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Eyes on Success

Wednesday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
  • Hosted by Peter and Nancy Torpey

Eyes On Success presents information, demonstrations and discussion of products, services, and life experiences that help people with vision loss live independently and productively.  Topics range from detailed descriptions of adaptive equipment and programs such as screen readers and portable Braille displays to discussions of various accessible reading materials to personal stories of engaging in extreme sports and other hobbies. There's something for everyone on Eyes On Success.

Eyes On Success is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey and distributed by WXXI Reachout Radio in Rochester, NY.  Nancy and Pete speak from personal experiences.  As retired physicists, and self-proclaimed "geeks" Pete, who is blind carries the heavy tech load, and Nancy who is sighted provides the warmth and color commentary.

Ways to Connect

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Amazon makes a vast array of products from smart speakers to microwave ovens that incorporate universal design concepts that enable their devices to be useable by and accessible to everyone.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Peter Korn, director of accessibility at Amazon Lab 126, about a number of these products and what makes them special.

EOS #2032: Navigating Health Care, 08/05/20

Aug 3, 2020
https://www.nbp.org/

Navigating the ins and outs of the health care system can be a confusing and daunting task even if one is sighted.  But what if you’re not?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Deborah Kendrick about her book “Navigating Health Care: When All They Can See is That You Can’t” which offers useful suggestions and strategies when you might most need them.

https://www.adaanniversary.org/

The Americans with Disabilities Act was a pivotal point in codifying the rights which all disabled people are afforded in the U.S.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tim Elder, a blind disability rights attorney, about the long journey in recognizing the rights of the disabled, developing the current law, and why the journey is not yet done.

EOS #2030: Cross Country Skiing, 07/22/20

Jul 20, 2020
https://www.sierrasun.com/sports/ski-for-light-brings-visually-impaired-to-the-snow/

Participating in sports can not only help to keep you healthy but can also be a rewarding social activity.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tim McCorcle, president of the Ski For Light organization, about programs run by the organization in which blind skiers can partner with sighted guides to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends.

EOS #2029: The Blind Soprano, 07/15/20

Jul 13, 2020
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Cristina Jones is a dramatic coloratura soprano who refers to herself as The Blind Soprano.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Cristina about how she became interested in music as a youth, how she dealt with losing her eyesight as she got older, and challenges she has had to overcome as a professional opera singer both on stage and off.


https://www.desertsun.com/

There was a time that a “service animal” was a trained and certified guide dog for the blind.  Now it seems that service animals are everywhere and the rules of acceptance have become considerably relaxed.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Deni Elliott, a blind professor of Media Ethics, about what has changed, the implications, and what we can do about it.

https://thefemalescientist.com/

Ophthalmologists are trained to treat medical conditions associated with the eye and should be consulted if you are experiencing vision loss.  But what about getting around in daily life?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Neelam Patel, a low vision specialist, about the array of services and resources available of which you might not have been told.


https://www.joeystuckey.com/

Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer. He is also the official music ambassador for his home town of Macon, Georgia.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joey about his life journey and keys to his success.

https://www.all-about-psychology.com/

Despite being totally blind since childhood, Robert De Young acquired the training to become a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Robert about what being a clinical psychologist entails and the service he provides to his clients.  They also talk with him about how he works with clients despite being blind.

http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/

ENCORE of #1638

Many visually impaired people have experienced the frustrations of operating cable TV or searching for a movie.  If you’re a Comcast customer, however, your problems are solved!  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility at Comcast, about their solutions that provide the blind with almost complete access to all functions.

EOS #2023: On the Move Again, 06/03/20

Jun 1, 2020
https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

In a prior episode, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked about their long distance move from Rochester, New York to Golden, Colorado.  Well they are on the move again!  In this episode they talk about their recent move to another part of Golden, a few miles from the old house.  Hear what was different about this move and how it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eric Damery is VP of Software Product Management of Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company, a worldwide leader in providing assistive technology for visually impaired people.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Eric about the company, features of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion, and special offerings for students as well as during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The BARD Mobile app from the National Library Service (NLS) has recently had a major update.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy Dixon of the NLS about some of the exciting new features you will find in the new app including the ability to find books by the same author, in the same series or genre, and subscribe to new releases.

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Band-in-a-Box from PG Music continues to evolve and introduce new features that are appealing to both professional and amateur musicians alike.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tobin Frank, chief development officer at PG Music, about the program and how the scripts Peter developed make this program accessible with the JAWS screen reader.

https://www.sunu.com/en/index.html

Even if one is proficient at using a white cane for navigation there are still some obstacles that will go undetected by even the most experienced traveler.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Diego Mendoza, Business Development director at Sunu Co., about how the Sunu Band, worn around one’s wrist, can provide tactile feedback to help avoid such obstacles.

https://costaricavisions.com/

Encore of #1839

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has over 400 sites that are visited by over 300 million people each year.  They strive to make these sites as accessible as possible for everyone.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist for Accessibility Support Programs, about the NPS and how their sites can be enjoyed by all.

https://www.innovationtoronto.com/2020/01/national-center-for-atmospheric-research/

NCAR, or the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is a worldwide resource focused on earth system sciences.  They have worked hard to make their public displays very accessible.  Join hosts Nancy and peter Torpey as they take a tour of a number of interactive exhibits with Becca Hatheway, manager of teaching and learning at the center. 

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Dot Incorp has developed an innovative braille technology for refreshable braille displays that is less costly and bulky than traditional refreshable braille designs.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ah-rum Choi, director of Social Impact at Dot Incorp, about their new braille Dot Watch, and what we might expect from this technology in the future.

EOS #2015: Coping While Isolated, 04/08/20

Apr 6, 2020
https://www.practicalrecovery.com/prblog/coping-with-isolation/

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to dramatically change our daily routines and develop new strategies for navigating through this difficult time.  In this special episode hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey discuss tools and resources you might find useful in work, chores, play, and socializing with friends and family while practicing social isolation.

EOS #2014: A Career with Computers, 04/01/20

Mar 30, 2020
https://www.microsoft.com/

Jeff Bishop is a program manager on Microsoft’s accessibility team.  Despite being blind from birth, he was an active and adventurous youth, learned programming on a Commodore Computer, and has had a fun and rewarding professional career.  Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with Jeff about his experiences and what he considers to be some of his keys to success.


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Over the past few years, Microsoft has added a number of major enhancements to the Narrator screen reader that is built into Windows.  Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with Jeff Bishop, a program manager in the accessibility team at Microsoft, about some of Narrator’s new features, and why, if you haven’t used Narrator in a while, it might be worth a second look.

https://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scriptability/

En-Vision America provides labeling solutions for the visually impaired including voice-enabled products like i.d. mate, the talking bar code reader, and ScriptAbility, which includes Braille, large print and talking prescription labels. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with representative Jenna Reed about these products and how you might find them useful.

https://www.lyfemarketing.com/blog/real-estate-facebook-ads/

Have you ever wanted to purchase a house either to live in or as an investment? Are you thinking that as a blind person that might be a questionable thing to do? Well think again! Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ana Garza, who has been blind since childhood, about her experiences buying a rental property and how she is making it work for her.


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A lot has changed over the years in the Android world, especially in terms of accessibility features that are available for the visually impaired and how well these features perform.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey once again talk with Ana Garza who gives us an update on the accessibility of Android devices and why you might consider using them.


https://www.perkinselearning.org/

Although many people really enjoy having the power and flexibility of a smart phone right in their pockets, smart phones aren’t for everyone.  Sometimes a simple phone with buttons and without all the frills will do the trick.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy Jones about what options are available if a smart phone isn’t for you.


https://iaccessibility.net/

Every new release of iOS for Apple devices brings a host of new features and functionality, but trying to learn what is new can be quite daunting.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin about the updated version of her easy to follow reference book "iOS Access for All" that details what you need to know to work effectively with iOS 13 devices.


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Hannah Fairbairn’s book “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery” is based on her experience as an instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind as well as her own personal journey with vision loss.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about the book and some of the guidance it offers for those new to vision loss.


EOS #2006: Astreos Stargazing App, 02/05/20

Feb 3, 2020
www.abc.net.au

Just because one has limited vision doesn’t mean that one can’t enjoy investigating the heavenly bodies in the universe around us.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with with Yuma Antoine Decaux and Jake Dean from OSeyeris about the accessible Astreos Stargazing App they are developing to open up new vistas for both amateurs and professionals.


www.saomaicenter.org

The SM Music Reader is a free Android app that enables the visually impaired to access music scores imported onto their devices.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dang Hoai Phuc, executive director of the Sao Mai Center for the Blind in Vietnam, about the app and how it can be used to read and listen to complex musical scores.


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The Build a Better Book project works with school and library Makerspaces to engage youth in the design and fabrication of inclusive media, including picture books, games and graphics.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jesse Swift, a STEM teacher at Golden High School, and his students about the project and how it worked at their school.


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