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.

  • If you are not a BITS member, consider joining BITS today!
  • Screen Reader Tips And Tricks, Hosted by Kelsey Nicolay

    The Screen Reader Tips and Tricks project is an informal open discussion held in the BITS zoom room. Participants share screen reader tips and tricks for using JAWS, NVDA, and Narrator more efficiently. Everyone is encouraged to share tips they have found helpful when using a screen reader on Windows.

    Screen Reader Tips and Tricks are available to BITS members in good standing only. If you are logged in with your BITS login ID, select the "Read more about Screen Reader Tips and Tricks" link, to access the Download Screen Reader Tips and Tricks menu.

    The third Screen Reader Tips and Tricks hosted by Kelsey Nicolay and Jason Castonguay, show you the differences between desktop and laptop layouts in JAWS.

    In the NVDA Screen Reader Tips and Tricks session, Kelsey Nicolay and David Goldfield show you how to install NVDA as well as how to customize it.

    The Jaws Screen Reader Tips and Tricks session shows you how to customize screenreader settings to suit your individual needs. Kelsey walks through the JAWS setup wizard and demonstrates how to use Quick Settings and the Settings Center to further customize the user experience.

    Watch this space for more details.

    Not a BITS member? Consider joining BITS today!

    2018 - 2019 Presentations and Workshops

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

    If you are logged in with your BITS login ID, select the "Read more about 2018 - 2019 Presentations and Workshops" link, to access the Download 2018 - 2019 Presentations and Workshops menu.

    Upcoming Presentations

      Presentations You May Have Missed

      • BITS iPhone Radio Apps, Kelsey Nicolay, Maria Kristic, and Tim Cumings
      • Apple Watch, David Tanner
      • BITS Introduction to Sirie Shortcuts, Matt Vollbrecht
      • Accessible OCR Apps For iOS Devices, David Tanner
      • Toshiba Fire TV, Jeffrey BennettThis presentation is open to the public.
      • Jabra Elite 65t: A Feature-Rich AirPods Alternative, Maria Kristic
      • In Store Learning Opportunities with Apple, Kelsey Nicolay

      Watch this space for more details.

      Not a BITS member? Consider joining BITS today!

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