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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Volume 655

The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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Greetings,

1A) Patreon is a site that describes itself as the "best way for artists and creators to get sustainable income and connect with fans." This could be a great boon to many blind entrepreneurs, but to date the site has shown little interest in resolving its numerous accessibility shortcomings. You can read this blog post on the topic:

https://incl.ca/patreon-and-accessibility/

1B) Advocacy efforts are underway to encourage the company to do the right thing. To join a mailing list about these efforts, send a blank message to:

team+subscribe@accessmedia.groups.io

2) Jonathan Mosen has written a very cogent blog post about his life-altering experiences with the Aira service:

http://mosen.org/aira/

3) This article by Ryan Jones, 'Understanding Screen-Reader Navigation: A Tale of Two Rooms,' can be useful to help us understand screen readers and their strengths and limitations, and explain them to others:

http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=1510

4) The 29 March 2018 'In Process' post from NV Access brings us up to date on the company's activities, including a mandatory NVDA update for Windows 10 users who use Microsoft OneCore voices:

https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-29th-march-2018/

5A) There are now several posts containing impressions, slide shows and interviews stemming from CSUN. Blind Bargains continues to post interviews, with more than 20 posted at the time of this writing, and will finish with a summary podcast:

https://blindbargains.com/audio/

5B) These pages contain Conference-related material. There is considerable overlap among them:

http://www.webaxe.org/csunatc18-resources-tweets/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NtrU3K_f1vlfjGTnkFJeSja7_xdI9T8rWAgFz5Y-1w0/edit#gid=0
https://www.accessibilityoz.com/2018/03/an-accessibilityoz-csun-wrap-up/
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2018/03/28/takeaways-from-the-2018-csun-assistive-technology-conference/
http://GitHub.com/JamalMazrui/CSUNATC18docs/wiki/Document-Files

6) Here is the Accessibility Wiki for Reaper, a complete digital audio production application for Windows and Mac OS X:

https://reaperaccessibility.com/index.php/Main_Page

7A) Here is some rather technical information about JAWS ARIA Support:

https://freedomscientific.github.io/VFO-standards-support/aria.html

7B) And JAWS HTML Support:

https://freedomscientific.github.io/VFO-standards-support/html.html

8) Hadley Institute is again running its 'Spring into Braille' event, where people log their Braille reading, whether read via paper Braille, electronic Braille or print, for a chance to win prizes:

https://hadley.edu/Braille_reading_contest.asp

9) While were talking Braille, we'll return to CSUN for an article about 'Low-Cost Refreshable Braille at CSUN' from the VisionAware blog:

https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/low-cost-refreshable-Braille-at-csun/12

10) Here is a color blindness simulator web app:

https://www.colorblindsim.com/

11) AppleVis summarizes 'What's New and Noteworthy for March 2018:'

https://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-apple-tv-apple-watch-gaming-ios-ios-apps-ipad-macos-news-opinion-reviews

12) Read 'Don't Get Caught Out: Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online Securely:"

http://disabilityhorizons.com/2018/03/dont-get-caught-out-ultimate-guide-to-shopping-online-securely/

13) This crowd source initiative of the DAISY Consortium and the Book Industry Study Group intends to improve the reading experience for everybody, and especially those with reading differences:

https://www.inclusivepublishing.org/tre

14) The Blind Side Podcast discusses a new Microsoft virtual reality initiative helpful to the blind in Episode #80 (MP3):

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theblindside/TheBlindSide80.mp3

15) Learn about Apple Watch and Home Kit on Eyes on Success episode #1814:

http://eyesonsuccess.net

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