AT Banter Episode 119 – Warmed Leftovers and Insightful Publications

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.

Show Notes

Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611197/hololens-can-now-guide-the-blind-through-complicated-buildings/

Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
https://aira.io/wegmans

CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
https://cnib.ca/en/node/1136

Blitab is Back
https://coolblindtech.com/looks-like-blitab-is-back/

Apple Event To Take Place September 12
https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xr-iphone-xs-max-ipad-pros-macs-and-more-everything-apple-could-announce-on-sept-12/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

Insightful Publications
http://in-sightful.com/

AT Banter Episode 116 – Tony Giles

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.

Show Notes

Tony Giles – Blind Independent Traveller
http://www.clvp-bc.com

Seeing the World My Way – Buy it on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-World-Way-Tony-Giles/dp/1906236380/

Seeing the Americas My Way – Buy it on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M14JY50

AT Banter Episode 115 – Dot Inc

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!

Show Notes

Dot Watch on the Web
https://dotincorp.com/

Dot Watch on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/dotsmartbraillewatch

AT Banter Episode 114 – Mike May

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).

Show Notes

BVI Workforce Innovation Center

Sendero Group

AT Banter Episode 113 – Children’s Low Vision Project of BC

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.

Show Notes

Children’s Low Vision Project of BC

AMI Covers CLVP

Want to Know More About CLVP?
Email them at clvpbc@sd23.bc.ca

AT Banter Episode 109 – Lowell Taylor

This week the Guitar Dungeon is filled with motivational vibes as Rob and Ryan welcome Lowell Taylor for a visit. He fills us in about what it was like to compete on Canada’s Amazing Race as a visually impaired contestant, his current plans to become a Paralympic athlete, his career as a motivational speaker, and duties as Health and Wellness expert on the AMI TV show, “Mind Set Go”.

Show Notes

Live With Heart
https://livewithheart.ca/

Lowell and Julie on Twitter
https://twitter.com/julielowellcan

Lowell and Julie on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/JulieLowellCAN/

Mind Set Go
http://www.ami.ca/category/mind-set-go

AT Banter Episode 108 – The End of SausageFest

This week we’re thrilled to be adding a bit of estrogen to the mix and welcoming Maria Johnson aka Girl Gone Blind into the Guitar Dungeon to help us talk about a few of the Accessibility-related news stories of the last few weeks.

Show Notes

Google Rebrands TalkBack into Android Accessibility Suite
https://9to5google.com/2018/06/20/google-talkback-android-accessibility-suite/

Microsoft Invests 25 million into AI Tech for Disability Solutions
https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/640866/microsoft-invests-25m-into-ai-tech-disability-solutions/?_lrsc=11f4a7f1-8798-40bc-8b68-5c6c8400a08e

Customer Experiences with AI
https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2018/06/15/building-beautiful-customer-experiences-with-ai/#2258bb3a1b72

The Proposed Accessible Canada Act
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2018/06/minister-duncan-introduces-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/accessible-people-disabilities/act-plain-language-summary.html

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/canada/2018/06/21/disability-rights-advocates-welcome-national-legislation.html?__twitter_impression=true

Continued Conversations with Google
https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/21/continuned-conversation-google-assistant-starts-rolling-today/

Plastic Overlay Makes Reading Easier for Blind iPad Users
https://coolblindtech.com/plastic-overlay-makes-reading-easier-for-blind-ipad-users/

Morid Alexa Comment
https://amp.hothardware.com/news/alexa-sees-dying-people#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

Girl Gone Blind
https://www.facebook.com/girlgoneblind/

AT Banter Episode 107 – Chris Venter The Blind Scooter Guy

This week in the Guitar Dungeon, Chris Venter, aka The Blind Scooter Guy takes a break from his globetrotting to chat with us about how he got his moniker, how life as an adventurer has changed since losing his vision, and how he didn’t let visual impairment deter him from doing the things he was passionate about. How do you eat an elephant? Listen in and find out!

Show Notes

Blind Scooter Guy Website

How I Became The Blind Scooter Guy: My soul searching safari by scooter from the Southern Tip of Africa to the Shamrock fields of Ireland

Chris Venter Ted TalkX

AT Banter Episode 106 – The Marrakesh Treaty

If you’ve been paying attention to the news around Accessibility for the past few years, you’ve surely heard of the Marrakesh Treaty. But what exactly is the Treaty and what does it all mean? You might even be asking yourself (as we did), where the heck IS Marrakesh? This week Brad Turner from Benetech returns to the show to break down all the details of the Treaty and what exactly it means for accessible books for the global visually impaired community while the Guitar Dungeon’s Google Home answers some of our Geography questions.

Show Notes

Benetech

BookShare

Microsoft Accessible Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

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AT Banter Episode 103 – Colleen Connor

This week we welcome fellow podcaster, motivational speaker, and YouTuber Colleen Connor into the Guitar Dungeon where she tells us about her visual impairment and experiences of being a content creator and advocate for audio description. We also find the time to discuss Microsoft’s new adaptive controller and an announcement from CNIB regarding some new partnerships.

Show Notes

Microsoft’s New Adaptive Controller

CNIB Announces New Partnerships

Blind Inspiration Cast

Blind Inspiration Cast You Tube Channel

Audio Description Training Retreats