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Don’t miss special podcast episodes, collected from our regular programs.

AMI-audio Exclusives

Don’t miss special podcast episodes, collected from our regular programs.

Recent episodes

Finding a New Voice

Authored on October 19, 2021

What happens when life pushes you out of the spotlight – and then right off stage?  Julia Bonnett takes us on her journey through vision loss paralleling a career as an operatic soprano and music teacher.  She finds out that sometimes the best laid plans just don’t work out.  Finding a new voice might just mean making it up as you go along!  

Backing tracks for “La Cloche a sonne” and “La Fleur que tu m’avais jetee” provided by Aberforth D. Find more at www.thesoundofopera.com

Shaun of the Shed - Episode 2 - Smart Speakers

Authored on October 15, 2021

Welcome to Shaun of the Shed. There's no denying that technology can be confusing. Just knowing where to start can make your head spin... If you're new to the world of tech and are looking for a helping hand, then look no further. 

In this episode, we're going to take a look at my favourite gadget. It's incredibly accessible, affordable and a must-have if you're blind or visually impaired. Say hello to smart speakers!

To start off, I'll explain what it means when something is referred to as being "smart" and then show you just how easy it is to use a smart speaker. It's then on to demonstrations of some of the amazing things they can do, concentrating on entertainment, information and how a smart speaker can control other devices

Finally, I wrap up with a look at what options are available when it comes to buying a smart speaker and letting you know how easy they are to set up.

If you want to jump to a specific part of the episode, you'll find the timestamps below:                                                                                               

(2:13) - What is a smart device?
(4:24)  - How to use a smart speaker.
(8:00)  - Using a smart speaker for entertainment.
(13:11) - Using a smart speaker to answer questions.
(18:06) - Using a smart speaker to control a smart home.
(24:14) - Smart speaker options and set up

Shaun of the Shed - Episode 1 - Smartphones

Authored on September 15, 2021

Welcome to Shaun of the Shed. There's no denying that technology can be confusing. Just knowing where to start can make your head spin... If you're new to the world of tech and are looking for a helping hand then look no further. In this episode, I'll be introducing you to a technology that, in my opinion, is an essential tool if you are blind or visually impaired. The smartphone.

A smartphone can help with so many things from reading documents, staying in touch with friends and family, shopping, banking, accessing sighted help when you need it and so much more. But how can we possibly use a smartphone when we can't see the screen? Well, I'm glad you asked.

In this episode, I'll be unboxing both an Android smartphone & an Apple iPhone and talking you through not only the physical design and layout but also how to turn on accessibility and how to start using them. All without the need for sighted assistance.

If you have any comments or questions for me then please feel free to email feedback@ami.ca.