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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 #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.

Encore Pgm #1508

First time parents have many questions.  But what if one of the parents is blind?  That is the case with Ron and Denise Miller who are raising 2 year old Russell.  They talk with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey who raised two sighted children with one parent being blind.  They discuss a variety of topics including feeding, playing, reading, and driving.

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service from the National Federation of the Blind that gives subscribers access to hundreds of national and local magazines and newspapers through a variety of delivery options.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott White, director of NFB-NEWSLINE, about how this service can now also be accessed using your smart home device.

EOS #1942 Voting Rights, 10/16/19

Oct 14, 2019

Although the availability of accessible voting methods for people with disabilities has improved over the years, there is still a long way to go.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with attorney Scott LaBarre and technical specialist Curtis Chong about their work with the National Federation for the Blind and others to improve voting access for the blind.

HaptImage is a system that provides blind individuals with multi-sensory feedback so that they can explore images in real time.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with co-founders Shruthi Suresh and Ting Zhang, both graduate students in engineering at Purdue University, about this novel technology, the motivation behind it, and how it works.

The Hadley New Venture competition is a forum for aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business plans and compete for cash prizes to help jump start promising ventures.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Colleen Wunderlich, who runs the program, along with last year’s winner, Lisa Smith, about the program and how it impacted Lisa’s company Forage Candles.

Katie McCoy is the Associate Director of Philanthropy at Southeastern Guide Dogs and a guide dog user herself.  Learn about how getting a guide dog has changed her life. 

EOS #1938: Victor Reader Trek, 09/18/19

Sep 16, 2019

The Victor Reader products from Humanware are digital reading devices for print impaired individuals that come in handheld as well as desktop models.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with product manager Robert Panetta about the differences between the various models with a focus on what is special about Humanware’s most advanced model, the Victor Reader Trek.

Patty Fletcher operates Tell It to The World Marketing, a company that assists in outreach efforts for others.  Edward Cohen’s company, EZ2See Products, makes and sells calendars for people with low vision.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Patty and Edward, both of whom are blind, about how they work together and Patty’s role in growing Edward’s business.

If you can’t see with your eyes, you need other ways of recognizing your environment in order to maneuver through it.  Like bats, humans can also use echolocation.  Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Daniel Kish and J Steele-Louchart of World Access for the Blind about “Flash Sonar”, an echolocation technique they developed and teach worldwide.

NaviLens uses your smart phone’s camera to read preprinted tags in order to provide visually impaired individuals with information pertinent to their environment.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Borja Lopetegui, a Business Developer at NaviLens, about how this innovative technology works and how you can use it free for personal use.

EOS #1934: Accessibility at Sprint, 08/21/19

Aug 19, 2019

Sprint offers a number of special promotions and plans for the visually impaired community and is trying to make this information more widely known.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kelly Egan, visually impaired Customer Relations Manager for accessibility at Sprint, about Sprint offerings and how you might take advantage of them.


Kelly Egan was in her 40’s when she started losing her vision.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kelly about how she adapted to her situation by attending a vocational rehabilitation program to acquire blindness life skills and went on to become a Customer Relations Manager at Sprint advocating for and providing programs and promotions for the disabled.

EOS #1932: Freelance Journalist, 08/07/19

Aug 5, 2019
PRX Exchange

Jason Strother is a visually impaired freelance journalist.  After reporting from South Korea for many years, his interests have recently turned to stories about how the disabled are impacted by climate change.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about accommodations he has made in his career as well as an incident in which his vision could have cost him his life.

CBS News

In episode 1752 hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Thomas Panek, CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, about a program they started to train guide dogs to serve as running companions for their handlers.  This week we hear about how the program has evolved and Thomas’ experience running the New York City half marathon guided only by guide dogs.

EOS #1930: Wild Blind Ice Hockey, 07/24/19

Jul 22, 2019

Wild Blind Hockey is the companion team to the Minnesota Wild Hockey NHL team and consists of visually impaired skaters of all ages.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lonny Evans, the team’s coach, about how the team came about, modifications used to make it possible to play with limited or no vision, and what it means to the players.

EOS #1929: Tarot Card Reading, 07/17/19

Jul 15, 2019

What does the future hold for Eyes On Success?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey find out when they talk with Eden Kizer, a totally blind professional tarot card reader, about how she became a tarot card reader and turned it into a profitable business that she can do from the comfort of her own home.

EOS #1928: Voice Dream Reader App, 07/10/19

Jul 8, 2019

Making mainstream apps accessible can have multiple benefits.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Winston Chen, founder and lead developer of the Voice Dream suite of apps for iOS devices including Reader, Writer, Scanner and Mail, about how he became interested in including accessibility features into his apps and how that worked out.

Read a review of the app.

Mystic Access

Have you ever considered jumping into the world of online dating?  If so you'll want to read "Dating in the Digital Age" by Kim Loftis.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kim about her book and discuss how the process works, what to expect, and some special considerations for blind individuals.  She also talks about some of her own experiences.

National Federation of the Blind

Significant progress has been made in establishing everyday rights for the disabled, yet there is still much more to do.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott LaBarre, a blind disability rights attorney, about his experiences working for the NFB, running his own private law practice, and helping to negotiate the Marrakesh Treaty.

Many sighted people have a hard time imagining how they would tackle life if they couldn’t see.  Losing your vision, however, doesn’t mean the end of the world.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about how you can prepare for eventual vision loss by preparing your home, using adaptive aids, becoming aware of your other senses, accessible technology and more. (encore EOS#1512)

NBP - Braille BookStore

The visual appearance of documents that you create can have a big impact on how they are received by others.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, about his new book that describes how Word can be used with a screen reader to format documents most effectively.

Psychiatric Service Dog Partners

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jenine Stanley, Explorer Community Manager and Brand Ambassador for Aira, about how the service works, new ways to use Aira, and much more.  Aira continues to expand its list of Access Locations where their highly-trained agents can provide free assistance to people with vision loss through the use of their smart phones.

NBP - Braille BookStore

Using shortcuts in Apple’s iOS devices can make many tasks more efficient and simple to perform.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Anna Dresner, author of “Getting the Job Done with Shortcuts:  An Introduction for Blind Users”, about her book and how you can create and use your own custom shortcuts to easily perform routine tasks.

World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Janina Sajka, chair of the W3C’s Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group, about the W3C, its mission, and its work on accessibility.