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AT Banter’s goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at the field of Assistive Technology, with insights and discussions from varied technology specialists. Sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent, but always informative.

AT Banter’s goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at the field of Assistive Technology, with insights and discussions from varied technology specialists. Sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent, but always informative.
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AT Banter’s goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at the field of Assistive Technology, with insights and discussions from varied technology specialists. Sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent, but always informative.

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English


Episodes

AT Banter Podcast Episode 114 - Mike May

8/10/2018
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Rob and Ryan take shelter from the Vancouver August heat in the cool confines of the Guitar Dungeon to talk with no other than Mike May, founder of Sendero Group and pioneer in the field of GPS Assistive Technology. And as if that isn’t enough, we also talk to him about his downhill skiing career and what it’s like to hold the speed skiing record in downhill for a totally blind person (which is, for the record, 65 mph). Show Notes BVI Workforce Innovation...

Duration:01:02:59

AT Banter Podcast Episode 113 - Children’s Low Vision Project of BC

8/3/2018
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This week we’re very excited to welcome educators Lynn Langille and Linda Mamer into the Guitar Dungeon to discuss their passion project, the Children’s Low Vision Project of British Columbia. We discuss the important work the project does for youth with visual impairments all around the Province and how the events that they bring to communities are planned out. Show Notes Children’s Low Vision Project of BC http://www.clvp-bc.com AMI Covers...

Duration:01:08:10

AT Banter Podcast Episode 112 - Rainbows, Unicorns, and Puppies

7/27/2018
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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! Show Notes Reprogrammable Braille Could...

Duration:01:12:18

AT Banter Podcast Episode 111 - Mark Kingwell and the Red Pill

7/20/2018
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This week it’s time for something completely different. Mark Kingwell, Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto’s Department of Philosophy joins us in the Guitar Dungeon for a rousing discussion about AI and technology and its current and potential impact on our society. Get ready to take the red pill and take a deep dive in The Matrix with those one, folks! Show Notes Mark Kingwell Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kingwell AT Banter is...

Duration:00:58:53

AT Banter Podcast Episode 110 - Brian MacDonald and National Braille Press

7/13/2018
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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. Show Notes QBraille Braille Display http://www.hims-inc.com/product/qbraille-xl/ National Braille Press http://www.nbp.org/ Candice Elzinga...

Duration:00:53:52

AT Banter Podcast Episode 109 - Lowell Taylor

7/6/2018
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This week the Guitar Dungeon is filled with motivational vibes as Rob and Ryan welcome Lowell Taylor for a visit. He fills us in about what it was like to compete on Canada’s Amazing Race as a visually impaired contestant, his current plans to become a Paralympic athlete, his career as a motivational speaker, and duties as Health and Wellness expert on the AMI TV show, “Mind Set Go”. Show Notes Live With Heart https://livewithheart.ca/ Lowell and Julie on...

Duration:01:06:08

AT Banter Podcast Episode 108 - The End of SausageFest

6/29/2018
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This week we’re thrilled to be adding a bit of estrogen to the mix and welcoming Maria Johnson aka Girl Gone Blind into the Guitar Dungeon to help us talk about a few of the Accessibility-related news stories of the last few weeks. Show Notes Google Rebrands TalkBack into Android Accessibility Suite https://9to5google.com/2018/06/20/google-talkback-android-accessibility-suite/ Microsoft Invests 25 million into AI Tech for Disability...

Duration:01:25:57

AT Banter Podcast Episode 107 - Chris Venter The Blind Scooter Guy

6/22/2018
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This week in the Guitar Dungeon, Chris Venter, aka The Blind Scooter Guy takes a break from his globetrotting to chat with us about how he got his moniker, how life as an adventurer has changed since losing his vision, and how he didn’t let visual impairment deter him from doing the things he was passionate about. How do you eat an elephant? Listen in and find out! Show Notes Blind Scooter Guy Website https://blindscooterguy.wordpress.com/ How I Became The Blind Scooter Guy: My soul...

Duration:01:08:36

AT Banter Podcast Episode 106 - The Marrakesh Treaty

6/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:56:30

AT Banter Podcast Episode 105 - President’s Group and CNIB

6/8/2018
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This week we serve up a double shot of accessibility! First we talk with Kirsten Sutton, Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada and member of President’s Group, an organization that advocates for the employment of people with disabilities in the Lower Mainland. And if that isn’t enough for one show, we then talk with Len Baker, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, who fills us in on the details of CNIB’s new partnerships with Aira, BlindSquare, and Key2Access. Show...

Duration:01:11:56

AT Banter Podcast Episode 104 - Evil Alexa

6/1/2018
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It’s the end of the month and time for our monthly free-form news show! This week we welcome Clement Chou 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 even a celestial musical interlude. Show Notes Blog Article about ‘Disability...

Duration:01:18:06

AT Banter Podcast Episode 103 - Colleen Connor

5/25/2018
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This week we welcome fellow podcaster, motivational speaker, and YouTuber Colleen Connor into the Guitar Dungeon where she tells us about her visual impairment and experiences of being a content creator and advocate for audio description. We also find the time to discuss Microsoft’s new adaptive controller and an announcement from CNIB regarding some new partnerships. Show Notes Microsoft’s New Adaptive Controller https://news.microsoft.com/stories/xbox-adaptive-controller/ CNIB...

Duration:01:26:51

AT Banter Podcast Episode 102 - Google-palooza

5/18/2018
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It’s a totally Google-rific show this week as we welcome no less than 5 Google employees spanning over two interviews, talking about many different accessibility projects! On the heels of Google I/O we talk with members of the Google Accessibility Team Kyndra LaCoco, Patrick Clary, and Victor Tsaran about the conference and the announcements that were made. Then if that wasn’t enough, we chat with Rodrigo Alarcon and Nienke Vonsee about the newly announced Accessibility lessons added to...

Duration:00:54:39

AT Banter Podcast Episode 101 - The Anniversary Show II

5/11/2018
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Can you believe it’s been two years and over 100 episodes? We take a break from our regular format and invite friend of the show and owner of Chaos Technical Services Rick Chant into the Guitar Dungeon where we reminisce and engage in some free form conversations. We talk about everything from the state of AI Assistants to the idea of disability as loss and everything in between, including Gibraltar monkeys. Yes, you read that right – you’ll just have to listen to see how that happens. So,...

Duration:01:31:23

AT Banter Podcast Episode 100 - Goodbye Double Digits

5/4/2018
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It’s that time of the month again! Yup, time to compile a bunch of AT-related news stories and babble somewhat coherently about them. Helping out us out this month is local Grind-Blinder and TedTalker Harjinder Saran who also gives us some background on what it was like doing a TedTalk and climbing Vancouver’s most treacherous hiking trail before lending her voice to the news. Show Notes Pinterest Accessibility...

Duration:01:18:30

AT Banter Podcast Episode 99 - Microsoft Soundscape

4/27/2018
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This week we’re thrilled to be talking with Jarnail Chudge and Amos Miller, two team members from Microsoft’s new Soundscape App for the visually impaired. They join us in the Guitar Dungeon to discuss the app’s origins, how it works, and the impact it has had on mobility experiences so far. Show Notes Soundscape https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/ Soundscape on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-soundscape/id1240320677?ls=1&mt=8 ELIA...

Duration:00:54:42

AT Banter Podcast Episode 98 - Mark Bentz and Canadian Blind Hockey

4/20/2018
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Sharpen your skates and get your gear on — it’s time to hit the ice! This week we’re talking to Mark Bentz from Canadian Blind Hockey about the organization and their efforts to grow the sport on both sides of the border into an official Paralympic Event. Sports! Show Notes Canadian Blind Hockey http://blindicehockey.com/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge...

Duration:01:03:12

AT Banter Podcast Episode 97 - Daniel Kish

4/13/2018
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The Guitar Dungeon is awash with excitement this week as we welcome in Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind and well-known teacher of echo location. We talk to Daniel about what echo location is and what it means for the people who use it as well as its potential impact on the visually impaired community. You don’t want to miss this one (not that you’d want to miss ANY episodes, of course…) Show Notes World Access for the...

Duration:01:11:36

AT Banter Podcast Episode 96 - Aimee Cayer and Autism on the Seas

4/6/2018
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We are all over the map, literally, this week as welcome Aimee Cayer from the non-profit organization ‘Autism on the Seas’ into the Guitar Dungeon. She gives an overview of the invaluable services the organization provide vacationing families with Special Needs family members and its origins before leaving the boys to talk about a host of off-topic bits, including hockey, Las Vegas, and a crazy story involving seagulls. Show Notes Study Reveals Blind People Imagine the Future Differently...

Duration:01:02:05

AT Banter Podcast Episode 94 - Marco Trujillo and the Sunu Band

3/23/2018
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This week sees us chatting with Marco Trujillo, CEO and Founder of Sunu, makers of the new haptic mobility aid, the Sunu Band. We discuss the Sunu Band’s origins, the signifigance of using Sonar, and the importance of the Visiually Impaired community in its development. We also wake Steve up long enough to talk about Microsoft’s announced Accessibility changes to Windows 10 and his upcoming trip to CSUN. Show Notes Sunu Band Website http://www.sunu.io Sunu on...

Duration:00:53:52