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

#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

We're talking about Apple's fitness offering from an accessibility perspective with a Fitness+ user, and someone who has worked on Apple accessibility teams.

#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 visual experience? That's the premise of the CSS Speech Module. Is CSS the way to design spoken experiences, or is it a hindrance for screen reader users?

#76: Some of My Automations are Fragile

October 26th, 2022 · 67 minutes

We're talking automation - mostly on macOS, with developer Bret 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. WCAG is evolving, with a new release anticipated in a few months. We talk about what the 2.2 candidate includes, and what's next.

#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.

#73: A Week with Apple's Accessibility Preview

May 24th, 2022 · 51 minutes

We take a look at new accessibility features coming later this year to Apple platforms.

#72: Building Accessibility Products as a Startup

May 22nd, 2022 · 60 minutes

Creating products that serve people with disabilities has all the challenges of any software project, along with unique hurdles for a bootstrapped startup. We'll talk with a cofounder whose mobile apps aid people with vision loss and hearing impairments.