[NFBOH-Cleveland] BSVI Bulletin June 2020

Suzanne Turner smturner.234 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 17:24:45 UTC 2020

BSVI Bulletin June 2020


BSVI Bulletin June 2020

               July will be here before we know it, and that traditionally
means family vacations or traveling for a blindness-related conference. This
year certainly looks different, but you do have an opportunity to attend
conferences from the comfort of your home. This issue of the BSVI Bulletin
highlights the American Council of the Blind and National Federation of the
Blind virtual conferences happening in July, that may be of interest to you
or those you serve.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

               The 2020 virtual conference and convention of the American
Council of the Blind will take place Friday, July 3 through Friday, July 10.
Hear presentations from blindness-specific assistive technology companies,
including Vispero (manufacturer of JAWS) and Humanware. Microsoft will
present sessions on its apps and services, including Seeing AI, Soundscape
and Narrator. In addition, learn about accessible services from Amazon,
Comcast, Google, and others. Sessions and workshops will also cover topics
such as advocacy, transportation, senior issues, braille, audio description,
accessible smart home features, accessible exercise equipment, and more.
Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available for many sessions for a
one-time fee of $10. Sessions are free to attend, via the Zoom platform, but
pre-registration is required to join the sessions.
b4kVdIZpLzQ/s/1006022447/br/79960311040-l> Pre-Registration costs $25 and
gives you a personalized conference schedule, a conference program in the
format of your choice listing all events and additional events not on the
registration form, and enters your name into door prize drawings. The
deadline to pre-register is 11:59 PM eastern Sunday, June 21. If you cannot
participate in live sessions, many sessions can be heard on
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National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2020 Convention

               This year's 2020 National Federation of the Blind convention
will take place Tuesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 19. The convention
is a premier event for training, support, and information for the blind
community. To learn more about this year's NFB convention, visit
zPP20pkvwZJ9mJ2WivqCK-Rqi4aFvIojjDJ5PuM/s/1006022447/br/79960311040-l> the
NFB Convention page.

How to Participate

The agenda for the 2020 National Convention will feature most of the
elements our members know and love, with some new twists. There will be
multiple ways to participate in and interact with all convention events,
from video conferencing to phone access. Plus, as local conditions permit,
NFB affiliates will organize in-person gatherings in conjunction with
sessions being held at the national level to enhance the convention


The schedule for the 2020 National Convention is as follows. A more detailed
agenda will be available soon.

*	Tuesday, July 14: Seminars
*	Wednesday, July 15: Board Meeting and Resolutions Day
*	Thursday, July 16: Division Day and Opening Ceremonies
*	Friday, July 17: Presidential Report, General Sessions, and
Affiliate Caucus
*	Saturday, July 18: Business Meeting, Resolutions, and Banquet

Announcement of Interest: Freedom Scientific Extends Free Home Licenses

            Due to the impact of COVID-19, Freedom Scientific has announced
it's continuing the free home license program until August 31. Special
licenses have been created to assist students and workers who must remain
home during the COVID-19 crisis. A free short-term Home Annual License of
JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion (expires August 31, 2020) is available to anyone
with a personal email address in the United States and Canada.

These products require either a Microsoft Windows 10 or 7 operating system.
Remote desktop and Citrix support are not provided. Contact Freedom
Scientific Customer Service at (727) 803-8000 with any questions. If users
already have a free home license, no action is required for the extension.
Learn more about this license extension by visiting the
-eCnGDAE1WEw/s/1006022447/br/79960311040-l> Freedom Scientific website.



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