by Daniel Parker, RDPFS Intern
The Carroll Center for the Blind is holding its annual Technology Fair, both online and live in Newton, Massachusetts, on November 22, 2022. This event’s purpose is to help those with vision loss, their families and friends, and professionals in the field to “discover innovative technology that can make an immediate impact” and allow people to live as independently as possible. Various venders will give presentations, followed by in-person breakout rooms where individuals can go to focus on any particular product from “assistive technology exhibitors.” The virtual presentations will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, in-person exhibits from 10 am to 2 pm, and virtual breakout rooms from 3 pm to 5 pm. Presentation topics include Google Workspace with screen readers; smart speakers in the home: top smartphone apps of 2022; Windows screen reader tips and tricks; and benefits of the use of smartphone apps. To date, 17 venders will be represented either in person or in virtual breakout rooms. The full list of exhibiters includes a wide range of products and services, from the OrCam reader, Envision products for people with low vision, Biped smart technology, and Pneuma Solutions accessible technology to Non-24 Vanda Pharmaceuticals, local eye care services, the Perkins School for the Blind, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), Computers for the Blind, and more. The presentations will be available virtually via Facebook livestream. Registration is encouraged, but not required; the link to register is here.