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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Volume 916

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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A.) 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:
https://www.idownloadblog.com/2023/06/07/how-to-scan-business-card-details-iphone-contacts/

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:
https://www.imore.com/gaming/virtual-reality/apple-vision-pros-accessibility-features-could-be-a-game-changer-for-everyone

C.) 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:
https://datajake.blogspot.com/2023/06/the-strange-mystery-behind-window-eyes.html?m=1

D.) 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:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/24-microsoft-word-tips-to-make-your-life-easier

E.) 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAh1ls2sAKM

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8) AI Updates

A) Storytel Enters Strategic Partnership with ElevenLabs and Announces Upcoming Launch of New VoiceSwitcher Feature | ElevenLabs

Publisher (Di Blasi): In discussing a recent post titled, "Podcast Voiceover Battle Royale: Human Versus AI. One Podcast. 4 Voices. Listen To The Difference," I commented to several readers on Mastodon that I didn't think it would really matter much longer. Simply because, very soon, I believe the reader will be able to choose what voice that they want to use to narrate your podcast or audiobook. As a 30+ year marketing professional myself, I know that this does not sit well with many content creators. Please do not think me insensitive to an issue which affects the livelihoods of so many. I am not. But alas, it is our duty to report the news and predict the trends that are likely to unfold as a result.
ElevenLabs: The collaboration will involve the development of AI voices specifically tailored to Storytel's core markets and the production of AI narrated audiobooks:
https://beta.elevenlabs.io/blog/storytel-enters-strategic-partnership-with-elevenlabs/

B) Voice Transcription Is About To Be Your New Favorite ChatGPT Feature

The more you use ChatGPT and similar generative AI services, the better you'll get at issuing prompts that deliver the results you want. And you'll discover new features and capabilities that aren't immediately obvious to new users. But it turns out there's a brilliant ChatGPT feature that you're probably not using, and that's because it's hidden in plain sight inside the official ChatGPT app for iPhone. It's a voice transcription feature so good it'll completely change how you transcribe audio:
https://bgr.com/tech/voice-transcription-is-about-to-be-your-new-favorite-chatgpt-feature/

C) OpenAI Sued For Defamation After ChatGPT Fabricates Legal Accusations Against Radio Host

ChatGPT is notorious for generating false and misleading information, but this appears to be the first defamation case filed against creator OpenAI:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/6/9/23755057/openai-chatgpt-false-information-defamation-lawsuit

D) Introducing Voicebox: The First Generative Ai Model For Speech To Generalize Across Tasks With State-Of-The-Art Performance | Meta

Publisher (Di Blasi): What ChatGPT is to text and DALL-E is to art, Voicebox is to audio. If you've been reading this section and these comments for the last few months then you already know that true multi-modality is coming. Which is to say it is already here. It just hasn't been released in full yet because everyone in the AI community is afraid of what people might do with it. Valid concerns. Certainly. But they will not stop multi-modality from happening. So it's only a matter of time. (Rubs fog from window with hand.) ChatGPT5? Is that you?
Meta: Meta AI researchers have achieved a breakthrough in generative AI for speech. We've developed Voicebox, the first model that can generalize to speech-generation tasks it was not specifically trained to accomplish with state-of-the-art performance:
https://ai.facebook.com/blog/voicebox-generative-ai-model-speech/

9) Apple Updates

A) Apple Is Working On Bringing Their Advanced 'Vision Pro' Eye Tracking Technology To A Future Version Of HomePod | Patently Apple

When the Apple Vision Pro was introduced last week, Apple fans were blown away. Apple's eye-tracking / gaze-tacking technology came to life providing their new headset with leap frog technology for Spatial Computing. Even touch reviewers like Marques Brownlee described Apple's eye-tracking as magical. Although I've covered eye/gaze tracking patents for years, I really thought this was 5-10 years away. So seeing it working to perfection on Apple Vision Pro made a lot of interesting patents come to mind that could be closer to reality than first thought:
https://www.patentlyapple.com/2023/06/apple-is-working-on-bringing-their-advanced-vision-pro-eye-tracking-technology-to-a-future-version-of-homepod.html

B) Apple's New Accessibility Features Are Simply Mind-Blowing (iOS 17) | Medium: Subscription Required

iOS 17's got huge expectations, thanks to rumours. It's gonna be Humongous:
https://medium.com/the-useful-tech/apples-new-accessibility-features-are-simply-mind-blowing-ios-17-5ecfedf286b3

C) Apple Releases iOS 16.5.1, iPadOS 16.5.1, macOS Ventura 13.4.1, and watchOS 9.5.2 With Fix for Lightning to USB Camera Adapter Bug | AppleVis

On June 21, 2023 Apple released iOS 16.5.1, iPadOS 16.5.1, macOS Ventura 13.4.1, and watchOS 9.5.2 to the public:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-1651-ipados-1651-macos-ventura-1341-watchos-952

10) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Navigate Through Email Messages in a Thread Using The Letter 'N' | Freedom Scientific

It is quite common, particularly in a work or school environment, for email messages to include several people, resulting in lengthy message threads as participants reply and add to the conversation. When opening an email that contains a thread of messages, including replies or forwards, it can be time consuming to read through the thread with JAWS or Fusion using the ARROW keys to locate particular responses as you need to move through all of the header information for each message. To make this easier, you can now use:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/173.html

11) Updates For Fusion, ZoomText and JAWS 2023 | Released: June 20, 2023 | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Users of the 2023 versions of JAWS, Zoomtext and Fusion have likely been notified that a June update for these programs was released this past Tuesday. While I am not a user of Zoomtext or Fusion I can report that the JAWS update is quite significant. It contains many fixes and improvements to Web page navigation, Outlook and Excel support, improved autodetection of more Braille displays as well as many general bug fixes. I am also pleased to report that an issue which I and others reported regarding navigation in a document in LibreOffice Writer has been addressed:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4365

12) How to Enable Mac-Like Startup and Shutdown Chimes on Your iPhone

Like your Mac, your iPhone can also play a sound when it boots up. However, you need to enable it manually:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-enable-startup-shutdown-sounds-on-iphone/

13) Windows 11's Latest Update Proves Disastrous For Some Chrome Users | TechRadar

Malwarebytes users are finding Chrome is broken by patch KB5027231:
https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-11s-latest-update-proves-disastrous-for-some-chrome-users

14) New Features and Changes in Tweesecake 0.16.0 | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Tweesecake is a program which provides access to Mastodon along with a few additional features. It is available for Windows and Mac computers and is my Mastodon client of choice. While I am unable to provide one on one assistance in the use of Tweesecake I would recommend that interested users subscribe to Steve Cook's Mastodon discussion list on Groups.io to ask questions to the community. To subscribe to the list send an email to: Mastodon+subscribe@groups.io ✉:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/4354

15) Code Examples For Button Labeling On Android Accessibility | Erisilebilir Android

When it comes to designing accessible Android apps, button labelling plays a crucial role. Properly labelled buttons ensure that users, including those with disabilities, can easily understand and interact with the functionality of your app. In this tutorial, we'll provide you with some code examples that demonstrate best practices for button labelling on the Android platform, enabling you to create a more inclusive and accessible user experience:
https://erisilebilirandroid.com/code-examples-for-button-labeling-on-android-accessibility/

16) How To Use Google Docs On Your Computer With Screen Readers And Braille Devices | Accessibility.com

Google Docs offers a convenient way to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, forms, and drawings online. One of the best aspects of Google Docs is that it is compatible with assistive tools like screen readers and braille devices, making it more accessible to more users. Here is a short guide on how to use Google Docs on your computer with screen readers and Braille devices:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-to-use-google-docs-on-your-computer-with-screen-readers-and-braille-devices

17) How To Install Iphone Apps That Are Unavailable In Your Region

Found an exciting new app that you can't install on your iPhone because it's unavailable in your country? Here are your options:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-install-region-locked-iphone-apps/

18) 11+ Secret iPhone Codes You Need to Try

Type USSD codes on your iPhone to access hidden cellular features quickly. Here, we'll list some of the most useful ones:
https://www.makeuseof.com/secret-iphone-codes-to-try/

19) You Can't Cut and Paste Files on a Mac: Here's What to Do Instead

Windows users who switch to Macs quickly realize they can't cut and paste files in macOS. Fortunately, there are workarounds:
https://www.makeuseof.com/cut-paste-mac-workaround/

20) How To Use Emergency Restart In Windows 11

Did you know that there is an Emergency Restart in Windows 11? The option is kind of hidden, so it's possible you may have not been aware of it:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/06/16/how-to-use-emergency-restart-in-windows-11/

21) Expand Formula Bar in Excel Spreadsheets | Sharon's Shortcuts

The formula bar in Excel is above the spreadsheet, under the Ribbons. It displays the contents of the current cell. If the current contents is a result of a formula/function, it actually displays the formula/function. If there is a lot of information in a cell, or there are two or more lines of info, the formula bar display is limited to one line:
https://sharons-shortcuts.ie/expand-formula-bar-in-excel-spreadsheets/

22) 6 Quick Tests You Can Do To Test Your Forms For Accessibility | Karl Groves

Whenever I do a full audit for a website, I have almost 40 individual, highly granular, form-related checks. Those checks can be boiled down to the following 6 high level goals:
https://karlgroves.com/6-quick-tests-you-can-do-to-test-your-forms-for-accessibility/

23) Google Pixel Watch Gets 3 Big Missing Features With New Update | CNET

Blood oxygen level measurements and other features arrive on the Pixel Watch more than six months after its release:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/google-pixel-watch-update-brings-3-big-missing-features/#ftag=CAD590a51e

24) Media Playback Controls With Jieshuo Screen Reader | Erisilebilir Android

Jieshuo Screen Reader goes beyond basic screen reading tasks to include a set of different features. One of those features is the media playback controls. With Jieshuo, you can play/pause media, move to the next or previous tracks, and fast forward or rewind. While it is possible to find most of those functions in the main menu, it is more convenient to assign gestures to them. Also, the fast forward and rewind functions cannot be accessed currently from the main menu:
https://erisilebilirandroid.com/media-playback-controls-with-jieshuo-screen-reader/

25) A Detailed Tutorial For The Phone Link App For Windows | Ferhat Bakiro─člu | Erisilebilir Android

Almost everyone now has a smartphone. But not every smartphone owner has a computer. Many tasks can be done on the phone without the need for a computer. Still, like me, no matter how much phones evolve, there will be those who will prioritize and love a computer more than a phone:
https://erisilebilirandroid.com/a-detailed-tutorial-for-the-phone-link-app-for-windows/

26) Chrome On iOS To Get Built-In Lens Support, Along With New Maps And Calendar Integrations | TechCrunch

Google has announced that Chrome on iOS is getting a few new features, including built-in Lens support that will allow users to search using just their cameras. Although you can already use Lens in Chrome on iOS by long-pressing an image you find while browsing, you will soon also be able to use your camera to search with new pictures you take and existing images in your camera roll. The company says the new integration is launching in the coming months. For context, Google Lens lets you search with images to do things like identify plants and translate languages in real time:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/06/20/chrome-on-ios-to-get-built-in-lens-support-along-with-new-maps-and-calendar-integrations/

27) Sennheiser Enters the Hearing Aid Market With 'All Clear' Devices | CNET

Fans of the audio brand with a milder form of hearing loss will be able to get a pair of Sennheiser hearing aids this July:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/sennheiser-enters-the-hearing-aid-market-with-new-all-clear-devices/#ftag=CAD590a51e

28) Five New Features Coming To Airpods Pro 2 This Year | 9to5Mac

Apple delivered a solid update to its best wireless earbuds last fall with the launch of AirPods Pro 2. Now Apple is turning it up to 11 with five all-new features coming to the gen-two AirPods Pro — no hardware upgrade required:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/06/19/five-new-airpods-pro-2-features/

29) Google Pixel Tablet Review: Android Tablets Are Back | CNet

Google's fast tablet is also a dockable home hub. Will Google commit to its tablet vision this time?
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/google-pixel-tablet-review-android-tablets-are-back/#ftag=CAD590a51e

30) I Switched To Android, But An Iphone 15 Is Probably In My Future | Dave Nason | AppleVis

There has been quite a bit of discussion and debate of late around the merits of iOS and Android, and this has coincided with my own journey into using Android. In February this year, after thirteen years using iPhones, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S23. I had long been curious about Android and had dabbled with it over the years, primarily as my work phone. I had never really picked it up and used it as my primary day to day phone though, at least not since I spent a month with a Nexus 4 way back in 2016. This time, I genuinely planned to give it a real go. I envisaged myself sticking with it for a full year, before deciding what I want to do next:
https://www.applevis.com/blog/i-switched-android-iphone-15-probably-my-future

31) Microsoft App, Seeing AI, Empowers the Visually Impaired with AI-Powered Accessibility

Microsoft's Seeing AI app is revolutionizing accessibility for the visually impaired:
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/292754/20230618/microsoft-app-seeing-ai-empowers-visually-impaired-powered-accessibility.htm

32) NLS BARD Support: BARD Mobile iOS Version 2.2.1 Released

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USLOC/bulletins/360469c

33) How Tactile Graphics Can Help End Image Poverty | Chancey Fleet | MIT Technology Review: Subscription Required

Access to rich imagery shouldn't be something that blind or low-vision people have to do without. These projects are helping:
https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/06/15/1074036/ending-image-poverty/

34) De Groot Launches RadioNewsAI | Radio World

RadioNewsAI is a tool that its developer says allows stations to create newscasts based on local news sources using a realistic AI voice starting at about $50 a month. We asked founder Stefan de Groot about it:
https://www.radioworld.com/global/de-groot-launches-radionewsai

35) Comparing TalkBack and Jieshuo: Strengths and Weaknesses of Two Screen Readers | Kareen Kiwan | Erisilebilir Android

TalkBack and Jieshuo are the two popular screen readers available for Android. Both have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. In this article, I will try to highlight the strong and weak points of each screen reader in an objective manner:
https://erisilebilirandroid.com/comparing-talkback-and-jieshuo-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-two-screen-readers/

36) Diablo IV Blind Accessibility Resource Wiki

Diablo IV has many accessibility features to help blind gamers such as a screen reader, audio cues for loot on the ground, etc. However, there is very little navigational assistance, so dungeons and bosses can be completed, but it can be tedious. As the game currently stands, do not expect it to be a fully accessible experience. Can you have fun with this game, absolutely, but that entirely depends how much time and effort you're willing to put into the game. It's definitely not a game for first time blind gamers. If you're still on the fence, check out these accessibility reviews from various blind gamers:
https://diablo-iv-blind-accessibility-resource.fandom.com/wiki/Diablo_IV_Blind_Accessibility_Resource_Wiki

37) Starfield Is Taking Heat From Accessibility Advocates For Its "Abysmally Small" UI Text

Starfield is catching some flack from accessibility specialists for its UI text, which some worry could be too small for blind and visually impaired gamers. This weekend's big Starfield Direct revealed a few screens with UI text that's giving accessibility advocates some serious pause:
https://www.gamesradar.com/starfield-is-taking-heat-from-accessibility-advocates-for-its-abysmally-small-ui-text/

38) 50 Years Of Text Games Parses The Rich History Of A Foundational Genre | Ars Technica

Zork and MUD? Sure. But also Universal Paperclips, AI Dungeon, and Lifeline:
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/06/50-years-of-text-games-parses-the-rich-history-of-a-foundational-genre/

39) 5 Ways to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids This Summer | CNET

Take these steps to prolong the life of your hearing aids during the scorching days of summer:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/5-ways-to-take-care-of-your-hearing-aids-this-summer/#ftag=CAD590a51e

40) NV Access In Process For June 16, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-16th-june-2023/


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June 16, 2023 | Double Tap Podcast: Camera Access On Vision Pro & Identifying Clothes With NFC Buttons

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June 16, 2023 | Finding Laughter in the Dark: Aaron Hale Interviews Blind Comedian Brian Fischler | Point Of Impact With Aaron Hale | YouTube

In this captivating episode of the Point of Impact Podcast, host Aaron Hale sits down with the extraordinary blind comedian, Brian Fischler, for an inspiring and hilarious conversation that will leave you in stitches and uplifted. Join us as we delve into the world of comedy, navigating hardships, and uncovering the secrets to achieving success against all odds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBBoBs2hRoE

June 16, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 130: Getting to Know Aaron Hale From the Battlefield to Fudge Making

Join us as Brian sits down with Aaron Hale to discuss Aaron's journey through losing his vision on the battlefield, how he has handled everything, his adventures with mountain climbing, sky diving, and extreme marathons. Aaron tells us how he keeps such a positive attitude about everything life has thrown at him, Homes For Heroes, and his fudge making business Extra Ordinary Delights:
https://thatrealblindtechshow.libsyn.com/episode-130-getting-to-know-aaron-hale-from-the-battlefield-to-fudge-making

June 17, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 132: Android 13 Qpr Program Comes To A Close, June Pixel Feature Drop

We first talk about the 30 fixes that were released in Android 13 QPR3. We then talk about all the features and changes in this QPR most of them are for low vision users. We also discuss the small fix update for android 14 beta beta 3.1. We then show you how to control media using gestures in CSR. We have TalkBack Highlights showing you some of the new features for braille users in TalkBack 14 for Android 14.
https://www.youtube.com/@BlindAndroidUsers/videos | The 10 features of June Pixel Feature Drop (Android 13 QPR 3) | The 30 Fixes For June Pixel Feature Drop (Android 13 QPR 3)

June 18, 2023 | A Vision Pro Reality Check, More On The Stream And Senseplayer, Oko Promises Access To Traffic Signals, And A New Beatles Song

https://LivingBlindfully.com/235

June 21, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2325 Innovative Impact, LLC

Kirk Adams is the managing director of Innovative Impact LLC, a venture he started whose mission is to consult with companies to accelerate inclusion for people who are blind in their workforce. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kirk about his background and how he now matches blind job seekers with companies eager to hire:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2325.htm

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

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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.
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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
If you are blind or visually impaired and looking to achieve your career goals, click the link to register for this webinar and come prepared to learn some essential skills. Our presenters have decades of their own lived experience being blind, have interacted with hundreds of others in the blind community in their career journey, and want to share the three key foundational soft skills you need to succeed in the modern workforce to help you achieve your goals:
https://bit.ly/3NvfT0j

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 12, 2023 | Conquer Accessibility Challenges During Software Design & Development | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: David Sloan, Practice Manager, UX, and Roxana Fischer, Product Manager, Blind and Low Vision Software. This presentation will provide insights into software development practices that focus on accessibility and usability. It will emphasize the significance of involving users in the earliest design and development stages to meet their needs. Also it will specifically delve into the challenges of developing screen reader and screen magnifier software; these tools offer users a different perspective on UI, which requires special considerations during development. The four key areas covered in this session include: Testing with real users. Using inclusive tools. Hiring users with disabilities. Gathering field feedback. Attendees will gain an understanding of how we design and develop our internal Assistive Technology:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-12-at-12pm-et-conquer-accessibility-challenges-during-software-design-development/

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

July 25, 2023 | MAIN_TITLE

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Presenter: Mitchell Evan, Senior Accessibility Engineer. In June 2025, Europe will begin enforcing new digital accessibility regulations for consumer products and services. In this webinar, you'll learn how you can meet your customers' diverse needs while fulfilling the requirements of the European Accessibility Act (EAA):
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-25-at-10pm-et-accessible-consumer-products-and-services-for-europe-countdown-to-eaa-2025/

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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Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
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About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online ✉. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999
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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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(855) 578-6660