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New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean say. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or […]

Blind Bargains Qast 106: Snopes, Snoops And The Electric Fence

We're beginning to gear up for summer conventions and A T Guys will be at both Exhibit Halls with the new micro-Speak Digital Voice Recorder. You can pre-order yours or other products with codes ACB17 and NFB17 and pick up your products at the booth. Whether you're attending or not, we've got a demonstration of the new Micro-Speak which will give you a feel for this product before you arrive. Stay tuned for more A T Guys product announcements soon.

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In The News:

Note: We started the show with another round of 'shout outs' to people moving on to new projects. Best wishes to Matt Campbell, Serotek, and Doug Geoffray, from GW Micro/VFO, who are taking on new challenges. We look forward to what comes next for these two gentlemen!

NV Access are pleased to announce "Microsoft Excel for NVDA" eBook available from:

Another Zoomtext 10.1 update arrives

Blindfold Games: Blindfold Word search

From our BBQ Regular Michael Doise:
We now have our first version of #MUDAbility ready for people to try. We encourage your feedback and we will continue to make it better.

Public Beta of Dark Defender has been released, runs on Windows and Mac

Also, since we had a lot of talk about games this week, Black Box is another title you should check out

Product Overview: MicroSpeak Recorder

J.J. introduces the Micro-Speak, a compact and simple voice recorder with voice prompts. The Micro-Speak features 4 gigabytes of memory, a rechargeable battery, and a simple-to-use design. You can learn more or purchase the Micro-Speak now from A T Guys. And as we mentioned above, use coupon ACB17 or NFB17 if you wish to pick up your Micro-Speak at convention.


Joe mentions that enlarging the Voiceover cursor can assist in determining where VO places its focus. To enable this setting, go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Voiceover then scroll to the bottom to turn on large cursor". Now those with vision can see if Voiceover is focused on the correct item when troubleshooting an app.

Sound off:

The mysteriously named: Tech Center" writes in with the following;

"Howdy J.J. & Joe,
I'm writing in about episode 104 of the BBQ. Love the show, by the way an been listening since the beginning.
Any who, I'm not terribly thrilled about the Apple HomePod either, especially because of the price. But it is a big interest of me because of our ATE Program we have here where we've been buying Virtual Assistants like the Echo for Seniors with vision loss in our community.
So I spend hours and hours of training; an learning new features. For Echo's and the Google Home.

Any how, I think where Apple might blow it out of the water, if and I emphasize if, the bring the power of the App Store to the HomePod. Its the chief problem with the Google Home and Amazon Echo right now, as I see it. Is there's no financial market place for building and selling Apps, Skills, or Actions whatever you want to call them on your various assistants. Hence, you run in to a horrid of garbage apps and hello world style apps on the Amazon Echo. If there was a real awesome API system and real developers flocking to buy apps they could sell I think we'd see some pretty awesome stuff.

Additionally, in that vein, the Apple Home Pod has a powerful processor... So who knows what that might make possible.
Once again, I'm not optimistic, the price is high... But I think whoever creates a market place will blow this market out of the water.
By the way, these are all, cutting edge and also have a lot of rough edges... Echo and Google Home are no exception. So I look forward to some real forethought and polish that Apple sometimes puts into there products.
Just as an example, if you have a Google Phone with "Ok, Google" enabled and be in the same room with your Home... Yikes.

Any how fellas there are my two cents, rock on! Love to come on an talk some time about Virtual Assitants; Oh by the way every month I mention at least one of your podcasts in our Technology Newsletter.
Take care,"

Juan Avila asks the age old OCR related question...

Hello Blind Bargains Team,

A few days ago you guys spoke on the podcast about braille, screen readers, and how they might impact employment. I just want to say that I am a fluent braille reader/writer, use Jaws and OCR software, and have a student assistant position at the California Department of Public Health. Braille does help me in taking notes, and looking up phone numbers quickly, but it is only a supplement of what I do. Mostly I use the computer with Jaws, and recognize text with either Knfb or Kurtzweil 1000.

I would like to know, if there is a program to recognize hand writing, as a lot of what my student co-workers do includes looking at hand written checks, and licenses with hand writing. I unfortunately cannot read hand writing, and find my self sometimes with entire days with out work. If you guys know of any technology besides BeMyEyes that can read hand writing, let me know.


Ricky recently asked this on Twitter and some recommended trying the new Microsoft Word Lens app. We haven't given this a try, however, let us know via if you have a reliable way of deciphering handwritten text with OCR. lastly, and for fun, this was an odd piece of spam we found lying around the Inbox last week.

"A New Scholarship Opportunity to Share from Jeniffer Lewis

Good morning,

My name is Jeniffer and I wanted to reach out to you to inform you about our new scholarship opportunity available to your students and visitors.
The application is free for everyone, and the winning students will receive a total of $6,000 every year to cover their educational expenses.

The scholarship winners will be selected through an essay contest. The winning essays will be chosen by how well-written, compelling, and persuasive they are.

As I mentioned earlier - there are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship and the application period begins on July 10th, 2017.

We are working on getting the word out as much as possible so that all students who need scholarships can apply. Please let me know if you are the right person to contact regarding making this opportunity available for your students and visitors through your website.

More information, as well as eligibility information, can be found here:

If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer.

Have a wonderful day!"

Um, we're not sure why that came to our inbox, but hey perhaps one of you may want to apply.

Last Word:

Try as we might, there isn't really a theme for the two links listed below.
Gettin' real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot
Urine used to charge smartphone - BBC News

One more show until we are off to summer conventions, from which we will bring you lots of news and interviews from the show floor. Stay tuned for the A T Guys product showcase and more on next week's show.

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After Almost Three Months, The Wynne Government Answers the AODA Alliance’s Request for An Update on Government Plans on Implementing and Enforcing the AODA, but Several of Our Important Questions Remain Unanswered

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

June 23, 2017


Back on March 16, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles, to ask what the Government has recently done, and what it plans to do over the next year, to implement and enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Eighty-three days after we wrote, the Minister responded. The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter is set out below.

In our March 16, 2017 letter, we ask the Government specific questions in twelve important areas, to learn what the Government has done, and what it plans to do over the next year on the AODA’s implementation and enforcement. This is important since the Wynne Government has one year left in its mandate. Ontarians with disabilities want to know what the Government will do over this upcoming year to get Ontario back on schedule to reach full accessibility by 2025, the deadline which the AODA imposes.

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer fully 5 of the 12 clear questions that we had asked. Of the remaining questions, the Government largely reported information that we had already ourselves learned over the 83 days since we wrote the Government. Here are the questions we asked the Government, and a summary of the Government’s responses:

Creating a Detailed Plan to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025

1. Has your Ministry developed a detailed plan designed to ensure that Ontario will reach the AODA’s required goal of full accessibility by 2025? If so, may we see that plan?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer this question.

Effectively Enforcing the AODA

2. What are your Ministry’s detailed plans to substantially strengthen AODA enforcement for last year, this year, and next year leading up to the 2018 election? Can you give us the promised enforcement reports for 2015, 2016 and for 2017 up to now? What specifically is your Ministry doing to meet Premier Wynne’s direction in her September 23, 2016 Mandate Letter to you, to increase compliance reporting rates among private/not-for-profit sector organizations by an additional 50 per cent in 2017?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer this question. The Government pointed to previous Government announcements regarding the AODA’s enforcement in 2014 and 2015. The Government stated that later this year, the Government will make public a statement about AODA enforcement in 2016. The Government gave no information on its activities or plans for AODA enforcement this year, or next year.

Creating an Education Accessibility Standard

3. By when will you post an announcement inviting people to apply to serve on the Education Standards Development Committee, and by when will that Committee be appointed? Will you ensure that the Government does not impose prior restrictions on which disability accessibility barriers the Education Standards Development Committee can consider in our education system?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that it had begun recruiting members of the Education Standards Development Committee and was conducting a survey of disability accessibility barriers in Ontario’s education system. By the time we received this letter, we already knew this. the Government’s letter came after it had, on May 25, 2017, begun the process of recruiting people to serve on the Education Standards Development Committee.

The Government’s letter does not say by when it plans to have appointed that committee. It did not answer our request that the Government not impose prior restraints on the forthcoming Education Standards Development Committee, i.e. limiting which disability accessibility barriers in Ontario’s education system can be considered by the Education Standards Development Committee. The June 21, 2017 AODA Alliance Update shows that the Government does in fact plan to impose those prior restraints, despite our repeated objections.

Creating a Health Care Accessibility Standard

4. When will the Health Care Standards Development Committee be appointed?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that the Health Care Standards Development Committee had been appointed. By the time the Government wrote us, we had already learned of this development.

Review of the Employment and the Information and Communication Accessibility Standards

5. By when will you appoint the new Employment Standards Development Committee and the Information and Communications Standards Development Committee to review the current accessibility standards addressing accessibility barriers in employment and in information and communication? What will be done to ensure that the disability community gets a full chance to be fully included in and give direct input to those Standards Development Committees, beyond the specific disability sector representatives that you appoint to those Committees?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that these two Standards Development Committees had been appointed and had started their work. Here again, by the time the Government wrote us, we had already learned of this development.

The Government did not answer our inquiry about what would be done to ensure that we and the disability community have full input into the work of those Committees.

Reviewing the Transportation Accessibility Standard

6. What has been completed so far in the review of the transportation accessibility provisions enacted in 2011 under the AODA, and when will we and other interested voices from the disability community, such as the AODA Alliance, be afforded a chance to speak directly to the Standards Development Committee that is conducting that review?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that the Transportation Standards Development Committee has made public its initial recommendations and is now seeking public input on them. By the time the Government answered our March 16, 2017 inquiry, we had already learned this.

Addressing Ongoing Barriers in the Built Environment

7. What actions will your Government take under the AODA to ensure that Ontario’s built environment becomes fully accessible by 2025, and by when? When will you appoint a Standards Development Committee to recommend measures for retrofits and for accessibility in residential housing?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer this question or acknowledge that it had been asked.

Ensuring Accessible Customer Service

8. What is your Ministry doing to bring stakeholders together to explore ways to improve the Customer Service Accessibility Standard? Would you bring stakeholders together to find ways to improve accessible customer service?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that the Government had revised the Customer Service Accessibility Standard in 2016, and that this accessibility standard would be subject to review again in 2021. We already knew this. the Government did not respond to our request that the Government now bring together representatives of the disability sector, the business community and other obligated organizations, to try to find improvements in this area now. Its letter can be understood in effect as refusing to do this.

Creating a Disability Employment Strategy

9. When will your Government announce its new Disability Employment Strategy, and what has been done to date to develop it?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that its Disability Employment Strategy was announced on June 5, 2017. By the time we received this letter, we already knew this, and had issued a news release responding to it.

Reviewing All Ontario Laws For Accessibility Barriers

10. How is your Ministry conducting its review of all Ontario statutes and regulations for accessibility barriers? What has been done so far, since your Ministry took lead responsibility for this review? Who is leading it? When will it be completed? By when will an omnibus bill be before the Legislature to address accessibility barriers that require legislative amendments? By when do you aim to go before Cabinet with needed amendments to any Ontario regulations to address accessibility barriers?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer this question or acknowledge that we had asked it. Premier Wynne’s September 23, 2016 Mandate Letter to the Accessibility Minister had directed the Minister to lead this review going forward. The Government promised this review of all Ontario laws for accessibility barriers a decade ago, in its September 14, 2007 letter to the AODA Alliance.

Deliberations on Idea of Creating a Private Accessibility Certification Process

11. Is your Ministry proceeding with the idea of a private accessibility certification process? What has been done about this, and what are your Ministry’s plans? Can you let us know if no public money will be spent on any private accessibility certification process, as we urge?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter did not answer this question or acknowledge that we had asked it.

Ensuring the Ontario Public Service Becomes a Fully Accessible Service-Provider and Employer

12. Since becoming minister, what new efforts or initiatives have been launched or are being planned to remove and prevent customer service and employment accessibility barriers in the Ontario Public Service, and to ensure that public money is never used to create or perpetuate disability accessibility barriers?

Our Comment:

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter said that as of April 1, 2017, the Government had created an Ontario Public Service Accessibility Office, and referred to the Government’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, announced at the start of this year, and required under the AODA.

This response did not provide any specifics on future action for improving accessibility within the Ontario Public Service. Despite ongoing accessibility issues within the Ontario Public Service, the Government’s letter continued the Government’s practice of declaring itself a leader on accessibility.

Our Concluding Comment:

We have been concerned for years that Ontario is falling further and further behind schedule for reaching full accessibility by 2025, the AODA’s deadline. Up until the Government’s June 8, 2017 letter to the AODA Alliance, the Government had not contradicted our concern that Ontario is behind schedule. Premier Wynne had promised in a letter to the AODA Alliance back on December 3, 2013 that if she became Ontario’s premier, she would ensure that Ontario is on schedule for full accessibility by 2025.

The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter included the first direct or implied claim we have seen in writing by any Ontario minister that Ontario is now on schedule to reach full accessibility by 2025: The letter concludes:

“I look forward to continuing to work with organizations, businesses, stakeholders and members of the public to ensure that we stay on track to becoming an accessible province by 2025.”

With respect, Ontario is not now on track or on schedule for reaching full accessibility by 2025. If every obligated organization in Ontario fully obeys all AODA accessibility standards now in force, Ontario will not reach full accessibility by 2025, or ever. The results of two successive Government-appointed AODA Independent Reviews, in 2010 by Charles Beer and in 2014 by Mayo Moran, showed that substantial improvement in the AODA’s implementation was needed, if Ontario was to be on schedule for full accessibility by 2025.

It is for this reason that we need the Government to develop and make public, as soon as possible, a 7.5 year plan that will ensure that Ontario reaches full accessibility on time. We regret that the Government’s June 8, 2017 letter does not commit to developing that needed 7.5 year plan. We urge the Government to reconsider. We would be happy to assist in its development.

At the end of this update are links to key background information.


Text of the Accessibility Minister’s June 8, 2017 Letter to the AODA Alliance

Minister Responsible
for Accessibility

6th Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto ON M7A 1L2

June 8, 2017

Dear Mr. Lepofsky:

Thank you for your email regarding our governments commitment to creating an accessible province by 2025. I am always pleased to hear from you.

Our government remains committed to supporting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) as well as other initiatives that promote accessibility. Through collaborative programs promoting accessibility awareness and our engagement in standards development and review, we are continuing to build momentum as we move toward an accessible province by 2025.

I am pleased to say that Standards Development Committees for health, information and communications, and employment have been established. Members met for an initial orientation meeting in late March 2017. Since then, we have hosted a second set of productive meetings involving all three committees. Membership information and mandate letters are available online for public review.

In addition, a review of the Transportation Standards is currently being conducted by a Standards Development Committee comprised of representatives from the disability community, transit industry, municipalities and affected ministries. The committees initial recommendations have been posted online for public feedback, and the committee will consider this feedback before finalizing its recommendations to the government.

An inclusive education system is key to helping all students in Ontario reach their full potential. That is why the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is working with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to establish an Education Standards Development Committee. We have recently launched a survey. The results of this survey will help support the work of the Standards Development Committee, providing insight into where a new standard can have the greatest impact for Ontario students. We have also officially launched the recruitment process for a Standards Development Committee for Education, and are now accepting applications. People can indicate their interest in applying to participate on the committee by selecting yes on question three of the survey, or by contacting Phil Simeon, Manager of Standards Development at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, via email at More information on SDC membership recruitment will be communicated publicly in the coming weeks.

Our Accessibility Compliance and Enforcement Reports outline compliance and enforcement activities undertaken in 2014 and 2015, and they are available online for public review. In 2017, we will release an Accessibility Compliance and Enforcement Report detailing compliance activities conducted in 2016.

Regular reviews of the AODA and accessibility standards promote ongoing accessibility awareness, support a culture of inclusion, and increase economic and social opportunities for people of all abilities. In 2016, the Customer Service Standard was amended based on recommendations from the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee and extensive public feedback. As a result of this feedback, changes were made that help to clarify obligations and align requirements across standards. The Customer Service Standard is scheduled to be reviewed a second time beginning in 2021.

Accessibility legislation is a key factor in breaking down barriers, but it is not the only one. To help raise accessibility awareness and foster engagement, our government has partnered with OCAD Universitys Inclusive Design Research Centre to deliver the BIG IDeA a collaborative pilot program that celebrates successes and promotes innovations in accessibility. The goal of the BIG IDeA program is to inspire a cultural change toward greater inclusion, and to equip businesses with the tools and resources they need to lead and innovate in accessibility. The program is designed to help organizations deliver a more accessible experience by fostering collaboration and inspiring Ontario businesses to become leaders in accessibility.

As you know, our government announced its new Employment Strategy for people with disabilities. This strategy aims to connect more people with disabilities to job opportunities and more businesses to a talented labour pool. We have taken a whole-of-government approach, involving multiple ministries, to develop this strategy. As part of its development, we consulted broadly with individuals, stakeholders, service providers, educators, business leaders and not-for-profits across the province to assess needs and determine appropriate outcomes. I look forward to engaging with employers to remove barriers and create inclusive workplaces.

Additionally, I am proud to say that recent organizational changes resulted in the creation of a dedicated Ontario Public Service (OPS) Accessibility Office as of April 1, 2017. The OPS is a leader in accessibility, and this new office reinforces our position by championing and coordinating efforts to deliver OPS-wide initiatives. This includes the implementation of the new Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (MYAP), which outlines how we will make the OPS a more accessible organization. The plan includes initiatives that will help to remove and prevent accessibility barriers across government, including the review of existing and new legislation and regulations.

Before I close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for sharing your insights on accessibility within the OPS, which helped inform the development of the MYAP.

As always, I appreciate your continued support. The input we receive from Ontarians, especially members of the disability community, is invaluable. I look forward to continuing to work with organizations, businesses, stakeholders and members of the public to ensure that we stay on track to becoming an accessible province by 2025.


Original signed by

Tracy MacCharles

c: The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier
Steve Orsini, Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service
Marie-Lison Fougère, Deputy Minister of Accessibility, Francophone Affairs and Senior Affairs
Angela Coke, Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services Ann Hoy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment Division, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
Phil Simeon, Manager of Standards Development, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Important AODA Alliance Resources on Accessibility

You can read the AODA Alliance’s March 16, 2017 letter to Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles by visiting

You can read the AODA Alliance’s January 16, 2017 letter to Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles by visiting

You can read the AODA Alliance’s July 10, 2016 letter to Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles by visiting

You can always send your feedback to us on any AODA and accessibility issue at

Have you taken part in our Picture Our Barriers campaign? If not, please join in! You can get all the information you need about our Picture Our Barriers campaign by visiting

To sign up for, or unsubscribe from AODA Alliance e-mail updates, write to:

We encourage you to use the Governments toll-free number for reporting AODA violations. We fought long and hard to get the Government to promise this, and later to deliver on that promise. If you encounter any accessibility problems at any large retail establishments, it will be especially important to report them to the Government via that toll-free number. Call 1-866-515-2025.

Please pass on our email Updates to your family and friends.

Why not subscribe to the AODA Alliances YouTube channel, so you can get immediate alerts when we post new videos on our accessibility campaign.

Please “like” our Facebook page and share our updates:

Follow us on Twitter. Get others to follow us. And please re-tweet our tweets!! @AODAAlliance

Learn all about our campaign for a fully accessible Ontario by visiting

Abby’s Top 5…

Favorite Summer Sneakers Who’s ready for the weekend? I am sure am! I love my heels but when it’s leisure time my footsies enjoy the soothing comfort of a good pair of sneakers. Today I’m going to share a few of my favorites and a couple of outfit ideas. Let’s get to it. First up we … Continue reading "Abby’s Top 5…"

Lawsuit for People Who Lived at CPRI in Ontario Between 1963 and 2011

By Yedida Zalik, Staff Lawyer

Over the last year, many former residents of Schedule 1 Facilities made claims for compensation. This was because of a class action lawsuit about twelve Schedule 1 Facilities where many people with disabilities had been abused. That lawsuit was called Clegg v. Ontario. The Clegg lawsuit settled. This means that the parties agreed to end the lawsuit without a trial. People who lived at these twelve places were able to ask for money from the settlement.

Not all Schedule 1 Facilities were part of the Clegg lawsuit. For example, there were other lawsuits about the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres, which were also Schedule 1 Facilities. Those lawsuits also settled.

Now there is a lawsuit about another one of these other facilities, the Child and Parent Resource Institute, in London, Ontario. This place used to be called the Children’s Psychiatric Research Institute, or CPRI.

You may be part of this lawsuit if you lived at CPRI between September 1, 1963 and July 1, 2011.

What is this lawsuit about?

Many people with disabilities were harmed or hurt at CPRI. The government of Ontario was in charge of CPRI. The lawsuit says the government did not protect the people who lived there.

What is happening in the lawsuit?

Lawsuits start when someone makes a claim in court. In a class action, one person or a few people start a lawsuit for a large group. The lawyers for that person need to ask the Court’s permission for the lawsuit to be a class action.

James Templin lived at CPRI and he started this lawsuit for everyone who lived there. In the court papers, this lawsuit is called Templin v. Ontario.

In December 2016, the Court said that the CPRI lawsuit can be a class action.

What happens next?

So far the CPRI lawsuit has not settled.

There could be a trial in the lawsuit. There might also be a settlement of the lawsuit.

Can I get out of the lawsuit?

If you want to get out of the lawsuit, you are allowed to do so. This is also called “opting out”. You can get out of the lawsuit by signing and sending an Opt Out Form, which is also called an Opt Out Coupon. If you opt out of the lawsuit, then you will not get any money if the lawsuit wins at trial, or if there is a settlement.

There are different reasons someone might want to opt out. If you are thinking about opting out, it would be a good idea to get legal advice before deciding.

If you would like to get legal advice before deciding if you want to Opt Out, you can contact Koskie Minsky LLP at:

Toll-free: 1-844-819-8523 or email:

You can find the Opt Out form (which is also called an Opt Out Coupon), at

If you want to opt out, you must send your letter or Opt Out Form by October 20, 2017.

Where can I get more information?

There is more information online. For that online information, go to


You can also call or email:
* Toll Free Phone: 1-866-640-9989
* TTY: 1-877-627-7027
* Toll Free Fax: 1-888-842-1332
* Email:

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Introduction to TwBlue

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