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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11) Kindle for PC Update Required to Download Newer eBooks

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

12) The Best Ebook Readers | Wired

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

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

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

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

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

15) ChatGPT Is Making Universities Rethink Plagiarism

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

16) Google Is Freaking Out About ChatGPT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22) New PDF Reader Now Available In GuideConnect 1.24 Update

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

23) Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2023

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

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

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

25) JAWS Tips for Teachers | Vispero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30) Lite JAWS Package Installer Update | TheQuinbox | Github

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

31) AirPods Are Earplugs Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35) Leasey Version 8 Released | Hartgen Consultancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39) Walking Stick Maps Surroundings And Identifies Grocery Store Items

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

40) The All Terrain Cane From AwareWolf

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

41) Building A Better, More Useful 1Password

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

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

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

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

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


➜ Other Access Technology Newsletters


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

Join an ever-growing community of accessibility enthusiasts now by subscribing to our newsletter and get the latest Google accessibility news to your inbox:
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2) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for January 2023

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

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

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

4) WebAIM Newsletter For January 2023

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


➜ Surveys

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


Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

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

Closing: February 10th 2023 | Google Survey on Audio Description

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

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

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

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

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


➜ Featured Podcast Episodes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

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

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

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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

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

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out


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➜ Classified Advertisement: 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!
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