So, remember two years ago when we said we were going to have Rick Hansen on the show? Well, better late than never! We finally got him! The Guitar Dungeon is awash with excitement as our dream has finally come to fruition and we welcome Canadian hero and Accessibility Advocate Rick Hansen to the show in our biggest episode yet!
This week we’re blasting off into the final frontier and talking to Lynn Langille and Dan Oates from SCIVIS (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students). They tell us all about the program and its importance in the lives of children who attend each year as well as regale us of tales of our own Steve Barclay and his adventures at the Camp in previous years.
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Three guys, a girl and a pumpkin walk into a basement .. Nope, this isn’t the start of a wildly inappropriate joke involving a gourd, it’s our Annual Halloween episode! Yes, the episode no one has been waiting for, Rob, Ryan, and Steve are joined by friend of the show Colleen Connor from BlindInspirationCast as they discuss some spooky Halloween topics as Steve attacks a defenseless pumpkin with power tools.
Audio Description Retreats
This week we’re combining two of our favorite things – accessibility and movies! Rob and Ryan talk to Alen Koren from Actiview, an accessible app that provides audio description, captioning, enhanced audio and sign language services for movies. They discuss the app’s origins and features as well as the importance of having accessibility solutions in theaters.
This week Rob and Ryan revisit one of our most popular guests, Tommy Edison, The Blind Film Critic. We chat with him about what he’s been up to over the past year and have a free form conversation about a little bit of everything before diving into the latest Google Event’s announcements.
This week sees us following up on an episode from last summer, Episode 92 – The Inclusio Project. Rob, Ryan and Steve talk to Inclusio resident Ryan Kostiuk about what it’s like to like in Alberta’s first full accessible and automated housing residence and the impact it has had on his life.
Ever sit around wondering what’s been going on the last few weeks in Accessibility? Find yourself craving the need of listening to three old guys talking about a bunch of accessibility news topics while trying (and usually failing) to stay on topic? Well buckle up, this week’s show is for you! Rob, Ryan, and Steve fill us in with some of the last few week’s of interesting news stories before welcoming back Alexis Hillyard to the show where she fills us in on how her YouTube channel, Stump Kitchen, has been doing since we last talked and her audition for MasterChef Canada.
Steve makes a triumphant return to the podcast and – ok, we may be overselling that, but he is back. We celebrate by talking a bit about the most recent Apple Event and delve into the new capabilities of the newest version of the Apple Watch before welcoming Damien Pickering, Vice President of Sales for HIMS International to the show where he gives us a preview of their upcoming Braille device, the QBraille XL.
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This week Rob and Ryan tackle a few extra news stories left over from last month including what Aira and CNIB are up to, Apple’s upcoming Press Event, and the forthcoming release of the new Blitab Braille Tablet before talking with Chritine Chaikin about her company, InSightful Publications which creates state resource handbooks specifically designed for use by the blind and visually impaired.
Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
Blitab is Back
Apple Event To Take Place September 12