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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 23, 2023 - Volume 899

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

A.) Master The Windows Key Alphabet With These 10 Amazing Keyboard Shortcuts (5.0% of all clicks.)
Here are the 9 most important keyboard shortcuts in the Windows key alphabet:
https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/master-the-windows-key-alphabet/

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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:
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C.) How To Use ChatGPT on iPhone and Apple Watch (3.8% of all clicks.)
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/

D.) The Hable One — A Smartphone Remote Controller For The Blind | YouTube (3.5% of all clicks.)
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

E.) Checking In on the Accessibility of the Dynamic Island (3.5% of all clicks.)
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/

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5) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes New Editor: David Woodbridge

Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to David Woodbridge, who has so very graciously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication by contributing to it on a regular basis. David recently became an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News as well, and since many of his quality contributions have fallen within the Tidbits category, in addition to the Access Information News category, we decided it only fair to him and to readers to officially bring him on board with Tidbits as well. I'm sure many of you already know David and are perhaps familiar with one or more of his current initiatives. For those of you that don't yet know David, in addition to now serving as an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News and Top Tech Tidbits, David also serves as the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. During this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using both assistive and mainstream technology. He has also been involved in evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired using both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology. He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors and Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia. Look for David's contributions in future issues. Learn more about him, and his many initiatives, on the Top Tech Tidbits website at:
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6) Top Tech Tidbits Announces MP3 to MP4 Conversion Service For YouTube Publishers

Do you regularly find yourself with MP3 audio files that you would like to upload to your YouTube Channel? So that they can be streamed for free? It has come to our attention that many readers have this need. So we've put together a small service specifically for Tidbits readers to assist those that do not possess the resources to accomplish this task on their own. While converting your MP3 file into a YouTube-optimized MP4 file is indeed the end result of this service, doing this by itself produces a video with a black background throughout the video. This is not recommended, as it signals to both YouTube's algorithms and visual readers that there is something "wrong" with your video. So for audio-only videos, such as podcasts, we recommend adding a single image that is present throughout the video. Usually the podcast logo or an image related to the audio content. But this image can be anything you like. Therefore, prior to converting your MP3 to a YouTube-optimized MP4 file, we will also place an image of your choosing as the background of the video prior to output. You will receive the final video as an MP4 file containing your provided audio along with the image that you choose as the background of the video. These conversions are now available to Top Tech Tidbits readers at a flat rate of $50 USD per conversion with a one hour time limit on your submitted audio. This includes placement within the video of a single image that you provide. If you don't have an image, we can provide you with one and describe it for an additional $10 per image. All images provided by Top Tech Tidbits are professional stock photographs with royalties for use purchased from Shutterstock. This way, you always own the rights to each of the images that you purchase. And that's it. Ready to make a video? Just send an email to video@toptechtidbits.com ✉ with the number of MP3s that you would like converted or get a fast quote and request a payment link at the same time by filling out this short form. We'll send you a payment link within 12 hours. Once paid you will receive your video files within 24 hours. It's that easy. It is our sincerest hope that this new service will empower content creators of all abilities to publish their work more consistently and cost-effectively. Full announcement with technical information here:
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7) JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Power Tip: Turn On Control Descriptions in Teams

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/147.html

8) Amazon Fire TV Launches New Tech for Cochlear Implant Users

Publisher (Di Blasi): This update comes to us directly from Amazon. Amazon: On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Amazon and Cochlear announced the launch of Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Fire TV for people living with hearing implant technology, just ahead of International Cochlear Implant Day on February 25, 2023. Improving TV sound quality was one of the most requested features among some of the 1.5 billion people living with hearing loss worldwide, according to Amazon research. Why This Matters: This advancement represents the first time a smart TV device will stream sound directly to a hearing implant processor. It also makes TV and other content that can be streamed through Fire TV, like podcasts and audiobooks, more accessible, removing the need for additional intermediary devices and helping people who use implantable hearing technology to more easily stay connected with the latest popular culture, news and events. What This Means: With the implementation of ASHA, hearing implant users with compatible Cochlear devices will be able to enjoy a vast catalog of movies and TV episodes with an active subscription to their favorite apps including Netflix and Prime Video, as well as local TV networks. Availability: This new feature will be available on many Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Omni QLED Series, Fire TV Omni Series, Fire TV Cube (3rd Gen), and more. For more information you can read the official announcement here:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/amazons-fire-tv-expands-audio-streaming-for-hearing-aids-to-cochlear-implants

9) Microsoft Limits Bing Chat To Five Replies To Stop The Ai From Getting Real Weird

Microsoft's new limits mean Bing chatbot users can only ask a maximum of five questions per session and 50 in total per day:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/2/17/23604906/microsoft-bing-ai-chat-limits-conversations

10) Microsoft Is Forcibly Removing Internet Explorer From Your PC

Microsoft officially murdered the beleaguered IE last year, though its ghostly presence still lingers on Windows PCs around the world. In an effort to scrape up the remains, Microsoft has now begun automatically removing instances of Internet Explorer from users' computers. A software update to the Edge browser that began rolling out this week will permanently disable Internet Explorer 11 on any Windows computer that still has it installed:
https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-removing-internet-explorer-from-pcs/

11) Amazon Echo Now Allowing Phone Calls In Australia To Mobile And Land Line Phones

Editor: Woodbridge: In Australia, up to now, phone calling via an assistant with your mobile phone was only available through Telstra and the Nest device. Now, with this feature, it's any mobile phone attached to your Amazon account. This is going to make it fantastic for seniors, etc., to contact their relatives and loved ones. Amazon: Amazon has announced Alexa-to-phone calling, allowing owners of an Echo device to make calls to mobile and landline numbers in Australia. The only exception is emergency services, which you can't call via your Echo device, but you will soon be able to assign an emergency contact who Alexa will call and SMS when a user asks for help. Calling with Alexa phone calls are made over Wi-Fi, so the quality will be as good as your connection is:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2023/02/calling-with-alexa/

12) Updates for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 Now Available

JAWS: https://bit.ly/3xqwCt6
ZoomText: https://bit.ly/3S9P0jh
Fusion: https://bit.ly/40X5zTC

13) BrailleDoodle Goes Live On Kickstarter. Learn Braille, Tactile Science, Math & Art!

An affordable, game-changing, learning & fun device for blind children with new Etch-a-Sketch-like tech. Our Story: For more than 25 years, Daniel Lubiner has been a special education teacher. During the final ten years of his teaching career, he taught art to ED, blind, and low-vision students at the New York Institute for Special Education in the Bronx. When the pandemic hit, art instruction stopped, and instruction in other subjects also deteriorated. Many students in the New York metropolitan area could not afford supplies. That's when Lubiner conceived and designed the BrailleDoodle. The original prototype was based on a toy that could be purchased on Amazon. But it is made for sighted children as the balls drop easily when touched. This is what Lubiner called the $60,000 question. Because it took $60k and a year and a half to work with Creative Engineering to get those balls to stand up just right. The Product Journey: Thanks to some generous donors, we have the full prototype, and we have completed the final Design for Manufacturing! Beta Prototype: The next phase has begun with the construction of a pilot mold that will produce hundreds of small BrailleDoodle Prototypes. This will allow for testing and perfecting the final design. We also have endorsements from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IITM), the Lavell Fund, the San Antonio Lighthouse, the San Francisco Lighthouse, and TVIs worldwide. In one month, we have pre-pre sold over 318 units in 8 different countries. Our Business Model: With a constant revenue stream, we expect to become self-sustaining and distribute free BrailleDoodles by the end of year one. Back this project:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brailledoodle/the-brailledoodle-b-smart-braille-science-math-and-art

14) iBUG Mac Training Course Open for Enrollment | Begins March 7th 2023

We are pleased to announce that iBUG Today will be offering a 12-week Mac course beginning Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Sessions take place every Tuesday evening on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:15 PM Central Time. There is also a review session every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time. The course requirements and topics are listed below:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3456

15) Supernova And ScreenReader v22 Available Now

SuperNova 22 introduces the world's sharpest True Font magnification for the latest releases of Microsoft 365 and Office 2021. The upgrade also includes: Sound Splitting to help users multi-task when using speech. Improvements for scanning and reading PDF documents. Support for Physical Braille mode in Microsoft 365 and Office 2021. Additional fixes and improvements:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=529

16) Victor Reader Stream 3 Page Now Live on The HumanWare Website

https://store.humanware.com/hus/victor-reader-stream-handheld-media-player.html?___store=us_en

17) How To Scan A QR Code With The Camera App | Cool Blind Tech

QR codes give you quick access to websites without having to type or remember a web address. You can use the Camera app to scan a QR code a for links to websites, apps, tickets, and more:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-scan-a-qr-code-with-the-camera-app/

18) Apple Working On How To Read Back iMessages In The Sender's Voice

A new Apple patent application describes converting an iMessage into a voice note played back in a voice that the user has created with samples of the sender's voice. Apple users can already send audio recordings in iMessage or have Siri read text messages back to them, but the patent describes a way to have the device read the text message in the sender's voice instead of Siri, using a voice file. "The voice model is provided to a second electronic device," according to the patent. "In some examples, a message is received from a respective user of a second electronic device:"
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/02/16/apple-working-on-how-to-read-back-imessages-in-the-senders-voice

19) How To Fix Siri Suggestions Launching The Wrong iOS 16 Features

"Siri & Search" is iOS 16's tremendous way of learning how you use apps so that it can offer you suggestions — but when its Siri Suggestions go wrong, they are a pain to fix. The idea is that you never even have to know that there is such a setting on your iPhone as "Siri & Search." This setting is right there under Settings, General, but it's supposed to do that Apple thing of just working. Say you're writing an email to Santa, but Siri & Search remembers that every time you do this, you also CC your parents. "Siri Suggestions" will then suggest that you do that this time. That's using Apple's built-in apps, though, and this iOS feature goes much further. It learns from all of your apps, it learns what you ask for, when you tend to ask for it, and more:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/siri/tips/how-to-fix-siri-suggestions-launching-the-wrong-ios-16-features

20) Apple Posts Release Notes For Shortcuts In iOS And iPadOS 16.3, MacOS 13.2, And WatchOS 9.3 | February 14th 2023

Apple has posted another update to the "What's new in Shortcuts" release notes page to add the latest round of fixes made available in the iOS 16.3 cycle. This latest update includes one main feature, plus a handful of fixes:
https://matthewcassinelli.com/apple-ios-163-shortcuts-release-notes/

21) AppleVis Launches Apple Vision Accessibility Report Card | Participate In Their Survey That Will Determine The Report Card Ratings

We are excited to announce the launch of our Apple Vision Accessibility Report Card and invite you to participate in the survey that will determine the report card ratings. The aim of this survey is to gather valuable feedback from those who depend on VoiceOver, braille support, or the low vision features available on Apple devices. The survey asks you to rate these accessibility features across Apple's various platforms and your experience of using Apple software on a scale of 1 to 5, and optionally provide additional written comments. We also invite you to rate and comment on new vision accessibility features introduced in 2022, as well as Apple's performance in addressing vision-related bugs over the past year. Finally, we encourage you to share your suggestions on how Apple can enhance their vision accessibility features and user experience, and better serve the needs of their visually impaired customers:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-launches-apple-vision-accessibility-report-card-participate-our-survey-will-determine

22) CyR.U.S. Tags Helps Blind And Visually Impaired Use Correct Beauty Products | Cool Blind Tech

When Victoria Watts' son Cyrus was born blind due to a rare genetic eye disease in 2016, the mother of four readily admits that her knowledge of the community was limited to say the least. As she observed how her son navigated daily life through touch, she noticed that one particular challenge was being able to independently identify and use everyday products. From those concerns, CyR.U.S. Tags was born, a system of tactile symbols and raised QR codes that Watts developed to make products instantly recognizable by touch and the product information digitally accessible through a QR code scan to improve safety and independence:
https://coolblindtech.com/cyr-u-s-tags-helps-blind-and-visually-impaired-use-correct-beauty-products/

23) The Next Generation, An Unboxing And First Look At the Victor Reader Stream 3 From HumanWare | YouTube | gallagher123123

Today I have a very special unboxing for you all. Last week, Humanware officially released the 3RD Generation of the Victor Reader Stream, probably the most popular talking book player. Mine arrived today and in this video, we unbox it and take a first look at the changes. There is a lot to love about this new model, including Bluetooth, USB-C, and faster download speeds. There are however, a few glitches that I am sure HumanWare will resolve as quickly as possible. Come along with me on this journey as I explore this new and exciting device and see some of my reaction to the various new features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy-AK2Kop7I

24) How to Unlock Your iPhone With a Security Key | Wired

Passcodes are out. Apple continues to tighten iOS security, and iOS 16.3 (and iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2) includes support for physical security keys. In other words, a physical device can verify your Apple ID login in place of a passcode. It's a great way to boost your security, and here's how it works:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-unlock-iphone-physical-security-key/

25) Podcast Links For Navigational Apps: Blind Square | Dropbox | Carla Savage

Blind Square Part 1:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/t593xgs7l3qfb8f/Blind%20Square%20Part%201.mp3?dl=0
Blind Square Part 2:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/onnerrw1x7ommlz/Blind%20Square%20Part%202.mp3?dl=0
Blind Square Latest Features:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fssuevgynzyqacl/Blind%20Square%20Latest%20Features.mp3?dl=0

26) 10 macOS Tips To Make Your Life Easier

One of the neat things about using a Mac is that macOS features various levels of interaction and customization, but many of us only ever scratch the surface of what's possible. If you regularly perform certain actions on your Mac, often there's another way of doing it that's easier, only it's not so obvious unless someone points it out to you:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/02/14/10-macos-tips-make-life-easier/

27) 8 Settings To Tweak On A New Windows 11 Install

Before you dive into a new Windows 11 PC, be sure to change these settings for a better experience:
https://www.makeuseof.com/settings-tweak-new-windows-11-install/

28) The "See Me Cane" — LED Light Up Cane For The Blind And Visually Impaired | YouTube

This is the brand new "See Me Cane", the fully illuminated LED cane for the blind. The world's first white cane for the blind that has LED's running down the entire length. Does it look like a light saber? Yes. Will you feel like a Jedi using it? Of course. Will it keep you safe while walking around at night? Absolutely:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73S5tcEr6Co

29) Closed Captions For PowerPoint Audio — Adding And Saving

PowerPoint 365 (Windows, Mac and iOS) can now use separate caption files for audio inside a presentation and also export the captions with media. What's new are captions for audio files like a transcript of a lecture or even song lyrics for a PowerPoint 'sing-a-long'. There's a catch but one that can be bypassed:
https://office-watch.com/2023/powerpoint-audio-closed-captions/

30) Change These 12 macOS Settings Right Now For A Superior Experience

You'll love your Mac even more once you change these settings:
https://medium.com/macoclock/change-these-12-macos-settings-right-now-for-a-superior-experience-bd1c42439351

31) Aira Is Now On Mastodon

Our handle is @airaVI@techhub.social so please follow us there. This will not replace our Twitter feed but much of what we post will also appear on Twitter in a concatenated form:
https://techhub.social/@AiraVI

32) Going Mastodon | Amanda Carson | World Blind Herald

In case you've been spending the last four months focusing almost entirely on the day-to-day grind, so haven't been paying attention, things at Twitter are not going well to put it charitably, and so a lot of people who used to be on Twitter have migrated over to Mastodon. So we at World Blind Herald thought it would be helpful to put together a non-exhaustive guide to Mastodon for those who have already migrated as well as those who might be considering migration but don't know where to start or how to keep as many pieces from Twitter as intact as possible. This article covers everything from finding a server to rebuilding your network of followers and those whom you follow, and then discusses the larger social ecosystem in which Mastodon lives:
https://www.worldblindherald.com/going-mastodon/

33) Review: ROKiT Life Smart Bluetooth Audio Glasses | YouTube | Matte Blac

These are the ROKiT Solos Bluetooth Smart Glasses Matte Blac. While connected to your Bluetooth device, you can listen to your favorite music through the glasses. The benefit of using ROKiT Life Smart Bluetooth Audio Glasses to listen to your music or audiobooks is the open-ear audio technology. This leaves your ears obstructed and open to your surrounding environment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_x-MlZSqvs

34) GoldWave Infinity Update Now Available

GoldWave is a professional, full featured, digital audio editor. Use it to play, record, import, edit, restore, process, analyze, and convert audio on your computer. To Infinity And Beyond! GoldWave Infinity is our new mobile, cross-platform version of GoldWave. It works on any device that supports modern web browsers. Once the app loads and starts, it works entirely on the device. No network connection is required, just like a native app! Now you can use the same editor on everything (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iPhones, iPads). What Can Infinity Do? Infinity includes most of the same editing commands, effects, and tools as the desktop version of GoldWave. You can cut, copy, paste, and trim. You can apply noise reduction, equalization, time and pitch changes. You can set cue points, merge files, generate tones using expressions, view real-time visuals, and so much more. Current GoldWave licenses work in GoldWave Infinity too! One big difference from the desktop version is that files have to be imported before they can be opened and edited. As browser technology evolves, we expect this will change, allowing easier access to files, making things like Batch Processing possible. How Do I Get It? We've made some major changes to Infinity to allow longer recordings and larger file editing. We are using cutting-edge technology, so be sure to update your web browser to the latest version (Chrome 109 or later, Edge 109, Safari 16.3, Firefox 109). On some devices, choosing the link below may not use an up-to-date browser, so we recommend starting the browser directly first, then go to the GoldWave website. If you are already using an up-to-date browser, you can get started now:
https://goldwave.com/editor/

35) Shelly Brisbin Announces Her New Book — iOS Access for All — for iOS 16

I'm thrilled to announce the iOS 16 edition — the tenth — of iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPhone and iPad is now available. The book covers iOS and iPadOS features through iOS 16.3. I know some of you have waited awhile for this, and I'm grateful for your patience and your enthusiasm. It's a good update, and the addition of “dot release” coverage brings the word count to a whopping 225,000:
https://www.iosaccessbook.com/

36) List Of The Most Recent Technology Guides for Blind Users from National Braille Press

https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3487

37) Win a Free Hable One In The UK Or Ireland | Braillists Foundation

Hable One is a powerful, fun and exciting way for you to interact with your smartphone or tablet using braille. As well as being a fully functional braille keyboard, supporting both grades 1 and 2, it also serves as a wireless remote control for every aspect of your smartphone or tablet, from moving around the screen to selecting, playing and pausing music, dialling numbers and changing settings. We are delighted to be partnering with Hable and Sight and Sound Technology Ltd to offer up to 60 braille users in the UK and Ireland the opportunity to try one out for two weeks, and up to 3 people to win one for free! This is a limited time offer, with sign ups closing at 9:00 AM on Wednesday 15 March, and candidate selection starting ahead of this on Wednesday 1 March. For more information and to sign up, visit:
https://www.braillists.org/hable/

38) TPGi Accessibility Newsletter for February 2023

https://email.tpgi.com/january-accessibility-newsletter-from-tpgi-1


➜ Surveys

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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

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

Closing: 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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScY7Es_ZHbfz-crZ6wjwwoUFeyMnjZR7rgnhAgJNv-dWRwcrw/viewform?usp=sf_link


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February 3rd 2023 | ATU610 — StellarTrek by Humanware with Mathieu Paquette

https://www.eastersealstech.com/2023/02/03/atu610-stellartrek-by-humanware-with-mathieu-paquette/

February 16th 2023 | Safety, Self-Defense, and Vision Loss | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Listen in as we discuss some common situations that can make us feel unsafe and share ideas on how to address them. We're joined by Christy Ray and Ricky Jones of STRIVE4You.Org:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/safety-self-defense-and-vision-loss

February 18th 2023 | More Thoughts On The Victor Reader Stream, What Are Your Favorite PC Speakers, And The Astounding New Voice AI Technology From Eleven Labs

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/9130b958/more-thoughts-on-the-victor-reader-stream-what-are-your-favourite-pc-speakers-and-the-astounding-new-voice-ai-technology-fromeleven-labs

February 18th 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 115: System Settings, Google Services Preferences Backup

This week, we first remember our listeners in Turkey, Syria, and New Zealand as they face strong and destructive earthquakes. We talk about the settings known as google services, and give an over view of it, mainly talking about backup settings. Then we review Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra phone. For the app demo, we demo Jumbo4 which is an app that will tell you if your details are found in a data breach on any website. You can find this episode on our website or in this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpzmzgI6_RRS3tcgsJkMOO8

February 22nd 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2308: An Inside Look at Audio Book Narration

Listening to audio books has become a very popular way of reading. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Hillary Huber, a voice actress who has narrated over 700 audio books for both blind and sighted listeners, about how audio books are made, the challenges faced by narrators, and what makes her job fun and rewarding. There's more to it than you'd expect:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2308.htm

February 22nd 2023 | FSCast 226: Software Developer Andre Polykanine, Plus Sasha Hordiiko & Igor Kushnir From The Ukrainian Association Of The Blind

On FSCast 226, we'll get to know longtime JAWS beta tester, self-proclaimed language nerd, and software developer Andre Polykanine. Then Andre will serve as translator for a visit with Sasha Hordiiko and Igor Kushnir of the Ukrainian Association of the Blind. We'll hear about their work and find out what life has been like since the beginning of the war:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast-226-software-developer-andre-polykanine-plus-sasha-hordiiko-igor-kushnir-from-the-ukrainian-association-of-the-blind/


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February 23rd 2023 | FSOpenLine

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 3/24
FSOpenLine, Freedom Scientific's global call-in show, will take place Thursday, February 23 at 8 PM Eastern time. Do you have questions about our products or an idea you want to share? Join us and be heard by key members of Freedom Scientific's product management and engineering teams. Visit the FSOpenLine page for all the details:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/fsopenline/

February 23rd 2023 | Risky Business? Only If You're Not In Compliance | Accessibility.com Online Event

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
WCAG, or the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, is beginning a new stage. Version 2.2 is due to be finalized in April 2023, and version 3.0 has already begun the drafting phase. As the digital world explodes with growth and innovation and more and more companies shift online, the importance of WCAG becomes something nobody can afford to ignore. Luckily, Accessibility.com is here to assist you in understanding WCAG, the updated criteria, and what the future looks like for digital accessibility with a complimentary online event on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, at 1:00 PM ET. Learn more at:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/accessibility.com-online-event-risky-business-only-if-youre-not-in-compliance

February 23rd 2023 | Navigation And Navigational Tools Workshop | Florida Outreach Center For The Blind

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Please join the Florida Outreach Center for The Blind for our next informative workshop. This month please join Jason Goldfield and Maria Norris as we talk about and demonstrate GPS and navigational tools that range from high-tech apps for your smart phone or devices including tools that are already built into your device to low-tech tools that will give verbal and haptic feedback. We also want to hear from you on what devices you use on a regular basis in getting around independently and safely. A door prize will be given out to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the presentation, but you must be present to win! We look forward to having you join us as we explore these powerful and beneficial tools! If you have any questions, please call The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind at: (561) 642-0005 ☎:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09#success

February 24th 2023 | Type At The Speed Of Mind With Lightkey AI Writing Assistant | NOAT

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
Lightkey is an innovative AI-powered writing assistant that is optimized for conditions such as dyslexia, dexterity and visual impairment. Lightkey gradually learns the user's writing style and offers inline text predictions and real-time spelling/grammar corrections. Lightkey works in over 80 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian and many more. Don't miss out. Registration is now open. Visit the event page for more details and to save your space for this webinar:
https://sites.google.com/NOAT.ca/events/?pli=1

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 7th 2023 | iBUG Today 12-Week Mac Course Begins

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 3/8
We are pleased to announce that iBUG Today will be offering a 12-week Mac course beginning Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Sessions take place every Tuesday evening on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:15 PM Central Time. There is also a review session every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time. The course requirements and topics are listed below. 1. Participate in all classes with no more than one absence. 2. Attend at least half of all study sessions. 3. Complete homework assignments, which include reading, Mac practice, and providing oral answers to some of the focus questions from each lesson. 4. Attend the monthly iBUG Mac-N-Talk conference call. Three are included in this course. 5. Must be able to follow classroom instruction consisting of lecture and live demonstrations. 6. All course sessions are conducted in a group format; one-on-one training will not be provided. 7. Basic knowledge of Windows, iOS, and/or other operating systems may be useful as a reference point but is not required. 8. The course will be most beneficial for students who have Macs newer than 2017 that are compatible with macOS 13 Ventura. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom remote conferencing, a free application available for both computer and phone that may be found at http://zoom.us and in the iOS and Android app stores. Lecture recordings will be made available to review class material between sessions. The recorded sessions may also be posted to the iBUG Today website and social media for use by interested individuals who are not otherwise able to take the course. Please do not sign up if you are uncomfortable being recorded. During the class, you will be part of an email list for the receiving of announcements and discussion of course material. If you are interested in enrolling, please complete the course application at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-bXX_38CWIS7sUY0nC_7IDAqUfAXKb9LG4jt4ihQd6lPT1A/viewform?usp=sf_link

March 7th 2023 | JAWS Inspect Hands-on Series: Five Screen Reader Accessibility Tests You Should Always Do

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
By Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training, and Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. In this practical, hands-on session, we will show you five screen reader checks everyone should be doing on their websites and applications. Thanks to TPGi's screen reader testing tool, the tests require little knowledge of accessibility. JAWS Inspect makes screen reader compatibility testing easy regardless of your role in your organization. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-7-at-12pm-et-jaws-inspect-hands-on-series-five-screen-reader-accessibility-tests-you-should-always-do/

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: 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.

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

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


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

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

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

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➜ Classified Advertisement: Learn Management Skills For Free. Get The Job You Want.

Fable Pathways is a free, accessible skill building platform for people with disabilities, by people with disabilities. Learn new skills to advance your career in the tech industry and beyond. Courses are free, accessible with assistive technologies, and self-paced. Learn job-related skills from disabled industry experts. In 'Becoming a Manager' you'll learn If a management role is suitable for you, how to evaluate your readiness to manage others, and approaches to supporting people with disabilities on your team. Sign up today at:
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com

Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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


➜ 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.

Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐

Sales: https://yourdolphin.com/contact

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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.

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

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


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

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

Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online ✉. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999
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Email: feedback@doubletap.online

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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.


➜ Classified Advertisement: Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.

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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.


➜ Classified Advertisement: Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


➜ Classified Advertisement: The Next Generation in Accessibility

Need to quickly access a distant computer with minimal fuss? Need to quickly convert image documents into readable text? Today's students and working professionals demand more of their technology. Employers expect more of their workforce. Pneuma Solutions is bridging the gap using the best in machine learning to connect you to your environment when you need it, how you need it. Give us a try, and experience accessibility on a whole new level:
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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

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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?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

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

Email: info@vispero.com

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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


➜ Classified Advertisement: VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?

APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
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Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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


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

The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
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Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.


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

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

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Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐

Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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


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

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

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

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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.


➜ Classified Advertisement: Valentine's Day Shouldn't End Early, And With This One, It Won't

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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For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
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For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
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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!


➜ Classified Advertisement: Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.


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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

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.


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

Get all the different types of WayTags so you can try the BEST accessible labeling system around. Use the coupon code TryTags to get a WayTag Sampler Pack for just $9.99. Plus, you get FREE shipping. Use the WayTags along with the free mobile app to label your things with a description and other important details, so you can spend less time figuring out what things are, and more time getting things done.
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Sponsor Since: January 5th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com

About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.

Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.

Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8

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Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has worked in accessibility in higher education since 2005, is certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, and in his spare time plays for the San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team. He can be reached on twitter at: @samarositz.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Ben is also an Access and Technology Advisor for Guide Dogs, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT).

Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.

A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.

When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!

Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, David also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. Over this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using assistive and main stream technology.

In the last seventeen years, he has also been involved with evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired covering both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

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In addition to his weekly contributions to Top Tech Tidbits and Access Information News, David's regularly occurring activities are his weekly tech radio show, bi-monthly exploring tech webinars for Vision Australia, his iSee podcast when something of note grabs his attention, and the weekly Tech Monday chat sessions.

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