Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly Brisbin, 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.



Latest Episodes

#83: AI, AI, IO

May 23rd, 2023 · 59 minutes

Taking a look back at this year's Google I/O events, with an eye toward accessibility. Our favorite followers of the Goog are back! We talk AI, Android, Pixel phones and tablets, and how Google does its spectacle.

#82: Entirely Individualistic Low-Vision Girl

May 18th, 2023 · 78 minutes

This week, Apple previewed accessibility features coming to the Mac and iOS. It's an annual event, which even sat briefly atop TechMeme. Want to know more about what Apple discussed and how these new features fit in with the existing accessibility suite? We've got you!

#81: Tools and Tips for Mobile App Developers

April 25th, 2023 · 48 minutes

iOS developer Rob Whitaker returns to Parallel for a chat about APIs and tools developers can use to make their mobile apps more accessible.

#80: When Success Means Buying A Smaller Suit

April 11th, 2023 · 43 minutes

Starting or maintaining a fitness program is a challenge for anyone. If you have accessibility needs, you might experience barriers related to touchscreen devices, coaching that doesn't address a hearing or visual disability, or a need for accommodations related to physical limitations. With its Fitness+ service, Apple has taken on some of these i…

#79: Story Book

March 29th, 2023 · 27 minutes

Ten iOSes ago, I wrote a book called iOS Access for All. Here's how it has evolved over the years.

#78: So Many Thoughts and Feelings

March 14th, 2023 · 83 minutes

AppleVis, an excellent community of blind and visually-impaired Apple users, surveyed its members to get their thoughts on how well Apple's platforms provide accessibility. We talk over the survey, and add some impressions of our own.

#77: What is CSS Speech?

February 15th, 2023 · 36 minutes

What if you could design the experience of listening to Web content in the same way you design the experience of seeing it? That's the premise of the CSS Speech Module, a retired W3C proposal that's now being championed by my guest. She knows a thing or two about CSS and the W3C, as a member of the standards group's board of directors. So is CSS t…

#76: Some of My Automations are Fragile

October 26th, 2022 · 67 minutes

We're talking automation - mostly on macOS, with developer Brett Terpstra and fellow automation fan Darcy Burnard.

#75: A Deep Dive into WCAG 2.2. And Beyond.

September 27th, 2022 · 62 minutes

The W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG – is the standard against which Web developers test for accessibility. Like most good standards, WCAG is evolving, with a new release anticipated within a few months. We talk about what the 2.2 candidate includes, and what's next for this important standard.

#74: The Swipey on the Stem

September 14th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Parallel is back from summer break, and glad to be!

We gather to review Apple's latest hardware announcements: do we like them, do we want them, are they accessible? Behold, the iPhones 14, Apple Watch Ultra (and otherwise), and AirPods Pro, 2nd gen.