AT Banter Episode 248 – Tova Sherman & reachAbility

This week Steve, Rob, and Ryan welcome Tova Sherman, co-founder and CEO of reachAbility, an organization in Nova Scotia that provides a variety of employments services and programs to people with disabilities. We discuss everything from reachAbility’s origins and mandate to the uniquely holistic organizational philosophy of “no one goes nowhere”, and so much more. It’s a jam-packed episode that you won’t want to miss!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/at-banter-podcast-episode-248-tova-sherman.pdf

Show Notes

reachAbility
https://www.reachability.org/

Win, Win, Win!: The 18 Inclusion-isms You Need to Become a Disability Confident Employer
https://www.amazon.ca/Win-Inclusion-isms-Disability-Confident-Employer/dp/0981323146

Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival
https://www.baaff.ca/

AT Banter Episode 219 – Megan Lawrence Talks Mental Health

Given the year that 2020 has been, it’s not surprising to think that Mental Wellness is a growing concern among many people, both at home as well as the workplace. This week Rob and Ryan welcome Megan Lawrence, Sr. Accessibility Technical Evangelist at Microsoft to discuss the topic of Mental Health and how COVID has changed the way we discuss it and how companies are participating in the conversation.

Show Notes

Show Transcript

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AT Banter Episode 214 – Digital Accessibility and Kathy Wahlbin

We have been talking about Digital Accessibility so much over the past few months, we decided it was high time to have a whole show dedicated to it! The boys welcome Kathy Wahlbin from the Paciello Group into the Anti-Zoom Gloom Room to discuss not only its importance but just what the term “accessible” means from a technical standpoint and how digital services are evaluated. Oh, and Ryan goes off on a rant.

Show Notes

RadioShack Sued for ADA Accessibility Violation
https://lawstreetmedia.com/tech/radioshack-sued-for-ada-website-accessibility-violation/

Paciello Group
https://www.paciellogroup.com/

Fly on Your Head (Remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UiBjq0ht7U

AT Banter Episode 210 – Double Tap Talk

What happens when you fill the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room full of four podcasters with a passion for accessibility and assistive technology? Find out this week as Rob and Ryan welcome Steven Scott from Double Tab TV and his co-host from the Double Tap Canada Podcast, Shaun Preece. The boys discuss a few new bits of technology including the Vivzone Bone Conduction Face Mask and Bose Rondo Frames and even manage to squeeze in some time to discuss Aira and their new polices around free calls to the service.

Show Notes

Vivzone Bone Conduction Face Mask

Bose Rondo Frames

Aira

Double Tap TV

Double Tap Online

AT Banter Episode 209 – Knights of the Braille

Get those 20 sided die ready to roll (and if you understand that reference, you get a +3 to your nerd cred), this week Rob and Ryan and getting geeky with guest Jim O’Donnell, creator of the website Knights of the Braille. Knights of the Braille is a community of role players who also include players who are blind or partially sighted who have also taken it on themselves to help provide accessible materials for a variety of game systems. Jim discusses his history with role playing, what materials are currently available, and what the process of conversion is like. Don’t roll a 1 and miss this!

Show Notes

Knight of the Braille

Rollout of COVID App Faces Criticism

AT Banter Episode 208 – Shelly Brisbin

It’s a big show this week as Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome Shelly Brisbin to the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room. Shelly is an author, podcaster, producer, and blogger who has been writing about accessibility and Assistive Technology since the early  2000s and her book, iOS Access for All is one of the most comprehensive resources around for iOS accessibility features. We chat with her from everything from the early days of Apple accessibility right through to where accessibility stands during these days of COVID. You don’t want to miss this one!

Show Notes

Shelly Brisbin

36 Seconds That Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk

iOS Access for All

Typio Accessible Typing Tutor

AT Banter Episode 207 – Ebon Sky Studios

It’s a veritable geek fest this week in the Anti-Zoom Gloom Room as Rob and Ryan are joined by special guest host Mike Feir as they welcome Thaddeus from Ebon Sky Studios, an indie game developer that is actively working on creating audio games for the blind.

Show Notes

Ebon Sky Studios

Ebon Sky Studios on Facebook

Michael Feir’s Blog

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