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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, March 16, 2023 - Volume 902

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A.) Radio.net | App Review | AppleVis (7.1% of all clicks.)
Get all radio stations and podcasts in a single app — completely free of charge. Listen to WFAN, WCBS 880 or La Rancherita del Aire — whenever and wherever you want — and never miss an episode of the Smartless, The Ben Shapiro Show or This American Life podcasts:
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Pass codes 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:
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C.) A Review of the Active Braille 40 2021 | Scott Davert, Coordinator | Technology, Research and Innovation Center, Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (5.1% of all clicks.)
There are a large number of braille displays on the market which vary in functions and price points. It is my experience that consumers often choose devices based on one specific feature that they find most suitable to their situation. Positioning and type of keyboard, feel of the braille cells, positioning of scrolling keys, availability of direct download book services and/or other online capabilities, price and many other factors may go into the braille user's choice of display. Another line of products presents itself with the unique ability to sense when the braille reader is at the end of the line of text which will then trigger the braille display to pan forward. This feature is known as Automatic Tactile Control and is available on several devices being produced by a company called HelpTech. Along with Active Tactile Control, these devices also present with some unique abilities concerning audio. This review concerns the 40-cell model known as the Active Braille 40:
https://www.helenkeller.org/a-review-of-the-active-braille-40-2021/

D.) How to Stream Audio to Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants | Wired (4.9% of all clicks.)
This tech for hearing aids can help folks with hearing loss enjoy music, games, TV, and movies without missing anything:
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Please join us in offering a warm Tidbits welcome to AYES.ai, who has so very graciously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship. We're incredibly happy to have them on board after connecting with them recently on their way to the CSUN conference this year. AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App. Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback. The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times. The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve:
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8) OpenAI Announces The Launch of ChatGPT-4

According to OpenAI GPT-4 is more creative and collaborative than ever before. It can generate, edit, and iterate with users on creative and technical writing tasks, such as composing songs, writing screenplays, or learning a user's writing style:
Announcement: https://openai.com/product/gpt-4
Research Blog: https://openai.com/research/gpt-4

9) AI Gets Smarter, Safer, More Visual With GPT-4 Release, OpenAI Says | CNET

The hottest AI technology foundation, OpenAI's GPT, got a big upgrade on March 14, 2023 that's now available in the premium version of the ChatGPT chatbot:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/ai-gets-smarter-safer-more-visual-with-gpt-4-release-openai-says/#ftag=CAD590a51e

10) How Google Became Cautious Of AI And Gave Microsoft An Opening | The Wall Street Journal

Publisher (Di Blasi): I posited this question, along with many others I'm sure, in our February 9, 2023 issue. Well, it would seem that we now have an answer.
WSJ: More than two years ago, a pair of Google researchers started pushing the company to release a chatbot built on technology more powerful than anything else available at the time. The conversational computer program they had developed could confidently debate philosophy and banter about its favorite TV shows, while improvising puns about cows and horses. The researchers, Daniel De Freitas and Noam Shazeer, told colleagues that chatbots like theirs, supercharged by recent advances in artificial intelligence, would revolutionize the way people searched the internet and interacted with computers, according to people who heard the remarks. They pushed Google to give access to the chatbot to outside researchers, tried to get it integrated into the Google Assistant virtual helper and later asked for Google to make a public demo available. Google executives rebuffed them at multiple turns, saying in at least one instance that the program didn't meet company standards for the safety and fairness of AI systems, the people said. The pair quit in 2021 to start their own company to work on similar technologies, telling colleagues that they had been frustrated they couldn't get their AI tool at Google out to the public:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-ai-chatbot-bard-chatgpt-rival-bing-a4c2d2ad?mod=djemalertNEWS

11) Be My Eyes Announces New Tool Powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 to Improve Accessibility for People Who are Blind or Have Low-Vision | Business Wire

Be My Eyes, the mobile app that allows anyone to assist visually impaired people through live video calls, has announced Virtual Volunteer TM, the first-ever digital visual assistant powered by OpenAI's new GPT-4 language model:
Business Wire: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230314005425/en/
Tech Crunch: https://techcrunch.com/2023/03/14/gpt-4s-first-app-is-a-virtual-volunteer-for-the-visually-impaired/

12) GPT-4 Faked Being Blind So a TaskRabbit Worker Would Solve a CAPTCHA | Gizmodo

Publisher (Di Blasi): Just to put this into perspective, it lied in order to come up with a solution. What do you say? Bad AI? Or good AI?
Gizmodo: Fully intent on being the next Skynet, OpenAI has released GPT-4, its most robust AI to date that the company claims is even more accurate while generating language and even better at solving problems. GPT-4 is so good at its job, in fact, that it reportedly convinced a human that it was blind in order to get said human to solve a CAPTCHA for the chatbot:
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2023/03/gpt-4-faked-being-blind-so-a-taskrabbit-worker-would-solve-a-captcha/

13) Microsoft's Annual Ability Summit: Exploring The Technology, People, Partnerships And Policies Driving A More Accessible Future

What's new at this year's summit? Let's start with technology. Accessibility at Microsoft spans every aspect of our product portfolio from software to hardware and services like AI and is part of our company culture. This year, we have a range of new and exciting accessible technologies to talk about, including:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2023/03/08/accessibility-annual-ability-summit-people-partnership-policy/

14) Microsoft 365's New Assistant Will Flag Accessibility Issues In Your Work | The Verge

New 3D-printed adaptive accessories for the Surface Pen and automatic alt text for LinkedIn posts were also announced at Microsoft's Ability Summit:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/3/9/23632562/microsoft-accessibility-assistant-365-office-ability-summit

15) Microsoft 365 Will Soon Have An Accessibility Assistant

It will offer content creators suggestions on how to prevent and correct accessibility issues:
https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-365-will-soon-have-an-accessibility-assistant-180049887.html

16) Microsoft Word Is Finally Getting A Keyboard Shortcut To Paste Plaintext

Microsoft is finally adding a keyboard shortcut to Word that lets you paste something as plaintext, stripping it of any formatting it had when you copied it. It's the same Control + Shift + V shortcut that's used in many other apps, and it's currently rolling out to people using the Word beta on both Mac and PC, according to Microsoft's Jennifer Gentleman:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/3/9/23632415/microsoft-word-control-shift-v-paste-shortcut-plaintext

17) Apple Working on AR/VR Headset Technology to Help People With Eye Diseases

Future versions of the AR/VR headset that Apple has in development could help people with eye diseases, according to information shared recently by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman in his latest issue of the PowerOn newsletter. According to Gurman, Apple has a special XDG team exploring next-generation display technology, AI, and options for future AR/VR headsets that will assist people with visual issues:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/02/27/apple-ar-vr-headset-eye-disease/

18) Tim Cook May Be Launching Apple VR Headset Earlier Than Engineers Want | Apple Insider

The expected 2023 launch of the Apple VR headset was an executive decision against the advice of the company's industrial design team, a report claims, with the latter preferring to wait until it could release AR glasses. Apple's long-rumored VR headset has been teased and talked about for years, but has yet to make it to launch. While current speculation has Apple finally bringing out the headset as soon as this summer's WWDC, some within the company apparently would've preferred waiting even longer:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/03/12/apples-vr-headset-launch-in-2023-goes-against-design-teams-advice

19) dSurf Lessons for Custom JAWS Preferences and Settings Updated | Dan Clark | dSurf.net

Are you using JAWS 2023 or 2022? The dSurf lessons for Custom JAWS Preferences and Settings are certified accurate with JAWS 2022 as well as the current shipping version of JAWS 2023. Additionally, MP3 files and transcripts are now available for download for each of the five lessons in this series. In these lessons you learn how to perform the following: Use the JAWS Startup Wizard. Disable the spelling buzzer sound and announcement of misspelled words while navigating or typing. Disable the speak character phonetically announcement after pausing. Stop the announcements of list box position and count. Make changes to JAWS HTML and Web Settings for testing web pages and documents:
New Article: https://dsurf.net/lessons-for-custom-jaws-preferences-and-settings-updated/

20) A New Way To Report Bugs On The Victor Stream 3 | Matthew Paquette | HumanWare

Hi everyone! Thank you all to everyone who reported bugs on the Stream 3. The team is working hard on squashing them! I will not promise that version 1.1 that will come in the next few weeks will be perfect, but it will be better, and we'll keep iterating until we get all the kinks ironed out. In the meantime, I thought to streamline the way to send us your bug reports. Important: If you've already called and/or emailed our support team to report something, no need to use this new method to report it again, we have it. This is for moving forward. We made a Google Form, which should be accessible, to submit your bugs. It can be found as the last link on the Stream 3 support page at the link below. It's called "Strema 3 Bug Report Form". Those will come to me and I'll review them all, and take appropriate action:
https://support.humanware.com/en-usa/support/victor_reader_stream_3

21) How To Convert Markdown Into Shun Manuscript Format

Markdown is a lightweight markup language for writing formatted documents without knowing code. Shun manuscript format is an industry standard for those that are looking to publish short stories and novels with a traditional publisher. This blog post explains how to convert a markdown document into a professionally formatted manuscript using Pandoc, an accessible command line conversion tool for multiple operating systems:
https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2023/03/10/how-to-convert-markdown-to-shun-manuscript-format/

22) Orbit Research Introduces the Magna Family of Electronic Magnifiers and the Optima Braille Laptop Computer

Orbit Research has introduced the Orbit Magna family of handheld electronic magnifiers and the Optima Braille Laptop Computer at this year's CSUN Assistive Technology Conference:
https://www.orbitresearch.com/news/

23) New Online Message Board to Discuss Retro Tech: The Blind Vintage Tech Community | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

For some this Web site is a dream come true if you want to discuss your Pac Mate or other classic notetaker, JAWS for DOS, OS/2, Windows 95, vintage Apple computers and more. This is a Web-based forum and not an email-based discussion group. This site is for those who want to stroll down memory lane or for people interested in the history of technology used by the blind:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3637

24) AIRA Explorer App Now Available for iOS and Android

We are pleased to announce the new Aira mobile app is now available in both the Google Play and Apple Stores. New and refined features provide Explorers with even more choice and control to direct the assistance you receive, on your terms. The new app is called Aira Explorer. From your mobile phone, visit this link to download the new app:
https://aira.io/new-mobile-app/

25) The Best Blood Pressure Smartwatches On The Market Today

Monitoring your blood pressure regularly is a routine part of maintaining your health, though the general process can be a hassle. But what if you could take a blood pressure reading wherever you are, right from your wrist? It turns out you can. Some smartwatches offer blood pressure monitoring features, though they often come with caveats. With that in mind, here's what you should know about smartwatch-based blood pressure monitoring:
https://www.myhealthyapple.com/best-blood-pressure-smartwatches-on-the-market-today/

26) How To Create Accessible Pie Charts For Low Vision | Perkins School for the Blind

How to create accessible pie charts and donut charts for audiences with vision loss, including visual and non visual A11Y:
https://www.perkins.org/how-to-create-accessible-pie-charts-for-low-vision/

27) Unlock the Power of iPhone Shortcuts: Tips and Tricks | ghacks.net

In this article, we will explore the basics of the iOS Shortcuts app and provide step-by-step instructions for creating and using shortcuts. Whether you're a busy professional or simply looking to streamline your daily routine, learning to use iOS Shortcuts can help you achieve your goals and make the most of your valuable time:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/09/unlock-the-power-of-iphone-shortcuts-tips-and-tricks/

28) Thunderbird for Android / K-9 Mail: February 2023 Progress Report | Thunderbird

While K-9 Mail is developed in the open, following its development on GitHub can be somewhat tedious for a casual observer. So we're trying something new and summarizing the most notable things that happened in the past month as we head down the road to Thunderbird for Android:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/03/thunderbird-for-android-k-9-mail-february-progress-report/

29) New Apple Music Classical App Announced | Everything You Need To Know | YouTube | 9to5Mac

Apple has officially announced Apple Classical, here is everything we know:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRwAreGtDU4

30) Numpad Nav Mode 23.1 Released, Now With Numlock Management | Luke Davis

I have released version 23.1 of Numpad Nav Mode. This version introduces a new feature: Management of the Numlock Key:
https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda/message/104219

31) Draft Copy of Volume 11 of The Journal On Technology And Persons With Disabilities (PDF) Is Now Available To Download | Center on Disabilities, CSUN

A draft copy of Volume 11 of the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities (PDF) is now available to download. Learn about the exciting research being presented at #CSUNATC23:
https://csun.at/draftvol11

32) How to use Apple Mail Follow Up on iOS 16 | Cool Blind Tech

Apple's native Mail app got a few new features with iOS 16, including the Follow Up feature. Using AI, the feature will remind you to follow up with someone if you haven't heard back from them after a certain amount of time:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-use-apple-mail-follow-up-on-ios-16/

33) Active Braille Display Review from Applevis

Editor (Woodbridge): I've not heard of this device in Australia, but it sounds quite interesting. Sort of reminds me of the Brailliant range.
AppleVis: The following review is an adapted version of this evaluation to suit the AppleVis website. You can read the full review on the Technology, Research and Innovation Center's web page. This expanded evaluation includes a comprehensive review of the internal applications and how well the Active Braille works with other screen readers not within the Apple ecosystem:
https://www.applevis.com/reviews/review-active-braille-2021

34) Apple Adds Overlay Data to Accessibility Info in Weather App | Kelly Ford | The Idea Place

As far as I know, this is a relatively new development. If someone knows otherwise, feel free to correct. I was recently greeted by a nice surprise when using the iOS Weather app. I opened the Map and to my surprise heard the temperatures for surrounding cities to my area:
https://theideaplace.net/apple-adds-overlay-data-to-accessibility-info-in-weather-app/

35) ATIA 2023 Exhibit Hall — Assistive Technology Conference | YouTube

In this video, we see a small sample of the products and services featured at the ATIA 2023 Exhibit Hall:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opIJZIdU4Pw

36) SensePlayer And SensePlayer OCR Do Not Currently Have Access To NLS Bard Services | HIMS | March 11, 2023

Please note that the SensePlayer and SensePlayer OCR do not currently have access to NLS Bard services. Access to NLS is still being developed and is expected to be available in the Ssummer of 2023. Pre-Orders of the SensePlayer are expected to begin shipping in April, 2023:
https://hims-inc.com/product/senseplayer/

37) NVDA Microsoft Excel Series Re-Edited and Reuploaded | Thee Quinn | Tech-VI List

Hey there everyone! Yes it has been a while since I have been in here. I am very busy but I always keep you guys in mind. This is to inform you that I have re-edited and reuploaded the series "How to use Microsoft Excel with NVDA". I heard the cries of everyone who complained that the background music was too loud and distracting. So I dedicated 2 weeks to sit and re-edit them, not only removing the loud music, but cleaning it up a bit as well. This is just to prove to you that I see your comments and I appreciate your feedback. I worked really hard on this reupload so I really want to hear your feedback. You can find each video link below, and also a link to my website where you can go to search for them (with the search bar) and other NVDA videos as well. Enjoy:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3618

38) Sony Electronics Launches a New Retinal Projection Camera Kit To Help The Visually Impaired

Sony Electronics has just announced the DSC-HX99RNV kit, a new retinal projection camera kit designed to help those with visual impairments see to capture the world around them. The kit consists of Sony's DSC-HX99 compact camera and QD Laser's Retissa NeoViewer, a viewfinder that uses laser retinal projection technology. Aspiring photographers with low vision now have a new way to see the world with this $600 Kit, available in limited quantities this Summer (2023):
https://www.pcmag.com/news/sony-develops-affordable-camera-for-the-visually-impaired

39) Announcing First Beta Release Of NVDA Remote Desktop | Leonard de Ruijter

Hello all. I'm proud to release version 0.1.0 of NVDA Remote Desktop (abbreviated nvdaRd). it can be downloaded here. This add-on adds support to access remote desktop sessions to NVDA. When installed in NVDA on both the client and the server, speech and braille generated on the server will be spoken and brailled by the client machine. The add-on requires NVDA 2023.1RC1 or newer:
https://nvda-addons.groups.io/g/nvda-addons/topic/announcing_first_beta_release/97545996

40) Talk Back With The Blind Life | March 2023 | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01c1zjWlt-c

41) The Roundup — Episode 9 | The Fediverse Report

Lots of major news making their way on the feeds this week, like Meta considering a project to join the fediverse. In the tech world, the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank was the major news. Personally I have found more coverage and comments on this event on my Mastodon feed than expected, indicating that the fediverse is rapidly getting better for following along with major news events:
https://fediversereport.com/the-roundup-9/

42) The Next Big Thing: 8 New Technologies That Will Change The World | Adrien Book | Medium

In 2020, I wrote an article titled "The Next Big Thing in Technology: 20 Inventions That Will Change The World”. It has since been read over 70,000 times and shared more than 1,000 times on social media. But anyone reading it today will notice that what was written then is now obsolete. An update is necessary, highlighting the key technologies emerging today that will be all the rage by 2030 (or 2028... or 2032...):
https://medium.com/predict/the-next-big-thing-8-new-technologies-that-will-change-the-world-a70d5af52725

43) New Game: SoundEcho, A Simple Yet Challenging Memory Game | Kristof Nijs | AppleVis

My name is Kristof Nijs. I am a blind programmer and for some time now I have focused on building accessible apps and audio games for iPhone and iPad. My first audio game is ready and it's called SoundEcho. Below is a brief description of the app:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados-gaming/new-game-soundecho-simple-yet-challenging-memory-game

44) Retro Keyboards Are The New Hot Trend — Here's How You Can Get One | Reviewed | USA Today

Retro mechanical keyboards are back in style but deciding which is best for you can be intimidating. There are lots to choose from, and just because you're investing in classic keyboard style doesn't mean you need to be stuck with classic keyboard features. There are a few things to look out for to help you make the best choice and even ways to transform your current keyboard or build a new one that's a little more old-school:
https://reviewed.usatoday.com/gaming/features/how-buy-build-your-own-retro-keyboard

45) Unicode Roman Numerals and Screen Readers | Terence Eden's Blog

How would you read this sentence out aloud? "In Hamlet, Act Ⅳ, Scene Ⅸ..." Most people with a grasp of the interplay between English and Latin would say "In Hamlet, Act four, scene nine". And they'd be right! But screen-readers — computer programs which convert text into speech — often get this wrong:
https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2023/03/unicode-roman-numerals-and-screen-readers/

46) Amazon's Satellite Internet Service To Rival Musk's Starlink | Ghacks.net

Publisher (Di Blasi): Remember when people would ask you if you had DSL yet? Well, it looks like in the not-too-distant future the really cool kids might just utilize a broadband satellite connection. Beam me up Scotty.
Ghacks.net: Amazon has shared information on its new low-cost customer terminals of Project Kuiper. It aims to bring fast and affordable broadband to customers and communities around the world, competing with Elon Musk's Starlink:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/15/amazons-satellite-internet-service-to-rival-musks-starlink/

47) It Sure Seems Like Amazon Is Making a New Web Browser | Gizmodo

A user survey hints at a new project that aligns with Amazon's lucrative push into advertising as a complement to Prime:
https://gizmodo.com/amazon-prime-new-web-browser-survey-1850224922


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Closing: March 24, 2023 | Google Survey For US Residents in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the US, use any camera doorbell, are low vision or totally visually challenged, and can do an in-person survey by going to the Google office in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area, just fill out this form first to receive a $200 gift card:
https://forms.gle/LQDDuFSj7ZScjuqV8

Closing: March 31, 2023 | Google Survey For US Residents in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the US, are an Android user who has or has not used Lookout OCR, and can do an in-person survey by going to the Google office in Mountain View or San Francisco Bay Area, just fill out this form first to receive a $240 gift card:
https://forms.gle/LQDDuFSj7ZScjuqV8

Closing: April 1, 2023 | Robotics Institute at OSU is Testing A New Navigation Aid, The Optiband | Oregon State University

Research Study: Navigation Aid, The Optiband. The Robotics Institute at OSU is testing a new handheld navigation aid, the Optiband, which uses vibrations to help a user understand their environment better. The Optiband was designed with a blind stakeholder to be more than an obstacle avoidance device, and helps users gain spatial and depth perception. We are interested in talking to blind/visually impaired (BVI) persons about our device, and whether or not they are willing to test out a model of the device. We are running a study and are actively recruiting participants, to whom we will provide a device as well as cash compensation for their time. If you are interested or have any questions/concerns, please contact Jai'La Crider by emailing: criderj@oregonstate.edu 📧️ or texting (937)960-9078 📱️:
https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23uvUiPx1HQvHVA

Closing: April 24, 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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March 5, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 114: A.I., You Just Wait To See What I can Make You Say

On the latest That Real Blind Tech Show, join Allison, Brian, and Jeanine for a special discussion about A.I., the hottest thing to hit the internet since Clubhouse. We talk about whether or not Chat GPT will be the end of society, A.I. being able to now clone people's voices, and Microsoft's entry in to the A.I. arena. Other topics discussed in this episode include physical pass keys, the release of the Victor Reader Stream 3, TikTok and is it a threat to national security, Ring Alarm moving to a subscription based model for basic features, a brand new Twitter on the rise, and Apple's idea of how to make even more money with its switch to USBc. Of course we also have some serious laughs along the way:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-114-ai-you-just-wait-to-see-what-i-can-make-you-say

March 7, 2023 | iOS Today 644: Shelly Brisbin's "iOS Access For All"

Editor: (Woodbridge): Great to see when a mainstream podcast talks about accessibility. iOS Today 644: Podcaster and journalist, Shelly Brisbin, stops by the show to talk about her newly updated book, "iOS Access for All". Rosemary Orchard and Mikah Sargent talk to Brisbin about the book's updates, share some of their favorite Accessibility features, and discuss what's next for iOS:
https://twit.tv/shows/ios-today/episodes/644?autostart=false

March 9, 2023 | Wired Gadget Lab Podcast: ChatGPT in Schools

The worst part of going to school is all the homework. Nothing strikes dread in a student's heart quite like facing down a deadline on a seven-page essay. That's why some of them may find it tempting to turn those hours of work into a task that can be breezed through in a matter of seconds by an AI-powered app. Generative tools like ChatGPT have wormed their way into the school system, causing panic among teachers and administrators. While some schools have banned the tech outright, others are embracing it as a tool to teach students how to tell the difference between reality and science fiction. This week, we're bringing you a special show about the perils and opportunities of AI in the classroom. This episode is a collaboration between WIRED and the NPR show 1A. It's the second episode in a series called "Know-It-All," which focuses on all the ways AI is affecting our world:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chatgpt-in-schools/id266391367?i=1000603436244

March 11, 2023 | Mosen at Large Episode 218: More Advocacy Success, What's Your Favorite Braille Display, Depression In The Blind Community, And The Sense Player From Hims

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/13234964/more-advocacy-success-what-s-your-favourite-braille-display-depression-in-the-blind-community-and-the-sense-player-from-hims

XX) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 118: What's New In Android 14 DP2 And Meet The Youngest Developer To Ever Appear On Our Podcast

We first chat with a young developer and his father, Uday Shankar, who is working on the app called 3RDI only for Android which creates a path of indoor location. We then discuss the changes in Android 14 Developer 2 which released last week. You can find our podcast on our website. And short clips at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqo3jlHgrQnMqpcYdxwuiNHP

March 13, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 115: Axe-Con 2023 Is Here, Get To Know Deque Systems Justin Yarbrough

On the latest all new That Real Blind Tech Show Brian and Ed sit down with Accessibility Consultant, Justin Yarbrough from Deque Systems. Justin will be presenting at this year's Axe-Con taking place virtually on March 15th and 16th. We discuss Justin's role at Deque Systems, what he will be presenting at this year's Axe-Con, his advice to those in the blindness community who want to work in digital accessibility, and of course the current state of web accessibility:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-115-axe-con-2023-is-here-get-to-know-deque-systems-justin-yarbrough

March 15, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2311: Victor Reader Stream 3

The popular Victor Reader Stream from Humanware has recently been updated with an improved design and new features. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mathieu Paquette, Product Manager of Victor Reader products, and Peter Tucic, Director of Strategic Partnerships, about this accessible palm-sized multimedia device and why you might enjoy using it:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2311.htm


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March 16, 2023 | Unleashing the Potential in the Workforce for and with the Blind | Clusiv

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Join the National Federation of the Blind of PA for an informative Zoom workshop and discover how to get involved. Zoom info to join is at the bottom. Who is Clusiv. Clusiv is an online learning platform made for and by the blind. We help to remove barriers to employment through occupational and technology skills training. Our eLearning platform is accessible, intuitive, and our content teaches to JAWS, Zoom Text and Fusion. We are also building career track courses to give concrete skills towards a variety of jobs. Plus, you get lifetime access to our content to stay up to date with trainings on business softwares for the modern workforce and can access it online from anywhere. What to Expect. Learn about Clusiv's online learning programs and how they remove barriers to the modern workforce for the blind. Join a movement to demand higher wages for blind workers and empower ourselves in settings of high-wage employment. Discover how you can participate in professional development courses and web development training. Explore your boundless potential as a blind person by harnessing your intelligence and tenacity, propelling you towards a fulfilling, high-paying career. Here is who you will hear from. Luke Simianer: Army paratrooper and wounded veteran, became a software engineer after the military and then founded Clusiv. Bruce Sexton: 2018 law school graduate, international advocate for the blind, main plaintiff in the transformational target.com accessibility case, and proud father of two kids. Alanna Clancy: Former D1 soccer athlete and elementary teacher that now uses her competitive drive and passion for education with Clusiv to help the blind community. | Meeting ID: 919 6177 3915 | Passcode: 451109 | One tap mobile: +16469313860,,91961773915# US | Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/91961773915?pwd=QkhOYVlhbmU1Uk1ra0ZvOXVJdFpXdz09

March 16, 2023 | Interviewing Tips and Mock Interviews | Disability Solutions

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Employers across the country are starting to embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace as Americans with disabilities are experiencing employment gains. While labor conditions have improved for individuals and veterans with disabilities, many others continue to struggle to find employment due to lack of preparation and not having the required skills needed to successfully navigate the hiring process. Watch this webinar to learn the following and find your dream career:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8016748305754/WN_RtiT1okwSNat4YkcXtiY0Q?utm_campaign=Webinars&utm_content=241107615&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-4799576

March 16, 2023 | FCC Meeting To Consider Accessibility Items

7:30AM PT, 8:30AM MT, 9:30AM CT, 10:30AM ET, 2:30 PM GMT
On February 23, 2023, the FCC announced a tentative agenda for the Open Commission Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am EST on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The meeting will be held in the Commission Meeting Room, 45 L Street N.E. Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live with open captioning at https://www.fcc.gov/live. As part of the agenda, the Commission will consider:
https://www.fcc.gov/fcc-march-16-meeting-consider-accessibility-items

March 17, 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, 7PM 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 21, 2023 | Small Changes for Big Impact: Creating Accessible Word Documents | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM 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 21, 2023 and March 22, 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 22, 2023 | Navigating The Open Seas Of JAWS And Fusion 2023 | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc. | March Community Assistive Technology Webinar

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Ahoy! Join Light House webinar captain Tim Paulding and Co Captain Everett Elam, along with Ron Miller, Vispero Blindness Technology Product Specialist, as we sail the open seas of the new features in JAWS and Fusion 2023. Discover powerful updates, enhanced browsing, improved braille support, and seamless integration. Ask Ron your questions and participate in the Q&A. Register now to learn from leading authorities on assistive technology's intersection into the mainstream and chart your course toward empowerment and independence! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact Tim Paulding at: tpaulding@lhblind.org 📧️ if you have any questions or need assistance registering for this event. Register in advance for this webinar:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DuhrGxUrQja3DdHnby7xFQ

March 22, 2023 | Features of the ONYX OCR (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX OCR magnifies and reads aloud any document. The voice, magnification, and high contrast make reading easier. Change your focus from reading magnified texts to letting the ONYX OCR read them when it becomes too tiring. Place your document under the fixed OCR camera on the left and activate the speech function. Enjoy listening to a text as it is read aloud by a high-quality voice without straining your eyes. This four-in-one solution integrates two separate cameras: one for transforming text-to-speech output and one for magnifying documents and observing the room around you. You can see what you want across the room or at your desk. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of the ONYX OCR model. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), ACVREP continuing education credit is approved for this presentation. Learning Outcomes: How the ONYX OCR incorporates two low-vision technologies. Different uses of the ONYX OCR. How it differs from the other ONYX models. Why having OCR in a portable unit can be a game changer. | Meeting ID: 848 0272 3291 | Passcode: 894571 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84802723291#,,,,*894571# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84802723291?pwd=V0l6NmVUTFZmQU9oNjRqcXRNTi9FUT09#success

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

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
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 22, 2023 | Federal Government Career Opportunities Applying for Federal Job March 2023 | U.S. Department of Labor

10:30 AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
This Event will be a Virtual Online Event and Registration is required to attend. To register for this event go to the following link below. The U.S. Department of Labor's mission is to protect workers, job seekers and retirees. During this virtual session staff from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Office of Human Resources will share information with students about the following: Protecting Your Workplace Rights. How to Prepare a Federal Resume. Navigating USAJobs Website. How to Apply for a Federal Job. At the end of the session you can get your questions answered:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/federal-government-career-opportunities-applying-for-federal-job-march-2023-tickets-569966293527

March 28, 2023 | VPAT ® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training. A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT? Is a VPAT just for websites? Is every organization required to have one? How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved? TPGi's webinar will answer those questions and more, and explain how your organization can benefit from a VPAT. Register for the webinar:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-28-at-12pm-et-vpat-101-introduction-to-the-voluntary-product-accessibility-template/

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 28, 2023 | Beyond the Alt Tag: Accessible Name | Great Lakes ADA Center

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Continuing Education Recognition Available. The reasoning, best practices, and available technology for creating accessible images and text alternatives has evolved over the last several years. Expert web developers are building upon the foundation of text alternative techniques such as "alt tags" to newer concepts such as "Accessible Name" and "Accessible Description" for HTML. This approach provides better accessibility. During this webinar, Access Board staff will describe how they employ these updated concepts when developing the Guides to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards. Participants will understand the reason for these changes and will gain practical strategies for adding “Accessible Name” to their vocabulary and tool kits. Target Audience: Open to all, but of noted interest for experienced web developers. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning:
https://www.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/session/?id=111045

March 28, 2023 | Webinar: AT in the Transition Process | Where It's AT

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Register for our virtual Webinar on AT in the Transition Process, delivered by our Executive Director, Lori Berrong, in partnership with the Maryland School for the Blind! Learn about Assistive Technology solutions that can aid in the process of transitioning out of high school and into whatever lies beyond, be it higher education, employment, and/or community living:
http://www.equipmentlink.org/blog/?p=5367

March 28, 2023 | Accessibility Boutique: The Accessibility of Remote Access | Where It's AT

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Do you need to use remote access at work? Many professions require remotely engaging with others' computers, and vice versa. Some remote access clients are partially accessible, only working with one screen reader, and the rest are not useable by the blind. Partially accessible clients require that both participants run the same screen-reader. Pneuma Solutions — a third party alternative — created Scribe for Meetings, an accessible means of remote desktop access. Remote Incident Manager (RIM) is the most accessible remote access tool available. Attend this boutique to dig into all of the options. If you use a screen reader and find yourself needing to train your customers remotely, or if you would find it convenient to connect to a friend or family member's computer at a distance:
https://nfb.org/form/accessibility-boutique-reg

March 29, 2023 | How to Design and Test for Accessible Learning Modules (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Various eLearning course authoring platforms help content authors quickly create online courses to deliver on desktop and mobile devices. Many platforms allow course creation that supports the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The platforms provide tools to address fundamental accessibility issues, such as implementing accessible course controls, accessible videos (including support for both captions and transcripts), keyboard support, and the option to incorporate accessible quizzes within a course module. However, authors must correctly implement the accessibility features and be aware of the fundamental accessibility limitations in each platform they need to resolve to meet the requirements. Join Michael Parker to learn how to design and test for accessible learning modules. Learning Outcomes: Understand the accessibility limitations of your platform, such as Storyline, RISE 360, etc. Learn techniques to make many common elements accessible. Learn about common mistakes to avoid when authoring content in your learning module platform. Learn about accessibility testing strategies to ensure the content you produce is accessible. | Meeting ID: 875 9093 7816 | Passcode: 136374 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,87590937816#,,,,*136374# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87590937816?pwd=ajJGZy9XSFR0U2NTOGdsRkdRY3pnZz09#success

April 4, 2023 | Online Graduate Programs in Special Education Webinar | Ball State University

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Register below to attend a webinar about Ball State's online graduate special education programs: Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism. Master's in Special Education. Graduate Certificate in Autism. Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis:
https://admissions.bsu.edu/register/?id=56e048a3-0e21-46ae-85fd-5e66bf62da88&utm_source=Partner_DisScoop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OSL_DisScoop&utm_term=March_23&utm_content=RegToday

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

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM 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 8, 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, 2PM 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 19, 2023 | 2023 Helen Keller Achievement Awards | American Foundation for the Blind

http://bit.ly/3YsScrX

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 3, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM 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 9, 2023 through May 12, 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 13, 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, 2PM 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 16, 2023 through May 18, 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 18, 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 2, 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM 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 23, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 7, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM 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 27, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 22, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 21, 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:
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September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 6, 2023 through November 10, 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 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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: 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.

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



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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®.

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

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

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

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Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore logo. Logo of stick figure walking confidently with white cane, surrounded by print words Blind in Mind - The Braille Superstore, with Blind in Mind spelled out in contracted Braille dots at bottom. To the right is a photo of a miniature shopping cart filled with two packages sitting atop a laptop keyboard. The Braille Superstore shows on a laptop screen in the background.

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

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

Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

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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/.

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➜ 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:
https://clusiv.io/

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



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The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.



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➜ 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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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.



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➜ 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 📱️

Support: (650) 249-1000 📱️

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.



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➜ 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.

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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.



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



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➜ 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!

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.



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➜ 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 📱️

Phone: (512) 895-2405 📱️

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Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱

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



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Exciting Announcement For Our Customers Who Have Purchased Our Telescopic Locking Canes

We have an exciting announcement for our customers who have purchased our telescopic locking canes. For several months, we have been investigating the option of providing additional tips with this cane to supplement the two that are now supplied. We are now able to offer a standard rollerball tip with the cane for an additional $15. The 60 inch version would then be $85, and the 55 inch cane would be $70. After March 20, we will also be offering the rollerball tip, and possibly others, as separate items. Please contact Barry or Kae for more information at (617) 969-7500 or (781) 286-1696. And, in keeping with the spirit of March madness, we will also be extending our cane waistpack bundle with the built in holder for $100 with the standard tips or $115 including the new rollerball tip. The prices for the bundle include shipping. These prices include shipping. 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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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.

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