Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Volume 929
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Simple iPhone Trick Lets You Quickly Copy Text From Books, Signs, And More | Chris Smith | BGR.com
One of my favorite iPhone tricks, which I use all the time, is called Live Text. Apple introduced the feature in iOS 15, and it's available on iPhones as old as the iPhone XR/XS series. The name is enough to suggest what the feature does; it turns any text into text you can interact with. Just point the camera to it, and you'll be able to copy the text and paste it into other apps. Or place calls and compose emails, depending on what kind of text your phone points to:
B.) Soundscape, And The Way I Use It | National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)
After last week's exciting announcement about the new Soundscape Community app from NCBI IA labs and its partners, we are going to discover some use cases for the app and the different ways some people use it:
C.) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Add A Hyperlink To A Word Document | Freedom Scientific
You can add a hyperlink to a Word document by selecting text and inserting a link to a URL. Here's how:
D.) How To Add A Daily Step Counter To Your iPhone Lock Screen | iDownloadBlog
Do you want to see how many steps you have walked today right on your Lock Screen? This tutorial shows you easy and free ways to add a daily step counter to your iPhone Lock Screen:
E.) Apple September 2023 Keynote: The Big Picture | Accessibility Matters
The Apple September keynote has come and gone. So many features have been introduced, of which many were visual in nature. However, there are a few features that deserve some attention. A couple of them may benefit those with disabilities:
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A) OpenAI Announces DALL-E 3 With Native Chatgpt Integration | The Decoder
OpenAI's new DALL-E 3 text-to-image system offers significant improvements over its predecessor and is natively integrated with ChatGPT. According to OpenAI, this integration should eliminate the need for "prompt engineering". According to OpenAI, DALL-E 3 shows significant advances in its ability to generate images that accurately follow complicated prompts. This includes accurately representing a scene with specific objects, their relationships to each other, and details such as human hands or text in the image, typical weaknesses of previous text-to-image systems:
B) AI Just Beat A Human Test For Creativity. What Does That Even Mean? | MIT Technology Review: Subscription Required
Large language models are getting better at mimicking human creativity. That doesn't mean they're actually being creative, though:
C) OpenAI Doesn't Want GPT-4 To Be Used For Facial Recognition
Multimodal models can recognize images and describe their content. This includes images of people, which could prove problematic. The New York Times reports that OpenAI currently masks faces in images and does not allow GPT-4 to process them with image recognition. This particularly affects blind people, who are using GPT-4 with image enhancement in the "Be My Eyes" experiment to get detailed descriptions of the environment as well as people. The description of the environment is still available, but the description of the people has recently been disabled and the faces on the images are blurred:
D) Suno AI's New Text-To-Music Model Generates Impressive Songs | The Decoder
US startup Suno specializes in AI audio generation from text. Its latest audio model generates some impressive songs. In early September, Suno unveiled its latest text-to-song model, Chirp v1, which can generate music, including vocals, based on style and lyrics. The biggest improvement is that v1 can convert genres such as rock, pop, K-pop, and descriptions such as melodic or fast into music:
E) Google Bard Now Understands Images, Checks Facts, And Uses Your Google Data
In the race with ChatGPT, Google has added new features to Bard. In particular, the integration into the Google ecosystem may give it a leg up:
7) Apple Updates
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A) What's New In iOS 17 Accessibility For Blind and Deaf-Blind Users | Scott Davert | AppleVis
It's difficult to believe that iOS will be turning into a legal adult next fall, though the iOS 17 upgrade is far from being minor. Many new features and functions will be available for everyone. To check out some of the mainstream changes, Apple's official iOS 17 preview page may help. Alternatively, our main post announcing iOS 17 offers a large list of mainstream enhancements as well as a list of changes in accessibility. Not all devices which supported iOS 16 will support iOS 17; for a list of devices which will, check out this CNET article. The goal of this article is not to repeat the information widely available from other sources, but to look at it in a bit more detail where new accessibility features are concerned. I would like to thank my colleague Juan Ramos for his contributions to the article from a visual perspective:
B) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 | Wired: Subscription Required
Apple's latest operating systems are here. We break down all the new features and how to install them on your iPhone and iPad:
C) iOS 17.0 And The Braille Experience | Scott Davert | Tech-VI List
Hi all. I wanted to give braille users a bit of a cautionary message about upgrading to iOS 17. Some braille display users, myself included, have had significant issues with the Focus 5th generation displays. The connection was not stable for me on 2 different phones running iOS 17. I had one instance where the the Focus wouldn't communicate at all and it took several rounds of trouble shooting to get the connection back. When it did come back, it did some randomly, while I was not interacting with it. Testing with another focus on the latest firmware yielded similar results. On the other hand, some users have also reported having no issues with the Focus at all. Some users have also reported challenges with the Braille Sense 6 and Eurobraille displays. I have found, as have others, that the Brailliant BIX series and Mantis have reliable connections. How this will play out I'm unsure. I have no further data about specific braille displays I can share, and it will be a week before I can investigate further. That said, I'm sure there will be some who upgrade anyway and I hope they will report their findings as well. Basically, upgrade at your own risk is the bottom line:
D) How To Use Assistive Access on IOS 17 | Accessibility Matters
As of IOS 17, there is a new accessibility feature called Assistive Access that changes the overall iPhone interface. This may be useful for those with dementia or other cognitive disabilities that could make using a standard mobile device difficult. It may also be useful for those who want a distraction free phone for a while. A number of built-in apps work with Assistive Access, meaning the interface will be different as opposed to when you use it outside of Assistive Access:
E) iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 Accessibility Report Card: VoiceOver, Braille, and Low Vision Issues and Improvements | AppleVis
Apple publicly released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 on Monday, September 18, 2023. As is tradition for the major updates of the year, we've posted a summary to the AppleVis website of new bugs impacting VoiceOver, Braille support, and low vision features that we have identified during testing of these upcoming releases. We have also included details on previously reported bugs that appear to be fixed in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 based on our testing:
F) iOS And iPadOS 17: The MacStories Review | Federico Viticci
Well, last year was weird. For the first time since I started writing annual reviews of Apple's two mobile operating systems — iOS and iPadOS — I published a review without the iPad part. Or rather: I had to publish it a month later given the mess Apple found itself in with Stage Manager for iPadOS 16 and its half-baked, embarrassing debut:
G) A Voiceover Feature You May Want To Change in iOS 17 | Accessibility Matters
If you have updated to iOS 17, as a Voiceover user you may have noticed a change in how notifications are spoken. When I was using iOS 16, Voiceover would speak every notification that came in while the phone was unlocked. In IOS 17, Voiceover doesn't speak any notifications, which can lead to missing important information like a text message. However, you can change that behavior in Voiceover settings:
H) Apple Watch Series 9's 'Double-Tap' Takes A Popular Accessibility Feature To The Next Level | ZDNet
The new gesture feature lets you navigate the watch without you ever needing to tap the screen:
I) watchOS 10 Has Arrived Bringing Widgets Back To The Apple Watch | Kris Holt | Engadget
The latest operating system has arrived just ahead of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2:
J) watchOS 10 Now Available With Stackable Widgets, Updated Apps, New Workout Features, and More | AppleVis
Apple has released watchOS 10, bringing an overhauled Watch interface with a focus on widgets to get you access to more information at a glance. There are also redesigns to many apps, updated watch faces, new workout features, and more:
K) Apple Puts Top Apple Silicon Exec In Charge Of Apple Watch Blood Glucose Monitoring Project
Apple is doubling down on its ambitious project that aims to bring noninvasive blood sugar monitoring to the Apple Watch. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company has put one of its most important senior chip executives in charge of the project. The move signals Apple's continued commitment to this project:
L) Get Ready To Meet With 20 New iPhone Ringtones | ghacks.net
Apple enthusiasts have something to look forward to after the release of iPhone 15 as the iPhone is set to receive a fresh update — new iPhone ringtones. These iconic audio alerts have been a part of the iPhone experience since its inception, and now, Apple is ready to enhance this auditory facet:
M) Review: Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max | Wired: Subscription Required
If you're choosing between Apple's two premier handsets, we say go big or go home:
8) Amazon Updates
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A) At Long Last, Amazon Brings AI Features To Alexa | Digital Trends
Nearly a year after ChatGPT introduced the world to the uncannily human possibilities of generative AI, Amazon has unveiled new Alexa features powered by large language models (LLM). At the annual Amazon Devices Event hosted at its new Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, the company announced some major Alexa improvements that will attempt to make replies much more conversational and lifelike, with less waiting time between your interactions and more meaningful replies:
B) Amazon Adds Alexa Emergency Assist to Echo Devices | CNET
Access emergency services without your phone through your Alexa device — but not for free:
C) Amazon Upgrades Alexa for the ChatGPT Era | Wired: Subscription Required
A sweeping upgrade to Amazon's Alexa taps AI technology like that behind ChatGPT and also allows the virtual assistant to attempt to read body language:
D) Amazon Introduces New Echo Show 8 With Adaptive Home Screen | CNET
The smart display gets a refreshed look, faster Alexa, adaptive home screen and spatial audio:
9) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Apply a Style to a Word Document
A style is a set of formatting attributes you can apply to text, lists, and tables in a document. This applies a group of formatting attributes all at once to maximize productivity. Here's how:
10) How to Turn On the Flashlight by Tapping Your iPhone's Back | How To Geek
iPhone users with iOS 14 or newer can easily turn their flashlight on and off by tapping the back of their iPhone, thanks to a feature called Back Tap. Back Tap is an accessibility feature that uses finger taps on the back of the iPhone to activate different actions, including turning the flashlight on and off. To activate Back Tap and set it up for the flashlight, do the following:
11) Quickly Send Texts Without Typing a Word On iPhone | A11y Matters
I have a family member who was recently diagnosed with Huntington's disease. It impacts the person both mentally and physically. Lately, conversating by text message can be challenging at times. This family member will, for instance, send me every step of what he is doing when he is running an errand. I don't have much to say when I respond to these short texts. In fact, I feel like I've had to repeat myself so many times in the day. Fortunately, there is a shortcut that I'd like to discuss that helps with automating text messages:
12) How to Make Complex Tables Accessible in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC | The Accessibility Guy
This post will go over how to tag complex tables in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. There is a dedicated section on my site on how to tag tables, but this is a bit of a deeper dive and provides some extra practice:
13) Tools for Adding Audio Descriptions | Accessibility.com
Video has become a primary means to access digital content between social media platforms and streaming services. Seeing how people can access entertaining, social, and even educational content has been remarkable. Even more remarkable is that users with visual impairments also have a means in consuming video-heavy content. This is thanks to the development of audio descriptions. Audio descriptions are a type of narration that describes the visual elements of a video. This makes the video accessible regardless of the user's visual abilities. Digital product developers should know how to implement this essential accessibility tool properly. And so in this piece, we will explore the best methods for adding audio descriptions to your video content:
14) How to Make Sure Important Emails Don't End Up in Spam | Wired: Subscription Required
Publisher (Di Blasi): Here at Top Tech Tidbits we work hard to make sure that our weekly newsletters don't land in your spam folder. This article outlines what you can do on your end, in your specific email client, to make sure that you always receive those emails that you wish to receive.
15) Restoring The Classic Ribbons In Outlook 365 | Brian Vogel
Microsoft went to what it calls the simplified ribbons relatively recently (I can't pinpoint when). For those of us used to the Classic Ribbons, and the keyboard shortcuts in them, this shift is less than ideal. See my message in the M365 and Office Accessibility Group:
16) The Best Mastodon Tips And Tricks To Get The Most From The Twitter Rival | Stuff
As Twitter continues reshaping itself into the world's biggest social media bin fire, Stuff thinks there's a better way to microblog — and explains how you can get started:
17) Image to Text AI and Blurred Faces: What's Going On? | Be My Eyes
Hello, Be My Eyes Community! Be My AI (powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 image-to-text model) has proven to be an effective tool for users who are blind or have low vision. However, as part of beta testing, OpenAI's engine may blur faces or omit facial descriptions if a person is in the picture because of legitimate privacy considerations. The resulting lack of facial description is frustrating and disappointing to blind and low vision users who hope that AI will provide the same helpful information a sighted person obtains from just looking around. We share that sentiment. To be very clear — we aren't talking about facial identification. Identification raises a lot of very complicated legal issues that will take more time to resolve. This is about basic facial and human descriptions:
18) Chrome Tests 'Read Aloud' Mode To Shrink Microsoft's Accessibility Edge
A new accessibility feature is headed to Chrome, and while it certainly will be a useful option for people with accessibility needs, it may have a broader appeal too. Google is expected to add to its desktop browser a "Read Aloud" option similar to the one offered in Microsoft Edge. With this feature, an article or an entire web page can be read aloud at the click of a button — helping people who either can't see the screen or struggle to read the words shown. Of course, it's also a potential help to anyone who prefers the option of listening to a long online article in audio form:
19) Microsoft Is Bringing 'OCR' Text Recognition To Windows 11's Snipping Tool | Windows Central
Microsoft has announced new updates for the Snipping Tool and Phone Link apps on Windows 11 that are rolling out now in preview for Windows Insiders. The updates bring new functionality, including optical character recognition (OCR) technology in the Snipping Tool:
20) WordPress Blogs Can Now Be Followed In The Fediverse, Including Mastodon | TechCrunch
In March 2023, WordPress.com owner Automattic made a commitment to the fediverse — the decentralized social networks that include the Twitter rival Mastodon and others — with the acquisition of an ActivityPub plug-in that allows WordPress blogs to reach readers on other federated platforms. Now, the company is announcing ActivityPub 1.0.0 for WordPress has been released allowing WordPress blogs to be followed by others on apps like Mastodon and others in the fediverse and then receive replies back as comments on their own sites:
21) Announcing The Release Of A Near Professional Quality Recording Of "Personal Power, Second Edition" By Michael Feir | AppleVis
I owe a significant debt of gratitude to the Apple Vis community. This vibrant group has been an unwavering pillar of support, guiding me in maximizing the potential of my iPhone and Mac. In appreciation, I'm offering this community the "Personal Power Second Edition" audiobook, realized through Eleven Labs' innovative technology. I genuinely believe that this version is superior to existing audio renditions, and if it aids even one individual in mastering their iPhone, my efforts will have been worthwhile:
22) Getting a Good Vibe From The Vibio Bluetooth Bed Shaker From Bellman & Symfon | Scott Davert | Helen Keller National Center
Read this review of the Vibio Bluetooth Bed Shaker which discusses the app, its notifications, the alarm settings, the product's vibrations, and more:
23) The Matter With Samsung Setup Wizard: How To Solve The Issue Of No Speech When On Setup | Accessible Android
When you unpack a Samsung device or you're starting fresh, there's a setup you must go through, as you would have to for any other device. The setup consists in you agreeing to Samsung's terms of service and policies, connecting to a Wi-Fi network (if available), adding your Google account, protecting your phone, then adding your Samsung account, plus a few other additional steps, starting with the S21 series and above and in any OneUI port ROM. One of these steps is to uncheck the bloatware that installs right after finishing setup, such as Spotify, Netflix, Disney Plus, etc:
24) Revolutionary Invention Turns Images Into Sounds For Blind People | 9 News Australia | YouTube
It's the Australian invention that's set to revolutionise how people who are blind view the world. The non-invasive Aria research glasses use artificial intelligence to turn images into sound:
25) iOS 17 Released: New Book Coming Soon | iOS Access For All
26) TweeseCake 0.16.3 Released
27) NVDA 2023.3 Beta 2 Now Available
28) DBT 12.7 sr1 is Now Available | Duxbury Systems, Inc.
29) LibreOffice 7.6.1 Community Available For Download
30) NV Access In Process for September 2023
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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH
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Closing: September 29, 2023 | Designing Future Privacy Technologies With Blind and Low Vision People | University of Michigan
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September 9, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Text and Number Processing in JAWS
Join Ron Miller in this pre-recorded Clubhouse session where he demonstrates different ways to utilize text and number processing in JAWS:
September 14, 2023 | Choosing and Using a Magnifier | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts
Listen in as we chat with Ed Haines about getting the most out of our magnifiers:
September 14, 2023 | Tech Talk 477: Looking Back At The Last Twenty Years Of Accessible Technology | RNIB Connect Radio
This week as part of RNIB Connect Radio's 20th Anniversary celebrations we're looking back at the last two decades in accessible technology and beyond. Our special guests are talking about some of their favourite pieces of technology from yesteryear, some you might know and some that might be better best forgotten:
September 15, 2023 | A New Beginning | Access Tech Live Debut Episode | DoubleTap
The debut episode of Access Tech Live with Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo. This week we feature guests Stephanie Cadieux, Canada's Chief Accessibility Officer and Shelly Brisbin. Plus all the latest from Apple's iPhone 15 announcement:
September 16, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 145: One UI Apps Drawer and Android14 QPR Beta 1
In our announcements segment we inform listeners that we got a new phone number for the podcast on which they can leave voice mails as suggestions and comments or questions and if there are questions they will be played on the episode and answered. The number is: +1 (307) 202-9797 ☎. In our android basics segment, we show the listeners how app drawer can be managed on Samsung's One UI in our second android basics segment we inform the listeners about the Android 14 QPR Beta 1 rolling out, and that if listeners are in the beta testing program of android 14 and if they don't opt out before QPR1 they will be automatically opted in to the QPR beta and their device will be wiped when android 14 public release comes out and they want to opt out of the program at that time. In our tip of the week, we show our listeners the new images mode available in lookout beta:
September 17, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 138: A Different Kind of Apple Recap, Gender Neutral Dongles
Join the entire gang as they discuss the Apple Wanderlust event, iOS 17 VoiceOver bugs, swallowing AirPods, Alien Life, the Be My Eyes/ChatGPT Photo issue, and share a few laughs along the way. We won't make you cry, but we will make you laugh, or your money back:
September 19, 2023 | AppleVis: Finely Tune VoiceOver Speech to Best Suit Your Needs and Preferences on iOS With Per Voice Settings
In this episode, Thomas Domville introduces us to the new "per voice settings" introduced with iOS 17:
September 20, 2023 | Kapsys SmartVision 3 Review | DoubleTap
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun discuss the Kapsys SmartVision 3 mobile phone that Steven received recently. In his review, Steven discusses the value of having the touch screen as well as a physical T9 keypad and demonstrates how to navigate the Google-certified Android device by cursor keys alone. Also, he shows off the dictation and Google Assistant button on the side of the device. And there's more thought-provoking conversation starters from you the listeners. We hear from first-time listener Eric, who asks about the best online dating apps for people who are blind, while Aaron raises questions about the way we consider ourselves as part of society, and whether or not society is to blame for disabling us, or do we hold responsibility for our own lives:
September 20, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2338: The Tech Toolbox From Orbit Research
Orbit Research carries a wide variety of products suitable for students, professionals, and home use. These range from talking and graphics calculators to multi-line and graphical braille displays, to low vision magnifiers to braille computers. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Venkatesh Chari, President and CEO of Orbit Research, about their many offerings:
September 21, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, September 21, 2023
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September 21, 2023 | Inclusive Design 24
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September 21, 2023 | An Introduction to Google Slides with JAWS | Freedom Scientific
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September 21, 2023 | Guidelights and Gadgets Workshop | The Florida Outreach Center for The Blind
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September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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September 26, 2023 | Web Accessibility - DOJ Listening Session: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Title II Website/App Accessibility
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September 26, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Five JAWS Power Tips for Online Shopping
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September 27, 2023 | Basic Internet Browsing with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity
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September 27, 2023 | How to Write an Accessibility Statement | TPGi
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September 29, 2023 | Blindness and Mental Health Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy
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October 4, 2023 | FEMA Nationwide EAS Test
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October 10, 2023 | Modernizing the Patient Experience with Self Check-in
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October 13, 2023 | Blindness and Clinical Trials Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy
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October 24, 2023 | Creating a Sustainable Digital Accessibility Business Plan | Accessibility.com
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October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
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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
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
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
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About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
Sponsor Since: June 11th 2020
Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
Phone: (269) 216-4798 ☎
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Skype: atguys ✆
X (Formerly Twitter): https://twitter.com/atguys (@atguys) ✍
Facebook: https://facebook.com/atguys ✍
About: ATGuys.com. Your access technology experts, home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Our products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. If there's an item you're looking for, or if you have a question, please don't hesitate to send us a message or call (269) 216-4798 ☎.
Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023
Website: https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/ 🌐
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.
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.
Play Game (Web Browser): https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/menu
Play Game (iOS App Store): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wordvoyance/id1672135719
Play Game (Google Play Store): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exceptionullgames.wordvoyance
Play Game (Other): For iOS users outside of our soft launch regions you can download the app via Apple's TestFlight Store at: https://testflight.apple.com/join/UsNLOulZ
Game Manual: https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/manual
Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023
Website: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/ 🌐
YouTube: https://youtube.com/@TheAccessibilityGuy 📹
About: My name is Shawn Jordison and I love helping others learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.
I have made over 100 thousand documents accessible, provided hundreds of trainings in the areas of accessibility and document remediation, and reviewed many websites and mobile applications for accessibility.
I have developed and reviewed VPATs, LMS courses, and other pieces of training. I am the accessibility swiss army knife. Let me be your personal accessibility expert.
➜ Over 13 years of experience in the field of accessibility.
➜ Passionate about providing equal access to information for everyone.
➜ Wide range of project experience, including document accessibility, training, and more.
➜ Expertise in captioning, assistive technology, and accessibility best practices. I'm here to help you create a more accessible world.
The Blog: This blog covers topics like making Word, PDF & PowerPoint files accessible, Closed Captioning, assistive technology, and other important accessibility topics.
Training and Consulting: Offering customized training and consulting for implementing accessibility best practices.
Accessible Document Service: Providing top-tier document remediation services for all types of files, ensuring compliance with WCAG, 508, and PDF UA standards.
Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023
Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐
About: Fun and easy, you'll just love going out. You walk with confidence, and Glide will simply guide you where you want to go.
Just Grab Your Glide And Walk With Confidence
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Get started with Glide today at: https://glidance.io/.
Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023
Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐
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.
Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023
Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐
App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.
Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.
The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.
The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.
Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023
Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐
Phone: (415) 878-2922 ☎
Email: email@example.com ✉
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time
About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.
We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.
We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.
We are known for providing you and your clients with the standards of service that you demand and that result in the right product at the right time and with the right backup service.
We look forward to hearing from you and being afforded the opportunity to show you just how Sterling our service is!
Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022
Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐
Phone: (800) 914-7307 ☎
Fax: (206) 329-3397 ░
Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/
About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:
• Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.
• Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.
• Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.
Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023
Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐
General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 ☎
Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 ☎
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.
All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.
Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.
Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8
Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround
Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/
Email: email@example.com ✉
About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.
We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.
Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.
Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.
Step Three: Real-time Assistance. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, when and where you want it.
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810
About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.
➜ Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.
➜ Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://fablepathways.com/community/.
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐
About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
Email: email@example.com ✉
Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3BQmUTl
About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐
Phone: (617) 969-6200 ☎Fax: (617) 969-6204 ░
Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒
Donate: https://carroll.org/donate ❤
About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐
Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.
Sales: (866) 202-0520 ☎
Support: (650) 249-1000 ☎
About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (800) 444-4443 ☎
About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.
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Hi, Tidbits readers, my name's Ben Moxey and I'm based in Newcastle, Australia. I'm really happy to be part of the Tidbits Team and look forward to supporting this valuable publication.
A bit about me and how I came to work in the BVI area. I grew up with very low vision in one eye due to retinal issues and relied on magnification and speech throughout school. They also tried to teach me Braille, but let's just say that I wasn't the best student! I was determined to use my remaining vision, no matter how impractical it was becoming.
When I was 20, the other retina came off and I've now been totally blind for about 21 years. This is when my love for assistive technology, and technology in general, really kicked in. I'll be honest, I was a bit of a computer nerd anyway, but I could quickly see how technology was my key to enhanced independence and lifestyle. I embraced screen readers, early smart phones and mobility aids. I even finally realised the huge value of Braille and finished off the course, though I'm still pretty slow!
Long story short (not one of my strong points), I've worked in the BVI area for 12 years with much of that spent reviewing, recommending and teaching assistive technology that suits the individual. I'm currently a proud employee of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT where I was the Practice Lead for the assistive technology service, and I've now moved into an Access and Technology Advisor role. Basically, this involves a strong focus on accessibility and technology innovation.
Feel free to look me up on LinkedIn, but I'll warn you in advance that I haven't given my profile the recommended attention!
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