Discover Podcasting at KSSB

Podcasting has been an interest to kids with visual impairments here at the Kansas State School for the Blind for several years. We recently purchased the equipment and we are starting this spring, 2020. To start, our first episode will focus on “Discovering Podcasting” and getting it started. Topics will vary with each episode, so stay tuned for more.

Chip Hailey, Shares his Experiences with Voting

E12 | October 23, 2020

During this episode, Chip talked about his experiences voting in his state, and how the process is still inaccessible. He gives examples of how voting machines that were designed for the blind kept on having problems.

Chris Downey, Blind Architect with a Vision

E11 | September 24, 2020

Chris Downey talks about his life as an architect, and how his loss of vision did not alter his vision within his profession.

Learn more about Chris Downey and his architecture at Architecture for the Blind.

A Discussion on Way Finding with Joe Cioffi

E10 | June 27, 2020

Joe Cioffi spent over 30 years immersed in the deafblind world: as an advocate, a product developer, and a teacher of independent travel skills and tactile communication skills to deafblind youth and adults.   He is the CEO of ClickAndGo Wayfinding is dedicated to bringing independent mobility to everyone–regardless of their ability and at no cost to the user.

Our discussion today talked briefly of his background and how Way Finding evolved in his life and business


E9 | June 19, 2020

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that connects classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers to create sustainable CS programs.  During this episode, the TEALS team shared about the JAVA class that was taught at KSSB,  how the instructors got into coding, and the importance of accessibility.  

Allison Hartnett, Regional Manager with TEALS, mentioned the new Computer Science course that will be taught online with KSSB this Fall, 2020 during the afternoon after school hours to make it more accessible.


E8 | May 28, 2020

John Panereez, owner of Mac for the Blind, stopped by the virtual studio to discuss how he founded Mac for the Blind, what he did before becoming a certified trainer through Apple, and his views on accessibility of Apple products.

Needed Technology Skills in the Post Secondary Years

E7 | May 25, 2020

Robert Beach is an assistive technology specialist at the Kansas City Community College, who has trained and assisted students during their early college years.  He has worked with other agencies such as Envision and the Kansas State School for the Blind to help improve student readiness in technology before leaving the high school years.   During this episode, Robert Beach shares his insights.

Joe Strechay: Discovering a Career in Movies and Becoming an Advocate for the Blind

E6 | May 14, 2020

Joe Strechay talks about his journey into the movie business, and co- hosting the Apple TV series “See”.   He reflects on his experiences with the barriers in his life, and the importances of taking risks.

Tidbits from Tyler Merren: A Lifetime in Sports and Challenging Barriers in the Paralympics

E5 | May 8, 2020

The Discover Podcasting team is joined by Tyler Merren, who has competed three times in the Paralympics, playing Goalball on a team through the United States Association For Blind Athletes. We cover his new fitness training project, his experience with self-advocacy, his time spent playing Goalball, his love of sports, and much, much more.

Distance Learning Reflections from the Students’ Point of View

E4 | April 22, 2020

The students discuss some questions asked about their experiences with distance learning, through not only KSSB, but their home districts as well.

Tips on Podcasting from the Pros

E3 | April 17, 2020

Hal Bowman is a popular person in the world of podcasting, and we were fortunate to have him as a guest on our new podcasting site.

Assistive Technology History from the Student’s Viewpoint

E2 | April 13, 2020

Technology history from the student’s perspective was discussed, with highlights on their favorites over the years.

Introduction to Podcasting

E1 | April 4, 2020

Podcast starts off with the mechanics, roles, and future topics. Join us and learn about the basics of Podcasting.

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