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The Blind Side Podcast 102, previewing our Apple event coverage, iOS 12 without the eye, and the smart home from a blindness perspective part 2

On 12 September, Apple will be holding its “gather round” event in which it will be announcing new hardware. Jonathan Mosen talks about our coverage here on The Blind Side, and what he’s hoping to see at the event. Subscribers to our Daily Fibre Premium podcast get exclusive access to a live stream of our …

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CourierPost delivered a parcel to the wrong address. Now they send a blind person inaccessible claim forms

Introduction I’m proud to live in New Zealand. We’re a progressive little country with a 38-year-old female Prime Minister, the third woman to hold the role, who has just had a baby while in office. Right now, we’re celebrating the 125th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. We were the first country in …

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The Blind Side Podcast 101, the smart home from a blindness perspective, part 1

The smart home offers the potential for greater independence and control of our home environment. But it’s a bit of a jungle out there, full of disparate systems and many choices. Then, of course, some solutions are more accessible with screen reading technology than others. We begin our series on the smart home from a …

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The Blind Side Podcast 100, reflections on 100 episodes, Jonathan Mosen’s presentation to the All of Government Service Innovation lab in New Zealand

Thanks for being with us on this wonderful journey to episode 100. After some reflections on 100 episodes of The Blind Side Podcast, we hear Jonathan Mosen’s presentation to the All of Government Service Innovation Lab about blindness accessibility, in the aftermath of the New Zealand census debacle. Check out this episode!

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The Blind Side Podcast 99, guide dog ownership

Some guide dog schools let you purchase your guide dog, making it clear that the dog belongs to you and you’re completely responsible for it. it is yours to keep. Other guide dog schools retain ownership and can withdraw the dog at any time. Some guide dog schools claim to offer ownership, while still reserving …

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The Blind Side Podcast 98, Ged Maheux, co-founder of Twitterrific developer The Icon Factory, talks about Twitter’s forthcoming API changes and their impact on third-party Twitter apps

We begin with an explanation of Aira’s Do More Foundation, and how it is currently raising funds to help more university students in the US become Aira explorers while they study. If you’d like to support Jonathan’s goal of raising $1,000 for the Do More Foundation, and can spare even a little, here’s the page …

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Will you join us in donating so students become Aira Explorers?

You may have read my blog post about Aira, the visual interpreter service. Aira is trying some innovative things to ensure that it is available to more people. They’ve set up a foundation, the Do More Foundation, and their first project is to raise funds to give Aira to college students who could use it …

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Are you into home automation? Share your experiences with us for a special podcast episode

If you’ve had experience with automating any aspect of your home, from heating to sound to lights to security and more, I’d love to hear from you. I’m putting a special episode of The Blind Side Podcast together on the topic. I’ve been enjoying our own home automation project, but accessories are quite limited here …

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The Blind Side Podcast 97, Aira is 24/7, should all guide dog schools allow blind people to own their dogs, and Darian Slayton Fleming talks about the documentary she’s making about her late husband John

Jonathan is seeking feedback on any experience listeners have had with home automation, in advance of a special episode on the topic. If you’ve dabbled in home automation, let us know what you have and how it’s working for you. We’d love to make this an episode with a range of perspectives and solutions. We …

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