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1) Welcome To The Very First Issue of Access Information News | Aaron Di Blasi | Publisher

Greetings and welcome to the new Access Information Newsletter. You have received this newsletter because you were already subscribed to receive this information from within the Top Tech Tidbits weekly newsletter. As of today, November 7, 2022, Access Information News has become a standalone publication that will now be released independently every Monday morning at 4:00 AM ET. This information will no longer be included in Top Tech Tidbits. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter you may unsubscribe by locating your personal unsubscribe link located at the very bottom of every email we send you. Unsubscribing from the Access Information Newsletter will have no effect whatsoever on your Top Tech Tidbits subscription. They are now completely separate publications. That said, I sincerely hope you'll stay on with us. We have some great things planned that we look forward to sharing with you. Welcome to Access Information News!
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3) Virtual Reality Accessibility: 11 Things We Learned from Blind Users | Equal Entry

This article presents the results of this study both magnificently and thoroughly, including a number of illustrations showing what blind persons within the study were served, versus what they actually would have seen visually. Equal Entry worked with the XR Access Accessible Development for XR (adXR) group, a workstream where academics and corporate professionals work together on research projects. For months, they discussed possibilities on how to test and refine some best practices for accessible extended reality (XR) experiences:
https://equalentry.com/virtual-reality-accessibility-things-learned-from-blind-users/

4) Finally! Holding Businesses Accountable

Those who need accessibility accommodations aren't strangers to jumping in with self-advocacy to achieve it. But, what about the rest of us? When explaining the benefits of a reasonable accommodation to one's place of work or school. This is where our self-advocacy kits come in. Pneuma has written up customizable email templates you can modify according to your situation. We cover a variety of different advocacy scenarios. Simply choose your scenario, answer a few simple questions, adapt the language, address it to the right person, and submit it! Self-advocacy has never been easier:
https://pneumasolutions.com/finally-holding-businesses-accountable/

5) This Terrifying Mac App Will Record Your Every Word And Action So You Can Search Through Your Online Life

While I'm not sure those of us here at Access Information News would agree with this article's use of the word terrifying, we believe you will find the information that it presents to be interesting nonetheless:
https://www.imore.com/apps/mac-apps/this-terrifying-mac-app-will-record-your-every-word-and-action-so-you-can-search-through-your-online-life

6) Coca-Cola Launches On-Pack Tech For Visually Impaired Shoppers In Industry First

Coca-Cola has become the first drinks business to launch on-pack technology for visually impaired customers:
https://www.grocerygazette.co.uk/2022/11/02/coca-cola-visual/

7) AccessReady Reporter | Issue 32 | October 27th 2022

The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is an independent, non-profit, cross-disability education and advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT). For people with disabilities, accessible information and communications technology is a necessity, not a luxury or a convenience, which fosters independence, economic self-sufficiency, and active, meaningful participation in civic life:
https://accessreadyreporter.org/october-27-2022-issue-32.html

XX) Thanksgiving Lessons and Ideas For Students With Visual Impairments | Paths To Literacy

Here are several lessons, crafts, ideas, and a turkey braille design for Thanksgiving:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/thanksgiving-lessons-and-ideas/

8) 6 Apple Watch Features That Could Save Your Life

Besides staying on top of your notifications and tracking your fitness levels, you can use the Apple Watch to save your life with these features: Medical ID, ECG, Fall Detection, Crash Detection, Blood Oxygen and Emergency SOS:
https://www.makeuseof.com/apple-watch-features-that-could-save-your-life/

9) Trackmania: Visually Impaired Players Can Now Play The Game, All You Need to Know

A French organization builds tech to help visually impaired players play Trackmania:
https://in.ign.com/trackmania-2020/175966/news/trackmania-visually-impaired-players-can-now-play-the-game-all-you-need-to-know

10) Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: What's Available and Where to Buy

An audiologist speaks to the benefits and cautions of over-the-counter hearing aids:
https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/over-the-counter-hearing-aids-whats-available-and-where-to-buy/#ftag=CAD590a51e

11) What's in a Tip? A Cane Tip That Is...

Have you ever wondered what the best cane tip is for an individual who is blind or low vision? The optimal tip for a long white cane depends on the environment in which it will be utilized (for example, a rough or smooth terrain), the cane technique one will utilize (for example, two-point touch or constant contact), and the individual's preferences for the type and amount of feedback (kinesthetic and auditory feedback vary by cane tip). Peruse the following list of cane tips and learn about their characteristics, uses, and costs:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/whats-in-a-tip-a-cane-tip-that-is/

12) Study: Common AI Language Models Show Bias Against People With Disabilities

This study demonstrates bias in certain artificial intelligence models against disability:
https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/diversity-inclusion/3688507-common-ai-language-models-show-bias-against-people-with-disabilities-study/

13) Twitter Reminds Us About Alt Text, But How Good Are We At It?

Several humble observations on how people describe photos, artworks, and memes:
https://uxdesign.cc/twitter-reminds-about-alt-text-but-how-good-are-we-at-it-f300af5d7787

14) Do Specsavers Ads Make Fun Of The Visually Impaired?

Optical health company Specsavers received a complaint that its TV ad discriminated against and vilifies people with a visual disability. The television advertisement features a man waving and calling out to a cactus he has mistaken for a neighbour, and is part of Specsavers long running series, 'Should've Gone To Specsavers:'
https://www.adnews.com.au/news/do-specsavers-ads-make-fun-of-the-visually-impaired

15) What Is the Libby App? How to Use It

Libby is a free application utilized by many public libraries to access online content such as eBooks and audiobooks easily. Owned by Overdrive, Libby offers an updated digital content portal with more tools for a customized reading experience. How to get access to Libby:
https://www.makeuseof.com/what-is-libby-app/

16) AccessWorld October 2022

October updates include: Editor's Notes: AFB Employment Initiatives. | Vision Tech: The Sound Of Sight--Preserving And Restoring Vision Using High Frequency Ultrasound. | A Guide to New Mainstream Features in iOS 16. | What's New in iOS 16: New and Updated Accessibility Features. | Eschenbach Haus Call Telelowvision Program:
https://www.afb.org/aw/23/10

17) Continuous Innovation For More Inclusive Work: What's New In Microsoft 365 Accessibility, July - September 2022 - Plus Ignite

This October has been a busy month here at Microsoft, with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) coinciding with our largest conference of the year, Microsoft Ignite. And these two major events intersect at the topic of these regular updates: the innovations we've been making across Microsoft 365 to help create a more accessible working environment for everyone. Both at Ignite and in the months leading up to it, we have continued our work toward making collaboration, creativity, and focus more accessible and delightful for people with disabilities in the workplace and beyond. Let's take a look:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/microsoft-365-accessibility-10-2022/

18) My Experiences With Inaccessible Job Applications & How To Fix Them | Deque

While I was able to deal with many of the issues I faced applying for jobs, much of that can be attributed to my advanced technical knowledge and persistence. Other people with disabilities may encounter issues like I did and abandon the process of applying for the job altogether. The reality is that people with disabilities should have equitable experiences to their non-disabled peers and not have to jump through extra hoops like this to find work, especially for positions related to accessibility:
https://www.deque.com/blog/my-experiences-with-inaccessible-job-applications-how-to-fix-them/

19) AT&T Announces $10M Contribution to Support Free Computer Distributions to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

As the company works towards its goal of providing 1 million people in need with digital resources, the new commitment will help to close the gap by providing students and families with free computers:
https://about.att.com/story/2022/contribution-free-computers.html

20) Do Adolescents With Impaired Vision Have Different Intentions And Ambitions For Their Education, Career And Social Outcomes Compared To Their Peers? Findings From The Millennium Cohort Study

Background / Aims: To investigate if impaired vision adversely impacts the intentions/ambitions of adolescents concerning their future education, careers and social outcomes. Methods: Population-based birth cohort study in the UK comprising 9273 participants from the Millennium Cohort Study who were followed up to age 17 years. Children were classified as having normal vision or unilateral or bilateral impaired vision caused by significant eye conditions based on detailed parental-structured questionnaire data on sight problems and treatment coded by clinicians. Ten domains covering education, career and social outcomes by age 30 were investigated. Results:
https://bjo.bmj.com/content/early/2022/10/28/bjo-2021-320972

21) Black Woman Provides Hope For Visually Impaired As UK's First Blind Barrister

Jessikah Inaba made history after becoming the first blind, Black, woman barrister in the United Kingdom:
https://www.blackenterprise.com/uks-first-blind-black-female-barrister-provides-hope-for-others-who-are-visually-impaired/

22) Over 300 RBC Bank Branches Across Canada Now Offer Greater Independence for Canadians with Vision Loss

305 RBC branches (about 25% of the Canadian network) recently introduced the BlindSquare app to their customers to offer greater independence for those with vision loss. It's estimated that 1.5 million Canadians identify as having some form of sight loss, which can be a barrier when entering unfamiliar locations such as shops, banks, new streets, etc. RBC has taken the innovative stance to change this with their recent integration with BlindSquare, the world's most widely used accessible GPS app developed for the blind, deafblind, and partially sighted:
https://www.blindsquare.com/2022/11/01/over-300-rbc-bank-branches-across-canada-now-offer-greater-independence-for-canadians-with-vision-loss/

23) Athens' 'Tactual Museum' Allows Blind People To 'Get In Touch' With Greek Culture

Located in Kallithea, the Tactual Museum of Athens is a museum for the visually impaired. It was founded in 1984 by the association Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece to allow visually impaired people to become familiarized with Greek cultural heritage:
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/04/athens-tactual-museum-blind-people-touch-greek-culture-2/

24) Air Canada Apologizes For Not Letting Blind Woman Fly With Guide Dog

A passenger with a genetic eye disease describes a 'humiliating' experience at Toronto airport:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/air-canada-apologizes-for-not-letting-blind-woman-fly-with-guide-dog-1.6629205

25) Picture This! Tips on Using Photos to Document the Work of Students | Paths To Literacy

Tips on using photos to document the work of students who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/picture-tips-using-photos-document-work-students/

26) 'We Don't Read Print': Blind Voters Say New Accessible Ballot Measures Fall Short

Blind New York voters have a new accessible absentee ballot option this year. But some of the voters say the ballots come with one major flaw: they require people who can't see or read text to print them out and mail them in:
https://gothamist.com/news/we-dont-read-print-blind-voters-say-new-accessible-ballot-measures-fall-short

27) Guide Dogs for the Blind's K9 Buddy Program Expands to Include the Entire United States and Adults of Any Age

On October 17th 2022, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) announced that it has expanded the geographic and demographic scope if its K9 Buddy Program to include adults of any age who are blind or visually impaired throughout the U.S. GDB also plans to ultimately expand the program to Canada:
https://www.yahoo.com/now/guide-dogs-blind-k9-buddy-140000495.html

28) Xbox Accessibility Showcase 2022 (Audio Described) | YouTube | October 14th 2022

Xbox aims to empower everyone to play the games you want, with the people you want, anywhere you want. And that includes the over 400M players with disabilities in the world. Today with the 2022 Xbox Accessibility Showcase, we celebrate the Disability community and the many people and organizations working to remove barriers to play, ultimately making gaming more accessible around the globe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3f73O5YF5c

29) Introducing Insights & Sound Bites | A New Podcast From Hadley

Chief Innovation Officer Doug Walker chats with us about the launch of Hadley's newest podcast, Insights & Sound Bites. This new podcast will offer short stories shared by listeners. By tapping into the power of our community, we hope to share ideas, discoveries, and moments of inspiration along the journey through vision loss:
https://hadley.edu/podcasts/hadley-presents-conversation-experts/introducing-insights-sound-bites

30) Applying Purpose to Counting | Paths To Literacy

A mother shares ideas for helping young children with visual impairments understand number concepts and counting:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/applying-purpose-counting/

31) Autonomous Vehicle Startup Argo AI Is Shutting Down

Ford and Volkswagen invested billions into the company and will snap up Argo AI's tech:
https://www.engadget.com/autonomous-vehicle-startup-argo-ai-shutting-down-203250200.html?src=rss

32) Connect: A New Website with Articles Available in Arabic

Connect is a new website that was inspired to create access to materials and information in the Arabic language:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/connect-a-new-website-with-articles-available-in-arabic/

33) This Researcher Builds 'Cool Stuff For Blind People.' He's Also Trying To Help Transform Society

The world is studded with tools to navigate life, but those resources — from the schedule posted at your local bus stop to the cellphone in your pocket — aren't always accessible for people with disabilities. They may be forced to spend extra time, energy or money to access the same information or experiences as non-disabled people. Inventor Joshua Miele says it doesn't have to be that way:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/how-this-innovator-is-making-sure-the-tech-that-drives-daily-life-doesnt-leave-out-people-with-disabilities

34) Access Ready Covers Reality Check, Accessible Technology a Matter of National Security

Access Ready asks the question, "If physical facilities in this country must be built in accordance with accessibility standards, why not information and communication technology?"
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/access-ready-covers-reality-check-120400468.html

35) Science 'On Their Fingertips': Texas Professor Making Chemistry Available To Blind Students

Taking a chemistry class typically involves using your eyesight — noticing color changes in a test tube, or making drawings to describe the structure of a molecule, for example. For many blind students, the apparent visual requirements can put chemistry out of reach. Teachers often don't believe it's possible to succeed in the subject without vision. But a new program developed in partnership with Baylor University chemistry professor Bryan Shawaims to open up what's been called "the central science" to more people with blindness or visual impairment, whether they're fulfilling a high school requirement or planning for a career in science:
https://www.tpr.org/education/2022-10-26/science-on-their-fingertips-texas-professor-making-chemistry-available-to-blind-students

36) New Bill in Congress to Make Websites and Apps Accessible

"Digital innovation is only as powerful as it is inclusive." That quote from Representative John Sarbanes is the message behind the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act. This bill, introduced on September 29, 2022 by Sarbanes in the House of Representatives and Senator Tammy Duckworth in the Senate, would require that websites and apps be made accessible to individuals with disabilities:
https://partnersforsight.org/new-bill-in-congress-to-make-websites-and-apps-accessible/

37) SoftwareOne Partners With Eye-Able To Power Digital Accessibility And Equity In Higher Education And The Modern Workplace

The partnership gives organizations and institutions across the United States access to software to help promote inclusivity and create a more equitable digital environment:
https://www.yahoo.com/now/softwareone-partners-eye-able-power-143700004.html

38) Hartgen Consultancy Receives Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Community Impact Award

The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, a Peer Network for All Impacted by Vision Loss, presents its 2022 Community Impact Award to Hartgen Consultancy:
https://www.hartgen.org/pcb

39) Tactile Baby Blankets | Paths To Literacy

Tactile blankets are a great way to promote the development of motor and cognitive skills in babies who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or multiple disabled:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/tactile-baby-blankets/

40) 74-Year Old Legally 'Blind Golfer' Wins World Team Championship

Linda Port and the North American visually impaired team won the 2022 TPC Sawgrass Vision Cup. After a competitive golfer lost her sight, she googled the words 'Blind Golf' and was surprised to learn that it is actually a thing. Golfing is one of the most challenging sports in the world, especially when you are legally blind:
https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/zevely-zone/blind-golfer/509-fe2486c8-77f0-4f14-89ab-22bf770f4613

41) Cooking: Concept Development and Independence for 1st and 2nd Graders | Paths To Literacy

Learning what ingredients are in the food we eat, as well as becoming more independent with cooking skills, are critical skills for young children who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/cooking-concept-development-and-independence-1st-and-2nd-graders/

42) Navajo Braille Code | Paths To Literacy

I developed a braille code for the Navajo language and it was approved by the Navajo Nation Board of Diné Education. Navajo braille has no contractions. Navajo words and passages are to be fully written in alphabetic, uncontracted braille. Punctuation, type face, and numbers will adhere to the UEB guidelines (see BANA, 2013). It was designed to be used to instruct adults and children who use braille to read and write in Navajo:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/navajo-braille-code/

43) Hospitals Need To Make Their Websites As Accessible As Their Physical Spaces

It would be anathema for a health care facility in the U.S. to have a main entrance that's not physically accessible to all people. Yet many of their digital front doors block people with disabilities. They need to change that:
https://www.statnews.com/2022/10/31/hospitals-website-accessibility-needs-work/

44) Nuheara Receives FDA Clearance for HP Hearing PRO

Medical device and consumer electronics manufacturer, Nuheara Limited (ASX:NUH) (Company or Nuheara) announced that it received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its Self-Fitting OTC Hearing Aid. Nuheara's HP Hearing PRO has been cleared by the FDA for both 874.3325 self-fitting and the 800.30 OTC hearing aid classifications under a new product classification code "QUH," according to the company:
https://hearingreview.com/hearing-products/hearing-aids/otc/nuheara-receives-fda-clearance-for-hp-hearing-pro

45) Eyedaptic Announces EYE5 Ultralight Smart Glasses To Augment Low Vision

Last week, at the American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting and Expo, southern California-based Eyedaptic announced the release of its latest smart glasses to enhance sight for the visually impaired:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2022/10/31/eyedaptic-announces-eye5-ultralight-smart-glasses-to-augment-low-vision/?sh=6c622eb5431d

46) Best Tours for Visually Impaired Travelers in Latin America

Visually impaired travelers in Latin America find exciting places to visit with world-class services and expert guides on tours designed with experiences involving the senses such as hearing, touch, smell, and taste:
https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/best-tours-for-visually-impaired-travelers-in-latin-america.html


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1) The Many Faces of BARD | Maryland State Library Agency

November 10th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT | The topic for the November The Many Faces of BARD program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS. The program is on November 10, 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and will last for one hour and be recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking. The session will begin with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD. The session may be joined by going to the link below on a computer or calling +1 (669) 245-5252 ☎. Full Zoom invitation information follows. To call into a session, participants must use the telephone numbers provided here for Zoom.gov rather than the regular Zoom telephone numbers. One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1619486122# or +16468287666,,1619486122# | Meeting ID: 161 948 6122 | Passcode: 112643:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1619486122?pwd=VVhxNkk1SGJlNHJXVFRtNUo5V3loZz09

2) Usability and Accessibility for Digital Marketers — Delight Your Audience With Inclusive UX

November 10th 2022 | Presenters: Digital Marketing Institute, TPGi's Principal UX David Swallow, TPGi's UX Practice Manager David Sload, and Marketing Educator and Author Will Francis. Digital channels provide an opportunity for you to effectively reach and grow your target audience, communicate with them, provide information, build brand relationships, and enable transactions. The related concepts of usability and accessibility address the importance of removing barriers to efficient, effective, and enjoyable digital interactions for all users, including users with disabilities. When barriers are present, we risk brand damage, losing our audience to competitors, and potentially unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities. But how can we ensure usable and accessible digital experiences? To mark World Usability Day 2022, accessibility and user experience specialists David Swallow and David Sloan will make the argument that a focus on the needs of people with disabilities can help digital marketers deliver better user experiences for everyone. We'll define key concepts of usability, accessibility, and inclusive design and provide practical tips that everyone involved in digital marketing can apply in their work to make their digital experiences more accessible and usable:
https://www.bigmarker.com/digital-marketing-institute/Usability-and-Accessibility-for-Digital-Marketers-Delight-Your-Audience-with-Inclusive-UX

3) National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention

November 11th 2022 to November 14th 2022 | Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future! Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204. Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Donald Porterfield, President of the NFB of Arizona, Board Member of the NFB, and a criminal prosecutor. Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more. Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday. Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind:
https://nfbmd.org/convention/2022

4) NaviLens | Computer Science & Technology Division | NFB of SC

November 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | The Computer Science & Technology Division (CSTD) of the NFB of SC invites everyone to a presentation from NaviLens on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern. Oran McAllister from NaviLens will join us for a presentation to tell us all about the app and what it does! Below is the Zoom information you will need to join us and a brief description of the app! NFB of SC Zoom. | Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York) | +13017158592,,8032543777# US (Germantown) | Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) | NaviLens is a high-density artificial markers system for long distance reading. The tags generated by this system are designed in order to be read from a long distance, without the need of focusing and even in motion. This makes them useful for blind and low vision people. Join here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

5) Bytesize Training Tech Q and A Session

November 14th 2022 | 3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT | This event is where I will be discussing the assistive technology training services that Byte Size Training Tech offers. In addition, there will be a Q and A session where participants will be able to have their questions answered:
https://www.clubhouse.com/event/MOXB7G84?utm_medium=ch_event&utm_campaign=pm-MMIuRiLSoGzDrb2BVkg-438223

6) Interactive Webinar: Windows Narrator: Not Just Another Voice In The Crowd | The Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

November 16th 2022 | 6PM PT, 7PM MT, 8PM CT, 9PM ET, 1AM GMT on 11/17 | Where: Online or via phone. Join us for a webinar about Windows Narrator! Windows Narrator is over 20 years old. There have been drastic improvements to this screen reader over the past several years, and this free screen reader is quickly becoming a recognizable voice in the crowd. Come explore some of narrators features, learn to maximize functionality, compare narrator to other leading screen readers, and ask questions during this interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Sign up via Eventbrite or reach out to Tim Paulding at (208) 771-4901 ☎ or TPaulding@LHBlind.org ✉. Meet The Hosts: Timothy Paulding is the Services and Instructional Manager at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. He has served in the blindness rehabilitation field for over ten years as a computer and assistive technology instructor and orientation and mobility specialist. He believes that people who are blind can be as independent as they want to be, given proper opportunity and training. Tim has masters degrees in Blindness and Low Vision Studies from Western Michigan University and is dual certified in orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation therapy. Tim is a drummer and keyboard player and lives with his wife and children in Spokane Valley, Washington. Everett Elam, CATIS, is a computer and assistive technology instructor at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Prior to serving at the Lighthouse, Everett worked for a year in St. Louis, Missouri in the k-12 arena and also created and managed a curriculum for Assistive Technology Training. He has served in a variety of roles in the blindness rehabilitation field. He is a technology enthusiast who is passionate about helping people who are blind to reach their fullest potential. Everett believes that learning should be tailored to the learner, easy to apply in real world situations, and should most definitely be fun. In his free time, Everett is an award winning fiddle player and marathon runner and lives in Spokane, Washington. Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-narrator-not-just-another-voice-in-the-crowd-tickets-454175780987

7) Zoom Meeting for JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Existing Training Materials | Access Ingenuity

November 16th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to discover ways you can get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Various help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help, Screen Sensitive Help, etc. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc. | Meeting ID: 886 5246 9982 | Passcode: 215449 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88652469982#,,,,*215449# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652469982?pwd=WnB6L21JbnZwZEpMMEJVM0N2K3VuUT09#success

8) Live and Virtual Technology Fair | Carroll Center for the Blind

November 22nd 2022 | The Carroll Center for the Blind's in person Technology Fair is back! Attend exciting and informative presentations, visit with assistive technology exhibitors in breakout rooms, and find the products and services you need to live as independently as possible. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the latest products for individuals who are visually impaired. The Technology Fair is free and open to consumers, families, friends, and professionals:
https://carroll.org/events/live-and-virtual-technology-fair/

9) ACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

November 29 2022 | The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits. In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media. "The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media," said Eric Bridges, ACB's Executive Director. "Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities:"
https://acb.org/save-the-date-2022-AD-Awards

10) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Creating accessible PDF documents is essential for most organizations' digital accessibility process. However, organizations often struggle to get their staff trained and efficient at creating accessible PDFs and other accessible digital content. The first step is identifying document creators within the organization and the types of documents they're developing. Depending on the findings, standard and advanced PDF accessibility training may be required. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to review lessons we learned from creating digital accessibility training and how to apply them to your organization. Learning Outcomes: Understand the components of a comprehensive PDF accessibility training program. Understand the importance of creating accessible templates and using accessible color palettes. Breaking the training down into manageable chunks - from beginners to advanced users. Meeting ID: 883 8806 6414 | Passcode: 878053 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,88388066414#,,,,*878053# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
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11) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | The Accessible Pharmacy Blind Health Expo will be the largest virtual expo of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Join thousands of other attendees and register now for free!
https://www.accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo/

12) 2022 Sight Tech Global — Shaping New Technologies to Create a More Accessible World for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments

December 7th 2022 and December 8th 2022 | Sponsored by Google, APH, Amazon, Humanware, Microsoft, Fable, LinkedIn, and Waymo, Sight Tech Global is the first global, virtual conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how rapid advances in AI and related technologies will fundamentally alter the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Register for free:
https://sighttechglobal.com/

13) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx

14) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 3: Creative Manual Activities for Christmas | APH

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Christmas is a great time to create crafts. Let's share amazing and fun tactile ideas adapted to visually impaired children:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

15) Training Course: Catching Up with JAWS Chapter 4 for JAWS 2022 and 2023 | Hartgen Consultancy

December 14th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | Catching Up with JAWS is priced £35 which is approximately 40 American dollars. Now is your chance to get some high quality training on some of the latest features within the screen-reader JAWS for Windows which have been introduced over the past two years. This follows on from our previous popular training courses on this subject. These training courses are still popular and people are purchasing the older volumes in the series even today:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

16) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's celebrate Louis Braille's Day and explore different braille codes around the world:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

17) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 5: School Aged Numeracy | APH

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Using LEGO Braille Bricks to do math: let's discover some of the many uses of these little bricks to develop numerical and geometry skills, understand symmetry, and much more:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

18) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's explore daily-living activities using LEGO Braille Bricks and share our best practices, experiences, tips:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

19) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2022 and March 16th 2023 | Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has announced the third annual axe-con conference will return on March 15-16th, 2023. With the success of axe-con over the past two years, Deque will continue to host the conference as a free virtual event again next year. Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility conference that welcomes developers, designers, business users, and accessibility professionals of all experience levels to a new kind of accessibility conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences. Keynotes at this year's conference include Molly Burke, speaker, digital creator, author, and advocate; and Gene Kim, a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author:
https://www.deque.com/blog/save-the-date-for-axe-con-2023/

20) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Let's discover together how to make music with these famous bricks! Come and share your creative ideas:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

21) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | Have you ever thought of doing science, computing, or technology with LEGO Braille Bricks? Expert guests will join us for an amazing session:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

22) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT | LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/


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