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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:
https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/company-unveils-latest-generation-of-assistive-device-for-the-legally-blind

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:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/make-desktop-shortcuts-on-windows-11/

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5) CES 2023 Coverage Begins Here | Jump To Tidbit Heading #16 To Skip

We open this week with some pretty extensive coverage of CES 2023. If you find at any point that you just can't take it anymore, we certainly understand, and provide you with the following link to skip directly to Tidbit Heading #16 below, which ends CES coverage for 2023:
#tidbit16

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


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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


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

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com

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

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

Products:

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Popular 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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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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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.

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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/

Logo. Clusiv. Building Unseen Talent.

Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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


➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap 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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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online

YouTube: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl

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.


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