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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 4, 2024 - Volume 944

The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week

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A) Microsoft Copilot's ChatGPT-Like App Lands On Android, With iOS Version Coming Soon | WindowsLatest.com

Microsoft Copilot's ChatGPT-like app has finally arrived on Android, nearly two weeks after the tech giant announced its web version (copilot.microsoft.com). According to sources familiar with the plans, Microsoft is also working on the iOS version of its Copilot app, which is nearly ready.

B) Screen Reader Users And The Tab Key | TemperTemper.net

Screen reader users who use a laptop or desktop computer generally (though not always) use their keyboard to control their screen reader software. But that doesn't mean they use the keyboard like a keyboard-only user.

C) Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind | 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 today.

D) Buying A New Phone? This Is How Much Smartphone Storage You Really Need | TomsGuide.com

We use our smartphones for everything these days. From texting to photography, to web browsing and online gaming, there's really nothing an iPhone or Android can't handle. That is, until your phone's internal storage is depleted.

E) Microsoft Ending Support For Windows 10 Could Send 240 Million PCs To Landfills | ITNews.com Australia

Microsoft's plan to end support for Windows 10 operating system could result in about 240 million personal computers (PCs) being disposed, potentially adding to landfill waste, Canalys Research said.

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A) Get Ready for a 'Tsunami' of AI at CES | Wired: Subscription Required

CES, which kicks off January 9, 2034 in Las Vegas, will feature the usual assortment of new consumer tech products. This year, even more of that stuff will be empowered by machine intelligence.

B) Top Speechify Alternatives in 2024 | ElevenLabs.io

While Speechify is a popular choice, several other TTS services also offer robust capabilities. This comparison evaluates leading Speechify alternatives, focusing on their quality, clarity, and ability to convey emotions.

C) LG's New AI Agent Robot Will Help You Out Around The House | BGR.com

LG comes up with some crazy products every now and then, and that might be what we're looking at here. In a press release, the company unveiled its AI agent, a cute little autonomous robot that the company says "boasts robotic, AI and multi-modal technologies that enable it to move, learn, comprehend and engage in complex conversations."

9) Apple Updates

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A) Microsoft Copilot App Arrives On iOS, Bringing Free ChatGPT-4 To iPhone And iPad | WindowsLatest.com

Microsoft has recently launched the Copilot app for iOS devices, available for free on the Apple App Store. This app, optimized specifically for iPad, offers an advanced chat interface distinct from Bing's combination of search, rewards, and chat functionalities. Unlike Bing, Copilot focuses solely on chat capabilities and integrates features like DALL-E 3. In addition to supporting GPT Vision and DALL-E, it includes ChatGPT-4 Turbo for select users, enhancing its responsiveness to recent events, particularly with a disabled search plugin. Copilot enables users to perform a variety of tasks such as writing emails, summarizing texts, language translation, and proofreading, all without cost. It also supports third-party plugins and an Image Creator feature, which generates images from textual descriptions.

B) Apple Restarts Sales of Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the US | December 28, 2023 | CNET

On December 28, 2023 Apple said it will immediately resume in-store sales of its latest smartwatches, the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Ultra 2, in the United States.

C) How To Use Point And Speak On iPhone Or iPad | Apple Support

If you're blind or have low vision, you can use Point and Speak in Magnifier on your iPhone or iPad with LiDAR to have text read to you. Just point your finger at signs, keypads, labels and more to hear them read out loud to you. Here's how.

D) How To Use Live Speech On Mac, iPhone, iPad And Apple Watch | AppleMust.com

In this article we'll explain how to begin using Live Speech on your Apple device. Live Speech arrived across Apple platforms in fall 2023. It's a tool that lets you type out a message on your device keyboard and it will then say what you want to say in a chosen voice, including system voices and your very own Personal Voice. It works on the device, so you can use it in conversation, but also works with FaceTime and iPhone calls.

E) Pros and Cons of Apple's Conversation Boost | Kami Funk | Accessibility.com

Apple's AirPods have a new accessibility feature — Conversation Boost. It promises to make it easier to hear people's voices in conversation in a crowded, noisy room. Sounds like a perfect solution to a common problem, right? After all, hearing aids can only do so much and even for people without a hearing disability, conversations in a loud location like a restaurant are difficult. But does this feature work? How well does it work? Are there any downsides? Let's look at Conversation Boost and see what the pros — and cons — of this accessibility feature are.

F) What It's Like to Use Apple's Lockdown Mode | Wired: Subscription Required

If you're at high risk of being targeted by mercenary spyware, or just don't mind losing iOS features for extra security, the company's restricted mode is surprisingly usable.

G) Apple Just Broke a Tradition It Held for 12 Years | MacRumors.com

Publisher (Di Blasi): Perhaps there is a shift underway after all. But to what, specifically, we can still only speculate.
MacRumors: Apple has broken a tradition it maintained for 12 years, releasing no new iPads in 2023 — the first time that the company has chosen to not launch a new tablet in an entire calendar year since the introduction of the product line.

10) JAWS Power Tip: How To Archive And Delete Messages in Gmail With JAWS | Freedom Scientific

Archiving a message removes it from the inbox, and places it in the All Mail label. Archive messages if you may need them later but don't want them to reside in your inbox. Deleting a message sends it to the Trash label where you can go to permanently delete it. Ensure the JAWS Virtual PC Cursor is toggled off by pressing INSERT+Z when archiving and deleting messages. To archive or delete a message, follow these steps.

11) How to Reverse Function Keys (F1, F2, etc.) on MacOS Sonoma | OSXDaily.com

Some Mac users have noticed that after updating to macOS Sonoma, or various macOS Sonoma updates, their function keys are reversed. A common example of this is that when you tap on the F1 or F2 key to adjust the display brightness, nothing happens. Or you may press F10, F11, or F12 to adjust audio levels on the Mac, and either nothing happens, or Expose activates rather than sound volume adjusting. We'll show you how you can reverse the function keys on macOS Sonoma, where the setting for this has been moved and buried, like many other things in System Settings.

12) A Beginner's Guide to Gesture Navigation on Android | AccessibleAndroid.com

If you're an old Android user (pre-Android 10), you're likely familiar with the "3-button navigation system," featuring buttons at the screen's bottom: one for going back, one for the home screen, and another for accessing recent apps. With the introduction of Android 10, gesture navigation became an alternative method for these functions without buttons occupying the lower screen portion. Despite gesture navigation's arrival, the 3-button navigation remains available for users who prefer the traditional button-pressing approach.

13) 5 Tips And Tricks To Fix Bluetooth Connection Issues On Mac | 9to5Mac

We rely on Bluetooth for lots of devices so it can be frustrating when our peripherals don't work normally. Read along for 5 tips and tricks to fix Mac Bluetooth issues, including resetting your Bluetooth module and ways to remove interference.

14) A Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Widgets to Your Desktop in Mac OS Sonoma | Audio | DoubleTapOnAir.com

Regular contributor and listener Michael Babcock provides a step-by-step guide on how to add widgets to your desktop in Mac OS Sonoma. After successfully adding the widgets, Michael demonstrates how to access and interact with the widget data. He also offers additional tips, such as using the Widgets Menu (accessed by pressing VO+U) to quickly jump to a specific widget.

15) Become a Windows 11 Master With These 70+ Keyboard Shortcuts | CNet.com

If you want to navigate Windows 11 like a pro, you should know every one of these hotkeys.

16) The Ultimate Mobile Accessibility Resource Guide | Mark Steadman | Dev.to

I tend to get asked a lot in my current role "Where the hell do I go for mobile accessibility information?!?". The hard truth is, it's not easy to find. The resources and knowledge are all scattered across multiple different sites and experts. It can be hard to know where to start to look. It is time to fix that, with the ultimate mobile accessibility resource guide.

17) Compose In Braille With Musescore 4: An Accessibility Breakthrough | Mu.se

We're delighted to announce MuseScore will be the first mainstream music notation program to support the groundbreaking accessibility features of Live Braille Translation and 6-key Braille note input. Developed in partnership with two prominent accessibility organizations — the DAISY Consortium, and Sao Mai Center for the Blind — these new Braille features will complement the advanced keyboard navigation and screen reader support already available in MuseScore 4; providing more ways for musicians who are blind or partially sighted to interact with music notation.

18) Apply Heading Styles in Word | Sharons-Shortcuts.ie

If you mark your section titles throughout your document as headings, you can create a table of contents in a matter of seconds (Alt + S, then T, then Enter). And, by using heading styles, you will make your document much more accessible to screen reader users. This is because screen reader users will be able to list and jump to the different sections of your document based on the headings. Here's how.

19) Tips For Learning How To Write In Braille Faster | Hable

Braille isn't just for reading — it's awesome for writing too. Ready to dive into learning how to write in Braille? Don't worry, everyone starts from scratch. It's all about taking that first step and keeping at it.

20) CES Has Major Focus On Accessibility In 2024 | Steven Scott | DoubleTapOnAir.com

In a recent episode of Access Tech Live on AMI-tv, hosts Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo welcomed Steve Ewell, the Executive Director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. With CES 2024 on the horizon, Steve expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming event. With over 1,100 startups and a plethora of global brands participating, the focus on technology benefiting older adults and people with disabilities is more pronounced than ever. Highlights include over-the-counter hearing aids, social robots, and haptic tablets for the blind and low vision community.

21) CES 2024: What We're Expecting | TechCrunch.com

From startups to silicon giants, here's what we're anticipating for January's big event.

22) ONECOM's FINTIN V1 Mini-QWERTY Communicator for the Visually Impaired to Debut at CES 2024 After Winning Best of Innovation Award | PR Newswire

ONECOM will unveil its award-winning FINTIN V1, a handheld mini-QWERTY communicator designed for the visually impaired, at CES 2024 beginning on January 9, 2023. The device earned the prestigious CES 2024 Best of Innovation award.

23) The Best Accessible-Tech Products From 2023 | Fast Company

From alt-text GIFs to a new Sony Playstation controller, here are the products that pushed technology in a more accessible direction this year.

24) New Report Claims Your Phone, TV, And Smart Speaker Are Spying On You. But Is It Real? | ZDNet.com

Publisher (Di Blasi): Have you ever found yourself in this position? Or in a conversation with someone about it? I know I have. On both counts. For years now I could absolutely "swear" that shortly after uttering a phrase about a particular topic, I would then, very suddenly, begin seeing advertisements for that exact thing in my web searches and on my social media feeds. And oh yes, my home is covered in Echo dots, Apple TVs, iPhones, iPads, Macs and Windows machines galore. But I always chalked it up to human correlation by suspicion, also known as a conspiracy complex, since I really and truly did not believe, from an engineering or legal standpoint, that companies could or were actually doing this. And it would seem that my suspicions were correct. About my suspicions, that is.
ZDNet: A sensational story ricocheted around the web last week, alleging that online advertisers are capable of listening in on your casual conversations as you talk within earshot of smart devices. Could it possibly be true?

25) Why Windows 12 Needs To Steal These Features From Apple's Accessibility Efforts | TechRadar.com

There was a time when Accessibility in software was more commonly labeled as a 'hidden feature' or a 'hack' to speed certain methods up, such as Voice Control in iOS 13 or Back Tap in iOS 14. The world has (thankfully) moved on from this, and we're now seeing real benefits in how accessibility can be used for the greater good.

26) Best Accessible Smart Home Starting Point Recommendation | Marc Aflalo | X

The best piece of Smart Home tech, year after year. I have to continue raving about my Lutron Caseta setup! If you want to get into anything to do with a Smart Home then this is the place to start. Compatible with every platform.

27) Unwrapped A New Smartphone? Let Shaun Help You Get Set Up | DoubleTapOnAir.com

If you got a new smartphone and are keen to set it up but don't have sighted assistance around incase it all goes wrong, don't panic! Our Shaun Preece is here to help.

28) My Blind Tech Setup 2023 | Tim Dixon

After publishing my blind tech setup last year and receiving great feedback, I thought I would update. it for 2023. So, I am sharing what I use in my Blind Tech Setup this year, I hope you find it useful.

29) Navigating Android's Main Internal Storage Folders: A Beginner's Guide | Accessible Android

Even before you start using your shiny new phone, it might be interesting for you to know that Android organizes specific files and folders within your device's storage, creating essential directories accessible from day one. Understanding the content and purpose of these folders can simplify file navigation and clarify their role in your device's internal storage. This beginner's guide will briefly outline the contents of these folders.

30) Microsoft Announces Seeing AI For Android | Steven Scott | DoubleTapOnAir.com

Microsoft has announced it's popular iOS app called Seeing AI will now be available on Android for the first time via the Google Play Store, with new app features and support in additional languages. The company says with 3 billion active Android users worldwide, this expansion to Android brings the app's benefits to a significant number of people who are blind or have low vision.

31) The Dots of Braille Music Transcription | APH ConnectCenter

Braille music is a tactile notation system that allows individuals who are blind or low vision to read and create music. Similar to how braille facilitates reading and writing by touch, braille music provides a way to interpret musical scores through touch. Using a combination of symbols and patterns on paper, musicians can feel and understand elements like notes, rhythms, dynamics, and musical expressions. This system allows for engaging in musical learning, performance, and composition. It also provides a means to express musical creativity and talent.

32) The State of FM Radio on Android Phones | Accessible Android

Curious about The State of FM Radio on Android Phones? This post uncovers why this classic feature remains in some devices. From its presence in budget-friendly and midrange models to its absence in flagship phones, explore why FM radio persists and its significance in a world dominated by streaming services.

33) One Of Tekken 8's "Colorblind" Modes Is Causing Migraines, Vertigo, And Debate | ArsTechnica.com

Advocates say the intention is good, but the application is dangerous. Modern fighting games have come quite a long way from their origins in providing accessibility options. Street Fighter 6 has audio cues that can convey distance, height, health, and other crucial data to visually impaired players. King of Fighters 15 allows for setting the contrast levels between player characters and background. Competitors like BrolyLegs and numerous hardware hackers have taken the seemingly inhospitable genre even further.

34) The Oldest-Known Version Of MS-DOS's Predecessor Has Been Discovered And Uploaded | ArsTechnica.com

Last week, Internet Archive user f15sim discovered and uploaded a new-old version of 86-DOS to the Internet Archive. Version 0.1-C of 86-DOS is available for download here and can be run using the SIMH emulator; before this, the earliest extant version of 86-DOS was version 0.34, also uploaded by f15sim. This version of 86-DOS is rudimentary even by the standards of early-'80s-era DOS builds and includes just a handful of utilities, a text-based chess game, and documentation for said chess game. But as early as it is, it remains essentially recognizable as the DOS that would go on to take over the entire PC business.

35) New BARD Additions: December 2023

36) NVDA 2024.1beta2 Available For Testing

37) AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for December 2023

38) Maryland State Library Agency Library for the Blind and Print Disabled January 2, 2024 Newsletter


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Closing: Ongoing | Surveys From APH

Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here.

Closing: 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.



December 27, 2023 | FSCast 239: Archive of the November 2023 FSOpenLine

On the archive of FSOpenLine from November 2023, some Freedom Scientific developers and testers offer an inside look at our process for developing and refining new features. We also take your calls on a variety of topics including: the accessibility of the new Outlook interface and how to enable or disable it, how to use the Quick Access bar to get to frequently used commands in Microsoft Office apps, regressions with JAWS access to the Game Bar in Windows 11, and a request to be able to automatically switch between voices from different synthesizers.

December 28, 2023 | Shaun of the Shed: Mastering Hand Gestures with Apple Watch

On this episode of Shaun of the Shed, host Shaun Preece explores the hand gestures feature of the Apple Watch, a game-changer for blind and visually impaired users. Shaun guides listeners through setting up and using pinch and clench gestures for easy navigation without needing to touch the screen. His practical tips, combined with personal anecdotes from his travels, make this episode an engaging and informative guide on enhancing accessibility with Apple technology.

December 28, 2023 | Insights and Sound Bites: "A Hobby and So Much More" | Hadley

This week, William shares how learning to continue with his favorite hobby, even with vision loss, has been therapeutic — and uplifting.

December 29, 2023 | Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 2 | Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

Changes are coming in 2024 to Google Gmail. Learn about them now by streaming Part 2 of this pre-recorded training, "Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 2." In part 2, we'll dive deeper into the Gmail interface, and show you how to: navigate and read messages, compose, reply to, and forward messages, navigate and create labels, move and delete messages, search for messages, attach files, download and open attachments, empty the trash, turn Conversation View on/off and show/hide the Side Panel.

December 30, 2023 | Blind Android Users Podcast Episode 160: Reflection On The Year 2023

There we have it! Reflecting on 2023, and an unboxing of the Zenfone 10. This week, we discuss what was hot and what was not in 2023. We touch on some of the popular phones launched in 2023. Developments in artificial intelligence. Our partners at Accessible Android and the current status. And much more. Spotlight: John unboxes the Asus Zenfone 10, a flagship likely to suit fans of smaller handsets.

January 1, 2024 | LBPD Guest Hour: Budgeting After the Holidays | Maryland State Library Agency

The library welcomes Keith Huber from One Digital. Keith's role is to ensure that the participants receive financial wellness coaching, including budgeting, goal prioritization, and saving for retirement and emergency funds. He discusses budgeting 101, with special emphasis on managing budgets after the holidays.

January 3, 2024 | Eyes on Success:

Late last year, Glen Gordon, Software Fellow at Freedom Scientific and host of the FSCast podcast, interviewed Peter Torpey about his life and career as a blind scientist. In these excerpts from the FSCast episode you'll learn how Peter became interested in science, how he and Nancy met, about his work in image science at Xerox, and more.

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January 4, 2024 | Braille and Breakfast from Sight and Sound Technology Ltd. | The Braillists Foundation

1:30AM PT, 2:30AM MT, 3:30AM CT, 4:30AM ET, 9:30AM GMT
At Sight and Sound Technology, we're passionate about Braille, the method of reading, developed by Louis Braille, almost 200 years ago. In our work we see every day how Braille continues to revolutionize access to education, employment and a better quality of life for those who use it. We are delighted therefore to announce details of Braille and Breakfast, a very special online webinar, taking place at 09:30 am on Thursday January 4th. Join Sight and Sound Technology's Stuart Lawler, as he hosts a panel of Braille enthusiasts who will share their passion for the code that has changed so many lives. If you love braille, and have your own Braille stories or comments to share, then please come along and join us for this very special celebration.

January 4, 2024 | Braille Matters International Extravaganza from the Braille Revival League | The Braillists Foundation

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Come One, Come All and join the Braille Revival League for a seven-hour birthday party celebration for Louis Braille which we are calling Braille Matters!! There will be lots of presentations, lots of prizes, lots of opportunities for everyone to participate and no reason for you not to be there.

January 6, 2024 | Echo Tips & HIMS SensePlayer | Technology User Group

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT
The Technology User Group (TUG) is delighted to welcome two presenters to our inaugural Zoom Meeting. First up will be David Ward from the Echo Tips podcast, who will be discussing tips and tricks for your Echo device. Following this performance will be Christina Nixon to highlight the many attributes of the HIMS SensePlayer. Who should attend this meeting? Anyone who has an Echo device or is thinking about acquiring one. Those seeking knowledge about the Alexa environment and who are interested in knowing the platform's capabilities. Those individuals who are looking for an affordable, portable digital book player. People who would like to compare the attributes of pocket size book players. The presentation will be virtual and will last about 60 minutes. You do not have to RSVP for this event. This program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be recorded. Call in Number: +1 (301) 715-8592 📱️ | Meeting ID: 656 203 7293#.

January 9, 2024 through January 12, 2024 | CES 2024

CES ® Is the Global Stage for Innovation. CES ® is the most powerful tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where brands get business done, meet new partners and where the industry's sharpest minds take the stage to unveil their latest releases and boldest breakthroughs. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, CES is the only trade show that showcases the entire tech landscape at one event.

January 9, 2024 | Technology for Children | Braille Institute

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 1/10
Join Braille Institute's Technology Specialists as they share toddler and child friendly apps for children with vision impairments to help support learning and pre-braille skills.

January 10, 2024 | Humanware Update | Braille Institute

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT
Join us for an update on the latest product developments from Humanware for people with low vision and blindness. This workshop is hosted by the Braille Institute San Diego Center and presented by Rachel Ramos, Blindness Product Specialist, Humanware.

January 11, 2024 | 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, 11PM 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.

January 11, 2024 | Blind Gaming with Ross Minor | Braille Institute

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Ross Minor is one of the leading blind gamers and gaming accessibility consultants in the world. He'll share his life story, the latest and greatest in accessible gaming, and tips for new and experienced blind gamers. Register today.

January 11, 2024 | A Comprehensive Guide to ARC Toolkit | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Easily scan pages and report accessibility issues with TPGi's free browser extension, ARC Toolkit. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of ARC Toolkit — it's a must-attend even for those already using ARC Toolkit. Many use ARC Toolkit simply to scan a page, but it does much more than that. ARC Toolkit contains a suite of semi-guided automated accessibility tools — beyond the scan. Attendees learn how to use ARC Toolkit's advanced features to: Scope scan results to specific components on a page. Visualize a page's focus order — and generate compelling screenshots. Test whether a page conforms to WCAG's text spacing requirements. Review a page's ARIA usage -Cover common gaps in test coverage such as CSS background images. This webinar also provides an in-depth comparison of automated accessibility engines — TPGi's exclusive ARC Rules and the open-source, axe-core. We'll review the differences in the findings generated by each engine. We'll also cover the now-obsolete WCAG Success Criterion 4.1.1 Parsing and the impact on automated accessibility findings. The objective is for each attendee to become a master at using ARC Toolkit to understand, test, and solve accessibility on their own sites.

January 11, 2024 | Many Faces of BARD: An Open Forum With the NLS Download Technical Support Team | NLS Bard

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 1/12
The Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, January 11, 2024 will be an open forum with the NLS Download technical support team. The team will take questions related to any BARD product. The program will last for one hour. This program will be recorded. Do not speak if you do not wish to be on the recording. If you wish to speak, you may request to do so by raising your hand. On a PC, press Alt Y to toggle raising and lowering your hand; on a Mac, press Option Y; and if dialing in via telephone, press Star 9. To mute or unmute yourself on a PC, press Alt A; on a Mac, press Command-Shift A; and on a telephone, press Star 6. If you choose to dial in to the call, use the telephone numbers provided below. The Zoom.gov ID will not work with standard Zoom.us.

January 11, 2024 | Celebrate Braille Literacy with Focus | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Vispero Presenters: Bill Kilroy, Ron Miller, and Shelly Klure. Summary: Join us for a webinar celebrating braille literacy month with the Focus Braille Displays. Ron Miller will demonstrate Split Braille, how to connect the braille display to a variety of devices and discuss the importance of braille literacy. Don't miss out on this educational hour as we demonstrate live and answer your questions in real-time. Objectives: We will provide an overview of the Focus Braille Displays and show how you or your clients can benefit from the lightweight and compact design. We will demonstrate how to: Connect up to five devices via Bluetooth and one with USB-C cable. Use the Split Braille feature. Improve braille literacy with a refreshable braille display. And much more. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar.

January 12, 2024 | Getting Started with BARD Mobile | Braille Institute

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 10PM GMT
Learn how to get free audiobooks from the Braille Institute Library, and get started with the app BARD Mobile, available for smartphones and tablets.

January 12, 2024 | Getting Started with BARD Mobile Workshop | Braille Institute

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 10PM GMT
Learn how to get free audiobooks from the Braille Institute Library, and get started with the app BARD Mobile, available for smartphones and tablets.

January 12, 2024 | Discuss Technology & Daily Living Tips in Cantonese | Support Group for Cantonese Speaking VIP | JBVC (Joy Beyond Vision Community)

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
A safe platform for Cantonese-speaking individuals experiencing vision loss to come together, learn, and support one another in overcoming life's challenges. Together, we strive to live a life with dignity and purpose. The group meets every Friday at 2pm EST.

January 12, 2024 | VIP Prayer Support Group | JBVC English Speaking Support Group | JBVC (Joy Beyond Vision Community)

6:30AM PT, 7:30AM MT, 8:30AM CT, 9:30AM ET, 2:30PM GMT
A community — for sighted and non-sighted individuals to support each other in facing life's challenges through Bible sharing and praying. Group meets every Friday at 9:30am EST.

January 16, 2024 | Using Screen Reader Testing Tools to Evaluate the Accessibility of a User Journey — Part 1 | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. User Journeys are a great way to segment complex sites and applications for accessibility testing, helping you to prioritize the user experience. This webinar will provide a background to screen reader testing tools and how and where to use them with user journeys in your development pipelines, particularly JAWS Inspect, a dedicated testing tool for JAWS compatibility testing. Using sample user flows, we will demonstrate testing in action, including how to select steps and components for a user journey, the automation options available and the skills and roles required. Future webinars in this series will look at specific types of user journeys in different settings, such as large public websites and software applications. Testing with assistive technologies. JAWS compatibility testing. Selecting user journeys. Testing the accessibility of user journeys. Introduction to accessibility testing.

January 16, 2024 | Envision AI Glasses Workshop | Braille Institute Anaheim Center

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT
The Envision device with glasses allows people to read printed text without vision, either by taking a picture of the pages or by connecting to the Aira app for assistance. There is also a smart phone app called Envision AI which is free of charge. Andrea de Klotz, an access technology professional and Braille Institute student and volunteer, will demonstrate the device and app. Please call (714) 821-5000 📱️ if you need assistance registering. Registration closes 4PM PT the day before the workshop.

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

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM 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.

January 17, 2024 | PixBlaster: Enhancing Braille and Graphics with TSS 8.1 | APH ConnectCenter

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM 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.

January 18, 2024 | Braille & Beyond | Michael Doise & Jessica Hipp | Wayaround

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
At our January webinar, we're talking all things Braille. What can a technology like WayAround do for a Braille user? What are good resources for learning Braille? What if Braille doesn't work for you? Join Michael Doise and Jessica Hipp on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central to discuss how you can combine Braille & digital technology like WayAround to be more efficient, productive, and independent. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required.

January 19, 2024 | Be My AI Workshop | Braille Institute Santa Barbara

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 10PM GMT
The Be My Eyes smartphone app has a new feature, Be My AI, which describes your surroundings like never before, when you take pictures of people, places, and products. We will offer a demonstration of the app and take questions.

January 23, 2024 | Blind Creator's YouTube Video Guide Workshop | Braille Institute Los Angeles

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
From Access Technology Specialist, Earth Kidkul, you will learn basic techniques she uses when creating video content on YouTube.

February 20, 2024 through February 22, 2024 | 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, 2024 | 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 📧️

April 16, 2024 through April 17, 2024 | EmTech Digital (UK) Europe | MIT Technology Review's Signature AI Conference

Our best-in-class live journalism, exclusive content, and trusted insights from leading industry experts — now in London. Join us for the inaugural EmTech Digital Europe in April 2024.

May 22, 2024 through May 23, 2024 | EmTech Digital (USA) | MIT Technology Review's Signature AI Conference

Now in its 12th year on the iconic MIT Campus, EmTech Digital is where we gather to determine what the future of AI looks like for business and what it means for society. Join us.


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Sponsor Since: July 20th 2023 Calendar icon.

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

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



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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:

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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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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.

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 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).

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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.

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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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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 today.

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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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Location: Boulder, Colorado

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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.

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

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

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

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Editorial Contributor: Ben Moxey (Volunteer)


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Editor Since: January 1st 2022

Location: Newcastle, Australia

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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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Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

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

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

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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