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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 5, 2023 - Volume 931

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A.) My Top Five Apps I Use As A Blind Person | Blind Girl Blogs

Technology has played a pivotal role in enhancing my independence, confidence, and mobility. Here are my top five daily go-to apps that have empowered me to lead a fulfilling life independently:
https://blindgirlblogsapp.wordpress.com/2023/09/22/my-top-five-apps-i-use-as-a-blind-person/

B.) Auto-Verify: How to Browse the Web Without CAPTCHAs on Chrome | MakeUseOf

Hate filling out CAPTCHAs when you browse? One Google Chrome feature could help you skip them. Here's how to browse without them on Chrome:
https://www.makeuseof.com/chrome-browse-without-captcha/

C.) I Went Hands-On With Microsoft's New AI Features, And These 5 Are The Most Useful | Sabrina Ortiz | ZDNet

Here are the new Microsoft AI features that will likely make it into my own daily workflows:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/i-went-hands-on-with-microsofts-new-ai-features-and-these-5-are-the-most-useful/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

D.) A Boy Saw 17 Doctors Over 3 Years For Chronic Pain. ChatGPT Found The Diagnosis | Today

Publisher (Di Blasi): It is stories such as these that I believe will only proliferate as AI becomes better understood by more and more people. No, I do not believe AI is poised to replace doctors anytime soon, but for complex diagnoses I believe that AI already has a very strong capability that no human doctor currently possesses. The ability to consider hundreds, or thousands, or even millions of points of information about a health problem, and search it for patterns that might resemble known diseases.
Today: Alex experienced pain that stopped him from playing with other children but doctors had no answers to why. His frustrated mom asked ChatGPT for help:
https://www.today.com/health/mom-chatgpt-diagnosis-pain-rcna101843

E.) I Secretly Let ChatGPT Take My Final Exam — The Results Were Stunning | Dan Arena | Slate

Publisher (Di Blasi): Dearest fellow readers. I would like to introduce you to Glenn Peter Thompson. Current and future student in residence.
Slate: I teach in the computer science department at Vanderbilt University. In my Algorithms class this past spring, I decided to regularly expose my students to ChatGPT so they could see firsthand that it can't replace their critical thinking skills. I did this primarily for selfish reasons — like most instructors, I wanted my students to rely on their own creative problem-solving abilities rather than ChatGPT to answer their homework questions. I hypothesized that demonstrating the fallibility of ChatGPT would be a more effective deterrent than a syllabus policy statement. I just needed to find its weaknesses when it came to our course materials:
https://slate.com/technology/2023/08/chatgpt-vs-algorithms-class.html

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A) Bing Chat Proves That AI Can Beat CAPTCHA Graphics | Windows Central

Over the weekend, a user on X showcased how he was able to trick Bing Chat into quoting a CAPTCHA. Chatbots like Bing Chat and ChatGPT are "restricted" from achieving such tasks, but the user found a creative way of tricking Bing Chat into quoting the CAPTCHA text. The user tricked the chatbot into reading the CAPTCHA by pasting the text onto another image with a pair of hands with an open locket, further citing that it belonged to his deceased grandmother:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/bing/bing-chat-proves-that-ai-can-beat-captcha-graphics

B) How to Use ChatGPT's New Image Features | Wired: Subscription Required

OpenAI's new image analysis update for its chatbot is both impressive and frightening. Here's how to use it, and some advice for your experiments:
https://www.wired.com/story/chatgpt-plus-image-feature-openai/

C) 10 ChatGPT Alternatives & Competitors (Free and Paid) | PC World

ChatGPT might be the best-known AI, but it's not the only one out there:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2086819/chatgpt-alternatives.html

7) Apple Updates

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A) Now Possible! iOS 17 Can Play Haptic Signals And Vibrations From Special .ahap (Apple Haptic) Files Straight In Files App | Deniz Sincar | AppleVis

Recently I came across some Apple Developer article about playing haptic vibrations from a file. It says that you can create a special JSON formatted file with an extension .AHAP. Inside you can code your own great unique vibration patterns. This haptic format is so rich that it can vibrate in different musical notes, make louder or quieter tick, tick, tick signals and many more. Yesterday I figured out that if you import an .AHAP file into the "files" app, e.g. your iCloud drive, you can play and feal them straight ahead! The only difference is that the play button doesn't make audio sound from the speaker, but true and unique vibrations and haptics! That's awesome!
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/now-possible-ios-17-can-play-haptic-signals-vibrations-special-ahap-apple-haptic

B) Let's Get Ready For Action, How Does The Action Button Work On The iPhone 15 Pro? | National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)

If you have an iPhone you'll likely be familiar with the left side of the device. Two volume buttons and a mute switch. What more could one possibly desire you might ask? Well, on the iPhone 15 Pro that mute switch is no more. It's been replaced by a third button called the Action Button. That once familiar left side now feels different. It's got three buttons instead of the usual two, 2 volume buttons, and the new action button, which is now the top of the three:
https://www.ncbi.ie/lets-get-ready-for-action-how-does-the-action-button-work-on-the-iphone-15-pro/

C) An iPhone On Your Wrist: 28 Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know | PC Mag | With Commentary By David Goldfield

I am a user and a promoter of the Apple Watch. I believe that it can be a useful, convenient and for some a necessary and possibly life-saving device. However, I disagree with articles referring to it as "an iPhone on your wrist." Here's why:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5202

D) Introducing MultiButton: Assign Two Shortcuts to the Same Action Button Press on iPhone 15 Pro | Federico Viticci | MacStories

I got my iPhone 15 Pro Max last week, and I'm loving the possibilities opened by the Action button combined with the Shortcuts app. But as I was playing around with different ideas for the Action button, I had a thought: Wouldn't it be great if instead of just one shortcut, I could toggle between two shortcuts with the same Action button press? That's exactly what my new Multi-Button shortcut does:
https://www.macstories.net/ios/introducing-multibutton-assign-two-shortcuts-to-the-same-action-button-press-on-iphone-15-pro/

E) AirPods Pro Review: It Is Worth the Price | Accessibility Matters

The AirPods Pro are the most interesting piece of tech by Apple. It provides active noise cancellation, which has been associated with bulky headphones. You also get the ability to hear everything around you while listening to music, as well as gain super hearing abilities with the help of some settings within the iPhone. For this review, I am mainly focusing on the AirPods Pro 2nd gen:
https://a11y-matters.net/airpods-pro-review-it-is-worth-the-price/

F) Are Audio Message Transcripts Any Good in iOS 17? | CNET

You might run into some issues with the new feature if you don't speak slowly enough:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/are-audio-message-transcripts-any-good-in-ios-17/#ftag=CAD590a51e

G) macOS Sonoma: The Mac Stories Review

In one sense, the story of this year's macOS update is that there is no story, but that's not exactly right. Instead, it's a bunch of stories. It's the tail end of the realignment of macOS with Apple's other OSes that began with macOS Catalina in 2019. However, Sonoma is also part of a work-at-home story accelerated by COVID-19. The OS is also linked to the story of visionOS, only part of which has been revealed. Sonoma is a bundle of narrative threads built on the foundation of past releases, adding up to a collection of updates that will be less disruptive for most Mac users than recent macOS updates. Instead, Sonoma is packed with a variety of useful new features that help draw it closer to iPadOS and iOS than ever before, design enhancements, and a few disappointing omissions:
https://www.macstories.net/stories/macos-sonoma-the-macstories-review/

H) How To Use Improved Dictation Features In MacOS Sonoma | Apple Insider

Apple has not made giant changes to dictation in macOS Sonoma, but yet again the small improvements it has introduced will significantly help users. Here's what's new in Dictation and how to make the most of it:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/macos-sonoma/tips/how-to-use-improved-dictation-features-in-macos-sonoma?utm_medium=rss

8) ZoomText and Fusion Power Tip: How To Use Tethered View | Freedom Scientific

When using higher zoom levels (magnification), there is often an activity that occurs on the screen that is outside of the magnified viewing area. This is where Tethered View is helpful. It opens a new window inside the magnified area that brings the activity into view:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/193.html

9) Discover Office Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11 and 10 | Office Watch

There are some keyboard shortcuts to open or switch to Office apps in Windows 11 and Windows 10, if you have enough fingers! They are all based around the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Win combo plus a letter:
https://office-watch.com/2023/windows-shortcut-keys-office-apps/

10) How To Get Detailed Image Descriptions From The Bing App | Accessible Android

For us visually impaired individuals, accessing image descriptions has long been a challenge. While object recognition apps provided some assistance, they were limited in their ability to describe images comprehensively. However, recent developments in artificial intelligence have brought about a groundbreaking solution, making detailed image descriptions accessible to the community Let's look at the brief history:
https://accessibleandroid.com/detailed-image-descriptions-with-bing/

11) Reverse Directory Lookups: Searching in Reverse | Ask Bob Rankin

Can you find the name of a certain person or business if all you know about them is a phone number or street address? What if all you have is an email address or a photo? This type of search is called a reverse directory lookup. There are other tools to help you search backwards, to find people, places, names, photos, songs and more. Learn about the free and fee-based reverse search tools you can find online:
https://askbobrankin.com/reverse_directory_lookups_searching_in_reverse.html

12) Custom Commands in Dragon Professional | Nikol Prieto | Easter Seals Tech | YouTube

In today's tech tip, Brian Norton, Director of AT, at Easterseals Crossroads show us how to use custom commands in Dragon Professional:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2023/09/25/monday-tech-tip-custom-commands-in-dragon-professional/

13) How To OCR Large PDFs With Abbyy FineReader For Accessibility | The Accessibility Guy

If you've ever faced the challenge of converting a large batch of PDF files into editable text, you know how daunting this task can be. Abbyy FineReader, a comprehensive OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool, simplifies this process. This blog post serves as a quick guide to using Abbyy FineReader to handle large PDFs:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/how-to-ocr-large-pdfs-with-abbyy-finereader-for-accessibility/

14) 5 Tips For Creating Accessible Podcasts | AbilityNet

Podcasts are a versatile medium that can cater to diverse audiences, including the disabled community. Your podcast may attract neurodiverse listeners, who may prefer this form of content to stay informed and entertained. Similarly, podcasts are inherently audio-based, making them highly accessible and enjoyable to blind individuals and people with visual impairments. But how can you ensure your podcast is accessible to all? By following these 5 simple tips, you can make your podcast more accessible:
https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/5-tips-creating-accessible-podcasts

15) Android Accessibility | Collection of Recently Released YouTube Videos By Android

How To Use Reading Mode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNP-C-YD5Lo
How To Use Talkback Screen Reader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEp9DtiTw3s
How To Use Accessibility Scanner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxy4p-eDEpw
Introduction To Lookout:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjJjGqAj0Kc

16) New NVDA Screen Reader Workshop Series | Hadley

Learn how to use this free computer program to read websites, online documents, and more. Workshops include: Getting Started, Customizing How NVDA Speaks, Useful Shortcuts and Everyday Tasks:
https://hadley.edu/workshops/nvda-screen-reader-series

17) Straight From Google: How To Use TalkBack Screen Reader | Adventures of RantWoman

This is a VERY cool video. RantWoman wishes she had had such a clear simple intro when she first got her Pixel phone. On the other hand, RantWoman is the sort of technology cowboy who tends to think instructions are for sissies; just put the device in my hand and I will figure it out or Google directions on some other device or ... Unfortunately, sometimes this means RantWoman has too much vision and half-learns accessibility tools that would make her life MUCH easier if she knew them better. Anyway, watch the video and then try it and then read RantWoman's comments below:
http://rantwoman.blogspot.com/2023/10/straight-from-google-how-to-use.html

18) Microsoft Starts Roll Out Of Latest Windows 11 Update With 150 New Features Including Copilot | September 26, 2023 | MS Power User

Last week, during a press event, Microsoft revealed the information about an upcoming Windows 11 update that will bring over 150 new features including the new Copilot, Windows Backup and more. Today, Microsoft announced that it has started roll out of this new update. You can find the summary of major new features below:
https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-roll-out-windows-11-update/

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

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/PublicBeta

20) Would You Pay For Alexa? Amazon Hints That a Smarter Assistant May Cost You

Amazon plans to add loads of generative artificial intelligence capabilities into Alexa, but will a smarter, more human-sounding assistant be worth paying for? Dave Limp, the outgoing head of devices and services for Amazon, suggests a subscription will accompany the enhanced service, although offered little details. When asked by Bloomberg about a potential user fee incurring in the future, Limp said, "Yes, we absolutely think that:"
https://cordcuttersnews.com/would-you-pay-for-alexa-amazon-hints-that-a-smarter-assistant-may-cost-you/

21) TD Lab Launches Accessibility Tool For Public Use At No Cost To Help Drive Inclusive Online Experiences

At the opening night of the 2023 Elevate Festival, TD Bank Group (TD) (TSX: TD) announced the Canadian and American launch of its accessibility browser plug-in, TD Accessibility Adapter, to the public at no cost. The tool, which enables users to personalize their online experience tied to individual accessibility preferences, includes accessibility features such as reading guides, adjustable font size, dark mode, a dyslexia-friendly font and monochrome mode. It is also explicitly designed without using overlays and to co-exist with other assistive technologies, such as standalone screen magnification software:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/td-lab-launches-accessibility-tool-100000152.html

22) Envision Glasses: Subscription Edition

What's special about the subscription? Brand new or like-new Envision Glasses. No commitment. Easy cancellation anytime with no hidden fees. Premium service, assistance, and unlimited-term warranty. Feature updates subscription included ($200 per year value). Learn more:
https://shop.letsenvision.com/products/glasses-subscription

23) Google Is Retiring Gmail's Basic HTML View as of January 2024 | CNET

After the beginning of the year, Gmail will automatically change to its Standard view. Some visually impaired users prefer the Basic view. As of January 2024, Google is discontinuing the option to display Gmail on your browser in the Basic HTML view. A new post in Google's Help Center says Gmail will automatically change to Standard view. Standard view is a richer version of the program, and Basic HTML is a simple version useful for slow connections and outdated browsers. In an email, a Google representative acknowledged that the Basic HTML view will be disabled beginning in January, saying those views "were replaced by their modern successors 10+ years ago and do not include full Gmail feature functionality:"
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/google-is-retiring-gmails-basic-html-view-as-of-january-2024/#ftag=CAD590a51e

24) Four Things The Howe Innovation Center Team Learned At TechCrunch | Perkins School for the Blind

The Howe Innovation team brought accessibility and inclusion to tech's most cutting-edge conference. Here are four things they learned:
https://www.perkins.org/four-things-the-howe-innovation-center-team-learned-at-techcrunch/

25) Unique Device Brings Solar Eclipse Experience To Blind, Low Vision Community

The University of Texas at San Antonio is collaborating with Harvard University and building devices for the blind and low vision community to experience the solar eclipse with sound. "It has a high dynamic range of light sensors, so in bright lights it kind of has a flute sound, and as we go into eclipse, as the moon eclipses the sun, it gets dimmer. So we go into a clarinet range. So the sound goes down when the light goes down. So from flute to clarinet, to a low clicking sound when you are in totality," said Allyson Bieryla, an astronomer at Harvard University:
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2023/09/28/unique-device-brings-solar-eclipse-experience-to-blind-low-vision-community/

26) Improving Accessibility Of Online Graphics For Blind Users | MIT News

Open-source software by MIT MAD Fellow Jonathan Zong and others in the MIT Visualization Group reveals online graphics' embedded data in the user's preferred degree of granularity:
https://news.mit.edu/2023/improving-accessibility-online-graphics-blind-users-jonathan-zong-1002

27) PowerToys For Windows | Commentary by Brian Vogel via the Tech-VI List

PowerToys started out life, way back, as a set of "power functions" used by the select geeky few. Over the course of years it has morphed into something else entirely, while keeping the unfortunate "Toys" part of its name, which makes it seem trivial, but it isn't:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5205

28) Bookmarks Now Available On Bookshare Reader Mobile | Bookshare

Bookmarks are available as a beta for Bookshare Reader for smartphones and tablets. A top requested feature for the mobile app, bookmarks let you save your reading spot, or multiple spots, and return to them with ease across your browser-based and mobile devices. Try bookmarks for mobile and share your feedback:
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reader-bookmarks-dictionary-notes

29) A Detailed Guide: How to Find the Best Refurbished Laptop Computer for Your Needs | PCs For People

Looking to buy a laptop? Our guide can help. We break down every major component you'll need to know about when shopping for a refurbished laptop, explaining things in practical terms. From choosing your ideal operating system to making your final decision, we've got you covered. Let's find your dream laptop today:
https://www.pcsforpeople.org/low-cost-computers/a-detailed-guide-how-to-find-the-best-refurbished-laptop-computer-for-your-needs/

30) NVDA 2023.3beta4 Available For Testing

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-3beta4/

31) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for September 2023

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-noteworthy-september-2023

32) October 2023 Training Events | Freedom Scientific

https://blog.freedomscientific.com/join-us-for-our-october-2023-training-events/

33) Digital Accessibility Jobs, Sep 2023 | WebAxe

A list of some recent job openings in digital accessibility — some great opportunities:
http://www.webaxe.org/digital-accessibility-jobs-sep-2023/


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Closing: October 13, 2023 | 2023 NVDA Satisfaction Survey

HI everyone. NV Access is pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2023. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey. The survey is open to NVDA users and testers around the world. We encourage everyone to complete the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2023. As with last year, the survey is on Google Forms however you do not need to have a Google account to submit the form. Please do participate, and share with others, thank you! You can find the survey at:
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September 25, 2023 | Tek Talk welcomes Ryan Jones, Vispero Vice President, Software Product Management, discussing the newest features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion Version 2024

Ryan joins us this year as we prepare for the official new release of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion version 2024. We will do a review of the key features and hear all about the release schedule and what to expect. In addition, Ryan will introduce Sharkvember and the “Next Big Thing” contest that Freedom scientific is currently running. As always, there will be plenty of time to ask questions. Be sure to give the Release notes a review ahead of time and consider installing the Public Beta so you can try some of the new features as they are discussed:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000629551665

September 27, 2023 | Orbit Research September 2023 Zoom Meeting Recording (ZIP)

https://www.turner42.com/OrbitResearchSeptember2023ZoomMeeting.zip

September 28, 2023 | Peer-to-Peer at Hadley | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Listen in as Hadley's Director of Community, Marc Arneson, chats with Hadley members Bill Massey and Gregory Peterson about their participation in Hadley's new Peer-to-Peer program. To learn if getting a peer connection is for you, call us at +1 (800) 323-4238 📱️:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/peer-peer-hadley?_q=i5jjzrrk2p

September 28, 2023 | Shaun of the Shed: Control Your iPhone without Ever Touching it with the Hable One

On this episode of Shaun of the Shed, Shaun Preece dives into the Hable One, a Bluetooth controller or smartphone keyboard designed for people who are blind or partially sighted. It has eight buttons, including six Braille keys, and is roughly five inches by two and a half inches in size. The device can be used to enter text, navigate, and interact with smartphones. It supports both iPhone and Android phones and can be connected via Bluetooth. The episode provides a demonstration of the device's functionality and mentions that it is priced at $349 CAN:
https://shaun-of-the-shed.simplecast.com/episodes/control-your-iphone-without-ever-touching-it-with-the-hable-one

September 30, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 147, Samsung One UI Part 5, and Happy 25th Birthday to Google

We first talk about 15 years of Android and just touch on a brief history. We then talk about google turning 25 years old and how we started using google, some of the memories when we started and the features that we liked which were taken away. We then go into connection settings of One UI and talk about ESims in different countries and how to make it easy to transfer them to a new phone. Then in our Commentary screen reader we talk about shortcuts. In the tip of the week, we have a demo of confidential mode in the Gmail app:
https://youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

October 3, 2023 | The Braille Doodle | Braillecast

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just pick up a tablet of sorts, draw on it, and have the drawing in a tactile form? And wouldn't it be even more wonderful if you could simply erase the drawing and start over if you didn't like it? The Braille Doodle does just that, and we catch up with the Touchpad Pro Foundation to find out more:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/braillecast/id1259853662

October 4, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2340: Eurofly Flight Simulator

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane? If so, you might want to try the Eurofly flight simulation program. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lukas Hosnedl about this fully accessible and detailed flight simulation program that enables you to fly your desired aircraft from and to any destination with detailed real time feedback and control:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2340.htm

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October 5, 2023 | Free Webinar: How to Become an Accessibility Specialist | CreativePro

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join us for our 75-minute free webinar that features a replay of Enid Brown's highly-rated session from The Design + Accessibility Summit 2022. You'll learn: What you need to know to train yourself and team members. How to advocate for inclusivity in your organization. What certification options are available. Where to find support and connections within the accessibility community. Webinar host Enid Brown is a designer and accessibility expert at Riot Games, the internationally renowned maker of League of Legends and other multiplayer video games. Chat with accessibility experts throughout the session, and then bring your questions to our live follow-up Q&A with Enid. Everyone who joins us for the webinar will also receive a special discount to The Design + Accessibility Summit 2023:
https://creativepro.com/free-webinar-become-the-accessibility-specialist-at-your-company/

October 10, 2023 | Modernizing the Patient Experience with Self Check-in

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Self-Service kiosks are becoming more ubiquitous in healthcare with the intentions of improving the patient check-in experience. Providing patients with disabilities full access to self-check-in kiosks increases adoption rates and elevates the overall efficiency of your facilities. Join KIOSK and TPGi to learn about the importance of digital accessibility and considerations to facilitate ADA compliance in your self-check-in kiosks. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-10-at-12pm-et-modernizing-the-patient-experience-with-self-check-in/

October 10, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Five Benefits Of The New Split Braille Feature In JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll provide an overview of the new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024, plus discuss how you can benefit from its powerful functionality. Zoom conferencing platform:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

October 10, 2023 through October 12, 2023 | M-Enabling Summit | Washington, D.C.

From October 10th through 12th, disability advocates, corporations, government agencies, and accessibility executives will gather at the 11th M-Enabling Summit, the leading all-inclusive conference dedicated to fostering innovations, solutions, and strategies for digital inclusion. The 2023 M-Enabling Summit will examine how AI drives innovation and automation, scaling up digital accessibility in unprecedented ways. Your conference registration includes admission to two full days of M-Enabling Summit sessions, luncheons, exhibit floor, coffee breaks, keynote presentations, networking events, professional meetups, and opening night cocktail reception. A three-day pass includes two-day all-access conference pass, plus a third day of Expert Forum or Workshop presented by IAAP held on October 12th:
https://m-enabling.com/conference-registration-2023/

October 11, 2023 | Five Screen Reader Accessibility Tests You Should Always Do | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. In this practical, hands-on session, we will show you five screen reader checks everyone should be doing on their websites and applications. Thanks to TPGi's screen reader testing tool, the tests require little knowledge of accessibility. JAWS Inspect makes screen reader compatibility testing easy regardless of your role in your organization. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-11-at-12pm-et-five-screen-reader-accessibility-tests-you-should-always-do/

October 11, 2023 | Envision Glasses: New Features and Advancements (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The Envision Glasses are quickly becoming an essential tool for the visually impaired. Lightweight glasses with a camera and direct speaker, Envision Glasses speak out text and environmental information, recognize faces, light, and colors, and let you share that information. Envision Glasses is unobtrusive and intuitive, excelling in text recognition, including handwriting in over 60 languages. This session will focus on some new features available now, which harness the power of GPT-4 by OpenAI, one of the most advanced language models in the world, to understand and answer natural language questions. This new feature brings next-level access by giving users nearly unlimited control over how they interact with scanned text. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity on a virtual tour of this technology. We will also have a team member from Envision join us to add valuable insights and maybe even some “insider” information on what's in store for this technology. Learning Outcome: General overview of the glasses. In-depth discussion and demonstration of the new “Ask Envision” feature and others. How these glasses impact users at work, school, and home. Discussion on what features to look forward to in the coming months:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85092976442?pwd=cVk2L09GQzl3UWpLZ3R1dUhHQ2M3dz09&mc_cid=c2cb69a0b0&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

October 11, 2023 | UI/UX Design for Accessibility | Inclusion and Accessibility Labs

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 1PM GMT
Presented by Adela Buliman, this course provides an accessibility expert's insight into how digital platforms should be designed and how to avoid common accessibility pitfalls. User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) teams spend a lot of time getting that experience just right for the application or website they are designing; now with an understanding of end user needs, they can provide that desired experience to all:
https://ialabs.ie/calendar/

October 11, 2023 | Tech Time: iPhone Basics

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
For those who don't know, Tech Time happens once a month and is put on by the Conklin Davis Center. The focus is the use of smart phones, but other topics are also covered. This month, we will go back to the basics of the iPhone. We will discuss the Contacts, Calendar and Clock apps. If time permits, we will also talk about some settings in the Settings app. Meeting ID: 857 3480 8270 | Passcode: 963553 | Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85734808270?pwd=dUZYSFNQVGdZWmFkdkxlWWJ2REFUZz09

October 11, 2023 | BVA VetTech: Optimize Your Windows 11 Experience with ZoomText and Fusion | Freedom Scientific

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
This webinar will introduce you to the basics of ZoomText and Fusion. Learn how to use ZoomText to magnify and enhance screen content, and for those who need full speech, how to use Fusion for everyday tasks. This session is offered by the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) and open to everyone. Join via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85625909913?pwd=OGM0U3JTOWFmZllaQXcyZ0JmK2RxZz09#success

October 12, 2023 | NLS BARD Support: Topic for October's Many Faces of BARD Program

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
The topic for the October 12, 2023, Many Faces of BARD program will be the BARD 2.0 website, An Introduction and Demonstration. The program will begin at 7PM Eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. After the demonstration, NLS staff will take questions about the demonstration or anything else relating to BARD. If the Federal Government has not passed its budget for the next fiscal year and is closed on October 12, 2023, this event will not take place. If, however the federal government has passed its budget and is open, the session will take place. 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. One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1606793893# or +16469641167,,1606793893# | Meeting ID: 160 679 3893 | Passcode: 059249 | Join Zoom Meeting:
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October 13, 2023 | Blindness and Clinical Trials Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

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

October 14, 2023 | TUG Meeting: AppleVis

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
On Saturday, October 14, the Technology User Group (TUG) is pleased to welcome Thomas Domville (AnonyMouse) from AppleVis to our gathering. He will be highlighting the many changes coming to your iPhone with the release of iOS 17. He will talk about the new accessibility skills and some popular app redesigns. The AppleVis website and podcast will also be featured. 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:
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October 18, 2023 | Web Accessibility Overview (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Websites are now a hub of important information — from work to school. School websites include information on academic programs, class schedules, counseling, school calendars, activities, and much more. Users may utilize business websites for online transactions, banking, and socializing. All websites need to be fully accessible to users of assistive technology. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity for an overview of website accessibility and obstacles when assistive technology users encounter improperly structured websites. Learning Outcomes: Learn the importance of website accessibility. Learn the basic steps to create an accessible website. Learn the basic steps in testing websites using manual and automated tools. Understand the importance of testing websites with assistive technology, such as screen readers:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81286884623?pwd=VHdSWVh2QlBYbVJCNHVBMnNzbURnQT09&mc_cid=c2cb69a0b0&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

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:
https://www.accessibility.com/event/2023/creating-a-sustainable-digital-accessibility-business-plan

October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

October 24, 2023 | Building an Early Tactile Foundation for Graphics Understanding | APH

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
This webinar is part 1 of Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to discover how instruction in concept and tactile skills contributes to the development of braille and graphics literacy skills for students with visual impairments:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oUns1zn7RMSSFrTI6iPpPA#/registration

October 25, 2023 | Accessibility Key Performance Indicators | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. All accessibility programs must have defensible data points to convey the program's performance and justify an organization committing resources to the program. This webinar covers why organizations must have accessibility metrics and goes a step further, to demonstrate how organizations can generate and report these metrics. Attendees learn to develop benchmarks that are consistent with the scale and maturity of their accessibility program. We'll delve into accessibility metrics such as: Overall accessibility knowledge as an organization i.e. consumption of training materials. Comparison of shift-left approach to accessibility compared with audit-fix-audit-fix lifecycle. Indicators of code quality over time. Legal and reputational risk management. Completion of third-party certifications. We discuss the business case for accessibility and how to understand and frame the topic of return on investment. This webinar takes an honest look at oft-repeated, pro-accessibility arguments about site usage by people with disabilities and the relationship between accessibility and SEO. Accessibility is an opportunity to make an impact on an organization. Learn how to use TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center to describe this impact:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-october-25-at-12pm-et-accessibility-key-performance-indicators/

October 25, 2023 | Menus v. Ribbons with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Want to know how to navigate menus and ribbons with JAWS? Join Marisa Church and Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity to review the differences between menus and ribbons by activating in separate programs and presenting hotkeys. Learning Outcomes: Discuss the difference between menus and ribbons. Explore programs with menus or ribbons. Demonstrate commands for navigating menus and ribbons:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84433535781?pwd=SkJ4QjF4cng5aXBjbnpNdEJwZEE5UT09&mc_cid=c2cb69a0b0&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

November 14, 2023 through November 17, 2023 | The Design+ Accessibility Summit By CreativePro

Join us at the 3rd annual Design + Accessibility Summit, the essential HOW-TO event for design professionals who need to master accessibility, coming to a device near you November 14-17, 2023. It's no secret that accessibility is a hot topic. In fact, ensuring your documents are accessible is not just a good idea: it's the law. Whether you're extending your company's DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) focus, expanding your market to include the estimated 25% of the population who have disabilities, or safeguarding your company against legal risks, it's important to make accessibility a business priority. Creative professionals must learn how to design documents that are accessible for people with vision and hearing impairments, mobility challenges, cognitive, and other disabilities. And those who ramp up their knowledge and expertise in accessibility will find themselves in high demand supporting their business' efforts; while those who don't will risk falling behind. At The Design + Accessibility Summit, you will learn practical techniques for building accessible documents with InDesign, Acrobat, PowerPoint, and other tools widely used by creative professionals:
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November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

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

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

December 6, 2023 and December 7, 2023 | Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
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December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

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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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Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023 Calendar icon.

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: The Accessibility Guy


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Expert Document Accessibility Remediation: Compliant, Multilingual, & Inclusive

Unlock the power of inclusivity with our specialized document accessibility remediation services. With over 100,000 documents transformed and compliant with standards such as Section 508, WCAG 2.1 AA, HHS, AODA, and PDF/UA, we are your go-to accessibility experts. No document is too complex!

What To Expect:

Screen Reader Testing: We test all documents with industry-leading tools like JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, CommonLook Validator, and PAC3.

Turnaround Time: Our standard time is 5 business days. Expedited options are available.

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Languages Supported: Offering remediation in over 50 languages.

File Types Supported: Word, PDF, PowerPoint.

Custom Reports: Available for an additional fee.

Learn More: https://theaccessibilityguy.com/document-remediation/

Sponsor Since: August 3, 2023 Calendar icon.

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.

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Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://glidance.io/ 🌐

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Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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, 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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Every Traffic Light Accessible With The OKO Application

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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Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

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

Email: hello@ayes.ai 📧️

About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Limited Time Introductory Pricing On The New Victor Reader Stream 3!

With the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3, it's so easy to take your books, music, and more wherever you go. Imagine being able to listen to the latest novels, magazines, or your favorite music, podcasts, and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its sleek, compact design and easy-to-grip edges, the digital media player gives you hours of listening wherever you are and a superior text-to-speech experience in multiple languages.

Take advantage of our introductory pricing on the NEW Victor Reader Stream 3! Order today or call (415) 878-2922 📱️. Use promo code TOPTECH for Free Shipping!

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Sponsor Since: March 9th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://sterlingadaptives.com/ 🌐

Shop: https://sterlingadaptives.com/collections/vision-products

Phone: (415) 878-2922 📱️

Email: info@sterlingadaptives.com 📧️

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

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!



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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307 📱️

Fax: (206) 329-3397

Contact Us: https://lhblind.org/contact-us/

About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:

Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.

Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.

Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Have You Tried The Best Way to Label Things if You're Blind or Have Low Vision?

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.

➜ Label your kitchen, clothing, or medication.
➜ Tag specialty items and tools for hobbies.
➜ Organize lots of information about one thing on a single WayTag.
➜ Scan each WayTag 100,000 times or more.

Keep adding more WayTags! Use any style of tag, in any order. There's no limit to the number of WayTags you can use. So you can rely on one system to label all your things. Try our Starter Pack to experience ALL of the different types of WayTags!
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Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Email: connect@wayaround.com 📧️

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



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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐

Download the App: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/

Phone: NA: +1.800.835.1934 📱️ | AU: +1.800.765.096 📱️ | UK: +0.800.046.5668 📱️ | NZ: +1.800.425.451 📱️

Text Message: NA: +1.858.242.4457 📲 | AU: +61.488.839.767 📲 | UK: +44.149.320.2474 📲

Email: support@aira.io 📧️

Social: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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.
https://aira.io/download-and-try-it/

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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Learn Management Skills For Free. Get The Job You Want.

Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐

Email: community@makeitfable.com 📧️

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.

Opportunities:

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/.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Looking For Blind Job-Seekers Wanting To Advance Their Salaries, Careers And Digital Accessibility For The Blind

Are you interested in learning new tech skills and working remotely while earning a competitive salary? At Clusiv.io we have created the world's first digitally accessible e-Learning platform built by the blind, and built for the blind. Visit the link provided and request Clusiv through your Vocational Rehab counselor for lifetime access to our e-Learning platform with courses such as Business Applications, JAWS, and more:
https://clusiv.io/

Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

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.

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➜ Classified Advertisement: Subscribe to the Double Tap Podcast

Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you're blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletap.online 📧️. Phone: +1 (844) 971-1999 📱️
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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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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.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Braillesense 6 Notetaker By HIMS Inc.

The BrailleSense 6 is a cutting-edge assistive technology that combines the functionality of a notetaker, braille display, and accessible tablet into a single, compact unit. Its robust suite of features includes web browsing, email, document creation, and media playback, making it a versatile tool for education, work, and daily life. With built-in connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, users can seamlessly access online resources and connect with other devices. Currently compatible with Android 10, but will soon be upgrading to Android 12! Two sizes are available, the BrailleSense 6 with 32 cells, and the BrailleSense 6 mini with 20 cells.
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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐

Phone: (617) 969-6200 📱️

Fax: (617) 969-6204

Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒

Donate: https://carroll.org/donate

Social: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram

About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.



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Editorial Contributor: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editor Since: June 4th 2020

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Jenna also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and runs her own advocacy foundation.

Jenna also serves as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

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Editorial Contributor: Stephen (Alex) Marositz (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: October 7th 2021

Location: Los Angeles, California

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, Alex is also an Accessible Technology Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has worked in accessibility in higher education since 2005, is certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, and in his spare time plays for the San Gabriel Valley Panthers Beep Baseball Team. He can be reached on twitter at: @samarositz.

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Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: January 1st 2022

Location: Newcastle, Australia

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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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Editorial Contributor: David Woodbridge (Volunteer)


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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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