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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

https://www.aph.org/

Larry Skutchan has been a key contributor and driver behind many of the access technologies that are familiar names to us these days.  This includes the Studio Recorder audio editing program, the Bookport Reader, the Mantis braille display, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry about his life and career now that he is newly retired.


EOS #2121: Louie Voice Control, 05/19/21

May 17, 2021
https://louievoice.com/

Imagine being able to fully control popular smartphone apps and functionality with just voice commands!  That is what the Louie Voice Control system enables.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Pramit Bhargava whose own vision loss inspired the concept and led to its development.  Hear the system in action and how it can be used to perform everyday tasks.


EOS #2120: APH ConnectCenter, 05/12/21

May 10, 2021
https://www.aph.org/

The American Printing House (APH) ConnectCenter manages resources aimed at helping people of all ages and includes VisionAware, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect, ConnectCalendar, and an Information and Referral Line.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with director Olaya Landa-Vialard and digital content specialist Kathryn Botsford about these services.


https://pneumasolutions.com/

Pneuma Solutions offers a suite of accessible cloud services geared to the needs of the visually impaired.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with co-founders Mike Calvo (CEO) and Matt Campbell (CTO) about Sero as well as how Scribe for Meetings and Scribe for Education transform documents to make them accessible in a variety of formats for web events and personal use.


https://www.patentlyapple.com/

Dean Hudson's vision began deteriorating as a child but he never let that stop him.  Developing an interest in computers as a youth, Dean went on to have a long and rewarding career in technology.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dean, who is now Apple's Accessibility Evangelist, about his journey and positive outlook on life.


EOS #2117: Designing a Profession, 04/21/21

Apr 19, 2021
https://www.thecandyinmypocket.com/page/6/

"Who Wants to Hire a Blind Interior Designer?" was the subject of an introductory email we received from John Robert Wiltgen's publicist.  So we decided to find out!  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John about his very successful career, how he worked around his impaired vision, and about some of the other challenges he had to overcome.


EOS #2116: Super Lidar App, 04/14/21

Apr 12, 2021
https://www.supersense.app/team

Developers are beginning to make use of LiDAR technology in some smart phones to assist those with impaired vision.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shane Lowe from Supersense about their new Super Lidar app and how it makes use of LiDAR to analyze the distance and warn about obstacles that might pose a danger to blind and low vision users.


EOS #2115: Coping with Vision Loss, 04/07/31

Apr 5, 2021
https://www.amazon.com/

Paul Wallis is a low vision optometrist whose treatment relies on dealing with the psychological adjustment to vision loss before engaging patients in the use of adaptive aids.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about types of vision loss, his methods, as well as about his book "Macular Degeneration: A guide to help someone you love."


https://www.tonythetraveller.com/

Tony Giles, also known as "Tony The Traveller," joins host Nancy and Peter Torpey once again to talk about his latest book entitled "Seeing a Slice of Southern Africa My Way."  Tony's stories as a solo traveler who is totally blind and partially deaf are filled with fun and adventure, including white water rafting, bungee jumping and sky diving.


EOS #2113: Understanding Your Body, 03/24/21

Mar 22, 2021
https://darkroomballet.com/

Krishna Washburn is a professional ballet dancer and instructor who runs Dark Room Ballet.  She believes that visually impaired people could benefit from having a better understanding of how their bodies and body parts work.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her instructional methods as well as how her on-line classes work.


https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebecca_Alford2

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey first interviewed Rebecca Alford in 2011 when she was in high school.  Despite being visually impaired she went on to win the Intel Science competition and we've been following her progress ever since.  Now with a Ph.D. in chemical and biomechanical engineering, having started her first job, she shares her experiences with us.


https://www.cnn.com/

In a previous episode, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Pranav Lal about the vOICe system that he has been using that enables the blind to "see" the environment around them by using sound.  This week they talk with him about his career as a cybersecurity consultant and how he continues to make use of the vOICe system in daily life.


http://www.patricktrimble.com/

Every episode of Eyes On Success starts with a "Tip of the Week".  These tips offer suggestions from people we interview about anything from the benefits of participating in sports to the importance of learning blindness skills.  This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share some of their favorite tips from the past 10 years with our listeners.
 


https://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

Did you know that you can now listen to Eyes on Success, the half-hour weekly radio program and podcast that discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss, on your smart speaker (i.e. google, Amazon Alexa, Apple, etc.)?   Simply say “play the Eyes On Success podcast” and you'll immediately be connected to the most recent episode of the program.

EOS #2109: NaviLens School Kit, 02/24/21

Feb 22, 2021
https://dpi.wi.gov/

Tim Fahlberg is a math and computer science teacher at the Wisconsin School for The Blind.  Inspired by a previous episode of Eyes On Success about the NaviLens system for creating accessible signage, Tim gathered some students to expand on the idea.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about the NaviLens School Kit they produced and how it is used.  Learn more.


EOS #2108: NaviLens Update, 02/17/21

Feb 15, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/

NaviLens uses an app on your smart phone to find and identify customized signs and tags from as far away as 60 feet.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Javier Pita, founder and CEO of NavilLens, about how the system is being used in transportation and other venues to provide location, direction, and other dynamic data to the visually impaired.

EOS #2107: Holman Prize, 02/10/21

Feb 8, 2021
http://holman.lighthouse-sf.org/about/

The Holman Prize was designed to support the growth of adventurous spirits, entrepreneurship and leadership within the blind community.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Caitlin O'Malior, a communications associate at San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired that sponsors the prize, about this unique award and how it works.


https://www.apple.com/

Today's Apple devices make use of advanced AI technologies to provide new features that can be particularly useful to people with vision loss.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Apple's Accessibility Evangelist Dean Hudson about some of these new and innovative features, how they work, and how you might benefit from using them.


https://m.facebook.com/

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue their conversation from last week with Eric Damery, VP of Software Product Management at Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company.  This week they discuss how the marketing and distribution of assistive technologies for people with vision loss have evolved over his long career in the field.


https://www.freedomscientific.com/

Eric Damery has had a long career in the field of assistive technology and is currently VP of Software Product Management at Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Eric about how he got started in the field and how he worked to bring these technologies to people with vision loss around the world.


https://www.youtube.com/

Making use of advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, Supersense is a powerful and versatile scanning app that can be used to explore your environment, find specific objects, scan text, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shane Lowe of the Supersense team about the capabilities of this app and what makes it unique.


http://www.humanware.com/

David Bradburn, Vice-President Global Sales at Humanware, has been involved in the access technology field for over 35 years.  A lot has changed over that time.  Listen in on a conversation between David as a salesman and host Peter Torpey as a user as they reminisce about the evolution of access technology equipment since the early days.


https://www.amazon.com/

In her recent book, “Inspirational Stories of the Visually Challenged PLUS Resources”, Margaret Barnhart tells the stories of a number of visually impaired people she has known over the years.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Margaret about what motivated her to write the book, some of the people depicted in the book, and their journey with vision loss.


EOS #2052: From the Other Side, 12/23/20

Dec 21, 2020
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Usually it is hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey who are asking the questions of people they interview.  Now the tables have been turned.  This week we have excerpts from an episode of Tek Talk in which Larry Gassman interviewed Nancy and Peter about Eyes On Success.  Hear how the show got started, how it is put together, some highlights, and much more.


https://www.relay.fm/

In iOS 14 Apple made use of the machine learning capabilities built into their devices in order to include new features that are particularly useful to people who are visually impaired.  Host Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin about some of these new features that are described in her new book about iOS 14 and accessibility.


https://apps.apple.com/

NFB-Newsline is a service that offers free access to numerous magazines, national and local newspapers, and much more for people who are reading impaired.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs at the National Federation of the Blind, about the major update this service recently received for iOS devices.


https://www.nfb.org/

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers many services and resources for people of all ages whose lives are affected by vision loss.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue their conversation with Anil Lewis, Executive Director of Blindness Initiatives for the NFB, about their programs aimed at helping those with vision loss, especially adults.


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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers many services and resources for people of all ages whose lives are affected by vision loss.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Anil Lewis, Executive Director of Blindness Initiatives for the NFB, about their programs and how they aim to help those with vision loss, especially youth.


https://carroll.org/

Sometimes one web browser just isn't enough.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Kingsbury from the Carroll Center for the Blind about his new book that describes why this is true and why you might find need for more than one browser.  He talks about the book and how the various web browsers can be used with popular screen readers.


EOS #2046: Card Mechanic, 11/11/20

Nov 9, 2020
https://www.reddit.com

Close-up Magician of the Year Award winner, Richard Turner can do things with a deck of cards that you would think are impossible even if you could see them.  Well, he can't see them either.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Richard about how, despite his lack of vision, he works the cards and amazes audiences with his skills as a professional card mechanic.

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