Workshop: Meet Earl Harrison From HIMS, Inc.: Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

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Join Us for Our Next Zoom Workshop!

Meet Earl Harrison, Sales Manager, Midwest Region, Hims, Inc.


Have you ever wondered about the BrailleSense Polaris, the new Notetaker that everyone is talking about? BrailleSense Polaris offers a new standard in blind-friendly applications with the latest in cutting edge technology. BrailleSense Polaris supports Google Apps, making it easy to utilize Google services like Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides as millions of other students do every day.

Perhaps you might have heard about the GoVision video magnifier? GoVision is an all-in-one, space-saving HD video magnifier that combines all the best features of a desktop video magnifier with transportability and connectivity unrivaled by other products. Take GoVision wherever you need it to magnify text, view photos, check ingredients on food packaging, do crafts and much more.

How to Participate

Come learn about these exciting products and so much more at our up-coming workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00 P.m. Eastern time.

This workshop is being hosted by The Florida Outreach Center For The Blind.

We are proud to have Earle Harrison from HIMS, Inc. as our special guest. Earl is the sales manager for HIMS, representing the Midwest region. Earle has over 30 years of experience in the assistive technology industry.

Please join us on zoom with the following link:

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312 626 6799

When the system asks you for the meeting ID, enter the following:

561 642 0005

We look forward to your participation for this exciting event!



New Announce-Only Mailing List to Distribute News and Announcements Regarding Blindness Technology

Many years ago an amazing woman named Amy Ruell ran a wonderful and memorable mailing list called Amy’s Filters and Forwards. Subscribers to her list received email announcements from other mailing lists regarding new products and services, product upgrades and other messages of interest to the visually impaired. I found that list to be informative and invaluable. Sadly, the list ceased operations.

I often do a little of what Amy had done where I send similar announcements to mailing lists to which I’m subscribed. I have decided to start my own announce-only list providing what I hope will be a similar service.

I’m subscribed to many different mailing lists and I also regularly keep up with the latest news in the blindness technology field. This list will be comprised of mailings containing these various announcements. The types of emails that I plan to distribute may include the following:

  • News regarding hardware and software upgrades
  • New blindness products and services
  • News regarding enhancements to blindness services
  • Employment opportunities which may be of interest or relevance to the visually impaired
  • Upcoming webinars and conferences dealing with blindness technology
  • How-to articles containing tips and tricks on using mainstream technology of interest to the visually impaired, such as the iPhone, Microsoft Office, etc.

Whenever possible I will also include a URL at the bottom of each announcement leading to the original source material.

While the list won’t consist of any back and forth discussions I do expect that this will be a medium to high traffic list.

Since this list has been formed I will no longer be submitting announcements to other lists to which I’m subscribed. People who wish to continue receiving these announcements must subscribe to the new list.

To subscribe to the list, send email to

If you have material that you’d like me to submit to the list, please send it to

Please include the source URL when sending me the material. If a source link is not included I will not post your announcement. If you wish to submit an announcement regarding an upcoming webinar or conference please include a link containing more information, such as a description and a registration form. The announcement should be relevant to blindness technology and I reserve the right to decide whether it will or won’t be submitted to the list.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think may be interested in this mailing list. Before you forward this announcement to another mailing list or online forum please contact the moderator of that forum before posting this announcement and inquire as to whether announcements such as this are permitted on the owner’s mailing list or forum.

Many thanks for reading this and I am hoping that this new announce-only list will be of some value to you. I won’t claim that the list will be nearly as comprehensive as Amy’s original list as I don’t feel that I have the time needed to even try and duplicate her efforts. However, it is my hope that the list will help people to keep up with the latest news and trends in the blindness technology space.

Here is hoping that all of you will try to stay as safe and healthy as possible during these trying times.

May our Lord bless you.


JAWS Tip: Is JAWS Not Speaking As You Move Your Cursor? Try Toggling Enhanced Edit Support

In almost all applications moving the cursor or caret using your arrow keys causes JAWS (or any screen reader) to speak the character, word or line as you use the appropriate cursor movement commands, such as right arrow for next character, control+right arrow for next word, etc. This works nearly 100% of the time. However, I recently noticed that JAWS wasn’t speaking as I was moving the cursor in Jarte, a Wordpad-like word processor that I often use. This was baffling until I found the fix. (Note: in the interest of full transparency I may have enabled the setting that I’m about to discuss as a default. Therefore, the problem that I encountered may not actually have been a JAWS issue but may have been something that I personally enabled.)

If you encounter this problem in Jarte or in any program where cursor navigation isn’t speaking try toggling enhanced edit support. Here’s how you can locate this feature.

1. Press insert+F2 for the list of JAWS managers and press enter on Settings Center. As a quick shortcut pressing insert+6 will open Settings Center. This is the 6 on the row of numbers and not on the number pad. If you are asked to create a new configuration press enter to accept.

2. In the search edit field type “edit” without the quotes.

3. Navigate with the down arrow key through the list of results and look for “enhanced edit support.” While this should be enabled for Word it should be disabled for Jarte. Pressing the space key toggles this setting from being not checked (turned off) to being checked (enabled.)

4. Press enter twice, which will close Settings Center and save your changes.

Are You an Assistive Technology Trainer or Are You Looking For One? Join us on May 15 at 8:00 PM For Our Assistive Technology Trainers Expo

The following message may be forwarded to any interested parties or to any relevant mailing lists provided that announcements such as this one are appropriate and permitted for those lists.


So many of us are spending more time at home during the current Covid-19 crisis. Some of us are working out of our homes. Even if not all of us are working many of us are finding ourselves using technology more than we had expected in very different ways, with an emphasis on teleconferencing. While some are very comfortable using both assistive as well as mainstream technology the fact is that some of us are not. Sometimes, we might find that we need a bit of additional help or training to help us in using that elusive piece of software or hardware. Whether it’s learning a new task in Microsoft Word, improving skills using Windows 10 or downloading a book onto your book player of choice it would be nice to find a trainer who knows how to do exactly what you want and who is willing to provide you with that much-needed assistance.

It is for this reason that I am launching an Assistive Technology Trainers Expo. This is a conference which will take place using the Zoom platform. It is scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. All are welcome to participate, whether you’re using the Zoom program or whether you just want to dial in by phone.


The format will be as follows. Each technology trainer will be given a maximum of ten minutes to discuss his or her services. This can include their contact information, what they teach, how they teach, whether or not they charge for their services and how payments should be made. Of course, this information can be shared in just one minute but I’m giving each presenter a maximum of ten minutes to elaborate or to go into more details, if they wish to do so. They could, as an example, discuss how or why they feel  their teaching style is unique, provide examples or demonstrations of how they might present a concept, etc. They don’t have to speak for the full ten minutes but they are welcome to do so if they wish and they will make their presentation without questions or interruptions from me. My only rule is that they stick to training services dealing with technology and not with the selling of other products or services.

We already have some trainers who have expressed interest in presenting. Any interested presenters should contact me privately at so I’ll know how many to expect.

This event will be recorded and will be eventually released for distribution via my Web site.

How to Participate

Here is the relevant Zoom information for this meeting.


Topic: Assistive Technology Trainers Expo

Time: May 15, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 896 8865 6749

Password: 8861204225

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JAWS, Just Because. Our Inaugural Friday Night Tech Workshop Covering All Things JAWS: March 20, 8:00 PM Eastern Time

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home. Some of us are now bin the position where we are working from home. Some of us may be staying home to stay safe. Others may be at home in order to self-isolate or quarantine. Even before all of this began there have been many opportunities for online training using meeting platforms such as Zoom. Now that more of us are forced to stay in our homes the opportunities for remote training and assistance will likely increase.

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first Ibugconference where participants are encouraged to ask questions and to provide support for one another with their iOS devices. I really liked the format of the conference but I wanted to see a similar opportunity covering topics from a Windows perspective.

I decided that I’d like to host such a conference and this will likely be the first in a series of free, online tech workshops, assuming there is enough interest in such a project.

The first of these workshops is titled, “JAWS, Just Because” and is scheduled for Friday, March 20 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. This conference will allow users of the JAWS screen reader to both ask questions as well as to provide answers to those who use the JAWS screen reader. No question is too basic or too esoteric and it should be stressed that there is no such thing as a stupid question.

For this conference I’m looking for two types of participants. First, anyone with a question regarding JAWS is, of course, welcome. Second, I’m hoping that those who are knowledgeable in the use of JAWS will also consider participating to share knowledge. Due to time constraints we won’t have time to provide lengthy support or to tandem into a user’s machine. Questions which require this type of intervention would best be addressed by Vispero’s technical support.

In order to keep the conference running smoothly I am going to adopt a similar policy which has been successfully used by iBug. Users who wish to ask a question or to provide a response should say their name, as in, “This is John.” At that point please wait to be acknowledged by the host, as in, “Go ahead, John.”

I have some other ideas for similar workshops but would like to hear some of yours so that I can determine the needs that you have as well as the level of interest. With many of us working from home are there specific applications or programs that you might want some assistance with? Programs that come to mind are Slack, Teams, etc. Would there be interest in similar workshops for NVDA users?

I would also like to invite other assistive technology trainers to write to me privately if you’re interested in assisting with any of these workshops. Many of you may have some ideas which I haven’t thought of and you surely have expertise with topics which I do not. I am unable to provide any type of compensation for any assistance you may choose to provide but the point of these workshops is to provide free assistance to those who may be spending more time at home doing work or completing other tasks. This can be a stressful time for many of us. Many kind and patient people assisted me when I was first learning about assistive technology and I just want to pay it forward and give something back to the blindness community, particularly during this time when the need for some tech help may be even greater.

Here is the relevant information about the upcoming conference.

Topic: JAWS, Just Because

Join our Zoom Meeting via the following link.

Meeting ID: 356 585 7579

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