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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. 

What does it mean to be “Aging in the Time of Covid?”  Two recent articles explore some of the long-term effects, good and not so good, of this historic epidemic might be. Some in the geriatric field worry that incidents of ageism will get worse.  Others see some changes for good such as use of telemedicine, online grocery shopping and working from home.

Reviews: Poetry/Drama; Reviews: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Gleams is the name of the newsletter published quarterly by the Glaucoma Research Foundation. It consistently provides up to date information about the sight-robbing disease of glaucoma. In this program, you’ll hear articles from three recent issues of Gleams magazine.   


What does it mean to be “Aging in the Time of Covid?”  Two recent articles explore some of the long-term effects, good and not so good, of this historic epidemic might be. Some in the geriatric field worry that incidents of ageism will get worse.  Others see some changes for good such as use of telemedicine, online grocery shopping and working from home.

Anne Boyer, a poet and essayist, writes an unflinching personal essay on becoming a cancer patient.

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.

Empty Nest Syndrome, while not a clinical diagnosis, can be disruptive to parents and especially mothers when the last child leaves home. Articles focus on the benefit of sharing feelings, finding new pursuits, changes in relationships with children and spouse and getting professional help if needed.

With summer on the way, everyone is thinking about summer fun. This program will tell you about a blind competitive swimmer, the robust game of beep baseball and the more serene summer sport of sailing.

: Editor’s Pix; Reviews: Biography/History

Copper has been exploited for health purposes since ancient times to reduce the spread of germs and cure infections. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal, it disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Also, an article on how to make a bad day better, and an article on ways to support front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic.

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.

The music industry is working to help musicians and their on-the-road colleagues who face unique challenges in addressing addiction and mental-health issues.

We'll hear about Interspecies Animal Relationships that Prove Love Is All You Need. We'll get tips on Valentines Day safety, exercise and dental care for our furry friends.

Audiobooks & Literacy-ALA Awards; Reviews: Biography/Memoir,


In an earlier program, you heard about two talented musicians who made it into the big-time despite their blindness – Andrea Bocelli and Jose Feliciano. Today you’ll hear about several more musicians who are blind, maybe not quite so famous but still extremely talented and, I think, very interesting people.   


Next Avenue articles illustrate the power in sharing our memories and stories about our time with grandparents, our families growing up and even a friendly mafia don.  One article explores our own vulnerabilities as we grow older.

ACB Reports for May 2020

May 5, 2020

This month we'll hear information about the 2020 virtual conference and convention of the ACB.  We'll also hear some important economic recovery information and what ACB and other disability organizations are saying to congress about accessible absentee voting.  Mike Duke reports from the at home "closet studio." 

CBD, marijuana and your pet - is it safe? The ASPCA and American Veterinary Medical Association weigh in. We'll learn which dogs shed the least, and we'll hear  lots of interesting facts about cats, some you might not know about.

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.

Host Sandi Henschel provides reviews in FICTION.

If you heard the unique performance by Andrea Bocelli on Easter Sunday at the Duomo in Milan, you know how special it was. In this program, I will share with you what happened behind the scenes that made this performance so inspiring. I also have information on the life of Andrea Bocelli and an article about another famous musician who is blind. 

Articles from 55+ magazine and Next Avenue offer many factors to consider when choosing a place to retire, pros and cons of moving away, and aging in place innovations.

By targeting each patient’s unique tumor, precision medicine is defeating once untreatable cancers. Precision medicine is very successful with some types of cancer, however, only about one in ten patients is currently eligible for these treatments. Researchers are trying to expand the number of patients they can treat with targeted therapies. Using artificial intelligence they are hunting fort hundreds of potential genetic targets.

It is hard to find and keep a job, especially if you are visually impaired. This program will give you some job-hunting tips and some insight into the mind of a potential employer. You'll hear a success story too.

Host Sandi Henschel brings us this issue's Feature: Listening With;and reviews in Contemporary Culture.

A group of dedicated service members and physicians is bringing whole-person healthcare to the U.S. Military.

WXXI Ruth Phinney

An intergenerational learning collaborative between college students and elders in a senior living community is described by Nazareth professor of gerontology and St. John’s Meadows resident life director.

Pets+Us #2018 (Encore 2005): Birds, Dogs and Cats, 04/30/20

Apr 27, 2020

A little bit of everything  - the right light for a pet bird, what to name your dog, how to get him to stop chewing your shoes, and when cats snore - it is  anything to worry about?

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.