A number of virtual training programs are coming up from The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library of the New York Public Library:
Tomorrow: January 15, 1 – 2:30 pm Eastern Time (ET): iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners: For those who are new to or getting used to Voiceover on the iPhone, this session will review how screen readers work, gestures you need to know, and strategies for obtaining assistance. There will be time for questions and networking. Sign up for iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners.
January 20, 3 – 4:30 pm ET: Intro to BARD and Bookshare: The session will provide an overview of these two resources, including how to sign up and how to download their offerings. BARD [the Braille and Audio Reading Download from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)], a free service, is an online library where you can download books and magazines in audio or Braille. Bookshare offers access, through membership, to their online library, with more than one million titles that can be read with text-to-speech audio, magnification, and Braille. Membership is free to students in the U.S. and to New York Public Library patrons. Find out more and sign up for Intro to BARD and Bookshare.
22, 3 – 4:30 pm ET: Newly Blind and Short on Time: Tech Chat: Are you incorporating the use of a screen reader into “high-level skills you already have?” For those wishing to develop “nonvisual skills quickly” and network and exchange tips with other patrons, sign up for this discussion: Newly Blind and Short on Time: Tech Chat.