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Join in These Upcoming Virtual Events:

“Introduction to Amazon Alexa” Online Workshop

by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern

On February 23, 2022, the Braille Institute of America will be hosting an online workshop, “Introduction to Amazon Alexa.” The program will focus on teaching participants all of the tasks that they can accomplish using their Amazon Echo Dot or Amazon Echo Show! as well as how to use the devices to access information and entertainment using simple voice commands. The workshop is free to attend and is hosted by the Anaheim Center Braille Institute from 1:30 pm Pacific Time (10:30 am EST) to 3 pm Pacific Time (12 noon EST). If you would like to attend, RSVP to the “Introduction to Amazon Alexa” Online Workshop, here. Be quick, spaces are limited. For more information, call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).

 “A Conversation about Vision Rehabilitation” on February 23, 2022

The National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting “Function at the Forefront: A Conversation about Vision Rehabilitation,” a free online event, also February 23, 2022 from 5:30-6:15 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). Participants will have the opportunity to “discuss vision rehabilitation with experts in the field.” NEI invites people who are interested to join through the NEI Facebook or LinkedIn page in this live, online event, which is available to “Anyone on or off Facebook.” To sign up to attend, and get the link to join in the discussion on February 23, go to either of these links to the listing for “Function at the Forefront: A Conversation about Vision Rehabilitation:” here for LinkedIn and here for Facebook.

“A Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind” on February 25, 2022

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is hosting “A Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind” and family members on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 12 – 1:30 pm EST. Presenters will discuss accessible information about breast cancer as well as for detection and prevention. Among the topics to be covered are how to do self-exams, accessible resources from the American Cancer Society, and medications. Those attending will also have the opportunity to download and save an audio description of a breast self exam, provided by Kim Kubek, MD, who is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology, a member of the Society of Breast Imaging and the Pennsylvania Radiologic Society and a board member of To find out more about the presenters and program, or to register for free, check out the listing: Breast Cancer Webinar for Women Who Are Blind.