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Spotlight is a 30 minute interview where We take the time to introduce our listeners to developers, CEOs, accessibility officers in major companies, and other leaders in the blind and low vision community.

Spotlight by COOL BLIND TECH CBT

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Spotlight is a 30 minute interview where We take the time to introduce our listeners to developers, CEOs, accessibility officers in major companies, and other leaders in the blind and low vision community.

    Spotlight with Gilles Pepin – CEO of HumanWare

    Spotlight with Gilles Pepin – CEO of HumanWare

    In this weeks Spotlight CBT features Mr. Gilles Pepin, the CEO of HumanWare. With more than 25 years experience, Mr. Pepin has built a solid worldwide reputation in the field of assistive technology and in the arena of visual impairment.





    In 1988, Mr. Pepin founded VisuAide, a successful company specialized in high technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. VisuAide merged with PDI in 2005 to form HumanWare.





    For over 25 years, HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world.



    For more information, contact HumanWare below:



    USA

    Toll free: 1-800-722-3393

    info@humanware.com



    CANADA

    Toll free: 1-888-723-7273

    info@humanware.com



    AUSTRALIA/ASIA

    Tel: 1300-551-864 or 02-9686-2600

    au.sales@humanware.com



    UK/EUROPE

    Tel: 44-1933-415-800

    eu.sales@humanware.com

    • 38 min
    Spotlight with Kirk Adams: President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind

    Spotlight with Kirk Adams: President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind

    In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Kirk Adams, the president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind to discuss the mission of the AFB and the most pressing issues that blind people face in the 21st century.

    Helpful Resources

    AFB Website

    AFB’s Career Connect Page

    AFB’s Access World Publication

    AFB Press

    AFB’s Family Connect Page

    AFB’s Vision Aware Page

    AFB’s Publication, “College Bound”

    Learning Ally

    Cogswell Macy Act

    The American Council of the Blind

    The National Federation of the Blind

    • 29 min
    Spotlight with James Teh: Former Director at NVAccess

    Spotlight with James Teh: Former Director at NVAccess

    In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with James Teh, prior to his departure from NVAccess, to discuss the following subjects:



    * The history of NVDA

    * NVDA’s business model

    * Keeping up with an ever evolving Windows environment

    * NVDA in a corporate environment

    * Add-ons for NVDA

    * Voices available for NVDA

    * The user guide and tutorials for NVDA

    * Getting certified as a NVDA expert

    * Telephone support for NVDA

    * OSARA extension for Reaper



    Editor's note: James Teh will still be a Director (of the Board, just not an employee, and thus not an Executive Director.

    • 36 min
    Spotlight On LoganTech: Opening Doors Through Braille and Communication for All

    Spotlight On LoganTech: Opening Doors Through Braille and Communication for All

    Join Jessica for an exclusive interview with Glen Dobbs, President and Founder of LoganTech. Learn about their incredible journey from a small, parent-founded company with a singular purpose, to a growing distributor of Assistive Technology providing communication solutions and braille products. Learn how LoganTech is providing a way for everyone to communicate, regardless of ability, and how they are opening up doors to braille literacy through the Braille Coach and 6Dot Braille Label Maker.



    If you would like to know more about the products provided by LoganTech, check out their Youtube.



    If you would like to know more about Proxtalker, you can connect with Proxtalker on Facebook, or you can follow Proxtalker on Twitter.



    If you would like to know more about the 6Dot Braille Label Maker, you can follow 6Dot on Twitter, or connect with 6Dot on Facebook.



    We always enjoy listener feedback. If you enjoy this Spotlight Interview, we welcome your comments. Please feel free to send us an email, give us a Tweet, or find us on Facebook.

    • 34 min
    Spotlight On Embro: Travel Like A Pro with the Walk Pro

    Spotlight On Embro: Travel Like A Pro with the Walk Pro

    Join Jessica Rickards for an exciting Spotlight with Ronit Williams, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Embro, makers of the Walk Pro, WalkX, and the Keller Sight. Ronit explains how this company is developing products for a variety of abilities, from vision impairment to hearing and speech disabilities. A more in-depth discussion is explored about the virtual cane technology that was developed in the Walk products and what sets it apart from other products currently available, and the features available in each product.



    The WalkX and Walk Pro are both available for Pre-Order. To contact Embro, or if you have questions about their products, you can contact them.

    To follow Embro for the latest updates and developments, you can connect with Embro on Twitter.



    If you enjoyed this spotlight interview, don't forget to leave us feedback. We always enjoy hearing from our fans.

    • 29 min
    Spotlight ON Right-Hear: Indoor Navigation Made Accessible One Spot At a Time

    Spotlight ON Right-Hear: Indoor Navigation Made Accessible One Spot At a Time

    Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight interview with Idan Meir, co-founder and CEO of Right-Hear, an Israel-based company focused on providing an auditory indoor navigation solution to the blind and visually impaired. Right-Hear is a free iOS app and is also available free on the Google Play Store. Users are able to obtain information about an area through Accessible Spots installed by the individual businesses.



    For a full demonstration of how the app works, please watch the Youtube video



    Connect with Right-Hear on Facebook

    Follow Right-Hear on Twitter

    • 28 min

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