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AT Banter's goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at AssistiveTechnology, Accessibility and its importance in people's lives.

AT Banter's goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at AssistiveTechnology, Accessibility and its importance in people's lives.




AT Banter's goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at AssistiveTechnology, Accessibility and its importance in people's lives.






AT Banter Podcast Episode 247 - Robin Christopherson

This week Steve, Rob, and Ryan welcome Robin Christopherson, head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet to the podcast where they discuss everything from web overlays (yes, we know … again) and the impact of digital accessibility to his daily podcast, Dot to Dot where he features new skills of the Amazon Echo devices. Show Transcript: Show Notes AbilityNet Dot to Dot...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 246 - Stephanie Cadieux

It’s a big show this week as Steve, Ryan and Rob welcome Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for South Surrey and current Caucus Chair and Official Opposition Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, to the podcast to discuss the new Accessible British Columbia Act and what it means for people with disabilities throughout the province. We discuss how far we’ve come in addressing accessibility and barriers as well as the very long way we have to go. It’s an in-depth conversation that you...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 245 - Stump Kitchen Re-heated

The air is filled with excitement and the smell of freshly baked vegan cooking this week as Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome back Alexis Hillyard from the Cooking / Advocacy YouTube channel Stump Kitchen. We get a full update of how the channel has been doing, her personal life, and how the channel mixes in information, advocacy, her personal life and vegan recipes all into a tasty treat that subscribers all over the world gobble down weekly. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 244 - David Dame

It’s a great show this week (unlike all those OTHER shows every other week) as Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome David Dame, Director of Accessibility at Microsoft Canada to the podcast. They discuss what’s new over at Microsoft Accessibility and what kinds of initiatives are in the works in order to help improve digital accessibility and inclusion. They may even entertain a few theories on what may have happened to everyone’s favorite paper clip …. #WheresClippy Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 243 - Super LIDAR

This week Rob and Ryan welcome Shane Lowe from Mediate, makers of the scanning app Supersense, to the show to talk about Super Lidar, their new mobility aid available for iOS! Show Notes Disability Alliance BC Disability Alliance BC Concerns over Bill 6 Find your local MLA Supersense...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 242 - Al Etmanski

This week Ryan, Rob and Steve welcome author and long-time Disability advocate Al Etmanski to the show. Al is author of the book “The Power of Disability: Ten Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World” and has led the closure of institutions and segregated schools in British Columbia, founded Canada’s first Family Support Institute and co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack in 1989. We discuss the book, the importance of advocacy, the...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 241 - Accessible Overlays

If you have ever been wondering just what an Accessible Web Overlay is and whether or not it’s a good thing or a bad thing, boy do we have the show for you. This week Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome Accessibility Advocate Samantha Evans and independent Accessibility Consultant Nick Steenhout to fill us in on what they are, how they work, and how they are currently impacting the world of digital accessibility. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 240 - Another Damn Anniversary Episode

Yes, dear listeners, it’s that time of the year again! This week marks our 5th year of shows, and no one is more surprised at our longevity than we are! Join us for this special episode to hoist a few to ourselves, look back at the year that was, and generally be our silly selves. Thank you to all that have continued to listen to us and support the show – this one’s for you! Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 239 - Matthew Horspool

Rob, Ryan and Steve band together once again, celebrate Ryan’s victory over his ant problem and ponder the term “Parastronaut” before welcoming Matthew Horspool from the Braillists Foundation to the show. They discuss the state of braille in the blindness community in the UK and some of the challenges faced for organizations that work to advocate for braille literacy and teach braille. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 238 - Plan Institute

This week Rob and Ryan reflect on the wonders of ant life before welcoming Stephanie Debisschop, Director of Plan Institute (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) to the show to discuss the organization, its origins, and its mandate to help build stronger financial futures and support networks for people with disabilities through a variety of educational programs, supports, and outreach. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 237 - Audio Description: Human or Synthetic?

Networks and studios these days are experimenting with text-to-speech technology to create synthetic speech that can then be used as Audio Description for different shows and movies. Today we talk with Valerie Hunter from Valerie H Productions and Melissa Hope from Descriptive Video Works and discuss this new technology and how it’s being used, the controversy it’s caused in the Blind and Partially Sighted communities, and some of the pros and cons of using it. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 236 - Canadian Helen Keller Centre

Rob and Ryan fly the show solo this week without Steve as they welcome on Laura Hayden from the Canadian Helen Keller Centre to discuss the organization and give them some insight on the types of programs and services that they offer Canadians all over the country who are deafblind. Show Transcript: Show Notes Canadian Helen Keller Centre Jonathan Mosen Podcast...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 235 - Tanner Gers

This week, Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Paralympic Athlete and motivational speaker Tanner Gers to the show where they learn about his involvement in the bid to bring five-a-side Blind Soccer to the Paralympics as well as several other projects he has in the pipeline. Show Transcript: Show Notes Find Tanner Online AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology,...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 234 - Good News Show II

When it comes to this week’s show, we’ve got some good news, and we have some bad news. First the good news … THERE IS NO BAD NEWS (unless your name is Pepe and you're a skunk)! That’s right, it’s been about a year since we had our last “Good News Show”, so we decided to do it again this year since we are still in desperate need of plenty of sunshine, lollipops, puppy dogs, and kittens in our lives! Maria Johnson from the Girl Gone Blind Blog joins Rob, Ryan and Steve for an hour of fun,...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 233 - Dominique Chabot and Autism Canada

April is World Autism Awareness Month and to help celebrate and spread awareness, Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Dominique Chabot from Autism Canada to the show. We discuss the details of what Autism is and how it manifests, the challenges that many families face when it comes to being diagnosed, and what services and programs Autism Canada provides. Show Transcript: Show Notes...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 232 - Alanna Hendren

Rob, Steve and Ryan welcome Alanna Hendren from the Developmental Disabilities Association to the show this week to talk about the organization, its long history and the work it does throughout the Lower Mainland. The Developmental Disabilities Association is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Vancouver. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 231 - #RestoreTheFunding

When the federal government released their 2020 Fall Economic Statement in December of 2020, it revealed its plans to withdraw the $4 million in funding that it provides to CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) in order to provide books in alternate formats. This week we welcome Karen Mckay from CELA and Daniella Levy-Pinto from NNELS to discuss these funding cuts and the implications for Canadians who rely on the alternative...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 230 - Mike Gifford

Things get off to a rocky start this episode with a cowbell malfunction, and things don’t get much better as the boys rant about accessibility problems with the US vaccine websites. Luckily, long time listener, Accessibility Specialist, and Senior Strategist at Civic Actions Mike Gifford saves the day and infuses the show with some much needed positivity about the work he’s involved in around digital accessibility and what the future may hold. Show Transcript:...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 229 - Talk Description to Me

Talk Description to Me is an exciting new podcast from Christine Malec and JJ Hunt where they discuss and audio describe current events and topical issues and this week they join Rob and Ryan for a spirited conversation about the show, the state of audio description and how we can innovate and expand its reach. Show Transcript: Show Notes Talk Description to Me...


AT Banter Podcast Episode 228 - Back to the 80s!

Great Scott! Drop your linen and start your grinning but whatever you do, don’t back Baby into a corner! This week we welcome Guest Host Shawn Marsolais from the Blind Beginnings Limitless Podcast to help us do something a little different in celebration of Retro Day next week (February 27th). Join Rob, Ryan, Steve, and Shawn as they don their headbands, leg warmers, and fluorescent colored shirts and they dive into a discussion about everything 80s related. Movies, world events, music, tv,...