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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 7, 2023 - Volume 927

The Week's News in Access Technology

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A.) How To Stop Someone From Tracking You On Your Phone | Fox News

How would you feel if someone were spying on your every move, possibly listening to your conversations, and maybe even accessing your personal data without your consent? Would you even know if that were happening to you? It's such a great question because the last thing you want is for the wrong person to know your every move. Sharing your location with people from your cell phone should happen only with your consent and only with people you trust, not creeps who have found sneaky ways to track you. Here's how to detect tracking software on your phone and what you can do if you think you've been compromised:

B.) JAWS Power Tip: How To Manage Quick Settings and Notifications in Windows 11 with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

In Windows 10, the Action Center (Quick Settings) and Notification area were accessed in the same area by pressing WINDOWS KEY+A. In Windows 11, they are split into two menus:

C.) Voice Access Comes To Windows 11 Out-Of-Box Experience (OOBE) In Recent Insider Builds

Microsoft has released a feature that allows users to control their computers entirely using their voice, even before they've logged in. This could greatly improve the overall user experience and make computing more inclusive for a wider range of users:

D.) Access Both Alexa And Google Assistant On The Same Device. First Of Its Kind. | MS Power User

Alexa and Google Assistant on the same device will be possible with the new JBL Authentics 200, 300, and 500 speakers, coming on September 17, 2023. The devices are the first smart speakers that offer access to both Google Assistant and Alexa at any time, according to Google. And you can easily switch between them as well, at any time by saying the corresponding wake words ("Hey Google" and "Alexa"):

E.) People Are Turning Their TVs Into Radios

Radio is seeing another heyday as more people turn to their televisions to tune in. Households can use their smart TVs to access their favorite streaming audio service to listen to music, catch the latest news, and listen to local radio stations:

2) Sponsored By Pneuma Solutions: Happy RIMiversary! Celebrating a Highly Successful Year for the World's First Cross-Platform Accessible Remote Support Solution

It has been a year since our Remote Incident Manager solution was overhauled into the world's first all-inclusive, fully accessible remote desktop package around. Time flies when you're breaking barriers, and it's been a monumental year for RIM. Among the many additions RIM has gained throughout this year, there exist such historic milestones as Mac OS support, fully customized instant installers, an extremely efficient management dashboard, and extremely affordable purchasing options starting from $10.00! If you haven't yet tried RIM, there's never been a better time than now! Visit http://getrim.app and get started completely free of charge! Here's to another year of innovation and accessibility!

3) Sponsored By Freedom Scientific: Join Us for Sharkvember and Your Chance to Win a $1,000 Prize

All through the month of November, Freedom Scientific will be celebrating Sharkvember, an event-filled month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Dive into the "Next Big Thing," where you can help shape the future of JAWS and ZoomText. What's more, your creativity could net you a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Yes, that's right, a $1,000 prize for your idea! What We're Looking For: Is there a feature you think should be added to JAWS or ZoomText? We're on a mission to find software features that revolutionize the user experience, and we want to hear from you! From September 5, 2023 through October 16, 2023 outline your ideas in a three-minute video. You can make a submission as an individual or as a team of up to three people, all 18 years of age or older. Watch this video to learn more, and visit the Next Big Thing page for submission guidelines:

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10) AI Updates

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A) How to Use AI to Talk to Whales — and Save Life on Earth | Wired: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): Dr. Dolittle? Is that you? If you love animals as much as I do, you absolutely have to read this article. How would your feelings for animals change if you could understand what they were saying?
Wired: With ecosystems in crisis, engineers and scientists are teaming up to decipher what animals are saying. Their hope: By truly listening to nature, humans will decide to protect it:

B) Designing Generative AI to Work for People with Disabilities | Harvard Business Review

While trust is taking top billing in many discussions about generative AI's design and uses, it's also important to bring inclusivity and accessibility into the thick of things early on. That means ensuring that individuals with disabilities themselves play an active role in shaping the technology's evolution, particularly as it pertains to opening job opportunities and carrying out tasks. The benefits of doing so will lift your company and society. In this article, I explain those benefits and offer some essential guidelines to building inclusivity into the design of this technology:

C) Navigating A New Frontier: Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

The conversation surrounding the future of work in this new AI-driven era is far from new, but it's gaining fresh urgency. Questions range from the security of our jobs to the ripple effects of AI on productivity to the essence of work itself. To unpack this complexity it's crucial to delve into the role of generative AI, particularly large language models:

D) Sony Explores AI to Make Gaming More Accessible to the Visually Impaired

Sony is reportedly working its way to utilize AI in making games more accessible to visually impaired people:

E) ElevenLabs' Voice-Generating Tools Launch Out Of Beta | TechCrunch

ElevenLabs, the viral AI-powered platform for creating synthetic voices, has launched its platform out of beta with support for more than 30 languages. Using a new AI model developed in-house, ElevenLabs says that its tools are now capable of automatically identifying languages, including Korean, Dutch and Vietnamese, and generating “emotionally rich” speech in those languages. In combination with the new model, ElevenLabs customers can leverage the platform's voice-cloning tool to speak across the almost 30 languages without first having to type text:

F) Meta Just Released a Coding Version of Llama 2 | Wired: Subscription Required

Code Llama may spur a new wave of experimentation around AI and programming — but it will also help Meta:

11) Apple Updates

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A) Apple Launches New 'Apps By Apple' Website Promoting Its 'Powerful And Intuitive Apps' | 9to5Mac

Apple has quietly debuted an all-new “Apps by Apple” page on its website designed to promote its own apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV. The company highlights key apps like Messages, Photos, Reminders, and more — including teasers on upcoming new features in iOS 17. And more:

B) VisionOS Beta 3 Tidbits: New Accessibility Options, Lack Of Mouse Support, More | 9to5Mac

On August 29, 2023 Apple launched visionOS beta 3 to developers. Although the update is focused on people who have already got their hands on a Vision Pro Developer Kit, it's also available for Vision Pro Simulator as part of the SDK. Read on as we detail what's new with visionOS beta 3:

C) iOS 17: Here Are The Features That Won't Be Available At Launch | 9to5Mac

iOS 17 is set to be released in September with a number of new features, ranging from upgrades to Messages, major upgrades to autocorrect, and more. There are multiple new iOS 17 features, however, that Apple previewed at WWDC but says won't be available until sometime later this year:

D) How To Use iOS 17's New Siri Features And Upgrades | iMore

Siri is getting big upgrades in iOS 17. Apple makes your interactions with the digital assistant smoother and more naturalistic. Barriers are removed, and we get some new brilliantly realistic voice models to test drive. Siri can also turn online articles into mini audiobooks and manages to do a remarkably good job of it, too. Our digital assistant in iOS 17 is more agnostic about the messaging app you use and becomes the sort of steward of a brand-new iPhone feature that turns your phone into a bedside smart display in waiting:

E) The Absolute Importance Of Calling Apple Accessibility Directly | Ash Rein | AppleVis

So I would like to relay something that I was told. The Apple accessibility team would actually prefer phone calls:

F) Apple Vision Pro Execs Talk About Developer Headset Accessibility | Apple Insider

The Apple Vision Pro needs to convince developers to create apps for the headset, as well as get consumers to buy into the platform when it is released, with accessibility a big part of Apple's plan to make the device a success:

12) JAWS Power Tip: How To Check the Formatting of a Document with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

When creating a document with JAWS in a word processing application such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, or text editors such as Notepad and WordPad, you may want to check the formatting to ensure it is correct. To do this, follow these steps:

13) Get to Know More About Widgets on Android: Enhance Your Home Screen Experience | Accessible Android

Widgets are an essential aspect of the Android operating system, enabling users to personalize their home screens and access relevant information at a glance. These interactive mini-applications provide quick access to important functions, display real-time data, and enhance user productivity. In this post, we'll explore the world of widgets on Android, their capabilities, and how you can make the most of them to create a personalized and efficient mobile experience from accessibility perspective:

14) How To Make Charts And Graphs More Accessible | PopeTech

No matter how a user interacts with data, the goal is to make sure everyone can perceive the trend or information the data conveys. In this article, we'll start with what charts and graphs need to be considered accessible. But, just because it's accessible, doesn't mean it's the best user experience for all types of users. So, we'll also go over opportunities for creating more usable data visualizations:

15) Select A Range In Excel Office 365 With Shortcut Keys For Visually Impaired | Microsoft

Hi, We have a visually impaired gentleman working for us who used to be able to use shortcut keys and then select a specific range with cell addresses. My research for Office 365 says to use Ctrl 6 but that only takes you to the first cell. He used to use F5 and then could type in the range A1.F8 for example. How does he do this in Microsoft 365 without having to push enter many times and then right key to select a range?

16) How Can I Create A Key Combo And Assign It To A Voiceover Keyboard Commander? | Oliver Kennett | AppleVis

So here is my goal, to create a more useable shortcut combo for VOCR. For those who don't know, VOCR is an OCR script for VoiceOver that is awesome! The trouble with it is, the shortcuts are a bit digit gymnastic for my liking. Command, control, shift W to scan a window, which is just a bit messy. My desire is to create a VoiceOver keyboard commander, using the right option key with / to scan:

17) Using a Braille Display on iOS: an Introduction | Scott Davert | AppleVis

Any iOS Device that runs VoiceOver can support a large variety of Bluetooth braille displays. Common models include Humanware's Brailliant line, the Focus displays from Vispero, displays from Orbit Research, Alva, VissioBraille, HIMS, and other companies. Please see Apple's official list of supported braille displays. You may also find this page listing common braille commands for iOS to be helpful. If you are on a mantis Q40, you may find this list of Bluetooth keyboard commands may be of more value, since the Mantis has a QWERTY keyboard. These commands also apply to the QWERTY keyboard when in use on the Activator:

18) Get To Know Accessibility Actions, The Useful Yet Overlooked Screen Reader Feature | Accessible Android

When interacting with an item on your phone, whether it's a chat message, an icon, an email, or a file, it is essential to easily access specific options related to that element. These options are typically accessed by long-pressing the item (for screen reader users, double-tap and hold), or by using a button that opens the available options related to each item. Some apps also offer the ability to swipe a particular item to perform actions, such as swiping on a message to reply. In addition to those standard methods, Google had introduced 'actions,' which are shortcuts to access options specific to a focused item. Those options are displayed in an accessible menu using a screen reader:

19) The 28 Best Mac Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier | Wired: Subscription Required

Sink your teeth into these juicy third-party apps for better writing, organization, and more:

20) Browser Video Players Review | Adrian Roselli

Browsers each provide built-in video players for the "video" element. Nearly four years ago Scott Vinkle wrote How accessible is the HTML video player?, where he compared these to one video player product. I decided it was time to test for myself. I structured my test and reporting a bit differently and I am not comparing to any product, so this is not a true follow-up on Scott's work:

21) NVDA 2023.2 Released


22) Google's Lookout App Adds Detailed, AI-Powered Image Descriptions | CNET

The app is designed to help blind and low-vision users understand their surroundings. People can also ask follow-up questions for more information about an image:

23) USENET, The OG Social Network, Rises Again Like A Text-Only Phoenix | The Register

The USENET management committee has reconvened and there are green shoots of growth in the original, pre-World Wide Web social network:

24) Read Aloud Voice Changes Coming To Word | Office Watch

There are some interesting and useful changes coming to Read Aloud in Microsoft Word. More voices and languages, reading speed and (at last!) text scrolls as it's being read:

25) Fairphone 5 Launched: Up To 10 Years Of Software Support

Fairphone has announced the Fairphone 5. The company says it wants to support the device for ten years. Expect to pay £619 (~$780) for the Fairphone 5 when it launches:

26) Fairphone 5 Hands-On: Feels Like The Best Phone For A Small Group Of People | Android Authority

The Fairphone 5 is the anti-smartphone. It's designed to be kept for a very long time by being easily repairable, easily upgradeable, and kept up-to-date with software for an ambitious ten years. In other words, Fairphone wants you to buy this phone and then not buy another until well into 2030. That's not the message we get from pretty much any other brand. At IFA 2023, we had a chance to go hands-on with the new Fairphone 5. Here are our thoughts:

27) What's New in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024 Public Beta | Freedom Scientific


28) Working With The iOS User Guide | Deborah Armstrong | AppleVis

Did you know that you can read the entire iPhone user manual through your browser online? This is also true for Mac, iPad, Apple watch and even the older iPod:

29) From Zen, To TicWatch To Samsung Galaxy Watch: This Is My Adventure | Accessibility On The Go

Why A Smart Watch? This is not a simple answer for me, nor is it a simple answer for many people. That being said, I wanted to get a better grasp on my physical health, separate just a little bit from my phone, and have functionality in doing it. This is what drove me into searching up the most accessible smart watches, and did I find a lot. This is my journey from smart watch curious to smart watch obsessed from the Zen to the Galaxy:

30) Soundscape Community | AppleVis

Welcome to Soundscape Community. We are a diverse consortium of organizations and individuals committed to improving access and inclusion for everyone, in partnership with a global community of users and open source developers:

31) Big Update For Accessible Android App: Complete Android 13 Support And 4 Times Faster Navigation | Accessible Android

We're thrilled to announce that the Accessible Android app has been updated to fully support Android 13 and has some cool improvements for stability and simplicity:

32) Discover a World of Inclusive Technology on the NCBI Labs YouTube Channel | National Council of the Blind Ireland

Would you like to stay up to date with the latest product releases, apps, and technology news people with sight loss? The NCBI Labs YouTube channel is the home of great tech content for people with sight loss, including our Talking Technology Podcast, tech teacher videos, Braille device demonstrations, and reviews of all the latest gadgets. We regularly add new content to the Labs YouTube channel and are working towards building the number of subscribers all the time by keeping this content fresh and engaging. Subscribe today for all the latest tech content from NCBI Labs:

33) Microsoft Is Killing WordPad In Windows After 28 Years | BleepingComputer

Microsoft has announced that it will deprecate WordPad with a future Windows update as it's no longer under active development, though the company did not specify the precise timing of this change. WordPad is a basic text-editing application that allows users to create and edit documents with formatted text and include images and links to other files:

34) Jaw Muscles is Back! | Hartgen Consultancy

By very popular request our training course Jaw Muscles returns! Following the Jaw Muscles training course in 2022, we've had plenty of suggestions as to topics to cover and they have been taken on board. Here is a complete list of what was covered last year. Join us this year and continue the JAWS adventure:

35) Hands-On With The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Phone | The National Council for the Blind of Ireland

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a foldable flagship smartphone from Samsung. It features a 6.7-inch display, a 12MP main camera, and a 10MP selfie camera. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ chip which is equivalent to the standard iPhone 14. It is available in 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB storage. The battery capacity is 3700 mAh which is a bit low for a flagship phone:

36) The Bellboy and the History of Telephone Pagers | Retroist

The pager changed the way we kept in touch and would lead to the smartphone you carry around in your pocket today:

37) September 2023 Training Events List | Freedom Scientific


38) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for August 2023


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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

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Closing: September 8, 2023 | Research: Smart Speaker And Skill Use: What Do We Know? | University of Pittsburgh

The purpose of this research study is to learn about how people with disabilities use smart speakers and understand the benefits and challenges you experience. The findings will help develop training materials and improve smart speaker functions. You May Qualify If You Are: 18 years of age or older. Self-reporting using a smart speaker at least 3 times per week. Self-report of presently living with a physical disability, low-vision or blindness, or mild cognitive disability. Score of 18 or higher on the MiniMental State Exam OR score of 12-22 on MMSE Blind. Live in a community-based setting. Participation Involves: 1. Complete a demographic survey and a questionnaire about your experiences using a smart speaker. 2. Engage in a focus group (no more than 90 minutes) with other participants to discuss your thoughts and ideas relative to using your smart speaker in day-to-day life. Location: Focus groups sessions will occur either via Zoom (video or audio) or in person at a mutually agreed setting familiar to participants and/or the study team. Compensation: You will be compensated $25 for your participation in this study. For more information email:
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Closing: September 8, 2023 | Study: Analyzing User Experiences In Mobile Health Applications | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Accessible Healthcare Lab

Hello. My name is Soyoung Choi, and I am Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Director of the Accessible Healthcare Lab. The Accessible Healthcare Lab is dedicated to enhancing the accessibility and usability of mobile health technologies for everyone. We particularly want to understand the experiences of blind and low-vision adults aged older than 50 when they use smartphone apps to manage health behaviors (e.g., exercise, sleep, diet) or to track health metrics (e.g., blood pressure, blood glucose levels, heart rate). If you have advanced expertise in accessibility, or if you're an individual with blindness or low vision who uses a screen reader, we invite you to participate in our research. Your insights are crucial as we strive to develop a more accessible mobile health ecosystem. Please see below participant eligibility criteria: 1) Age: 50 years and above. 2) Diagnosis: Must have low vision or blindness, as confirmed by a physician. 3) Assistive technology: Must be able to use a screen reader. 4) Mobile health: Regularly uses smartphone apps to track health data. 5) Residence: Must be residing in the United States. *If you possess expertise in testing the accessibility of mobile health apps and are not visually impaired, please reach out to soyoung@illinois.edu 📧️. Once we confirm your eligibility, we will schedule a Zoom interview at a time convenient for you. These interviews will last approximately 60-80 minutes. As a token of our appreciation, participants will receive a $40 Amazon e-Code upon completion of the interview.

Closing: September 8, 2023 | State of Digital Accessibility Survey 2023 | Level Access

Thank you for participating in our 2023 State of Digital Accessibility Survey! This survey, conducted annually by Level Access in partnership with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT's (G3ict), is aimed at better understanding how organizations are currently approaching digital accessibility, along with their priorities and challenges. The entire survey should take fewer than 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous. Participation in this research is voluntary. Results will be published in aggregate in the 2023 State of Digital Accessibility Report:

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August 28, 2023 | Tek Talk: Welcomes Earle Harrison, HIMS National Account Manager, To Discuss The Latest Firmware Release For The SensePlayer Portable Book Reader, Multimedia Player And Field Recorder

Please once again join us in welcoming HIMS National Account Manager Earle Harrison as he discusses the latest firmware release for the SensePlayer portable book reader, multimedia player and field recorder. The most notable improvements include the ability to customize navigation and speech parameters within the DAISY player and Document Reader, the inclusion of the HIMS Mobile Screen Reader and the ability to access third-party apps such as BARD, Audible and so much more. Presenter Contact Info Earle Harrison | National Account Manager | HIMS, Inc. | 4616 West Howard Lane Suite 960 Austin, TX 78728 | Phone: (512) 914-1925 📱️ | Fax: (512) 837-2011 ░ | Email: earle@hims-inc.com 📧️ Website: http://hims-inc.com. Listen on Apple Podcasts:

August 30, 2023 | FSCast 234, A Demo Of JAWS Face In View, And An Interview With Billy Henry Of The Northwest Association For Blind Athletes

On FSCast 234, guest host Brett Lewis offers up a preview of what's coming in the public betas of JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText. He'll also do a demonstration of the new JAWS Face in View feature, and visit with Billy Henry, the President and CEO of the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes:

August 31, 2023 | Vision Loss and Caring for Pets: Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Listen in as we chat with animal lovers Debbie Worman and Sheri Robinson about the joys and challenges of caring for a pet when you have vision loss:

August 31, 2023 | Unmute Presents: Exploring the Echobatix App with Gary and Mia

Echobatix 1.0 provides text accessibility and touch screen interaction. The Explore feature reads the word at the end of your index finger such as the name of a button on a control panel. With the Find feature you speak into your device's built-in microphone to tell the app what word you want to find. This episode of Unmute features an enlightening conversation with Gary and Mia the creators of the innovative Echobatix app. The duo shares the inspiration behind the app and the unique features it offers for touchscreen accessibility. They also delve into the challenges they encountered during the development process and reveal exciting future plans for Echobatix, including a potential subscription model. The episode wraps up with a special giveaway and an opportunity for listeners to connect directly with Gary and Mia for further discussions:

August 31, 2023 | Exclusive: SoundScape Is Back | DoubleTap TV

Today on the show, Steven and Shaun share an exclusive story about the relaunch of the popular SoundScape app that was previously created by Microsoft. The tech giant made the decision to turn it into an open-source project late last year and developers have since started building their own versions, including Voice Vista and Open-Scape (which is still in beta at this time). But how sustainable are these individual apps without backing from major groups or organizations? That's the question the Scottish Tech Army posed when considering bringing the application back to life. Today, we meet Kirsty McIntosh from the Scottish Tech Army to explain how their project got involved with SoundScape, and what they are doing to ensure the app returns to its former glory and is also sustainable in the longer term. Plus we get an instant reaction from long-time user of SoundScape, AMI-audio's own Becki Zerr, who drops in to give her thoughts following her comments to Double Tap earlier this year after the news Microsoft was retiring the project:

September 2, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 143: One UI Part 1 (Setting Up A Device, Oneplus10t Review And More

In our announcements segment, we inform the listeners that the app of our partner site, AccessibleAndroid has got a huge update. This week, we bring you the first part of OneUi in our series looking at Samsung, with Warren showing you how to set up a Samsung phone and tips if your phone runs an older version of OneUI. In the spotlight segment, we review and discuss the OnePlus 10T. In our app of the week, our listener Mike Bernard demos how to use near by share on android and a windows computer. For the tip of the week, as Samsung Galaxy watches don't come with Google Assistant by default, John demonstrates how to install Google Assistant on a Samsung Galaxy Watch. Accessible Android App | OnePlus10T | Near By Share | Listen:

September 5, 2023 | Technically Working Episode 24: Pizzas, Phones, and Podcast Progress

In this episode, we cover a range of topics and make exciting announcements. We ask listeners for shout-outs to Doug, introduce a new segment, and discuss our smartphone experiences. We talk about fitness competitions, pizza, food delivery fees, and automatic tipping systems. We also address a bug with the Smart Vision 3 phone and provide updates on contacting us:

September 6, 2023 | Shell Phone Show: Adding a Podcast to the Podcast App

In this episode, we provide step-by-step instructions for listeners to locate and add a podcast to their podcast application. We guide them on how to open the app and add a podcast, as well as how to initiate dictation using the side button on their phone. After adding the podcast, we discuss the options available, such as subscribing, accessing the list of episodes, and getting details of the podcast:

September 6, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2336: See The World The Way You Want With The Rebokeh App

Rebecca Rosenberg felt that none of the built-in accessibility features in her smart phone were designed to address her particular needs and vision disorder so she got to work. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Rebecca about how she started a company that developed an iOS app that helps her and others interact with and see the "real world":

September 7, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, September 7, 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 access technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:

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September 7, 2023 | Using JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect for Testing | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. Using transcripts of JAWS speech, you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple tests using both JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect, explaining how these tools can be integrated into your test processes. Register today:

September 7, 2023 | Zoom Basics Using JAWS | Computers For The Blind | Marci Duty and Stephen Guerra

4:30PM PT, 5:30PM MT, 6:30PM CT, 7:30 PM ET, 11:30PM GMT
Learn Zoom Basics with the JAWS screen Reader:

September 7, 2023 | Leveraging Your Disability to Find a Job: How to Make Your blindness or Low Vision a Strength When Job Seeking | National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision (NRTC)

Individuals who are blind or have low vision often face many employment-related barriers. In recent years, several organizations that provide services to job seekers and employers have formed that not only work to address barriers to employment but provide an employment advantage for blind and low-vision individuals. Hear from Jonathan Lucus with NSITE, Ross Barchacky with inclusively, and Kristin Smedley, author of Thriving Blind: Stories Real People Succeeding Without Sight. Jonathan and Ross will share information about their organizations' services. Kristin will talk about emphasizing strengths, such as problem-solving skills and adaptability, that you gained from living with a visual impairment. Learn how to leverage your disability and market yourself to potential employers to obtain employment:

September 9, 2023 | The Low Vision Shop | TUG Meeting

On Saturday, September 9, the Technology User Group (TUG) welcomes The Low Vision Shop. This company offers the BlindShell mobile phone, the All-Terrain Cane, and a wide array of other low vision and blindness products. In addition, they offer training, a podcast, a support group and so much more. You do not have to RSVP for this event. The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about 60 minutes. Call in Number: (319) 527-4994 📱️. Webcast:

September 12, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Get the Most Out of Message Center | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Learn the ins and outs of the new Message Center in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion, including how to access and navigate messages, plus specify message settings. Zoom conferencing platform and Clubhouse. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device:

September 12, 2023 | Case Study: Creating Accessible Cultural Experiences | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Museums, art galleries, and cultural spaces increasingly rely on digital technologies to engage visitors with their collections. It is vital that such experiences are accessible to people with disabilities. This presentation describes how accessibility was integrated into the design and development of a free mobile app featuring digital guides to cultural institutions around the world. TPGi partnered with Bloomberg Connects to improve accessibility features of the app, which now provides the means for people with disabilities to engage with cultural institutions and experience their content in an accessible and inclusive way. The presentation will cover the way key accessibility barriers were identified and addressed, reflect on how the results of usability testing with people with disabilities helped verify the quality of the app's user experience, and consider future developments:

September 13, 2023 | Connect 12's New Dictionary Powered By Oxford Languages HumanWare

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
In collaboration with Oxford Languages, a part of Oxford University Press, this partner webinar will focus on leveraging the all-new Dictionary app to enhance reading comprehension support for your students. Be sure to participate in the interactive Q&A session at the end:

September 13, 2023 | RUBY Handheld Magnifiers: The Portable Vision Solution (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Did you know there are five RUBY models to help with your low vision needs? RUBY handheld video magnifiers provide the help that many people with low vision need to read text and see details. All RUBY models have a crisp, sharp image, high-contrast modes, and built-in LEDs. The streamlined design means RUBY can go with you anywhere, giving you easy access to photos, letters, prescriptions, packaging labels, and menus, even in a dark restaurant. With its broad range of adjustable, undistorted magnification, a RUBY video magnifier outperforms a drawerful of traditional magnifiers. There is even a model that is capable of full-page OCR. With a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of all the RUBY models and the assistance each can give in specific situations. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information. Features of all RUBY models. How to determine the right size for you. How adding speech capability can take you further:

September 14, 2023 | The Many Faces of BARD: Using Your Braille Display to Read Braille BARD Books on Your iPhone

The topic for the September 14, 2023, Many Faces of BARD program will be Using Your Braille Display to Read Braille BARD Books on Your iPhone. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. For this session, Judy Dixon will demonstrate how to access BARD braille books located on your iPhone and read them with your braille display. Note that information in this session will apply to any braille display including the NLS Braille eReaders. After the demonstration, Judy and the rest of the NLS staff will take questions about the demonstration or anything else relating to BARD. Remember that the meeting is recorded. Do not speak if you do not wish to be on the recording. If you wish to speak, you may request to do so by raising your hand. On a PC, press Alt Y to toggle raising and lowering your hand; on a Mac, press Option Y; and if dialing in via telephone, press Star 9. To mute or unmute yourself on a PC, press Alt A; on a Mac, press Command-Shift A; and on a telephone, press Star 6. If you choose to dial in to the call, use the telephone numbers provided below. The Zoom.gov ID will not work with standard Zoom.us. The session can be joined by going to:

September 19, 2023 | The Accessible Forms Checklist | TPGi

9:30AM PT, 10:30AM MT, 11:30AM CT, 12:30PM ET, 4:30PM GMT
Forms are one of the most important features in websites. They are a critical method of communication between people and companies. Yet far too often this communication is difficult or impossible due to poor accessibility. Accessible forms are easy to understand, complete, and submit. Instructions, cues, and requirements must be clearly identified to users. It must be simple to recover from errors. In this session, you will learn how to find accessibility errors in forms by using our high-level checklist. Our goal is to help build your knowledge around the WCAG success criteria related to forms. We will cover many topics, including: Using labels and groups to identify elements. Exposing the required and invalid attributes. Having clear errors and instructions. Robust, accessible names for controls:

September 20, 2023 | Creating Accessible PDF Fillable Forms (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Did you know that creating fillable PDF forms is crucial in meeting WCAG compliance? If you have a website form that is not a fillable PDF and requires a user to print it out to submit, users of assistive technology will face an accessibility barrier. In this webinar, we explore the different types of forms available in Acrobat, discuss best practices in formatting with accessibility in mind, and review the tag structure for fillable forms in PDF remediation to make them accessible for users. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity for the basics of form creation in Acrobat Pro. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information. Briefly review the best way to format MS Word documents when converted to PDF Fillable Forms. Discuss best practices for setting up form fields in your document. Showcase the form types available in Acrobat Pro and the settings needed for accessibility. Demonstrate how to tag form fields to make them accessible in your PDF:

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
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.

September 27, 2023 | Basic Internet Browsing with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Are you apprehensive about surfing the internet with JAWS, or do you want to understand the basics of web browsing with JAWS? Join Marisa Church and Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity as we discuss some basic terminology, demonstrate great techniques, and explore helpful tools to lay the foundation for effectively navigating web pages. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information. Explain the layout of a browser window with basic terms. Present basic navigating commands. Activate some JAWS tools to enhance the browsing experience:

September 27, 2023 | How to Write an Accessibility Statement | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll cover the various purposes for and key information to include in a website accessibility statement. Plus, we'll evaluate real-world examples of accessibility statements. Each attendee gains a template format to publish their own website accessibility statement. This webinar evaluates real-world examples of accessibility statements and answers frequently asked questions such as: Who at an organization should write an accessibility statement? Should the statement be written by an attorney? Should the statement explicitly acknowledge the parts of the website or application which do not conform to accessibility guidelines? Should the statement offer phone support or alternative options if a user finds the website to be inaccessible? The objective is for each attendee to come away with a clear approach for their own organization, whether it's a small business or a global brand. Join us for a lively discussion of website accessibility statements:

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:

October 4, 2023 | FEMA Nationwide EAS Test

11:20AM PT, 12:20PM MT, 1:20PM CT, 2:20PM ET, 6:20PM GMT
FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at 2:20pm ET on Wednesday, October 4. The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the seventh nationwide EAS test:

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:

October 24, 2023 | Creating a Sustainable Digital Accessibility Business Plan | Accessibility.com

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Every business needs a digital accessibility plan. Learn how to craft one for your business, no matter the size, that is sustainable as your business grows:

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.

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

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.

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:

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

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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Introducing: The first and only scrabble app that blind and sighted players can play together! Completely ad-free and based on the classic board game, Wordvoyance is the perfect choice for everyone from schools and young families to grizzled word game veterans. Play against the single-player CPU or challenge your friends online. The game can be played in any web browser, even on your phone, with Android and iOS apps available in select regions:

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About: 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.

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App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, the DeafBlind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.

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AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.


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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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WayAround is a smartphone-based labeling app that works with your preferred accessibility settings. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags ® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. If you want to label something that's inside, outside, wet, dry, hot, or cold, there's a WayTag that will attach securely. WayTags come as stickers, buttons, magnets, and clips. Each of the different styles of WayTags work exactly the same. Simply choose the WayTag that's best for what you want to label.

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About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best and happy reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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