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AT Banter Episode 312 – Jennie Bovard & Low Vision Moments

This week Ryan, Rob, and Lis have a moment (actually more like a few) with Jennie Bovard, host of the podcast Low Vision Moments. They discuss the concept of the podcast and its origins, and how comedy and humor can be used to create teachable moments about blindness and low vision before diving in and sharing some of their own funny moments in typical circular firing squad fashion. It’s an episode full of belly laughs that you won’t want to miss!

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Low Vision Moments
https://www.ami.ca/low-vision-moments

Low Vision Moments on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEuR1OXa7OxgzcDQJLUL3VQ

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AT Banter Episode 311 – Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

International Day of Persons With Disabilities is December 3, and to help celebrate, Rob and Ryan welcome Marcia Yale, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, to the show. They discuss the organization, its origins, and the challenges that a grass roots advocacy organization faces, as well as the special conference it has planned on December 3 for International Day of Persons With Disabilities. And we find out just what Ryan gets up to after hours….

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AEBC Website
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/

AEBC International Day of Persons With Disabilities Conference
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-person-with-disabilities-day-conference-tickets-451207252037

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AT Banter Episode 310 – Ableism Part 4

This week we cap off our multi-part series on Ableism as Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome back Shawn Marsolais, founder of Blind Beginnings and host of the Limitless Podcast and disability advocate Amy Amantea to sit down at a round table discussion. In this last part of the series we discuss the hierarchy of disability and how it manifests from both within and outside of the disability community and give our final thoughts on ableism and how to combat it.   

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Blind Beginnings
www.blindbeginnings.ca

Limitless Podcast
https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/limitless/

Accessing Art with Amy
https://www.ami.ca/Accessing-Art/recent_episodes

AT Banter Episode 309 – A Stumptastic Halloween

It’s Halloween once again and while we may not have Steve grievously injuring himself with a power tool while showing us a shortcut on how to carve a pumpkin, but we have the very next best thing – Lis, Rob, and Ryan welcome long time friend of the show, Alexis Hillyard creator of the YouTube channel Stump Kitchen to this year’s annual Halloween show! We discuss the channel and what it’s been like spreading out her content to other platforms like Instagram and TikTok before discussing Halloween. If you have even wondered what vegetable juice best simulates blood, you won’t want to miss this episode! Happy Halloween!

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Stump Kitchen on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDa7IzZX_Lb882M4qZc6nzg

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AT Banter Episode 308 – Bristol Braille & The Canute Dock

Rob, Ryan, and Steve get up in the wee hours of the morn to welcome Charlie Harding, Distribution Manger of Bristol Braille to the show to talk about their one-of-a-kind multi-line braille display the Canute 360 as well as their forthcoming first of its kind gaming console, the Canute Dock!

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Bristol Braille
https://bristolbraille.org/

The Canute Dock
https://bristolbraille.org/braille-arcade/

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AT Banter Episode 307 – Canadian Blind Hockey

The show is back to full strength this week as the AT Banter team welcomes Luca DeMontis and Graham Foxcroft from Canadian Blind Hockey to the show! They discuss Blind Hockey, its adaptations and how the organizations promotes and impacts blind and partially sighted players all over the world. Rob also learns all about Hockey Etiquette. Don’t get caught offside and miss this one!

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Canadian Blind Hockey
https://canadianblindhockey.com

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AT Banter Episode 306 – Disability Without Poverty

This week Ryan and Rob welcome Rabia Khedr, National Director of Disability Without Poverty to the show to talk about the status of Bill C-22, an Act that promises to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada disability benefit. They discuss the Act and its potential impact as well as the state of disability advocacy at the moment and what can be done to foster positive change for people with disabilities. You don’t want to miss this episode – and we’re not just saying that!

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Disability Without Poverty
https://www.disabilitywithoutpoverty.ca/

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AT Banter Episode 305 – LaMondre Pough & Billion Strong

The AT Banter gang re-convenes with a full roster this week as they welcome LaMondre Pough, CEO of Billion Strong, a non profit organization whose mission is to unite, elevate and empower the global community of people with disabilities in order to develop a positive disability identity. They discuss everything from the organization’s origins to the challenges faced to unify disability communities around the world and the importance of positive identity and advocacy. Oh, and this episode is definitely NOT sponsored by Frugal MacDoogal.

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Billion Strong
https://www.billion-strong.org/

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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
https://ailledesign.com/

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
https://meetingmightypeople.com/

B.C. orders more than 750 public sector organizations to form accessibility committees
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-orders-accessibility-committees-1.6569121

Londoner finds a live frog in a sealed package of salad
https://london.ctvnews.ca/a-hoppy-discovery-londoner-finds-a-live-frog-in-a-sealed-package-of-salad-1.6064231