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Access Information News for Monday, April 10, 2023 - Volume 905

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

A.) Your Speech May Reveal Early Signs of Alzheimer's | Wired: Subscription Required (7.7% of all clicks.)
Startup Accexible says the way you talk can indicate preclinical Alzheimer's or other underlying health conditions. Accexible works at the intersection of neuroscience, linguistics, and mathematics,. The app is accessible via computer, app, or through a phone call, and assesses the linguistic content of someone's speech, as well as how they're speaking, to identify changes that may indicate an underlying problem. Aguirre promises 90 percent accuracy and results in just a few minutes. The idea is that general practitioners can use the app as a screening test while neurologists can use it to monitor how their patients are progressing over time:
https://www.wired.com/story/wired-health-accexible-speech-biomarkers-alzheimers/

B.) In Tennessee A Dog Walks Itself Home After Visually Impaired Owner Killed In Hit-And-Run, Police Say (7.5% of all clicks.)
A Tennessee dog walked itself home after its visually impaired owner was struck and killed by a pickup truck on their morning walk, police said. The incident happened in Nashville's Madison neighborhood on March 22, 2023 at around 6:30 a.m. ET. A 50-year-old woman with vision impairment was walking her dog across a bridge on Rio Vista Drive when she was hit, according to the Nashville Police Department. Police found the dog unharmed and sitting at its owner's front door:
https://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-walks-home-after-visually-impaired-owner-killed/story?id=98094501

C.) 'When Does This Milk Expire?': Chat GPT-4 Is Now Helping Blind People Navigate Everyday Tasks | Fast Company (6.8% of all clicks.)
Lucy Edwards, 27, is legally blind. She lives an independent life in Birmingham, England, with her two guide dogs and her sighted fiancé. But when he's not around, there are things she needs help with — often "rudimentary questions" to assist her with everyday tasks. It could be something as mundane as distinguishing between two cans of beans, so that she doesn't end up putting baked beans in her chili for dinner:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90872674/when-does-this-milk-expire-chat-gpt-4-is-now-helping-blind-people-navigate-everyday-tasks

D.) Austin Jailer Breaks Elderly Deaf Woman's Arm After Misunderstanding at Airport (5.0% of all clicks.)
Karen McGee, a deaf, 71-year-old Florida resident, is considering a lawsuit against the city of Austin after what was supposed to be a three-hour layover at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport turned into an arrest, a weekend in the Travis County Jail, and an arm broken by a jailer and left untreated for three days:
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2023-03-24/austin-jailer-breaks-elderly-deaf-womans-arm-after-misunderstanding-at-airport/

E.) An Accessible Air Fryer for The Blind & DeafBlind | Inclusive Ability Initiative, LLC (4.5% of all clicks.)
A deafblind user reviews an accessible Air Fryer along with steps on making homemade French Fries:
https://iabilityi.com/adaptivetechnology/accessible-air-fryer-for-blind-deafblind/

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3) Access Information News Welcomes New Sponsor: Total Tech Solutions, LLC

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to Total Tech Solutions, LLC, who has so very graciously agreed to support the distribution of the Access Information News publication via sponsorship. We're incredibly happy to have them on board. Total Tech Solutions is your one-stop shop for all of your assistive technology needs. Their team of experts is here to provide you with products and services that can enhance your daily life, such as the I Can Connect, Blind Shell II Phones, and the new ARX Vision headset. Their founder, Shawn Keen, and his experienced staff, have over 100 years of combined experience in teaching assistive technology, and are committed to providing you with the best possible service, while ensuring that you receive the assistance you need to lead a more independent life. Learn more today at:
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4) What Will AI Mean For The Popular App Be My Eyes? | NPR

Publisher (Di Blasi): This article features the work of not one, but two former Top Tech Tidbits Sponsors, and we're all incredibly excited about what they're doing right now.
NPR: Brian Fischler is blind. He can tell whether it's light or dark outside, but that's about it. "I grew up sighted like everybody, and I was diagnosed at 13 with retinitis pigmentosa," Fischler says. "And for me, the lights went out about 2009." Fischler, a New York-based standup comedian and podcaster, has used the app Be My Eyes since it first came out eight years ago. It relies on sighted volunteers to do tasks like describe holiday cards sent in the mail, or tell you whether that can in your cupboard is coconut milk or chicken soup:
https://www.npr.org/2023/04/03/1167683206/why-be-my-eyes-is-a-very-popular-app-for-the-blind-or-visually-impaired

5) Kansas Business Interests Eager To Expand Statutory Shield Against 'Abusive' ADA Lawsuits

Lindsborg retail businessman Corey Peterson says he started receiving emails last year from New York law firms interested in representing him in a lawsuit brought by a sight-impaired person asserting the store's website violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Peterson, who has operated the family's Scandinavian gift store known as Hemslojd for more than a decade, said his initial reaction was to consider it a scam. He said the store's website had been overhauled in 2019 and the consultant who worked on the project didn't raise ADA issues. Then, he said, he was served documents related to a lawsuit on January 10, 2023:
https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/kansas-business-interests-eager-expand-statutory-shield-against-abusive-ada-lawsuits

6) During Disability Awareness Month, Senator Markey And Representative Porter Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Discrimination In Jury Service Based On Disability And Age | ed Markey | United States Senator For Massachusetts | March 30, 2023

Publisher (Di Blasi): One of our founding sponsors, Douglas George Towne, CEO and Chair of Access Ready, Inc., has been quoted directly within this article. We continue to appreciate the good work done by all of the folks over at Access Ready, Inc.
Senator Markey: During Disability Awareness Month, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Representative Katie Porter (CA-47) introduced the Disability and Age in Jury Service Nondiscrimination Act to prohibit excluding a person from federal jury service based on disability or age. The bill expands on legislation introduced by Senator Markey and Representative Porter last Congress by adding protections for potential jurors based on age, to safeguard against ageism in jury selection. Currently, federal law prohibits excluding a person from federal jury service on account of "race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status." Disability and age are not included, which allows for discrimination against seniors and people with disabilities:
https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/during-disability-awareness-month-sen-markey-and-rep-porter-introduce-legislation-to-prohibit-discrimination-in-jury-service-based-on-disability-and-age

7) The Internet Archive's Literary Civil War | Wired: Subscription Required

The beloved online athenaeum just lost a big court case. Librarians fear it'll make eBooks less accessible. So why are some writers cheering?
https://www.wired.com/story/internet-archive-copyright-library/

8) Can ChatGPT Make The World More Accessible? | Benjamin Roussey | Accessibility.com

Publisher (Di Blasi): I think anyone reading this newsletter already knows the answer to this question. What readers want to know now is, how? So here are some ways that ChatGPT is doing so right now, along with some future predictions.
Benjamin Roussey: While some people worry that the mass adoption of ChatGPT might take away jobs or make it easier for people to cheat and plagiarize, it has generated a great deal of hope and excitement across the world. It's possible that ChatGPT can further level the playing field for people with disabilities and help them overcome barriers they face in their daily lives, like many other technological innovations in the past:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/can-chatgpt-make-the-world-more-accessible

9) Will Future AI Systems be Legally Liable? | March 31, 2023 | Avi Loeb | Medium: Subscription Required

Preliminary hints of new legal challenges concerning artificial intelligence (AI) are emerging from software malfunctions in accidents of self-driving cars and concerns about the violation of intellectual property rights for authors of texts on which ChatGPT was trained. I was inspired to consider the legal ramifications of AI in the immediate future after a WORLD.MINDS forum this morning in which these issues were raised in a conversation with the distinguished lawyer, John B. Quinn:
https://avi-loeb.medium.com/will-future-ai-systems-be-legally-liable-8ac4339da547

10) "They Felt A Blind Man Could Not Teach" — Visually Impaired Man Narrates How He Was Stereotyped | April 1, 2023 | TVC News | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxqatgCZ8zk

11) Chat Accessibility: Pros and Cons | Kami Funk | Accessibility.com

With the advent of the Internet came a new method of communication between customers and companies: the chat feature. Whether with AI, human employees, or a combination, most sites and apps now have a chat feature to get started when contacting customer service. It's become common practice and is very accessible to some users, especially users who are Deaf or have hearing disabilities. The chat feature allows users to type out their requests instead of making a phone call, which can be difficult for people with hearing loss. It gives great service and is often highlighted on the home page rather than buried within the contact pages. So what are the pros and cons of the chat feature when it comes to accessibility?
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/chat-accessibility-pros-and-cons

12) Do You Struggle To Open Blister Packs? | Makers Making Change

Publisher (Di Blasi): Yes I do. So much so that there are certain medications that I simply would not be able to take if I did not have someone else to open them for me. I've always thought this was an absolutely incredulous limitation for certain medications. Until now. Just a note that it looks like you cannot buy this directly yet, sigh, you have to ask someone to 3D print one for you. Can you say, opportunity?
Makers Making Change: The Blister Pack Opener is designed to help users, including those with arthritis or limited hand strength, open blister packs of pills with ease. To use, place the blister pack so the flat side is over the hole, and the pill is facing the pin. Squeeze the handle so that the pill is popped out of the blister pack so that the pill pops out into the tube in the handle. Cost: Less than $1. 3D Printing Time Required: 3h 11min:
https://makersmakingchange.com/project/blister-pack-opener/

13) Chicago In Violation Of ADA, Denying Visually Impaired People Accessible Crosswalks: Federal Judge | ABC7 News

On March 31, 2023 a federal judge ruled that the City of Chicago is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to a lawsuit filed in 2021, the city allegedly failed to install pedestrian signals that are specially designed to aid the blind or visually impaired. A DOJ statement reiterates that the city only installed accessible crossing signals at "a minuscule portion of the whole." According to the assistant attorney general, the DOJ is committed to finding a remedy that addresses the discrimination against blind people in Chicago:
https://abc7chicago.com/city-of-chicago-ada-compliance-lawsuit/13095500/

14) Dog Owners Invited To Get Involved In Guide Dogs TikTok Challenge

Guide Dogs Australia has launched its first ever TikTok challenge, to see if regular pet dogs can complete some of the basic skills guide dogs learn during their training. The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness and educate people in a fun and engaging way about the specialist training program guide dogs undertake. The challenge will run in the lead-up to International Guide Dog Day (26 April) and will consist of five different tasks, plus a bonus playful task at the end. To take part in the challenge, all dog owners have to do is head to the Guide Dogs Australia TikTok (or Instagram) page and 'stitch' each challenge video with their own furry friend. The challenge has been designed to feature basic tasks that guide dogs-in-training are taught but is not an exhaustive list of everything they must learn to become a qualified guide dog:
https://www.vetpracticemag.com.au/dog-owners-called-invited-to-get-involved-in-guide-dogs-tiktok-challenge/

15) 10 Habits To Create Accessible Content | Clint Covington | Microsoft Accessibility Blog

Newsletters, presentations, online classes, meetings, workshops, and more forms of digital communication and information sharing have soared in use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift to digital work has allowed business continuity during this difficult time while we share even more information electronically. One of our key learnings has been the importance of accessible digital materials. Over 70% of disabilities are invisible. You may not know if someone in your distribution list or team has a disability. When you build and share accessible content, you empower people with disabilities at home, work and school, especially virtual school. As a father of a kindergartener, I see firsthand the challenges remote learning introduces to families. For those with disabilities, both students and parents, there is an additional layer, as every piece of content needs to be accessible:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/10-habits-to-create-accessible-content/

16) How Design is Governance | Amber Case | Medium: Subscription Required

Publisher (Di Blasi): Standing just outside of accessibility in general, this article takes an incredibly compelling look at design, as governance, something that the access community has known to be true for a very, very long time.
Amber Case: At a fundamental level, all design is governance. We encounter inconveniences every day, both offline and in the apps we use. But it's not enough to say it's the result of bad design. It's also a result of governance decisions made on behalf of the customers during the design process:
https://uxdesign.cc/how-design-is-governance-7c8dd466d753

17) 5 Things I Wish I Understood As A Disabled Youth | Andrew Pulrang | Forbes: Subscription Required

The recent death of American disability activist Judy Heumann and dedication of a memorial statue for Australian disabled comedian, advocate, and journalist Stella Young, have me thinking about the lifespans and unique learning experiences of people with disabilities, and what disabled adults would want to tell our younger selves if we could. Both Heumann and Young were disabled women, pioneers of disability rights and culture, and role models for disabled people around the world. Stella Young's death in 2014 was one of the first times in my life as a disabled person that I thought deeply about what I would say to my disabled teenage self. And Heumann's passing in March 2023 raised those questions for me again:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2023/03/31/5-things-i-wish-i-understood-as-a-disabled-youth/?sh=3a5fef34cfaa

18) Establishing Metrics For Accessibility ROI | Karl Groves

This post is a follow-up to my prior article titled "Understanding the cost of not being accessible". If you haven't read that one, then this one will make a lot less sense, so please check that one out first. At the conclusion of the previous post, it is logical to determine that we've now come full circle on the idea that the best way to avoid spending money on accessibility is to avoid accessibility problems in the first place. This is true but, as before, that's only an ideal-state situation where you have perfect processes, people, and tooling, and are working on a brand new product. In reality, nobody has when they first start their accessibility program or when their program is still immature:
https://karlgroves.com/establishing-metrics-for-accessibility-roi/

19) CDC Issues Update On Recalled Eyedrops Causing Death, Blindness

The CDC and FDA are recommending that clinicians and patients stop using EzriCare or Delsam Pharma's Artificial Tears products. The eyedrops have been linked to a multistate outbreak of an extensively drug-resistant strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The CDC has identified 68 patients in 16 states with Pseudomonas aeruginosa with Verona integron-mediated metallo-β-lactamase and Guiana extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (VIM-GES-CRPA). There have been reports of 3 patient deaths, 8 patients with vision loss, and 4 patients requiring enucleation:
https://ophthalmology360.com/dry-eye/cdc-issues-update-on-recalled-eyedrops-causing-death-blindness/

20) Post, A Publisher-Focused Twitter Alternative, Launches To Public | TechCrunch

Post, a Twitter alternative of sorts that's rethinking how publishers should engage with social media — and how they should monetize their readership — has opened its doors to the public. The startup, like others in this space, gained ground in the wake of Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter as many began to look for a new place to read and discuss the news or share their own thoughts with their followers. But Post doesn't want to be just another Twitter clone. Instead, its aim is to develop a platform where publishers can generate revenue from micropayments — that is, where users pay some small amount of money to read individual news items:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/04/03/post-a-twitter-alternative-that-pays-publishers-via-microtransactions-launches-public-beta/

21) Ohio To Refund Some Disabled Veterans License Plate Fees After Army Vet Sues | The Columbus Dispatch

About 2,000 disabled veterans will get refunds for "erroneous" license plate charges, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles:
https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/politics/2023/03/30/ohio-bmv-to-refund-improperly-charged-fees-for-disabled-veteran-plates/70065726007/

22) The ADA Needs An Update For The Digital Era, But Some States Are Ahead Of The Curve

As Congress weighs revising federal accessibility rules for digital services, a few states are already working on it:
https://statescoop.com/digital-accessibility-mandates-state-government/

23) Collaboration Tools Help And Hinder Workplace Accessibility | Katherine Finnell | TechTarget

Cloud-based collaboration tools have improved workplace accessibility for people with disabilities. But IT leaders must examine where collaboration tools still fall short:
https://www.techtarget.com/searchunifiedcommunications/feature/Collaboration-tools-help-and-hinder-workplace-accessibility

24) The Social Model Of Disability | People With Disability Australia

People with disability aren't the problem — we're the solution. There have been many models used to understand disability over time. Here at PWDA, we use the Social Model of Disability to inform how we work to advance and protect the rights, health and wellbeing of people with disability. According to the social model, 'disability' is socially constructed. The social model of disability contrasts with what is called the medical model of disability. According to the medical model, 'disability' is a health condition dealt with by medical professionals. People with disability are thought to be different to 'what is normal' or abnormal. 'Disability' is seen 'to be a problem of the individual. From the medical model, a person with disability is in need of being fixed or cured. From this point of view, disability is a tragedy and people with disability are to be pitied. The medical model of disability is all about what a person cannot do and cannot be:
https://pwd.org.au/resources/models-of-disability/

25) Why I Advocate For Disability To Be Fun, Fly & Sexy — Just Like Me | Lauren "Lolo" Spencer

Model, actress, author and disability advocate Lauren “Lolo” Spencer reflects on the personal triumphs — and challenges — of living, working, and dating with a disability and why she's always going to push for joyful depictions of Black women with disabilities:
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2023/04/11337596/lauren-lolo-spencer-dating-with-disability

26) Recording | Inclusive Innovations | The Future of Accessible Work | March 24, 2023 | YouTube

Presentation by Karthik Kannan held at Inclusive Innovations 2023. An event about the future of accessible work, co-hosted with Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYUOE5nMXN4

27) Over 100,000 Audio Books Coming to TuneIn Premium | David Goldfield | Tech-VI List

Several years ago TuneIn Premium members were able to access a large selection of audio books and I subscribed to the service just for this benefit. When TuneIn announced that they would no longer be offering audio books starting January of 2018 I canceled my subscription. Today I received an email from TuneIn with the subject “Over 100,000 Audiobooks at Our Lowest Price Ever” The email announced that they would once again be offering audio books. From the email:
https://groups.io/g/tech-vi/message/3774

28) Updated EEOC Resource Explains ADA Requirements for Workers with Hearing | YouTube

An updated resource document from the EEOC describes ADA requirements for individuals with hearing disabilities in the workplace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGVmImhj5KI

29) California's Unruh Act and Accessibility | Nick Awad | Accessibility.com

2022 saw a stark increase in digital accessibility lawsuits filed in the United States. As per our year-end report, the most litigious state in the nation was New York. The increase in lawsuits in the Empire State can be best attributed to a high concentration of law firms willing to take on ADA cases. In other words, since there are more lawyers, there will naturally be more lawsuits. Trailing right behind New York, was the state of California. Although California also has a high volume of firms, this alone doesn't paint the whole picture of its lawsuit increase. What has helped California lead ADA suits is local legislation — specifically, the Unruh Act. The Unruh act has, over the years, played a central role in several California civil rights cases, including those related to accessibility and the ADA. In this piece, we will provide an in-depth explanation of the Unruh Act — from its history to its logistics — and how it applies to ADA cases in California:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/californias-unruh-act-and-accessibility

30) Hidden Between Bookshelves, Braille Tells A Story | The Daily Princetonian

Boldly declaring the name of every Princeton entryway in bumpy, domino-esque letters, braille goes largely unnoticed. These dots have no meaning to the untrained eye, or hand for that matter. For all we know, a classroom plaque in Frick Atrium written in braille could have stereochemical results or may simply state "Free tacos:"
https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2023/03/princeton-braille-books-firestone-library-accessibility-blind

31) Wisconsin's Disabled Voters Face Barriers Amid 'Massive Confusion' | The Guardian

Disabled voters push for better protection voting absentee and with assistance after temporary ban that disenfranchised some:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/28/wisconsin-absentee-ballots-disabled-voters

32) Voters With Disabilities Often Overlooked In Voting Battles | AP News

Patti Chang walked into her polling place in Chicago earlier this year, anxious about how poll workers would treat her, especially as a voter who is blind. Even though she was accompanied by her husband, she said she was ignored until a poll worker grabbed her cane and pulled her toward a voting booth. Like many voters with disabilities, Chang faces barriers at the polls most voters never even consider — missing ramps or door knobs, for example. The lack of help or empathy from some poll workers just adds to the burden for people with disabilities:
https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-elections-disabled-voters-ada-chicago-990141816396ebba59d9b13f3c7c7b59

33) What Is Visual Independence And How Can You Help Provide That For Your Clients? | Braille Works

It can be hard to know what you are required to provide. So, we are here to help. According to the ADA's Effective Communication Guide, anything in regular print must also be available in an accessible format. This includes but is not limited to billing statements, change notices, medical records, financial statements, insurance documents, mortgage statements, rental invoices, and more. Think of it this way, any documents you deem necessary in your daily independence are likely important for a person with a visual disability:
https://brailleworks.com/what-is-visual-independence/

34) Dash: A Robot That Will Help Blind Children Chat With Sighted Friends | Eurasia Review

A new accessibility-focused robot under development will allow children of mixed visual abilities to have a balanced conversation where everyone participates equally. Researchers at the Interactive Technologies Institute have recently released a study on using a robot to mediate group discussions between children with mixed-visual abilities. The team presented the study during the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction held this March in Stockholm:
https://www.eurasiareview.com/03042023-dash-a-robot-that-will-help-blind-children-chat-with-sighted-friends/

35) 3Play Media and Brightcove Partner on Video Accessibility | Rebecca Klein | 3PlayMedia

The partnership enables Brightcove customers to request video captioning and other services from within the Brightcove platform:
https://www.3playmedia.com/blog/3play-media-and-brightcove-partner-on-video-accessibility/

36) Many Parents Don't Talk To Their Kids About Disability 'In Fear Of Getting It Wrong.' Here's How To Start The Conversation | April 3, 2023 | Jamie Davis Smith | Yahoo!life

These conversations can also help demystify disability for naturally curious children:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-disability-130920241.html

37) Queensland Australia Researchers To Study Brain Activity Of Patients With Epilepsy — Hope To Detect Seizures With Smart Watches

It is hoped a new Queensland study will help people living with epilepsy better anticipate seizures. Neurologists, biologists and engineers from Mater Research and the University of Queensland will examine whether purpose-built smart watches can help patients assess seizure risk by detecting stress signals:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-28/queensland-research-epilepsy-seizure-detected-by-smartwatch/102150666

38) A New Disabled South | Kehsi Iman Wilson | Ford Foundation

Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at a year old, I have lived with a disability my entire life. But that's not what compelled me to become an activist. What politicized me around disability was watching America's healthcare system fail my mother. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was a teenager. Not only could the progression of her illness have been prevented if not for a sexist and incompetent doctor, but she faced the deadly consequences of our broken system firsthand. She needed a life-saving treatment and took the proper steps to make it happen. And then her insurance denied her coverage because of a pre-existing condition: cancer. To hear the cancer she was attempting to treat was considered a pre-existing condition was outrageous. She ultimately was able to get the care she needed, and if it weren't for the Affordable Care Act, she would have died much sooner:
https://www.fordfoundation.org/news-and-stories/stories/posts/a-new-disabled-south/

39) Non-Profit Organization Envision Helps Empower Athletes Who Are Visually Impaired | April 1, 2023 | CBS Pittsburgh | YouTube

Envision helps blind athletes with all levels of sight impairment compete in sports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEnF4iqPAyo

40) Script Talk: Helping The Visually-Impaired Read Prescriptions

Script Talk can tell you your name, the prescription name, directions on how to take your medication, which doctor prescribed it, how many refills are left, warnings and side effects, and any piece of essential information relevant to your medication. Non-profit organization Aurora has a variety of support groups for for visually-impaired and blind individuals in Cayuga and Onondaga Counties, along with plans to restart a group soon in Oswego County. In addition to serving the visually-impaired and blind, these groups assist friends and family members who need help with being supportive, through a combination of speakers, educational and technical seminars, along with social events.
https://www.localsyr.com/bridge-street/script-talk-helping-the-visually-impaired-read-prescriptions/

41) A Quick Guide To Reviewing A VPAT ACR | Karl Groves

I've put together this guide to reviewing a VPAT ACR for those who might be new to reviewing such documents to (help) determine a product's accessibility. This is not, however, a definitive guide, but is mostly a way to quickly determine if things are amiss with the ACR before taking the time to review the product's accessibility yourself:
https://karlgroves.com/a-quick-guide-to-reviewing-a-vpat-acr/

42) NYC Schools Expand Partnership With Special Olympics To Improve Sports Accessibility | ABC7 News

The city public schools are expanding their partnership with the Special Olympics of New York to ensure access to sports for students with disabilities at all 75 school districts. This partnership will allow more than 1,700 students with disabilities to play sports like volleyball, track and field, and basketball during the school day. There will also be after-school sports leagues for high school and middle school students:
https://abc7ny.com/public-schools-special-olympics-disability-accessibility/13027977/

43) The CVI Book Nook | Paths To Literacy

The CVI Book Nook, created by Amy Shepherd, is a free resource intended to be downloaded and used by parents, caregivers, and teachers working with students who have visual impairments and CVI:
https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resource/the-cvi-book-nook/

44) Lancaster-Lebanon Teacher Running Boston Marathon Raises Money For The Blind

A teacher at the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 is going the extra mile to help people who are blind and visually impaired. Jackie Morell works with students who are blind and visually impaired, teaching them braille and how to use assistive technology. She has also taught students how to run:
https://www.wgal.com/article/pennsylvania-lancaster-lebanon-teacher-boston-marathon-fundraiser-for-blind/43387931?utm_content=242937107&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-18197430

45) 'Dark Disabled Stories' Invites Audiences to an Experiment in Unapologetically Accessible Theater | The Hollywood Reporter

The series of vignettes — written by and starring Ryan J. Haddad, directed by Jordan Fein and co-starring Dickie Hearts and audio describer Alejandra Ospina — dares American theater to reach the widest audience:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/arts/the-public-dark-disabled-stories-theater-accessibility-1235364359/

46) Dear World | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

Dear world. You are just so busy expanding, innovating, creating, and developing. All well and good but I personally want to see if you are listening. Chances are that you may be half listening to those of us who may be writing similar letters to you but if I do not share my thoughts then you will have the perfect excuse to tell me that I did not share with you. So here goes:
https://sterlingcreations.ca/blog/dear-world

47) Accessibility Olympics' Aims To Demonstrate Mobility Challenges In Whitehorse

An event in downtown Whitehorse served as a chance to foster empathy with those who have mobility challenges and also a friendly audit of downtown businesses' accommodations for those who use crutches, wheelchairs and more. Organized by Compassion Yukon, a peer support network focused on assisting differently abled people in the territory, the "Accessibility Olympics" held on March 31, 2023 and April 1, 2023, offered those without mobility challenges in their day-to-day lives a chance to step into the shoes of those who rely on mobility aids:
https://www.yukon-news.com/news/accessibility-olympics-aims-to-demonstrate-mobility-challenges-in-whitehorse/

48) Driverless Bus Service To Start In Scotland In 'World First'

Full-size, self-driving bus services will begin in Scotland next month in what is believed to be a world first:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-65175447

49) Maximus and IFB Solutions Partner on New Program to Hire Blind and Visually Impaired for Full-Time Contact Center Work

Maximus, a leading employer and provider of government services worldwide, and IFB Solutions, a non-profit organization that provides employment, training, and services for people who are blind or visually impaired, today announced the successful launch of a new joint program that integrates employees who are blind or visually impaired into the workforce. Seventy percent of working-age adults who are blind or visually impaired face sustained periods of unemployment throughout their lifetimes. This program will help address that challenge through an inclusive workplace that supports the needs and experiences of our sight-impaired colleagues:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/maximus-ifb-solutions-partner-program-170000234.html

50) Accessible QR Code From Zappar Makes Packaging Talk To The Blind | Charlie Fink | Forbes: Subscription Required

Zappar, the venerable UK studio that was one of the pioneers in mobile AR, announced the launch of Zapvision, an Accessible QR code solution, which helps blind and partially sighted people access information related to items on store shelves and cupboards at home. The company calls this enhancement to existing QR codes “Accessible QR,” a slight modification that makes codes readable from a greater distance when applied to packaging, over 1 meter away. “Accessible QR” then activates a device's accessibility functions like VoiceOver to announce product details. Accessible QR codes are now on packaging for Unilever brands Persil capsules and Ultimate Liquids in the UK:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/charliefink/2023/04/04/accessible-qr-code-from-zappar-makes-packaging-talk-to-the-blind/?sh=6d50ded4281c


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April 11, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Customize Word Pronunciations Using The Jaws Dictionary Manager | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll show you how to change the way JAWS speaks words, phrases, abbreviations, and symbols using the Dictionary Manager. Join via Zoom or download the Clubhouse app from iOS App Store or Google Play to participate on your mobile device:
https://zoom.us/j/7278038000?_x_zm_rtaid=JLrcZJLfR0CGeSOmS9Dn3g.1605555524846.894574b70d1d4051defcc9cb567d21aa&_x_zm_rhtaid=935#success

April 12, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Structure | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. The "Understand, Test, and Solve" webinar series addresses fundamental concepts in accessibility. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. The next webinar in this series covers Structure — the organization of content on a webpage and how to perform accessibility tests on headings, links, and the use of landmarks such as header, main, and footer elements. Attendees will: Become comfortable testing a webpage's structure using a screen reader. Learn how to use ARC Toolkit to visualize page structure and share those findings with engineers. This session is 30 minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A. Register:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-12-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-structure/

April 12, 2023 | TOPAZ Ultra — Portability and Magnification Power (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The TOPAZ Ultra is a portable magnifier with a unique folding design, making it extremely easy to take wherever you go. With crisp, full-HD images available on a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch screen, see what you want, whether across the room or at your desk. The monitor height is fully adjustable, ensuring you always have the ideal reading angle. And its compact size lets you store it when not in use. TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier — but in a compact and foldable design. TOPAZ Ultra is ideal for individuals who need a lightweight magnification solution in different locations — at home, in the office or classroom, and on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of the TOPAZ Ultra. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), ACVREP continuing education credit is approved for this presentation. Learning Outcomes: Benefits of desktop and distance magnification in one unit. Different uses of the TOPAZ Ultra. How the TOPAZ Ultra can be an effective reading tool. Features you can benefit from. | Meeting ID: 827 8999 0683 Passcode: 368858 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,82789990683#,,,,*368858# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82789990683?pwd=ZTdZd3VhUjRsQytUbGtqc1lodUdkdz09#success

April 12, 2023 | Earn it, Plan it, Keep it | Financial Literacy Course | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
To help participants reflect on their habits, reactions, and values about money; to understand what role money plays in their lives; to understand budgets as a function of income and expenses. This groundwork assists participants to understand the concept and application of budgeting; common pitfalls or barriers they may face in sticking to a budget; and strategies to maximize their earnings. Discovering your Money Personality. Fundamentals of Budgeting. Budgeting Tools for success. Strategies to Increasing Income/ Decreasing Expenses. Making personal spending plans:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earn-it-plan-it-keep-it-cash-campaign-tickets-574696120567

April 13, 2023 | BARD: Open Access | Many Faces of BARD Program

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
The topic for the April Many Faces of BARD Program will be BARD: Open Access. The program will last for one hour. This program will be recorded. For this session, the NLS Download Tech Support team will be available to answer your questions in this all Q&A event. This will be an opportunity to respond to questions that have not been asked or answered in previous sessions due to time constraints. The complete Zoom invitation is below. Remember that the meeting is recorded. Do not speak if you do not wish to be on the recording. If you wish to speak, you may request to do so by raising your hand. On a PC, press Alt Y to toggle raising and lowering your hand; on a Mac, press Option Y; and if dialing in via telephone, press Star 9. To mute or unmute yourself on a PC, press Alt A; on a Mac, press Command-Shift A; and on a telephone, press Star 6. If you choose to dial in to the call, use the telephone numbers provided below. The Zoom.gov ID will not work with standard Zoom.us. | One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1618927125# or +16469641167,,1618927125# | Meeting ID: 161 892 7125 | Passcode: 570141 | The session can be joined by going to:
https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1618927125?pwd=QUxvaG1hRnRQU2E3Y2MxK01zZUpjQT09

April 18, 2023 | JAWS Inspect Testing for Developers and QA Teams | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. Learn how developers and QA teams can utilize JAWS Inspect to deliver fast and effective accessibility and AT compatibility testing. Check complex controls and even automate testing across user flows:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-18-at-12pm-et-jaws-inspect-testing-for-developers-and-qa-teams/

April 18, 2023 | Live Webinar | Accessible Design Systems: CarMax's Driving Force for Online Inclusion

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
How does CarMax, the largest used car retailer in the U.S., ensure that its digital accessibility program keeps pace with its rapid innovation? An accessible design system. By adopting a company-wide framework for accessible design, CarMax simplified the creation of inclusive digital experiences, accelerating time-to-market and reducing technical debt:
https://www.levelaccess.com/earesources/webinar-accessible-design-systems-carmaxs-driving-force-for-online-inclusion/

April 19, 2023 | 2023 Helen Keller Achievement Awards | American Foundation for the Blind

http://bit.ly/3YsScrX

April 19, 2023 | Creating Accessible Emails & Using Mailchimp (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Explore how to create emails that have accessibility at the forefront. Join Rachel Reeves for a demonstration of tips and tricks on Mailchimp, a free or paid platform that allows you to send emails to your contacts. Learning Outcomes: Explore common accessibility barriers in emails, including signatures, images, and color contrast. Learn tools in Outlook that can make your emails more accessible. Review MailChimp Marketing platform. | Meeting ID: 811 0083 5555 | Passcode: 479822 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81100835555#,,,,*479822# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81100835555?pwd=ZG9TMXgrV1VhenlDTDJhS2Jta01NQT09#success

April 20, 2023 | Webinar: ADA Legal Update: What Your Restaurant Needs to Know About Digital Accessibility

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenters: Seyfarth Shaw's Minh N. Vu, Partner, Ashley S. Jenkins, Associate, and Vispero's Matt Ater, VP of Business Development. Over the past decade, restaurants have embraced websites, mobile apps, self-service kiosks, PDF menus, and online reservations services to deliver their goods and services to customers. These technologies have their advantages but also expose restaurants to litigation exposure when they are not independently usable by customers who are blind or have mobility disabilities. Join Seyfarth Shaw's Minh N. Vu, Partner, Ashley S. Jenkins, Associate, and Vispero's Matt Ater VP Business Development, as they provide an update on ADA Title III lawsuit trends relating to the use of technology by public accommodations and what restaurants need to do to comply with the ADA. They will discuss how restaurants can proactively protect themselves and provide accessible technology. Attendees will learn: ADA lawsuit trends and theories. Accessibility barriers relating to: Websites, Self-service kiosks, QR code menus, Online reservations, Mobile apps, Risk mitigation strategies. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-april-20-at-12pm-et-ada-legal-update-what-your-restaurant-needs-to-know-about-digital-accessibility/

April 20, 2023 | Book Talk: Digital Copyright | Internet Archive and Author / Professor Jessica Litman

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle for a virtual book talk with author & professor of law Jessica Litman. In Digital Copyright, law professor Jessica Litman questions whether copyright laws crafted by lawyers and their lobbyists really make sense for the vast majority of us. Should every interaction between ordinary consumers and copyright-protected works be restricted by law? Is it practical to enforce such laws, or expect consumers to obey them? What are the effects of such laws on the exchange of information in a free society? Professor Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than 25 years. Register now for the free, virtual discussion:
http://blog.archive.org/2023/03/16/book-talk-digital-copyright/

April 20, 2023 | The CSUN Takeaway | Envision

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Envision's April webinar includes the key takeaways from this year's CSUN, an update from our product team, and first-hand reactions to the new ChatGPT-powered 'Ask Envision' feature coming soon to the Envision Glasses. Register using this link and hear what's new and happening at Envision:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316802470099/WN_bYYKKREkT--Q5VnnX9n1ZQ#/registration

April 21, 2023 | 3D-Printed, DIY Assistive Technology | NOAT

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
Learning Outcomes: I'd like to raise the awareness among assistive technology professionals and therapists about the availability and cost effectiveness of DIY (especially 3D-printed) solutions. I'd also like to raise the awareness of the quality, ease of use, and cost effectiveness of modern 3D printers. I'll also talk about one of the most fruitful opportunities for customized and personalized AT - 3D-printed keyguards. Ken Hackbarth is the president of Volksswitch.org — an organization devoted to the democratization of assistive technology by leveraging the power and promise of 3D printing. Prior to his current position he worked for almost three decades as a systems architect for AT&T Bell Laboratories and its subsequent divestitures. He has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in Special Education, with a concentration in assistive technology, from Bowling Green State University:
https://sites.google.com/noat.ca/events/2023/3dprinted-diy-assistive-technology-21-apr-2023

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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 26, 2023 | WCAG 2.2 Overview (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Join Michael Parker to learn what's changing with WCAG 2.2 and how it impacts the accessibility of your digital content. Learning Outcomes: Overview of WCAG 2.2. When will WCAG 2.2 be released. How to test for the new criteria. Meeting ID: 845 2998 9518 | Passcode: 002926 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84529989518#,,,,*002926# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84529989518?pwd=YXlSd1oxd2l4dEVDY0o3a01VTENEdz09#success

April 26, 2023 | How To Build A Positive Credit Score And History | LBPD Financial Literacy Course | Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 10PM GMT
Today, strong credit is important for accessing a mortgage loan, personal loans, renting an apartment, and more. This workshop will teach you the main factors that make up a credit score, the costs associated with having a loan, and various strategies on how to build a positive credit history with the right credit products for you:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-build-a-positive-credit-score-and-history-cash-campaign-tickets-574723532557

April 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Digital Accessibility presents a range of challenges to those of us working in Higher Education, but we are not alone! In the April 27, 2023 meeting of the International Ally User Group we will learn from the experiences of colleagues working in this area in our first panel discussion. As the "International" Ally User Group, it's important to consider the global perspective. We are lucky to be joined by panelistsfrom six countries that span across eight time zones. The roundtable will cover four themes: Alternative formats and students. Encouraging staff to create accessible content. Institutional policy and challenges. Celebrating success. After one or two starting questions for each theme we will open to the audience to ask their questions and to share their own answers. Our panelistsare from around the world and their institutions are at various levels of accessibility maturity. Sharon Austin, Academic Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Tampa, Terry Greene, Senior eLearning Designer, Trent University, Canada, James Northridge, "Inclusive UCC" Project Manager, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena, Digital Accessibility Officer, University of Reading, UK, Esin Caglayan, Ph.D., Director of Teaching and Learning Center, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey, Sarah Whittaker, Senior Manager Teaching with Technology, working in United Arab Emirates. Join our first panel discussion for an inspiring global perspective around how we can rise to the challenges and opportunities of digital accessibility. Find sign-up and joining details on the Ally Community site:
https://usergroup.ally.ac/content/perma?id=58015

April 28, 2023 | Navigating Finances for Older Individuals With Vision Loss | OIB-TAC

12PM PT, 1PM MT, 2PM CT, 3PM ET, 7PM GMT
Join us for a webinar with Penny Forward on how older blind individuals can continue to manage their finances with vision loss. Our experienced panel, including Chris Peterson, Liz Bottner, and MOe Carpenter, will guide you through small changes your clients can make to adapt to their changing vision, low-tech solutions that are still effective, and high-tech solutions that can make managing their finances easier than ever before. We'll discuss how self-advocacy is critical to maintaining your clients' independence. Plus, learn about Penny Forward, a nonprofit organization that offers accessible financial education and counseling for individuals with vision loss. Don't let vision loss hold your clients back from managing their finances with confidence. Join us for this informative and empowering presentation:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcOytrTwrG9eXb-eE_kJSY1RM4_8amlEU

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

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

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, 2PM 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, 1PM 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, 12AM 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, 3PM GMT
LEGO bricks to build plans, visualize routes, it's not new! But with LEGO Braille Bricks you can also create labels, add letters, words... Then it becomes really great:
https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-live-sessions/

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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, 12AM 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 | U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore

10:30PM PT, 11:30PM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 5:30PM GMT
The U.S. Access Board will hold a public town hall meeting at the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to hear from the local community about the state of accessibility in Baltimore and the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Following the town hall meeting, there will be a reception and networking opportunity from 3:30 — 4:30 (ET), sponsored by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. The town hall meeting and reception are open to all members of the public. Please register for in-person attendance by July 1, 2023. To register, send an email to events@access-board.gov 📧️ with your name and organization. The Access Board invites in-person oral comments on accessibility. Registrants who wish to make in-person oral comments must indicate their request to speak when emailing events@access-board.gov. Public commenters will be allotted two minutes to make their comments

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM 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, 12AM 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, 12AM 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, 11PM GMT
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, 11PM GMT
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: TTS (Total Tech Solutions) is a startup technology company owned and operated in the Dallas Fort Worth area which specializes in offering services for the blind and visually impaired. While this is it's main focus, TTS also caters to the general public. Since its founding, TTS continues to make strides in demonstrating the countless ways blind and visually impaired individuals can contribute in all aspects of the workforce. This is one of the reasons why this company chooses to hire applicants who are visually impaired; to prove that there is a place in society for persons of any type of visual impairment, and to create a positive environment so one can thrive, live life to their fullest potential and to be a positive example to their communities and their families.

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Sponsor: NSITE.org


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NSITE.org is the first non-profit organization, offering a continuum of services to connect employers with talented job seekers who are blind or low-vision and provides training, employment and career services to these job seekers. Using the NSITE Connect Job Board, which is designed exclusively for individuals who experience vision loss, employers can fill open positions with talent who are blind or have low vision. Job postings are also open to veterans. NSITE-U provides accessible on-demand and virtual instructor-led classes, programs and workshops to support career skills training and professional development for individuals who are blind or have low vision or are veterans. For more information about NSITE and all its services including a free Job Seekers Toolkit developed with APH, American Printing House for the Blind, visit us and use this form to reach NSITE's team for information about programs, classes and services, connect:
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About: NSITE provides a continuum of employment services that connect employers with talented, dedicated people who are blind, low-vision, and/or veterans to meet their workforce needs. As you move through the hiring process, NSITE is with you every step of the way to ensure that finding the right employee-employer match is as smooth and seamless as possible.

NSITE works with employers to identify potential candidates who are blind, low-vision, and/or veterans. From there, NSITE assists with accessibility needs, onboarding, and training, then prepares both parties for job placement. Our work does not end there; it continues with ongoing support to accommodate changes in accessible technology and employer requirements.

NSITE Connect: Linking employers with talented individuals who are blind, low-vision, and/or veterans. Access the NSITE Connect Job Board here.

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Sponsor: Clusiv


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Clusiv Is The World's First eLearning Platform Built For And By People Who Are Blind. Our Courses Are Designed To Equip People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired For Employment In The Modern Workforce. Learn More At Clusiv.Io.

Navigating the employment process can be challenging if you are blind or visually impaired. Technology is difficult to figure out, there is a lot of extra material to learn, and there isn't much quality training available.

That's where Clusiv comes in. We help to provide the training you need to succeed in the modern workforce. Our courses teach assistive technology skills and how to apply those skills to many of the business software programs used in the modern workforce, such as email, Microsoft and Google apps, video conferencing, and more. We also teach soft skills such as resume and interview preparation, disclosures and accommodations, internet safety, and financial literacy. Lastly, our training can teach specific career skills, such as becoming an accessibility analyst. Plus, our courses are self-paced.

To learn more, visit https://clusiv.io/ and fill out a form with your information. We work with state vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide access to our course content.

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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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Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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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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Freedom from dishonesty, exclusion, and immorality.
Freedom of aspiration, invention, and inclusion.


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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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:
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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.


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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What Technologies do you see in the market that are not accessible, but should be? What accessible technologies can you imagine that can make the lives of people with all kinds of disabilities better? We will advocate with developers to make existing technologies accessible on your behalf. We will advocate with developers to build new accessible technologies on your behalf. Give us your guidance and support. Your guidance charts our path toward what is most important. Your support funds our efforts on your behalf:
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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.


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter


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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:
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Email: connectcenter@aph.org 📧️

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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.



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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:
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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.

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Sponsor: WayAround


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Get all the different types of WayTags so you can try the BEST accessible labeling system around. Use the coupon code TryTags to get a WayTag Sampler Pack for just $9.99. Plus, you get FREE shipping. Use the WayTags along with the free mobile app to label your things with a description and other important details, so you can spend less time figuring out what things are, and more time getting things done.
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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.

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Access Information News is the world's leading not-for-profit access information news publication that reaches over 19,000 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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Volunteer Publisher Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST/EDT) (GMT-5/GMT-4)

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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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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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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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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