AT Banter Episode 172 – Matthew Shifrin and Accessible LEGO

This week we’re excited to welcome Matthew Shifrin, creator of the website Lego for the Blind, into the Guitar Dungeon where he explains the origin of his step by step instructions for multiple LEGO sets as well as how it came out that LEGO followed suit and began to develop their own pilot project for Braille and audio instructions.

Show Notes

Microsoft AI for Accessibility
LEGO for the Blind

LEGO Audio and Braille Instructions
How LEGO Helps Blind People See

AT Banter Episode 164 – Derek Featherstone

It’s the last show of the summer and we celebrate by welcoming in Derek Featherstone, Chief Experience Officer at Level Access and Accessibility Rock Star, into the Guitar Dungeon for an extended discussion of Digital Accessibility. We discuss everything from how the industry has changed to the new Accessible Canada Act and what needs to happen to drive Accessibility forward.

Show Notes

Watch Derek’s Accessibility Presentation, “Where Accessibility Lives”
Level Access


AT Banter Episode 155 – Kelly Goto

A very special episode this week as we spend the entire hour talking with Kelly Goto, respected presence in the UX, Service Design and CX communities and Founder of Goto Media. We discuss the often mysterious world of design, and get an inside view of some of the most important design elements of the past 20 years before diving into the importance of universal design.   

Show Notes

Goto Research / Media
www.gotomedia.com
www.gotoresearch.com
Global Research Consortium

www.uxfellows.com
Colin’s Story
https://mindfultech.us/light-and-dark/

AT Banter Episode 152 – Return of the Google Accessibility Team

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.

Show Notes

New Microsoft Patent Reveals Plans for Braille Controller
Microsoft is Improving Windows 10 Update Process
Google Accessibility Website
Contact Google Accessibility

Transcript of this show

Big shoutout and thanks to Adrian Roselli for his invaluable assistance in making the transcription of this show possible. Visit his website at http://adrianroselli.com/

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 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 131 – Kristina Shelden

Grab your ukulele and warm up those vocal cords, it’s another Music show! This week Rob and Ryan welcome Kristina Shelden, local singer/songwriter and Vancouver Adapted Music Society board member into the Guitar Dungeon where they discuss the work VAMS does, both in Kristina’s own life but also among Vancouver’s disabled community.

Show Notes

Microsoft Passes Apple as Most Valuable Company

AODA Examines Bill C-81

Kristina Shelden Online

Kristina’s YouTube Channel

VAMS (Vancouver Adapted Music Society)

Music Saves – Feeling Alright

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 119 – Warmed Leftovers and Insightful Publications

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.

Show Notes

Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611197/hololens-can-now-guide-the-blind-through-complicated-buildings/

Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
https://aira.io/wegmans

CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
https://cnib.ca/en/node/1136

Blitab is Back
https://coolblindtech.com/looks-like-blitab-is-back/

Apple Event To Take Place September 12
https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xr-iphone-xs-max-ipad-pros-macs-and-more-everything-apple-could-announce-on-sept-12/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

Insightful Publications
http://in-sightful.com/

AT Banter Episode 106 – The Marrakesh Treaty

If you’ve been paying attention to the news around Accessibility for the past few years, you’ve surely heard of the Marrakesh Treaty. But what exactly is the Treaty and what does it all mean? You might even be asking yourself (as we did), where the heck IS Marrakesh? This week Brad Turner from Benetech returns to the show to break down all the details of the Treaty and what exactly it means for accessible books for the global visually impaired community while the Guitar Dungeon’s Google Home answers some of our Geography questions.

Show Notes

Benetech

BookShare

Microsoft Accessible Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

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