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Access Information News for Monday, May 22, 2023 - Volume 911

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A.) Review | Slinger - The Last Phone Accessory You Will Ever Need! | The Blind Life | YouTube (10.4% of all clicks.)
This is the Slinger, a new accessory for your smartphone that adds an easy-to-use retractable strap, that can be neatly tucked away when not in use. This strap, which comes in a wide variety of colors and materials, allows the user to safely use their phone hands-free! The Slinger even holds the phone in the perfect position for hands-free phone calls:
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B.) Why Do Blind People Wear Sunglasses? | Medical News Today (7.5% of all clicks.)
In this article, we examine why blind people wear sunglasses. We discuss each reason in detail and determine whether people wear them for protection or aesthetic purposes:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-do-blind-people-wear-sunglasses

C.) AudioEye Files Law Suit Against Web Accessibility Expert Adrian Roselli | May 12, 2023 (6.7% of all clicks.)
AudioEye Is Suing Me. By Adrian Roselli. On Wednesday March 8, 2023, a man who turned out to be a process server came to my house and delivered a stack of papers — a 30 page lawsuit from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP along with Buffalo-area firm Phillips Lytle LLP, both representing AudioEye, Inc. The stack of papers also included a two page summons and a two page notice of electronic filing. None of these materials were provided in an accessible, let alone digital, format. On Thursday May 11, 2023, an attorney from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP delivered an amended complaint to my attorney as an untagged PDF. For posting, I modified the amended complaint only to redact my home address. If you have access to something like LexisNexis you can look up the original document with index number 803054-2023. The most substantive change in the amended complaint (there is more than one change) might be this demand on page 31:
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A US firm has implanted 50 chips into people's brains, with scientists at the company hopeful that they will one day be able to massively improve the lives of people with blindness, deafness, depression and physical paralysis. The device is called the NeuroPort Array and it's been made by a company called Blackrock Neurotech, based in Salt Lake City, Utah:
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9) Introducing Beyond Barriers, Our New Accessibility Travel Column | Conde Nast Traveler

Television host and travel writer Sophie Morgan will cover the latest news, hotels, restaurants, destinations, and tech, helping disabled travelers feel safe, secure, and inspired to travel the world:
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/introducing-beyond-barriers-our-new-accessibility-travel-column

10) A Comprehensive Guide to Mobility Devices | May 16, 2023 | Claire Szewczyk | Hill & Ponton Disability Attorneys

Mobility aids are special tools that assist individuals who face difficulties with their movement, allowing them to experience greater freedom and independence. These aids are commonly chosen by individuals with disabilities, injuries, or older adults who have a higher chance of falling. By using mobility aids, people can enjoy numerous advantages. First, they gain a sense of independence, as these devices enable them to move around with greater ease. Second, mobility aids help reduce pain, making it more comfortable for individuals to go about their daily activities. Third, these aids contribute to increased confidence and self-esteem, as users feel more secure and capable in their ability to move around. A wide variety of mobility devices are available to cater to different needs. These devices range from canes and crutches, which provide additional support while walking, to wheelchairs and stair lifts, which assist with mobility over longer distances or when facing stairs:
https://www.hillandponton.com/guide-to-mobility-aids/

11) Social Media Etiquette For Accessibility | May 18, 2023 | Holly Tuke, Becky Brynolf | CharityComms

Liking someone's Instagram post from 2017? Posting TV spoilers? Backseat gaming? All big no-no's when it comes to social media etiquette, but what about not making your posts accessible in the first place? Online accessibility means that everyone can join in the discourse, the memes, and much more. It's a love note that says 'we want you here, this is for you too'. Here's our guide to accessible social media etiquette:
https://www.charitycomms.org.uk/social-media-etiquette-for-accessibility

12) Baileys Launches 'Delicious Descriptions' Campaign For Blind And Partially-Sighted Social Media Users | May 19, 2023

Adult treat brand, Baileys, has launched 'Delicious Descriptions', a social campaign focused on enhancing image descriptions and screen reader content for blind and partially-sighted social media users by layering in more delicious, more indulgent descriptors of treat content:
https://mobilemarketingmagazine.com/baileys-launches-delicious-descriptions-campaign-for-blind-and-partially-sighted-social-media-users

13) Radio and the Blind: An Evolving Relationship | May 17, 2023 | Radio World

In the 1920s, newspaper articles called radio a godsend for the blind. It was both educational and entertaining, and it would help them to feel less isolated. Today, many people with visual impairment live independent lives and enter a variety of occupations, including broadcasting. Thanks to technologies like screen-reading software, most internet websites are accessible. And a growing number of movies and television programs now have audio descriptions. So what role does radio play in a world in which blind people have so many information and entertainment choices?
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/programming-and-sales/radio-and-the-blind-an-evolving-relationship

14) 37 Years And Over 100 Arrests: Longtime Disability Rights Icon Anita Cameron Is Retiring From Protests | The 19th News

In the wake of her last protest, The 19th spoke with Cameron about her life and the future of disabled activism:
https://19thnews.org/2023/05/anita-cameron-disability-rights-activist-retiring-protests/

15) Emergency Communication Tips When You Have Hearing Loss

Communicating during emergencies is deeply challenging: blaring sirens, stressful situations, and downed phone lines are all contributing factors that can make it hard to speak, hear, or think clearly. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, there's an extra layer of complexity and additional obstacles, including:
https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/53452-Emergency-communication-hearing-loss-deaf-tips

16) Recruiting Accessibility Testers with Disabilities | Accessibility.com

When testing the accessibility of a digital platform or product, companies have a couple of options. The two most common means of accessibility testing are automated and manual. Although automated testing can be cost-effective and punctual, it needs some nuance inherent to manual testing. This nuance comes from the fact that manual testing is performed by real people rather than software. Manual testing allows contributions from a variety of perspectives. One such perspective offered in manual testing is that of people with disabilities. One could argue that the view of an individual with disabilities is one of the most valuable assets available to companies pursuing accessibility. In this piece, we will discuss the value of testers with disabilities, how to recruit testers and ethical considerations that a company should consider:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/recruiting-accessibility-testers-with-disabilities

17) Fed CIO: More IDEA Act Guidance Coming This Summer | May 18, 2023 | MeriTalk

Federal CIO Clare Martorana said today she expects the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance this summer to Federal agencies on how to further implement the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA Act) approved by Congress in late 2018:
https://www.meritalk.com/articles/fed-cio-more-idea-act-guidance-coming-this-summer/

18) Dear Colleague Letter On Online Accessibility At Postsecondary Institutions Released By The United States Department of Justice | May 19, 2023 | Microassist

The DOJ's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a Dear Colleague Letter to postsecondary institutions reminding them of their obligations under ADA Title II to provide students with disabilities equal access to online courses and programs. OCR emphasized that institutions must make reasonable modifications to their websites and online courses to ensure that students with disabilities can participate and succeed. If you are a vendor that sells technology to educational institutions, this letter is a warning shot:
https://www.justice.gov/crt/case/dear-colleague-letter-online-accessibility-postsecondary-institutions

19) Putting DEIA Into Action: Why Inclusive Organizations Prioritize Digital Accessibility | Level Access

What do these acronyms mean? And how, if at all, are they different? In this post, we'll define DEI and make the case for why accessibility — and digital accessibility, in particular — is integral, not additional, to any effective DEI program. We'll also explain why DEIA needs to be a top priority for any organization aiming to foster a fairer and more just culture and succeed in today's market:
https://www.levelaccess.com/blog/trends/putting-deia-into-action-why-inclusive-organizations-prioritize-digital-accessibility

20) How For Blind People, The iPhone Significantly Changed The World Of Cell Phones Even More Than For The Sighted | May 16, 2023 | Kevin Renato Jones | Accessibility Insights

In 1990 I had a conversation with my friend Aaron Levinthal about phones and we thought it would be cool if we could just take our phone put it on our belts and go out into public. Neither of us had seen a cell phone at that point yet. On a college trip the assistant choir professor Jonathan Overby had a cell phone, and used it once or twice. They began to be more prevalent as time passed, though I'd never held one until I got one. Well, a working cell anyway; my parents showed me an old cell from the early 1990s that was no longer in service. The retired phone was from one of their friends, was about the size of a brick, and seriously weighed in like one too , at least two or three pounds:
https://accessibility-insights.com/2023/05/16/how-for-blind-people-the-iphone-significantly-changed-the-world-of-cell-phones-even-more-than-for-the-sighted/

21) Can Completely Blind Persons Remediate PDF Documents By Themselves? | Karen McCall | Access Technology Higher Education Network

PDF remediation is not possible for someone who depends on a screen reader and has no functional vision. The reason for this is that you have to match the tags in the tags tree to what you see on the physical page. Screen readers can only read a PDF through what gets tagged:
https://www.accessinformationnews.com/14.html

22) DoorDash Charges iPhone Users More Than Android Users, Lawsuit Alleges

DoorDash charges iPhone users more than it charges Android users, at least according to a class-action lawsuit filed against the company. In the lawsuit, customers allege that DoorDash uses vague fees "delivery charges" fees as a way to mask the higher prices being paid by iPhone users:
https://9to5mac.com/2023/05/19/doordash-charges-iphone-users-more-than-android-users-lawsuit-alleges/

23) How Do Blind People Watch Movies? | MakeUseOf.com

Thanks to many accessibility features, visually impaired people can enjoy movies as much as everyone else:
https://www.makeuseof.com/how-do-blind-people-watch-movies/

24) The Problem With Medical Moms | Grace Dow Writes

A critical look at how disabled children and youth feel when their parents share details of their disabilities on social media:
https://gracedowwrites.com/2023/05/13/the-problem-with-medical-moms/

25) Of Keys and Castles: The Social Model of Disability | Trevor Attenberg | World Blind Herald

Here's the scenario. You are involved in an organization in your hometown to alleviate hunger and homelessness. The organization's president is a charismatic type, capable of passionate speeches that shake dust from the sealing and keep nearly everyone wide-awake. “If you ain't willing to open your own castle to someone in need, you better not be talking to me about an open mind” she says. She composes the monthly report, which, like her speeches, feature ornate examples of her drawing and map-making abilities. In fact, most of the essential information in the monthlies are conveyed in this manner. Donation records are described by pictures of soup cans and tents, with numbers scribbled below with a sharpy. Volunteer assignments and current projects at homeless encampments are depicted on a map, which gives most participants a good idea of how close to their home everything is. Problem is you are blind. You've asked for digital copies of reports on a number of occasions, without anything to show. Undaunted, you collected one of the paper copies, and brought it home to scan with your newly updated phone. Because the written information is done by hand, and is not organized into neat rows or columns, your phone's OCR App can neither decipher the majority of characters, nor arrange them coherently. Worse, all the maps and nice drawings render into clusters of tildes and Curley brackets:
https://www.worldblindherald.com/of-keys-and-castles-the-social-model-of-disability/

26) Hitting Bullseyes While Blind: How Adaptive Hunting Equipment Is Helping 2 Marksmen Compete

Shaun Payne positioned himself behind his rifle, equipped with a camera clipped to the scope — the technology that displays the scope's view on a monitor. His spotter and friend, Stephen Miller, used a computer monitor to see Payne's targeting, adjusting the scope crosshairs onto the target. Payne whispered his usual mantra before he pulled the trigger. "I am a sandbag," he said. Then, he fired the rifle. Since Payne has adopted the adaptive technology, he said he's been able to shoot several bullseyes — some from 1,000 yards away. The experienced marksman shows no shortage of talent, despite having been blinded by a motorcycle accident in Utah five years ago:
https://www.ksl.com/article/50645573/hitting-bullseyes-while-blind-how-adaptive-hunting-equipment-is-helping-2-marksmen-compete

27) Lawsuits Targeting Company Websites For ADA Violations On The Rise | May 16, 2023 | Star Tribune

Digital accessibility is required by law, but less than 4% of websites fully comply, leaving most businesses exposed to litigation risk:
https://www.startribune.com/lawsuits-targeting-company-websites-for-ada-violations-on-the-rise-visual-hearing-accessible/600275196/

28) Opinion: The GOP Wants To Put Work Requirements On Medicaid Recipients. That Could Be Devastating For Thousands Of Americans | Mia Ives-Rublee | CNN

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and nearly all House Republicans voted late last month to rip away health coverage from hundreds of thousands of people like me, passing a measure that would impose work requirements as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid as part of their bill to raise the debt ceiling. If McCarthy's bill becomes law, an estimated 600,000 people would lose coverage:
https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/16/opinions/medicaid-work-requirements-debt-ceiling-ives-rublee/index.html

29) Overture Center Offers 'Tactile Tour' For Blind Audience Members At 'The Lion King' | May 17, 2023 | News 3 Now | YouTube

The Overture Center for the Arts gave visually impaired audience members a chance to get up close and personal with props and costumes from "The Lion King" before Wednesday night's performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FruotCoPgYc

30) Paralympic Star Brad Snyder Talks Accessibility, Identity, Thoughts On Paris 2024 | NBC Sports

https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2023/05/17/brad-snyder-paralympics/

31) Pop-up Ads Create Accessibility Issues — Here's How to Use Them Effectively

You are scrolling through your social media feed and stumble upon an interesting article. You click on the link to learn one. Before you can scroll to the second paragraph, a pop-up ad covers your screen. Its appearance is unexpected, the bright colors or video auto-play make it difficult to look at your phone, and the close button is hard to find. By the time you click away from the pop-up, your enthusiasm for the article has declined. For people without disabilities, pop-ups are usually considered an annoyance. For web users with disabilities, these pop-ups can limit their access to important information. However, many companies highlight the value of pop-up ads for revenue and conversion purposes. You can still keep using these ads, but first, you need to make some tweaks. Here's what you need to know from an accessibility standpoint:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/pop-up-ads-create-accessibility-issues-heres-how-to-use-them-effectively

32) 7 Museums, Gardens, And Performance Venues Making Art More Accessible To All | RoadTrippers.com

Decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, there's still a lot of progress to be made in making businesses, cultural institutions, and public spaces truly accessible for everyone. But every new technological advancement and thoughtful initiative allows more and more people to engage with the arts in new ways. From glasses designed to correct for color blindness, tactile displays, and braille signage, to improved wheelchair accessibility, here are seven places in the U.S. that are making experiences and environments more welcoming and comfortable to all visitors:
https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/museums-venues-making-art-more-accessible-to-all/

33) Echolocation Mastery Activates The Visual Cortex In Blind Individuals | BigThink.com

Humans are capable of using sound to navigate the environment in a process called echolocation. In blind people, the visual cortex can adapt its function to process non-visual information. A recent study examined how a brain region called the occipital place area factors into this process:
https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/blind-human-echolocation/

34) Where Do I Start With Accessibility? | May 14, 2023 | Tim Dixon

Where do I start with Accessibility? is the first question that anyone new to accessibility asks. Therefore, this post aims to provide a starting point to get involved with accessibility, regardless of you level of knowledge or role:
https://www.timdixon.net/blog/2023/05/where-do-i-start-with-accessibility/

35) Talking RFID Prescription Bottles to Launch at Wegmans Pharmacies | May 19, 2023

The grocery chain Wegmans will become the latest retail pharmacy to pilot the ScripTalk radiofrequency identification (RFID) prescription labeling system in five of its New York stores, the company announced in April. ScripTalk labels, placed on the bottom of the prescription bottle by the pharmacist, include special RFID codes that can be read by a small, battery-operated device called a ScripTalk station (provided at no cost to the patient). The device reads the prescription information out loud, including the drug name, prescription number, dosage, instructions, warnings and refill information. The labels can also be accessed on a patient's phone with apps for both Android and iOS:
https://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/Pharmacy-Technology-Report/Article/05-23/Talking-RFID-Prescription-Bottles-to-Launch-at-Wegmans-Pharmacies/70357

36) United States: Proskauer Obtains Victory For Visually Impaired Chicagoans | May 15, 2023

Proskauer and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates ("DRA"), a nationwide nonprofit disability rights legal center, triumphed in a Chicago court this month, obtaining a ruling that will lead to historic accessibility improvements for the more than 65,000 people with vision difficulties who live in Chicago. The Court granted summary judgment on claims that the City of Chicago discriminated against blind and low vision pedestrians under federal disability rights laws by failing to install accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at signalized intersections. American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago, et al. v. City of Chicago, No. 1:19-cv-06322 (N.D. Ill.):
https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/discrimination-disability--sexual-harassment/1315116/proskauer-obtains-victory-for-visually-impaired-chicagoans

37) New Learning Tool Is The 'Holy Braille' For Visually Impaired Students In Hawai'i | Hawai'i Public Radio

When it came time for her exams, Eme Mitchell-Butler said she was prepared but nervous about questions on diagrams. The Kalaheo High School student is blind and depends on braille and tactile graphics to understand complicated charts and other illustrations through her fingertips. Mitchell-Butler wanted to be a biochemist, so she took advanced biology, trigonometry and physics. But she hasn't always received her textbooks on time. Mitchell-Butler's case is not unique as blind students across the U.S. can wait three to five months to get their hardcopy braille. Braille textbooks can also cost between $20,000 and $40,000 per book, according to the American Printing House for the Blind. A new device called the Monarch may cut that waiting time. Developers have even nicknamed it the "holy braille:"
https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2023-05-15/new-learning-tool-is-the-holy-braille-for-visually-impaired-students-in-hawai%CA%BBi

38) Accessibility Overlays Don't Guarantee Compliance With European Legislation | May 17, 2023 | European Disability Forum

The European Disability Forum (EDF) and International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) have issued a joint statement clarifying the limitations of a technology known as 'accessibility overlay' — and warned that this technology does not make websites accessible or compliant with European accessibility legislation. Accessibility overlays enable users to change the way online content looks. While this can help some people, similar features are already available in today's browsers and devices — and some overlays can interfere with the other technology people with disabilities use to access online content (known as assistive technology). Many public and private online services are now using accessibility overlays instead of fixing their website to ensure it complies with accessibility laws and digital accessibility standards. Our objective with this statement is to ensure that people who are not digital accessibility experts understand what this technology can and cannot do. We strongly advise buyers of technology to actively engage with digital accessibility experts, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to understand user needs and how these can be met:
https://www.edf-feph.org/accessibility-overlays-dont-guarantee-compliance-with-european-legislation/

39) New Kansas Website Accessibility Law Provides Local Businesses With A Litigation Sword | ADA Title III

A New Kansas law will allow resident businesses to sue ADA website plaintiffs and their counsel over "abusive" litigation to recover defense fees and potentially punitive damages:
https://www.adatitleiii.com/2023/05/new-kansas-website-accessibility-law-provides-local-businesses-with-a-litigation-sword/

40) A Shocking Discovery About Phantom Limb Sensations Could Revolutionize Prosthetics | Inverse

When someone loses a limb, they might feel sensations in the region of their missing appendage as if it were still there. This phenomenon is known as a phantom limb, and it occurs in most people who lose an arm or leg. Scientists still don't fully understand why this happens despite numerous theories. Now, a paper published today in the journal Science describes how people with phantom limb sensations can experience temperature changes. Scientists say understanding why this happens could help them create better prosthetics that include thermal sensation:
https://www.inverse.com/science/shocking-discovery-phantom-limb-sensations-revolutionize-prosthetics

41) British Vogue Is Available In Braille. Blind 'Fashionistas' React.

British Vogue is making strides when it comes to inclusivity with the release of a braille edition of the magazine's latest issue:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/british-vogue-released-braille-edition-223429656.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr

42) If You Can See It Then I Have A Right To Know About It — We Are All Entitled | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

Our world is made up of everyone! Sighted, non sighted, mainstream, and those with a disability! Let us not forget this!
https://sterlingcreations.com/blog/if-you-can-see-it-then-i-have-a-right-to-know-about-it-we-are-all-entitled?preview=true

43) Can Airlines Fix Their Antiquated Accessibility Procedures? | May 10, 2023 | Samuel Blatchford | The Alpena News

Airline travel can be stressful. You have to deal with long lines at security, missing or damaged luggage, even a delayed flight or two. For Laura Hall, the program director at the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition in East Lansing, air travel can be even tougher. Hall has cerebral palsy and uses a power chair to get around. She said she hasn't had pleasant experiences while traveling by plane, and there were three instances where her chair was damaged:
https://www.thealpenanews.com/news/michigan-news-apwire/2023/05/can-airlines-fix-their-antiquated-accessibility-procedures/

44) Bronx MTA Hero Prioritizes Accessibility By Making Seats Comfortable, Putting Braille On Buses | ABC7 News

This week's MTA Hero is Kerry Bowden, a man who works hard to make sure accessibility is a priority with the MTA. Bowden is the Assistant Chief Maintenance Officer with the Department of Buses at Zerega Bus Maintenance and Training Facility in the Bronx. He and his team work with the accessibility team, looking to find ways to help New Yorkers get around:
https://abc7ny.com/mta-hero-accessibility-kerry-bowden-bronx/13233382/

45) National Federation of the Blind May 2023 Newsletter

https://nfb.org/resources/publications-and-media/imagineering-our-future/may-2023


➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events

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May 23, 2023 | Ask Sharky: Five Tips for Accessing PDFs in Adobe Reader with JAWS

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
We'll show you how to set accessibility preferences in Adobe Reader, open and save PDFs, plus provide keyboard commands for reading and navigation. Zoom conferencing platform and Clubhouse. 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

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

May 24, 2023 | Understand How to Create & Review VPATs (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Whether working with an organization reviewing Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) of products you are considering purchasing, or a company creating VPATs so that you can market your products, this webinar will help you understand the importance of a VPAT. Join Michael Parker to learn how to create a VPAT and quickly evaluate potential red flags. Learning Outcomes: What is a VPAT, and when do you need it. What a VPAT tells you about your product or digital property. Process of creating a VPAT. Red flags to look out for. Meeting ID: 852 1082 0335 | Passcode: 766506 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,85210820335#,,,,*766506# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location: +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85210820335?pwd=Z2hoUFdGMEFpWFY2dU8yL0l0dEV2QT09#success

May 24, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Semantics | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. The monthly “Understand, Test, and Solve” webinar series covers fundamental concepts in accessibility. Attendees learn how to address the set of WCAG Success Criteria for each concept. Over the course of this series, teams achieve full WCAG coverage in their testing. The latest webinar in this series covers Semantics — how to ensure modern user interfaces, with custom elements, beyond what's available in native HTML, are properly conveyed to assistive technologies. Attendees will: Know which UI elements require additional development to be consistent with WCAG. Gain fluency using Chrome Developer Tools to view the semantic information exposed by UI elements. Learn how to use ARC's Knowledge Base to confidently and accessibly create modern UI components from progress bars to combo boxes. This session is 30-minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-may-24-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-semantics/

May 25, 2023 | Envision's May Update And Summer Show Schedule | Envision

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
This month, we are taking scan text to a whole new level, and turbocharging find objects. Join us on May 25th and be the first to hear what's new at Envision, and where you can meet us in person at shows this summer:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9216844872774/WN_oSE2ZcoFRDuhyB3Hl-LHHw#/registration

May 25, 2023 | JAWS For Beginners Webinar | Computers For The Blind

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT on 5/26
Computers for the Blind presents a JAWS For Beginners training Webinar. Date: May 25, 2023, 8PM Eastern (US and Canada) and will last for 90 minutes:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LszhxU7oSUKPcdoBvuQqyg

May 25, 2023 | Explore the Compact 8 — Free Training Webinar | Optelec

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Want to learn about the new and unique features of the latest portable video magnifier from Optelec? Join us for a step-by-step webinar on how to get the most from the new Optelec Compact 8. Don't miss out on this educational hour as we demonstrate live and answer your questions in real-time:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ld5TTNxrS3iWVWek3cIQCQ

May 31, 2023 | TOPAZ Magnifiers: Powerful Visual Aids (Assistive Technology Webinar — ACVREP CE Approved) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The TOPAZ family of desktop video magnifiers combines ease of use with powerful features to help people retain their independent lifestyle — reading, writing, viewing photographs, and engaging in hobbies. All TOPAZ models are available in several monitor sizes and provide a clear, crisp picture with a wide range of magnification and color-coded controls. The ergonomic design provides exceptional reading comfort for hours of use in the home, office, or school. During this webinar, we discuss the features of all the TOPAZ models and the benefits each can give in specific situations. Join Ian Ramos and Joe McDaniel from Vispero as they dive deep into these powerful tools to help those challenged by vision loss. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. If you are a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), ACVREP continuing education credit is approved for this presentation. Learning Outcomes: Features of all TOPAZ models. Which features fit your needs best. How adding speech capability can take you further. Join Zoom Meeting: TOPAZ Magnifiers: Powerful Visual Aids | Meeting ID: 818 1319 3745 | Passcode: 159299 | One tap mobile: +16699009128,,81813193745#,,,,*159299# US (San Jose) | Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81813193745?pwd=LzBPaHFOSkp6Rm9iRFZwazlCQmRNdz09

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/

July 1, 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 7th, 2023 | Nothing Inspires People Like Cash! | Total Tech Solutions

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Join our virtual event on June 7, 2023, at 6:00 PM CST! Exciting opportunities await you! This event is open to all ages and backgrounds. Get ready for our first sponsor announcement, engaging contests, and an inspiring talk by Josh Perry from The Houston Hurricanes. Jeff Bazer from Vispero will also join us, providing additional insights. Register for the Zoom event to ensure you don't miss out. Live stream available on Facebook, YouTube, and Clubhouse. Recording will be posted on those platforms as well. Stay tuned for a captivating PromoPod episode on Spotify and other podcast platforms. Spread the word and save the date! #VirtualEvent #Inspiration #PromoPod:
https://shorturl.at/bswUY

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.


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:
https://aphcareerconnect.org/lesson-plans-for-teachers-and-professionals/the-job-seekers-toolkit/

Sponsor Since: November 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐️

Email: connectcenter@aph.org 📧️

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

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

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



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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.

Website: https://www.menus4all.com/ 🌐️

Email: stephanie@menus4all.com 📧️

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

App Restaurant Menu, Search and Waiter Alert Screens.

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: WayAround


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➜ Classified Advertisement: HURRY — Stock Up on WayTags Before Prices Increase on June 1!

WayAround is the best way to label things if you're blind or have low vision. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags ® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more. Prices on WayTags will increase on June 1, so stock up today on your favorite tags.
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Sponsor Since: November 18th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐️

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465 📱️

Email: connect@wayaround.com 📧️

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions


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➜ Classified Advertisement: Remote Incident Manager for Mac: Cruising Right Along!

The development of Remote Incident Manager for Mac has hit several milestones in the past couple weeks. We've introduced the ability to control a Mac fully unattended, the implementation of seamless file transfers on Mac targets, and the ability to gracefully assist a Mac through a reboot process! For those of you who have yet to experience the world's first cross-platform fully accessible remote support package, get in on the action at: https://pneumasolutions.com/remote-incident-manager-for-mac-public-beta/! Giving and receiving help has never been easier or more accessible, particularly for our Mac crowd. Prepare for a seamless experience that will forever change the way you receive and/or provide remote support and training. And if something isn't working quite right, please don't hesitate to give us feedback at: https://pneumasolutions.com/contact/! Remote Incident Manager: For the first time ever, remote help for the Mac is just a keyword away.

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: Living Blindfully


Left: Jonathan Mosen talking into a microphone with a Braille display and studio mixer in front of him. Right: The Living Blindfully logo.

Sponsor Since: May 29, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.livingblindfully.com/ 🌐️

About: Podcasting since 2004, Jonathan Mosen has been a well-known and trusted voice in the blind community for over a quarter of a century. The quality of his work is well-regarded, and his ability to entertain and inform is widely acknowledged.

With a background in commercial radio, Jonathan saw the potential of streaming audio to bring the blind community together, so in 1999, he devised Blind Line, the first global call-in show for the blind community.

He founded and directed ACB Radio, mentoring many volunteers in the blind community to take up Internet broadcasting and content production. Several prominent blind podcasters who continue to make valuable contributions to our community got their start during this period.

Prior to the start of the podcast era, his Main Menu show, which went to air for the first time on 10 April 2000, was a global grass roots way for blind people to share tips, tricks and demonstrations of technology. The archives of this show now represent an important historical record of the period.

Jonathan has hosted the popular Mosen Explosion music radio show for more than two decades. In 2010, he founded Mushroom FM where he can still be heard.

Jonathan is or has been a CEO, thought leader, advocate, change agent, government relations professional, author, information technology consultant, Internet start-up founder, candidate for Parliament, IT product designer, and non-profit Chair. He is married to Bonnie and has four children — two daughters and two sons, as well as a granddaughter.

He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for his services to the blind community.

You can learn more about Jonathan on his personal website.


Sponsor: Carrie on Accessibility


Carrie on Accessibility. Accessibility Explored. Shows technology to the right with accessibility features enabled.

Sponsor Since: May 29, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://carrieonaccessibility.com/ 🌐️

Email: email@carrieonaccessibility.com 📧️

About: Carrie's mission with Carrie on Accessibility (CoA) is to promote accessibility and to empower those, like herself, who are blind and visually impaired. Through her YouTube channel and other social media platforms, she shares videos exploring accessibility and assistive technology, along with other resources and encouragement that can benefit the community.

Carrie on Accessibility emphasizes accessibility, which is the path forward to equal access for those with disabilities. Designing with accessibility in mind is incredibly important. WCAG compliance is necessary and right, but compliance does not always equal accessibility. End user testing is the ultimate test. Through Carrie on Accessibility's Accessibility Review, businesses can evaluate the real world usability and functionality of their products and services.

Whether you're a content creator, small business owner, startup, organization, or corporation, Carrie on Accessibility can help you push beyond the limits to provide and promote accessibility.


Sponsor: Hartgen Consultancy


Left: Hartgen Consultancy logo. A pointed oval contains the words 'Hartgen Consultancy' written in a stylized script on a dark background. Right: The hands of a blind technician use a braille notetaker to troubleshoot a PC. QWERTY keyboard and braille notetaker visible.

Sponsor Since: May 29, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.hartgenconsultancy.com/ 🌐️

About: Hartgen Consultancy was established with a mission to provide accessible training and usable software tools to individuals with vision loss and to the deaf Blind community. Product offerings have and continue to significantly contribute to the employability and productivity of these communities. Our vision of inclusiveness and accessibility; a vision that informs every training module, all adaptive products, and excellent customer service, embodies the commitment to the core values of the company.

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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.

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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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Access Information News is the world's leading not-for-profit access information news publication that reaches over 16,000 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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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