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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Access Information News Articles From Last Week

A.) 7 Best iOS 16 Apps and Features for Accessibility (9.1% of all clicks.)
Technology has helped society in so many ways, but tech developments are a true blessing for those with impairments and conditions or who require help with daily tasks. Whether you have a loved one you take care of or you need assistance yourself, some iOS 16 apps and features have made certain tasks significantly more convenient. Apple always seeks to accommodate those with accessibility needs, as the company continuously adds features that aim to help with their lives. If you're interested in learning more about how you can use your iPhone with iOS 16 installed to help with everyday needs, then keep reading:
https://appletoolbox.com/best-ios-16-apps-and-features-accessibility/

B.) 'You're a Tyrant?': Bodycam Video Appears to Show Florida Deputies Handcuffing Visually-Impaired Man Walking Back from Cancelled Jury Duty (6.0% of all clicks.)
James Hodges, 61, was stopped by two deputies from the Columbia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office on October 31st 2022. Body-worn camera footage shows one deputy, a woman, approaching Hodges as he walked on the sidewalk:
https://lawandcrime.com/caught-on-video/youre-a-tyrant-bodycam-video-appears-to-show-florida-cops-handcuffing-visually-impaired-man-walking-back-from-cancelled-jury-duty/

C.) Columbia County Sheriff Gives Update After Arrest Of Visually-Impaired Man Goes Viral (5.0% of all clicks.)
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/news/local/columbia-county-sheriff-gives-update-after-arrest-of-visually-impaired-man-goes-viral/77-a962f7cc-8615-4fbb-ae62-270a41947dfb

D.) LG Distributes Common-use Braille Stickers for Free (4.6% of all clicks.)
LG Electronics Inc. has announced it is distributing common-use braille stickers to customers for free as a way to enhance home appliance accessibility:
http://koreabizwire.com/lg-distributes-common-use-braille-stickers-for-free/232698

E.) Resource Guide for Students With Visual Disabilities (4.1% of all clicks.)
An all-encompassing, resource-packed guide for college students with visual impairments:
https://testprepinsight.com/resources/resource-guide-students-with-visual-disabilities/

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5) The Man Behind Mastodon Built It for This Moment

Eugen Rochko looks exhausted. The 29-year-old German programmer is the founder of Mastodon, a distributed alternative to Twitter that has exploded in popularity in recent weeks as Elon Musk's ownership of the platform has rained chaos on its users. Rochko began developing Mastodon shortly after leaving university in 2016. He was a fan of Twitter but wanted to create a platform not controlled by any single company or person, reasoning that online communication is too important to be at the whim of commercial interests or CEOs. He believed that the lack of profit motive and canny design could discourage harassment and abuse, and provide users more control:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-man-behind-mastodon-eugen-rochko-built-it-for-this-moment/

6) 5 Takeaways From Screen Reader Usability Interviews | Jess Budd | Senior Front-End Engineer Specializing In Web Accessibility

Editor: This article does an absolutely extraordinary job describing how screen reader users interact with websites. | Jess Budd: Earlier this year I worked on the re-development of my workplace's primary website navigation. We went from a simple, single-tier nav with no drop-downs to a two-tier nav with a drop-down mega menu. I was pretty confident we were ticking the major boxes of complying with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), but I also know that technical compliance does not necessarily equal a good user experience for people with disabilities. As part of the overall user testing strategy, it was important to us to include people with disabilities. Of the five usability interviews we conducted with frequent screen reader users, some common patterns stood out to me:
https://jessbudd.com/blog/screen-reader-usability-testing-observations/

7) Blind Veteran Prepares To File Lawsuit Against Columbia County Sheriff's Office Following Arrest

The attorney representing a blind veteran has sent a notice of intent to pursue damages against the Columbia County Sheriff's Office after the man's cane was mistaken for a pistol:
https://www.wcjb.com/2022/11/16/blind-veteran-prepares-file-suit-against-columbia-county-sheriffs-office-following-arrest/

8) A Former Twitter Employee Who Is A Cancer Survivor Is Suing The Company After Elon Musk Targeted Remote Work, Claiming The Abrupt Policy Change Was Discriminatory

An engineer is suing Twitter due to a U-turn on remote work instituted by Elon Musk in one of his first moves after he purchased the embattled company:
https://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-worker-disability-sues-after-elon-musks-remote-work-change-2022-11

9) Orientation and Mobility for Blind Babies and Toddlers | APH FamilyConnect

What Is Orientation and Mobility? Orientation and Mobility (O&M) includes the skills needed to orient to surroundings and to move independently and safely in the environment. To learn and master these skills, a blind or visually impaired child commonly works with an O&M specialist from infancy through late adolescence. He may choose to occasionally work with an O&M specialist again as an adult to learn routes around a college campus, unfamiliar town, or new job. For blind babies and toddlers, O&M entails encouraging movement and developing foundational concepts and skills which we'll call "the building blocks" of O&M:
https://familyconnect.org/browse-by-age/infants-and-toddlers/transition-to-independence-iandt/orientation-and-mobility-for-blind-babies-and-toddlers/

10) Blind and Low Vision Screen Reader Users Needed For Research Study — $100 Honorarium | National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind is searching for blind and low vision users of screen reader technology to participate in 2-3 hours of remote user testing of the accessibility of computer-generated speech. Participants will be guided through an online exercise using a screen reader via the Zoom meeting platform. A $100.00 honorarium will be provided as compensation. If you meet the following criteria and are interested in participating, please complete the survey: 1. You are over the age of 18 and are blind or low vision. 2. You use screen reader technology. 3. You have access to a computer with internet access, a camera, microphone, and headphones. 4. Your computer has a web browser (other than Firefox) and screen reader software, like JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. 5. You consent to being observed remotely while conducting user testing. 6. You can use the Zoom software, through which you will be connected to the study facilitators, who will guide you through the study and observe you remotely. Zoom training is available upon request. Registration survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BWF9HG8

11) The Innovative Startup 'Dot' Won Best Of Innovation At CES 2023 With 'Dot Pad'

"Dot Pad" was nominated as the finalist in three categories - Accessibility, Mobile & Devices, and Virtual & Augmented Reality and was respectively awarded in all three categories:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-innovative-startup-dot-won-best-of-innovation-at-ces-2023-with-dot-pad-301682496.html

12) Information Provided By The 4to24 App, Created By The National Research & Training Center On Blindness & Low Vision, Is Now Available Through An Online Portal For Professionals

The 4to24 app is a free resource for parents of children and youth who are blind or have low vision and youth aged 16 or older. It focuses on building independence over time to help young people prepare for successful employment and independent living as an adult. This online portal provides access to the 4to24 app's information and topic areas. It is for professionals who would like to have the app's information without being restricted to a specific app account. This portal is available through the NRTC's web-based learning management system, and provides access to the 4to24 app's content and topic areas. The app modules include information, activities, and links to resources about the skills and experiences that will be helpful to blind or low vision (B/LV) youth as they grow. To register for the 4to24 online portal, you must be a professional working with people who are B/LV. For more information about 4to24, visit our website at https://www.blind.msstate.edu/our-products/transition-resources. If you need any other information or have questions about the app, please email Karla Antonelli at kantonelli@colled.msstate.edu ✉. To apply for access, please visit our 4to24 Portal for Professionals page:
https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/service-providers/resources/4to24-app-portal-for-professionals

13) Bookbaby And Speechki Collaborate To Create AI Voice-Narrated Audiobooks

BookBaby, one of the leading players in the audiobook segment announced it has entered into a collaboration with Speechki to create audiobooks using artificial intelligence-powered synthetic voice narration, the company revealed in a press release. BookBaby said the partnership is aimed at making the entire process of creating an audiobook much faster and cheaper than what it is right now. BookBaby said with the advanced Speechki-powered technology with them, they will be able to produce the audio proof in just 5-days' time after the author has uploaded the manuscript:
https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/bookbaby-and-speechki-collaborate-to-create-ai-voice-narrated-audiobooks

14) Tatum Is Building A Robot Arm To Help People With Deafblindness Communicate | TechCrunch

Precise numbers on deafblindness are difficult to calculate. For that reason, figures tend to be all over the place. For the sake of writing an intro to this story, we're going to cite this study from the World Federation of the Deafblind that puts the number of severe cases at 0.2% globally and 0.8% of the US:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/16/tatum-is-building-a-robot-arm-to-help-people-with-deafblindness-communicate/

15) Getting Up to Speed on OTC

Since the new FDA regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids went into effect last month, there have been many questions and comments about them. Such questions as: How might OTC devices differ from prescribed hearing aids? Where can consumers buy these products? What exactly do the regulations say about how they are to be manufactured and sold?
https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2022/getting-up-to-speed-on-otc/

16) About Us, The Unwritten

This publication pays disabled writers for their contributions:
https://www.theunwritten.co.uk/about-us/

17) Bristol Braille Technology Develops First Braille Gaming System

The sky is the limit for the tactile gaming device, called the Canute Gaming Dock's, from Bristol Braille Technology, which allows blind and partially sighted people to play and create their own video games:
https://coolblindtech.com/bristol-braille-technology-develops-first-braille-gaming-system/

18) Braille Books with a Character Who Is Blind and/or Deaf for Middle & High School | Paths To Literacy

Are you looking for braille books with a character who is blind and/or deaf for middle & high school students? Check out this list for students with visual impairments or deafblindness:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/braille-books-character-blind-deaf-middle-high-school/

19) Senator Markey and Representative Eshoo Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Accessible Media and Video Communications Technologies for Individuals with Disabilities

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) have introduced the Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility Act in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/senator-markey-and-representative-eshoo-introduce-bill-to-improve-access-to-accessible-media-and-video-communications-technologies-for-individuals-with-disabilities-301682098.html

20) 2022 Dear Mrs. Claus Children's Writing Contest For BVI Kids 12 And Under. Cash Prizes For: 1st Place: $250, 2nd Place: $150, 3rd Place: $50. Sponsorships Available. Contest Open. Deadline To Submit: November 28th 2022. Winners Announced: December 12th 2022:

This initiative out of Canada is a letter writing contest that is open to blind, vision impaired, and/or deafblind kids from anywhere in the world. Cash prizes to be awarded:
https://www.donnajodhan.com/news2022/news50.html

21) 7 Winter Must-Haves For Kids In Wheelchairs | WonderBaby

Winter can be a challenging time for parents of kids with mobility issues. Cold weather and snow-covered sidewalks can make it difficult to push a wheelchair around, and salty snow melting off your child's wheelchair in the living room is just a mess:
https://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/wheelchair-winter-must-haves

22) Missouri Allows Some Disabled Workers To Earn Less Than $1 An Hour. The State Says It's Fine If That Never Changes | ProPublica

Sheltered workshops are meant to employ disabled adults as they prepare to enter the regular workforce. In Missouri, these workers rarely graduate to higher-paying jobs.
https://www.propublica.org/article/missouri-sheltered-workshops-low-graduation-rate

23) FCC Sets the Deadline for Accessibility Changes to EAS

Mark December of 2023 on your calendar. The FCC has set deadlines for EAS participants, including most U.S. radio stations, to comply with its recent report and order on clarity and accessibility of EAS messages:
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/business-and-law/fcc-sets-the-deadline-for-accessibility-changes-to-eas

24) Digital Books Wear Out Faster Than Physical Books | The Internet Archive

Publisher: This article from the Internet Archive is completely legitimate. When they say that digital books "wear out" they mean that the format within which they have been stored either becomes obsolete or has been updated so often since digitization that the currently stored version is considered to be "worn out." | Ever try to read a physical book passed down in your family from 100 years ago? Probably worked well. Ever try reading an eBook you paid for 10 years ago? Probably a different experience. From the leasing business model of mega publishers to physical device evolution to format obsolescence, digital books are fragile and threatened:
http://blog.archive.org/2022/11/15/digital-books-wear-out-faster-than-physical-books/

25) Noctura 400 Is A Facemask That Can Prevent Vision Loss Caused From Diabetes

Healthy individuals get an adequate flow of blood and oxygen to their eyes, however, those with advanced diabetes do not since they tend to have narrower and weaker blood vessels incapable of meeting the required oxygen demand. Even though the body attempts to compensate by growing more blood vessels, the new ones tend to be weak, causing fluid leaks and ultimately damaging surface of the retina. Night time usually elevates this because adapting to the dark means higher demand for oxygen by the eyes. Over a period of time, individuals form dark spots in their vision and can possibly lose their sight in the long run:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2022/11/noctura400.html

26) Independence in the Kitchen: Braille Your World | Paths To Literacy

Using braille to label shelves and items in kitchen helps develop braille literacy, as well as independent living skills:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/independence-kitchen-braille-your-world/

27) Why You Need To Know About Section 508 If You Send Mass Communications | United States Coast Guard

One particular focus for Section 508 efforts is Microsoft Teams, the cornerstone of online collaboration in the Coast Guard. It is crucial for us to ensure that all users, particularly those with targeted disabilities, can fully engage with the features of this well-known software package. Some easy steps that can be taken to create an inclusive environment in Teams are:
https://www.mycg.uscg.mil/News/Article/3213035/why-you-need-to-know-about-section-508-if-you-send-mass-communications/

28) Tactile Turkeys | Paths To Literacy

This Thanksgiving craft is designed to give students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, practice with fine motor skills and tactile discrimination:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/tactile-turkeys/

29) Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled November / December 2022 Newsletter

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDLIBRARY/bulletins/338bdc1

30) Occupational Therapy Students Team Up With TechOwl To Create Adaptive Technology Designs For Disability Community

In an effort to make the world a more accessible place, Temple University occupational therapy graduate students have created innovative convenience products that help people with disabilities live more freely:
https://news.temple.edu/news/2021-12-08/occupational-therapy-students-team-techowl-create-adaptive-technology-designs

31) Blind And Partially Sighted Brits Struggling To Reduce Household Energy Bills

More than nine in ten blind and partially sighted adults in Britain are finding it difficult to reduce their energy bills. A poll of 1,000 adults in the UK, who are blind or have other sight issues, also found 44 percent say their condition requires additional energy use - and are worried about how they will afford the extra cost:
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/1695456/blind-partially-sighted-household-energy-bills

32) Making New York City Crosswalks Accessible For The Blind

Hundreds of junctions in New York City will become accessible to blind people, in a new project powered by technology developed in Israel:
https://nocamels.com/2022/11/making-new-york-city-crosswalks-accessible-for-the-blind/

33) American Printing House For The Blind Lands Two National Accolades

Louisville-based American Printing House for the Blind is being lauded by a couple of national media outlets:
https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/inno/stories/news/2022/11/14/american-printing-house-for-the-blind-lands-two-na.html

34) Advocacy, Policy, Audio Description, & Resolutions | #NFB22 National Convention General Session IV | YouTube

Welcome to the 2022 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind. This is the fourth general session with the following presentations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3BR2WpUpss

35) FCC Broadband Label Information and Accessibility

On November 17, 2022, the FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require broadband Internet access service providers to display easy-to-understand labels to assist consumers when comparison shopping for broadband services. More specifically regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities:
https://www.fcc.gov/fcc-broadband-label-information-and-accessibility


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1) 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/

2) 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

3) PDF Accessibility Training for Organizations | Access Ingenuity

November 30th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88388066414?pwd=RU9tQU02ZDlRVjZzWlpwZHVGZjBSUT09

4) Using JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect for Testing | TPGi

December 1st 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead Using transcripts of JAWS speech, you can quickly pinpoint accessibility and usability issues. This demonstration will walk you through some simple tests using both JAWS Inspect and JAWS Connect, explaining how these tools can be integrated into your test processes. Register today:.
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-1-at-12pm-et-using-jaws-inspect-and-jaws-connect-for-testing/

5) Blind Health Expo | The Accessible Pharmacy

December 2nd 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM 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/

6) Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar

December 6th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | If you are part of a disability nonprofit organization, please join us for our Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofits Webinar on Tuesday, December 6th. In this introductory session, you will learn about: Accessibility Nonprofit Tech Accelerator 2023 grant program that provides selected organizations with technology grants and dedicated specialist staff to support your mission. Access to Microsoft Philanthropies grants and discounts across our nonprofit cloud products including Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 for all registered 501 c3 organizations. Microsoft Accessibility team will share our commitment to disability nonprofit partners, our work on AI for Accessibility & Innovation. Register today for the Microsoft Accessibility for Nonprofit Webinar:
https://learning.eventbuilder.com/event/67484

7) The Current Legal Landscape for Digital Assets Accessibility Risks and How to Provide an Accessible Experience for Retail Customers

December 6th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Matt Ater, Lori Sommerfield, and Kim Phan Join Matt Ater of Vispero, along with Lori Sommerfield & Kim Phan, partners at Troutman Pepper, for a discussion concerning the current state of legal risks for accessibility non-compliance and practical tips for making your retail business digital assets accessible for people with disabilities. We will discuss the current state of website and mobile application accessibility litigation, as well as the increasing threat of enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act for digital assets by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Biden administration. Learn how to mitigate legal risks by meeting digital accessibility requirements and creating a usable and accessible retail experience. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-6-at-11am-et-the-current-legal-landscape-for-digital-assets-accessibility-risks-and-how-to-provide-an-accessible-experience-for-retail-customers/

8) ONYX Family of Magnifiers: Portable & Powerful (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 7th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | The ONYX family of video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful yet portable features to help people retain their independent lifestyle - reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. Did you know there are three different ONYX models? The ONYX Deskset and ONYX OCR offer larger screens and can adapt to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and home. Modern camera technology and HD displays provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ONYX Pro takes portability to the next level by combining it with the Surface 7 tablet to provide the ultimate tool for mobile magnification and reading tasks. During this webinar, we discuss the features and benefits all the ONYX models can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), this presentation is approved for ACVREP continuing education credit. Learning Outcomes: Features of all ONYX models. How to determine which model fits your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Benefits of portable, powerful visual tools. Meeting ID: 821 2886 0126 | Passcode: 792304 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82128860126#,,,,*792304# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose). Join Zoom Meeting:
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9) 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/

10) 2022 Digital Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey Feingold | Free Webinar

December 8th 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | What We'll Cover: A lot has happened in the digital accessibility legal space this year — have you kept up? Most recently, a new digital accessibility law was introduced in the United States Congress. If the law passes as written, it will result in digital accessibility regulations for both websites and software applications. Commercial providers who design, develop, and modify certain websites or applications are part of the proposed legislation. Speaker: Lainey Feingold. Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer who has worked in the digital accessibility space since 1995. She is also an author and international speaker. Lainey, along with her blind clients and co-counsel, helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States more than twenty years ago. She has worked with dozens of companies on their accessibility initiatives since that time. Lainey is the author of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her book shares stories and strategies from twenty-five years of collaborations and relationship-building to help create an inclusive digital world. Register here:
https://go.3playmedia.com/wbnr-12-08-2022-lainey

11) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library

December 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM 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

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

December 12th 2022 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

13) Basics of Accessibility Testing | TPGi

December 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT | Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. Accessibility testing is a critical step in delivering a modern online experience. This webinar goes beyond testing checklists to answer the fundamental questions people have when they start testing for web accessibility. For accessibility testing to be effective, organizations must understand what makes a digital experience equal. We'll cover web accessibility, the role and structure of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and how to quantify the risk associated with a guideline. Additionally, we'll discuss the following: How to set the scope for accessibility testing and feel confident you are covering the "right parts" of a website/web application. We'll document mouse-only, keyboard-only, and assistive technology testing plans. We'll delve into how web pages expose "semantics" and the tools to understand if your site is properly conveying its meaning to assistive technology. How to get expert support beyond your team to be sure that your accessibility testing results are accurate and more! Learn how to use the tools, access resources, and receive clear steps to perform a full-scale WCAG audit. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-december-13-at-12pm-et-basics-of-accessibility-testing/

14) Creating Accessible Promotional Materials (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 14th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | As a document author, learn about choosing colors, selecting images, and laying out your brochure, poster, or flyer in an engaging yet accessible way. Join Rachel Reeves in reviewing the most accessible way to create PDF Promotional Material. Learning Outcomes: Review color contrast requirements. Address mistakes commonly made in the Layout/Reading Order of one-page posters or flyers. Understand obstacles commonly encountered if using authoring tools such as Canva or Illustrator. Analyze poor templates that have images and fonts that make PDF remediation difficult. Meeting ID: 865 1628 1737 | Passcode: 967492 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,86516281737#,,,,*967492# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
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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, 7PM 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:
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16) ZoomText, JAWS & Fusion: Latest Features (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

December 21st 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | It's that time again. Not only is it the holidays but also the time when there are important updates for ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Join Ian Ramos and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore what's new in the 2023 updates and some features within the past few years. Learning Outcomes: Briefly explain the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Compare the different licenses and how you can find out if you are eligible for the latest updates. Explore new 2023 features such as Tethered View, Smart Glance, Notification History improvements, New Tables Only option for Smart Navigation, etc. Review recent features, including Docking the Quick Access Bar, Voice Assistant, Sound Splitter, New Vocalizer Expressive Voices and Languages, and more. Meeting ID: 827 9977 1867 | Passcode: 853407 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82799771867#,,,,*853407# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) | Join Zoom Meeting:
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17) Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 4: Braille Around the World | APH

January 4th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

February 1st 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

March 6th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

20) 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/

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

April 5th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

May 3rd 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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/

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

June 7th 2023 | 8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM 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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