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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 30, 2023 - Volume 939

The Week's News in Access Technology

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A.) 43 Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts To Remember For Stylish And Speedy Web Surfing | Onmsft.com

Scrolling through the list of Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts can be daunting, but this guide has you covered. In the fast-paced world of web browsing, efficiency is key. Microsoft Edge offers a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that can significantly enhance your browsing experience. Let's explore these Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts categorized for your convenience and make navigating the digital realm a breeze:

B) Want To Speak With ChatGPT? Chatbot's Voice Feature Now Available For Everyone, Including Free Users | November 21, 2023 | Rafly Pratama | MSPowerUser.com

Forget the recent leadership saga at OpenAI. Just today, the Microsoft-backed AI giant is finally rolling out its ChatGPT with voice feature for everyone, including those using the free, GPT-3.5 plan. You can now talk to ChatGPT just like you would talk to a person:

C) Announcing AI-Content-Describer: NVDA Add-On That Provides Descriptions For Controls And Images, Powered By GPT4 | Chris Smart | Tech-VI List

This add-on makes it possible to obtain detailed descriptions for images and other visually inaccessible content. Leveraging the multimodal capabilities of the GPT-4 large language model, we aim to deliver best-in-class content descriptions. More information on the underlying model here. More information on the add-on here:

D) Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Everyone loves a gift at the holidays, but we thought here at Double Tap - why not create our own gift guide together? Let's put all our suggestions into one place so we can all enjoy either buying a friend or family member a cool 'blind-person recommended' gadget, or treat ourselves to a festive treat. Submit your thoughts here, and if Santa's elves approve, it'll display on this page for all to see. Choose the 'Add an item' link to get started, and add your favorite gadget to the Double Tap Holiday Gift Guide for 2023! Happy Holidays!

E) How To Create Your Own Chatbot With ChatGPT | November 21, 2023 | Christoph Schwaiger | Tom's Guide

More people are using AI chatbots as their personal assistant for work and leisure as the bots' abilities and knowledge increase. But nothing says personal like having your own custom chatbot that you've designed, trained, and named yourself. That's possible in a few easy steps thanks to the GPT builder created by OpenAI! Oh, and none of these steps require you to know how to code:

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9) AI Updates

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A) Happy Birthday ChatGPT: A Look Back At The Transformative Impact of Generative AI | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As November 30, 2023 marks the one-year anniversary of ChatGPT, it's clear that 2022 was a pivotal year, ushering in a new era with groundbreaking developments like Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT. These advancements have reshaped our world in profound ways, signaling a new chapter in the story of generative AI:

B) Speech To Speech & Product Update | ElevenLabs

ElevenLabs' recent blog post, published on November 1, 2023, introduces their newest addition, Speech to Speech (STS) in Speech Synthesis. This innovative tool allows for the conversion of one voice recording to sound as if spoken by another. STS stands out by offering control over emotions, tone, and pronunciation, surpassing the capabilities of typical Text-to-Speech (TTS) prompts. It's designed for extracting more nuanced emotions from voices and providing a custom speech delivery reference. Alongside STS, ElevenLabs announced updates to their premade voices and improvements in their Projects feature, including normalization, a pronunciation dictionary, and enhanced customization options:

C) ElevenLabs Now Lets You Use AI To Change Your Voice — Here's How To Sound Like A Different Person | November 23, 2023 | Ryan Morrison | Tom's Guide

You can now convert your voice into any other using a new tool from ElevenLabs. The AI platform says the conversion keeps any emotion and intonations expressed in the original recording and carries it to the new voice. The quality of synthetic speech has improved dramatically in recent months, as has the speed of training an AI model on an entirely new voice. ElevenLabs lets you clone your own voice from a minute of audio, or create one by describing how it should sound:

D) Tech-Freedom's Document Reader: Elevating Reading with ElevenLabs AI Voices | Accessible Android

The ElevenLabs AI voice creation tool has amazed many by offering high-quality generated voices proficient in multiple languages. However, using these voices for tasks like reading books requires a significant investment due to ElevenLabs' subscription fees. Thanks to a generous donation from ElevenLabs, the Tech-Freedom app now integrates several of these remarkable voices into its document reader feature for free. So what exactly is the document reader, and how can you utilize the ElevenLabs voices to listen to your documents?

E) AI And The Future Of Mobility Technology For People With Sight Loss | Joe Lonergan | Vision Ireland

Recently we have read some stories on the developments of Technology and AI when it comes to guiding devices for people with Sight loss. Some ideas are far-fetched, and some are more realistic, one is a robotic guide dog, and the other idea is an AI-powered suitcase that guides the blind person to their destination:

F) AI Is Going Great For The Blind | Robert Kingett

As I was looking at the amount of times platforms died on the web and I began thinking about the slow death of AI enthusiasm and what that will do to the Blind community. It really is a bizarre feeling when you're the only detractor of a thing within your own community. My first post about AI has gained some attention, as well as the follow up post about this topic. AI is taking the blind community by storm:

G) Experimenting with Be My Eyes and Videos | The Idea Place

I suspect anyone who has tried some of the newer AI-based image descriptions, such as those from Be My Eyes, has noticed the high quality image descriptions that are available. I've been curious about how I could apply that to videos so did a little experimentation. I want to emphasize that I do not consider this a replacement for audio description. There is so much more to that experience than just giving details on what's in an image:

H) Exploring IVONA Voices for iPhone: Alternatives and Innovations | SpeechCentral.net

This article explores the impact and legacy of IVONA, a former leader in text-to-speech (TTS) technology, particularly in relation to its integration with iPhone devices. IVONA, known for its TTS solutions, underwent significant changes following its acquisition by Amazon in 2013. Post-acquisition, Amazon shifted focus to a cloud-based TTS strategy, which resulted in the gradual deprecation of platform-specific developments for the iPhone since 2017. This shift marked the end of support for existing IVONA releases. Although Apple allowed third-party voice integrations with iOS 16, IVONA voices were not directly available for the iPhone. Limited integration was possible through some apps using IVONA's SDK package, but this became increasingly unviable due to lack of support and outdated technology. Consequently, users have been seeking affordable, high-quality alternatives to IVONA for iOS. Speech Central has emerged as a notable solution, offering cost-effective access to cloud-based voices and providing a new avenue for TTS experiences on iOS devices. This transition from IVONA to alternatives like Speech Central highlights the evolving landscape of TTS technology on mobile platforms, particularly for iPhone users seeking advanced and affordable voice technology options:

I) Amazon Launches Q, A Business Chatbot Powered By Generative Artificial Intelligence

The tech giant will launch Q — a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence. The announcement, made in Las Vegas at an annual conference the company hosts for its AWS cloud computing service, represents Amazon's response to rivals who've rolled out chatbots that have captured the public's attention:

J) How Artificial Intelligence Can Help The Visually Impaired | Oslo Metropolitan University | Partner Science Norway

Traditional navigation tools for the visually impaired are often impractical and require extensive training. Rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and increasingly more computing power in smartphones offer new opportunities:

10) Apple Updates

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A) No, You Don't Need to Turn Off Apple's NameDrop Feature in iOS 17 | Wired: Subscription Required

Yes, your iPhone automatically turns on NameDrop with the latest software update. But you shouldn't really be worried about it — regardless of what the police are saying:

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

In JAWS, you can temporarily suspend the use of Navigation Quick Keys when on a web page by pressing INSERT+SHIFT+Z. This is useful if you need to use keystrokes native to a particular website that conflict with the use of Navigation Quick Keys. These quick keys can include T to navigate by table, H to navigate by heading, or L to navigate by list. This command allows you to leave the JAWS Virtual PC Cursor on so you can continue navigating the page while using the commands specific to the web page. Navigation Quick Keys resume when you move focus away from the current browser window, navigate to a new page, or execute the command once more:

12) Sharkvember Shortcuts Weekly Roundup #4 | 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 are providing a roundup of shortcuts for the week right here on the blog. Here are the Sharkvember Shortcuts for this week:

13) Introduction to Electronic Handheld Magnifiers and Wearable Devices: A Comprehensive Guide | New England Low Vision and Blindness

As the leading assistive technology provider and trainer for people who are visually impaired, we understand the importance of ensuring access to electronic handheld magnifiers and wearable devices, also known as Low Vision Glasses. These innovative devices have revolutionized the way individuals with low vision and blindness can gain independence, confidence, and increased ease in navigating daily tasks:

14) 6 Tips To Spot Misinformation On The Web | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Ah, the internet! A vast ocean of knowledge, cat videos, and, unfortunately, a fair share of nonsense. So, how do you separate the wheat from the digital chaff? Let's dive in:

15) Alt+Tab Not Working on Windows: How to Fix It | HowToGeek.com

Windows is supposed to display the app switcher when you press the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut. If that doesn't happen in your case, your Alt or Tab keys may be damaged, or your Windows installation may have an issue. We'll show you a few ways to get around this problem so you can switch between your apps without problems:

16) Accessibility Tips For Inclusive Microsoft Teams Meetings And Live Events | Microsoft Support

Learn how to make Microsoft Teams meetings and live events more inclusive for all users. Check out our best accessibility tips for Microsoft Teams meeting and live event organizers, producers, and presenters:

17) Windows 11, Version 23H2 Known Issues And Notifications | Microsoft

When using physical media or disc images (ISO) to install Windows 11, version 23H2 (also referred to as the Windows 11 2023 Update) on a device, Microsoft Narrator may not start:

18) Announcing Emacspeak 59.0 (VirtualDog)

Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating environments. By seamlessly blending live access to all aspects of the Internet such as ubiquitous assistance, Web-surfing, blogging, remote software development, streaming media, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables spoken access to local and remote information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the evolving assistant-oriented social Internet cloud:

19) BrailleSense 6 V2.0 Upgrade Now Available | HIMS, Inc. | Tech-VI List

HIMS is pleased to announce this major upgrade for BrailleSense 6, V2.0. This upgrade updates the operating system from android 10 to Android 12, ensuring greater longevity of the BrailleSense, and the ability to install and use modern applications for years to come. This upgrade also adds a new To Do List application, brings the same games offered in the U2 to the BrailleSense 6, makes several improvements and enhancements to the e-mail program, and adds an optional Chat GPT interface. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note:

20) Announcement of LibreOffice 7.6.3 Community and LibreOffice Viewer App for Android in the Google Play Store | The Document Foundation

David Goldfield: For Windows users Microsoft Office is going to provide the best experience when it comes to screen reader accessibility. However, I understand that there are several reasons why some users can't or choose not to purchase an Office 365 subscription or a Microsoft Office perpetual license. LibreOffice is free of cost and provides adequate accessibility with Windows screen readers, at least with Writer for word processing and Calc for accessing spreadsheets. I have not used or tested other apps from LibreOffice and as I'm not a Mac user I am not in a position to write about VoiceOver with Microsoft Office or LibreOffice. TDF is interested in addressing accessibility issues. Please send feedback and bug reports to TDF via their official channels. Visit this link to learn about how you can get involved with TDF and this link to learn about their various mailing lists, including one for accessibility issues.
The Document Foundation: LibreOffice 7.6.3 Community, the third minor release of the 7.6 family of the volunteer-supported free office suite for Windows (Intel/AMD and ARM processors), macOS (Apple and Intel processors) and Linux is now available from:

21) Assessing the Individual's Familiarity and Comfort with Technology: An Insightful Analysis | New England Low Vision and Blindness

Assessing an individual's familiarity and comfort with technology has become an important aspect of today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. Technology plays a significant role in various aspects of our lives, making it essential for individuals to be familiar with different tools and gadgets. With an aging population, it's necessary not only to evaluate a person's comfort level with technology but also to ensure that they can adapt to new advancements with ease:

22) OneNote Wonder! A Beginners Guide to JAWS for Windows with Microsoft OneNote! | Paid Course | New From Hartgen Consultancy | £50 / $62

Microsoft OneNote is your digital notepad & note taking app. Everyone needs to write down information. It could be a shopping list, thoughts you might want to present at an important meeting, or maybe lecture notes. But how do you get to your notetaking program quickly to write down those spontaneous ideas you've had? Where do you save them? How can you share them with other people? And, most importantly, how do you find them again?

23) Google Announces The Open Source Release Of Project Guideline: Revolutionizing Accessibility With On-Device Machine Learning For Independent Mobility

Project Guideline, initiated by Google, marks a significant leap in accessibility technology for individuals with visual impairments. This open-source project employs on-device machine learning (ML) on Google Pixel phones to enable blind or low vision individuals to walk or run independently. It involves a waist-mounted phone, a designated guideline on a pedestrian pathway, and audio cues combined with obstacle detection. Project Guideline diverges from traditional assistance methods by using ARCore for position tracking, DeepLabV3+ based segmentation models for guideline detection, and a monocular depth ML model for obstacle identification. This system dynamically adjusts to the user's movements, providing accurate navigation and safety through 3D point cloud generation and real-time audio cues. It represents a transformative advancement in assistive technology, combining machine learning, augmented reality, and audio feedback, paving the way towards a more accessible and inclusive future:

24) Google Drive Now Has a Much Better Document Scanner | HowToGeek.com

Keeping track of physical papers, documents, invoices, and receipts can get annoying. The Google Drive scanner is a surprisingly useful tool for keeping digital copies of stuff, and now, Google is rolling out a few new features and changes:

25) I Was Banned From The Hcaptcha Accessibility Account For Not Being Blind | Michael Taboada | Commentary By David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

David Goldfield: I just encountered HCaptcha today for the second time while trying to pay a medical bill. I absolutely despise this company. In my opinion it is an act of discrimination to force blind people to provide their email address and accept a cookie to solve a captcha. Sighted computer users are not required to do this and there are methods HCaptcha could use to make their captchas accessible without forcing blind people to go through these hoops. In addition HCaptcha recommends that users of the Brave browser, of which I am one, enable all cookies in order for HCaptcha's cookie to be processed. I absolutely refuse to do this and it's not something that I should be expected to do just to solve a captcha. Instead, I had to go into Brave's cookie settings and set the specific page containing the form to accept all cookies which, again, is not something I should be required to do. Apparently, while HCaptcha supposedly has a text captcha option I was not presented with this choice..
Michael Taboada: I'm sure you've seen the HCaptcha captcha service, where you check a box and then need to select all images of a house or whatever. If you're not aware, they intentionally do not provide an audio captcha version for the blind since they say this would make it easier for bots to get through. Instead, they provide a special account for blind people that allows them to get a cookie which lets them get past the captcha without a challenge:

26) Device Lets Blind People "Hear" Facial Features | Neuroscience News & Research

A groundbreaking study, recently published in PLOS ONE, explores a novel device that enables blind individuals to perceive facial features through sound. This technology, termed 'sensory substitution,' uses a computer chip to transform visual shapes into audible signals. Conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center, the research involved six blind participants (born blind or blinded before age two) and ten sighted individuals. The study's process involved training participants to interpret sound waves representing facial features, starting from basic geometric shapes. Impressively, all blind subjects successfully identified faces more than 85% of the time. MRI scans during the study revealed that the fusiform face area (FFA) in the brain, essential for facial recognition, was activated in blind individuals, but on the opposite side compared to sighted people. This finding challenges the previously held belief that facial recognition wiring in the brain is innate or relies on early visual exposure. The study's results suggest that the FFA encodes the concept of a face through exposure to facial contours and geometry, regardless of sensory modality. This research contributes significantly to understanding brain plasticity, indicating the potential for developing technologies to help blind individuals navigate a visually-oriented world:

27) Blind People Can Now Recognize Faces Using New Tool | Penny Min | HealthNews.com

In a recent study, facial features were visible to blind individuals due to an apparatus that converts photos into sound waves:

28) The Sound Of Crunching Chips Is Annoying. So Doritos Has Made A Silencer. | Sydney Page | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

The noise of someone chomping on chips can be irritating, especially if it's directly in your ear, on say, a voice chat or a Zoom call. Voices — and crunching — are amplified when people are using headsets, which are often worn by gamers, many of whom spend hours at a time playing multiplayer video games. So the chip brand Doritos created Doritos Silent, a crunch-cancellation software that removes the sound of chewing from voice chats, Zoom or any calls that use headphones. But it was really created for gamers:

29) DoorDash Now Delivers Tech, Not Just Food | HowToGeek.com

Uber Eats, DoorDash, and other delivery services have made it possible to order food and have it delivered in a few minutes. For most other stuff, however, you need to wait at least one or two days, or potentially even more, for a shipment to come to your door. If you want to buy tech, and you want it fast, DoorDash is now partnering with Best Buy to bring it to you:

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Closing: December 4, 2023 | Blind and Low-Vision Participants Needed for Mock Election to Test Mobile Voting App

If you are looking forward to the day when you can vote using your smartphone, here is your opportunity to help make that desire a reality! Tusk Philanthropies and the Free Democracy Foundation are hosting a mock election on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7 to test a new mobile voting app for iOS and Android devices designed to make accessible absentee voting more secure. Want to participate? Sign up at the link below by 5pm ET on Monday, December 4. Once you sign up, you'll receive instructions via email from mock election sponsor, Tusk Philanthropies, on how to install the app on your device and participate:

Closing: December 8, 2023 | A Short Survey For A School Project: Museum Accessibility

A group of master's students at American University is working on a project that will assess the experiences of blind and visually impaired patrons at entertainment and cultural institutions. They've provided additional information below; as always with a school project, they're on a deadline, so if you can help, please do so this week. A message from the students begins here: Hello! We are graduate students at American University who want to learn more about the experience of the visually impaired at museums. Our project specifically centers around inclusive marketing with a primary focus on enhancing the accessibility of a local, well-known museum for the visually impaired community. As part of our comprehensive market research, we are actively seeking visually impaired individuals of all levels who are willing to contribute to our survey. This survey works best on a computer, but can be taken on a mobile device. Your participation is invaluable to us and all responses will be kept confidential. We look forward to collaborating with you on this important initiative and contributing to the development of a more inclusive experience for the visually impaired community at museums. Additionally, we are seeking 4-5 people with visual disabilities to participate in a one-on-one in-depth interview. Interviews will need to be conducted within the next couple of weeks and will be a maximum of 45 minutes. Interviews will also be kept confidential. If you would like to participate in an in-depth interview so we can learn more about your experience with your disability, please contact Stephanie Sheline at ss6964a@american.edu 📧️. Thank you for your time:

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November 23, 2023 | The Impact of Vision Loss on Friendships | Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts

Friendships often change when one has vision loss. Whether it's adaptations to the activities you enjoy together, asking for help, or turning that help down ... there are conversations to be had. Let's tune in as two Hadley members, Eugenia DeReu and Tara Perry, share their experiences with what's changed for them — and what's stayed the same:

November 25, 2023 | That Real Blind Tech Show Episode 142: Dirty Pickle

Join Allison, Brian, David, and Jeanine as they discuss Holiday shopping, the chaos at Open A.I. and will Be My A.I. be affected, the Humane A.I. pin, and what the heck is going on with the state of pickles. It is another hilarious episode that will inform you make you laugh, cry, and shout out loud:

November 25, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 155: One UI Part11 (Battery Settings) and Android 14 QPR 2 Beta 1.1

Android Basics. It is a double bill this week. First, we talk about the latest beta of the Android 14 Quarterly Platform Release (or QPR) for eligible Pixel phones. Next, in our next instalment looking at Samsung UI, John demonstrates the battery settings. Tip of the week: John shows us how to change the default spell checker on a Samsung device. Highlights from TalkBack. Finally, John demonstrates how to spell check using the TalkBack Braille Keyboard::

November 29, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2348: Raising Awareness One Video At A Time

Lucy Edwards is a blind broadcaster, content creator, and disability activist living in the UK. One of her goals is to change how people see blindness. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lucy about what motivated her to start her social media presence, how it led to a position with the BBC, and why she says she has her dream job:

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November 30, 2023 | FSOpenLine | Freedom Scientific

FSOpenLine, Freedom Scientific's global call-in show, will take place Thursday, November 30 at 8 PM Eastern time. Do you have questions about our products or an idea you want to share? Join us and have your voice heard by key members of Freedom Scientific's product management and engineering teams. In August, we gave you a sneak peek into the upcoming releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024, and discussed how you could participate in the Public Beta program. In this show, we'll discuss new features, plus answer your questions:

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 4, 2023 through December 6, 2023 | 2023 National Coding Symposium for Students | APH

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
The 2023 National Coding Symposium is back for another year of coding fun, bringing even more opportunities to engage students and all levels of coders! This event has been moved from spring to December to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. The goal of the Coding Symposium is to build connections between students, teachers, and professionals in coding. The symposium will be completely virtual, enabling more students, teachers, and family members nationwide to attend than an in-person event would have allowed. Professionals from Apple, Deque Systems, Bridges, NSITE, HumanWare and more will also be in attendance, sharing ideas, activities, resources, and career opportunities:

December 6, 2023 | Basics of PowerPoint Accessibility Remediation (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
One of the most used presentation programs is PowerPoint. We will cover the basics of structuring PowerPoint documents for accessibility, including how to effectively add alternate text to images, especially those with multiple parts like flowcharts, and best practices for making your PowerPoint files accessible. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn how to make your PowerPoint accessible for screen readers. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Highlight how to use Office formatting features to create accessible documents. Explore the accessibility tools in PowerPoint, such as the Reading Order pane, and how to add alternative text. Go through the steps in creating a clean PowerPoint Accessibility Check:

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 7, 2023 | Streamline Accessibility Testing and Management with a Unified Platform | TPGi

Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. There are many different types of analysis available for accessibility, from broad automated scans to user testing and time-intensive manual assessments. With ARC, TPGi's unified accessibility management and testing platform, you can put the proper analysis in the right hands, spreading the effort through your organization without losing effective oversight. This webinar will walk you through a sample accessibility program, demonstrating when and where to test and how to distribute work and knowledge. Who should attend: Accessibility professionals. Web developers and designers. Product managers:

December 7, 2023 | The Oko Story | AYES.AI | 2023 Sight Tech Global Event

8:35 AM PT, 9:35 AM MT, 10:35 AM CT, 11:35 AM ET, 3:35 PM GMT
We're eager to share the oko story and our future plans in a webinar at Sight Tech Global on December 7th, from 8:35 AM to 9:00 AM PT. The webinar will include a live Q&A session, so feel free to ask us anything. If you haven't registered for our session yet, please do so using this link:

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 12, 2023 | How to Perform Accessibility Testing (Part 2)

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Does your organization (need to) perform manual accessibility testing on tens of applications? In this webinar, attendees learn how enterprise-level organizations dramatically reduce the level of effort and accessibility expertise required to perform manual audits. There are four fundamental steps to creating a world-class, enterprise-level internal accessibility team. Break down each of the WCAG Success Criteria into a set of smaller, easily repeatable tests. Automate as much of the work as possible, and clearly distinguish what requires manual testing. Develop solution templates to save testing teams from having to reinvent the wheel. Have the ability to generate multiple findings reports — suited for the different audiences involved in delivering an online experience. With these clear steps, teams, even those new to accessibility testing, can accurately and effectively carry out full-scale, full WCAG coverage audits. For large organizations, the challenge here is doing each of these steps requires significant investment. Until now. Learn how the Accessibility Resource Center brings your accessibility testing team to a world-class level and start performing manual accessibility audits faster:

December 13, 2023 | Learn About The Hable One | A. T. Guys

The Hable One is AT Guys' newest product that allows you to remotely control your smart phone with an easy to use interface. Use the Hable one as if you were using braille screen input in screen away mode. No need for a table to quickly enter text and control your phone. You can even wake your phone up with it still in your pocket! Discover the Hable One in AT Guys' upcoming free webinar, highlighting its simplified text entry, app navigation, and call management. Reserve your spot here:

December 13, 2023 | Internet Browsing with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Are you interested in gaining a further understanding of web surfing with JAWS? Let's explore methods and strategies to enhance your browsing experience. We covered web browsing basics in a previous webinar. Now, we'll dive deeper. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to discuss webpage structure and how this can help the JAWS user better understand how to navigate by headings, forms, buttons, and regions to get the job done quickly. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Discuss different elements of a webpage. Use Windows commands to navigate a webpage. Demonstrate the JAWS find command. Explore forms:

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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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.

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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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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: 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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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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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/.

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

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About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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In addition to serving as Publisher for Top Tech Tidbits Aaron also serves as Publisher for the Access Information News Publication and is also the President and Senior Project Management Professional for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As Publisher Aaron oversees the weekly distribution of Top Tech Tidbits as a not-for-profit project on behalf of Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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In addition to serving as an Editor to Top Tech Tidbits, John also serves as an Editor to the Access Information News Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

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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.

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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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