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Access Information News for Monday, July 24, 2023 - Volume 920

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

A.) 6 Lessons Learned From Working Remotely in a Call Center | Empish J. Thomas

Back in May I started working remotely in a call center. I was hired as a customer service representative. After about a year of grueling job searching I was excited to be working steady again. Plus the ability to continue working from home was a key selling point. I have worked in customer service type jobs in the past so this position was not totally new to me. My previous positions included being a salesclerk at a department store. Then later answering calls from around the country in a corporate human resources department. I am a problem solver and enjoy talking to people. I have a good handle on computer technology and using a screen reader. After all for years I learned to be my own tech support. So, why did I quit after only a few weeks of training and one day of work? Yes, this sounds alarming and you are probably wondering what in the world happened. Let me explain by sharing the powerful lessons I learned from my brief time there:
https://empishthomas.com/2023/07/08/6-lessons-learned-from-working-remotely-in-a-call-center/

B.) Meet The 4 Major Medical Innovations That Can Help To Aid Different Levels Of Blindness

Advances in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and machine learning have all helped to accelerate the array of treatments available to those suffering from different levels of blindness, and with this in mind, let's take a deeper look into four of the most significant recent medical innovations that can help to treat visual impairments:
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2023/07/13/meet-the-4-major-medical-innovations-that-can-help-to-aid-different-levels-of-blindness/

C.) Transportation Apps Can Help People With Disabilities Navigate Public Transit But Accessibility Lags Behind | The Conversation

Smartphone apps have become commonplace tools for travel and navigation. As technology becomes more integrated into transport networks, apps will continue to be indispensable. But many of those apps remain inaccessible to those with various disabilities. Many people with disabilities rely on public transit as many do not have a driver's license. Planning trips, getting to and from transit stops successfully and navigating transit systems is important:
https://theconversation.com/transportation-apps-can-help-people-with-disabilities-navigate-public-transit-but-accessibility-lags-behind-208011

D.) How To Build Accessibility Into Your Home — So You Can Enjoy It Forever | The Telegraph

Designing a home that remains accessible for all stages of life makes sense — and it doesn't have to mean compromising on beauty:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/how-to-accessible-home-design-greenaway-architecture/

E.) CheckPlease, A Service To Make Restaurant Payments Accessible | Tom | Even Grounds

Recently I came across a solution that could not only revolutionize restaurant payments, but would make it much more accessible to blind people as well. It is called CheckPlease. It is a simple app which allows you to pick a restaurant, order from the menu, and pay using your phone:
https://evengrounds.com/checkplease-a-service-to-make-restaurant-payments-accessible/

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8) Meet 'Annie', World's 1st Self-Learning Braille Device That Also Acts as a Personal Tutor

Sanskriti Dawle, Aman Srivastava, Dilip Ramesh and Saif Shaikh started Thinkerbell Labs. Its flagship product, Annie is a self-learning braille device which acts as a personal tutor with audio-guided lessons, available in multiple regional languages:
https://www.thebetterindia.com/324715/meet-annie-worlds-first-self-learning-braille-device-that-also-acts-as-a-personal-tutor/

9) Audible Extends Three-Month Free Streaming Offer for Summer | The Hollywood Reporter

The deal gets you access to thousands of podcasts, audiobooks and Audible Originals for free:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/shopping/best-audible-free-trial-books-deal-1235538524/

10) Progress Over Perfection: Advice for Sustainable Digital Accessibility | Level Access

At first, many organizations treat digital accessibility as a box to check. They run a scan of their website, obtain a list of accessibility errors, fix those errors, and consider their work complete. Here's the problem: new barriers are introduced as experiences evolve, trapping teams in a frustrating and expensive break/fix cycle, in which they're constantly backtracking to remediate emerging issues. So, how can organizations pave a sustainable path to online inclusion?
https://www.levelaccess.com/blog/progress-over-perfection-advice-for-sustainable-digital-accessibility/

11) How the National Braille Press Brings Books to Blind Readers

A few times a day, a strange, pulsating sound fills the Boston headquarters of the National Braille Press. Thun-thun. Thun-thun. This is what employees of the nonprofit braille publisher call the office's "braille heartbeat," generated by an assortment of printing presses — 50-year-old Heidelbergs and modern big-roll embossers alike — pumping away in the basement, producing books and other reading materials for blind readers:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/92816-how-the-national-braille-press-brings-books-to-blind-readers.html

12) Legislation Threatens California Businesses With Big New Risk From Website, App Accessibility Lawsuits

A new bill that could mean another record filing of California lawsuits on website accessibility is now under consideration by Sacramento lawmakers, following a "gut-and-amend" process that let it replace a different bill that had already been through required legislative channels:
https://norcalrecord.com/stories/646244823-legislation-threatens-california-businesses-with-big-new-risk-from-website-app-accessibility-lawsuits

13) Florida Kept Disabled Kids In Institutions. A Judge Is Sending Them Home. | The Washington Post: Subscription Required

The ruling could have sweeping implications for thousands of disabled people across the country who rely on state-provided home health-care services:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/07/19/florida-disabled-kids-institutions-judge-ruling/

14) PSA: You Might Be Eligible for a Free Smart Thermostat | How To Geek

Did you know? Many power companies hand out smart thermostats for free:
https://www.howtogeek.com/824631/psa-you-might-be-eligible-for-a-free-smart-thermostat/

15) The NYPD Is Testing Drones That Broadcast Public Safety Warnings During Emergencies | The Verge

The law enforcement agency tested its 'remote-piloted public messaging capabilities' on Sunday following weeks of heavy rain and flooding in the city:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/18/23799144/nypd-drone-broadcast-safety-warnings-emergencies-surveillance

16) 508 and WCAG: What's the Difference? | BrailleWorks

Are you confused about the difference between Section 508 and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)? You're not alone. Many people think these terms are interchangeable, but they're actually different. Let's dive in and untangle the world of Section 508 and WCAG:
https://brailleworks.com/508-and-wcag-whats-the-difference/

17) Kids With Disabilities Deserve Better Schooling: Parents Must Spend Every July Fighting The Department Of Education On Behalf Of Their Children

Among the countless obstacles confronting the 486,418 New York City children with disabilities, gaining access to the classroom shouldn't be one of them:
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-kids-with-disabilities-deserve-better-schooling-20230718-ztvmaqxcczeojmi4meg3tukali-story.html

18) Recorded Webinar Helps Parents and Guardians Prepare Children for Learning Braille | APH Family Connect

Do you wonder how children learn braille? Are you looking for activities you can do with your child at home to support braille skills? Are you considering homeschooling your soon-to-be braille reader? If so, learn how APH Access Academy can equip you to support your child's braille-reading and writing development:
https://familyconnect.org/blog/familyconnect-a-parents-voice/recorded-webinar-helps-parents-and-guardians-prepare-children-for-learning-braille/

19) Scientists Discover Natural Repair Process That Fixes Damaged Hearing Cells

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have discovered how the cells that let us hear can repair themselves after being damaged. That important insight could benefit efforts to develop new and better ways to treat and prevent hearing loss:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/07/230710113811.htm

20) How Do I Take Photos And Videos As A Blind Person? | Blind Girl Blogs

Hello everyone, it's Siobhan here, and today I want to share with you all a glimpse into my world as a blind person who loves photography and videography. Often, people ask me how I manage to take photos and videos without sight, and while some responses can be hurtful or dismissive, I believe that educating and understanding each other is the key to a more inclusive society:
https://blindgirlblogsapp.wordpress.com/2023/07/18/how-do-i-take-photos-and-videos-as-a-blind-person/

21) Accessible Social Website

Alexa Heinrich's Accessible Social is a free resource for digital marketers, communication professionals, content creators, everyday social media users, and anyone who wants to learn how to make their content accessible for people with disabilities:
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22) Bowling Green State University Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives partners with Internet Archive

The BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, one of the largest collections of popular music at an academic institution in the United States, has partnered with the Internet Archive's Great 78 Project to digitize thousands of records made in the early 20th century:
https://blog.archive.org/2023/07/18/bowling-green-state-university-music-library-and-bill-schurk-sound-archives-partners-with-internet-archive/

23) Adobe Study: Employers Making Progress Supporting Employees With Disabilities But Must Make It A Priority To Recruit And Retain

Today, we're releasing the results of a new survey of 1,000 full-time workers, part-time workers, and students based in the U.S. — including respondents with and without disabilities. Findings include:
https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2021/12/09/adobe-study-shows-employers-making-progress-supporting-employees-with-disabilities#gs.k3amu0

24) Comcast NBC Universal Named A Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

For the ninth consecutive year, Comcast NBCUniversal was recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion, receiving a top score of 100 on the annual Disability Equality Index (DEI). We're honored to be part of this distinguished list of companies that are taking measurable, tangible actions toward disability inclusion and equality:
https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-nbcuniversal-named-best-place-to-work-for-disability-inclusion-2023


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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.
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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

July 25, 2023 | Accessible Consumer Products and Services for Europe: Countdown to EAA 2025 | TPGi

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Presenter: Mitchell Evan, Senior Accessibility Engineer. In June 2025, Europe will begin enforcing new digital accessibility regulations for consumer products and services. In this webinar, you'll learn how you can meet your customers' diverse needs while fulfilling the requirements of the European Accessibility Act (EAA):
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-25-at-10pm-et-accessible-consumer-products-and-services-for-europe-countdown-to-eaa-2025/

July 25, 2023 | Document Accessibility Boutique | National Federation of the Blind

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT
From students to professionals to friends in our community, digital documents are shared daily via email, on websites, etc. It is important for accessibility to be incorporated into the documents we create. Learn some of the basic but powerful techniques experts use every day to build accessibility into their documents. In partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities, join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on July 25, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern to learn how to make your documents accessible for all. Some topics that will be covered: Word document accessibility. PowerPoint accessibility. PDF accessibility. Register today for this free opportunity:
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July 26, 2023 | Navigating the Future of Work: Exploring Remote and In-Person Options for the Blind Community Webinar | Clusiv

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The modern workforce is evolving and we want to help you understand remote versus in-person work, how to navigate the differences, and how to figure out what is right for you in your career journey as someone who is blind or visually impaired. Come ready to gain skills, insights and engage in conversations with presenters that have lived experience in helping others with this topic! Click the link to register, get the Zoom link, and even if you can't make it registrants will receive an email with the recording after the presentation:
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July 27, 2023 | International Ally User Group Meeting

7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT
Join us in the July meeting of the International Ally User Group. We'll find out how one university is working with students to correct video captions. We'll also learn how three institutions took part in "Fix your content day" and learn their strategies for encouraging staff participation. Join us on Thursday 27 July 2023 at 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST/ 16:00 CEST / 17:00 TRT / 18:00 GST. Session synopses: Students as video caption editors. David Morgan, Digital Education Developer, University of Bristol In this session, David will discuss some of the evolving strategies used to develop The University of Bristol's captioning service, to get closer to meeting accessibility regulations. He will reflect upon his experiences of employing both undergraduate and postgraduate student caption editors and compare them with a professional caption editing service. Fix Your Content Day — Updates from the Winners In this session, the winners from the Ally Fix Your Content Day (FYCD) event will share the approaches their institutions took to this event. They will explain how they support FYCD, encouraged their faculty to participate and reflect on their success. Coastal Pines Technical College. Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Ogeechee Technical College. Find sign-up and joining details on the Ally Community site:
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July 27, 2023 | Understand, Test, Solve: Responsive Design | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Aaron Farber, Senior Accessibility Platform Consultant. TPGi's Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) platform empowers teams to solve common accessibility issues while growing their understanding over time. 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. So far, we've covered: Keyboard and Focus. Color Contrast. Page Structure and Navigation. Semantics. ARIA. The final webinar in this series covers responsive design — a design approach to make websites and apps responsive to user preferences and device capabilities. This webinar explains how accessibility guidelines are more about supporting people with low-vision and color-blindness to apply their own formatting to a site and less about supporting mobile devices. Each attendee gains a clear understanding of what issues in responsive design constitute a WCAG failure. The objective is to clear up confusion about page magnification, text magnification, and pinch-to-zoom. This session is 30 minutes. Stay after the call for our 30-minute Q&A:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-july-27-at-12pm-et-understand-test-solve-responsive-design/

August 1, 2023 | Creating Accessible Social Media Content | TPGi

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Leilani Mason, Solutions Engineer. Social media is a great tool to form connections, advertise, learn, and be entertained. In order for social media to be inclusive, it is critical that social media content is accessible. This talk will guide you through simple ways to make your social media content more accessible to screen reader users and the Deaf/HoH community. Attendees will learn about best practices for creating accessible social media content, including best practices for: Alternative text. Captions. ASCII art. Hashtags. Additionally, attendees will learn how to utilize the accessibility features built into social media platforms through step-by-step tutorials and review ways that users can go beyond built-in features. Register today:
https://www.tpgi.com/webinar-august-1-at-12pm-et-creating-accessible-social-media-content/

August 8, 2023 | Disability Awareness and Etiquette | California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 8PM GMT
Become disability aware and learn how to engage with persons with disabilities in this insightful two-hour webinar. Who Should Attend? People who make hiring decisions. People who manage people. People who work with people with disabilities. People who provide services to people with disabilities. Anyone who values diversity and inclusion. ASL interpreting and real time captioning will be provided during the event. Brought to you by the Department of Rehabilitation Disability Access Services (DAS):
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August 14, 2023 through August 18, 2023 | 22nd Audio Description Institute | Audio Description Associates, LLC | Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project announces its twenty-second Audio Description Institute, August 14-18, 2023 (Monday through Friday) from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern each day. All Virtual. Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 32 million Americans experience significant vision loss). The interactive sessions are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions:
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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.
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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:
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September 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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September 29, 2023 | Blindness and Mental Health Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss mental health in the blind and low vision community. Expert presenters will discuss: Psychology and therapy for the blind community. Medications and genomic testing. Peer and community support resources. 988 Mental Health Hotline information:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-mental-health-webinar/

October 13, 2023 | Blindness and Clinical Trials Webinar | Accessible Pharmacy

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT
Please join us as we discuss clinical trials for the blind and low vision community with these expert presenters: Ben Shaberman, VP Science Communications Foundation Fighting Blindness. Marin Allen, former Deputy Director of Communications, National Institute of Health. Maggie Cashion, Clinical Research Manager, Prism Vision Group:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blindness-and-clinical-trials-webinar/

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 12AM GMT Next Day
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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:
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November 28, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023 | Blind Health Expo 2023 | Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Now Open

The Blind Health Expo is the largest virtual event of healthcare information, products, services, and medication for individuals in the blind, low vision, and disability communities. Exhibitors can: Register for free. Interact with thousands of attendees. Showcase their products and services:
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December 26, 2023 | Tech It Out | Monthly Hadley Discussion Group

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
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About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?

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Sponsor: Living Blindfully


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Whether it's a product demo, a hot topic or an in-depth interview, the Living Blindfully podcast is a must-hear to find out what's on the mind of the blind community. Ensure you're among the first to be in the know. Join Living Blindfully Plus to receive episodes three days before they're public. Pay what you can afford or what you think it's worth. Set it and forget it with a recurring subscription which you can cancel any time, or just pay for a single month, the choice is yours. And when you subscribe to Living Blindfully Plus, you're supporting an important resource for the blind community where the global conversation continues every week. Join today and enjoy your Plus benefits immediately.
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We discuss tips and tricks, but we frankly discuss the barriers too, ranging from attitudinal barriers to accessibility barriers and more.

You'll hear plenty about technology on Living Blindfully, because when blind people have the skills to use it and when the tech is behaving itself, it's key to functional and economic independence. Whether it's a tech question from our community, a handy tip about getting the most from your screen reader, a demonstration of a cool new app for your smartphone, or discussion about a serious accessibility issue that is causing problems, you'll learn about it on Living Blindfully. We geek out sometimes, but we always make a point of bringing people along for the ride and making sense of it all.

But technology is simply a tool to help us live blindfully, so our podcast discusses much more. The topics on each episode vary a lot, but it's not uncommon to hear discussion about travel, cooking, relationships, self-care, sleep, history and even politics. After all, blind people have as diverse a mix of interests and opinions as anyone else.

While we welcome sighted allies and family members who have an interest in what blind people are thinking and talking about, Living Blindfully is unapologetically for blind people, by blind people. There are other great places to go to learn about how blind people do what we do. But there are few places that proudly cater to the blind community. So, if you're not blind but you're interested in an unfiltered discussion about what's occupying the blind community, you've come to the right place and you're very welcome.

Jonathan Mosen is the host and facilitator of Living Blindfully, and often conducts interviews and produces product demonstrations. But you'll also hear from our engaged community of listeners who share their thoughts in writing and in audio. You're very welcome to contribute on anything you hear during the show, or something new that's on your mind.


Sponsor: Carrie on Accessibility


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Sponsor Since: May 29, 2023 Calendar icon.

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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


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

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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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Sponsor: Clusiv


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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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Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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Moving the public policy needle is both difficult and costly. Access Ready has one of the most experienced teams in the business who have shown results. We have fostered Congressional language on accessible websites, elections, healthcare, communications, and other areas touched by information and communications technologies. These efforts are costly and we need your help to continue. Become an Access Ready supporter and create an accessible future for people with disabilities:
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About: Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications.

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

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

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If you need assistance with a new accessible website, document remediation or disability consulting of other kinds, Access Ready can help. We seek out the best in the business and bring them to you already vetted as to quality, professionalism and ability. By going through AccessReady.org to one of our qualified providers, you're not only getting the best, but supporting our advocacy and technological development efforts as well:
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About: Access Ready Inc. is a certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Access Ready Inc., a nonprofit cross-disability rights advocacy organization, is to promote a policy of accessibility benefiting all people regardless of ability across information and communications technology utilized for two way communications.

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

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

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

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

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Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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

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

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

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

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

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Freedom of expression, speech, and worship.
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Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter


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The APH ConnectCenter and NSITE have partnered to update the Job Seeker's Toolkit, an accessible, self-paced, free online training course. The Toolkit includes five sections covering self-awareness, career exploration tools, the preliminary employment process, the interview, and maintaining employment. We are bringing the Job Seeker's Toolkit to a larger audience and in a Learning Management System format for today's learners, at no cost. Visit APHCareerConnect.org to get started with the Job Seekers Toolkit today at:
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About: Access Information News is the world's leading not-for-profit access information news publication that reaches over 13,000 access professionals, educators and enthusiasts, all over the world, each week. Access Information refers to informational topics that directly affect the lives of people with disabilities. Access Information includes any and all information related to bettering the lives of people who are blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, neurodivergent and/or disabled. Access Information News is a Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication.



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

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

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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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Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: November 7th 2022

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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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