AT Banter Episode 298 – Smart Cities For All

Rob and Ryan hold down the fort this week and welcome James Thurston and Yulia Sarviro from G3ICT, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies to discuss their global initiative, Smart Cities for All. They discuss what makes a Smart City, how accessibility is crucial when it comes to infrastructure and how cities around the world are embracing universal design and accessibility.

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G3ICT
https://g3ict.org/

M-Enabling Summit
https://m-enabling.com/

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AT Banter Episode 297 – Bradley Blair

Lis makes her triumphant return to the show (again) as we welcome Bradley Blair, an Orientation and Mobility instructor from her city of Charlotte, NC who also happens to be blind. We discuss the challenges that he faced in training, the advantages of having built in knowledge and perspective when it comes to providing services to clients, and some of the challenges faced in the build environment in the city of Charlotte.

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WBTV News Story with Bradley Blair
https://www.wbtv.com/2022/03/31/accessibility-issues-charlotte-pose-challenging-risks-those-living-with-disabilities/

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AT Banter Episode 296 – Precious Perez

The show is alive … with the sound of music this week as Rob and Ryan welcome Precious Perez, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, advocate and published children’s author to the show. We discuss her love of music, what it was like attending Berklee College of Music as a blind student, her advocacy work and how music and representation can help normalize disability and education mainstream audiences. And Ryan even convinces her to sing too!  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Precious Perez
http://www.preciousperezmusica.com

RAMPD
http://rampd.org/

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AT Banter Episode 295 – Connect 4 Life

It’s a skeleton crew this week as Rob and Ryan hold down the fort and welcome Melanie Taddeo, founder of Connect 4 Life, an Ontario non-profit that provides a wide variety of educational, programs and services for people with disabilities. The discuss the organization’s origins, the need to fill the service gaps left by larger organizations, and dive into discussing some of Connect 4 Life’s many programs. Oh, and Ryan plans an insurrection.

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Connect 4 Life
http://connect4life.ca/

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AT Banter Episode 294 – StopGap Foundation

Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Lis welcome Luke Anderson, Executive Director and Founder of the StopGap Foundation, an Ontario-based non-profit that provides access solutions to businesses in the form of lightweight portable ramps. They discuss everything from Luke’s personal experience with disability and the origins of the StopGap Foundation to the challenges of dealing with local by-laws and policies and even touch on the mysterious caped crusader that goes by the moniker of Ramp Man….

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/at-banter-podcast-episode-294-stop-gap-foundation.pdf

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StopGap Foundation
https://stopgap.ca/

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AT Banter Episode 293 – World Blind Union

It’s a episode full of troopers this week as the gang pushes through tech challenges, power supply issues and viruses to welcomes Marc Workman, CEO of the World Blind Union, an internationally recognized organization representing the 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries.  We discuss WBU’s origins, its mandate, and some of the unique challenges of bringing major national and international organizations of blind persons together under a global umbrella.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/at-banter-podcast-episode-293-world-blind-union.pdf

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World Blind Union
https://worldblindunion.org/

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AT Banter Episode 292 – Brian and Kerry Kijewski

It’s an exciting episode this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis, and Steve welcome siblings Brian and Kerry Kijewski, hosts of the radio show Outlook on Radio Western. They discuss the origins of their hour long weekly show that focuses on advocacy, what it’s like doing a show on live radio, and what drives their passion for broadcasting and advocacy.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/at-banter-podcast-episode-292-brian-and-kerry-kijewski.pdf

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Outlook on Radio Western
https://radiowestern.ca/program/outlook

Chin Music on Radio Western
https://radiowestern.ca/program/chin-music

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AT Banter Episode 291 – Sammy SweetSpirit

We’re getting sweet this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis and Steve welcome advocate, author, and singer-songwriter Sammy SweetSpirit to the show. We discuss her book, “Look At It This Way: The Blind Leading the Sighted” and why she felt it so important to write it as well as her love of music and her album, “Something For Everyone”. We dare you to listen to this show and not smile!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/at-banter-podcast-episode-291-sammy-sweetspirit.pdf

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Look At It This Way: The Blind Leading the Sighted on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Look-This-Way-Leading-Sighted/dp/1954968612

Something For Everyone on Amazon Music
https://www.amazon.com/Something-Everyone-Sammy-SweetSpirit/dp/B07X59H3FR

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AT Banter Episode 290 – Chad Bouton

Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome Chad Bouton, producer and creator of the new podcast Hindsight is 20/200 to the show this week to discuss the show and its origins, mandate, and how it’s evolved after three months.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/at-banter-podcast-episode-290-chad-bouton.pdf

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Hindsight is 20/200
https://anchor.fm/chad-bouton

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AT Banter Episode 289 – Bold Blind Beauty

Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Lis are all together once again this week as they welcome Stephanae McCoy and Sylvia Stinson-Perez from the website Bold Blind Beauty where they discuss the origins of the site and how it’s grown into an advocacy platform and community.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/at-banter-podcast-episode-289-bold-blind-beauty.pdf

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Bold Blind Beauty
https://boldblindbeauty.com/