Ever wonder why the person in the next cubicle over never shakes anybody’s hand? We may have the answer for you as we dive into the very important topic of invisible disabilities and talk with Jess Stainbrook, Executive Director at the Invisible Disabilities Association.
This week on a very special AT Banter, the boys hold their own version of Listener Appreciation Day and welcome long time listener Beth aka Snow Bunny into the Guitar Dungeon for a bit of a stream-of-consciousness discussion which covers everything from the future of Assistive Technology to Smart Devices and privacy and everything in between. Oh, and Ryan gets fired.
Steve makes his somewhat triumphant return to the show for the first show of the Fall season where we discuss a new Audible accessibility feature that is under fire from publishers before we welcome David Errington, President and CEO of Accessible Media Inc, into the Guitar Dungeon.
This week Rob and Ryan welcome Amy Silverman, author of “My Heart Can’t Even Believe It” into the Guitar Dungeon where the three discuss a variety of topics including the language of disability, advocacy, and raising a daughter with Down’s Syndrome.
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.
Delta Air Lines bans
young puppies and kittens as support animals
A look at TTC accessibility through the eyes of a rider who uses two canes
Richard Harlow Interview from Times Colonist
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.
Walmart Is Phasing Out ‘Greeters’ In U.S.
Dentists No Longer Permitted To Turn Away Patients Due To Disabilities
The writing of this AI is so human that its creators are scared to release it
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/
Rick Chant from Chaos Technical Services joins Rob, Ryan and Steve in the Guitar Dungeon this week as they dedicate the entire episode to discuss the state of Apple and some of the controversies facing the tech giant and what it means for its customers.
It’s the last show of the month and it’s time for us to round up March with a show dedicated to some of the most recent AT-related news of the past few weeks. We talk about everything from Steve’s misadventures getting to CSUN to Apple’s new proposed Disability Inclusive Emojis and everything in between!
Uber Self Driving Car Death Should Have Been Able to Be Avoided
Americans Less Likely to Trust Facebook
HIMS Announces New Polaris Mini
Gradutate Student Creating Smartphone App for Deaf Blind
Apple Proposes Adding Disability-Inclusive Emojis to the Unicode Consortium
Microsoft Adding New Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10
AT&T Collaborates With Aira to Develop New AI Powered Prescription Medication Reader
This week David MacDonald, president of CanAdapt and long-time WCAG and web accessibility guru, calls in to make the Banter Boys an offer they can’t refuse – namely making the online world a more accessible space!
University Teams Up To Develop Smart Paint to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
CanAdapt WCAG Training and Audits
This week we talk to Keith Lang, owner and operator of Music Works Talent about what it’s like to be a visually impaired business owner and how technology has impacted his own life.
Intel Smart Glasses
Flame thrower Boring Company
Fake service animals
Truth About Tech Campaign