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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 286
The Week's News in Access Technology

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1) WebAIM, housed at Utah State University, does good work in web accessibility. their third screen reader study is available to receive input through 10 January, 2011. This helps them track trends and maintain current data, so they ask screen reader users of any level to complete it.

2) If you want to know how a word is written in contracted braille, check the accurate and easy-to-use BRL: Contraction Lookup Dictionary

3) Chris Hallsworth has produced three podcasts, with perhaps more to come. The first is a review of the screen reader Cobra we mentioned here some time ago;
The next two are the first two parts in a tutorial on the free screen reader NVDA:

4) The Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired is accepting applications for its three courses, on networking and computer essentials, that start in February, 2011. Each course costs $150 for individuals paying out of pocket. For information about these proven and popular courses, visit
or e-mail

5) SeroTalk Podcast 56 gives us the Latest Access and Tech News as of December 6, 2010

6) This month's edition of FSCast from Freedom Scientific concerns their SARA, Scanning and Reading Appliance, with the portable camera.

7) Users of the Klango Player can use the quality Ivona text-to-speech voices free, and the crew his building a unique web site for all.

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