Mobile Phone / Tablet Accessibility Training

A Wireless Independence Now training workshop will occur in the Dallas area on Wednesday, October 14th, from 8:30 – 10:00 am.

The presentation will cover the accessibility features of Apple and Android phones and tablets.

The workshop will take place at the AT&T Store of the Future, 5100 Beltline Road, Ste. 1032,
Addison, TX 75254

For more information, please contact Kendra Cox Ragsdale, by phone at 512-923-8934, or by e-mail at kendra.cox@att.com

Braille Sense Workshops by HIMS

Want to learn more about Braille devices / notetakers? HIMS, an assistive technology vendor, is offering free workshops in four cities in early October:

In Austin, at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, on Monday, October 5th.
At the San Antonio Lighthouse on Tuesday, October 6th.
At the Houston Lighthouse on Wednesday, October 7th.
In Dallas / Fort Worth (location not specified) on Thursday, October 8th.

All of the workshops will take place from 9 am – 3 pm, and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, e-mail Rick at rick@hims-inc.com, or call 512-837-2000, ext 1

CEU’s are available for teachers and rehab professionals.

National Federation of the Blind of Texas

NFB Texas has moved its state office from Austin to Alvin. The new president is Norma Crosby, and the contact information for the office is:

1600 E Highway 6, Suite 215
Alvin, TX 77511
281-968-7733

In addition, Liz Wisecarver is the new point person for questions about the Newsline program. She can be reached at the above address and phone number.

The state convention for NFBT will be Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15, at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, located at 6000 Middle Fiskville Road in Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit:
https://www.nfbtx.org/
https://www.nfbtx.org/events.php

Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

The USBLN Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is in Austin, Texas, from now until Thursday, October 1st, at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd in Northwest Austin.

For more information, visit:

http://disabilityrightsonwheels.org/

USBLN stands for the U.S. Business Leadership Network. This is a national non-profit that focuses on the importance of inclusion in the workplace and marketplace. The annual USBLN conference is occurring in Austin this week. The conference is sold out and available only to attendees, but the Museum on Wheels is open to the public.

UT Arlington Libraries To Digitize Disability History

UT Arlington Libraries have received a $25,000 TexTreasures grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to digitize and publish disability history relating to UT Arlington and Texas.

The digitized items will be available via a web site that is planned to debut next spring. Materials featured in the collection will include personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and audio and video recordings.

For information about the project, contact Special Collections at spcoref@uta.edu or 817-272-3393.

To learn more, please click on this link:
http://northdallasgazette.com/2015/09/01/ut-arlington-libraries-become-first-in-texas-to-digitize-disability-history/?fdx_switcher=true

Two new seminars from the Hadley School for the Blind

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will present a one hour overview about the Zoomtext magnifier / speech software. Then on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, also at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will provide a one hour seminar about the vision accessibility features of the Apple operating software for iPhone. Both presentations are free but space is limited.

To register for the Zoomtext seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=286

To register for the iOS seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=287

Both presentations are audio only.

The Hadley School for the Blind provides free correspondence and Internet courses on a variety of topics for people with visual impairments. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The term glaucoma encompasses a number of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve. Individuals over the age of 60, especially people of color, and those with a family history are more at risk than the general population. Regular eye exams that check the pressure within the eye can detect glaucoma in the early stages. When diagnosed early, treatments for glaucoma can prevent serious vision loss.

For more information about glaucoma, please visit the following web sites:
Lighthouse: www.lighthouse.org/about-low-vision-blindness/vision-disorders/glaucoma/
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/basics/definition/con-20024042
Medline Plus: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/glaucoma.html
National Eye Institute: www.nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma

The following are glaucoma organizations that provide education and research-related information:
American Glaucoma Society: 415-561-8587, ags@aao.org, www.americanglaucomasociety.net/
Bright Focus Foundation: 855-345-6647, info@brightfocus.org, www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/
The Glaucoma Foundation: 212-285-0080, info@glaucomafoundation.org, http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/
Glaucoma Research Foundation: 415-986-3162 or 800-826-6693, question@glaucoma.org, www.glaucoma.org/

50th Anniversary of White Cane Day 10/15/2014

White Cane Day, also known as White Cane Safety Day, or Blind Americans Equality Day, is a national observance, commemorated every year on October 15th. The observance highlights the importance of the white cane as a mobility tool, and celebrates the achievements of individuals with visual impairments and blindness. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of White Cane Day.

For more information about events in various cities in Texas, visit the National Federation of the Blind of Texas web site at www.nfbtx.org/localchapters . Links to eleven local chapters are located on the left side, about halfway down the page. You can also call the main number for NFB Texas at (512) 323-5444, or send an e-mail to president@nfbtx.org .

To request a free white cane from the National Federation of the Blind, please visit http://freecane.nfb.org/

Technology Tidbits

Here is some information regarding technology news and resources:

In a landmark partnership, Microsoft and GW Micro have combined forces to make Window Eyes software available free to anyone who purchases Microsoft Office products. Window Eyes will now come standard with Microsoft Office Version 10. Window Eyes is a screen reading software program that provides speech and Braille output to people who are blind and visually impaired. Please click on this link for the announcement: www.gwmicro.com/News_&_Events/Latest_News/?newsNo=299

Sitecues, by AI Squared, is a cloud-based, on-demand software tool that allows users to initiate magnification and text to speech capabilities within a web site. This technology can benefit individuals with blindness, low vision, and learning disabilities, as well as non-native speakers. AI Squared is the maker of ZoomText, a magnification and screen reading software product. For more information, including an FAQ, please visit www.sitecues.com

Appcessible is a site that aims to bring app developers and blind users together. Jonathan Mosen, the site creator, hopes that developers will invite members of the blind community to test their apps for accessibility. The web site includes a blog and podcasts: www.appcessible.net

Favor is an app that allows users to request errands from a team of runners. These errands can include anything from groceries to incidentals to take-out food. Individuals place orders and pay through their smartphones. The delivery fee is only $5 plus tip. For now, this service is only available in certain parts of Austin, but the creators hope to expand. This is a great service for individuals with disabilities who have limited transportation options. More information is available at: askfavor.com/index.php