AT Banter Episode 157 – Mike Feir and Accessible Gaming

Ready to do some button mashing?? We take a deep dive into the history and future of Accessible Gaming with this week’s guest, Mike Feir, who is a regular contributor on AMI as well as author of several books. Mike’s experience with Accessible Gaming goes all the way back to the 90s, and he discusses what it was like back then and where he sees gaming going these days.

Show Notes

Audio Games
http://www.audiogames.net
AppleVis
https://www.applevis.com/
Mike’s Blog
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/
Blind Bargains
https://www.blindbargains.com/
Kelly & Company
https://www.ami.ca/category/kelly-and-company

AT Banter Episode 156 – Tyler Stephen WWDC Rundown

This week it’s all about Apple as we welcome Tyler Stephen from AppleVis into the Guitar Dungeon to give us a rundown of the major Accessibility announcements that were made at Apple’s annual Developer’s Conference.  

Show Notes

Ali Stroker Makes History as First Wheelchair User to Win a Tony
WWDC 2019 as it happened: everything announced during Apple’s keynote

AppleVis

AT Banter Episode 155 – Kelly Goto

A very special episode this week as we spend the entire hour talking with Kelly Goto, respected presence in the UX, Service Design and CX communities and Founder of Goto Media. We discuss the often mysterious world of design, and get an inside view of some of the most important design elements of the past 20 years before diving into the importance of universal design.   

Show Notes

Goto Research / Media
www.gotomedia.com
www.gotoresearch.com
Global Research Consortium

www.uxfellows.com
Colin’s Story
https://mindfultech.us/light-and-dark/

AT Banter Episode 154 – En-Vision America

Rob and Ryan fly solo this week while Steve is out and welcome Amanda Tolson and Jenna Reed from En-Vision America to the show.  We discuss En-Vision’s long standing presence in the Assistive Technology community, dive into everything we wanted to know about bar code scanning, and the importance of Accessible Prescription labeling solutions.

Show Notes

AODA Alliance More Details on Amendments to ACA
Accessible Canada Act Could Become Law Next Month

CRTC calls for comments on Bell, Corus, Rogers proposed amendment to described video conditions
En-Vision America
En-Vision America Advocacy Page


AT Banter Episode 153 – Cathy Browne

This week Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome local photographer, accessibility advocate, and one of the busiest people we know, Cathy Browne into the Guitar Dungeon to talk about her photography, some of her advocacy work and the importance of accessible environments.

Show Notes

Google Unveils Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2
Cathy Browne Flickr Album
Soap Box Radio Archive

Follow Cathy on Twitter!
@CathyBrowne

AT Banter Episode 152 – Return of the Google Accessibility Team

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! It’s been a week since Google I/O, Google’s big annual developer’s conference, and we welcome have three of the Google Accessibility Team to talk about some of the Accessibility announcements that were made at the event.

Show Notes

New Microsoft Patent Reveals Plans for Braille Controller
Microsoft is Improving Windows 10 Update Process
Google Accessibility Website
Contact Google Accessibility

Transcript of this show

Big shoutout and thanks to Adrian Roselli for his invaluable assistance in making the transcription of this show possible. Visit his website at http://adrianroselli.com/

AT Banter Episode 151 – Dr. Amy Kavanagh

It’s back to business as usual this week as we pick up the pieces from the 150th episode and welcome Dr. Amy Kavanagh to the Guitar Dungeon, all the way across the pond from the UK! Rob and Ryan explain what happened to Episode 150 and cover a bit of news before chatting with Dr. Kavanagh about her Twitter campaign of #JustAskDontGrab and the origins behind it.

Show Notes

Lego Creates Braille Building Blocks
https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/building-blocks-lego-creates-new-braille-bricks-1.4398733
Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems
https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/18/microsoft-seeing-vr/
Cane Adventures
https://caneadventures.blog/
Dr. Amy Kavanagh on Twitter
@BlondeHistorian
#JustAskDontGrab



AT Banter Episode 149 – Noah Callan and Disability Tek

Rob, Ryan, and Steve cover a few news stories of the week and then are joined by Noah Callan, CEO and founder of the website Disability Tek.  Noah discusses his excitement about assistive technology, what impact it’s had on his life, and the state of Apple Accessibility.

Show Notes

Intuitive Limbs: The New Era In Prosthetic Technology
https://www.forbes.com/video/6000038875001/#192bb3472c57
Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store not wheelchair accessible on opening day
https://globalnews.ca/news/5120247/hunny-pot-cannabis-co-accessibility-toronto/

Third of blind people have been hit or narrowly missed by electric car
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6914721/Blind-people-hit-narrowly-missed-electric-car.html

British scientists on cusp of curing blindness with stem cells
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6919821/British-scientists-say-theyre-cusp-curing-blindness-stem-cell-treatment.html

Disability Tek
https://www.disabilitytek.com

Sesquicentennial Episode Extravaganza!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun! None of us here at the podcast can believe that we’ve managed to record and produce 150 episodes of the AT Banter Podcast, but the math doesn’t lie!

When we sat around in the Guitar Dungeon trying to come up with ideas of what we could do that was special this year for our anniversary (other than recording an episode while consuming tequila shots and making complete asses of ourselves), we once again revisited the idea of a “live” show.

For years, Ryan has been suggesting we try a specially formatted episode that would let us interact with our listeners, and this time when he brought it up, we thought it had the potential for audio chaos which, for those who’ve heard our past anniversary shows, is a perfect for our sesquicentennial episode. Using the Zoom Meeting platform, we will be opening our room for the public (find the link below) so that anybody can join the conversation.

So join us on Thursday May 2nd, at 5:30pm PST and join the party — the mics will be hot and the tequila will chilled! Just follow the link below after 5:30pm PST on the 2nd and come say hi, ask a question and come celebrate 150 episodes along with us!

Join the AT Banter Sesquicentennial Episode Zoom Meeting
Thursday, May 2nd 5:30pm PST
https://zoom.us/j/661814311

AT Banter Episode 148 – Sam Seavey and The Blind Life

This week we’re joined by Sam Seavey from the popular YouTube Channel The Blind Life.  We discuss the state of Assistive Technology, what kind of AT he uses in his daily life, and the trials and tribulations of being a YouTube Content Creator. 

Show Notes

The Blind Life YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbzN3eHbLKPzltSB560DkA
Blind Shell Accessible Mobile Phone
https://www.blindshell.com/

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