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Breakout 1B

9:00 am - 9:50 am Central Time

Nick Corbett wearing a dark blazer and dress shirt in front of a white backdrop

The Screen Reader Software Summary: Screen Readers for Daily Life, Education, Occupation, and Accessibility Testing

Linda Coccovizzo wearing a blue romper holding a white cane and a pink purse.

Presented by:

Nick Corbett - Accessibility Training and Research Coordinator at the Carroll Center for the Blind and Treasurer of the Baystate Council for the Blind

Linda Coccovizzo - Accessibility Training Intern 

Session Description:

Join us for a captivating presentation on the world of screen reader software. Learn about the latest screen readers designed to enhance daily life, education, occupation, and accessibility testing. Get insights into how these innovative technologies assist individuals with visual impairments, and discover how you can use them to support accessibility in your own life or workplace. With its eye-opening perspective and practical applications, this talk is a must-attend for anyone interested in accessibility and technology. 

Speaker Bios:

 

Meet Nicholas Corbett, a seasoned expert in accessibility and technology. As Accessibility Training and Research Coordinator at the Carroll Center, he helps people with visual impairments access digital resources. Well-versed in Microsoft, Google, and Apple products, he is a highly effective instructor in digital accessibility. Additionally, as Treasurer of the Baystate Council of the Blind, he supports the organization's consumer advocacy mission. Hear from Nicholas on how screen readers unlock potential for people with visual impairments. 

Linda has been blind from birth and has always had a strong interest in accessibility. She began her journey by making printed material accessible to children with visual impairments. However, her passion for accessibility became even more personal when she found out her first daughter was diagnosed with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis at just 5 months old. While Linda knew that there was a 50/50 chance of having a sighted child, it was not until her second daughter was born that she found out she was also blind. This experience has further driven her commitment to advocating for accessible products, websites, and apps. For Linda, accessibility is not just a professional goal but a deeply personal one that has become her life's work.

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