Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly, who keeps one foot in each, wants to know. She and her guests from both worlds chew over the news and trends of the day, mixing in an accessibility perspective.

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#21: Deep Dev Dive

July 9th, 2019 · 59 minutes

Research for my documentary, "36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk" included interviews with two longtime iOS developers, each of whom took an early interest in accessibility. We talked about the process of developing accessible apps, why they do it and how users respond to what they build.

#20: "36 Seconds That Changed Everything: How The iPhone Learned To Talk"

June 21st, 2019 · 38 minutes

From the moment Steve Jobs announced it in 2007, anticipation for the first iPhone was off the charts. And when it shipped? Customers lined up around their local Apple stores; some arriving days before the phones could be bought.

But the hype and hysteria left one group of cell phone users out – if you had a disability, the new hotness was just…

#19: Apple's Full Accessibility Plate

June 10th, 2019 · 40 minutes

Apple's Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Sarah Herrlinger talks about new and updated accessibility features on the company's platforms, as well as a bit of iOS access history.

#18: Low Orbit Halos

May 29th, 2019 · 42 minutes

Google I/O and Microsoft Build are in the rear view mirror, but what did each dev conferences have to tell us about accessibility? And which of their tent pole technologies are being used to power the next generation of fancy tach for people with a variety of disabilities? And also gaming!

#17: Contrast is Good for Everybody

May 14th, 2019 · 42 minutes

I talked with two iOS developers who have a lot in common. They're independents who produce series of popular apps. And without really meaning to, they have each earned a reputation for thoughtful accessibility.

#16: We're Having a BBQ

April 16th, 2019 · 73 minutes

Each spring, all the accessibility tech nerds go to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Southern California. At the end, a bunch of us do a wrap-up podcast for Blind Bargains, which covers the show from soup to nuts, Braille to navigation. I'm bringing you that show in hopes that it gives you some insight into how what's happening in acces…

#15: The News About News +

April 2nd, 2019 · 31 minutes

Last Monday, Apple announced Apple News +. And I'm breaking usual format to give you a first look and demo, complete with extra accessibility sprinkles.

#14: Into the Weeds

March 7th, 2019 · 51 minutes

Darcy Burnard, a friend and longtime podcast collaborator, talks with me about making podcasts accessibly. Which tools work, which ones don't, and which can be made to do our bidding?

#13: That's Why I Love Screen Curtain

February 19th, 2019 · 73 minutes

Every tech-savvy person ends up helping some portion of her or his family get the printer working, software installed, or spam banished. I wanted to find out how others do it, so I talked to fellow family tech supporters, who have also done this work professionally.

#12: I'll Take One of Everything

January 16th, 2019 · 75 minutes

Can you turn an iPad into your primary computer, and if you do that, is it the best choice you can make, or a stunt to talk about on podcasts? I pose these blunt questions to my iPad-dominant guests. And give you a bushel of links, too.