Podcasting has been an interest to kids with visual impairments here at the Kansas State School for the Blind for several years, and the number of people listening to the episodes indicates that others must share that interest. Starting in 2020, the students in the podcast group have broadcast several episodes, with more to come! Topics in each episode vary, and should be popular with anyone who enjoys podcasting. Contact us if you have a topic and/or guest speaker you would like to listen to.
Listen to KSSB Discover Podcasting
Listen to KSSB Discover Podcasting
Season 2 – E6 | April 27, 2023
In this episode, we are joined in studio by Nicole Drake and Leah Enright, and Griffin Pinkow of the Forseeable Future Foundation on Zoom, to talk about the importance of accessible sports for blind and visually impaired people. Griffin discusses some of the sports that he’s participated in, and his desire to try other ones that he hasn’t gotten the opportunity to explore yet. We also go over the details for Blind Sports Day at KSSB, held on May 6, 2023.
Season 2 – E5 | March 13, 2023
Brent Harbolt stopped by the virtual studio to talk about the Harbolt Company, his favorite products that he’s sold, views on AIRA, and more. We even managed to convince him to tell some interesting stories about his time working with different customers over the past 9 years, and we had a surprise host who came creeping up out of the woodwork to help host the show.
Season 2 – BONUS E3 | March 13, 2023
The Take 10 crew discuss what Make48 is in brief, now that the show is live. They talked about what it was like to be on TV, recapped the event, and Braydn builds the scene for how his family felt about the show. They also continue expressing personal experiences.
Season 2 – E4 | March 10, 2023
Theresa Van Goethem stopped by the studio to talk to us about Leadership 2000, her role in the organization, and the many opportunities they have taken as part of the Wyandotte County community. She also highlights some known figures in the Kansas City area who attended Leadership 2000 over the course of its running. To learn more about this program, please contact email@example.com
Season 2 – BONUS E2 | March 6, 2023
In this second episode of Take 5 (now called Take 10), our student hosts talk about their personal experiences participating in the Make48 Inventor Competition that took place December 2022 at KSSB. We welcome a new host, Kinnick, as she asks her co-hosts Riley & Addie what they liked best about that 48 hours.
Season 2 – BONUS E1| December 10, 2022
In this first episode of Take 5, our hosts in the Introduction to Podcasting group talk about what it’s like as a blind person watching movies at both the theater and school. They talk about the closed captioning systems, and how they are constantly mistakenly given those devices instead of audio description.
E 32| June 28, 2022
In this final episode of Season 1, we give an update on things to come in the coming months of the podcast, and some of our members say farewell for now. We discuss the future of the show, what our former hosts will be doing, and the possibility of new voices coming into the fold. We introduce some new voices, and Ty makes a guest appearance, after his feature on Episode 20.
E 31| May 1, 2022
The team is back with another roundtable discussion, where we deviate from our usual topics, and we talk about music instead. We go over what we like to listen to, how we listen to music, what we think our generation listens to, and what releases we’re looking forward to hearing in 2022. At the end of the show, Rich previews some different projects that he and Patrick have worked on, using Logic Pro X on their Macs.
E 30| March 30, 2022
E29 | March 16, 2022
Tony Gebhard stopped by the virtual studio to talk to us about his story. He discusses his life as a musician, his albums, his struggles with addiction, and where he is now. We also talk about how he went from living in Michigan to being a full-time resident in Alaska.
Tony Gebhard shared some audio tutorials about Windows 10!
E27| January 30th, 2022
The Discover Podcasting team discuss the pros and cons of the Apple Watch, its accessibility features, and other things that may be important for someone who either is interested in getting a watch, or who already has one and wants more information about it. Towards the end of the show, our ol’ pal Rich gives us a brief demonstration on how the Apple Watch works with VoiceOver gestures, as well as going around his favorite watch face.
E26| January 16th, 2022
Rich is back as host for this episode! Todd Morando stopped by the virtual studio to talk about his job as a Vocation Rehabilitation counselor in Kansas, the process of applying and opening a case with Rehabilitation Services, different policies, etc. We also discuss his life as a college student and how technology has evolved over the years.
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E22| May 6th, 2021
Ajay, Charlie, Nick, Mr. Taylor, and Patrick join Rich in continuing the discussion that we had on the show about distance learning, the new reality from last year. This time, we talked about the hybrid learning schedule, online only, and full in-person learning. We discussed the pros and cons of each, and we also got a chance to poke a little fun at Rich, which is the most important part, right?
E21| April 23rd, 2021
Marcus travels all over the country speaking to medical groups about his experience as a patient after a horrific car crash in which he lost his vision. He has published several books and has a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine – he helps others heal from traumatic experiences by sharing their story. He currently lives in Florida and teaches at the University of Notre Dame on the topic of Narrative Medicine to a variety of medical professionals and educators.
E20| April 16th, 2021
Ty stopped by the actual podcast studios (there are quite a few on campus) to celebrate our 20th episode with us. He is a student at the School For the Blind, who is very much interested in the ins and outs of ham radio operation. You will hear about the process of getting an operator license, some of the FCC’s guidelines, and some of Ty’s other hobbies that he likes to do when not at school.
E18| March 26th, 2021
Abigail Workman, public relations specialist and resource creator, contacted KSSB to work on accessible solutions in a local business. During this episode, Christian (a teacher) and Rich (a student) at the Kansas State School for the Blind talk to Abigail about this collaboration process and issues they encountered.
E17| March 8th, 2021
Jen Houston is the community relations manager for UMB Financial Corporation where she works to create opportunities and to be a resource for associates looking to get involved in their communities. During this episode of Discover Podcasting at KSSB, Jen shares with us her job at UMB, and how the bank helps the community in a variety of projects. The connection with KSSB is also discussed.
E16 | February 5TH, 2021
Kimberly Rhea has made an interesting path for herself by the interests and career experiences she has pursued over the years. She has worked in the business world, taught students in public school, lived through a tornado, and has written several books. In her spare time, she has road motorcycles; made wedding cakes, and told jokes on stage.
E15 | January 14TH, 2021
During this podcast, Jordyn Walker shares about the challenging events in her life and the decision to set a positive path for herself. When others set limitations, she loves to prove them wrong. She talks about her experiences with Braille and learning technology after losing her vision at 15. Jordyn plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in the fall. You can follow Jordyn on Twitter @_blind_bandit_, and you can find her on Instagram @the_real_jay_walker.
E13 | OCTOBER 29, 2020
Ed Summers is Director of Accessibility at SAS, the market leader in analytics software and services. The SAS accessibility team enables people of all abilities to access the power of analytics. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.
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.
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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.
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.
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.