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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

The month of August is often called the “dog days of summer.” This August many of these days can be filled with learning and personal growth. Here are some opportunities:

Virtual Business Tech Bootcamp Test-Drive Program Coming in August

Technology skills are essential to securing a job and to career success. Two upcoming “Bootcamps” from Perkins School for the Blind will provide the tools to help job seekers “become more proficient in the technologies most commonly used in business settings: Google Suite and Microsoft Suite.” These virtual camps will cover the basics of how to use the technology as well as how to apply skills acquired to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the work place. Google Suite camp runs from August 9 – 13; Microsoft Suite camp goes from August 16-20. Each week-long session is free of charge for qualified candidates, though spots are limited. Learn more or apply for Career Launch Virtual Business Tech Bootcamp Test-Drive Program.

Webinars for Professionals: Mantis Q40, Mobility Techniques, Accessible Files and More

APH (American Printing House for the Blind) is offering a number of sessions for professionals in the coming weeks through its Access Academy, including:

August 4, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT: “Getting Started with Mantis: Connecting to iOS & Chrome” – This workshop is for those who have the Mantis Q40 and want to know how to connect it to other devices, using VoiceOver (iOS/Apple) or ChromeVox (Chrome OS). The Mantis Q40 includes a Qwerty keyboard and refreshable braille display and can be connected to different devices. More information about the device, which can be purchased for $2,495, is available  through APH at Mantis Q40. More information about the workshop on the Mantis Q40 and a registration link can be found here.

August 5, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT: “Step-by-Step: An Interactive Guide to Mobility Techniques” — Digital instruction for current and future O&M specialists is featured in this new APH offering. The webinar explores what is provided through this new interactive computer curriculum. Register for the webinar “Step-by-Step: An Interactive to Mobility Techniques” here.

August 10, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 pm EDT: “Flipped Classroom – Building Accessible Word documents and PowerPoints” – You can register for the webinar and watch two courses, “Building Accessible PowerPoints” and “Building Accessible Word Documents” in the APH Hive ( and  then join the meeting to work on assignments as a group. Register for the APH Flipped Classroom–Building Accessible Word documents and PowerPoints.