29th 2022 issue of Top Tech Tidbits when we mentioned that OpenAI and ChatGPT were not the only AI kids on the block, and shared a "conversation" between researchers at Google and the LaMDA language model. Well Google is now none too happy about all the buzz (and insane investment dollars) being poured into ChatGPT. You see there was great concern amongst all AI researchers that early models would receive terrible press as agents that would ultimately destroy the world and therefore end up being tanked before they had the opportunity to show the world what they could really do. And so, believing this to be true, companies like Google, Apple, Meta, et al, took their AI research and development in house. And Open AI is all that remained for us to see. But it looks like they had it backwards. Rather than freak out, people, in general at least, seem to have embraced ChatGPT. So now there is great incentive for these companies to finally show everyone what they've been working on. Which leads me to believe that we can now expect to see an absolute explosion of these kinds of services in 2023. The Verge: The New York Times reports Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have discussed its response to ChatGPT, with plans to launch over 20 AI products this year, including a demo of its own search chatbot:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/20/23563851/google-search-ai-chatbot-demo-chatgpt

17) ChatGPT: 4 Jobs That Will Change (Or Be Fully Replaced) by This AI-Powered Chatbot

ChatbotGPT is an artificial intelligence designed to have conversations with people. This AI is capable of generating responses that sound natural and human-like, so it can be used as a chatbot, virtual assistant, or other conversational system. But can it become a threat to your job? It depends on how much of your time you dedicate to activities that ChatGPT is good at. Right now this AI does a great job at writing essays, emails, blog posts, and more (and it's still in the free research preview):
https://medium.com/geekculture/chatgpt-4-jobs-that-will-change-or-be-fully-replaced-by-this-ai-powered-chatbot-97e8118b2475

18) ChatGPT Just Got An Update That Makes Its Responses More Accurate | Windows Central

A recent update to OpenAI's chatbot improves the accuracy of the tool:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/chatgpt-is-now-better-at-solving-math-problems

19) Seeing AI Version 5.0 for iOS Now Includes Indoor Navigation Allowing The User to Create a Route and Later Follow The Route Using Spatial Audio Cues

What's New: Indoor Navigation, available on iOS 14 and later, enables you to create routes through a building, and later follow that route, guided by spatial audio cues. For example, create a route from the reception desk to your office, or building entrance to a particular classroom. You can share the route with others, so they can navigate the route later on, using their own device. On the World Channel, when using headphones which support Spatial Audio, you no longer need to look in the direction of the camera. Seeing AI will adjust to the direction you're looking, so sounds still come from the correct point in the room. Supported headphones include AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro. Improved announcements of people on the World Channel, when using a device with LiDAR. Plus, various bug fixes under the hood:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/seeing-ai/id999062298

20) Reader Review: Plugable 2-Outlet Travel Power Station With USB Smart Charging (PS2-USB3)

Courtesy of Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Author and Advocate Donna Jodhan:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/143.html

21) Google Just Developed An AI Bot That Can Create Music

We've recently seen artificial intelligence (AI) being used to generate images and help people write content. And now, there's a new AI system from Google that can generate music by following a text description. The search and advertising giant named this system 'MusicLM.' In an academic paper published last January 26, Google researchers describes MusicLM as "a model generating high-fidelity music from text descriptions such as 'a calming violin melody backed by a distorted guitar riff'." "We demonstrate that MusicLM can be conditioned on both text and a melody in that it can transform whistled and hummed melodies according to the style described in a text caption," the paper reads. According to the research paper, MusicLM can take cues from user-generated descriptions like "enchanting jazz song with a memorable saxophone solo and a solo singer" or "Berlin 90s techno with a low bass and strong kick," and receive corresponding results. You can listen to some of the tracks generated by MusicLM here:
https://www.neowin.net/news/google-just-developed-an-ai-bot-that-can-create-music/

22) New PDF Reader Now Available In GuideConnect 1.24 Update

This update includes an all-new PDF reader, voice input across all GuideConnect languages, RSS news and more:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=528

23) Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2023

There are three new phones — the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra — as well as five new laptops:
https://www.wired.com/story/samsung-galaxy-s23-phones-galaxy-book3-laptops/

24) News Regarding the Release of Mona, a New Mastodon App For iOS | David Goldfield

Mona is an app from the developers of Spring, a Twitter app for iOS which became my default Twitter client of choice. In addition to being fully accessible Spring was extremely customizable and provided excellent VoiceOver support. Spring can no longer be used due to Twitter banning third party apps from accessing its API. In plain English this means that third party Twitter apps will no longer be able to access Twitter's functionality which allowed these apps to access your timeline, notifications, etc. Fortunately, the developers of Spring have created a Mastodon app containing the accessibility and customization from Spring. I've been using the beta of Mona for a while and it has now become my Mastodon app of choice. The beta can be acquired if you've already purchased the Spring app:
https://mastodon.social/@MonaApp/109747962513961249

25) JAWS Tips for Teachers | Vispero

JAWS is a foundational tool for ensuring students who are blind or low vision succeed in the classroom. Whether you're new to the screen reader program or you're a seasoned user who wants to brush up on the features you haven't used in a while, these six brief tips that will help you support your students in using JAWS more effectively:
https://www.aph.org/jaws-tips-for-teachers/

26) Seeking Feedback: The Braillists Forum: Paige Connect: An Upgrade for Braille Writers Which Records Key Presses to Produce Digital Copies of the Braille That is Embossed on Paper

My name is Greg, and I am part of a team of Imperial engineers working to build affordable braille solutions. We have created Paige Connect — an upgrade for braille writers which records key presses to produce digital copies of the braille that is embossed on paper. Paige Connect replaces the base board of your braille writer. Our accompanying web app can be accessed wirelessly on a phone, tablet, or laptop and can translate UEB into print and store files. We wanted to reach out to the Braillists forum in case this idea might be of interest and to answer any questions. We would love to hear possible uses for Paige Connect or features you would like us to work on. If anyone is available for a 15 minute chat we would be happy to arrange a call. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us through email at:
hello@paigebraille.com

27) How To Enable Google Package Tracking in GMail, Allowing Google To Share Tracking Numbers For Your Packages With Shipping Carriers | Blind Android Users (BAU)

The promised "Package Tracking" from Google on GMail is here. Last year Google talked about bringing "Package Tracking" to GMail and it is finally here. Google is always slow to bringing these things, but at least, it's here. If you want to enable it, take the following steps:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/144.html

28) Slowing Down Speech On The Blindshell Classic 2 — A Step By Step Tutorial | Michael Babcock | YouTube

In this video, I walk you through the process of slowing down speech on the Blindshell Classic 2. I've had a couple of people tell me that my speech is a little too fast for them and I completely get that. So, I want to show you how to adjust the speech rate to a more comfortable level for you:
https://youtu.be/j_zC_IPO08M

29) Sam Taylor Talks About The All-New Sense Player by HIMS with Peter Greco on Vision Australia Radio | January 25th 2023

Sam Taylor, Pacific Vision's Blindness Specialist Consultant talks about the just released Sense Player from HIMS, a Candy Bar Style MP3 and book player, which can also stream internet radio — it has a tactile numeric keypad which can be connected via Bluetooth to smart phones:
https://omny.fm/shows/vision-extra/vision-extra-25-jan-2022-sam-taylor

30) Lite JAWS Package Installer Update | TheQuinbox | Github

Just updated my Lite JAWS package to use the latest JAWS installer. If you're not sure what this is, its a setup tweak that lets you install JAWS without having to reboot, and it doesn't install a lot of the bloatware that comes with it. As a result, you also only have one entry in add or remove programs, too:
https://github.com/TheQuinbox/lite-jaws

31) AirPods Are Earplugs Now

Noise-canceling wireless earbuds aren't just great for listening to music or podcasts — they are also great for turning down the volume of the world around you:
https://www.theverge.com/23572699/airpods-wireless-earbuds-noise-cancellation-earplugs

32) Getting Started with Windows 11 | National Braille Press | $22-$24 USD

Kim Nova and Chris Nova of Mystic Access demystify the Windows 11 operating system, and show how to use your PC in the ways that best suit your preferences. Coverage includes: the Start menu, desktop, taskbar, Task view, notifications, the Power User menu, ribbons and menus, shortcuts, dialog boxes, file and folder management, configuring settings, using preinstalled apps, the new Edge web browser, and more. Whether you want to research a topic for work or seek enjoyable entertainment online or off, Windows 11 can be the key to make it happen:
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/WINDOWS11.html

33) OneButtonPIN Improves Security For Blind And Low-Vision Users

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a new authentication method that could help blind and low-vision (BLV) users more securely access their devices. The new method, OneButtonPIN, allows users to input PIN codes using a single large button and a series of haptic vibrations:
https://coolblindtech.com/onebuttonpin-improves-security-for-blind-and-low-vision-users/

34) Researchers Develop Secure Vibration-Based Authentication For Visually Impaired Users To Unlock Their Mobile Device

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada and the Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA have developed a system that enables blind and visually impaired people to securely access their mobile device by responding to a series of haptic vibrations:
https://www.nfcw.com/2023/01/31/381720/secure-vibration-based-authentication-for-visually-impaired-users/

35) Leasey Version 8 Released | Hartgen Consultancy

We're very pleased to release Leasey version 8. This is a major new release of the product which we hope you will enjoy. It contains new features and we expect to have many updates to come this year in the version 8 series which you will be entitled to receive as a Leasey 8 user:
https://hartgen.org/leasey8

36) Creating a Blog Post with Text Expander & LaunchBar — A Productivity Hack | Michael Babcock | YouTube

In this video, I walk you through the process of quickly posting a blog post using Text Expander and LaunchBar. This is a productivity hack that has made a huge difference in my life. I'll be using Safari, WordPress, and The Hull Foundation and Learning Center, and showing you how little things like this can make a huge difference while being productive on a Mac:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT1if7ECJqY&t=14s

37) Do You Teach Braille? Braillists.org is Compiling A New Directory of Learning Groups and Private Tutors

Do You Teach Braille? If so, please get in touch! We are compiling a list of braille learning groups and private braille tutors for our website. If you run or have details of a local braille group, or you teach braille to individuals and would like your details included in our directory, please email help@braillists.org ✉ with more information:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/do-you-teach-braille/

38) Envision Upgrades Smart Glasses Range With More Accessibility Options For People With Vision Impairments

On January 26th 2023, assistive technology specialist Envision announced that it is further enhancing the accessibility of its smart glasses for blind and visually impaired individuals by introducing two new editions to serve the different needs of its users:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/envision-glasses-editions-launch

39) Walking Stick Maps Surroundings And Identifies Grocery Store Items

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have used artificial intelligence technology to enhance the capabilities of white canes:
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/science-and-vision/technology/2023/01/24/walking-stick-maps-surroundings-and-identifies-grocery-store-items

40) The All Terrain Cane From AwareWolf

Originally designed for the back country trails of Sedona, Arizona, the All-Terrain Cane (ATC) excels everywhere life takes you. Whether you're taking a stroll down the block, at the beach, on snowy sidewalks, your grandchild's playground, or on the trails, the ATC gives you the power to explore where other mobility canes wouldn't dream to go. High-strength design and innovation with lightweight super-strong titanium alloy, the ATC supports you as you walk or hike, giving you the support and stability of a reinforced mobility cane: terrain, obstacles, navigation and more. The 16” grip handle is designed and built for both golf and ski pole grips, with room to choke up/down when climbing. The high performance roller ball tip connects you to all terrains and surfaces. The ATC features traditional white and red reflective materials as users are accustomed to:
https://awarewolfgear.com/atc/

41) Building A Better, More Useful 1Password

Better VoiceOver support. VoiceOver is an amazing accessibility feature by Apple that helps visually impaired people. We've improved 1Password 8 so that VoiceOver no longer gets stuck in some text fields. The screen reader will also read out all characters as you go past them — even if you start editing the associated text. Finally, if you're typing in a text field and make a mistake, you can go back and find the right spot using the arrow keys. All the text will be selected and read out, however you can also choose a specific part by holding shift and an arrow key:
https://blog.1password.com/better-more-useful-1password/

42) Estee Lauder's Voice-Enabled Makeup Assistant (VMA) App Provides Makeup Feedback To People With Visual Impairment

Applying makeup can be challenging for folks with visual impairment and many times, they have to reply on others to make sure their makeup is right. To help make this process easy without depending on others, Estée Lauder Companies recently launched a voice enabled app that can provide guidance and direction when a person applies makeup:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/01/este-lauder-vma-vision-imapirment-makeup.html

43) BlindShell Classic 2 — Adjusting Playback Speed in the Podcasts App | Michael Babcock | YouTube

In this video, Michael explains how to adjust the playback speed in the podcast app on the Blindshell Classic 2. He shows how to navigate to the podcast player and locate a recent episode, then demonstrates how to select the playback speed option and change the speed to 50% or 150%. Michael also mentions that using the up and down arrow keys allows for fast forwarding and rewinding within the current episode, and that pressing the back button stops the podcast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKHXs3iEXBo


➜ Other Access Technology Newsletters


1) Sign up for Google's New Quarterly Accessibility Newsletter

Join an ever-growing community of accessibility enthusiasts now by subscribing to our newsletter and get the latest Google accessibility news to your inbox:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemxYwYO_LRzm6Z6oI1Rxv5_cqEMv6_7JY2uo-1UWDuqlbzxA/viewform

2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for January 2023

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

3) NV Access In-Process For January 27th 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-27th-january-2023/

4) WebAIM Newsletter For January 2023

Web Accessibility in Mind January 2023 Newsletter:
https://webaim.org/newsletter/2023/january


➜ Surveys

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


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: February 10th 2023 | Google Survey on Audio Description

Help ACB & YouTube Improve the Experience of Audio Description. In collaboration with the American Council of the Blind, the YouTube Accessibility Team would like your feedback about your experience with audio description on various media platforms. Your input will be used to explore solutions for improving the quality of audio description on YouTube. About the survey: The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked to sign an Informed Consent form, which explains how your survey data will be used. Based on your answers to a couple brief demographic questions, you will be directed to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which will appear in a new tab or window. You will need to sign this before continuing with the survey. The survey is limited to 500 respondents and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. As a thank-you for completing the survey, you will be given the option to enter your email and receive a $25 gift card (adjusted to local currency) from Tremendous, which provides gift cards to a variety of retailers. Your email will not be shared except to provide your thank-you gift. Share your insight by sending an email to yt-a11y-feedback@google.com ✉ to receive a link to the survey.

Closing: February 10th 2023 | PDF and the User Experience Survey 2023

The last "PDF and the User Experience Survey" was 2018. Has anything changed in the accessibility of PDFs? Looking to get an update on the state of accessible PDFs in 2023. Please share this link with anyone who might be interested in responding to the survey. Later this Spring I will be releasing the PDF Remediator's Survey which hasn't been taken since 2017. | Karen, ATHEN List:
https://forms.office.com/r/yH0QE4gqTp

Closing: April 24th 2023 | Survey on Technology Used by Visually Impaired Translators and Interpreters

A visually impaired student in Translation Studies conducting a research for her dissertation would appreciate if blind or visually impaired translators and/or interpreters would fill in this survey about the technology they use to fulfill their translation-related tasks. She is especially interested in the types of technology used and their influence on the translators' and interpreters' productivity:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScY7Es_ZHbfz-crZ6wjwwoUFeyMnjZR7rgnhAgJNv-dWRwcrw/viewform?usp=sf_link


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Podcast Episode for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-podcast-episode or locate "Podcast Episode Submission Form" within the Forms section of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


January 4th 2023 | Braillecast Episode 47: Braille Technology Throughout the Ages

This episode focusses on braille technology: its past, present and future. We are joined by historians, people working in the braille technology industry today and developers of the next generation of braille hardware and software:
https://www.braillecast.com/podcast/e047/

January 26th 2023 | Central Bark: A Guide Dogs for the Blind Podcast: Careers & Canine Connections with APH

Theresa sits down with GDB Youth Outreach Specialist, Jane Flower, and Richard Rueda from APH CareerConnect to discuss our upcoming collaborative project: Careers & Canine Connections. Geared toward young adults ages 18-24, this FREE week-long workshop will be equal parts fun and future-focused to help prepare attendees who are blind or visually impaired to enter the workforce with confidence and an understanding of how a guide dog might fit into that plan:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/central-bark-a-guide-dogs-for-the-blind-podcast/id1603263847?i=1000594938379

January 27th 2023 | How to Improve Productivity Using Refreshable Braille | Freedom Scientific

We provide an overview of seven powerful features available when using a braille display with JAWS, plus discuss useful commands. Learn how to: Access braille settings in JAWS Use Scratch Pad to take notes when not connected to a computer or portable device Use status cells to obtain formatting information about a document or web page Select, copy, and paste text using the braille display Use Braille Study Mode to teach or learn braille Use BrailleIn to control your computer and input information Use the Braille Viewer to display a representation of the output on a computer screen:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-improve-productivity-using-refreshable-braille/id1521340640?i=1000596895786

January 28th 2023 | Mosen At Large Episode 212: All That's New In HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream Third Generation, Is It Time For Us To Do Visual Interpretation Differently, And An Australian Bar Says If You're Blind And By Yourself, It's A Safety Risk For You To Drink

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/5a1248f2/all-that-s-new-in-humanware-s-victor-reader-stream-third-generation-is-it-time-for-us-to-do-visual-interpretation-differently-and-an-australian-bar-says-if-you-re-blind-and-by-yourself-it-s-a-safety-risk-for-you-to-drink

January 28th 2023 | Blind Android Users (BAU) Podcast Episode 112: 2023 First Quarter App Bonanza

This is our first app bonanza episode of 2023, we do this every quarter so stay tuned to our social networks for the next one. First we demo Samsung internet browser which you can run even on non Samsung phone. Then the demo of Yatri app which covers and tells you the timings of every transport network in Mumbai, you can install this app on android or IOS even if you are not in Mumbai or plan to visit. Then we have a demo of Audio Labs which is an audio recorder and editor which is as rich as Reaper for desktop. The last demo is of Boundo which is an APK extractor/apk package examiner. APK is an app installer for Android like EXE is for Windows. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqoPFveRuOrHdq9vlT89NNT0

January 29th 2023 | iSee Podcast: Discussion and Demo of the SensePlayer OCR with Sam Taylor from Pacific Vision

https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/discussion-and-demo-of-the-senseplayer-ocr-with-sam-taylor-from-pacific-vision/

January 29th 2023 | The Mystic Access Podcast: Landing The Plane

In this special episode of the Mystic Access Podcast Chris and Kim speak with Mathieu Paquette from HumanWare all about the new victor Reader Stream 3:
https://www.mysticaccesspodcast.com/2023/01/29/landing-the-plane/

January 31st 2023 | Unmute Presents: January 31st Replay

It's time for a new episode of Unmute Presents Replay, and this week we're exploring the exciting world of assistive technology. We'll be taking questions about BlindShell Classic 2 favorites, braille tables, audiobooks, remote controlling your devices, and sinking calendars. Get ready to learn about the latest advancements and gain some valuable insights to enhance your technology experience. Don't miss this opportunity to tune in to the latest episode of Unmute Presents Replay:
https://pinecast.com/listen/cee707fe-37ba-4c0d-94a7-c94bf65dc516.mp3

February 1st 2023 | Eyes on Success 2305: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Vision impairment affects many people around the world. Unfortunately, it is difficult to reach and treat people who live in remote areas. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Maria Montero, an ophthalmologist and assistant director of clinical services of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital about how their model addresses the problem:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2305.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

✍ Submit your adaptive technology-related Webinar or Training Course for consideration within this section using this form: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/submit-webinar-training-course or locate "Webinar / Training Course Submission Form" within the Forms section of the Top Tech Tidbits website.


January 31st 2023 | Ask Sharky: Three Reasons to Use BrailleIn | Freedom Scientific

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Learn how to control your computer using your braille display and the BrailleIn feature. This event takes place on the Zoom conferencing platform and Clubhouse. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from the iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device. Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

January 31st 2023 | A Beginner's Guide to Inclusive UX Design | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, UX Practice Manager, and David Swallow, Principal UX Consultant. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. Accessibility is often left to developers to deal with, but what can people who don't have coding expertise do to ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? In this webinar, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will address that question. We'll make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility and inclusive design, and provide practical tips that everyone, regardless of their role, can apply to make digital experiences more accessible and usable. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-31-at-12pm-et-a-beginners-guide-to-inclusive-ux-design/

February 1st 2023 | Creating Accessible PDF Fillable Forms (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
We explore the different types of forms available in Acrobat, discuss best practices in formatting forms with accessibility in mind, and review the tag structure for fillable forms in PDF remediation to make them accessible for users. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity for the basics of form creation in Acrobat Pro. Learning Outcomes: Briefly review the best way to format MS Word documents to be converted to PDF Fillable Forms. Discuss best practices for setting up form fields in your document. Showcase the form types available in Acrobat Pro and the settings needed for accessibility. Demonstrate how to tag form fields to make them accessible in your PDF. Meeting ID: 841 3648 1893 | Passcode: 377005 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84136481893#,,,,*377005# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting::
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84136481893?pwd=Ry9Cemk4N1J1Y1pOV2hTRnM5TkExZz09#success

February 1st 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
| Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

February 7th 2023 | Ask Sharky: Two Ways to Use JAWS Speech History

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Learn how to access, copy, and delete JAWS Speech History, plus two valuable ways to use it. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

February 7th 2023 | Health Care Decision Making, Advance Directives, and the MOLST Form | Zoom | For Residents of Maryland

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
This presentation will provide general guidance and information regarding the process of making health care decisions, including how the Health Care Decisions Act, advance directives, and the Maryland MOLST form are used to carry out patients' health care decisions. Presenter: Paul J. Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtduiupjgoHNAfbDpQ8iBOvnRoNuBlCYrG

February 8th 2023 | Grammar and Spell Check with Microsoft Office & JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
There are different ways to check spelling and grammar when working with Microsoft Office and the JAWS screen reader. Depending on the version of Office, you have either the Spell Checker or Editor feature. JAWS also has quick keys to scan for spelling and grammatical errors. Join Zhi Huang, Marisa Church, and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to explore the different ways to check for spelling and grammatical mistakes in Word documents and Outlook emails while working with JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Explore the differences between the older Office spell checker and the newer editor features of Office. Discover tips on working with either the Spell Checker or Editor with JAWS. Introduce how to scan for spelling and grammatical errors with JAWS using keyboard and dictation commands with the Smart Assistant. | Meeting ID: 832 3315 0235 | Passcode: 562270 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83233150235#,,,,*562270# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83233150235?pwd=ZjFweVY5L2haOFl3S3JrMXE1MUhIUT09

February 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 8th 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Keyboard Accessibility and Focus | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC Platform) empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding of Accessibility over time. This webinar series addresses fundamental concepts in Accessibility. The first webinar in this series covers focus and keyboard testing, which provides the foundation for supporting the full spectrum of assistive technologies. Keyboard testing can be done by any person on your team. To do keyboard testing does not require a developer background or for a tester to inspect underlying code. It's an important yet easy way to further a site's Accessibility. This webinar covers the basics of keyboard testing and takes attendees through three critical keyboard accessibility issues using the ARC Platform's three-step method: Understand, Test, and Solve. ARC Monitoring automatically detects these three issues across an entire site. The main strength of ARC Monitoring is that each issue it detects is paired with tailored resources from ARC's KnowledgeBase to facilitate the Understand, Test, Solve workflow: Understand: Summaries of the relevant accessibility guidelines, so teams understand why the issue matters and its impact on user experience. Test: Step-by-step manual testing procedures to test the issue and related accessibility guidelines, which can't be covered through manual testing alone. Solve: Proven, battle-tested solutions with code examples, expected behavior, and alternative implementations. With these clear steps, teams, even with less accessibility expertise, can efficiently, accurately, and confidently solve accessibility issues. Over this webinar series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. Beyond solving for Accessibility, this webinar goes to the important next step: Maintaining and Manage Accessibility. Attendees gain concrete steps to retest and validate their solutions and, using the ARC Platform, track issue types to guard against future regressions. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-8-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-keyboard-accessibility-and-focus/

February 9th 2023 and February 10th 2023 | Second Annual 2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!

ATHEN is hosting the Second Annual "2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!" on February 9th and 10th 2023. Registration is free for ATHEN and AHEAD members, and low cost for non-members. Conference Details, Dates, Registration and Cost:
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

February 11th 2023 | Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

February 14th 2023 | Exploring New Accessibility Frontiers with TPGi and the W3C

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Matthew Atkinson, TPGi's Principal Accessibility Engineer, and W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group co-chair. Several of TPGi's accessibility experts work alongside many others from across industry and academia to further accessibility through the work of the W3C. There's a range of transformative and evolutionary work being done right now, thanks to a collaboration between different groups and organizations. Join Matthew Atkinson, co-chair of the W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group, for an overview of a few key strands of exploration and development. Topics to be covered include affording symbol users access to web content, ensuring the Web of Things is accessible to all, and making collaborative authoring accessible. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-14-at-12pm-et-exploring-new-accessibility-frontiers-with-tpgi-and-the-w3c/

February 15th 2023 | How Do Accessibility Overlays Impact Assistive Technology? (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Accessibility Overlays from companies like accessiBe, UserWay, and others seem like a quick fix to help you achieve WCAG compliance. However, have you ever wondered how they impact assistive technology users? Join Michael Parker and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity as they demonstrate the impact of accessibility overlays on screen readers and other assistive technology users and explain why developing accessible websites is a much better approach than implementing accessibility overlays. Learning Outcomes: Learn the impact of accessibility overlays on screen reader users. Understand the difference between designing an accessible website and using an accessibility overlay. Learn how to disable accessibility overlays. | Meeting ID: 862 3015 4256 | Passcode: 271210 | One tap mobile: +16694449171,,86230154256#,,,,*271210# US Dial by your location. +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86230154256?pwd=dGpjKzJrcG80aU9LNVNMREFhakRrZz09#success

February 15th 2023 | Giving Up Your Car Keys Is Not The End Of Your Independence | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 2/16
Presented by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Maryland Senior Division. Please join our conversation to explore the emotional decision to give up driving. Discover how to manage your life when you are no longer the one behind the wheel. When: February 15, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call at (339) 209-4083 ☎. All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 ☎ or mwoods719@gmail.com ✉.

February 20th 2023 | Project INSPIRE: Spring 2023 | Paths To Literacy | 6 Course Offering | Deadline To Register: February 17th 2023

Project INSPIRE will be offering six courses. This includes a new course, Nemeth Code Symbols Used in High School and Strategies for Supporting Math Learning. We are offering the opportunity for you to take ONE of the courses. You may choose from the following courses:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/project-inspire-spring-2023/

February 21st 2023 | Don't Hesitate to Communicate, Vispero's Own Blindness and Diversity Awareness Workshop | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: Amy Albin (she/her), HR Intern, Vispero. Amy Albin (she/her) has been Vispero's HR intern since September 2022. She will lead a unique workshop to spark open conversations about how sighted and blind/vision impaired people can interact comfortably together. You will learn tools that apply not just to sighted and blind/vision impaired people but also to anyone who is a member of a marginalized group. Whether you are sighted or blind/vision impaired, you will learn techniques to facilitate constructive communication with the diverse people in all areas of your life:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-21-at-12pm-et-dont-hesitate-to-communicate-visperos-own-blindness-and-diversity-awareness-workshop/

February 22nd 2023 | RUBY Handheld Magnifiers: A Vision Solution for Every Situation (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Did you know there are five RUBY models to help with your low vision needs? RUBY handheld video magnifiers provide the help that many people with low vision need to read a text and see details. All RUBY models have a crisp, sharp image, high-contrast modes, and built-in LEDs. The streamlined design means RUBY can go with you anywhere, giving you easy access to photos, letters, prescriptions, packaging labels, and menus, even in a dark restaurant. With its broad range of adjustable, undistorted magnification, a RUBY video magnifier outperforms a drawerful of traditional magnifiers. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity with Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of all the RUBY models and the assistance each can give in specific situations. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all RUBY models. How to determine the right size for you. How adding speech capability can take you further. RUBY Handheld Magnifiers: A Vision Solution for Every Situation | Meeting ID: 858 1556 3463 | Passcode: 691785 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85815563463#,,,,*691785# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85815563463?pwd=WENJdjFQcS9rdWtoMm1QeDJwRU9mZz09#success

February 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 27th 2023 to March 2nd 2023 | Apply By January 23rd 2023 | Accessible Customer-Centered Communications Workshop | NSITE & Baker Communications, Inc. In Partnership

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for individuals who are blind or face vision loss, has partnered with one of the leading sales training providers, Baker Communications Inc. (BCI), to offer a virtual instructor-led delivery of their Customer-Centered Communications workshop. This highly engaging and participatory accessible workshop, delivered over four consecutive days (four hours per session), covers a comprehensive six-part system of organized customer communications and selling. After the program, participants will be able to build greater trust with customers, deliver specific customer outcomes effectively, and achieve world-class customer service and sales performance. All NSITE programs are adapted for the learning styles of blind and low-vision learners. Therefore, qualified applicants who are blind or have low vision receive enrollment preference in case classes fill up. Program runs February 27 to March 2, 2023. Apply by January 23rd 2023:
https://bit.ly/NSITE-CCC

February 28th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

March 6th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

March 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 11th 2023 | Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

March 15th 2023 and March 16th 2023 | 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

March 21st 2023 and March 22nd 2023 | Multiple Perspectives 2023 | Americans With Disabilities Act Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference | Ohio State University

"It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design." -Leslie Kanes Weisman. As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State University's mission is outreach and engagement, serving the community through a variety of activities. During the tenth anniversary year of the Americans With Disabilities Act the Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion And Disability conference was created to help fulfill this mission. In short, the goal of the conference is to encourage the kind of change suggested by Leslie Kanes Weisman in the opening quote. It is hoped that the annual conference will serve as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with our partners in education, business, public, and social service. Each year a series of workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration. The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants. Register:
https://ada.osu.edu/ada-conference

March 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 28th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

April 5th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

April 8th 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

April 25th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

May 3rd 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

May 13th 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

June 2nd 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT
We would love for you to share your accessibility knowledge during our sixth annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023! As in former years, this virtual conference is FREE for all attendees. This year's ASC event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 8:00-4:00 CST. As a conference participant you will be able to attend sessions and engage in valuable networking with like-minded professionals. We are soliciting presentations from all experience levels and backgrounds, so please visit the ASC Conference Home Page for more information and to submit a proposal. The session proposal deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023. What is Accessibility Summer Camp (ASC)? The Accessibility Summer Camp is a FREE annual conference with the goal of connecting professionals and educators with best practices in accessibility and Universal Design. Over the past few years, the ASC conference has grown to become one of the most popular accessibility conferences in the country. Our mission is to provide accessibility professional development that empowers attendees to create high quality, accessible learning environments while removing barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn:
https://www.accessibilityict.org/

May 23rd 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

June 7th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

June 27th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

July 25th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

August 22nd 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

September 26th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

October 24th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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 28th 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
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


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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) 101 iOS & iPadOS Apps Developed Specifically for Blind or Low Vision Users (6.5% of all clicks.)
Publisher: While Top Tech Tidbits does indeed have its own BVI App Directory, it simply pales in comparison to the one offered by AppleVis. Currently our favorite compilation in this regard:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/apps-for-blind-or-low-vision-users

B.) The Apps Most Recommended by the AppleVis Community (5.7% of all clicks.)
Publisher: This list of apps from the directory are ranked by number of AppleVis user recommendations:
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C.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Creating And Editing Signatures In Microsoft Outlook With JAWS (4.6% of all clicks.)
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D.) 10 Things You Didn't Know ChatGPT Could Do (4.5% of all clicks.)
Here are 10 incredible things you likely didn't know you could do with ChatGPT. The list below courtesy of @thesyedhuq on Twitter, who recently went on a ChatGPT deep dive, exploring every facet of its capabilities:
https://www.ghacks.net/10-things-you-didnt-know-chatgpt-could-do/

E.) One Of The Last New Argonauts: A Review of the ARGUS II Artificial Retinal Implant By Ross A. Doerr (4.1% of all clicks.)
Publisher: We open this week with a very special review. This reader, Ross A. Doerr, wrote in to ask if we might be interested in helping to share his story with our readership. And we're so very glad that he did. Ross is the author of the book, "One Of The Last New Argonauts: A Review of the ARGUS II Artificial Retinal Implant." In addition to being a cancer survivor, Ross was also the first in the state of Maine (and only the 5th in New England) to have an ARGUS II Bionic Eye (Artificial Retina) surgically implanted in his right eye. This surgery was done at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in April of 2019 with remarkable results. He provided us with a copy of his manuscript for review and we knew instantly that readers would find the information contained within it to be invaluable. So we offered to reformat it for proper conversion into each of the current eBook formats for accessible hosting on the Top Tech Tidbits website, to which Ross so very graciously agreed. So now, instead of being trapped inside the pages of a book, you can read the entire work online, for free (thanks to Ross) in 3 different accessible formats. An online (HTML) version of the book, a Word Document, and a PDF. The Word Document and PDF are approximately 45 pages long. All 3 formats provide a Table of Contents linked to each chapter. Each chapter is designated by a heading. Click on any chapter name to return to the Table of Contents (TOC). It is our sincerest hope that future adventurers will utilize this information to help them make more informed decisions about future bionic implants. Sincerest thanks to Ross for sharing his story with us:
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4) An Ode To David Goldfield, His Wife And The Tech-VI List

Publisher: On behalf of the entire Tidbits Editorial Team, and readers all over the world, I would like to take this opportunity to wish David and his wife all the very best in their current challenges. David announced on January 20th 2023 that his wife was dealing with some serious health issues and that as a result he would be extremely inactive on the Tech-VI List for a while as he prioritizes her and these challenges. It is no secret to anyone that reads Top Tech Tidbits that David and the Tech-VI List are major news contributors, and his absence will be felt by all of us. Please rest assured that your seat will be kept warm. In the meantime, if you have access updates please feel free to send them to: news@toptechtidbits.com ✉. You don't have to use the dedicated submission forms if email is faster. Below is David's original announcement:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3299

5) JAWS Power Tip: How To Copy Speech History to the Clipboard

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
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6) BlindShell Classic 2 Announces The Launch Of The Zoom App

Introducing Zoom for the BlindShell Classic 2. With the introduction of Zoom on the BlindShell Classic 2, it's now easier than ever to participate in a virtual webinar, join a meeting, host a virtual event, and more. Simply download the Zoom app from the BlindShell app catalog and you'll be on your way to participating in your first BlindShell Classic 2 virtual event:
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7) iOS 16.3 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.3

On January 23rd 2023 Apple released iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 to the public after several weeks of testing, and while this is a more minor update, there are still some features that are worth knowing about:
https://www.macrumors.com/guide/ios-16-3-features/

8) Apple Releases watchOS 9.3 With New Watch Face, Bug Fixes

On January 23rd 2023 Apple released watchOS 9.3, the third major update to the watchOS 9 operating system that first launched in September. watchOS 9.3 comes over a month after watchOS 9.2, an update that added new Workout functionality and Crash Detection optimizations:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/01/23/apple-releases-watchos-9-3/

9) iOS 16.3 Coming: Here's What's New

Apple has announced that iOS 16.3 will be available January 24th 2023 as a requirement for a new iOS 16 wallpaper. Alongside iOS 16.3, we also expect iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, and presumably tvOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 to also be released:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ios-16-3-coming-next-week-heres-whats-new.2377367/

10) Apple iOS 16.3: iPhone Update With A Crucial Feature You Need Is Nearly Here

Advanced Data Protection will be available much more widely with iOS 16.3, Apple has revealed. This was part of iOS 16.2 for users in the United States, with Apple promising a global release early in 2023. Well, January is pretty early, we can agree. Advanced Data Protection is a significant update to how your data is encrypted. Although many data categories are already covered, 14 in fact, including passwords in iCloud Keychain, Health data, Apple card transactions and others, the new system does much more:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2023/01/20/apple-ios-163-apple-lets-slip-release-date-for-the-next-iphone-update/?sh=709dd795360d

11) Remote Incident Manager is Coming to the Mac Platform

Remote Incident Manager, the world's first fully-inclusive remote desktop software, is gearing up for its Mac OS debut! Support professionals and end users who use Mac OS will soon be able to leverage the same remote access features that Windows users have benefited from, including high quality audio and visual output, seamless keyboard and mouse input, a user-friendly interface, and much more! Development is going strong, with beta testing soon to be underway. Please fill out the quick form available via the below link if you are interested in helping beta test the Mac version of Remote Incident Manager:
https://pneumasolutions.com/remote-incident-manager-comes-to-the-mac-platform/

12) How To Sound Better During Your iPhone Calls With Mic Mode

The feature is called Voice Isolation, and it can be found under Mic Mode, which appears on the Control Center panel on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-sound-better-during-your-iphone-calls-with-mic-mode/

13) Apple Gives Some Older iPhones OS Updates, Going Back To iPhone 5S

Apple has provided iOS 12.5.7, macOS 11.7.3, and other updates for older devices that can't be updated to the latest releases:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/01/23/apple-gives-some-older-iphones-os-updates-going-back-to-iphone-5s?utm_medium=rss

14) Apple Tries Again With a Second-Gen $299 HomePod

This Siri speaker comes with upgrades to audio quality and smart home automation — but yes, it;s still expensive:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-second-generation-homepod/

15) HomePod 16.3 Beta: How to Set Up Temperature and Humidity Automations

In late January 2023 Apple will release a HomePod 16.3 software update that adds humidity and temperature sensing to the second-generation HomePod and all HomePod mini models. This article explains how the features work and what you can do with them:
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/set-up-temperature-humidity-automations-homepod/

16) Twitter Officially Bans Third-Party Clients With New Developer Rules

When it cited 'long-standing third-party API rules' for why TweetBot, et al, were blocked, it was unclear what the company meant:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/19/23562947/twitter-third-party-client-tweetbot-twitterific-ban-rules

17) LeaseyBite 38 | WhatsApp Revisited | Hartgen Consultancy | MP3

Probably a number of you will have heard of WhatsApp. It lets users make video and voice calls, send text messages, share their status and more with just a WiFi connection. JAWS Support for the older WhatsApp client was made available last summer. We now support the new app or its beta equivalent. The app for the WhatsApp platform which you can download from the microsoft store is relatively accessible. It's not perfect but you can manage many things with it. But to be a super user of WhatsApp, the functionality built into our Leasey product, or the scripts available separately, go a long way to helping you get the most from it. In this audio demonstration, you will hear about many of the features you can enjoy. If you do not have our Leasey product, you can purchase the scripts from https://www.hartgen.org/whatsapp. Audio:
https://pinecast.com/listen/e2db37ee-8273-4949-8055-acd40fbc046e.mp3

18) This Discreet Device Helps Blind People Read Voice Memos With Their Fingertips

TEXT.ure offers a solution that is both simple yet ingenious, combining several existing technologies into a single design that could significantly improve the quality of life of visually-impaired people. In a nutshell, the user records a voice memo onto the device, and it uses speech recognition and perhaps a pinch of AI to translate that memo into Braille. Inside the device is a grid of dots that can be raised or lowered to form the corresponding Braille characters so that the user can read the note later in private:
https://www.yankodesign.com/2023/01/19/this-discreet-device-helps-blind-people-read-voice-memos-with-their-fingertips/

19) 'Smart' Walking Stick Could Help Visually Impaired With Groceries, Finding A Seat

Engineers at CU Boulder are tapping into advances in artificial intelligence to develop a new kind of walking stick for people who are blind or visually impaired:
Article: https://www.colorado.edu/today/2023/01/19/smart-walking-stick-could-help-visually-impaired-groceries-finding-seat
YouTube Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSWkfBF2sY4

20) The 4 Best Ubuntu Accessibility Features for the Visually Impaired

Ubuntu comes with numerous accessibility features for people with special needs. Here we discuss some of the best ones for visually impaired users:
https://www.makeuseof.com/ubuntu-accessibility-features-for-visually-impaired/

21) OneButtonPIN Increases Security For Blind And Low-Vision Tech Users

Working closely with blind and low-vision (BLV) users, researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a new authentication method that could help BLV technology users more securely access their devices. The new method, OneButtonPIN, allows users to input PIN codes using a single large button and a series of haptic vibrations:
https://uwaterloo.ca/news/media/onebuttonpin-increases-security-blind-and-low-vision-tech

22) OneButtonPIN App Buzzes Fingers To Help Blind Users Unlock Their Phone

Entering pass codes on smartphones can be difficult for the blind, as they can't see the screen, nor can they tell if someone else is peeking at it. The OneButtonPIN app is designed to help, by utilizing vibrations instead of visuals:
https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/onebuttonpin-app-blind-smartphone-security/

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24) January 2023 Accessibility Newsletter | TPGi

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January 19th 2023 | The Not-So-Straight Line to the White Cane | Hadley Presents: A Conversation With The Experts

Listen in as Dorrie Rush of OE Magazine shares how she resisted using a white cane for years, the stigma she feared, and the confidence and security she found once it was in her hand:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/not-so-straight-line-white-cane

January 21st 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 111: Digital Well Being

We first talk about what is in the news. T-Mobile had another data breach and twitter stops 3rd party apps from accessing API. In the Android basic section, we talk about digital well-being. We had part 2 of our TalkBack highlights in which we check the spell checker. We have a new segment "your questions our answers in which we play listener voice mails and answer about TalkBack actions not working. You can find this episode at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrQQYWvSNUvwpcjTnUwwYtK

January 23rd 2023 | iSee Podcast: Tech Monday For 2023 - Discussing Back To Study Tech Ideas For 2023 | David Woodbridge

Is your study area organized? Desk space, enough power points, all necessary chargers, lighting etc? Do you need to purchase a new desktop/laptop or just make sure your existing computer is ready to go?
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ut8u9-136f5ff?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

January 24th 2023 | Unmute Presents

In the latest Unmute Presents call, we discussed various topics related to technology and accessibility. We covered the topic of moving apps on IOS, the fact that Zoom is now available on the BlindShell Classic 2, which is a smartphone specifically designed for blind and visually impaired users, Computer Audio, Tweescake, the importance of using passkeys and two-factor authentication (2FA) security keys to protect your online accounts, creating image descriptions, the latest apps and features available on the iPhone 14, smart homes, and tips and tricks for using Outlook and Excel more efficiently. Remember, if you have any feedback or questions about our call, you can reach out to us at feedback@unmute.show ✉:
https://pnc.st/s/unmute-presents-on-acb-communi/51ca38bd/january-24-2023

January 25th 2023 | Eyes On Success Episode 2304: Equipping Beep Baseball Worldwide

Learn how beep baseballs are made as well as about the surprising connection between beep baseball and the phone company when hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John Cruz, lead volunteer for the group that assembles beep baseball equipment, and J Kelly, chapter president of the Colorado Legacy West Pioneers. We'll also talk about how the game is played:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2304.htm


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January 26th 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
2023 starts with a big bang in the Blackboard / Anthology Ally universe as the North American and European Ally User Groups combine to form the International Ally User Group. Led by the community for the community it will feature talks, workshops, presentations and more from institutions that use Ally and accessibility experts. This month's meeting has some hot topics previously requested by the community: how to sell the benefits of alternative formats to students, and how educators can implement accessible pedagogy. The full agenda is as follows: Introducing User Group Chairs. Community Updates. Accessible Learning using Blackboard Ally — Chloe Bell and Lauren Basey, Northumbria University. Implementing Accessible Pedagogy - Dr Katie Grennell, Anthology. Any other business. These sessions are of particular interest to those who use Ally at their institution or are considering Ally, or who just have an interest in digital accessibility within Higher Education:
https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=-XhTSvQpPk2-iWadA62p2NfEO_MKuJxJqQ_-wiwNK4RUOUsxSEZaWlNMTEdTNkwyOFE4QlhUNk1LMyQlQCN0PWcu&web=1&wdLOR=c3B1C2F98-E350-4F9B-BFA5-A75172815463

January 31st 2023 | Ask Sharky: Three Reasons to Use BrailleIn | Freedom Scientific

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Learn how to control your computer using your braille display and the BrailleIn feature. This event takes place on the Zoom conferencing platform and Clubhouse. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from the iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device. Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

January 31st 2023 | A Beginner's Guide to Inclusive UX Design | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, UX Practice Manager, and David Swallow, Principal UX Consultant. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. Accessibility is often left to developers to deal with, but what can people who don't have coding expertise do to ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? In this webinar, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will address that question. We'll make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility and inclusive design, and provide practical tips that everyone, regardless of their role, can apply to make digital experiences more accessible and usable. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-31-at-12pm-et-a-beginners-guide-to-inclusive-ux-design/

February 1st 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
| Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

February 7th 2023 | Health Care Decision Making, Advance Directives, and the MOLST Form | Zoom | For Residents of Maryland

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
This presentation will provide general guidance and information regarding the process of making health care decisions, including how the Health Care Decisions Act, advance directives, and the Maryland MOLST form are used to carry out patients' health care decisions. Presenter: Paul J. Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtduiupjgoHNAfbDpQ8iBOvnRoNuBlCYrG

February 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 9th 2023 and February 10th 2023 | Second Annual 2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!

ATHEN is hosting the Second Annual "2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!" on February 9th and 10th 2023. Registration is free for ATHEN and AHEAD members, and low cost for non-members. Conference Details, Dates, Registration and Cost:
https://athenpro.org/content/athen-virtual-conference

February 11th 2023 | Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

February 14th 2023 | Exploring New Accessibility Frontiers with TPGi and the W3C

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Matthew Atkinson, TPGi's Principal Accessibility Engineer, and W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group co-chair. Several of TPGi's accessibility experts work alongside many others from across industry and academia to further accessibility through the work of the W3C. There's a range of transformative and evolutionary work being done right now, thanks to a collaboration between different groups and organizations. Join Matthew Atkinson, co-chair of the W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group, for an overview of a few key strands of exploration and development. Topics to be covered include affording symbol users access to web content, ensuring the Web of Things is accessible to all, and making collaborative authoring accessible. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-14-at-12pm-et-exploring-new-accessibility-frontiers-with-tpgi-and-the-w3c/

February 15th 2023 | Giving Up Your Car Keys Is Not The End Of Your Independence | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 2/16
Presented by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Maryland Senior Division. Please join our conversation to explore the emotional decision to give up driving. Discover how to manage your life when you are no longer the one behind the wheel. When: February 15, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call at (339) 209-4083 ☎. All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 ☎ or mwoods719@gmail.com ✉.

February 20th 2023 | Project INSPIRE: Spring 2023 | Paths To Literacy | 6 Course Offering | Deadline To Register: February 17th 2023

Project INSPIRE will be offering six courses. This includes a new course, Nemeth Code Symbols Used in High School and Strategies for Supporting Math Learning. We are offering the opportunity for you to take ONE of the courses. You may choose from the following courses:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/project-inspire-spring-2023/

February 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 27th 2023 to March 2nd 2023 | Apply By January 23rd 2023 | Accessible Customer-Centered Communications Workshop | NSITE & Baker Communications, Inc. In Partnership

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for individuals who are blind or face vision loss, has partnered with one of the leading sales training providers, Baker Communications Inc. (BCI), to offer a virtual instructor-led delivery of their Customer-Centered Communications workshop. This highly engaging and participatory accessible workshop, delivered over four consecutive days (four hours per session), covers a comprehensive six-part system of organized customer communications and selling. After the program, participants will be able to build greater trust with customers, deliver specific customer outcomes effectively, and achieve world-class customer service and sales performance. All NSITE programs are adapted for the learning styles of blind and low-vision learners. Therefore, qualified applicants who are blind or have low vision receive enrollment preference in case classes fill up. Program runs February 27 to March 2, 2023. Apply by January 23rd 2023:
https://bit.ly/NSITE-CCC

March 6th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

March 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 11th 2023 | Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

March 15th 2023 and March 16th 2023 | 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

March 21st 2023 and March 22nd 2023 | Multiple Perspectives 2023 | Americans With Disabilities Act Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference | Ohio State University

"It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design." -Leslie Kanes Weisman. As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State University's mission is outreach and engagement, serving the community through a variety of activities. During the tenth anniversary year of the Americans With Disabilities Act the Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion And Disability conference was created to help fulfill this mission. In short, the goal of the conference is to encourage the kind of change suggested by Leslie Kanes Weisman in the opening quote. It is hoped that the annual conference will serve as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with our partners in education, business, public, and social service. Each year a series of workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration. The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants. Register:
https://ada.osu.edu/ada-conference

March 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

April 5th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

April 8th 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

May 3rd 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

May 13th 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

June 2nd 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT
We would love for you to share your accessibility knowledge during our sixth annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023! As in former years, this virtual conference is FREE for all attendees. This year's ASC event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 8:00-4:00 CST. As a conference participant you will be able to attend sessions and engage in valuable networking with like-minded professionals. We are soliciting presentations from all experience levels and backgrounds, so please visit the ASC Conference Home Page for more information and to submit a proposal. The session proposal deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023. What is Accessibility Summer Camp (ASC)? The Accessibility Summer Camp is a FREE annual conference with the goal of connecting professionals and educators with best practices in accessibility and Universal Design. Over the past few years, the ASC conference has grown to become one of the most popular accessibility conferences in the country. Our mission is to provide accessibility professional development that empowers attendees to create high quality, accessible learning environments while removing barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn:
https://www.accessibilityict.org/

June 7th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 19, 2023 - Volume 894

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

A.) Panasonic Announces Smart Glasses For The Visually Impaired At CES 2023 (6.2% of all clicks.)
Panasonic and Biel Glasses have announced a new pair of smart glasses to aid mobility for the visually impaired. Panasonic is partnering with Barcelona-based start-up Biel, the two companies have announced a pair of 'life-changing' smart glasses for aiding in mobility for visually impaired individuals at CES 2023:
https://coolblindtech.com/panasonic-announces-smart-glasses-for-the-visually-impaired-at-ces-2023/

B.) Windows 11 January 2023 Update Comes With Hidden Features (4.7% of all clicks.)
Microsoft has released January 2023 update for Windows 11 version 22H2 and 21H2 with security improvements. On the surface, Windows 11 January 2023 updates include only security features, but it looks like Microsoft has left more than a few things out in the update:
https://www.windowslatest.com/2023/01/11/windows-11-january-2023-update-comes-with-hidden-features/

C.) iOS 17 Coming Later This Year: Here's What to Expect (4.0% of all clicks.)
While there are still around five months remaining until Apple unveils iOS 17, we're already able to piece together a few details about the upcoming software update based on Apple's previous announcements and reported information:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/01/10/what-to-expect-from-ios-17/

D.) The 14 Best Gadgets From CES 2023 You Can Buy Right Now | Wired (4.0% of all clicks.)
From gaming headsets to electric in-line skates, here's everything announced at the tech trade show that you can actually order today:
https://www.wired.com/story/ces-2023-best-gadgets-you-can-buy-right-now/

E.) The Silly, Wild And Absurd Tech We Found At CES 2023 | Gizmodo (3.9% of all clicks.)
CES is usually bursting at the seams with absolutely pointless stuff that's been given a technology injection for absolutely no reason. Unlike many before it, this year's CES was a little less stupid, but 2023 still brought with it some silly stuff. The following is a wrap-up of everything that made me stop and go, 'hmm. Do we really need that?' or 'Wow this is bizarre, but I kinda really like it'. It's a very scientific scale, so without further ado:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2023/01/ces-2023-silly/

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4) One Of The Last New Argonauts: A Review of the ARGUS II Artificial Retinal Implant By Ross A. Doerr

Publisher: We open this week with a very special review. This reader, Ross A. Doerr, wrote in to ask if we might be interested in helping to share his story with our readership. And we're so very glad that he did. Ross is the author of the book, "One Of The Last New Argonauts: A Review of the ARGUS II Artificial Retinal Implant." In addition to being a cancer survivor, Ross was also the first in the state of Maine (and only the 5th in New England) to have an ARGUS II Bionic Eye (Artificial Retina) surgically implanted in his right eye. This surgery was done at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in April of 2019 with remarkable results. He provided us with a copy of his manuscript for review and we knew instantly that readers would find the information contained within it to be invaluable. So we offered to reformat it for proper conversion into each of the current eBook formats for accessible hosting on the Top Tech Tidbits website, to which Ross so very graciously agreed. So now, instead of being trapped inside the pages of a book, you can read the entire work online, for free (thanks to Ross) in 3 different accessible formats. An online (HTML) version of the book, a Word Document, and a PDF. The Word Document and PDF are approximately 45 pages long. All 3 formats provide a Table of Contents linked to each chapter. Each chapter is designated by a heading. Click on any chapter name to return to the Table of Contents (TOC). It is our sincerest hope that future adventurers will utilize this information to help them make more informed decisions about future bionic implants. Sincerest thanks to Ross for sharing his story with us:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/138.html

5) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: Creating And Editing Signatures In Microsoft Outlook With JAWS

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/139.html

6) Adapting Sight | YouTube Channel | Blake Steineke

Publisher: We would also like to introduce you to a Top Tech Tidbits reader by the name of Blake Steineke. Blake is a legally blind reader with a YouTube Channel called Adapting Sight, where you will find videos that teach visually impaired people about technology, talk about accessibility, and show how to make cameras and content creation accessible. A passion of Blake's since losing his sight. Blake also serves one of our Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors and is a member of the US Blind Hockey Team. An inspiration and resource for us all:
About Blake Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yu8xfWlF4s&list=PLJ6DRL47MTQXE1fM709RALo8QKMLINky1
Adapting Sight YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@adaptingsight8575

7) Mosen At Large: Aira's Astounding Communications Fail, Or How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

Aira's CEO, Troy Otillio, has published a brief statement on Aira's website, acknowledging the widespread concerns many of us have about how difficult it has been to find out how much we will pay for the new pricing plans. You can now visit this page at https://www.aira.io/offset-prices, and view the complete list of plans in all supported currencies once the Aira offset has been applied. This information is publicly available on the web, without completing a form. The original pricing page still asks that you call Customer Service to get this information, but it is a long weekend in the US and hopefully this will be addressed so that the offset pricing page simply becomes the new pricing page. I want to thank Troy for responding to the community's concerns, and doing so personally on a long weekend. There was always going to be debate and disagreement around the pricing changes, that's the nature of the beast. But at least any remaining debate can occur with ready public access to the essential information about what these increases mean for us as blind people. My original post is below:
https://mosen.org/airapricing/

8) Aira — We're Listening

On January 9th 2023 we published new prices for our service, having shared we would do so six months ago. I've heard loud and clear that some of the community is not pleased with me and the communications approach we've taken. Rather than defend any of our actions, I'll take full responsibility as the CEO and leader of Aira. Some immediate actions I am taking:
https://aira.io/listening

9) New Tool Based on ChatGPT Roots Out Accessibility Issues In Web Pages

Publisher: And so the application of ChatGPT to website accessibility begins. Government Technology: As digital citizen engagement becomes more important for local and state governments, public agencies have to pay more attention to accessibility and compliance issues. The newest product launch from Equally AI could help meet some of those demands, according to the company. The Israel-based firm has launched Flowy, a ChatGPT-powered platform designed to help developers "ensure the accessibility of their web products," according to a statement from the company:
https://www.govtech.com/biz/new-tool-roots-out-accessibility-issues-in-web-pages

10) Use This Prompting Trick To Improve ChatGPT's Performance | Aron Brand

As a powerful and versatile language model, ChatGPT from OpenAI has the ability to engage in complex debates on a wide range of topics. However, to truly showcase its analytical capabilities and produce deep and thought-provoking responses, a trick can be employed to elicit more detailed and structured answers:
https://medium.com/mlearning-ai/use-this-prompting-trick-to-improve-chatgpts-performance-aefd5d9ba0e3

11) 10 Things You Didn't Know ChatGPT Could Do | ghacks.net

Here are 10 incredible things you likely didn't know you could do with ChatGPT. The list below courtesy of @thesyedhuq on Twitter, who recently went on a ChatGPT deep dive, exploring every facet of its capabilities:
https://www.ghacks.net/10-things-you-didnt-know-chatgpt-could-do/

12) AI-Generated Images From AI-Generated Alt Text | Adrian Roselli

Dear sighted reader, I want you to read this post without looking at the images. Each has been hidden in a disclosure. Instead, read the alternative text I provide and visualize how it may look. Then read the automatically generated alternative text, and try to visualize it then. Consider how they differ. I took the original alt text and the most descriptive auto-generated alt text and fed each into Craiyon and Midjourney, two self-proclaimed AI tools for generating images from nothing more than a text prompt. Start comparing the images. As you visually compare each, think about how a screen reader user might have benefited from the more descriptive alt text. Obviously context matters for what alt text you choose, and the alt text might change for an image as it is used in other contexts:
https://adrianroselli.com/2022/08/ai-generated-images-from-ai-generated-alt-text.html

13) Apple Store App to Offer Augmented Reality Shopping Feature on Your iPhone

A future version of the Apple Store app will offer an augmented reality feature that allows customers to point their iPhone toward a product like a Mac in an Apple Store and instantly receive more information about pricing and specifications in an overlay on their screen:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/01/12/apple-store-app-augmented-reality-report/

14) Why Apple's VR/AR Headset Could Be As Big As The iPhone

For years, the iPhone has been Apple's hero product. But recent changes suggest that things won't be that way for much longer. Is Apple's new headset poised to take its place?
https://medium.com/@itslizmartin/why-apples-vr-ar-headset-could-be-the-next-iphone-b43e1f99c592

15) How To Get Siri To Read Text Messages On Your iPhone

Siri will only announce your messages as they arrive if you are using one of a small list of compatible earbuds: AirPods (2nd or 3rd Generation), AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Solo Pro:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-siri-to-read-text-messages-on-your-iphone/

16) Why The Ios Health App Is More Important Than You Realize

If you've ever set up an Apple Watch, you're likely aware of the Apple Health app that's baked right into iOS. It stores plenty of data, from your name, blood type, and date of birth, to more complex information like how well you're sleeping. This one-stop-shop may be missed entirely by some, however, since it's never really front and center as part of iOS. And yet, the Health app's tendrils reach across almost everything you do on your iPhone — it pulls from screen time, activity, sleep data, and even heart rate data if you have an Apple Watch connected. If you've not jumped into the iOS Health app, here are some reasons to check it out:
https://www.techradar.com/features/why-the-ios-health-app-is-more-important-than-you-realize

17) The 19 Best Accessories and Tech Essentials for Your Dog | Wired

From smart collars to pup backpacks, we've had our furry best friends try it all. These are the best dog accessories we've bought or tested for our very, very good boys and girls:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-dog-accessories-and-tech/

18) 101 iOS & iPadOS Apps Developed Specifically for Blind or Low Vision Users

Publisher: While Top Tech Tidbits does indeed have its own BVI App Directory, it simply pales in comparison to the one offered by AppleVis. Currently our favorite compilation in this regard:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/apps-for-blind-or-low-vision-users

19) The Apps Most Recommended by the AppleVis Community

Publisher: This list of apps from the directory are ranked by number of AppleVis user recommendations:
https://www.applevis.com/apps/recommended-most

20) Walk-Bot Is A Navigation Device For The Vision-Impaired | Hackaday

For the vision impaired, there are a wide variety of tools and techniques used to navigate around in the real world. Walk-bot is a device that aims to help with this task, using ultrasound to provide a greater sense of obstacles in one's surroundings:
https://hackaday.com/2023/01/11/walk-bot-is-a-navigation-device-for-the-vision-impaired/

21) Biped.ai Uses This Automaker's Self-Driving Tech to Guide Pedestrians

Displayed last year at CES, the improved Biped is being adapted to communicate with autonomous vehicles:
https://www.autoweek.com/news/technology/a42436776/bipedai-uses-honda-self-driving-tech-to-guide-pedestrians/

22) The Next Generation "IrisVision Inspire 1.2" Launched to Help the Visually Impaired and Legally Blind See Again

IrisVision, the leader in digital vision technologies, has announced the launch of all of the new features of IrisVision Inspire's 1.2 software update. Launched in 2021, IrisVision Inspire is the successor to the award-winning IrisVision Live device. IrisVision's vision correction software platform utilizes the power of XR devices and a mobile AI platform to enhance vision, facilitate daily living activities, and enable people with impaired vision to live more independent lives:
https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/610941812/the-next-generation-irisvision-inspire-1-2-launched-to-help-the-visually-impaired-and-legally-blind-see-again

23) Winning Teams Revisited! Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS for Windows | Hartgen Consultancy

It has been exactly two years since we produced a training course in the use of Microsoft Teams. Since that time, the Teams application has significantly changed. Two years in this context is a long period of time. There have been some accessibility regressions and changes. Moreover, depending upon which build of Teams your organization has access to, the level of accessibility you will receive will vary. Our upcoming training course, Winning Teams revisited, will do a number of things. It will teach someone who has never used the application before how to work with Teams. It will bring people up to speed in terms of changes in the application. Finally, it will give you strategies in terms of how to manage situations if accessibility is not all that it could be:
https://hartgen.org/teams

24) How to Save Your Smartphone's Battery Life | Wired

Shrug off your anxiety with these power-saving tips to extend the juice of your Apple or Android phone:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-save-smartphone-battery-life/

25) Notice: BrailleSense U2 Qwerty Discontinuation

This announcement serves as formal notification that SELVAS Healthcare, Inc. will discontinue BrailleSense U2 Qwerty. Even though they are no longer available, technical support is still available:
https://himsintl.com/en/public_relations/media.php?bgu=view&idx=46

26) HIMS Introduces New Product "SensePlayer OCR"

The SensePlayer is a digital audio player and portable OCR device designed by the HIMS division of SELVAS Healthcare. It is a small, lightweight portable device which can play digital books, music files, document files, DAISY content, FM radio, and can scan and recognize printed text and text image files with the built-in 13 megapixel camera and OCR software. With the built-in Wi-Fi, users can also utilize Online DAISY, Web Radio and subscribe to and download podcasts. SensePlayer also includes convenient features like a calculator, memo application and an alarm clock. In addition, the SensePlayer contains a unique Smart Connect function that allows you to utilize its tactile keypad to operate your smart phone or tablet. Though the SensePlayer is a powerful device with advanced features, it remains easy to use, even for the non-technical person, with many functions available with the press of a single button. HIMS is taking pre-orders this month and shipping from January 2023. For more information:
https://himsintl.com/en/public_relations/media.php?bgu=view&idx=45

27) New Fully Voice-Activated Custom Samsung Smartphone For The Visually Impaired Hits The Market In The UK

An Australian technology company has launched in the UK its new voice-activated mobile phone designed for use by older people and visually-impaired people:
https://www.carehomeprofessional.com/new-fully-voice-activated-custom-samsung-smartphone-for-visually-impaired-hits-the-market/

28) 3D Printing Allows Blind Chemists To Visualize Scientific Data

A group of US-based chemists have transformed scientific charts and images into tactile materials that are accessible to blind and visually impaired researchers. This could help to reduce barriers faced by people with low vision who wish to study and work in science. The team led by Baylor University biochemist Bryan Shaw used 3D printing techniques to convert scientific images into thin 3D constructions called lithophanes, which present high resolution data in a form that visually impaired people can interpret:
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/3d-printing-allows-blind-chemists-to-visualise-scientific-data/4016113.article?utm_content=234697803&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-18197430

29) What's New In Duxbury DBT for January 12th 2023

https://www.duxburysystems.com/dbt_new.asp?f3=USA


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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: April 24th 2023 | Survey on Technology Used by Visually Impaired Translators and Interpreters

A visually impaired student in Translation Studies conducting a research for her dissertation would appreciate if blind or visually impaired translators and/or interpreters would fill in this survey about the technology they use to fulfill their translation-related tasks. She is especially interested in the types of technology used and their influence on the translators' and interpreters' productivity:
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January 11th 2023 | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, Rachel and Elizabeth teach users how to take control of their settings in Google Chrome using JAWS:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-manage-settings-in-chrome/id1521340640?i=1000593841746

January 12th 2023 | Insights & Sound Bites Podcast: "I Chose to Educate Myself" | Hadley

Pat shares with us the choices she made when faced with a visual impairment:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/i-chose-educate-myself

January 14th 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 110: Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2, TalkBack 13.1 And Vario Ultra 40 Unboxing

In this episode, we first talk about Android 13 quarterly platform release 2 beta 2. Then we discuss the recently released TalkBack 13.1 for non-Samsung phones. We then do the unboxing of Vario Ultra 40 braille display. In our TalkBack highlights the features in TalkBack 13.1 are explained (this is part 1 of the features explanation. Stay tuned for more.) In the tip of the week, we show you how to block/unblock someone on Telegram. This episode can be found at this playlist, with each file as a short segment. Thanks for listening:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpZeRyq583NqtcNhdFonXlw

January 18th 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2303: The View From Inside At Vispero

Ryan Jones has recently stepped up to take on the role of Vice President of Software Products at Vispero following the retirement of Eric Damery who held that position for many years. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ryan about how his long career with Vispero has prepared him for this role and his outlook for the future of accessibility:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2303.htm


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January 19th 2023 | How to Improve Productivity Using Refreshable Braille | Vispero

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Are you looking for ways to become more proficient when using a braille display? Join us. Objectives: We'll provide an overview of seven powerful features available when using a braille display with JAWS, plus discuss useful commands. Learn how to: Access braille settings in JAWS. Use Scratch Pad to take notes when not connected to a computer or portable device. Use status cells to obtain formatting information about a document or web page. Select, copy, and paste text using the braille display. Use Braille Study Mode to teach or learn braille. Use BrailleIn to control your computer and input information. Use the Braille Viewer to visually display a textual representation of the braille display's output on a computer screen. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5ZsB9BqZQp-S3z6FK1orwA

January 19th 2023 | Coordinating Captioned Media For Your Campus: Learn from Others | Free Webinar | ATHEN

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT
Watching media without captions can be frustrating for deaf students. Captioned media not only supports deaf students, but is beneficial for the entire campus community. Accessible campuses require that videos be captioned, however, survey results from 87 disability service professionals found that only 30% of their institutions offered this service (Supporting Deaf College Students: Perspectives From Disability Services Professionals, 2022). Join NDC for a panel of disability service professionals to discuss their experiences with policy and procedures for captioned media on campus. While this webinar is designed for DSS personnel, administrators, policymakers, and participants from all professional backgrounds are encouraged to attend. The agenda for this webinar is derived from common inquiries to NDC's Help Desk which include: Guidance on who is responsible for captioning media. How to implement captioned media policies and procedures, and ways to leverage campus collaborations:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6EZUmyLTRV2Mp9KFk9OlJA

January 19th 2023 | Top 5 Kiosk Application Tips to Make Your Self-Service Kiosk Accessible | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: Laura Boniello Miller, Director of Business Development, and Traci Murray, Director of Business Development. This webinar will focus on kiosk application accessibility and usability, sharing 5 key considerations for your kiosk application. Enhance your existing kiosk application to be accessible (incorporating applicable parts of WCAG 2.1) and usable for all, including customers who are blind or have low vision. Attendees will learn how to make an existing kiosk app (or build new) to work with a screen reader for a usable and accessible kiosk experience. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-18-at-12pm-et-top-5-kiosk-application-tips-to-make-your-self-service-kiosk-accessible/

January 19th 2023 | The BlindShell Classic 2 Cell Phone Workshop | Florida Outreach Center For The Blind

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 5PM GMT
Please join the Florida Outreach Center For The Blind for our next workshop. This month we are excited to have a representative from Blind Shell USA who will be demonstrating the BlindShell Classic 2 cell phone. We've created the world's best all-in-one accessible cell phone that provides greater independence, freedom to express, and the ability to communicate the way you desire. With an updated sleek design, improved tactile keypad, a larger screen with more information displayed for easier reading, and enhanced voice control functionality, it's simpler than ever to use the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible cell phone if you have a visual impairment or other disabilities that make operating a standard smartphone or cell phone difficult. It's time to join the BlindShell community and see what all the buzz is about! This event will be held over Zoom. A door prize will be given out to one lucky winner, but you must be present to win! We look forward to having you join us as we learn more about this outstanding and beneficial product! If you have any questions, please call The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind at (561) 642-0005 ☎. | Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09

January 24th 2023 | Smart Watches And Other Wearables | Tech It Out | Hadley

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 1/25
Please join us on January 24, 2023, at 7 PM Central, when we'll be discussing smart watches and other wearables. If you'd like a text reminder for upcoming Tech It Out discussions, send a text message from your cell phone to the number 52545, and type "Tech" in the body of the message. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your questions and comments. Email us at techitout@hadley.edu ✉ or give us a call at (800) 323-4238 ☎. You can also join the Tech It Out Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2692780374142403 to keep the conversation going and chat with fellow participants:

January 25th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

January 25th 2023 | Easy Portable Reading — The omniReader (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
The omniReader ® is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads the text out loud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want — at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain this machine's critical assistive role to the visually impaired. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features walkthrough of the omniReader. Understand the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. Meeting ID: 881 2262 4972 | Passcode: 596298 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88122624972#,,,,*596298# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
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January 26th 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
2023 starts with a big bang in the Blackboard / Anthology Ally universe as the North American and European Ally User Groups combine to form the International Ally User Group. Led by the community for the community it will feature talks, workshops, presentations and more from institutions that use Ally and accessibility experts. This month's meeting has some hot topics previously requested by the community: how to sell the benefits of alternative formats to students, and how educators can implement accessible pedagogy. The full agenda is as follows: Introducing User Group Chairs. Community Updates. Accessible Learning using Blackboard Ally — Chloe Bell and Lauren Basey, Northumbria University. Implementing Accessible Pedagogy - Dr Katie Grennell, Anthology. Any other business. These sessions are of particular interest to those who use Ally at their institution or are considering Ally, or who just have an interest in digital accessibility within Higher Education:
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January 31st 2023 | A Beginner's Guide to Inclusive UX Design

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, UX Practice Manager, and David Swallow, Principal UX Consultant. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. Accessibility is often left to developers to deal with, but what can people who don't have coding expertise do to ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? In this webinar, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will address that question. We'll make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility and inclusive design, and provide practical tips that everyone, regardless of their role, can apply to make digital experiences more accessible and usable. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-31-at-12pm-et-a-beginners-guide-to-inclusive-ux-design/

February 1st 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
| Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

February 7th 2023 | Health Care Decision Making, Advance Directives, and the MOLST Form | Zoom | For Residents of Maryland

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
This presentation will provide general guidance and information regarding the process of making health care decisions, including how the Health Care Decisions Act, advance directives, and the Maryland MOLST form are used to carry out patients' health care decisions. Presenter: Paul J. Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtduiupjgoHNAfbDpQ8iBOvnRoNuBlCYrG

February 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 9th 2023 and February 10th 2023 | Second Annual 2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!

ATHEN is hosting the Second Annual "2023 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference: Acc3ss N0w!" on February 9th and 10th 2023. Registration is free for ATHEN and AHEAD members, and low cost for non-members. Conference Details, Dates, Registration and Cost:
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February 11th 2023 | Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

February 14th 2023 | Exploring New Accessibility Frontiers with TPGi and the W3C

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Matthew Atkinson, TPGi's Principal Accessibility Engineer, and W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group co-chair. Several of TPGi's accessibility experts work alongside many others from across industry and academia to further accessibility through the work of the W3C. There's a range of transformative and evolutionary work being done right now, thanks to a collaboration between different groups and organizations. Join Matthew Atkinson, co-chair of the W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures working group, for an overview of a few key strands of exploration and development. Topics to be covered include affording symbol users access to web content, ensuring the Web of Things is accessible to all, and making collaborative authoring accessible. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-february-14-at-12pm-et-exploring-new-accessibility-frontiers-with-tpgi-and-the-w3c/

February 15th 2023 | Giving Up Your Car Keys Is Not The End Of Your Independence | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 2/16
Presented by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Maryland Senior Division. Please join our conversation to explore the emotional decision to give up driving. Discover how to manage your life when you are no longer the one behind the wheel. When: February 15, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call at (339) 209-4083 ☎. All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 ☎ or mwoods719@gmail.com ✉.

February 27th 2023 to March 2nd 2023 | Apply By January 23rd 2023 | Accessible Customer-Centered Communications Workshop | NSITE & Baker Communications, Inc. In Partnership

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for individuals who are blind or face vision loss, has partnered with one of the leading sales training providers, Baker Communications Inc. (BCI), to offer a virtual instructor-led delivery of their Customer-Centered Communications workshop. This highly engaging and participatory accessible workshop, delivered over four consecutive days (four hours per session), covers a comprehensive six-part system of organized customer communications and selling. After the program, participants will be able to build greater trust with customers, deliver specific customer outcomes effectively, and achieve world-class customer service and sales performance. All NSITE programs are adapted for the learning styles of blind and low-vision learners. Therefore, qualified applicants who are blind or have low vision receive enrollment preference in case classes fill up. Program runs February 27 to March 2, 2023. Apply by January 23rd 2023:
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February 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 6th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

March 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 11th 2023 | Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

March 15th 2023 and March 16th 2023 | 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

March 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

April 5th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

April 8th 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

May 3rd 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

May 13th 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

June 2nd 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT
We would love for you to share your accessibility knowledge during our sixth annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023! As in former years, this virtual conference is FREE for all attendees. This year's ASC event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 8:00-4:00 CST. As a conference participant you will be able to attend sessions and engage in valuable networking with like-minded professionals. We are soliciting presentations from all experience levels and backgrounds, so please visit the ASC Conference Home Page for more information and to submit a proposal. The session proposal deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023. What is Accessibility Summer Camp (ASC)? The Accessibility Summer Camp is a FREE annual conference with the goal of connecting professionals and educators with best practices in accessibility and Universal Design. Over the past few years, the ASC conference has grown to become one of the most popular accessibility conferences in the country. Our mission is to provide accessibility professional development that empowers attendees to create high quality, accessible learning environments while removing barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn:
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June 7th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


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

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

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Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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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.


➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products

Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!

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Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


➜ A New Year Deserves New Products! Call For Info On Any Of The Following

A beautiful and rugged leather convertible backpack - shoulder bag. The largest leather waist pack we have ever found. 18x8x8. A new concept in bone conduction headphones with charging case. A new leather neck pouch that really keeps your phone camera at the correct height and fits the new Blind Shell 2 along with other phones, and much more! For more information or to order call either Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email barry.scheur@gmail.com ✉.

Director, http://www.GuideLightsAndGadgets.us

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

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com

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

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

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


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28&products_id=331

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Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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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 ☎.


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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.

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

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

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

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

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

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

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

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

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

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

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

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

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

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

Products:

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


➜ Tired Of Paying For Inaccessible Learning Apps?

We get it. Focus on the content that matters to you and spend less time trying to navigate online learning with your assistive technology. Verified by a community of accessibility testers, Fable Pathways offers free, assistive-technology-friendly online learning, compatible with devices like screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice navigation, and switch controls. Sign up today for your free, accessible, membership at:
https://www.fablepathways.com

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Products

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
Potential Student. I want to train with Clusiv.
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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 12, 2023 - Volume 893

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

A.) The 9 Neatest Things We've Seen At CES 2023 So Far | Wired (6.6% of all clicks.)
Tech's biggest show is just getting started. We've already gotten the chance to try some fun gadgets:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/ces-2023-photo-gallery-day-1/

B.) Arges Glasses Move Missing Images For Visually Impaired Users (4.5% of all clicks.)
Officially debuting at CES, the glasses are being developed by Samsung-funded South Korean startup Cellico:
https://newatlas.com/wearables/arges-glasses-macular-degeneration/

C.) Company Unveils Latest Generation Of Assistive Device For The Legally Blind (4.3% of all clicks.)
eSight has announced the launch of its latest innovation in assistive technology, eSight Go:
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D.) How To Turn On Walking Steadiness Notifications In iOS 16 (3.8% of all clicks.)
Walking Steadiness is a helpful tool for older folks to know their risk of falling. Here's how to turn on walking steadiness notifications in iOS 16. Available on iPhone 8 or later and iOS 15 or later, Walking Steadiness uses algorithms to track metrics such as walking speed, step length, walking asymmetry, and double support time:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios-16/tips/how-to-turn-on-walking-steadiness-notifications-in-ios-16

E.) 5 Easy Ways To Make Desktop Shortcuts On Windows 11 (3.6% of all clicks.)
There are 5 easy ways to create desktop shortcuts on Windows 11, here they are:
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6) Smart Home, Health Tech, and Everything Else We Saw at CES | Wired

In the world of consumer tech, there's no palate-cleanser for the new year quite like the annual CES, the giant electronics show. What better way to kick off 2023 than to find your way through the maze of metal and screens (and germs) and Alexa-equipped toothbrushes and pet-feeding robots (and germs) and hyper-futuristic electric vehicles that may never actually ship (also, probably germs)? Our WIRED editors are on the ground at CES, keeping an eye out for the most important developments to emerge from the gadget extravaganza:
https://www.wired.com/story/gadget-lab-podcast-580/

7) 9 More Of The Wild And Strange Things We've Seen At CES 2023 | Wired

Tech's big show rolls on, with more visions of the future on display. Here are some more of the coolest gadgets we've seen:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/ces-2023-photo-gallery-day-2/

8) The Best Cars, Rides, and Auto Tech of CES 2023

Aside from color-morphing concepts and Tron-inspired bikes, this year's show was about how car and tech companies will work closer together in the future:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-best-cars-rides-and-auto-tech-of-ces-2023/

9) The Silly, Wild And Absurd Tech We Found At CES 2023 | Gizmodo

CES is usually bursting at the seams with absolutely pointless stuff that's been given a technology injection for absolutely no reason. Unlike many before it, this year's CES was a little less stupid, but 2023 still brought with it some silly stuff. The following is a wrap-up of everything that made me stop and go, 'hmm. Do we really need that?' or 'Wow this is bizarre, but I kinda really like it'. It's a very scientific scale, so without further ado:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2023/01/ces-2023-silly/

10) CES 2023: Samsung Previews A New TV Mode For People With Low Vision

Relumino Mode is coming to select Samsung TVs later this year:
https://mashable.com/article/samsung-event-relumino-mode-smart-tvs-ces-2023

11) The Best of CES 2023 | Wired

These are the products, prototypes, and ideas that most clearly signaled the future at this year's consumer tech showcase:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-of-ces-2023/

12) I've Seen The Future Of AR Glasses At CES 2023 — And It's Amazing | Barry Collins | Forbes

Augmented reality glasses are going to be big, and I've been given a sneak preview of the technology that will power the glasses from major manufacturers. And it's astonishingly good:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/barrycollins/2023/01/05/ive-seen-the-future-of-ar-glasses-at-ces-2023and-its-amazing/?sh=429f2e205262

13) Panasonic Announces Smart Glasses For The Visually Impaired At CES 2023

Panasonic and Biel Glasses have announced a new pair of smart glasses to aid mobility for the visually impaired. Panasonic is partnering with Barcelona-based start-up Biel, the two companies have announced a pair of 'life-changing' smart glasses for aiding in mobility for visually impaired individuals at CES 2023:
https://coolblindtech.com/panasonic-announces-smart-glasses-for-the-visually-impaired-at-ces-2023/

14) The 14 Best Gadgets From CES 2023 You Can Buy Right Now | Wired

From gaming headsets to electric in-line skates, here's everything announced at the tech trade show that you can actually order today:
https://www.wired.com/story/ces-2023-best-gadgets-you-can-buy-right-now/

15) These Trends At CES Are Shaping The Future Of Technology | CNet

If you want to know where the future of technology lies, then CES 2023 is where you needed to be. The show floor was filled with buzzy, headline-grabbing products of the week, like a toilet sensor that can read your pee or a color-changing car with AI sass. But these are products you likely aren't buying soon. The real value of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show is how it lays out a vision for where tech may go in the coming months and years:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/these-trends-at-ces-are-shaping-the-future-of-technology/#ftag=CAD590a51e

16) Windows 11 January 2023 Update Comes With Hidden Features

Microsoft has released January 2023 update for Windows 11 version 22H2 and 21H2 with security improvements. On the surface, Windows 11 January 2023 updates include only security features, but it looks like Microsoft has left more than a few things out in the update:
https://www.windowslatest.com/2023/01/11/windows-11-january-2023-update-comes-with-hidden-features/

17) New Details Emerge About Apple's Mixed-Reality Headset

If you're into virtual reality, you were probably focused on the news coming out of CES this week. There was no shortage of new augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. But the biggest AR-VR news came from a company that very deliberately did not announce it at CES:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-mixed-reality-headset-details-emerge/

18) Using ChatGPT As A Translation Service With A Kick

Since ChatGPT's public release in November 2022, users from all over the world have discovered applications for it. From handing out recipes to spicing up search engine results and using it to get TV show and movie recommendations. Another application that may be useful to some users is translation:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/01/05/using-chatgpt-as-a-translation-service-with-a-kick/

19) ChatGPT And Programming: Incredible. Terrifying. I Love It. | Iestyn Lloyd

Publisher: I, personally, began my programming journey as a child on a Tandy TRS-80 that I bought from Radio Shack. I bought it. I brought it home. I hooked it up to the TV. Yes, to the TV. Via RCA I think? White, yellow and red? Turned on the power and the whole screen glowed a light blue except for a single blinking white cursor in the top left hand corner of the screen. I pressed the keys on the keyboard and the characters appeared on the screen. That was the level of knowledge I began with. From there I digested all of the documentation I could find and eventually learned the BASIC programming language. This acronym stood for Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. I used it to write a software program to help me study for my SATs. And I was off. From there I moved on to a Commodore 64. And then a 128. Ooh. That stood for 128K. And then came DOS. And then came IBM. And then came Dell. I was pretty much Microsoft Windows all the way. I didn't venture into the Apple camp until I held a position as a graphic designer at a firm that used only Apple workstations. So I'd like to think I know a few things. But reading this particular article humbled me so deeply that it reminded me of those first days again, staring at a blank screen, not knowing what a cursor was, what it did, or what was behind it. The magic. The horror. I feel like that is exactly where we are right now with AI. This author's comment, "I feel like a farm worker that has seen a tractor for the very first time," is what made me realize that once again, I know nothing. Iestyn Lloyd: The future is here. I've seen it. I've used it. It has blown my mind. ChatGPT has been released in free research preview and it is incredible. While ChatGPT can do many different things, it's the programming side that I'm particularly interested in. You can ask it — in plain English — to generate code for you by describing what you want the code to do. Recently I've been using MicroPython and Python a lot, so focused on that. Here's some examples:
https://medium.com/@iestynlloyd/chatgpt-and-programming-incredible-terrifying-i-love-it-96342e424ba0

20) The Fourth Age Of Programming | Jon Stokes | Replit

Publisher: Following our theme above regarding ChatGPT and the future of programming, I offer you this incredibly informative piece that explains in layman terms exactly what the "singularity" is, and just how close we might be to achieving it. Wikipedia: The technological singularity — or simply the singularity — is a hypothetical future point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization. According to the most popular version of the singularity hypothesis, I.J. Good's intelligence explosion model, an upgradable intelligent agent will eventually enter a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, each new and more intelligent generation appearing more and more rapidly, causing an "explosion" in intelligence and resulting in a powerful superintelligence that qualitatively far surpasses all human intelligence. Jon Stokes: In normieland, where I still spend plenty of time both online and IRL, software's newfound ability to write, draw, and speak like we humans is often taken as evidence that the machines are about to remake our entire society (again) and totally change the nature and value of labor (again). I don't think the normies are wrong about this, but as flashy as Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT are, old heads know that the Robot Apocalypse has exactly one and only one horseman: computer programs that can write computer programs:
https://blog.replit.com/fourth

21) ChatGPT Generated AppleScript for Music | Kevin Shaw | AppleVis

Have you ever been listening to the Music app on Mac OS and went, "Oh, I wonder what song this is?" For me, that means command-tabbing to the Music app, getting to the LCD area, interacting and then reading the song title and artist. Wouldn't it be great to hit one key and hear song title and artist, no matter what app you were in?
https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/chat-gpt-generated-applescript-music

22) 20 Entertaining Uses Of ChatGPT You Never Knew Were Possible | Mark Schaefer

Our RISE community has been on fire, exploring the breathtaking possibilities of ChatGPT. The uses of ChatGPT are simply endless and intoxicating. It's still early days. Companies are trying to figure out the legal and ethical implications of a content world suddenly turned on its head by artificial intelligence. And yet ... applying powerful AI to everyday tasks is awesome. So I challenged my RISE community friends ... let's have some fun and come up with some non-obvious uses and share them with the world. Here we go:
https://markwschaefer.medium.com/20-entertaining-uses-of-chatgpt-you-never-knew-were-possible-3bc2644d4507

23) OpenAI Begins Piloting ChatGPT Professional, A Premium Version Of Its Viral Chatbot

OpenAI this week signaled it'll soon begin charging for ChatGPT, its viral AI-powered chatbot that can write essays, emails, poems and even computer code. In an announcement on the company's official Discord server, OpenAI said that it's “starting to think about how to monetize ChatGPT” as one of the ways to “ensure [the tool's] long-term viability.” The monetized version of ChatGPT will be called ChatGPT Professional, apparently. That's according to a waitlist link OpenAI posted in the Discord server, which asks a range of questions about payment preferences including “At what price (per month) would you consider ChatGPT to be so expensive that you would not consider buying it?”
https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/11/openai-begins-piloting-chatgpt-professional-a-premium-version-of-its-viral-chatbot/?guccounter=2

24) How To Change Text Size For Individual Apps On Your iPhone | Cool Blind Tech

https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-change-text-size-for-individual-apps-on-your-iphone/

25) Introducing BARD For The BlindShell

Introducing the BARD mobile app for the Blind Shell Classic 2. BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is a free library service of downloadable braille and audio reading material for residents of the United States and US citizens living abroad who are unable to read or use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. BARD provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. The site is password-protected. All files are downloadable as compressed audio or formatted ebraille files. BARD is a partnership between NLS and its network of cooperating libraries. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics:
https://blindshellusa.com/bard/?mc_cid=48575020b3&mc_eid=8db81927a2

26) Demonstration: Using BARD With The BlindShell Classic 2 | Michael Babcock | YouTube

In this video Michael demonstrates how to use BARD, a popular app for the blind, with the Blind Shell Classic 2. He covers all the necessary steps, including installing the app, downloading a book, and playing that book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4LY1b0bWks

27) eSight Launches Its Next Gen Assistive Design

Leading vision-enhancement platform, eSight, has announced the launch of its latest innovation in assistive technology, eSight Go. The wearable device sets a new standard for enhanced vision technology through its heightened visual clarity, lightweight design and expansive field of view, helping those with central vision loss gain independence in their everyday life:
https://www.ept.ca/2023/01/esight-launches-its-next-gen-assistive-design/

28) How To Quickly Change Windows And Browser Tabs With Your Keyboard On Windows | MakeUseOf

In this article, we'll cover the exact different ways to change your Windows tab easily:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-switch-windows-browser-tabs-keyboard/

29) Open Source Recording And Streaming App OBS Studio 29.0 Released

The OBS Project has released OBS Studio 29.0 for Windows and Mac OS devices. The Linux version of OBS Studio 29.0 is not yet available at the time of writing on the official project website, but downloads are available on GitHub:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/01/09/open-source-recording-and-streaming-app-obs-studio-29-0-released/

30) 10 Browser Add-Ons to Make Downloading Videos Easy

Need to grab a clip from Twitter or remix that YouTube meme compilation? These tools can help:
https://www.wired.com/story/10-browser-add-ons-extensions-download-videos-photos/

31) The Dynamic Tactile Device: A New Solution to an Old Problem | APH

The Monarch, our upcoming Dynamic Tactile Device, wouldn't be where it is today without our partners at @NFB_voice and @HumanWare. Learn more about how we've come together to turn this dream device into a reality:
https://nfb.org/blog/dynamic-tactile-device-new-solution-old-problem

32) JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver Braille Viewers | Adrian Roselli

First, a very important qualifier — this does not represent how Braille display users experience the web. All this post does is show how to enable the Braille display emulators in JAWS and VoiceOver. This can be handy when testing issues reported by users and you do not have a Braille display handy, though this is really only handy for sighted readers. In no way is this post meant to suggest you can replace Braille display testing with these emulators. Ok, two paragraphs of disclaimers later, let's look at our options:
https://adrianroselli.com/2023/01/jaws-nvda-and-voiceover-braille-viewers.html

33) Microsoft's VALL-E Copies Original Speakers' Voices, Emotions To Synthesize Personalized Speeches

Microsoft's new language model VALL-E is an interesting artificial intelligence tool that can copy human voices and even the emotions and tones in them. It only needs a three-second recording to be used as an acoustic prompt but can deliver a different message using the original speaker's voice:
https://mspoweruser.com/vall-e-copies-speakers-voices-to-synthesize-speech/

34) Learning About the NVDA Review Cursor | Thee Quinn | YouTube

In this video I will explain and demonstrate the use of the NVDA review cursor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcqVPmT0Dy4

35) Sony Releases Its First Accessible Controller

The company unveiled Project Leonardo, a fully customizable, accessible console game controller, built with the help of the disabled community:
https://www.wired.com/story/sony-releases-first-accessible-controller-project-leonardo/

36) Sony's New PS5 Controller Looks Like A Big Leap For Accessibility On PlayStation

Sony revealed a brand-new controller for its PlayStation 5 on January 4th 2023, a device called Project Leonardo that aims at bring improved accessibility to players on PlayStation. The device, which can be paired with an existing DualSense controller or used on its own, is currently in development, and does not have a release date or price:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/gaming/sony-s-new-ps5-controller-looks-like-a-big-leap-for-accessibility-on-playstation/ar-AA1613ku

37) Jaws Scripts For WhatsApp | Hartgen Consultancy

In 2022, our Leasey product began offering support for WhatsApp. We're now pleased to extend the same functionality so as to support the app downloadable from the Microsoft Store. As of February 1st 2023, the scripts will be available as a separate product. Anyone who is entitled to receive the upcoming Leasey version 8 will not need to purchase this additional separate product:
https://www.hartgen.org/whatsapp

38) LeaseyBite 35, Leasey with Spotify Part 2 | Hartgen Consultancy | MP3

Spotify gives you millions of songs at your fingertips. The artists you love, the latest hits, and new discoveries just for you. It allows you to stream songs over the internet and listen to them as if they were stored on your computer. Let us continue our journey to learn how to use Spotify to create and manage Playlists, share songs, listen to Song Radio and more:
https://pinecast.com/listen/2dde707b-5e16-4878-a207-721f965fc23d.mp3

39) LeaseyBite 36, Leasey Virtual Notes | Hartgen Consultancy | MP3

It is more than possible that you would like to work in one application while referring to notes in another one or within a series of applications. You may be writing a report in Microsoft Word, but you've made notes relating to a client which are stored in a text file which would typically be opened up in Notepad or another text editor. To get to those notes, you may have to press alt with tab a number of times to find it, especially if you have several applications open. Alternatively, you may be a person who does quite a lot of audio recording, and you need to read text which you have compiled from a number of documents or web page sources. You would need to start the recording, and then press alt tab often several times in order to move to the web page or document of interest. A new feature in Leasey version 8, called Leasey virtual notes, makes referring to text a very easy process:
https://pinecast.com/listen/a197a5d9-232c-4e02-8bdd-7699b1ef72a8.mp3

40) LeaseyBite 37, Mastodon Address Book | Hartgen Consultancy | MP3

Mastodon is a social network which has become popular in recent months. One of its attractions is that you can express yourself more fully, as some of the server providers allow you to send messages comprising thousands of characters. After all, if you have to condense a message into a small number of characters, this can lead to misunderstanding and frustration. But one problem can occur, and this relates to how to remember the different addresses of the people you would like to write to. Meet the Mastodon Address Book which can help. Available in Leasey Version 8:
https://pinecast.com/listen/61c94b5e-3029-4577-b5ca-446d20c89c73.mp3

41) Microsoft Ends Security Updates, Technical Support for Windows 7 and 8.1

Windows users running these legacy operating systems will be vulnerable to evolving security threats if they don't upgrade to a later version:
https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-ends-security-updates-technical-support-for-windows-7-and-8-1/#ftag=CAD590a51e

42) Apple Exploring Advanced Sensors That Could Help With Blood Glucose And Blood Pressure Monitoring On The Apple Watch

According to a newly published patent today, Apple is exploring new optical sensors for the Apple Watch. The latest research shows the company's researchers exploring a new hybrid interferometric and scatterometric sensor. Fiber optic interferometers have been shown to help with numerous health-sensing applications in research labs:
https://www.myhealthyapple.com/apple-exploring-advanced-sensors-that-could-help-with-blood-glucose-and-blood-pressure-monitoring-on-the-apple-watch/

43) Bookshare Reader for iOS and Android Now Available

https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-started/bookshare-reader

44) For Users Of NVDA And Thunderbird: Thunderbird+ Addon Introduction | Pierre Louis | Tech-VI List

Hello. I would like to introduce you to my addon "Thunderbird+" which exists in French for several years but which has only recently been localized in English. So, sorry for my English, my native language is French. Thunderbird+ improves the accessibility, efficiency and convenience of using Thunderbird with NVDA in the following ways:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3276

45) Google Docs Voice Typing Getting More Accurate And Expanded Browser Support

Google Docs has offered voice typing on the web since 2015, and the input method is now set to pick up "enhancements" that will also improve automatic captions in Google Slides:
https://9to5google.com/2023/01/09/google-docs-voice-typing/

46) Google Maps No Longer Needs a Phone to Deliver Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Ever since the launch of Wear OS 3, Google has been making a solid return to form. For the most part, the Android smartwatch market was dwindling until Google decided they would change. So far, it is safe to say that the Wear OS 3 has been a success, and we are seeing more and more smartwatches running this new OS. Today, Google Maps has announced a handy new feature that will allow users to go for turn-by-turn navigation on their Wear OS 3 device without having a phone on them all the time:
https://wccftech.com/google-maps-no-longer-needs-a-phone-to-deliver-turn-by-turn-navigation/

47) OneNote For Mac Is Gaining Voice Dictation

The Dictate feature that has been on Windows and the web is coming to OneNote for Mac. You can use the Dictate feature to break away from the keyboard, but keep the flow of your notes. The Dictate feature is an AI-backed set of voice commands to add, format, organize and edit your text. Dictate currently supports more than 50 languages. Getting started is easy, just follow these steps:
https://www.onmsft.com/news/onenote-for-mac-is-gaining-voice-dictation/

48) Seven Free Alternatives To The LastPass Password Manager

If you're feeling like you want to move to a fully free (and hopefully fully secure) password manager, here are some possibilities:
https://www.theverge.com/22285499/password-manager-lastpass-free-bitwarden-zoho

49) Six Dots To Success: Recordings Now Available | The Braillists Foundation | YouTube

Thank you to everyone who attended our events for World Braille Day. Recordings of all of the sessions of the Six Dots to Success conference are now available on the Sight and Sound YouTube Channel. You can find them in this playlist:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpVLmitQJUXyAWpUE6g--g0jlLkpZ6YhI

50) AIRA: New 2023 Retail Plans and Pricing Now Available

Dear Explorer. The 2023 Retail plans and pricing are now available. To design the 2023 plans, we examined actual call data and studied patterns of use from the last year. Our goal was to deliver a set of plans that align closely with how the majority of people use the service. Plans range in price and features to meet the variety of use cases our customers have demonstrated, from the basic to the complex. There are nine new plans ranging from 15 to 800 monthly minutes. The 2023 Retail Plans and Prices web page provides all of the details you'll need to understand the plan types:
https://aira.io/plans-and-prices

51) Capturing The World Around You Through Audio — Introducing The BlindShell Classic 2 + ARxVision

Adding another choice to the BlindShell Classic 2. Announcing the launch of the ARxVision wearable device and app for the BlindShell Classic 2:
https://blindshellusa.com/arx/?mc_cid=d97c220302&mc_eid=6aedce6a9e

52) iOS 17 Coming Later This Year: Here's What to Expect

While there are still around five months remaining until Apple unveils iOS 17, we're already able to piece together a few details about the upcoming software update based on Apple's previous announcements and reported information:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/01/10/what-to-expect-from-ios-17/

53) NV Access In-Process For January 11th 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-11th-january-2023/

54) Access Ingenuity Winter 2023 Newsletter

https://mailchi.mp/2db6a8eb09fe/winter-newsletter-20192444?e=90429c1885

55) Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled January / February 2023 Newsletter

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDLIBRARY/bulletins/3410e52

56) Singapore Tech Pioneer Behind Sound Blaster Dies, Marking End Of Illustrious Era

Creative Technology's founder and CEO Sim Wong Hoo not only helped put Singapore on the global technology map with its Sound Blaster audio cards, he also carved an era that encapsulated never-say-die entrepreneurship:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/singapore-tech-pioneer-behind-sound-blaster-dies-marking-end-of-illustrious-era/#ftag=RSSbaffb68


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December 28th 2022 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 108: From George Lucas to Clingan, A Conversation with Joel Snyder About Audio Description

Join us as we welcome in Dr. Joel Snyder to That Real Blind Tech show to discuss his career working in Audio Description, the ACB's Audio Description Project, and some laughs along the way:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-108-from-george-lucas-to-clingan-a-conversation-with-dr-joel-snyder-about-audio-description

January 4th 2023 | Blind Centered Audio Description Chat: Blind Professionals in AD

Prior to this live chat, we polled the AD Twitter Community to see which one of three pre-selected topics most interested the people... The winner... Blind professionals in the audio description business. Whether we're talking about narration, quality control, audio editing and writing, many want to know how they can get started. During this conversation we hear about the importance of having a foundational skill set and exactly how that goes beyond audio description:
https://reidmymind.com/blind-centered-audio-description-chat-blind-professionals-in-ad/

January 5th 2023 | CVS Pharmacy Spoken Rx | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Learn how CVS pharmacy customers throughout the US can access a free service that reads aloud prescription medication information:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/cvs-pharmacy-spoken-rx

January 8th 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 109: CES 2023 And More News About Blind Shell 2 Classic

We first get very big news from Blind Shell USA. We then reflect on the phones and other tech showed at CES 2023. For the app of the week, our listener submits a demo of an app called Smiling Minds which is a meditation and yoga app. This podcast episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqo_tfnRNDQUGgyMwyaKpoIQ

January 9th 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 109: Aira Price Plan Changes First Reaction, And A Conversation With Aira Ceo Troy Otillio And Jeanine Stanley

Brian and Allison are joined by friend of the podcast David Goldstein to discuss their initial thoughts on the new price plans announced by Aira. Brian is then joined by Troy Otillio, CEO of Aira, and Jeanine Stanley, Aira Social Media Manager. Troy and Jeanine discuss Aira's new price plans, why they are asking people to call customer care, and Aira moving forward:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-109-aira-new-price-plan-first-reactions-and-a-conversation-with-troy-otillio-aira-ceo-and-jeanine-stanley

January 10th 2023 | Unmute Presents: Interview With Raz Mobility CEO, Robert Felgar — The Future of Accessible Telecommunications

Tune in to this week's episode of the Unmute Presents podcast! Marty Solo and Michael Babcock interview Robert Felgar, CEO of Raz Mobility. Discover the innovative Minivision2+ phone — a user-friendly, talking phone that meets all your telecommunications needs. Perfect for those who are visually impaired, the talking voice guide and large tactile buttons make it easy to navigate. Learn about the SmartVision3 too. Don't miss out! #RazMobility #UnmutePresents #Accessibility:
https://yourownpay.com/raz-mobility-on-our-january-10-2023-unmute-presents-call/

January 11th 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2302: JAWS Evolves to Meet Changing Needs

In this second of a two-part series, we talk about how the JAWS screen reader has had to adapt to advances in computer technology as well as to the evolving requirements of users. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with long time colleagues and friends Ted Henter, Eric Damery, and Glen Gordon as they reminisce about their contributions to accessibility:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2302.htm


➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses

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


January 12th 2023 | The Many Faces of BARD

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/13
The topic for the Thursday, January 12, 2023, Many Faces of BARD program will be How You Can Help Us Help You — Working Together with BARD Tech Support. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. The session will begin with a brief presentation provided by the Tech Support team. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other general questions related to BARD usage:
https://lorinet.info/tbp/?p=5783

January 13th 2023 | Understanding Magnification for Mac | The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
Learn about magnification on the Mac as well as tools for color and contrast enhancement, locating your cursor and more:
https://nypl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsfu2rrj8qE9FRlX-9MzLcrscnbQkOCuJK

January 14th 2023 | Accessible Origami Online and In Person | Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
If you're coming in person, join us at the Heiskell: 40 West 20th St in Manhattan. We'll be on the second floor. All the supplies you'll need will be here! In-person participants: please do your level best to arrive around 1:20 PM so we can start folding right at 1:30, and please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org ✉ with "Origami in person" in the subject line: this will help us have enough chairs! If you're joining us online, keep reading for your Zoom link! We'll do our best to start promptly at 1:30 PM. If you have origami paper, keep it handy. If you don't, grab any copy paper or 8.5X11 (standard letter size) paper that you have (give a meaningful new life to your junk mail if you want!). Scissors will be helpful but aren't required. Before we fold any models, we'll show everybody how to get a square paper from a rectangular letter-sized page. Whether you're here in person or out in the cloud, we'll use verbal description to learn origami models without looking. Try creating a rabbit, a lantern and a wallet. You can choose to participate in this hybrid event in person or online. Here's the Zoom link:
https://nypl.zoom.us/j/89293112158?pwd=SFptclhOMDBIN1FUSjdPUnZoRWlRdz09

January 18th 2023 | Resolution Solutions: Apps To Tap In 2023 | Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/19
Join the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc as we tap into the power of several accessible apps and resources in the new year. Learn how to supercharge your financial, physical, mental and emotional batteries during this month's webinar. Special guests include Tyler Merrin, four-time Paralympian, and Chris Peterson, personal finance expert and CEO of Penny Forward. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact Tim Paulding at tpaulding@lhblind.org ✉ for questions or assistance with registration. Register in advance for this webinar at:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mTOtYNAuToCfMB3YLeln9w

January 18th 2023 | Special Needs Trusts: Planning For Your Future

3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT
Join the Carroll Center for the Blind's Exclusive Trust Partner, PLAN of MA & RI, for an informational webinar to learn about Special Needs Trusts and how they can help you and your loved ones plan for your future. A Special Needs Trust allows money to be set aside for a person with a disability. The trust is intended to help preserve funds for the sole benefit of this person, enhance their quality of life, and protect their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Speaker: Kathy Vitello, LSW, Director of Operations at PLAN of MA and RI. About the Speaker: Kathy Vitello is a Licensed Social Worker with more than 35 years of experience working with seniors, people who are physically challenged, and chronically ill. She has broad experience and insight — drawn from her work in hospitals, in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and psychiatric facilities, and in-home care and hospice settings. Kathy holds a degree in Mental Health from Northern Essex Community College; has a BA in Applied Mental Health from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and earned certificates in Suicide Prevention in Older Adults and Mental Health and Aging from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University. Kathy has also participated in a week-long training in Thanatology and is a member of the NPA Conference Planning Committee. What You'll Learn: Information about the different types of Special Needs Trusts. Why a Special Needs Trust is beneficial to you. How to protect your assets without affecting your Social Security Disability Benefits. Unique features of PLAN as a Professional Trustee. Who Should Attend: Individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. Parents, family members, and other caregivers of a person with a disability. Professionals. Individuals who think they could benefit from a Special Needs Trust:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1lhF8UVQP6IygWFlBfFZQ?bblinkid=265480395&bbemailid=44518399&bbejrid=-1739148575

January 18th 2023 | How to Create Accessible Videos (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video that complies with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 865 9834 4762 | Passcode: 774759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86598344762#,,,,*774759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86598344762?pwd=V0NoVU9nU2FEOFFxT1VNVWhjMzhEdz09#success

January 19th 2023 | Coordinating Captioned Media For Your Campus: Learn from Others | Free Webinar | ATHEN

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT
Watching media without captions can be frustrating for deaf students. Captioned media not only supports deaf students, but is beneficial for the entire campus community. Accessible campuses require that videos be captioned, however, survey results from 87 disability service professionals found that only 30% of their institutions offered this service (Supporting Deaf College Students: Perspectives From Disability Services Professionals, 2022). Join NDC for a panel of disability service professionals to discuss their experiences with policy and procedures for captioned media on campus. While this webinar is designed for DSS personnel, administrators, policymakers, and participants from all professional backgrounds are encouraged to attend. The agenda for this webinar is derived from common inquiries to NDC's Help Desk which include: Guidance on who is responsible for captioning media. How to implement captioned media policies and procedures, and ways to leverage campus collaborations:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6EZUmyLTRV2Mp9KFk9OlJA

January 19th 2023 | Top 5 Kiosk Application Tips to Make Your Self-Service Kiosk Accessible | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: Laura Boniello Miller, Director of Business Development, and Traci Murray, Director of Business Development. This webinar will focus on kiosk application accessibility and usability, sharing 5 key considerations for your kiosk application. Enhance your existing kiosk application to be accessible (incorporating applicable parts of WCAG 2.1) and usable for all, including customers who are blind or have low vision. Attendees will learn how to make an existing kiosk app (or build new) to work with a screen reader for a usable and accessible kiosk experience. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-18-at-12pm-et-top-5-kiosk-application-tips-to-make-your-self-service-kiosk-accessible/

January 24th 2023 | Smart Watches And Other Wearables | Tech It Out | Hadley

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 1/25
Please join us on January 24, 2023, at 7 PM Central, when we'll be discussing smart watches and other wearables. If you'd like a text reminder for upcoming Tech It Out discussions, send a text message from your cell phone to the number 52545, and type "Tech" in the body of the message. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your questions and comments. Email us at techitout@hadley.edu ✉ or give us a call at (800) 323-4238 ☎. You can also join the Tech It Out Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2692780374142403 to keep the conversation going and chat with fellow participants:

January 25th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

January 25th 2023 | Easy Portable Reading — The omniReader (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
The omniReader ® is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads the text out loud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want — at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain this machine's critical assistive role to the visually impaired. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features walkthrough of the omniReader. Understand the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. Meeting ID: 881 2262 4972 | Passcode: 596298 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88122624972#,,,,*596298# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88122624972?pwd=S1FzT3luSzlMdTY1NHovL0F5RWNqUT09#success

January 26th 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
2023 starts with a big bang in the Blackboard / Anthology Ally universe as the North American and European Ally User Groups combine to form the International Ally User Group. Led by the community for the community it will feature talks, workshops, presentations and more from institutions that use Ally and accessibility experts. This month's meeting has some hot topics previously requested by the community: how to sell the benefits of alternative formats to students, and how educators can implement accessible pedagogy. The full agenda is as follows: Introducing User Group Chairs. Community Updates. Accessible Learning using Blackboard Ally — Chloe Bell and Lauren Basey, Northumbria University. Implementing Accessible Pedagogy - Dr Katie Grennell, Anthology. Any other business. These sessions are of particular interest to those who use Ally at their institution or are considering Ally, or who just have an interest in digital accessibility within Higher Education:
https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=-XhTSvQpPk2-iWadA62p2NfEO_MKuJxJqQ_-wiwNK4RUOUsxSEZaWlNMTEdTNkwyOFE4QlhUNk1LMyQlQCN0PWcu&web=1&wdLOR=c3B1C2F98-E350-4F9B-BFA5-A75172815463

January 31st 2023 | A Beginner's Guide to Inclusive UX Design

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, UX Practice Manager, and David Swallow, Principal UX Consultant. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. Accessibility is often left to developers to deal with, but what can people who don't have coding expertise do to ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? In this webinar, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will address that question. We'll make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility and inclusive design, and provide practical tips that everyone, regardless of their role, can apply to make digital experiences more accessible and usable. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-january-31-at-12pm-et-a-beginners-guide-to-inclusive-ux-design/

February 1st 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
| Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

February 7th 2023 | Health Care Decision Making, Advance Directives, and the MOLST Form | Zoom | For Residents of Maryland

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
This presentation will provide general guidance and information regarding the process of making health care decisions, including how the Health Care Decisions Act, advance directives, and the Maryland MOLST form are used to carry out patients' health care decisions. Presenter: Paul J. Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtduiupjgoHNAfbDpQ8iBOvnRoNuBlCYrG

February 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

February 11th 2023 | Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

February 15th 2023 | Giving Up Your Car Keys Is Not The End Of Your Independence | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 2/16
Presented by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Maryland Senior Division. Please join our conversation to explore the emotional decision to give up driving. Discover how to manage your life when you are no longer the one behind the wheel. When: February 15, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call at (339) 209-4083 ☎. All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 ☎ or mwoods719@gmail.com ✉.

February 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 6th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

March 8th 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 11th 2023 | Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

March 15th 2023 and March 16th 2023 | 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

March 22nd 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed “Special Education Boss”. The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they “received” their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

April 5th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

April 8th 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

May 3rd 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

May 13th 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

June 7th 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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➜ 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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➜ The Next Generation in Accessibility

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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.


➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
https://visionaware.org/

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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


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

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

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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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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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.


➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
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Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405

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About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.


➜ A New Year Deserves New Products! Call For Info On Any Of The Following

A beautiful and rugged leather convertible backpack - shoulder bag. The largest leather waist pack we have ever found. 18x8x8. A new concept in bone conduction headphones with charging case. A new leather neck pouch that really keeps your phone camera at the correct height and fits the new Blind Shell 2 along with other phones, and much more! For more information or to order call either Barry (617) 969-7500 ☎ or Kae (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email barry.scheur@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!


➜ 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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Email: support@atguys.com

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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 ☎.


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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.

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

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

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

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

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

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

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

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

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

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

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

Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

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

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

Products:

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

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


➜ Tired Of Paying For Inaccessible Learning Apps?

We get it. Focus on the content that matters to you and spend less time trying to navigate online learning with your assistive technology. Verified by a community of accessibility testers, Fable Pathways offers free, assistive-technology-friendly online learning, compatible with devices like screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice navigation, and switch controls. Sign up today for your free, accessible, membership at:
https://www.fablepathways.com

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Products

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

A.) JAWS Power Tip: Adjusting Page Refresh (11.2% of all clicks.)
Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/136.html

B.) Google Assistant Beats Out Siri And Bixby In Comparison While Alexa Cries In The Corner (10.3% of all clicks.)
Voice assistants have been getting a bit less attention over the past year compared to previous years, but it's always fun to take a look at how they all compare with how we actually use them. To no one's surprise, Google Assistant took the crown in a recent comparison, but it really shows the gap Assistant has over Siri, Bixby, and especially Amazon Alexa:
https://9to5google.com/2022/12/25/google-assistant-comparison-video/

C.) 11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster (7.4% of all clicks.)
From Wi-Fi extenders to simple wall brackets, there's always something you can do to improve your internet connection at home:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-your-wifi-better-faster/

D.) How To Use Voice Commands To Enhance Your TV (7.4% of all clicks.)
Control your television with virtual assistants or the mic on your remote using these handy tips:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-voice-commands-on-tv/

E.) iOS 16.2 Will Leave you Speechless — 7 More Changes | Nikhil Vemu (6.1% of all clicks.)
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https://medium.com/macoclock/ios-16-2-will-leave-you-speechless-7-more-changes-a973ecc418a8

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4) Update Android Right Now To Fix A Scary Remote-Execution Flaw | December 31st 2022

The holiday season is over, but security patches continued to arrive thick and fast in December. The month has seen updates released by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as well as enterprise software companies including the likes of SAP, Citrix, and VMWare. Many of the patches fix zero-day vulnerabilities already being exploited in attacks, making it important that they are applied as soon as possible. Here's the lowdown on all the patches released in December 2022:
https://www.wired.com/story/android-ios-16-windows-10-critical-update-december-2022/

5) Will ChatGPT Threaten The Future Of The Digital Accessibility Field?

Publisher: In my professional opinion the answer to this question is a resounding no. ChatGPT3 will not threaten the future of the digital accessibility field. But ChatGPT6 or ChatGPT7 just might. And even though those versions could be decades or more away, we have to ask, what, exactly, would that really mean? It would mean that artificial intelligence had advanced to the point that all digital media, everywhere, was automatically and specifically accessible to the person using it. Without exception and without human intervention. Can you imagine that day? A day when inaccessibility is a thing of the past? To be honest, neither can I. At least not currently. But the day will indeed come. And when it does it will change so many things about the very fabric of our society that it would be difficult to impossible to say for sure what it will really mean at that time. But that should not, of course, stop us from postulating. Inklusiv: The rise of natural language processing models like ChatGPT has made access to information easier than ever before. However, these tools are a lot more limited than people realize by the data they are trained on and the algorithms they use, and they may not always produce accurate or reliable information. This raises concerns about the potential impact that natural language processing models could have on the future of digital accessibility, especially when it comes to aspiring professionals who may be tempted to short circuit their learning by relying extensively on these tools:
https://inklusiv.ca/will-chatgpt-threaten-the-future-of-the-digital-accessibility-field/

6) Arges Glasses Move Missing Images For Visually Impaired Users

Officially debuting at CES, the glasses are being developed by Samsung-funded South Korean startup Cellico:
https://newatlas.com/wearables/arges-glasses-macular-degeneration/

7) CES 2023: Cellico Launches AR Glasses Powered By AI For The Visually Impaired

At CES 2023 this year, Samsung will not only be presenting new products itself but also projects that it has sponsored. This includes Cellico with data glasses that can compensate for age-related macular degeneration:
https://researchsnipers.com/ces-2023-cellico-launches-ar-glasses-powered-by-ai-for-visually-impaired/

8) Here's What You Can Expect At CES 2023

Technology's biggest trade show must go on, in spite of rough economic headwinds. These are the trends and innovations to keep an eye out for:
https://www.wired.com/story/ces-2023-what-to-expect/

9) The 9 Neatest Things We've Seen At CES 2023 So Far | Wired

Tech's biggest show is just getting started. We've already gotten the chance to try some fun gadgets:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/ces-2023-photo-gallery-day-1/

10) Wired CES 2023 Liveblog: All the Fun Gadgets We've Seen So Far

We're covering the most intriguing stuff we can find at the Consumer Electronics Show this year:
https://www.wired.com/live/ces-2023-liveblog-1/

11) Reader Review: V7 Deluxe USB Stereo Headset with Microphone, Mute / Volume Button

Courtesy of Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Author and Advocate Donna Jodhan:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/137.html

12) How To Turn On Walking Steadiness Notifications In iOS 16

Walking Steadiness is a helpful tool for older folks to know their risk of falling. Here's how to turn on walking steadiness notifications in iOS 16. Available on iPhone 8 or later and iOS 15 or later, Walking Steadiness uses algorithms to track metrics such as walking speed, step length, walking asymmetry, and double support time:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios-16/tips/how-to-turn-on-walking-steadiness-notifications-in-ios-16

13) Some Tricks To Making Mastodon Way More Useful | Mike Masnick

It's been interesting to watch over the last few months as tons of people have migrated from Twitter to Mastodon (or similar compatible ActivityPub-based social media platforms). I've noticed, however, that some people keep running into the same issues and challenges as they discover that Mastodon is different than what they're used to with Twitter. There are a few tips and tricks I've been sharing with various people that seemed pretty broadly applicable, so I figured it was worth doing a post laying them out:
https://www.techdirt.com/2022/12/29/some-tricks-to-making-mastodon-way-more-useful/

14) Upcoming Virtual Event: Expand Your Blind Life With Sam Seavey | Braille Institute | January 11th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT |

Join us for a presentation from Sam, host of the popular YouTube channel, The Blind Life, who will discuss his experience with hosting a YouTube channel and the challenges he's faced living with Stargardt Disease:
https://brailleinstitute.org/bioa-event/expand-your-blind-life-with-sam-seavey

15) January 2023 Training Events | Freedom Scientific

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

16) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New And Noteworthy For December 2022

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-december-2022

17) 5 Easy Ways To Make Desktop Shortcuts On Windows 11

There are 5 easy ways to create desktop shortcuts on Windows 11, here they are:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/make-desktop-shortcuts-on-windows-11/

18) Meet Baby Wize — A Full Accessible Baby Tracking App

Publisher: Top Tech Tidbits currently has no reader-verified claims to backup this app's description, but we welcome them, as we believe this app could be a benefit to many. AppleVis: Introducing Baby Wize — the ultimate baby tracking app designed for accessibility and convenience. With Baby Wize, caretakers can easily track their baby's daily routine, including feedings, naps, diaper changes, and more. Featuring Siri and shortcuts integration, Baby Wize allows caretakers to quickly and easily access all of their baby's information with just their voice. Plus, with lightweight design and customizable widgets, caretakers can easily see all of their baby's information at a glance:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/meet-baby-wize-full-accessible-baby-tracking-app

19) Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your New Apple Watch

This is a MacRumors list of useful tips and tricks that you won't want to miss in order to get the most out of your new watch, whether you're new to Apple Watch entirely or upgrading from an earlier version:
https://www.macrumors.com/guide/apple-watch-tips-and-tricks/

20) What is Wi-Fi 7? Everything You Need to Know

The Wi-Fi 6E successor is creeping closer, and it promises to significantly boost the speed and stability of your wireless connections:
https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-wi-fi-7/

21) Recording | Smart Speaker Discussion | Tech It Out | Hadley | December 27, 2022

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/B-QP95SZ_9uIqU3oRTDi2lrw_QMvSc-bEozL6kLm_orS7cth47VzWb_dqjAYW4mu00e7b6k5Q-AFyhPD.V71l-FPszH0ez7Ae?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=sYcUDQTfSSWzKBP0VW7W_A.1672239353174.25b61522aada44c6bc2a6a8fa3afbcfc&_x_zm_rhtaid=132

22) So Much Sound In A Small Form Factor: My Experience With The JBL Charge 4 | AppleVis

https://www.applevis.com/reviews/so-much-sound-small-form-factor-my-experience-jbl-charge-4

23) Firefox's Accessibility Performance Is Getting A Huge Boost

Firefox users who use Accessibility tools in the web browser will soon notice huge performance improvements. Accessibility tools, like screen readers, help users access content provided by the web browser and the displayed websites and applications:
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/12/26/firefoxs-accessibility-performance-is-getting-a-huge-boost/

24) iHeart Partners With Native Voice

Users of certain Skullcandy earbuds will soon be able to say "Hey iHeart" to access iHeartMedia content:
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/iheart-partners-with-native-voice

25) Last Of Us Part 1 Accessibility Analysis | Masahiro Sakurai | YouTube

In this video Masahiro Sakurai provides a detailed analysis of the accessibility menus in The Last of Us Part I:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2BX4yw8Z4Y

26) My Top Tech Of 2022 — With Stuart Beveridge

Stuart Beveridge from SeeScape Fife is back to give us his annual round-up of his favorite tech, assistive technology and gadgets. Stuart has tried it all. And we love hearing his reviews and recommendations:
https://www.sightandsound.co.uk/my-top-tech-of-2022-with-stuart-beveridge/

27) NVDA 2022.4 Released

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2022-4/

28) How To Translate Foreign Languages With Hotkeys In Windows 10 & 11

Make translation a snap by setting up a hotkey on Windows:
https://www.makeuseof.com/windows-translate-languages-hotkeys/

29) Looking Ahead: What's Next For Windows 11 In 2023

2022 was a mostly uneventful year for Windows 11. It saw the launch of the Windows 11 2022 Update, which brought a handful of new features and enhancements designed to polish up the OS from its initial 2021 launch version. Now, as 2022 comes to a close, it's time to look to the year ahead and share what I'm hearing from sources regarding update schedules and new features:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-11/looking-ahead-whats-next-for-windows-11-in-2023

30) Recording | Nation's Blind Podcast: Kellogg's and NaviLens: A Path to Inclusion One Cereal at a Time | December 22nd 2022

In this episode, Melissa chats with Beth Foor from Kellogg Company, makers of some of your favorite cereals and snacks. Beth shares her story with blindness and discusses NaviLens, a technology to assist blind and low-vision adults. Kellogg is proud to be the first food company to feature this technology on packaging in the U.S on select cereal boxes. The NaviLens app and the NaviLens GO app are available for free download for use on both iPhone and Android:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nations-blind-podcast/id1531941451?i=1000591034100

31) Dynamic Tactile Device First Look From APH | YouTube

Our DTD project has come a long way and is building momentum to take flight! To celebrate World Braille Day here's your first look at the name and specs of our upcoming Dynamic Tactile Device:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDBGfJEoO5Q
Website: https://www.aph.org/the-next-stop-on-the-holy-braille-highway-2022-and-beyond/

32) My Experiences Observing Lunar Eclipses As A Blind Person, Using The BrainPort Artificial Vision Device | Kevin Renato Jones

Since I was a kid I've heard people comment on the moon when it was full, and when in grade school my class would take a field trip to the high school I would later attend where the rest of them would be given a show in a planetarium. I thought it was pretty cool, and wished I could have seen it too. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Love, told us that the next solar eclipse would be in 2017. I went home and told my parents, hey Mom, you'll be 95. She wasn't thrilled about living that long, but she did. One hundred, however, was too long of a stretch for Dad. Time passed, i continued to grow, but i never lost interest in astronomy, and was still occasionally frustrated that I couldn't observe it:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2022/12/17/my-experiences-observing-lunar-eclipses-as-a-blind-person-using-the-brainport-artificial-vision-device/

33) Blind Gamer Helped Make God Of War Accessible

A legally blind gamer has shared his story about helping God of War Ragnarok developer Sony Santa Monica create more accessibility options for the game:
https://www.news.com.au/technology/gaming/blind-gamer-helped-make-god-of-war-accessible/news-story/d7209c86d04cafc38b6b482352733a8a

34) For NVDA Users: From Joseph Lee: Version 23.01 Of Joseph Lee's Add-Ons (Part 3) Release: January 3, 2023 | Sneak Preview Of February Updates

https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3219

35) Freedom Scientific 2022 Year-End Review

Thanks to your valuable suggestions, the Freedom Scientific User Education and Outreach Team introduced many enhancements and new training initiatives in 2022. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on those successes and look forward to 2023:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/2022-year-end-review/

36) Recording | Clear The Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience With Jaws | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast | December 16th 2022

Are you looking for ways to quickly locate information on web pages? Want to learn about JAWS features that will help you navigate more efficiently? Then listen in to our podcast, "Clear the Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience with JAWS." We'll discuss different types of web content and show you how to: Use Flexible Web to quickly find or hide content. Hide/ignore inline frames. Use the Skim Reading tool to review page content. Navigate tables, forms, and web-based applications with Smart Navigation:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/clear-the-clutter-personalize-your-web-experience/id1521340640?i=1000590415557

37) Recording | ACB Community Call Podcast | HumanWare Brailliant BI Braille Displays | December 16th 2022

On Friday, December 16th 2022 users coordinated a two-hour community call about the HumanWare Brailliant BI Braille displays with a great panel of contributors. The link will let you listen to it or download it. This was not a HumanWare-sponsored event nor is it a sales call, but rather a group of users talking about their experiences with the device. The OneDrive link to that recording is:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AocXayv04KIb7BeN8TPohMRtlkXM?e=bPCN7K

38) Component Library Accessibility Audit | Rachele DiTullio

The first project my manager tasked me with at my new job as a senior accessibility engineer in the Design Engineering organization was to perform an accessibility audit of the component library our team provides to the engineering team who codes the dotcom website. These components are generally page level rather than UI level, think a card or a form. In total, I audited 28 components in the context of the component library, not as the components have been implemented into the dotcom site:
https://racheleditullio.com/blog/2023/01/component-library-accessibility-audit/

39) I Asked ChatGPT To Write My Cover Letters — 2 Hiring Managers Said They Would Have Given Me An Interview But The Letters Lacked Personality | Beatrice Nolan

A new version of an artificial-intelligence chatbot from OpenAI, ChatGPT, has had the internet in a frenzy over the past few weeks. Praised by users for its impressive range of knowledge and easy-to-use format, people have been using the chatbot to write code, news articles, and even college essays. I decided to test out its usefulness for one of the more boring tasks in life — applying for jobs. Cover letters, while widely hated, are one of the most time-consuming requirements on an application:
https://www.businessinsider.com/chatgpt-job-applications-hiring-managers-job-interview-candidate-2022-12

40) These Gloves Help Visually-Impaired Sports Fans Enjoy Events Even More

SENS is a wearable concept that takes advantage of the key strengths of blind or visually-impaired people when it comes to mapping the sense of touch to something totally unrelated. In a nutshell, the gloves contain three vibration motors, each that make vibration patterns on the wearer's palms, one of the most sensitive parts of the human hand. There is also a box with buttons on the back of the hand with Braille dots used for controlling the gloves:
https://www.yankodesign.com/2023/01/02/these-gloves-help-visually-impaired-sports-fans-enjoy-events-even-more/

41) Apple Patents Apple Pencil That Can Sample Colors From Real-World Surfaces

Apple has patented a possible next-generation Apple Pencil that can sample colors from the real world and then input that same color onto an iPad, as well as other features, including the ability to sample textures:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/01/03/apple-pencil-patent-real-world-color-sampler/

42) Company Unveils Latest Generation Of Assistive Device For The Legally Blind

eSight has announced the launch of its latest innovation in assistive technology, eSight Go:
https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/company-unveils-latest-generation-of-assistive-device-for-the-legally-blind

43) Ask Bob's Best Of 2022 — Part One | Bob Rankin

https://askbobrankin.com/askbobs_best_of_2022_part_one.html

44) Ask Bob's Best Of 2022 — Part Two | Bob Rankin

https://askbobrankin.com/askbobs_best_of_2022_part_two.html


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1) That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 107: Seleste Smart Glasses, The Most Fascinating New Product For The Blind In 2023

December 29th 2022 | Join Brian as he sits down with the creators of the all new Celeste Smart Glasses. Find out all about these very exciting Smart Glasses that will be released in 2023:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-107-celeste-smart-glasses-the-most-fascinating-new-product-for-the-blind-for-2023

2) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 108: Happy New Year 2023, And A Review Of The Blind Shell Classic 2 Phone

December 31st 2022 | We first thank our listeners and donators for supporting us throughout the year. We announce the results of the Best OCR of 2022, the survey is now closed. Please listen to the podcast to know who won. We then discuss the failed phone trends of 2022 and discuss regarding what to lookout for in 2023. We review Blind Shell 2 Classic phone. Next the demo of ISTEM OCR app the developer of which we had on Episode 107. The tip of the week shows separating app sounds on Samsung galaxy phone. Thanks for listening, happy new year to all the readers of Top Tech Titbits from the crew at Blind Android Users Podcast. This podcast can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqrJ6qKpZe2DdSrugdPr-FR3

3) LBPD Guest Hour: Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) | Maryland State Library Agency

January 3rd 2023 | The Department of Disabilities, Assistive Technology Program (MDTAP) enhances the lives of all Marylanders with disabilities, older Marylanders, and their families by providing access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services. MDTAP offers a variety of services, including assistive technology libraries across the state, AT demonstrations, consultations, short-term device loans, a high-tech AT Reuse Center (to access gently used equipment for free), trainings, webinars, and a low-interest financial loan program. We also provide one-on-one information & referral to help consumers find needed disability-related services:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lbpd-guest-hour-maryland-technology-assistance-program/id1633488438?i=1000592093217

4) Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Additional Features

January 3rd 2023 | In this pre-recorded session, Rachel, Liz and Cathy demonstrate a few key Zoom features and how you can optimize JAWS with them:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640?i=1000592195799

5) Eyes on Success Episode 2301: Early Days of JAWS

January 4th 2023 | In this first of a two-part series, we trace the history of the JAWS screen reader and how it has evolved to adapt to advances in technology over the years. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ted Henter, founder of Henter Joyce, Eric Damery, retired vice president of blindness products, and Glen Gordon, lead software developer now at Freedom Scientific:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2301.htm

6) Blind Abilities FocusOnFitness 5: Spinning the Exercise Bike and Timing that Interval Training. Episode 5 of the FocusOnFitness Series |

January 4th 2023 | FocusOnFitness is a series of basic exercises you can do in your house, in the dorm or during a short break. Using the natural surrounding without having to find the right equipment, the best gym or the perfect time to do a little workout. Focus on Fitness is all about doing it when you can and hey, why not? Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to Focus on Fitness and how you can incorporate little nuggets of exercise without throwing your schedule off and being able to work out within your own time and space:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/focusonfitness-5-spinning-the-exercise-bike-and/id972152176?i=1000592464192


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


1) 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 5th 2023 through January 8th 2023 | CES ® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world's biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector. Register now:
https://www.ces.tech/

2) Maryland Technology Assistance Program | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

January 7th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | MD-TAP can help Marylanders acquire, use and own valuable assistive technology products. Learn how you can benefit from their programs. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

3) Expand Your Blind Life with Sam Seavey

January 11th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join us for a presentation from Sam, host of the popular YouTube channel, The Blind Life, who will discuss his experience with hosting a YouTube channel and the challenges he's faced living with Stargardt Disease. Sam is the founder and creator of The Blind Life YouTube channel, with more than 46,000 subscribers and over 700 informative videos. He helps people world-wide living with vision loss, offering tips for managing daily tasks, reviewing assistive devices, and hosting informative interviews with key stakeholders in the visually impaired community. He collaborates with tech giants like Google, SONY and Amazon, has created content for MacularDegeneration.net and participates on Microsoft's Window's Accessibility Advisory Board. Join us for an opportunity to learn about Sam's journey living with Stargardt Disease and hosting a popular YouTube channel. Venue/Location: Event Type: Virtual. Organizer: Los Angeles Center, (323) 663-1111 ☎, la@brailleinstitute.org ✉. Capacity: Unlimited spots available. Register for this event:
https://brailleinstitute.org/bioa-event/expand-your-blind-life-with-sam-seavey

4) JAWS: Getting Started with Microsoft Teams for Work (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

January 11th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Recently, Microsoft Teams has gained popularity in many workplaces. As a result, we've received many requests for using Teams with JAWS. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore the Microsoft teams interface using the JAWS screen reader. Please note that this presentation is on the Microsoft Teams for work program, which you or your workplace must install. It is not the Microsoft Teams for personal use program included with Windows 11. Although the topic of this presentation is Microsoft Teams, the webinar is through Zoom, allowing those who do not know how to use Teams to attend. Learning Outcomes: Understand Microsoft Teams for work interface. Discover how to get a list of keyboard commands using Microsoft Teams and JAWS. Understand how to work with the settings and some ideal options when using Teams with a screen reader. Explore the difference between using Teams with and without JAWS scripts and how they may enhance experience depending on your needs. | Meeting ID: 813 9605 3526 | Passcode: 630132 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81396053526#,,,,*630132# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81396053526?pwd=Vy9NM05YLzJrdTdaZGNVZGFuMmFpZz09#success

5) The Many Faces of BARD

January 12th 2023 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/13 | The topic for the Thursday, January 12, 2023, Many Faces of BARD program will be How You Can Help Us Help You — Working Together with BARD Tech Support. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. The session will begin with a brief presentation provided by the Tech Support team. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other general questions related to BARD usage:
https://lorinet.info/tbp/?p=5783

6) Special Needs Trusts: Planning For Your Future

January 18th 2023 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT | Join the Carroll Center for the Blind's Exclusive Trust Partner, PLAN of MA & RI, for an informational webinar to learn about Special Needs Trusts and how they can help you and your loved ones plan for your future. A Special Needs Trust allows money to be set aside for a person with a disability. The trust is intended to help preserve funds for the sole benefit of this person, enhance their quality of life, and protect their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Speaker: Kathy Vitello, LSW, Director of Operations at PLAN of MA and RI. About the Speaker: Kathy Vitello is a Licensed Social Worker with more than 35 years of experience working with seniors, people who are physically challenged, and chronically ill. She has broad experience and insight — drawn from her work in hospitals, in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and psychiatric facilities, and in-home care and hospice settings. Kathy holds a degree in Mental Health from Northern Essex Community College; has a BA in Applied Mental Health from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and earned certificates in Suicide Prevention in Older Adults and Mental Health and Aging from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University. Kathy has also participated in a week-long training in Thanatology and is a member of the NPA Conference Planning Committee. What You'll Learn: Information about the different types of Special Needs Trusts. Why a Special Needs Trust is beneficial to you. How to protect your assets without affecting your Social Security Disability Benefits. Unique features of PLAN as a Professional Trustee. Who Should Attend: Individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. Parents, family members, and other caregivers of a person with a disability. Professionals. Individuals who think they could benefit from a Special Needs Trust:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1lhF8UVQP6IygWFlBfFZQ?bblinkid=265480395&bbemailid=44518399&bbejrid=-1739148575

7) How to Create Accessible Videos (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

January 18th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video that complies with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts. | Meeting ID: 865 9834 4762 | Passcode: 774759 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86598344762#,,,,*774759# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86598344762?pwd=V0NoVU9nU2FEOFFxT1VNVWhjMzhEdz09#success

8) Smart Watches And Other Wearables | Tech It Out | Hadley

January 24th 2023 | 5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 1/25 | Please join us on January 24, 2023, at 7 PM Central, when we'll be discussing smart watches and other wearables. If you'd like a text reminder for upcoming Tech It Out discussions, send a text message from your cell phone to the number 52545, and type "Tech" in the body of the message. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your questions and comments. Email us at techitout@hadley.edu ✉ or give us a call at (800) 323-4238 ☎. You can also join the Tech It Out Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2692780374142403 to keep the conversation going and chat with fellow participants:

9) Easy Portable Reading — The omniReader (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

January 25th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12AM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | The omniReader ® is the definition of easy by allowing you to read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads the text out loud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want — at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain this machine's critical assistive role to the visually impaired. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features walkthrough of the omniReader. Understand the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool. Meeting ID: 881 2262 4972 | Passcode: 596298 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88122624972#,,,,*596298# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88122624972?pwd=S1FzT3luSzlMdTY1NHovL0F5RWNqUT09#success

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

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

11) Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

February 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

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

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

13) Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

March 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

14) 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

15) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2023 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

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

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

17) How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

April 8th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

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

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

19) Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

May 13th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

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

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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➜ 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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Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
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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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➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
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➜ 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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➜ Combine Learning And Gaming For A Fun Braille Adventure With Polly!

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


➜ Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: August 11th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtechshow.com/ 🌐

Email: ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com

Social: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter

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

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

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

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

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➜ Webinar: Discovering Aira and Content Creation | October 25th 2022 at 2:00 PM ET

Creating content for the ever-expanding media world is a growing profession. During #NDEAM2022 we want to spotlight how blind and low vision people are working in this space. Whether for income or personal brand, these creators integrate visual interpreting into their processes. We'll also get advice from Aira Agents on how to make the most of visual interpreting when creating your content. Join us Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Register at:
https://aira.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116639399059/WN_g9O7k3RaR7mYYT1ODnm0cA

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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

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Email: support@aira.io

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

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

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

Products:

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


➜ Tired Of Paying For Inaccessible Learning Apps?

We get it. Focus on the content that matters to you and spend less time trying to navigate online learning with your assistive technology. Verified by a community of accessibility testers, Fable Pathways offers free, assistive-technology-friendly online learning, compatible with devices like screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice navigation, and switch controls. Sign up today for your free, accessible, membership at:
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Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Products

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

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

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


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

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

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Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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


➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap Podcast

Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online ✉. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999
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Email: feedback@doubletap.online

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


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

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