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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Volume 907

The Week's News in Access Technology
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A.) How To Jump To The Top Of The Screen For Any App On iOS | Cool Blind Tech (12.0% of all clicks.)
Don't waste time scrolling all the way back up to the top of an app. You can use this tip on any app, platform, or page on your iPhone:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-jump-to-the-top-of-the-screen-for-any-app-on-ios/

B.) How To Get Siri To Decline A Call | Cool Blind Tech (9.1% of all clicks.)
Getting unwanted calls while your hands are otherwise occupied? Use this hands-free method to decline incoming calls with a Siri voice command:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-get-siri-to-decline-a-call/

C.) New Assistive Technology Of 2023 — Conference Highlights | The Blind Life | YouTube (4.2% of all clicks.)
Here are some of the new assistive technology that I've seen at conferences so far this year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbPpBHeAjtk

D.) The New Winamp Player Will Launch On April 13, 2023 (4.0% of all clicks.)
The next iteration of Winamp Player, a once popular music player, will be released today, April 13, 2023. The announcement comes from the official Winamp Twitter account, which shared some images of the new version:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/04/12/the-new-winamp-player-will-launch-on-april-13-2023/

E.) Why Midjourney's New Image-to-Text Generator Is an Accessibility Home Run | Charlie Sorrel | Lifewire (3.8% of all clicks.)
Midjourney now offers a clever twist on its AI image software, using its powerful machine-learning algorithms to generate text descriptions of already-existing images. This makes detailed image captions trivially easy to make and could totally change the game for blind people when it comes to pictures:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/why-midjourneys-new-image-to-text-generator-is-an-accessibility-home-run/ar-AA19Gq0w

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6) From Jonathan Mosen: An Open Letter To Organizations Engaging With The Online Blind Community. Twitter Has Abandoned Us, Many Of Us Have Abandoned Twitter, Join Us On Mastodon:

Publisher (Di Blasi): We believe so strongly in this push that Top Tech Tidbits joined Mastodon via its own server on April 17, 2023. You can follow us by visiting: https://mastodon.toptechtidbits.com/@news or searching for @news@mastodon.toptechtidbits.com on your own server. If you are an access-based business or organization that would like to join Mastodon using your own server instance, but need help setting up the server, attaching your domain name, and verifying it with your website in order to get the free green check mark, we can help. This is not a service that we can provide for free, but we will extend a flat, one-time setup rate of $250 USD to any access-based business or organization that might need it. We will secure, setup and attach the server for you, but you will pay for the server yourself, monthly, based on the number of users you wish to accommodate. Monthly server plans range from $6/Month (5 User Max) to $90/Month (2,000 User Max) or more. You can reach out to me directly at: publisher@toptechtidbits.com 📧️.
Jonathan Mosen: Our request: We, the undersigned, respectfully make the following request of organizations engaging with the online blind community. These organizations include, but are not limited to: Organizations of and for the blind. Assistive technology companies. Mainstream technology companies with accounts focusing on accessibility. Entities providing essential information that may be vital at times of emergency. Any product or service that values convenient, accessible engagement with the blind community. We ask that, as a matter of urgency and to demonstrate a commitment to remaining accessible to as many blind people as possible, you prioritize creating a presence on the social network Mastodon. Why this is important:
https://openletter.earth/an-open-letter-to-organisations-engaging-with-the-online-blind-community-twitter-has-abandoned-us-many-of-us-have-abandoned-twitter-join-us-on-mastodon-8ead4746

7) RIM for Mac OS Officially Enters Public Beta | Pneuma Solutions

Mac Users: Rejoice! Never before has there been a remote access screen reader module for Mac OS. Never before has there been an all-round, fully accessible remote support package for Mac OS... Until now. That's right. Today, our critically acclaimed Remote Incident Manager makes its public Mac OS debut! Mac development for the RIM platform has been coming along nicely, and it is now at the point where we are ready to invite the general public to help move it forward. As of today, lack of accessible remote assistance due to platform differences is now a thing of the past. With RIM, anyone can provide or receive remote support to or from anyone, regardless of platform! And our famous remote accessibility module will allow technicians to provide support to any Mac or Windows computer whether a screen reader is running or not. Download the beta today, and experience the world's first accessible remote support package for the Mac:
https://getrim.app

8) The New Winamp Does Not Play Local Music Anymore, As It Is A Website Music Service | ghacks.net

On April 12, 2023 we told you that Winamp was preparing to launch a new audio player, called Winamp. The new version of Winamp is now available and most existing Winamp users may be surprised to learn that it is a web-based application. Head over to Winamp, create an account, and start using the service on the Web. It is quite the leap from a desktop audio player that has attracted a large fan base thanks to its features and customization options, to a web-based player. Users may have questions, including how they get their music collection to play in the player, or which features are new or have been removed. Since this new version of Winamp is web-based, it is necessary that users create an account to get started:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/04/13/surprise-the-new-winamp-player-is-web-based/

9) Take Full Control Over Your Keyboard With This Handy Windows Tool | Alaina Yee | PCWorld

Personalize your PC and incite chaos for other users of your computer? It's a double win. Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that the Print Screen key's function would be changing in Windows 11. This venerable artifact on modern keyboards will eventually open Windows 11's Snipping tool by default, rather than taking a screenshot of your whole screen. This change won't be the first time Print Screen has changed in utility. Nor are you stuck with this new update when it launches — you can toggle it back to the existing functionality. But reading this news made think about two things — one, the legacy of Print Screen (now often shortened to Prt Scr on keyboards). I remember the days of when hitting that key meant it would actually print what was on your screen to a piece of paper. And two, how much I hate it when Microsoft upends decades of muscle memory with a tweak to a long-standing feature:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/1786263/take-full-control-over-your-keyboard-with-this-windows-tool.html

10) Petition Asking Microsoft Not To Discontinue The Soundscape App | KeelHaul Kovers | Change.org

Publisher (Di Blasi): Several readers submitted this as a Tidbit so we wanted to make sure that everyone knew about it. Microsoft announced in December 2022 that Soundscape (their app to help blind people navigate and guide them to places using 3D sound) would be discontinued. It was removed from the App Store on 3 January, and now the deactivation of existing installations is approaching. Let's sign this petition and see if we can help to extend the life of Soundscape.
KeelHaul Kovers: I am legally blind, and find it very difficult to travel independently in my community. The bus system in my town is atrocious, ridesharing services are expensive, and walking by myself is dangerous. I am surrounded by suburbs, and very very small cities, which makes blind friendly infrastructure and services even more rare than they would be in a more urban area:
https://www.change.org/p/don-t-let-microsoft-take-away-navigation-for-the-blind

11) From AIRA: Important Changes To Vispero Access Offer Beginning April 17, 2023

Dear Explorer. Effective Monday, April 17, 2023 there will be an update to the Vispero Access Offer in collaboration with Aira. The Vispero Technical Support team will now handle all JAWS and ZoomText inquiries via phone or email during Vispero's regular business hours. Aira will continue to provide support through the Aira Access Offer outside of Vispero's business hours, including weekends and holidays. Aira Explorers encountering JAWS or ZoomText issues, such as no speech, magnification difficulties, or update problems should reach out to the Vispero technical support team directly between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Over the past few months, Vispero has carefully assessed its technical support offerings and availability. Ryan Jones, Vispero Vice President of Software, shares, "We have a highly skilled team of support agents with decades of experience who are dedicated to helping our customers overcome their technical challenges. We highly value the support that Aira is able to provide our customers on nights and weekends when our team is not available. We are grateful for our strong relationship with Aira and look forward to our ongoing partnership." Remember, beginning on Monday, April 17, 2023, to get in touch with Vispero Technical Support, please email support@vispero.com 📧️ or call (800) 444-4443 📱️ or (727) 803-8600 📱️ during their business hours. As always, thank you for being part of our community. Your Aira Team.

12) Microsoft's Swiftkey Brings Bing AI Smarts To Any iPhone Or Android App | 9to5Mac

Microsoft is out with its latest generative AI integration today. The company's SwiftKey keyboard for iOS and Android now features GPT AI smarts which means you can seamlessly use it across any app on iPhone and Android smartphones that work with a third-party keyboard:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/04/13/microsoft-swiftkey-ai-gpt-iphone-ios-android/

13) Amazon Jumps Into The Generative AI Race With New Cloud Service Called Bedrock

The announcement indicates the largest provider of cloud infrastructure won't be leaving a trendy growth area to challengers such as Google and Microsoft:
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-jumps-generative-race-new-cloud-service-rcna79599

14) Midjourney V5 Rolls Out With New Features Promising Accessibility | Interesting Engineering

San Francisco-based independent Artificial Intelligence research lab Midjourney unveiled their new “/describe” feature that transforms images into words in a tweet. The company, popular for its AI-fueled ability to create images based on a series of prompts, launched more features including “repeat” and “permutations” for its pro subscribers. Paul DelSignore, creative technologist and artificial intelligence aficionado, took to Medium to break down how these could benefit users. He envisions a future with better search engine indexing and search functionality as a result of "/describe." Midjourney permits the user to upload an image upon encountering the "/describe" prompt and then presents the user with four descriptions its AI engine generates based on the image provided. These descriptions are followed by buttons numbered one to four — representing each generated description. These buttons remix the image based on its corresponding description, should the user click on it:
https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/midjourney-v5-rolls-out-with-new-features-promising-accessibility

15) How To Send Messages With Effects On Your iPhone | Cool Blind Tech

You may have heard of Message Effects, the fun animations you can add to any text sent through the Messages app by pressing and holding the blue send button. Below are the secret code words you can type to automatically trigger iPhone text effects:
https://coolblindtech.com/how-to-send-messages-with-effects-on-your-iphone/

16) 8 Inventions That Once Freaked People Out Way More Than A.I. | Carlyn Beccia | Medium: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): In honor of all the hype, talk, fear, trepidation, joy, excitement, enthusiasm and horror surrounding the current state of AI, we would like to offer the following for contemplation.
Carlyn Beccia: Sewing machines once turned women into sex-craved she-devils, and toilets were sh*t-exploding nightmares:
https://medium.com/grimhistorian/8-inventions-that-once-freaked-people-out-way-more-than-a-i-27e703a52b90

17) AccessibilityOTG (Douglas Rudolph) And Hable Canadian Challenge | Blind Android Users Podcast

This challenge is currently open to Canadians, with an American challenge planned for the future. Participate in a two week trial and compete for the ability to win a Hable One for free. Do you use VoiceOver or Talkback on your smartphone and have trouble with the swiping gestures? Or do you find typing on the screen cumbersome and does it cost you much energy? The Hable One is a small and handy device that allows you to easily and quickly type on your smartphone. You can use it to control your entire smartphone without having to use the touch screen. All participants will receive a Hable One at home and get the possibility to work with the product for 2 weeks. During those two weeks, you can complete several challenges with the Hable One. Based on these challenges you can win a Hable One. Doug is a member of the Blind Android Users Podcast crew and is has worked with HABLE to create this challenge for Canadians. We are excited to announce a new partnership between AccessibleOTG, led by Douglas Rudolph, and HABLE. The link below will take you to The Hable One Challenge page. There you can enter the competition and watch videos of others who have participated in the challenge:
https://www.accessibilityotg.com/habletemp2023

18) Google Launches The First Public Beta Of Android 14 | TechCrunch

Google's Android development cycle runs on a rather predictable cadence these days. On April 12, 2023, after two developer previews, the company launched the first of four planned public beta releases of Android 14. As with previous versions, the first beta is also the first release that anyone can install over-the-air, assuming they have a supported Pixel device, going back to the Pixel 4a 5G (but not the Pixel 4):
https://techcrunch.com/2023/04/12/google-launches-the-first-public-beta-of-android-14/

19) How to Make Google Calendar Accessible

Google Calendar is a shareable online calendar through which you can also coordinate meetings, making it a popular tool used by companies worldwide. Its entirely cloud-based, online nature means anyone can access it anytime from anywhere, making it ideal for remote workers and those on the go. But, as with any tool, you must keep accessibility in mind when using it. Digital accessibility is critical to the workforce, especially for remote workers. Fortunately are several ways to use Google Calendar and Meet accessibly:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-to-make-google-calendar-accessible

20) LeaseyBite: Windows Notifications and Smaller Features | Brian Hartgen | MP3

New in Leasey May 2023. Windows Notifications and Smaller Features. We continue our tour of the new features to come in the upcoming release of Leasey, looking at how we can abbreviate the announcements from Windows Notifications and application alerts, together with outlining some smaller but equally important new Leasey features:
https://pinecast.com/listen/30ac5c4d-45c7-482e-9d8f-7556fc9ee807.mp3

21) Be My Eyes: How ChatGPT4 Is Helping Visually Impaired People Picture What They Can't See | ITV News | YouTube

AI is being used to help blind and partially-sighted people picture what they can't see. TikTok star Lucy Edwards is one of the first people in the world to use a new iteration of an app that can now not only describe the world around her- but contextualize it too. 'Be My Eyes' has been upgraded using ChatGPT4 to help Lucy with everyday life — from reading expiry dates on food to her, to describing the appearance of outfits, a Tube map, or pages in a magazine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSeFnZGIzY

22) Review: The All Terrain Cane By Awarewolf Gear | The Blind Life | YouTube

The results are in... Sam Seavey, host of the popular YouTube channel The Blind Life, has officially released his review of the new Awarewolf Gear All Terrain Cane. In his latest video, Sam captures the essence of the All Terrain Cane by going for a hike on a local trail followed by a walk on a sunny Southern California beach to see if all the hype about the ATC lives up to its expectations. Sedona Dave, the brainchild behind the Awarewolf Gear All Terrain Cane sits down with Sam for a one-on-one interview that takes you through the journey and development of this revolutionary mobility cane:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo0E_4VM1GU

23) VOCR Belongs in Your Mac VoiceOver Toolbox | Kelly Ford | Kelly Ford | The Idea Place

I'm definitely late to the party on this one but recently learned about an app called VOCR. As the name implies, it adds OCR (optical character recognition) ability to VoiceOver on the Mac:
https://theideaplace.net/vocr-belongs-in-your-mac-voiceover-toolbox/

24) NVDA Addon: Enhanced Tones 2.0 Released | David CM | Tech-VI List

Hi there! I'm glad to announce a new version of enhanced tones add-on. I have released the version 2.0, because it implements several changes. Now this add-on allows you to choose between several waveforms, which will change the famous NVDA beeps. One of them is the sine wave, which is reminiscent of the one used by Linux's Orca. Personally I like it better and it is the one I use. There are sine, triangle, square, and sawtooth waves as well:
Direct Link To Download Add-On: https://davidacm.github.io/getlatest/gh/davidacm/enhancedTones

25) Sao Mai Braille (SMB) 23.4 Release

In this release, two new noticeable features are to create Table Of Contents (TOC), and different data table types in Braille. In addition, software components to translate text, math and music are also updated to the latest versions, and there are many other improvements and bug fixes. Sao Mai Braille is a free accessible rich-text editor and Braille translation software for literature text, graphics, math and music:
https://saomaicenter.org/en/smsoft/smb

26) NLS BARD Support: BARD Mobile for iOS Update | Library of Congress | April 12, 2023

BARD Mobile for iOS, version 2.1, will be released over the next 10 days. This release builds on last fall's version 2.0 with improvements to search and browse functionality. Searching and browsing will continue to improve with future releases:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/3547b37

27) Now Available: Second Edition Of The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All The Basics And More | David Kingsbury | Carroll Center for the Blind

The second edition of my book, "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More," is now out. Published by my organization, The Carroll Center for the Blind, It is available to you for free in Word and ePub formats. The book is meant to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications, including the Windows operating system, MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint), and the three most popular web browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox). Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive for Desktop, the three most popular cloud-based file-sharing programs, are also covered. So too is Adobe Acrobat Reader for accessing PDF files. A new chapter on participating in, scheduling, and hosting Zoom meetings is included in this second edition. So too is an appendix on using academic style guides for formatting Word documents. A glossary with over 100 definitions of computer-related terms and a set of practice exercises are also included. The book is intended for both beginners and intermediate users. While all the basics are covered, those already possessing a fair amount of experience using screen reader programs in the Windows environment will find useful tools and techniques to further enhance their skills. You can download the book and make a voluntary donation to the Carroll Center at:
https://carroll.org/the-windows-screen-reader-primer-all-the-basics-and-more-second-edition/

28) Xbox App On PC Adds Accessibility Settings Menu

Microsoft has introduced a new accessibility menu for the Xbox app on PC. The Xbox app accessibility settings menu serves as an easy to find location for all of the accessibility settings for the app itself. Beyond these settings it also provides shortcuts to relevant settings elsewhere on the system. Microsoft shared an animated YouTube video explaining the menu on their MSFTEnable Twitter and other social channels:
https://caniplaythat.com/2023/04/14/xbox-app-on-pc-adds-accessibility-settings-menu/

29) AXI — Accessibility Intelligence, An Interview With David O'Neill | Steve Faulkner | TPGi

There is a lot of optimism, enthusiasm and trepidation on the interwebs about the transformative effect Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have on everything from marketing to the creative arts. I often say that I am not an expert, but I know people who are. This is very much the case in terms of AI. Fortuitously, I have direct access to someone who is steeped in both accessibility knowledge and AI — or should I say Machine Learning (ML)? I am referring to David O'Neill, a Research Fellow at Vispero (the parent company of TPGi). He has a low social media profile but has quietly been driving improvements in automated accessibility testing, and accessibility testing in general, for decades. In the following interview, we will learn about David, and how he envisions AI/ML to be a force for major improvements in how we tackle the thorny problems of making technology work better for people — all people:
https://www.tpgi.com/axi-accessibility-intelligence-an-interview-with-david-oneill/

30) How AI Can Improve Accessibility in Gaming

Accessibility is continuously evolving. Despite games consistently including options like customizable controls, subtitles, and colorblind settings, the tools that disabled players require are still changing to not only meet the needs of users, but games themselves. With the progression of technology, developers can fine-tune existing options or even create new features like Audio Descriptive Cutscenes. But what role does AI play in game accessibility?
https://www.ign.com/articles/how-ai-can-improve-accessibility-in-gaming

31) The Redemption Story: The Journey From iOS, To Android, And Back Again | Drew Weber | AppleVis

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a used Android phone, the Galaxy A11 from Samsung. It was $45, so, why not. I'd never truly used the Android OS before. It came, I charged it, and dove in. The Talkback gestures similar enough to iOS, the ability to pop in an SD card up to 512 GB, Mass storage opportunities, no pun intended. I could use face or finger to unlock the same device:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/other-apple-chat/redemption-story-journey-ios-android-back-again

32) Games Are More Visually Accessible Than Ever. It's Just the Beginning | Wired: Subscription Required

Indie and big-name studios alike are innovating new ways to include blind and low-vision players, from text-to-speech to sound cues:
https://www.wired.com/story/future-video-games-visual-accessibility/

33) Apple Glasses to Launch in 2026 or 2027 at the Earliest | iClarified

Although Apple's mixed reality headset is expected to launch this year, its rumored 'Apple Glasses' are not likely to enter mass production until 2026 or 2027 at the earliest, according to a new report from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo:
https://www.iclarified.com/90178/apple-glasses-to-launch-in-2026-or-2027-at-the-earliest-kuo

34) Premiere Pro's AI Lets You Edit a Video Like a Word Document | ReviewGeek

In 2023, AI-powered tools have revolutionized how creatives do their work. Now, it's the video editors' turn. This week, Adobe announced a slew of new tools in Premiere Pro, including an AI-powered text-based editing that can make editing video as easy as copy-pasting text:
https://www.reviewgeek.com/150710/premiere-pros-ai-lets-you-edit-a-video-like-a-word-document/

35) The Best Smart Glasses of 2023 | Sherin Shibu | ZDNet

Smart glasses can bring your headphones and prescription glasses to one device — and even allow you to watch your favorite movie. They have a broad range of applications, from assistive technology to augmented reality:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-smart-glasses/


➜ Featured Surveys

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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

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

Closing: 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 25, 2023 | Google Survey | Research-Study For People Who Use A Keyboard To Manage Things On YouTube, Search And Discover

Study Name: Google Accessibility Talk Series. Length of Study: pre-session video call (30 minutes), pre-session task (30 minutes), and a panel discussion with 1-2 other accessibility users (90 minutes). Date(s): April 25th, 2023. Participant must be a keyboard user (screen reader users will not be selected for this study). Participants will be asked to describe their familiarity with managing ad settings on Google Search, YouTube, Discover. Incentive: $175 USD or local equivalent. Location: Remote USA/ Canada. Link for participating:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDdlnWO_3K_8jU0hxGBbEL73i5doESATVBSbFXN0-nUeOzLg/viewform

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

Closing: June 1, 2023 | Home Video Audio Description Survey

Our braille production company is dedicated to providing accessible materials to those with print disabilities. We offer braille, large print and audio materials, and low-tech assistive technology solutions. We believe that everyone should have equal access to information and entertainment, regardless of their level of vision. In this unpaid survey, we are seeking feedback on personalized videos for home, wedding, and school or other life events. We want to know if consumers like you want these videos to be audio described, with a human narrator, and what aspects of audio description are most important to you. We believe that audio description of home movies, school/other functions, and wedding videos can help bring families together to experience cherished memories. Please share your opinions and help us improve our one-of-a-kind service. Thank you for taking the time to support our mission of accessibility for all:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZWS93J


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April 10, 2023 | Airacast Episode 46: Quickly Supporting 3 Words

In this episode I'll show you the much easier and more accessible version of Team Viewer you can use on your PC or Mac with the Aira desktop app, Team Viewer Quick Support. We've mentioned the What 3 Words app for iOS and Android before. Now I'll take a closer look at this app. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Drop us a line at airacast@aira.io 📧️:
https://pinecast.com/listen/07eb55c2-eafd-47a4-bf7c-2c3dc9f5a58d.mp3

April 13, 2023 | Bioptics for Driving and More | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Join occupational therapist from Duke Eye Center, Fay Tripp, in a conversation about bioptic glasses — what they are and who can benefit from them:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/bioptics-driving-and-more

April 14, 2023 | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast: Ask Sharky: Three Reasons to Use Immersive Reader in Edge

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, listen as Cathy, Rachel, and Elizabeth discuss the power of Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge. Visit us for more resources for JAWS, Fusion, ZoomText, and more:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-scientific-training-podcast/id1521340640

April 15, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show: Episode 121: No Birds Were Harmed During the Recording of This Episode

The entire gang is back together to discuss the latest tech news. We start off letting you behind the podcast curtain as we leave in some of our pre-recording discussion. We then get a shocker from Allison, discuss Mac OS Ventura 13.3 and how VoiceOver is running, iOS 16.4, a hilarious or frightening Find My issue in Houston, the recent NY Times article where one man discussed his opinion that going blind is exhilarating, and much more:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-121-no-birds-were-actually-harmed-during-the-recording-of-this-episode

April 15, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 123: Interview With Light On Devs And Android 14 Beta 1

We first talk about Android 14 Beta 1. We then have an interview with the people at Lite-On-Dev, the developer of Telilite (an accessible telegram client). We then have a tip of the week, in which we talk about the testing of UK's national emergency alert service on April 23, 2023, and show how to turn it off, dismiss the alert and enable or disable emergency alerts on Android:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suxz9TYWbLg

April 16, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 224: A Discussion With HIMS And User Review Of The Senseplayer, And Adding Living Blindfully Plus On The Victor Reader Stream 2

https://LivingBlindfully.com/224

April 17, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Use Auto-Complete In Outlook with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, Rachel and Elizabeth teach you how to best utilize Auto-Complete in Outlook with JAWS:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-sharky-use-auto-complete-in-outlook-with-jaws/id1521340640?i=1000609277021

April 19, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2316: Musical Scores with the Accessible MuseScore 4

MuseScore is a sophisticated and feature rich program for creating and listening to musical scores. The release of version 4 brings many improvements to accessibility for people using screen readers. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marc Sabatella, an educator and one of the developers of MuseScore, about this free, open source application:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2316.htm

April 20, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, April 20, 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 20, 2023 | Mastodon Workshop | Florida Outreach Center for the Blind | Guest Presenter: David Goldfield

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
Many people have heard about and use the platform known as Twitter. However, due to concerns regarding the uncertain future of Twitter's accessibility. Many of Twitter's users, both blind and sighted, have migrated to a newer platform called Mastodon. Mastodon has some distinct advantages over Twitter. Unlike Twitter you have a choice of several different programs that you can use to access Mastodon. Many of them are extremely accessible and easy to use. But how exactly does Mastodon work? How do you sign up with your own Mastodon account? We will answer these questions and will hopefully demystify Mastodon. For those of you who are curious about it, during the next workshop from the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, guest presenter David Goldfield will introduce you to Mastodon and answer your questions about this platform. A door prize will be given out to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the presentation, but you must be present to win. This event will be held over Zoom. If you have any questions please call The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind at: (561) 642-0005 📱️ or email us at: Info_focb@bellsouth.net 📧️. | One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83581605488# | Dial directly: +1 312 626 6799 | Meeting ID: 835 8160 5488 | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83581605488?pwd=UWYvTVZ2Q2RRejhJamVJREF4Rlltdz09

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 20, 2023 | The CSUN Takeaway | Envision

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Envision's April webinar includes the key takeaways from this year's CSUN, an update from our product team, and first-hand reactions to the new ChatGPT-powered 'Ask Envision' feature coming soon to the Envision Glasses. Register using this link and hear what's new and happening at Envision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316802470099/WN_bYYKKREkT--Q5VnnX9n1ZQ#/registration

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 | Tips for Organizing Your Outlook Inbox with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Vispero Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Ron Miller, and Rachel Buchanan. Summary: Looking for ways to manage your Outlook inbox more efficiently with JAWS? If so — this webinar is for you! We'll show you how to create and manage folders, plus demonstrate how to: Organize messages using Categories. Simultaneously apply multiple actions to messages using Quick Steps. Reduce the number of messages in mail folders with the Conversation Clean Up feature. And much more. Register for this webinar on Zoom. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LhFwKedcQne9t9LgQ_6IhA?utm_campaign=FS_Webinars&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=254764250&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_ruhd8-_ZnjnPBEbeGQ9BmJa9iDK1SgmRnkAIQmgvcZKKJtEQaUk3zNh7-PCt8c1D3TtVFgOjws2VTT_Isqr7BEd1FAQ&utm_content=254764250&utm_source=hs_email#/registration

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 panelists from 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 panelists are 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

April 28, 2023 | Getting More Contrast Out of Life: Applying Contrast to Everyday Routines | APH ConnectCenter

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
What is contrast sensitivity? Learn how lighting, color contrast, organization techniques and existing features built into mainstream technology, make living with low vision in your home easier. The presenter will also discuss how to measure contrast sensitivity in a clinical evaluation:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OY2QoiBsRtKemcgtyCWDRA#/registration

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 📧️

April 16, 2023 | Why is Web Accessibility Important? | Amy Albin | Vispero Learning and Development Coordinator

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Accessibility ends with "y". But it also needs to begin with "why". Just as important as having the right accessibility techniques is knowing why accessibility is important. Amy Albin (she/her), a member of Vispero's Human Resources team, an industrial/organizational psychologist and a blind JAWS user, will present reasons for making your software offerings accessible to users with and without disabilities. You will learn: Why inaccessible technology is costing you and the concept of ROA (Return On Accessibility). The difference between reactive and proactive approaches to accessibility. How a blind person can perform job tasks by integrating Vispero's assistive technology with mainstream software. One thing you can do in less than five minutes to make documents more accessible and perceive the difference you can make from the perspective of a real JAWS user! Additionally, you will hear personal stories of the impact of accessibility and the lack of it on a wide range of life activities. Whether or not you work directly with software development, this informative, insightful experience will inspire you to critically examine your why. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-16-at-12pm-et-why-is-web-accessibility-important/

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 17, 2023 | Nonvisual Tips for Successful Travel | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Please come join our conversation to explore the nuts and bolts of traveling as a blind person. Learn how to manage different modes of transportation and how to orient yourself in unfamiliar environments. We will share tips for individuals with various levels of changing vision. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call: (339) 209-4083 📱️ All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact: Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 📱️ / mwoods719@gmail.com 📧️.

May 17, 2023 | The Business of Accessibility — Expert Panel | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Mark Miller, Director of Sales. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is bringing together an expert panel of top accessibility experts to discuss how businesses benefit from creating accessible experiences, the return on accessibility efforts, the current state of accessibility and much more! Join host TPGi's Mark Miller, Director of Sales, with accessibility experts: Dena WainWright Vice President/Digital Accessibility Practice Owner, Personal Investing at Fidelity, Christopher Patnoe, Head of Accessibility and Disability Inclusion, Jaunita George, DA Digital Program Manager at Navy Federal Credit Union, Michelle Lana, Visual Designer IV at Navy Federal Credit Union. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-17-at-11am-et-business-of-accessibility-expert-panel/

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

July1, 2023 through July 6, 2023 | NFB 2023 National Convention in Houston, Texas

The National Federation of the Blind is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Each year we come together for important discussions, decisions, and information sharing. As an attendee, take advantage of the opportunity to: Network with thousands of blind role models. Connect with leaders in the field of blindness. Attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics. Learn about the latest in technology and innovation. And more! The convention is open to all. Important note: Our constitution states that only members of the Federation have the right to participate in decision-making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, please connect with your state affiliate at:
https://nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates

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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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:
https://www.aph.org/polly-wait-list/

Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐

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

Phone: (512) 895-2405 📱️

Fax: (512) 899-2284

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥

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: The No-Bouncey Pouchey for Hands Free Phone and Camera Use is Here

Neck pouches and lanyards move as you walk, and they move more as the front facing anatomy gets larger. Our new weighted cowhide pouch is perfect for keeping movement to a minimum; also great blocking out extraneous noise for hearing aid users. Works for Blind Shell and all size iPhones: $35. New Stream, Trek, and SensePlayer Cases. Don't pay $86 when you can pay $35 and get a functional protective leather case that will enclose your device and allow you to operate all controls. Pre-attached for use with Velcro on the outside of the case. Slip it back in when finished listening. People who have already bought them love it, both the sturdiness and the price, just $35. 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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Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐

For Gadgets and Leather Contact Barry at:
Phone: (617) 969-7500 📱️
Email: bscheur.gadgetsandtech@gmail.com 📧️

For All Things Dog Contact Kae at:
Phone: (781) 286-1696 📱️
Email: guidelightdogs@gmail.com 📧️

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

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



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

If you're like me, you probably have more things to plug into your computer than available ports. That's why we've now added the Pluggable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub. Plug it into your laptop and you will get 3 USB ports, SD and Micro SD card slots, a USBC charging port, and an HDMI video port. It's available now for just $29.95:
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Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐

Phone: (269) 216-4798 📱️

Email: support@atguys.com 📧️

Skype: atguys ✆

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍

Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys

About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 📱️.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

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Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.

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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Limited Time Introductory Pricing On The New Victor Reader Stream 3!

With the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3, it's so easy to take your books, music, and more wherever you go. Imagine being able to listen to the latest novels, magazines, or your favorite music, podcasts, and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its sleek, compact design and easy-to-grip edges, the digital media player gives you hours of listening wherever you are and a superior text-to-speech experience in multiple languages.

Take advantage of our introductory pricing on the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3! Order today or call (415) 878-2922 📱️. Use promo code TOPTECH for Free Shipping!

https://sterlingadaptives.com/products/humanware-victor-reader-stream-3rd-generation

Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐

Shop: https://sterlingadaptives.com/collections/vision-products

Phone: (415) 878-2922 📱️

Email: info@sterlingadaptives.com 📧️

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.

We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.

We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.

We are known for providing you and your clients with the standards of service that you demand and that result in the right product at the right time and with the right backup service.

We look forward to hearing from you and being afforded the opportunity to show you just how Sterling our service is!



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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307 📱️

Fax: (206) 329-3397

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Email: connect@wayaround.com 📧️

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

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

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

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

Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround



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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 📱️ | AU: +1.800.765.096 📱️ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 📱️ | NZ: +1.800.425.451 📱️

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io 📧️

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.

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

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



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.

Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐

Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 📱️

Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231

Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com 📧️

Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.

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:

Products:

Timekeeping
Housewares
On The Go
Low Vision Products
Toys and Games
Gift Shop
Braille Workshop
Braille Bookstore
Greeting Cards
Copy Center
Computer Lab
Popular Products
New Products

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



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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/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com 📧️

Phone: (888) 212-3532 📱️ Extension 810

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

Opportunities:

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

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



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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Subscribe to the Double Tap Podcast

Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999 📱️
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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️

Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl

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

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:
https://hims-inc.com/product/braillesense-6/

Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐

Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒

Phone: (512) 837-2000 📱️

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R9NjA1nfWo

Sales Email: sales@hims-inc.com 📧️
Support Email: support@hims-inc.com 📧️

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:
https://carroll.org/screen-reader-user-tester-training-program/

Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200 📱️

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

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:
https://pneumasolutions.com/

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.

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

Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

Phone: (800) 444-4443 📱️

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube (Training)

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!
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/123020211100-BrailliantBIX-Launch-US.htm

Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐

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