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Blind Art, Three Easy Halloween Projects for Kids

By: Amber Kraft

Now that it is October and Halloween is quickly approaching, here is a few projects to get you in the spirit.

1. Leaf ghosts

For this project you will need to go outside and collect a few leaves to make into ghosts. After getting leaves you will need to paint them with white paint and add the eyes with a black marker once they dry. When adding the eyes, you will just need to add two black dots with the marker. The part of the leaf that is more rounded is what you will want to have at the top.

Things you need for this project,

• leaves 


• white paint 


• black marker 


2. Paper plate pumpkin

For this project: you will paint a paper plate orange, then add a green stem and a face to it. When cutting out the stem, it does not have to be perfect as every pumpkin stem is different. What I would do, if your child can’t do the cutting themselves, is to use the corner of the green paper. When using the corner you will only have to make two cuts to make a rectangle. Once you have the stem cut out, you can glue it on to your pumpkin and then cut out the face for your pumpkin from the black paper. If your child can not cut this out themselves, it is quite simple to do yourself. You can cut off two of the corners of your black paper giving you triangles to use for the eyes. Next you can either do one cut of another corner of your paper to make a triangle nose or two cuts by the corner making it a square nose. The next part is the most challenging for cutting but there is no right or wrong way to cut out the mouth. For all of the pieces for the face and the stem, you could also let your child rip these out rather than cutting it making their pumpkin all their own.

What you need for this project,

• paper plate


• green paper 


• black paper 


• orange paint


• glue 


3. Pompon spiders

For these fun little spiders you will want to start by cutting your Pipe cleaners in half. After you have them cut you will twist them together at the center of them giving you eight legs. Now you will glue on a pompom in the center of your pipe cleaners that you have twisted together giving you four legs on each side. Once gluing on the first pompon to the legs you will then glue a second pompon on to the first one for the head of the spider. Lastly you will glue on your two Googly eyes.

Things you need for this project,

• black pompoms 


• black pipe cleaners 


• Googly eyes 


• glue 


We hope you Enjoy this Free Quick Course from Amber Kraft. for more Accessivision Courses by Amber Kraft and other Blind Course Creators, please visit Accessivision Courses

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Just in: Product labelling Gets a Facelift as WayAround and Aira Join Forces

Just in: Product labelling Gets a Facelift as WayAround and Aira Join Forces

By: Jack Falejczyk

Article Summary: There could be no better time to label your entire inventory at an affordable cost. Take the wheel with WayAround’s digital tags, and have Aira ride shotgun!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes

How did we Get Here?

Anyone who has been blind throughout most if not all of their life has no doubt used braille or tactile labels for their home inventory. They obviously have the advantage of being around the longest, being relatively affordable, and aging well over time. However, one particular disadvantage lies within the food and clothing department; braille labels for these items allow little to no room for customization, so you are stuck with whatever information you can fit, or the predefined label text. This issue is most apparent with clothing labels as they only have enough space for extremely short abbreviations.
Labels have evolved significantly over the years. Several iterations of digital labels have been created that use a bar code scanner or a specific labelling device that knows how to communicate with them. These introduce a number of problems, however. Bar codes on store products are not tactile at all, and even with the wide laser beam in products such as the IDMate, scanning can be a challenge. Additionally these devices tend to come at a high price, and are running on outdated hardware and software (the IDMates are still running Windows CE, for example). Finally, color recognition hardware and software will never be full-proof. So, do we have a viable solution that is future-proof, or is labelling stuck in the past? Do we have news for you!

A Tale of Two Services with Similar Objectives

Aira, discussed in greater detail in various articles and courses on our site, is a well-known remote visual assistance service for the blind. WayAround is a brand new, innovative, future-proof labelling system. Through the help of a smartphone and affordable digital labels of many different kinds, one can label practically any item that needs labelling! Rather than using the camera or a bar code, these labels utilize NFC (near field communication) technology, the same technology that powers various tap-and-pay terminals at various retailers. The labels come in many different configurations, from strong-adhesive stickers to laundry-safe sewable buttons. A user can input several fields of information into the WayAround app, and write that information to a way tag affixed to an item by simply tapping the phone to the tag! From then on, when you tap your phone to the item, the description for the item will be read out by your phone’s screen reader. Where does Aira play into this, you might ask? Why, for identifying the object to be labelled, of course! Aira knows this, thus has partnered with WayAround to allow WayAround users ten minutes a day to obtain assistance from an agent in identifying the items that are to be labelled. The agent can describe various details about the item (food ingredients, laundry instructions, etc.). The agent can then email you the information obtained so that it can be pasted into the WayAround app while creating the label. It doesn’t get more streamlined than that!

Conclusion:

It should certainly be said that the Aira and WayAround partnership is a winning combination. It provides the most affordable, most future-proof method to label your inventory. For Aira specifically, it once again shifts more of the cost away from the end-user so that financial barriers will not always stand in the way of remote visual assistance.
Overall, this is a step in the right direction that will lead to greater independence.

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Aira VS Be my Eyes: Which is Better?

Aira VS Be my Eyes: Which is Better?

By:Jack Falejczyk

Article Summary:

We take an unbiased look at the two most well known remote visual assistance services, and which one is the better option.

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes

Aira? Be my Eyes? What is all this about, anyway?

WE’ve all heard of them, but there are many folks, particularly among the non-smartphone crowd, who may not know how these services can meet their needs. Not to worry; let us briefly describe these services and what they do!

Be my Eyes

This one was the first to surface publicly. The service provides remote visual assistance to anyone, regardless of region. The service connects blind and visually impaired users to volunteers in order to receive remote assistance.

Aira

Aira is probably the most well known, both for their top notch service and their considerable media coverage. Aira uses a team of professionally trained agents, large enough to run a 24/7 operation. In addition to the video feed itself, Aira agents have a multipurpose dashboard containing a satellite view of the environment, as well as online map integration. You used to be able to utilize smart-glasses along with a private sector of network access, but all models of the glasses are discontinued at the time of this writing. IT is our hope that a new, reliable wearable solution will make the rounds soon. Either way, the training these Aira agents go through insures that you can expect top-notch performance, no matter which agent picks up your call.

Comparing Benefits and Trade-offs

Aira and Be my Eyes are both reliable options, though the one to choose largely depends on the use case and the user’s needs. They are both cross-platform, though IOS may be higher priority than Android in many cases due to IOS’s popularity in the blindness circles. They both serve their purpose, to provide visual assistance for tasks that require it. However, there are certain factors that limit the tasks that one can perform with Be my Eyes when compared to Aira’s On my Terms mantra. Let’s take a look at specific scenarios to see which service you can trust over the other.

Who can I trust to help read a recipe with pictures?

Assuming none of your offline solutions were able to do the job, you could generally trust either service to help you with this. Both Aira and Be my Eyes do a good job reading text that you present to them. However, you may want to allocate more time to recipe reading when using Be my Eyes. Due to the fact Be My Eyes consists of a team of volunteers, there are no strict wait-time guidelines to adhere to. You might get connected within a minute of waiting one day, and then you might have to wait ten minutes the next day; it all depends on who is available when you call. With Aira, you almost always get an agent within thirty seconds or less. On the rare occasion that you are waiting longer than usual, a call will disconnect after ninety seconds of waiting, allowing you to try calling again. The long and short of it is that while you can trust both services to do the job, which service you use largely depends on how quickly you want your task completed, in this case the recipe.

My computer won’t speak, or I’ve ran into an inaccessible application. Who do I trust this time?

This one’s tricky. If a five second power outage toasts your Windows installation and it boots you into system restore, you might be able to get Be my Eyes to read your screen so you can press the necessary keys to get through the pre-boot interface. Again, Aira will get the job done faster, but Be my Eyes can work provided you have time to spare. For an inaccessible application or website, you should absolutely trust Aira over Be my Eyes in nearly every circumstance. Aira has the ability to connect to your computer remotely via a program called TeamViewer. The agent can then read what is on your screen, and control your computer so as to help you through this inaccessible task. How is this safe, you ask? Aira’s proactive approach to customer safety and privacy includes a nondisclosure contract that agents must adhere to. A volunteer for Be my Eyes does not have that legally binding agreement to sign, meaning that you would not be able to trust them to remote into your machine.

I need to locate my transit card or state ID. Does Aira take the cake this time?

Indubitably. Again, you really want to make sure you are dealing with a service that has your privacy in mind. It should be noted that you have the ability to opt out of having your calls recorded for quality assurance and training purposes, either on a case-by-case basis or across the board.

What about outdoor navigation?

Aira is the best and safest option out of the two. There is no guarantee that every volunteer on Be my Eyes knows exactly how to give proper, concise directions for navigation. Additionally, Aira agents are contractually obligated to stay quiet while you are crossing streets; this insures maximum safety.

In closing:

The main takeaway is that each scenario brings forth various considerations that may make one service preferable over the other. Generally speaking, weigh each situation carefully, and pick the option that makes the most sense. While the cost of Aira may be prohibitive in some circumstances, there are more opportunities than ever before to gain subsidized access through the Aira access network, with more being added regularly. Freedom of choice is slowly but surely gaining ground between these two platforms.
So, pick the service that works best for you, and then go do that thing!

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NFB-Newsline Mobile 3.0

By: Amber Kraft

The National Federation of the Blind has now released a new version of their Newsline mobile app. Newsline version 3.0 will now include a basic version of KNFB Reader integrated in to the Newsline app. The National Federation of the Blind’s Newsline app allows those who are blind, low vision, deaf-blind, or otherwise print-disabled to get access to audio publications, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more. This audio service is free, and offers access to more than 500 different publications however you do have to sign up for this service which you can do on the National Federation of the Blinds web page.

Once you are a subscriber for Newsline, some of the things you will have access to are: National news papers such as; USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, breaking news sources such as CNN and ESPN Online, International newspapers such as Financial Times, magazines such as Smithsonian and Consumer Reports, State Newspapers, and emergency weather alerts based off your zip code or location.

With the latest update of the Newsline app, you will now have access to the basics of KNFB Reader. This lets you read printed text that is right in front of you within the Newsline app. To use this new feature in the app all you have to do is point your camera at the text you want to read and then take a picture of it. At this point in time I do believe you will also be able to save the documents that you take pictures of as well just like in the KNFB Reader app. Prior to this update KNFB Reader was a completely separate app from Newsline and the KNFB Reader app costed around $100 when it was not on sale. You are still able to get the KNFB Reader app separately from Newsline for those who do not have or want a Newsline subscription. The Newsline app is free in the apple App Store. However, unless you are a subscriber to Newsline you will not have access to any of the features in the app.
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Indeed with JAWS

By: DR. Skylar Covich


Indeed is one of the largest job search sites, useful for local and remote/virtual jobs around the US and in many other countries, for a variety of different industries and skill levels. Indeed is accessible for users of the JAWS screen reader, with modern browsers such as Chrome. You can search for jobs using the Edit box in Forms mode to type in a keyword, then pressing Tab to type in a location, with Remote as an option. Looking at all the results from there will give you the best chance of not missing a job; however, it may be useful to turn filters on for the date the job is posted and for the salary range. If you choose not to turn on filters, be aware of jobs which may have been posted months ago and thus are unlikely to be available now. On a Windows PC, You can press Control + F and type in “Days Ago” to easily find the number of days ago the job you clicked on has posted. Note that if it was posted less than a day ago, you won’t get any results, but that’s actually encouraging! Also read carefully to make sure you are not applying for an unpaid internship if you are not interested in that. This goes for everyone, but us screen reader users may be more likely to be placed in the middle of an entry on this site if we don’t make sure we’re at the top. You should fill out an Indeed Resume on the site, especially if you are in a specialized industry where a recruiter might see it. The process is accessible but does take a frustratingly long time as you fill out the information for each entry, which can be slow on some browsers with JAWS. If possible, however, I would recommend applying for jobs through a different platform than Indeed; there will be a link to the company’s web site or specific application platform they are using besides Indeed. It’s easier to customize your resume or upload a Word document or PDF through other sites.
In order to filter out weak job leads, a FlexJobs subscription (about $50 a year) is worth the money if you are interested in remote work, or some specific industries in certain locations. State vocational rehabs and commissions for the blind may fund subscriptions to FlexJobs. The site is easier to navigate for screen readers, and has good links for job categories and a variety of career coaching and virtual career fair opportunities. However, Indeed is still worth checking out even if you have a FlexJobs subscription or other specialized job boards, especially for opportunities which will likely require in-person work by this point in the pandemic reopening process.
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Ranking Videoconferencing Platforms with JAWS

By: DR. Skylar Covich

Recently, especially for the past 6 months since COVID began, I have had the opportunity to use most of the major videoconferencing platforms for job interviews, webinars and virtual conversations. In this post I’ll be ranking them based on their accessibility for passive and active participants. Keep in mind that I am exclusively using JAWS, using Windows PCs, and primarily using the Google Chrome browser to access meeting links and join through the browser. I also have not needed to host meetings or share my screen. I have also not yet used Facebook’s latest video calling features, so I am not including it in this post.

Google Meets

I have come around to preferring Google Meets over all other videoconferencing platforms. Its predecessor, Google Hangouts, was often frustrating as it was hard to find the spot to answer calls or access features from within the call. Google Meets makes the process of allowing the computer to use the camera and microphone, joining the meeting and finding features within the meeting quite simple. Tasks such as muting and unmuting and accessing the chat can be done using keystrokes which JAWS will give you when you navigate to them in the meeting using the arrow keys.

Zoom

Zoom’s process of having JAWS guide you through joining the meeting from a browser is almost as simple as Google Meet’s. Some meetings make it unclear whether a password is needed, but that is the case for sighted people as well. Zoom sometimes takes a while to connect to the meeting, during which JAWS will usually say “Connecting.” One frustrating bug in Zoom is that when Bluetooth headsets are being used, JAWS will stop speaking in a Zoom meeting. On the other hand, if you are using your computer’s audio, JAWS will speak out chat messages and notifications about who has entered or left the meeting, and these messages can be heard by other participants if you are not muted. Wired headphones allow the most flexibility with Zoom.
There are simple keystrokes to access Zoom features; for example, Alt + A toggles the Mute button, and Alt + Y raises the virtual hand. You can discover more keystrokes by navigating around using the Tab key. Occasionally there are glitches with these keystrokes, requiring that you exit and re-enter the meeting. There are more support groups of knowledgeable blind people who can guide you through the use of Zoom, which is not always the case with other platforms.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an improvement over their previous and still used platform, Skype. When joining a meeting through the browser, it takes a few extra steps to allow Teams to use your camera and microphone, and it can be hard to find the right spot to join the meeting, but it does not take too long to use the system. You can navigate around a Teams meeting using the arrow keys.

Webex

Webex is useable, but there are some inconsistencies in the process when attempting to join a meeting from your browser. Webex has also sometimes crashed my browser when I am exiting a meeting.

GgoToMeetingg

GoToMeeting/GoToTraining is the most inaccessible major videoconferencing platform, and I have little positive to say about it. After allowing the platform to use your camera and audio, two different windows come up containing a dialogue box which is not navigable with JAWS; at least not easily. I have sometimes managed to get meetings going by pressing the Space bar within one of the dialogues, and by using the computer audio rather than my headset. Interestingly, when this happens, I can then still use JAWS through my Bluetooth headset. Even in the training itself, it is impossible to navigate using the Alt, Tab or arrow keys, aside from closing the meeting with Alt +F4. This means that iff you need to unmute yourself to ask a question, it’s very difficult to accomplish. I have checked with others and have found that this platform has a bad reputation in the blind community, though some recommend their phone ap if necessary. GoToMeeting also gives you a phone number with an access code once you register or enter the meeting, which you can use if you can’t access it.

Despite these critiques, videoconferencing opens up many career and social opportunities for the blind, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of them regardless of which specific platforms your contacts want to use. That said, if you have any power to determine which platform should be used for a meeting, Google Meets and then Zoom are the best choices.

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McGraw Hill: Are they Turning over a New Leaf?

By: Jack Falejczyk – Course Creator

Article Summary:

In the midst of an inaccessibility-riddled history, McGraw Hill has surprised us with a small number of very useful accessibility improvements. Whether or not this means they are making a full 180 remains to be seen, but they are definitely going off the beaten path as far as your standard accessibility efforts are concerned. It’s nevertheless worth keeping up with their efforts and the efforts of other eLearning content providers.
Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes

McGraw Hill: Who are they and where did they go wrong?

McGraw Hill is arguably one of the biggest, most well known textbook publishers, right up there with Pearson. Unfortunately, it has been the least accessible in many subject areas, most notably math, wherein nothing will be read out via a screen-reader as math-ml is not being utilized. With HTML5 and other open standards killing the need for Flash, there is a lot of room for accessibility, though most of McGraw Hill’s content still needs a lot of work. It is almost inevitable that one will need recurring access to Aira in order to use a significant amount of McGraw Hill’s math and science content until such time that things do change.

Is there Hope for Improvement?

To my pleasant surprise, yes. They have been approached many times about accessibility before, and up until now we have not seen significant improvement. Recently, however, they seem to have made a significant step forward in an area that has many screen-reader users hard-walled: drag-and-drop. While it is true that this in and of itself is just one improvement among many that still need attention, having accessible drag-and-drop is a considerable step forward. When interacting with a question that utilizes drag-and-drop, for example a question that asks you to put items in sequential order, the following happens. You interact with an application frame below the text of the question. Inside that application is a row of items presented as toggle buttons that you can tab through. When you press space on an item, the screen-reader will announce:
“Item lifted. Use the arrow keys to move, space bar to drop, and escape to cancel.”
Sure enough, left and right arrow keys move the item through the various slots, and pressing space again swaps the items.
There are some categorical questions that feature drop-zones, in which case you would press space to grab an item, press up arrow to move into the drop-zones, and the left and right arrows to choose the drop-zone to drop the item into. Drop-zone questions typically have a much more detailed set of instructions for keyboard users, so you are not expected to know any of this information in advance should you encounter questions of this nature.

Where to Now?

Although I commend McGraw Hill for taking an important step in the right direction, it is my hope that the improvement will not stop here. It is fair to expect a lot more from these content providers, given that the bar has already been set. Sengage has been going full-speed ahead with this year’s significant accessibility improvement in their math content, and they respond well to feedback. The best example of complete textbook accessibility due to math-ml being used across the board is currently the creative-commons-licensed content from cnx.org.
A considerable amount of eLearning content is carried out through McGraw Hill, and freedom of choice is often nonexistent in a classroom setting where there is an enforced curriculum. It is not possible to simply switch the student to a different accessible content provider when the textbook platform also houses the automatically graded assignments. Therefore, it is imperative that all content providers make every effort to insure that solid accessibility is present throughout all aspects of the course content.

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Introducing DR. Skylar Covich the newest member of the Commtech USA Course Creators

Skylar CovichDr. Skylar Covich has been totally blind since birth. He has been
using JAWS and other adaptive technology since his childhood in the
1990s, and he has 10 years of experience as a college classroom
instructor. He has a BA in Politics from Saint Mary’s College of
California and a PH.D. in political science from the University of
California Santa Barbara. He lives with his wife in Ventura,
California.
Dr. Covich hopes that this course will explain the most important
feature of JAWS in a straightforward way which will work for everyone
from blind children, to people who might be losing their sight later
in life and want to see if JAWS is right for them, to long-time JAWS
users who might have some gaps in their training. That last category
is important; because Dr. Covich was trained in JAWS a long time ago,
he did some research to make sure he understood all of the features in
the new versions that he doesn’t frequently use. The course focuses on
how to install JAWS independently, before discussing how JAWS can
navigate Windows, Microsoft Office and the Internet, especially
explaining the importance of paying attention to JAWS’s capability
about of providing hints about shortcut keys.
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Are you a fan of file sharing and colaboration? Let us introduce you to our Dropbox 101 course. This course will teach you how to download and configure the desktop dropbox client, explore the toolbar, create files and folders, save files to dropbox, share files and folders with others, and overall present you with the functionality you’ll need to get started! Dropbox is used by many individuals and businesses across the world. Having the knowledge to use this powerful tool will give you a skill that you can carry even into employment.
Have you ever wanted to talk to more than one person and do it quickly and efficiently? Try our Google Meet course, which will guide you step by step on using this popular conferencing system designed by a reputable company, from a BVI perspective, using assistive technology!
And while we’re on the subject of meeting up with people around you, why not tackle our social media course? If you need an accessible take on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, you’ll be glad to have made this purchase, which will doubtless bring you closer to your current connections, engage new one’s and help you obtain information important to you!
Not a windows user? We also have our iOS Basics course. This course leads you through turning on voiceover, configuring voiceover settings, gestures such as the roter, different typing modes, braille screen input, the app switcher, and more. Come check it out and learn or rediscover iOS and the functionality it offers!
Did you know you can read your own mail and other physical documents? Want to try it out? Our course on KNFB Reader is just for you! This course explains in depth how to set up and use the KNFB reader app on an iPhone, how to use the app to obtain information about any printed material you may need to read, how best to hold the phone in order to achieve good results and other things to keep in mind while using the app! Never miss an important letter again; let Commtech USA help you read with ease!
Time is of the essence today and we all know that. Let us help you save some with our Apple watch course. From setting up and paring an Apple watch to configuration of faces and apps used by Commtech staff, this course teaches you all you’ll need to know about your new apple watch.
And finally, if you’ve ever wanted to get an idea off the ground but struggled with setting up a site to give it that extra push into the commercial market, our Website 101 course will help you along the way! From learning what to look for in a hosting provider, to acquiring a Domain through a registrar, to setting up an FTP client and managing dns settings, we’re confident you will find this course invaluable and packed full of useful insight. Establish your internet presence!
Tought for the blind and visually impaired by the blind and visually impaired Commtech USA’s courses offer you the knowledge and skills to do the things you need to do at an affordable price. For information on any of these 6 courses or to keep up with our course offerings as we are releasing new courses every day, please visit us today!

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Flash Sell! 30% off Assistive Technology Training and Support

Back by popular demand but only for a limited time, Commtech USA has something special to offer you! Commtech will gladly give you unlimited training and technical support on a monthly basis for just $69.99! Come and experience the high-quality service we’ve been giving our customers for the past 15 years! With staff located throughout the United States ensuring that you get coverage when you need it, training and technical support honestly couldn’t be more flexible! Whether it’s hardware or software, computers or smartphones, notable notetakers and adaptive devices for the blind or smart glasses, Commtech USA is here for you!
Additionally, you can also check out our yearly subscription which offers you all the same benefits for less at $649.99! No joke! For less money than it takes to make a call to your average tech company for an hour of technical support, you can have that and VR standard training on adaptive products and services! Purchase our monthly subscription at $69.99 or pay for 12 months of the same for less at $649.99!
As a token of our appreciation, if you purchase any of these subscriptions before August 5, you will be grandfathered for life! Your prices for these subscriptions will never change?, ensuring that you always get the best prices on the services you need, when you need them!
Take advantage of these spectacular deals while they last and become part of the Commtech family! Call us at 1 (833) 345-8324, or head over to

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All subscription based offers only available until August 5. Other products and services are available; please contact Commtech USA with any questions concerning customizability, selection and pricing not mentioned in this advertisement. Cases, screen protectors and phone service is offered with all smart devices.

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Commtech USA Announces development of a Windows App

We are excited to announce that we have begun to develop our app for Windows. Following the successful release of our iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, we felt it neccessary to bring that accessibility, user experience and support and training to our clients and soon to be clients and our potential clients the same experience on Windows. When we have more information, it will be announced here, stay tuned! until then go download our Mac, and our iPhone and iPad apps today! Click here to go to our App Download Center

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Commtech USA app now available for Mac, iPhone and iPad

We told you it was coming, and it is now here!

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Download the Commtech USA app for iPhone and iPad, at the App Store

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The Commtech USA iOS and Mac apps are currently in the Apple App Store Review process

We are excited to announce that our apps, developed in conjunction with Mike Doise and iAccessibility LLC are now submitted to the App Store and is now awaiting the review process. Apple says this could take from 24 to 48 hours, but being that yesterday was 4th of July, which is a holiday here in the states, it might be maybe till Monday or Tuesday until we get a live link for the apps. stay tuned!

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Commtech USA Independence week sale! Quality products, tech support, and training at unbeatable prices!

If you want quality training and support on your assistive technology at the lowest prices possible, then you’ll want to check us out!

Commtech USA has something special to offer you! Available only for a limited time, Commtech is offering all of its products, services and support at unbeatable rates you won’t find elsewhere!
Head over to our page right now to get an hour of training on any assistive tech or adaptive product for only $19.99!
You can also get two 30 minute support calls for the same price!
Need more? No problem! Commtech will gladly give you unlimited training and technical support on a monthly basis for just $59.99!
You can also check out our yearly subscription which offers you all the same benefits for less at $649.99!
As a token of our appreciation, if you purchase any of these subscriptions before July 5, you will be grandfathered for life! Your prices for these subscriptions will never change?, ensuring that you always get the best prices on the services you need, when you need them!
Take advantage of these spectacular deals while they last and become part of the Commtech family!
and if you happen to be seeking assistive technology, Commtech has you covered! Purchase one of our desktops configured to your liking with windows 10 or linux, talking to you on startup, starting at just $249, shipped with one week of free training and support included at no extra charge!
check out our laptop line with all the same benefits to you at a starting price of $399 shipped!
Consider an unlocked iPhone SE 2020 (64gb) with one month of support and training at $439.99!
We have a Nokia 2.3 for $199.99 or a Pixel 3A for $399.99, 1 month of free training and support included!
When you need technical support and training or technology configured to work for you, you’ll want to get it quickly, conveniently and afordably! Our desire is to deliver! Let go of your past and say hello to the future! Say goodbye to yesterday; say hello to Commtech USA!

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New Self Paced Windows Basics Training Course Now Available from Commtech USA

Commtech USA is proud to announce our new self-paced windows basics training course! Made for screen reader users by screen reader users, this basics course will teach you how to effectively get started with windows by introducing the operating system and concepts present in all popular versions of windows, familiarizing you with windows 10, walking you through Microsoft Narrator and its functionality, and apps native to windows 10 such as Microsoft Edge, mail, people and calendar. Whether you’re someone that’s just acquired your first personal computer running on windows, a seasoned user that hasn’t yet made the transition to windows 10, or perhaps you simply wish to brush up on basics you may have missed, we’re confident this 6 part course will contain something informative for everyone! Please visit us at http://www.commtechusa.net for more information on how to enroll and give yourself a great shot within the most common environment known to computer users around the world!
Enroll in the Windows Basics Course today!
Andrew Melchor
Audio Support and Training
Commtech USA
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Course Creation and Sales Positions Are Open At Commtech USA

Do you like to help? Are you looking to make a difference? At commtech USA we offer the ability for you to create and publish self-paced training courses with the visually impaired and the blind in mind! If you’ve ever been passionate about teaching a subject, this is your chance to do so. Additionally, if you’re good at reaching people on any level and or have experience with sales and promotion Commtech would also like to hear from you! for more information on our current available positions, please visit our Jobs page and contact us as soon as possible! We hope to hear from you soon!
Jessica Melchor
Customer Service
Commtech USA
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Enable the Commtech News Alexa Skill today

It seems like every where you turn, Commtech USA is there. and today is no different. because it is our goal to be there when and where you need us, Commtech USA is proud to announce we now have a skill you can enable on the Amazon Alexa platform. Enable the Commtech News Alexa skill today! On the Amazon Alexa Skill Platform

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Commtech USA now listed in the podcasts.com directory

With the intent to have a vast reach across the blind community and beyond, we are excited to let you know we are now listed in the Podcasts.com directory. If you happen to use the app, or the web site for your podcast needs, feel free to subscribe to us while you are there.

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Introduction to Android and Braille

In this episode we demo the Android operating system using an Orbit reader 20 Braille Display. 

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Hey Alexa, play the Your Support and Training Staff Podcast on Tune In

Remember when we told you about the exciting news that you can ask for Commtech USA latest update from Apple Siri and Google Assistant? well, The exciting news just keeps coming. If you own an Alexa device, simply say, Alexa, Play the Your Support and Training Staff Podcast on Tune In. and you will receive the latest podcast episode with the latest news, tips, tricks and more about Assistive Technology. Try it today!

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Did you know you can access Commtech USA on Apple and Google Podcasts with your voice?

Simply speak the phrase, Play the Your Support and Training staff podcast, when you activate Google Assistant or Apple Siri. both assistants on each device will play the latest episode of the podcast with no further interaction needed.

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Commtech USA is hiring

Commtech USA is now hiring, please visit our job board for more information
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We also post job openings on our Facebook Page

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Commtech USA entering Beta phase of our new Commtech USA Mobile app

Commtech USA is proud to announce that we are entering in to the beta phase of our Mac and iOS apps. We are working closely with our developer the very talented Mike Doise of iAccessibility LLC to bring you the very best and the most up to date information, news, announcements and audio and video training that Commtech USA has to offer. stay tuned, watch this space. It’s coming to an App Store near you!

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Commtech USA now available on Google Podcasts and Linked In

Commtech USA is now available on Google Podcasts. go to This website to subscribe.

Also, A new link on our social media menu is our Linked In Company Page. check it out.

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Commtech USA now Providing Services to California Department of Rehabilitation clients

Below we list prices for some of our more common services, more specific and/or customized services assistive technology related are offered.

Client Technology Services

  • Diagnostic (test computer physically and software): $40
  • Reinstall Operating system only: $110
  • Reinstall operating system with client data: $150
  • Labor (to replace/install parts): $95
  • Data transfer to external device/new pc: $95
  • Data recovery: $95
  • Windows 10 Upgrade: $95

Hardware

  • Hard drives: $29.99-141.99

software products

    Office 2019: $149-$169

  • AV programs: $29.99-$44.99
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Top notch technical support, training, and adaptive technology acquisition services

Commtech USA is now offering high quality adaptive technology training and technical support services. We can also assist you in choosing and obtaining adaptive technology to best meet your needs. Regardless where you are, Commtech USA aims to get you where you want to be.
Additionally, our tech support and training team is ready to answer any questions you may have concerning your technology. We can handel any device with any issue. We have prices ranging from a 1 time support call or training session to a yearly membership. Whatever your case, Commtech USA has you covered! Give us a call today, or visit our website for more information.

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Commtech USA now available on the Apple Podcasts App and directory and soon to be on Apple News, And our iOS App is coming soon!

We here at Commtech USA strive to publish our Articles, Audio and Video training and support for the blind in as many places as we can. to that end, we have submitted and published our podcast to the Apple Podcast app and directory, as well as to Google Podcast App and Directory. at this time we have been approved to Apple Podcasts, and are still awaiting Google.

Another source we have submitted to is to the Apple News App, here we will submit Assistive Technology News, and Reviews, as well as more free Training audio and videos to help empower the lives of the blind.

Our iOS and Mac Apps is currently in development and is coming along very well, It is under development by a well known blind developer Mike Doise of iAccessibility LLC

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to give us a call (833) 345-8324.

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Changes during the pandemic

Due to the recent physical isolation orders across various regions and states across the nation, we are announcing our new policies in the wake of COVID-19.

First and foremost, access to Commtech USA staff, training, support and Sales teams throughout this outbreak will remain available. Because of our remote services, Commtech USA is well-positioned to remain operational during these uncertain times.

However, because a number of Commtech USA staff are also parents, Commtech USA is loosening the restrictions on allowable noise during a call, and notifies users that, while excessive noise still is not permissible during a call, they may expect some increase in background noise as agents are working from home and schools nationwide are closing. Commtech USA specifies that this policy does not change the expectation of the privacy of client’s personal information and that agents will continue to work in private spaces.

many colleges, jobs and other needed services are also transitioning to online-only classes, employment and visits at this time, Commtech USA is offering free consultations for any person through May 2020, on how we can design support and training that will fit your particular needs for employment, school or personal use. Contact info@commtechusa.net or call (833) 345-8324 for more information about this offer.