AT Banter Podcast

Oct 20 2020 62 mins 39

AT Banter's goal is to provide a balanced and entertaining look at Assistive Technology, Accessibility and its importance in people's lives. Join Rob Mineault, Ryan Fluery, and Steve Barclay as they banter with people around the world about anything and everything regarding Assistive Technology and the Disability Community.












AT Banter Podcast Episode 213 - The Good News Show
Oct 05 2020 51 mins  
Something a little different this week! We wanted to do something special to celebrate International Podcast Day, so Steve came up with the idea of a News Show that breaks from the usual format of Assistive Technology. These days it's hard to not get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bad news that fills our days, so we're fighting back with a little something we call The Good News Show -- nothing but warm fuzzies! So if you've got the blues about the state of the world, this is the episode for you! Show Notes A paralyzed adventurer designed a mountain bike for people with disabilities to explore the outdoorshttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/a-paralyzed-adventurer-designed-a-mountain-bike-for-people-with-disabilities-to-explore-the-outdoors/ar-BB18YX7X Duck Rescued After Plastic Ring Gets Stuck Around the Neckhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/duck-rescued-after-a-plastic-ring-gets-stuck-around-the-animals-neck/ar-BB18Ubjw Biodegradable Carbon Negative Straws and Forkshttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/biodegradable-carbon-negative-straws-and-forks-made-from-methane/ Bexarotene Cancer Drug Found to Repair Myelin Nerves in MS Patientshttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/bexarotene-cancer-drug-found-to-repair-myelin-nerves-in-ms-patients/ Ryan Reynolds Offers Reward for Woman's Stolen Teddy Bearhttps://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3887/Ryan-Reynolds-Offers-Reward-For-Woman-039-s-Stolen-Teddy-Bear-That-Contains-Sentimental-Message Two Beluga Whales Set Free After Nearly a Decade in Captivityhttps://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3906/Two-Beluga-Whales-Set-Free-After-Nearly-A-Decade-In-Captivity Methane Seaweed Supplement for Cowshttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/australian-methane-eliminating-seaweed-supplement-for-cows/ Senate Passes Bill to Protect From Drift Gillnetshttps://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3889/Senate-Passes-Bill-To-Protect-Sea-Turtles-Whales-Dolphins-And-More-From-Drift-Gillnets Bee Populations Growinghttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/bee-populations-growing-in-us-states-like-michigan-texas-and-maine/ A Man from Albany Was Saved From Possibly Drowninghttps://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3941/He-Prayed-For-Help-It-Arrived-In-The-Form-Of-Priests-On-A-Floating-Tiki-Bar Zeroavia Launches World's First Hydrogen Powered Passenger Planehttps://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/zeroavia-launches-world-first-hydrogen-powered-passenger-plane/ Elephant Population in Kenya Has More Than Doubled Over the Last Three Decadeshttps://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3913/The-Elephant-Population-In-Kenya-Has-More-Than-Doubled-Over-The-Last-3-Decades AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.














































AT Banter Podcast Episode 191 - Last Virus Episode, We Promise
Apr 20 2020 45 mins  
Well it’s another week and most of us here on the planet are still in some level of stay at home or lock down. COVID-19 is all most people are still talking about and that includes many advocate and members of the Disability Community. Rick, Rob, and Steve discuss several of the latest news stories about how COVID-19 is impacting the community and postulate on what might happen once things return to normal. But on the upside, we give away a hockey jersey. Show Notes We’re Proving Remote Work Is Possible. That’s Good News for People with Disabilitieshttps://thetyee.ca/News/2020/04/09/Remote-Work-and-Disability/ The coronavirus crisis proves reasonable workplace accessibility has been possible all alonghttps://qz.com/work/1830548/coronavirus-is-making-the-workplace-more-accessible/ COVID-19's isolated world is the norm for people with disabilitieshttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/covid-19-isolation-disabilities/ Concerns being raised about Ontarians with disabilities during COVID-19https://www.kitchenertoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/concerns-being-raised-about-ontarians-with-disabilities-during-covid-19-2236397 People with disabilities are the forgotten vulnerable community in the age of COVID-19https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/491616-people-with-disabilities-are-the-forgotten-vulnerable The Coronavirus Response Shows How Crucial Accessibility Ishttps://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amymeng/coronavirus-working-from-home-disability-accessibility AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.















AT Banter Podcast Episode 184 - The Rant Show
Jan 31 2020 51 mins  
It’s the first News show of the new year! Today Rob, Ryan and Steve rant about a few new stories that are near and dear to their hearts including taxi cabs, Web Accessibility, and the future of haptic devices. Show Notes Vancouver taxi companies stop subsidizing drivers of accessible vehicles, cite ride-hailing competitionhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-taxi-association-drops-incentives-for-driving-taking-wheelchair-accessible-vehicles-1.5444541 One Year to Countdown to Web Accessibility Begins in Ontario https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-one-year-countdown-to-web-accessibility-begins-in-ontario-807926582.html Accessibee Aims to Get People With Disabilities Online by 2025https://www.information-age.com/accessibe-internet-accessible-2025-123487156/ UPMC is First to Implant Wireless Retinal Device in the UShttps://coolblindtech.com/upmc-is-first-to-implant-wireless-retinal-device-in-the-u-s/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.















































AT Banter Podcast Episode 162 - Accessibility News and Envision Announcement
Aug 17 2019 56 mins  
We’re back from vacation (again) and go full steam ahead on discussing a few recent news stories surround accessibility. From Lyft horror stories to self-service kiosks, Rob and Ryan cover a wide range of topics before welcoming back Karthik Kannan from Envision AI to announce some big promotional news. Show Notes Wheelchair users say even accessible taxis will refuse rides in Vancouverhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wheelchair-accessible-taxis-vancouver-1.5234791San Francisco woman with disability who says Lyft drivers repeatedly cancel her rides is calling for changehttps://abc7news.com/society/sf-woman-with-disability-says-lyft-drivers-repeatedly-cancel-her-rides/5460706/This blind woman says self-checkouts lower the bar(code) for accessibilityhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/self-checkouts-accessibility-concerns-1.5243720A blind man couldn’t order pizza from Domino’s. The company wants the Supreme Court to say websites don’t have to be accessiblehttps://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/25/dominos-asks-supreme-court-to-say-disability-protections-dont-apply-online.htmlEnvisionhttps://www.letsenvision.com/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.






AT Banter Podcast Episode 159 - Jess Jur and Smart Clothing
Jul 12 2019 61 mins  
Every shop at Old Navy and wish you could purchase a t-shirt that could regulate temperature or monitor your vital signs? Well, you may be in luck soon. This week we talk with Jess Jur, Associate Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science at NC State University's College of Textiles who gives us an overview of the notion of Smart Textiles and helps us breakdown what the implications are for Assistive Technology. Show Notes Comcast’s latest accessibility feature lets customers change TV channels with their eyeshttps://www.theverge.com/2019/6/17/18681792/comcast-eye-control-accessibility-feature-change-tv-channels Bad braille plagues buildings across U.S., CBS News Radio investigation findshttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/bad-braille-plagues-buildings-across-u-s-cbs-news-radio-investigation-finds/NEXT Research Group https://sites.textiles.ncsu.edu/next/Smart Clothes TED Talkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUHW9eqNaA AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.











AT Banter Podcast Episode 154 - En-Vision America
May 31 2019 65 mins  
Rob and Ryan fly solo this week while Steve is out and welcome Amanda Tolson and Jenna Reed from En-Vision America to the show. We discuss En-Vision’s long standing presence in the Assistive Technology community, dive into everything we wanted to know about bar code scanning, and the importance of Accessible Prescription labeling solutions. Show Notes AODA Alliance More Details on Amendments to ACAhttps://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/more-specifics-on-the-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-that-the-senates-standing-committee-passed-and-that-we-want-the-house-of-commons-to-ratify-still-no-commitment-by/ Accessible Canada Act Could Become Law Next Monthhttps://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-s-first-accessibility-bill-could-become-law-next-month-minister-1.4433709CRTC calls for comments on Bell, Corus, Rogers proposed amendment to described video conditionshttps://mobilesyrup.com/2019/03/12/crtc-amendments-call-comments-bell-corus-rogers/En-Vision Americahttps://www.envisionamerica.comEn-Vision America Advocacy Pagehttps://www.envisionamerica.com/advocacy/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.




AT Banter Podcast Episode 152 - The Return of the Google Accessibility Team
May 16 2019 66 mins  
Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! It’s been a week since Google I/O, Google’s big annual developer’s conference, and we welcome have three of the Google Accessibility Team to talk about some of the Accessibility announcements that were made at the event. Show Notes New Microsoft Patent Reveals Plans for Braille Controllerhttps://www.gameinformer.com/2019/05/06/new-microsoft-patent-reveals-braille-controller-for-visually-impaired-gamersMicrosoft is Improving Windows 10 Update Processhttps://wccftech.com/microsoft-promised-future-of-windows-10-update-process/ Google Accessibility Websitehttps://www.google.com/accessibility/ Contact Google Accessibility https://support.google.com/accessibility/answer/7641084 Transcript of this show Big shoutout and thanks to Adrian Roselli for his invaluable assistance in making the transcription of this show possible. Visit his website at http://adrianroselli.com/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.





AT Banter Podcast Episode 149 - Noah Callan and Disability Tek
Apr 26 2019 36 mins  
Rob, Ryan, and Steve cover a few news stories of the week and then are joined by Noah Callan, CEO and founder of the website Disability Tek. Noah discusses his excitement about assistive technology, what impact it’s had on his life, and the state of Apple Accessibility. Show Notes Intuitive Limbs: The New Era In Prosthetic Technologyhttps://www.forbes.com/video/6000038875001/#192bb3472c57Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store not wheelchair accessible on opening dayhttps://globalnews.ca/news/5120247/hunny-pot-cannabis-co-accessibility-toronto/ Third of blind people have been hit or narrowly missed by electric carhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6914721/Blind-people-hit-narrowly-missed-electric-car.html British scientists on cusp of curing blindness with stem cellshttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6919821/British-scientists-say-theyre-cusp-curing-blindness-stem-cell-treatment.html Disability Tekhttps://www.disabilitytek.com AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.










AT Banter Podcast Episode 144 - CSUN Wrap-Up
Mar 22 2019 89 mins  
Assistive Technology geeks, rejoice! This week it’s all about gadgets and shiny objects as the boys are joined by Albert Ruel and Kim Kilpatrick from Get Together With Technology to talk about the recent CSUN Conference. Albert, Kim, and Steve tell us all about the highlights from the conference and the new technology that was on display as well as some of the Conference's surprises and standout experiences. Show Notes Canute http://www.bristolbraille.co.ukTactPlus Tactile Printerhttps://www.tactplusprinter.comBrailleMehttp://innovisiontech.co/braillemeB2Ghttps://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/technology/b2gQD Laserhttps://www.qdlaser.com/en/applications/eyewear.htmlTech4Freedom – UFOhttps://www.tech4freedom.net/ufoTech4Freedom – Box One4ALLhttps://www.tech4freedom.net/boxZoomax AceSighthttps://www.zoomax.com/low-vision-products/wearable-AceSight.htmlSony Wearable Neck Speakerhttps://www.japantrendshop.com/sony-wearable-neck-speaker-srsws1-p-4096.htmlNearby Explorerhttps://www.aph.org/pr/nearby-explorer-now-available-for-iosTap Keyboardhttps://www.tapwithus.comMarkido Inchttps://markido.comBuzzCliphttps://imerciv.com AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.




AT Banter Podcast Episode 142 - Shawn Marsolais and Blind Beginnings
Mar 08 2019 66 mins  
This week we’re excited to welcome back Shawn Marsolais, Founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings to the Guitar Dungeon. We catch up with what Blind Beginnings has been up to for the past year and discuss some of the issues that visually impaired people face on a day to day basis and what solutions and programs Blind Beginnings is actively working on. Show Notes Walmart Is Phasing Out 'Greeters' In U.S.https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/28/walmart-greeters_a_23680761/Dentists No Longer Permitted To Turn Away Patients Due To Disabilitieshttps://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/02/28/dentists-turn-away-disabilities/26093/The writing of this AI is so human that its creators are scared to release ithttps://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ai-writer-disinformation-1.5030305Blind Beginningshttps://www.blindbeginnings.ca/ For those in the Lower Mainland who want to help support Blind Beginnings and the work they do, get your tickets to the 9th Annual Gala Dinner and Online Auction, April 6th 6 – 10:30pm. Purchase tickets here: https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/donations/2019-gala-dinner-auction/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.
























AT Banter Podcast Episode 131 - Kristina Shelden
Dec 07 2018 68 mins  
Grab your ukulele and warm up those vocal cords, it's another Music show! This week Rob and Ryan welcome Kristina Shelden, local singer/songwriter and Vancouver Adapted Music Society board member into the Guitar Dungeon where they discuss the work VAMS does, both in Kristina’s own life but also among Vancouver’s disabled community. Show Notes Microsoft Passes Apple as Most Valuable Companyhttps://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/26/microsoft-passes-apple-most-valuable-company/ AODA Examines Bill C-81https://www.aoda.ca/canadas-house-of-commons-unanimously-passes-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-sending-it-to-the-senate-but-the-federal-liberal-government-blocked-many-key-amendments-that-would-have-m/ Kristina Shelden Onlinehttps://www.kristinasheldenmusic.com/ Kristina’s YouTube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDjfomxkBZU5GDQap-JFNeA VAMS (Vancouver Adapted Music Society)https://www.vams.org/ Music Saves – Feeling Alrighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xn0AVl0ny0 AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.





















AT Banter Podcast Episode 121 - Baked Crustaceans and Other Stories
Sep 28 2018 85 mins  
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 Kitchen, has been doing since we last talked and her audition for MasterChef Canada. Show Notes Samsung Files Patent For New Braille Input on Smartwatches https://coolblindtech.com/samsung-files-patent-for-new-braille-input-on-smartwatches/ Vision Improving Nanoparticle Eyedrops Could Improve Visionhttps://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/israel-eyedrops-correct-vision/ Scientists Create World’s First 3D Printed Bionic Eye https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1010794/cure-blindness-bionic-eye-3d-printing-medical-breakthrough-science-news Amazon Announces New Line of Productshttps://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/175683/amazon-announces-a-smart-home-tsunami Restaurant Wants To Use Marijuana To Ease Lobster’s Suffering https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/dining/lobsters-marijuana-cooking-restaurant.html Stump Kitchenhttp://www.stumpkitchen.com AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.




AT Banter Podcast Episode 119 - Warmed Leftovers and Insightful Publications
Sep 14 2018 54 mins  
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 buildingshttps://www.technologyreview.com/s/611197/hololens-can-now-guide-the-blind-through-complicated-buildings Aira announces partnership with Wegman's Grocery Chainhttps://aira.io/wegmans CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuringhttps://cnib.ca/en/node/1136 Blitab is Backhttps://coolblindtech.com/looks-like-blitab-is-back/ Apple Event To Take Place September 12https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xr-iphone-xs-max-ipad-pros-macs-and-more-everything-apple-could-announce-on-sept-12/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j Insightful Publicationshttp://in-sightful.com/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.





AT Banter Podcast Episode 117 - Haptic Boxing and Other Bad Ideas
Aug 31 2018 94 mins  
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’ TVhttps://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/new-tech-helps-deaf-blind-people-watch-tv How Google has stepped up its efforts to makes its own tech more accessible to the disabledhttps://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/18/google-accessibility-advances-and-challenges.html Anirudh Koul joins Aira as Head of Artificial Intelligence and Researchhttps://aira.io/anirudh-koul-joins-aira-as-head-of-artificial-intelligence-and-research Apple being sued over inaccessible websitehttps://coolblindtech.com/apple-being-sued-over-inaccessible-website/ ASU Team wins competition with robot seeing Guide Doghttps://coolblindtech.com/asu-team-wins-competition-with-robot-seeing-guide-dog/ Blind Inspiration Casthttp://www.blindinspirationcast.com/ Audio Description Retreats http://www.adtrainingretreats.com/ AT Banter is brought to you by Canadian Assistive Technology, providing sales and training in Assistive Technology and Accessibility with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Visit them online at www.canasstech.com or call toll-free 1-844-795-8324. Need repairs on your device? Chaos Technical Services offers service and support on almost any piece of Assistive Technology, while also providing parts and batteries. Visit them online at www.chaostechnicalservices.com or call 778-847-6840.




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