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RELEASE: Lights, Camera, Action for Blind Film Critic During June’s #AccessChat

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ATLANTA, Georgia (May 31) — On June 4 at 8:00 PM Eastern, #AccessChat will host film critic and broadcast professional, Tommy Edison, also known as the “Blind Film Critic”. Topics on the agenda for discussion include Edison’s process for reviewing movies, why he began publishing reviews to YouTube and thoughts on the state of the movie industry in general.

According to Edison’s website, “[he] has been blind since birth and now producing videos online that reveal a glimpse into his life and the funny challenges that he faces daily. Tommy has showed us what it’s like for someone who is blind to use an ATM for the first time, and how some people who are visually impaired may organize their money.”

Edison’s perspective and sense of humor have helped him to attract a mainstream audience, and he has been featured nationally through such programs as CNN, Headline News, Comedy Central’s “Tosh .0” and “The Howard Stern Show.” Recently, Edison was profiled by numerous tech news outlets highlighting his avid use of Instagram, a popular application used to share photographs online.

“Tommy has such a great spirit and a unique perspective,” says VaShaun Jones, president of Fedora Outlier, LLC, the nationally-recognized assistive technology firm sponsoring the monthly Twitter chat. “We’re eager to share his story and personality with our community.”

In addition to the conversation with Edison, there will be a giveaway for three copies of Text Detective, an OCR application for iOS designed to easily scan and read printed materials for blind and visually impaired VoiceOver users. All attendees will be automatically entered for a chance to win a copy during the giveaway, which is being offered by the app’s developer, Blindsight.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the chat begins, as there will be casual conversation and announcements before the interview with Edison begins. To learn more about the Blind Film Critic, visit his website at www.blindfilmcritic.com, and see a few of his film reviews and blindness-related videos at www.youtube.com/user/TommyEdisonXP.

For more information about the chat or Fedora Outlier, LLC, contact Justin Romack at (817) 727-8542, or send email to justin@fedoraoutlier.com. You can also find details about #AccessChat by visiting www.fedoraoutlier.com/accesschat.

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