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AT Banter Episode 304 – Aille Design

The gang is back at full strength this week as they welcome Alexa and Jake, founders of a fashion company known as Aille Design. Aille Design distinguishes itself from other fashion design companies by not only producing clothing that incorporates beaded braille onto clothing, but also empowers and celebrates inclusivity, while helping to reduce disability stigmas and educating about the importance of accessibility. They discuss the company’s origins as a university research project, its mission and mandate, and how the fashion industry is slowly changing to embrace accessibility and inclusion.

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Aille Design

AT Banter Episode 303 – Meeting Mighty People Podcast

This week Rob, Steve and Lis lament the absence of Ryan (but mostly the cowbell) before welcoming fellow podcaster Alexis Folk, a BC teen and disability advocate that lives with Cerebral Palsy. They discuss her advocacy work and the importance of youth getting involved as well as her podcast, “Meeting Mighty People” before discussing horses and frogs in salad. No, really.

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Meeting Mighty People Podcast

B.C. orders more than 750 public sector organizations to form accessibility committees

Londoner finds a live frog in a sealed package of salad

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AT Banter Episode 302 – Limitless Beauty Fashion Show

This week Rob, Ryan and Steve sit down and talk with Shawn Marsolais, Director of Programs and Community Engagement of Blind Beginnings and host of the Limitless Podcast about their upcoming Limitless Beauty Fashion Show that is set to feature models that are blind or partially sighted.   

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Blind Beginnings

Limitless Beauty Fashion Show

Limitless Podcast

AT Banter Episode 301 – Chad Leaman and 3D Printing

This week we’re taking a deep dive into 3D Printing and its impact on assistive technology as Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome Chad Leaman, Director of Innovation at the Neil Squire Society. They discuss how 3D printing works, how common 3D printing has become, how the price point has come down on the printers, and how the ability to produce custom parts has impacted home grown assistive technology solutions.  

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Neil Squire Society

Makers Making Change

Episode 300 - Possabilities

AT Banter Episode 300 – PossAbilities

Rob and Ryan welcome Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement from the organization PossAbilities this week to talk about the organization and all about its many programs and services that serve the developmental disability community.

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Inclusion Art Show

Good For All Podcast

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AT Banter Episode 299 – International Disability Alliance

It’s a big show this week as Lis shares some dietary news that shocks Rob and Ryan before welcoming Elham Youssefian, Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor at the International Disability Alliance to talk about this global organization and the work they do ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities all over the world.

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International Disability Alliance

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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M-Enabling Summit

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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

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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


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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