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Access Information News for Monday, January 15, 2024 - Volume 945

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

A) 8 Trip-Planning Tips for Blind or Visually Impaired Travelers | Afar.com

Travel confidently in 2024 with the aid of tour operators and resources for blind and VI travelers.

B) Amazon Echo Frames, Third Generation. A Review From A Blindness Perspective

In this article from Drew Weber via AppleVis the Amazon Echo Frames (Third Generation) are highly praised for transforming daily life, especially from a blindness perspective. They conveniently route iPhone audio, including screen reader output, directly through the glasses, enhancing privacy and comfort compared to alternatives like bone conduction headphones. The frames, resembling normal eye wear, are comfortable and lightweight with user-friendly controls. Notable features include exceptional battery life, suitable for Voiceover use, and clear sound quality with good mids and treble, though they struggle in noisy environments. The primary drawbacks are the less accessible charging process and audio leakage in loud settings. Overall, the Echo Frames are valued for their comfort, functionality, and the seamless integration of Alexa.

C) 6 Great Audiobook Apps That Aren't Audible | TechCrunch.com

We have compiled a list of six audiobook apps that we think are worth checking out. The right app for you will likely depend on your listening preferences and budget, so the list includes a variety of apps that follow different models.

D) AudioEye Has Dropped Its Suit Against Me | Adrian Roselli

AudioEye has dropped its lawsuit against Adrian Roselli as part of a settlement agreement. The specific legal details are included at the end of this post.

E) Do You Hear What I See? How Blindness Changes How You Process The Sound Of Movement | TheConversation.com

Almost nothing in the world is still. Toddlers dash across the living room. Cars zip across the street. Motion is one of the most important features in the environment; the ability to predict the movement of objects in the world is often directly related to survival — whether it's a gazelle detecting the slow creep of a lion or a driver merging across four lanes of traffic.

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7) Can ChatGPT Get Into Harvard? We Tested Its Admissions Essay | The Washington Post (Subscription Required.)

Publisher (Di Blasi): If you are an educator or AI enthusiast that relishes in attempting to discern AI-generated text from human-generated text, this article is spot on and will teach you a lot. It is just important to remember that this goal post is always changing. Quite literally, by the minute. At some point, as AI evolves, the ability to discern these nuances will go from difficult to infinity. We just have no idea how long that's going to take. At this point in the life of AI, I see it kind of like expecting a newborn baby to run a marathon. There's nothing at all wrong with the baby. Only the request.
The Washington Post: Here The Washington Post tests ChatGPT's ability to write college admissions essays, with a prompt engineer creating two essays reviewed by former Ivy League admissions counselor Adam Nguyen. Nguyen identifies the AI-generated essays, noting their lack of specific details and emotional depth. The article highlights the limitations of AI in crafting compelling personal narratives required for college applications.

8) Here's How to Order Another Round of Free COVID Tests Through the USPS | CNet.com

We've rounded up everything you need to know about getting free COVID tests, vaccines and treatments.

9) How To Implement Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) With Accessibility in Mind | Benjamin Roussey | Accessibility.com

Voice is an innate and powerful tool for communication, and with the advent of voice user interfaces (VUIs), it is reshaping the way we interact with technology. VUIs are becoming ubiquitous, from smartphones to smart homes, offering a hands-free, eyes-free mode of interaction that's more natural and intuitive than typing or clicking. As we stand on the cusp of a voice-first revolution, it is vital to ensure these interfaces are accessible to everyone, including users with disabilities.

10) Use Your Braille Display to Label Your Things | Jessica Hipp | Wayaround

In celebration of Louis Braille's birthday this month, we thought it would be enlightening to explore using Braille with labeling solutions like WayAround. There are two good options for how to use Braille as a labeling solution: traditional Braille labels or a Braille display.

11) New Solution Trains the Brain to Overcome Tinnitus | TheHearingReview.com

An international research team has shown that the debilitating impact of tinnitus can be effectively reduced in just weeks by a training course and sound therapy delivered via a smartphone app.

12) Are Human Powered Accessibility Overlays Really The Future? | Bogdan Cerovac on Digital Accessibility

2024 started with a bang. Besides fireworks and firecracker bangs (please don't use them by the way, both animals and humans may really suffer from them) I was shocked by the news of a veteran accessibility company announcing they will buy an accessibility overlay provider (even when they wrote negatively about overlays just recently).

13) Cosmopolitan: Meet VMA: The App That's Going to Forever Change How Blind People Do Their Makeup — Voice-Enabled Makeup Assistant Is Here — And Cosmo Chatted With Four Of The App's Users | Disability:IN.org

For those with low-vision or blindness, putting on makeup is typically a two-person job. Sure, you can learn to dab on concealer or blend out your Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops with a couple of #GetReadyWithMe TikToks (that is, if the creator talks out their steps versus just overlaying an ~aesthetic~ Mitski song or "My BFF dated my ex" story time). But to make sure your foundation is fully blended and your eyeliner isn't smudged, you're likely going to need to ask someone for help — whether it be a family member, friend, or literal stranger — and just hope they give you an honest answer. This is obviously less than ideal, and it gave Estée Lauder Companies an idea: Voice-enabled Makeup Assistant (VMA), a voice-enabled app to help people with vision loss and blindness check their makeup application.

14) 7 Fun Ways to Use the Internet Archive

You might be a few clicks away from playing your favorite childhood arcade game again.

15) Photo Descriptions, AI, Facial Recognition And The Law Of Privacy | Bingo Little | AppleVis

Some of you might recall that back in September I presented a short paper to a Unesco conference on AI. As the blurring out of faces was a hot topic at the time, I decided I would talk about reconciling facial recognition with law about private information. It was all jolly good fun and looked splendid on Bingo's scholarship CV. A number of you said you'd be interested in the paper and I'm sorry I haven't shared it with you individually. Instead, I was trying to get a written revised version published, and now that's happened I can share it with all and sundry! If you're still interested, it can be downloaded here.

16) Fact Sheet: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Medical Diagnostic Equipment | ADA.gov

The Department of Justice (Department) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) explaining how we propose updating the regulations for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to lay out specific requirements for the accessibility of medical diagnostic equipment (MDE).

17) Welcoming Dr. Gerald Hartig as NV Access's New Chief Technology Officer

We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Gerald Hartig as the new Chief Technology Officer at NV Access. With over a decade of expertise in software engineering and product management, Gerald brings not just technical proficiency but also a unique personal perspective to our team. His dedication to accessibility is fueled by his experiences as a parent of children with special needs, aligning perfectly with our mission. Gerald's responsibilities at NV Access will include the following.

18) From the NLS Patron Announce List: New Download Limits

In an additional step to safeguard the NLS collection from improper use, beginning February 6, 2024, patrons will be allowed to download from BARD no more than 250 books and magazines in any rolling thirty-day period. This includes both audio and braille titles across all platforms. It does not matter which platform or combination of platforms are used to download them. A patron may download no more than 250 books and magazines in any rolling thirty-day period regardless of the format or the BARD interface used. For example, a person could download 30 ebraille books using the NLS Braille eReader, 70 audio magazines via the BARD website, and 150 audio and braille books via the BARD Mobile app, reaching the thirty-day limit of 250. Likewise, a patron only using BARD Mobile to download books and magazines would also be limited to 250 titles in a rolling thirty-day period. The authorization limit is calculated by adding up the number of “unique titles” downloaded. This means a patron could download the same title on additional devices in that same thirty-day period without that download counting against the authorization limit. For more information, please contact: Don Olson. Customer Service Specialist. dolson@loc.gov ✉ or, NLSPES@loc.Gov

19) If It's Not Usable, It's Not Accessible | Sarah Lavery | TPGi

A Conversation with TPGi's Chief Accessibility Officer, David Sloan. The rules and standards that guide digital accessibility will never stop evolving, and for good reason. Those rules are essential to provide guidance and accountability for the accessibility of digital products, and the digital world continues to evolve with Web 3, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), just to name a few. But there's another critical part of accessibility that often doesn't get enough attention in the sea of regulation: can people with disabilities use a product for its intended purpose?

20) Disabled Cambridge Woman Calls For Change After She Was Denied Service At Self Checkout Lane | CambridgeToday.ca

After being denied accommodations to use the self checkout lane at her local No Frills, Lucy Goddard is hoping her story helps educate other businesses about AODA rules.

21) Hable Wins The Braille Plume 2024 Award And Is Featured On National TV News In The Netherlands | Hable

Hable has been awarded the prestigious Braille Plume 2024. This significant achievement, announced on Braille Day, underscores their commitment to advancing Braille literacy and technology. Their success story was featured on National TV news channels across the Netherlands and reached more than 5 million people. We salute them for promoting Braille on such a large scale.

22) Writing Aids For Low Vision: My Personal Superlatives | Veroniiiica.com

As someone with both low vision and dysgraphia, I spent a lot of time in school experimenting with different writing aids, discovering what writing utensils worked best for reading handwriting or drawing a picture, as well as which ones made content difficult or impossible to read. When a former teacher asked me about my favorite pens for low vision and other writing aids, I remembered that they had helped with the school yearbook and started organizing my favorite writing aids based on yearbook superlatives for fun, updating my original writing utensils post from 2019 with new information. Here is a list of different writing utensils and writing aids for low vision, and the superlatives I associate them with.

23) 250 Hours Of Interviews I Conducted For The BBS Documentary Are Going Online At The Internet Archive | ASCII By Jason Scott

There's already a collection of them up, from when I first set out to do this.

24) Mobile App Accessibility: A Must-Have for Reaching Wider Audiences IALabs.ie

In today's fast-paced world of mobile technology, creating an app that caters to a diverse audience isn't just a good idea — it's a fundamental requirement. Mobile app accessibility is the linchpin for ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, can effectively use and enjoy your app. Embracing inclusivity is not just a social responsibility; it's a strategic move, especially when guided by the widely recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which sets the standard for making digital content universally accessible.

25) Now You Can Loop with the Libre — The t:slim X2 Insulin Pump Will Integrate With a New FreeStyle Sensor

On January 8, 2024 Abbott announced the release of a new version of its popular FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor that can integrate with the t:slim X2 insulin pump, forming a “closed loop” automated insulin delivery system. For the first time, insulin pump users will be able to use a FreeStyle Libre sensor to automatically select and adjust insulin doses, expanding the options for people with diabetes to use the most advanced blood sugar management technology yet developed.

26) The FCC Will Stop Accepting New Sign Ups For Cheap Internet As Money Runs Out

On January 11, 2024 the FCC announced that on February 7, 2024, they would stop accepting new sign ups for the Affordable Connectivity Program, also known as ACP. This program offers discounts on internet service to low-income Americans. This comes as the program is running out of money as it waits for congress to provide new funding.

27) How AI And Other Technologies Are Making The World More Accessible To The Blind | TheA1.org

Innovations like AI-powered apps that allow people to learn what's photographed through their cameras' lenses are helping the blind. But how useful are they? What other tools are there for those who are blind or have low vision? And how accessible is other technology originally designed for seeing eyes?

28) Buttons And Links — Common Misconceptions | AccessByDesign.uk

This issue is so common. One of the most common issues I encounter in my website accessibility audits. Buttons that look like buttons but are coded as links. Sometimes it is the other way around. What is the definition? According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a button is a widget that enables users to trigger an action or event, such as submitting a form, opening a dialog, cancelling an action, or performing a delete operation. The buttons in this graphic are simple examples of this. However, what we usually find is that these are coded as links instead. Why does this matter?

29) Justice Department Advances Proposed Rule to Improve Access to Medical Care for People with Disabilities

On January 9, 2024 the Justice Department sent to the Federal Register for publication a notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that aims to improve access to medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) for people with disabilities. MDE includes equipment like medical examination tables, weight scales, dental chairs, x-ray machines and mammography equipment.

30) Air Canada Contests Decision On Power Wheelchairs

Air Canada has appealed a decision by the country's transport regulator that seeks to boost accessibility for travelers living with a disability. If successful, the move would overturn a requirement to fully accommodate passengers whose wheelchairs are too large to move into airplane cargo holds.

31) The Scotia Bank Saga — Shameful And Embarrassing | Award Winning Sight Loss Coach, Advocate and Author Donna Jodhan

So you see, this sort of treatment is also visible and very much alive outside of North America. Shame on you Scotia Bank! Just my two cents for today!

32) SAAS Products And Accessibility | January 8, 2024 | Ken Nakata | Converge Accessibility

A week ago, a business colleague asked me if the ADA covered SaaS (software as a service) products and the conversation was interesting enough that I thought a blog post was in order — both to share with others and to help me remember the analysis. It's also intended to go deeper than simply the “does the ADA cover the internet” kind of analysis in most of the judicial opinions and other discussions of this topic.

33) Five Workplace Inclusivity Trends HR Leaders Need to Know for 2024 | January 8, 2024 | Tiffany Meehan | Inclusively.com

The landscape of inclusivity and workforce management is shifting significantly. This shift isn't fleeting; it's fundamentally reshaping how organizations attract and retain top talent. Here, we explore five crucial trends that are setting the stage for this transformation, from the increasingly personalized ways people are doing their jobs to the pivotal role of workplace accessibility as a core business strategy.

34) Blue Apron Expands Into Premade Meals for 2024 | CNET.com

The longtime meal kit company's new no-prep option makes healthy eating a breeze.


➜ Featured Webinars, Training Courses and Events


January 15, 2024 | Learn About the Hable One | SC Computer Science & Technology Division

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
The SC Computer Science & Technology Division would like to invite you to a presentation about the Hable One keyboard! We will have a representative from the company to demo the Hable One keyboard and then take questions. Read more about the Hable One keyboard below the Zoom information. Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 | Passcode: 124578 | One tap mobile: +19292056099,,8032543777# | The Hable One is an external keyboard designed to make using a smartphone simpler and more convenient for those with visual impairments. Effortless smartphone navigation with Hable. With its intuitive touch commands, navigating your device has never been easier. Hable One is small enough to take with you wherever you go, and its impact on your daily device use will be life-changing. Hable allows you to easily understand the touch screen, different types of taps, and swipes, making it easily accessible. The simplicity of commands also makes it user-friendly for elderly individuals who may have difficulty with more complex swiping movements. With Voice Control, a modern Braille System, Physical Buttons, and a long Battery Life of up to a month, Hable One is a great solution for all.

January 16, 2024 | Using Screen Reader Testing Tools to Evaluate the Accessibility of a User Journey — Part 1 | TPGi

8AM PT, 9AM MT, 10AM CT, 11AM ET, 4PM GMT
Presenter: Charlie Pike, Platform Success Lead. User Journeys are a great way to segment complex sites and applications for accessibility testing, helping you to prioritize the user experience. This webinar will provide a background to screen reader testing tools and how and where to use them with user journeys in your development pipelines, particularly JAWS Inspect, a dedicated testing tool for JAWS compatibility testing. Using sample user flows, we will demonstrate testing in action, including how to select steps and components for a user journey, the automation options available and the skills and roles required. Future webinars in this series will look at specific types of user journeys in different settings, such as large public websites and software applications. Testing with assistive technologies. JAWS compatibility testing. Selecting user journeys. Testing the accessibility of user journeys. Introduction to accessibility testing.

January 16, 2024 | Envision AI Glasses Workshop | Braille Institute Anaheim Center

3PM PT, 4PM MT, 5PM CT, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT
The Envision device with glasses allows people to read printed text without vision, either by taking a picture of the pages or by connecting to the Aira app for assistance. There is also a smart phone app called Envision AI which is free of charge. Andrea de Klotz, an access technology professional and Braille Institute student and volunteer, will demonstrate the device and app. Please call (714) 821-5000 ☎ if you need assistance registering. Registration closes 4PM PT the day before the workshop.

January 17, 2024 | Creating Accessible and Inclusive Presentations | A11yTalks.com

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
In this session, we'll go over what we can do as presenters to ensure inclusivity for all our attendees regardless of how they consume the content, beyond the basics of captions and color contrast. We'll briefly cover accessibility definitions, standards, and guidelines and then share practical tips and examples to help make presentation slide decks and the presentations more accessible.

January 17, 2024 | PixBlaster: Enhancing Braille and Graphics with TSS 8.1 | APH ConnectCenter

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT
In the next version, Tiger Software Suite 8.1 is set to boost PixBlaster's braille and tactile graphic output. Catch ViewPlus CEO Dan Gardner at the January Partner Showcase, where he'll walk you through the updates and delve into the advantages for braille and tactile graphic production. Register below for PixBlaster: Enhancing Braille and Graphics with TSS 8.1.

January 17, 2024 | Navigating & Editing Text with JAWS (Assistive Technology Webinar) | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Are you new to JAWS or want to improve your navigating and editing skills while using the screen reading program? Join Ian Ramos and Marisa Church from Access Ingenuity as they present techniques and strategies to sharpen your navigating and editing text skills with JAWS. We will discuss methods to navigate text, demonstrate commands to develop your editing text skills, and provide you with tools, such as the Find and Find & Replace commands and the navigation quick keys to promote your experience. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Briefly describe the layout of a window. Discuss Windows and JAWS commands for navigating text. Demonstrate useful commands for editing text. Present the Find, Find & Replace, and the navigation quick keys.

January 18, 2024 | Braille & Beyond | Michael Doise & Jessica Hipp | Wayaround

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
At our January webinar, we're talking all things Braille. What can a technology like WayAround do for a Braille user? What are good resources for learning Braille? What if Braille doesn't work for you? Join Michael Doise and Jessica Hipp on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central to discuss how you can combine Braille & digital technology like WayAround to be more efficient, productive, and independent. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required.

January 18, 2024 | Divide and Conquer: Overcome Challenges with Split Braille and JAWS | Freedom Scientific

9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 5PM GMT
Do you want to learn more about the Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024? Do you want an extensive look at the new functionality it provides? If so — this webinar is for you! Learn about practical scenarios for using it in views such as: Buffered Text. Annotations. Translation Split. Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams application-specific views. And much more. ACVREP credits will be available for those who attend the live webinar.

January 19, 2024 | Be My AI Workshop | Braille Institute Santa Barbara

2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET, 10PM GMT
The Be My Eyes smartphone app has a new feature, Be My AI, which describes your surroundings like never before, when you take pictures of people, places, and products. We will offer a demonstration of the app and take questions.

January 23, 2024 | Blind Creator's YouTube Video Guide Workshop | Braille Institute Los Angeles

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30PM GMT
From Access Technology Specialist, Earth Kidkul, you will learn basic techniques she uses when creating video content on YouTube.

January 24, 2024 | JAWS Screen Reader | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Learn how we can assist your organization or business. We will discuss the physical products and software we sell, highlight our digital accessibility services, and what types of files and formats the Access Ingenuity team can make accessible. Join Michael Vitagliano and Rachel Reeves from Access Ingenuity as they demonstrate using the JAWS screen reader on a document and a webpage. Learning Outcomes & Zoom Webinar Information: Overview of assistive technology options that include magnification, braille, and screen readers. Dive into the different documents we can make accessible: PDF, InDesign, and more. Discover the online platforms we have experience with, including websites, learning systems, social media, and others. Provide solutions to make videos accessible. Discuss alternative formats, including audio CDs, large print, and braille.

January 24, 2024 | Accessible Apps to Tap in 2024 | Webinar | The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc

4PM PT, 5PM MT, 6PM CT, 7PM ET, 12AM GMT, 1/25
Ring in the new year with an exciting and interactive webinar from The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. In this second installment of our annual "Apps to Tap" series, we'll highlight apps, resources, and features that will help you start this year off on the right foot. We'll explore Obstacle Detector, an app that utilizes Lidar and true depth camera technology to locate and recognize objects. We'll dive into Microsoft To-Do, a completely accessible tool offering a robust suite of features for organizing those New Year's resolutions and task lists. And we'll wrap up with a review of several notable features of the iPhone 15, including the action button, the dynamic island, and the new accessible shut-down sounds. Enhancements, additions, and a few pesky bugs in iOS 17 will also be covered. Come share your comments and questions during this exciting and interactive session. Register now and be part of the conversation as we tap into a year of accessibility and innovation!

January 24, 2024 | U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast

10:30AM PT, 11:30AM MT, 12:30PM CT, 1:30PM ET, 6:30 PM GMT
All are welcome to attend the next meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on January 24 from 1:30 — 3:00 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes brief reports from standing and ad hoc Board committees and the Executive Director, federal agency updates, and a guest presentation by Andrew Nielson, Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program in the General Services Administration's Office of Government-wide Policy. Mr. Nielson will provide a briefing on the FY 23 Governmentwide Section 508 Assessment. This report addresses the current state of federal Section 508 compliance and provides a baseline and recommendations for strengthening compliance initiatives and enhancing Section 508 activities across the federal government.

January 24, 2024 | Artificial Intelligence Technology for the Blind | Braille Institute San Diego

1PM PT, 2PM MT, 3PM CT, 4PM ET, 9PM GMT
Join us and cover topics about Artificial Intelligence (AI), learn the good and not so good things, and what the AI revolution is doing for visually impaired people. Everyone is welcome! This workshop is presented by the Braille Institute San Diego Center and is hosted by Dr. Ronald Peterson.

January 31, 2024 | RUBY Handheld Video Magnifiers | Access Ingenuity

10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT
Did you know there are five RUBY models to help with your low vision needs? RUBY handheld video magnifiers provide the help that many people with low vision need to read text and see details. All RUBY models have a crisp, sharp image, high-contrast modes, and built-in LEDs. The streamlined design means RUBY can go with you anywhere, giving you easy access to photos, letters, prescriptions, packaging labels, and menus, even in a dark restaurant. With its broad range of adjustable, undistorted magnification, a RUBY video magnifier outperforms a drawerful of traditional magnifiers. There is even a model that is capable of full-page OCR. With a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud. Join Ian Ramos from Access Ingenuity and Joe McDaniel from Vispero to discuss the features and benefits of all the RUBY models and the assistance each can give in specific situations. 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 & Zoom Webinar Information: Features of all RUBY models. How to determine the right size for you. How adding speech capability can take you further.

January 31, 2024 | Divide And Conquer — Exploring The Split Braille Feature On Brailliant BI X And Mantis With JAWS | Humanware

11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 7PM GMT
Join Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan from Vispero along with Andrew Flatres and Peter Tucic from HumanWare, for a webinar that will delve into the all-new split braille feature offered in JAWS 2024. Participants will learn how this enhancement offers the ability for a braille display user to view and control content on two screens simultaneously, significantly increasing productivity through multi-tasking. Ranging from analyzing font attributes alongside text in Microsoft Word documents to simultaneously viewing PowerPoint slide content and speaker notes, split braille can vastly improve workflows in any setting. Time will also be allotted for participant questions.

February 20, 2024 through February 22, 2024 | Axe-Con 2024 | Deque Systems

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.

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2024 | 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference | The Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send email to: ADA-OSU@osu.edu

April 8, 2024 and April 9, 2024 | Power Up 2024 | Missouri Assistive Technology

6AM PT, 7AM MT, 8AM CT, 9AM ET, 2PM GMT
Power Up is an annual conference held by Missouri Assistive Technology providing individuals an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology for home, school, work, and at play. Sessions range from funding assistive technology, to requesting & supplying accommodations, how to use the technology more effectively, maintaining independence, accessible gaming, AAC, accessibility amongst various platforms, making low tech solutions in A.T., and more. No conference is complete without meeting a few new folks so network with the vendors, peers, and experts in their field. Power Up is April 8-9, 2024 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO.

April 16, 2024 through April 17, 2024 | EmTech Digital (UK) Europe | MIT Technology Review's Signature AI Conference

Our best-in-class live journalism, exclusive content, and trusted insights from leading industry experts — now in London. Join us for the inaugural EmTech Digital Europe in April 2024.

May 22, 2024 through May 23, 2024 | EmTech Digital (USA) | MIT Technology Review's Signature AI Conference

Now in its 12th year on the iconic MIT Campus, EmTech Digital is where we gather to determine what the future of AI looks like for business and what it means for society. Join us.


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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.

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Sponsor: Hadley


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Classified Advertisement: New NVDA Workshops at Hadley | 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.

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.

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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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Classified Advertisement: Be My AI Fun | Total Tech Solutions, LLC

I apologize for poking fun at Be My AI, but I couldn't resist having a little bit of fun. Join us.

Sponsor Since: April 4, 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://blindtech.org/ 🌐

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

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Sponsor: 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 | Clusiv.io

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

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

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

Sponsor Since: January 16th 2023 Calendar icon.

Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐

About: As there are many challenges people in the blind community face in employment and education, Clusiv has built the world's first e-learning platform designed for the blind to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to remove barriers to the modern workforce. Our courses teach you occupational and technology skills you need towards employment. Plus, we are working to connect our graduates to internship and job opportunities. Our courses are remote, self-paced, and we provide support throughout your whole journey through our student success team, and even provide lifetime access to our courses so you can keep up to date as technology evolves. You can request Clusiv training through your vocational rehabilitation counselor and fill out the form in the link below on our website. If you are a counselor wanting to learn more about Clusiv for your clients, or an employer looking to hire Clusiv graduates, click the respective link below and fill out a form to get more info.

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Sponsor: Access Ready, Inc.


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Classified Advertisement: Access Ready Seeks Your Support at the Public Policy Level | Access Ready, Inc.

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.

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 | Access Ready, Inc.

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.

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 | Access Ready, Inc.

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.

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! | APH ConnectCenter

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.

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

Facebook (CareerConnect) | Facebook (FamilyConnect) | Facebook (VisionAware) | Twitter | YouTube

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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Classified Advertisement: FREE Sampler Pack with a Purchase of Any 25-pack of WayTags | Wayaround

Purchase a 25-pack of any style of WayTag and get a free Sampler Pack so you can try all seven different WayTags. Enter the coupon code SAMPLE at checkout and the Sampler Pack will automatically be added to your cart. This is a $14.99 value! Limit one Sample pack per order.

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.

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&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1


Sponsor: Pneuma Solutions


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Classified Advertisement: Experience Meetings and Webinars The Way they were Intended with Scribe for Meetings: the Only Accessible Conference Presentation Viewer! Free for Attendees, as Little as $10 for the Host! | Pneuma Solutions

Experience next level meeting/webinar accessibility like you've never seen before! Meet Scribe for Meetings, the robust solution that provides instant access to a meeting's slide deck! Grant your visually impaired attendees unparalleled access to your slides in mere minutes! Register your meeting, upload your slide deck, and drop the link in your invite — it's as easy as 1 2 3! Before you know it, the same slides seen by everyone else will be presented in accessible format to your attendees in perfect sync with your screen-share! And that's not all! You can let your attendees download a copy of your deck in many accessible formats - Word, HTML, and much more! Scribe for Meetings is fully equipped to handle any Zoom or Teams meeting, with more platforms on the way! Attendees can get in free of charge, and presenters can grant attendees this unparalleled access for as little as $10 for a single meeting! Scribe for Meetings: Ensuring no visually impaired attendees are left behind!

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


Left: Barrier Free Canada Logo. Image of a light blue maple leaf with a white diagonal section of the leaf missing, giving the appearance of a circle with a line through it that bans what is on the inside. This maple leaf is intended to ban inaccessibility. To the right of the light blue maple leaf are the words, 'Barrier Free Canada' and 'Sans Barrieres Canada'. Right: A proud businesswoman in a wheelchair smiles into the camera while sitting in front of her team during a seminar. Empowerment through accessibility and inclusion concept.

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.

Social: Facebook | X (Formerly Twitter) | Mastodon (Search For: @news@mastodon.barrierfreecanada.org).



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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Location: Boulder, Colorado

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In addition to serving as an Editorial Contributor to Access Information News, John also serves as an Editorial Contributor to the Top Tech Tidbits Publication and is also an attorney-at-law specializing in long-term disability claims for blind and visually impaired persons.

John is also a long-time contractor and member of the Board of Trustees at Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd.

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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 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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