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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 8, 2023 - Volume 914

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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A.) 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:
https://www.neowin.net/guides/windows-11-has-a-new-way-to-close-apps-and-end-processes-here-is-how-to-enable-it/

B.) 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:
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C.) 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:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/165.html

D.) 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:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/166.html

E.) JAWS Power Tip: Using The JAWS Command Search Feature

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/168.html

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7) AI Updates

A) Dear ChatGPT: We Want Those Buttons Labeled! | Lena | Top Tech Tidbits Reader

Hello everyone. My name is Lena and I am a long time Top Tech Tidbits reader and retired teacher who is passionate about braille. I had recently been conversing with your Publisher, Aaron Di Blasi, regarding ChatGPT and blind users when I discovered, to my amazement, that the buttons on the https://chat.openai.com/ website, were not properly labeled for screen readers. Below is an outline of my experience in trying to contact OpenAI about the unlabeled buttons on the https://chat.openai.com/ website, which I enjoy using even though the unlabeled buttons diminish my efficiency:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/170.html

B) How To Use Midjourney To Describe Any Image In Detail | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits

On May 27, 2023 I released a post titled, Upload An Image And Have It Described For You: How To Try MiniGPT-4 Right Now. I received some incredible feedback and questions around this piece, particularly from persons who are blind or low vision, so I wanted to let everyone know about another AI resource that you can also use to describe images right now. It's called Midjourney:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/169.html

C) They Plugged GPT-4 Into Minecraft — And Unearthed New Potential for AI | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): Of all the tools and processes that we might currently use to get a better understanding of AI behavior, I find this type of experiment to be the most intriguing.
Wired: The bot plays the video game by tapping the text generator to pick up new skills, suggesting that the tech behind ChatGPT could automate many workplace tasks:
https://www.wired.com/story/fast-forward-gpt-4-minecraft-chatgpt/

D) Inside Google's Effort To Use AI To Make ASL Accessible To All | Forbes: Subscription Required

Earlier this year, Bay Area-based Google put together a competition intended to use artificial intelligence in decode sign language in real time. According to Google, the goal of the competition is to “classify isolated American Sign Language signs” using a TensorFlow Lite model. There's a video on YouTube about the “first-ever” ASL competition. Google announced the competition's next phase earlier this month at its annual I/O developer conference at its Mountain View headquarters:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/05/30/inside-googles-effort-to-use-ai-to-make-asl-accessible-to-all/

E) Insights: AI and Accessibility | Fable

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change how we work, socialize, shop, and access critical services like healthcare. Growth in AI is happening exponentially, and it's faster than most of us can keep up with. It's exciting and scary at the same time, but especially scary for some. The speed of new AI developments comes with the potential to accelerate the inclusion, or exclusion, of people with disabilities. The impact of AI will depend on the people who are generating and choosing data sets, writing, and testing algorithms, and building interfaces to leverage AI. To better understand how people with disabilities are thinking about AI and their concerns for the future of AI, Fable surveyed our community of assistive technology users. This article outlines what we learned and makes recommendations for creating more inclusive AI tools:
https://makeitfable.com/article/insights-ai-and-accessibility/

F) This AI Voice Generator is Emotional & SPOOKY! — Bark AI | MattVidPro AI | YouTube

Bark AI by Suno AI is a transformer-based text-to-audio model that can generate realistic and multilingual speech as well as other audio such as music, sound effects and nonverbal expressions. It can also clone voices and audio from a limited set of synthetic options. Bark AI is an open source project that provides access to pre-trained model checkpoints for inference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU5Do9yHbwM

G) This Camera Is Blind, Has A Raspberry Pi And Creates Pictures With Sound Thanks To AI

A Mexican artist has become involved in an interesting project. Take pictures of your hometown today using Blind Camera, which serves no purpose but creates images through sound. All of this is supported by a neural network running on a Raspberry Pi. To create unique photos impossible with a conventional camera:
https://worldnationnews.com/this-camera-is-blind-has-a-raspberry-pi-and-creates-pictures-with-sound-thanks-to-ai/

H) Apple Ghosts the Generative AI Revolution | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): Dearest fellow readers I implore you not to believe the title of this article. Apple ignores nothing of this magnitude. They just don't jump on every new trend the moment it becomes hot. Rest assured that Apple is working on Generative AI every bit as deeply as any of the other major players. We just may not hear about it for awhile yet.
Wired: Apple unveiled the Vision Pro headset and a number of AI-powered features yesterday, but largely ignored generative AI applications embraced by Google and Microsoft:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-ghosts-the-generative-ai-revolution/

I) Don't Want Students to Rely on ChatGPT? Have Them Use It | Wired: Subscription Required

It's easy to forget how little students and educators understand generative AI's flaws. Once they actually try it out, they'll see that it can't replace them:
https://www.wired.com/story/dont-want-students-to-rely-on-chatgpt-have-them-use-it/

8) Apple 2023 World Wide Developers Conference Updates

A) WWDC 23 Keynote: Apple Unveils Platform Updates and Introduces Apple Vision Pro Headset and New Macs | AppleVis

Apple's highly anticipated annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicked off on June 5, 2023 with the customary keynote presentation. During the event, Apple unveiled the next major updates to all its software platforms and introduced the much-awaited mixed-reality headset and some new Mac models:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/wwdc-23-keynote-apple-unveils-platform-updates-introduces-apple-vision-pro-headset-new-macs

B) 17 Big Things Announced at WWDC | Video | iPhone in Canada

https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/2023/06/05/here-are-17-big-things-wwdc/

C) Introducing Apple Vision Pro: Apple's First Spatial Computer | Apple.com

On June 5, 2023 Apple unveiled Apple Vision Pro, a revolutionary spatial computer that seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world, while allowing users to stay present and connected to others. Vision Pro creates an infinite canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and introduces a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible — a user's eyes, hands, and voice. Featuring visionOS, the world's first spatial operating system, Vision Pro lets users interact with digital content in a way that feels like it is physically present in their space. The breakthrough design of Vision Pro features an ultra-high-resolution display system that packs 23 million pixels across two displays, and custom Apple silicon in a unique dual-chip design to ensure every experience feels like it's taking place in front of the user's eyes in real time:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/introducing-apple-vision-pro/

D) iOS 17 Makes iPhone More Personal And Intuitive | Apple.com

The release introduces major updates to communications apps, easier sharing with AirDrop, more intelligent text input, and new experiences with Journal and StandBy:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/ios-17-makes-iphone-more-personal-and-intuitive/

E) iPadOS 17 Brings New Levels Of Personalization And Versatility To iPad | Apple.com

Featuring a redesigned Lock Screen and interactive widgets; intelligent new features in PDFs and Notes; updates to Messages, FaceTime, and Safari; and the all-new Health app:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/ipados-17-brings-new-levels-of-personalization-and-versatility-to-ipad/

F) Introducing watchOS 10, A Milestone Update For Apple Watch | Apple.com

Delivering redesigned apps, a new Smart Stack, additional watch faces, new cycling and hiking features, and tools to support mental health:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/introducing-watchos-10-a-milestone-update-for-apple-watch/

G) Here Are The Key Features And Changes Coming To Your Apple Watch Via The New watchOS 10 | MyHealthyApple.com

The new watchOS 10 brings forth New metrics, Workout Views, and Bluetooth connectivity for power meters, speed sensors, and cadence sensors arrive for cyclists, while new Compass Waypoints and Maps capabilities further help hikers:
https://www.myhealthyapple.com/here-the-key-features-and-changes-coming-to-your-apple-watch-via-the-new-watchos-10/

H) Apple Provides Powerful Insights Into New Areas Of Health | Apple.com

iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 introduce mental health and vision health features, and the Health app arrives on iPad:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/apple-provides-powerful-insights-into-new-areas-of-health/

I) Apple Provides Powerful Insights Into New Areas Of Health | Apple.com

iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 introduce mental health and vision health features, and the Health app arrives on iPad:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/apple-provides-powerful-insights-into-new-areas-of-health/

J) macOS Sonoma Brings All-New Capabilities For Elevating Productivity And Creativity

With more ways to personalize with widgets and stunning new screen savers, significant updates to Safari and video conferencing, along with an optimized gaming experience — the Mac experience is better than ever:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/macos-sonoma-brings-new-capabilities-for-elevating-productivity-and-creativity/

K) tvOS 17 Brings FaceTime And Video Conferencing To The Biggest Screen In The Home

Apple TV 4K packs endless entertainment and fun into one living room device, including movies, shows, music, games, fitness, and now video calls:
https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2023/06/tvos-17-brings-facetime-and-video-conferencing-to-apple-tv-4k/

L) Apple's New Vision Pro Headset Will Support Microsoft Word, Excel, And Teams

In an exciting development for augmented reality enthusiasts, Apple recently unveiled its highly anticipated Vision Pro headset, priced at $3,499. Accompanying this groundbreaking announcement is Microsoft's commitment to making its popular productivity apps, Word, Excel, and Microsoft Teams, compatible with Apple's new AR platform:
https://www.onmsft.com/news/apples-new-vision-pro-headset-will-support-microsoft-word-excel-and-teams/

M) iOS 17 — New AirPods Update | iDeviceHelp | YouTube

Here we take a look at Apple's AirPods Beta firmware Update with some of the latest new Features coming to AirPods later this year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHOg8_tXmpo

N) The Features That Didn't Get Discussed Onstage At WWDC | Dan Moren | SixColors.com

Apple's Monday keynote at WWDC was jam-packed as usual, but even at two hours there's never enough time to cover everything that the company is rolling out in its latest platform updates—especially when you're updating five major platforms and rolling out a brand new headset. So, as usual, I've perused the product pages for Apple's latest updates to pull out the details about all the new features coming later this year. I've broken these features down by platform, though as always, many of Apple's features are available across all its devices. As ever, there may be more to come, but this is the most current list I can find as of this writing:
https://sixcolors.com/post/2023/06/the-feautres-that-didnt-get-discussed-onstage-at-wwdc/

9) JAWS Power Tip: Selecting A Microphone To Use With Voice Assistant

Courtesy of Freedom Scientific:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/171.html

10) Meta Announces a New Quest Headset, Because Apple

The $500 Meta Quest 3 made its debut on June 1, 2023, mere days before Apple is rumored to show off its virtual reality headset:
https://www.wired.com/story/meta-quest-3-vr-headset-price-specs-release-date/

11) Object Tagging Just Got Easier — BlindShell Partners With WayAround To Announce The WayAround Tags App | BlindShell

We are thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration between BlindShell USA and WayAround, resulting in a groundbreaking feature now available on the BlindShell Classic 2:the WayAround Tags app! This collaboration aims to empower individuals with visual impairments by offering a simple and innovative solution to enhance accessibility in their daily lives:
https://mailchi.mp/178f27521854/introducing-wayaround-and-blindshell-4127020?e=8db81927a2

12) EmpathEyes Designs VR Simulator To Replicate An Individual's Exact Visual Impairment | Cool Blind Tech

A mother of 17-year-old twins who have a rare genetic condition, diagnosed when they were babies, which impacts their sight has designed new 'virtual reality' software to let parents see life through their children's eyes:
https://coolblindtech.com/empatheyes-designs-vr-simulator-to-replicate-an-individuals-exact-visual-impairment/

13) 10 Windows Text-Entry Tricks You Should Be Using | How-To-Geek

Whether you're authoring a college essay or tearing it up in an online debate, entering text should be as easy and efficient as possible. Windows has tons of built-in tools and features that take the pain out of typing and get you on the road to keyboard nirvana:
https://www.howtogeek.com/888993/windows-text-entry-tricks-you-should-be-using/

14) J-Say 21 Has Been Updated | June 6, 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

J-Say 21 has been updated. When you use the commands, Next Heading 1, and, Previous Heading 1, in a web browser, these should now move to the required heading.

15) Freedom Scientific June 2023 Training Events

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

16) Aira Explorer New Feature: Screen Share | MP3

Now you can share your mobile screen with an agent directly from our Aira Explorer app. If you haven't made the switch to our new app, you can download it from the App Store or Google Play today. Listen on your podcast app of choice or via MP3 here:
https://pinecast.com/listen/f8f93c70-4eba-42ca-a714-95696c8aeb34.mp3

17) Add-On Store Available In NVDA Alpha | Sean | NV Access via the Tech-VI List

https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4217

18) How To Check PC Specs Windows 11 | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

There are two additional methods for checking your system's specifications which aren't mentioned in the below article. These methods are ones which I personally prefer:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4178

19) Unblocking the WordPress Block Editor | Paul Martz | AppleVis

Today, Gutenberg is stable and accessible. I've been using it to create and modify WordPress web pages for several months. The interface feels strange and awkward — an unavoidable consequence of accessibility as an afterthought, and a VoiceOver issue with lagging focus requires some finesse to work around. Nonetheless, it's time to document this important WordPress feature:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/unblocking-wordpress-block-editor

20) A Sound Plan | Hackster.io

The ability of the blind to mentally reconstruct images from sounds is a remarkable phenomenon that highlights the brain's extraordinary adaptability and the power of the human mind. Although they lack the sense of sight, individuals who are blind have developed an exceptional capacity to perceive and interpret the world around them through their remaining senses, particularly hearing. The Blind Camera uses generative artificial intelligence to translate sounds into an image representing the surrounding scene:
https://www.hackster.io/news/a-sound-plan-173ff4796c99

21) Windows 11 Development: Overview Of The May 2023 Changes

Microsoft continued the development of the different Insider versions of the Windows 11 operating system in the month of May. The company maintains four developer channels right now: release preview, beta, developer and canary:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/06/02/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-may-2023-changes/

22) Microsoft Finally Lets Users React To Comments In Word For Windows

If you've collaborated on projects with several users on Microsoft Word, then you know how hard it gets at times to respond to all the comments. And while most comments are usually important and require a response, some comments don't really need a response. Instead, a reaction would suffice. Microsoft is now making this possible for Word for Windows users. Just like email reactions in Outlook, users can now like comments in Word to enhance collaboration and productivity in Word:
https://www.onmsft.com/news/react-to-comments-in-word-for-windows/

23) 11 Of Amazon's Most Helpful Accessibility Features, From Dialogue Boost To Show And Tell

Amazon has been working to make its products accessible to everyone for a decade, and the company is just getting started:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/devices/11-of-amazons-most-helpful-accessibility-features-from-dialogue-boost-to-show-and-tell

24) NLS BARD Support: Recruitment Notice for BARD 2.0 Beta Testers

For the past few years, NLS has been upgrading the BARD website in order to provide a better and more optimized experience. Development of the site is nearly complete and we are excited to have patrons beta test the new site. We are currently seeking interested patrons to assist in beta testing the new site. In order to ensure that we have addressed the needs of a variety of visual acuities, it is important that we have a diverse group of low-vision testers who have varying requirements in visual elements such as font size, color contrasts, presentation of graphics, and line spacing. If you consider yourself as a person with low vision, please indicate this when you write to say you would like to beta test the new BARD web site. In order to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/35e844b

25) iOS 17 Drops Support For iPhone 8 And X, Here Are All Compatible Models | 9to5Mac

Apple has finally announced iOS 17, which brings a lot of improvements and new features to the iPhone operating system. This includes more customization options for the Lock Screen, improved iMessage and FaceTime, new features for the Health app, and a new Standby mode. But not all iPhone models will be compatible with the update. Read on as we detail which iPhones can run iOS 17:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/06/05/ios-17-compatible-iphone/

26) Blind People May Be Unable To Use Reddit From July | AppleVis

The social network Reddit has announced significant changes to how people will be able to access the platform from July. These changes will have major implications for blind people:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/accessibility-advocacy/blind-people-may-be-unable-use-reddit-july

27) Reddit Will Exempt Accessibility-Focused Apps From Its Unpopular API Pricing Changes | MSN

Reddit is creating an exemption to its unpopular new API pricing terms for makers of accessibility apps, which could come as a big relief for some developers worried about how to afford the potentially expensive fees and the users that rely on the apps to browse Reddit. As long as those apps are noncommercial and “address accessibility needs,” they won't have to pay to access Reddit's data:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/reddit-will-exempt-accessibility-focused-apps-from-its-unpopular-api-pricing-changes/ar-AA1cfNMb

28) Gmail Mobile Getting New Feature Powered by Machine Learning

Google is elevating the search experience on Gmail Mobile with a new feature that uses machine learning models to display search results more efficiently. This enhancement started rolling out on June 3, 2023 and is part of Google's ongoing efforts to improve usability and reduce effort in locating specific emails or files:
https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/2023/06/03/gmail-mobile-new-feature-machine-learning/

29) Chrome 114 Breaks Web Page Reading with JAWS 2021 and Earlier | June 2, 2023 | Freedom Scientific

When launching the latest version of Google Chrome, (Version 114), with JAWS 2019, 2020, and 2021, an issue occurs that prevents web pages from being visible in the Virtual Buffer. Though the content is present, it cannot be accessed by the JAWS Virtual PC cursor, resulting in silence when navigating with the arrow keys. This occurs when a page loads and when pressing TAB to navigate through the buttons for sharing the page, bookmarking the current tab, etc. JAWS will read these buttons as you press TAB, but once you move into the body of the page, you will not be able to read the content until executing one of the following work-arounds:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/chrome-114-breaks-web-page-reading-with-jaws-2021-and-earlier/

30) Update Chrome to Resolve JAWS Issues | June 5, 2023 | Freedom Scientific

On Friday, June 2, we reported an issue with Google Chrome Version 114 and JAWS 2019, 2020, and 2021 where web page content could not be accessed by the Virtual buffer when initially launching the browser. Thanks to Google's prompt response and dedication to accessibility, this issue was resolved quickly, leading to a solution that restores access to the Chrome browser for all versions of JAWS. To solve the problem, download the latest version of Chrome, 114.0.5735.110, then restart Chrome to begin using the updated version. This update will not occur automatically. You will need to use one of the following methods to download it:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/update-chrome-to-resolve-jaws-issues/

31) Edge 114 Update Silences WebView Content in Microsoft Applications with JAWS

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/edge-114-update-silences-webview-content-in-microsoft-applications-with-jaws/

32) Microsoft Will Kill Support For The Cortana Windows App In Late 2023

If you are still using the Cortana digital assistant from Microsoft as a Windows app, it's time to sit down as we deliver some bad news. Microsoft has announced that support for the app will end sometime before the end of 2023:
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-will-kill-support-for-the-cortana-windows-app-in-late-2023/

33) Why Visual CAPTCHA is a Major Barrier for Screen Readers | Bureau of Internet Accessibility

CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It's a common security measure to confirm a user is human, but when CAPTCHAs rely solely on visual reasoning, they're potentially an issue for accessibility. If you've encountered a prompt that asks you to “select all panels that contain a street sign" or “enter the characters below,” you've encountered a visual CAPTCHA. The problem: Not all human users can perceive content visually. People with vision disabilities may use screen-reading software (or screen readers), which output text as audio or braille:
https://www.boia.org/blog/why-visual-captcha-is-a-major-barrier-for-screen-readers

34) This Is The Top Reason Android Users Switch To iPhone — And It's Not Blue Bubbles | 9to5Mac

Following its report that showed Android users pivoting to iPhone at a 5-year high, CIRP is out today with a study that reveals why people are making the switch. Have a guess at the number one reason? Hint, it's not iMessage:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/05/31/top-reason-android-users-switch-to-iphone/

35) How Screen-Reader Users Type on and Control Mobile Devices | Nielsen Norman Group

Users who are blind or have low vision prefer dictation over typing with a keyboard whenever possible. Screen readers on touchscreen devices are restricted to a well-defined set of gestures which makes interaction more challenging than on computers:
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/screen-reader-type-control/

36) Independence Science And Viewplus Technologies Partner To Create Science Access Tools For Students Who Experience Blindness Or Low Vision | Purdue University

Leaders at Independence Science and ViewPlus Technologies have announced a collaboration to develop new science access tools for people who experience blindness or low vision. Mike Hingson, spokesperson for Independence Science, said ViewPlus Technologies will leverage Independence Science's team of blind scientists to inform product development road maps:
https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2023/Q2/independence-science-and-viewplus-technologies-partner-to-create-science-access-tools-for-students-who-experience-blindness-or-low-vision.html

37) What Is the Best Browser for Testing Screen Reader Accessibility? | Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Developers often ask us how we use screen readers for testing accessibility — and more specifically, which screen readers and browsers we use to evaluate conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Here's the quick answer: We use JAWS (Jobs Access with Speech) and NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) with popular web browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. However, depending on the content we're testing, we may use additional tools. For general accessibility testing, the best practice is to use a popular screen reader with a popular web browser. But before you download a screen reader and start testing your content, here are a few important considerations:
https://www.boia.org/blog/what-is-the-best-browser-for-testing-screen-reader-accessibility

38) Revolutionizing Gaming Accessibility: Google's Project GameFace and Hands-Free Control

Google has introduced a groundbreaking AI tool, Project GameFace, allowing users to control mouse input solely through facial and head movements. This open-source hands-free gaming mouse utilizes webcam technology and machine-learning algorithms to mimic cursor movements based on the user's facial gestures and head motions. With the ability to assign different actions and shortcuts to specific facial expressions, Project GameFace represents a significant step forward in enhancing accessibility within the gaming community:
https://www.cdotrends.com/story/18155/revolutionizing-gaming-accessibility-googles-project-gameface-and-hands-free-control

39) Pokemon Go Players Demand More Accessibility Options For 7th Anniversary

With Pokemon Go's 7th anniversary on the horizon, some players think it's high time the mobile game gets some robust accessibility options:
https://www.dexerto.com/pokemon/pokemon-go-players-demand-more-accessibility-options-for-7th-anniversary-2165706/


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June 3, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 130: Play Store Part 5: Managing Payments And Google Protection

This week, in our Android basics segment, we have the fifth segment in our Play Store mini series. We take you through the overview of two features, this time looking at the payments and subscriptions settings as well as Play Protect. Spotlight: Austin unboxes his new Google Pixel 7A and records a long review of the phone after using it for a week. App of the week: Warren demonstrates the messaging app Beeper, which brings all your messaging services into one place. Perhaps most significantly, it provides access to iMessage on Android. Note that you will need to join the wait list for access, and in order to link your messaging services, you'll need the desktop app which you can get from the Beeper website. Tip of the week: Karene demonstrates two new WhatsApp features — locking individual chats and editing messages. Download Beeper for Android. Is your Android TV Google Certified? Episode:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

June 4, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 232: Apple's Accessibility Bugs, Can Bookshare Be Justified In An Era Of Apple Books And Kindle, And The CEO Of Accessibe Says He's Sorry

https://www.livingblindfully.com/episode-232apples-accessibility-bugs-can-bookshare-be-justified-in-an-era-of-apple-books-and-kindle-and-the-ceo-of-accessibe-says-hes-sorry/

June 7, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind individuals and their cameras to sighted volunteers for real-time assistance. Now the power of AI comes to the app with the addition of their “virtual volunteer” option. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with founder and CEO Hans Jorgen Wiberg about the power of this new feature and how it can be used:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2323.htm

June 8, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 129: Verbal Fornication, It's Better Than Podcasting Alone, A Recap of WWDC23

Join Allison, Brian, and Jeanine for a highly entertaining and informative recap of WWDC 23. They discuss the newly announced Apple Vision Pro, iOS 17 changes coming, iPad OS 17, Mac OS Sonoma, Apple Watch, and updates coming to Air Pod Pros 2:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-129-verbal-fornication-its-better-than-podcasting-alone-a-recap-of-wwdc-23

June 8, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, June 8, 2023

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June 8, 2023 | Talking Points By Diane Ducharme

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Talking Points is a bi-weekly livestream where you can learn everything about the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible phone. This week, Michael Doise of WayAround will join the livestream to discuss the NEW WayAround app for the BlindShell Classic 2:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HeA-lOqrRxihKpRUqzqGJw

June 8, 2023 | NLS BARD Support: Topic for June's Many Faces of BARD Program

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
The topic for The Many Faces of BARD program on June 8, 2023, will be BARD: Advanced Search Tips from an Expert. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. For this session, our presenter will be Catherine O'Connor, a Collections Development Section librarian with more than 30 years of experience. Internally, she is our go-to person for search tips and tricks. After the presentation, we will answer questions about the presentation or any general BARD questions:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/35ddde7

June 10, 2023 | Accessible Radio Technology | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled: Technology Users Group

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
On June 10th, LBPD's Technology User Group (TUG) will look at accessible radio technology for the print disabled. Presenters Matthew Nixon and Lou Smith will discuss: Radio services available for private use, including FRS, Ham, GMRS, CB, and others. What elements make a radio “accessible,” and how to research whether or not a product is accessible before purchasing. They will also demonstrate accessible products and answer questions you may have about accessible radio technology. The presentation will be virtual and may be joined by calling 319- 527-4994. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. This program will begin at 10AM and will be recorded:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/mdlbpd

June 12, 2023 | BlindShell 101 By Diane Ducharme

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
BlindShell 101 is a weekly livestream, designed in a course-like setting to teach new and existing users the basic functionality of their BlindShell Classic 2 accessible phone. This week, Michael Doise of WayAround will join the livestream to discuss how to use the WayAround app on the BlindShell Classic 2:
https://blindshellusa.com/blindshell101/

June 13, 2023 | Ramping Up Your Accessibility Testing: A Beginner's Guide | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: Gigi Etienne, Associate Accessibility Engineer. As an experienced accessibility professional that is new to accessibility testing, Gigi Etienne will share the learnings of this past year, the mistakes she's made, and pass on the most useful tips and feedback she's received. The goal is for you to leave with a better understanding of how accessibility testing works and the key things you should be looking for when testing a website or app. She will present you with a practical and simplified approach to the testing process so you can get started and quickly become a better and more efficient accessibility tester. Whether you are new to accessibility testing, are looking to become an accessibility auditor, or simply want to have the skills to do some accessibility testing as part of your job, this session is for you. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-13-at-12pm-et-ramping-up-your-accessibility-testing-a-beginners-guide/

June 14, 2023 | Maryland Center for History and Culture Free Tactile Tour

7:30AM PT, 8:30AM MT, 9:30AM CT, 10:30AM ET, 2:30PM GMT
On June 14, 2023, at 10:30 AM, the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled will host a tactile tour at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, 610 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. Who are Marylanders? Why are they so obsessed with their flag? And what does duckpin bowling have to do with the Baltimore Orioles? Explore the answers to these questions and find out how Maryland and its people have changed since its founding in 1634. For traveling visitors and lifelong Marylanders, this guided experience of the Discover Maryland exhibition shows there is much to uncover about Maryland. Registration will be limited to fourteen (14) people. Registration opens June 6, 2023:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-center-for-history-and-culture-tour-tickets-626174082537

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
The video magnifier has a 10-inch touchscreen and three dedicated cameras, and it can magnify letters, magazines, labels, and photos. The swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. When extended, it also enables full-page OCR. With a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud. The third camera can see objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall. Users can utilize cutting-edge magnification features with industry-leading OCR to maximize the reading experience. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they demonstrate the advanced capabilities of the latest low-vision solution from Freedom Scientific, the RUBY 10. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), ACVREP continuing education credit is approved for this presentation. Learning Outcomes. How RUBY 10 uses cutting-edge view modes not seen in any other device. Discover different uses of the RUBY 10. How the RUBY 10 differs from the other models. Why having OCR in a portable unit can be a game-changer. Meeting ID: 836 5396 6007 | Passcode: 101322 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83653966007#,,,,*101322# US (San Jose) Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83653966007?pwd=djNaTXhzWlhJWmRiOFZyNThhNGc3Zz09&mc_cid=83e69f69f3&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

June 14, 2023 | Access and Navigate PDFs with JAWS and Fusion | BVA VetTech | Freedom Scientific

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
We'll show you how to set accessibility preferences in Adobe Reader, open and save PDFs, and use keyboard commands for reading and navigation. This session is offered by the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) and open to everyone. Join via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85625909913?pwd=OGM0U3JTOWFmZllaQXcyZ0JmK2RxZz09

June 15, 2023 | Ten Power Tips for Improving Productivity in Excel with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll provide an overview of Excel and show you how to perform tasks using the keyboard. Tips include searching for Ribbon commands, accessing a list of available Excel and JAWS-specific keystrokes, entering formulas, and formatting cells. Zoom conferencing platform Register for this webinar, which offers ACVREP credits to those who attend the live webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aZmHJoguQDK6hEoQ4olAIg#/registration

June 21, 2023 | On the Road Again: Accessible Solutions for Travelers Who are Blind or Visually Impaired | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Have you ever found it difficult to locate a bus stop, cross a street, or travel to local businesses independently? If so, join us for this month's interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. as we explore mobility aids, indoor and outdoor GPS navigation apps, remote assistance, and a variety of other accessible travel and wayfinding options. Our expert presenters, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Timothy Paulding, and world traveler, Everett Elam, will share their extensive knowledge and experience in the field of accessible travel. During the webinar, you'll have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and ask questions about specific roadblocks you may be facing. Don't miss out on this engaging and informative session that will empower you to hit the road with confidence and independence. Register now to reserve your spot!
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zxg3FzfmTqeWga-uxB3KcQ

June 21, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: ARIA

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. The monthly “Understand, Test, and Solve” webinar series covers fundamental concepts in accessibility. Attendees learn how to address the set of WCAG Success Criteria for each concept. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-june-21-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-aria/

June 21, 2023 | Canva: Is Accessible Content Possible? (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Explore the Canva program to author documents and discover how posters, flyers, and other files made in Canva can have accessibility hurdles. Join Rachel Reeves to learn about the possibility of creating accessible content on Canva. Learning Outcomes: Using Canva to create Graph/Chart images and meet Color Contrast Requirements. How does Canva impact accessibility? How to create accessible documents with Canva. | Meeting ID: 821 5591 4679 | Passcode: 600843 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82155914679#,,,,*600843# US (San Jose). Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82155914679?pwd=K1BjcG9JV29RbFhSSUdYZTdJeUZMdz09&mc_cid=83e69f69f3&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

June 27, 2023 | Blind, Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar | NSITE

11:30AM PT, 12:30PM MT, 1:30PM CT, 2:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
Learn about BEI (Blind, Equity & Inclusion) and how you can increase your ROI. Recognize unconscious bias; examine "blind spots" in your diversity hiring; recognize "diverse abilities"; identify the bottom line and ROIs of hiring this talent. Presented by NSITE's DEI Team Rikki Howie & Doug Goist:
https://bit.ly/NSITE-BEI

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

June 28, 2023 | JAWS: Tables in Word & HTML (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Many JAWS users avoid tables in both Word and the internet because they don't have training in navigating tables using JAWS. Along with not navigating a table, people also believe that creating a table in Word is not accessible with JAWS. Join Michael Parker and Marisa Church to learn techniques, apply settings, navigate tables, and create tables using JAWS. Learning Outcomes: Navigating tables in Word. The different ways of navigating a table. Demonstrating column and row titles and how to set them using the JAWS quick settings. Inserting and deleting columns and rows. How to create a table. Navigating tables in HTML. Using smart navigation. | Meeting ID: 867 2021 6234 | Passcode: 157521 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86720216234#,,,,*157521# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86720216234?pwd=c1R2R3VRQ3J5RXZFd0QrNkRjOEtVdz09&mc_cid=83e69f69f3&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

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:
https://nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates

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

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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



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

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

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Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

Phone: (800) 444-4443

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



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

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

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



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

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

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Toll Free: (888) 400-8933

Local: (415) 694-7301

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



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

APH and Thinkerbell Labs are excited to introduce Polly, complete with customizable UEB lessons, songs, games, and stories! Join our waiting list to know when Polly is available:
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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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Multiple choice of tips for titanium telescopic locking cane: roller ball, marshmallow, NFB metal tip, and others. Pre-installed on new canes. Power Travel Cube is back: 3 usb, 3 outlets, and overload protection; $35. Leather: Braille Display Waistpacks; 20, 32, and yes, 40 cells! Cane holster waistpack, $35. New BlindShell, Hable One, Stream 2 and 3, and SensePlayer cases, $35 - $45. No Bouncey Pouchey neck pouch, keep the jiggle factor down; $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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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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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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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!

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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

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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.

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: HURRY — Stock Up on WayTags Before Prices Increase on June 1!

WayAround is the best way to label things if you're blind or have low vision. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. Prices on WayTags will increase on June 1, so stock up today on your favorite tags.
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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

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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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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Editorial Contributor: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editor Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

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

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Editorial Contributor: Stephen (Alex) Marositz (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: October 7th 2021

Location: Los Angeles, California

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

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Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: January 1st 2022

Location: Newcastle, Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best and happy reading!

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Editorial Contributor: David Woodbridge (Volunteer)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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