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AT Banter Podcast

Rob Mineault, Steve Barclay, Ryan Fleury, Lis Malone

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AT Banter’s goal is to celebrate and share stories of disability. Join Rob Mineault, Ryan Fleury, Steve Barclay, and Lis Malone as they talk with advocates and members of the Disability Community to educate and inspire better conversations about disability.
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There is much rejoicing on the show this week as the Banter gang heads to their favorite place to talk about their favorite subject .. and if you guessed “the kitchen” to talk about “food”, you are clearly a regular listener! The rest of you, get your minds out of the gutter and listen as Lis, Ryan, and Rob welcome Mary Mammoliti, host of AMI’s Dis…
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This week Rob, Lis, and Ryan welcome Kevin Shaw, entrepreneur, broadcast media professional, digital accessibility specialist, musician and host of the AMI show “Mind Your Own Business” to the show! They discuss Kevin’s background, life as an entrepreneur, some of the common pitfalls faced by many starting out a new business, how technology has imp…
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What do you get when you combine the magic of professional audio description with the detailed and wonderous illustrations in children’s books? Join Rob, Ryan and Steve this week as they talk with The Audiobook Wizard himself, Richard Rieman and find out! From professional news radio talent to audio describer and author, Richard tells us all about …
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This week the gang is very excited to welcome Virginia Vuleta, Director of Digital Content at Accessible Media Inc to the show to talk all about AMI’s brand new streaming digital streaming service AMI Plus. They discuss the benefits of this new streaming service, the challenges of implementing it, and future plans to roll it out to multiple devices…
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Get ready to get a little geeky as Rob, Ryan, and Lis break down and discuss a few of the new assistive technology devices that were featured at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that happened in early January. They break down and discuss their impressions of Guidi, a haptic smart belt, Oorion, an app that features objection recogn…
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This week Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome Amos Miller, founder and CEO of Glidance, to the show to talk about their new self-guided mobility aid called Glide. They discuss its creation, how it fits in as an aid between a mobility cane and a guide dog, how it uses robotics and AI for objection detection and avoidance, and many of the use case scenarios f…
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It’s been 57 years since we have had them on the show, so we figured it was high time to have the boys from Double Tap back on the show! This week the gang welcome Steven Scott and Shaun Preece, hosts of AMI’s Double Tap podcast Double Tap TV to talk about Assistive Technology, looking back at some of the highlights of 2023 as well as looking forwa…
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Recorded on World Braille Day, the AT Banter Gang sits down with a full house of Braille advocate superstars, including Riane LaPaire from National Network for Equitable Library Service, Adam Wilton and Jen Jesso from Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired, and Charmaine Co from Centre for Equitable Library Access. We dive into the im…
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It’s the first show of a brand new year and we couldn’t be more excited to start things off with a bang as Ryan and Rob welcome social media superstar and author, advocate, and musician Heather Hutchison to the show. We talk about how she began her career as a content creator, what it’s like material that is both entertaining as well as educating, …
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of season once again! The trees have been decorated, the lights put up and once again we have gathered a collection of friends of the show together to celebrate the holiday season! Joining Rob, Ryan, Steve and Lis this year is Shawn Marsolais of the Limitless Podcast, Riane LaPaire from the National Network …
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This week the entire AT Banter gang reunites in order to welcome Ean Price, Peer Team Lead at Technology for Living and Founder of ICAN Resource Group to the show. They discuss his role at Technology for Living and the work they do around Assistive Technology and how he came to found ICAN as well as the importance of open source AT and accessible t…
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This week Rob and Ryan welcome Riane LaPaire and Leah Brochu from the National Network for Equitable Library Services and Sarah Smith-Eivemark from Penguin Random House Canada to discuss their recent partnership to provide braille editions of two new books from cooking legend Jamie Oliver. They discuss the books, how the partnership came about, the…
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When Kari Brown-John sat down to try to book passage on a new ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver last summer, she was in for a big surprise. As it turns out, their policy was not to allow power wheelchairs on board. What started as a routine trip ended up splashed in the local media, and this week Kari sits down with Rob, Ryan, and Lis to …
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We’re doing it at 300 BPM this week (if you’re a bass player you will get that joke) as we welcome Ciara Moser, a professional bassist who has also been blind since birth and has just released a new album called, “Blind, So What?”. We talk to her about her passion for music and where it all started, her podcast, how advocacy and education is incorp…
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It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins are placed on the doorsteps and witches and ghouls gather for tricks or treats! It’s also that time when the hosts of AT Banter gather together, drinks in hand, to engage in a little Halloween fun and nonsense, and this year is no different! Come join us as we welcome Shawn Marsolais and Keisha Anders…
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In July of 2023, Scott Rees swam more than 30 kilometres across the Strait of Georgia, from Vancouver to Nanaimo, in just under 11 hours as part of a fundraiser for Canadian Guide Dogs. Join us this week as we sit down with Scott to talk about his vision journey with retinitis pigmentosa, his own experience getting his Guide Dog Caleb, what prompte…
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Prepare to have your funny bone tickled this week (or if you’re Lis, your hand stabbed) as we welcome Steven Verdile, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the disability satire site, The Squeaky Wheel. We learn about how the site came to be and some of the challenges surrounding a satire site that centers on disability, as well as using humor to shine a …
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It’s something a little different this week as Ryan, Rob, and Lis welcome back Shawn Marsolais, founder of Blind Beginnings and host of the Limitless Podcast back once again for a freeform, roundtable discussion about advocacy. We discuss everything from advocacy burnout to whether or not it’s fair that the community has to feel like they need to a…
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Better late than never! We didn’t get around to our Anniversary show in May due to scheduling conflicts, so we’re doing it in September (mainly because we never squander an opportunity to drink, celebrate ourselves, and be silly) to celebrate our 8 1/3 year Anniversary. The gang gathers together along with very special guest Shawn Marsolais of Blin…
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This week Rob and Ryan welcome Daniel Lubiner and Matthew Bullis from The TouchPad Pro Foundation to talk about their innovative braille teaching tool, The Braille Doodle. They discuss The Braille Doodle’s origin, how it works, and the importance of Braille literacy world-wide. Show Transcript https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2023/09/at-banter-…
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This week Rob and Ryan sit down with Ross Linnett, CEO of Recite Me, makers of a cloud-based assistive toolbar and online accessibility checker. They discuss Recite Me’s origins in advocacy, what differentiates it from other players in the toolbar and overlay space, and touch on some of the controversy surrounding the industry and what changes need…
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This week the show returns to its Assistive Technology roots and gives Rob and Ryan a chance to geek out once again with fellow AT specialists Cory Ballard and Luke Scriven, hosts of the YouTube channel Vision Forward's Tech Connect. They discuss the organization the work for and the services it provides, how the YouTube channel got its start and i…
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Back to our regular programming this week as Rob, Ryan, Lis, and Steve welcome singer/songwriter, author, motivational speaker, and reality show star Mario Bonds to the show to discuss everything from his journey through vision loss at age 9, through to his love of assistive technology, music, and how he almost got beat up on the set of the reality…
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Ever wonder what happens at the AT Banter Podcast before the guest arrives or the show gets started? Ever wonder what topical and hard hitting subjects they may bring up and debate while they patiently wait for their guest to arrive? If this has been keeping you up at night, then this episode is what you’ve been waiting for, dear listener. Dubbed o…
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This week Ryan, Rob, and Lis are visited by YouTube content creator and podcaster Carrie Morales of Carrie On Accessibility! We discuss her channel and its content, how she developed such an interest in technology and accessibility at an early age, her creation process, what upcoming assistive technology devices she’s excited about, and much much m…
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