AT Banter Episode 157 – Mike Feir and Accessible Gaming

Ready to do some button mashing?? We take a deep dive into the history and future of Accessible Gaming with this week’s guest, Mike Feir, who is a regular contributor on AMI as well as author of several books. Mike’s experience with Accessible Gaming goes all the way back to the 90s, and he discusses what it was like back then and where he sees gaming going these days.

Show Notes

Audio Games
http://www.audiogames.net
AppleVis
https://www.applevis.com/
Mike’s Blog
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/
Blind Bargains
https://www.blindbargains.com/
Kelly & Company
https://www.ami.ca/category/kelly-and-company

AT Banter Episode 154 – En-Vision America

Rob and Ryan fly solo this week while Steve is out and welcome Amanda Tolson and Jenna Reed from En-Vision America to the show.  We discuss En-Vision’s long standing presence in the Assistive Technology community, dive into everything we wanted to know about bar code scanning, and the importance of Accessible Prescription labeling solutions.

Show Notes

AODA Alliance More Details on Amendments to ACA
Accessible Canada Act Could Become Law Next Month

CRTC calls for comments on Bell, Corus, Rogers proposed amendment to described video conditions
En-Vision America
En-Vision America Advocacy Page


AT Banter Episode 153 – Cathy Browne

This week Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome local photographer, accessibility advocate, and one of the busiest people we know, Cathy Browne into the Guitar Dungeon to talk about her photography, some of her advocacy work and the importance of accessible environments.

Show Notes

Google Unveils Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2
Cathy Browne Flickr Album
Soap Box Radio Archive

Follow Cathy on Twitter!
@CathyBrowne

AT Banter Episode 151 – Dr. Amy Kavanagh

It’s back to business as usual this week as we pick up the pieces from the 150th episode and welcome Dr. Amy Kavanagh to the Guitar Dungeon, all the way across the pond from the UK! Rob and Ryan explain what happened to Episode 150 and cover a bit of news before chatting with Dr. Kavanagh about her Twitter campaign of #JustAskDontGrab and the origins behind it.

Show Notes

Lego Creates Braille Building Blocks
https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/building-blocks-lego-creates-new-braille-bricks-1.4398733
Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems
https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/18/microsoft-seeing-vr/
Cane Adventures
https://caneadventures.blog/
Dr. Amy Kavanagh on Twitter
@BlondeHistorian
#JustAskDontGrab



AT Banter Episode 149 – Noah Callan and Disability Tek

Rob, Ryan, and Steve cover a few news stories of the week and then are joined by Noah Callan, CEO and founder of the website Disability Tek.  Noah discusses his excitement about assistive technology, what impact it’s had on his life, and the state of Apple Accessibility.

Show Notes

Intuitive Limbs: The New Era In Prosthetic Technology
https://www.forbes.com/video/6000038875001/#192bb3472c57
Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store not wheelchair accessible on opening day
https://globalnews.ca/news/5120247/hunny-pot-cannabis-co-accessibility-toronto/

Third of blind people have been hit or narrowly missed by electric car
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6914721/Blind-people-hit-narrowly-missed-electric-car.html

British scientists on cusp of curing blindness with stem cells
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6919821/British-scientists-say-theyre-cusp-curing-blindness-stem-cell-treatment.html

Disability Tek
https://www.disabilitytek.com

AT Banter Episode 148 – Sam Seavey and The Blind Life

This week we’re joined by Sam Seavey from the popular YouTube Channel The Blind Life.  We discuss the state of Assistive Technology, what kind of AT he uses in his daily life, and the trials and tribulations of being a YouTube Content Creator. 

Show Notes

The Blind Life YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbzN3eHbLKPzltSB560DkA
Blind Shell Accessible Mobile Phone
https://www.blindshell.com/

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AT Banter Episode 147 – Karthik Kannan and Envision AI

This week Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Karthik Kannan, co-Founder and Chief Engineer at Envision Technologies, into the Guitar Dungeon all the way from the Netherlands! We discuss the details of the Envision app, which assists blind or partially sighted users and the power of AI and machine learning that drives it.  

Show Notes

Envision AI
https://www.letsenvision.com/
Download Envision AI for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai
Download Envision AI on iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1268632314

AT Banter Episode 144 – CSUN Wrap-Up

Assistive Technology geeks, rejoice! This week it’s all about gadgets and shiny objects as the boys are joined by Albert Ruel and Kim Kilpatrick from Get Together With Technology to talk about the recent CSUN Conference. Albert, Kim, and Steve tell us all about the highlights from the conference and the new technology that was on display as well as some of the Conference’s surprises and standout experiences.

Show Notes

Canute
http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk
TactPlus Tactile Printer
https://www.tactplusprinter.com
BrailleMe
http://innovisiontech.co/brailleme
B2G
https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/technology/b2g
QD Laser
https://www.qdlaser.com/en/applications/eyewear.html
Tech4Freedom – UFO
https://www.tech4freedom.net/ufo
Tech4Freedom – Box One4ALL
https://www.tech4freedom.net/box
Zoomax AceSight
https://www.zoomax.com/low-vision-products/wearable-AceSight.html
Sony Wearable Neck Speaker
https://www.japantrendshop.com/sony-wearable-neck-speaker-srsws1-p-4096.html
Nearby Explorer
https://www.aph.org/pr/nearby-explorer-now-available-for-ios
Tap Keyboard
https://www.tapwithus.com
Markido Inc
https://markido.com
BuzzClip
https://imerciv.com

AT Banter Episode 143 – Richard Harlow

This week we’re visited by local visually impaired artist, advocate, motivational speaker and self-proclaimed Renaissance Man, Richard Harlow. Richard tells us how he was first diagnosed with the rare condition LHON, how it impacted his life, and how it eventually saw him begin a life of advocacy that resulted in the city of Nanaimo adopting a new Accessibility icon.

Show Notes

Delta Air Lines bans young puppies and kittens as support animals
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/12/us/delta-airlines-bans-support-animals-trnd/index.html
A look at TTC accessibility through the eyes of a rider who uses two canes
https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/03/10/a-look-at-ttc-accessibility-through-the-eyes-of-a-rider-who-uses-two-canes.html
Richard Harlow Interview from Times Colonist
https://www.timescolonist.com/how-artist-richard-harlow-changed-his-style-after-going-blind-1.22756732

Episode 142 - Shawn Marsolais and Blind Beginnings

AT Banter Episode 142 – Shawn Marsolais and Blind Beginnings

This week we’re excited to welcome back Shawn Marsolais, Founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings to the Guitar Dungeon. We catch up with what Blind Beginnings has been up to for the past year and discuss some of the issues that visually impaired people face on a day to day basis and what solutions and programs Blind Beginnings is actively working on.

Show Notes

Walmart Is Phasing Out ‘Greeters’ In U.S.
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/28/walmart-greeters_a_23680761/
Dentists No Longer Permitted To Turn Away Patients Due To Disabilities
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/02/28/dentists-turn-away-disabilities/26093/
The writing of this AI is so human that its creators are scared to release it
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ai-writer-disinformation-1.5030305
Blind Beginnings
https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/

For those in the Lower Mainland who want to help support Blind Beginnings and the work they do, get your tickets to the 9th Annual Gala Dinner and Online Auction, April 6th 6 – 10:30pm. Purchase tickets here: https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/donations/2019-gala-dinner-auction/