This week Ryan, Rob and Steve welcome author and long-time Disability advocate Al Etmanski to the show. Al is author of the book “The Power of Disability: Ten Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World” and has led the closure of institutions and segregated schools in British Columbia, founded Canada’s first Family Support Institute and co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack in 1989. We discuss the book, the importance of advocacy, the current state of Disability Rights and issues, and much more!
If you have ever been wondering just what an Accessible Web Overlay is and whether or not it’s a good thing or a bad thing, boy do we have the show for you. This week Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome Accessibility Advocate Samantha Evans and independent Accessibility Consultant Nick Steenhout to fill us in on what they are, how they work and how they are currently impacting the world of digital accessibility.
Yes, dear listeners, it’s that time of the year again! This week marks our 5th year of shows, and no one is more surprised at our longevity than we are! Join us for this special episode to hoist a few to ourselves, look back at the year that was, and generally be our silly selves. Thank you to all that have continued to listen to us and support the show – this one’s for you!
Rob, Ryan and Steve band together once again, celebrate Ryan’s victory over his ant problem and ponder the term “Parastronaut” before welcoming Matthew Horspool from the Braillists Foundation to the show. They discuss the state of braille in the blindness community in the UK and some of the challenges faced for organizations that work to advocate for braille literacy and teach braille.
This week Rob and Ryan reflect on the wonders of ant life before welcoming Stephanie Debisschop, Executive Director of Plan Institute (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) to the show to discuss the organization, its origins, and its mandate to help build stronger financial futures and support networks for people with disabilities through a variety of educational programs, supports, and outreach.
Networks and studios these days are experimenting with text-to-speech technology to create synthetic speech that can then be used as Audio Description for different shows and movies. Today we talk with Valerie Hunter from Valerie H Productions and Melissa Hope from Descriptive Video Works and discuss this new technology and how it’s being used, the controversy it’s caused in the Blind and Partially Sighted communities, and some of the pros and cons of using it.
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Rob and Ryan fly the show solo this week without Steve as they welcome on Laura Hayden from the Canadian Helen Keller Centre to discuss the organization and give them some insight on the types of programs and services that they offer Canadians all over the country who are deafblind.
This week, Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Paralympic Athlete and motivational speaker Tanner Gers to the show where they learn about his involvement in the bid to bring five-a-side Blind Soccer to the Paralympics as well as several other projects he has in the pipeline.
When it comes to this week’s show, we’ve got some good news, and we have some bad news. First the good news … THERE IS NO BAD NEWS (unless your name is Pepe and you’re a skunk)! That’s right, it’s been about a year since we had our last “Good News Show”, so we decided to do it again this year since we are still in desperate need of plenty of sunshine, lollipops, puppy dogs, and kittens in our lives! Maria Johnson from the Girl Gone Blind Blog joins Rob, Ryan and Steve for an hour of fun, laughter, and GOOD NEWS!