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Access Information News for Monday, February 27, 2023 - Volume 899

The Week's News in Access Information
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Last week, the Department of Justice and the General Services Administration released a long-promised report on Section 508 compliance across the federal government. It says what many of us already believe and know: that federal agencies are failing miserably to comply with accessible technology requirements. Even this report, which by law must be published every 2 years, hasn't been updated since 2012 — until now. The statistics are not shocking, but they are embarrassing — only 1/3 of the top PDFs published by each agency are accessible. Even the majority of agency's accessibility statements don't meet the requirements. This report is a tiny step forward, but Congress is taking notice of how ineffective Section 508 has been. We are working with our partners to find real solutions that meaningfully advance accessibility — and won't take no for an answer. Stay tuned.

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

A.) MrBeast's Blindness Video Puts Systemic Ableism on Display (9.0% of all clicks.)
At a fundamental level, MrBeast's video is inspiration porn, meant to portray abled people as the selfless heroes waging war against the diabolical villain known as disability. And it's ultimately not meant for the disabled person. It's for abled people to feel good about themselves and about disabled people striving to become more like them — more normal:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/02/10/mrbeasts-blindness-video-puts-systemic-ableism-on-display/

B.) How ChatGPT Works: The Model Behind The Bot (4.0% of all clicks.)
A brief introduction to the intuition and methodology behind the chat bot you can't stop hearing about:
https://towardsdatascience.com/how-chatgpt-works-the-models-behind-the-bot-1ce5fca96286

C.) Rihanna's Super Bowl ASL Interpreter Opens Up About Her Viral Halftime Show Performance (4.0% of all clicks.)
Justina Miles just opened up about her Super Bowl 2023 playbook for the first time since her American Sign Language interpretation of Rihanna's halftime show on February 5th 2023 went mega viral. In a candid interview with Gayle King on CBS Mornings on Friday, February 17th 2023, the performer shared details about how she prepped for game day and revealed what Ri said in a DM to her afterward:
https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/rihannas-asl-interpreter-viral-super-bowl-halftime-show-interview-1235255847/

D.) The History of Speech Synthesis And A Recording Of The First Computer Programmed To Sing | YouTube | Dennis Klatt (4.0% of all clicks.)
Fun fact, the narration was done by Kenneth Stevens, the person who invented HLSyn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy0EtGvfvMo

E.) How Innovation Sets Me Backwards | Aubrie Lee (3.9% of all clicks.)
Tech that could be enabling me is impairing me instead:
https://immerse.news/how-innovation-sets-me-backwards-91b30e0b6b95

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3) Will ChatGPT Mean Your Smart Home Can Finally Understand You? | Jennifer Pattison Tuohy | The Verge

This proof-of-concept video by Josh.ai shows how AI language models could finally make your smart home voice assistant, well, actually smart:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/2/24/23613382/chatgpt-smart-home-josh-ai-voice-assistant-demo

4) Apple Hits 'Major Milestones' In Moonshot To Bring Noninvasive Blood Glucose Monitoring To Apple Watch

Apple's efforts to bring glucose monitoring features to the Apple Watch have been reported on a few times over the years, but the company has reportedly had several major breakthroughs recently. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has hit "major milestones recently" and "now believes it could eventually bring glucose monitoring to the market:"
https://9to5mac.com/2023/02/22/apple-hits-major-milestones-in-moonshot-to-bring-noninvasive-blood-glucose-monitoring-to-apple-watch/

5) What Is Amazon Clinic?

Amazon Clinic is a virtual healthcare service launched in November of 2022 that delivers care for 20 common conditions, including hair loss, heartburn, acne, dandruff and seasonal allergies. The virtual consultation service allows customers to select their condition from a list provided, then choose a preferred provider from a list of third-party licensed clinicians, including ones from SteadyMD and HealthTap. After completing a short intake questionnaire, customers and third-party clinicians directly connect via a message-based portal within hours of the initial request. The Amazon Clinic site says no video visit or live chat is required:
https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/retail/what-is-amazon-clinic

6) A New York Teacher Invents Something to Change... Everything

For more than 25 years, Daniel Lubiner has been a special education teacher, and for some time, he taught art to blind students in the Bronx. When the pandemic hit, he was devastated about how poor the education for his students had become. Then he was shocked to learn that only 10% of kids were learning braille well before the pandemic. That's when Mr. Lubiner conceived of the BrailleDoodle:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-new-york-teacher-invents-something-to-change-everything-301754598.html

7) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposes Benefit Expansion for Mobility Devices, Advancing Health Equity for People with Disabilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a proposed National Coverage Determination (NCD) decision that would, for the first time, expand coverage for power seat elevation equipment on certain power wheelchairs to Medicare individuals. The proposed NCD is open for public comment for 30 days:
https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-proposes-benefit-expansion-mobility-devices-advancing-health-equity-people-disabilities

8) Here's How To Secure Your Twitter Account Without Paying For Blue

Twitter's taking away SMS two-factor authentication for non-paying Twitter users on March 19, 2023. Here's how to switch to another method of 2FA:
https://www.theverge.com/23606430/how-to-secure-twitter-account-2fa-without-blue

9) Software Accessibility For Users With Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) | Eva Katharina Wolf | Medium

When discussing accessibility, the first person that pops into the minds of people is probably a person in a wheelchair. Thinking about software accessibility, the next two types of disabilities might come into mind are blindness and deafness. These are three types of disabilities most people commonly think of when talking about accessibility: blindness, deaf and hard of hearing and mobility impairments. And all three of them are important when optimizing software for accessibility, but there are other ones, and in this article will dive into one that is often forgotten: cognitive disability. There are many kinds of cognitive impairments, to mention some: Dyslexia (difficulty reading), AD(H)D (Attention Deficit Disorder) or Autism Spectrum Disorder. I got my Dyslexia diagnosis as a kid, and not long ago, a lot of things in my life started to make sense with another diagnosis: I have ADHD. And while many people might not see the connection between software accessibility and neurodiversity, I can tell you: there are things we, as UX Designers, can do to make the life for neurodivergent people, like myself, a lot easier. In this article I will focus on (adult) ADHD:
https://uxdesign.cc/software-accessibility-for-users-with-attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-f32226e6037c

10) 'Tremendous Potential': Why Some Disability Advocates Laud ChatGPT | Seb Starcevic Thomson | Reuters Foundation

ChatGPT has spurred lively conversations about the role of educational technology. While some colleges and universities are cracking down on ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot, other educators believe ChatGPT could help with assisted learning:
https://www.csmonitor.com/text_edition/Technology/2023/0217/Tremendous-potential-Why-some-disability-advocates-laud-ChatGPT

11) Be My Eyes and APH ConnectCenter: An Exciting Partnership

In case you haven't heard the news, The APH ConnectCenter is excited to announce our recent partnership with Be My Eyes, the app that many adults who are blind or low vision have come to love and use for assistance from a sighted volunteer. Be My Eyes now features the APH ConnectCenter listed in the "Specialized Help" section of the app. Simply tap to browse "Specialized Help," select Blindness Organizations, and touch the "APH ConnectCenter" to be connected to an agent in seconds who can assist with questions and provide resources relating to life with low vision and blindness:
https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/be-my-eyes-and-aph-connectcenter-an-exciting-partnership/

12) JAWS Tips for Teachers #2: Convenient OCR | APH

JAWS is a foundational tool for ensuring students who are blind or low vision succeed in the classroom. Whether you're new to the screen reader program or you're a seasoned user who wants to brush up on the features you haven't used in a while, these six brief tips that will help you support your students in using JAWS more effectively:
https://bit.ly/3RbhRDl

13) Apple Watch Import Ban Gets Dangerously Close: President Biden Upholds The ITC's Alivecor Ruling

Apple's patent battle with health tech company AliveCor isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The two companies have been battling it out for years, and the pendulum has swung back and forth multiple times. Most recently, in December, the US International Trade Commission handed AliveCor a major victory, agreeing that Apple had infringed its patented technology. The ITC's ruling has now been upheld by President Biden, following the required 60-day review. This sets the stage for a potential import ban of the Apple Watch in the United States:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/02/21/apple-watch-import-ban-president-biden-approval/

14) Apple, Please Don't Take All Of The Buttons Away | Allison Johnson | The Verge

Reports are pointing to a buttonless iPhone 15 Pro with solid-state haptic buttons in their place. This is very bad and no good. Look, I know it's probably too late, but since reports have been surfacing for a while now that Apple is planning to remove the physical buttons from the iPhone 15 Pro, replacing them with solid-state "taptic" buttons. Some new, alleged renders of the iPhone 15 published by 9to5Mac seem to confirm the news: it's time to bid the physical volume rocker and power switch goodbye, at least on some upcoming models. Surely it is too late to change anyone's mind in Cupertino, but I'm going to make the case anyway. Please don't take the buttons away, Apple:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/2/18/23604808/apple-iphone-15-pro-button-rumor-haptic

15) Meta Is Launching A Paid Verification Service For Facebook and Instagram | February 19, 2023

Meta Verified is available for direct purchase on Instagram or Facebook in Australia and New Zealand starting later this week. People can purchase a monthly subscription for (USD) $11.99 on the web and (USD) $14.99 on iOS and Android:
https://about.fb.com/news/2023/02/testing-meta-verified-to-help-creators/

16) How To Start A YouTube Channel As A Blind or Disabled Person | Unsightly Opinions | YouTube

Let's chat about how to start a YouTube channel as a person with disabilities and/or blindness. Many of you wondered how to go about creating a channel and uploading content, so today I'll take you through my top tips and tricks and what the creation process looks like for me to run a channel with no vision. If you still have questions about YouTube, monetization, channel building, or anything Video or Editing leave them down below and I'll happily answer them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5uk1WTN_U0

17) Microsoft's Bill Gates Is Backing This Brain Implant Computing Company

Ever wondered what it would be like to scroll reddit just by thinking it? Well, if you have, perhaps our old pal Billy G has something in the works for you. Microsoft co-founder and prolific philanthropist Bill Gates has joined up with Amazon's Jeff Bezos according to reports to back Synchron, a company building brain implants to help further interface humans with computers. Human-computer interfacing of today revolves around external peripherals, such as touch screens, Xbox controllers, keyboards, etc. But fear not, government-mandated brain implants are not (yet) in Synchron's purview. Instead, Synchron's technology revolves around improving accessibility, for those with limited or impaired mobility:
https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft/microsoft-co-founder-bill-gates-has-backed-brain-implant-computing-company-synchron

18) Aira to Expand Leadership Team, Further Focus on State and Federal Government

Our mission is to remove visual barriers and make the world more accessible, creating pathways to even greater independence. Making visual interpreting available for all those who seek the benefit, irrespective of the individual's ability to pay, is core to Aira's belief system. As part of our 2023 strategic plan, we are expanding our leadership team by adding a new position, Vice President of Blindness Initiatives, to focus exclusively on this effort. Please visit the job posting to learn more about this position:
https://apply.workable.com/aira/j/F0A5701171/

19) State of Colorado Becomes Latest Aira Access Partner

On February 23, 2023 the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado announced the State of Colorado is now an Aira Access Partner, get the full story in this press release and this video. The State of Colorado is offering Aira's visual interpreting service for blind and low vision Coloradans. This initiative is an extension of the state's efforts to be fully welcoming and accessible to all; Coloradans will get free access for up to 30 minutes per session while navigating state locations and websites, reducing barriers to services and creating a more welcoming Colorado for all:
https://aira.io/colorado/

20) Colorado To Offer Blind Residents Free Audio Assistance

Colorado will offer blind and low-vision residents free access to visual interpretation app Aira when visiting state agencies:
https://statescoop.com/colorado-to-offer-blind-residents-free-audio-assistance/

21) Twitter Spaces No Longer Has Captions — Let's Talk About That | Liam O'Dell

In what may well be Twitter's first accessibility cock-up since Tesla founder Elon Musk took over late last year, the social media platform has decided to remove live captions from its social audio feature, Spaces — and so far they haven't given us a reason why:
https://liamodell.com/2023/02/02/twitter-spaces-captions-deaf-accessibility-what-is-elon-musk/

22) A Position Paper On Researching Braille In The Cognitive Sciences: Decentering The Sighted Norm | Cambridge University Press | PDF | 16 Pages

This article positions braille as a writing system worthy of study in its own right and on its own terms. We begin with a discussion of the role of braille in the lives of those who read and write it and a call for more attention to braille in the reading sciences. We then give an overview of the history and development of braille, focusing on its formal characteristics as a writing system, in order to acquaint sighted print readers with the basics of braille and to spark further interest among reading researchers. We then explore how print-centric assumptions and sight-centric motivations have potentially negative consequences, not only for braille users but also for the types of questions researchers think to pursue. We conclude with recommendations for conducting responsible and informed research about braille. We affirm that blindness is most equitably understood as but one of the many diverse ways humans experience the world. Researching braille literacy from an equity and diversity perspective provides positive, fruitful insights into perception and cognition, contributes to the typologically oriented work on the world's writing systems, and contributes to equity by centering the perspectives and literacy of the people who read and write braille:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/64946B5F1007FE52140E1C4C5AFB356E/S0142716423000061a.pdf/position_paper_on_researching_braille_in_the_cognitive_sciences_decentering_the_sighted_norm.pdf

23) You Say Potato, I Say Interpreting | Jenine Stanley | Aira

What's the correct way to talk about what we do at Aira? You've probably heard us use the terms visual interpreting and visual interpretation interchangeably. It can be argued that the words "interpreting" and "interpretation" mean essentially the same thing, a form of the verb "interpret" or related nouns. I beg to differ and here's why:
https://aira.io/interpreting/

24) The Compounding Value Of Investing In Digital Accessibility And Usability | Fable

Most of us know that accessibility is something we should care about or implement into our work somehow. Nobody would argue against equal access to digital products and services for people with disabilities. What is often not widely discussed or clearly articulated is the strong business case for engaging with people with disabilities in the early stages of designing and developing new products. So, it can be challenging to understand why accessibility is important for you to invest in right now. Particularly in the current economic climate. Investing in accessibility and creating usable experiences for people with disabilities in 2023 will yield returns this year, and well into the future:
https://makeitfable.com/article/roi-of-investing-in-digital-accessibility-and-usability/

25) New Lego Sets Feature Characters with a Range of Disabilities

Editor (Woodbridge): The characters include those with Down Syndrome, limb differences, anxiety, vitiligo and a dog with a wheelchair:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2023/02/24/new-lego-sets-feature-characters-with-a-range-of-disabilities/30256/

26) Roll Mobility, A New App That's A Yelp For Accessible Spaces, Launches At A Brewery That Sets The Standard

Trying to join her friends at a restaurant on a recent Friday required real effort from Allyson Mallory. First, she had to find a handicap-accessible parking space at a grocery store across the street. Then she had to maneuver her electric wheelchair across snow-covered sidewalks — or try anyway. Finding they had not been shoveled, she had to turn around, go back and find a better path. All that to get to a pizza joint designed to be wheelchair-friendly. Ordeals like that have led to the creation of a new app that offers accessibility reviews of local businesses open to the public. The app, called Roll Mobility, was designed by four people — three Coloradans and another expert based in the UK. Launching this month, it gives people in chairs information about the accessibility of different spaces before they go out:
https://www.cpr.org/2023/02/22/roll-mobility-app/

27) 5 Things I Wish Were Accessible — But Normally Aren't | Fashioneyesta AKA Emily Davis

These are some of the things that I wish were accessible as a visually impaired person that normally aren't:
https://fashioneyesta.com/5-things-i-wish-were-accessible-but-normally-arent/

28) How The Abacus, Though Low Tech, Became And Still Remains A Very Useful Tool For Those Who Are Blind Doing Math | Kevin Jones | Accessibility Insights

The abacus has had a rich history lasting over two thousand years. Ancient merchants needed a way to count things and make calculations. The Asian abaci are the most well known today, both Chinese and Japanese models still exist. The Japanese model has one row of beads with a separation bar and then four more rows of beads below. This model seems to resonate much more with Western minds than the Chinese model. The Chinese model has two rows above the separation bar and then 5 below. I still can't wrap my mind around those versions. The abacus can still be seen used to calculate prices in some Asian stores including one in Hong Kong as recent as 2013, it is still taught in a few Asian schools, and can also be a useful tool for blind students of any nationality studying math:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2023/02/20/how-the-abacus-though-low-tech-became-and-still-remains-a-very-useful-tool-for-those-who-are-blind-doing-math/

29) Accessibility Of Cochlear Implants For Older Adults

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have changed Medicare cochlear implantation candidacy requirements. These changes will allow for more coverage for individuals 65 and older to receive cochlear implants. Motivation for these changes was largely in response to a recent study that examined these requirements and their accessibility:
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/accessibility-of-cochlear-implants-for-older-adults/

30) Oi Frog! Fun Ideas To Extend The Literacy Opportunities | Paths To Literacy

Rhyming words are an engaging way for young children to enjoy the world of books and literacy! Use models of animals and objects to make it more meaningful to children with visual impairments:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/oi-frog-fun-ideas-extend-literacy-opportunities/

31) Statement: Major Decision on Libraries' Digital Rights A Step Closer on March 20, 2023

Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York has set March 20, 2023 as the date for oral arguments in four major publishers' lawsuit against the Internet Archive's digital library. The following statement can be attributed to Lia Holland (they/she), Campaigns and Communications Director at Fight for the Future:
https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2023-02-23-statement-major-decision-on-libraries-digital-rights-a-step-closer-on-march-20

32) Medical Technology Strategy: Key Takeaways For The Assistive Technology Sector | Sarah Sarsby | AT Today

On February 3, 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published its first-ever medical technology strategy. Entitled 'Medical Technology Strategy', the medical technology (medtech) strategy details the steps that need to be taken to ensure patients can access safe, effective, and innovative technology through the NHS, which can help diagnose, treat, and deliver care more quickly, freeing up clinician time:
https://attoday.co.uk/medical-technology-strategy-key-takeaways-for-the-assistive-technology-sector/

33) Understanding Blindness, Being A Better Neighbor | Video | CBS Minnesota

Lisa Larges, outreach coordinator for DEED and an expert on blindness, joined CBS Minnesota on February 19, 2023 to talk about the subject and how we can be better neighbors to those who are visually impaired:
https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/video/understanding-blindness-being-a-better-neighbor/

34) Make Your Own Puff Paint | Paths To Literacy

Make your own puff paint using these simple recipes and you can create raised lines and simple tactile graphics for children who are blind or visually impaired:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/make-your-own-puff-paint/

35) The Braille Clothing Brand Changing The Fashion Game | Newsweek

From models in reptilian masks (did you see the lime green lizard with a pierced eyebrow?!) to egg-accented bustiers, you truly see it all at New York Fashion Week. But as designer Alexa Jovanovic watched the 2023 show, she struggled to find the one thing she was looking for. "I'm always looking out to see how much disability inclusion is actually involved," Jovanovic tells Newsweek. "I was really disappointed in this year's fashion week from the disability angle:"
https://www.newsweek.com/braille-clothing-brand-changing-fashion-game-1782281

36) P&G TM Chooses D-Series for Tactile Labeling on Shampoo and Conditioner

Simple tasks can be a real challenge for those living with a visual impairment, like telling the difference between personal care products, such as bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Even for consumers with poor or reduced sight, it can be difficult to identify products while in the shower or bath — where sight aids, such as glasses, contact lenses, or magnifiers, are not typically used. P&G recognized this issue and set out to find a solution:
https://www.domino-printing.com/en-us/stories/case-study/proctor-and-gamble-chooses-d-series-for-tactile-labelling-on-shampoo-and-conditioner

37) Why Is It Called An Amazon "Kindle" eReader?

Amazon's Kindle devices have become synonymous with eReaders, and the name "Kindle" has become a household term. But why did Amazon choose the name Kindle for their eReader devices? Does it have anything to do with burning things?
https://www.howtogeek.com/870829/why-is-it-called-an-amazon-kindle-ereader/

38) Biped: The Venture Leader Mobile Providing Smart Navigation For The Blind And Visually Impaired

Biped is a smart navigation copilot for blind and visually impaired people. The smart harness is worn around the shoulders and uses self-driving technology to guide people with short sounds. It complements the use of a white cane or guide dog:
https://www.venturelab.swiss/biped-The-Venture-Leader-Mobile-providing-smart-navigation-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired

39) Online OT-Recommended Range Launches With 550 Assistive Products | AT Today UK

Daily living aids provider "Complete Care Shop" has launched a new Occupational Therapist (OT) Recommended range that is designed to meet the "highest clinical standards". The new OT Recommended range consists of 550 products that claim to offer the best functionality, ease of use, safety, and value for money. OT Recommended products are identified on the Complete Care Shop website by a green OT Recommended badge. Assistive products that feature a green OT Recommended badge include mobility aids, bedroom equipment, bathing products, and aids to daily living. Rachel Hutchinson, OT and Clinical Director at Complete Care Shop, said: "We have over 60 fully qualified Occupational Therapists (OTs) that work in the business and we have drawn on their knowledge and experience to curate a range of products that aims to enable people to live more independently every day:"
https://attoday.co.uk/online-ot-recommended-range-launches-with-550-assistive-products/

40) 3-D Printing and Materials from ActiveAccessEdu | Paths To Literacy

ActiveAccessEdu evolved from a teacher's passion for adapting materials for her students using 3-D printing and customizable designs:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/3-d-printing-and-materials-from-activeaccessedu/

41) American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Receives Major Gift From the Marilyn & Francine Gruder Trust in Support of JVIB

On February 23, 2023 The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced a major bequest in excess of $2.2M made on behalf of Marilyn and Francine Gruder, which will support the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). AFB's flagship publication of scholarly research to the field of blindness and low vision, in perpetuity:
https://www.afb.org/news-publications/press-room/press-release-archive/major-jvib-gift

42) Things We Wish Restaurants Knew About Serving Guests With Blindness | BrailleWorks

How to Reach Out in More Meaningful Ways. When we dine out, we all want the opportunity to browse the menu at our leisure whether in a group or dining alone. Many restaurants have included all of their guests by providing Braille and large print menus, in addition to their standard print menus. This allows most of the guests to have a similar dining experience and to be treated alike when ordering. However, there are a few other things that can be done to ensure all guests are provided with exceptional service; especially those who are visually impaired or blind. If you are in the restaurant service industry, we encourage you to read these tips and please share them with your colleagues:
https://brailleworks.com/7-things-serving-guests-blindness/?utm_content=236677898&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-18197430

43) Learning and Teaching the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts: A Step-by-Step Guide | Paths To Literacy

Welcome to Learning and Teaching the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts: A Step-by-Step Guide written by Tina Herzberg, Susan Osterhaus, Sara Larkin, and L. Penny Rosenblum. The book is available in print and braille using the links below. Each of the 8 chapters contains:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/learning-and-teaching-the-nemeth-code/

44) For Kai Owens, Accessibility Isn't All About Technology. Accessibility Is About Companionship Too. | Forbes

Longtime readers of this column may recall an interview I did in November 2020 with Thomas Panek, president and chief executive of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The non-profit organization, whose headquarters are in New York, specializes in pairing Blind and low vision folks with trained guide dogs. At the time, I reported on Panek's participation in Google's Project Guideline, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to assist people with vision loss in navigating streets. The project's name is derived from the markings painted on roads, known as guidelines. Google's tech was put to the ultimate test when it helped Panek, an avid runner, run a 5K marathon through NYC's Central Park. Over two years later, Panek's company returns here. This time, for Kai Owens:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/02/24/for-kai-owens-accessibility-isnt-all-about-technology-accessibility-is-about-companionship-too/?sh=51790c517f78


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February 27, 2023 to March 2, 2023 | Apply By January 23, 2023 | Accessible Customer-Centered Communications Workshop | NSITE & Baker Communications, Inc. In Partnership

NSITE, the first organization to provide a continuum of employment services for individuals who are blind or face vision loss, has partnered with one of the leading sales training providers, Baker Communications Inc. (BCI), to offer a virtual instructor-led delivery of their Customer-Centered Communications workshop. This highly engaging and participatory accessible workshop, delivered over four consecutive days (four hours per session), covers a comprehensive six-part system of organized customer communications and selling. After the program, participants will be able to build greater trust with customers, deliver specific customer outcomes effectively, and achieve world-class customer service and sales performance. All NSITE programs are adapted for the learning styles of blind and low-vision learners. Therefore, qualified applicants who are blind or have low vision receive enrollment preference in case classes fill up. Program runs February 27 to March 2, 2023. Apply by January 23, 2023:
https://bit.ly/NSITE-CCC

February 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

March 6, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 6: Daily Living Activities | APH

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/

March 7, 2023 | iBUG Today 12-Week Mac Course Begins

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT on 3/8
We are pleased to announce that iBUG Today will be offering a 12-week Mac course beginning Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Sessions take place every Tuesday evening on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:15 PM Central Time. There is also a review session every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time. The course requirements and topics are listed below. 1. Participate in all classes with no more than one absence. 2. Attend at least half of all study sessions. 3. Complete homework assignments, which include reading, Mac practice, and providing oral answers to some of the focus questions from each lesson. 4. Attend the monthly iBUG Mac-N-Talk conference call. Three are included in this course. 5. Must be able to follow classroom instruction consisting of lecture and live demonstrations. 6. All course sessions are conducted in a group format; one-on-one training will not be provided. 7. Basic knowledge of Windows, iOS, and/or other operating systems may be useful as a reference point but is not required. 8. The course will be most beneficial for students who have Macs newer than 2017 that are compatible with macOS 13 Ventura. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom remote conferencing, a free application available for both computer and phone that may be found at http://zoom.us and in the iOS and Android app stores. Lecture recordings will be made available to review class material between sessions. The recorded sessions may also be posted to the iBUG Today website and social media for use by interested individuals who are not otherwise able to take the course. Please do not sign up if you are uncomfortable being recorded. During the class, you will be part of an email list for the receiving of announcements and discussion of course material. If you are interested in enrolling, please complete the course application at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-bXX_38CWIS7sUY0nC_7IDAqUfAXKb9LG4jt4ihQd6lPT1A/viewform?usp=sf_link

March 7, 2023 | JAWS Inspect Hands-on Series: Five Screen Reader Accessibility Tests You Should Always Do

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
By Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training, and Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. In this practical, hands-on session, we will show you five screen reader checks everyone should be doing on their websites and applications. Thanks to TPGi's screen reader testing tool, the tests require little knowledge of accessibility. JAWS Inspect makes screen reader compatibility testing easy regardless of your role in your organization. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-7-at-12pm-et-jaws-inspect-hands-on-series-five-screen-reader-accessibility-tests-you-should-always-do/

March 8, 2023 | Ability Summit | Microsoft

Ability Summit is a free digital event on March 8, 2023. Discover new accessible technology, learn from leaders with disabilities, and explore how accessibility empowers everyone within an organization, your community, and so much more. During the event, there will be opportunities to learn how everyone can imagine new technologies, leveraging Artificial Intelligence, Assistive Technology, and Inclusive Design to invent the future of inclusion; include people with disabilities and allies in a more inclusive workplace and society; and build technology to empower every person to achieve more:
https://abilitysummit.eventcore.com/home

March 8, 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed "Special Education Boss". The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they "received" their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 8, 2023 | Talking #Access with Filmmakers | LinkedIn | Nefertiti Matos Olivares

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 3/9
An exciting opportunity for #filmmakers and #AudioDescription users alike:
https://www.linkedin.com/events/talking-accesswithfilmmakers7032514229429501953/comments/

March 9, 2023 | Getting Onboard: Accessibility and Inclusion in Transportation | GoodMaps

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
From public transit to high-speed rail, to airports and city transportation hubs, enhancing the traveler experience for those with disabilities must include measures to improve accessibility and inclusivity — steps that can in fact improve the journey for all. Beyond necessary ADA compliance infrastructure, technology and innovation for modern transportation can not only improve the practical accessibility of stations and airports for the vision, hearing, or mobility impaired, but it can also make the path from entrance to destination more comfortable, stress free, convenient, and enjoyable for everyone. It's not just about providing an enhanced customer experience — it's about providing an inclusive one, too. In this informative webinar, you'll hear from experts in customer experience for transportation, including those with first-hand experience with Goodmaps accessible mapping and wayfinding technology. Goodmaps utilizes modern innovation including lidar, camera-based positioning (CPS), and geo-referenced images to provide secure, accessible, point-to-point indoor and outdoor wayfinding with unmatched accuracy:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3116764686974/WN_Uunzbq9KQBihPLdYBCLCKQ

March 9, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Color Contrast | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC Platform) empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding of accessibility over time. The "Understand, Test, and Solve" webinar series addresses fundamental concepts in accessibility. The next topic of our webinar series will cover color contrast testing and the set of WCAG Success Criteria, which address the use of color in a website. Color contrast testing involves a blend of manual and automated tools. We'll evaluate these methods and specifically discuss ARC Toolkit, Color Contrast Analyser, and the browser's built-in Developer Tools. We'll review the basics of color contrast testing and address three color contrast issues using our three-step method: Understand, Test, and Solve. This session is 30 minutes long with 30 minutes dedicated to Q&A. Register for the webinar:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-9-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-color-contrast/

March 10, 2023 | ACB Currency Rally In Front Of The White House

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30 PM GMT
Join the American Council of the Blind (ACB) at 1:30pm ET on March 10th — Harriet Tubman Day. We're coming together for a rally in front of the White House with one clear demand: we need accessible and inclusive currency now! RSVP for ACB's Currency Rally and join us in Washington, DC:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACBRally

March 11, 2023 | Using Garage Band App to Create a Song | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

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

March 13, 2023 through March 17, 2023 | 2023 38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

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/

March 15, 2023 and March 16, 2023 | 2023 3rd Annual Axe-Con | Building Accessible Experiences | The World's Largest Digital Accessibility Conference

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/

March 17, 2023 | On My Terms: Working With Visual Assistance Apps | Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 8PM GMT
What could someone do if they had visual assistance whenever they needed it, not just when it was convenient for someone else? Banking, shopping, traveling, cooking, setting a thermostat, getting knowledgeable help with the computer — a whole range of aging-in-place tasks can be done with assistance from a smartphone app. Join Aira's Jenine Stanley and Be My Eyes' Hans Wiberg to learn more about visual interpreting and specialized help through their apps. Find out how visual assistance fits into the tools to access the world as someone who is blind or low vision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcOytrTwrG9eXb-eE_kJSY1RM4_8amlEU

March 21, 2023 | Small Changes for Big Impact: Creating Accessible Word Documents | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Microsoft Word has features that help you create documents that are accessible to people with disabilities. By using these features, you can help readers receive your message clearly. If you don't, your message might not get through to your readers — with or without disabilities. In this session, we'll discuss: Using Word's built-in Accessibility Checker to help identify issues. Common accessibility issues and how to prevent or address them. Accessibility considerations that may benefit all users and not just users with disabilities. Word documents intended for conversion to PDF and more. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-21-at-12pm-et-small-changes-for-big-impact-creating-accessible-word-documents/

March 21, 2023 and March 22, 2023 | Multiple Perspectives 2023 | Americans With Disabilities Act Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference | Ohio State University

"It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design." -Leslie Kanes Weisman. As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State University's mission is outreach and engagement, serving the community through a variety of activities. During the tenth anniversary year of the Americans With Disabilities Act the Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion And Disability conference was created to help fulfill this mission. In short, the goal of the conference is to encourage the kind of change suggested by Leslie Kanes Weisman in the opening quote. It is hoped that the annual conference will serve as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with our partners in education, business, public, and social service. Each year a series of workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration. The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants. Register:
https://ada.osu.edu/ada-conference

March 22, 2023 | Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights: New Webinar Series with Karen Mayer Cunningham | APH FamilyConnect

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT on 1/26
This fall, we were pleased to partner with Karen Mayer Cunningham to present two webinar series. Navigating and Negotiating Successful IEP and 504 Outcomes and Ask the Advocate provided information to parents, professionals, and school-based members. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the IEP and 504 processes as well as the opportunity to ask specific questions about their child's IEPs. These two series have been highly attended, and we have received requests for more content from Karen Mayer Cunningham, the self-proclaimed "Special Education Boss". The positive feedback and need for more content to support parents and professionals leads to the next series of webinars. We are excited to offer the next series to continue to support parents and professionals. Procedural Safeguards: Procedural Safeguards are handed out, and many don't have a full understanding of the document. Procedural Safeguards and Rights are in place for parents and individuals with a disability between the ages of 3 to 22. Unfortunately, most parents are only asked by school-based members if they "received" their copy of the procedural rights, and would they please sign in receipt of them. While that checks a box for the school, it in no way equips the families with a knowledge of their rights and protection, nor indicates the school's legal obligation. This series will identify your rights and the difference between procedural and substantive requirements. Join the APH ConnectCenter and Karen Mayer Cunningham as we dive into Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Learn more: We hope you will join the 6-part webinar series to further your knowledge and understanding of the Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights. Join us at 7:00 pm EST on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22. Register here:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-blog/procedural-safeguards-and-parental-rights-new-webinar-series-with-karen-mayer-cunningham/

March 28, 2023 | VPAT ® 101: Introduction to the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Presenter: Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training. A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a great way to document your product's accessibility, but many companies are unaware of their existence and how to use them. Join Brian Elton, Practice Manager, Training from TPGi for answers to questions such as: What information is contained in a VPAT? Is a VPAT just for websites? Is every organization required to have one? How can a company secure a VPAT? Is it better to create it in-house or get a third party involved? TPGi's webinar will answer those questions and more, and explain how your organization can benefit from a VPAT. Register for the webinar:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-march-28-at-12pm-et-vpat-101-introduction-to-the-voluntary-product-accessibility-template/

March 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

April 5, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 7: Music | APH

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/

April 8, 2023 | How To Upgrade To Windows 11 | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

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

April 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

May 3, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 8: STEM | APH

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/

May 9, 2023 through May 12, 2023 | John Slatin AccessU 2023 | Knowbility

Join us virtually or in Austin, TX. John Slatin AccessU is an annual conference where tech professionals, content creators, policymakers, and advocates come together for deep learning in accessible digital design:
https://knowbility.org/programs/john-slatin-accessu-2023

May 13, 2023 | Travel Tools and Apps | Technology User Group | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD)

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

May 16, 2023 through May 18, 2023 | Virtua11y Web Accessibility Conference 2023 | Nomensa

Nomensa's free, virtual web accessibility and digital inclusion conference:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtua11y-web-accessibility-conference-2023-tickets-505953880677

May 18, 2023 | Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Help us celebrate the 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments:
https://accessibility.day/

June 2, 2023 | ATHEN Sixth Annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT
We would love for you to share your accessibility knowledge during our sixth annual Accessibility Summer Camp 2023! As in former years, this virtual conference is FREE for all attendees. This year's ASC event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 8:00-4:00 CST. As a conference participant you will be able to attend sessions and engage in valuable networking with like-minded professionals. We are soliciting presentations from all experience levels and backgrounds, so please visit the ASC Conference Home Page for more information and to submit a proposal. The session proposal deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023. What is Accessibility Summer Camp (ASC)? The Accessibility Summer Camp is a FREE annual conference with the goal of connecting professionals and educators with best practices in accessibility and Universal Design. Over the past few years, the ASC conference has grown to become one of the most popular accessibility conferences in the country. Our mission is to provide accessibility professional development that empowers attendees to create high quality, accessible learning environments while removing barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn:
https://www.accessibilityict.org/

May 23, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

June 7, 2023 | Lego Braille Bricks Live Session 9: Orientation & Mobility | APH

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/

June 27, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

July 25, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

August 22, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

September 21, 2023 | Inclusive Design 24

Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) is a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between:
https://inclusivedesign24.org/2023/

September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

October 24, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 | Accessing Higher Ground | Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado:
https://accessinghigherground.org/

November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out

December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 1AM GMT Next Day
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out


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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?

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About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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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:
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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.
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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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Access Information News is the world's leading not-for-profit access information news publication that reaches over 13,000 access professionals, educators and enthusiasts, all over the world, each week.

Access Information refers to informational topics that directly affect the lives of people with disabilities. Access Information includes any and all information related to bettering the lives of people who are blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, neurodivergent and/or disabled.

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Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

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In addition to serving as Publisher for Access Information News Aaron also serves as Publisher for the Top Tech Tidbits Publication and is also the President and Senior Project Management Professional for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

As Publisher Aaron oversees the weekly distribution of Access Information News on behalf of Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Aaron also serves as a Volunteer Editorial Contributor to Access Information News.

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Editorial Contributor #1: John Hanlin (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Boulder, Colorado

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In addition to serving as an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News, John also serves as an Editorial Contributor to the Top Tech Tidbits Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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In addition to serving as an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News, Jenna also serves as an Editorial Contributor to the Top Tech Tidbits Publication and runs her own advocacy foundation.

Jenna also serves as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

Jenna's son was born blind and she is always seeking new and innovative ways to empower him through technology.

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Editorial Contributor #3: David Woodbridge (Volunteer)


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Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: February 6th 2023

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST/AEDT) (GMT+10)

In addition to serving as an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News, David is also the National Commercial Assistive Technology Advisor for Vision Australia where he has worked since 1990. Over this time he has assisted people who are blind or vision impaired in their home, education, and work settings to take advantage of the benefits of using assistive and main stream technology.

In the last seventeen years, he has also been involved with evaluating technology for use by people who are blind or vision impaired covering both low and high tech equipment (including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple). David is also one of the key spokespersons for Vision Australia relating to technology.

He has been an Apple Ambassador for Apple Australia since 2009 with a group of other Ambassadors / Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE)'s covering the range of Apple's Accessibility solutions throughout Australia.

David produces a range of podcasts (since 2011) covering Apple and other technologies which are distributed on his own podcast (http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com). In addition, he also has a regular Talking Tech program (since 2013) which can be heard every Tuesday at 4:30 Eastern Summer Time on Vision Australia Radio Melbourne (available online) or via https://omny.fm/shows/talking-tech-vision-australia-radio

David also runs a weekly Tech Monday where people can chat about assistive and main stream technology, share information, and any tips and tricks.

David lost his sight when he was 8 years old and had to learn Braille. Since then, he completed high school, went to Sydney University receiving a Social Work degree, spent 4 years drug and alcohol counselling, and then moved into his current job.

As a person who is blind, David believes that as a user of the technology that he recommends to others, that he is well situated to look at the strengths and shortcomings of the assistive technology that he comes across in both his professional and personal life, in particular, mainstream technology that is accessible.

Twitter: @dwoodbridge
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iSee Podcast: https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com
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In addition to his weekly contributions to Access Information News, David's regularly occurring activities are his weekly tech radio show, bi-monthly exploring tech webinars for Vision Australia, his iSee podcast when something of note grabs his attention, and the weekly Tech Monday chat sessions.

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