Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 15, 2023 - Volume 915
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) 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:
B.) 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:
C.) 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:
D.) 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:
E.) 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:
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6) AI Updates
A) How To Chat With ChatGPT Right On Your Apple Watch. Meet Petey AI | ZDNet
A host of AI chat apps are available for iPhone users. But maybe you also own an Apple Watch and would like to chat with an AI right from your wrist? One app that's up to this challenge is Petey AI. Type or dictate your request, and Petey will use its AI smarts to respond:
B) ChatGPT Comes To iPad, Adds Support For Siri And Shortcuts | TechCrunch
Less than a month after its release on the App Store, OpenAI's ChatGPT app is getting its first big update. The new version, out today, brings native iPad support to the AI chatbot app, as well as support for using ChatGPT with Siri and Shortcuts. Drag and drop is also now available, allowing users to drag individual messages from ChatGPT into other apps. The latter could be useful in iPad's split-screen mode, for instance, as you could ask ChatGPT for answers in one window and then drag its replies to another:
7) Apple Updates
A) Create Accessible Spatial Experiences | Apple Developer | Official Video | 25:50
Learn how you can make spatial computing apps that work well for everyone. Like all Apple platforms, visionOS is designed for accessibility: We'll share how we've re-imagined assistive technologies like VoiceOver and Pointer Control and designed features like Dwell Control to help people interact in the way that works best for them. Learn best practices for vision, motor, cognitive, and hearing accessibility and help everyone enjoy immersive experiences for visionOS:
B) Apple Vision Pro's Accessibility Features Could Be A Game-Changer For Everyone | iMore
While they weren't talked about in the keynote at WWDC 2023 on June 5, Apple has lifted part of the curtain on the accessibility features for Vision Pro:
C) Apple Highlights Vision Pro's Accessibility Features with Head, Wrist, and Index Finger Controls | MacRumors
Apple's new Vision Pro headset is controlled with eye and hand movements by default. For those with accessibility needs, however, features like VoiceOver, Pointer Control, and Dwell Control will allow users to interact with visionOS in other ways. In a WWDC session for developers, Apple has provided more details about these features:
D) Vision Pro Headset! What Apple Didn't Tell You! | AppleTrack | YouTube
I did a deep dive on the specs of Apple's Vision Pro headset and there is so much more that I learned after reading through every line on the website. This is a FASCINATING product and I can't wait to try it out:
E) This Week's Vision Pro Demonstrations Raise More Accessibility Questions — Yet Also Portend A Bright Future | Steven Aquino | Forbes: Subscription Required
The accessibility of visionOS notwithstanding, the reason I've been so keen to learn about people's short-lived trial runs with Vision Pro is mainly for ergonomics' sake. As I wrote, the ease of use with which a person gets the device on and off their head, as well as the weight, will play instrumental roles in shaping an accessible experience for someone with a disability. While it's understandable to focus one's analytical energy on the software side of the device — what visionOS can do and how accessible it is — it's just as important, as an assistive technology, to ask questions about the physical object itself. It should not be taken for granted that people are going to effortlessly manipulate Vision Pro in putting it on, not to mention use controls like the Digital Crown:
F) Apple Vision Pro Testers Share Impressions: 'By Far the Best Headset' | MacRumors
Apple recently unveiled the Vision Pro, its long-awaited AR/VR headset. While the headset is not launching until early next year, some media outlets and YouTubers received a 30-minute guided demo of the device and shared their first impressions. The testers were not allowed to take photos or videos of the demo experience:
G) Apple's VisionOS Keyboard Is Extremely Thoughtfully Designed | AppleInsider.com
Apple's virtual keyboard in visionOS has a high level of attention to detail, with many small elements combining to make a great UI interaction for a non-physical peripheral:
H) Apple's Vision Pro Isn't the Future | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): And... queue the naysayers. I'm calling clickbait. Wired knows good and well that the Vision Pro, and/or technology an awful lot like it, will most certainly be the future for some, but almost certainly not in its current state. Something Wired also understands, and even acknowledges in this article, but again, conflicting viewpoints make for great clickbait, so why not?
I) Apple Still Aiming To Release A More Affordable Version Of Vision Pro By The End Of 2025 | 9to5Mac
Apple officially announced its new Vision Pro spatial computer at WWDC 2023, including the $3,500 price tag. Vision Pro isn't slated to be released until sometime in early 2024, but Apple is still also hard at work on a more affordable version of the product:
J) iOS 17 Is Bringing Some Major Upgrades To Apple Podcasts — Here's What's New | iMore
iOS 17 will bring a brand new Now Playing experience and a Queue, as well as improved episode art, search filters, and more:
K) Extend Speech Synthesis With Personal And Custom Voices | Apple Developer | Video | 12:48
Bring the latest advancements in Speech Synthesis to your apps. Learn how you can integrate your custom speech synthesizer and voices into iOS and macOS. We'll show you how SSML is used to generate expressive speech synthesis, and explore how Personal Voice can enable your augmentative and assistive communication app to speak on a person's behalf in an authentic way:
L) iOS 17: Here's The List Of Which Features Will Work With Your iPhone | 9to5Mac
iOS 17 changes requirements compared to iOS 16, which works with iPhone 8 and later. With iOS 17, Apple is dropping support for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, so the minimum requirement to install the update is to have an iPhone XR or later. But even if you have an eligible iPhone, some new features may require a newer device. We've made a list of features that require specific iPhone models:
M) These Are All The Features Coming To Apple Services This Fall | BGR
Apple is updating several of its services, including Apple Music, Apple News, Apple Podcasts, Apple Maps, Apple Fitness Plus, Apple Cash, Apple Wallet, and more later this Fall:
N) Personal Voice On iPhone: How To Create Yours With iOS 17 | 9to5Mac
Apple previewed some amazing new Accessibility features in May called Personal Voice and Live Speech that allow anyone to create and securely store a replica of their voice and use it via text with their iPhone (or iPad). Now the voice banking feature is available with the iOS 17 beta. Here's how to set up Personal Voice on iPhone:
O) iOS 17 — Over 140 New Features and Changes | Brandon Butch | YouTube
P) Here are All the New Features Coming to AirPods
Apple has shared a handful of feature updates coming soon to the AirPods, including Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness:
Q) watchOS 10 Widgets: How The New Apple Watch UI Works | 9to5Mac
The next major watchOS release comes with some big changes headlined by a new smart and customizable widget-based UI. Follow along for a closer look at how to use the Apple Watch widgets, how to edit them, and more:
R) Evaluating Apple AirPods Pro 2 Hearing Protection and Listening | The Hearing Review
The active noise cancellation technology in the AirPods Pro 2 earbuds effectively reduces ambient noise levels by an average 27 dB across frequencies:
S) Apple Faces Trademark Battle to Use 'Vision Pro' Name in China | MacRumors
Apple may be forced to change the name of its new mixed reality headset in China unless it can come to an agreement with Huawei, which already owns the "Vision Pro" trademark in the country:
T) Reflecting on 8 Years of Apple Watch: Hopes, Conveniences, Disappointments, and Insights From a Blind User's Perspective | AppleVis
It's hard to believe that it was 8 years ago that the first Apple Watch was released! I wasn't someone who dived straight in with Apple's new smart watch, but I did watch the reviews with interest and eventually, in 2016 I finally got a series 1 watch, which was actually the second version of the watch (just to make life confusing). I remember reading David Goodwin's one year anniversary blog post and a lot of his points really resonated with me. I liked the product, but there wasn't a "killer app" that made me love it. I eventually moved away from the Apple Watch when I briefly went over to the dark side (Android). I went back to iOS after a few months for reasons I won't get into here, but it took me a lot longer to go back to the watch. Quite simply, I wasn't missing it:
U) Can Apple's Vision Pro Succeed Where Google Glass Failed? | Camryn Manker | Medium: Subscription Required
Google Glass failed for a few reasons: no clear purpose of use, safety concerns, price, & more. Will Apple's Vision Pro face the same fate?
8) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Quickly Flag a Message in Outlook | Freedom Scientific
Flagging a message in Outlook is an effective method of indicating that further action is needed. Visually, when a message is flagged, a small red flag appears next to the message which JAWS will announce. Additionally, a Reminder can be set on a specific date and time for the required follow-up action. To quickly flag a message and set a reminder:
9) How To Scan A Business Card And Save Its Info To The Contacts App On iPhone | iDownloadBlog
This article will guide you through the simple process of scanning a business card and seamlessly saving its information to your iPhone Contacts app, ensuring you never miss a beat in networking and professional connections:
10) Search Improvements In Word, Excel And Powerpoint | Office Watch
Microsoft is again changing the way Search works in Microsoft 365 and also (surprise!) Office 2021 to expand the results beyond the document or Office features. Now you can search for definitions, media and even web results from the top bar of Word, Excel and PowerPoint:
11) Training Course: Reaping The Benefits, Using Reaper With JAWS For Windows | Updated | Hartgen Consultancy
The training course, Reaping The Benefits, Using REAPER with JAWS for Windows, has been updated:
12) How To Assign A Nickname To A WhatsApp User | Hartgen Consultancy | Mastodon
Have you ever been browsing through WhatsApp messages and you hear a long name or a phone number? If either of those belong to someone you chat with regularly, you want to hear the message as quickly as possible. Now you can by assigning a nickname to a WhatsApp user. So rather than hearing the phone number 001234567, you can hear the word John instead. WhatsApp scripts build 55 is now available containing this feature:
13) Show Formulas in Excel Spreadsheets | Sharon's Shortcuts
When using formulas (and functions) in Excel, the result is displayed in the cell, as opposed to the details of the formula/function. You can change this by:
14) Google Assistant Adds Two New Voices With Lime And Indigo | 9to5Google
Google Assistant has not seen too many updates as of late (as the team focuses on Bard and generative AI), but it is now adding two new US English voices:
15) WhatsApp New Functionality Now Applies to Official App | Hartgen Consultancy | Tech-VI List
We have now reached the point where the official app for WhatsApp has been updated so that messages do not read with the ALT numbered keys, the same as the beta. We are out of the transition period. So whether you use Leasey or not, users of the WhatsApp scripts can press Insert+H, select Check for Updates and obtain build 54. The messages should start reading again. WhatsApp now handles the messages in the list slightly differently to how it used to work, particularly if you are sending a message. A feature is being built now where you will be able to set a nickname for any WhatsApp name or phone number so as to condense some of the output:
16) 24 Microsoft Word Tips to Make Your Life Easier | PC Mag
Think you know everything about Microsoft Word? Here are some hidden tricks and time-saving hacks you need to know about the popular word processor:
17) Piper Training Guide for Screen Readers | GitHub.com
A guide to help newcomers to the Piper TTS system create voices for NVDA and other screen readers down the line:
18) Blind SVG Study Guide: Using SVG to Create Tactile Graphics
Welcome to the Blind SVG Study Guide. This website is a reconstruction of a published Google Doc that was initially built to help teach blind and low-vision folks how to code their own graphics with SVG. Here you will find a breakdown of the essential elements and skills you'll need to start creating art and graphics with an ultimate output goal of having them embossed into tactile graphics and forms. SVG is widely used to make embossed graphics with embossers, raised-line prints with Swell-Form printing, and can even be used to generate extrusion maps for 3D printers:
19) On Reassigning A Drive Letter: Portable NVDA On Removable Media & Tricks To Start It Sans Speech | Brian Vogel | Tech-VI List
20) Accessible Android App Is Updated, And Now It Is Able To Speak English | ErisilebilirAndroid.com
21) Google's New Terrifying AI 'SoundStorm' Shocks The Entire Industry | The AI Grid | YouTube
Publisher (Di Blasi): Please forgive the incredibly sensationalist and overtly clickbait-ey title of this video. While I cannot say I found anything at all terrifying about the information contained within it, I did find it to be a decent discussion of the current state of this technology with audio samples to back them up.
22) New NVDA Addon: AudioManager 1.0: Designed To Help You Manage Multiple Audio Devices And Optimize Audio Routing Effectively | Tech-VI List
23) Bing Chat Now Adds Voice Chat For Desktop Users In This Week's Dev Update
Microsoft has added voice chat for people who use Bing chat on the desktop. The feature was already available for mobile users. Desktop users with a working microphone can start speaking into Bing chat by clicking the microphone icon. Microsoft states:
24) Openscape (Beta) Using the Same Technology as Microsoft's Soundscape App, Available via Test Flight, No Slots Available at the Time of Writing | Tech-VI List
25) tvOS 17 Helps You Hear What People Are Saying In Shows, When Using HomePods As Speakers | 9to5Mac
A common complaint of late is that it's hard to hear people in TV shows and movies these days, with character voices buried behind the cacophony of sound effects and background music found in modern productions. One of the smaller changes coming in tvOS 17 is an audio enhancement option to help mitigate these cases, available for users of Apple TV 4K with paired HomePod speaker setups:
26) New Apps For Visually Impaired Users Provide Virtual Labels For Controls And A Way To Explore Images | University of Michigan News
With VizLens, users can touch buttons while their phones read out the labels, and Image Explorer provides a workaround for bad or missing alt text:
27) Sero for Android Gets a Facelift: New Features, Stability Improvements, And More | Pneuma Solutions
The Android app for our award winning Sero community has now been updated to version 3.2.0. This version brings with it support for newer current versions of Android, including the current Android 14 Upside Down Cake beta builds. The app's impact on battery life has also been improved. We also have support for Android's native media controls, so Talkback's two-finger double tap will work for playing/pausing all Sero media throughout all of android including the lock screen, and media controls will be present in the notifications shade and lock screen as is usual with most other media apps. This is additionally confirmed to work on the BrailleNote Touch Plus, and that's good news for TV seasons — backspace with dots1-3 and backspace with dots 4-6 will work for previous episode and next episode respectively. If you already use Sero on your Android, your update should have gone out already. If you're new to Sero for mobile but have an Android device, go get it on Google Play or Amazon:
28) Sao Mai Braille (SMB) 23.6 Released
Highlights in this release include: a new Braille page and printer management tool, the ability to apply Braille table types to multiple data tables in one document, updating SM Music Braille translation engine to version 23.06, fixes for critical issues, and many other improvements. SMB is a free rich-text editor and Braille translation software for literary text, graphics, mathematics, and music:
29) Why Disabled Users Joined The Reddit Blackout | The Verge
The site and the official app are so inaccessible that a sighted person had to flip the switch to make r/blind go dark:
30) On Reddit and Its Federated Alternatives
As you may have heard, Reddit's decided to pull a Twitter and start charging an extortionate amount of money for access to their previously-free API, in order to drive third-party clients like Apollo and RIF into extinction. Under Reddit's proposed pricing, Apollo's dev would have to pay USD $20 million a year for continued API access, and while Reddit attempted to smear Apollo as an "inefficient" app, in contrast to RIF, the truth is that RIF will be killed off by the new costs too:
31) A Small FAQ To Hopefully Help New Users To Kbin | dannekrose
I wanted to post this here since I want to help as much as I can in my own way to people coming here for the first time. I hope it is useful and helpful! I tried to assume low knowledge with the Fediverse in my responses which I collected here from a different post and assembled into a single article.
32) "I Don't Know, But I Found These Results": Google Assistant Appears To Be Quiet Quitting This Year | Michael Perrigo | Chrome Unboxed
I've been on the offensive against Google Assistant this year, and I'm not ashamed of it either. The virtual assistant has gone from world class to dumber than a box of rocks. It consistently fails to respond, toggle lights, performs completely unrelated actions, and more. It's just so bad that I can hardly express my distaste for what it's become:
33) Accessibility and Artificial Intelligence | Accessible Web Design
The application of machine learning to accessibility is not new, but as AI explodes in popularity, it's certainly getting more attention. Auto-craptions are an application of machine learning, and the choice of term I made suggests something about what accessibility practitioners generally think of AI in accessibility. But that's not the whole picture. The problems I see with AI and accessibility are only when it's used directly on the end product. This is the same as the problems with AI in any field. If you only look at examples where a lawyer uses AI to generate their court brief or an overlay that uses AI (or at least markets their product as using AI), then you're finding some of the most questionable situations:
34) A New StellarTrek Version Is Coming Just In Time For Summer | Humanware | YouTube
From the Trekker to the Victor Reader Trek and Trekker Breeze, the StellarTrek is the result of a long line of useful, convenient and reliable GPS products designed specifically for people who are blind:
35) National Braille Press Online Store is Moving to Shopify: You Will Need to Download Already Purchased Books As Existing Accounts and Downloads Will Be Deleted When Older Store Has Been Retired | National Braille Press | Tech-VI List
Our online store is moving! National Braille Press is excited to announce that we are moving our online store to Shopify! After working extensively with Shopify experts and testers, we're confident that the NBP online shopping experience will be fully accessible and easier than ever:
36) Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane: Remembering the Nexus 5 | ErisilebilirAndroid.com
In the ever-evolving landscape of smartphones, certain devices hold a special place in our hearts. One such device is the Nexus 5, an iconic smartphone that left a lasting impact on Android enthusiasts and tech lovers alike. As we reminisce about the golden era of Nexus devices, let's embark on a journey down memory lane to explore the significance and enduring legacy of the Nexus 5:
37) Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown — Accessibility Spotlight | Ubisoft
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown launches on January 18, 2024 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store, and Amazon Luna, and will be included in the Ubisoft+ subscription. The game offers up challenging combat and platforming, but the development team at Ubisoft Montpellier want to ensure that as many people as possible are able to play and enjoy their game:
38) Best Bluetooth Audio Glasses and Sunglasses for 2023 | CNet
Wearing glasses and headphones together can be hard on the ears. That's why we have Bluetooth audio glasses that act as a 2-in-1 device. They're essentially a form of wireless open headphones that allow you to hear the outside world while listening to audio streamed from your smartphone and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. The category hasn't taken off as fast as some people thought it might, but there are a growing number of audio glasses available and more on the way, with companies like Bose, a leader in the category, already on the second generation of its audio sunglasses. Amazon's Echo Frames are also on their second generation:
39) The Strange Mystery Behind Window Eyes And Dectalk, Evidence And Analysis | Jake's Treasures
For those who don't know, Window Eyes was a Windows screen reader that was around from 1995 until 2017. starting with version 4.5, Window Eyes shipped with a version of the DECtalk Access32 text-to-speech engine. Now, I can already hear many of you asking, what is so special about a text-to-speech system that was included with a screen reader that is no longer being developed? I am glad you asked, because there is quite a mystery surrounding this particular topic. Thanks to a long-lost interview and some recently surfaced DECtalk source code, we can now take a deep dive into this interesting case:
40) TPGi Newsletter for Monday, June 12, 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 15, 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:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
June 5, 2023 | Malwarebytes Labs Podcast: Trusting AI Not To Lie: The Cost Of Truth: Lock And Code S04E12
In May, a lawyer who was defending their client in a lawsuit against Columbia's biggest airline, Avianca, submitted a legal filing before a court in Manhattan, New York, that listed several previous cases as support for their main argument to continue the lawsuit. But when the court reviewed the lawyer's citations, it found something curious: Several were entirely fabricated:
June 10, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 131: Android14 Beta 3 With TalkBack 14 And TicWatch Pro5 Review
Our YouTube channel crossed 950 subscribers — thanks everyone! Also keep an eye on the channel for shorts. In the android basics segment, we talk all about Android 14 Beta 3, what are the changes and what is new in TalkBack 14. In the Spotlight segment, the Tick Watch Pro 5 is unboxed and reviewed. We have a commentary screen reader tutorial showing how to browse character by character. In the tip of the week, we have how to read an article in the background using accessibility reader. | What Is New In Braille Keyboard In Talkback 14 | How To Send High Resolution Pictures And Videos Using Whatsapp #Short | Change Side Key From Bixby to Google Assistant | Podcast:
June 11, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 234: Does Apples Vision Pro Mark A New Era Of Accessibility, More On The Justification For Bookshare, And Our Access To Reddit Is Under Threat
June 12, 2023 | DoubleTap TV: OpenScape, Changes at Reddit & Your Feedback
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun talk about the breaking news over the weekend that a group of developers have come up with an alternative to the much-loved Microsoft SoundScape app, called OpenScape. The new app is in a beta phase and is slowly being rolled out to people who want to take part in order to give feedback. At the time of recording the beta program was full, but the developer told Double Tap that it would open up again “in the coming days:”
June 14, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2324: Woodworking By Touch
Dave Carlson was introduced to woodworking as a youth, watching and helping his dad in the shop. However, it wasn't until losing his sight to RP in his 40's and was inspired to make a toy box for his grandson that he took on this hobby in earnest. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dave about his experiences as a blind woodworker and how it all works:
June 15, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, June 15, 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
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
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
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 | Must Have Soft Skills For Success In The Modern Workforce For The Blind Community | Clusiv
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
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
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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
August 22, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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)
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About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.
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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.
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
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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.
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
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Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
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
Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐
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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
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?
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (800) 444-4443 ☎
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.
Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021
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.
Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020
Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐
Toll Free: (888) 400-8933 ☎
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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
Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐
Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839 ☎
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YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥
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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.
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!
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
Phone: (269) 216-4798 ☎
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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 ☎.
Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023
Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐
App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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.
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.
Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023
Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐
Phone: (415) 878-2922 ☎
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Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time
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!
Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022
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.
Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023
Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐
General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 ☎
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
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
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/
Email: email@example.com ✉
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.
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.
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐
Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 ☎
Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231 ░
Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com ✉
Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.
About: Welcome to Blind in Mind, The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:
If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.
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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.
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