In this Spotlight interview, James Oates sits down with Kim Charlson, the National President of the American Council of the Blind and the Executive Director of the Perkins Library. The topics include:
Spotlight is a 30 minute interview where We take the time to introduce our listeners to leaders in the blind and low vision community.
CBT is the largest provider of news and podcasts for visually impaired people in North America. We have a segment called Spotlight, where we interview people who have information or contributions to accessibility for the blind and visually impaired community.
In this powerful Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, (Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft), to discuss the inner workings of accessibility at Microsoft. Jenny explains the challenges facing Microsoft, the progress that has been made in Windows 10, Office 365, and cloud services. She goes on to outline Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in all its products across all platforms. She explains the importance of inclusive hiring for Microsoft to achieve its accessibility goals. She talks about Microsoft’s past reliance on third party applications and the company’s continued commitment to work with third party providers of assistive technology. Jenny then makes a major announcement that Microsoft has not made public until this time. Cool Blind Tech is excited to bring you this exclusive story. To find out what else was discussed, listen to the entire interview. Below is a list of helpful resources that are related to the topics in the interview.
Join Jessica for an exclusive Spotlight interview with Chad Udell, Managing Director, and Steve Richey, lead director at Float, makers of Cydalion. Cydalion is a revolutionary new app based on the Tango platform for Android which allows blind and visually impaired users to navigate indoor spaces using augmented audio technology. You won’t want to miss this exciting episode. To find out more, follow @gowithfloat on twitter or check out their website
Join James Oates in this Spotlight interview with Kevin Andrews of RS Games and Marty Schultz, the developer of Blindfold Games. Blindfold Games features more than 45 popular iOS audio games such as; Blindfold Racer, Blindfold Road Trip, Blindfold Bingo, and many others. RS Games specializes in the development of accessible games for the blind and visually impaired. It is an online multi-player platform for the PC and Mac, and now is available on your iOS device as well. If you enjoy this interview, download the Blindfold RS Games app and the Blindfold Games app, and start having fun! You can also listen to our demonstration of the Blindfold RS Games app here.
Join Jessica in this Spotlight interview with the creator and visionary of Comics Empower, Guy Hasson. Comic book novices and avid fans alike will appreciate this insightful discussion of the latest developments to this powerful online comic book store for the blind and visually impaired.
Join Jessica as she revisits Kevin Shaw, founder of Zagga TV. Find out how you, the listener, can be part of an amazing opportunity to help make the vision of entertainment for all a reality.
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This week on Spotlight the Cool Blind Tech Team features Claria Zoom.
In the Spotlight we talk to Bin Liu and Arjun Mali developers of the BuzzClip. iMerciv has developed a small, discreet and versatile wearable for people that are blind or living with significant vision loss. The BuzzClip, uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may walk into.
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Comics Empower is featured in this weeks Spotlight Interview. The online comic book shop that was created by Guy Hasson. who makes comics for the blind and the visually impaired!