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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 16, 2023 - Volume 937

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A.) Seeing AI Advances | Ophthalmic Edge

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a dominant force in technology, and it's encouraging to note that people with vision loss are benefiting. In August 2017, we first reported the new Seeing AI app from Microsoft, an intelligent camera that translates images into words for people with low vision or blindness. The app is part of an ongoing research project, founded and led by software engineer Saqib Shaikh, who also worked on the development of Bing search and the Cortana voice assistant. He well understands the needs of people with vision loss, having lost his own sight at the age of seven. It was a labor of love for Saqib, and it appeared to be an incredibly magnanimous gesture on the part of Microsoft. They created the app (so far exclusively) for Apple iOS. The app was, and remains, free on the App Store. As Seeing AI launched, they promised the "best was yet to come," and we'd have to say, that is true:
https://ophthalmicedge.org/patient/seeing-ai-gets-upgrade/

B.) How 'Acoustic Touch' Technology Offers Vision Through Sound | Unite.ai

In an era where technological marvels emerge at a breathtaking pace, a remarkable breakthrough has surfaced from the labs of Australian researchers—'acoustic touch.' This pioneering technology promises to redefine the landscape of assistive devices for the visually impaired. Developed by an industrious team from the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney, and the innovative minds at Sydney start-up ARIA Research, acoustic touch stands as a testament to human ingenuity and compassion. Acoustic touch does not just aim to assist those who navigate the world without sight; it seeks to transform their interaction with their surroundings, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary through auditory signals:
https://www.unite.ai/how-acoustic-touch-technology-offers-vision-through-sound/

C.) How Your Smartphone Can Help If You Have Hearing Loss | Kami Funk | Accessibility.com

Eighty-five percent of people now own a smartphone. Smartphones are ubiquitous tools nowadays. But did you know they can also be accessibility tools for people with hearing loss or hearing-related disabilities? It's true! Let's take a look at the features that make your smartphone an excellent accessibility tool for hearing-related disabilities:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-your-smartphone-can-help-if-you-have-hearing-loss

D.) Best Microphones For Zoom, According To The CNET Staff Who Use Them

As remote work increases globally, online meetings are also on the rise. Having the best microphone for those meetings helps everyone communicate effectively:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/best-microphone-for-zoom-according-to-the-cnet-staff-who-use-them/

E) Best Password Managers To Protect Your Data On iOS And macOS | Apple Insider

Using unique and strong passwords for every website is a must for internet security. Too few people know how to do this, and that's where password managers come in and can make online life easier. There's no doubt about it, actually doing the work to stay safe on the web is hard — and getting harder. In order to be truly secure online, each and every login you use needs its own strong, unique password:
https://appleinsider.com/inside/ios/best/best-password-managers-to-protect-your-data-on-ios-and-macos

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10) AI Updates

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A) New Models And Developer Products Announced At DevDay 2023 | OpenAI

GPT-4 Turbo with 128K context window, lower prices, the new Assistants API, custom GPTs, GPT-4 Turbo with Vision, the DALL·E 3 API and more:
https://openai.com/blog/new-models-and-developer-products-announced-at-devday

B) Humane Officially Launches The AI Pin, Its OpenAI-Powered Wearable | The Verge

It's a gadget designed for interacting with large language models, not apps, and for talking instead of typing. But it's not yet entirely clear what you're supposed to use it for:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/9/23953901/humane-ai-pin-launch-date-price-openai

C) Humane's AI Pin Promises An 'Ambient Computing' Future For $699 (Plus $24 A Month) | TechCrunch

After months of leaks and teases, the extremely hyped wearer device has finally officially been revealed — it arrives November 16, 2023:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/11/09/humanes-ai-pin/

D) Humane's AI Pin Is A $700 Smartphone Alternative You Wear All Day | Wired: Subscription Required

If you're willing to clip the Ai Pin to your chest, you can talk, gesture, and tap to take photos or summon a powerful virtual assistant:
https://www.wired.com/story/humane-ai-pin-700-dollar-smartphone-alternative-wearable/

E) Bridging The Gap In AI: A Call for Inclusive Innovation | Mike Calvo | Pneuma Solutions

As the CEO of Pneuma Solutions and a blind individual, my journey through the world of technology is one of hope, challenge, and advocacy. The unveiling of the Humane AI Pin initially filled me with excitement, but this quickly turned to dismay when I realized the lack of information on its accessibility features. This isn't just a Humane issue; it reflects a wider trend in the tech industry where the needs of the visually impaired are often overlooked:
https://pneumasolutions.com/bridging-the-gap-in-ai-a-call-for-inclusive-innovation/

F) I Touched The AI Pin, Humane's Ambitious Attempt At Replacing Your Phone | Ian Carlos Campbell | Inverse

Is Humane's AI-equipped and screen-free wearable really the next big thing?
https://www.inverse.com/tech/humane-ai-pin-hands-on-demo-voice-assistant

G) Embracing OpenAI's Revolutionary Text-to-Speech Technology in iOS Apps | Speech Central

OpenAI has unveiled a groundbreaking text-to-speech technology, poised to redefine voice streaming on digital platforms. It enters the market as a potent rival to established names like Amazon Polly and Google WaveNet, promising an echelon of quality that sets a new industry standard:
https://speechcentral.net/2023/11/08/embracing-openais-revolutionary-text-to-speech-technology-in-ios-apps/

H) Envisioning the Future: AI and the Quest for Enhanced Accessibility for the Blind Community | Charlotte Joanne

In a time when technological advancements are unfolding at an unprecedented pace, it's crucial for us to try and understand how these developments can foster an inclusive environment, particularly for those of us living in the world without sight:
https://lottie.micro.blog/2023/11/03/envisioning-the-future.html

I) Benetech Secures Grant From Patrick J. McGovern Foundation To Further Inclusive AI Initiatives For Education Equity | Benetech

Addressing the technology gap with AI-powered STEM Initiatives expands learning opportunities for students with learning differences:
https://benetech.org/news/press/benetech-secures-grant-from-patrick-j-mcgovern-foundation-to-further-inclusive-ai-initiatives-for-education-equity/

J) Forget Bixby, Samsung Announces 'Galaxy AI' For Galaxy S24 Series | Android Authority

Samsung has introduced Galaxy AI, the new comprehensive artificial intelligence coming to Galaxy phones early next year. Samsung will use both on-device and cloud-based AI processing for Galaxy AI. The company has also given a small example of how Galaxy AI will enable real-time call translations:
https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-ai-3383914/

K) This New Breed of AI Assistant Wants to Do Your Boring Office Chores | Wired: Subscription Required

Adept AI, a startup in San Francisco founded by veterans of OpenAI, Google, and DeepMind, is today launching an experimental AI agent that automates common chores in a more sophisticated and potentially powerful way than chatbots like ChatGPT. Instead of being limited to using online services that provide APIs to make them accessible to software, ACT-2 attempts to use a computer more like a human — by making sense of the pixels on a display and then taking action to control a browser and online services:
https://www.wired.com/story/this-new-breed-of-ai-assistant-wants-to-do-your-boring-office-chores/

L) Chrome Extension: ChatGPT Accessibility Enhancements | Github

ChatGPT Accessibility Enhancements is a Chrome extension designed to improve the ChatGPT user interface for screen reader users. Features: Each ChatGPT response is presented with a heading level 3 for easy location by its heading. Announces when GPT begins and finishes generating its response. Adds accessible labels to the buttons that appear under ChatGPT's response, including: Copy Response. Like Response. Dislike Response. Regenerate Response:
https://github.com/Luke-Robinett/ChatGPTAccessibilityEnhancementsChromeExtension#chatgpt-accessibility-enhancements

11) Apple Updates

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A) The Pros and Cons of Apple's HomeKit Secure Video | Wired: Subscription Required

Shopping for a security camera or video doorbell? Before you go all-in on Apple's framework, there are some things to consider:
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-homekit-secure-video-pros-and-cons/

B) iOS Accessible App Spotlight: Be My AI / Be My Eyes (3 of 3) | Illegally Sighted | YouTube

In this third video covering Be My AI, I try looking at several charts, diagrams, tables, diagrams, and more. Again, I am very impressed with the results. Describing these types of pictures may be extremely helpful for students and professionals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDF2qwcAvVs&t=3s

C) How to Change Your Apple Watch Strap: A Step-by-Step Guide | CNET

Swapping straps on your Apple Watch is a great way to give it a new look or simply replace a worn-out one. Here's an easy-to-follow guide to doing just that:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/how-to-change-your-apple-watch-strap-a-step-by-step-guide/

D) Apple Has Invented A Remote Control Device For Autonomous Vehicles That Could Be Used In A Health Emergency Situation | Patently Apple

The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that relates to a vehicle navigation system which can navigate a vehicle through an environment based on driving commands received from a remote control system based on manual operator interaction with an interface of the remote control system. Remote driving control can be engaged based on determination, via processing vehicle sensor data, of a health emergency associated with one or more occupants of the vehicle, and the remote control system can generate remote driving commands which cause the vehicle to be navigated to a particular location without requiring the occupant associated with the health emergency to manually navigate the vehicle:
https://www.patentlyapple.com/2023/11/apple-has-invented-a-remote-control-device-for-autonomous-vehicles-that-could-be-used-in-a-health-emergency-situation.html

E) Apple Extends Free Period For iPhone 14 Satellite Features | 9to5Mac

Apple has announced it is extending the free usage period for Emergency SOS satellite features for iPhone 14 users. Previously, Apple gave iPhone 14 customers two free years after device activation, which would have began expiring this time next year:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/11/15/apple-extends-free-period-for-iphone-14-satellite-features/

12) JAWS Power Tip: How To Use The Split Braille Feature in JAWS 2024

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/205.html

13) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #2 | Freedom Scientific

Here at Freedom Scientific, we have renamed the month of November Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during this month. As part of Sharkvember, we are providing daily JAWS and ZoomText keyboard command tips, which we are calling “Sharkvember Shortcuts.” Visit the Sharkvember Shortcuts page each day for a new tip. Each Friday, we will provide a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:
https://blog.freedomscientific.com/sharkvember-shortcuts-weekly-roundup-2/

14) How Password Managers Work | 1Password

You've probably heard of a few password management options, like 1Password, Dashlane, and LastPass — but what do they all do? We've all dealt with the pains of password management, but there's a lot more to it. Whether it's repeatedly resetting passwords, searching for your wallet every time you want to make an online purchase, or struggling to securely share passwords, we need digital life management, too — and that's where a password manager comes in. So, let's take a deeper look at what password managers are, how they work, if they're safe, and everything else you may need to know:
https://blog.1password.com/how-password-managers-work/

15) Navigating Teams on iPhone and iPad with VoiceOver | Vision Ireland

Teams is extremely accessible on iOS for VoiceOver users. Just like on Windows, you'll likely receive an email to join a meeting. For the vast majority of users with the Team's app, double tapping here will bring you straight into the Teams meeting waiting room. If you're an advanced user and have multiple accounts in your Team's app, you'll be asked which account you'd like to use first. If you're joining a meeting from an organization with which you have a Team's work account, that's usually top of the list, but you can also flick passed the other accounts heading if you want to use a personal account:
https://vi.ie/navigating-teams-on-iphone-and-ipad-with-voiceover/

16) The Best Google Calendar Shortcuts | Android Police

Traditional calendars stop at helping you mark dates, but Google Calendar takes it a step further. You can schedule events, invite guests, and set reminders from small phones and tablets to larger devices. A first glance at the app can be confusing, especially if you're a busy person. Shortcuts aid you in navigating through the interface quickly and save time:
https://www.androidpolice.com/best-google-calendar-shortcuts/

17) 8 FaceTime Gestures That Trigger Cool Reactions On iOS 17 | Mashable

Did you know you can trigger cool effects like balloons, fireworks, hearts, and even a rainstorm on FaceTime? As long as you're running iOS 17 on a compatible iPhone you can set off fun reactions with a handful of gestures. Try out the following eight gestures to surprise your friends and family during video calls:
https://mashable.com/article/apple-facetime-gestures

18) Introducing The Obstacle Detector App: Travel Tools For The Blind, Obstacle Distance Detection App | Obstacle Detector: Professional | AppleVis

Editor (Woodbridge): The Obstacle Detection App for iPhone mainly uses LIDAR, requires an iPhone 12 Pro or above, and includes a 5 minute demo within the app and then an in-app purchase. Worth having a look at and play with.
AppleVis: Obstacle Detector is a powerful obstacle-detection application explicitly designed for visually impaired individuals. With its robust features and advanced technology, Obstacle Detector has become an indispensable travel companion for the visually impaired:
https://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ipados/introducing-obstacle-detector-app-travel-tools-blind-obstacle-distance-detection

19) Leasey Update Available: Build 8111 | Brian Hartgen | Tech-VI List

Most people are not backing up their JAWS settings when using JAWS 2023 and so it is not possible to migrate them to JAWS 2024. In addition, possibly due to the number of files involved in such a restoration, a few people have said it is unsuccessful. It is possible that the backup initially was incorrectly carried out in some way and that was certainly the case on one occasion. To compensate for this, there is now an additional option on the Backup and Restore Manager, to migrate basic settings from JAWS 2023 to 2024. It is the third option. This will take a copy of the default settings and voice profiles and migrate them to JAWS 2024, whether the user has backed up settings or not:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5512

20) How To Use Voicify, The Automatic Language Switching Tool By Tech-Freedom | Accessible Android

If you're someone who frequently deals with content in multiple languages, a tool or TTS engine that can detect the text language and use an appropriate voice to read it is crucial for you. Unfortunately, Android still lacks a built-in solution that enables voice switching based on the language of the on-screen text. Additionally, neither Jieshuo nor TalkBack screen readers offer a similar feature:
https://accessibleandroid.com/how-to-use-voicify-the-automatic-language-switching-tool-by-tech-freedom/

21) Pedesting App Revolutionizes Accessibility With Detailed Indoor Navigation And Inclusive Building Features | Assistive Technology Blog

Pedesting is a groundbreaking app developed by Nabeel Ramji, who, despite his rare form of cerebral palsy, has navigated significant challenges to create a solution for individuals with disabilities facing barriers in public spaces. Ramji's personal journey, from a childhood with limited speech and mobility to becoming a University of Calgary graduate and a successful professional in real estate, inspired the creation of Pedesting:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/11/pedesting-indoor-navigation-calgary.html

22) New PAC 2021 Checker

Some great news for the accessibility community. PAC 2021 (The Free PDF Accessibility Checker and Validator) is now back under its original creators, Axes software. It is no longer affiliated with The PDF/UA Foundation. Download the free checker from the PAC web page at:
https://support.axes4.com/hc/en-us/articles/7371921627794-PDF-Accessibility-Checker-PAC-2021

23) Accessible Design and the Internet of Things in 2023 | Cam Waller | Accessibility.com

Though the term may no longer dominate headlines in 2023, the Internet of Things (IoT) is arguably more relevant than ever. This interconnected network of devices, sensors, and applications has enabled seamless communication and data exchange, transforming how we interact with technology and the rest of the world. And prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity can fully unlock the potential of IoT technologies. But what is the vital role of accessible design within the IoT ecosystem?
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/accessible-design-and-the-internet-of-things-in-2023

24) Introducing Betterbird: An Alternative to the Thunderbird Email Client

David Goldfield: This program is a fork of Thunderbird. I have not used it and am therefore not officially recommending or endorsing it but am passing this along for informational purposes only.
Betterbird: Betterbird is a fine-tuned version of Mozilla Thunderbird, Thunderbird on steroids, if you will. Betterbird is better than Thunderbird in three ways: It contains new features exclusive to Betterbird, it contains bug fixes exclusive to Betterbird and it contains fixes that Thunderbird may ship at a later stage. Please refer to this feature table for examples. This should give you an impression of where the project is headed:
https://www.betterbird.eu/

25) As Microsoft Blocks Xbox Fighting Game And Disability Accessories, XIM Cheaters Will Escape The Ban | Jez Corden | Windows Central

What you need to know: Microsoft is banning third-party "unauthorized" USB accessories from Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. Many fair accessories are being blocked, from racing wheels to fighting game joysticks and adapters. Disability peripherals will need to connect via a pricy Xbox Adaptive Controller to still function, if they aren't licensed through Microsoft. Getting your accessories licensed through Microsoft can be a difficult and pricy process, and require proprietary security chips from Xbox. Despite Microsoft's assertions that the new policies are to "protect users," it is declining to ban XIM cheating adapters from Xbox consoles. XIM uses Xbox hardware to trick consoles into thinking they're connected to a regular gamepad. However, we've learned that Microsoft does have APIs to block this tech, they just haven't used it for some as-of-yet unknown reason:
https://www.windowscentral.com/gaming/xbox/as-microsoft-blocks-xbox-fighting-game-and-disability-accessories-xim-cheaters-will-escape-the-ban

26) Microsoft Office 2024 Confirmed: Won't Require A Subscription | ghacks.net

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024:
https://ghacks.net/2023/11/13/microsoft-office-2024-confirmed-wont-require-a-subscription/

27) Envision Glasses Version 2.3 Reveals Supercharged Scene Descriptions And Multilingual Voice Input for Ask Envision

We are delighted to announce the latest update release for the Envision glasses, which includes a revamped Describe Scene experience and multilingual support for Ask Envision. Discover all the details here:
https://www.letsenvision.com/blog/envision-glasses-new-version-2-3

28) Could A New Screenreader For Mac Be On The Way? | DoubleTap

A blind developer is working on a new project to develop a third-party screenreader for the Mac, similar to NVDA for Windows. Joao Santos, who is from Portugal, is currently creating the new software as he feels there has been "general neglect of MacOS accessibility from Apple" for some time:
https://doubletaponair.com/could-a-new-screenreader-for-mac-be-on-the-way/

29) Why Making Video Games Accessible For Disabled Players Is Empowering — And Good Business | CBC Radio Canada

Sony's Access Controller is the latest high-profile device built with disabled gamers in mind:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/video-game-accessibility-playstation-1.7017576

30) New Platform Launches To Help Web Designers Navigate Accessibility Guidelines | Abbey Bamford | Design Week UK

Designer Alais de Saint Louvent, supported by Edinburgh-based design consultancy Studio Lutalica and web design studio Lattimore + Friends, has developed a free website in a bid to demystify the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and help designers make websites more accessible. Understanding Accessibility was created to be a simple step-by-step guide for web designers that they can use to help them design for disabilities:
Article: https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/06-november-10-november-2023/understanding-accessibility-wcag-guidlines/
Website: https://www.understandingaccessibility.com/

31) 25 years of Help Tech and Me | Marco | Accessibility Engineer and Evangelist at Mozilla

There are many experiences in a person's life that in some way more or less strongly influence their course of life. However, there are some such events whose impact is so lasting that they can rightly be described as a key experience:
https://www.marcozehe.de/25-years-of-help-tech-and-me/

32) What is the Chameleon 20? | November 14, 2023 | Melissa Matthews | APH ConnectCenter |

Part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is Assistive Technology, which is ever-changing and evolving. Knowing and understanding what technology your child uses and how to help outside school will further their confidence. While knowing existing technology and what is available to your child may seem overwhelming, we can simplify this by sharing resources and information:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/technology/what-is-the-chameleon-20/

33) BBC Sounds Enables Multi-Room Playback On Alexa Devices And Other Improvements | Radio Today

Aniruddh Dimri, Head of Product, BBC Sounds provides an update on BBC Sounds as Alexa users can now enable multi-room audio for the skill:
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2023/11/bbc-sounds-enables-multi-room-playback-on-alexa-devices-and-other-improvements/

34) Orcam Technologies Unveils Orcam Read 3: First AI-Driven All-In-One Solution For People With Low Vision And Visual Impairments | November 14, 2023

This groundbreaking, all-in-one solution was unveiled today by OrCam Technologies, a global leader in personal, AI-driven assistive tech innovations. OrCam Read 3 will change the way individuals with vision loss and reading difficulties interact with visual materials. Just point the device at a book, computer screen, product packaging or any text, and the AI technology will loudly and clearly read the text aloud or through earphones. It even supports 17 different languages:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/orcam-technologies-unveils-orcam-read-3---first-ai-driven-all-in-one-solution-for-people-with-low-vision-and-visual-impairments-301987140.html

35) These Prosthetics Break The Mold With Third Thumbs, Spikes, And Superhero Skins | Joanna Thompson | MIT Technology Review: Subscription Required

Prosthetics designers are coming up with new ways to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/02/10/1067838/prosthetics-that-break-the-mold/

36) Opinion: Why Samsung/Google TalkBack Separation is Nothing but a Headache | Accessible Android

TalkBack, the screen reader by Google, used to be a built-in screen reader on Android phones and tablets. However, things have changed. A few years ago, Samsung, one of the most renowned manufacturers of Android devices, decided to launch its own version of TalkBack on its devices. While it's not a negative step for a company to release its own screen reader, Samsung's move caused significant confusion and trouble that persists and deepens with time:
https://accessibleandroid.com/opinion-why-samsung-google-talkback-separation-is-nothing-but-a-headache/

37) Vispero's Next Big Thing Contest Winner Announced | DoubleTap

The winner of Freedom Scientific's Next Big Thing contest has been announced. Freedom Scientific, a leading manufacturer of assistive technology for people with vision impairments, launched the innovative contest back in September to crowdsource new features for their renowned software products JAWS and ZoomText. Finalists' ideas included creating a JAWS Gym to help people get to know the numerous keyboard shortcuts within JAWS, and a cool idea to give you paragraph previews of documents, websites and more without having to open the item up:
https://doubletaponair.com/visperos-next-big-thing-contest-announces-winner-tonight/

38) Samsung Galaxy S23 Review | Accessible Android

You might find it too early that I'm making this claim after only two weeks of use, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 is hands down the best phone I've used to date. In this Samsung Galaxy S23 Review, I'm excited to share the reasons behind my conclusion and the aspects that impressed me. So, let's get started:
https://accessibleandroid.com/samsung-galaxy-s23-review/

39) An Untold History of Thunderbird | November 13, 2023 | Ryan Sipes | Thunderbird Blog

Hi, my name is Ryan Sipes and I run MZLA Technologies Corporation, the subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that develops Thunderbird. I have been working on Thunderbird for my day job since November of 2017. It doesn't seem like that long ago, but looking at the calendar I see that it has been six years this month. A lot has happened in that time and Thunderbird is in a much different place than it was when I started. I've seen multiple people online share accounts of “the Thunderbird story,” and each time I've thought “that's really great, but they missed some important parts.” It's not their fault, we've simply never shared the whole story. So today, I thought I'd sit down and write that:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/11/the-untold-history-of-thunderbird/

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18 pages, 11.5" x 11", comb-bind, VP Columbia. A tactile map series of Middle Earth. The maps have raised lines, textures, and braille. There are 7 maps of Middle Earth, each focusing on different features (regions, settlements, mountains, forests, rivers and bodies of water). There are also two detailed maps: the Shire and Mordor:
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Closing: November 17, 2023 | Blind And Low-Vision Adults Needed For Research Study On Audio Communication And Human-Robot Interaction

Hello! I am Audrey Balaska, a PhD student studying Mechanical Engineering and Human-Robot Interaction at Tufts University. As part of my dissertation, I am investigating differences in how people with visual impairments and people without visual impairment process audio communications from a robot. I am seeking participants who would be willing to take an hour to participate in my anonymous online study! Compensation is a $15 Amazon gift card. More information is included at the end of this message. If you have any questions, please contact me at Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu 📧️. Otherwise, the study is completely asynchronous and screen reader accessible! Thank you! Summary. Who: Anyone with a computer! However, we are also specifically recruiting people who are blind and low vision! What: A study about audio communication in human-robot interaction. Where: Online study (computer/tablet recommended, not a smartphone). When: Any 1-hour time block that fits in your schedule. Compensation: $15 Amazon Gift Card for participating!" Email Audrey.Balaska@tufts.edu 📧️ with any questions/concerns. The study is contained completely within a screen-reader accessible Qualtrics survey. The link is:
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Closing November 23, 2023 | Use of Cell Phone Apps to Assist with Street Crossings | Brooke Kruemmling

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

Closing: November 24, 2023 | Participants for Research Study | Technical Standard for Plain Language Committee for the Accessible Canada Act

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November 9, 2023 | Vision Loss Bloopers: Shopping Mishaps | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Losing some vision can make for shopping challenges. Here are a few mishaps that Hadley members have run into. Have your own to share? Email us at podcast@HadleyHelps.org 📧️:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/vision-loss-bloopers-shopping-mishaps?_q=4voigk13x5

November 15, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2346: Desmos Tools for Mathematics

Desmos Studios offers a variety of accessible software tools for working with mathematics including scientific and graphing calculators, a matrix calculator, and a new 3-D calculator. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Accessibility Specialist Stephen Clower from Desmos about how they came to make these tools accessible and about how they work:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show_notes_2346.htm

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

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
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:
https://accessibilityonline.org/ada-tech/session/?id=111084

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

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
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:
https://humanware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_79Y5CXVSTECgCGGKs5uZhQ#/registration

November 16, 2023 | New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024 | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Do you want to learn more about the enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024? Want to see some of the features in action? Join us Thursday, November 16 at Noon Eastern time for a live webinar, "New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024." Objectives: We'll demo new features, plus discuss how to download and install the software. Features include: Face in View: This new feature in JAWS and Fusion helps you focus your camera before participating in a video call. Split Braille: This JAWS feature enables you to split a line of content on your braille display into two halves, one on each side of the display so you can view content from two different applications or locations such as buffered text and annotations. Inverted Mouse Pointer Scheme: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that inverts the pointer and background colors, making the pointer easier to locate. Single Wedge Cursor Enhancement: A ZoomText and Fusion feature that displays a single triangle below the cursor, making the cursor easier to locate. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar. Register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUen38RYTa6GvAdoCu-pug#/registration

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

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 9PM GMT
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:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accessible-music-publishing-round-table-tickets-732765169347

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

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

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

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

November 29, 2023 | Unlocking Access: Balancing Cyber Security and Digital Accessibility | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Do you struggle to enter and remember unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts? Have you ever received a suspicious link and not known how to verify its authenticity? Are you concerned about keeping your information private but easily accessible to you? If so, join The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for this month's interactive webinar on cyber security and digital accessibility. Gain actionable insights on accessible ways to keep your data and personal information safe. We'll also cover how to safely manage passwords and recognize and mitigate cyber threats. Leave this webinar with practical, real-world solutions, regardless of your experience with technology. Register now to secure your spot:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPUZJF0TSQay6-A5BE3BHg

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

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

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

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

December 2, 2023 | Succeed Without Sight Summit | Thriving Blind Academy

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
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!):
https://thrivingblindacademy.org/summit

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


Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility:
https://sighttechglobal.com/?mc_cid=0f086fc102&mc_eid=eb245f25da

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

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

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

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

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

Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
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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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Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
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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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Phone: (800) 444-4443 📱️

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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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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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Sponsor: Hable


Right: A blind woman sits on her couch using a Hable keyboard to wirelessly control an iPad sitting on the table in front of her. Left: Hable logo. Simplifying smartphone use for the visually impaired. Order Hable.

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Exciting news! Hable One, the most sought-after assistive technology for enhanced smartphone navigation among the blind community, has just arrived on Amazon USA for only $199!

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About: At Hable we empower people with visual impairment in the digital world.

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Sponsor: Glidance


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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Sponsor: Echobatix


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://echobatix.com/ 🌐

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

About: Echobatix develops accessibility products and indoor navigation systems for the blind, deafblind, and those with low vision. Our technology complements the use of a cane or guide dog and your existing Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. Our first app is an accessibility tool for printed text, touch screens, kiosks, and signage. Read what's at the end of your finger. Speak to search for a word.



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

AYES is happy to announce the launch of our new application OKO. OKO uses artificial intelligence and the back camera to recognize the pedestrian traffic light and inform the user of the walk, don't walk and the countdown state. We bring this state back to the user with three types of feedback, visual overlay, vibrations and audio feedback.

The application does not rely on any adaptations to the traffic light and runs locally on the smartphone, this means that it works at every intersection.

We always recommend to hold the phone at chest level with the camera pointing towards the direction that you want to cross. You can then rotate your chest between 10 to 15 degrees to locate the pedestrian traffic light. The moment we see that light the software immediately reacts. This helps to orient in the right direction and also stops you from veering off into traffic because the moment you veer off the feedback stops, you reorient and receive feedback to continue in the right direction.

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Website: https://ayes.ai/ 🌐

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

Email: hello@ayes.ai 📧️

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

AYES.ai is the creator of the OKO App.

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Simply point the back camera of the phone towards the intersection that you want to cross and the OKO application will instantly detect the traffic light and inform the user through audio and haptic feedback.

The OKO application can provide multiple services for your company, city or your country, all independent of physical infrastructure. This can increase your accessibility to 100%, overnight. OKO provides an accessible traffic light at every intersection. And, best of all, all OKO data is completely anonymized, ensuring your personal privacy at all times.

The OKO app is fully independent from infrastructure and does not require a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to operate at full capacity. The algorithm runs locally on your device, meaning that it works consistently and reliably every single time. The application has been trained on more than 150,000 images and continues to improve. Download the app today.



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

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About: Based in California, Sterling Adaptives supplies the most technologically advanced equipment and software currently available. We serve those who are blind or have visual impairment and also others with disabilities.

We have a showroom in Santa Rosa and can also meet in the comfort of your home. We supply a full range of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and assistive technology products. We are able to provide demonstrations, installations, troubleshooting, and ongoing product training.

We work with private individuals, non-profit agencies, private organizations, educational establishments, and commercial enterprises. We help our customers fully realize their potential.

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Sponsor Since: December 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://lhblind.org/ 🌐

Phone: (800) 914-7307 📱️

Fax: (206) 329-3397

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

WayAround is a smartphone-based labeling app that works with your preferred accessibility settings. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags ® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. If you want to label something that's inside, outside, wet, dry, hot, or cold, there's a WayTag that will attach securely. WayTags come as stickers, buttons, magnets, and clips. Each of the different styles of WayTags work exactly the same. Simply choose the WayTag that's best for what you want to label.

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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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John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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Editorial Contributor: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best and happy reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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