Delivering Access Podcast Episode 17 with Amanda Wilson

My name is Amanda Kelly Wilson. I live in White, Georgia with my parents and our two rescue poodles. I have rp or retinitis pigmentosa. I am 44 years old. I have a master’s degree in special education interrelated which means I can teach individuals with intellectual, behavioral, and learning disabilities. I graduated in 1997 from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. I taught in three different school systems in Georgia for  seven years. I took classes to become a vision teacher, but I didn’t finish them. I have had two Seeing Eye dogs from the Seeing Eye. Both of them are deceased. I am waiting to go back next year to receive my third dog guide. I mentored with National federation of the blind or NFB and at the Center for Visually Impaired CVI for a while.

 

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Delivering Access Podcast Episode 16 with David Lepofsky

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is David Lepofsky

 

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

 

Tools and technology:

Windows computer

iPhone

Contact Info:

AODA

website: aodaalliance.org

e-mail: aodafeedback@gmail.com

twitter: @aodaalliance or @davidlepofsky

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast Episode 15 with Kaye Zimpher

Kaye was born in Atlanta GA in May of 1970. She lost her sight at the age of 6 months due to a high fever. Although she was totally blind, her Mother encouraged her to be independent and successful. Kaye attended public school, and later college.

Kaye became an advocate for the blind when she joined the National Federation of the Blind at the age of 20. She has always been passionate about the rights of blind people in the work place.
Kaye currently works for the federal government, and has a strong interest in technology and training. Kaye hopes to one day take the skills she has learned working for the government and move in to the field of training for the blind.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is Kaye Zimpher

 

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

 

Tools and technology:

iPad Mini

iPhone

windows computer

Focus 14 Braille Display

 

Contact Info:

e-mail: kayezimpher@comcast.net

Facebook: facebook.com/thekeeperoftime

Skype: kayezimpher

 

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast Episode 14 with Deborah Kendrick

Deborah Kendrick is an award-winning writer and advocate for people with disabilities. Her weekly newspaper column covering disability issues was launched by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1986 and syndicated by King Features in 2000. It has won numerous awards from both journalist and advocacy organizations including the Society for Professional Journalists, Association of Women Communicators, Cincinnati Editors Association, National Easter Seal Society EDI Awards, AFB Access Award, Maurice McCracken Peace and Justice Award, American Occupational Therapists Association, the Inclusion Network Lifetime Achievement Award, and many others.

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Delivering Access Podcast Episode 13 with Leo Bissonnette

Dr. Leo Bissonnette was born in 1952 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After attending the Montreal Association School for the Blind between 1958-1966, he was integrated into high school at Loyola High School. He then went on to Loyola College for his Honours B.A. in Sociology 1974; his M.A. in Sociology in 1977. He taught Sociology at Concordia University in Montreal between 1978-1992 and in 1986 took on the position of Assistant Coordinator for the Office of Students with Disabilities. He then became Manager of the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities in 1991, remaining in this position until December 1, 2012 when he retired. In 1906 he completed his Doctorate in Educational Technology at Concordia University in Montreal. Leo focused much of his work on providing technology training to students with visual impairments and learning disabilities and presently offers his services as a private consultant to students attending colleges and universities in Montreal. Leo is married with a daughter working in special education.

 

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is Leo Bissonnette

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

iMac

iPad Mini

iPhone

Contact Info:

Skype Name: leo.nugget98

 

FaceBook: leo.bissonnette@videotron.ca

 

Twitter: maxnugg96

 

Cell Phone: 1-514-983-7290

 

 

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast- Episode 12 With John Panarese

After a career as a retail vendor in the assistive technology market in which John Panarese ran Technologies for the Visually Impaired for sixteen years, he’s currently the director of Mac for the Blind and provides training and support for Apple products, including all Mac computers and iDevices.  I am an Apple Certified Support Professional for Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, as well as having four years of experience as an iDevice user and teacher.  John is contracted to do training in four states, and work with private clients as well.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is John Panarese

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

Mac Book Pro 13 inch model

Mac Mini (2011 version)

iPhone 5S

iPad 3rd generation

Index Braille embosser

http://thebraillerdepot.com

BrailleNote mPower BT32

http://www.humanware.com

Contact Info:

Tel, (631) 724-4479

Email, john@macfortheblind.com

Website, http://www.macfortheblind.com

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast – Episode 11 With Bob Acosta of Tech Talk

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is Bob Acosta

I was born totally blind in las angeles, California. I attended the 32nd
Street School for the Blind for six years. In the seventh grade, I was a
part of a pilot program to ascertain whether blind kids could cope in a
regular public school. i attended John marshall High School.
I matriculated to UCLA and left after two years because their school of
education would not allow blind persons to enter this program.
I then attended California State university at los angeles where i obtained
a teaching credential.
I taught in the public schools of California for 37 years. My classes were
composed of sighted kids. i was the first totally blind teacher employed by
the los Angeles unified School District.
In 1968 i was chosen as one of the five outstanding young men of California
by the California Jaycees.
In 1969, i was chosen to be one of the ten outstanding young men of america
by the Us. Jaycees.
Since i was 18 years of age i was in the organized blind movement in the
united States.
In 2005, i joined the Accessible World Team.
Currently, i serve on the Board of Directors of Guide Dog users, Inc.
Bob

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:
BrailleNote Apex
JAWS
Book Port Plus
PlexTalk
VR Stream
iPhone

Contact Info:
e-mail: boacosta@pacbell.net
818-998-0044

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast – Episode 11 with Sina Bahram

Sina Bahram is an accessibility researcher, consultant, and entrepreneur. He is finishing his PhD in computer science at North Carolina State University. His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focusing on multi-modal approaches for eyes-free exploration of graphical information.

Sina is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, fortune 500 companies, and museums.

Whether wearing his academic or business hat, Sina enjoys devising innovative and user-centered solutions to difficult real-world problems.

In 2012, Sina was recognized as one of President Barack Obama’s White House Champions of Change for his work in enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

You can read more about Sina and his interests on his website (http://www.SinaBahram.com) and his blog (http://blog.SinaBahram.com). He is @SinaBahram on Twitter.

Prime Access Consulting’s homepage is at http://www.pac.bz.

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Contact Info:

blog: http://blog.SinaBahram.com
website: http://www.SinaBahram.com
twitter: @SinaBahram
Prime Access Consulting’s homepage: http://www.pac.bz

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast – Episode 10 with Debbie Hazelton

Inspirational Speaker, Workshop Leader, Holistic Practitioner

Bring your group or organization an infusion of vitality and fun with this national conference speaker, published author, radio host, and compassionate counselor. Known to clients and audiences alike for her relaxed, empathic style of delivery as well as her candor, Debbie has guided many on their spiritual journey with insight, wisdom, and humor.

Her healing arts energy healing, inspirational speaking, and guided imagery among them are selected intuitively and communicated clearly for each situation.

Debbie is a loving listener with “can-do” coaching strategies that inspire individuals to claim and embrace their own style of authentic living.

Give your staff or clientele an inner nudge to greater service and living their best lives – contact Ms. Hazelton now to set up a memorable, inspiring event or workshop.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is Debbie Hazelton

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

Windows 7

iPhone 5

Slate and Stylus

Braillewriter

Braillenote

Contact Info:

e-mail: iam@debbiehazelton.com

Twitter: @debbiehazelton

Facebook: debbiehazelton

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Delivering Access Podcast – Episode #9 With Daniel Aronoff, The Blind Food Critic

Are you hungry for some really, really good hamburgers or some really amazing Italian delectables? If so listen as this New York native tells you how he makes a living eating at some of the finest restaurants across the United States and the world.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is Daniel Aronoff, The Blind Food Critic.

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:
victor reader stream
PlexTalk Pocket
JAWS for windows
Braille Sense Plus
Apple TV
The Qube
Braille
Contact Info:
twitter: blindblog
website: blindtastetest.net
youtube.com/theblindfoodcritic

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.