Other Meetings and Programs

Career Development

Wednesday, July 6, Regency Room
7:00 AM: NIB Breakfast $10 ($15)
Join National Industries for the Blind for a discussion about employment and the AbilityOne program.

Guide Dogs

Tuesday, July 5, Regency Room
7:00 AM: Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Breakfast
GDB grads connect with friends and staff; those considering the guide dog lifestyle welcome.

Advocacy Issues

Monday, July 4, Great Lakes Ballroom
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM: AFB Breakfast $10 ($12)
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) cordially invites you to attend its annual breakfast meeting, hosted by new President and CEO, Kirk Adams.  You will be introduced to Kirk and hear an update on AFB's legislative efforts from AFB's Director of Public Policy, Mark Richert.

Technology

Sunday, July 3
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: ZoomText Fusion, St. Croix
You will always be able to use your computer, join Ai Squared to learn how.
 
10:00 AM: Your U2 Has Been Doing That for Years! Greenway C.  Everyone knows the basic functions of a notetaker.  It takes notes, gets email, or keeps your calendar.  Want to get the latest content from YouTube, tweet about it, like a friend's post on Facebook, customize your menus, or have multiple signatures for email accounts- your BrailleSense has had these features for the past 1-3 years, but what else can it do?  Let's find out!
 
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Ai Squared, St. Croix
Learn the latest about ZoomText Mac, Image Reader, and CamReader.
 
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Kurzweil 1000 Users Group Lunch, Greenway D.  Hosted by: Stephen Baum, Vice President of Engineering, Kurzweil Educational Systems.  Please register at: http://marketing.kurzweiledu.com/acton/form/11777/005b:d-0001/1/-/-/-/-/...
 
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: ZoomText Fusion, St Croix
You will always be able to use your computer, join Ai Squared to learn how.
 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: HIMS GoVision!  Greenway C. GoVision lets you look at documents and pictures from a thumb drive, see a smart board, watch videos from your phone, or do distance OCR.  Go anywhere with GoVision.
 
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Ai Squared, St. Croix
Improve productivity: ZoomText's Multiple Monitor Support.
 
Monday, July 4
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: The BeSpecular app is landing in the USA, Greenway C.  BeSpecular is an iOS and Android app that will connect you to sighted volunteers around the world.  Wondering what makes us different from the others?  Come find out in person!  We’ll assist you with downloads and help you get the most out of the app.  If you'd like to attend this session please RSVP to contact@bespecular.com
with "RSVP 4 July” in the subject line.

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Reach out and Touch the Future! Lake Superior A.  With the new BrailleNote Touch from HumanWare you can create professional documents, research the web, and communicate with popular apps.  Use accessible third party app with the efficiency of KeySoft and TouchBraille.
 
Tuesday, July 5
2:45 PM – 5:30 PM: Office 365 Usability Study with Microsoft, Lake Superior B.  Microsoft will conduct a usability study to evaluate and enhance the accessibility of Microsoft's Office 365 products (Word, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, Skype, OneNote etc). Participate in this session to help us better understand your needs and refine these productivity experiences to work seamlessly with assistive technologies.
 
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Victor Stream — A World of Books at your Fingertips! Lake Superior A.  People tell us how much they love their Victor Stream.  HumanWare presents an evening of simple tips on how to download your favorite reading material and make your listening even more enjoyable.
 
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: Bookshare – Office Hours at ACB! Lake Minnetonka.  Hear about the latest Bookshare updates, and get answers to your Bookshare-related questions.
 
Wednesday, July 6
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Chrome OS Accessibility, Lake Superior B.  Learn about the accessibility features built into every Chromebook, and get an early look at the new ChromeVox screen reader.  Speaker: Laura Palmaro, Chrome Accessibility Program Manager, Mountain View, CA.
 
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Sprint Interactive Workshop, Grant.  We Can't Do It Without You!  Building the ultimate wireless experience; bring your ideas, stories, desires and tips.  Presenter: Kelly Egan, Customer Relations Manager, Blind and Low Vision Community.  Space is limited, to register for this workshop contact Kelly Egan at 720-988-6744.
 
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Google Apps Accessibility, Lake Superior B.  Learn more about the latest accessibility improvements to Google Apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive, Calendar, and more.  Speaker: Roger Benz, Google Apps Accessibility Program Manager, Mountain View, CA.
 
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Sprint Interactive Workshop, Grant.  We Can't Do It Without You!  Building the ultimate wireless experience; bring your ideas, stories, desires and tips.  Presenter: Kelly Egan, Customer Relations Manager, Blind and Low Vision Community.  Space is limited, to register for this workshop contact Kelly Egan at 720-988-6744.
 
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM: Demystifying Science $8 ($10), St. Croix.  An interactive tactile science demonstration featuring the new Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest from Independence Science that will decode the mystery of science for the blind and visually impaired.
 
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: Demystifying Science $8 ($10), St. Croix.  An interactive tactile science demonstration featuring the new Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest from Independence Science that will decode the mystery of science for the blind and visually impaired.
 
Thursday, July 7
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Google Play & Play Music Accessibility, Lake Superior B.  At Google Play, the holistic approach to accessibility entails usable product design and representation of users with disabilities in the Play Store.  Come hear updates from the Play apps: Learn how you can start listening to a podcast on your desktop and finish on your Android phone, easily search for articles, and browse the Play Store.  We will also share tips & tricks on fast navigation in our Play products.  Speakers: Karo Caran, Google Play Accessibility Program Manager, Mountain View, CA, and Andrew Shebanow, Tech Lead, Google Play Music Growth; Accessibility Lead, Google Play, Mountain View, CA.
 
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Android Accessibility, Lake Superior B.  Introduction and what's new in Android Accessibility; Come learn about the latest developments in TalkBack and BrailleBack.  Speaker: Victor Tsaran, Android Accessibility Technical Program Manager, Mountain View, CA.

Self-Improvement

Multiple sessions:
Tuesday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 6
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM, Skyway
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Skyway

1Touch Self Defense. $12 ($15), designed specifically for the blind; real life situations with practical applications.  Hands-on workshop; open to all.
Thursday, July 7, Skyway
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM:  ATguys.com Product Showcase. 
Learn about the latest affordable gadgets and accessories from the A T Guys.  From the latest mobile accessories for your iPhone or Android
device to speakers, headsets, and braille displays, A T Guys has something for you.  Receive an exclusive discount available to event attendees.  Presenter: J.J. Meddaugh, President, A T Guys.
 
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: BlindBargains.com Sound off and Discussion.  Join the hosts of Blind Bargains, Joe Steinkamp and J.J. Meddaugh, for an interactive discussion on technology, trends, and much more.  Bring your questions and tips and get ready for insightful conversation.  It's almost like watching a podcast live.