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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

People using screen readers rely on keyboard hotkeys in order to interact with their computers.  But there is always more to learn!  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dean Martineau about his new book that describes how you can use keyboard hotkeys in Windows more effectively, customize your work flow, and take these shortcuts to the next level.


Derek Riemer works at Google as a software engineer.  He also has contributed to the development of the free NVDA screen reader and is coordinating this year’s NVDACon conference.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Derek about his experiences growing up and being educated as a blind youth as well as the hurdles he had to overcome in school, work and play.

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Eve Andersson, Director of Accessibility Engineering at Google, about the accessibility of various Google products and services and how they can be used by people who are visually impaired.  Learn about the Google Accessibility support team, the new Lookout app, as well as what is new with Google Docs, Android, and more.

EOS #1917: Tragedy to Triumph Racing, 04/24/19

Apr 22, 2019

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dan Parker who was fully sighted at the age of 41 when he was injured in a drag racing accident that left him totally blind.  Despite his injuries Dan continues to build and race cars and motorcycles, went on to participate in acoustic target shooting, and also teaches machine shop to sighted high school students.

EOS #1916: The Voice Behind Siri, 04/17/19

Apr 15, 2019

Meet Susan Bennett whose voice was used to create the original female English language Siri voice.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan about her experiences as a voiceover artist and musician, what it was like to create the voice for Siri, how she found out that she was the voice behind Siri, and how it changed her career.


Seeing AI is a free app from Microsoft for iOS devices.  The app can be used to scan and read text, identify colors, scan product bar codes, perform facial recognition, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Saqib Shaikh, the totally blind initiator of and lead developer of the app, about how the app came to be and what makes it special.

Despite being totally blind and severely deaf without his hearing aids, Tony Giles has traveled solo for most of his life to over 100 countries.  Sometimes he is accompanied by his girlfriend Tatiana Nisioti who is also totally blind.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tony and Tatiana about their experiences and some of the places they’ve been.


Two Blind Brothers makes ultra-soft clothing from natural fibers for the sole purpose of funding blindness research and being part of finding a cure.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with brothers and founders Bryan and Bradford Manning, who are both blind, about how their company got started and what is special about their clothing line.

There are several different types of digital eyeglasses for those with little or no vision.  But choosing the one that’s right for you can be a daunting process.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dorrie Rush, chief content editor of Ophthalmic Edge Patients about the various options and features of several models to help you make the right decision.

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What does it take to develop an accessible app?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott Wilson-Barring, developer of the popular Weather Gods app for iOS, about how he became interested in accessibility and, with feedback from the blindness community, worked to make the very graphical Weather Gods app accessible for those using VoiceOver.

Have you ever wanted to become a computer programmer but didn’t know where to start?  Well Code Jumper from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) may be just what you are looking for!  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dave Wilkinson, director of sales and customer service at the APH, about Code Jumper and how you can learn from it.


John Gardner was a professor of Physics when he had an eye operation that left him totally blind.  Although he continued to teach he could no longer evaluate the data from his experiments.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John and his son Dan about how this experience led to the development of the ViewPlus graphical braille embossers.

Interior Design

Chris Downey had been a practicing architect for 20 years when he suddenly lost all his vision. Undaunted, he has continued his work using his new understanding of how people with vision loss experience spaces. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about what is important in designing blind friendly buildings and how he does his work

Barbara Spohn-Lillo is the owner and founder of Prosthetic Illusions, which develops custom prostheses for various body parts including eyes.  Both she and her daughter Chelsea Lillo, with whom she works, are anaplastologists and ocularists.  Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they discuss how these prostheses are made and cared for.

EOS #1906: Home Delivery Shopping, 02/06/19

Feb 4, 2019

Shopping from home has become more common over the past few years and can afford one with greater flexibility and independence.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ricky Enger of the Hadley Institute about some of the available shopping and delivery services and how they work.  Also learn about the new Hadley webinars that you can join in from home.

Modern access technologies make careers that rely on the use of computers particularly amenable to people with vision impairments.  Still, there are challenges that one must overcome.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Florian Beijers, a blind software developer, about his training, his work, and how he dealt with various challenges as they arose.


Despite being totally blind, Joshua Loya engages in many extreme sports.  This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joshua, who is a US Sight Impaired Surfing Champion, about how he got into surfing, the mechanics of surfing as a blind individual, how he works with his sighted coach, and his passion for succeeding in such sports.

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry Lewis about his new role as director of channel sales and strategic partnerships for the Paciello Group, after many years running Flying Blind.  We talk about the importance of accessibility and learn about some of the tools and resources available from the Paciello Group to assist with creating accessible designs.

EOS #1902: Lighting Up the Night, 01/09/19

Jan 7, 2019

Debby Marchena is blind and uses a white cane to get around town.  One evening, while crossing the street, she was struck by a car.  The driver of the car had not seen the cane in the darkness.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Debby about her experience and her quest to develop and market a lighted cane to avoid such problems in the future.

Learn more about Debby's Lightup Cane project.

EOS #1901: That All May Read, 01/02/19

Dec 31, 2018
Library of Congress

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides free audio and Braille reading material to people with any reading disability.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Karen Keninger, director of the NLS, about the service, who qualifies, and what exciting changes patrons can expect in the next few years.

EOS #1852: But Wait, There Is More, 12/26/18

Dec 24, 2018

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey bring listeners up to date on several topics that were featured in previous episodes of Eyes On Success.  Hear what’s new with NASA summer internships, at Benetech, the FlickType keyboard for iOS, the braille Dot Watch, the Cosmo eBrailler and an update on Erich Manser’s triathlons & marathons.

Blindfold Games now offers over 80 fully accessible games made to run on iOS devices for the visually impaired.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marty Schultz, founder of Blindfold Games and developer of the apps, about his company as well as about his new project, ObjectiveEd, aimed at making learning more fun for students through high school.

Aira is a service that connects a visually impaired user with a sighted professional agent who delivers visual assistance anytime and anywhere.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jonathan Mosen, Vice President, Australasia, and Explorer Communications, about some of the new options being offered, and their expanding availability into public venues.

EOS #1849: Blindness for Beginners, 12/05/18

Dec 3, 2018

In her book “Blindness for Beginners”, Maribel Steel takes us along her journey of discovery where sight loss can become a renewed vision of the possible.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her transition from early diagnosis and rejection of being labelled as “disabled” to her eventual acceptance of and success at making changes in her life.

EOS #1848: Expanding Services at APH, 11/28/18

Nov 26, 2018
Insider Louisville

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) recently began managing several services that were part of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).  APH is also growing their efforts in direct consumer sales.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about these changes and what’s new at APH with Dave Wilkinson, Director of Sales and Customer Service.

EOS #1847: Hamming It Up, 11/21/18

Nov 19, 2018

Being a ham or amateur radio operator can be a fun hobby and a great way to connect with others around the world.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mike Duke, a blind ham operator (call sign K5XU) and director of Radio Reading Service of Mississippi, about how he got involved in the hobby, how it has changed over the years, and how accessible it is now.

Blinded Veterans Association

Joe Bogart, Executive Director of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), is the first legally blind soldier to return to combat duty since the Civil War.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joe about the various services offered to veterans by the BVA as well as the relationship between the BVA and the Veterans Administration.

Morgan Rehnberg

Astronomy is often thought of as based on visual observation.  As it turns out most raw astronomical observations are not visible and must be transformed to be perceived by humans.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Morgan Rehnberg, a blind astronomer, about these issues in relation to those who are vision impaired and how he’s able to do his job.

EOS #1844: Sounds of the Stars, 10/31/18

Oct 29, 2018

Last week we talked about creating tactile representations of the universe.  This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Greg Salvesen, a post-doctoral fellow at UCSB, and Matt Russo, a professor of astronomy at Seneca College about using sonification to transform astronomical data into audio for use by both sighted and vision impaired people.

EOS #1843: Touching the Stars, 10/24/18

Oct 22, 2018

Signals captured by astronomical observatories are often outside of the range of human perception and must be transformed so that scientists can work with them.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kim Arcand who has created tactile representations of the universe based on data from many sources including the Chandra X-ray Observatory where she works.