Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 2, 2023 - Volume 935
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) 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:
B) JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion 2024 Have Been Released
Below are links to what's new in each release:
C) 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.
D) 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:
E) 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:
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9) AI Updates
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A) Fact Sheet: President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence | The White House
On October 30, 2023, President Biden issued a landmark Executive Order to ensure that America leads the way in seizing the promise and managing the risks of artificial intelligence (AI). The Executive Order establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans' privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more.
B) Enhancing Accessibility with AI and ML | Noe Barrell | Deque
There has been a lot of buzz recently about Artificial Intelligence, with some people speculating that we are approaching the long-awaited AI revolution. This hype has been chiefly generated by recent advanced algorithms powering ChatGPT and other language-related models. While I believe that these models are still a far cry from general AI (AI which is able to learn for any task or problem), there is certainly a lot of power behind Artificial Intelligence driven algorithms. While the field has been around for a long time, it has only been recently (in the last decade) that Deep Machine Learning approaches have started to take off. These advancements are owed to a couple of key factors. This blog post will focus on how to specialize AI for understanding user interfaces for accessibility testing, the importance of algorithm and data integrity for accessibility, and how machine learning (machine learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence that employs a variety of statistical and mathematical methods) can be used to simplify accessibility testing:
C) Assembling Your Generative AI Pilot Team: 5 Key Roles | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.
Here we will dissect the importance and composition of a Generative AI Pilot Team. An AI Pilot Team is essentially a dedicated group of individuals tasked with exploring the multi-faceted applications of generative AI, ranging from the drafting of emails, to content creation, to coding and beyond. However, it's worth noting that many of these initiatives today are carried out without official approval, oversight, or auditing measures in place. This lack of regulation can lead to significant issues, including the leakage of vital data. In order to succeed in this endeavor, an AI Pilot Team must possess a unique combination of skills and roles that are crucial for facilitating the seamless integration of AI into your organization. The right mix of individuals, each with their specific expertise, will not only help to debunk myths and misconceptions, but also pave the way for the practical implementation of generative AI across the various facets of your organization. So let's take a closer look at the five essential roles that should be represented within your AI Pilot Team:
D) This Is What Happened When Boston Dynamics' Robots Started To Speak, Powered By ChatGPT | Windows Central
A group of engineers recently developed a robot by leveraging generative AI capabilities to serve as a tour guide across Boston Dynamics' premises. Boston Dynamics trained its AI systems on a massive dataset. The development team admits that while the invention is impressive, they encountered several issues, including hallucination episodes. The robot is based on OpenAI's GPT-4 model, but the development team employed prompt engineering techniques to establish control over its responses:
E) Eureka! NVIDIA Research Breakthrough Puts New Spin on Robot Learning
NVIDIA's latest AI research breakthrough has everyone in robotics crying "Eureka!" ... literally. NVIDIA's new AI agent — aptly named Eureka — can teach robots complex skills on its own. And last Friday, NVIDIA revealed that Eureka's robot training abilities outperform humans. In a nutshell: Eureka is an autonomous agent (AKA it operates without human intervention) powered by GPT-4. It equips robots with the ability to handle complex skills with increased precision and autonomy, which promises to fundamentally change the way robots learn. The secret sauce? Reinforcement learning (RL):
F) Inside Apple's Big Plan to Bring Generative AI to All Its Devices | Mark Gurman | Bloomberg
Apple was caught flat-footed when ChatGPT and other AI tools took the technology industry by storm. But the company is now preparing its response and plans to develop features for its full range of devices:
G) Apple Makes Microsoft Teams Calls Incredible | Matthew Hardman | Medium: Subscription Required
The other day in a management meeting, I did something that blew people's minds and instantly became the center of attention. I made fireworks come up in my video feed in Microsoft Teams. To be honest, I even shocked myself. Was this some new capability in Microsoft Teams that has been unpublished, had I become lax in knowing about all the cool dramatic features that exist to make calls more exciting?
H) What The Evolution Of Our Own Brains Can Tell Us About The Future Of AI | Engadget
The explosive growth in artificial intelligence in recent years — crowned with the meteoric rise of generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT — has seen the technology take on many tasks that, formerly, only human minds could handle. But despite their increasingly capable linguistic computations, these machine learning systems remain surprisingly inept at making the sorts of cognitive leaps and logical deductions that even the average teenager can consistently get right:
I) Microsoft AI Feeds Project Gutenberg With 5,000 Audiobooks | Good eReader
In the eBook site Project Gutenberg, the readers can explore 5,000 open-license audiobooks. This is an initiative by Project Gutenberg, Microsoft, Google, and MIT. The project has approximately 35,000 hours of audio generated by AI, which sounds next to the human voice. You can listen to works of Edgar Allan Poe, Frankenstein, or Shakespeare's Macbeth with its mysterious witches. This collection has something for everyone, as the audiobooks range from fiction to nonfiction:
J) AI Suitcase Tested Outdoors To Guide Visually Impaired People
An artificial intelligence-powered suitcase being developed to guide visually impaired people is slowly moving toward taking over the roles of white canes and guide dogs, researchers said. They are now at the difficult stage of making the robotic suitcase on wheels usable in both indoor and outdoor environments. During an experiment in September, the smart suitcase guided Chieko Asakawa, director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), to the nearest station from her workplace in Tokyo's Koto Ward:
10) Apple Updates
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A) Apple Releases iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1 With Many Fixes for VoiceOver Users | AppleVis
Apple has released iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1 to the public. Our experience with past iOS and iPadOS updates is that the X.1 releases often contain fixes for many of the accessibility bugs introduced in the major X.0 updates. Our experience is that iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1 appear consistent with this pattern, resolving or significantly improving several of the bugs from the initial 17.0 versions:
B) Apple Releases macOS Sonoma 14.1, watchOS 10.1, and tvOS 17.1 | AppleVis
Apple has released macOS Sonoma 14.1, watchOS 10.1, and tvOS 17.1 to the public. Our experience is that the following accessibility bugs have been resolved or significantly addressed in macOS Sonoma 14.1:
C) The iPhone 15 Pro Brings Tangible Accessibility Benefits | SixColors
What makes an iPhone accessible? Mostly, it's the software: the operating system and apps that follow guidelines Apple has set for that purpose. If new hardware plays a role, it's often in the opposite direction. For some with hearing or vision disabilities, the loss of the Home button has made hanging onto an iPhone SE feel worth the struggle. But this year, there's another hardware story (and I'm mighty surprised to be writing this): What's inside Apple's Pro iPhones is giving an important boost to usability for people with disabilities:
D) The Top New Features in Apple's iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 | Wired: Subscription Required
Apple Just Dropped iOS 17.1 And iPadOS 17.1 — Here's What The Update Adds:
E) This USB-C Headphone Dongle Brings Back The Headphone Jack To The iPhone 15 — And Makes Your Music Sound Brilliant | iMore
The last iPhone to carry the headphone jack was the first generation iPhone SE, discontinued in 2018. For those that can do maths, that is now five years ago. Five years with no main-line iPhone with a headphone jack, and the only way to get one officially from Apple is with a $10 dongle that feels like it's only going to last around three minutes. From my experience, in fact, they can last even less time than that, with unreasonably thin cables. Now, with the advent of the USB-C port on the bottom of the iPhone 15 line, it's become easier to connect headphones with different dongles, and it's even opened the floodgates to a whole new idea for iPhones — USB-C Digital to Analog Converters (DACS):
11) JAWS and Fusion Power Tip: How To Use The New 'Face in View' Feature in JAWS and Fusion 2024 | Freedom Scientific
Video calls are a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature in JAWS and Fusion 2024 helps with this by alerting you to key visual details like: Centering your face in the view. Ensuring you are looking directly at the camera and the lighting is adequate. Finding out if there are additional items in the picture. To activate Face in View, follow these steps:
12) How To Join A Teams Meeting Using A Screen Reader | Joe Lonergan | National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)
The keystrokes below are mostly Windows keystrokes so it will cover the three most used options such as Jaws, NVDA, and Narrator. Usually, you get a Teams invite via email. Navigate to the email in your inbox and enter on it:
13) It's So Simple! Navigating Your Mac with Mission Control, Expose, Spaces, Launchpad, and Finder | Charlotte | AppleVis
Mastering the art of navigating a Mac is easier than you think, especially when you know how to utilize the built-in features designed for organization and efficiency. This guide will delve into Mission Control, Expose, Spaces, Launchpad, and Finder, explaining their functionalities, similarities, and differences, and offering insights into when to use each feature:
14) Screen Recording on iOS: Tips and Tricks for Beginners | AppleVis
To activate screen recording on iOS, follow these steps:
15) How to Put Your Driver's License on Your Phone | Wired: Subscription Required
Both Android and iOS let users in a handful of US states carry a digital version of their government-issued ID card on their phone. Here's what to know about how it works:
16) Windows 11's Feature-Packed 'Moment 4' Update Is Available To All | October 30, 2023 | PC World
This is the most comprehensive update for Windows 11 to date:
17) A New Accessibility Architecture For Modern Free Desktops | Matt Campbell
My name is Matt Campbell, and I'm delighted to announce that I'm joining the GNOME accessibility team to develop a new accessibility architecture. After providing some brief background information on myself, I'll describe what's wrong with the current Linux desktop accessibility architecture, including a design flaw that has plagued assistive technology developers and users on multiple platforms, including GNOME, for decades. Then I'll describe how two of the three current browser engines have solved this problem in their internal accessibility implementations, and discuss my proposal to extend this solution to a next-generation accessibility architecture for GNOME and other free desktops:
18) 6 Common Alt Text Mistakes and Best Practices | Allyant
Effective alternative (alt) text is essential to web accessibility and usability. Alt text is non-visual text read by screen readers that informs people with vision impairments of the contents of images and other non-text content. Web development teams must ensure their alt text (or lack thereof) will not interfere with screen readers' abilities to read non-text content accurately. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when writing alt text and strategies to overcome them:
19) Mona For Mastodon For Users of Mona on iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max | Mona App
I'm excited to announce a new Beta testing program: Mona Beta (version 6). This new release adds powerful capabilities to the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. Mona Pro Max owners can now install Mona Beta via the TestFlight on iPhone and iPad, or a direct download link on Mac. Here's how: A. Install the Mona 5.10.2 from App Store at: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/app/id1659154653. B. Open the About Mona view in the Mona Settings. C. Tap the TestFlight link or click the download link.
20) Mastodon For Android Update | Mastodon Blog
The most recent update of Mastodon for Android introduces a highly anticipated feature — lists. With the new update, you now have the ability to create custom lists and categorize your follows based on specific topics or interests, while removing them from your home feed:
21) What's New in JAWS 2024 Screen Reading Software | Freedom Scientific
This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 2024:
22) TweeseCake 0.17.0 Has Been Released
23) NVDA 2023.3 Released
XX Piper Training Guide with Screen Reader | ZachB100 | Github
A guide to help newcomers to the Piper TTS system create voices for NVDA and other screen readers down the line:
24) GuideConnect 1.26 Update Available
GuideConnect 1.26 includes a new option to search the Settings list - to make it easier to find the settings you need in GuideConnect. The 1.26 update also includes a range of further improvements for documents, emails and more:
25) Amazon Brings Conversational Ai To Kids With Launch Of 'Explore With Alexa' | TechCrunch
Amazon's Echo devices will now allow kids to have interactive conversations with an AI-powered Alexa via a new feature called "Explore with Alexa." First announced in September, the addition to the Amazon Kids+ content subscription allows children to have kid-friendly conversations with Alexa, powered by generative AI, but in a protected fashion designed to ensure the experience remains safe and appropriate:
26) Envision AI App Introduces New Explore Feature
Introducing 'Explore': Navigate the world independently. We're thrilled to announce a transformative new feature in the Envision App — 'Explore'. Dive right into the app's feature list to find it! With 'Explore', your device's camera becomes an intuitive guide. Think of it as an evolution of our 'Find Object' feature. While 'Find Object' zeroes in on a specific item, 'Explore' introduces you to every recognizable object in its view. Discover your surroundings, embrace newfound independence, and confidently journey through the world. Upgrade your Envision App now and embark on this exciting exploration:
27) The Evolution of Text-to-Speech: A Personal Journey with ChatGPT's iPhone App | Lottie | AppleVis
Hello Fellow Apple Users! I've been navigating the world of text-to-speech for over 35 years and recently had an epiphany I just had to share with you all. After using the ChatGPT iPhone app, I found myself wondering: Is this the most realistic voice I've ever encountered, or does the content make it feel that way?
28) Computer Scientists Program Robotic Seeing-Eye Dog To Guide The Visually Impaired | News Wise
Engineers from the Computer Science Department at Binghamton University, State University of New York have programmed a robot guide dog to assist the visually impaired. The robot responds to tugs on its leash:
29) Natural Reader: AI Text-To-Speech Chrome Extension | Review | Brian Norton | Director of Assistive Technology | Easterseals Crossroads | YouTube
Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us Natural Reader Chrome Extension, which is an extension that uses AI to convert online text from emails, websites, PDFs, Google Docs and Kindle books into audio. This is helpful for individuals who are blind, have low vision, or reading impairments:
30) Acoustic Touch Can Make World Better For Blind People, Claims Research | Interesting Engineering
In a world heavily reliant on visual information, individuals who are blind or have low vision often encounter challenges when performing everyday tasks independently. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 39 million people worldwide are blind, and an additional 246 million have low vision, finding it difficult to navigate their surroundings, identify objects, and conduct various Activities of Daily Living (ADL). It is in this context that Assistive Technology (AT) shines as a beacon of hope. Smart glasses incorporating advanced technology have emerged as a promising solution for those with visual impairments. While visual sensory augmentation is one aspect of assistive technology, it might not be the most practical choice for individuals with impaired vision:
31) 'Smart Glasses' Developed That Can Help Blind People Recognize Objects
Researchers have developed a smart glasses system that can help blind people or individuals with poor vision to recognize and reach objects in their environment. The system, described in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, involves a novel "acoustic touch" feature that is inspired by human echolocation:
32) 3 Ways We Work To Make Google Play More Accessible
For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, here's a look at some of the Googlers who work on accessibility features and apps for Google Play:
33) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for October 2023
34) Accessibility News | October 2023 Edition
➜ Featured Surveys
Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH
Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
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:
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:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
October 12, 2023 | Vispero Presentation — The Power of the F6 Key in MS Office Products
The F6 key is used in MS Office products to navigate to different areas of the screen like the Status bar, Ribbons, and open feature panes. Participants joined us for an overview of these areas and learned how to increase their productivity when navigating in the Office:
October 14, 2023 | LBPD TUG: AppleVis
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:
October 26, 2023 | Microsoft Windows Copilot Live Demo | Access Tech Live
In this segment of Access Tech Live on AMI-tv, Marc Aflalo and Steven Scott do a live demo of Copilot in Windows. What could possibly go wrong?
October 26, 2023 | Listen to Text with Envision App or Glasses | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts
This week we chat with the chief technology officer from Envision as he shares how their free mobile app or camera-enabled glasses can help those with vision loss. It speaks aloud written information, describes surroundings and objects, and even tells you who's nearby:
October 27, 2023 | Teaching Resources with Ron Miller | Freedom Scientific
In this new series, listen as Freedom Scientific's Ron Miller presents various JAWS Teaching resources in a convenient audio format. You can find more content related to teaching on Freedom Scientific's Teaching Resources Page. Absorbing all the features of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion can be a daunting task. When you add to that the nuances of G Suite, Microsoft Office, and other apps in your toolbox, a few hints would come in handy for both you and your students:
October 28, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast: Episode 151, One UI Part 8, Sounds and vibration and Happy 15th Birthday to Android and Android Market AKA Play Store
In this episode we first talk about sounds and vibration in Samsung phones. We then talk about 15 glorious years of Android Market AKA Play Store. We discuss the OnePlus Open, the newest foldable phone from OnePlus. And also talk about Xiaomi which will no longer launch new phones with MIUI but will launch Hyper OS and also talk about Xiaomi 14 Pro. In our tip of the week, we show how to copy paste text with TalkBack:
November 1, 2023 | Eyes on Success 2344: Encore of 2020 Band-in-a-Box and the Updated JAWS Scripts
Band-in-a-Box from PG Music continues to evolve and introduce new features that are appealing to both professional and amateur musicians alike. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tobin Frank, chief development officer at PG Music, about the program and how the scripts Peter developed make this program accessible with the JAWS screen reader:
November 2, 2023 | Top Tech Tidbits Podcast for Thursday, November 2, 2023
Tune in each week as we announce the Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits of the week. These 5 news items represent the most popular news and trends in adaptive technology today, as voted on by Top Tech Tidbits readers:
➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events
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
November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
November 8, 2023 | ZoomText, JAWS & Fusion: Latest Features | Assistive Technology Webinar | Access Ingenuity
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
November 8, 2023 | Code Jumper: Coding for Families | APH ConnectCenter
4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
November 8, 2023 | How to Prepare for Accessibility Testing (Part 1) | TPGi
9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
November 8, 2023 | Accommodations In The Digital Age — How Captions Can Be Necessary For Some, But Boost Learning For All | Glean
10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
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
November 14, 2023 | How Beginners Can Easily Test for JAWS Screen Reader Accessibility | TPGi
8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
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:
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
November 14, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter
12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
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
November 15, 2023 | Diving Into Braille Displays From Humanware In Collaboration With Eye.T
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
November 15, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving, Part 2 | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter
4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
November 16, 2023 | Accessible Word Documents Webinar | ADA Great Lakes Center
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
November 16, 2023 | Unveiling the Latest BrailleNote Touch Updates: A KeySoft Showcase
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
November 21, 2023 | Accessible Music Publishing Round Table | RNIB, DAISY Consortium
2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT
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
November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
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
December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open
The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy
7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
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
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
December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group
11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
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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:
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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Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
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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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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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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
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About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.
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Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐
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About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐
About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
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Website: https://www.atguys.com/ 🌐
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Website: https://www.themisgames.com/wordvoyance/ 🌐
About: Wordvoyance is a multiplayer crossword-building game similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends.
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For players with unhindered sight, the game will play exactly as you expect. You can drag and drop tiles to form words on the board and rack up points.
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About: My name is Shawn Jordison and I love helping others learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.
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App: Download the Echobatix App from the Apple App Store here.
About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.
Sponsor Since: March 16th 2023
Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐
App: Download the OKO App from the Apple App Store here.
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About: AYES was founded by three experienced AI engineers that are defining autonomous navigation for blind and visually impaired people.
Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.
The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.
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Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time
About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.
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About: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deafblind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast. Our products and services include:
• Manufacturing: We are a successful manufacturing organization committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program and producing parts for aerospace manufacturers.
• Managed Services: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices.
• Base Supply Centers: We operate 12 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.
Sponsor Since: January 5, 2023
Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐
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About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.
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.
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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022
Website: https://aira.io/ 🌐
Plans and Pricing: https://aira.io/pricing/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
About: Aira's mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting.
We provide a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Using the powerful combination of a camera and the Aira app on someone's device of 'choice', a professionally-trained agent will assist by visually interpreting what is in the camera's view or on screen, from describing to reading, from explaining to navigating - just about anything, safely and securely. Aira supports a growing range of devices including smart and tactile button phones, desktop computers and soon, wearables.
Whether you are involved in the work of business, the work of school or the work of life, Aira enhances everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Used by employees and customers of hundreds of organizations including airports, banks, the largest software companies, financial firms, retailers and universities, we invite you to join the community, access the Aira app today and try it for free.
Step One: Subscribe and Download. Pick the plan that lets you explore on your terms and on your time, sign up in a few minutes, and download the Aira app to your smartphone. Plans shown are for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Add or cancel at any time.
Step Two: Connect with an Aira Agent. On the first call, connect with one of our certified, specially-trained Agents and learn how everything works.
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://fablepathways.com/ 🌐
Email: email@example.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.
➜ 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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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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Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia
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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.
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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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