1807 Mainstream Products Become Accessible (Feb. 14, 2018)


1807 Mainstream Products Become Accessible (Feb. 14, 2018)


Show Notes

No, they’re not crazy. Attendees at the world’s largest consumer technology convention (CES) this year were talking to appliances and vehicles. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, who helped represent IBM’s “Accessible Olli” exhibit, about his experiences at CES and how mainstream commercial products are becoming ever more accessible.

1806 Overcoming Obstacles in STEM (Feb. 7, 2018)


1806 Overcoming Obstacles in STEM (Feb. 7, 2018)


Show Notes

Despite having to overcome many challenges as well as negative stereotypes about the blind, Ken Silberman persisted to become both an engineer and patent attorney. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ken, who now works in the education department of NASA, about his journey as well as opportunities for the disabled to work as an intern at NASA.

1805 Camp Abilities – Camp for Blind Youth (Jan. 31, 2018)


1805 Camp Abilities – Camp for Blind Youth (Jan. 31, 2018)


Show Notes

Now in its 23rd year, Camp Abilities has spread to locations not only throughout the U.S. but also around the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with founder and director, Lauren Lieberman, about the benefits of this week long, sports oriented camp for visually impaired youth and how it can be a life changing experience for those who attend.

1804 eSight Eyewear (Jan. 24, 2018)


1804 eSight Eyewear (Jan. 24, 2018)


Show Notes

Developed for people who are legally blind, the electronic glasses made by eSight can help individuals with a variety of visual impairments see better and can be used for virtually all activities of daily living. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jeff Fenton, Director of Outreach and Communications for eSight, about the device and how it can be used.

1803 Encore of 1650 Building Electronics Projects (Jan. 17, 2018)


1803 Encore of 1650 Building Electronics Projects (Jan. 17, 2018)


Show Notes

Though Ken Perry and Josh Miele are both blind, their lack of vision doesn’t prevent them from designing and building their own electronic hardware. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about the Blind Arduino Project as well as other tools that enable blind people of all ages to participate in the vibrant global culture of hardware prototyping.

1802 Concepts for Accessible Living (Jan. 10, 2018)


1802 Concepts for Accessible Living (Jan. 10, 2018)


Show Notes

Josh Miele is a blind scientist at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. He and his team create and test new ideas aimed at improving how visually impaired people perform the daily tasks of life. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Josh about his research and some of the concepts he has worked on including tactile maps, touch pens and YouDescribe.

1801 Moving from NVDA to Mozilla (Jan. 3, 2018)


1801 Moving from NVDA to Mozilla (Jan. 3, 2018)


Show Notes

Jamie Teh was one of the co-founders and a co-developer of the free NVDA screen reader for Windows. After 10 years as a key contributor to this project, he has now accepted a position working at Mozilla. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jamie about what prompted this transition, what he will be doing at Mozilla, and the future of NVDA.

1753 Year-End Special: How We Create Eyes On Success (Dec. 27, 2017)


1753 Year-End Special: How We Create Eyes On Success (Dec. 27, 2017)


Show Notes

Several listeners have asked about how we create the show. This week hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey explain how we do everything from selecting topics and guests to recording and editing to posting the podcasts and maintaining our web presence including the tools and techniques we use at each step.

1752 Running with a Guide Dog (Dec. 20, 2017)


1752 Running with a Guide Dog (Dec. 20, 2017)


Show Notes

Guide dogs are trained to help the blind navigate throughout the day in many different environments. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Thomas Panek, president of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, about a new skill for which his organization is training dogs – running with their blind owners. We’ll hear how this is done and how it is working out for Thomas.

1751 Pros and Cons of Having a Guide Dog (Dec. 13, 2017)


1751 Pros and Cons of Having a Guide Dog (Dec. 13, 2017)


Show Notes

Although guide dogs can provide blind individuals with a greater sense of independence, they may not be for everyone. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Thomas Panek, president of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, about how his organization trains guide dogs and matches them with owners. They also talk about the pros and cons of having a guide dog.