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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 6, 2023 - Volume 905

The Week's News in Access Technology
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A.) Siri Is Awesome When Combined With ChatGPT: A Tutorial | Proper Honest Tech | YouTube (5.9% of all clicks.)
Siri is good because it's easily accessible on your Apple devices, but it's not that smart. ChatGPT is good because it's really smart, but accessing it isn't as easy as it is to access Siri. That's why in this video, I'm going to show you how you can combine the two, to create essentially Siri, but better, and perform the kind of searches that you saw at the start of this video. Stick with me until the end of the video, even if you think this all sounds a bit complicated, I promise it's easier to do than you think, and I'm going to walk you through the entire process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvd1_hJHcDQ

B.) iPhone 15 Pro Rumor Recap: 10 New Features and Changes to Expect | MacRumors (4.7% of all clicks.)
While the iPhone 15 series is still around six months away from launching, there have already been plenty of rumors about the devices. Many new features and changes have been rumored for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max in particular:
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/03/23/iphone-15-pro-rumor-recap/

C.) Is GPT-4 Worth the Subscription? Here's What You Should Know | Subscription Required: Wired (4.3% of all clicks.)
The new algorithm is exclusive to ChatGPT Plus, OpenAI's subscriber-only service. We signed up and put it to the test:
https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-chatgpt-plus-gpt4-openai/

D.) iOS 16.4 Is Now Available For Everyone: Here's What's New | 9to5Mac | March 27, 2023 (3.9% of all clicks.)
iOS 16.4 is now rolling out to everyone, and it includes a number of new features for iPhone users. There are new emoji, more powerful web apps, bug fixes, and much more. Head below for the full release notes:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/03/27/ios-16-4-now-available-features/

E.) Apple Releases iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 With New Emoji, Bug Fixes, Security Updates, and More | AppleVis | March 27, 2023 (3.7% of all clicks.)
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5) JAWS Power Tip: Attach A File To An Email Message Using Copy and Paste

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6) The WebAIM Million 2023 Report On The Accessibility Of The Top 1,000,000 Home Pages

Publisher (Di Blasi): If you work in access development, remediation or marketing, this report is absolutely packed with incredible insights into exactly what makes the most accessible websites in the world so accessible. And perhaps just as importantly, what does not.
WebAIM: For the fifth consecutive year, WebAIM conducted an accessibility evaluation of the home pages for the top 1,000,000 web sites. The evaluation was conducted using the WAVE stand-alone API (with additional tools to collect site technology and sector parameters). The results provide an overview of and insight into the current state of web accessibility for individuals with disabilities and trends over time:
https://webaim.org/projects/million/

7) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS and iPadOS 16 | Subscription Required: Wired

The latest versions for iPhones and iPads are now available, complete with a revamped lock screen, Freeform, and Apple Pay Later:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-ios-16-ipados-16-new-features/

8) iPhone 15 Pro Buttons Will Work With Gloves And Have User-Adjustable Sensitivity | 9to5Mac

The iPhone 15 Pro buttons, which will be capacitive rather than mechanical, will still work with gloves, according to a reliable leaker:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/03/31/iphone-15-pro-buttons/

9) Apple Patents New AirPods Case With Interactive Display

Apple's AirPods have gained a bunch of new features since their first generation in 2016. However, they're still essentially earbuds that require an iPhone or other device nearby. But that may change in the future, as Apple has patented a new AirPods case with an interactive display:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/04/03/apple-patents-airpods-case-display/

10) Apple to Cut Off Services for Devices Running iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, More [Rumor] | iClarified

Apple will reportedly cut off access to Apple Services, excluding iCloud, for devices running iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 next month:
https://www.iclarified.com/90066/apple-to-cut-off-services-for-devices-running-ios-11-macos-high-sierra-more-rumor

11) Soundly Announces New Online Live Listen Tool | The Hearing Review

Soundly, an online-based company that provides education, tests hearing products, and researches hearing care methods, announces its live listen feature. Users can now compare the actual sound of hearing aids side-by-side online:
https://hearingreview.com/hearing-products/soundly-announces-new-online-live-listen-tool

12) Hands-Free Haptic Braille Display Is Making Waves | Hackaday.com

In the last few months, most of the world's population has shied away from touching as many public things as possible. Unfortunately, anyone with low vision who relies on Braille signs, relief maps, and audio jacks doesn't have this luxury — at least not yet:
https://hackaday.com/2020/06/07/hands-free-haptic-braille-display-is-making-waves/

13) Do You Like Asking ChatGPT Questions? You Could Get Paid (A Lot) For It | ZDNET

Publisher (Di Blasi): If this topic interests you, I've recently compiled some of the most current and accurate information on prompt engineering presently available anywhere. Check out the next Tidbit for details.
ZDNET: As ChatGPT continues to shake things up, a new role has entered the workforce. The rise of very capable AI chatbots such as ChatGPT have caused many people to fear for the security of their jobs. But ChatGPT has also created a demand for a new role, one that could pay you good money. If you have ever asked ChatGPT to help you with a task, you have written a ChatGPT prompt. Lucky for you, many companies are looking to hire people with that skill to optimize their company's AI usage and results. Most importantly, they are also offering generous pay:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/do-you-like-asking-chatgpt-questions-you-could-get-paid-a-lot-for-it/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

14) How to Improve Your AI Prompts | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Whether you're looking for some tips to up your prompt engineering game, or still aren't sure exactly what a prompt is, I've compiled some information here that should help to sort things out:
https://mvsltd.com/news/how-to-improve-your-ai-prompts/

15) ChatGPT Comes To iPhone With Perplexity, Offering Its Own AI Assistant On iOS

We've already seen a bunch of similar apps arrive on the Mac and Apple Watch, but this is one of the first apps for iOS that you can use without enabling a Siri Shortcut:
https://www.imore.com/apps/iphone-apps/chatgpt-comes-to-iphone-with-perplexity-offering-its-own-ai-assistant-on-ios

16) Microsoft 365 vs. Office 2021: What's the Difference? | How-To-Geek

Microsoft 365 is a subscription that gives you access to the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office apps on up to five devices. Office 2021 is a single license of Office for one PC or Mac. Microsoft 365 also offers additional features, like 1TB of OneDrive storage and access to Microsoft Editor. You can get a Microsoft 365 Family plan for up to six people, too:
https://www.howtogeek.com/882462/microsoft-365-vs-office-difference/

17) New Natural Voices For Narrator — Microsoft Windows Screen Reader | Blind Life | YouTube

Microsoft has released new natural-sounding voices for its screen reader Narrator. With three new voices to download, Narrator, a part of Microsoft accessibility, now has a more natural, human-like, voice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHey7dlI0mc

18) Edge Adds Command Palette for Controlling the Browser | Kelly Ford | The Idea Place

A mistaken press of CTRL+Q when browsing recently alerted me to a very helpful change in Microsoft Edge. This brings up a feature billed as Command Palette, which allows you to enter a wide range of browser commands into an edit box:
https://theideaplace.net/edge-adds-command-palette-for-controlling-the-browser/

19) How to Restore Old Classic Notepad in Windows 11 | Ramesh | WinHelpOnline.com

Windows 11 comes with the modern Notepad app that automatically replaces the old/classic Notepad program. The new Notepad UWP app supports color emojis, dark mode, RichEdit editing enhancements, Ctrl+} for toggling between matching brackets/parentheses, multilevel undo, drag & drop, and automatic URL detection.
https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/restore-old-classic-notepad-windows/?amp=1

20) Audio with Microsoft's Quick Assist | Kelly Ford | The Idea Place

A while ago I wrote about a somewhat complicated way to use Windows Quick Assist to connect to another computer for offering technical assistance that worked around the lack of audio redirection in the Quick Assist environment. That is, audio playing on the remote computer wasn't heard on the local computer. I just discovered that audio redirection now appears to be supported with Quick Assist. I'm still learning what's supported here myself so if you try any of this, be aware I'm writing from a couple of hours of trial in my personal environment:
https://theideaplace.net/audio-with-microsofts-quick-assist/

21) Discover All The Function Key Goodies For PowerPoint

Here's a complete list of the PowerPoint Function Key features from fast access to Help, jumping around the presentation, doc panes, spelling, grammar and guidelines. What you can do with the F-keys labelled F1 through F12 on your keyboard:
https://office-watch.com/2023/powerpoint-function-key-list/

22) T-Mobile Customers Can Now Use Alexa To Make Hands-Free Calls | Android Authority

Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, has the ability to make and receive calls. However, this feature wasn't available to people who subscribe to T-Mobile. But that's changing as Amazon is now teaming up with the US carrier:
https://www.androidauthority.com/alexa-hands-free-calling-3307338/

23) Braigo — A Lego Braille Printer | Hackaday

Accessibility devices tend to be prohibitively expensive, and it's always nice to see a hacker apply their skills to making these devices more affordable. BRAIGO is a low cost braille printer by Shubham Banerjee. He built the printer using parts from the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit, with a few additions. This LEGO kit retails for $349, and a standard braille printer costs over $2000. The BRAIGO print head uses weights and a pin to punch holes in standard calculator paper rolls. LEGO motors are used to feed the paper and align the head for accurate printing. It takes about 5 to 7 seconds to print each letter, which are entered on the Mindstorms controller:
https://hackaday.com/2014/02/24/braigo-a-lego-braille-printer/

24) Video: Using Voiceover With The Weather App | Shelly Brisbin | Six Colors

Hey there, I'm Shelly Brisbin and I'm here to demo a new feature in iOS 16.4. Specifically, it's in the Weather app, and even more specifically than that, it is for people who use the VoiceOver screen reader that's part of iOS:
https://sixcolors.com/post/2023/03/video-using-voiceover-with-the-weather-app/

25) Every AirPods User Should Try This Crazy Hidden Feature

iPhone users who also own Apple's AirPods have plenty of iPhone tricks to discover once they get their first pair. But most of them concern the regular audio experience, whether listening to audio content or talking on the phone. However, there's a great iPhone accessibility called Sound Recognition that could serve AirPods users in addition to the target audience:
https://bgr.com/tech/every-airpods-user-should-try-this-crazy-hidden-feature/?bgr-partner=flipboard

26) ChromeOS Multi-Paste Is About To Change For The Better | Robby Payne | Chrome Unboxed

If you are a regular keyboard shortcut user you likely use one of the absolute most common shortcuts available: CTRL+V to paste copied content. Along with CTRL+C (copy) and CTRL+X (cut), CTRL+V to paste likely rates in the top 5 most-used keyboard shortcuts out there (if there is such a list, anyway). And it wasn't that long ago that Google added a much-needed, frequently-used, multi-paste function to ChromeOS, allowing users to hit the SEARCH+V key combo to bring up a list of the last 5 items that were either copied or cut. It has become my go-to way to paste after copying, and I love being able to copy or cut a few things at once and paste them in the order I choose afterwards:
https://chromeunboxed.com/chrome-os-multi-paste-change-shortcut/

27) Freedom Scientific April 2023 Training Events

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-april-2023-training-events/

28) 12 Incredible Apple Watch Tricks You'll Wish you Knew Sooner | Subscription Required: Medium

The little device isn't "little" inside:
https://medium.com/the-useful-tech/12-incredible-apple-watch-tricks-youll-wish-you-knew-sooner-e04e93d4f99f

29) The Best Assistive Tech Gadgets To Create An Equitable Workforce |Sherin Shibu | ZDnet.com

My picks for the best assistive technology can help employers accommodate disabilities in the workplace and foster a more inclusive environment:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-assistive-technology/

30) A Look Inside Google's 'Reading Mode' Accessibility Feature For ChromeOS, Chrome Browser | Steven Aquino | Subscription Required: Forbes

In a blog post published on March 28, 2023, Google announced numerous new education-oriented software enhancements for ChromeOS and Google Classroom. The features were introduced coincident with the company attending this year's BETT conference:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/03/28/a-look-inside-googles-reading-mode-accessibility-feature-in-chromeos-chrome-browser/?sh=204d445b7e18

31) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for March 2023

Welcome to the March 2023 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, your monthly digest of the latest and most notable content on the AppleVis website. This edition features a curated selection of community-submitted updates, including new app entries, updates, news, and podcasts:
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-march-2023

32) Moving to a New Online Bookmarking Service: RainDrop.io | Deborah Edwards-Onoro | Lireo Designs

In 2006, after years of saving bookmarks in the browser, I started using an online bookmarking service. I was tired of opening up one of the three browsers I used, only to remember the bookmarks I saved were in another browser. An online bookmarking service meant I wouldn't need to use one specific browser, which was one of my goals. As well as being better able to tag, organize, and collect my bookmarks. Having a separate bookmarking service has worked well over the years, especially when services added mobile bookmarking apps. Given how things change in the digital world, it's fascinating to me I've only used three bookmarking services in the past 17 years. And now I'm moving to my fourth service:
https://www.lireo.com/moving-to-a-new-online-bookmarking-service-raindrop-io/

33) How To Make Your Google Document Or Presentation More Accessible | Benjamin Roussey | Accessibility.com

Millions of people across the world use Google Docs for creating online documents. While it is widely considered an alternative to MS Word, people with disabilities might find it challenging to use, as it lacks certain key accessibility functionalities that MS Word has. With that said, you can make your Google Docs more accessible to people with disabilities by taking the following steps:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-to-make-your-google-document-or-presentation-more-accessible

34) Google Assistant Might Be Doomed: Division “Reorganizes” To Focus On Bard | Ars Technica

The Google Assistant makes no money and hasn't released hardware in two years:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/03/google-assistant-might-be-doomed-division-reorganizes-to-focus-on-bard/

35) Keyboard Shortcuts In Word, Add, Change Or Remove | Office Watch

Speed up your work by adding and changing keyboard shortcuts to Word commands, styles, fonts and even symbols that aren't on the keyboard. You can even override or remove Word's in-built shortcuts so they do what you want (or nothing). We'll show how to find the more useful and interesting commands that are hidden away:
https://office-watch.com/2023/keyboard-shortcuts-in-word-add-change-or-remove/

36) Testing Two New Mastodon Clients | Deborah Edwards-Onoro | Lireo Designs

It's been almost three months since I started using Mastodon, the open-source decentralized social media network many Twitter users turned to after Twitter's change of ownership in October 2022:
https://www.lireo.com/testing-two-mastodon-clients/

37) How Do I Discover Accounts To Follow On Mastodon And The Fediverse?

If you want to discover new accounts from people you don't know, this page has lots of suggestions for how to do this:
https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-find-accounts-to-follow-on-mastodon-and-the-fediverse-how-do-i-find-my-friends/

38) A Group Of Students Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Help Blind And Partially Sighted People Navigate | Cool Blind Tech

Rudransh Goyal, Vinayak Maheshwari, and Mustafa Zahid make up Team Guiding Eyes, which was recently named one of the five finalists of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The contest asks Canadians between the ages of 16 and 25 to solve problems in their communities using STEM skills:
https://coolblindtech.com/a-group-of-students-is-using-artificial-intelligence-to-help-blind-and-partially-sighted-people-navigate/

39) West Bengal Student Creates AI-Based 'Smart Glasses' for Visually-impaired at Just Rs 200 | MSN

Arko Biswas, a student from Majdia College in Nadia, has developed an innovative wearable device known as Smart Vision Glasses. These glasses, equipped with various components such as sensors, micro speakers, and batteries, can be described as smart glasses. They are designed to assist people who are visually impaired or have low vision to navigate their surroundings, read, and recognize objects and people:
https://www.msn.com/en-in/money/news/west-bengal-student-creates-ai-based-smart-glasses-for-visually-impaired-at-just-rs-200/ar-AA19iIqA

40) With Amazon Alexa's Future In Peril, Fire TVs Offer A Glimmer Of Hope | Scharon Harding | Arstechnica.com

Alexa, how can you continue to be relevant and stop sucking money from Amazon?
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/03/with-amazon-alexas-future-in-peril-fire-tvs-offer-a-glimmer-of-hope/


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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

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

Closing: April 7, 2023 | Microsoft Seeking Developer Feedback About ARIA Live Regions

If you use a screen reader, there's a good chance you've used a web technology known as a live region. The short version of what this technology does is that it allows web developers to have screen readers automatically read certain text. This might be automatic reading of chat messages in a chat environment, notification about the number of characters you've entered in an edit box as you type each character and much more. While live regions are not the only technology that can cause this automatic reading, the vast majority of what you've likely experienced does come as part of a live region. Microsoft is seeking feedback on live regions in some of their work with the W3C standards organization:
http://aka.ms/LiveRegionDevSurvey

Closing April 7, 2023 | Microsoft Seeking Screen Reader Users' Feedback About Live Regions

If you use a screen reader, there's a good chance you've used a web technology known as a live region. The short version of what this technology does is that it allows web developers to have screen readers automatically read certain text. This might be automatic reading of chat messages in a chat environment, notification about the number of characters you've entered in an edit box as you type each character and much more. While live regions are not the only technology that can cause this automatic reading, the vast majority of what you've likely experienced does come as part of a live region. Microsoft is seeking feedback on live regions in some of their work with the W3C standards organization:
http://aka.ms/LiveRegionScreenReaderSurvey

Closing: April 23, 2023 | Independent Living Skills Survey | Nadine Riches

Hi all. I am looking for people who are blind or have low vision to complete a survey for me. I am exploring how this community develops independent living skills currently, and how this could be improved in the future, as this is something I have been hugely passionate about for some time. The survey is open to anyone who is blind or has low vision, regardless of the country they reside in. It is open until Sunday the 23rd of April, and you can opt into a draw to win a voucher valued at $200 AUD (or foreign currency equivalent) for your time and insights. You'll find the link below, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. I'd also love you to share this with your own networks, as the more responses I get the better. Thanks heaps for any help you can provide!
https://forms.gle/p8pP1dYZh2k6XMg1A

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

Closing: April 30, 2023 | PDF Remediator's Survey 2023 | Karen McCall, Independent Researcher and Document Expert

I'm launching another iteration of the PDF Remediator's Survey. The last one was done in 2018 or 2019. The survey closes April 30, 2023, at 6 PM EST. This is a survey for individuals who remediate PDFs for their organizations. Please share this survey with anyone who remediates PDFs:
https://forms.office.com/r/mAFuZ36nJz


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March 25, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 118: A Conversation with Be My Eyes Founder Hans Jorgen Wiberg and CEO Mike Buckley About the Virtual Volunteer

Brian sits down with the Founder and CEO of Be My Eyes to discuss their exciting new Virtual Volunteer powered by Chat GPT4. They discuss the early feedback from people involved with the closed beta, how the Virtual Volunteer originated, and Brian's thoughts of using the Virtual Volunteer:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-118-a-conversation-with-be-my-eyes-founder-hans-jrgen-wiberg-and-ceo-mike-buckley-about-the-virtual-volunteer

April 1, 2023 | The Real Blind Tech Show Episode 119: Farfegnugen The TSA, Guide Dog Stories And Misadventures

Allison, Brian, and Jeanine sit down to discuss the state of blind justice. War stories from being a guide dog handler. They discuss Brian's recent cruise and what surprises he encountered with his guide dog. They discuss their latest fun times with Uber and cab refusals because of their guide dog. Brian tells his story of his latest experience with the Miami TSA, and they discuss some of the fun encounters they have had with people over the years saying and acting bizarre because of their guide dogs. It's an all guide dog episode here:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-119-farfegnugen-the-tsa-guide-dog-stories-and-misadventures

April 1, 2023 | Mosen at Large Episode 221: An Upcoming Webinar Announcing The Future Of This Podcast, The Be My Eyes Virtual Volunteer, Sonos Has New Speakers And Features

https://mosenatlarge.pinecast.co/episode/ac0e3913/an-upcoming-webinar-announcing-the-future-of-this-podcast-the-be-my-eyes-virtual-volunteer-sonos-has-new-speakers-and-features

April 1, 2023 | AppleVis Extra #91: A Conversation With One of the Creators of OKO — AI Copilot for the Blind

In this episode of AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville chats with Willem Van de Mierop, one of the creators behind the innovative iOS app called OKO — AI copilot for the blind. OKO is a smart camera app that uses artificial intelligence to provide real-time feedback to help people with visual impairments safely use pedestrian traffic lights at intersection by providing haptic and audio feedback to inform users of the current state of the light. Tune in to hear Willem discuss the development process and vision behind OKO, as well as the impact it's had on the visually impaired community:
https://www.applevis.com/podcasts/applevis-extra-91-conversation-one-creators-oko-ai-copilot-blind

XX) Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 121: About Phone, Tips, Support and More

We hit 900 subscribers on our YouTube Channel. Our accessible Android app has been downloaded 775 times. In our Android basics, we talk about the last 2 settings on pixel phones, about phone and tips and support. After a long time, we have the CSR section return with demo on how to type when browse by touch is suspended. In our app of the week, we intro the good lock app which can be downloaded from the Samsung Store. In the tip of the week, we demo how to play long WhatsApp voice message and how to move back and forward using the seek bar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaCMph1C1N4

April 3, 2023 | Technically Working: Standing With Networks | Payown Media, LLC

In this episode, Damashe and Michael talk about: Networking and different networking solutions they both have explored. Plans for smart home transitions and the measurements used in light bulbs. A new USB Type A to 2 lightning, 1 USB Type C, and one Micro USB cable that Michael got. Standing desks and their benefits and challenges. NumPad commander and how it can enhance VoiceOver productivity and customization. The possibility of dual eSIM on iPhone 12 and the workarounds available. HomeKit automation and how it can make life easier and more fun:
https://technically-working.pinecast.co/episode/e8544c86/technically-working-standing-with-networks

April 5, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2314: Memoirs of a Guide Dog

Mark Carlson is familiar with blindness as it runs in his family. He has come to view his lack of sight as second nature and approaches life with a positive outlook and sense of humor. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mark about his life and the books he has written about his guide dogs as well as his other passion, military strategy:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2314.htm

April 6, 2023 | The Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, April 6, 2023

Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in access technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
https://toptechtidbits.com/podcast


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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 11, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Customize Word Pronunciations Using The Jaws Dictionary Manager | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll show you how to change the way JAWS speaks words, phrases, abbreviations, and symbols using the Dictionary Manager. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

April 12, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Structure | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. The "Understand, Test, and Solve" webinar series addresses fundamental concepts in accessibility. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. The next webinar in this series covers Structure — the organization of content on a webpage and how to perform accessibility tests on headings, links, and the use of landmarks such as header, main, and footer elements. Attendees will: Become comfortable testing a webpage's structure using a screen reader. Learn how to use ARC Toolkit to visualize page structure and share those findings with engineers. This session is 30 minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-12-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-structure/

April 12, 2023 | TOPAZ Ultra — Portability and Magnification Power (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The TOPAZ Ultra is a portable magnifier with a unique folding design, making it extremely easy to take wherever you go. With crisp, full-HD images available on a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch screen, see what you want, whether across the room or at your desk. The monitor height is fully adjustable, ensuring you always have the ideal reading angle. And its compact size lets you store it when not in use. TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier — but in a compact and foldable design. TOPAZ Ultra is ideal for individuals who need a lightweight magnification solution in different locations — at home, in the office or classroom, and on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of the TOPAZ Ultra. 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: Benefits of desktop and distance magnification in one unit. Different uses of the TOPAZ Ultra. How the TOPAZ Ultra can be an effective reading tool. Features you can benefit from. | Meeting ID: 827 8999 0683 Passcode: 368858 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82789990683#,,,,*368858# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82789990683?pwd=ZTdZd3VhUjRsQytUbGtqc1lodUdkdz09#success

April 12, 2023 | Earn it, Plan it, Keep it | Financial Literacy Course | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
To help participants reflect on their habits, reactions, and values about money; to understand what role money plays in their lives; to understand budgets as a function of income and expenses. This groundwork assists participants to understand the concept and application of budgeting; common pitfalls or barriers they may face in sticking to a budget; and strategies to maximize their earnings. Discovering your Money Personality. Fundamentals of Budgeting. Budgeting Tools for success. Strategies to Increasing Income/ Decreasing Expenses. Making personal spending plans:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earn-it-plan-it-keep-it-cash-campaign-tickets-574696120567

April 13, 2023 | BARD: Open Access | Many Faces of BARD Program

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
The topic for the April Many Faces of BARD Program will be BARD: Open Access. The program will last for one hour. This program will be recorded. For this session, the NLS Download Tech Support team will be available to answer your questions in this all Q&A event. This will be an opportunity to respond to questions that have not been asked or answered in previous sessions due to time constraints. The complete Zoom invitation is below. Remember that the meeting is recorded. Do not speak if you do not wish to be on the recording. If you wish to speak, you may request to do so by raising your hand. On a PC, press Alt Y to toggle raising and lowering your hand; on a Mac, press Option Y; and if dialing in via telephone, press Star 9. To mute or unmute yourself on a PC, press Alt A; on a Mac, press Command-Shift A; and on a telephone, press Star 6. If you choose to dial in to the call, use the telephone numbers provided below. The Zoom.gov ID will not work with standard Zoom.us. | One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1618927125# or +16469641167,,1618927125# | Meeting ID: 161 892 7125 | Passcode: 570141 | The session can be joined by going to:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1618927125?pwd=QUxvaG1hRnRQU2E3Y2MxK01zZUpjQT09

April 18, 2023 | JAWS Inspect Testing for Developers and QA Teams | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. Learn how developers and QA teams can utilize JAWS Inspect to deliver fast and effective accessibility and AT compatibility testing. Check complex controls and even automate testing across user flows:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-18-at-12pm-et-jaws-inspect-testing-for-developers-and-qa-teams/

April 19, 2023 | 2023 Helen Keller Achievement Awards | American Foundation for the Blind

http://bit.ly/3YsScrX

April 19, 2023 | Creating Accessible Emails & Using Mailchimp (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Explore how to create emails that have accessibility at the forefront. Join Rachel Reeves for a demonstration of tips and tricks on Mailchimp, a free or paid platform that allows you to send emails to your contacts. Learning Outcomes: Explore common accessibility barriers in emails, including signatures, images, and color contrast. Learn tools in Outlook that can make your emails more accessible. Review MailChimp Marketing platform. | Meeting ID: 811 0083 5555 | Passcode: 479822 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81100835555#,,,,*479822# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81100835555?pwd=ZG9TMXgrV1VhenlDTDJhS2Jta01NQT09#success

April 20, 2023 | Webinar: ADA Legal Update: What Your Restaurant Needs to Know About Digital Accessibility

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: Seyfarth Shaw's Minh N. Vu, Partner, Ashley S. Jenkins, Associate, and Vispero's Matt Ater, VP of Business Development. Over the past decade, restaurants have embraced websites, mobile apps, self-service kiosks, PDF menus, and online reservations services to deliver their goods and services to customers. These technologies have their advantages but also expose restaurants to litigation exposure when they are not independently usable by customers who are blind or have mobility disabilities. Join Seyfarth Shaw's Minh N. Vu, Partner, Ashley S. Jenkins, Associate, and Vispero's Matt Ater VP Business Development, as they provide an update on ADA Title III lawsuit trends relating to the use of technology by public accommodations and what restaurants need to do to comply with the ADA. They will discuss how restaurants can proactively protect themselves and provide accessible technology. Attendees will learn: ADA lawsuit trends and theories. Accessibility barriers relating to: Websites, Self-service kiosks, QR code menus, Online reservations, Mobile apps, Risk mitigation strategies. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-at-12pm-et-ada-legal-update-what-your-restaurant-needs-to-know-about-digital-accessibility/

April 20, 2023 | Book Talk: Digital Copyright | Internet Archive and Author / Professor Jessica Litman

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle for a virtual book talk with author & professor of law Jessica Litman. In Digital Copyright, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Professor Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than 25 years. Register now for the free, virtual discussion:
http://blog.archive.org/2023/03/16/book-talk-digital-copyright/

April 21, 2023 | 3D-Printed, DIY Assistive Technology | NOAT

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Learning Outcomes: I'd like to raise the awareness among assistive technology professionals and therapists about the availability and cost effectiveness of DIY (especially 3D-printed) solutions. I'd also like to raise the awareness of the quality, ease of use, and cost effectiveness of modern 3D printers. I'll also talk about one of the most fruitful opportunities for customized and personalized AT - 3D-printed keyguards. Ken Hackbarth is the president of Volksswitch.org — an organization devoted to the democratization of assistive technology by leveraging the power and promise of 3D printing. Prior to his current position he worked for almost three decades as a systems architect for AT&T Bell Laboratories and its subsequent divestitures. He has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in Special Education, with a concentration in assistive technology, from Bowling Green State University:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2023/3dprinted-diy-assistive-technology-21-apr-2023

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

April 26, 2023 | WCAG 2.2 Overview (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join Michael Parker to learn what's changing with WCAG 2.2 and how it impacts the accessibility of your digital content. Learning Outcomes: Overview of WCAG 2.2. When will WCAG 2.2 be released. How to test for the new criteria. Meeting ID: 845 2998 9518 | Passcode: 002926 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84529989518#,,,,*002926# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84529989518?pwd=YXlSd1oxd2l4dEVDY0o3a01VTENEdz09#success

April 26, 2023 | How To Build A Positive Credit Score And History | LBPD Financial Literacy Course | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Today, strong credit is important for accessing a mortgage loan, personal loans, renting an apartment, and more. This workshop will teach you the main factors that make up a credit score, the costs associated with having a loan, and various strategies on how to build a positive credit history with the right credit products for you:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-build-a-positive-credit-score-and-history-cash-campaign-tickets-574723532557

April 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Digital Accessibility presents a range of challenges to those of us working in Higher Education, but we are not alone! In the April 27, 2023 meeting of the International Ally User Group we will learn from the experiences of colleagues working in this area in our first panel discussion. As the "International" Ally User Group, it's important to consider the global perspective. We are lucky to be joined by panelistsfrom six countries that span across eight time zones. The roundtable will cover four themes: Alternative formats and students. Encouraging staff to create accessible content. Institutional policy and challenges. Celebrating success. After one or two starting questions for each theme we will open to the audience to ask their questions and to share their own answers. Our panelistsare from around the world and their institutions are at various levels of accessibility maturity. Sharon Austin, Academic Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Tampa, Terry Greene, Senior eLearning Designer, Trent University, Canada, James Northridge, "Inclusive UCC" Project Manager, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena, Digital Accessibility Officer, University of Reading, UK, Esin Caglayan, Ph.D., Director of Teaching and Learning Center, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey, Sarah Whittaker, Senior Manager Teaching with Technology, working in United Arab Emirates. Join our first panel discussion for an inspiring global perspective around how we can rise to the challenges and opportunities of digital accessibility. Find sign-up and joining details on the Ally Community site:
https://usergroup.ally.ac/content/perma?id=58015

April 28, 2023 | Navigating Finances for Older Individuals With Vision Loss | OIB-TAC

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
Join us for a webinar with Penny Forward on how older blind individuals can continue to manage their finances with vision loss. Our experienced panel, including Chris Peterson, Liz Bottner, and MOe Carpenter, will guide you through small changes your clients can make to adapt to their changing vision, low-tech solutions that are still effective, and high-tech solutions that can make managing their finances easier than ever before. We'll discuss how self-advocacy is critical to maintaining your clients' independence. Plus, learn about Penny Forward, a nonprofit organization that offers accessible financial education and counseling for individuals with vision loss. Don't let vision loss hold your clients back from managing their finances with confidence. Join us for this informative and empowering presentation:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcOytrTwrG9eXb-eE_kJSY1RM4_8amlEU

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

July 25, 2023 | U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore

10:30PM PT, 11:30PM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
The U.S. Access Board will hold a public town hall meeting at the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to hear from the local community about the state of accessibility in Baltimore and the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Following the town hall meeting, there will be a reception and networking opportunity from 3:30 — 4:30 (ET), sponsored by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. The town hall meeting and reception are open to all members of the public. Please register for in-person attendance by July 1, 2023. To register, send an email to events@access-board.gov 📧️ with your name and organization. The Access Board invites in-person oral comments on accessibility. Registrants who wish to make in-person oral comments must indicate their request to speak when emailing events@access-board.gov. Public commenters will be allotted two minutes to make their comments

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:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2023/

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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Email: hello@ayes.ai 📧️

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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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. Download the app today.



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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

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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.



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

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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

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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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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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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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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:

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

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



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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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Aaron also serves as a Volunteer Editor to Top Tech Tidbits.

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Editorial Contributor: John Hanlin (Volunteer)


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Location: Boulder, Colorado

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, John also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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Editorial Contributor: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editor Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Jenna also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and runs her own advocacy foundation.

Jenna also serves as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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

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Editorial Contributor: Stephen (Alex) Marositz (Volunteer)


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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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Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: January 1st 2022

Location: Newcastle, Australia

Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST/AEDT) (GMT+10)

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.

Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn, but I'll warn you in advance that I haven't given my profile the recommended attention!

All the best and happy reading!

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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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