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2018 Summer Convention Special #Sponsored: New Features For Google ChromeVox, Chromebooks and Chrome OS

Most families with school-aged children are probably familiar now with Google Classroom. Chances are, if you are a school-aged or college attending student, you probably could teach a thing or two on how to use a Chromebook to your parents. And some out there, working in I.T. Professional jobs, may even want to sit in on some of those lessons as more and more vocations are considering the use of a Chromebook at the work site.

J.J. sat down with Laura Allen, Program Manager for Accessibility on Chrome and Chrome OS, to discuss the multiple changes to the ChromeVox and Chrome OS experience that have been implemented over the last year. Tune in to discover the thoughts behind the redesigned ChromeVox screen reader, new USB Braille Display support and how ChromeVox interacts with touch screen based Chromebooks.

Laura also provides an overview of features for Low Vision users in the new levels of magnification supported, a docked magnifier window and enhancements to the visibility of the cursor and mouse pointer within Chrome OS. There is even a sneak peak at what is coming to Select to Speak in upcoming milestone releases.

Be sure to note the suggestions for learning ChromeVox and ChromeOS so you can distinctly know your Earcon from your Emoticon!

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we re teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

The Google Accessibility team is also inviting everyone to participate in user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features -- and get rewarded for it. Select here to sign up to participate and learn more at

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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