How to string multiple Alexa commands together
Smart speakers do a great job of making simple tasks around the house easier. Control the brightness or color of your lights, change the thermostat temperature, control multiple alarms and timers and even order food for dinner. However, sometimes, sometimes speaking multiple commands feels like a slog -- like you could whip out your phone and tap a few times to accomplish the same thing in less time or fewer steps. At long last, Amazon has come up with a solution of sorts. It's called
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Alexa Follow Up Mode

Follow-Up Mode and it lets you give multiple commands to an Alexa smart speaker like an Echo Dot without having to say the wake word each time. (It works with at least some third-party Alexa devices as well.) Here's how to use it.
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Learning from accessibility: ‘When we embrace inclusive design, everyone benefits’

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Voice technology is an area of interest to accessibility researchers: the Barclays app can make a payment to a contact using a smartphone’s voice assistant. Photograph: Westend61/Getty Images

For Robin Christopherson, who is blind, getting cash out has traditionally been a socially uncomfortable and not entirely secure process. “Whenever I’m lining up at an ATM, I have to grab a person next to me and say to them: ‘Here’s my card, this is my pin, and this is how much I want,’” he says. “Luckily, I’ve never been ripped off as far as I’m aware, but it wouldn’t be hard.” The scenario will be familiar to thousands of banking customers with visual impairments or other accessibility challenges. And versions of it will apply to other interactions with banks that most of us take for granted. Yet, we all need to bank. “You’ve had the option of getting statements in braille or large print for a long time,” says Christopherson, who knows a bit about accessibility as head of digital inclusion at AbilityNet, a UK charity that works with companies, including banks, to improve access to digital technology. “And there has been phone banking for a long time, which has been helpful for some, but while some banks have been ‘on message’ in the digital era, many have also put obstacles in the way.”
Source: Learning from accessibility: 'When we embrace inclusive design, everyone benefits' | Barclays Let's go forward | The Guardian
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(35) The Fight for Accessibility (Ian Hamilton) – Noclip Sessions – YouTube

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Ian Hamilton is an accessibility specialist who co-directs the Gaming Accessibility Conference and consults with game companies over how to make their games more accessible. We talked to him about the small changes studios can make to make their games available to more people.

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Conference:Understanding and implementation of these principles has been growing at an exponential rate with 2017 seeing many more developers making their first forays into the field. This makes 2018 a perfect opportunity to take stock and exchange experiences and expertise. Learn more about accessibility guidelines: Our work is 100% crowdfunded. Source:
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Steve Gleason’s Space for Humanity Video Application

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If I understand the application correctly, the applicant video(s) with the most likes advances to the interview process. With your help I'd like to be that applicant. I'm setting a goal of 5000 likes by this Friday. Can we do this together?! Here it is
Steve Gleason's Space for Humanity Video Application 2,747 views 840 0 SHARE Space for Humanity Published on Mar 2, 2018 SUBSCRIBE 116 Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe After eight seasons in NFL, Steve retired and got married to Michel Varisco in 2008. In 2011, Steve was diagnosed with ALS. Since his diagnosis, he and his foundation have helped inspire others to live triumphantly in the face of life's adversities. Keep Exploring. No White Flags! Source: Team Gleason
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Team River Runner – River to Recovery


  To create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking.  Vision: Team River Runner envisions a national network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country.…
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TRR provides all boats, outfitting, safety gear, instruction, transportation, food and lodging for the participants and the volunteers through the generosity of their donors and the subsidies from their providers. Each chapter:   Holds regular pool or open water sessions of approximately 2-3 hours each. Some sites offer multiple sessions…
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Help support Team River Runner and build a stronger community for health and healing for our wounded and disabled Veterans with a 100% tax deductible contribution today! To designate your donation to a specific chapter, please choose the chapter name from the drop down menu named “donation target” below.
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Interested in paddling? Team River Runner has chapters all over the country! Find a local chapter near you and contact the representative listed. They will get you in a boat and on the water as soon as possible! We hope you come out to one of our many chapter events, fundraisers,…
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Usability Testing Opportunity: Usability Research, Integrated Channels & Experience
Ally Financial     Now recruiting: Online banking users with visual impairments/disabilities. We’re creating a panel to get feedback on our website. With your help, we’ll create better online banking experiences that are accessible to a wider audience. To qualify to join the panel, you must:
  • Access banking sites online
  • Use assistive technology (i.e. screen reader, sip-and-puff, screen magnifier, etc.)
  • Be 18 or older and involved in your household finances
  • Read and speak English
  • Be available to provide feedback at our uptown Charlotte office 2 to 4 times a year
You’ll take part in a quick screener survey by phone or email to make sure you qualify. We’ll ask questions like whether you can join us in Uptown Charlotte to provide feedback or whether you would be comfortable with us interviewing you in-person at your home. You’ll have the opportunity to earn a $100 incentive each time you provide us with helpful feedback — positive or negative! — up to 4 times a year. For Details Contact: Usability Research  | Integrated Channels & Experience 440 S. Church St., Charlotte NC 28202 T + 704 444 4694  |
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Vidget 3-in-1 Flexible Seating System™ – Toddler 10 inch | FlagHouse

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Fidget in your Vidget! Moving is healthy and fun! Versatile, three-in-one seat enables gentle rocking for improved focus and attention. Turn on its side for a stool or a desk, or interlock 2 or more to create a group work space. Molded handles have textured sensory "bumps" for tactile input. Add a resistance band (not included) to improve gross motor skills and build muscle tone while seated. Made from lightweight, durable polyethylene. Stackable for compact, organized storage. Available in a wide range of fun colors and sizes. For additional sizes see: 42475 (Large 16 inch), 42474 (Medium 14inch) ,and 42473 (Medium 12 inch). Healthy Learning Research proves that movement & fidgeting while learning helps ALL students, but especially those with ADHD, Austim and higher sensory needs perform and learn better in the classroom. Reduce tensions and frustration while inspiring creativity! Healthy Movement Vidgets® chairs provide a safe and quiet, side-to-side rocking motion that helps release energy and allows children and adults to be in control of their own physical movement. Promotes better posture and improved balance while engaging the vestibular system!
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Wrise : Accessible word processor for Mac | AssistiveWare

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Accessible word processor designed to support reading comprehension and text composition.


Read with text to speech, displayed as you want it

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  • Listen to text with your choice of voice, speech rate and volume using Text to Speech playback with word or sentence highlighting. Use the handy pronunciation editor so text is spoken exactly the way you want it.
  • Save your preferred font, size and colors, and apply it instantly to any text with EasyReading Mode™ without affecting the original text formatting.
  • Read imported documents or selected text from almost any app by using the included Selection Reader.


Write using word prediction

Word Processor

  • Listen to your text as you write for greater feedback. Select if you want the text read back to you after every word, sentence or paragraph.
  • Type text with over 45% less effort with PolyPredix™ multi-word prediction: complete the word you are typing, predict the next word or even multiple words at once.
  • More and more accurate word predictions in over 25 languages by learning your vocabulary as you type.


Be creative with tags

Create Audio Files

  • Use tags to style your text or bring characters to life by defining reading speed, voice, language, volume and more. Practical and fun!
  • Read multilingual texts using different voices for different languages with tags or let Wrise do the work for you with automatic language detection.
  • Export your creations as audio files or iTunes tracks to listen on the go or to use in other projects such as podcasts or audio/video edits.
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Safe Laser System – InvoTek

The Safe-laser System has been designed to provide a continuum of access options, from very simple "low tech" to complete computer access via a wireless keyboard. For example, one can start out just pointing the eye-safe laser* at a letter board or images and let a communication partner interpret what the point means. Then, the user could progress to activating a “call button” that lets someone know that he or she has something to say – but the user can still laser points towards letters while others interpret the meaning of the point. Then, using dwell or a secondary switch, the user can write out messages to the display, access recorded speech, or control a computer, tablet, or phone. You can also control the TV. Finally, connect the Safe Laser System to an inexpensive Android tablet and use our LaserChat Pro app to achieve text-to-speech output without or with word prediction. It is all possible with the Safe-laser System – simple light pointing, spelling, Bluetooth or USB computer access, speech output, and environmental control. And it is easy to do! The Safe-laser System isn’t for everybody, but it is simple!
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The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace – CBS News

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Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Pauley thought he had it all figured out when it came to looking for a job. He had a detailed spreadsheet of each and every position he applied for -- at least 600. But despite his degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, he went two years with barely a nibble. Did he get discouraged? "Oh my gosh, my morale really started to drop
Christopher and a CoWorker at Microsoft

Christopher and a CoWorker at Microsoft

towards the end," he said. "In fact, there were days where I would either hardly fill out any applications at all, or just simply not apply on anything." He knew he had the smarts for most jobs; he was a former Spelling Bee Champ, after all. But Pauley struggles with social and communications skills because he's also autistic. While precise numbers are hard to come by, by some estimates at least 80% of adults with autism are unemployed, even though their IQs are often well above average. Sometimes their job skills can present themselves in unique ways. For Christopher, it's video games. His ability to recognize patterns and his acute attention to detail -- both hallmarks of autism -- make his playing the video game Rock Band look pretty easy.
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