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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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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: 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

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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:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Top%20Tech%20Tidbit

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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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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:
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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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

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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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798

Email: support@atguys.com

Skype: atguys ✆

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

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


➜ Try Talking Labels That Work With Your Smartphone For Just $9.99!

Get all the different types of WayTags so you can try the BEST accessible labeling system around. Use the coupon code TryTags to get a WayTag Sampler Pack for just $9.99. Plus, you get FREE shipping. Use the WayTags along with the free mobile app to label your things with a description and other important details, so you can spend less time figuring out what things are, and more time getting things done.
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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:
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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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:
https://www.fablepathways.com

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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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


➜ Dolphin Friends Program

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Products

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

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

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


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

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

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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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


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