April is World Autism Awareness Month and to help celebrate and spread awareness, Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Dominique Chabot from Autism Canada to the show. We discuss the details of what Autism is and how it manifests, the challenges that many families face when it comes to being diagnosed, and what services and programs Autism Canada provides.
Rob, Steve and Ryan welcome Alanna Hendren from the Developmental Disabilities Association to the show this week to talk about the organization, its long history and the work it does throughout the Lower Mainland. The Developmental Disabilities Association is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Vancouver.
When the federal government released their 2020 Fall Economic Statement in December of 2020, it revealed its plans to withdraw the $4 million in funding that it provides to CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) in order to provide books in alternate formats. This week we welcome Karen Mckay from CELA and Daniella Levy-Pinto from NNELS to discuss these funding cuts and the implications for Canadians who rely on the alternative book formats their organizations produce. Find out how you can help as well!
Things get off to a rocky start this episode with a cowbell malfunction, and things don’t get much better as the boys rant about accessibility problems with the US vaccine websites. Luckily, long time listener, Accessibility Specialist, and Senior Strategist at Civic Actions Mike Gifford saves the day and infuses the show with some much needed positivity about the work he’s involved in around digital accessibility and what the future may hold.
Talk Description to Me is an exciting new podcast from Christine Malec and JJ Hunt where they discuss and audio describe current events and topical issues and this week they join Rob and Ryan for a spirited conversation about the show, the state of audio description and how we can innovate and expand its reach.