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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 #2014: A Career with Computers, 04/01/20

Mar 30, 2020
https://www.microsoft.com/

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.


https://www.youtube.com

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.

https://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scriptability/

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.

https://www.lyfemarketing.com/blog/real-estate-facebook-ads/

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.


https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/AND-COMMAND.html

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.


https://www.perkinselearning.org/

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.


https://iaccessibility.net/

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.


www.amazon.com/

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
www.abc.net.au

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.


www.saomaicenter.org

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.


www.facebook.com

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
www.freedomscientific.com

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.


www.facebook.com

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
knowbility.org

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.


Reachout Radio recognized by IAAIS Awards

Jun 5, 2017

On Saturday, June 3, the IAAIS presented the C. Stanley Potter Lifetime Achievement Award to WXXI Program Director Ruth Phinney.  The Potter Award is the highest honor give by IAAIS, the International Association of Audio Information Services, recognizing lifetime commitment of providing accessibility to print and other visual arts in an audio format for people who may have print or visual limitations.

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