AT Banter Episode 200 – Diane Johnson Returns

We celebrate our 200th episode by welcoming back one of our old friends of the show, Diane Johnson Head of the Descriptive Video Works Studio. It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since she’s been on, but we manage a refresher course on the importance of Audio Description and get an idea of how much has changed in the industry and who is leading the charge in terms of audio described content.

Show Notes

Descriptive Video Works

Audio Description Project

AT Banter Episode 199 – Mike Calvo and Pneuma Solutions

The Anti-Gloom Zoom Room is opened up once again this week and Rob, Steve and Ryan welcome in Mike Calvo, long time Assistive Technology veteran and CEO of Pneuma Solutions to talk all about the importance of accessible documents and what Pneuma Solutions is doing to help.

Show Notes

Pneuma Solutions

Scribe Remediation

AT Banter Episode 198 – Michelle Woods and the Marrakesh Treaty

Ryan, Steve and Rob go international this week as they welcome Michelle Woods, Director of Copyright Law Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to help break down the Marrakesh Treaty and what it means for the production and distribution of accessible books worldwide.  

Show Notes

World Intellectual Property Organization

Accessible Books Consortium

AT Banter Episode 197 – Len Baker and March of Dimes Canada

Ryan, Steve and Rob celebrate National Accessibility week in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room by inviting in Len Baker, president of March of Dimes Canada, one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada that advocates for people with disabilities, to talk about what the organization mission and how it has dealt with the current COVID crisis.

Show Notes

March of Dimes Canada

AT Banter Episode 195 – Tyson Rettie

Rick, Rob, Steve and Rick once again assemble virtually in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to welcome Tyson Rettie, recently diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, to the show. Tyson gives us an overview of what it’s been like since diagnosis and how his vision loss has impacted his passion, back country skiing.   

Show Notes

IBM’s new open-source tool helps developers make their apps more accessible

AT Banter Episode 194 – Anniversary Revelations

Can you believe it’s been 4 years of this?? Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Rick all band together in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to celebrate the podcast’s 4th Anniversary and announce some show news as well as some actual news before .. well, we won’t spoil it.  

Show Notes

Disabled Ontarians are being denied access to assisted devices during the pandemic

Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs

AT Banter Episode 193 – Blind Beginnings Goes Virtual

Rob and Steve welcome their first official guest into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room this week! Shawn Marsolais, Founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings, joins them to discuss how the organization has adjusted its programs in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the implications going forward.

Show Notes

Blind Beginnings

“Changing Our World” Blind Beginnings Video

AT Banter Episode 192 – We’re Going to Need a Bigger Laugh Track

Quarantine has may be taking its toll on the boys as they gather together in our Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to record a marathon session of bad jokes in order to fight back against all the bad news that many of us are bombarded with on a daily basis. Enjoy this special episode of silliness as we prepare for getting things back to normal for next week’s show!

AT Banter Episode 191 – Last Virus Episode, We Promise!

Well it’s another week and most of us here on the planet are still in some level of stay at home or lock down. COVID-19 is all most people are still talking about and that includes many advocate and members of the Disability Community. Rick, Rob, and Steve discuss several of the latest news stories about how COVID-19 is impacting the community and postulate on what might happen once things return to normal.

Show Notes

We’re Proving Remote Work Is Possible. That’s Good News for People with Disabilities

The coronavirus crisis proves reasonable workplace accessibility has been possible all along

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people with disabilities

Concerns being raised about Ontarians with disabilities during COVID-19

People with disabilities are the forgotten vulnerable community in the age of COVID-19

The Coronavirus Response Shows How Crucial Accessibility Is