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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 2, 2023 - Volume 935

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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

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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.
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:

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:
Natural Reader on Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/naturalreader-ai-text-to/kohfgcgbkjodfcfkcackpagifgbcmimk

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


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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:

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:

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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:

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

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:

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
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:

November 8, 2023 | Code Jumper: Coding for Families | APH ConnectCenter

In a high-tech ever-changing world coding is a skill many children are learning. How do we teach coding to a child who is blind or has low vision? APH Product Manager will share all things Code Jumper and answer your questions at the end. Join us to hear about Code Jumper, a tactile way to help teach, explore, and develop a passion for coding:

November 8, 2023 | How to Prepare for Accessibility Testing (Part 1) | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. This webinar covers creating an accessibility test plan that organizes manual and automated testing. Attendees will receive a test plan template ready for use at their organization and sure to garner buy-in from all the stakeholders across an organization. Attendees learn to select a set of test samples representative of an entire application. It's rarely feasible to test every page or widget within an application. Therefore, a representative sample is the starting point for accessibility testing. Attendees will gain fundamental, ready-to-use knowledge about accessibility testing:

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
During this installment we'll be diving into how captions can be necessary for some, but boost learning for all. We'll explore how live captions during lectures allow students to actively listen and participate as well as how captions support more effective note taking, boost engagement, and increase accessibility. Over the course of the series, attendees will also be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes by entering our live quizzes:

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

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:

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

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:

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

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:

November 14, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

Consider gifting experiences this holiday season. Discover unique gift ideas for digital enthusiasts and fashion that all can enjoy:

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:

November 15, 2023 | Diving Into Braille Displays From Humanware In Collaboration With Eye.T

Announcing a new addition to Eye.t Screen Reader Curriculum, "Diving into Braille Displays", sponsored by Humanware! Topics include choosing the right braille display for you, connecting your display to your computer and editing using your new display! Humanware will be hosting a webinar for our brand new course on November 15 at 2 PM EST, giving everyone who attends a FREE license to the course. Register to secure your spot:

November 15, 2023 | Power of Experiential Giving, Part 2 | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

Consider gifting experiences this holiday season. Enjoy a touch tour at a museum, make dinner then watch an audio described film with your family member or friend who is blind or low vision. Hear from presenters about unique gift ideas that all can participate in and enjoy:

November 16, 2023 | Accessible Word Documents Webinar | ADA Great Lakes Center

Description: In this informative presentation, we will delve into the world of accessible Word documents, exploring the key principles, techniques, and tools needed to make your documents inclusive and user-friendly. This presentation is designed for individuals and organizations that want to make a positive impact on their audience by ensuring that their Word documents are accessible to all. Join us and take the first step towards creating content that is inclusive, compliant, and enhances the user experience for everyone. Individuals will be able to submit questions for the speaker in advance during the registration process. This session will have human generated real-time captioning provided. Continuing Education Recognition Available. Certificate. Credit hours ACTCP: 1.5. Certificate of Attendance: 1.5. Speakers: Gaby de Jongh, IT Accessibility Specialist, UW-IT, Accessibility Technology Services, University of Washington:

November 16, 2023 | Unveiling the Latest BrailleNote Touch Updates: A KeySoft Showcase

Join Peter Tucic and Andrew Flatres as they unveil the latest enhancements to the BrailleNote Touch Plus. With the recent launch of HumanWare's KeySoft, this informative webinar will highlight the features and advancements released. Notably, we'll delve into the introduction of the new onboard Dictionary, and will also explore the braille-centric KeyCode coding application. Join us for a comprehensive overview of what's hot and happening in the world of BrailleNote Touch Plus. As always, we look forward to hearing from you during a questions and answer portion of the webinar. Time permitting, we'll address any questions or insights you'd like to share. Register now and be part of the conversation:

November 21, 2023 | Accessible Music Publishing Round Table | RNIB, DAISY Consortium

Introduction: The international DAISY Consortium and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) invite music publishers, composers, and music-setters/engravers to take part in our upcoming online Round Table on Accessible Music Publishing. The event aims to explore and understand various sector requirements, through presentations and discussions between: Mainstream music publishers (including exam boards). Braille and other accessible format producers. Blind, partially sighted, and print-disabled musicians. Music setters/engravers. Music notation software producers. We will discuss steps that the global sector can take to ensure equitable access to published scores, in response to legislation and to take advantage of technological advances, with the aim of establishing a sector Working Group and trialling some solutions:

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.

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.

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:

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

Thriving Blind Academy's 4th Annual Succeed Without Sight Summit is The Ultimate Game Changer for the Blind and Low Vision Community, Igniting Success-Driven Mindsets like No Other Event! Imagine a world where vision knows no bounds, where limitless potential thrives in the absence of sight. This groundbreaking summit is your ticket to an inspiring convergence of resilience, innovation, and boundless determination. Join us as we unlock the secrets to achieving success beyond sight's limitations, featuring incredible stories, expert insights, and powerful strategies. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. (FYI, it is a heck of a lot of fun too!):

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:

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.

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

4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.

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:

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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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

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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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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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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.

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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Phone: (800) 914-7307 📱️

Fax: (206) 329-3397

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

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

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

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

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

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➜ 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.

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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.

Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8

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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/

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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.

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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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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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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.


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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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.

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Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: February 6, 2023

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST/AEDT) (GMT+10)

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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