Life After Blindness Spotlight Interview with Frank Facio

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Welcome to the Life After Blindness Spotlight. This is the podcast where I interview someone connected to the blind and visually impaired community.
This week, I speak with Frank Facio.
Frank is been an employee of the United States Postal Service for almost 35 years. During his life and career, Frank has faced many difficult transitions. Frank’s positive “roll with the flow” attitude combined with the insight and help of many wonderful people along the way, has helped him stay strong and overcome.
In this interview, Frank talks about how blindness has affected his marriage, career and his passions. Two of these passions are playing Beep Baseball and performing with his band, ‘Steele Horse Country’.
We highlight many of Frank’s personal and professional milestones. Then, we wrap up by discussing Frank’s future plans.
Thank you very much for listening to the Life After Blindness spotlight interview with Frank Facio!

Related Links:
Frank’s emial: bigfaz58@gmail.com
Steelehorse Country on Facebook

LABCast #8: AMC Theater, Space Accessibility and Google AI. Parenting with Holly Bonner. 2 Years of AppleWatch.

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Welcome to episode #8 of the Life After Blindness Podcast! My guest this week is Holly Bonner from blindmotherhood.com.

In this week’s news, AMC Theaters settled a lawsuit which will cause them to provide better services to the blind and visually impaired. Also, The University of Chicago announced a new study where they hope to find better ways of teaching astronomy to blind children. Finally, Google announced a new AI technology that can detect Diabetic Retinopathy early by scanning the retinas.

I then speak with Holly Bonner from blindmotherhood.com. She talks about her experiences with parenting and caring for a household from a blind mother’s point of view.

The podcast wraps up with a discussion about the Apple Watch. It’s been 2 years since the Apple Watch was released. Tim talks about the differences between Series 1 and Series 2. He then gives examples of different uses for the watch.

Thank you for listening to episode #8 of the Life After Blindness Podcast. Please join us again as we find that there can truly be a life after blindness.

Life After Blindness Spotlight Interview with Derek Daniel

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Welcome to the Life After Blindness Spotlight. This is the podcast where I interview someone connected to the blind and visually impaired community.
This week, I speak with Derek Daniel from Life After Sight Loss.
Derek talks about growing up in a small town in southern Indiana after having been adopted at just three weeks old. growing up, Derek discovered he had a passion for the performing arts as well as for helping people. Combined with his interest in technology as well as his experiences through church ministry, Derek is using these talents and interests to help others through his new website and podcast.
Listen as Derek describes losing sight at age 18. And how the love of family and Friends as well as his love for the performing arts, helped him through the transition. Derek also discusses how he manages being a stay at home blind father while producing YouTube videos, blogs and podcasts. He then shares his hopes for the future of Life After Sight Loss before ending with some inspirational thoughts for those who are losing their vision.

Thank you very much for listening to the Life After Blindness Spotlight interview with Derek Daniel.

LABCast #7: AIRA and the Boston Marathon, 3-D Ultrasounds and Movie Reading App with Lauren Hayes

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Tim’s guest this week is Lauren Hayes from AccessibilityOz.
Tim and Lauren begin the podcast by discussing Aira and it’s use in this year’s Boston Marathon. Working closely with Aira, a man completed the marathon using the service. Tim and Lauren discuss how it was used and what could be learned from this test going forward.
Next, Tim talks about a 3-D printing technology used in a hospital in Brazil. A blind couple worked with their doctor in order to have 3-D printed models of their child’s ultrasound in each trimester of pregnancy. This is the first time 3-D printing has been used while built into the ultrasound machine. Lauren and Tim give their opinions on the story as well as the medical and educational possibilities of this technology going forward.
A new app has been released in Australia called Movie Reading. This app enables Aussies to download and sync an audio described track to use with movies at the local cinema. Lauren talks about the current state of audio description in Australian cinemas. She then gives her opinion of the app and discusses it’s accessibility as well as the lacking accessibility of Movie Readings website.
Thank you very much for listening to the Life After Blindness podcast! Please join us again as together we continue our journey to find that there can truly be a life after blindness.

LABCast #6: Latest News About Microsoft, Lyft and Samsung with Shaun Preece. Accommodations for Blind Parents with Derek Daniel and a Review of the Parental Controls of the iPhone.

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Life After Blindness takes a look at being a stay at home blind father. Additionally, we discuss this weeks news as well as review locking down your child’s iPhone.

Tim answers a question from the Life After Blindness Facebook page from Janice. She asks about the best smart phone to get for her son. Tim suggests the iPhone and talks about it’s out of the box accessibility.

As Tim introduces the rest of the lineup for the podcast, he mentions an article posted to the Life After Blindness Blog from Jackie Waters. This article talks about Jackie’s experience when her sister-in-law (who is blind) comes to live with her and her husband. In the article, Jackie outlines some of the methods she used to help her sister-in-law to be more comfortable in the household.

Tim’s first guest is Shaun Preece from the RNIB Tech Talk and Audio Pizza Podcasts. Tim and Shaun discuss the following recent headlines from the blindness community:

Microsoft announces they have added braille support in Narrator for over 35 manufacturers as well as the ability to use Narrator when doing a clean install of Windows.
The National Federation of the Blind and the ride service Lyft have announced a partnership to better accommodate blind and visually impaired customers. This will include initial and ongoing training of drivers and a zero tolerance policy for drivers who refuse service to someone with a guide dog.

In addition to announcing their new lineup of smart phones, Samsung has announced a new virtual assistant named ‘Bixby’. Tim and Shaun talk about how Bixby could compete with other services like Amazon Echo and how this potential competition could be good for the blind.

After the news, Tim demonstrates how a parent can control content on their child’s iPhone. Tim first walks through the process of turning on restrictions and showing what functions and features of the iPhone can be restricted. Tim then demonstrates the Guided Access feature of the iPhone. This feature allows you to not only lock a child into the current app but allows you to set a passcode or even set a time limit for the use of that app.

To conclude the podcast, Tim is joined by Derek Daniel of Life After Sight Loss to discuss his experiences as a stay at home blind father. Derek outlines his daily routine and gives examples of certain tricks he uses around the house. From baby care to cleaning the house to playing games with a toddler, Tim and Derek dive into what accommodations can be made to make things easier on a blind parent.

Thank you for your continued support of the podcast! If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to: tim@lifeafterblindness.com

Please join us again as we demonstrate together that their truly can be a life after blindness.

LABCast #5: News with Derek Daniel, Review of MLB.com At Bat and Rodeo Animals with my daughter

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Welcome to episode #5 of the Life After Blindness Podcast! My guests this week are Derek Daniel and my four-year-old daughter, Alyssa.
Derek and I begin the podcast by discussing the following blindness related news stories:
Blind British man in world’s first operation to deliver modified DNA to his eyes
Microsoft is working on technology to help the visually impaired learn to code

This blind gamer got to play ping-pong with his wife — all thanks to the Nintendo Switch
Summary of Apple’s March 21, 2017 Product Announcements

Next, I review MLB.com At Bat. An accessible app for the iPhone that will help you get scores, news, highlights and so much more throughout the major-league baseball season.

I conclude the podcast by talking with my four-year-old daughter, Alyssa. We discuss a recent story about blind twins who show animals at the local rodeo. Alyssa puts everything in perspective as we talk about living a life with blindness.

Thank you so much for listening to the Life After Blindness podcast! Please come back next time as we continue to find together that there can truly be a life after blindness.

Life After Blindness Spotlight Interview with Trey McCrory

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This week on the Life After Blindness Spotlight, Tim speaks with Trey McCrory. He is the Graduate Manager for the Northwestern State University men’s basketball team. Trey has been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Most Courageous Award.
Trey talks about growing up blind in a small town in Louisiana and then how he came to be the graduate manager for his favorite college basketball team. He also discusses the importance of family, what he’s learned from his experiences as well as what he wants to do in the future.
Please listen as we explore Trey’s life after blindness.

LABCast #4: Trey McCory, Accessing March Madness and Blindfold Basketball

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Welcome to episode 4 of the Life After Blindness Podcast. This week we are talking about all things basketball and specifically the NCAA men’s basketball tournament also known as March Madness.
Tim begins this weeks episode by talking about Trey McCrory, who is the Graduate Manager for the Northwestern State University basketball team. He is responsible for many of the teams daily functions including travel, meals and equipment. And he is legally blind. Trey has been nominated for the NCAA Most Courageous Award which will be announced during the final four this year. He will also be on next weeks Life After Blindness Spotlight podcast.
Next, Tim reviews an app for the iPhone called March Madness Live. You can use this app to check scores, get team info, follow the tournament brackets, Watch live games and so much more!
Tim then talks about an accessible tournament bracket you can find online at terrillthompson.com
For those who may still be interested in basketball but not in the tournament, Tim then reviews a game for the iPhone called Blindfold Basketball.
Tim finishes up the podcast by discussing an email from Jaume Cunill, the CEO of Tech 4 Freedom. The email is in response to our coverage of their products from our CSUN convention coverage podcast.
Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! Be sure to listen again as we continue our journey together to demonstrate that there truly can be a Life After Blindness.

Life After Blindness Spotlight with David Demers from eSight Eyewear

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Welcome to the Life After Blindness Spotlight. This is the podcast where I interview someone connected to the blind and visually impaired community. This week I am joined by David Demers from eSight Eyewear.

In this special spotlight interview, David talks with me about eSight 3. He explains what it is, who it’s for and how it differs from it’s previous versions.
David also talks a little about his own visual impairment and how he came to work with eSight.

Please join me in finding out more about this amazing product as well as hearing about David’s journey with a life after blindness.

LABCast #3: Michael Hingson and 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Discussion

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This week Tim is joined by Shaun Preece from the RNIB Tech Talk and Audio Pizza podcasts and Frank Facio from the band Steelehorse Country. Frank also conducted several interviews for the podcast directly from the exhibit hall in San Diego, California.
Tim, Shaun and Frank open the podcast by discussing the inspirational story of Michael Hingson Who was at the conference representing AIRA. With the help of his guide dog Riselle, Michael Hingson navigated his way out of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Listen as he tells Frank about the emotions of that day. And be sure to read his full story by getting his book Thunder Dog.

The rest of the podcast is spent discussing many of the products and announcements from this year’s convention.
Aira is a portable, on star type Service for the visually impaired. Does it have the right price point?
Braille note takers and tablets are finding a lot of new competition. Thanks to Innovacion and competition, this product category may not be as stale as it once was.
Tech 4 Freedom is offering a couple of different products that offer a variety of usage for the blind and visually impaired. First is the Box one For All whichh can detect temperature, color and tag and identify various objects. TheBeacon is a pocket-size device that connects to up to 10 waypoint begins that can be controlled by you’re iPhone.
Audio Eye is a behind the scenes service that works with companies and their websites to make sure they are instantly accessible!
Taptilo is a product that is not yet released but will offer lessons through games to teach you to read and write braille using a small box and an app on your iPhone.

Be sure to listen to our next podcast as we Spotlight eSight Eye Ware and their new product eSight 3!

Thank you very much for listening to episode #3 of the Life After Blindness podcast! As we journey together, we will find that there can truly be a life after blindness.