AT Banter Episode 110 – Brian MacDonald and National Braille Press

This week we take a deep dive into all things Braille as we welcome Brian MacDonald, President of the National Braille Press into the Guitar Dungeon and discuss what the organization does to promote Braille and Braille Literacy. And while we’re on the subject of Braille, Ryan breaks down a new Braille Display coming to market called the QBraille.

Show Notes

QBraille Braille Display

National Braille Press

Candice Elzinga Casting Director
candice@cecastinginc.com

BrailleMe by Innovision

 

AT Banter Episode 109 – Lowell Taylor

This week the Guitar Dungeon is filled with motivational vibes as Rob and Ryan welcome Lowell Taylor for a visit. He fills us in about what it was like to compete on Canada’s Amazing Race as a visually impaired contestant, his current plans to become a Paralympic athlete, his career as a motivational speaker, and duties as Health and Wellness expert on the AMI TV show, “Mind Set Go”.

Show Notes

Live With Heart
https://livewithheart.ca/

Lowell and Julie on Twitter
https://twitter.com/julielowellcan

Lowell and Julie on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/JulieLowellCAN/

Mind Set Go
http://www.ami.ca/category/mind-set-go

AT Banter Episode 108 – The End of SausageFest

This week we’re thrilled to be adding a bit of estrogen to the mix and welcoming Maria Johnson aka Girl Gone Blind into the Guitar Dungeon to help us talk about a few of the Accessibility-related news stories of the last few weeks.

Show Notes

Google Rebrands TalkBack into Android Accessibility Suite
https://9to5google.com/2018/06/20/google-talkback-android-accessibility-suite/

Microsoft Invests 25 million into AI Tech for Disability Solutions
https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/640866/microsoft-invests-25m-into-ai-tech-disability-solutions/?_lrsc=11f4a7f1-8798-40bc-8b68-5c6c8400a08e

Customer Experiences with AI
https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2018/06/15/building-beautiful-customer-experiences-with-ai/#2258bb3a1b72

The Proposed Accessible Canada Act
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2018/06/minister-duncan-introduces-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/accessible-people-disabilities/act-plain-language-summary.html

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/canada/2018/06/21/disability-rights-advocates-welcome-national-legislation.html?__twitter_impression=true

Continued Conversations with Google
https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/21/continuned-conversation-google-assistant-starts-rolling-today/

Plastic Overlay Makes Reading Easier for Blind iPad Users
https://coolblindtech.com/plastic-overlay-makes-reading-easier-for-blind-ipad-users/

Morid Alexa Comment
https://amp.hothardware.com/news/alexa-sees-dying-people#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

Girl Gone Blind
https://www.facebook.com/girlgoneblind/

AT Banter Episode 107 – Chris Venter The Blind Scooter Guy

This week in the Guitar Dungeon, Chris Venter, aka The Blind Scooter Guy takes a break from his globetrotting to chat with us about how he got his moniker, how life as an adventurer has changed since losing his vision, and how he didn’t let visual impairment deter him from doing the things he was passionate about. How do you eat an elephant? Listen in and find out!

Show Notes

Blind Scooter Guy Website

How I Became The Blind Scooter Guy: My soul searching safari by scooter from the Southern Tip of Africa to the Shamrock fields of Ireland

Chris Venter Ted TalkX

AT Banter Episode 106 – The Marrakesh Treaty

If you’ve been paying attention to the news around Accessibility for the past few years, you’ve surely heard of the Marrakesh Treaty. But what exactly is the Treaty and what does it all mean? You might even be asking yourself (as we did), where the heck IS Marrakesh? This week Brad Turner from Benetech returns to the show to break down all the details of the Treaty and what exactly it means for accessible books for the global visually impaired community while the Guitar Dungeon’s Google Home answers some of our Geography questions.

Show Notes

Benetech

BookShare

Microsoft Accessible Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

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AT Banter Episode 105 – President’s Group and CNIB

This week we serve up a double shot of accessibility! First we talk with Kirsten Sutton, Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada and member of President’s Group, an organization that advocates for the employment of people with disabilities in the Lower Mainland. And if that isn’t enough for one show, we then talk with Len Baker, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, who fills us in on the details of CNIB’s new partnerships with Aira, BlindSquare, and Key2Access.

Show Notes

President’s Group

CNIB Unleashes The Power of Technology to mark Global Accessibility

 

Aira

BlindSquare

Key2Access

 

AT Banter Episode 104 – Evil Alexa

It’s the end of the month and time for our monthly free-form news show! This week we welcome Clement Chou to help talk about a host of news stories from the past few weeks in a free form discussion that, as usual, breaks out into several digressions, a few arguments, and even a celestial musical interlude.

Show Notes

Blog Article about ‘Disability Simulation’

Getty Images to Produce Disability Related Stock Images

GalaPro – The New Technology About to Revolutionize Broadway

Apple Pushes to teach coding to students who are deaf and blind

New App for Android called Smart Braille

Astronomy for the Visually Impaired

Amazon Echo Records Couple’s Conversation

Visually Impaired, in the Lower Mainland and Interested in Martial Arts Training?
Contact Johnny Tai at johnnytiger@shaw.ca

Night Strike Self Defense on Facebook

AT Banter Episode 103 – Colleen Connor

This week we welcome fellow podcaster, motivational speaker, and YouTuber Colleen Connor into the Guitar Dungeon where she tells us about her visual impairment and experiences of being a content creator and advocate for audio description. We also find the time to discuss Microsoft’s new adaptive controller and an announcement from CNIB regarding some new partnerships.

Show Notes

Microsoft’s New Adaptive Controller

CNIB Announces New Partnerships

Blind Inspiration Cast

Blind Inspiration Cast You Tube Channel

Audio Description Training Retreats

AT Banter Episode 102 – Google-palooza

It’s a totally Google-rific show this week as we welcome no less than 5 Google employees spanning over two interviews, talking about many different accessibility projects! On the heels of Google I/O we talk with members of the Google Accessibility Team Kyndra LaCoco, Patrick Clary, and Victor Tsaran about the conference and the announcements that were made. Then if that wasn’t enough, we chat with Rodrigo Alarcon and Nienke Vonsee about the newly announced Accessibility lessons added to the Google Primer app. That’s a lot of Google for your money, folks!

Show Notes

Google Accessibility

Email Google Accessibility

BrailleBack Beta Signups
If you’d like to sign up for BrailleBack beta, you’ll need to sign up to be a member of the eyes-free community and then sign up to become a beta tester

Google Accessibility Blog

Trusted Tester Program

Google Primer on the Web

Get Google Primer in the App Store

 

AT Banter Podcast Episode 101 – The Anniversary Show II

Can you believe it’s been two years and over 100 episodes? We take a break from our regular format and invite friend of the show and owner of Chaos Technical Services Rick Chant into the Guitar Dungeon where we reminisce and engage in some free form conversations. We talk about everything from the state of AI Assistants to the idea of disability as loss and everything in between, including Gibraltar monkeys. Yes, you read that right – you’ll just have to listen to see how that happens. So, break out the tequila shots and join us for this Birthday episode!

Show Notes

Sneaky Weasel Beer

Ford’s New Smart Window