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AT Banter Episode 318 – Thomas Reid

This week Ryan, Rob, Lis, and Steve welcome fellow podcaster and advocate Thomas Reid to the show to talk about his podcast, Reid My Mind Radio, its origins, his seasonal approach, and even dive into discussing the subject of his previous season, audio description.  

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Reid My Mind Radio

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AT Banter Episode 314 – Brandon Biggs & Audio Navigation

Fully accessible mapping solutions are still something that is being actively worked on in the Assistive Technology field, from QR codes to beacons to GPS. This week we dive into a discussion all about audio mapping and how it can impact accessible navigation and maps with Brandon Biggs, software engineer and CEO of XR Navigation.

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XR Navigation


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AT Banter Episode 311 – Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

International Day of Persons With Disabilities is December 3, and to help celebrate, Rob and Ryan welcome Marcia Yale, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, to the show. They discuss the organization, its origins, and the challenges that a grass roots advocacy organization faces, as well as the special conference it has planned on December 3 for International Day of Persons With Disabilities. And we find out just what Ryan gets up to after hours….

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AEBC Website

AEBC International Day of Persons With Disabilities Conference

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AT Banter Episode 307 – Canadian Blind Hockey

The show is back to full strength this week as the AT Banter team welcomes Luca DeMontis and Graham Foxcroft from Canadian Blind Hockey to the show! They discuss Blind Hockey, its adaptations and how the organizations promotes and impacts blind and partially sighted players all over the world. Rob also learns all about Hockey Etiquette. Don’t get caught offside and miss this one!

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Canadian Blind Hockey

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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