• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Community Media Pathway to Opportunity

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 7  
Thid session highlights the educational advantages, confidence building, skills development and employment potential of accessible community internet radio and podcasting in the blind community over the last quarter of a century. And explores the role of community media in the next 25 years. We will focus on the remarkable achievements of RNIB Connect Radio, Europe's first blind community radio station, and similar services around the world in bolstering the confidence, skills, and employability of blind and partially sighted individuals. By exploring specific case studies, we will demonstrate how creating audio content on accessible devices in the comfort of one’s home can pave the way to paid positions in media, technology, and related fields. The presentation discusses how participating in radio and podcasting activities boosts self-esteem and public speaking skills. Real world case studies will be shared to demonstrate how individuals overcome shyness and gained confidence through radio and podcasting. The session highlights the diverse skills acquired in accessible audio production, content creation, and communication. And showcases how these skills are transferable to various industries, including media, technology, and marketing. The blind and partially sighted community faces unique challenges in education and employment. This proposal emphasizes the transformative potential of community internet radio and podcasting as tools for empowerment and inclusion.  
  • Disability Specific
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Media & Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Employment & Human Resources
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Through success stories from RNIB Connect Radio and similar community media services, you will discover how accessible content creation leads to confidence-building, skills development and fulfilling careers for blind and low vision people.  
Primary Topic
School-to-Work Transitioning  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Mobile Technology
Session Type
General Track  


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