Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 6, 2023 - Volume 918
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Google's Breakthrough OCR Technology to Empower the Visually Impaired
In a world where visual content largely dominates, accessing and interacting with digital information can be particularly challenging for those with visual impairments. Yet, this landscape is about to change. Tech giant Google has announced the introduction of optical character recognition (OCR) technology in its browser, Chrome, offering a breath of fresh air for those who have long struggled with this digital divide:
B.) This Chatbot Gives Phone Call Scammers a Taste of Their Own Medicine | PC Magazine
Publisher (Di Blasi): Finally! An implementation of AI that we can all get behind. Smiles!
C.) June 27, 2023 Optional Update For Windows 11: Includes Improvements to Narrator, Live Captions, Voice Access and Access Keys for Windows Explorer | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List
D.) Here's Everything New In iOS 17 Beta 2 | 9to5Mac
Apple has officially released iOS 17 beta 2 to developers. The update packs a number of changes, big and small, for iPhone users. Head below as we round up everything we're finding as we comb through all of the details:
E.) Accessibility Features Of Zoom And How To Make Zoom Meetings More Accessible | Accessibility.com
In this guide, we will look at Zoom's accessibility features and share tips on how to make your Zoom meetings more accessible:
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6) AI Updates
A) AI Could Change How Blind People See the World | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): In this article Wired interviews Chela Robles, a long time Top Tech Tidbits reader and contributor. We are all exceptionally grateful for everything that Chela does for the access community at large and would like to congratulate her on being featured in Wired Magazine.
B) How To Extract Insights From Any PDF or Video Using The ChatGPT Plug-Ins 'Chat With PDF' and 'Video Insights' | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits
Publisher (Di Blasi): Would you like to be able to ask ChatGPT-style questions of the information contained in any PDF or video that you come across? Without having to actually read the PDF? Or listen to or watch the video? Well, now you can. It's not free, but if you need to consume large amounts of information on a regular basis, I think you will find them both to be incredibly killer apps. I've outlined step-by-step instructions for getting started here:
C) How To Make ChatGPT Provide Sources And Citations | ZDNet
Contrary to prevailing wisdom, you can get ChatGPT to give up its sources. Here's how:
D) How to Tackle AI — and Cheating — in the Classroom | Wired: Subscription Required
What one educator wants students, teachers, and everyone else to know about the ethics of using of AI in education:
E) ChatGPT For iOS Now Lets Paid Subscribers Use Bing Right From The App | 9to5Mac
OpenAI released the first official ChatGPT app for iOS in May, following the roaring success of the AI-based platform. Since then, the app has been updated with many new features, including support for Siri Shortcuts. Now the ChatGPT app for iOS is getting another update, this time with Microsoft's Bing built in — but only for paid subscribers:
F) Winners Of The Microsoft AI For Accessibility Hackathon 2023 Showcase How Inclusion Is Innovation In Asia Pacific
The Microsoft AI for Accessibility (AI4A) Hackathon 2023 is an annual event for teams in Asia Pacific to tackle problem statements and build solutions for a more inclusive and accessible society. In 2023, 119 teams of undergraduates from universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam created applications that addressed real-life challenges for people with disabilities:
G) AI For All | USA Today
At Formula.Monks, Accessibility guru Joe Devon is taking AI leaders on a voyage into the future of inclusive technology. Joe Devon is worried there might be too many people coming to ride this wave. This Summer, Joe is hosting Voyage AI, where industry leaders, tech gurus, and forward-thinking-execs will explore the enormous potential of artificial intelligence by networking and exchanging ideas during a human experience in the natural world. It's already shaping up to be one of the most in-demand events of the summer, and considering Joe Devon is the closest thing to a rock star in the world of accessibility — the practice of designing and developing technology that ensures inclusive usability for the 1.3 billion people with disabilities worldwide — he might actually have too many people to ride this wave:
H) What Is AI Being Used For Across The World Today? And What's Next? Insights From Global Conversations | OpenAI
We are sharing what we learned from our conversations across 22 countries, and how we will be incorporating those insights moving forward:
I) ShortCircuit Provides Customized ChatGPT Experience In A Premium App | Matthew Cassinelli
After 10 days of App Store rejections I'm so excited to say, Short Circuit is finally in the App Store! 28 days ago I started built a prototype of Siri powered by ChatGPT, and was immediately drawn to the idea of a premium-feeling iOS, iPad, and Mac app for ChatGPT. This amazing technology deserves a good user experience, and we gave it one. Partnering with @Soroush to make that happen has been a dream, and I'm so excited to share Short Circuit with you:
7) Apple Updates
A) 50 Things You Need To Know About Apple Vision Pro | iMore
It's the most talked about piece of tech hardware in many years, and there'[s still a lot to learn about it. The Apple Vision Pro is the most ambitious device Apple has ever made: a head-mounted wearable computer that it believes will change the way we interact with technology forever:
B) Apple Patent Reveals Advancing Siri For Controlling Apps On Apple Devices Including Their Upcoming Vision Pro Headset | Patently Apple
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that relates to enabling Siri to understand a new set of commands for controlling applications like a word processor and more. The invention relates to the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, the iPhone and more:
C) What's Next for Apple's AirPods: Health Tracking, USB-C and Lower Prices | Bloomberg
Apple is working on a slew of changes for its popular AirPods earbuds, seeking to expand its wearables business. Also: The company is all-in on hand and eye control for the Vision Pro, and Apple stores are set to get a payment system upgrade. Here's what Apple is launching next:
8) Shortcuts, Hotkeys, Macros, Oh My: How to Remap Your Keyboard | PC Magazine
If you're looking to change key functions on your computer's keyboard in Windows or macOS, these methods can help:
9) How to Save Screenshots on iPhone With Voiceover | Daniel Hawkins | Inclusive Ability Initiative, LLC
Learn how to take, organize, and save screenshots on your iPhone using Voiceover, then have it on your computer:
10) Quick Tip: How to Assign Custom Keyboard Shortcuts to Menu Bar Commands in macOS | AppleVis
Tyler demonstrates how to assign your own keyboard shortcuts to menu bar commands that lack default shortcuts in macOS:
11) Advanced macOS Command-Line Tools
macOS is fortunate to have access to the huge arsenal of standard Unix tools. There are also a good number of macOS-specific command-line utilities that provide unique macOS functionality. To view the full documentation for any of these commands, run:
12) Use Virtual Desktops In Windows 10 And 11 To Help You Stay More Organized PC World
Use a virtual desktop in Windows to save space and organize your work:
13) Five Ways We Can Make Libreoffice And Thunderbird Work Better Together | Libre Office
LibreOffice doesn't include an email program, but there are many excellent free and open source software clients that work well alongside it. One prominent example is Mozilla Thunderbird — a sister project to the Firefox web browser. We know that many people use LibreOffice and Thunderbird as part of their daily workflows — so how can we make them work better together? We reached out on social media to hear from our users — on Mastodon and Twitter (and the Thunderbird project posted on their Mastodon and Twitter accounts too):
14) How To Set Up And Use Talkback On Android | Make Use Of
TalkBack is an essential accessibility tool on Android that lets you control your phone when you can't see what's on the screen:
15) Communication Devices for Helping Individuals who are DeafBlind | APH VisionAware Blog
Communicating with others can be challenging. For individuals who are DeafBlind, communicating with others presents some additional challenges. Some devices (low and high tech) are available to assist DeafBlind individuals in communicating with those around them:
16) Winaero Tweaker 1.55 Released | Notes From David Goldfield | Tech-VI List
Winaero Tweaker is a program that allows you to adjust many Windows settings that would otherwise require registry hacks. The last few versions added some settings in File Explorer options which Microsoft removed in some builds of Windows. It also makes it easier to adjust some Microsoft Edge settings to enhance Edge's security. A few notes and warnings:
17) macOS Beta Testing for the Beginner | AppleVis
Each year in June, Apple previews the next major version of macOS, along with updates to its other software platforms, at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC.) At this event, Apple announces and demonstrates a select number of headlining new features, and makes a prerelease version available to developers so they can test the new software and provide feedback before the public release in October. This is important because when substantial feature additions and changes are made to an operating system as intricate as macOS, many bugs will also be introduced. This can include issues with how third-party apps and accessories interact with the operating system, making thorough testing by developers crucial:
18) iOS and iPadOS Beta Testing for the Beginner | AppleVis
Each year in June, Apple previews the next major versions of iOS and iPadOS, along with updates to its other software platforms, at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC.) At this event, Apple announces and demonstrates a select number of headlining new features, and makes prerelease versions available to developers so they can test the new software and provide feedback before the public release in September. This is important because when substantial feature additions and changes are made to operating systems as intricate as iOS and iPadOS, many bugs will also be introduced. This can include issues with how third-party apps and accessories interact with the operating system, making thorough testing by developers crucial:
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20) A Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility Features in GoTo Meeting and Beyond | Accessibility.com
Digital communication has become a cornerstone of success for businesses and organizations in today's interconnected world. As we continue to rely on virtual meetings and remote collaboration, these platforms must remain accessible and inclusive for all users. A great example is GoTo Meeting, which offers a range of features designed to create an efficient and supportive meeting experience for everyone:
21) Create and Move Between Worksheets in Excel | Sharon's Shortcuts
A worksheet is a collection of cells within an Excel file. Worksheets allow you to organize and manipulate different sets of data. Each Excel workbook can contain multiple worksheets. For example, you could have a worksheet showing data for each month of the year all within the same Excel file. When you create an Excel workbook, there is just one worksheet called Sheet1. The name of the worksheet appears on its sheet tab at the bottom of the Excel window. To create a new worksheet, press Shift + F11. To move between worksheets, press Control + PageUp/PageDown. Note: the position of your PageUp and PageDown keys may vary depending on your keyboard. On a standard desktop keyboard they are in the set of six keys above the Arrow keys, on the right hand side:
22) Firefox 115 Released: Last Version to Support Windows 7 and Windows 8, Fix For Users of Windows Magnifier
In January 2023, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8. As a consequence, this is the last version of Firefox that users on those operating systems will receive. Users on Windows 7 and Windows 8 will automatically be migrated to the ESR 115 version of Firefox so that they continue to receive important security updates. Visit this Firefox support article for more information. Similarly, this is the last major version of Firefox that will support Apple macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14. Users on those operating systems will be migrated to the ESR 115 version of Firefox so that they continue to receive important updates:
23) TTS Engines on Android: Past, Present, and Future | Erisilebilir Android
TTS engines are an essential part of blind people's daily interactions with their computers and mobile phones. A Text-to-Speech engine is responsible for converting text generated by a screen reader or another program into spoken text using synthesized voices ranging from highly robotic to high-quality human-like voices. Some blind individuals prefer to stick with a single TTS engine, while others enjoy switching between different engines and available voices regularly:
24) Your Browser May Be Having a Secret Relationship with a Screen Reader | A Deep Dive into Accessibility APIs | Part 3 of 3 | Neill Hadder | Knowbility
This is the final installment of my three-part saga on the technical details of how screen readers communicate with other software. Although I thought I understood the topic, a little reading turned up nagging gaps and discrepancies among accounts circulating within the accessibility community: the APIs are part of the operating system; no, the APIs are hard-coded into the browser; screen readers do or do not read the DOM directly; different accessibility APIs are supported by different browsers, with no explanation why one would be used over another. Even how application programming interfaces actually work was at issue. Have you ever ducked down a rabbit hole only to fall feet-first out the other side surrounded by people speaking Hindustani? I have.
25) Project Access: Empowering Blind And Vision-Impaired Students To Fill The Cybersecurity Skills Gap
In response to the growing need for cybersecurity professionals in the United States, workforce-development nonprofit Cyber.org is running a program called Project Access, which aims to train more educators to deliver cybersecurity courses that are accessible to blind and vision-impaired students. The program, funded through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)'s Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP) grant, holds a series of camps to help blind and vision-impaired students between the ages of 13 and 21 develop key cybersecurity skills. Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, and digital information from unauthorized access, damage, or theft by implementing various measures, such as encryption, firewalls, and user authentication, to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in the digital realm:
26) Mastodon for Android Update | July 1, 2023
While our app updates don't usually get a dedicated blog post, this one is a bit bigger and provides a good opportunity to reflect on how the Android app changed since launch roughly a year ago. Today, Mastodon for Android has received a complete Material You redesign. We left no stone unturned — tab bars, settings, composing — everything is refreshed and reflects your color palette:
27) VoiceVista: Based On The Now Discontinued Microsoft Soundscape | AppleVis
VoiceVista is an essential app for the blind and low vision community. It is based on Microsoft's discontinued and open-source project Soundscape and is licensed under the MIT License. The app utilizes cutting-edge iOS audio technology and precise location services to enable people to develop a greater awareness of their surroundings. It provides comfort in unfamiliar spaces, supporting individuals in creating mental maps and making personal route choices. VoiceVista is an essential app for the blind and low vision users' community. It is based on Microsoft's discontinued and open-source project Soundscape and is licensed under the MIT License. The app utilizes cutting-edge iOS audio technology and precise location services to enable people to develop a greater awareness of their surroundings. It provides comfort in unfamiliar spaces, supporting individuals in creating mental maps and making personal route choices:
28) Introducing XploreNinja, A Navigation App Powered By Blindsquare For Android Devices
In today's fast-paced world, technology has become an integral part of our lives, shaping the way we communicate, work, and navigate our surroundings. For individuals with vision loss, technology has opened up new possibilities and opportunities, empowering them to explore the world independently. One such groundbreaking innovation is XploreNinja — BlindSquare's latest app release — a remarkable mapping system designed to support blind Android device users navigate safely and confidently; a new way to experience the world:
29) NLS BARD Support: BARD Mobile For The Fire Operating System; Version 1.4.6 Release
NLS has released BARD Mobile Kindle Fire version 1.4.6. This is the second in a series of releases designed to support native Amazon Kindle Fire OS development and Amazon accessibility functions, including VoiceView for screen reader and braille output support:
30) GoodMaps Outdoors, Now With 3D Audio
GoodMaps is excited to announce the release of GoodMaps Outdoors v5. This new version boasts the incorporation of 3D audio announcements, improved accuracy, and the inclusion of navigational shortcuts:
31) When Should I Use GoodMaps Explore And When Should I Use GoodMaps Outdoors?
GoodMaps Explore offers accurate indoor and outdoor information and navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired. GoodMaps Outdoors is a comprehensive accessible outdoor navigation app with functionality suggested by blind users since 2012. GoodMaps Outdoors does not offer indoor navigation:
32) Google Shut Down their AR Glasses Project to Focus on Delivering an Android Spin-Off OS to support their new XR Ecosystem Alliance | Patently Apple
Back in June 2020, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Alphabet Has Reportedly Acquired Canadian Ar Smart Glasses Company Called 'North' Which Gives Us A Peek At Their Future" - AR Glasses Project. Then during a Samsung Unpacked Event in February 2023 Samsung, Google and Qualcomm representatives announced a new Extended Reality (XR) ecosystem alliance:
33) SiriusXM to Shut Down its Stitcher Podcast App
SiriusXM will shut down the Stitcher podcast app and subscription service. The company on Tuesday said that it would end the service on August 29. The move comes in an effort to drive more listeners to the SXM app, while placing all its content in one place. Stitcher's podcasts will remain on other platforms and on the SXM app:
34) The Rise And Fall Of Skype | CNBC
Skype is not what it was. You may or may not have noticed. The voice, video and messaging app became a hit in the 2000s by letting people talk with friends and family members without paying long-distance fees. In 2005 eBay bought it. That deal didn't work out as planned, and an investor group led by Silver Lake purchased a majority stake. Microsoft then stepped in, shelling out $8.5 billion for the company in 2011:
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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:
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June 21, 2023 | Ten Power Tips for Improving Productivity in Excel with JAWS | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast
Excel is included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications and is widely used to organize, calculate, and analyze data in a spreadsheet. You can navigate data using a combination of JAWS, Windows, and Excel-specific keyboard shortcuts. In this session, we show you ways to efficiently navigate and manage data in Excel more with JAWS. We'll also provide an overview of Excel and show you how to perform various tasks using the keyboard. Tips include: Searching for Ribbon commands Accessing a list of available Excel and JAWS-specific keystrokes Editing cells Entering formulas Inserting Functions Formatting cells Monitoring cells Entering the date and time into a cell Selecting data Managing worksheets:
June 28, 2023 | FSCast 232, A Demo Of The New Message Center, And A Visit With Jaws Developer Brett Lewis
On FSCast 232, we'll give a tour of the just-released Message Center. It's a great way to keep up with product news and announcements, but to read them when it's convenient. Then we'll meet longtime JAWS developer Brett Lewis. In his other life, he's a former Paralympian in judo, and loves the sport so much that he still teaches it three nights a week:
June 29, 2023 | Envision On And Offline, German Health Insurance And More | YouTube
June 29, 2023 | Tek Talk Welcomes Barry Scheur And Lisa Salinger, Guidelights And Gadgets, Inc. And Venkatesh Chari, Orbit Research, Inc., To Introduce The New Orbit Speak. The Best Of Then With The Future Of Now.
We are excited to have the opportunity to make the initial presentation about the Orbit Speak on TekTalk. For those of us who remember the excitement of using our first speech based notetaker those many years ago, that time has come again. The Orbit Speak is a Braille bluetooth keyboard notetaker, book reader, and personal manager equipped with Google voices. It brings all of the power of the Orbit Reader 20 Plus, including forward and back Braille translation without the Braille display at an affordable price. We will describe the layout of the device and demonstrate a number of its powerful features, while also describing the two different models that will be available. Since the release and shipping date is still between 3 and 4 months away, there is still some fine tuning to do, but the unit is in operating condition and we are thrilled to be in the final pre-production stage of a much anticipated release. Of course, we will leave sufficient time for questions:
June 30, 2023 | Ask Sharky, Access and Navigate PDFs in Adobe Reader with JAWS | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast
Join Elizabeth Whitaker as we explore Adobe Reader with JAWS. This is a pre-recorded Clubhouse event:
July 1, 2023 | Blind Android Users: Pass Me The Play Pass And Pixels
In this weeks episode, we first talk about Play Pass, what it is, and what it can do. We also touch on account settings in Play Store. John reviews his Pixel Tablet. And John and Warren unbox the Pixel Fold. Stay tuned for the review in Episode 135 next week. We have a new feature demo of CSR, custom translation. The feature is brand new, so some names are still in Mandarin. The "overwrite" and "merge" options mentioned in the demo are still displayed in Chinese in the app, with the following names: - Overwrite: 覆盖. - Merge: 合并. Keep watching, dont forget to share the podcast with friends, and subscribe to channel to stay informed:
July 2, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 237: More On OKO And Accessible Traffic Signals, The Nature Of Blindness And How We Perceive It, And Melissa Allman From The Seeing Eye
July 5, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2327 Preparing for Employment with Clusiv
Clusiv offers a screen-reader friendly, on-line training program aimed at providing blind clients with the skills to find meaningful employment. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tamer Zaid, who recently went through the program, about how the program works, the courses he took, and how the skills he learned helped prepare him for the workforce:
July 6, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, July 6, 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:
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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 8, 2023 | Games for Windows Computers | TUG
7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
July 12, 2023 | Conquer Accessibility Challenges During Software Design & Development | TPGi
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
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
July 25, 2023 | Accessible Consumer Products and Services for Europe: Countdown to EAA 2025 | TPGi
7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
July 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting
7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
July 27, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Responsive Design | TPGi
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
August 14, 2023 through August 18, 2023 | 22nd Audio Description Institute | Audio Description Associates, LLC | Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM 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
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
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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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About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
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About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
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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.
Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021
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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 ☎
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.
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 ☎
Email: email@example.com ✉
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.
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Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.
A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.
When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!
Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.
Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn, but I'll warn you in advance that I haven't given my profile the recommended attention!
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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.
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