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

#40: iPhone 12/12 Pro Review part 2: Why LIDAR Matters

November 16th, 2020 · 41 minutes

In the second installment of my review of the new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, I take some new accessibility features for a spin, including people detection, screen recognition, image description and text recognition.

#39: Fear the First Generation

November 10th, 2020 · 65 minutes

In a crossover episode with the Maccessibility Roundtable, we take a look at Apple's "One More Thing" event, mere moments after it ended. Hear about the M1 chip and three new Macs based upon it.

#38: iPhone 12/12 Pro Review, part 1

October 31st, 2020 · 27 minutes

How do Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Pro stack up from an accessibility perspective? In part 1 of my review, I tackle some hardware basics. Do their size, weight, grippability, displays and camera features make them compelling options for people with disabilities? This generation of phones also extend the accessibility features of iOS, using machine-le…

#37: Getting Nerdy with Low Vision and Videoconferencing

October 17th, 2020 · 28 minutes

In this solo show, I talk about how I've set up and problem-solved for daily video calls and video podcasts. It's a lot! I've included helpful personal experiences and tips that apply whether you're using Zoom, Google Meet, Skype or Teams. It's about looking good on video if video is hard for you to see.

#36: I'm Aiming for Magic

October 6th, 2020 · 76 minutes

We talk about the many ways to implement home automation with or without a plan. Today's guests agree on a favorite platform, and they're here to tell you why.

#35: Beta Scavenger Hunt

September 16th, 2020 · 41 minutes

In what has become at least an annual tradition, I talk Android with two people who know it well, from both the mainstream and accessibility perspective. What's new in Android 11 and what accessibility features have joined the ranks, even before Google's phones got the new OS?

#34: Ears for Ham

August 4th, 2020 · 68 minutes

The filmed version of "Hamilton" as presented on Disney+ has an audio description track. Some who have used it find the track lacking. Someone decided to do something about it. Find out how it happened, how it was done, and how one AD user reacted.

#33: A Visit with Apple's Accessibility Team

July 14th, 2020 · 28 minutes

What's coming for accessibility on Apple's platforms later this year? My guests are Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, and Dean Hudson, an engineer on the Apple accessibility team. We talk VoiceOver/Screen Recognition, accessibility improvements for XCode, Magnifier updates, new Braille features for …

#32: Access to the Post-Apocalypse

July 7th, 2020 · 47 minutes

There are accessible video games, but it's not a given. The long-awaited The Last of Us 2 has taken lots of knocks from reviewers, but it's probably the most accessible game ever.

#31: WWDC 2020: Going to Visit Dad at the Office

June 23rd, 2020 · 81 minutes

WWDC 2020 is like no previous iteration of Apple's annual developer event. We talk about what's new from Apple, including accessibility updates for various platforms. We also dig in on tech conferences, both virtual and real. What do we want from them and what are the barriers to making them great experiences.