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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Volume 561
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Greetings,

1) As you receive Tidbits, this event will be underway. Inclusive Design 24 is a celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. 24 1-hour presentations will be streamed via YouTube. Check the schedule here:
http://www.inclusivedesign24.org/

2. In another development related to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Deque Systems will now be offering their entire curriculum of Deque University online courses in web and digital accessibility to people with disabilities for free. This one-year access to their courses is said to be a $315 value:
https://dequeuniversity.com/scholarships

3) Here is the second installment of RNIB's "Making the Most of iPads" series:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/making-the-most-ipad-part-two

4) In FSCast Episode #125, we can listen to an interview with Larry Skutchan of APH and another from an FS Tech Support specialist:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

5) The Alliance for Braille Literacy feels that technical material could be rendered far more effectively in Braille than UEB allows. They will discuss this on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) CAVI may run a one-session, $25 course on file management, covering the Windows Explorer/file browser window in the newer versions of Windows, the user folder, This PC, Quick Access, ETC. In short, the best ways to get to the various folders you need on a regular basis. If interested, write to:
cavi-instructors@ciscovision.org

7) If you frequent the gov.uk website, its designers have an accessibility survey they'd like you to take:
https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/05/16/take-the-gov-uk-2016-assistive-technology-survey/

8A) Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children of Australia has heretofore offered the UEB Online site where teachers and parents could learn Braille at no cost. They have now launched an accessible version for screen reader users. Here is the original version:
http://www.uebonline.org/

8B) And the accessible version can be found here:
http://accessible.uebonline.org/

9) Here are the plans for development of Dictation Bridge, depending on how much money they are able to raise:
http://dictationbridge.com/2016/05/17/dictationbridge-a-graduated-schedule/

10) This video teaches how to retrain SIRI to improve its recognition accuracy:
http://www.cultofmac.com/428019/retrain-siri-to-make-better-sense-of-what-you-say/

11) From the Washington Post comes the article "How volunteers help the blind see, a theater performance:"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-picking-his-nose-how-volunteers-help-the-blind-see-a-theater-performance/2016/05/03/d3950e26-1141-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html

12) BrailleNote Touch Snapshot Video Tutorial Number 2 addresses viewing and editing a Google Doc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DOuKohOuu0

13) You can enter by 30 May 2016 for a chance to win a 5-CD set, "Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired". Apply at the site:
http://www.blindyoga.net

14) The iOS and Android versions of KNFBReader will be available at a 25% reduced price until 20 May 2016:
http://www.knfbreader.com

15) The Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation can award up to $20,000 for projects that focus on tactile literacy for the blind and visually impaired and promote Braille literacy or access to information. Applications for the next award cycle are already available. The deadline is 9 January 2017:
http://www.touchofgeniusprize.org

16) You can hear one perspective on the evolution of screen readers this week in Eyes on Success, Episode #1621:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

17) Our Space Our Place is a Boston non-profit. They will run a coding camp for blind youth ages 12-21, from 11-15 July 2016. Partial scholarships are available, and people can attend from anywhere:
http://www.ourspaceourplace.org

18) Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast 108 is ready for listening:
http://maccessibility.net/?p=2392

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