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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 21, 2023 - Volume 942

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A) Google Announces New Features In Talkback 14.1 | DoubleTap

Google has launched a major new release of TalkBack, the screen reader application included within Android smartphones. The new 14.1 update brings notable updates for braille users, keyboard navigation, and image descriptions:
https://doubletaponair.com/google-announces-new-features-in-talkback-14-1/

B) JAWS Power Tip: How To Compose and Send Messages in Gmail Standard View with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

You can compose and send messages using Google keyboard shortcuts. One way to do this is with the JAWS Virtual PC cursor toggled off. If it is on, press INSERT+Z to turn it off. To compose a message:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/214.html

C) 6 Things You Can Do With Windows Copilot | HowToGeek.com

Windows Copilot is Microsoft's AI-powered assistant that comes integrated into Windows 11, with plans to feature it in Windows 10 at the time of writing. Like a copilot in the cockpit, Windows Copilot can help you with various tasks as you use your computer. Here's what it can do:
https://www.howtogeek.com/things-you-can-do-with-windows-copilot/

D) Sony's Latest Access Controller Highlights Major Challenges in Adaptive Gaming | Aaron Di Blasi | Top Tech Tidbits

In a significant move towards inclusive gaming, Sony has unveiled the Access controller, a device specifically designed to cater to the needs of gamers with disabilities. This development marks a pivotal moment in the adaptive gaming hardware landscape, joining the ranks of the Xbox Adaptive Controller and the Nintendo-licensed Hori Flex for current-generation consoles:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/213.html

E) Alphabetical List of VoiceOver Sonoma Commands | Debee | Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)

The table below is an alphabetical list of VoiceOver specific Sonoma commands. I retrieved all these from the latest Sonoma user guide, but I have shortened the command descriptions extensively. The goal is to have a cheat sheet that's quick and easy to read with magnification, speech or Braille, using the fewest words possible:
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10) AI Updates

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A) Did GPT-4.5 Secretly Roll Out In ChatGPT? | Matt Wolfe | YouTube

Exploring all the latest rumors around GPT 4.5. Is the hype real? Or just hallucinations?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpxIUpwz9U0

B) OpenAI Releases Guide To Prompt Engineering | OpenAI

This guide shares strategies and tactics for getting better results from large language models (sometimes referred to as GPT models) like GPT-4. The methods described here can sometimes be deployed in combination for greater effect. We encourage experimentation to find the methods that work best for you. Some of the examples demonstrated here currently work only with our most capable model, GPT-4. In general, if you find that a model fails at a task and a more capable model is available, it's often worth trying again with the more capable model. You can also explore example prompts which showcase what our models are capable of:
https://platform.openai.com/docs/guides/prompt-engineering

C) Democratizing Access To AI-Enabled Coding With Colab | Google Blog

On December 19, 2023 Google announced the expansion of code assistance features to all Colab users, including users on their free-of-charge plans. Anyone in eligible locales can now try AI-powered code assistance in Colab:
https://blog.google/technology/ai/democratizing-access-to-ai-enabled-coding-with-colab/?ref=futuretools.io

D) ChatGPT Plus Subscriptions Have Been Turned Back On | December 13, 2023 | Sam Altman | X

Sam: We have re-enabled ChatGPT Plus Subscriptions! Thanks for your patience while we found more GPUs:
https://twitter.com/sama/status/1734984269586457078

E) Google DeepMind Utilizes Large Language Model to Solve Previously Unsolvable Mathematics Problem | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

In a groundbreaking development, Google DeepMind has successfully employed a large language model to decipher a previously unsolved problem in pure mathematics. According to a paper published in Nature on December 14, 2023, this marks the first instance where a large language model has been instrumental in discovering a solution to a longstanding scientific conundrum, thereby generating verifiable and novel information that was hitherto unknown. "It's not in the training data — it wasn't even known," asserts Pushmeet Kohli, Vice President of Research at Google DeepMind:
https://mvsltd.com/news/google-deepmind-utilizes-large-language-model-to-solve-previously-unsolvable-mathematics-problem/

F) ChatGPT Is Not Ready To Handle Web Accessibility Remediation | Karl Groves

Recently a friend shared with me a “Custom GPT” called "Accessibility Copilot". This is one of many interesting applications of ChatGPT that are arriving to market at breakneck speed, but is unfortunately not something I would rely on for effective remediation of accessibility issues:
https://karlgroves.com/chatgpt-is-not-ready-to-handle-web-accessibility-remediation/

G) 2023: The Year AI Transformed the World for Blind Individuals | Aaron Di Blasi | Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Here I highlight the significant advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) in 2023 with regard to assistive technologies for the visually impaired. The 2023 Sight Tech Global conference recently showcased many of these innovations, including the collaboration between Be My Eyes and OpenAI's GPT-4, leading to the development of Be My AI. Other notable advancements included AYES.AI's OKO app for street navigation, Envision's smart glasses integrated with GPT-4, and Meta's AI-enabled wearable technologies offering voice navigation and AI-assisted interactions. The conference also highlighted the ethical challenges of AI in accessibility, emphasizing the need for responsible development and consideration of privacy and ethical integrity in technological advancements:
https://mvsltd.com/news/2023-the-year-ai-transformed-the-world-for-blind-individuals/

H) 12 Things Microsoft Copilot Can Do On Windows 11 That You Really Should Know About | Mauro Huculak | WindowsCentral.com

Copilot can do much more than answer questions on different topics, and in this guide, I'll show you features to get the most out of the chatbot AI:
https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-11/12-things-microsoft-copilot-can-do-on-windows-11-that-you-really-should-know-about

I) Thanks To Suno On Copilot, You Can Now Use AI To Make Music | MSPowerUser.com

A new plugin has just arrived on Copilot. It's called Suno. Suno lets you create music using AI regardless of your musical background/knowledge. Simply toggle the plugin on and then write your prompts:
https://mspoweruser.com/thanks-to-suno-on-copilot-you-can-use-ai-to-make-music/

J) Seleste Glasses — Hands-Free AI Assistive Technology For The Blind | Carrie on Accessibility | YouTube

In this recent episode of the Epic Ally Podcast, Carrie from “Carrie on Accessibility” delved into the world of assistive technology through an enlightening interview with Shubh Mittal, CEO of Seleste. The focus was on the innovative Seleste Glasses, a product that stands at the forefront of assistive tech development. Carrie's excitement about the product's potential was palpable as she explored its features and implications for the visually impaired community:
https://carrieonaccessibility.com/?p=996&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=seleste-glasses-hands-free-ai-assistive-technology-for-the-blind

K) Apple Isn't Standing Still On Generative AI, And Making Human Models Dance Is Proof | Apple Insider

Apple has released a research paper discussing what it calls HUGS, a generative AI technology that can create a digital human avatar from a brief video in about 30 minutes:
https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/12/19/apple-isnt-standing-still-on-generative-ai-and-making-human-models-dance-is-proof?utm_medium=rss

L) Now You Can Talk to an AI Santa Claus With Fixie's HiSanta.ai | David Goldfield

I couldn't resist writing about this very cool Santa AI. HiSanta.ai is a conversational AI from Fixie, which provides conversational AI chat agents. HiSanta consists of two different Santa Claus personas, the nice, friendly Santa and the grumpy bad Santa. Deselecting the check box on the main page gives you access to the grumpy Santa, which I found to be extremely entertaining. It honestly had me laughing harder than I've laughed in quite some time. This service took me back to that nostalgic excitement that I remember as a kid when I heard about new phone numbers offering some new form of phone-based entertainment. To use this service you'll need to ensure that your browser has permission to use your device's microphone, at least on this particular site. Enjoy!
https://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2023/12/20/now-you-can-talk-to-an-ai-santa-claus-with-fixies-hisanta-ai/

11) Apple Updates

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A) Apple To Halt Apple Watch Series 9 And Apple Watch Ultra 2 Sales In The Us This Week | December 18, 2023 | 9to5Mac

In a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple has announced that it will soon halt sales of its flagship Apple Watch models in the United States. The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 will no longer be available to purchase from Apple starting later this week:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/12/18/apple-halting-apple-watch-series-9-and-apple-watch-ultra-2-sales/

B) Apple's 2024 Will Be About Moving Beyond the iPhone | Mark Gurman | Bloomberg

The iPhone will take a back seat to Apple's wearables business in 2024, with the Vision Pro, watch and AirPods getting more attention:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2023-12-17/apple-2024-plans-new-low-end-airpods-vision-pro-larger-iphone-16-oled-ipad-lq9jhed4

C) Apple Introduces Stolen Device Protection For iPhone With iOS 17.3 Beta | Ghacks.net

In its latest update, iOS 17.3 beta, Apple has unveiled the Stolen Device Protection feature for iPhones, aiming to enhance security against theft. This feature requires biometric verification for critical actions like altering Apple ID passwords or accessing iCloud Keychain, eliminating the use of passcodes as a fallback. It also introduces a delay for changing sensitive settings, further securing devices against unauthorized access. Expected to be available for iPhone XS and newer models, this feature emphasizes safeguarding personal data over the device itself:
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/12/13/apple-introduces-stolen-device-protection-for-iphone-with-ios-17-3-beta/

12) JAWS Power Tip: How To Open And Read Messages In Gmail With JAWS | Freedom Scientific

To open a message, follow these steps:
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/217.html

13) Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 1 | Freedom Scientific

Changes are coming in 2024 to Google Gmail. Learn about them now by streaming or downloading this pre-recorded training, "Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 1." Part 2 will be available for stream or download by December 29, 2023 on our Webinars On Demand page:
https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/transitioning-from-basic-html-view-to-standard-view-in-gmail-with-jaws/

14) Templates In The Wayaround App — Helpful Tips | Jessica Hipp | Wayaround.com

So, you have some WayTags ® and are ready to start labeling the things around you. The next step is to add information to your WayTags. This is where things get really exciting. WayAround's app features multiple options on how to add information about the item you want to label. You can choose to add a simple description, or you can add additional details by selecting a Template. Deciding whether or not you need a Template is an important step in determining what information will go on your WayTags:
https://www.wayaround.com/wayaround-templates/

15) How to Use Live Text on Mac: A Complete Guide | Varun Mirchandani | GuidingTech.com

Apple's macOS is one of the best operating systems loaded with plenty of useful features. Unfortunately, most folks aren't aware of this. One such feature is Live Text. Live Text is a powerful feature in macOS that allows you to interact with text directly within images and photos. It can recognize and extract text from images. You can then use live text on your Mac to copy, paste, translate, search the web, and more:
https://www.guidingtech.com/use-live-text-on-mac/

16) Empowering Blind Students: The 5 Best Education Apps for Learning | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

As technology continues to evolve, blind students are finding more accessible and inclusive tools to aid their education journey. Apps that cater to the needs of people who are blind make returning to school or college a more seamless and productive experience. These apps range from assisting with document creation and organization to providing customized reading experiences:
https://lhblind.org/blind-students-the-5-best-education-apps-for-learning/

17) A Guide To Securing Your Online Accounts With iCloud Keychain On MacOS | Tyler | AppleVis

If you're like most people, you likely have many online accounts with usernames and passwords. In this guide, I will describe how iCloud Keychain, the password manager built into macOS and other Apple platforms, can help you create, use, and manage strong credentials for your online accounts:
https://www.applevis.com/guides/guide-securing-your-online-accounts-icloud-keychain-macos

18) Tips For Using The Envision App With Low Vision | Veroniiiica.com

I'm always looking for new functions and ways to use different features in visual assistance applications, and first downloaded the Envision app a few years ago when my friend was raving about its text recognition features at a low vision accessibility event we were both attending. When Envision became free for all users in 2022, I began recommending Envision and Envision AI more often for users looking for a visual assistance app that would work on multiple platforms and support helpful features like file upload, multiple languages, and recognizing faces. Here are my tips for using the Envision app with low vision for a variety of tasks:
https://veroniiiica.com/using-the-envision-app-with-low-vision/

19) Be My Eyes Integrates New Feature to Receive Visual Assistance From Friends and Family Members

Be My Eyes has announced the integration of a brand new feature in the Be My Eyes app, called Be My Eyes Groups. With Be My Eyes Groups, individuals who are blind or have low vision can build their own custom network of people to help with everyday tasks, like reviewing a paper mail or reading personal documents such as financial statements, bank communications or medical prescriptions:
https://www.bemyeyes.com/blog/be-my-eyes-integrates-friends-and-family-groups

20) End of an Era: Google Groups to Drop Usenet Support | Rob Pegoraro | PCMag.com

A social-networking fossil looks even more embedded in sedimentary rock now that Google plans to retire the Usenet gateway it's maintained at its Google Groups site since 2001:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/end-of-an-era-google-groups-to-drop-usenet-support

21) The ScripTalk Mobile App is Now Available on Blindshell Classic 2

The popular ScripTalk Mobile App is now available on the BlindShell Classic 2. This addition will allow the BlindShell Classic 2, a multi-purpose accessible cell phone, to read ScripTalk Talking Labels available at no cost at thousands of participating pharmacies throughout the U.S. and Canada:
https://blindshellusa.com/scriptalk?mc_cid=32a8f4556c

22) When Will Thunderbird For Android Be Released?

When will Thunderbird for Android be released? This is a question that comes up quite a lot, and we appreciate that you're all excited to finally put Thunderbird in your pocket. It's not a simple answer, but we'll do our best to explain why things are taking longer than expected:
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2023/12/when-will-thunderbird-for-android-be-released/

23) Announcing BrailleBlaster 2.1.3-Stable | Michael Whapples | APH BrailleBlaster List via the Tech-VI List

Its been over a year since the last stable BrailleBlaster release. I am pleased to announce the release of BrailleBlaster 2.1.3-stable and with the many improvements I think the wait has been worth it. Although we have not changed the major version number, this update is definitely a major improvement. When compared with the previous stable release the file handling is significantly improved, many more NIMAS files correctly open, table handling is very much improved and an overhauled find and replace tool. There are many more improvements and bug fixes. We recommend all users to update to this latest version, even beta users should upgrade as there have been important bug fixes since the last beta version:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/5852

24) NVDA 2024.1beta1 Available For Testing

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1beta1/

25) The Road to Accessible Drag and Drop (Part 1) | TPGi

Welcome to the first in a mini-series of articles, published over three days, where I'll be exploring solutions for truly accessible drag and drop. This implies a good deal more than simply, keyboard accessible:
https://www.tpgi.com/the-road-to-accessible-drag-and-drop-part-1/

26) Tech Hasn't Removed All Workplace Roadblocks For Those With Low Vision | Michele McDonnall | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

Assistive technologies like screen reader software go a long way toward closing the gap between people who are blind or have low vision and their sighted peers. But the technologies often hit roadblocks because the information they are designed to work with — documents, websites and software programs — don't work with them, leaving the information inaccessible:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2023/12/18/blind-vision-workplace-tech-accessibility/

27) Talkback Actions On Android Vs. Rotor Actions On iOS: A Tale Of Google's Unfulfilled Vows | Accessible Android

Google develops more accessible apps for iOS! On the face of it, the allegation sounds uncanny and subjective. How can Google which controls Android and claims to be committed to its accessibility develop more accessible and standards-compliant apps for its rival OS, the iOS operating system? After all, if you rival Apple — which Google does, you definitely want to grab the attention of users, including visually impaired customers, to make them gravitate toward your very own operating system, Android. Ironically, though, Google doesn't do that, either willfully or unintentionally, and actively shirks this responsibility. Let's elaborate:
https://accessibleandroid.com/talkback-actions-on-android-vs-rotor-actions-on-ios-a-tale-of-googles-unfulfilled-vows/

28) Enhancements in JAWS 2024.2312.53 (December 2023) | Freedom Scientific

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew#Enhancements

29) Enhancements in ZoomText 2024.2312.26 and Fusion 2024.2312.8 (December 2023) | Freedom Scientific

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew#enhancements

30) Updates from Accessible Android: Introducing the Telegram Channel and Welcoming a New Team Member

https://accessibleandroid.com/updates-from-accessible-android-introducing-the-telegram-channel-and-welcoming-a-new-team-member/


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Closing: January 31, 2024 | WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #10

The following survey is a follow-up to previous WebAIM Screen Reader User Surveys. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate.:
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December 14, 2023 | Hadley Insights & Sound Bites Podcast: "The Secret was Killing Me"

This week Angela shares how she struggled to get around due to vision loss, how she tried to hide it from others, and what helped her:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/insights-sound-bites/secret-was-killing-me?_q=carmsggzn6g

December 14, 2023 | This Week in Accessibility: Reviewing the Year in Accessible Video Games | DelgadilloAccess.com

Gaming journalist and accessibility consultant Victor Dima joins the show and looks back at 2023 in accessible video games. From adaptive accessories like the PlayStation Access Controller to mainstream titles like Forza Motorsport and Mortal Kombat 1 building accessibility into their games' infrastructure, this year felt like there are more accessible gaming options for people of all abilities. But while some companies are embracing weaving accessibility into their titles, for others disabled players feel like a mere blip on their radar. We'll dig into some real flops this year for disabled gamers, including Bethesda's lack of transparency regarding Starfield, and our list of features for the new Nintendo Switch console rumored for 2024. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts. Listen:
https://delgadilloaccess.com/this-week-in-accessibility-for-december-16-2023-reviewing-the-year-in-accessible-video-games/

December 16, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 158: 3rd Anniversary Celebration of Blind Android Users Podcast

Episode 158: Party Time! This week, we celebrate the 3-year anniversary of the Blind Android Users podcast! Join the co-hosts and guest listeners as we come together and discuss what phones we have, our likes and dislikes about Android and so much else!
https://www.youtube.com/blindandroidusers/videos

December 20, 2023 | Eyes on Success Episode 2351: Foresight Adventure Guides for the Blind

Foresight provides accessible and affordable outdoor recreation like skiing and snowboarding for individuals with blindness or low vision, promoting fun, safety, and independence. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with board member and guide Bill Murphy, board member and participant Kevin Foster, and blind skier Claire Schultz about the program and their experiences:
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December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

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December 28, 2023 | Get Started with WayAround Webinar | Michael Doise & Jessica Hipp

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
If WayAround is on your holiday wishlist, this is your chance to learn how to use your WayTags! Attendees will learn how to get started making your things permanently accessible! If you've already been using WayAround, join us to discuss how you can tag even more things. This is also a great opportunity to gear up for any New Year's organization projects. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register at the link below:
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December 28, 2023 | Zoom Meeting Regarding Accessibility And Requirements To Be A Blind Voice Writing Court Reporter | Eden Kizer

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM, 12/29 GMT
Hello. My name is Eden Kizer, and I'm a recently certified court reporter using the voice writing method. This method involves using our voice to dictate everything that is being said in court or depositions. I am providing an informal Zoom meeting to discuss how a blind person using JAWS can work in this field: things such as equipment, skills, accessibility factors, and any questions. This career can also be used to do very quick transcription as the certification means that you can take down with your voice at 225 words per minute. The Zoom meeting takes place on December 28th at 8 P.M. Pacific. I will send out a Zoom link, but I require you to request to join the meeting via email as I do not want to publicly share a Zoom link. Contact Eden Kizer at edenkizer0718@gmail.com 📧️. Meeting will be recorded. Please go ahead and email your interest and questions because the meeting will be provided to attendees who email me even if they can't come live.

January 3, 2023 | ParentConnect: A Family Support Group Offered In Partnership With The Virtual Parent Support Group Chicago Lighthouse For The Blind | APH ConnectCenter

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

January 11, 2023 | Career Conversations: an interview with Claire Stanley, Public Policy Analyst for National Disability Rights Network | APH ConnectCenter

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Join APH CareerConnect for our very popular Career Conversations Series. Claire Stanley, J.D., Public Policy Analyst for National Disability Rights Network, will speak about her work in public policy. Often, people think of having a degree in law and going to court as a lawyer. Claire, uses her voice to influence public policy related to disability issues on the national level. Claire will share her journey from college into her current career working on public policy. Register here:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QmcbIjAeSnCrtY3S_ozU5Q#/registration

January 17, 2024 | Creating Accessible and Inclusive Presentations | A11yTalks.com

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
In this session, we'll go over what we can do as presenters to ensure inclusivity for all our attendees regardless of how they consume the content, beyond the basics of captions and color contrast. We'll briefly cover accessibility definitions, standards, and guidelines and then share practical tips and examples to help make presentation slide decks and the presentations more accessible:
https://a11ytalks.com/posts/2024-JAN/

January 17, 2023 | PixBlaster: Enhancing Braille and Graphics with TSS 8.1 | APH ConnectCenter

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
In the next version, Tiger Software Suite 8.1 is set to boost PixBlaster's braille and tactile graphic output. Catch ViewPlus CEO Dan Gardner at the January Partner Showcase, where he'll walk you through the updates and delve into the advantages for braille and tactile graphic production. Register below for PixBlaster: Enhancing Braille and Graphics with TSS 8.1:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EYCZQXcWR9m9B-V1l2gMlw#/registration

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

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

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2023 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send email to:
ADA-OSU@osu.edu 📧️


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

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

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

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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.

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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: You Can Still Save 10% On WayTags — Use "joy10" At Checkout Through December 20, 2023

This holiday season, enjoy an extra layer of joy by adding joy10 to any of your WayTag orders, and receive a 10% discount. Some of our most popular items include the Kitchen Starter Pack, Oval Hole Buttons, and WayClips. If you need ideas, email connect@wayaround.com 📧️ and we can help you decide on the perfect gift!

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About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

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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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Sponsor Since: August 4th 2022 Calendar icon.

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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Learn Management Skills For Free. Get The Job You Want.

Everyone deserves equal access to the internet which is why Fable works with people with disabilities who use assistive technologies like switch controls to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Fable Pathways, a free, accessible, and on-demand skill-building program, is an extension of Fable's mission. Fable Pathways provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to gain the skills they need, from experts like Judy Heumann and Kelly Ford, to contribute to improving digital accessibility.
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022 Calendar icon.

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Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810

About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.

Opportunities:

Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://fablepathways.com/.

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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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Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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

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Sponsor: Access Tech Live


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Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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About: Formerly Double Tap TV, Access Tech Live is a weekly tech show on AMI-TV, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube).

Join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) each week as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist them in their everyday lives.

Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.

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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 and optional Chat GPT interface. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note. Please visit our BrailleSense 6 Download Page or BrailleSense 6 mini Download Page to gather the complete list of improvements through the release notes, as well as links to the firmware and upgrade instruction. Visit us on the web at:
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About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind

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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Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021 Calendar icon.

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Phone: (617) 969-6200

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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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In the spirit of the holiday season, we proudly offer all users of Remote Incident Manager (RIM) all the time you want, when you want it, from now until January 2nd, 2024! During this time, you will have access to all features and functionalities of the Remote Incident Manager, giving you an excellent opportunity to make the most out of the world's only fully accessible remote support application! There's never been a better time to get in on the action!

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Whatever you do, we at Pneuma Solutions wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and many fulfilling hours of accessible remote technical support!

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Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021 Calendar icon.

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Support: (650) 249-1000

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?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays

Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
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Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐

Email: info@vispero.com 📧️

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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.

Aaron also serves as a Volunteer Editor to Top Tech Tidbits.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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