Mix tech news topics with smart people, and season the conversation with discussion about the accessibility of computers and mobile devices. That’s The Parallel.
This is emphatically not an accessibility podcast. The Parallel is a tech podcast that is informed by the need for improved accessibility to computers and mobile devices. Your host, Shelly Brisbin, has worked as a journalist and author for more than 25 years, covering both mainstream technology (especially Apple), and accessible consumer tech (especially Apple.) On each episode of The Parallel. Shelly and her guests, who also cover the mainstream and accessible waterfronts, discuss gadgets, apps, operating systems, the kinds of work we do with them, and what the future holds for us all.
Why The Parallel?
This is from the FAQ for guests: “I’ve worked for many years in both the mainstream, and accessible tech worlds. I’ve been frustrated by how little overlap there is between the two communities. Too, the conversations we have tend to be superficial. Mainstream outlets know accessibility is a thing, and will sometimes enumerate features or the lack of them. They often don’t evaluate accessibility as they would other features and products, nor do they seek the advice or opinions of those who use them. They view accessibility as a social issue, not a technology issue. Fun fact: there is a community of podcasters, writers, developers and geeks who cover assistive technology (AT.) And for these writers, podcasters, and developers, accessible technology can change lives, and the lack of it can be damaging to those lives. But such technologies are also tools to be wielded in service of productivity, communication, and joy. Whether they work, and how well, is evaluated in the accessibility community with the same rigor the mainstream dissects a laptop, a game, a voice assistant. And we should all talk to each other more.”