AT Banter Episode 233 – Dominique Chabot and Autism Canada

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.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-episode-233-dominique-chabot-and-autism-canada/

Show Notes

Autism Canada
https://autismcanada.org/

AT Banter Episode 232 – Alanna Hendren

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.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/at-banter-podcast-episode-232-alanna-hendren.pdf

Show Notes

Developmental Disabilities Association
https://www.develop.bc.ca/

CELA
https://celalibrary.ca/

AT Banter Episode 231 #RestoreTheFunding

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!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-episode-231-restorethefunding/

Show Notes

Centre for Equitable Library Access
https://celalibrary.ca
https://celalibrary.ca/advocacy#whatyoucando

National Network for Equitable Library Service
https://nnels.ca/
https://nnels.ca/advocate-nnels-services

AT Banter Episode 230 – Mike Gifford

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.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-at-banter-podcast-episode-230-mike-gifford/

Show Notes

Civic Actions
https://civicactions.com/

Covid Vaccine Websites Violate Disability Laws
https://khn.org/news/article/covid-vaccine-websites-violate-disability-laws-create-inequity-for-the-blind

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AT Banter Episode 229 – Talk Description to Me

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.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/at-banter-podcast-episode-229-talk-description-to-me.pdf

Show Notes

Talk Description to Me
https://talkdescriptiontome.buzzsprout.com/

AT Banter Episode 228 – Back to the 80s

Great Scott! Drop your linen and start your grinning but whatever you do, don’t back Baby into a corner! This week we welcome Guest Host Shawn Marsolais from the Blind Beginnings Limitless Podcast to help us do something a little different in celebration of Retro Day next week (February 27th). Join Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Shawn as they don their headbands, leg warmers, and fluorescent colored shirts and they dive into a discussion about everything 80s related. Movies, world events, music, tv, and even a little about the Assistive Technology of the time – we are talking about it all! You don’t want to miss this totally tubular and gnarly episode!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-at-banter-podcast-episode-228-back-to-the-80s

Show Notes

Retro Day
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-retro-day-february-27

AT Banter Episode 227 – Calvo Returns

The boys are all together again as Steve returns to the show after a bit of an absence, just in time to get geeky with a rousing discussion about the used Assistive Technology market before welcoming Matt Campbell and Pneuma Solutions CEO Mike Calvo to the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to talk about some exciting new features of Scribe, their digital document remediation product. And if that isn’t enough for one show, we also announce an exciting new idea for a show later in the month! You don’t want to miss this show!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-at-banter-episode-227-calvo-returns

Show Notes

Pneuma Solutions
https://pneumasolutions.com

Scribe For Meetings
https://scribeformeetings.com

AT Banter Episode 226 – Jessica Wegrzynowski

Rob and Ryan are thrilled this week to be joined by local author Jessica Wegrzynowski and her care aid and friend Misty into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to talk about her new book, My Spring Fling: Young Love and Living Life to the Fullest. Jessica discusses how the book came about, some of the challenges she faced writing it, and what she hopes readers will take away from it.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-at-banter-episode-226-jessica-wegrzynowski/

Show Notes

My Spring Fling: Young Love and Living Life to the Fullest on Amazon

AT Banter Episode 225 – CCB & White Cane Week

White Cane Week happens every year during the first week of February and this week we welcome Canadian Council of the Blind’s President, Louise Gillis, to discuss what White Cane Week is, fill us in on all the events happening, and the CCB’s year round mandate to help support and advocate for blind and partially sighted Canadians.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.com/transcript-at-banter-podcast-episode-225-ccb-white-cane-week/

Show Notes

Canadian Council of the Blind

Sensible Innovations

AT Banter Episode 224 – No News is Good News?

These days it might seem like no news is good news, but Rob and Ryan do their best to drum up some of the latest Assistive Technology news that 2021 has to offer so far, including discussing an article about the problem of the cost of AT devices and some news about accessibility that is being built into new TVs.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/at-banter-podcast-episode-224-no-news-is-good-news.pdf

Show Notes

ADA Lawsuit Rates Rising

Disability advocates call for easier access to ‘life-changing’ technology

Samsung Makes Its 2021 TVs More Accessible