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/

AT Banter Episode 130 – Is the Shine Off The Apple?

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.

Show Notes

B.C. government shifting accessible parking requirements to local governments

Apple defends iPhone app fees as high court weighs consumer suit

Apple Caught Overcharging for Device Repairs

How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products

AT Banter Episode 95 – The Return of the Jinglestick

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!

Show Notes

Uber Self Driving Car Death Should Have Been Able to Be Avoided
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5535969/Uber-self-driving-car-death-avoided.html
Americans Less Likely to Trust Facebook
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cambridge-analytica-apology/americans-less-likely-to-trust-facebook-than-rivals-on-personal-data-idUSKBN1H10AF
HIMS Announces New Polaris Mini
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18641
Gradutate Student Creating Smartphone App for Deaf Blind
https://coolblindtech.com/graduate-student-creating-smartphone-app-for-deaf-blind-users/
Apple Proposes Adding Disability-Inclusive Emojis to the Unicode Consortium
https://themighty.com/2018/03/apple-proposes-new-emojis-disability
Microsoft Adding New Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10
https://coolblindtech.com/microsoft-adding-new-accessibility-improvements-in-windows-10/
AT&T Collaborates With Aira to Develop New AI Powered Prescription Medication Reader
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/att-collaborates-with-aira-to-develop-new-ai-powered-prescription-medication-reader-300608402.html

AT Banter Episode 90 – David MacDonald – The GodFather of WCAG

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!

Show Notes
University Teams Up To Develop Smart Paint to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
https://coolblindtech.com/university-teams-up-to-develop-smart-paint-to-help-the-visually-impaired-navigate/

CanAdapt WCAG Training and Audits
http://www.davidmacd.com/

AT Banter Episode 89 – Keith Lang and Music Works Talent

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.

Show Notes
Intel Smart Glasses
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16966530/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses-announced-ar-video
Flame thrower Boring Company
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/01/elon-musk-sells-out-boring-company-flamethrowers-fire
Fake service animals
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/01/23/fur-and-fury-in-the-skies-as-more-people-bring-emotional-support-animals-on-planes.html
Truth About Tech Campaign
http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/05/technology/truth-about-tech-campaign/index.html
Music Works
http://www.musicworkstalent.com/

AT Banter Episode 85 – Mental Health and Disability with Ryan Sturgeon

This week Rob and Ryan are joined by Ryan Sturgeon, Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador and Community Mental Health Worker. We discuss the challenges people within the Disability community who also deal with mental illness face and the ways in which everyone can improve their mental health.

Mental Health and Mindfullness for People With Disabilities
http://www.rickhansen.com/Blog/ArtMID/13094/ArticleID/159/Mental-health-and-mindfulness-for-people-with-disabilities

Brandon Wheelchair Sports
http://www.brandonwheelchairsports.ca

AT Banter Episode 77 – Shawn Smith and Don’t-Dis-My-Ability

This week we invite Shawn Smith of ‘Don’t Dis My Ability’ into the Guitar Dungeon where we talk all about invisible disabilities and the burgeoning field of Neurodiversity.

Show Notes
Don’t-Dis-My-Ability
http://ddmacs.ca/

Mindview Mind Mapping Software
https://www.matchware.com/mind-mapping-software