New Series Recording This Week

We have been out of the  studio for a few weeks now. Though we have not been taking things easy.

Behind the scenes at blindside fresno
Behind the scenes at Blindside Fresno

As with all of life in general we had some problems arranging some interviews, people were busy and there were some puppy shortages at local puppy raising groups to name but two of the obstacles to our calendar.

It is not easy being a producer of a magazine program like ‘Blindside Fresno’, but hey what am I complaining about? The program is great fun to make and we are now just about to go into the studio for some more recording sessions.

 

So What Will Be In The New Series?

We will be trying a new idea for one of our programs. We will have a series of sketches reflecting blind peoples experiences of “Good Samaritans” insisting on ‘helping’ and how we are often treated by servers in restaurants.  We will show the good way to do things and the bad way to do things.  Servers especially should take notes here, bad service impacts YOUR tip. So see if you are doing the right things and  learn how to make your blind customer a great tipper.

 

Also we will be taking a look at blind parenting from the other side. The point of view of children of blind or visually impaired children. That will be an interesting show, following our interview with two blind moms last season.

 

We will also take a look at the world of puppy-raising, talking with current puppy raisers in Fresno and the Central Valley. Asking them about the great work they do for organizations like Guide Dogs for the Blind. What is it like to give back a puppy that goes on to make a guide dog? Is it aas heartbreaking as we imagine?  Watch out for that one, we are hoping they will bring a cute puppy or two into the studio.

Plus we will have more news from the Blindside in Fresno.

Low Vision Kitchen: Make a Real English Beer Shandy

With Summer on the way, my thoughts moved to spending more time outside on the porch or having friends around for an afternoon barbecue.

 

These ocassions also need something to drink and what better than a real English Beer Shandy?

 

Shandy is a simple drink, a mixture of beer and what the British call Lemonade, Americans know it better as Sprite or 7UP.  Mixed together you have a refreshing drink that does not make you feel heavy and hungover as drinking plain beer might and It has the benefit that You can enjoy a beer like drink while not getting drunk.

 

So watch my short video here:  ENJOY

Guide Dog Application Process

Late in 2012, the programs producer, William Elliott, began the process of applying for a guide dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind based in San Rafael, California.

 

In this interview he talks about what happened during the application process, his two weeks at the guide dogs training school and what it is like to work with a guide dog on a daily basis.

 

There are some points where building noise interferes with sound quality. We apologize for this and hope that it does not spoil your enjoyment of the program.

Blindside Fresno on ‘Members Only’

Every month Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) produces a studio class which takes new members through a whole studio shows production.

 

The course takes three days, on the first day you learn about the studio and control room as well as planning a show. The second day you work the various areas of a studio and control room and on the third and final day the members of the class create the show, ‘Members Only.’

 

The show is hosted by one of the staff members at CMAC and guests are  producers of shows aired by CMAC.

 

I was pleased to be asked to go into the studio at the end of November to appear as a guest producer for program 21 in the series. Exactly one year after I had operated a camera on an earlier edition of ‘Members Only.”

So here is Episode 21 of Members Only aired December 2016.

‘Blindside Fresno’ Adaptive Technology

This program looks at the wide range of adaptive technology available to the blind and visually impaired community.

Tom Randall, Nathan Romo and I meet in the ‘Blindside Fresno’ studio to look at all kinds of gadgets from cheap and cheerful to some pretty expensive tech. As technology expands the good news for blind people is that more technology is being created for the mass market and much of this technology is accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

While we did find one or two gadgets which are more expensive because they are created for the blind and visually impaired market we also found lots of useful and important items at realistically affordable prices.

So if you have been blind or visually impaired for many years or you are just coming to terms with loss of sight then take a look at this video introduction to some of the neccessary technology out there.

 

 

A Christmas Wish

The Christmas Season is now here and everyone from the ‘Blindside Fresno’ production team wish you all the very best for this season.

We have lots of plans for programs in the new year. We actually start recording our January program tomorrow. A program about the Guide Dog application process.

Then we are also looking forward to March when we will see if our program with Nathan Romo was successful in receiving the award that it was nominated for earlier last week.

So lots to look forward to next year.

For now. Sit back and enjoy this playlist of some of our favorite Christmas Music.

Merry Christmas

‘Members Only’ Appearance

On November 30. I was honored to appear on a regular feature program at Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) call ‘Members Only.’

Just one year ago in November 2015 I worked on the show as a camera operator completing my studio training class. Little did I know back then that just twelve months later I would appear on the show as a guest producer.

The show shares the experience of producers of all kinds of shows with new members and by watching the program regularly you can find inspiration for new ideas and also get to see that those niggly experiences, annoyances and iritations are common to most producers rather than the gods throwing a spanner into your work personally.

I appeared on this episode, Episode 21. I am the second guest on the show. To read about the experience see my blog “In the Studio: Members Only”

By clicking the link below you can see the complete episode of ‘Members Only’

 


Blindside Fresno: Program 5 Blind Moms (Part 2)

‘Blindside Fresno’ continues its programming with episode five. Broadcast on November 15, 2016 by Community Media Access  Collaborative (CMAC) in Fresno California. This program was part two of an interview with two moms who have low vision and blindness.

Debbie Flowers is a High School teacher of Special Needs Students and has a degenerative eye condition which has caused her to lose most of her vision over her lifetime.

Sarah Harris is a full time mom who was suddenly blinded in a car crash just before learning she was pregnant with her daughter. So had to cope both with vision loss and being a new mom in short succession.

They talk about some serious issues about blindness, vision loss and child rearing, but for the most part look at their lives from the humerous side. Showing blindness and disability breed a love of life and requires a great sense of humour.


‘Blind Date’

Have you ever been on a “Blind Date”?

Blind dates can be nerve wrecking. You don’t know anything about the other person, you don’t know what he or she looks like and you don’t know if he or she can actually see.

Well  a couple of my friends from Community Media Access Collaborative, Anita Fernandez and Alvin Arizaga act in this sketch calld “Mystery Date.”

Anita wrote, produced and performed in the piece about two people meeting on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. The result is funny and there is a really great performance from Alvin who shows his skill as a physical comedian.

So sit back and enjoy “Mystery Date” by Anita Fernandez.

 

 

As a visually impaired person myself, I have to say meeting people who perform all these antics is all too familiar. In this skit it is funny, inreal life, well not so. So if you meet someone who you think is blind  do us both a favor and just behave like a normal person. You don’t want me to think you are a complete idiot. Do you?