Archive for March, 2012

CSUN 2012 with Jessica Rathwell

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

This podcast is all about the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference commonly referred to as CSUN. Robert speaks with Jessica Rathwell who offers a fascinating perspective on what attending this conference is like for an independent woman who is blind.

In addition to discussing some most interesting presentations and products, Robert and Jessi talk about the importance of social networking and some of the challenges faced by people who are blind trying to connect with others at a mega conference like this one.

The idea of people with disabilities reaching out to the mainstream community was explored in some detail. You will find Jessi’s perspective insightful and refreshing. Her enthusiasm inspired me to make a personal commitment to attend CSUN in the very near future.


Talking Tech with Amy Ruell

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

In this Tech Doctor podcast, Robert talks accessible technology with Amy Ruell.

Amy tells us about her work as president of
which is a computer users group for visually impaired and blind people in Massachusetts. Amy and her group are engaged in some very interesting collaboration with MIT. The VIBUG website is a wonderful resource for blind and visually impaired people throughout the world.

Robert and Amy engage in a comprehensive discussion about mainstream versus specialized technology concluding with the idea that there may be ways to build a bridge between the two.

Finally, Robert and Amy talk about some of the complexities of being an access technology trainer in today’s ever-changing technical world.

I am confident that there is something in this podcast for everybody. Sit back and enjoy this discussion.