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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, December 28, 2017 - Volume 642

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1) When the people at the out-of-sight.net chat service celebrate a birthday, they go all out, and they're going even more out than usual for their upcoming 10th Birthday Bash, to be held throughout the day on Saturday, 27 January. Guests will include developers of the Victor Reader Trek and of Microsoft Seing AI, Talking Book narrator Ray Fouchee, blind runner and author Jason Romero, Author Dean Koontz, musician Ronnie Milsap, and an unnamed special guest. To gain access to the festivities, send an email giving name, nickname, phone number, and how you heard about out-of-sight.net to:

oosnhq@gmail.com

2) It's always fun to peruse the results of the latest WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey, and the results from Survey #7 await:

https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/

3) This great site offers "24 Days of Accessibility Gifts During the Season of Giving and Sharing," and a lot of well-reasoned articles:

https://www.24a11y.com/

4) The AppleVis Community has named the Apps and Developers that were its Golden Apples of 2017:

https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/applevis-community-names-apps-and-developers-were-its

5) A new free tutorial from Mac for the Blind provides an overview of a new Mac and its operating system and also describes paid tutorials:

http://macfortheblind.com/?p=3001

6A) Keeping up on the latest command and tip summaries for Alexa, ArsTechnica shares "Everything Amazon's Alexa can do, plus the best skills to enable:"

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/guidemaster-everything-amazons-alexa-can-do-plus-the-best-skills-to-enable/

6B) CNET chimes in with "The Complete List of Alexa Commands So Far:"

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-echo-the-complete-list-of-alexa-commands/#ftag=CADf328eec

7A) And on the Google Home side, CNET does the same thing with: "The Complete List of Google Home Commands So Far:"

http://cnet.co/2CBKJNw

7B) And also, "7 Tips To Get You Started With Your New Google Home Speaker:"

https://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/tips-for-your-new-google-home-speaker/

8) Thanks to our friends at American Printing house, one Airport just got a whole lot easier to navigate by persons who are vision impaired:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/12/21/blind-travelers-can-get-around-an-airport-more-easily-with-new-app/?utm_term=.a28c89bec9c0

9) From a movie lover who is blind, here's introducing a brand new app for audio description for theatres:

https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/the-actiview-app-allows-for-independent-audio-description-at-the-movies/12#content

10) The next free webinar from U.S. Access Board comes January 4th 2018 from 2:30 - 4:00 (ET) and will review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for alterations and additions. Learn what type of work constitutes an "alteration," how the scope of work determines application, provisions for primary function areas and accessible paths of travel, historic facilities, technical infeasibility and other topics.

https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=110636

11) Join a free podcast January 17th 2018 from 2-3:30PM; Digital access is a civil right: The right to participate in all that is offered on websites, mobile applications, and through other technologies. A leading disability rights lawyer, Lainey Feingold, will present on digital accessibility basics. How do persons with disabilities use technology? What barriers stand in their way? What best practices have emerged from legal developments and from organizational champions? Learn the tools you need to help make 2018 the year of great digital inclusion for people with disabilities.

http://www.adainfo.org/training/Best-Practices-Inclusive-Technology

12) The 2018 Database for Workforce Recruitment Program connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities eager to demonstrate their abilities through summer or permanent jobs has been released. This year's database contains over 2,000 candidates from 300 schools across the United States representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Employers can search via degree, major, school, veteran status, job preference, and location preference. Private sector employers can also post job announcements for WRP candidates at:

http://wrp.jobs/

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