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Remembering Access Technology Pioneer David Holladay



David Holladay, the cofounder of Raised Dot Computing, and a longtime employee and supporter of Duxbury Systems, has died.
David's impact can be felt both in the early development of talking software for Apple II computers and in his relentless drive to provide the best braille software.
Here is the transcript of an in-depth interview from the Legends and Pioneers of Blindness Assistive Technology series from 2003.

Listen to the Let's Go Shopping Event and Support Blind-owned Small Businesses



A. T. Guys was one of the many vendors in this year's Let's GO Shopping event, a holiday shopping spetacular supporting blind-owned small businesses. If you missed the event or would like to relive the weekend, the audio recordings are below. Each vendor gives a detailed description of the items they sell and also answers questions from listeners.

Let's Go Shopping is Back - your Virtual Mall Crawl is November 3-4



Back just in time for the holidays, Let's Go Shopping is a two-day, virtual mall crawl featuring businesses owned by blind and low vision individuals. We are excited to once again join this dynamic event, November 3 and 4.

First Ever New York Public Library Assistive Technology Conference Seeking Presentation Proposals



A new technology conference is launching in New York City this October, and proposals for presentations are currently being accepted.

Listen to the Let's Go Shopping Holiday Spectacular and Support Small Businesses



A. T. Guys was one of the many vendors in this year's Let's GO Shopping event, a holiday shopping spetacular supporting blind-owned small businesses. If you missed the event or would like to relive the weekend, the audio recordings are below. Each vendor gives a detailed description of the items they sell and also answers questions from listeners.

Listen to the A. T. Guys Tech the Halls presentation

Go here for the complete list of vendors

Day 1, Part 1:


Mitsy Kit Handcrafted and Heartfelt

AilleDesign (pronounced: eye) Fashion you can feel!

Tully s Treats It s a canine Christmas!

Scentsy with Nini A Festival of Scentsations

Stocking Stuffers Great Gifts Under $20

Listen to Day 1, Part 1

Day 1, Part 2:


Guidelights and Gadgets Gifts for the Techies, Cane Swingers, and Leather Lovers on your list!

Elegant Insights All That Glitters for Holiday 2022

Elegant Insights Treasures for a tactile tree

Victorialand Beauty Beautiful you for the holidays

Harbolt Company The Harbolt Happy Holiday Hour

Listen to Day 1, Part 2

Day2, Part 1:


Guidelight Dogs Santa is Bringing it to the Dogs!

Elegant Insights What s New for Holiday 2022

Blind Girl Designs Happiest Holidays

Inflation Fighters Deck the Halls with Discounts

Listen to Day 2, Part 1

Day2, Part2:


Scenic Made Sweeten your holidays with Scenic Made Artisinal care packages!

BrailleWear Tactile Treasures

A. T. Guys Tech the halls

Wright Turn Only Handcrafted Wood Creations

The Harbolt Company The Harbolt Happy Holiday Hour

Listen to Day 2, Part 2

Score some Deals with the 2022 NFB of Michigan Action Auction



An iPad, 2 smart televisions, an air fryer, coffee, and a smart air fryer are among the items you could win by bidding in the NFB of Michigan Action Auction.

Breaking: Android 13 will Include Built-in Braille Support, Supplanting BrailleBack



Android 13 will at long last include built-in braille support without the need to download a separate app. The feature was announced by Google's Nimer Jaber during a session at this year's IO conference.

#CSUNATC22: Envision's Glasses Gain New Smarts with OCR Improvements, New Languages, Currency Recognition



Envision has announced a major update for its AI-powered smart glasses including improvements to optical character recognition, currency identification, new languages, and document guidance. The new glasses will debut at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim this week.

#CSUNATC22: BlindShell Phones Get Expanded Reach in the U.S. with Newly-formed BlindShell USA



Fresh off the successful launch of the second edition of the BlindShell Classic cell phone, the company is expanding its presence in the United States. BlindShell USA will provide sales and support for the company's products, with a new office based in Aventura, Florida. The BlindShell Classic 2 will remain available from dealers including A T Guys, and customers can expect an enhanced and localized level of service going forward.

Listen to a Sound-Enhanced Broadcast of Sunday Morning's Australian Open Men's Final from Action Audio



The audio track of a tennis match is typically pretty homogeneous, a series of sounds from a tennis racquet hitting a ball, followed by some cheering and the announcement of the score. But what if this experience could be made immersive, providing a dynamic, stereo representation of the game? That's the challenge tackled by Action Audio, who has succeeded in bringing the technology to this year's Australian Open, one of tennis's four major events.

Join us for The Year in A. T. on Clubhouse or on your Computer



Remember 2021? Remember Clubhouse? Tonight, we'll be merging both of these things into a look back and forward audio event. And if you are reading this later on in our newsletter, you can listen to the replay.

Now you can Play the Popular Game Wordle with a Screen Reader



You may have seen friends posting their daily results from Wordle, the hot new word game craze. Now, there's an easy way to play the game with a screen reader.

Breaking: NFB Nearly Doubles Scholarship Program, Offering $240,000 in Awards in 2022



The National Federation of the Blind is nearly doubling the value of it's scholarship program and guaranteeing all winners an $8,000 prize. Applications are available now.

Let's Go Shopping, the Virtual Mall Crawl, is Back this Weekend



Back just in time for the holidays, Let's Go Shopping is a two-day, virtual mall crawl featuring businesses owned by blind and low vision individuals. We are excited to once again join this dynamic event, November 5 and 6.

J.J. will be presenting two sessions:
Friday, 2 PM Eastern, The Blindshell Classic 2 and Other Cool Stuff
Saturday, 6:30 PM, Tech and Gadgets for the Holidays

There are many amazing small businesses represented at this event, which starts at noon Eastern each day. Go here to read the complete schedule or the Vendor Directory.

For security links, we aren't posting the Zoom link on this website, but there's an easy way to get it. To get more information about Let's Go Shopping events, subscribe to their Email list by sending a blank message to lgs+subscribe@groups.io

New Aira for Android version brings improvements and bug fixes



Aira has released a new version of their Android app, bringing new bug fixes and improvements. Read on to find out what's new in the update.

Falling Squirrel presents the Vale: Shadow of the Crown, an action RPG for PC and x-Box



From their website,

The Vale is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback to deliver visceral gameplay that shatters the barrier between player and character.

As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.

Read more about the game below.

An overview of Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10



OneNote is one of the best ways to organize and connect different types of content, from notes to audio files and webpages. It also sinks between iOS, windows, and android, meaning that you will have access to your content on any device.

This is the write-up of a talk I did on Clubhouse several weeks back, demonstrating and going over some use cases. For those who have never used it, OneNote is probably the closest app to Scrivener on iOS that we have available on windows.

Introducing Comics for All, Seeking Kickstarter Funding



Many people who are blind or have low vision do not have independent access to comic books due to their visual nature, the Comics for All project intends to change that. The idea sprang from the concept of audio description because if people can do that for movies, why not graphic novels and comics as well.

2 Pack Tile Pro 2020, Echo Dot 4th Generation, and a Smart Lightbulb for $69.99 w/ Free Shipping



Best Buy has the Tile Pro 2020 2-pack item tracker in Black/White, and Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation Smart speaker in Twilight Blue and a Sengled Smart Bluetooth Mesh LED Multicolor A19 Bulb for $69.99. The bulb will show once adding the Tile/Dot to your cart. Shipping is free, or select free in-store pickup.
A free 3 month subscription to SiriusXM is also included with the purchase of the Dot FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. The items would cost nearly $123 if purchased separately, not counting the subscription. Tiles are a great way to find luggage, keys, or other valuables. Deal likely ends July 24.

Score some Tech Deals with the Summer of Tech Auction



An iPad, 2 smart televisions, a Victor Reader Trek, and a smart air fryer are among the items you could win by bidding in the Summer of Tech Auction.

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