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October 1, 2020

Main Menu Live - Major Announcements and some Guidance in Your Life

Episode Notes

Coming up this evening on Main Menu Live we have a number of things to talk with all of you about:

Podcasts, Podcasts and more podcasts! Yes, we have exciting things to mention about this space and we will share more at the event! We think all of you will be very excited about the changes! It is all about looking back and looking forward! AIRA returns to Main Menu to bring us updates in the service and how they are helping everyone as we all work and play at home. Is AIRA right for you? Come find out about no promotions and exciting announcements from the AIRA team! The Information Access Committee is now leading the charge for the Main Menu Live program. We bring the team together for all of you to meet them and most importantly we want to hear from all of you about what topics you want covered by the show and committee. Come with your ideas, suggestions and anything else you want to bring to the table for the committee and the show.

Coming up in October on Main Menu Live, Freedom Scientific joins us to talk about the JAWS 2021 release. Spread the word about that!

August 26, 2020

Main Menu for Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400

Main Menu Live is all about writing and publishing from an accessibility perspective! Please join the Main Menu Live team as we talk all about authoring in the digital age. We first welcome the Carroll Center's David Kingsbury who has written two books all about the web and formatting documents in Word. Which browser are you using today and which one should you use? Learn more from David's book "When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users". We then turn to publishing and the art of producing your content. We talk with David about his book "Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA: A Guide for Students and Professionals". We also ask David about his process of producing his books to ensure they meet the needs of his audience. While we will be talking about the books in general, the emphasis will be on the authoring process from an accessibility perspective. Is it possible to produce professional looking documents independently? If so, what tools are being used and if not what gaps exist in the publishing process? In the second hour we speak with Michael Feir, the author of "Personal Power; The iOS Edition". We talk about the publishing business from an accessibility perspective. This book was a labor of love for Michael and is published in multiple formats. Is Mark Down something people should consider in their workflow? What about pdf, HTML, iBooks, Daisy formats and other digital formats? We will dive deep into these topics with Michael. Learn this and much more on Main Menu live, heard on August 26th at 8:00 PM Eastern on ACB Radio Mainstream.
June 24, 2020

Main Menu for Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400

Main Menu Live, which aired on Wednesday, June 24, is proud to present Larry Skutchan from the American Printing House for the Blind. Two new braille products are available, or will soon be, from APH, those being the Mantis Q40(tm) and the Chameleon 20(tm). How do these products fit in our lives? Whether you are a professional, a student or just needing a braille device for home and leisure, come and find out if these devices might meet your needs. Come and learn more and get your questions answered directly from the team that lead the effort for both products. How do these displays compare to other offerings in the market and where might they be going in the future? Join the Main Menu Live team and others for a lively discussion. We can't escape this show without talking about the big WWDC announcements about the future of Apple devices. We will clue you in on our first impressions and what we think. To give it away, wait to install the beta <smile>. In addition, we want to hear from you about Main Menu Live. In the second hour we will hear from former hosts of the show and a founding member of ACB Radio. Most importantly, we want to hear from you so please do join us! We want to hear from you about who you would like to see on Main Menu Live or what topics you would like addressed. We will pull back the curtain on the show and fill you in on where we see the show going and how all of you will play a pivotal role in moving it forward.
May 29, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400

We bring to you a special, two-hour Main Menu show this week! We are pleased to announce that ACB Radio's call-in technology program, Main Menu Live, has returned to ACB Radio Mainstream! Wednesday at 8:00 PM Eastern, we presented two hours with Vispero. Eric Damery joined us first giving us updates on all software products at Freedom Scientific. Next, Ryan and others joined us to talk about all things TPG. What do they do? Learn about techniques for explaining web accessibility and how can you tell a web site or app is accessible? We also talk about the struggles We Face In A Covid-19 World. Finally, Ron Miller joins us to talk all about the ElBraille. Units have started to ship to customers so we talk with some customers and Ron will fill us in on this exciting new device and where it fits in your technology world! Join the Main Menu Live team and the team at Vispero to hear all about the company and the latest technology inventions they are bringing to all of us! Main Menu airs on ACB Radio Mainstream beginning every Friday evening at 9PM, repeating various times throughout the week. To listen and see a full schedule, go to You can also listen using ACB Link for Android or iOS or find it in your favorite podcast app.
May 15, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400

This week we continue with the month long birthday celebration of Main Menu. We'll hear the last hour, part 2, of the very first Main Menu show with Jonathan Mosen which was heard on April 10, 2000. Next week, we'll do a special 2 hour live Main Menu broadcast. Stay tuned for more information about that program. We'll also take your comments about Main Menu over the last 20 years. You can call in live or record your comments for potential broadcast during that show. Write to us at MainMenu [at] And, there is so much new material that we did not get to, that we are planning week 5 which will air on May 29. So, please stay tuned and watch these lists for more information as the time draws near. Main Menu airs every Friday evening at 9PM Eastern on ACB Radio Mainstream, repeating various times throughout the week. For a full schedule and to listen online, . You can also find it in your favorite podcast client or listen on the phone by calling (605) 475-8130.
May 8, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400

Main Menu 20th Anniversary Celebration - Week 2 This week we continue with the month long birthday celebration of Main Menu. We'll hear part one, of the very first Main Menu show with Jonathan Mosen which was heard on April 10, 2000. Next week, we'll hear part 2, as this was originally a 2 hour show. Remember that in week 4, we'll do a special 2 hour live Main Menu broadcast and your comments about Main Menu over the last 20 years are certainly welcome. You can call in live or record your comments for potential broadcast during that show. Write to us at [email protected]
May 1, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400

April 10 was literally Main Menu's 20th anniversary on ACB Radio. We salute this outstanding program with a month long celebration. On May 1st, Jonathan Mosen will join us to discuss his memories of Main Menu and ACB Radio. Jonathan was ACB Radio's first director and was responsible for the creation of Main Menu. On May 8 and 15, we'll play the first program in the series which was originally two hours in length. Each will be heard as a one hour program for this celebration. Main Menu Live returns in a two hour celebration for May 22nd and in addition to an interview planned for the first hour, we'll have a round table of past and present Main Menu individuals discussing their Main Menu memories. You will also be invited to participate during the show. It is possible that we may replay the Jonathan Mosen may 1st interview again for May 29th.
April 10, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400

CSUN 2020 Wrap-up - Part II Last week, Main Menu presented part 1 of a CSUN technology wrap-up This week, we finish up with part 2. We'll also visit with Peter Tucic, the Brand Ambassador of Humanware. he'll talk about the HW Buddy. John Gassman will talk about weekly technology webinars you can attend, and Jenine Stanley will talk about a very important survey that you should take.
April 3, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400

From Larry G: I first attended CSUN beginning in the mid 1990's. but none was so different than the 2020 version which just ended. The Corona Virus was the main talking point at this technology conference and we'll discuss the virus, the conference and eventually get to some of the high points. There is so much to get to that it will spill in to another show which we creatively call CSUN Technology wrap-up Part 2. Join a round table full of technology specialists this week and next as we chat about CSUN 2020. Featured will be Jeff Bishop, Debbie Hazelton, Jason Castonguay, Paul Henrichsen, John Gassman and Larry Gassman.
March 6, 2020

Main Menu for Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Tune in, turn on, and learn about accessible television sets on this week's Main Menu Hello, Main Menu listeners. Friday night used to be the night when everyone would gather around the TV to watch their favorite shows. If you are looking for an accessible television set, gather your family around your computer to listen to Main Menu, featureing another collaboration between Main Menu and BITS. This week Jeff Bennett will give us a thorough demonstration of the Toshiba fire Tv which is totally accessible and is available from Best Buy and Amazon. He will talk about everything from taking it out of the box to setting it up and showing how to tune in your favorite channels. Jason Castonguay will also give you some submission guidelines for producing your own material for Main Menu.