AT Banter Episode 90 – David MacDonald – The GodFather of WCAG

This week David MacDonald, president of CanAdapt and long-time WCAG and web accessibility guru, calls in to make the Banter Boys an offer they can’t refuse – namely making the online world a more accessible space!

Show Notes
University Teams Up To Develop Smart Paint to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
https://coolblindtech.com/university-teams-up-to-develop-smart-paint-to-help-the-visually-impaired-navigate/

CanAdapt WCAG Training and Audits
http://www.davidmacd.com/

AT Banter Episode 89 – Keith Lang and Music Works Talent

This week we talk to Keith Lang, owner and operator of Music Works Talent about what it’s like to be a visually impaired business owner and how technology has impacted his own life.

Show Notes
Intel Smart Glasses
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16966530/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses-announced-ar-video
Flame thrower Boring Company
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/01/elon-musk-sells-out-boring-company-flamethrowers-fire
Fake service animals
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/01/23/fur-and-fury-in-the-skies-as-more-people-bring-emotional-support-animals-on-planes.html
Truth About Tech Campaign
http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/05/technology/truth-about-tech-campaign/index.html
Music Works
http://www.musicworkstalent.com/

AT Banter Episode 88 – Shawn Marsolais and the Taser Suit

This week we welcome in our 2nd in-Dungeon guest — Shawn Marsolais from Blind Beginnings, a local non-profit organization that provides services and support for children who are visually impaired and their families. She fills us in on what Blind Beginnings has been up to over the past year, including their ‘Do the Grind Blind‘ event that garnered a lot of media attention last summer.

Show Notes

Blind Beginnings
https://www.blindbeginnings.ca
Blind Beginnings YouTube Page
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZA268_YOccpPaVddujAAKQ
Do The Grind Blind Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRuCTf7vBeI

 

AT Banter Episode 87 – Grumpy Old Men and a Cowbell

This week Ryan, Steve, Rob, and Mr Cowbell sleepily enter the Guitar Dungeon and tackle a few news stories including some local Accessibility news, how the first wave of HomePod reviews have looked, and the acquisition of Enhanced Vision by VFO.

Show Notes

Blind B.C. woman’s access to audiobooks threatened by political flap
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/blind-b-c-womans-access-to-audio-books-threatened-by-political-flap

TransLink unveils accessible fare-gate program for SkyTrain, SeaBus
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/translink-to-unveil-accessible-transit-fare-gate-program-for-skytrain

Apple’s HomePod delivers on brilliant sound, but Siri still has room to grow
https://www.digitaltrends.com/smart-home-reviews/apple-homepod-review/

Enhanced Vision and VFO, with the Freedom Scientific and Optelec Brands are Joining Forces in Assistive Technology Merger
https://www.freedomscientific.com/About/News/Article/192

AT Banter Episode 86 – Jon Dibble and Enhanced Vision

It’s a very special episode as Ryan, Rob, and Steve welcome the first ever in-person guest to the Guitar Dungeon. Jon Dibble, Marketing Manager from Enhanced Vision braves the harsh Vancouver climate in exchange for beer in order to talk to us about what Enhanced Vision does, how the Low Vision industry has changed over the years and where it might go in the future.

Show Notes
Enhanced Vision
www.enhancedvision.com

 

AT Banter Episode 85 – Mental Health and Disability with Ryan Sturgeon

This week Rob and Ryan are joined by Ryan Sturgeon, Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador and Community Mental Health Worker. We discuss the challenges people within the Disability community who also deal with mental illness face and the ways in which everyone can improve their mental health.

Mental Health and Mindfullness for People With Disabilities
http://www.rickhansen.com/Blog/ArtMID/13094/ArticleID/159/Mental-health-and-mindfulness-for-people-with-disabilities

Brandon Wheelchair Sports
http://www.brandonwheelchairsports.ca

AT Banter Episode 84 – Shawn Kirkpatrick and Loadstone GPS

Rob, Ryan, and Mr. Cowbell (Steve is away this week) discuss Smart Phones and their impact on the human condition before turning the microphones at Shawn Kirkpatrick, developer of the long standing accessible GPS app, Loadstone.

Show Notes

Your Smartphone is Making You Stupid
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/your-smartphone-is-making-you-stupid/article37511900/

Google Home Holiday Sales Figures
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/5/16855982/google-home-sales-figures-holidays-2017

Loadstone GPS for the Blind
http://www.loadstone-gps.com/

AT Banter Episode 80 – David Nason and AppleVis

This week Rick Chant from Chaos Technical Services sits in while we welcome David Nason, contributor to the the Apple-centric Assistive Technology website AppleVis into the Guitar Dungeon. We discuss all things Apple, talk a lot about the new iPhone X, and dive into some of the past and present accessibility features within Apple products.

Show Notes

AppleVis Website
https://www.applevis.com/

 

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