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JJ’s avatar stands at a vintage chrome microphone dressed in a yellow plaid shirt, gripping the mic stand. Mouth open wide, he tips his head back and gestures with his free hand.

During my time as a Describer I have been welcomed as a featured guest on many podcasts and radio programs, including CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, ACB’s Sunday Edition, Blind Abilities, ADNA’s Know Your Narrator, Vision Australia Radio’s Studio 1, and CNIB’s Blind Wide Open.

I’m a regular contributor on AMI’s Kelly and Ramya, and a host and Executive Producer on Radio Lumi, the arts and access podcast wing of Toronto’s Luminato Festival.

I have also created several podcasts of my own, including Description Deep Dive – The James Bond Files, and the upcoming travel description podcast Describe Away.

But in the podcasting world I am best known for co-creating the innovative program Talk Description to Me with my good friend and colleague Christine Malec. Our description-rich approach and exploration of the visual world garnered a devoted following in the Blind community, and was recognized by several international organizations including the Ottawa Awesome Foundation, the American Council of the Blind, and the International Association of Audio Information Services.