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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 26, 2023 - Volume 934

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A.) Some iOS VoiceOver Bugs and Workarounds | Pam Coffey | Tech-VI List

As I am writing this, we are on iOS 17.0.3. These are some of my reflections on the new operating system, and a few workarounds for dealing with a few bugs and changes. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are numerous apps I have never used, and others I haven't used since the update; however, it will hopefully be of some assistance to those yet to update, as well as for less experienced users:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5319

B.) I'm Totally Blind. Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Me Rediscover the World | Milagros Costabel | Slate

If someone told me, a couple of weeks prior, that I would be taking pictures of everything that crossed my path, I would have laughed in their face. But there I was, sitting on the sidewalk, looking to capture the perfect shot that would allow me to learn a little more about the world I am a part of: the expression of the guide dog who is always by my side; the bustle of a busy street full of buildings, cars, and signs; the box of desserts I just bought, wondering whether it looked appetizing enough to bring to a family dinner. I can't see these things, which are so easy to take for granted, with my own eyes. But A.I. has now brought me as close to being able to do so as I'll probably ever be:
https://slate.com/technology/2023/10/ai-image-tools-blind-low-vision.html

C.) Passkeys: What They Are and Why You Need Them ASAP | PC Mag

We tell you what passkeys are, how you can get them, and where you can use them to log in securely without exposing your email address or creating a password:
https://www.pcmag.com/explainers/passwordless-authentication-what-it-is-and-why-you-need-it-asap

D.) How to Create Audio Description for YouTube Videos | Rebecca Klein | 3PlayMedia

More than 1 billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. 71% of people with disabilities leave a website immediately if it's not accessible. You don't have to be a mathematician to understand these stats and their implications. If you want your YouTube videos to reach their full potential, you need to make them accessible with captions and audio description. But how? Until 2023, YouTube didn't support audio description in the same way it supported captions. For captions, users could upload an SRT file with their video, but there was no similar solution for audio description. This meant that if a user was going to add audio description, it had to be embedded into the video and uploaded as one version. However, YouTube recently launched the ability to add audio description tracks to videos — a win for media accessibility! While the audio description capabilities are not available to all users yet, YouTube indicates that they will continue to roll this feature out to more creators:
https://www.3playmedia.com/blog/how-to-add-audio-description-to-youtube-videos/

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A) Generative AI: A Guide For Beginners | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Navigating the world of generative AI can feel overwhelming, especially for those just taking their initial steps into this burgeoning field. A question I am frequently asked is, “So, where do I start with generative AI? What's the first step? And which tool should I use?” The tool you choose will be contingent upon your specific needs and objectives. Do you wish to distill vast amounts of text? Craft compelling narratives? Or create stunning visual artwork? To assist you in making these decisions, I have compiled this introductory guide:
https://mvsltd.com/news/generative-ai-a-guide-for-beginners/

B) You Can Replace Siri With ChatGPT On Your iPhone, Here's How | BGR

Publisher (Di Blasi): This article was originally published on March 12, 2023, but with the recent release of GPT-4V, and a continued silence from Apple on the subject of AI, it may now be even more relevant than it was before.
BGR: It's very likely that Apple will give Siri formidable powers in the near future, similar to what ChatGPT can do. Or better. But Apple isn't in the same hurry as Google and Microsoft to respond to the ChatGPT threat by launching flawed versions of AI bots. While we wait for Siri to gain ChatGPT powers, we can always replace Siri on iPhone, iPad, and Mac thanks to a shortcut that lets you harness the power of ChatGPT directly on an Apple device. Technically, we're not really replacing Siri, as Apple doesn't offer iPhone users that sort of access to system apps. We're just using Siri to trigger a ChatGPT shortcut via voice, and then the latter will answer our queries:
https://bgr.com/tech/you-can-replace-siri-with-chatgpt-on-your-iphone-heres-how/

C) Use A Picture Of Yourself To Make AI Write Like You | Medium: Subscription Required

Here's how to capture your personal writing style with a photo and ChatGPT-4V:
https://medium.com/the-generator/use-a-picture-of-yourself-to-make-ai-write-like-you-e44a18e31112

8) Apple Updates

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A) iPhone 15 Pro Max Review: The Action Button Defines Apple's Most Accessible iPhone To Date | Forbes: Subscription Required

The 15 Pro Max truly is the most accessible iPhone yet for two primary reasons: the titanium body and the Action button:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/10/18/iphone-15-pro-max-review-the-action-button-defines-apples-most-accessible-iphone-to-date/

B) iPhone 15 Pro Max zoom Camera Is A Big Win For Accessibility — Here Are Three Ways How | iMore

Apple launched its iPhone 15 series on September 22, 2023 and one of the big highlights was a new lens in the 15 Pro Max:
https://www.imore.com/iphone/iphone-15/iphone-15-pro-max-zoom-camera-is-a-big-win-for-accessibility-here-are-three-ways-why

C) Hands On With HomePod & HomePod Mini's New Features In Software Update 17 | Apple Insider

The HomePod and HomePod mini didn't get as much love in Apple's recent OS updates as the rest of the lineup, but the recently-released 17.0 update still brought along some new features for us to test out:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/10/20/hands-on-with-homepod-homepod-minis-new-features-in-software-update-17

D) Here Are Six Products Apple Plans To Improve With AI | iMore

Apple has always been a forward-thinking company but its unwillingness to embrace AI has been considered a "pretty big miss" internally. Now, it is trying to catch up by pumping millions of dollars a year into AI development and a few of its use cases have been revealed:
https://www.imore.com/apple/here-are-six-products-apple-plans-to-improve-with-ai

E) Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2: Double Tap is Here | CNET

Now you can tap away to your heart's content to control the Apple Watch:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/apple-watch-series-9-and-ultra-2-double-tap-is-here/

9) JAWS Power Tip: How To Use Speech and Sound Schemes

JAWS speaks all text using the same voice by default. Speech and Sounds Schemes enable you to distinguish between different types of information using a different voice or specified sound. This includes: Different fonts. Bolded, italicized, or underlined text. Foreground or background colors. Indented text. Choose from existing schemes or create your own scheme for further customization. Here's how:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/199.html

10) Table of Contents in Word for Accessibility — Create in 4 Easy Steps | The Accessibility Guy

Here we dive into the essential skill of creating a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word. This simple yet powerful feature not only organizes your documents but also enhances accessibility. Before we jump into the how-to, make sure your document contains heading styles. These styles are the foundation for generating an accessible Table of Contents:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/table-of-contents-in-word-for-accessibility-create-in-4-easy-steps/

11) How To Use Libreoffice Accessibility Check To Ensure Your Documents Are Readable By All | ZDNet

How do you ensure that your documents are easy to read and accessible to those who use assistive tech? If you use LibreOffice, there's now a built-in tool for that very purpose:
https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/work-life/how-to-use-libreoffice-accessibility-check-to-ensure-your-documents-are-readable-by-all/

12) Dictation Not Working on iPhone/iPad? Try These 10 Fixes | Switching2Mac

Whether you're jotting down notes, sending a message, or drafting an email, Dictation takes the tedium out of typing on the iPhone by converting speech to text in real-time. Starting iOS 16, it's also faster, works for longer, and functions without an internet connection. However, the feature isn't without issues:
https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/dictation-not-working-on-iphone-ipad-try-these-10-fixes/

13) If You Prefer Classic Notepad To The New Tabbed Version | Brian Vogel

To restore truly classic (non-tabbed) Notepad under Windows 11, do the following: 1. Open Settings, Apps, Advanced App Settings. 2. In Advanced App Settings, activate the App Execution aliases option. 3. In App execution aliases, locate Notepad in the list. Note: The list is not alphabetically ordered. Throw the toggle to the Off position. That should be it. When a text file is opened with Notepad, the classic version of the program should open rather than the new tabbed one.

14) How To Switch Back To The Old Notification Sounds On iPhone | Cult of Mac

In iOS 17, many of the default sounds for notifications, alarms and timers have been changed — but how do you get back the old sounds if you don't like the new ones? This article shows you how:
https://www.cultofmac.com/832040/get-old-notification-sounds-back-on-iphone/

16) JAWS, Zoomtext and Fusion 2024 Have Been Released

Below are links to what's new in each release:
JAWS: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements
ZoomText: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew#enhancements
Fusion 2024: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/Fusion/FusionWhatsNew#enhancements

16) Leasey 8.1 Has Been Released | Hartgen Consultancy

Leasey 8.1 for JAWS 2024 and earlier is released! This is the first public build. The next one is already being worked on to be released in November. https://www.hartgen.org/leaseydemo. New in Build 8107. Completely compatible with JAWS 2024. It is hoped that the majority of difficulties with the new Results Viewer have been overcome. When in the Placemarker Dialog Box, ALT+A should activate the Add button. Pressing the Leasey key then ALT+K should route the JAWS cursor to the focused area of the web page and left click. ALT+Windows+Grave Accent starts Microsoft dictation. Within Microsoft Outlook, and you press the Leasey key then ALT+Windows+N, you should now be able to create a new Leasey Note. The following keystrokes are available when Face in View is active. These keys are pressed by themselves: O: Close Face in View. D: Face in View description. L: Face in View brightness. P: Face in View Picture Smart. U: Face in View change confidence threshold.

17) Orbit Writer — Firmware Update

We have a firmware update now available for the Orbit Writer. The package (vB0.00.00.01r08) is now available. For instructions to upgrade the Orbit Writer please refer the section 15.2 of the User Guide (v1.5) available on the website. This firmware upgrade now allows you to use the voice record feature in iMessage and WhatsApp when using the Orbit Writer. This works while using the Keyboard-HID protocol to connect with your smartphone. When the focus is on the Voice record icon of WhatsApp or iMessage, if you long-press the Select key, it will enable the recording. Press the space key to stop the recording. This is the only change in this version and if you do not wish to use this feature, an upgrade is not necessary:
https://www.orbitresearch.com/support/orbit-writer-support/orbit-writer-firmware-download/

18) 10 New Windows 11 Features In The October 2023 Update To Try Now | Computer World

Windows 11's big update for the year isn't only about artificial intelligence. There are lots of other updates to check out, including the return of many users' favorite taskbar option:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3708773/windows-11-october-2023-update.html

19) Windows 11 Will Add Bluetooth LE Audio Support For Hearing Aids | Windows Central

Microsoft just released Windows 11 Preview Build 25977 to Insiders in the Canary Channel. The update adds Bluetooth LE Audio support for hearing aids. Windows Location controls have been improved as well in the latest build:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-11/windows-11-will-add-bluetooth-le-audio-support-for-hearing-aids

20) New Free Update Now Available To Supernova & Dolphin ScreenReader Users Running Version 22

This update to the SuperNova software range and ScreenReader to version 22.04 includes:
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=536

21) Pixel 8 Pro Review | Accessible Android

This is a Dual Pixel 8 Pro Review by John Dyer and Warren Carr. The Pixel 8 Pro is undoubtedly a great device. Google continues to enhance the Tensor chip, and with the Tensor 3 powering the Pixel 8 series, we are in for a treat. This detailed written review, from an accessibility point of view, has all the things you need to know about the Pixel 8 Pro:
https://accessibleandroid.com/pixel-8-pro-review/

22) Accessibility Options in Virtual Reality Gaming: A Case Study with Myst | Meryl Evans | Equal Entry

There's no such thing as 100% accessibility. There will always be at least one person who prefers something different from the majority. If there's one thing video games are known for regardless of the platform, it's providing gameplay options. The options go beyond accessibility. Game developers want to let players customize their settings to ensure they have the best gaming experiences. When it comes to virtual reality, providing options can be a tricky proposition. This is because virtual reality has a unique vocabulary that not everyone knows or understands:
https://equalentry.com/virtual-reality-accessibility-gaming-myst/

23) New Trials Aim to Restore Hearing in Deaf Children — With Gene Therapy | Wired: Subscription Required

For the first time, researchers are testing an approach that involves replacing a mutated gene in the inner ears of children with severe hearing loss:
https://www.wired.com/story/new-trials-aim-to-restore-hearing-in-deaf-children-with-gene-therapy/

24) Activator Braille Display | Easter Seals Tech

Help Tech is a world leader in the design and manufacture of Braille devices. The company offers quite a variety of different Braille displays, keyboards, and more. One of their available devices is the Activator Braille Display. According to the device's description: "The Activator extends the proven features of Help Tech's Braille displays — such as the concave Braille cells and the patented ATC technology for automatic switching — with forward-looking innovations from unprecedented hardware and software solutions in a modern design. Combining the potential of the iPhone, the Activator offers a next-generation Braille experience..." One neat feature of the Activator is its patent-pending folding keyboard with Braille input. With just one flick of the wrist, this ergonomic Braille keyboard becomes a "fully-fledged computer keyboard" with tactile-switching characteristics:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2023/10/24/activator-braille-display/

25) Digital Inclusion Resources from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) | APH ConnectCenter

Your child may come home with a school iPad, Chromebook, or laptop, and you may be aware of increased digital instruction and activities. If you recognize accessibility issues, you may need resources to help your child's team with accessible technology. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) conducted the Access and Engagement research series during the pandemic and the Barriers to Digital Inclusion study last year, finding education is still one of the top areas of accessibility concerns. AFB has created valuable resources for parents, students, and professionals to help with this rising issue:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/education/digital-inclusion-resources-from-the-american-foundation-for-the-blind-afb/

26) Adthos Creates AI News And Information Service For Radio Stations | Radio Today UK

AI Audio platform Adthos has showcased its latest product by generating personalized and localized audio news content for radio stations across the US. Adthos for News allows broadcasters to produce a variety of news content in multiple languages using advanced synthetic voice and AI technology:
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2023/10/adthis-creates-ai-news-and-information-service-for-radio-stations/

27) Proton CAPTCHA: New Privacy-First CAPTCHA Defense Against Bots

Proton CAPTCHA has already been deployed to millions of users, completely replacing traditional CAPTCHAs for sign-up and login processes. According to the company, their goal is to continually refine CAPTCHA technology, reducing inconvenience for genuine users while making it increasingly formidable for attackers. Users with visual impairments can still verify themselves through computational proof of work, offering an alternative to traditional CAPTCHAs:
https://www.hackread.com/proton-captcha-privacy-captcha-defense-bots/

28) NVDA 2023.3rc2 Available For Testing

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-3rc2/

29) Refuge In Blogs And The Indieweb | Robert Kingett

After some thoughts about the IndieWeb, a movement to bring back personal websites and blogs, this blind writer lists some indie accessible blogging platforms and accessible RSS readers as well as ways to find blog feeds other than search engines:
https://robertkingett.com/2023/10/17/refuge/

30) Why Not Just Move to Windows? One Perspective | Paul Martz | AppleVis

In 2008, despite my failing eyesight, my Windows laptop with ZoomText empowered me to operate my own software development business. I had partnered with Bob, a Mac user. We both had prior Unix experience. With Windows, Mac, and Unix covered, we were a cross-platform development powerhouse. At a customer site, while Bob was doing a presentation on cache optimization, I mistakenly dumped a binary file in a console window, and my system speaker beeped for every unprintable character. At maximum volume. For thousands of characters. To silence the ensuing cacophony, I put the laptop to sleep by closing the lid. "Get a Mac," Bob said, eliciting a few chuckles from our clients. I laughed along too. After all, the comment was intended as humor. But there was a lot buried in those three words:
https://applevis.com/blog/why-not-just-move-windows-one-perspective

31) The Death of The Home Phone? AT&T Lost 417,000 Home Phone Customers In Just 3 Months | October 19, 2023

Today, AT&T reported results for the third quarter 2023 and announced that in just three months, it lost 417,000 home phone customers from both voice internet protocol services and its traditional phone service. AT&T also lost 28,000 DSL customers as it transitions away to fiber and 5G home internet. This all comes as AT&T plans to shutter around half its copper network by 2025, offering customers voice over internet protocols (VOIP), or phone over the internet, as an alternative. AT&T customers can keep their DSL for now, but the company is starting to push alternatives to get them to switch, including its new 5G home internet service called AT&T Internet Air:
https://cordcuttersnews.com/the-death-of-the-home-phone-att-lost-416000-home-phone-customers-in-just-3-months/

32) NV Access In-Process For October 19, 2023

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-19th-october-2023/

33) October Accessibility Newsletter from TPGi

https://email.tpgi.com/october-accessibility-newsletter-from-tpgi-1


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Closing November 3, 2023 | Participants Needed for AFB Research Study on Website and App Accessibility | APH

Researchers at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) are conducting a study to document the accessibility challenges that blind, low vision, and deafblind people experience while using websites and mobile apps in daily life. We are looking for participants to fill out a series of daily diaries sharing your experiences with websites and mobile apps in real time. We are asking interested individuals to fill out this brief interest form, and we will select 20-25 people to complete the diaries to get a balance of experiences. If you are selected to complete the diaries, you will be asked to spend 5-10 minutes each evening answering questions on a short online survey for 10 consecutive days in November 2023. Those who are selected and complete all the diaries will receive a $40 gift card:
https://afb.org/take-action/announcements/participants-accessibility-study

Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

We are doing a study to find out how reliable select cell phone apps may be for certain street-crossing tasks. This survey is designed to learn more about ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired may be using select cell phone apps to get assistance with street crossings. This survey does not include questions about GPS apps. This study is being conducted at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Completing the survey should take less than 10 minutes:
http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Use-of-Apps-with-Live-Agents-for-Executing-Street-Crossings


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October 12, 2023 | Tek Talk Welcomes John Gassman And Myrna Votta Of The Tek Talk Planning Committee To Discuss Reading Kindle Books

Kindle has over 6 million titles in its US Kindle Store. These books can be read using personal computers, Braille devices, smart phones, and Amazon Echo devices. John and Myrna will provide an overview of using these devices to read Kindle content:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tek-talk/id1500954706?i=1000631159782

October 12, 2023 | White Canes: Fears, Stigmas, and Uses | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Lots of questions, concerns, and stereotypes connected to use of the white cane. In this episode, we address several of them from past discussions on the topic:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hadley-presents-a-conversation-with-the-experts/id1461827102

October 18, 2023 | Google & XBox Accessibility Updates, VirtuaWalk at CES & The End for Sunu Band | DoubleTap

Today on the show, Steven and Shaun discuss the sad news of the closure of the company behind Sunu band, a mobility aid that used sonar and was worn on the wrist to help someone navigate their surroundings while using a cane or guide dog. We feature a statement from their founder. Also, there's a slew of accessibility updates to talk through, from Google and Xbox. Read more from Paul Thurrott's blog. And there's a chance to learn about a new treadmill that lets you walk and turn safely within a virtual reality setting. Steven caught up with the CEO of the company VirtuaWalk:
https://doubletaponair.com/google-xbox-accessibility-updates-virtuawalk-at-ces-the-end-for-sunu-band/

October 19, 2023 | "Holding On to Hope" | Insights & Sound Bites Podcast | Hadley

Today we hear from Ed who shares how the source of hope for him has changed with time:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/holding-hope?_q=0m9ju8iq25b

October 20, 2023 | An In-Depth Look at the Microsoft Office Ribbon and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

Are you looking for ways to navigate Microsoft Office applications more efficiently? Want to know where to locate commands when you need them? Listen in to our podcast, "An In-Depth Look at the Microsoft Office Ribbon and JAWS." Objectives: We'll provide an overview of the ribbons in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus show you how to: Navigate the ribbon tabs and locate commands Customize the ribbon Add frequently used commands to the Quick Access Toolbar:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/an-in-depth-look-at-the-microsoft-office-ribbon-and-jaws/id1521340640?i=1000632037037

October 21, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 150: One UI Part7 Modes and Routines and Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2.1

We first talk about the rebuilding of the Blind Android Users website so it becomes easy for our listeners to listen to all episodes and get show notes for all episodes. Our partner, Accessible Android has crossed 100 written articles and guides on the site, check them out. In our Android Basics section, we talk about modes and routines of Bixby in Samsung OneUI. We also talk about Android QPR 1 beta 2.1 released. In our spotlight segment we have a dual audio review of Pixel 8 Pro:
https://youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

October 25, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2343: Skateboarding With A Pop, Grind, And Flip

Justin Bishop was fully sighted when he started skateboarding at 10 years old. Despite losing all of his useful sight in his 20's, Justin's dedication to skateboarding has been unwavering. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Justin about his passion for skateboarding and what accommodations he makes to enable him to excel at this active sport:
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October 26, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, October 26, 2023

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October 27, 2023 | Orbit Research October Zoom

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Robert Carter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Orbit Research October Meeting. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 863 3051 3984. Passcode: 490353. One tap mobile: +13462487799,,86330513984#,,,,*490353# US (Houston) | +16699006833,,86330513984#,,,,*490353# US (San Jose):
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November 1, 2023 | ParentConnect: A Family Support Group Offered In Partnership With The Virtual Parent Support Group Chicago Lighthouse For The Blind | APH ConnectCenter

4:30PM PT, 5:30PM MT, 6:30PM CT, 7:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT
APH FamilyConnect and the Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families. No ACVREP or professional development credits will be available:
https://aph.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcOyhrzgrHNKIcMlgqoSgQtAOxsHjbKX3#/registration

November 1, 2023 | Making PDF Tables Accessible | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Tables are often the most efficient and effective way to communicate information. Ensuring equal accessibility of tables to all users is crucial. We will explore sample tables in Acrobat Pro and demonstrate how to remediate them to be fully accessible to assistive technology. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to dig into everything about making tables in an accessible PDF document. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Review the appropriate use of tables within accessible documents. Learn the basics for making tables accessible within Acrobat Pro. Troubleshoot complex table errors. Demonstrate navigation of tables with a screen reader in an accessible PDF in Acrobat Reader. Explore how different ways of creating and formatting tables in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel can change your PDF export results:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86711235986?pwd=bUxwMUhXbUtYWnhoNzRINHIwaDBaUT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

November 2, 2023 | Career Conversations: Interview With A Blind Audio Engineer | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Join the team at APH CareerConnect when we interview, Fitzville G. Martin, an audio engineer and CEO of Will Power entertainment, LLC. Fitzville will discuss with us his career journey and what has inspired him to open Will Power Entertainment, a leading New York City music and video recording studio. Fitsville has produced numerous award winning music videos. The remainder of the hour-long session will provide an opportunity for Transition age students and curious job seekers to follow up with their questions related to the field of audio engineering as well as what it is like to own your own business:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eQqaNCwFQc22zjqUXBV9fw#/registration

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 8, 2023 | ZoomText, JAWS & Fusion: Latest Features | Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
It's that time again. Not only is it the holidays but also the time when there are important updates for ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to explore what's new in the 2024 updates and some features within the past few years. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Briefly explain the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Compare the different licenses and how you can find out if you are eligible for the latest updates. Explore new 2024 features such as Inverted Mouse Pointer, Single Wedge Cursor, Face in View, Split Braille, a new command for managing calls, etc. Review recent features, including Tethered View, Smart Glance, Notification History improvements, New Tables Only option for Smart Navigation, and more:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81878663672?pwd=Q3pYQUJKMGZWNEFGRnBndEVkaTNOQT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

November 9, 2023 | From Classroom to Cash Flow: How Earning in School Can Shape a Brighter Future For Blind And Low Vision Students | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Discover the transformative power of earning money while in school for students with vision loss! This compelling presentation will unveil the benefits of cultivating strong money management habits and seeking accessible part-time work to foster independence. Learn how to save for the future while safeguarding government benefits and find out how families can play a pivotal role in this empowering journey:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bcrdsBoFS36Dc7hD8v_9Bg

November 14, 2023 | How Beginners Can Easily Test for JAWS Screen Reader Accessibility | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. JAWS Inspect enables rapid JAWS testing without the complexity of the end-user product. Using transcripts of JAWS speech you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple JAWS accessibility tests that can be run quickly even by novice accessibility testers and provide a good indicator of accessibility levels as well as an introduction to the challenges assistive technology users face. Testing with assistive technologies. JAWS compatibility testing. Introduction to accessibility testing. Understanding the user experience. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-november-14-at-11am-et-how-beginners-can-easily-test-for-jaws-screen-reader-accessibility/

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:
https://creativepro.com/design-accessibility-summit/

November 14, 2023 | Access Academy Part 2: Teaching Touch and Exploratory Skills to Prepare for Tactile Graphics Learning | APH

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
This webinar is part two of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to discover how to teach touch and exploratory skills to developing tactile learners. Learn how the development of exploratory skills serves as a foundation for braille readiness and meaningful tactile graphics experiences for students with visual impairments:
https://www.aph.org/events/teaching-touch-and-exploratory-skills-to-prepare-for-tactile-graphics-learning/

November 15, 2023 | What's New in WCAG 2.2? | Digital Accessibility Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
After the approval of WCAG 2.2, you may be wondering about the impact on your accessibility testing and certification processes. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn what changed with WCAG 2.2 and how it impacts the accessibility of your digital content. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information. Overview of WCAG 2.2. Accessibility benefits for users with disabilities. How to test for the new criteria:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82292206539?pwd=Rzl5UFI1TEw3bW0vWGNWV3lPZnorZz09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

November 28, 2023 | Access Academy Part 3: Strategies and Resources for the Instruction and Evaluation of Tactile Graphicacy Skills | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30 PM GMT
This webinar is part three of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Participate in this webinar to learn instructional strategies pertinent to effective graph reading and tactual perceptual skills. Explore methods for creation of tactile graphics and resources for evaluating tactile graphicacy capabilities of students with visual impairments.
https://www.aph.org/events/strategies-and-resources-for-the-instruction-and-evaluation-of-tactile-graphicacy-skills/

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

November 29, 2023 | ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful | ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern cameras produce high-definition images with color-coded controls and adjustable magnification. The ONYX Pro combines portability with the Surface 7 tablet, providing the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85400848456?pwd=eUdyUFRGeFlncXlWdnkyTFo5SkdwQT09&mc_cid=0ef50aefc4&mc_eid=90429c1885

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:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

December 12, 2023 | Access Academy Part 4: The Monarch: Tactile Access to Digital Learning | APH

1:30PM PT, 2:30PM MT, 3:30PM CT, 4:30PM ET, 8:30PM GMT
This webinar is part four of the Tactile Graphics Literacy for Students with Visual Impairments: 4 Part Series. Join this webinar to learn about the skills and background knowledge a student requires to benefit from the use of a multi-line, graphics-capable, refreshable braille display like the Monarch.
https://www.aph.org/events/the-monarch-tactile-access-to-digital-learning/

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

February 20, 2023 through February 22, 2023 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
https://www.deque.com/axe-con/register/

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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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: Wordvoyance


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➜ Classified Advertisement: FREE: Wordvoyance: A Scrabble Game For Screen Readers

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:
https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/

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.

Forms Handling: We specialize in making static PDFs accessible to screen readers.

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.

➜ Over 13 years of experience in the field of accessibility.

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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: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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
Glide will guide you to your destination or just keep you to a safe path and leave it to you to steer the way, giving you full autonomy and independence.

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Glide uses advanced technology to help you safely and smoothly weave your way among obstacles and people, and make your way to a near by door, steps or a park bench.

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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.

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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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Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: January 1st 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best and happy reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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