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Access Information News for Monday, December 26, 2022 - Volume 890

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

A.) How The Brain Responds To Blindness | YouTube (6.1% of all clicks.)
In this video, Justin from the Institute of Human Anatomy discusses the brain's ability to remodel itself in the visually impaired:
https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/videos/how-the-brain-responds-to-blindness-368466

B.) The 11 Best Places To Find Virtual Assistant Jobs (5.6% of all clicks.)
Virtual assistants are in high demand. This article will help you find the best of those positions:
https://www.makeuseof.com/best-places-to-find-virtual-assistant-jobs/

C.) TPGi Announces Immediate Release of JAWS for Kiosk (Android ®) (5.6% of all clicks.)
JAWS ® for Kiosk, the world's most widely used and award-winning screen reader, is now available for Android:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tpgi-announces-immediate-release-jaws-135800143.html?guccounter=1

D.) What Is The Plausibility Of Elon Musk's Brain Implant Plans? (4.9% of all clicks.)
Neuralink, a startup co-founded by Elon Musk, is developing brain implant technology to improve the connection between humans and computers through implanted chips in the brain. The technology is purported to be able to restore a person's vision or assist people with mobility issues. Last week, Musk announced that the startup will begin human trials in six months. The idea of brain chips is not new. Researchers in this rapidly growing field have been developing devices that can decode brain signals for decades:
https://azbigmedia.com/business/what-is-the-plausibility-of-elon-musks-brain-implant-plans/

E.) Stumbling With Their Words, Some People Let AI Do The Talking | The Washington Post (3.7% of all clicks.)
Publisher: In my personal, professional and most humble opinion the "Rephrase" feature of the ChatGPT AI Model described within this article is in fact a killer app. But, unfortunately, not just for those with speech impediments. Just imagine what this technology could / would / will / or is already doing for phishers and scammers that do not speak a particular language very well. Those scams that were once easy to spot due to poor language usage will now be replaced by, well, examples like those outlined within this article. And I believe that will have the real world effect of fooling many more people into clicking on them. Be safe out there. Washington Post: The latest AI sensation, ChatGPT, is easy to talk to, bad at math and often deceptively, confidently wrong. Some people are finding real-world value in it, anyway:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/12/10/chatgpt-ai-helps-written-communication/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_business-technology

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4) Eve Hill Speaks To The Washington Post About The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs' Inaccessible Websites That Are Locking Blind And Visually-Impaired Veterans Out Of Services.

Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner Eve Hill was featured in a recent Washington Post article entitled “Disabled veterans say they often can't make appointments, message their doctors or apply for benefits online.” The article examines how U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) websites and other technologies are inaccessible to over a million patients who are visually impaired or blind and rely on screen readers to access health care, apply for benefits, and more:
https://browngold.com/news/eve-hill-speaks-to-the-washington-post-about-the-u-s-department-of-veterans-affairs-inaccessible-websites-that-are-locking-blind-and-visually-impaired-veterans-out-of-services/

5) Pioneers Of Tech For The Visually Impaired WeWalk Raise £2M

WeWALK, the company behind the world's first smartphone-connected 'smart cane' for the visually impaired, has announced a £ 2M investment round to help evolve its technology and grow its global market presence:
https://www.businessleader.co.uk/pioneers-of-tech-for-the-visually-impaired-wewalk-raise-2m/

6) AccessWorld December 2022 Issue

December 2022 updates include: Editor's Notes: Closing out 2022 | AudiVision for Audible Vision on Android | Call and Chat with Discord: an Accessibility Review | What's New in macOS Ventura and watchOS 9:
https://www.afb.org/aw/23/12

7) What A Deafblind Kitchen Is Like | Updated Link

Publisher: This author wrote in to let us know that a website maintenance issue forced them to change the link to this article in which a deafblind reader describes what her kitchen looks like and lists products that she finds helpful for independent living:
https://iabilityi.com/uncategorized/jens-kitchen/

8) Hanukkah Books in Braille | Paths To Literacy

A list of favorite Hanukkah books available in braille:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/hanukkah-books-braille/

9) Holiday Cheer and Ideas for Preschoolers | Paths To Literacy

Lots of holiday ideas for multi-sensory activities for preschool children who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/holiday-cheer-and-ideas-preschoolers/

10) HelpMeSee Announces Collaboration to Fight Global Cataract Blindness

HelpMeSee, a global nonprofit that uses virtual reality and simulation-based training to eradicate cataract blindness, has announced a collaboration with Intel Corporation to accelerate its mission and increase access to sight-restoring surgery in developing countries:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/helpmesee-announces-collaboration-to-fight-global-cataract-blindness-301705534.html

11) Holiday Display In Madrid Becoming More Inclusive | YouTube

A new app called "Accessible Christmas" is guiding those who are visually impaired:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dj23fbgNhU

12) Blind Or Visually Impaired Michiganders Can Now Apply To Receive An Audible Currency Reader

Currency readers are available to eligible Michiganders who are blind or visually impaired. As announced by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), Michigan residents who are blind or visually impaired can apply to receive an audible currency reader at no cost through the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library:
https://www.wilx.com/2022/12/22/blind-or-visually-impaired-michiganders-can-now-apply-receive-an-audible-currency-reader/

13) Strand Bookstore Class Action Claims Website Inaccessible To Blind, Visually Impaired Visitors

Who: A legally blind woman sued the Strand bookstore. Why: The plaintiff says the bookstore's website is not accessible to blind and visually impaired people using a screen reader. Where: The Strand bookstore class action lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court:
https://topclassactions.com/disability-class-action-lawsuit/strand-bookstore-class-action-claims-website-inaccessible-to-blind-visually-impaired-visitors/

14) Kellogg Rolls Out New Packaging for Blind and Visually Impaired

Shopping for cereal at U.S. grocery stores just got easier for people who are blind or have low vision. Kellogg's has just announced that it is launching new packaging for four of its most popular cereal brands — Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Special K Original, Rice Krispies and Crispix — that features an innovative technology for the visually impaired called NaviLens:
https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/news/kellogg-navilens-cereal-packaging

15) Reader Review: Inaccessible Pin Pads That Require You To Use A Touch Screen | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

Courtesy of Access Information News reader Donna Jodhan:
https://www.accessinformationnews.com/5.html

16) 'How Is This Not The Norm?': The Campaign To Make Picture Books Accessible To Visually Impaired Children

Mr McGregor chasing Peter Rabbit away from his crops. The curved talons and bright orange eyes of the Gruffalo. The Very Hungry Caterpillar munching its way through a colorful meal. Picture books have given many of us our most evocative childhood memories, but for an estimated 37,000 blind and partially sighted children in England and Wales, the chance to tumble through brightly coloured pages into different worlds is just out of reach:
https://news.yahoo.com/not-norm-campaign-picture-books-064120070.html

17) News And Events From The Andrew Heiskell Library For January - March 2023

https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/heiskell/news

18) I Am A High School Student With A Visual Disability. Here's How I Learned To Ask For The Help I Need | Ava Stryker-Robbins

For a long time, my disorder made me feel inferior. No more. Throughout my life, it has been impossible for me to ignore my disability. People I talk to look like they have two heads due to my eyes' inability to fuse. Any vista in front of me is blurry. Little floaters decorate my field of vision. But while I learned to adapt to my visual impairment, it took me much longer to embrace my identity as a person with a disability:
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2022/12/19/23506120/visual-disability-school-accommodations-asking-for-help

19) Typing Ideas, Lessons, and Tools | Paths To Literacy

Typing is a skill that can be challenging to learn for some of our students. Learn ways to make it less of a challenge with these tools:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/typing-ideas-lessons-and-tools/

20) Budapest Airport Provides Independent Indoor Navigation App For Visually Impaired Passengers

Following completion of the DANOVA project, Budapest Airport has become the first in Europe to provide an independent indoor navigation application for blind and visually impaired passengers. The airport has also installed tactile walking surface indicators along 1,100m of passenger areas:
https://www.futuretravelexperience.com/2022/12/budapest-airport-provides-independent-indoor-navigation-app-for-visually-impaired-passengers/

21) Visually Impaired Girls Blazing The Ramp At The Lakme Fashion Show | YouTube

Eight blind girls took to the ramp at Rajkot recently in a fashion show organized by the Institute of Fashion and Jewellery Design (IFJD). The girls were accompanied by boys halfway into the ramp, after which the girls walked solo into the limelight to hearty applause from the audience. They were dressed in somber-colored gowns with lacey headgear and light makeup to complete their vintage western look:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfxnOpeZPY

22) Visually Impaired Player & Coach Frankie Rohan Labels Tennis A “Game Changer” As She Reveals Her Story Living With Vision Loss

From Durham, England, 36-year-old Frankie grew up immersed in the world of sport, but at the age of 28 she developed a life-threatening medical condition that would leave her fearful for the future. "I lost a lot of my sight due to a stroke when I was 28," said Frankie. "I was so poorly that I ended up losing my job and was forced to sell my house. So, at the time, there really didn't seem to be a way forward for me:"
https://www.lta.org.uk/news/visually-impaired-player--coach-frankie-rohan-labels-tennis-a-game-changer-as-she-reveals-her-story-living-with-vision-loss/

23) Braille Bites | Paths To Literacy

A new online series featuring recipes for early literacy activities and supporting tactile exploration skills:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/braille-bites/

24) Tampa Mapping Effort Expands City Access For Visually Impaired

In order to help support mobility for constituents who are blind or have low vision, the city of Tampa, Florida has implemented a new technology solution to improve access to city services and facilities:
https://www.govtech.com/gov-experience/tampa-mapping-effort-expands-city-access-for-visually-impaired

25) 33 Finance Launches 'MyCard' — Hong Kong's First UnionPay Prepaid Card For The Visually Impaired

33 Financial Services Limited launches 'MyCard,' the first contactless UnionPay prepaid card designed for the visually impaired in Hong Kong SAR. 'MyCard' adopts a global standard of accessible design for the visually impaired, which includes having Braille dots on the physical card and sending cardholders a voice SMS notification after each transaction on the UnionPay and 33 eWallet mobile applications is completed:
https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/4/198394/33-Finance-launches-%E2%80%98MyCard%E2%80%99---Hong-Kong%E2%80%99s-first-UnionPay-prepaid-card-for-the-Visually-Impaired

26) Visually Impaired Group Creates Pictureless Gourmet Guide | Tokyo, Japan

A unique gourmet booklet for Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, titled “Unpictured Gourmet Guide,” was released by a group of visually impaired people in autumn, in an effort to realize the vision Shibuya has for itself of having a diverse and unified culture:
https://japannews.yomiuri.co.jp/society/general-news/20221221-78670/


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1) 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:
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2) 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/

3) Braille Technology Throughout the Ages: A Special Event for World Braille Day | The Braillists Foundation

January 4th 2023 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT | In addition to our collaboration with Sight and Sound Technology, we are pleased to present an evening panel discussion for World Braille Day focussing on braille technology: its past, present and future. We will be joined by historians, people working in the braille technology industry today and developers of the next generation of braille hardware and software. The event will take place on Wednesday 4 January at 7:00 PM, and you will need to register in advance. This is a separate registration link to both our regular Masterclasses and the event with Sight and Sound. Please email help@braillists.org ✉ if you have difficulties completing the form:
https://www.braillists.org/uncategorised/braille-technology-throughout-the-ages-a-special-event-for-world-braille-day/

4) 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 5th 2023 through January 8th 2023 | CES ® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world's biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector. Register now:
https://www.ces.tech/

5) Maryland Technology Assistance Program | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

January 7th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | MD-TAP can help Marylanders acquire, use and own valuable assistive technology products. Learn how you can benefit from their programs. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

6) Expand Your Blind Life with Sam Seavey

January 11th 2023 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT | Join us for a presentation from Sam, host of the popular YouTube channel, The Blind Life, who will discuss his experience with hosting a YouTube channel and the challenges he's faced living with Stargardt Disease. Sam is the founder and creator of The Blind Life YouTube channel, with more than 46,000 subscribers and over 700 informative videos. He helps people world-wide living with vision loss, offering tips for managing daily tasks, reviewing assistive devices, and hosting informative interviews with key stakeholders in the visually impaired community. He collaborates with tech giants like Google, SONY and Amazon, has created content for MacularDegeneration.net and participates on Microsoft's Window's Accessibility Advisory Board. Join us for an opportunity to learn about Sam's journey living with Stargardt Disease and hosting a popular YouTube channel. Venue/Location: Event Type: Virtual. Organizer: Los Angeles Center, (323) 663-1111 ☎, la@brailleinstitute.org ✉. Capacity: Unlimited spots available. Register for this event:
https://brailleinstitute.org/bioa-event/expand-your-blind-life-with-sam-seavey

7) Special Needs Trusts: Planning For Your Future

January 18th 2023 | 3:30PM PT, 4:30PM MT, 5:30PM CT, 6:30PM ET, 11:30PM GMT | Join the Carroll Center for the Blind's Exclusive Trust Partner, PLAN of MA & RI, for an informational webinar to learn about Special Needs Trusts and how they can help you and your loved ones plan for your future. A Special Needs Trust allows money to be set aside for a person with a disability. The trust is intended to help preserve funds for the sole benefit of this person, enhance their quality of life, and protect their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Speaker: Kathy Vitello, LSW, Director of Operations at PLAN of MA and RI. About the Speaker: Kathy Vitello is a Licensed Social Worker with more than 35 years of experience working with seniors, people who are physically challenged, and chronically ill. She has broad experience and insight — drawn from her work in hospitals, in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and psychiatric facilities, and in-home care and hospice settings. Kathy holds a degree in Mental Health from Northern Essex Community College; has a BA in Applied Mental Health from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and earned certificates in Suicide Prevention in Older Adults and Mental Health and Aging from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work at Boston University. Kathy has also participated in a week-long training in Thanatology and is a member of the NPA Conference Planning Committee. What You'll Learn: Information about the different types of Special Needs Trusts. Why a Special Needs Trust is beneficial to you. How to protect your assets without affecting your Social Security Disability Benefits. Unique features of PLAN as a Professional Trustee. Who Should Attend: Individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. Parents, family members, and other caregivers of a person with a disability. Professionals. Individuals who think they could benefit from a Special Needs Trust:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1lhF8UVQP6IygWFlBfFZQ?bblinkid=265480395&bbemailid=44518399&bbejrid=-1739148575

8) 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/

9) Maryland Accessible Telecommunications | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

February 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Formerly Maryland Relay, this state resource can help clients acquire cell phones, TTY equipment, and other communication devices. The application process is easy and highly encouraged. Learn about all of the programs offered and how you can benefit. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

10) 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/

11) Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

March 11th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | You have seen this app on your iDevice, and maybe you have even opened it once or twice. In this presentation, you will learn how to create a song from scratch and how to make modifications. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

12) 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

March 13th 2023 through March 17th 2023 | Welcome. Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, is the ultimate community experience and the premier forum on technology for all persons with disabilities. For over 37 years, California State University, Northridge's Center on Disabilities has sponsored the conference, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and more from around the world, where they can share knowledge, innovations, and best practices to promote inclusion for all. Building on the momentum from the 2022 conference, exciting new plans are in the works to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to join us in Anaheim, California in 2023, where attendees can attend Pre-Conference Workshops, the yearly Keynote Address, Featured Presentations, General Sessions, Sponsor Showcase Suites and the Exhibit Hall. We also continue developing new programming to build community and networking opportunities. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest updates, details, and deadlines. For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please visit our Opportunities page or email us at conference@csun.edu ✉. We can't wait until the CSUN Conference community is back together to learn, share and connect:
https://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/

13) 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

March 15th 2023 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/

14) 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/

15) How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

April 8th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | This operating system has been around for a while, and people champion its security strengths and applications. Should you upgrade, and what is that process? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

16) 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/

17) Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

May 13th 2023 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 3PM GMT | Whether you are traveling to another city, state or country, we will look at tools and resources that will help you get the most assistance for your venture. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10:00 AM ET. For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic / technology for discussion, please contact: Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 ☎ or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov

18) 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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➜ Prepare For Your Future Today With The All-New APH ConnectCenter's Job Seekers Toolkit!

The APH ConnectCenter and NSITE have partnered to update the Job Seeker's Toolkit, an accessible, self-paced, free online training course. The Toolkit includes five sections covering self-awareness, career exploration tools, the preliminary employment process, the interview, and maintaining employment. We are bringing the Job Seeker's Toolkit to a larger audience and in a Learning Management System format for today's learners, at no cost. Visit APHCareerConnect.org to get started with the Job Seekers Toolkit today at:
https://aphcareerconnect.org/lesson-plans-for-teachers-and-professionals/the-job-seekers-toolkit/

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Sponsor Since: November 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
(800) 232-5463

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

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About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.


➜ A Revolution in Resolution — Menus for Everyone

No matter when, where or who, the Menus4ALL iPhone app gives you the info you need quickly. No more multiple Google searches to research menus before going out. Info is organized to give you quick access to what you are looking for — the menu! Optimized to give you the best viewing experience. No more struggling to see small print, or looking at a menu in a dimly lit restaurant. Do you use magnification, large print, VoiceOver, a braille display or Voice Control? Enjoy 750,000 fully accessible menus. Download the app today at:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/menus4all/id1640547801?platform=iphone

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Sponsor Since: November 20th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.menus4all.com/ 🌐

Email: stephanie@menus4all.com

About: 750,000 Accessible Restaurant Menus. On your iPhone ® in the palm of your hand.

App Restaurant Menu, Search and Waiter Alert Screens.

Yes, that's not a typo. The Menus4ALL iPhone app offers 500,000 accessible menus in the United States and 250,000 accessible menus in Canada.

Wherever you are and whenever you want The Menus4ALL iPhone app is the largest network of restaurant menus in one place and all of the menus are fully accessible.

Perfect for when you are out running errands and want to know what restaurants are near your current location. Great for planning a night out with friends. Favorite menus that you want to look at later or when you know you are going back for that amazing dish.

Download The App (Apple): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/menus4all/id1640547801?platform=iphone


Sponsor: WayAround

➜ Save 10% on WayAround 25 Packs Until December 15th!

Use the coupon code Merry10 to get 10% off any 25-pack of WayTag NFC tags now through December 15th. Choose from many popular styles of WayTag NFC tags: stickers, buttons, magnets, and clips. Use the WayTags with the FREE mobile app to add a description and other important details, so you can spend less time figuring out what things are, and more time getting things done. Order by December 15 for guaranteed arrival by Christmas!
https://www.wayaround.com/shop/product-category/25-packs/?utm_source=AssistiveTech&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AccessInfoNewsSponsorAd

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Sponsor Since: November 18th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com

About: WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

All the information you want with just a tap of your phone. No more waiting around to ask someone. You need just two things to get started: The free mobile app for iOS or Android and some of our smart WayTags®.

Accessible labels for the blind, deafblind, and anyone with vision loss. Your biggest problem isn't poor eyesight. It's that so much of the information in the world is visual. But you shouldn't have to wait around for someone else to get the information you need. Or carry around a bulky, outdated device. There is a better way to get accurate and complete information every time. So you can reduce stress and gain independence.

Download The App (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wayaround-tag-and-scan/id1294361140?mt=8

Download The App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wayaround.wayaround


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions

➜ 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/

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Sponsor Since: November 7th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.

➜ Access Ready Seeks Your Support at the Public Policy Level

Moving the public policy needle is both difficult and costly. Access Ready has one of the most experienced teams in the business who have shown results. We have fostered Congressional language on accessible websites, elections, healthcare, communications, and other areas touched by information and communications technologies. These efforts are costly and we need your help to continue. Become an Access Ready supporter and create an accessible future for people with disabilities:
https://accessready.org/

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Sponsor Since: December 19th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

About: 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.

The purpose of Access Ready Inc. is to educate the public and private sectors of the importance of accessible information and communications technology to the future of all people regardless of ability.

To support this education by developing initiatives that promote policies that ensure the creation and maintenance of accessible technologies utilized for two way communications at all levels which allow for easy use by people with the widest range of abilities possible.

To develop employment and business opportunities for people with disabilities that support its educational activities in the field of information and communications technology and related areas.

To provide consulting and educational services to buyers, developers, and users of information and communications technology that promotes its highest and best use in society.

To promote the concept of a technologically accessible society which fosters:

Freedom of expression, speech, and worship.
Freedom from fear, ignorance, and want.
Freedom from dishonesty, exclusion, and immorality.
Freedom of aspiration, invention, and inclusion.


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.

➜ Access Ready Provides Access To The Best In The Business

If you need assistance with a new accessible website, document remediation or disability consulting of other kinds, Access Ready can help. We seek out the best in the business and bring them to you already vetted as to quality, professionalism and ability. By going through AccessReady.org to one of our qualified providers, you're not only getting the best, but supporting our advocacy and technological development efforts as well:
https://accessready.org/

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Sponsor Since: December 13th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

About: 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.

The purpose of Access Ready Inc. is to educate the public and private sectors of the importance of accessible information and communications technology to the future of all people regardless of ability.

To support this education by developing initiatives that promote policies that ensure the creation and maintenance of accessible technologies utilized for two way communications at all levels which allow for easy use by people with the widest range of abilities possible.

To develop employment and business opportunities for people with disabilities that support its educational activities in the field of information and communications technology and related areas.

To provide consulting and educational services to buyers, developers, and users of information and communications technology that promotes its highest and best use in society.

To promote the concept of a technologically accessible society which fosters:

Freedom of expression, speech, and worship.
Freedom from fear, ignorance, and want.
Freedom from dishonesty, exclusion, and immorality.
Freedom of aspiration, invention, and inclusion.


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