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AT Banter Episode 302 – Limitless Beauty Fashion Show

This week Rob, Ryan and Steve sit down and talk with Shawn Marsolais, Director of Programs and Community Engagement of Blind Beginnings and host of the Limitless Podcast about their upcoming Limitless Beauty Fashion Show that is set to feature models that are blind or partially sighted.   

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Blind Beginnings

Limitless Beauty Fashion Show

Limitless Podcast

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AT Banter Episode 297 – Bradley Blair

Lis makes her triumphant return to the show (again) as we welcome Bradley Blair, an Orientation and Mobility instructor from her city of Charlotte, NC who also happens to be blind. We discuss the challenges that he faced in training, the advantages of having built in knowledge and perspective when it comes to providing services to clients, and some of the challenges faced in the build environment in the city of Charlotte.

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WBTV News Story with Bradley Blair

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AT Banter Episode 296 – Precious Perez

The show is alive … with the sound of music this week as Rob and Ryan welcome Precious Perez, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, advocate and published children’s author to the show. We discuss her love of music, what it was like attending Berklee College of Music as a blind student, her advocacy work and how music and representation can help normalize disability and education mainstream audiences. And Ryan even convinces her to sing too!  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Precious Perez


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AT Banter Episode 293 – World Blind Union

It’s a episode full of troopers this week as the gang pushes through tech challenges, power supply issues and viruses to welcomes Marc Workman, CEO of the World Blind Union, an internationally recognized organization representing the 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries.  We discuss WBU’s origins, its mandate, and some of the unique challenges of bringing major national and international organizations of blind persons together under a global umbrella.

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World Blind Union

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AT Banter Episode 292 – Brian and Kerry Kijewski

It’s an exciting episode this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis, and Steve welcome siblings Brian and Kerry Kijewski, hosts of the radio show Outlook on Radio Western. They discuss the origins of their hour long weekly show that focuses on advocacy, what it’s like doing a show on live radio, and what drives their passion for broadcasting and advocacy.

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Outlook on Radio Western

Chin Music on Radio Western

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AT Banter Episode 291 – Sammy SweetSpirit

We’re getting sweet this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis and Steve welcome advocate, author, and singer-songwriter Sammy SweetSpirit to the show. We discuss her book, “Look At It This Way: The Blind Leading the Sighted” and why she felt it so important to write it as well as her love of music and her album, “Something For Everyone”. We dare you to listen to this show and not smile!

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Look At It This Way: The Blind Leading the Sighted on Amazon

Something For Everyone on Amazon Music

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AT Banter Episode 290 – Chad Bouton

Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome Chad Bouton, producer and creator of the new podcast Hindsight is 20/200 to the show this week to discuss the show and its origins, mandate, and how it’s evolved after three months.

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Hindsight is 20/200

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AT Banter Episode 289 – Bold Blind Beauty

Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Lis are all together once again this week as they welcome Stephanae McCoy and Sylvia Stinson-Perez from the website Bold Blind Beauty where they discuss the origins of the site and how it’s grown into an advocacy platform and community.

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Bold Blind Beauty

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AT Banter Episode 283 – Trevor Thomas The Blind Hiker

It’s Lis’s birthday week and in honor of that, we’ve handed the reins of the episode over to her (it beats getting her a gift, and we’re cheap). Lucky for us she has lined up an incredible show as we welcome Trevor Thomas. The Blind Hiker to the show. Trevor was the first blind person to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and has currently solo trekked more than 22,000 miles, thru-hiking the most rugged long-trails in the United States. You don’t want to miss this episode and Trevor’s amazing story.

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Trevor Thomas Online

Trail of Trust Documentary

Team Farsight

Translink Balancing Project Petition

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AT Banter Episode 282 – Dave Steele The Blind Poet

Rob, Ryan, Steve and Lis drink some tea and prepare to wax poetic this week as they welcome Dave Steele, otherwise known as The Blind Poet to the show. Dave shares his own journey through vision loss, from first being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa to becoming a bestselling author and known as “The Blind Poet”.  

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Dave Steele Online

Stand By Me RP