This week in the Guitar Dungeon, Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome Dr. Chad Andrews, Manager of Research and Education from the Foundation Fighting Blindness to give them an update of some of the more recent advancements in the research surrounding the battle against visual impairments. But first they lose a few brain cells talking about a recent bird-brained online challenge and some of the more significant announcements from the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and time for us to take an hour and crack the seal on some Christmas cheer reflect on the year that has passed. Rob, Rick, Steve, and Ryan pass around the Pumpkin Spice Bailey’s as they discuss a few of the AT trends of the past year before exchanging some presents and sharing some Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas to all!
This week we welcome Getting Together With Technology Coordinator and Aira Explorer Albert Ruel into the Guitar Dungeon. We grill him on what it’s like having the Aira service and the implications of it on his daily life, and what the pros and cons are for others in the visually impaired community.
This week we’re blasting off into the final frontier and talking to Lynn Langille and Dan Oates from SCIVIS (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students). They tell us all about the program and its importance in the lives of children who attend each year as well as regale us of tales of our own Steve Barclay and his adventures at the Camp in previous years.
Contact Lynn Langille, Canadian SCIVIS Coordinator
This week Rob and Ryan tackle a few extra news stories left over from last month including what Aira and CNIB are up to, Apple’s upcoming Press Event, and the forthcoming release of the new Blitab Braille Tablet before talking with Chritine Chaikin about her company, InSightful Publications which creates state resource handbooks specifically designed for use by the blind and visually impaired.
Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
Blitab is Back
Apple Event To Take Place September 12
This week we connect with Merry Old England and talk with Tony Giles, a visually impaired adventurer who has travelled to over 130 countries and written two books about his experiences. We talk with him about his experiences growing up and dive into his many globetrotting adventures and what has given him the confidence to travel independently.
Tony Giles – Blind Independent Traveller
Seeing the World My Way – Buy it on Amazon
Seeing the Americas My Way – Buy it on Amazon
We go international all the way to South Korea this week and connect with the folks at Dot Inc to talk about their new product, the Dot Watch. We talk about the unique technology that drives this accessible Smart device as well as discuss plans for forthcoming products. We also learn magnets are cool!
Dot Watch on the Web
Dot Watch on Facebook
Rob and Ryan take shelter from the Vancouver August heat in the cool confines of the Guitar Dungeon to talk with no other than Mike May, founder of Sendero Group and pioneer in the field of GPS Assistive Technology. And as if that isn’t enough, we also talk to him about his downhill skiing career and what it’s like to hold the speed skiing record in downhill for a totally blind person (which is, for the record, 65 mph).
This week we’re very excited to welcome educators Lynn Langille and Linda Mamer into the Guitar Dungeon to discuss their passion project, the Children’s Low Vision Project of British Columbia. We discuss the important work the project does for youth with visual impairments all around the Province and how the events that they bring to communities are planned out.
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