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John Furniss: A Blind Woodworker

John is an amazing human being. He is kind, loves a good joke, and creates beautiful pieces of furniture. He is also happens to be blind. I first met John through his wife Anni Becker Furniss. She was featured in an earlier episode of Innovators of Vancouver and also a student in my video production class. She often talked about the work John created and that he loved to work with his hands. I knew one day making a video about how he did it was going to happen.

As John works on his wood lathe, he shares how he learned about exotic hardwoods, the visual blueprints that he turns into a reality, and how woodworking is his meditation. When he can, he volunteers at Habitat for Humanity repairing small engines and even builds things.

Thank you to John for welcoming me to his shop as he creates his next masterpiece for Innovators of Vancouver. — Chris Martin

 

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How Golf is Being Used to Inspire Kids: The Children’s Course – First Tee

 
Here is the full-length outtake of Sierra’s interview. Sierra is a student at the Washington State School for the Blind and is an absolutely amazing person.
 

 

Mac-cessibility Network: All Things Accessibility for Apple Products

On the October 13, 2013 episode of the legendary MacCast, Adam Christianson interviews  Josh de Lioncourt, a blind Apple products user. Josh is part of the Maccessibility Network which focusses on accessibility of Apple products:

Maccessibility is devoted to connecting, compiling, and providing easy access to the best resources for blind, visually impaired, and other disability groups using Apple products. It is maintained by a dedicated group of visually impaired volunteers, who are Apple enthusiasts themselves.

Maccessibility began in 2007 as a project on Lioncourt.com to provide news and informational materials to low and no vision users of the Mac platform. Additionally, it served as a resource to dispel false information regarding the accessibility of Apple products.

As somebody who relies on accessibility on both OS X and iOS I am surprised I didn’t know about the Maccessibility site sooner. Many thanks to Adam for a great interview with Josh and for his awesome MacCast podcast.