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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Volume 564
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

Let's start this week by noting a couple of posts to the VisionAware blog:

1A) "My Father's Day Gift List for Your Dad Who Is Visually Impaired:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/my-father's-day-gift-list-for-your-dad-who-is-visually-impaired/12

1B) And "Using a Computer with a Visual Impairment: A Beginner's Guide to Computer Accessibility:"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-a-computer/123

2) The European Union has published "Making Information Accessible for All" in several languages:
http://www.euroblind.org/resources/guidelines/nr/88

3) Reddit describes itself as "A support and discussion community that welcomes people who are blind, visually impaired, those who work with the blind, and those who are just curious:"
https://www.reddit.com/r/Blind/wiki/faq/blind

4A) Here are two free training videos from Access Technology Institute. First is a free video with accompanying text about creating "Outlook Email Templates:"
http://www.blind.training/free-training/microsoft-office/outlook-templates/

4B) Then in a similar production, we learn about "Moving System Folders to Another Location in Windows 10:"
http://www.blind.training/free-training/windows-training/moving-sytem-folders-to-another-location-in-windows-10/

5) Version 14.1 of JSay has many new features. These features have also been added to JDictate:
http://www.hartgen.org/j-sayupgrade

6) This post details the accessibility features in the new Microsoft Planner:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Accessibility-in-Microsoft-Planner-ca8c16cf-0317-4e91-870e-9b04afa76461

7) This contribution from Marco is called "The Web Accessibility Basics," and seeks to detail at least the minimum of what an accessible web site should have:
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/12/14/the-web-accessibility-basics/

8) An organization called ACVREP has had a group of AT Specialists developing a certification called: Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS) for people who are blind or visually impaired. They're seeking input:
http://www.acvrep.org/certifications/catis-survey

9) This Microsoft video covers "Updates to Office 365 in High Contrast Black Mode on a PC:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTLWFzpc17U&feature=youtu.be&list=PLXtHYVsvn_b-OyLfCR3M7djOLShKq7sBB

10) As suggested last week, NVDA's second update for the year is out, with on-the-fly announcement of spelling errors in some programs and improvements for users of Office:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2016-2-released/

11) From Ireland comes the June 2016 podcast from NCBI, featuring Dictation Bridge and other news:
http://www.ncbi.ie/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/podcast_june_2016.mp3

12) This podcast demonstrates Voice Assistant (Screen Reader) basic gestures using the Samsung Galaxy Tab:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/mf/web/4yyecp/Voice_Assistant_demo_using_Samsung_Galaxy_Tab.mp3

13) Ballyland Magic App is a new, educational and fun iPad game specifically designed for children who are blind or have low vision, to learn and practice touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple's built-in screen reader:
http://www.ballyland.com/mobile/ballyland-magic-app.php

14) NFB Newsline has added USAJOBS.gov, a free web-based job board enabling federal job seekers access to thousands of job opportunities across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations:
http://www.nfbnewsline.org

15) Episode 1624 of Eyes on Success features an interview about a computer camp for blind youth:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

As it seems timely to list a number of opinion and experience pieces about blindness and/or technology, we'll finish with some.

16) Joe Orozco writes about going "Back for a Seeing Eye Dog, One Year Later:"
http://joeorozco.com/blog_back_for_a_seeing_eye_dog_one_year_later

17) As time draws near for a new version of iOS, a lot of both speculation and longings are expressed as to what it will or should contain. Here is Jonathan Mosen's perspective on the matter:
http://mosen.org/the-top-10-things-id-like-in-ios-10/

18) This person talks about web browsing with a screen reader in this well-considered article, "Things I learned by pretending to be blind for a week:"
https://silktide.com/things-i-learned-by-pretending-to-be-blind-for-a-week/

19) This Washington Post piece is called "Going blind isn't funny. But I've learned to laugh about it anyway:"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/07/im-26-and-going-blind-but-its-funnier-than-it-sounds/

20) In the fourth in a personal series, we learn that "I, Mike Morris, Am Losing My Vision:"
https://theoutlookfromhere.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/i-mike-morris-am-losing-my-vision/

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