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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

EOS #2045: Music Lessons By Ear, 11/04/20

Nov 2, 2020

Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument but never got around to it?  No matter how well you see it can be done.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bill Brown, founder of Music for the Blind, about the wide range of audio courses he offers for many instruments based on playing by ear.  Lessons are available either to download or on CD.

Zoom is a popular video conferencing service that enables people to work from home, connect with friends and family, attend performances, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Heather Thomas about her new book, “Getting Started With Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone Voiceover Users”, that describes how Zoom can be used with a screen reader.

EOS 2042: Becoming a Chiropractor, 10/14/20

Oct 12, 2020

After losing her vision in her mid-20’s, Jackie Ouellet was forced to reassess her life and dreams.  Shortly after going through a blindness rehabilitation program she had a plan.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jackie about how she coped with her vision loss, found a blind chiropractor as a mentor, and went on to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Judy Dixon has written a number of books about fun and useful apps for iOS devices and how they can be used with VoiceOver.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy about her most recent book “Capturing and Sharing the World: Taking Photos and Videos with an iPhone” that describes how you can take photos and videos even if you don’t have any vision.

EOS #2040: Non-Visual Theater, 09/30/20

Sep 28, 2020

Mack Gordon, artistic producer of Theatre in the Dark, describes how the group has turned lemons into lemonade despite being unable to hold public performances due to the pandemic.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mack about their upcoming live virtual audio-only presentation of “War of the Worlds” and how you can join in this evening of creative theater.

Digital eyewear devices offer vision impaired users the ability to customize their viewing experience in order to optimize what they see based on their own special needs.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Bradburn, President of Zoomax USA, about the Acesight family of products, how they work, and which device might be right for you.

EOS #2038: Race and Blindness, 09/16/20

Sep 14, 2020

Anil Lewis is the executive director of blindness initiatives for the National Federation of the Blind.  He says that “Being Black Helped Me Be Blind and Being Blind Helped Me Understand that #BlackLivesMatter.”  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Anil about his experiences as a blind person of color and how those experiences affected his life and ambitions.

The Mantis Q40 is a refreshable 40-cell braille display that distinguishes itself from similar devices with its built in QWERTY keyboard.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry Skutchan from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) about the device and how the APH and Humanware partnered to develop it.  We also discuss other products from the APH.

EOS #2036: Guiding Emily, 09/02/20

Aug 31, 2020

Barbara Hinske is a best-selling author whose tour of the Foundation for Blind Children inspired her latest novel, “Guiding Emily”, about a woman who suddenly goes blind and learns to adapt.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Barbara about the book, the extensive research she did for the book, and her plans for developing the concept into a series.

EOS #2035: Digital Accessibility, 08/26/20

Aug 24, 2020

Lucy Greco is the Accessibility Evangelist for the University of California at Berkeley. As a blind technologist, she understands how peoples’ lives are impacted by resources that have not been made accessible.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lucy about the current state of accessibility and the outlook for the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders have turned life upside down for many people.  For some, this has been a time of anxiety, frustration, and even depression.  On the other hand, there have also been some positive outcomes experienced by people during this unusual period.  This week we highlight some positive experiences shared by our listeners.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.