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Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness and the ADA - A Visit with PACER Center’s Transition Coordinator Deborah Leuchovius

11/13/2018
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Show Summary: In partnership with State Services for the Blind of Minnesota we are proud to present, PACER Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities: Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness and the ADA - A Visit with PACER Center’s Transition Coordinator Deborah Leuchovius Deborah sits down with Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the fifth of a series of podcasts in partnership with PACER Center and State Services for the Blind. Be sure to check out all of the PACER series of...

Duration:00:15:47

Rakeb Max: Breaking Down Barriers and Addressing Those Preconceived Notions

11/9/2018
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Show Summary: Rakeb Max returns to the Blind Abilities studio to share what she has learned since entering her first year of college. On her previous podcast, Rakeb talked about her college transition plans and the steps she was taking to ensure she chose the right one. Rakeb did choose Providence college and talks about how the realities and expectations are not always the same and how she is adjusting to her new location. Rakeb wrote a letter to the editor about some of the questions...

Duration:00:18:11

Job Insights: Shooting for the Stars and Landing on the Moon: Rejection in the Job Interview

11/7/2018
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Show Summary: In this Job Insights episode, Serina Gilbert talks about her job interview process and the rejection she experienced and more so about what she learned and gained from the interview process. Serina goes into the details when she found out about a position opening in her work place. How she prepared for each step of the process and what she gained from taking the risk of challenging her self and wanting to stretch her possibilities. Join Serina Gilbert and Jeff Thompson in...

Duration:00:21:24

That Blind Tech Show is Airing Out the Apple Orchard, Audio Description, Group FaceTime, Spiders and Dynamite!

11/6/2018
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show Summary: That Blind Tech Show comes out fighting and takes on Spiders, a Messenger and what got into those earphones? The largely anticipated Apple event came early, and boy did Brian take notice. But due to his ability to dig down deep into the news and posts he filled the outline with all that mattered and was joined by Allison, Serina and Jeff to bring you a fun filled, informative and down-right explosive show. That is if you store your dynamite in the candle box. And by the way,...

Duration:00:38:51

Tech Abilities: Hey Portal, You Watching Me? Smart Home Devices and the Smart Shadow Enters the Thought Bubble

11/1/2018
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show Summary: This episode on Tech Abilities Serina, Andy and Jeff talk about Smart Devices. From Smart Switches, Smart Thermostats, Smart Smoke and Gas Detectors, Door Bell Cameras and the Google Hub. But is the Apple Home Kit App good enough? Check out this entertaining and informational look at the devices watching you and putting some convenience into your life. How did we get by without it? Hmmm. You can follow Tech Abilities on twitter @AbilitiesTech Contact: Tech Abilities is...

Duration:00:52:21

Meet Michael Colbrunn: Business Enterprise Program Owner/Operator and Advocate for the Blind

10/27/2018
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Show Summary: The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is a great way for interested Blind/Visually Impaired clients of their State Agency/Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to own their own business and be their own boss. Michael Colbrunn is a business owner in the BEP and joined Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the studio to talk about the BEP and about his work at his campus location and his work on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind in Minnesota. Join Michael and Jeff in this...

Duration:00:13:03

What Does White Cane Day Mean to You? Voices at the Capital 2018

10/22/2018
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Show Summary: October White Cane month in Minnesota and the Blindness community came out strong to support the awareness of the White Cane. Speakers shared the history of White Cane day and others talked about the freedom and independence the white cane brings to them. The Minnesota State Academy for the Blind shared their voices and sang aloud in the Capital’s Rotunda. With the support of the local Lions Clubs, MSAB, NFB of MN and Blind, Inc. the White Cane Day event was a great event...

Duration:00:17:10

Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities - The 2nd in this 3-Part Series

10/15/2018
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Show Summary: On White Cane Day, Blind Abilities is proud to bring you part 2 of Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities. Amy has adjusted to her limited vision since she was born and when it came time for the White cane, she thought it was for other people to understand or recognize that she doesn’t see very well. Never thinking she needed a cane for her own good and never thought about using a Guide Dog. This all changed when she made a couple of phone calls...

Duration:02:58:12

Meet Trevor Astrope: Computer Analyst, Woodworker and Guitar Builder, at WW4B and the Enchanted Hills Camp

10/15/2018
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Show Summary: Let’s board that Blind Abilities airlines jet and head back to the enchanted Hills Camp in Napa Valley, ca., where Jeff caught up with another student of the Woodworking for the Blind (WW4B) workshop. In this interview, we meet Trevor Astrope, a Computer Analyst who works for Morgan Stanley, as the Global Lead for their Private Cloud. Yes, he’s a computer Geek! but Trevor is so much more! [caption id="attachment_4024" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Trevor and Jeff sitting...

Duration:00:15:38

Just Ask Don’t Grab – Meet Dr. Amy Kavanagh, Blogger, Activist, and Volunteer with a Message - #JustAskDontGrab

10/13/2018
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Show Summary: Dr. Amy Kavanagh was fed up with the grabbing, pushing, polling from the cited community when she adventured out into the public sphere. All to knowing that the adventure itself was challenging in it’s own right, the unsolicited touching nearly kept her from stepping out of the house. Taking to her Twitter feed, Amy talked about the incidences and created the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab. People started to respond and began using the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab and soon request...

Duration:02:25:22

That Blind Tech Show 22: Amazon Taking Over the World! Facebook Open House, Listen Up Air Pods, IOS 12, Watch OS 5 and A-Lady Hits the Showers

10/9/2018
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Episode 22 Summary Welcome back to another episode of That Blind Tech Show (TBTS). Allison Brian and Jeff swap talk about the latest and greatest news in the accessible device world and even more! We dip our toes into the Selfie world of the sighted and rest assured we be smarter than that. Well, most of us. Facebook opens it’s doors and the guest leave with 50 million names and contact info possibly but don’t worry, be happy, no one knows nothing. Hmm. Amazon will begin to ship...

Duration:01:14:45

ExcelAbility: Conversation with Jim Gibbons, CEO of Good Will Industries International, who happens to be blind

10/9/2018
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In collaboration with Jack Chen, Blind Abilities presents ExcelAbility. A collection of podcasts from Jack Chen’s ExcelAbility Team. ExcelAbility, empowering excellence and success for people with disabilities. Podcast summary In this episode we speak with CEO Jim Gibbons. Jim has served in an executive role at several prominent organizations including Good Will and National Industries for the Blind. Jim was the first student who was blind to graduate from the Harvard Business...

Duration:00:26:25

John Kay: From Rock Star to Elephants, We Were All Born To Be Wild #Steppenwolf to #MaueKayFoundation

10/7/2018
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John Kay: From Rock Star to Elephants, We Were All Born To Be Wild #Steppenwolf to #MaueKayFoundation John Kay reveals his journey from escaping the Iron Curtain, getting on with limited vision, his passion for music and his love and commitment for wildlife and especially elephants. Ironically, I first learned about John Kay being legally blind from Dan Gausman, a librarian at State Services for the Blind of Minnesota. A client requested to have the Communications Center record an...

Duration:01:08:55

Meet Bob Geyer at Woodworking for the Blind, WW4B, and the Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, California

10/1/2018
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Meet Bob Geyer at Woodworking for the Blind, WW4B, and the Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, California Fly along with Blind Abilities as we transport you “audibly” to the Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa California, and the WW4B woodworking workshop hosted by the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind. There, way up on Veeder Mountain, Jeff Thompson caught up with one of his woodworking students, Bob Geyer. bob is blind and had a passion for woodworking before he lost his vision. Jeff and Bob...

Duration:00:12:48

Introducing Ardis Bazyn, Motivational Speaker, Author and Coach #SageBrush

9/24/2018
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Introducing Ardis Bazyn, Motivational Speaker, Author and Coach Blind Abilities presents another guest from the Sagebrush Convention for the Business Enterprise Program (BEP), held in Las Vegas a few months ago. Jeff Thompson caught up with Ardis Bazyn who has written several books on topics including a 3-part series called Building Blocks for Success, addressing how to create and manage a business, Church or organization, with inclusion and accessibility in mind, as well as a book with...

Duration:01:41:15

Tech Abilities: Maxing Out Your Apple Orchard Or Not to Max. It’s Apples to Apples Mr. Cook

9/22/2018
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Tech Abilities: Maxing Out Your Apple Orchard Or Not to Max. It’s Apples to Apples Mr. Cook After the dust has settled and the quick triggered Apple purists satisfied their Apple harvest, Tech Abilities takes a patient look at the new Apples in the Orchard. With us having iPhones 7, 8 and 10 running IOS 12, we sit back and chat about the offerings from the Apple Gods themselves. We talk about the biggest change brought forth by the Apple team during the 2-hour Apple Event, the new Apple...

Duration:00:29:23

A Blind Abilities Sports Double-Header: Featuring Blind Golf and a Former Major League Pitcher

9/19/2018
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A Blind Abilities Sports Double-Header: Featuring Blind Golf and a Former Major League Pitcher Jeff Thompson chats with two blind individuals in the sporting world. first he talks to Phil Hubbard, a member and Official of the US Blind golf Association about the organization, its members, rules and how he got involved. A great story and something we might all consider engaging in! Next, Jeff chats with Bill Denehy, a former Major League Baseball Pitcher who entered the Majors back in...

Duration:00:13:38

Meet John Greedy Guide dog Trainer in the UK, and his Canine Friend, CC

9/16/2018
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Meet John Greedy Guide dog Trainer in the UK, and his Canine Friend, CC As Jeff Thompson continues to enjoy some R&R in the United Kingdom, he can’t stay away from his Shure MV88 and a great guest to interview! This time Jeff caught up with John Greedy. John is a guide dog trainer working with Guide dogs for the Blind, UK, where he has trained and helped placed guides with their blind and visually impaired partners for 21 years. Jeff met John at the beautiful and blind-friendly...

Duration:00:07:08

Meet Jo Fishwick: Charitable Pioneer, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Wife and Mother

9/15/2018
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Meet Jo Fishwick: Charitable Pioneer, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Wife and Mother Blind Abilities presents this chat with Jo Fishwick, as Jeff Thompson caught up with her in Teignmouth, England. Jo is the Chairperson of VI Talk, a Charitable, Incorporated Organization (CIO). VI Talk is aimed at people with a visual impairment, anyone who knows someone with a visual impairment, or someone who has a connection with an organization or group that offers services or support to visually...

Duration:00:17:35

A Conversation With Jim Barbour - Fiercely and Fearlessly Independent, and Well-Spoken Advocate

9/11/2018
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Jim Barbour is a dynamic guest who has a wonderful story to share with the Blind Abilities audience. Jim speaks of his blindness, his education and employment, his deeply felt views around independence and his belief in developing and maintaining strong blindness skills. Jim takes us through his high school and college years, where he became involved with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), to which he accredits his independent mindset, and his almost fearless approach towards life...

Duration:00:40:59