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Access Information News for Monday, April 24, 2023 - Volume 907

The Week's News in Access Information
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Access Information News Articles From Last Week

A.) Accessible Air Fryer for Blind & DeafBlind | Daniel Hawkins | Inclusive Ability Initiative, LLC (7.8% of all clicks.)
One of the first steps to becoming independent is learning how to cook for yourself. During the pandemic I learned how to slow cook and smoke meat. I had so much fun with it and enjoyed eating my creations and sharing with family and friends, I decided to look into other avenues of meal creations. One thing I love is homemade hand cut French fries. I do have a $25 deep frier I have been using for years. But like everyone who uses these, it can get messy, and you have to replace the cooking oil. I never did enjoy replacing the oil and the mess to clean up. So, I started researching on what some have told me to use an air fryer to cook French fries. I found out it is healthier and does not use much oil. Very easy to use and clean up. As you have guessed, I invested in an air fryer. I did my research as a Blind person and read comments of others on the accessibility of air fryers. You can buy an analog fryer that just has two knobs, one for the temperature and the other one is the timer. But I wanted the best of the best! So, I found the:
https://iabilityi.com/adaptivetechnology/accessible-air-fryer-for-blind-deafblind/

B.) Will You Shop Blind? Introducing The April 1st Through April 30th 2023 Shop Blind Challenge | Two Blind Brothers (5.4% of all clicks.)
Publisher (Di Blasi): Since 100% of the profits from this initiative are donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, we have made the decision to include it here.
Two Blind Brothers: Welcome to the April 1st through April 30th Shop Blind Challenge! It's simple. Would you buy something that you can't see? We promise you'll get something you'll love. If you don't think it's perfect, you can return it, no questions asked. Trust us! 100% of the profits are donated to Foundation Fighting Blindness to help find a cure for blindness. After April 30th, all of these items disappear:
https://twoblindbrothers.com/

C.) Are You Ableist? Take This Test To Find Out | The Washington Post: Subscription Required (4.2% of all clicks.)
Publisher (Di Blasi): Here at Access Information News and Top Tech Tidbits we encourage people to counteract ableist beliefs and behaviors by learning more about disabled people and their experiences. To do our part in this ongoing educational effort we try to provide readers with as many examples of these kinds of experiences as possible, each week, so that they can hone their understanding of the what ableism truly is and what it means to the access community as a whole. This test is an incredibly mind-opening tool for assessing, if you will, you current level of bias where disabled persons are concerned. There are 7 different questions and the article rates your performance at the end.
The Washington Post: Can you recognize when you're being ableist? Even well-meaning people can exhibit unconscious bias against people with disabilities. Ableism is rooted in the assumption that non-disabled people are the ideal. The Washington Post consulted 25 disabled activists and scholars, including representatives from several national disability organizations, to create a quiz that can help someone learn more about ableist thinking. Read each example and think about how you would typically react to the situation. Then read how people in the disability community feel about the same scenarios:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/interactive/2023/ableist-thinking-disability-bias-quiz/

D.) Bookshare's Membership Fee Increase (For Non-Student Individual Members) (3.5% of all clicks.)
Starting in May 2023, Bookshare will raise its membership fee for non-student Individual Members. This will be our first fee increase in our history of over two decades and is an action we take with great consideration:
https://blog.bookshare.org/2023/04/bookshares-membership-fee-increase-for-non-student-individual-members/

E.) 'Forced To Live In My Disability' | DC Native Calls Out Hilton After Getting Stuck In Hotel Elevator | April 14, 2023 | WUSA9 News (3.4% of all clicks.)
Mario Bonds is totally blind. He is speaking out after he was stuck in a hotel elevator because of its digital touchscreen with no Braille:
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/mario-bonds-viral-elevator-tik-tok-video/65-fb965639-e13e-4fd2-bf21-9b73e2bed98b

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I am incredibly excited to report that Access Information News is now on Mastodon. Follow us by visiting https://mastodon.accessinformationnews.com/@news or searching for @news@mastodon.accessinformationnews.com on your server today. Access Information News joined the Fediverse via its own Mastodon server on April 20, 2023, primarily as the result of a push led by Jonathan Mosen to convince as many blind information providers as possible to create a presence on the social network. Access Information News now joins Top Tech Tidbits, which also joined Mastodon on April 17, 2023. Full press release here:
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7) Access Information News Click-To-Vote Quick Poll #906 Results | Sponsored By: NSITE | 208 Votes

Question: With companies across the country juggling the DEI space for hires and equitable training. Which training below would you be more interested in as BVI regarding an opportunity for advancement or new career opportunity?

#1 | D.) IT (Information Technology) Desktop support, Cybersecurity, Networking
(45 Votes / 22% of all clicks.)

#2 | A.) Customer Service Training
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#3 | E.) Project Management/Data Analysis
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#4 | C.) Recruiting/Sourcing Training
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#5 | B.) Supply Chain/ Vending Operations (BEP Program)
(37 Votes / 18% of all clicks.)

Poll Results Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll906-results

8) Access Information News Click-To-Vote Quick Poll #907 | Sponsored By: Access Ready, Inc.

Question: Why don't Americans with disabilities vote in higher numbers?

A.) Apathy about the entire political process?
Click-To-Vote A Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907-a

B.) A failure of the voter to understand how elections can effect disability rights and programs?
Click-To-Vote B Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907-b

C.) The failure of candidates and the media to address disability issues at the same level of fervor as other minority concerns?
Click-To-Vote C Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907-c

D.) A misunderstanding of disability issues by the voter?
Click-To-Vote D Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907-d

E.) All of the above to some degree?
Click-To-Vote E Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907-e

Poll Link: https://bit.ly/ain-poll907

9) Can Artificial Intelligence Make PDFs Accessible? | Allyant

Publisher (Di Blasi): While cutting-edge remediators like Allyant have transitioned beyond machine learning into deep learning, which uses artificial neural networks to learn tagging rules, AI alone still cannot currently produce truly accessible and compliant documents. For reasons explained in this article. But I believe it's clear that it's only a matter of time.
Allyant: A PDF document is considered accessible if it can be used/accessed by everyone, including people with disabilities. There are several accessibility standards to test against that help ensure PDF accessibility. Most PDFs published on websites are not accessible. This is not necessarily due to the negligence of web designers and authors; often, people don't even realize that the PDFs they upload on their website are not accessible or standards-compliant. However, the law requires that all public-facing websites must be accessible (including documents like PDFs) to everyone, so when a website owner is served with an accessibility lawsuit, they may look for quick fixes. In a time-sensitive situation involving possible legal action, organizations may look to artificial intelligence to speed up the process. Do AI tools for PDF accessibility work? Can AI make PDFs accessible?
https://allyant.com/can-artificial-intelligence-make-pdfs-accessible/

10) New Accessibility Guidelines Available | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

On April 17, 2023, The Washington Post announced that their accessibility guidelines would be made available as part of its open-source design system. Launched last year, this system made fundamental code that powers The Post and its features publicly available for the first time. These guidelines can be used by anyone, including those outside of The Post. They include an accessibility checklist, testing strategies and considerations to make when creating online content:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/pr/2023/04/17/new-accessibility-guidelines-available-washington-post/

11) Expanding The Reach Of Accessible Books | Ioana Tanase | Microsoft Accessibility Blog | April 19, 2023

Millions of people with disabilities face what is known as a "book famine", preventing them from reading books in a format that meets their accessibility needs. Furthermore, there is a global divide in people's access to technology. While 75 percent of people in developed countries own a smartphone, only 25 percent of people in the top 10 low- and middle-income do, and people with disabilities often earn less than those without disabilities. The number of accessible digital books is growing. However, they are often in formats that cannot be accessed on basic phones, MP3 players or less powerful refreshable braille displays, let alone account for a lack of internet connectivity or electricity:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/expanding-the-reach-of-accessible-books/

12) Law Professor Makes Digital Copyright Book Open for All

After spending years researching the history of U.S. copyright law, Jessica Litman says she wants to make it easy for others to find her work. Digital Copyright is available to read now. The law professor''s book, Digital Copyright, first published in 2001 by Prometheus Books, is available free online (read now). After it went out of print in 2015, University of Michigan Press agreed to publish an open access edition of the book. Litman updated all the footnotes (some of which were broken links to web pages only available through preservation on Internet Archive) and made the updated book available under a CC-BY-ND license in 2017:
http://blog.archive.org/2023/04/16/law-professor-makes-digital-copyright-book-open-for-all/

13) Pair Left Stranded In Vancouver Due To Lack Of Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs | Global News Canada

Leaving a venue after a concert ends tends to be hectic, no matter where you are. However, the ride home can be a lot more stressful for someone who uses a wheelchair. This happened to two West Kelowna, B.C., residents who were left stranded after they were told no accessible taxis were available. When Hannah Desrochers and Kyle Hindley went to a concert in Vancouver at the end of March they were able to get a wheelchair accessible ride to the show. However, when the performance ended it was a different story:
https://globalnews.ca/news/9620012/pair-left-stranded-vancouver-lack-wheelchair-accessible-cabs/

14) 'Disabled Children Need To Know It Is An Option': Co-Creating The Future Of Dance | The Guardian

Frontlinedance works in communities to remove barriers for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions — and there's no distinction between teacher and learner:
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2023/apr/19/disabled-children-need-to-know-it-is-an-option-co-creating-the-future-of-dance

15) Selma Blair Lands British Vogue May 2023 Cover: 'Dynamic, Daring, Disabled'

British Vogue's May issue features a host of cover stars with disabilities:
https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Style/selma-blair-lands-british-vogue-2023-cover-dynamic/story?id=98721734

16) Barriers to Digital Inclusion | American Foundation for the Blind

In 2023, there is a website or app for just about any task, and these digital platforms offer convenience, cost savings, and efficiency. Yet, digital platforms have not been designed for everyone. Researchers at AFB conducted the Barriers to Digital Inclusion Survey (BDIS) to learn about the prevalence and impacts of digital inclusion barriers faced by individuals who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. Conducted in late 2022, the survey captures the barriers faced by 398 research participants. These findings reveal the consequences of inaccessibility both for the individuals who face the barriers and the companies and organizations whose programs, services, and products contain barriers. At the end of the report, we offer recommendations for policymakers, business leaders, and computing educators to create greater digital inclusion and ensure that businesses are reaching all of their customers effectively. Read the report online:
https://www.afb.org/barriers-digital-inclusion-survey

17) The State of Global Digital Accessibility: Current Challenges and Opportunities | Cam Waller | Accessibility.com

Digital accessibility — the extent to which all individuals can access digital content and technology — is paramount in today's world. Digital content and interfaces help enable people with disabilities to access information, services, and other resources. And as the world becomes more connected, accessibility becomes even more significant in a global context. So what are the current challenges and opportunities associated with global digital accessibility, and what best practices and success stories can be gleaned from them?
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/the-state-of-global-digital-accessibility-current-challenges-and-opportunities

18) How Voice Assistants Improve Digital Accessibility | Accessibility.com

Voice assistants have several benefits that can improve digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Here are a few examples:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-voice-assistants-improve-digital-accessibility

19) Overcoming Common Myths and Misconceptions About Digital Accessibility | Linda Sanabria | Accessibility.com

Digital accessibility is designing and developing digital content, such as websites and mobile apps, to make them usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. However, many myths and misconceptions about digital accessibility can prevent organizations and individuals from prioritizing it. Read on to uncover some of the most prevalent myths about digital accessibility and why these myths are all false:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/overcoming-common-myths-and-misconceptions-about-digital-accessibility

20) Don't Plug Your Phone Into A Free Charging Station, Warns FBI | Malwarebytes Labs

In a recent tweet, the FBI office in Denver warned consumers against using free public charging stations, stating that criminals have managed to hijack public chargers with the objective of infecting devices with malware or other software that can give hackers access to your phone, tablet or computer. "Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels or shopping centers. Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices. Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead:"
https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/news/2023/04/dont-plug-your-phone-into-a-free-charging-station-warns-fbi

21) Gettysburg National Military Park Gets An Accessibility Upgrade With The Addition Of Braille And Tactile Tables

The tables, which visitors are encouraged to touch and feel, feature braille and raised lettering and allow visitors to better understand the landscape of the battle:
https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/adams-county/bronze-relief-tables-gettysburg-national-military-park/521-1089ccea-2a7c-4c45-9045-9dbd32d320eb

22) Creating A Culture Of Accessibility In Your Organization | Cindee Calton | Accessibility.com

Committing an organization to meet the digital accessibility needs of people with disabilities might require a shift in the organization's culture. Employees throughout the organization must follow accessibility practices, but shifting an organization's culture can be difficult. This article discusses three strategies for creating an accessibility culture in your organization:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/creating-a-culture-of-accessibility-in-your-organization

23) Spreading Positivity Beyond Borders: You Are Beautiful Braille Stickers

Positivity has always been at the axis of You Are Beautiful — from stickers, to apparel, to public art — and now they have expanded that message beyond the sighted world by creating their first-ever Braille stickers to help us identify with one another, bring the community together and ensure everyone is seen and heard:
https://design.newcity.com/2023/04/19/you-are-beautiful-braille-stickers-spread-positivity-beyond-borders/

24) Rare Beauty's Products Have Sparked A Critical Conversation About The Beauty Industry's Lack Of Inclusivity

"Disability only exists because of the barriers that society puts forward for us, so when we educate, when we share our lived experience and take time to learn how other people's bodies move, then we can be in this together:"
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiecamero/rare-beauty-makeup-for-people-with-disabilities

25) Touch Screens Are Causing Serious Accessibility Issues For Blind And Visually Impaired People

Touch screen card machines are making blind and visually impaired people's lives more difficult, with some people having to disclose their bank card's pin number to staff in shops and restaurants:
https://www.rsvplive.ie/news/touch-screens-causing-serious-accessibility-29746727

26) Call Center Staffed By The Visually Impaired Providing Crucial Help To Ohioans

From answering the COVID hotline to assisting voters, Cleveland Sight Center employees serve thousands while finding real career opportunities:
https://signalcleveland.org/call-center-staffed-by-the-visually-impaired-providing-crucial-help-to-ohioans/

27) How Can Fashion Week Be More Accessible? | Brooke Frischer | Fashionista

For me, attending New York Fashion Week is a lifelong dream realized: being immersed in stunning artistry, sitting in the same rooms as A-Listers and seeing icons at every turn... It's an extremely privileged experience, and it's one I'm so grateful to be a part of. But as luxurious and thrilling as the runways and presentations can be, there's one thing I couldn't help but notice throughout the week: all the stairs. As someone who deals with chronic pain, climbing up several flights of stairs at a time can be, quite frankly, debilitating. Oftentimes, I wouldn't know that I would need to climb a staircase (or multiple) until I was at the venue; and it wasn't uncommon to be told there wasn't an elevator for myself and other guests with disabilities — visible or not — to use:
https://fashionista.com/2023/04/fashion-week-accessibility-venues

28) The Best Kindles to Take Your Library Anywhere | Wired: Subscription Required

Here's how Amazon's ebook readers stack up — and which one might be right for you:
https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-kindle/

29) Trial Concludes In Chicago Cubs Disability Access Suit

A Cubs fan with muscular dystrophy claims Wrigley Field does not have enough wheelchair-accessible seating:
https://www.courthousenews.com/trial-concludes-in-chicago-cubs-disability-access-suit/

30) Accessibility For All Is Not A Nice To Have — It Is A Must | Forbes: Subscription Required

It is fair to say that there have been many horror stories regarding travel, and an abundance of evidence suggests that people with disabilities are not considered a key customer demographic. Martin Heng, Lonely Planet's Editorial Manager and Accessible Travel Manager, recently worked on a report highlighting the 10 most accessible destinations. The report showcased the destinations that provide accessibility for all when visiting their city and featured key insights. However, work still needs to be done when navigating how to get there. Are the modes of transportation available accessible? Are the booking processes, websites, and apps accessible? In the unfortunately likely event that they are not, is there further support available?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecasey/2023/04/17/accessibility-for-all-is-not-a-nice-to-have--it-is-a-must/

31) Accessible Utility Statements: What's Involved | BrailleWorks

Your customers have spoken and you're ready to listen. You and your organization understand the importance of giving your customers utility statements they can read on their own. Maintaining independence is important to your customers and providing them with quality, accessible statements is important to you. Now it's time to decide how you're going to get accessible statements to your customers. It's often a new process for companies and can seem overwhelming. Not to worry; the process is easier than you think. We're here to help you learn the steps to take and questions to ask so you can find the best document accessibility partner for your company.
https://brailleworks.com/accessible-utility-statements-whats-involved/

32) As A Disabled Person, Every Day I Find Myself Masking And Code Switching | Samantha Renke | Actor, Presenter And Disability Rights Campaigner

We all want to feel like we belong. To be accepted and loved by others. To feel 'normal'. It's human nature, and we instinctively gravitate towards those who we feel safe around. Those we can see ourselves in. So, what happens if you are 'different' and you don't fit into society's parameters of so-called 'normal'?
https://metro.co.uk/2023/04/20/as-a-disabled-person-every-day-i-find-myself-masking-and-code-switching-18636528/

33) Recreation and Leisure — It's Not Just Fun And Games! | APH FamilyConnect

Do you want to help your child explore various recreational and leisure activities but aren't sure where to start? Check out these ideas for several different age groups:
https://familyconnect.org/education/expanded-core-curriculum/recreation-fitness-and-leisure/recreation-and-leisure-skills-its-not-just-fun-and-games/

34) Crying in the Dark | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

Donna continues to feel that above all; Canadians with disabilities continue to cry in the dark when it comes to high profile Canadian Government departments knowingly and recklessly ignoring their rights and needs. Their actions re the rolling out of the Arrive Can app is just one blatant example:
https://sterlingcreations.ca/blog/crying-in-the-dark-2

35) Understanding the Financial Rewards of Accessibility | Nick Awad | Accessibility.com

Time and time again, we've explained the importance of prioritizing accessibility in day-to-day business operations. It should go without saying that there is a moral imperative to do so. People have the right to participate in society regardless of their ability level. However, some businesses may not fully appreciate how good accessibility is for business. In this piece, we will go over why investing in accessibility is a smart financial move:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/understanding-the-financial-rewards-of-accessibility

36) Editor Of British Vogue Turned Down Ads On 'Inclusivity' Grounds | The Guardian

Edward Enninful tells BBC he rejected major fashion brands as he promotes May issue featuring disabled cover stars:
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2023/apr/21/editor-of-british-vogue-turned-down-ads-on-inclusivity-grounds-edward-enninful?CMP=share_btn_tw

37) 'Completely Excluded': FIFA Under Fire Over Accessibility Ticketing Allocations | Carla Jaeger | The Sydney Morning Herald

Young children have been allocated seating away from their parents, and people with disability given inaccessible seats away from their companions as further problems from the FIFA Women's World Cup ticketing system emerge:
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/completely-excluded-fifa-under-fire-over-accessibility-ticketing-allocations-20230414-p5d0hd.html

38) Postsecondary Programs For Students With Disabilities Begin Accreditation Process | Disability Scoop: Subscription Required

With hundreds of postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities available nationwide, a newly formed accrediting agency is set to help families determine which ones are of the highest quality. The number of programs at colleges and universities aimed at this population has ballooned to more than 300 in recent years, but they vary significantly in structure, length, how integrated they are in the campus and much more. As a result, families have had little way to assess different offerings despite program costs that can rival traditional college tuition. That is set to change with the launch of an accrediting agency specifically focused on post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2023/04/18/postsecondary-programs-for-students-with-disabilities-begin-accreditation-process/30335/

39) Visually Impaired Man Denied Access To Business Because Of Service Dog | Video | WITN | Greenville, NC | April 20, 2023

https://www.witn.com/video/2023/04/20/visually-impaired-man-denied-access-business-because-service-dog-2/


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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):
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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 | Tips for Organizing Your Outlook Inbox with JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Vispero Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker, Ron Miller, and Rachel Buchanan. Summary: Looking for ways to manage your Outlook inbox more efficiently with JAWS? If so — this webinar is for you! We'll show you how to create and manage folders, plus demonstrate how to: Organize messages using Categories. Simultaneously apply multiple actions to messages using Quick Steps. Reduce the number of messages in mail folders with the Conversation Clean Up feature. And much more. Register for this webinar on Zoom. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar:
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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 panelists from 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 panelists are 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

April 28, 2023 | Getting More Contrast Out of Life: Applying Contrast to Everyday Routines | APH ConnectCenter

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
What is contrast sensitivity? Learn how lighting, color contrast, organization techniques and existing features built into mainstream technology, make living with low vision in your home easier. The presenter will also discuss how to measure contrast sensitivity in a clinical evaluation:
https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OY2QoiBsRtKemcgtyCWDRA#/registration

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 18, 2023 | 12th Annual 2023 Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

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/

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

April 16, 2023 | Why is Web Accessibility Important? | Amy Albin | Vispero Learning and Development Coordinator

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Accessibility ends with "y". But it also needs to begin with "why". Just as important as having the right accessibility techniques is knowing why accessibility is important. Amy Albin (she/her), a member of Vispero's Human Resources team, an industrial/organizational psychologist and a blind JAWS user, will present reasons for making your software offerings accessible to users with and without disabilities. You will learn: Why inaccessible technology is costing you and the concept of ROA (Return On Accessibility). The difference between reactive and proactive approaches to accessibility. How a blind person can perform job tasks by integrating Vispero's assistive technology with mainstream software. One thing you can do in less than five minutes to make documents more accessible and perceive the difference you can make from the perspective of a real JAWS user! Additionally, you will hear personal stories of the impact of accessibility and the lack of it on a wide range of life activities. Whether or not you work directly with software development, this informative, insightful experience will inspire you to critically examine your why. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-16-at-12pm-et-why-is-web-accessibility-important/

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 17, 2023 | Nonvisual Tips for Successful Travel | NFB of Maryland Senior Call

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Please come join our conversation to explore the nuts and bolts of traveling as a blind person. Learn how to manage different modes of transportation and how to orient yourself in unfamiliar environments. We will share tips for individuals with various levels of changing vision. Where: NFB of Maryland Conference Call: (339) 209-4083 ☎ All are welcome! For more information about this event or the NFB of Maryland Senior Division please contact: Marguerite Woods at (443) 271-1668 ☎ / mwoods719@gmail.com ✉.

May 17, 2023 | The Business of Accessibility — Expert Panel | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 3PM GMT
Presenter: Mark Miller, Director of Sales. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPGi is bringing together an expert panel of top accessibility experts to discuss how businesses benefit from creating accessible experiences, the return on accessibility efforts, the current state of accessibility and much more! Join host TPGi's Mark Miller, Director of Sales, with accessibility experts: Dena WainWright Vice President/Digital Accessibility Practice Owner, Personal Investing at Fidelity, Christopher Patnoe, Head of Accessibility and Disability Inclusion, Jaunita George, DA Digital Program Manager at Navy Federal Credit Union, Michelle Lana, Visual Designer IV at Navy Federal Credit Union. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-17-at-11am-et-business-of-accessibility-expert-panel/

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

July1, 2023 through July 6, 2023 | NFB 2023 National Convention in Houston, Texas

The National Federation of the Blind is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Each year we come together for important discussions, decisions, and information sharing. As an attendee, take advantage of the opportunity to: Network with thousands of blind role models. Connect with leaders in the field of blindness. Attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics. Learn about the latest in technology and innovation. And more! The convention is open to all. Important note: Our constitution states that only members of the Federation have the right to participate in decision-making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, please connect with your state affiliate at:
https://nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates

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


➜ Directories


1) Access Information Email Newsletter Directory

https://accessinformationnews.com/email-newsletter-directory.html


Sponsors may submit or update their Classified Advertisement at any time by submitting this short form: https://accessinformationnews.com/submit-sponsor-classified.



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➜ Classified Advertisement: A Revolution in Resolution — Menus for Everyone

No matter when, where or who, the Menus4ALL iPhone app gives you the info you need quickly. No more multiple Google searches to research menus before going out. Info is organized to give you quick access to what you are looking for — the menu! Optimized to give you the best viewing experience. No more struggling to see small print, or looking at a menu in a dimly lit restaurant. Do you use magnification, large print, VoiceOver, a braille display or Voice Control? Enjoy 750,000 fully accessible menus. Download the app today at:
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Sponsor Since: November 20th 2022 Calendar icon.

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Email: stephanie@menus4all.com

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

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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.

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


Sponsor: WayAround


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Try Talking Labels That Work With Your Smartphone For Just $9.99!

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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Sponsor Since: November 18th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com

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

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

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

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

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Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Finally! Holding Businesses Accountable

Those who need accessibility accommodations aren't strangers to jumping in with self-advocacy to achieve it. But, what about the rest of us? When explaining the benefits of a reasonable accommodation to one's place of work or school. This is where our self-advocacy kits come in. Pneuma has written up customizable email templates you can modify according to your situation. We cover a variety of different advocacy scenarios. Simply choose your scenario, answer a few simple questions, adapt the language, address it to the right person, and submit it! Self-advocacy has never been easier:
https://pneumasolutions.com/finally-holding-businesses-accountable/

Sponsor Since: November 7th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


Sponsor: Total Tech Solutions, LLC


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Sponsor Since: April 4, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtech.org/ 🌐

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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➜ Classified Advertisement: NSITE Connects Employers With Talented People Who Are Blind Or Low-Vision And Supports Talent To Gain Employment

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:
https://nsite.org/

Sponsor Since: March 6th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://nsite.org/ 🌐

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.

Sponsor Since: January 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Access Ready Seeks Your Support at the Public Policy Level

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

Sponsor Since: December 19th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

About: Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Access Ready Provides Access To The Best In The Business

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

Sponsor Since: December 13th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

About: Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Access Ready Seeks Guidance On New Accessible Technologies

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:
https://accessready.org/

Sponsor Since: December 1st 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

About: Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Prepare For Your Future Today With The All-New APH ConnectCenter's Job Seekers Toolkit!

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

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