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AT Banter Episode 317 – Cruising With Donovan

In November of 2022, Donovan Tildesley, had just boarded a cruise ship from the Virgin Voyages fleet and sat down at the bar to enjoy his first drink of the voyage when two staff members approached him to inform him that he needed to be removed from the ship because they were not going to be able to accommodate a blind solo traveler. This week the Banter Gang sits down and talks with Donovan to get the full story, the repercussions, how Virgin Voyages responded, and how it all resulted in a “coachable” moment.

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Blind Canadian Paralympian removed from cruise ship

Virgin Voyages

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AT Banter Episode 316 – A Christmas Carol

Rob and Ryan gather in the Anti Gloom Zoom Room one more time this Holiday season for a very special bonus episode as they listen to the 1975 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre audio production of “A Christmas Carol”. So grab your mug of hot chocolate (or eggnog), stoke the fire, and listen along with us for this final AT Banter episode of the season. Happy Holidays!

“A Christmas Carol” courtesy of https://www.cbsrmt.com/

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AT Banter Episode 315 – A Very Truffle Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes it’s that time once again for the Annual AT Banter Holiday Podcast. Rob, Ryan, Lis, and Steve gather in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room and welcome a cavalcade of friends of the show to share some holiday spirits and discuss a wide range of Holiday related subjects. Join the gang as they welcome Shawn Marsolais and Keisha Anderson from the Blind Beginnings Limitless Podcast, Melissa Hope from Descriptive Video Works, and Chad Bouton from the Hindsight is 20/200 podcast for a chaotic Yuletide roundtable that you won’t want to miss!

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Blind Beginnings

Descriptive Video Works

Limitless Podcast

Hindsight is 20/200

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AT Banter Episode 314 – Brandon Biggs & Audio Navigation

Fully accessible mapping solutions are still something that is being actively worked on in the Assistive Technology field, from QR codes to beacons to GPS. This week we dive into a discussion all about audio mapping and how it can impact accessible navigation and maps with Brandon Biggs, software engineer and CEO of XR Navigation.

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XR Navigation


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AT Banter Episode 313 – Triple Vision Podcast

This week it’s not only the biggest episode we’ve ever done, but one of the most important. We’re packing the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room full this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis, and Steve welcome the members of the Triple Vision Podcast – Peter Field, Charlie Ayotte, Hanna Leavitt, and David Best – to talk about their show which aims to rebuild the narrative of the experience of Blind Canadians in history through research and personal stories. They discuss the podcast’s origins and the importance of ensuring that the story of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted are told by the community and not lost to time. You don’t want to miss this jam-packed episode!

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Triple Vision Podcast

Triple Vision on Apple Podcasts

Triple Vision on Spotify

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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

Low Vision Moments on YouTube

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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

AEBC International Day of Persons With Disabilities Conference

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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

Limitless Podcast

Accessing Art with Amy

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

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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

The Canute Dock