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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

Tech It Out Is Here With Apple Speculation Hype and Some Advice on the Upcoming Big Apple Event Sept 12

9/9/2018
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Welcome to the first episode of Tech It Out, the AccessAbility podcast from the Blind Abilities Network With Serina, Jeff and Andy. On this episode we are speculating about the upcoming Sept. 12 Apple event. We may be way off or right on but the excitement is always high when Apple announces the new toys and Christmas comes early to all and to all a good buy. :) You can follow the Access Abilities show on twitter @AccessAbilitie1 and find us on the Blind Abilities Network. Thanks for...

Duration:00:49:22

TVI Toolbox: Summer Academy, Total Transition to College Experience – Welcome Back Simon Bonenfant and Meet Fellow Student, John Dowling

9/4/2018
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TVI Toolbox: Summer Academy, Total Transition to College Experience – Welcome Back Simon Bonenfant and Meet Fellow Student, John Dowling Blind Abilities presents the TVI Toolbox. Where the collaboration between Teachers, Counselors, Parents, Agencies and the Students themselves help enhance the opportunities for success. Transitioning from high school to college and the workplace is a major step and the beginning of lifetime goals and aspirations. And Simon Bonenfant and John Dowling...

Duration:00:17:12

That Blind Tech Show 21: Thinning Down the Crew, Bulking Up on Goodies, Picking Apples on Sept 12th and Brian Enters the Dark Side

9/2/2018
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That Blind Tech Show 21: Thinning Down the Crew, Bulking Up on Goodies, Picking Apples on Sept 12th and Brian Enters the Dark Side Welcome back to That Blind Tech Show. This is episode 21 and we got a lot going on here. From D-Day arriving on Twitterific and other 3party Twitter apps but it appears the fall out is nowhere near the horrific dooms day scare put upon the Tweeters out there. Almost reminded some of us of the 2000K hysteria. Brian aims to wear women’s pants in the near future...

Duration:00:34:03

ExcelAbility: Conversation with Steve Walker, entrepreneur who happens to have dyslexia

8/31/2018
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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. to learn more about ExcelAbility and to connect with the team, check out ExcelAbility on the web at www.teamexcelability.com Jack Chen delivers talks and training for corporations and other organizations on empowering success for people with disabilities. Jack participates in...

Duration:00:30:37

Job Insights #9, A Success Story: Meet Emily Zimmermann – One in a Million – Survivor, Advocate and Accessibility Tester (Transcript Provided)

8/28/2018
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Job Insights #9, A Success Story: Meet Emily Zimmermann – One in a Million – Survivor, Advocate and Accessibility Tester Full Transcript Below. Welcome to the 9th episode of Job Insights with Serina Gilbert and Jeff Thompson. We focus on Employment, Careers, enhancing opportunities and bringing you the latest innovations from across the Vocational Rehabilitation field to ensure your choices lead you down the career pathway that you want and succeed in gainful employment. From getting...

Duration:00:33:15

Introducing Liz Bottner: AT Specialist, Self Advocate, Blind Hockey Player and Aira User (Transcript Provided)

8/28/2018
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Introducing Liz Bottner: AT Specialist, Self Advocate, Blind Hockey Player and Aira User Full Transcript Below. Jeff Thompson sits down for a conversation with Liz bottner. Liz is a dynamic individual who works for the VA as an Assistive Technology (AT) specialist, teaching blinded Veterans about computer technology. Listen as Jeff and Liz delve into her early childhood and schooling, a strong TVI who positively influenced her approach towards self-advocacy throughout her life, and her...

Duration:00:33:57

JobInsightsExtra: Employment Breakouts, Aira on Employment and Zoom Zooms Ahead and a Great Tool in the Indeed App (Transcript Provided)

8/24/2018
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JobInsightsExtra: Employment Breakouts, Aira on Employment and Zoom Zooms Ahead and a Great Tool in the Indeed App Full Transcript Below: In this Job Insights Extra Serina Gilbert and Jeff Thompson talk about the Employment Breakout Sessions at conventions. How Airais focused on employment, education and Bringing more value to their services. Serina talks aboutIndeed, an app for smart phones and a web site that assists one during the job hunt and finding employment opportunities in the...

Duration:00:22:36