Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 1, 2023 - Volume 913
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) 10 Amazing Prompts That Demonstrate The Capabilities of ChatGPT to Improve The Lives of People With Disabilities | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits
Here are 10 innovative prompts aimed at demonstrating the capabilities of ChatGPT to improve the lives of people with various disabilities. Copy and paste any of these prompts into ChatGPT:
B.) JAWS Power Tip: Adjusting JAWS Volume On The Fly
Have you ever been in a virtual meeting or listening to a You Tube video and you really want to adjust the volume of JAWS? In the past you had to move to the volume icon in the system tray and adjust the JAWS volume control. Now with JAWS, you can do this on-the-fly:
C.) Getting Back To Outlook Classic User Interface If You're In The Inaccessible New Outlook User Interface (AKA Outlook Preview Or Outlook PRE) | Brian Vogel
Note: The New Outlook interface is NOT accessible and most of the keyboard shortcuts you are accustomed to are not available. To change back to the Outlook Classic user interface from the New Outlook user interface follow these steps:
D.) The Robot Suitcase Guide | Lucy Greco | YouTube
At CSUN 2023 I took a robot for a test run. Please enjoy this glimpse of one of the future tools being created to help blind people. On this Global Accessibility Awareness Day I thought it would be a fun thing to show how working with blind users can have an impact on the product design process:
E.) BlindShell USA Software Updates Now Available
We are thrilled to announce some exciting updates to the BlindShell Classic 2 software that will significantly enhance your experience. With these latest features, you can now enjoy even more functionality and convenience. Read on to discover what's new:
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A) Podcast Voiceover Battle Royale: Human Versus AI. One Podcast. 4 Voices. Listen To The Difference. | Aaron Di Blasi | Publisher | Top Tech Tidbits
Is the current state of voice cloning and synthetic speech ready to take over your podcast? We don't think so, but we do think that it's starting to get really good. So we put together this Audio Battle Royale, so that Top Tech Tidbits readers could hear the difference for themselves. We have prepared for you 4 versions of the very same podcast. Each using a different voice, but utilizing the very same transcript. The podcast that we will be using for this Audio Battle Royale will be the Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, June 1, 2023:
B) How to Create an AI Voice That Sounds Like You With ElevenLabs | May 27, 2023 | Christian Cawley | MakeUseOf.com
Publisher (Di Blasi): I find these claims to be a tad misleading. You cannot clone your voice for free using ElevenLabs, but you can try out 10 of their "pre-trained" voices on a limited amount of text that you enter. If you want to "clone" a voice, any voice, your own or another, you will need to move from their "Free" plan to their "Starter" plan for $5 a month. At the paid "Starter" plan level, voice cloning becomes available to you. We recently cloned my voice using ElevenLabs by training it on a clean dialog file taken from the Top Tech Tidbits Podcast. We then used that newly cloned voice to provide readers with an audio demonstration of my real voice doing the podcast, as normal, versus my newly cloned AI voice doing the very same podcast. Listen to the difference yourself at: https://www.toptechtidbits.com/167.html. While I believe the technology definitely has promise, I do not believe it is currently ready for prime time. And no, we have no plans to use an AI voice for the Top Tech Tidbits Podcast going forward. We just wanted readers to be able to hear the difference in a finished a product.
C) OpenAI's Official ChatGPT App for iPhone Expands to 40+ Countries
OpenAI this week announced that its official ChatGPT app for the iPhone and the iPad is now available in more than 40 countries in addition to the United States. The app first launched in the United States last week, and OpenAI promised that it would expand to more countries in the coming weeks:
D) Microsoft To Use ChatGPT To Provide Virtual Technical Support To Blind Customers | Forbes: Subscription Required
In a blog post published last week to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie talked enthusiastically about the promise generative Ai holds for delivering a new paradigm in technical support for blind users. Since 2018, the tech giant has partnered with leading virtual sighted assistance provider Be My Eyes to process technical support tickets for visually impaired customers contacting its Disability Answer Desk. Users with sight restrictions can connect with Microsoft's technical support team via video call to receive visual interpretation services related to troubleshooting technical issues such as a laptop requiring a reboot or the installation of software updates:
E) How To Access ChatGPT As A Person Who Is Blind or Low Vision: A Comprehensive Guide | Aaron Di Blasi | Publisher | Top Tech Tidbits
The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has greatly transformed the way we interact with technology. One such AI, ChatGPT, can hold meaningful and complex conversations, which can be a powerful tool for everyone, including people who are blind or have low vision. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on how a blind or visually impaired person can access and use ChatGPT for the first time:
F) Amazon In Pursuit Of Integrating ChatGPT Into Alexa | ghacks.net
Amazon is now embracing the transformative potential of ChatGPT by integrating it into their renowned AI voice assistant, Alexa. As the tech industry witnesses a surge in conversational AI tools, Amazon aims to maintain its competitive edge by leveraging generative AI technology to revolutionize the way users interact with Alexa:
G) Upload An Image And Have It Described For You: How To Try MiniGPT-4 Right Now | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits
As of this writing, ChatGPT is still text-in, text-out only. GPT-4 was supposed to expand on this by adding image processing to allow it to generate text based on images, but OpenAI has yet to release this feature. This is where MiniGPT-4 comes in:
H) See Why AI Like ChatGPT Has Gotten So Good, So Fast | The Washington Post: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): This article provides a really great overview of the advances that have led to the current state of Generative AI. Including resulting photographs and outputs generated from prompts then, and now.
I) The Security Hole at the Heart of ChatGPT and Bing | Wired: Subscription Required
Indirect prompt-injection attacks can leave people vulnerable to scams and data theft when they use the AI chatbots:
J) Why Nvidia Is Suddenly One Of The Most Valuable Companies In The World | Yahoo Finance
Publisher (Di Blasi): The most common response to this news has been, "you mean the company that makes graphics cards?" And the answer is yes. The company that makes graphics cards. How and why? In short, because for some time now their graphics cards have been used to operate, train and run the AI models known as LLMs, or Large Language Models, that are currently at the center of the Generative AI revolution.
K) Where Memory Ends and Generative AI Begins | Wired: Subscription Required
New photo manipulation tools from Google and Adobe are blurring the lines between real memories and those dreamed up by AI:
L) 6 Online Directories of AI Tools to Discover or Search for the Best AI App | MakeUseOf
Publisher (Di Blasi): I honestly cannot believe that this article neglects to mention what is, in my opinion, one of the most well maintained and cutting-edge resources available on AI updates today. Without further ado, that site is FutureTools.io. The site is run by Matt Wolfe, who also produces some very high quality YouTube videos every couple of days detailing all of the latest updates in AI. While the sources noted in this article are good, this one is my favorite.
M) OpenAI Launches Grant For AI Democratic Governance Project
Publisher (Di Blasi): I applaud this project, this direction, and the general, overall position of Sam Altman and the team at OpenAI. But it is the teams at the United States Department of Defense and the Office of Homeland Security that will face the greatest challenges as AI scales up. For they will be in a literal race with other nations to improve this technology faster than our threats can use it to oppose us.
N) Will Windows AI Copilot Be The Ultimate PC Accessibility Tool? | Digital Trends
At Build 2023, Microsoft made quite a big deal about its headlining announcement, the Windows Copilot. The idea is simple: build AI right into the operating system. In the same way that the Edge browser (and soon the entire stack of Office apps) have their own AI copilots, now Windows will have one too:
O) For Some Autistic People, ChatGPT Is a Lifeline | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): I recently joked about this with a reader on Mastodon. She joked that the new "Call Annie" App had become her new best friend, and that while sad, it was true. I assured her that it was in no way sad, as I too had become fast friends with ChatGPT since December of 2022. We both laughed. But pretty soon, it may be no laughing matter.
P) What Are Large Language Models — And How Are They Used In Generative AI? | ComputerWorld
Large language models are the algorithmic basis for chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's Bard. The technology is tied back to billions — even trillions — of parameters that can make them both inaccurate and non-specific for vertical industry use. Here's what LLMs are and how they work:
Q) I Had No Idea. Veteran Lawyer Submits Legal Filing With False Court Decisions, False Arguments And False Citations Generated By ChatGPT | Enrique Dans | Medium: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): I am not a lawyer, but I do understand the fundamental legal principle that ignorance of the law is not a defense in the United States of America. And apparently, neither is ignorance of the capability of AI tools. A cautionary tale to be sure. The takeaway? Be informed. Stay informed. Before you act.
R) AI? Artificial Intelligence? Accessible Intelligence! What We Can Look Forward To in the New AI World | Patrick Sturdivant | Deque
Like anything in life, there is a good and a bad side, a positive and negative to everything. There is a lot of negative press in the media on the bad side of AI and how if not properly managed can hurt society. I am not discounting many of these reports, but for this article, I am going to comment on the positive side of AI's contributions to people's lives and, more specifically, those who live with daily challenges, sometimes known as disabilities:
S) Instacart Debuts AI Tool to Help You Shop Faster and Smarter | CNET
You can now get an assist with figuring out what to eat for dinner and other grocery-shopping questions:
8) JAWS Power Tip: Using The JAWS Command Search Feature
9) Top 7 Features To Check Out On Windows 11 May 2023 Update (Moment 3) | Windows Central
Although the feature drop (Moment 3) update for Windows 11 is slowly rolling out and doesn't include many significant changes as a typical feature update, it does come with several interesting features to enhance existing experiences:
10) Windows 11 Has A New Way To Close Apps And End Processes, Here Is How To Enable It
Probably every Windows user knows how to close a running app: hit the X button in the upper-right corner or right-click the app's icon on the taskbar and select "Close window." But if a program stops responding, closing it takes more steps as you need to open Task Manager and terminate the misbehaving process. An upcoming feature update will make the process much easier by introducing a new method to close apps in Windows 11. Here is what you need to know about it and how to get it:
11) The Disappearing Computer: An Exclusive Preview of Humane's Screenless Tech | Imran Chaudhri | TED
Publisher (Di Blasi): If you would like a glimpse of what the future really has in store for us, please take the time to review this video of a recent TED Talk given by Imran Chaudhri, longtime Apple designer and Founder of Humane.
12) Audio Hijack For Mac Can Now Run Auto Speech Denoise With Machine Learning | 9to5Mac
The fine folks at Rogue Amoeba released an all-new version of the excellent Audio Hijack app last year. Today the sound capturing software is gaining three new features, thanks in part to Machine Learning on the Mac:
13) Playing Around With Aiko, An Amazing, Accessible Transcription App For Mac And iOS | The Thoughts and Ramblings of Steve
I recently heard about this fantastic app, available for both Mac OS and iOS, called Aiko which leverages AI technology to transcribe audio. What sets Aiko apart from similar solutions though include, in part:
14) New Add-On For NVDA Users: Landrop+ | Pierre-Louis | Tech-VI List
Landrop+ is an NVDA add-on for the Windows version of Landrop that makes it very easy to select your destination device, iPhone, or Android. Landrop is a file transfer application over Wi-Fi between Windows PCs and iPhones or Android smartphones:
15) Google Maps Will Now Show Wheelchair Accessibility Information For All | Metro UK
Google Maps is providing wheelchair accessibility information by default for over 40 million places worldwide, including on public transport, pubs and restaurants:
16) Kindle Fire Max 11: Half A Dozen Reasons To Opt For The Latest And Greatest Amazon Tablet | Good eReader
Introducing the all-new Fire Max 11, Amazon's latest addition to the Fire Tablet family. This remarkable tablet is not only the largest and most powerful in the lineup but also offers unparalleled versatility. Packed with premium features, the Fire Max 11 is designed to enhance both work and play experiences. And the best part? It can be yours for just $229.99. Let's explore six compelling reasons why the Fire Max 11 deserves a place in your hands:
17) Microsoft Quietly Released Windows 11 22h2 Configuration Update That Boosts Performance | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List
There are a few things to note about this latest update. First, it provides accessibility improvements for those who use Live Captions as well as the Voice Access features. The update also corrects an annoying screen reader issue which is not mentioned in this article but which I noticed after installing this update and restarting my PC:
18) Save/Copy Bug In Windows And Office | May 26, 2023 | Office Watch
A newly found bug in Windows 11 & 10 might stop you saving or copying files in many apps including some versions of Microsoft Office. The bug appears to have been in Windows for a while but only revealed in the last few days (late May 2023). Office users might get 'Document not saved' errors and other apps might show errors when files are saved or copied:
19) For ElBraille Users: Official Statement From Elita Group | Tech-VI List
Dear ElBraille Users. We see a lot of speculation here. So, let's clarify a couple of points. We will continue to manufacture and sell the ElBraille:
20) How to Text From Your PC Through Your Phone | Wired: Subscription Required
Your messages, on your PC, in seconds. Bluetooth required for iPhone:
21) Dreamwaves: Augmented Reality With Virtual 3D-Sound To Help Guide The Blind | Hello Future
"See the world through your ears": astounding as it may seem, this is the claim that Hugo Furtado, a Portuguese entrepreneur based in Vienna, would have you believe . The holder of a doctorate in augmented reality for minimally invasive cardiac surgery and the founder of Dreamwaves, Furtado is also the developer of waveOut, an augmented reality application that aims to radically simplify life for the blind and visually impaired. His experience in sound engineering was the starting point that inspired him to create the technology, which helps those who struggle to find their way to take advantage of greater mobility:
22) How to Perform Common Windows Actions With Shortcuts | MakeUseOf
Shut down your PC, record your screen, adjust your PC's volume, and more with these handy shortcuts for any Windows power user:
23) Phone Makers Are Quietly Ruining The Power Button. Here's How To Take Back Control | May 26, 2023 | June Wan | ZDNet |
As someone who reviews phones for a living, I've lost count of the number of times I've attempted to turn off a phone — pressing and holding the side power button — only for it to instead prompt a smart assistant to service questions I didn't have in mind:
24) Apple Considering Stuffing Watch Bands With NFC, Bluetooth, Other Connectivity | Gizmodo
An Apple watch could change its settings in subtle ways, like adjusting the UI, but it's more evidence of the company's new obsession with health-related tech:
25) Dedicated Website Answers The Question: What Does It Mean To "Make It Accessible?"
How many times have you used the web today? If you're like us, the answer is too many times to count. Imagine if most of the sites you used today had confusing navigation, were impossible to read, or had sections obscured. That's the reality for many people who have temporary or permanent disabilities and are trying to access the web. If you create websites, we hope you will join us in addressing access equality. As designers, we don't often think about a more equalized web. We've got bold ideas, and we push boundaries by default. Thinking about accessibility guidelines before designing a site may feel like a hindrance to creativity. But building an accessible site does not mean sacrificing a beautiful look and feel. We've learned a lot on our design studio's accessibility journey, and this site shares a few hard-won lessons and learnings:
26) Amazon Is Discontinuing Alexa's Celebrity Voices, Even If You Paid For Them | May 30, 2023 | The Verge
The voice of Samuel L. Jackson will stop working on Alexa devices next month, and Amazon will refund purchasers — if they contact customer service with a request:
27) Test Your Accessibility Knowledge With Trivia11y
Publisher (Di Blasi): This website is amazing, fun and incredibly informative. Trivia is a great way to test your current knowledge while learning new concepts at the same time. And this site does not disappoint. Test your acumen against topics such as: ARIA, Assistive Technologies, Color Contrast, Design Disabilities, Forms, Guidelines and Specifications, Images, Keyboard Accessibility, Laws and Regulations, Motion and Animation, Multimedia and Screen Readers.
28) So, You Want to be a Digital Accessibility Specialist | May 25, 2023 | Iain Furstenwerth | Knowbility
I'm sure you're familiar with the age-old small talk conversation topic, “What do you do?” When I'm asked this question, I always take the opportunity to talk about digital accessibility and its importance, as well as how it's not enough of a priority for many organizations. My friends typically ask something along the lines of, “Oh that's cool, how would I get into that?” While there are many processes involved in getting your company to buy into accessibility, I'm going to illustrate how YOU can start your journey to becoming a digital accessibility specialist:
29) WWDC 2023: Here's Everything To Expect At Apple's Special Event This Year | 9to5Mac
WWDC 2023 is days away, and it could be Apple's biggest and most important event in a decade. At WWDC this year, Apple is expected to introduce a major update for iPhone users with iOS 17 and a redesigned interface for Apple Watch users with watchOS 10. Most notable of all, however, is the expected announcement of the Reality Pro headset with AR and VR features, plus a new xrOS software platform:
30) Microsoft Keyboard Users Are 'So Devastated' After Discontinuation Of Accessories | CNBC
Publisher (Di Blasi): While I'm sure I'm not alone in this, Microsoft has been "devastating" me for years. And I mean that wholeheartedly. They are often completely and utterly tone deaf where certain groups of their users are concerned. For example, most recently, in Windows 11, Microsoft removed the ability for power users to pin folder locations to the task bar. For me this changed the way that I work entirely. And there is currently no workaround. So yes, devastated is a most accurate definition.
31) New To Being Blind: How Lenovo's Accessibility Features Help Overcome Vision Loss
32) Navigation And Search Improvements For Accessibility | Github Blog
Discover the accessibility features within our new navigation and code search which make it easier to use for many more people:
33) Television Without Pictures — Sky News Now Available On TuneIn | Radio Today
The audio output of Sky News is now available on TuneIn for users of the app in the UK, Ireland and the US. The live stream has been added after a new deal was agreed between the two companies, and does not affect the Sky News hourly bulletins delivered to radio stations:
34) Soapbox: Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Straight Up Fails In Just One Respect: Accessibility | NintendoLife
In 2023, we should expect better from Nintendo:
35) Breaking Barriers: Video Games That are Accessible for the Visually Impaired | Jump Start
Game developers are passionately dedicated to pushing the boundaries of accessibility in gaming:
36) Access Information News for Monday, May 29, 2023 | AccessInformationNews.com
37) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for May 2023
➜ Featured Surveys
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:
Closing: June 1, 2023 | Fill Out This Short Survey To Help Enhance Clusiv's Course Offerings To The Blind Community And Enter For A Chance To Win One Of Two $50.00 Amazon Gift Cards
If you are blind or visually impaired we are looking for your feedback on how we can create the best experience for the blind community through our course offerings that best meet your needs. By filling out this short form you will help develop our plans for services that can best equip the blind to break down barriers to employment. Thank you for your help!
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:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
May 25, 2023 | Double Tap TV: Meet Blind Journalist Robert Kingett
Today on the show, Steven welcomes special guest Robert Kingett, a blind author, accessibility consultant and journalist. The conversation delves into Robert's background and his journey as a journalist who is blind, providing a unique perspective on advocacy and how it has evolved for him over time. A significant part of the discussion revolves around the importance of learning Braille and the challenges of learning it later in life. Robert shares his personal experience of sudden vision loss and how it impacted his life, highlighting the importance of technology in bridging the gap between people who are disabled and non-disabled:
May 25, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 126: OKO Co-Pilot For the Blind, Meet the Developers Michael and Vincent
Brian sits down with the developers of OKO co-pilot for the blind, C.E.O. Michael and C.T.O. Vincent. They discuss the development of the OKO app, the meaning of the name, the testing process the app went through to make sure it was safe, and share a few laughs along the way:
May 26, 2023 | Double Tap TV: A Feast Of Feedback
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun delve into the Inbox to hear and discuss more of your comments following the past few episodes of the show. Steven also discusses his busy week travelling, and how an old piece of tech he found in the drawer really made the difference. And why was Steven talking to the Canadian Government? What has he done? Thankfully, it was all in the aid of promoting digital accessibility:
May 27, 2023 | Double Tap TV: Double Tap Express: The Week In Tech News, Audio Editing Made Easier With Reaper & Happy Birthday To Shaun
On the Express this week, Steven and Shaun discuss what's been in the news this week with a look at Open AI's Chat GPT app arriving in more countries, including Canada. Plus there's news on Neuralink who claim the US FDA has approved human trials to begin on its implant device which could have an incredible impact on disabled people, and IA Cast podcast host Michael Noise talks about accessibility of the new Final Cut and Logic Pro apps for iPad. There's also discussion following our interviews this week about Reaper accessibility and the state of Apple accessibility. Plus Shaun goes dotty about braille following his latest purchase:
May 27, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast: Navigating the PlayStore Part4 Bottom Tabs
We first tell all our listeners that all hardware unboxings will first be aired on our YouTube channel so please subscribe to it and turn on notifications. We then navigate the Play Store demoing tabs at the bottom. We have Oriole app demo. In the tip of the week, we show an updated way of how to map side keys of Samsung phones with Google Assistant:
May 28, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 231: Do Audiology Companies Understand The Needs Of Blind Hearing Aid Wearers, Is Bookshare's Subscription Increase Excessive, And The Zoom M2 Mictrak Is A Microphone That Records
May 29, 2023 | ChatGPT for iOS & Calling Annie
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun discuss the app that they never discussed. Call Annie is an app for iOS that uses the latest ChatGPT technology to bring you a human-like virtual assistant you can talk to just as if you were having a FaceTime call with a friend. Although Steven's attempts to demonstrate the app were shaky:
May 29, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 127: Blind Baseball Italian Style
Brian sits down with Amanda and Ed to discuss their trip to Italy to train with the creators of Italian Blind Baseball. They discuss how the game is played, their experience training with the Italians who created the game, traveling around Italy, the future of the game as a possible Para-Olympic sport, and the fundraising that is needed:
May 30, 2023 | Double Tap TV: Updating Hable One & Your Feedback
Today on the show Steven and Shaun delve into the inbox to discuss your feedback about recent episodes, including solutions for CD ripping software and disk cloning software for PCs. Shaun also talks about issues relating to updating his Hable One to the latest software and how he worked round it. Links to items discussed in this episode. Double Tap and AMI only offer these links for reference — we cannot take responsibility for the content of these links or any harm the software has on your computer:
May 31, 2023 | Eyes on Success 2322: Blazing the Trails with Awarewolf Gear
Sedona Dave is blind and was tired of people not noticing him when walking around town and crashing into him. He also wanted a better and safer way of hiking the trails around him. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dave about how he solved his problems by starting Awarewolf Gear a journey that was frustrating at times, but rewarding in the end:
May 31, 2023 | FSCast 230, Major Scotty Smiley Discusses His Life, And Dr. Michele Mcdonnall With Results Of Year Two Of The At In The Workplace Study
On FSCast 230, we'll get to know retired Army Major Scotty Smiley. He was blinded by a suicide bomber when fighting in Iraq; but came back, taught at West Point, and became the military’s first totally blind active-duty officer. Then, Dr. Michele McDonnall will be here to discuss the second year of the AT in the Workplace study conducted by Mississippi State University:
June 1, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, June 1, 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 adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events
May 31, 2023 | TOPAZ Magnifiers: Powerful Visual Aids (Assistive Technology Webinar — ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
June 2, 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023
6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM GMT
June 2, 2023 | 2023 Braille Literacy Canada Symposium: Boundless Braille
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
June 7th, 2023 | Nothing Inspires People Like Cash! | Total Tech Solutions
4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
June 7, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH
8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
June 7, 2023 | Case Study: Accessible Shopify Website (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
June 13, 2023 | Ramping Up Your Accessibility Testing: A Beginner's Guide | TPGi
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
June 14, 2023 | Meet the New RUBY 10 (Assistive Technology Webinar — ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
June 21, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: ARIA
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
June 21, 2023 | Canva: Is Accessible Content Possible? (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
June 27, 2023 | Blind, Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar | NSITE
11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
June 27, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
June 28, 2023 | JAWS: Tables in Word & HTML (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
July 1, 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:
July 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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July 25, 2023 | U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore
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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:
September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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:
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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
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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.
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.
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About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
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Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱
About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐
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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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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About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.
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.
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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.
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About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:
• Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.
• Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.
• Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.
Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023
Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐
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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.
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.
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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.
We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.
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Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.
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Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 ☎
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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:
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: email@example.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.
➜ 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/.
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
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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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!
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David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.
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