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Access Information News for Monday, December 18, 2023 - Volume 941

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

A) Disabled People Do Not Like Hamburgers! | Access By Design UK

Did you know that disabled people do not like hamburgers? Here is why... Hamburgers are generally not good for your health and yet many of us love them. It is the same with websites. Hamburger menus are almost always inaccessible for disabled people and yet most web designers love them. You generally see them when you are looking at the version website on a mobile but I have reviewed many websites that have them on the desktop version as well. It consists of 3 lines in a box with rounded corners. When you select it with your mouse, it opens up, so you can see all the pages and choose what you want. The problem is that disabled people using assistive technology such as screen readers or voice recognition usually find one of two things:
https://accessbydesign.uk/disabled-people-do-not-like-hamburgers/

B) Be My Eyes CEO Mike Buckley Talks OpenAI Boardroom Saga, 'Life-Changing' Tech, More | Steven Aquino | Forbes: Subscription Required

During the soap opera-level drama surrounding OpenAI and Sam Altman in recent weeks, I was following along with vested interest not merely for the insanity of it all, but because it felt the company's fate hung in the balance. As a lifelong disabled person who views ascendant technologies with skeptical eyes regarding accessibility, I wondered whether Altman's exit from OpenAI might ultimately spell doom for the software being built internally. In an effort to allay my fears and satiate my curiosity, I called up Be My Eyes chief executive officer Mike Buckley early last week to pick his brain about OpenAI's boardroom drama and the ripple effects it has on the disability community:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/12/04/be-my-eyes-ceo-mike-buckley-talks-openai-boardroom-saga-life-changing-tech-more/?sh=347f717e6cd2

C) Exploring Visual Narratives: A Comparative Analysis of Descriptive Techniques for the Blind

Ultimately, the best way to choose between these descriptions is to think about what you want to get out of the image. If you want a quick overview of the image, then the Alt Text is a good choice. If you want more detail and specificity, then the Be My Eyes description is a better choice. And if you want to experience the image in a more immersive and emotional way, then the ChatGPT description is the way to go. I used ChatGPT to generate an image using the following prompt: "A serene and beautiful garden scene, with a variety of flowers in full bloom, butterflies fluttering around, and a small pond with clear water and fish. The sun is setting in the background, casting a warm, golden light over the scene. In the centre, there's a comfortable-looking garden bench, inviting relaxation and reflection." I then asked the same instance of ChatGPT to 'generate alt text' in the same session. Next, I asked Be My Eyes on my iPhone to describe the image and finally I asked ChatGPT to 'describe the image to me' using my Custom Instructions — this is why it calls me Lotti, talks about my personality and calls me baby (it is affectionate) but I am not sure why it refers to itself in the 1st person... I'm not sure it does that all the time. I then asked it to compare the three descriptions and this is what it said:
https://charli.info/2023/12/08/exploring-visual-narratives.html

D) Opinion: Why the Arrival of Seeing AI to Android is an Exciting Development | Kareen Kiwan | Accessible Android

It's not uncommon for blind Android users to witness visually impaired apps primarily or exclusively launching on iOS, with new features consistently arriving on iOS before Android. Among these was Microsoft's Seeing AI, originally exclusive to iOS users. However, after years, the app has finally made its debut on Android. While some may have deemed its arrival belated and without much to offer in terms of competition, Seeing AI managed to establish itself as one of the compelling Android apps catering to the visually impaired from its very first day on the platform:
https://accessibleandroid.com/opinion-why-the-arrival-of-seeing-ai-to-android-is-an-exciting-development/

E) How Can I Use Technology To Support An Elderly Person From Afar? | AbilityNet.org UK

Juggling the demands of daily life can often leave us with limited time to connect with loved ones who live far away, or some disabled people who might have additional support needs. Fortunately, smart technology offers innovative solutions to bridge the distance, offer hands-free support and stay connected with vulnerable friends or relatives, such as elderly parents or partners who you care for, without being overbearing:
https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/how-can-i-use-technology-support-elderly-person-afar

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7) From Aardvarks To Zebu, SixDotsArt.com Offers Free Braille Drawing Patterns For The Whole Family | Lena

The kids are out of school,and wondering what to do. Give them a slate and stylus, and let them draw for you. A zebu or an aardvark? The sports car of your dreams? Africa or Italy? A quiet tambourine?
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8) How To Use Linkedin In Your Job Search As A Person With A Disability | WSBlind.org

This article provides strategies for individuals with disabilities using LinkedIn for job searches. Key tips include fully completing the LinkedIn profile, using a professional head shot, utilizing the job search feature to find relevant opportunities, building connections with personalized notes, and joining LinkedIn groups for networking. These methods, especially useful for those who are blind or visually impaired, aim to enhance visibility and connections in the professional sphere:
https://www.wsblind.org/blog/2023/10/18/how-to-use-linkedin-in-your-job-search-as-a-person-with-a-disability

9) Insights: Mobile Accessibility | Fable

Mobile device usage is at an all-time high, but we hear from designers and developers that they are uncertain how to make native mobile apps accessible to people with disabilities. While there is guidance in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) on mobile accessibility, and guidance from Apple and Google on making iOS and Android apps accessible, dense guidelines can be overwhelming for someone new to mobile accessibility. To better understand the accessibility barriers encountered on mobile devices, Fable surveyed our community of assistive technology users:
https://makeitfable.com/insights/insights-mobile-accessibility/

10) Holiday Decor Shopping with a Screen Reader on a Touch-Screen Device | Michael Taylor | UsableNet.com

The holiday season is upon us and is my favorite time of year. It might surprise some readers to learn that I love decorating for Christmas. One of my traditions is building a new custom decoration every year to add to my collection. This time, I decided I wanted to make a unique wreath adorned with C9 bulbs, those large old-fashioned colored holiday lights that will undoubtedly bring feelings of nostalgia to those who remember them from their childhood:
https://blog.usablenet.com/holiday-decor-shopping-with-a-screen-reader-on-a-touch-screen-device

11) Monarch Field Testing is Complete: What Comes Next? | APH

The Monarch, a groundbreaking braille technology device, recently completed a six-week field test. This test highlighted its unique features, like an on-demand tactile graphics library and the KeySoft interface, enhancing tactile experiences for visually impaired students. Developed collaboratively since 2020 by APH, HumanWare, the National Federation of the Blind, and others, the Monarch aims to revolutionize multiline electronic braille. The focus now shifts to analyzing field test data for further refinement and application development, ensuring the device meets educational needs:
https://www.aph.org/monarch-field-testing-is-complete-what-comes-next/

12) Study On The Twitter Migration | The Fediverse Report

Last year's Twitter migration, where a large number of people decided to move to Mastodon (including Access Information News and Top Tech Tidbits), is an example of a giant collective behavioural change that people engaged in voluntarily. A new paper takes a look at how the collective coordination happened, and what can be learned as the drivers of such a collective action. The authors (Lucia La Cava, Luca Maria Aiello, Andrea Tagarelli) show that Twitter communities migrated more quickly where:
https://fediversereport.com/study-on-the-twitter-migration/

13) Internet Archive Files Appeal Brief Defending Libraries and Digital Lending From Big Publishers' Legal Attack | Electronic Frontier Foundation

A cartel of major publishing companies must not be allowed to criminalize fair-use library lending, the Internet Archive argued in an appellate brief filed on December 15, 2023:
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/internet-archive-files-appeal-brief-defending-libraries-and-digital-lending-big

14) Meet The Twins Developing An Indoor Navigation App For The Visually Impaired — All While Navigating A New Life In NYC

Alp and Mert Kanibir, 17-year-old twin entrepreneurs and high school students, have been developing an indoor navigation system called NAVINDOOR for over a year. This project was inspired by a tragic accident in Turkey in March 2022, in which Alp lost his eyesight. Moving to New York for better opportunities and education, the twins joined a program by Virtual Enterprises to develop NAVINDOOR, designed to aid the visually impaired in indoor navigation. Their work gained attention, leading to collaborations with investors and entrepreneurs. The twins, who also play and study together, have presented their work at various events and plan to further develop NAVINDOOR in college. Alp aspires to be a lawyer and Mert a computer scientist, but their journey is as much about their shared dreams as it is about their brotherly bond and resilience:
https://www.bxtimes.com/twins-indoor-navigation-app-navigating-nyc/

15) Rainbow Smart Toothbrush | Easterseals Crossroads

Rainbow Smart Toothbrushes connect to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth and help children learn the perfect brushing technique dentists recommend. They are manual toothbrushes that feature motion and 3D sensors that track brush positions and movements inside the mouth, while the app calculates variance and guides the brusher. The app allows parents to view their child's brushing habits, as well as how well they're doing the task:
https://www.eastersealstech.com/2023/12/06/rainbow-smart-toothbrush/

16) The Recent NameDrop Privacy Kerfuffle Unfairly Obscures The Feature's Accessibility Gains | Steven Aquino | Forbes: Subscription Required

A side effect of this unwarranted hoopla around NameDrop is more subtle, but nonetheless important to note. Although Apple's marketing communications team is pitching NameDrop as a feature of convenience, the reality is it's also one of accessibility as well. As [Steven Aquino] wrote in June after WWDC, NameDrop's advent has enormous potential to "cut down on extraneous visual and motor fatigue." That Apple built NameDrop atop AirDrop technologies goes a long way in alleviating said friction, and helps NameDrop transcend itself from sheer nicety to bonafide lifesaver in some cases. Put another way, NameDrop, like Apple Pay and so many others, absolutely is one of those de-facto accessibility features: originated for mainstream audiences yet adopted by more niche ones. It's also true good user interface design is accessible design:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/11/30/the-recent-namedrop-privacy-kerfuffle-unfairly-obscures-the-features-accessibility-gains/?sh=1984d5371063

17) Amazon Is Making It Easier To Browse Your Entire Library Of Books | The Verge

Amazon is rolling out a new feature that puts every book you've ever purchased on the site — whether it's digital, physical, or an audiobook — into a single searchable hub. The new feature, called Your Books, lets you sort through all your titles while also providing recommendations based on your previous purchases:
https://www.theverge.com/2023/12/13/23999804/amazon-your-books-library-recommendations

18) Enhancing Accessibility and Efficiency Across Industries: The Expanding Role of Amazon Transcribe And Other AI Services In The Transcription Market | AssistiveTechnologyBlog.com

The enhanced Amazon Transcribe service, part of AWS, now supports over 100 languages, improved by generative AI models and self-supervised algorithms. This advancement addresses the bias in training data, enhancing recognition of diverse speech patterns. Key features include automatic punctuation and language identification. The service is vital across various sectors, offering inclusivity and efficiency in workplaces. Despite its growth, Amazon Transcribe faces competition from Otter.ai, Meta, and OpenAI's Whisper. Advocates for workplace accessibility can leverage this tool to promote inclusivity, clear communication, and productivity, highlighting its business benefits and commitment to diversity:
https://assistivetechnologyblog.com/2023/12/enhancing-accessibility-and-efficiency-across-industries-the-expanding-role-of-amazon-transcribe-and-other-ai-services-in-the-transcription-market.html

19) Understanding Section 508: A Comprehensive Guide to Accessible Technology | December 17, 2023 | Accessibility Spark

Section 508 of the 1998 Rehabilitation Act mandates U.S. federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to individuals with disabilities. This law covers various technologies, ensuring they are perceivable, operable, and navigable. Compliance involves adhering to WCAG and ADA standards, integrating accessibility into development processes, and utilizing testing tools. Challenges include resource constraints and rapid technology evolution, addressed through education and collaboration. Beyond regulatory compliance, Section 508 promotes inclusivity, improving user experience and organizational reputation. Future trends include AI-driven accessibility improvements, highlighting the ongoing evolution towards a digitally inclusive society:
https://accessibilityspark.com/what-is-section-508/

20) Nivea In Partnership With Navilens To Help Blind Or Partially Sighted Customers | PackagingNews.com UK

Global skincare brand Nivea has announced a partnership with NaviLens to help blind or partially sighted customers:
https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/nivea-in-partnership-with-navilens-to-help-blind-or-partially-sighted-customers-15-12-2023

21) A Need for Improvement in Web Accessibility From Bing and Bard on Tables | Kelly Ford | The Idea Place

This article critiques the web accessibility of AI services Bing and Bard by Microsoft and Google. Ford's experiment, which involved requesting a list of U.S. states by population in a table format, revealed both services' failure to include essential row headings, a key aspect of web accessibility. Despite varied instructions and explicit requests for proper row and column headers, the issue persisted, with Bard acknowledging its limitations. This highlights a significant gap in ensuring that AI technology is not only accurate but also accessible. Ford stresses the importance of adhering to web accessibility standards in AI as it becomes more integral to society:
https://theideaplace.net/a-need-for-improvement-in-web-accessibility-from-bing-and-bard-on-tables/

22) Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) | University of Maryland

The Trace Center's Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) is a free, downloadable resource for developers to identify seizure risks in their web content and software. The evaluation used by PEAT is based on an analysis engine developed specifically for web and computer applications. PEAT can help authors determine whether animations or video in their content are likely to cause seizures. Not all content needs to be evaluated by PEAT, but content that contains video or animation should be evaluated, especially if that content contains flashing or rapid transitions between light and dark background colors:
https://trace.umd.edu/peat/

23) Speech Accessibility Project Now Recruiting Adults With Down Syndrome | University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Speech Accessibility Project is now recruiting U.S. adults with Down syndrome. The project aims to make voice recognition technology more useful for people with diverse speech patterns and different disabilities:
https://speechaccessibilityproject.beckman.illinois.edu/article/2023/11/09/speech-accessibility-project-now-recruiting-adults-with-down-syndrome

24) Hearing Aids Are About to Become as Common as Reading Glasses | Bloomberg.com

Bloomberg's Matthew Kronsberg writes that updated regulations and new technology from headphone makers are pushing hearing solutions into the mainstream, pointing to HP Inc. as just one of several familiar consumer electronics brands that have teamed up with established hearing aid manufacturers to make the idea of wearing a listening device as common as putting on a pair of reading glasses. The typical span between suspecting some hearing loss and getting fitted for a hearing aid is about 10 years, however over-the-counter sales of hearing aids and changing social stigma is winning over a new audience of users who are younger and first-time wearers. The article notes Apple is “working on a hearing test feature for future AirPods that will play different tones and sounds to allow the earbuds to determine how well a person can hear," and details how to use accessibility features currently available with AirPods Pro:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-12-06/hearing-aids-from-headphone-makers-sony-bose-sennheiser-apple-go-mainstream

25) Tim Cook, Troy Kotsur Honored at the National Association of the Deaf's Breakthrough Awards | Variety.com

Hosted by Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and civil rights attorney Alexis Kashar, the event celebrated trailblazers working to advance the Deaf and hard of hearing community in arts, media and technology. Tim Cook received the Access Breakthrough Award for Apple's support for the Deaf community through technology, arts and media. In Cook's speech, he emphasized the importance of accessibility: "The best technology should be for everyone. We pledge to keep working every single day to help people everywhere chase their passions and achieve their dreams, to innovate inclusively, to expand possibilities, to keep imagining, advocating and collaborating with the Deaf and hard of hearing community to build a better future for all."
https://variety.com/2023/scene/news/tim-cook-troy-kotsur-national-association-of-the-deafs-breakthrough-awards-marlee-matlin-1235769497/

26) For Vuzix CEO Paul Travers, The Future Of Accessibility Is Literally In People's Faces | Steven Aquino | Forbes: Subscription Required

Vuzix, under CEO Paul Travers, is innovating in the realm of smart glasses, focusing on wearability and versatility. The M400 model, priced at $1,800, features an OLED display, Qualcomm chip, and swappable batteries, with Android 11 as its operating system. Travers, a former Eastman Kodak researcher, highlights the glasses' regular appearance and their potential in aiding individuals with visual and aural disabilities. Vuzix's core market is in industrial settings, like warehouses, where the glasses aid in efficient packing. Beyond this, the glasses offer accessibility features, like sign language interpretation and voice-to-text capabilities, dramatically impacting users such as a hearing-impaired veteran. Vuzix collaborates with other companies for software solutions, providing a platform for apps that enhance the utility of the glasses in both professional and accessibility contexts. Travers envisions a future where smart glasses, bolstered by AI and augmented reality, will significantly alter the landscape of personal computing and aid those with impairments:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenaquino/2023/12/15/for-vuzix-ceo-paul-travers-the-future-of-accessibility-is-literally-in-peoples-faces/?sh=2e0ba788270e

27) Enjoying Theater and Film Audio Described Theater Performances | APH ConnectCenter

A number of theaters offer Audio Described Performances, during which patrons can obtain stereo headsets to hear verbal descriptions of stage activities. These are often available for operas, plays, concerts, and political events. Call ahead to see if this is service is available at your theater and performance. Due to the increasing popularity of audio description, reservations may be necessary:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/visionaware/recreation-and-leisure/arts-and-culture/theater-film-and-tv/

28) APH CareerConnect Seeks Candidates for Student Advisory Committee | Richard Rueda | APH ConnectCenter

Join the APH CareerConnect Student Advisory Committee and make a difference in the lives of other transition-age youth who are blind or low vision! The APH CareerConnect Student Advisory Committee is a group of blind and low-vision high school and college students age 14 to 24 who work with APH ConnectCenter staff to develop resources and share insights on transition and career awareness through writing blogs and participating in webinars. As a member, you will have the opportunity to:
https://aphconnectcenter.org/careerconnect-blog/aph-careerconnect-seeks-candidates-for-student-advisory-committee/

29) Selma Blair Just Dropped an Adaptive & Accessible Gift Guide for People With Disabilities | SheKnows.com

Selma Blair wants to help you shop with accessibility in mind this holiday season. The veteran actress and disability justice activist recently teamed up with QVC to curate an accessible gift guide. From adaptive clothing items to innovative kitchen gadgets, her picks are designed to make everyday tasks easier for people with disabilities:
https://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/slideshow/2904035/selma-blair-accessible-adaptive-guide-gift/

30) Would The Real World Institute On Disability Please Stand Up | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

My final thoughts? This so-called institute that titles itself as such really needs to be called and we demand that they change their policy to match their name. Just my two cents for today:
https://sterlingcreations.com/blog/would-the-real-world-institute-on-disability-please-stand-up-time-to-put-up-or-shut-up

31) The Fight Over Return-to-Office Is Turning Into a Disability Dispute | The Wall Street Journal: Subscription Required

Charges of disability discrimination are on the rise as more companies deny workers' requests to stay home for mental-health reasons:
https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/careers/the-fight-over-return-to-office-is-turning-into-a-disability-dispute-fc5538e2

32) PBS Kids Creating New Series About Characters With Autism

PBS Kids is introducing "Carl the Collector," their first animated series featuring a lead character with autism, Carl, a raccoon who loves collecting things. Set in the diverse community of Fuzzytown, the show includes neurotypical and neurodiverse characters, aiming to foster acceptance and celebration of neurodiversity among children. Created by Zachariah OHora, the series involves neurodiverse and neurotypical professionals in its production. Targeting kids aged 4 to 8, "Carl the Collector" is praised for promoting inclusion, empathy, and social skills, and is set to debut on PBS Kids in Fall 2024:
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Why attend axe-con? Building accessible digital experiences requires a team effort, across design, development, management, testing, accessibility experts, and of course, legal. Axe-con is the first of its kind, dedicating topics to each of these key players. This is not an assistive technology convention. Talks at axe-con will include case studies from enterprise companies leading in large-scale accessibility efforts, as well as best practices and updates from technology leaders around the world. Attendance of axe-con sessions can also be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. Topics of focus will include accessibility in development, accessibility in design, organizational success with accessibility, and a wildcard track. If you'd like to learn more about previous sessions and speakers, you can view last year's schedule here. Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor, and maintain digital accessibility:
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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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➜ Classified Advertisement: Access Ready Seeks Your Support at the Public Policy Level

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

Sponsor Since: December 19th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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

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

Sponsor Since: December 13th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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

What Technologies do you see in the market that are not accessible, but should be? What accessible technologies can you imagine that can make the lives of people with all kinds of disabilities better? We will advocate with developers to make existing technologies accessible on your behalf. We will advocate with developers to build new accessible technologies on your behalf. Give us your guidance and support. Your guidance charts our path toward what is most important. Your support funds our efforts on your behalf:
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Sponsor Since: December 1st 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://accessready.org/ 🌐

Email: info@accessready.org

Phone: (727) 531-1000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: APH ConnectCenter


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

The APH ConnectCenter and NSITE have partnered to update the Job Seeker's Toolkit, an accessible, self-paced, free online training course. The Toolkit includes five sections covering self-awareness, career exploration tools, the preliminary employment process, the interview, and maintaining employment. We are bringing the Job Seeker's Toolkit to a larger audience and in a Learning Management System format for today's learners, at no cost. Visit APHCareerConnect.org to get started with the Job Seekers Toolkit today at:
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Sponsor Since: November 29th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐

Email: connectcenter@aph.org

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

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

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


Sponsor: WayAround


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WayAround is a smartphone-based labeling app that works with your preferred accessibility settings. You just need the free mobile app and some WayTags ® to label items in the kitchen, garden, closet, office & more.

If you want to label something that's inside, outside, wet, dry, hot, or cold, there's a WayTag that will attach securely. WayTags come as stickers, buttons, magnets, and clips. Each of the different styles of WayTags work exactly the same. Simply choose the WayTag that's best for what you want to label.

• Label your kitchen, clothing, or medication.
• Tag specialty items and tools for hobbies.
• Organize lots of information about one thing on a single WayTag.
• Scan each WayTag 100,000 times or more.

Keep adding more WayTags! There's no limit to the number of WayTags you can use. So you can rely on one system to label all your things.

Save 10% on any order of WayTags at WayAround.com. Enter "joy10" at checkout. WayLink Scanner is not eligible. Ends 12/20/2023.

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Sponsor Since: November 18th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.wayaround.com/ 🌐

General Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Business Sales & Support: (888) 898-4465

Email: connect@wayaround.com

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

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

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

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

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


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions


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➜ Classified Advertisement: December Gift of Accessibility: Scribe For Meetings Completely Free For All Until January 2nd, 2024!

Celebrate the Holidays with Inclusive Meetings! This holiday season, Pneuma Solutions is thrilled to announce a special gift for everyone: Scribe for Meetings is available for free throughout December! In the spirit of the holidays, we are dedicated to making meetings more inclusive and accessible, especially for those with visual impairments. Scribe for Meetings is an innovative cloud-based solution designed to make online meetings and webinars accessible to blind and low-vision participants. By integrating seamlessly with popular meeting platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, it ensures that all participants can engage fully in the online experience. Our December Offer: Unprecedented Accessibility for Everyone! In an effort to spread holiday cheer and inclusivity, Scribe for Meetings is completely free for the entire month of December. This offer is open to businesses, organizations, and individuals, aiming to make every online meeting an inclusive and joyful experience.
https://scribeformeetings.com

Sponsor Since: November 7th 2022 Calendar icon.

Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐

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

Sales: (866) 202-0520

Support: (650) 249-1000

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

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


Sponsor: Barrier Free Canada


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Little Kerrie Freeseling had always wished for something special and on a bright and starry night! Her dream came true! And it was a dream that even she had no idea would ever happen! Kerrie Freeseling had been especially chosen by someone special to take part in a very special and secret event and it is an event that she would never forget! Nor did several others! In years to come she would retell the tale to all of her friends, family, and much later on to her own kids! Santa's secret sleigh ride! A tale of pure fiction of a dream come true! Subscribe for free and write to me at: donnajodhan@gmail.com ✉:
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Sponsor Since: November 10, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://barrierfreecanada.org/ 🌐

About: Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) advocates for the Canadian Parliament to enact a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) to achieve a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities.

To this end, BFC/CSB is seeking endorsements from national disability organizations to build a non-partisan community coalition. BFC/CSB would also like to identify point persons from these organizations to act as key contacts.

The steering committee of BFC/CSB has drafted a set of principles concerning a CDA that are drawn from the principles that underpin the provincial disability legislation in Ontario and Manitoba. A CDA is not meant to replace provincial disability legislation. It will complement such legislation and benefit Canadians living in provinces with and without provincial disability legislation. At this point in time, CNIB, March of Dimes Canada, Canadian Hearing Society and MS Society of Canada have endorsed the BFC/CSB principles and confirmed their support for the movement to enact a CDA. There is no individual or organizational charge for membership in BFC/CSB.

Please contact Donna Jodhan, Founder of Barrier-Free Canada, at info@barrierfreecanada.org ✉ with any questions or to express your organization's support and identify a key contact.

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Sponsor: Vision Ireland


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Sponsor Since: September 18th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://vi.ie/ 🌐

Phone: 1800 911 250

Make A Referral: https://vi.ie/supporting-you/make-a-referral/

We are happy to take referrals from anyone who is having significant challenges with their vision that cannot be improved with conventional correction glasses or medical treatment. Our online referral process provides a quick and easy way for you to request services, either for yourself, a family member, or a patient. We contact all new referrals to conduct an assessment.

Donate: https://vi.ie/supporting-us/donate-now/

Your support is Vital, for over 90 years, people like you have helped Vision Ireland make Ireland a better place for those who are blind or vision impaired.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ncbilabs 📹

We regularly deliver Technology Podcasts on topics that support you. Show content ranges from chats and debates about the latest Inclusive Tech, Meet the Team interviews, interviews with developers about their latest innovations, Tech Tips, and Seeing it Your Way interviews where we speak to Vision Ireland Service Users about how Technology has enabled them by breaking down barriers and leveling playing fields.

Online Store: https://vi.ie/shop-with-us/online-store/ 🛒

Shop Low Vision Aids. Our dedicated store supplies a range of household items, magnification aids, daily living aids, and technology devices all designed to assist you to live more independently. Check out our extensive range of low-vision aids, devices, and gadgets all designed to assist you in daily tasks.

Vision Ireland Retail: https://www.ncbi.ie/shop-with-us/retail-stores/shop-locations/ 🛒

Visit our 130+ Vision Ireland stores located across the country and shop for an extensive range of pre-loved quality clothing, accessories, and furniture. Vision Ireland is proud to play a part in promoting environmentally friendly practices through reusing and recycling. We've got something for everyone, you can transform your home and wardrobe for less while helping to fund our vital work around Ireland with people living with sight loss.

About: Formerly National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), Vision Ireland's mission is to enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society.

Inspired by the determination to overcome any obstacle, Vision Ireland transforms the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired to deliver tangible change to today's needs. We offer timely information and support, relevant technology and innovative programs to sustain those with a vision impairment in education, in the workplace, and in wider society.

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland, the country's leading sight loss charity serving the approximate 55,000 people who are blind or vision impaired to live confidently and independently.

Our suite of programs provides practical and emotional support, rehabilitation and opening pathways to education, employment, and full participation in community and public life. It means raising awareness to ensure children and adults with a significant sight loss have the same opportunities, rights, and choices as anyone else in society.

Vision Ireland works every day across the country with people of all ages, from young babies through to older members of our community. We provide services to approximately 7,000 people each year.

Often when a person learns that they or a loved one — a parent, child or partner — is losing their sight, they have a lot of questions and fears. They are faced with a new version of their life — one that initially seems limited and scary. Vision Ireland empowers those living with sight loss in several meaningful ways to enable them to continue living independent and fulfilling lives. Vision Ireland has a crucial role to play in creating a world without barriers for people with sight loss. We want to support, educate and change how people see sight loss in this country.

Social: Facebook | X (Formerly Twitter) | YouTube | Instagram


Sponsor: Hadley


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➜ Classified Advertisement: New NVDA Workshops at Hadley

Learn the basics of NVDA. From getting started with the program to customizing the speech to learning helpful shortcuts, Hadley's workshops have you covered.
https://hadley.edu/workshops/nvda-screen-reader-series

Sponsor Since: September 18th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://hadleyhelps.org/ 🌐

Email: info@hadleyhelps.org

Phone: (800) 323-4238

Get Started: https://hadleyhelps.org/learn 🎓

What would you like to learn today?

Donate: https://hadleyhelps.org/donate/support-hadley

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund its programs.

About: The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive — at home, at work, and in their communities.

Founded in 1920 by William Hadley, an educator who lost his eyesight later in life, Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. With Hadley, you can discover new ways to do things that have become more difficult due to vision loss and connect with a network of peers who "get it." And you don't need to come to Hadley. Hadley's help comes to you; online, on the phone or through the mail.

Since relaunching in July 2020, more than 70,000 people have signed up with Hadley, registering more than 200,000 workshop interactions. And our workshops have 98% satisfaction ratings. We reach all 50 states and more than 100 countries. And more people learn braille from Hadley than from any other organization worldwide.

Hadley is a proud partner of the National Eye Institute and the National Eye Health Education Program.

Hadley's help conveniently meets learners where they are. Free of wait lists. Free of office visits. Free of charge.

Social: Facebook | X (Formerly Twitter) | YouTube


Sponsor: Eyes on Success


Eyes on Success logo. The logo is a black square with rounded corners and has the letters EOS in silver across the top with 4 silver lines fanning out downwards from the bottom of the O. Since the initials of the show's name (Eyes On Success) spell the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn (EOS), the logo was designed to give the impression of a sunrise which in turn provides a positive uplifting feeling in keeping with the theme of the show. We are grateful to our daughter Allison for the graphic design work.

Sponsor Since: August 21, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/ 🌐

About: This half-hour weekly podcast and radio program discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. It is available through radio reading services across North America, via several internet streaming services, and to everyone else as a podcast. To date, the show has been downloaded in all 50 states in the US and over 100 other countries on all the inhabited continents. Eyes On Success is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey.

Each episode is basically a success story. Some are human stories of visually impaired people's accomplishments in academics, employment, sports or pastimes. Others are descriptions of adaptive aids that enable visually impaired people to achieve things. These include screen readers, magnifiers, navigation aids, and others. In all cases, the focus is on success.

Eyes On Success has been airing weekly since January 2011. Prior to January 2013 the name of the show was ViewPoints. Other than the name, nothing has changed.

Listening To Eyes On Success

You can listen to Eyes On Success on your smart home device by saying “play the Eyes On Success podcast”, subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts, or listen on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, YouTube or your local radio reading service. Listeners can also follow the show on Facebook and X (Formerly Twitter).

Connecting with Eyes On Success

Email: To contact us with questions, comments or suggestions for future shows send an e-mail to hosts@EyesOnSuccess.net ✉.

Weekly Announcements: If you would like to receive weekly announcements of upcoming episodes, you can join our low traffic "announcements only" list by sending an e-mail to: EyesOnSuccess+subscribe@GoogleGroups.com ✉.

Email Forum: If you would like to connect with other listeners and share your thoughts about what you've heard on the show, you can join our listener email forum by sending an email to: EOS_Discuss+Subscribe@GoogleGroups.com


Sponsor: Total Tech Solutions, LLC


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Sponsor Since: April 4, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtech.org/ 🌐

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

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Phone: (855) 578-6660

Email: news@accessinformationnews.com

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 blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, neurodivergent and/or disabled professionals, educators and enthusiasts, all over the world, each week.

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

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Volunteer Publisher Since: November 7th 2022

Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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.

David Woodbridge

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