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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 20, 2023 - Volume 920

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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A.) How to Convert Images to Editable Text in Microsoft Word | MakeUseOf

Want to extract text from an image in Microsoft Word? Here's how to convert images into editable text within Word:
https://www.makeuseof.com/convert-image-to-text-microsoft-word/

B.) Changes With Voice Dream Apps | Perkins School for the Blind

Have you heard the news? The beloved Voice Dream apps are changing! The original developer, Winston Chen has turned Voice Dream Reader over to the Applause Group, a company able to sustain Voice Dream Reader. The name has been changed to Text to Speech TTS Voice Dream. TTS Voice Dream enables you to listen to PDFs, web pages, and books using text-to-speech:
https://www.perkins.org/resource/changes-with-voice-dream-apps/

C.) How Does AI Perceive People That Are Blind Or Have Low Vision? | Envision

Have you ever wondered how AI, particularly Midjourney, perceives and represents people who are blind or have low vision? Let's delve into this topic and explore how Midjourney, a generative AI tool that can convert natural language prompts into images, can assist in creating photos of this specific group:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/how-does-ai-perceive-people-that-are-blind-or-have-low-vision

D.) Wordvoyance: An Accessible, Multi-player Game Similar to Scrabble

Welcome to Wordvoyance by Themis Games. Wordvoyance is a multiplayer crossword-building game similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends. It has been carefully crafted to be playable by everyone, and it includes multiple accessibility features for people with blindness and other disabilities. For players with unhindered sight, the game will play exactly as you expect. You can drag and drop tiles to form words on the board and rack up points. For everyone else, the game is fully compatible with popular screen readers and can be played with a number of different input methods including keyboards, assistive technology, and even game controllers:
https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/

E.) Sometimes Simple Works ... Really Well! Exploring The CCrane EP PRO AM FM Portable Analog DSP + Twin Coil Antenna Inside | The Swing Post

This particular adventure began about three weeks ago with an email from CCrane. "Timeless, Easy to Use with Long Range Radio Reception" the headline read. Further, the accompanying text promised: Comes with needle and dial tuning, one button for power, one button for a bright display light, and has no clock or alarm. The radio in question was the C.Crane CCRadio-EP PRO:
https://swling.com/blog/2023/07/sometimes-simple-works-really-well-exploring-the-ccrane-ep-pro/

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9) AI Updates

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A) Transcribe A Video With Otter AI | The Accessibility Guy

Publisher (Di Blasi): One of my favorite killer apps for Otter.ai is the following. I have an idea for a project. I launch Voice Memos on my iPhone, put in my Air Pods and start brainstorming. No particular order of ideas. Just so long as they are all related to the same project. Basically, a quick, fast and dirty mind dump of the idea while it's still fresh. Then I feed that audio file into Otter.ai for transcription. I then ask ChatGPT to clean up that transcript and provide me with a solid synopsis of my idea. I then refine, iterate and pitch the idea. Works amazingly well. I strongly encourage you to try it.
The Accessibility Guy: You begin your transcription journey by visiting the Otter.AI website. This platform offers an easy-to-use 'Import' button, designed to make your experience as seamless as possible. The beauty of this tool is its ability to accept both audio and video files, making it incredibly versatile and suitable for an array of projects:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/transcribe-a-video-with-otter-ai/

B) Elon Musk's xAI Might Be Hallucinating Its Chances Against ChatGPT | Wired: Subscription Required

Elon Musk's new venture aims to create AI that can “understand the universe” and challenge OpenAI. Right now it's 11 male researchers with a lot of work to do:
https://www.wired.com/story/fast-forward-elon-musks-xai-chatgpt-hallucinating/

C) WormGPT Is a ChatGPT Alternative With 'No Ethical Boundaries or Limitations'

Publisher (Di Blasi): I have commented extensively in this newsletter as well as written online about the futility of trying to regulate AI. This is just another really great example of exactly why that is. The question I pose is this. If we have persons, nation-states and countries working in the dark to make this technology behave as badly as possible, what will we use to combat what they create?
PC Magazine: The developer of WormGPT is selling access to the chatbot, which can help hackers create malware and phishing attacks, according to email security provider SlashNext:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/wormgpt-is-a-chatgpt-alternative-with-no-ethical-boundaries-or-limitations

D) How AI Can Make Gaming Better for All Players | Wired: Subscription Required

If used responsibly, artificial intelligence has the potential to both make gaming more accessible and to actively learn what individuals need:
https://www.wired.com/story/ai-make-gaming-better-accessibility/

E) A Quick Reference Guide to Artificial Intelligence for Teachers | McGraw Hill | Medium: Subscription Required

The PreK-12 education community is buzzing with excitement, concern, and conjecture about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on the future of teaching and learning. AI is nothing if not complex, so we've put together a short guide to understanding AI in the context of education to help you navigate conversations in your district and changes in your own classroom:
https://medium.com/inspired-ideas-prek-12/a-quick-reference-guide-to-artificial-intelligence-for-teachers-8e44d6d6d1f1

F) Yes AI Could Disrupt Education, But Perhaps That Is Not A Bad Thing | The Guardian

Education strikes at the heart of what makes us human. It drives the intellectual capacity and prosperity of nations. It has developed the minds that took us to the moon and eradicated previously incurable diseases. And the special status of education is why generative AI tools such as ChatGPT are likely to profoundly disrupt this sector. This isn't a reflection of their intelligence, but of our failure to build education systems that nurture and value our unique human intelligence:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jul/14/ai-artificial-intelligence-disrupt-education-creativity-critical-thinking

G) MIT Study: ChatGPT Increases Productivity For Human Workers | Mashable

The big question with generative AI these days is whether tools like ChatGPT will widen the inequality gap or empower workers with newfound skills and abilities. A study(opens in a new tab) from MIT's Department of Economics designed to answer this question found that participants using OpenAI's ChatGPT increased productivity and the likelihood that they would use ChatGPT in future tasks. In the controlled study, this implies that "the technology will be more strongly complementary to human workers," meaning it favors tools like ChatGPT as a way to empower workers. But how these tools are actually implemented in the real world remains uncertain:
https://mashable.com/article/mit-study-chatgpt-increases-productivity-decreases-inequality

H) Google Adds Voice And Image Features To Its Bard AI Chatbot

Users can now enter a prompt, wait for Bard to generate a response, and then click on the sound icon to hear the answer out loud:
https://mobilesyrup.com/2023/07/13/google-adds-voice-and-image-features-to-its-bard-ai-chatbot/

I) 11 Smart Prompts to Do More With Google Bard | Wired: Subscription Required

Engineer better tasks for your AI chatbot with these tricks:
https://www.wired.com/story/11-better-prompts-google-bard/

J) OpenAI Has Privacy Concerns Around ChatGPT's Image Recognition | Tech.co

ChatGPT's ability to analyze images is so advanced that OpenAI is hesitant to release it to the wider public, over concerns the tool will become a facial recognition machine:
https://tech.co/news/chatgpt-prviacy-concerns-images

10) Apple Updates

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A) Apple Is Testing A ChatGPT-Like AI Chatbot | The Verge

Apple is developing artificial intelligence tools to challenge OpenAI, Google and others, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The tech giant has created a chatbot that some engineers are internally referring to as “Apple GPT.” Apple has yet to determine a strategy for releasing the technology to consumers, but is reportedly aiming to make a significant AI-related announcement next year:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/07/19/apple-is-testing-chatgpt-like-ai-chatbot/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&tpcc=tcplustwitter

B) Why Doesn't Apple Want You To Track Your Dog With An AirTag? | iMore

Should you track your dog with an AirTag? Let's face it, we know you're going to do it anyway:
https://www.imore.com/why-doesnt-apple-want-you-track-your-dog-airtag

C) iOS 17 Solves 'You Need To Unlock Your iPhone First' Accessibility Hurdle | 9to5Mac

iOS 17 has solved one of the biggest accessibility hurdles for iPhone users with limited movement: the dreaded 'You need to unlock your iPhone first' message:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/07/19/you-need-to-unlock-your-iphone/

D) What Designers Can Learn From Apple's Latest Accessibility Features | Eric Chung | Medium: Subscription Required

Apple's recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) unveiled an array of groundbreaking features, headlined by the much-anticipated Vision Pro device. However, beyond the buzz of their flagship product, Apple's commitment to accessibility and inclusivity shines through in a collection of lesser-known features that cater to the disability community:
https://uxdesign.cc/what-designers-can-learn-from-apples-latest-accessibility-features-e16b49870e74

11) JAWS Power Tip: No Numpad? No Problem. Desktop Versus Laptop Keyboard Layout

JAWS offers a couple of different layouts for using the keyboard, in particular, desktop and laptop. Many people use laptops which do not include a Numeric Keypad. This numpad is used to perform various Screen Reading commands in conjunction with the INSERT key (known as the JAWS key) when NUMLOCK is off. Laptop layout allows you to use the CAPSLOCK key as the JAWS key in conjunction with various letters for screen reading like you would on the numpad:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/179.html

12) How to Set Up a Home Office That Can Survive a Power Outage | Wired: Subscription Required

With the right preparations, an unexpected blackout won't bring you down:
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-set-up-home-office-working-no-power/

13) I Used Windows Dictation To Write This Article With My Voice | PC World

Dictation within Windows is pretty great. But editing and controlling Windows is frustrating:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/1981483/using-windows-voice-access-and-dictation.html

14) 7 Different Ways to Control-F (Search for Words) On Your iPhone or iPad | Switching2Mac

When locating specific words and phrases within web pages and documents on desktop devices, the Control-F or Command-F keyboard shortcut can be a huge time-saver. But can you do something similar on an iPhone or iPad? There are no shortcuts to find words on Apple's mobile devices (unless you use an iPad with a keyboard where you just Command-F), but most native and third-party apps for iOS and iPadOS provide easy-to-access search tools:
https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/iphone/7-different-ways-to-control-f-search-for-words-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/

15) How To Easily Follow Someone's Mastodon Account as an RSS Feed | Fedi.Tips

Did you know that you can follow any Mastodon account via RSS just by adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL? Here's an example:
https://rcsocial.net/@progressivecat@iaccessibility.social/110710195760462925

16) How to Access Everything on Your Mac with Voiceover | We The Geek

In this post, we'll talk about how you can turn on VoiceOver on Mac and help a friend with partial or complete blindness to use their Mac effectively:
https://wethegeek.com/how-to-access-everything-on-your-mac-with-voiceover/

17) Today I Learned About These Fantastic DIY Mods That Make Modern Gamepads One-Handed | The Verge

If you need to play one-handed for accessibility or other reasons, YouTuber Akaki Kuumeri's projects cover a range of PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo controllers:
https://www.theverge.com/23798649/diy-accessible-gamepad-controllers-playstation-xbox-nintendo-akaki-kuumeri

18) Getting Started Guide updated to LibreOffice 7.5

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2023/07/19/getting-started-guide-updated-to-libreoffice-7-5/

19) Mozilla Thunderbird: Getting Started With The Main Window Of Thunderbird 115 "Supernova" | Thunderbird

Thunderbird 115 “Supernova” has been released! During the next several weeks, you should begin to see your installation of Thunderbird 102 automatically update to Thunderbird 115. Whether you're upgrading or coming in as a brand new user, now is the perfect time to introduce you to the various elements of the software. This guide will introduce you to the main window of Thunderbird (in its Classic layout and new "Vertical Cards" layout), get you familiar with the terminology, and help you navigate Thunderbird like a pro:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/07/getting-started-with-the-main-window-of-thunderbird-115-supernova/

20) Microsoft Releases Its Own System Tuning App for Windows 10, 11

File this under, 'What took you so long, Microsoft?!'
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/microsoft-releases-its-own-system-tuning-app-for-windows-10-11

21) Microsoft Office Now Has A New Default Font, Aptos, That Will Replace Calibri | July 13, 2023 | Neowin

In 2021, Microsoft announced it was planning to replace Calibri as the default font for its Office productivity apps. It presented the public with five competing fonts (Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview) and asked them to vote for their favorite via Twitter polls, online feedback, and more. Today, Microsoft Design announced the winner:
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-office-now-has-a-new-default-font-aptos-that-will-replace-calibri/

22) LibreOffice 7.6 RC1 Is Available For Testing

https://qa.blog.documentfoundation.org/2023/07/12/libreoffice-7-6-rc1-is-available-for-testing/

23) Our Fastest, Most Beautiful Release Ever: Thunderbird 115 "Supernova" Is Here!

https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/07/our-fastest-most-beautiful-release-ever-thunderbird-115-supernova-is-here/

24) How I Test Apps for Accessibility with VoiceOver | Podfeet Podcasts

I am not blind, but ever since I was 9 years old, I have been fascinated by assistive tech for the blind. When I was 9, I read a book called Follow My Leader by James Garfield in which a young boy named Jimmy is blinded by fireworks. In the book, Jimmy learns how to deal with his loss of sight, including learning Braille. As a little girl, I got a piece of cardboard and a punch from my dad's shop and I made dents in the cardboard to simulate the Braille dots of the alphabet on the flip side. I taught myself the alphabet sitting on the floor of my bedroom:
https://www.podfeet.com/blog/2023/07/voiceover-test-apps/

25) Bing Versus Bard on Reasons Not To Make Software Accessible | The Idea Place | Kelly Ford

I believe in making software accessible. I also believe in understanding AI technology and how it handles various questions. Today I asked Microsoft's Bing and Google's Bard to give me 10 reasons not to make software accessible. The answers were revealing:
https://theideaplace.net/bing-versus-bard-on-reasons-not-to-make-software-accessible/

26) A Review of the Radioddity RADDY RF320 | Robert Gulley | The Swing Post

The RADDY RF320 is a rather attractive, if not slightly curious-looking radio, which breaks from the more recent offerings from Raddy and other small portable radios. Compact, but not pocket-sized, the radio comes in at roughly 3-3/4” x 4-1/2” almost square (not counting the tuning dial on the side, the slightly raised antenna on top, or the light on the side):
https://swling.com/blog/2023/07/a-review-of-the-radioddity-raddy-rf320/

27) Israeli Accessibility Startup Right Hear Wins Social Impact Contest

RightHear was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Ra'anana in central Israel. Its accessibility solution is installed in more than 2,300 venues in Israel and worldwide. The small self-powered sensor utilizes Bluetooth technology to alert users of their surroundings via app:
https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-accessibility-startup-wins-social-impact-contest/

28) All New Voice-Activated Jeopardy Game Now Available On Roku

Jeopardy! is coming to Roku, this time as a new interactive game from Volley. Test your trivia knowledge and play along with the new voice-activated game which puts you at the contestant's podium:
https://cordcuttersnews.com/an-all-new-voice-activated-jeopardy-game-is-now-available-on-roku/

29) Sony Reveals Access Controller Release Date And Pricing | Can I Play That?

On the PlayStation Blog, Sony has finally revealed a release date for the Access controller for PS5. They have also shared pricing, and what buyers will receive in the box. Along with the news a feature trailer was released, and the product page for the Access controller is live with the latest information:
https://caniplaythat.com/2023/07/13/sony-reveals-access-controller-release-date-and-pricing/

30) NC Access In Process For July 17, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-17th-july-2023/


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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:
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Closing: July 31, 2023 | Survey to Improve Outreach and Communication with Transit Users with Disabilities | Ron Brooks, CEO | Accessible Avenue

I am working with an industry colleague and friend, Kristen Joyner, on a book detailing strategies that public transit agencies and transportation providers can use to improve the effectiveness and equity of their outreach and communication with people with disabilities. We are inviting you to complete this survey in order to help us better understand the ways within which individuals with disabilities engage with transit agencies and paratransit providers (referred to as “public engagement”; how agencies are doing, and how they can do better. The survey includes a total of 17 multiple choice questions and should take about ten minutes to complete. Throughout the survey, there are opportunities to make additional comments, and we invite you to do so. At the end of the survey is a section to gather optional demographic information that will help us learn more about people who complete the survey. If you choose to answer the demographic questions, you will be entered into a drawing for one of five $25 Amazon gift cards. This is in appreciation for you taking the time to provide us with your valuable insights. The survey is located at the following link, and it is designed to be accessible for people using assistive technology:
https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7399907/Transit-User-Survey


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July 5, 2023 | The Podcast To Be Named Later: A Bit On Software Design

Erica Chase, an Accessibility Designer and former coworker of Kelly's from Microsoft joins TPTBNL to talk a bit about what software designers do in general and what Erica does around accessibility specifically. Erica works on the Power BI team and Microsoft and in addition to talking about software design.
https://tptbnl.com/podcast/a-bit-on-software-design/

July 13, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 132: A Conversation with Mike May on Traveling Blind

Join Brian and Ed as they sit down with Mike May to discuss Good Maps Outdoors, traveling as a blind person, this year's NFB Conference in Houston, and MLB games and the current real time radio broadcast delay. Flight for Sight Podcast is a new show about the Blind Travel Grant winners from Flight for Sight who have all received a $10,000 travel grant to accomplish their blind travel dreams:
https://sites.libsyn.com/477765/episode-2-a-conversation-with-mike-may-from-nfb-2023

July 15, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 136: Android 14 Beta 4 And The Fire Tablet 11 Max

We first ask listeners to donate whenever they can to run podcast expenses. We then talk about the just released Android 14 Beta 4 and speculate on when the final product will be available for the public. We unbox and talk about the Amazon Fire Max 11 Tablet which runs on a fork of Android. In our CSR episode we talk about preset timer:
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

July 16, 2023 | Living Blindfully Episode 239: Confronting Systemic Discrimination By Mainstream Tech Companies, Exciting Updates At Be My Eyes, And Our NFB Convention Travel Log

https://www.livingblindfully.com/episode-239confronting-systemic-discrimination-by-mainstream-tech-companies-exciting-updates-at-be-my-eyes-and-our-nfb-convention-travel-log/

July 18, 2023 | Shaun of the Shed: Demystifying QR Codes: Navigating Digital Payments for the Blind and Partially Sighted Community

In this episode of Shaun of the Shed, host Shaun Preece discusses the use of QR codes, particularly beneficial to members of the blind and partially sighted community. He covers their creation, appearance, and information capacity. Shaun demonstrates how to use a smartphone to scan QR codes, expressing his struggles with built-in camera apps on both iPhone and Android devices. He then introduces the more user-friendly "code scanner'" on iPhone, detailing its seamless recognition and access to QR code information. And, Shaun shares his personal experience using the code scanner for a taxi payment, highlighting the importance of user-friendly tech for those who are blind or partially sighted:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/demystifying-qr-codes-navigating-digital-payments-for/id1649603175?i=1000621516221

July 19, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2329: Defining Your Dream Job

Few companies were concerned with the accessibility of their products when Jyotsna Kaki was looking for a job. Undaunted, she went on to get a position at Google as an Accessibility Analyst despite the fact that that role was not yet defined. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jyotsna about her journey and how her role has changed over the years:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2329.htm

July 20, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, July 20, 2023

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July 20, 2023 | Navigate and Manage Windows 11 with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Are you new to Windows 11? Looking for ways to manage applications and files more efficiently? Join us Thursday, July 20 at noon Eastern for a live webinar, "Navigate and Manage Windows 11 with JAWS." Objectives: We'll provide an overview of the Windows 11 interface, and show you how to: Access settings, create and manage folders, navigate file explorer, navigate the control panel, add/remove applications and set default applications. ACVREP Credits: ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register for Navigate and Manage Windows 11 with JAWS:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9NRZyvaNTnqDAXPQo7WqxA#/registration

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 | Accessible Consumer Products and Services for Europe: Countdown to EAA 2025 | TPGi

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/

July 26, 2023 | Navigating the Future of Work: Exploring Remote and In-Person Options for the Blind Community Webinar | Clusiv

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The modern workforce is evolving and we want to help you understand remote versus in-person work, how to navigate the differences, and how to figure out what is right for you in your career journey as someone who is blind or visually impaired. Come ready to gain skills, insights and engage in conversations with presenters that have lived experience in helping others with this topic! Click the link to register, get the Zoom link, and even if you can't make it registrants will receive an email with the recording after the presentation:
https://bit.ly/44EkH9t

July 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Join us in the July meeting of the International Ally User Group. We'll find out how one university is working with students to correct video captions. We'll also learn how three institutions took part in "Fix your content day" and learn their strategies for encouraging staff participation. Join us on Thursday 27 July 2023 at 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST/ 16:00 CEST / 17:00 TRT / 18:00 GST. Session synopses: Students as video caption editors. David Morgan, Digital Education Developer, University of Bristol In this session, David will discuss some of the evolving strategies used to develop The University of Bristol's captioning service, to get closer to meeting accessibility regulations. He will reflect upon his experiences of employing both undergraduate and postgraduate student caption editors and compare them with a professional caption editing service. Fix Your Content Day — Updates from the Winners In this session, the winners from the Ally Fix Your Content Day (FYCD) event will share the approaches their institutions took to this event. They will explain how they support FYCD, encouraged their faculty to participate and reflect on their success. Coastal Pines Technical College. Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Ogeechee Technical College. Find sign-up and joining details on the Ally Community site:
https://usergroup.ally.ac/content/perma?id=59789

July 27, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Responsive Design | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. The monthly “Understand, Test, and Solve” webinar series covers fundamental concepts in accessibility. Attendees learn how to address the set of WCAG Success Criteria for each concept. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. So far, we've covered: Keyboard and Focus. Color Contrast. Page Structure and Navigation. Semantics. ARIA. The final webinar in this series covers responsive design — a design approach to make websites and apps responsive to user preferences and device capabilities. This webinar explains how accessibility guidelines are more about supporting people with low-vision and color-blindness to apply their own formatting to a site and less about supporting mobile devices. Each attendee gains a clear understanding of what issues in responsive design constitute a WCAG failure. The objective is to clear up confusion about page magnification, text magnification, and pinch-to-zoom. This session is 30 minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-responsive-design/

August 1, 2023 | Creating Accessible Social Media Content | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Leilani Mason, Solutions Engineer. Social media is a great tool to form connections, advertise, learn, and be entertained. In order for social media to be inclusive, it is critical that social media content is accessible. This talk will guide you through simple ways to make your social media content more accessible to screen reader users and the Deaf/HoH community. Attendees will learn about best practices for creating accessible social media content, including best practices for: Alternative text. Captions. ASCII art. Hashtags. Additionally, attendees will learn how to utilize the accessibility features built into social media platforms through step-by-step tutorials and review ways that users can go beyond built-in features. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-august-1-at-12pm-et-creating-accessible-social-media-content/

August 8, 2023 | Disability Awareness and Etiquette | California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
Become disability aware and learn how to engage with persons with disabilities in this insightful two-hour webinar. Who Should Attend? People who make hiring decisions. People who manage people. People who work with people with disabilities. People who provide services to people with disabilities. Anyone who values diversity and inclusion. ASL interpreting and real time captioning will be provided during the event. Brought to you by the Department of Rehabilitation Disability Access Services (DAS):
https://dor-ca-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jBntGDIxSumFWuWHLIA6Ig#/registration?os=iphone

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
The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project announces its twenty-second Audio Description Institute, August 14-18, 2023 (Monday through Friday) from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern each day. All Virtual. Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 32 million Americans experience significant vision loss). The interactive sessions are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions:
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E144393&id=86

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

September 29, 2023 | Blindness and Mental Health Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss mental health in the blind and low vision community. Expert presenters will discuss: Psychology and therapy for the blind community. Medications and genomic testing. Peer and community support resources. 988 Mental Health Hotline information:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-mental-health-webinar/

October 13, 2023 | Blindness and Clinical Trials Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss clinical trials for the blind and low vision community with these expert presenters: Ben Shaberman, VP Science Communications Foundation Fighting Blindness. Marin Allen, former Deputy Director of Communications, National Institute of Health. Maggie Cashion, Clinical Research Manager, Prism Vision Group:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-clinical-trials-webinar/

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 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

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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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.

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

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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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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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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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