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Access Information News for Monday, December 5, 2022 - Volume 887

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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 (6.6% 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.) 4 Ways to Make Online Banking Accessible (5.2% of all clicks.)
Here are some tips, written by an actual screen reader user, of things you can do to make your banking website accessible:
https://blog.usablenet.com/4-ways-to-make-online-banking-accessible

C.) A Guide to Understanding Your Current 2022 Aira Plan (5.1% of all clicks.)
Definition of Retail, Community and Legacy Plans, and Basic Information about Changes Coming in Early 2023:
https://aira.io/a-guide-to-understanding-your-current-2022-aira-plan/

D.) 5 Takeaways From Screen Reader Usability Interviews | Jess Budd | Senior Front-End Engineer Specializing In Web Accessibility (5.1% of all clicks.)
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/

E.) Hiking For Visually Impaired People: How One Writer Is Fighting For Her Right To Roam | Caroline Butterwick (4.6% of all clicks.)
Hiking is great exercise and a way to get outdoors. Visually impaired writer Caroline Butterwick considers how she and other people with disabilities can make the most of hiking, and her sense of belonging in the natural world:
https://www.stylist.co.uk/fitness-health/hiking-visually-impaired-people-benefits/732076

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Please join all of us here at Access Information News in welcoming aboard Access Ready, Inc. Access Ready, Inc. is now the fifth founding sponsor of the Access Information News publication. Access Ready, Inc. is also a long time Partner of the Top Tech Tidbits Publication. Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications. Learn more today at:
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4) Neuralink's Brain Chip Plans: Help the Blind See and the Paralyzed Walk

Elon Musk's startup hopes to start human tests in six months for its implant that connects computers to brains. The company, one of five that Musk leads, is working on technology to drop thousands of electrodes thinner than a hair into the outer surface of human brains. Each electrode is a tiny wire connected to a battery powered, remotely recharged, quarter sized chip package that's embedded into a spot that once held a circle of skull. The chip, called the N1, communicates wirelessly with the outside world. The technology is still far from the initial medical uses, much less Musk's ultimate vision of using Neuralink to hang out with super intelligent AIs. But it's making significant progress, including applying with the Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials it hopes to start within 6 months, the company said at a "show and tell" event lasting more than two hours:
https://www.cnet.com/science/neuralink-brain-chip-plan-help-the-blind-see-and-the-paralyzed-walk/#ftag=CAD590a51e

5) What Is Bioptic Driving?

Every day many young people are given the news that obtaining a driver's license is not in their future due to blindness or low vision. Adults also face this challenge but with the possibility of losing their license. This news, no matter the age, not only has an emotional impact but also has an impact on the ability to move around independently. A diagnosis of low vision may mean no driving abilities, however, those that have mild to moderate central vision impairment with good peripheral vision may benefit from something called "bioptic driving:"
https://aphcareerconnect.org/blog/careerconnect-blog/what-is-bioptic-driving/

6) Study Finds Apple's AirPods Pro May Serve As A Hearing-Assistive Device For Mild-To-Moderate Hearing Loss

AirPods Pro can help offer assistance to people with mild-to-moderate hearing problems. People with severe SNHL and other types of hearing impairment were excluded from the study. A hearing aid can cost up to thousands of dollars, whereas Personal Sound Amplification Products are less expensive:
https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/news/study-finds-apples-airpods-pro-may-serve-as-a-hearing-assistive-device-for-mild-to-moderate-hearing-loss/articleshow/95683268.cms

7) AccessReady Reporter Newsletter | Issue 33 | November 30th 2023

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/november-30-2022-issue-33.html

8) Accessibility in the Fediverse (and Mastodon)

This is a good explainer on how the Fediverse operates and how there are accessibility opportunities there. It also provides a list of accessibility-minded people for you to follow:
https://yatil.net/blog/accessibility-in-the-fediverse-and-mastodon

9) On Joining Mastodon | From My Vast Experience Of Three Weeks, A Guide To Diving In | Jeff Jarvis

Publisher: While not accessibility-specific, this article is incredibly informative:
https://medium.com/whither-news/on-joining-mastodon-d539eed5e41a

10) Vision Nanny Activities for Children who have CVI | Paths To Literacy

Vision Nanny is a web based design with specific activities for children with CVI that is broken down into different skill levels:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/vision-nanny-activities-for-students-who-have-cvi/

11) ABC International Excellence Awards Given to Kogan Page and Mr. Ashoka Bandula Weerawardhana

The accessible books consortium has awarded Mr. Ashoka Bandula Weerawardhana for his work in braille production:
https://www.accessiblebooksconsortium.org/news/en/2022/news_0008.html

12) Ways In Which Cameras Help The Blind | Kevin Jones

I've been politely asked, "how do you read messages or email on a computer?" A less common question is "How did you take that picture?"
https://accessibility-insights.com/2022/11/30/ways-in-which-cameras-help-the-blind/

13) 10 Tips for Selecting Holiday Gifts for Young Children with Visual Impairments or Multiple Disabilities | Paths To Literacy

Suggestions on how to choose a Christmas or Hanukkah present for child w/ multiple disabilities or a young child who is blind, visually impaired, deafblind:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/10-tips-selecting-holiday-gifts-young-children-visual-impairments-or-multiple-disabilities/

14) The Hottest Low Vision Gifts | Ophthalmic Edge

Finding the right gift for someone who has a visual impairment can be complicated. Great gifts come in many forms and at many prices. So, as usual, we are including some gifts that don't cost a lot and some that don't cost anything, because the gift of empowerment is priceless:
https://ophthalmicedge.org/patient/the-hottest-low-vision-gifts/

15) Important Update About Aira Free Sponsored Offers | Tech-VI List

The purpose of this letter is to tell you about three changes to our "free" Aira-sponsored programs. These changes are being announced on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, and will go into effect on Monday, December 5, 2022:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3064

16) State of Ohio Announces Partnership to Provide COVID-19 Testing Assistance for Ohioans Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) have partnered to identify a solution to support Ohioans who are blind or have low vision in self-administering at-home COVID-19 tests widely available through retail, pharmacy and grocery stores, community libraries, and local health departments:
https://odh.ohio.gov/media-center/odh-news-releases/odh-news-release-11-28-22

17) Medical Bills Remain Inaccessible For Many Visually Impaired Americans

A Missouri man who is deaf and blind said a medical bill he didn't know existed was sent to debt collections, triggering an 11% rise in his home insurance premiums. In a different case, from California, an insurer has suspended a blind woman's coverage every year since 2010 after mailing printed "verification of benefits" forms to her home that she cannot read, she said. The problems continued even after she got a lawyer involved. And still another insurer kept sending a visually impaired Indiana woman bills she said she could not read, even after her complaint to the Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights led to corrective actions:
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/12/01/1139730806/blind-disability-accessibility-medical-bills

18) Helping Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired Get Oriented to a New School Building

Starting a new school year is always both exciting and nerve-racking. When a child who is blind is going to a school building for the first time, it is important that they become very familiar with it to lessen that feeling of being lost that every new student feels:
https://familyconnect.org/browse-by-age/grade-schoolers/transition-to-independence-grade-schoolers/orienting-to-school-buildings/

19) 2022 ACB Audio Description Project Gala and Pre-Show replays now on ACB Media 9

The 2022 Second Annual Audio Description Project Awards Gala and Gala Pre-show are now replaying on ACB Media 9. The replays will run every 4 hours, 24/7, throughout December 2022 on Media 9:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3083

20) Why Amazon Alexa (And Other Voice Assistants) Aren't Making Money

Earlier this week, Business Insider reported that Amazon is on pace to lose $10 billion from its Alexa voice assistant and its smart speaker business. The news comes at a time when Alexa's competitors are dealing with difficulties of their own and struggling to find a way to monetize their voice assistants:
https://bdtechtalks.com/2022/11/28/amazon-alexa-revenue/

21) US Mulls More Regulations To Help Disabled Use Self-Service Kiosks

As self-service expands at a fast pace at retail, many machines do not sufficiently accommodate disabled persons, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. To rectify the problem, The Access Board, a federal agency that supports equal rights for persons with disabilities, has since September 2022 been developing additional guidelines for self-service equipment and has sought comments from the public:
https://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/news/us-mulls-more-regulations-to-help-disabled-use-self-service-kiosks/

22) Resource Guide for Students With Visual Disabilities | Test Prep Insight

The college experience poses unique and often trying obstacles for students with visual disabilities. Yet, earning a college degree is far from impossible. Universities and private organizations are doing more than ever to help visually impaired students. Between counseling, accommodations, learning tools, and specialized housing, there is much to understand about the options available to college students with visual disabilities. In this guide, we take an in-depth look at the evolving college experience for blind and low vision students, as well as offer useful tips and resources:
https://testprepinsight.com/resources/resource-guide-students-with-visual-disabilities/

23) A Year After Life-Changing Award, Berkeley Inventor For The Blind Is Writing A Memoir

Joshua Miele won a MacArthur "genius" prize in 2021. Set up in a new workshop, he's planning a listening party for the sounds of the aurora borealis and is learning to use his celebrity for good:
https://www.berkeleyside.org/2022/11/13/joshua-miele-berkeley-inventor-blind-adaptive-technology-macarthur-genius-prize

24) Blind Chef Teaches Her Skills And Love Of Cooking To Others With Visual Impairments | Video | KGW8

Chef Debra Erickson launched "The Blind Kitchen" to make space for cooks and bakers with vision loss. She hopes it becomes a community of support:
https://www.kgw.com/article/news/community/debra-erickson-blind-chef-kitchen-oregon-city/283-de3d18a3-8dcf-4e21-a36a-1c40691d25ab

25) Lighthouse Guild and Bionic Sight Announce Partnership to Expand Treatment Options for People Who Are Blind

Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, and Bionic Sight, the developer of treatments and technologies for advanced stage blindness, announced today that they are entering into a partnership that will change the landscape of treatment for people who are blind:
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/11/29/2564100/0/en/Lighthouse-Guild-and-Bionic-Sight-Announce-Partnership-to-Expand-Treatment-Options-for-People-Who-Are-Blind.html

26) A Version Of "A Christmas Carol" With Characters And Narration Voiced By Various Speech Synthesizers: Produced By Martin Courcelles | MP3 | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

I first found this gem several years ago, downloaded it and have continued to archive it. It's a wonderful adaptation of "a Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The narrator along with each character is voiced by a different speech synthesizer, many or all of which you might recognize. As an example, the character Ebenezer Scrooge is voiced by one of the British Eloquence voices. This piece also has music and soundscapes. I am grateful to Martin for once again making this available which he did in a recent post on Mastodon:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2zczncdhxkdcxb1/a_synth_Xmas_carol.mp3?dl=0

27) Temporary Discounted Prices on Audio Dramas From Focus on The Family | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

I am a fan of audio drama, both classic and modern and have enjoyed this form of entertainment for over 40 years. I am always on the lookout for legal sources for obtaining audio drama. Focus on the Family is temporarily offering many of their audio dramas at reduced prices. They are a Protestant organization but their audio dramas can be enjoyed by people of all faiths. When they had a similar sale last year I purchased their version of “a Christmas Carol” as well as their dramatized adaptations of the Narnia books. The production values, acting and music are excellent. Their adaptation of “a Christmas Carol” was extremely well-done and I found it to be very moving. These dramatizations can be purchased either on CD or as MP3 digital downloads. The digital downloads should be playable in any device or software capable of playing MP3 files, such as a Victor Stream or software such as VLC Media Player. I have successfully played them using Voice Dream Reader on my iPhone:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3062

28) Athens Acropolis Becomes Accessible to the Visually Impaired

The Acropolis of Athens has become accessible to the visually impaired through a route recently unveiled that combines models of monuments, haptic feedback points, and signs in Greek and English Braille:
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/25/athens-acropolis-accessible-visually-impaired/

29) How Disability Charities Are Working To Solve The U.S. Labor Shortage | Forbes

The United States currently finds itself in the grips of a labor shortage in key areas like retail and manufacturing as the after-effects of the Covid-inspired “Great Resignation” continue to be felt:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2022/11/25/how-disability-charities-are-working-to-solve-the-us-labor-shortage/?sh=4c2b2b564b57

30) Tactile Bulletin Board: Cells | Paths To Literacy

Create a tactile bulletin board to make cells and biology accessible to braille readers and students who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/tactile-bulletin-board-cells/

31) Learning Ally Announces PreK-2 Literacy Grant Program For U.S. Schools — Excite Reading TM Prepares Early Learners For Reading Success

To increase reading preparedness in early learners, Learning Ally, a national education nonprofit known to double the rate of reading growth for struggling readers, is announcing its new Excite Reading™ Early Literacy Grant Program for eligible U.S. schools at no cost. Applications are now open until December 15, 2022:
https://learningally.org/Solutions-for-School/Educator-Blog/learning-ally-announces-prek-2-literacy-grant-program-for-us-schools-excite-reading-prepares-early-learners-for-reading-success#close


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1) 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

2) 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/

3) What's New With JAWS, ZoomText And Fusion In 2023 | APH ConnectCenter

December 6th 2022 | 8:30AM PT, 9:30AM MT, 10:30AM CT, 11:30AM ET, 4:30PM GMT | JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 contain several new features and enhancements that increase productivity at school, work, and play. Join us for a live webinar to learn about these features and see some of them in action:
https://aph.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f36877787e431c3edc0020ff5&id=ee03fc7f7f&e=55c3c23403

4) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82128860126?pwd=UHBhYXBzTHVGb0tCaktXZVc1anQ0dz09#success

5) 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/

6) 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

7) 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

8) 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/

9) 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/

10) Partner Showcase: Audiojack's Newest O+M Experience | APH ConnectCenter

December 13th 2022 | 1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT | The APH Partner Showcase for December features Audiojack and its creator David Tobin. Listen live to the latest O&M Audiojack in the Life category, located in the mobile app and on the website. Then, engage with other Audience members and David as you discuss the newest Audiojack. The APH Partner Showcase is part of Access Academy, but does not offer ACVREP credits. The Showcase is strictly informational/promotional, and highlights some of APH's partner vendors in the field, and their product(s):
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GnG1mrKsT0SX60sz1MDs4g

11) Explore SuperSense and Seeing AI Webinar | Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.

December 14th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 12/15 | Come explore SuperSense and Seeing AI, two leading apps that leverage artificial intelligence to describe the world around you. We'll compare these apps in real world scenarios, learn to maximize their functionality, and help you decide which app might best meet your needs in this fun, interactive and informative webinar from the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register in advance at:
https://thelighthousefortheblindinc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54Ben7JCTBeh66IoXUzzWA

12) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86516281737?pwd=NTZDdzRmZUdieFBTWnRiMzFsQVhHdz09#success

13) 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:
https://www.hartgen.org/catchup4

14) Career Conversations with Joe Strechay | APH ConnectCenter

December 15th 2022 | 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM on 12/16 GMT | Join us and meet Joe Strechay, a blind Film and Television Producer. No stranger to CareerConnect, Joe is back with us sharing his breakthrough into Television and film. Listen in and hear how as a blind professional, Joe works directly on set with actors and actresses who themselves are blind. From television and film sets both domestic and international, we will spend the hour engaging on this fascinating career:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m0H5e0hpTeOLEeCIl-SH3g

15) 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82799771867?pwd=VVNHeWhjVVVLc1JDUUtSMlllMnlQZz09#success

16) Ask The Advocate | APH ConnectCenter

December 28th 2022 | 5:30PM PT, 6:30PM MT, 7:30PM CT, 8:30PM ET, 1:30AM GMT on 12/29 | Answering questions families have to better understand the processes, procedures and parent rights in a 504/IEP. When parents are better informed they will be better equipped to navigate and negotiate successful student outcomes:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rSJUAYVjTfCA34Ibi8gyuQ

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:
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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