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Accessible Technology, Art for Children and Teens with Visual Impairment, Self Care, and More: Upcoming Virtual Programs

A wide range of online programs are being offered in the coming weeks. Here are a few that may be of interest:

From the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library of The New York Public Library (NYPL):

Beginning on July 19, 2024 at 4 pm ET, Voiceover for Mac Discussion Group, a three-session series via Zoom, will respond to questions from users of all levels of experience and help them connect with peers to learn from each other. Sessions will also be held at 4 pm ET on August 15 and September 21, 2024. Register here for Voiceover for Mac Discussion Group.

On July 15, 2024, from 7 to 8:30 pm ET, Intro to Gmail on the Web will guide participants through how to use standard Gmail on a web browser. Register here for Understanding AI for Accessibility.

On July 17, 2024, from 5 to 6:30 pm ET, Accessible Word Games will introduce how to play popular games like Wordle, Wordvoyance, and more using accessibility features such as voiceover and JAWS. Register here for Accessible Word Games — Wordle, Wordvoyance and more.

On July 24, 2024, from 7 to 8:30 pm, Understanding AI for Accessibility will delve into AI tools such as ChatGPT, Google Gemini, and more. The workshop will explore how to use these programs with accessibility features like voiceover, JAWS, and NVDA and review accessibility apps that use these tools to describe visual images. Register here for Understanding AI for Accessibility.

From Lighthouse Guild:

On July 11, 2024 at 1 PM ET, Ask the TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired): Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) will cover “what exactly the ECC is and how it differs from the general education curriculum.” This  session will also include a discussion of how parents can teach these disability skills to children and how to help teachers address the skills. Learn more and register here for Ask the TVI: Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).

On July 16, 2024 at 3 pm ET, Tech Talk: Accessible Note-taking and Access to Media Content: Victor Reader Stream 3 will review how devices, such as the Victor Reader Stream 3, are important tools used by many people who are blind or have low vision. Note-taking helps to keep people organized at school, at work, and in everyday life. Whether creating to-do lists, a record of a meeting or class, organizing tools can enhance productivity. The Victor Stream, a portable wireless device, also allows access to audio media offerings, such as podcasts, books, and music. This session will also review other note-taking platforms. Learn more and register here for Tech Talk: Accessible Notetaking and Access to Media Content.

On July 27, 2024 at 11 am to 12:30 pm ET, Lighthouse Guild and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host Virtual Art Workshops for children, ages five through 12 years, and teens, ages 13 through 18 years, who are blind or visually impaired. Detailed descriptions of The Met Collection will be offered as well as instruction in drawing techniques and an opportunity to create a work of art. Supplies will be provided via mail prior to the workshop. Advance registration is required to receive art supplies. Please register by July 12, 2024; space is limited. For additional information and to register, visit the webpage for the Lighthouse Guild and The MET Virtual Art Workshop for Children and Teens.

From Future In Sight (FIS), here are some programs for adults:

On July 19, 2024, from 10:30 am to 12 pm ET, Happy Teeth, Happy Life: a holistic approach on self-care and positive well being will share tips and professional advice from a dentist to boost dental hygiene. Learn more and register here for Happy Teeth, Happy Life: a holistic approach on self-care and positive well being a holistic approach on self-care and positive well being.

On July 22, 2024, from 10:30 to 12 pm ET, Monday Meet-Up: Kitchen Best Practices will explore “tips and tricks to help you navigate your kitchen with confidence,” including labeling solutions, safety techniques, food preparation techniques, and more. For details and to register, visit the webpage listing for Monday Meet-Up: Kitchen Best Practices.

On July 26, 2024 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, FIS Tech: Low-Tech Gadgets will cover low tech options available for such tasks as managing medications, taking temperature, hearing step by step directions when walking (without blocking street sounds), and more. Additional details and a link to register are available here for FIS Tech: Low-Tech Gadgets.

For a full list of FIS events, visit their Calendar.