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RELEASE: Special July 9 #AccessChat Marks Move to Weekly Format

Posted in Apple Inc

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 8) — After maintaining a monthly format since April, #AccessChat will become a weekly event beginning July 9 at 8:00PM EST, which will feature two special guests, Michael Hansen with AppleVis and the Blinkie Chicks. Fedora Outlier, LLC, the official sponsor for #AccessChat, will also be giving away a $25 iTunes gift card to one lucky participant.

Hansen, a member of the AppleVis editorial team, plays an important role in the website and community’s contribution to the blindness community. From a community-driven app directory with reviews, monthly advocacy campaigns targeted at inaccessible apps and a steady flow of content, AppleVis is a recognized authority in the Apple accessibility conversation.

“AppleVis is a rich resource that strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information,” Hansen said. “AppleVis also offers resources and mechanisms for raising awareness of the accessibility of Apple products and related applications, and for promoting further advancement in accessibility.”

Hansen will be on-hand to discuss all things Apple, including the much-anticipated release of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

During the second half of the chat, special guests, the Blinkie Chicks, will discuss accessibility, empowerment and other blindness-related topics. With a website, blog and a well-respected social media presence, the Blinkie Chicks have become a valuable resource to blind and visually impaired individuals.

“We are not only linked through visual impairment and through friendship, but through a need to make a difference in the world we live in. I think most people have this need,” said Jessica Smith, one of the Blinkkie Chicks’ founding members. “We started out as three college students trying to raise awareness on our college campus, but we have now expanded to providing online content as well.”

To see the lineup of guests schedule for the remainder of July, visit, where visitors can subscribe to receive occasional email alerts about the weekly Twitter chat.

“We’re excited about the move to a weekly event,” said VaShaun Jones, managing partner with Fedora Outlier. “It means we have even more opportunities to showcase the brilliant, talented and dedicated minds working to make life even better for persons with disabilities.”

For more information about #AccessChat, including details on how to participate or become a future guest, contact the chat’s coordinator, Chris Ingram, via email at, or by submitting a message through the Fedora Outlier contact form at

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