AT Banter Episode 205 – Emilee and Hannah Schevers

This week the show takes on some much needed youthful energy as the boys welcome Emilee and Hannah Schevers to the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to talk about Tru Faces, a community for individuals with disabilities that they’ve built across several social media platforms. The girls share their upbringing and how it help shaped their positive attitudes as well as their mission behind Tru Faces and what the future holds.

Show Notes

Tru Faces on the Web

On Instagram

On YouTube

ADA 30th Anniversary

AT Banter Episode 204 – This Episode is Captioned

This week the boys welcome Josh Summers and Melina Nathanail from National Captioning Canada into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to discuss .. you guessed it, captioning! Captioning has been around for so long that it’s hard not to take it for granted, so we dive into some of the history behind it and look at the process of how much of the content we see is produced.

Show Notes

National Captioning Canada

Student Designs Handheld ‘Robotic Guide Dog’

Transcript of this week’s show courtesy of National Captioning Canada

AT Banter Episode 202 – Nate Toevs and the Neil Squire Society

No one knows the importance of Assistive Technology in the workplace better than our guest this week, Nate Toevs from the Neil Squire Society. Nate visits us in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to tell us all about the Neil Squire Society and its mission of assisting people with disabilities develop the skills and training needed to enter the workforce.  

Show Notes

Neil Squire Society

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Webinar

AT Banter Episode 200 – Diane Johnson Returns

We celebrate our 200th episode by welcoming back one of our old friends of the show, Diane Johnson Head of the Descriptive Video Works Studio. It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since she’s been on, but we manage a refresher course on the importance of Audio Description and get an idea of how much has changed in the industry and who is leading the charge in terms of audio described content.

Show Notes

Descriptive Video Works

Audio Description Project

AT Banter Episode 199 – Mike Calvo and Pneuma Solutions

The Anti-Gloom Zoom Room is opened up once again this week and Rob, Steve and Ryan welcome in Mike Calvo, long time Assistive Technology veteran and CEO of Pneuma Solutions to talk all about the importance of accessible documents and what Pneuma Solutions is doing to help.

Show Notes

Pneuma Solutions

Scribe Remediation

AT Banter Episode 198 – Michelle Woods and the Marrakesh Treaty

Ryan, Steve and Rob go international this week as they welcome Michelle Woods, Director of Copyright Law Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to help break down the Marrakesh Treaty and what it means for the production and distribution of accessible books worldwide.  

Show Notes

World Intellectual Property Organization

Accessible Books Consortium

AT Banter Episode 197 – Len Baker and March of Dimes Canada

Ryan, Steve and Rob celebrate National Accessibility week in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room by inviting in Len Baker, president of March of Dimes Canada, one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada that advocates for people with disabilities, to talk about what the organization mission and how it has dealt with the current COVID crisis.

Show Notes

March of Dimes Canada

AT Banter Episode 193 – Blind Beginnings Goes Virtual

Rob and Steve welcome their first official guest into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room this week! Shawn Marsolais, Founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings, joins them to discuss how the organization has adjusted its programs in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the implications going forward.

Show Notes

Blind Beginnings

“Changing Our World” Blind Beginnings Video

AT Banter Episode 191 – Last Virus Episode, We Promise!

Well it’s another week and most of us here on the planet are still in some level of stay at home or lock down. COVID-19 is all most people are still talking about and that includes many advocate and members of the Disability Community. Rick, Rob, and Steve discuss several of the latest news stories about how COVID-19 is impacting the community and postulate on what might happen once things return to normal.

Show Notes

We’re Proving Remote Work Is Possible. That’s Good News for People with Disabilities

The coronavirus crisis proves reasonable workplace accessibility has been possible all along

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people with disabilities

Concerns being raised about Ontarians with disabilities during COVID-19

People with disabilities are the forgotten vulnerable community in the age of COVID-19

The Coronavirus Response Shows How Crucial Accessibility Is