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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Volume 898

The Week's News in Access Technology
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A.) How To Get Started Using ChatGPT (6.6% of all clicks.)
The new AI language processing tool has been trending since its launch late last year, but how do you use it? And what do you use it for?
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B.) 16 Google Search Features You Should Be Using (4.5% of all clicks.)
Google's Search function isn't limited to just finding websites. You can use the same search box to perform calculations, find flight information, and even tune your guitar. Here are a few lesser-known features of Google Search that you should be using:
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Wondering how to step up your Excel game? Here are the essential functions you need to know to boost your spreadsheet skills:
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Microsoft has made it easier for Word users to transcribe audio recordings from meetings or interviews in Windows. The feature will allow you to "convert speech to a text transcript, with each speaker individually separated". This feature makes the process of transcribing hassle-free. The feature provides users with two options for users to achieve this task. First up, is that you can record directly in Word. Alternatively, you can upload an audio file. To access this feature:
https://www.onmsft.com/news/word-for-windows-gets-the-transcribe-feature/

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Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts reduce the number of keystrokes needed to perform a task. They are like an elevator for your hands. They save you time, speed up your work process, and reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries on your hands and wrists. This article goes into some of the basics of Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts. Here's everything you need to know to enhance your workflow and productivity:
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Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., who has so very graciously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship. Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. was also a founding sponsor of the Access Information News Publication and has been a longtime supporter of Top Tech Tidbits. We're incredibly happy to have them on board after spending some time on our waiting list. The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918. The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Learn more today at:
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7) A Quick Publisher Note About World Browser War #2: Generative AI

It would appear that the browser wars have begun anew. If you were around for World Browser War #1: Search, then you have an idea of what we might be in for. But it's only an idea. This is, after all, World Browser War #2: Generative AI, and we don't even know the rules yet, so it's impossible to say who might emerge as a leader here. But that's okay. Because no matter what happens, it will be a win for all of us. So buckle up, try your best to keep up with all the updates, and if you haven't made a predication yet, by all means do so. Right or wrong it will give you a seat on the roller coaster from which you can scream loudly until we arrive. At least that's what I plan to do.

8) Here Are 5 Microsoft Edge Extensions That You Can Use With ChatGPT Right Now

Microsoft's Edge is one of the most popular Chromium-based browsers available today, and it is no surprise that developers have created a wide range of Microsoft Edge extensions to enhance its functionality and make it easier to use. ChatGPT is a cutting-edge language model developed by OpenAI, one of the leading AI research organizations in the world. ChatGPT is trained to generate human-like responses to a wide range of questions and prompts, making it a valuable tool for anyone. Since Microsoft's surprise press event, there's a lot of buzz with what you can do with ChatGPT outside of the new Bing experience and in this guide, we will take a look at some Microsoft Edge extensions that use ChatGPT:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/5-microsoft-edge-extensions-for-chatgpt/

9) Introducing The New Bing

Ask real questions. Get complete answers. Chat and create. Join the waiting list today:
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10) Microsoft Could Reveal ChatGPT-Like AI For Word, Powerpoint, Outlook In The Coming Weeks

The company is preparing to reveal the next generation of its productivity apps, which will be boosted by OpenAI's technology. According to the report, Microsoft is specifically looking to demo an AI integration with Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook:
https://bgr.com/tech/microsoft-could-reveal-chatgpt-like-ai-for-word-powerpoint-outlook-in-the-coming-weeks/

11) How To Use ChatGPT on iPhone and Apple Watch

ChatGPT is an AI tool you can access through the official OpenAI website on any device. You must register for an OpenAI account using an email address to use the service. You can also directly sign up using a Google or Microsoft Account. Only after you have an OpenAI account can you use ChatGPT or any other services it offers. Additionally, you need an active phone number to register for OpenAI. You will receive an OTP on this number, after which you can complete the registration process. Virtual phone numbers are not supported. However, there's an option to receive the OTP on WhatsApp. Now that you know the requirements to use ChatGPT, read along to learn how to use ChatGPT on your iPhone:
https://ijunkie.com/how-to-use-chatgpt-iphone-apple-watch/

12) How To Try Out The New Microsoft Edge With ChatGPT | Windows Central

Publisher (Di Blasi): It should be noted that downloading the new Edge will NOT automatically get you access to the new Bing features, such as Chat and Compose. You will still need to sign up for the new Bing-powered by ChatGPT to put your name on the wait list. Windows Central: Microsoft has several Insider versions of its Edge browser. These allow users to test out new features and share feedback with Microsoft. Edge Dev sits in the middle between Edge Canary (more experimental, less stable) and Edge Beta (less experimental, more stable). You can install as many Insider versions of Edge as you'd like without affecting the stable version of Edge on your PC:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/browsing/how-to-try-out-the-new-microsoft-edge-with-chatgpt

13) My Strange Day With Bing's New AI Chatbot | Wired

Microsoft's chatty search interface was impressive. But it also served up glitches, ethical dilemmas — and talk of a mysterious "Sydney:"
https://www.wired.com/story/my-strange-day-with-bings-new-ai-chatbot/

14) AccessWorld For January 2023

Updates this month include: Editor's Notes: A Focus on Braille | Braille Codes and Characters: History and Current Use — Part 1 | The Mustang GT Amp from Fender — a case study in VoiceOver Accessibility | Apple Fitness+ Revisited | A Review of Evidence 111, An Audio Game Optimized for People who are Blind or Have Low Vision:
https://www.afb.org/aw/24/1

15) Checking In on the Accessibility of the Dynamic Island

Every hardware innovation from Apple brings this question to writer Shelly Brisbin's mind: "Yeah, but how does it work with VoiceOver?" Happily, she concludes that iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island is not only well-implemented for VoiceOver, but occasionally provides info more quickly than a host app can:
https://sixcolors.com/member/2023/02/checking-in-on-the-accessibility-of-the-dynamic-island/

16) iOS 16.3.1 Now Available For iPhone Users, Here's What's New

These updates include fixes for iCloud performance, Siri and Find My, and Crash Detection optimizations for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Head below for the full release notes:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/02/13/ios-16-3-1-now-available-for-iphone-users-heres-whats-new/

17 Apple Releases Software Updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod | AppleVis | February 13th 2023

Apple has released updates for its software platforms, including iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1, which aim to provide important bug fixes and security updates. These updates address issues such as unresponsive or incorrect iCloud settings display, Siri requests for Find My not working, and crash detection optimizations for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-software-updates-ios-ipados-macos-watchos-tvos-homepod

18) NLS BARD Support: Call For Volunteers

NLS has developed a BARD skill that can be used on the Amazon and Google Smart Speakers. We are currently seeking interested BARD patrons to assist in beta testing the skill. In order to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/347adc8

19) Candywriter's Betrayal of the Blind and Low Vision Gaming Community: Announcing the Forced Removal of the BitLife AppleVis App Directory Entries | AppleVis | David Goodwin

I regret to inform the community that we have received a notice from legal agents acting on behalf of Candywriter, the developers of the BitLife series of games, alleging that our App Directory entry for BitLife - Life Simulator is infringing on their intellectual property rights. The notice is issued in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) and requires us to immediately remove access to the copyrighted material:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/candywriters-betrayal-blind-low-vision-gaming-community-announcing-forced-removal-bitlife

20) Just Released Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Unboxing | Blind Android Users Podcast | YouTube

John Dier unboxes the Galaxy S23 phone and takes us around the setup screen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3OHKj5yxsk&t=15s

21) Android 14 Preview 1 Is Out, Will Officially Ban Installation Of Old Apps

Google is kicking off the months-long developer preview process for Android's latest version, which will get a final release in the second half of the year. Even with multiple previews, Google likes to keep the final set of Android features under wraps at least until its I/O conference in May, so we can't look at the features here to determine the scope of Android 14. These are just some of the features Google wants developers to have a head start on:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/02/android-14-preview-1-is-out-will-officially-ban-installation-of-old-apps/

22) New BrailleSense 6 and 6 Mini Firmware Patch Release | HIMS

HIMS is pleased to announce this patch release for the BrailleSense 6 and BrailleSense 6 mini notetakers. This firmware is available immediately as an offline upgrade only. This update fixes several issues, including accessibility in the Google Play Store, and also includes several feature updates. Please refer to the release notes for a complete list of changes. To access the latest firmware and release notes, visit the page for your specific notetaker:
https://hims-inc.com/bs6-resources/user-downloads/

23) This Affordable AR Device Projects Real-Time Captions In Front Of Your Eyes | Cool Blind Tech

Meet TranscribeGlass, an affordable AR device that attaches to your glasses and, paired with your transcription software of choice, projects real-time captions in front of your eyes. The device comes from CEO and co-founder Madhav Lavakare, Yale '25, and co-founder Tom Pritsky M.S. '23. Both students have close ties to the world of assistive tech and independently pursued the idea before joining forces in 2021:
https://coolblindtech.com/this-affordable-ar-device-projects-real-time-captions-in-front-of-your-eyes/

24) IWalk — A Talking Power Bank And TWBlue Tutorials Now Available Free From Mystic Access

Mystic Access is now offering two tutorials for free. One is for the TWBlue Twitter Client and the other is about the IWalk Power Bank. Both are available in MP3 only. You may download them at:
https://www.mysticaccessdownloads.com/

25) HIMS YouTube Channel For The SensePlayer

Keep track of this YouTube channel from HIMS as more YouTube demos are added for the SensePlayer. Explanations of functions are well described:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-nLnkMgRvE

26) Mozilla Plans Ground-Up Ui Redesign For Thunderbird Email Client This July

Why does Thunderbird look so old, and why does it take so long to change?
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/02/mozilla-plans-ground-up-ui-redesign-for-thunderbird-email-client-this-july/

27) The Future Of Thunderbird: Why We're Rebuilding From The Ground Up

Thunderbird is quickly approaching its 20th anniversary as a standalone email client. And as we get closer to this year's release of Thunderbird 115 "Supernova" we're hearing a certain question more and more often: "Why does Thunderbird look so old, and why does it take so long to change?" — A notable percentage of Thunderbird users. It's certainly a valid one, so let's spend some time answering it:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/02/the-future-of-thunderbird-why-were-rebuilding-from-the-ground-up/

28) Thunderbird 115 Supernova Preview: The New Folder Pane

In our last blog post, we announced that we're rebuilding the Thunderbird UI from scratch, with the first results coming to Thunderbird 115 "Supernova" this July. We also explained why it's necessary to begin removing some technical and interface debt, and to modernize things in order to sustain the project for decades to come. That post may have caused you to worry that Thunderbird 115's interface would be radically different and ship with less customization options. Perhaps fearful you'd have to relearn how to use the application. Nothing could be further from the truth! In this post — and in future Supernova previews — we want to put all those worries to rest by showing you how Thunderbird 115 will be intuitive and welcoming to new users, while remaining familiar and comfortable for veteran users:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/02/thunderbird-115-supernova-preview-the-new-folder-pane/

29) How to Recover Apple ID Accounts with Advanced Data Protection Turned On | Apple Insider

Editor (Woodbridge): This article takes you through the steps required to get your Apple ID account back if you choose to use Apple's new Advanced Data protection. Apple Insider: Apple's standard data-safety practices, along with its new ultra-secure protection option, come with some risk if you forget your Apple ID password. Here's what to do if that happens:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios-16/tips/how-to-recover-apple-id-accounts-with-advanced-data-protection-on

30) HIMS SensePlayer Now Has A Page On The HIMS U.S. Site

https://hims-inc.com/product/senseplayer/

31) Discover What's New in Firefox 110

Mozilla has released Firefox 110.0 Stable for all supported operating systems. The new Firefox release introduces GPU sandboxing on Windows, improved importing of user data from browsers, performance improvements, and a lot more:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/02/14/firefox-110-is-out-here-is-what-is-new/

32) The Hable One — A Smartphone Remote Controller For The Blind | YouTube

A demonstration of the Hable One, a smartphone and tablet remote control for the blind and visually impaired:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvsR-nNl0qk

33) WhatsApp Working on New Feature To Transcribe Audio Messages Into Text

Because this feature is still in beta, there are a few limitations with language settings and availability dependent on if words can be identified at all. But in a win for privacy, all transcripts are processed on the device and won't be uploaded to WhatsApp or Apple servers:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/02/09/whatsapp-transcribe-audio-into-text/

34) Doctoral Graduate Develops Method For Visually Impaired To More Easily Read Non-Text Information | YouTube

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research voice computing researcher and developer Dr. Rynhardt Kruger has developed methods that could make it easier for blind or visually impaired people to read non-textual graphical information in electronic documents:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB3wb6PUvQ

35) Want To Learn Braille? But Not Sure How To Get Started?

Are you interested in learning braille but not sure how to get started? Check out this excellent resource from The Braillists Foundation:
https://www.braillists.org/beginners/

36) Focus Blue Braille Display: Keys and Controls | YouTube | Freedom Scientific Training

In this brief overview, Ron Miller takes us on a tour of the keys and controls of the Focus Braille Display Line:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jmJ_zQKHyc

37) Top 11 Tips And Tricks For Dexcom G7 Users Using An iPhone And Apple Watch

The new Dexcom G7 builds upon its predecessor, G6, by introducing a much smaller all-in-one sensor and transmitter system that is easier to use, and provides a better mobile application than its predecessor, while also powering up faster than rival CGM systems. The G7 has a smaller sensor and a smaller sensor wire for your comfort:
https://www.myhealthyapple.com/dexcom-g7-tips-tricks-iphone-apple-watch/

38) Master The Windows Key Alphabet With These 10 Amazing Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the 9 most important keyboard shortcuts in the Windows key alphabet:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/master-the-windows-key-alphabet/

39) The 10 Best On-Ear Headphones for 2023: Beats, Jabra, Sennheiser and More | CNet

Are tiny earbuds or massive headphones not your vibe? Here are the best on-ear headphones for 2023:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/best-on-ear-headphones/#ftag=CAD590a51e

40) Wireless Power Transfer For Implantable Medical Devices That Restore Sight | MedicalXpress

Most blind people are born with normal vision and lose their sight over time, due to medical causes or an accident. Often, the visual cortex in the brain is still capable of interpreting electrical signals, but the eyes or the connection between the eyes and brain are damaged or lost. It is possible to restore some form of sight by providing the right electrical signals to the visual cortex with an implant. Ph.D. researcher Tom van Nunen has designed a wireless energy transfer system to safely and reliably connect to the implant, and developed a prototype. Optical information is picked up by the eyes and sent with neuroelectric signals to the visual cortex in the brain. Interpreting this input is what people perceive as seeing. It is known that even blind people are able to perceive some visual cues when their cortex is stimulated by electrical signals:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2023-02-wireless-power-implantable-medical-devices.html

41) NV Access In-Process For February 10th 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-10th-february-2022/


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Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
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Closing: February 24th 2023 | Survey for AT Specialists and Rehab Engineers

Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley, CA is looking for assistive technology specialists and rehabilitation engineers to complete a survey as part of our NIDILRR-funded Field Initiated Project "Increasing Adaptive Babycare Resources and Intervention Supports with Parents and Caregivers with Physical or Vision Disabilities." Knowledge gained from these surveys will be used to 1) enhance our web-based resource on services and equipment to support parenting and 2) improve online resources and other educational materials for professionals. Rehabilitation engineers and assistive technology professionals who have provided any assessment or intervention services to adults with physical or vision disabilities are eligible to participate. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete:
https://redcap.link/TLGATandRESurvey

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

A visually impaired student in Translation Studies conducting a research for her dissertation would appreciate if blind or visually impaired translators and/or interpreters would fill in this survey about the technology they use to fulfill their translation-related tasks. She is especially interested in the types of technology used and their influence on the translators' and interpreters' productivity:
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February 9th 2023 | Hadley Insights & Sound Bites Podcast: "A Whole New Perspective"

Listen in as we hear from Sarah. For her, hearing a blind architect's story changed her perspective on what was possible:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/whole-new-perspective

February 11th 2023 | More Victor Reader Stream Thoughts, Apple Discussion, And An Atrocious Case Of Airline Discrimination Against Blind Parents

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/479b1435/more-victor-reader-stream-thoughts-apple-discussion-and-an-atrocious-case-of-airline-discrimination-against-blind-parents

February 11th 2023 | iSee Podcast: Vision Australia Selling The Eone Timepiece, Ming And I Chat About This

The Eone Bradley timepiece features raised hour markers that allow you to feel the time by touch: a triangular marker for twelve, elongated line segments for three, six, and nine, and shorter line segments for the other markers. Two magnetized ball bearings travel around the watch face in separate, recessed tracks: one track around the center of the watch face's surface for the minute, and one track around the outside edge of the watch face for the hour. To tell the time by touch, simply run your finger over the raised hour markers, feeling the markers where the ball bearings are located. If either ball bearing moves out of place, shake your wrist and they will snap back to the correct locations. Features: Modern, and stylish. Bold prominent tactile markers “mark” for the passing of time. Out of the box thinking to tell time by position of ball bearings for minute (top face), and hours around the outside. Looks and feels like a quality built product. Various timepieces and bands to choose from for mixing and matching formal ware, casual or in-between. Looks like a cool designed timepiece when warn. As the Braille on the box says "Designed for you. Designed for everyone:"
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-whgk7-1389cf9

February 11th 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 114: Android 14 Developer Preview 1

We first talk about what is in the news. We are at 858 YouTube channel subscribers, we thank our listeners for subscribing and sharing the videos. One plus launches the One Plus 11 phone. RealMe launches the Cola Phone. In our spotlight segment we talk about the just released android 14 developer preview1 also called upside down cake. We talk about some changes and some disappointments. In another spotlight segment we have a demo of Miui which is the preinstalled UI that comes on Xiaomi phones. For our app of the week, we demo App Dash. For our TalkBack Highlights we demo reading containers released in TalkBack 13.1. This episode can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqohaNcQVIb7GrCwrxBNDWly

February 15th 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2037: The Path to Employment with NSITE

NSITE is an organization that trains, prepares, and helps blind clients obtain employment. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Matthew Kehl, a blind job seeker who completed a program through NSITE and obtained a Sourcing Specialist certificate. He shares his experiences with the training and support from NSITE in helping him secure employment:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2307.htm


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February 16th 2023 | When JAWS Does the Unexpected: Top Five JAWS Troubleshooting Tips

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Vispero Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan. Summary: Are you looking for ways to navigate applications and read information with JAWS more efficiently? If so — this webinar is for you! We'll discuss important JAWS settings and keyboard commands for acquiring details about your environment, plus show you how to: Virtualize a control or window to gather information or copy error messages. Restore JAWS factory settings to clear manually configured settings or custom-imported settings from a previous release of JAWS. Manually shut down JAWS when an issue occurs. Restart JAWS using a layered command. Use Speech History to review and copy information spoken by JAWS. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for this webinar on Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W-TVgdwfQ3Omz3bLPzAWHw

February 18th 2023 | Two Powerhouses Collaborate to Share Up-to-Date Info About Retinal Degenerative Diseases

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
The Foundation Fighting Blindness and the APH ConnectCenter join forces to share about retinal degenerative disease research. Join us for an upcoming webinar. Please join us to learn more about the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The webinar will highlight the following: No-Cost Genetic Testing & Genetic Counseling. My Retina Tracker Patient Registry. Chapter Network in over 40 markets across the U.S. Overview of Clinical Trials & Emerging Therapies. Upcoming Events & Educational Opportunities. Register:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/two-powerhouses-collaborate-to-share-up-to-date-info-about-retinal-degenerative-diseases/

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 | How to Teach Blind Football to Visually Impaired Female Footballers | Online Seminar | IBSA Blind Football Sports Committee

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 3/23
The IBSA Blind Football Sports Committee is proud to present the third online seminar of the year. This time the topic will be "How to Teach Blind Football to Visually Impaired Female Footballers," which will be held on February 22nd at 7pm (CET), with support provided by UEFA. It will be free of charge for all participants:
https://ibsasport.org/how-to-teach-blind-football-to-visually-impaired-female-footballers-online-seminar/

February 22nd 2023 | Outa Sight Solutions for Leveling Up Your Literacy | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 3/23
Join this interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. as we explore and demonstrate several accessible apps and resources to bring digital and printed information to your ears and fingertips. We will compare the recently released BookShare reader with other mainstream apps including Kindle and Apple Books, and explore a new look and feature set for some familiar favorites. For those who are newly blind or struggling with degenerative eye conditions like Macular Degeneration, we will briefly discuss strategies for figuring out which app or solution may be best for you. Come learn how to read it your way! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact Tim Paulding at tpaulding@lhblind.org 📧️ if you have any questions or need assistance registering for this event. Register in advance for this webinar at:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MVC0VwApSLaszwSmhPkbHw

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 26th 2023 | How The Blind Can Do STEM (Louis Maher)

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 3/27
Zoom Conference. The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students are presenting a joint Zoom conference on how blind college and graduate students, and blind professionals, are succeeding in courses and Careers to do with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Zoom conference link will be the standard NABS Zoom link shown at the bottom of this message. The call will occur at 8 PM EST through 9 PM EST on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Topics will be of interest for blind students in middle school, high school, college and graduate school and professionals. Parents of blind school-aged children and educators are also welcome. Currently, the scheduled speakers, topics, talk descriptions, and speaker introductions, are: Opening Remarks: Trisha Kulkarni, president National Association of Blind Students, and John Miller, president Science and Engineering Division (8 PM EST) Speaker: Ken Perry (8:15 PM EST). Title: Producing Hardware as A Blind Engineer:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3406

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 | Ability Summit | Microsoft

Ability Summit is a free digital event on March 8, 2023. Discover new accessible technology, learn from leaders with disabilities, and explore how accessibility empowers everyone within an organization, your community, and so much more. During the event, there will be opportunities to learn how everyone can imagine new technologies, leveraging Artificial Intelligence, Assistive Technology, and Inclusive Design to invent the future of inclusion; include people with disabilities and allies in a more inclusive workplace and society; and build technology to empower every person to achieve more:
https://abilitysummit.eventcore.com/home

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 17th 2023 | On My Terms: Working With Visual Assistance Apps | Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT
What could someone do if they had visual assistance whenever they needed it, not just when it was convenient for someone else? Banking, shopping, traveling, cooking, setting a thermostat, getting knowledgeable help with the computer — a whole range of aging-in-place tasks can be done with assistance from a smartphone app. Join Aira's Jenine Stanley and Be My Eyes' Hans Wiberg to learn more about visual interpreting and specialized help through their apps. Find out how visual assistance fits into the tools to access the world as someone who is blind or low vision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcOytrTwrG9eXb-eE_kJSY1RM4_8amlEU

March 21st 2023 | Small Changes for Big Impact: Creating Accessible Word Documents | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Microsoft Word has features that help you create documents that are accessible to people with disabilities. By using these features, you can help readers receive your message clearly. If you don't, your message might not get through to your readers — with or without disabilities. In this session, we'll discuss: Using Word's built-in Accessibility Checker to help identify issues. Common accessibility issues and how to prevent or address them. Accessibility considerations that may benefit all users and not just users with disabilities. Word documents intended for conversion to PDF and more. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-21-at-12pm-et-small-changes-for-big-impact-creating-accessible-word-documents/

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 9th 2023 through May 12th 2023 | John Slatin AccessU 2023 | Knowbility

Join us virtually or in Austin, TX. John Slatin AccessU is an annual conference where tech professionals, content creators, policymakers, and advocates come together for deep learning in accessible digital design:
https://knowbility.org/programs/john-slatin-accessu-2023

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 📧️

May 16th 2023 through May 18th 2023 | Virtua11y Web Accessibility Conference 2023 | Nomensa

Nomensa's free, virtual web accessibility and digital inclusion conference:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtua11y-web-accessibility-conference-2023-tickets-505953880677

May 18th 2023 | Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Help us celebrate the 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments:
https://accessibility.day/

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 21st 2023 | Inclusive Design 24

Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) is a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2023/

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 6th 2023 through November 10th 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

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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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:

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


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

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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.

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


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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

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


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


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


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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.


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


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Two of our most popular products in an unbeatable package: Either a 50, or 60 inch telescopic locking titanium cane with 2 tips (roller or glide) + our heavy duty stiff and durable 16 inch 7 pocket RFID leather waist pack with a built in cane holder. The cane holder keeps your cane away from other items. Easy to grasp zipper pulls, with up to a 54 inch waist. Best for Last: The 60-inch bundle is just $100, including shipping; the 50-inch bundle is just $90 with shipping included. Ends at midnight on February 21st 2023. Call Barry or Kae at (617) 969-7500 ☎ or (781) 286-1696 ☎ or email us at bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️ or guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️. We love to talk and help our customers find what they need and, what will work!

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GuideLights And Gadgets logo. The silhouette of a man with a cane in one hand and the harness of a trained guide dog in the other walk together through the grass at sunrise. GuideLights And Gadgets. Personal. Affordable. Responsive. Trusted.

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

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


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Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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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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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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

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