ACB of Maine Tech Talk Archive

Hi and welcome to the archive of Tech Talk, brought to you by ACB of Maine. Below you will find the recordings of past editions of Tech Talk. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Tech Talk for 03/08/2022

Hi everyone, and thank you for joining me for the March edition of Tech Talk, sponsored by ACB of Maine.  First, my apologies that this recap is so long in coming, it’s been a very stressful few weeks for me as I was busy preparing to present at Axe-con, an accessibility-related conference and unfortunately, I was not able to get this recap out as soon as I would have liked.  For those who may be interested, Axe-con is a three-day conference focusing on accessibility and design.  The conference is free and all the sessions are available to anyone who registers.  While it was certainly an honor to be a presenter, the real joy for me was getting to attend sessions in which many individuals and companies discussed some really cool innovations in accessibility:  Web sites, mobile apps, exercise equipment, virtual reality, all these and much more were discussed in the context of accessibility and it’s just exciting to see accessibility moving forward on so many fronts.

Getting back to Tech Talk, we discussed the accessibility of iOS including some of the many things we can now do with our mobile devices such as:

  • Reading books.
  • Reading printed materials.
  • The ability to control the iOS device using voice only.
  • Resources for additional training.

Below are links to some of the resources we discussed.  As always, I have done my best to capture everything, but if there’s something I missed, let me know and I’ll make sure to send it out to the group in the next update.

  • Gutenberg: free resource offering thousands of classic books.
  • NLS/BARD, National Library Service app which provides audio and braille access to the NLS catalog for NLS members.
  • Audible:  Commercial resource offering professionally produced audio books.  Audible is not free, but they do offer the ability to purchase books individually and also offer monthly subscription options to their service.
  • iOS Access For All:  Fantastic book for learning all things relating to iOS and its accessibility. The book is available in PDF and ePUB formats making it possible to read electronically on a wide array of devices.

Thanks again for joining me for the March edition of Tech Talk.  One final note, many of you have asked me about whether Tech Talk is recorded and how to get access to those recordings.  The short answer is that yes, the program is recorded, however, I am still working out the best way to provide access to those recordings.  As soon as I get that figured out, I’ll be sending out an announcement and will also include a link in these recaps going forward.

Again, thanks for joining me and for contributing to Tech Talk, I look forward to seeing all of you for our next edition on April 12 at 7:00 PM.  The information for joining will be the same as last time, however, no worries if you no longer have it as I’ll be sending it out again as we get closer to 04/12. 

Steve

Episode recording

Tech Talk for 02/08/2022

I just want to take a moment and thank all of you for attending this evening’s inaugural ACB of Maine Tech Talk.  I already love all the participation and knowledge that was shared.  For those who were unable to attend, we do have a recording of tonight’s program, but we’re still working out the details on how to make that available.  As soon as we have all the technical stuff ironed out, I will share a link to the recording.

In addition to introductions, here are some of the topics that were discussed, with relevant links:

Note, I do my best to keep track of all topics and resources discussed, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes during the program and so if I missed anything, please let me know and I’ll include it in the next update.

Thanks again for joining me for Tech Talk, I look forward to our next discussion on Tuesday, 03/08 at 7:00 PM.

Steve

Audio recording