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May 18, 2023

20230517 - Main Menu Live - Be My Eyes and Web Accessibility the IAC way.

In the first hour we bring on Mike from Be My Eyes. We hear from him all about the latest innovation happening with AI and accessibility as we celebrate

Global Accessibility Awareness Day this week. Be My Eyes will also be at the national convention this year so you will hear even more from them later this summer. We encourage everyone to come with questions as we want this to be driven by you today to ensure you get all of your questions answered.

In the second hour we talk all about a number of technology topics. These include:

list of 5 items • The Information Access Committee has finalized its plans for the convention and we share all! It’s all about empowering you the audience to advocate for better web accessibility! Come learn more. • We focus on how AI is shaping the world around us as we talk with Brian from Tuesday Topics (he is also joining us in the first hour). • Jeff is moving back to Arizona and as a part of that trip it is time to consider what technology he brings back with him and what technology he discards. Brian, Larry and John will have a lively discussion about this topic. The conservative part of Jeff may not be happy with Brian’s suggestion

May 13, 2023

20230329 Main Menu Live - CSUN 2023 Revisited

Larry Gassman, John Gassmann and Jeff Bishop review CSUN 2023

February 22, 2023

20230222 - Main Menu Live - Humanware and the Victor Reader Stream 3, plus IAC planning for the next ACB Convention.

In the first hour we talk with HumanWare all about the new Victor Reader Stream 3. It is now shipping so we get the absolute latest from the company and

most importantly we get your questions answered. We will take as much time as HumanWare will give us so this may spill into the second hour.

The Information Access Committee is working on plans for a very ambitious project for this year’s national convention. We give you a sneak peek into what the committees thinking is and how you will play a role in that process. To give it away, you are crucial!

Microsoft has released (in a public preview) their new version of Bing. We describe to you what is going on here with Bing, why you might be interested in trying it out and how to sign up for the new service. We will also give it a spin on the show and share with you some interesting things that Bing’s AI capabilities might reveal …

January 25, 2023

20230125 - Main Menu Live - AIRA with Troy Otillio and Jenine Stanley. Also the team from Unmute Presents along with the iACast Network team - 1959.

This month on Main Menu Live we bring you two hours of technology talk from a blindness perspective, including your comments and questions.

AIRA has made some major announcements concerning their service. We bring Troy Otillio and Jenine Stanley  to have an open, honest and frank conversation about the service and its future direction. Emphasis will be on what we can do as an organization and as users to further the mission of AIRA to advocate for change.

In the second hour we bring on the team from Unmute Presents along with the iACast Network team to have a technology discussion centered around the most recent Apple hardware and software announcements, Open AI’s Chat service and much more.

October 26, 2022

20221026 - Main Menu Live - Ryan Jones from Vispero, Bob Roehm from Envision Glasses, and Damashe Thomas on Password Managers.

This month on Main Menu Live, we present JAWS 2023; Envision; and the latest on security. Ryan Jones from Vispero joins us to talk the new JAWS 2023 release. Bob Roehm joins us once again to give us updates on the Envision app and glasses. Jeff and team along with Damashe Thomas, will update you on the latest state-of-the-art password managers. will update you on the latest state-of-the-art of password managers.

September 28, 2022

20220928 - Main Menu Live - Envision Glasses with Bob Roehm, Manager Envision Technologies - and Chris Hofstader, Amanda Carson and Keri Swendsen who represent World Blind Herald, a unique online publication.

During the first hour Main Menu welcomes Bob Roehm, Manager Envision Technologies, to discuss the Envision AI system including glasses and app.

Bob will introduce the Envision Technologies AI system. He will compare this system to other assistive technology devices and discuss the components of the system and how the features can help the VI community.

During the second hour we present Chris Hofstader, Amanda Carson and Keri Swendsen who represent World Blind Herald, a new and unique online publication about all aspects of blindness and blind people. It will be going live on January 4, 2023 and this is their first public announcement of the project. World Blind Herald is not affiliated with any blindness agency and its two primary themes are that not all blind people share the same values and that the blind community is not homogeneous. Thus, WBH will publish as broad a set of subjects about blindness as possible.

July 27, 2022

20220727 - Main Menu Live - Eric Damery, plus the new AIRA Desktop Solution, and the newly released RIM 3.0 product that is in public beta.

Join the Main Menu Live team as we remotely go where all have gone before, even out on the outer RIM of technology. In the first hour we salute Eric Damery of Vispero who is retiring after 28 years of spectacular service to so many Vispero JAWS users.

We also present AIRA to talk with us all about the new AIRA Desktop solution among other topics. Matt and Michael join us in the second hour to talk about the newly released RIM 3.0 product that is in public beta. Come find out about this exciting solution that will allow you to remotely control other people's computers, even if they don't have a screen reader installed.

April 28, 2022

20220427 - Main Menu Live Michael Lauf about Windows Software.

Michael Lauf will talk about the new LaufWare website.

We'll also hear a recorded presentation from Tek Talk by Ron Miller about Kindle using both Jaws and Braille.

March 31, 2022

20220330 - Main Menu Live 2022 CSUN.

Join the Main Menu Live team as we gather technology experts who attended CSUN and share all we learned at the event. This includes braille; in-door navigation; and so much more.

Sponsored by Information Access Committee

February 24, 2022

20220223 - Main Menu Live David Kingsbury and the IAC Committee on technology and the ACB Convention -2000.

# In the first hour of Main Menu Live, we welcome David Kingsbury, an Assistive Technology Instructor at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Massachusetts, to discuss his new book entitled “The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More”. It is a free book, and we dive deep into its creation and content. In the second hour, we talk all about new Windows 11 Insider features, including all-new natural voices and more. Finally, the Information Access Committee joins all of you to talk all about what is coming up at this year’s annual convention.