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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

EOS #2003: Communicating with Zoom, 01/15/20

Jan 13, 2020

Zoom is a powerful communications tool that has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years.  The software can be run from desktop or mobile devices for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Carter Jenkins, a Customer Success Manager at Zoom, about the accessibility of Zoom and some of its features.

Blind since birth, Phyllis Campbell is a prize-winning author who started writing as a young child.  Over the years she has written a number of books including both fiction and non-fiction as well as many magazine articles.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Phyllis about her writings and how she portrays blind characters in some of her books.

EOS #2001: A Tribute to Jim Thatcher, 01/01/20

Dec 30, 2019

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey honor the life and work of Jim Thatcher who passed away last month by reprising episode 1420 in which we interviewed Jim about his pioneering work in the development of the first screen readers and years later of the first standards for web accessibility.  Thanks to Jim for his continued contributions to the field of accessibility.

With this episode, Nancy and Peter Torpey complete their 9th year of hosting and producing Eyes On Success.   Join them as they revisit clips from their first episode as well as interviews with blind people who practice martial arts, drive race cars, have run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, been attacked by pirates, gotten a hole in one playing golf, and more!

The unemployment rate for the visually impaired continues to be very high.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Rachel Carver from Outlook Business Solutions about a new approach being developed to address this problem. The program matches visually impaired consultants with specific skills to companies seeking these skills for their projects.

EOS #1950: Jonathan Mosen Moves On, 12/11/19

Dec 9, 2019

Jonathan Mosen is well known for his many contributions to the blindness community.  A strong advocate for disability rights, he has also played major roles at ACB Radio, Humanware, Freedom Scientific, and Aira.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jonathan about his journey as well as about his new role as CEO of Workbridge which connects the disabled with employers.

Have you ever dropped a tiny screw in the grass and tried to find it?  In her latest book “31 Cool Things You Can Do With iOS”, Judy Dixon explains how your iPhone can help.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy about this book and others she has written about using an iPhone with little or no vision, including one on getting sighted assistance.

EOS #1948: NEWSREEL Audio Magazine, 11/27/19

Nov 25, 2019

NEWSREEL is a monthly audio magazine offering three hours of helpful information and inspiration in the voices of its members. Topics include technology, travel tips, books, recipes, personal experiences, sports and more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with NEWSREEL‘s editor, Irwin Hott, about the magazine for and by the blind and its history.

EOS #1947: Medical Transcription, 11/20/19

Nov 18, 2019

Blind since birth, Kathy Melton became a medical transcriber several decades ago.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about how the tools, processes and accessibility have changed over the years and about her experiences in the field.  She has since gone on to start a business training other blind people to be medical transcribers.

Bristol Braille is now shipping the Canute 360, a refreshable multi-line braille display with 360 characters.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ed Rogers, founder and managing director of Bristol Braille, about how the device works and how the designers managed to make the Canute 360 at a price that makes it a viable option for braille users.

Ross McGregor is a blind music producer who has produced over 300 albums during his career.  He was recently presented the Australian “Hands of Fame” award for his lifetime achievements.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ross about what a music producer does and how the technologies and methods for music production have changed over the years.