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The Blind Side 49. Our podcasting course, iOS 11 book, Ria Bond from New Zealand First

Responding to many requests, Mosen Consulting is offering a thorough podcasting course, comprising four webinars, a discussion forum, a resource guide and more. Jonathan discusses what the course covers, and how you can register. Note, since the course starts in September, registrations close soon. We then give you an update on the latest in the popular "iOS Without the Eye" series. It's our largest eBook yet. We explain how you can get it before iOS 11 comes to your iDevice. And we continue...

Duration: 00:39:50

The Blind Side Podcast episode 48, Poto Williams, NZ Labour Party

Our series on New Zealand's general election continues. Poto Williams is Labour's spokesperson for Disability Issues. She joins Jonathan Mosen for a wide-ranging discussion on public policy from a disability perspective, including answering questions sent in by listeners.

Duration: 00:58:34

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 47, Mojo Mathers, NZ Greens

This week, we begin a series of interviews with representatives of New Zealand political parties, ahead of the 23 September general election. Jonathan Mosen speaks with Green MP and Disability Issues spokesperson Mojo mathers. Mojo, who is Deaf, is New Zealand's only member of Parliament with a significant disability. She discusses what it's like to be the only disabled MP, some issues of significance facing disabled people in New Zealand, and how the Green Party would tackle them.

Duration: 01:03:02

The Blind Side 46, Steven Lockley on blind people and sleep

It's a problem many blind people are all too familiar with. We're wide awake in the middle of the night, and have an uncontrollable urge to sleep in the middle of the day. It can make life utterly miserable, in terms of maintaining a schedule in sync with our friends and family, and performing at our best on the job. We now call this phenomenon non-24, and there are things you can do about it. Even if you're lucky enough not to be affected by non-24, most of us could do with more, and...

Duration: 01:00:36

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 45, Seeing AI, Aira

This week's podcast focusses on technology that gives blind people easier access to visual information. The hot topic in the blind community on social media since its release a couple of week's ago is an iOS app from Microsoft called Seeing AI. It's a Swiss army knife of visual tools, offering some functions available in some other apps, but also breaking new ground in the use of artificial intelligence to give blind people descriptions of people and scenes. An app like this has been the...

Duration: 01:07:23

The Blind Side Podcast 44, Kelly Ford

In the early days of accessibility-related email lists, Kelly Ford was a vocal, articulate advocate who wasn't hesitant to hold companies to account for accessibility issues. Then he became an insider, still making the world a better place in a quieter, more effective capacity. Having just completed a 16.5 year stint at Microsoft, where he held various roles, Kelly joins Jonathan Mosen to talk advocacy and accessibility, and share a few memories.

Duration: 01:01:33

The Blind Side 43, Controversial Proposed Standards for Canadian Service Dog Teams

On Friday, submissions close on a standard that has been drafted by the Canadian General Standards Board CGSB. It stipulates with exceptional detail what constitutes a service dog team, including the behaviour and abilities of both members of the team, the human and the dog. Critics of the proposed standard accuse the CGSB of a paternalistic, big brother-style encroachment into the lives of disabled people, and many guide dog handlers are concerned that the proposal seems to take no...

Duration: 01:17:29

The Blind Side 42, Greyhound Lawsuit, "Go Where You Wanna Go" by Judy Dixon

A group of blind people in the United States are frustrated by their inability to book travel independently using the Greyhound website and apps. When they've sought help from the call center, they were charged a convenience fee. They've filed a lawsuit which is supported by the National Federation of the Blind. Jonathan Mosen speaks with Chris Danielsen from NFB about this specific suit, and looks at case law on web and app accessibility. "Go Where You Wanna Go" is Judy Dixon's latest...

Duration: 01:03:32

The Blind Side 41, hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson

From time to time on The Blind Side, we like to look at self-care issues from a blindness perspective. This time, we look at perhaps one of the most misunderstood methods for achieving positive change in your life, hypnosis. Many people think of hypnotists as slightly creepy people who dangle a watch in front of your face and make you do weird things. Is that true, and is it even possible for a blind person to be hypnotised? Jonathan Mosen speaks with hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson. Andrew...

Duration: 01:09:24

The Blind Side 40, job hunting when blind, free job club, Meet Me In The Cloud

Bonnie Mosen has a popular book in the Mosen Consulting Store, "It's Off to Work We Go", offering tips and tricks for blind job seekers. People who purchase that book have had access to a job club. Bonnie talks about the challenges of being a blind job seeker, and we announce that the next meeting of the job club is open to all. There's a new audiobook in The Mosen Consulting Store on Zoom Cloud Meetings, called "Meet Me In the Cloud". We give you a free sample of the book that...

Duration: 00:54:39

The Blind Side 39, Yet Mmore Airline Discrimination, Paul Mugambi

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Kliphton Miller about Frontier Airlines, who turned what should have been a pleasant flight with his 18-month-old granddaughter into a day of discrimination and frustration. Paul Mugambi is a Kenyan advocate and musician. Currently studying on a scholarship in Australia, Paul talks with Jonathan about some of the advocacy triumphs and challenges blind people in Kenya are facing. We conclude the podcast with a great song from Paul.

Duration: 00:59:58

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 38, Apple's WWDC Recap

Right after Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote, Jonathan Mosen is joined by Jeff Bishop, Heidi Mosen and David Woodbridge to bring you analysis and further information from the slides that wasn't discussed by the presenters.

Duration: 01:03:07

The Blind Side Podcast 37, Project Tactile aims for instant transcription from print to Braille

Imagine a device which instantly converts print to Braille, just by lying the device on top of a printed page. That's what a team of talented MIT students have been working on, with Project Tactile. Jonathan Mosen speaks with two of the students, Charlene Xia and Tania Yu. He also speaks with Paul Parravano, Co-director of Government and Community Relations at MIT. Paul is blind, and has been providing advice to the Project Tactile team. Paul also talks about some of the work he is doing...

Duration: 00:55:26

The Blind Side 36, accessible Virgin Australia in-flight entertainment, UK election

One person can make a big difference, with the law on their side and a bit of tenacity. Phillip Chalker tells Jonathan Mosen about his successful campaign to have Virgin Australia install accessible in-flight entertainment systems on their aircraft. Unexpectedly, UK voters are going back to the polls again, for a snap general election. Dave Williams joins Jonathan Mosen to talk about the possible ramifications of brexit on the blind community. We look at some of the issues dominating the...

Duration: 00:55:34

The Blind Side 35, Anna Dresner's latest book, and the unhelpful Canadian Passport Office

We all know how important it is to exercise regularly to stay healthy and alert. Audio workouts and accessible gadgets are making it easier than ever for blind people to stay active. But where to start? Respected technology author Anna Dresner has written a new book for National Braille Press to get you started, entitled "Ten Thousand Steps, Cane Not Included". Jonathan Mosen speaks to Anna about her writing in general, and this book in particular. You can purchase a copy of the book by...

Duration: 00:59:47

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 34, Brad Turner talks Bookshare.org

Gaining access to reading material is about more than having good books to enjoy, which is of course a worthy end in itself. It’s even about more than having access to material that can advance your education and training. Being able to read a book at the same time as your sighted colleagues are talking about it around the water cooler facilitates full inclusion. Many of us can still remember that due to resource and technological limitations, it could often take many months for a best...

Duration: 00:49:39

The Blind Side Podcast 33, a comprehensive demonstration of the accessible Sony Bravia X8000D TV

Many Sony Bravia televisions are now powered by Android TV. They sport two screen readers, offer access to apps from the Google Play Store, and can even work as a Chromecast device. Jonathan Mosen brings you a comprehensive demonstration of one of the offerings in the Sony Bravia range, the 49-inch version of the Sony X8000D. He looks at a range of apps, browses the accessible TV guide, talks about recording TV onto a USB hard drive and more. The accessibility of this TV, while not...

Duration: 01:24:41

The Blind Side Podcast episode 32, Low Carb Expert Jimmy Moore

This week's episode of The Blind Side could be the most important thing you've heard all year, as Jonathan Mosen speaks with author, blogger and podcaster, Jimmy Moore. Weighing over 400 pounds and having failed at a low fat diet, Jimmy turned his life around when he adopted a high fat, low carb lifestyle. It's the same lifestyle that's caused Jonathan to need a completely new wardrobe. Increasing, compelling evidence suggests that going low carb will reduce significantly your risk of...

Duration: 00:59:18

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 31, Lord David Blunkett, UK former Home Secretary

Determined to make his country a better place, David Blunkett became a local politician at the age of just 22, the youngest city councillor at the time. He ultimately became Council leader. Elected as a Labour member of Parliament in 1987, he served in Tony Blair's cabinet in a number of capacities, including the senior position of Home Secretary, becoming the first blind person to be a part of the UK Cabinet. He was, at one point, considered a potential Prime Minister. Now Lord Blunkett,...

Duration: 00:52:22

The Blind Side Podcast Episode 30, a comprehensive look at Windows 10 Creators Update

Jonathan Mosen and Jeff Bishop talk about some of the new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which Microsoft will begin pushing via Windows Update on 11 April. There are many new features and enhancements of general interest, and also considerable improvements to built-in accessibility. Learn about the new features, and how best to ensure you have a smooth upgrade to this latest version of Windows.

Duration: 01:03:22

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