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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.






AT Banter Podcast Episode 124 - Alex Koren and Actiview

This week we’re combining two of our favorite things – accessibility and movies! Rob and Ryan talk to Alen Koren from Actiview, an accessible app that provides audio description, captioning, enhanced audio and sign language services for movies. They discuss the app’s origins and features as well as the importance of having working accessibility solutions in theaters. Show Notes Actiview https://actiview.co/en/ Get Actiview on...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 123 - The Return of Tommy Edison

This week Rob and Ryan revisit one of our most popular guests, Tommy Edison, The Blind Film Critic. We chat with him about what he’s been up to over the past year and have a free form conversation about a little bit of everything before diving into the latest Google Event’s announcements. Show Notes Tommy Edison Experience https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCld5SlwHrXgAYRE83WJOPCw Blind Film Critic Website http://blindfilmcritic.com/ Everything Announced at the October Google...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 122 - Ryan Kostiuk and Inclusio

This week sees us following up on an episode from last summer, Episode 92 – The Inclusio Project. Rob, Ryan and Steve talk to Inclusio resident Ryan Kostiuk about what it’s like to live in Alberta’s first full accessible and automated housing residence and the impact it has had on his life. Show Notes Accessible Housing http://accessiblehousing.ca/ Digital Lifestyles https://digilife.ca/ Inclusio http://accessiblehousing.ca/inclusio/ News Coverage of Ryan and...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 121 - Baked Crustaceans and Other Stories

Ever sit around wondering what’s been going on the last few weeks in Accessibility? Find yourself craving the need of listening to three old guys talking about a bunch of accessibility news topics while trying (and usually failing) to stay on topic? Well buckle up, this week’s show is for you! Rob, Ryan, and Steve fill us in with some of the last few week’s of interesting news stories before welcoming back Alexis Hillyard to the show where she fills us in on how her YouTube channel, Stump...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 120 - Damien Pickering and HIMS

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 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. Show Notes HIMS http://himsintl.com/ What Happened at the Apple Event...


AT Banter Podcast 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...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 118 - Chaos Technical Services

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. Show Notes Chaos Technical Services http://www.chaostechnicalservices.com AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 117 - Haptic Boxing and Other Bad Ideas

The end is here! Well, the end of the month anyways, which means it’s time for our monthly news show! Joining us to discuss the latest in disability news is Colleen Connor, host of Blind Inspiration Cast, who brings the estrogen to the conversations which range from talking about a new tech that could help deaf-blind people enjoy live television broadcasts to yet more talk of robotic guide dogs. Show Notes New tech helps deaf-blind people ‘watch’...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 116 - Tony Giles

This week we connect with Merry Old England and talk with Tony Giles, a visually impaired adventurer who has travelled to over 130 countries and written two books about his experiences. We talk with him about his experiences growing up and dive into his many globetrotting adventures and what has given him the confidence to travel independently. Show Notes Tony Giles – Blind Independent Traveller http://www.tonythetraveller.com/ Seeing the World My Way – Buy it on...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 115 - Dot Inc

We go international all the way to South Korea this week and connect with the folks at Dot Inc to talk about their new product, the Dot Watch. We talk about the unique technology that drives this accessible Smart device as well as discuss plans for forthcoming products. We also learn magnets are cool! Show Notes Dot Watch on the Web https://dotincorp.com/ Dot Watch on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/dotsmartbraillewatch AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 114 - Mike May

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 109 - Lowell Taylor

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...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 108 - The End of SausageFest

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...


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

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...


AT Banter Podcast 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...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 105 - Presidents Group and CNIB

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 Presidents 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...