The BITS Organization

Blind Information Technology specialist is a not-for-profit organization which fosters the career development of blind computer professionals; promotes the use of computer technology by blind persons to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives; and advocates for improved information access for all visually impaired people.

BITS holds a chat session every Saturday night at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, open to members, and anyone who would like to join us. These chats are informal opportunities to get together and visit about whatever members and friends want to talk about. Visit the Saturday Night Chats and Zoom Links page for more details.

The Presentations and Workshops Committee hosts presentations and workshops that are available to BITS members in good standing only. At various times during the year, presentations will be open to the general public.

BITS also provides exclusive programs to BITS members from the convention. As a BITS member, you will be able to download BITS program sessions if you cannot attend the convention.

In addition, you will be subscribed to a BITS members only email list, where you can ask questions, and discuss technology with other members.

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  • Presentations and Workshops

    Presentations and workshops are available to BITS members in good standing only. At various times during the year, presentations and workshops will be open to the general public.

    If you are logged in with your BITS login ID, select the presentation below from the "Download Presentations and Workshops" menu to access the download file of your choice. Select the "Read more about Presentations and Workshops" link, if you do not see the Download Presentations and Workshops menu.

    Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

    Presentations and Workshops you may have missed

    Watch this space for more details.

    How to Stay Safe Online During the Holiday Season

    Hello to all...

    I am pleased to announce the "How to Stay Safe During the Holiday Season" presentation hosted by Jackie McBride and David Goldfield, on November 18, 2017.

    From Jackie McBride:

    "Many feel that the holiday season, as the song posits, is the most wonderful time of the year. Certainly merchants agree. Unfortunately, so do the cyber crooks. It's easy during the hustle & bustle of the season to let down your guard--& in so doing part with more than just the money you used to buy holiday gifts & supplies.

    Online shopping can be a wonderful method of saving the time & hassle of going to the stores. This is especially true for those with disabilities. But with it comes dangers that need to be guarded against, else the holidays might not end up being as happy as they could be. During this presentation, I'll discuss how cyber criminals can cause you and your money to part ways, and what you can do about it to prevent that from happening. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

    I have 25 years of experience helping people unhack both their devices and their websites. Over that period of time, I've seen how easy it is to get into trouble, & I've also seen how a bit of care and common sense can prevent much of it. These are the techniques I'll be sharing during this presentation. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there."

    Download the How to Stay Safe Online During the Holiday Season presentation

    Braille 'N Speak 30th Anniversary

    The Braille 'N Speak 30th Anniversary presentation hosted by David Goldfield.

    From David Goldfield:

    "On October of 1987, a new product was introduced in the blindness assistive technology space. It was small in size, only had seven keys and had a rather odd-sounding name from a company which was just getting off the ground. The product was the Braille 'n Speak. In many ways, it started a revolution, performing tasks with an efficiency some of us could scarcely believe. While the Braille 'n Speak was released thirty years ago, the effects and influence of that little device can still be seen in some of today's more modern devices which we still sometimes refer to as notetakers, a term which probably originated with the Braille 'n Speak.

    When I heard about the product in 1988, I was incredulous and couldn't believe that a product of this type actually existed. Once I got my hands on one I knew I had to have it. I had my wish and became a Braille 'n Speak owner in February of 1989. As the product became a daily part of my life, I wanted to go beyond owning it and realized that I wanted to work for the company which, in so many ways, revolutionized my life. In May of 1991, that dream became a reality as well and I had the honor and privilege of working for Blazie Engineering for nearly seven years, working with the Braille 'n Speak, as well as the many products which followed it.

    On October 7 at 8:00 PM we invite you to celebrate the legacy of Deane Blazie's company, along with that company's products, with emphasis on the Braille 'n Speak as we celebrate its 30th anniversary. We'd love to hear your own memories of how the Bns, as well as other Blazie Engineering products, have touched or changed your life. We are reaching out to former Blazie Engineering employees to invite them to this presentation as well. As of this writing we don't know how many of them will be able to attend. We make no promises as to who might make an appearance but we may have a few surprises.

    Please spread the word to anybody you know who has used the Braille 'n Speak to share their own memories and stories with us.

    We'll see you on October 7. Have your "Braille 'n Speak ready."

    Download the Braille 'N Speak 30th Anniversary presentation

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