Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! It’s been a week since Google I/O, Google’s big annual developer’s conference, and we welcome have three of the Google Accessibility Team to talk about some of the Accessibility announcements that were made at the event.
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.
TactPlus Tactile Printer
Tech4Freedom – UFO
Tech4Freedom – Box One4ALL
Sony Wearable Neck Speaker
Recently, a small Braille and Tactile Graphics company in Windsor, Ontario was awarded a licensing deal that allows them to produce a series of Braille and Tactile Graphic activity books for children. This week we’re joined by Rebecca Blaevoet, accountant and marketer for Tactile Vision Graphics, who gives us some insight on what it was like to be awarded this huge licensing deal, its implications for visually impaired children, and the importance of Braille Literacy.
Woman with disability
banned from No Frills store after failing to pack groceries fast enough
Okanagan Parents Voice Concern Over New School District App Accessibility
Tactile Vision Graphics
This week in the Guitar Dungeon, Rob, Ryan, and Steve cover a few pieces of news before they welcome Ted Drake, Accessibility Leader for Intuit Software where they discuss the accessibility efforts of the company and the state of assistive technology and how it’s evolved over the last 15 years.
92 Year Old Beaten On
Windsor Company Contracted by Disney to Produce Activity Books for the Visually Impaired
It’s the first show of 2019 as Rob and Ryan return to the Guitar Dungeon for the first time since the break. The boys briefly catch up with some news about a Kickstarted Brailler label maker and printer called Vrailler before getting their banter on with Sabrina Kemeny, CEO and Co-Founder of Tap Systems, makers of the Tap wearable Bluetooth Keyboard.
Steve makes a triumphant return to the podcast and – ok, we may be overselling that, but he is back. We celebrate by talking a bit about the most recent Apple Event and delve into the new capabilities of the newest version of the Apple Watch before welcoming Damien Pickering, Vice President of Sales for HIMS International to the show where he gives us a preview of their upcoming Braille device, the QBraille XL.
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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 kick off September with an intimate sit-down with friend of the show, Rick Chant, owner and operator of Chaos Technical Services where he gives us a glimpse into his background and the challenges and rewards of operating an Assistive Technology service center.
It’s the end of the month and time for our monthly free-form news show! This week we welcome Adam Wilton, Manager at the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired to help talk about a host of news stories from the past few weeks in a free form discussion that, as usual, breaks out into several digressions, a few arguments, and leaves everyone feeling very optimistic about the future of assistive technology. It’s a feel-good episode!
Adam Wilton’s Twitter
This week we take a deep dive into all things Braille as we welcome Brian MacDonald, President of the National Braille Press into the Guitar Dungeon and discuss what the organization does to promote Braille and Braille Literacy. And while we’re on the subject of Braille, Ryan breaks down a new Braille Display coming to market called the QBraille.
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