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

AT Banter Episode 190 – Maintain Your Sanity While Maintaining Your Distance

Rob, Steve, and Rick may be the last people on the planet that anyone should take advice on maintaining their sanity, but they come together remotely to do their best all the same. The virus has us all shut in and isolating, which can be even more of a challenge for people with disabilities. This week the boys step through some ideas of what to do in order to maintain a positive attitude and sanity while at home and share some of their own strategies and stories.

Show Notes

Accessibyte Platform Free
https://www.accessibyte.com/stay-safe

JAWS Screen Reader Free
https://www.freedomscientific.com/

Supernova Screen Reader Free
https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/news?id=480

Lynda Online Courses
https://www.lynda.com/

Blind Alive
https://www.blindalive.com/

Who’s Zooming Who
https://canasstech.com/blogs/news/whos-zooming-who

Zoom Online Meeting
https://zoom.us/

AT Banter Episode 189 – The Show Must Go On

We may be in the middle of a global pandemic, and Ryan is taking a hiatus, but the show must go on! Rob, Steve and Rick discuss the announcement of some new forthcoming braille devices from Orbit research before launching into an extended conversation about what is on everyone’s mind these days – the impact of the COVID-19 virus and some of the ways it is impacting communities.

Show Notes

Orbit Research Announces a Trio of New Braille Products
CORVID-19 Virus – What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

CORVID-19 Restrictions Put Extra Burden on Blind Community



AT Banter Episode 188 – All About the ADA

This week we get a lesson about the USA’s disability legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, from Jessica Sanders and Christine Sket from Braille Works. We discuss everything from the scope of the Act itself to the Domino’s Pizza court case that went before the Supreme Court last year, as well as what it means for Accessibility going forward.  

Show Notes

ADA Website
BrailleWorks


AT Banter Episode 184 – The Rant Show

It’s the first News show of the new year! Today Rob, Ryan and Steve rant about a few new stories that are near and dear to their hearts including taxi cabs, Web Accessibility, and the future of haptic devices.  

Show Notes

Vancouver taxi companies stop subsidizing drivers of accessible vehicles, cite ride-hailing competition

One Year to Countdown to Web Accessibility Begins in Ontario

Accessibee Aims to Get People With Disabilities Online by 2025

UPMC is First to Implant Wireless Retinal Device in the US

AT Banter Episode 178 – Ryan’s Story

It’s another guerilla podcast as Rob and Ryan deal with a last minute guest cancellation and discuss a few news stories instead. Then, to Ryan’s delight, Rob turns the mics on him for an in-depth personal interview about his Blindness and his path into the Assistive Technology industry.

Show Notes

Translink to Upgrade Transit System for the Visually Impaired
https://globalnews.ca/news/6264724/translink-to-spend-7m-to-upgrade-transit-system-for-the-visually-impaired/
Target expands Aira service for blind and low-vision customers
https://www.supermarketnews.com/issues-trends/target-expands-aira-service-blind-and-low-vision-customers

AT Banter Episode 175 – Chanting and Bantering

It’s a full house this week as Rick and Nicole Chant, the father/ daughter team at Chaos Technical Services, visits the Guitar Dungeon to help the boys discuss a few news stories from the past few weeks. They talk about the latest Canadian scandal before we launch into Google is doing to expand the usability of their Home devices, more Accessibility lawsuits and a very worthwhile awareness day.

Show Notes

Don Cherry Fired

People with Down syndrome have trouble using smart speakers. Here’s how Google’s trying to help

Blind Employee Sues Beacon Health

Purple Tuesday

AT Banter Episode 174 – Javier Pita and NaviLens

The boys have recovered from the Halloween show and transubstantiated back into their normal selves just in time to welcome Javier Pita, CEO of NaviLens, into the Guitar Dungeon all the way from sunny Spain! We discuss this innovate new variation of QR codes and its many applications, including as a navigation system for the visually impaired.

Show Notes

Legally Blind Man Files Human Rights Complaint
NaviLens
NaviLens Demonstration