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Access Information News for Monday, July 31, 2023 - Volume 921

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

A.) 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/

B.) 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/

C.) 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/

D.) 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

E.) 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/

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6) Advocating For Accessible Hearing Devices — A Call To Action | AT Today UK

Adriana Aleksandrova, Content Writer and Consultant for Hear4U, discusses the need of hearing accessibility and the challenges faced by individuals with hearing loss in accessing hearing assistive devices. The article covers important topics like the prevalence of hearing impairments, barriers to accessibility, the role of technology and innovation, and promoting inclusivity:
https://attoday.co.uk/exclusive-advocating-for-accessible-hearing-devices-a-call-to-action/

7) Yes, People Who Are Blind Can Be Software Engineers | University of California

While conducting research into meeting accessibility for software engineers who are blind or low vision, the first problem Yoonha Cha encountered was a lack of awareness. "I've talked to sighted software developers, and they've said, "I'm sorry, but software development is just something a blind person cannot do," says Cha, a Ph.D. student studying informatics at UC Irvine. Watch developer Saqib Sheikh prove otherwise in this conference presentation:
https://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/yes-people-who-are-blind-can-be-software-engineers

8) NASA is Launching a New Free Streaming Service Called NASA+

NASA has announced it is launching a new live TV streaming service called NASA+. This new service will replace NASA's older free stream with new content, a fresh look, and its first on-demand streaming selection:
https://cordcuttersnews.com/nasa-is-launching-a-free-new-streaming-service-called-nasa/

9) New App Could Help Blind And Low-Vision People Navigate Subway Stations

A new trip-planning app has shown encouraging results in improving navigation inside subway stations, according to a study published in IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, promising the possibility of easier commutes for people who are blind and low-vision. Designed by researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Commute Booster routes public-transportation users through the "middle mile" — the part of a journey inside subway stations or other similar transit hubs — in addition to the "first" and "last" miles that bring travelers to and from those hubs:
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20230727/New-app-could-help-blind-and-low-vision-people-navigate-subway-stations.aspx

10) CVS Rolls Out Collection Of Accessible Products

CVS is introducing a new line of tweezers, nail clippers and other self-care tools designed to be easier for people with disabilities to use:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2023/07/25/cvs-rolls-out-collection-of-accessible-products/30473/

11) Johns Hopkins Joins Forces With Rebokeh To Enhance Low Vision Assistive Technologies | Assistive Technology Blog

ReBokeh, an assistive technology startup, has partnered with Johns Hopkins University's Disability Health Research Center (JHDHRC) to create Low Vision Connect, a digital community platform. The collaboration between ReBokeh and JHDHRC aims to improve the lives of individuals with low vision by facilitating authentic connections based on personal experiences. The platform is intended to address social isolation within the low-vision community and provide a space for people to share their lived experiences, find support, and build lasting relationships:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/07/johns-hopkins-joins-forces-with-rebokeh-to-enhance-low-vision-assistive-technologies.html

12) United Becomes First U.S. Airline to Add Braille to Aircraft Cabin Interiors

New tactile signage will help people with visual disabilities better identify row numbers, seat assignments and lavatory locations independently. First Braille-equipped aircraft now flying and the airline expects to outfit entire mainline fleet by 2026:
https://acb.org/United-Airlines-braille

13) Libro.fm Helps Local Bookshops to Provide Audiobook Access to Readers/Listeners | Good eReader

Bookshops are now partnering with Libro.fm to offer audiobooks to their customers. These audiobooks will be available both individually and through credit models to give these stores an edge amidst the competition. Libro.fm is a social purpose corporation that allows readers/listeners to access their favorite audiobooks through local bookstores. With their services, the company aims to leverage the local economy and offer jobs while making a difference in the community:
https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/libro-fm-helps-local-bookshops-to-provide-audiobook-access-to-readers-listeners

14) ADA Anniversary 2023: Celebrating an Accessible World | APH

Thirty-two years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The ADA protects against discrimination against people with disabilities in public spaces, including the workforce and higher education. This act has helped many persons with disabilities gain access to experiences and opportunities that were once unobtainable due to unjust barriers. This monumental act means a lot for millions of Americans, and even though it has been over three decades since its enactment, the ADA is still as impactful as ever:
https://www.aph.org/ada-anniversary-2023-celebrating-an-accessible-world/

15) Senator Markey, Representative Eshoo Reintroduce CVTA To Make Communication Technologies Accessible For Americans With Disabilities

On eve of ADA anniversary, lawmakers propose legislation to update technology accessibility regulations to ensure full and equal participation for people with disabilities in the digital age:
https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/sen-markey-rep-eshoo-reintroduce-cvta-to-make-communication-technologies-accessible-for-americans-with-disabilities

16) Justice Department Advances Proposed Rule to Strengthen Web and Mobile App Access for People with Disabilities

The Justice Department sent to the Federal Register for publication a notice of proposed rule-making under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that aims to improve web and mobile applications (apps) access for people with disabilities and clarify how public entities — primarily state and local governments — can meet their existing ADA obligations as many of their activities shift online:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-advances-proposed-rule-strengthen-web-and-mobile-app-access-people

17) Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks on the Web Accessibility Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thank you, Neera. I am thrilled to be with you to announce that the Justice Department has sent to the Federal Register for publication a notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/associate-attorney-general-vanita-gupta-delivers-remarks-web-accessibility-notice

18) 2023 Accessible Credit Reports Press Release | Law Office of Lainey Feingold

This is a press release. It announces that blind people can get free credit reports in braille, large print or audio formats. These reports are also accessible online through the Annual Credit Report website. The three nationwide credit reporting agencies worked with the American Council of the Blind on this initiative. They worked together using a strategy called as Structured Negotiation. The telephone number to receive reports in braille, large print or audio formats is (877) 322-8228 ☎:
https://www.lflegal.com/2023/07/credit-report-press-2023/

19) SCOTUS Might Not Rule on the Standing of ADA Title III Testers After All

The Plaintiff in Acheson v. Laufer dismisses her lawsuit with prejudice and asks SCOTUS to dismiss its pending review based on mootness:
https://www.adatitleiii.com/2023/07/scotus-might-not-rule-on-the-standing-of-ada-title-iii-testers-after-all/

20) What It Takes To Avoid An Ada Lawsuit, 33rd-Anniversary Edition | Deque

With the number of digital accessibility lawsuits in 2023 on the rise, it begs the question, “Do I really need to consider the needs of 1 in 4 Americans when it comes to their ability to do business with me?” The increasing litigation says yes. Let's take a look at how you can minimize your exposure to a lawsuit while providing a great experience for all your customers through proven best practices for digital accessibility feedback management:
https://www.deque.com/blog/what-it-takes-to-avoid-an-ada-lawsuit-33rd-anniversary-edition/

21) New EEOC Resource Answers Employer Questions About ADA and Visual Disabilities in the Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated technical assistance document detailing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers job applicants and employees with visual disabilities:
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0fcc6c69-fcb8-443e-9de9-37ed0ba2a93a

22) Reddit Is Testing Its Own Verification Mark And New Accessibility Features | TechCrunch

Reddit has outlined its roadmap to roll out accessibility features on its own apps. The company said that parts of the service, such as the left navigation menu, profile drawer, bottom tab bar (which includes buttons for creating a post, Chat and Inbox) Community page, post detail page and Home & Popular feeds will be compatible with screen readers next month:
https://techcrunch.com/2023/07/27/reddit-is-testing-its-own-verification-mark-and-new-accessibility-features/

23) National Institutes of Health (NIH) RADx Tech Publishes Comprehensive Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests | U.S. Access Board

Available now and hosted by the U.S. Access Board, the Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests document aims to ensure that more people can access and use COVID-19 home tests, including those who have no vision or low vision, have a reduced range of dexterity or motor skills, and are aging:
https://www.access-board.gov/news/2023/07/27/national-institutes-of-health-nih-radx-tech-publishes-comprehensive-best-practices-for-the-design-of-accessible-covid-19-home-tests/

24) The Visually Impaired Performer Who Fought To Stand In The Spotlight | YouTube

Artist and educator Claire Teo may be visually impaired, but she won't let it stand in the way of a career in performing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t9sqrdhVNE

25) Sight Village Central 2023: My Experience | Tim Dixon

This week I attended my first Sight Village Central 2023 in Birmingham, UK and had a fantastic time meeting many people, some I have engaged with online for many years. Sight Village Central is an exhibition featuring organizations providing services and products to support the blind and low vision community. You can find out more about Sight Village Central on the Queen Alexander College website:
https://www.timdixon.net/blog/2023/07/sight-village-central-2023-my-experience/

26) 7 Things Disabled People Have To Think About Every Day | Forbes: Subscription Required

Having a disability is tiring. Every day you have to plan for things that other people just don't have to. Most "disability awareness" content, for Disability Pride Month and other occasions, tends to emphasize disabled peoples' capabilities and resilience, while avoiding anything that suggests pity or inherent hardship. There are solid reasons for this. It's important to counteract the low expectations for disabled people that drive much of disability discrimination. Many disabled themselves want very much to project positivity, to the broader community and themselves as well. And it's hard to figure out how to talk about the real barriers disabled people face, without sounding self-pitying or pleading:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2023/07/24/7-things-disabled-people-have-to-think-about-every-day/

27) How To Create a Sensory Corner | WonderBaby

It wasn't until I had my second child that I truly understood each child's specific needs when it comes to sensory stimulation. With personalities that couldn't be more opposite, one of my kids needed activities to calm themselves, the other to help bring their sensory stimulation to life:
https://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/sensory-corner

28) Enhancing PDF Accessibility: Implementing Alternate Text | The Accessibility Guy

In the rapidly evolving digital era, the need for accessibility in all forms of content, including PDFs, is increasingly crucial. To bridge the accessibility gap, setting alternate text within a PDF is a method that cannot be overlooked. This blog post provides a step-by-step guide to this process:
https://theaccessibilityguy.com/enhancing-pdf-accessibility-implementing-alternate-text/

29) What Is The Web Accessibility Initiative? What's Its Purpose, & What Does It Do? | Sam Graves | Allyant

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is a W3C initiative that develops standards and other support materials to help people better understand and implement accessibility. The WAI was launched by the W3C, with help from the White House, in 1997. The WAI is made up of people from disability organizations, governments, and research labs throughout the world. The WAI's goal is "to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities," including users with auditory, cognitive, physical, speech, and visual impairments:
https://allyant.com/what-is-the-web-accessibility-initiative-whats-its-purpose-what-does-it-do/

30) Dexcom Will Release a CGM Just for Type 2 Diabetes

Dexcom has announced a big step in its campaign to bring continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to everyone with diabetes. Next year, the business will release a new sensor designed for people with type 2 diabetes who do not require insulin:
https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/dexcom-will-release-a-cgm-just-for-type-2-diabetes-713057/

31) For UK Subscribers Superdrug Launches New Accessibility Features To Make Online Shopping More Inclusive

Superdrug has launched a range of personalized accessibility features on its website to make it more inclusive and accessible for disabled customers. According to the Top250 retailer, the technology will allow customers to navigate its website “with ease” and provide a “customizable and personalized shopping experience”, following research that 70% of 14 million people registered as disabled in the UK abandon their online shopping cart due to inaccessibility:
https://internetretailing.net/superdrug-inclusive-website/

32) How To Make Your Online Job Portal More Accessible | Accessibility.com

Online job portals are often the central hub of company hiring activities. They're where prospective candidates get to know an organization, view available jobs, and submit applications. But these portals should be designed to serve everyone, including applicants with disabilities. Roughly 27% of adults in the United States have a disability, representing a significant part of the workforce. But many career websites aren't built with this group in mind, creating hurdles that limit their access and participation. By doing so, businesses miss out on a vast pool of potential talent, which is a loss in itself. On top of that, these accessibility issues could also lead to legal complications under laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therefore, ensuring that your online job portal is accessible to all isn't just an astute idea — it's a legal necessity:
https://www.accessibility.com/blog/how-to-make-your-online-job-portal-more-accessible

33) Why Myopia Is Becoming Increasingly Common Among Kids And Adults | NPR

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Dr. David Epley about the rise of myopia and the reasons why, especially among children:
https://www.npr.org/2023/07/23/1189659924/why-myopia-is-becoming-increasingly-common-among-kids-and-adults

34) 'It Brought Me Alive': Beep Baseball Offers A Whole New Ballgame To The Blind, Visually Impaired | ABC13 News

Beep baseball is an adapted version of America's pastime. A run is scored when a blind or visually impaired hitter reaches the buzzing base before one of the six defensive players can corral the beeping ball off the bat. "When I finally got into it, it brought me alive," Houston Hurricanes player John Marquez said. "Sports is what did it. I play beep ball now for the Houston team:"
https://abc13.com/beep-baseball-for-blind-visually-impaired-sports-through-sound/13538410/

35) U.S. Finds AZ Prisons Discriminate Against Blind And Partially Sighted Inmates

Federal investigators say Arizona's prison system illegally discriminates against inmates who are blind or partially sighted. The state Corrections director said his administration first learned of the federal review that went on for more than two years about two weeks ago:
https://kjzz.org/content/1852622/us-finds-az-prisons-discriminate-against-blind-and-partially-sighted-inmates

36) These Old Commercials Are Grrreat!

The Internet Archive is a great place to find all kinds of old media that is either in the public domain or is available for use through Creative Commons licensing. The Internet Archive's Classic T.V. Commercials collection contains more than 17,000 old commercials dating back to the 1950s! They're all available to view online and most are available to download as MP4 files. You can search through the collection according to keyword, year, language, and producer:
https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2023/07/these-old-commercials-are-grrreat.html


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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 2, 2023 | Easy Portable Reading — The omniReader (ACVREP CE Approved, Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
The omniReader ® allows visually impaired users to easily read printed text by pressing a single button. You can follow the magnified text in high-contrast colors on the built-in screen or listen as the omniReader reads the text out loud. You can also use the screen to instantly magnify objects and text and display them in high-contrast colors to see them more clearly. Thanks to its lightweight design, built-in handle, and long battery life, you can pick it up and use it wherever you want — at home, at the office, and even on the go. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joseph McDaniel from Vispero as they explain this machine's critical assistive role to the visually impaired. Note that everybody is welcome and can benefit from this presentation. Teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) can earn ACVREP continuing education credit by attending this approved presentation. Learning Outcomes: Feature walkthrough of the omniReader. Understand the primary and secondary assistive benefits. How the omniReader can be an effective reading tool:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84489326672?pwd=aHgxdUFlZG1yYWoxb3puWTM5Z0NLZz09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

August 2, 2023 | An Open Conversation With Mike Calvo | Total Tech Solutions, LLC

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT
Join us on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 11PM GMT for an open conversation with Mike Calvo. It's a unique experience as we gather on Zoom and also stream live on Facebook and Clubhouse. Don't miss it! See you there at:
http://www.wespeak.live

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):
https://dor-ca-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jBntGDIxSumFWuWHLIA6Ig#/registration?os=iphone

August 9, 2023 | Create Source Files: MS Word to PDF Remediation (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Microsoft Word offers many tools that make remediation in PDF quicker and more successful. Join Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for creating your documents in Microsoft Word with the intent to convert them to PDF. Learning Outcomes: Discover best practices in formatting standard document elements. Explore the WCAG 2.1 color requirements that may apply to your content. Introduction to creating PDFs directly from Microsoft Office:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82644298230?pwd=alhMWlRqb0tOS3dHNFVrSEtOam04dz09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

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:
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E144393&id=86

August 16, 2023 | JAWS: Getting Help & Accessing Training Materials (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Get to know the various tools, help menu options, and free training materials that already exist with JAWS. Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity to discover ways to get assistance with concepts, commands, exercises, additional web resources, and more. Learning Outcomes: Help tools of JAWS, including Keyboard Help and Screen Sensitive Help. Additional help from the help menu includes the manual, web resources, and free training. Free training web resources include the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube channel, Free Webinars Training page, Surf's Up Training website, etc:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86019597044?pwd=aFdFUzhQWWFDTkRMOTdCUXRGRVZJQT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885

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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August 23, 2023 | How to Create Accessible Videos (Digital Accessibility Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
Do you create videos for YouTube or other platforms? This presentation will review the components of accessible videos and how to make them. Join Michael Parker from Access Ingenuity to learn about creating accessible videos, including captions, audio descriptions, and descriptive text transcripts. Learning Outcomes: Learn the main elements of an accessible video to comply with WCAG 2.1 Guidelines. Learn how to edit captions on YouTube. Learn how to design videos so that they meet audio description requirements. Learn the basics of creating descriptive text transcripts:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85965137306?pwd=R3dDeUJZaEp3Q2xJbmpmRkxUVTNKUT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885#success

August 30, 2023 | JAWS: Testing for Website Accessibility (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT
An essential part of ensuring that a website is accessible is to test the site with a screen reader. Join Michael Parker (Web Accessibility Specialist and DHS Trusted Tester) and Marisa Church (Assistive Technology Specialist and Expert Screen Reader) as they demonstrate how to test a website with the JAWS screen reader. Learning Outcomes: Understand the importance of testing websites with a screen reader. Learn how to test a website with a screen reader. Learn the difference between using the Say All command and Tab to navigate a webpage. Learn about basic JAWS settings required for testing. How to use the Virtual HTML Features and Text Viewer in JAWS for quicker testing:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88477062027?pwd=c0lPNVdYSmtJakxLUUVpekZjZzd6UT09&mc_cid=1c5c3cbecd&mc_eid=90429c1885

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

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
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 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:
https://accessiblepharmacy.com/blind-health-expo-2023/

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

5PM PT, 6PM MT, 7PM CT, 8PM ET, 11PM GMT
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM CT. Learn a few tips about everyday technology from a technology expert, ask your questions, and share your experiences.
https://hadley.edu/discussion-groups/tech-it-out


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Sponsor: WayAround


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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: Pneuma Solutions


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With Pneuma Solutions back in action at summer conventions, it is time once again for some unbeatable deals! And you're going to love this one... 25% off anything! That's right, anything! With the only exception being Sero due to its separate purchase process, anything available for purchase in our store via Stripe is 25% off for the month of July! RIM Personal for your machine at home? $74.25! Need to scale up? No problem, your 25% will be applied to the new price! Missed out on the Community Support discount? Never fear, you can still slash $37.25 off the $149 price, making the price $111.75! Scribe scans, credits and subscriptions are also covered. And the best part? You don't even have to pick which item to use it on! Purchase as many items as you need, and use this code on all of them! From now until July 31, you can spend 25% less and receive 100% of Pneuma's best in accessible remote desktop and document remediation! Use code show2023 for 25% off anything in our store til 07/31!
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Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.

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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.

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


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Sponsor: Total Tech Solutions, LLC


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Sponsor: NSITE.org


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Look at our upcoming training programs and job placement opportunities. A few seats are open for the Customer-Centered Communications course, which will start in August. This highly engaging and participatory class is delivered virtually over four consecutive days (four hours per session). Register by the August 1, 2023 deadline! Now accepting applications for in-demand careers in HR and IT with our Sourcing Special Certificate and NSITE IT Essentials (with CISCO) Programs. Additional courses are on our training page and our accessible on-demand programs. (Earn a digital badge for select courses). NSITE can assist with securing financial support for training programs. Learn more today at: https://bit.ly/NSITE-CCC.

Sponsor Since: March 6th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://nsite.org/ 🌐

About: NSITE provides a continuum of employment services that connect employers with talented, dedicated people who are blind, low-vision, and/or veterans to meet their workforce needs. As you move through the hiring process, NSITE is with you every step of the way to ensure that finding the right employee-employer match is as smooth and seamless as possible.

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

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

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Sponsor: Clusiv


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

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

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

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

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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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Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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

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Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter


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

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

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

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Editorial Contributor #1: John Hanlin (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST/MDT) (GMT-7/GMT-6)

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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Editorial Contributor #2: Jenna Lang (Volunteer)


Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST/CDT) (GMT-6/GMT-5)

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 Digital Marketing Firm.

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

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

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Editorial Contributor #3: David Woodbridge (Volunteer)


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Volunteer Editorial Contributor Since: February 6th 2023

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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