1927 Dating in the Digital Age (Jul. 3, 2019)


1927 Dating in the Digital Age (Jul. 3, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1926 Blind Disability Rights Attorney (Jun. 26, 2019)


1926 Blind Disability Rights Attorney (Jun. 26, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1925 Encore of 1512 Preparing for Vision Loss (Jun. 19, 2019)


1925 Encore of 1512 Preparing for Vision Loss (Jun. 19, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1924 Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA (June 12, 2019)


1924 Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA (June 12, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1923 Real-time Assistance with Aira (Jun. 5, 2019)


1923 Real-time Assistance with Aira (Jun. 5, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1922 Creating and Using Shortcuts in iOS (May 29, 2019)


1922 Creating and Using Shortcuts in iOS (May 29, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1921 W3C and Online Accessibility (May 22, 2019)


1921 W3C and Online Accessibility (May 22, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1920 Stepping It Up With Windows Hotkeys (May 15, 2019)


1920 Stepping It Up With Windows Hotkeys (May 15, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1919 Preparing for Life and Work (May 8, 2019)


1919 Preparing for Life and Work (May 8, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1918 Google Products and Services – An Overview (May 1, 2019)


1918 Google Products and Services – An Overview (May 1, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1917 Tragedy to Triumph Racing (Apr. 24, 2019)


1917 Tragedy to Triumph Racing (Apr. 24, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1915 Seeing AI App from Microsoft (Apr. 10, 2019)


1915 Seeing AI App from Microsoft (Apr. 10, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1913 Two Blind Brothers Clothing Line (Mar. 27, 2019)


1913 Two Blind Brothers Clothing Line (Mar. 27, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1912 Comparison of Electronic Eyewear (Mar. 20, 2019)


1912 Comparison of Electronic Eyewear (Mar. 20, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1911 Weather Gods and Accessible App Development (Mar. 13, 2019)


1911 Weather Gods and Accessible App Development (Mar. 13, 2019)


Show Notes

What does it take to develop an accessible app? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott Wilson-Billing, 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.

1910 Learn to Code With Code Jumper (Mar. 6, 2019)


1910 Learn to Code With Code Jumper (Mar. 6, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1909 ViewPlus Graphical Braille Embossers (Feb. 27, 2019)


1909 ViewPlus Graphical Braille Embossers (Feb. 27, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1908 Encore of 1450 Blind Friendly Architecture (Feb. 20, 2019)


1908 Encore of 1450 Blind Friendly Architecture (Feb. 20, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1907 Prosthetic Eyes and Anaplastology (Feb. 13, 2019)


1907 Prosthetic Eyes and Anaplastology (Feb. 13, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1905 When Your Career Relies On Computers (Jan. 30, 2019)


1905 When Your Career Relies On Computers (Jan. 30, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1904 Sight Impaired Surfing Champion (Jan. 23, 2019)


1904 Sight Impaired Surfing Champion (Jan. 23, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

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1903 Advances in Digital Accessibility (Jan. 16, 2019)


1903 Advances in Digital Accessibility (Jan. 16, 2019)


Show Notes

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.

1852 But Wait, There Is More (Dec. 26, 2018)

1852 But Wait, There Is More (Dec. 26, 2018)

Show Notes

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 even an update on Erich Manser’s triathlons & marathons.

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1851 Blindfold Games and ObjectiveEd (Dec. 19, 2018)


1851 Blindfold Games and ObjectiveEd (Dec. 19, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1850 Exploring the World With Aira (Dec. 12, 2018)


1850 Exploring the World With Aira (Dec. 12, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1849 Blindness For Beginners (Dec. 5, 2018)


1849 Blindness For Beginners (Dec. 5, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1848 Expanding Services at APH (Nov. 28, 2018)


1848 Expanding Services at APH (Nov. 28, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1845 Seeing the Stars His Own Way (Nov. 7, 2018)


1845 Seeing the Stars His Own Way (Nov. 7, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1842 Preparing for Your First Guide Dog (Oct. 17, 2018)


1842 Preparing for Your First Guide Dog (Oct. 17, 2018)


Show Notes

In past episodes of Eyes On Success we talked about how guide dogs are raised and trained to work with their owners. But how do you know if a guide dog is right for you and, if you decide that you want a guide dog, how do you prepare? This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marc Gillard of Guide Dogs for the Blind who addresses these questions.

1841 Encore of 1335 Meeting and Dating Across Borders (Oct. 10, 2018)


1841 Encore of 1335 Meeting and Dating Across Borders (Oct. 10, 2018)


Show Notes

Victor Tsaran grew up in Ukraine and is totally blind. Karo Caran grew up in Poland and is partially sighted. Last week Nancy and Peter Torpey talked to them about their careers working on accessibility at Google. This week we’ll learn how they met in the U.S., became married, and managed to make a life together despite geographical obstacles.

1840 Working On Accessibility At Google (Oct. 3, 2018)


1840 Working On Accessibility At Google (Oct. 3, 2018)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with a married couple, Victor Tsaran and Karo Caran, both of whom are visually impaired and both of whom work at Google in the area of accessibility. Learn what it is like to work at Google and how Google integrates accessibility into the design of their wide range of products and applications.

1839 Accessibility of US National Parks (Sep. 26, 2018)


1839 Accessibility of US National Parks (Sep. 26, 2018)


Show Notes

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.

1837 Path to Success for a Military Veteran (Sep. 12, 2018)


1837 Path to Success for a Military Veteran (Sep. 12, 2018)


Show Notes

Michael Somsan was a young man in the military and in the best of shape when his life was suddenly changed. As a result of a gunshot to the head he was left blinded at the age of 23 wondering what the rest of his life would bring. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk to him about how he worked through many challenges to become a lawyer, judge, and professor.

1836 Experiences as Physicists (Sep. 5, 2018)


1836 Experiences as Physicists (Sep. 5, 2018)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share a bit of their own story. They talk about their education as well as their careers as research physicists at Xerox Corporation. Learn how Peter’s vision changed over the years and what accommodations he had to make. Also learn how Nancy dealt with similar issues in her career in a predominantly male environment.

1835 Encore of 1215 Described Audio in Live Theater (Aug. 29, 2018)


1835 Encore of 1215 Described Audio in Live Theater (Aug. 29, 2018)


Show Notes

If you can’t see the action on the stage, audio description fills in the gaps and helps you know what’s going on. This week hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey visit their regional theater company and talk to the people who make it happen. Learn what’s involved in creating an audio described performance and experience one with them.

1834 Audio Description for Varied Venues (Aug. 22, 2018)


1834 Audio Description for Varied Venues (Aug. 22, 2018)


Show Notes

Audio Description uses spoken language to convey the visual world. It can direct a visitor through a museum, orient a listener to a work of art, or allow access to the visual aspects of a performance. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Rachel Melton of MindsEye Radio about the ins and outs of audio description and what makes good description.

1833 Samplitude Music Production Software from Magix (Aug. 15, 2018)


1833 Samplitude Music Production Software from Magix (Aug. 15, 2018)


Show Notes

Samplitude is a sophisticated music production program from Magix that is now accessible using JAWS with specially developed scripts. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Steve Spamer about how he and a community of blind individuals connected with Tom Wolf from the Magix development team and worked together to make this possible.

1832 How Blind People Use Ride Sharing Services (Aug. 8, 2018)


1832 How Blind People Use Ride Sharing Services (Aug. 8, 2018)


Show Notes

For various reasons, people who are visually impaired may feel reluctant to use ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Chris Simek and Michelle Plunkett of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute about their research into ride sharing services for the visually impaired and how the experience can be improved.

1830 Encore of 1718 The Helen Keller Archive (Jul. 25, 2018)


1830 Encore of 1718 The Helen Keller Archive (Jul. 25, 2018)


Show Notes

The American Foundation for the Blind just announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive. In honor of that, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey reprise an interview with Helen Selsdon, the AFB archivist, about her work and about this rich source of information on the history of visual impairment, women’s history, literary history, and American culture.

1829 WayAround Tag-and-Scan System (Jul. 18, 2018)


1829 WayAround Tag-and-Scan System (Jul. 18, 2018)


Show Notes

WayAround is a smart phone app that provides on-demand details about everyday things. This tag-and-scan system enables the user to easily identify objects and also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Darwin Belt and Jessica Hipp about the WayAround system and how it works.

1828 Every Day Tips and Tricks (Jul. 11, 2018)


1828 Every Day Tips and Tricks (Jul. 11, 2018)


Show Notes

Our listeners like our “tips and tricks” episodes so join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey in another. Hear a variety of tips and suggestions that we’ve been collecting from using your smart home device to working with Windows and iOS more efficiently to finding interesting reading material and more. You’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you!

1827 Working at Disney and Marriott (Jul. 4, 2018)


1827 Working at Disney and Marriott (Jul. 4, 2018)


Show Notes

Blind since birth, twin brothers John and Larry Gassman became proficient with computers and now both have similar jobs that entail making sure the software used by each of their employers is accessible to other blind employees using screen readers. Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they talk with the Gassman brothers about their work and other experiences.

1825 Enabling Disabled to do STEM Careers (Jun. 20, 2018)


1825 Enabling Disabled to do STEM Careers (Jun. 20, 2018)


Show Notes

There are common challenges and obstacles that people encounter whether they have a visual impairment or some other disability. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Gabriela Serrato Marks, a geology graduate student at MIT about her experiences and thoughts about receiving an education and having a career in a STEM field as a person with a disability.

1823 Color-blind Visual Effects Artist (Jun. 6, 2018)


1823 Color-blind Visual Effects Artist (Jun. 6, 2018)


Show Notes

Color-blindness affects about 1 in 12 men but only 1 in 250 women. For most people this isn’t a problem. But what if your profession requires a good color sense? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Toby Derrig, a color-blind visual effects artist, about how he compensates for this deficiency in his daily life and to perform his job.

1821 College Student and Paralympic Athlete (May 23, 2018)


1821 College Student and Paralympic Athlete (May 23, 2018)


Show Notes

We talked previously with Staci Mannella about competitive skiing and what it was like to participate in the Paralympics in both Sochi and PyeongChang. Now hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Staci about what it takes to succeed as a visually impaired college student while travelling the world to compete in alpine skiing and how she juggled the two.

1820 Encore of 1725 Low Vision Optometry (May 16, 2018)


1820 Encore of 1725 Low Vision Optometry (May 16, 2018)


Show Notes

There is no question that people with vision problems should be seen by an ophthalmologist to evaluate their condition. Low vision specialists, on the other hand, aim to provide solutions to help in daily living. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dr. George Kornfeld, a low vision optometrist, about aids and services that you might find beneficial.

1819 FlickType Accessible Smart Keyboard for iOS Devices (May 9, 2018)


1819 FlickType Accessible Smart Keyboard for iOS Devices (May 9, 2018)


Show Notes

FlickType is a smart keyboard designed especially for blind users of iOS devices. No need to tap the exact location of keys. Fast and accurate, just sit back and enjoy typing and hear the results. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ashley and Kosta Eleftheriou about how the keyboard works and why it is so efficient to use, even if you can’t see.

1818 Radio Reading Services – Behind the Scenes Tour (May 2, 2018)


1818 Radio Reading Services – Behind the Scenes Tour (May 2, 2018)


Show Notes

Yes, you can now use the Google Assistant or Alexa to listen to the streams from many radio reading services. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey take a tour of the Audio Information Network of Colorado and see how some of these new distribution methods work, meet some of the staff, and learn what it takes to make these services available to the print impaired.

1817 Radio Reading Services – An Overview (Apr. 25, 2018)


1817 Radio Reading Services – An Overview (Apr. 25, 2018)


Show Notes

Advances in technology and distribution methods have dramatically impacted how traditional radio reading services deliver content to people who are print impaired and what content is available. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Dawson, Executive Director of the Audio Information Network of Colorado, about what services are available.

1816 Alpine Skiing in the PyeongChang Paralympics (Apr. 18, 2018)


1816 Alpine Skiing in the PyeongChang Paralympics (Apr. 18, 2018)


Show Notes

When you strive to be the best in the world it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Staci Mannella who recently competed in four Alpine Skiing events at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games. Staci talks about how she compensates for her visual limitations, prepared for the competition, and experienced the event.

1814 Apple Watch and Home Kit (Apr. 4, 2018)


1814 Apple Watch and Home Kit (Apr. 4, 2018)


Show Notes

Many people wonder whether or not they should purchase an Apple Watch and how useful they might find it. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Alex Hall, one of the editors for AppleVis, about his experience with the Apple Watch and how he has taken control of his house using Apple’s Home Kit. Also learn why you might want to join the AppleVis community.

1811 Experiencing Art Non-Visually (Mar. 14, 2018)


1811 Experiencing Art Non-Visually (Mar. 14, 2018)


Show Notes

There are many ways to experience art. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with tactile artist Ann Cunningham about her work and how it can be enjoyed even with your eyes closed. They also talk with Erin Cousins and Danielle Schulz of the Denver Art Museum about programs at the museum that provide a customized experience for people with differing needs.

1810 Accessible Products from Amazon (Mar. 7, 2018)


1810 Accessible Products from Amazon (Mar. 7, 2018)


Show Notes

Amazon has been pursuing a long-range plan to incorporate improved accessibility into all of their products with features like VoiceView, Braille support, and speech recognition. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility at Amazon, about the accessibility of Amazon’s devices and on-line content for the vision impaired.

1809 Access to Science with Grapheel (Feb. 28, 2018)


1809 Access to Science with Grapheel (Feb. 28, 2018)


Show Notes

As a blind science student, Daniel Hajas was having difficulty working with graphical data, figures, and charts found in scientific literature. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about the Grapheel initiative which he started whose aim is to bring easy access of visual STEM data to blind and visually impaired students by using “expert” volunteers.

1808 Tennis for the Visually Impaired (Feb. 21, 2018)


1808 Tennis for the Visually Impaired (Feb. 21, 2018)


Show Notes

Tennis anyone? Having limited vision is no longer an excuse for not getting out on the court and enjoying this sport with others. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Brooke Severance who runs a program through Court 16 which teaches people with visual impairments to play tennis with some minor modifications to the rules and equipment.

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.

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.

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.

1750 Tour of Colorado Talking Book Library (Dec. 6, 2017)


1750 Tour of Colorado Talking Book Library (Dec. 6, 2017)


Show Notes

The National Library Service (NLS) distributes free audio and Braille reading material to U.S. citizens with print disabilities through a network of regional libraries. Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey and Debbi MacLeod, Director of the Colorado Talking Book Library, to learn how they record and distribute books and other materials.

1749 Talking Book Library Services (Nov. 29, 2017)


1749 Talking Book Library Services (Nov. 29, 2017)


Show Notes

The National Library Service (NLS) distributes free audio and Braille reading material to U.S. citizens with print disabilities through a network of regional libraries. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Debbi MacLeod, Director of the Colorado Talking Book Library, about the day-to-day operation of the library and the services that are available.

1748 Hunting With Little Or No Vision (Nov. 22, 2017)


1748 Hunting With Little Or No Vision (Nov. 22, 2017)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dirk Price, an avid hunter who has continued to hunt even after his vision failed, and John Brod, president of the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America, a nationwide non-profit which provides hunting opportunities for men, women and youth with all kinds of physical challenges in almost every state.

1747 RightHear App for Orientation in Public Venues (Nov. 15, 2017)


1747 RightHear App for Orientation in Public Venues (Nov. 15, 2017)


Show Notes

New technologies and smart devices are making it ever easier for blind individuals to easily navigate and know what is around them in public venues. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Idan Meir, one of the founders of RightHear, about how this new company is partnering with commercial venues to make them more accessible to people who are blind.

1743 Conditions and Technology in Kenya (Oct. 18, 2017)


1743 Conditions and Technology in Kenya (Oct. 18, 2017)


Show Notes

The services and resources that are available to the blind vary greatly around the world from country to country. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Paul Mugambi, a trainer and advocate for people with vision loss, who grew up in Kenya and is now living in Australia. Learn about how different conditions are in these two countries.

1742 Evolution of Assistive Technologies (Oct. 11, 2017)


1742 Evolution of Assistive Technologies (Oct. 11, 2017)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey take a historical walk down memory lane and talk about the evolution of assistive technologies for the visually impaired. In particular, they’ll discuss some of the aids and technologies that Peter used as a young boy, as a student, and as a research scientist and what accommodations he made as his vision declined.

1741 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 2 of 2)


1741 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 2 of 2) (Oct. 4, 2017)


Show Notes

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue the conversation with three leaders in the field of assistive technology: Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Ted Henter. They made pioneering contributions to the development of refreshable Braille displays, OCR, and screen readers, respectively. Learn about their visions for the future in this informative round table discussion.

1740 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 1 of 2) (Sep. 27, 2017)


1740 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 1 of 2) (Sep. 27, 2017)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey bring together three leaders in the field of assistive technology: Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Ted Henter. They made pioneering contributions to the development of refreshable Braille displays, OCR, and screen readers, respectively. Learn what each of them is up to today in this informative round table discussion.

1739 Running with a Remote Aira Guide (Sep. 20, 2017)


1739 Running with a Remote Aira Guide (Sep. 20, 2017)


Show Notes

Aira is a service developed to give the blind instant access to information using a smart phone, a video camera, and a remote sighted agent. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, a blind distance runner and triathlete, and Jess Jakeway, a sighted distance runner who served as Erich’s remote guide using Aira at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

1738 Accessible Trails and Blind Birding (Sep. 13, 2017)


1738 Accessible Trails and Blind Birding (Sep. 13, 2017)


Show Notes

Many outdoor trails have been made so that they can now be enjoyed by people of varying abilities. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jerry Berrier, a blind nature enthusiast, and Lucy Gertz of the Mass Audubon Society about what constitutes an accessible trail, how they are developed, and how they can be enjoyed by the blind.

1736 Tips for Technology and Daily Living (Aug. 30, 2017)


1736 Tips for Technology and Daily Living (Aug. 30, 2017)


Show Notes

Back by popular demand, this episode is another in the series of useful tips and tricks that you might or might not have known about. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share ideas and demos from listeners (as well as from themselves) on topics from using smart phones and computers to dealing with everyday life. There’s sure to be a gem in here for everyone.

1735 Digitizing AFB’s Audio Files (Aug. 23, 2017)


1735 Digitizing AFB’s Audio Files (Aug. 23, 2017)


Show Notes

Jane Kronheim and Roger Cicchese are audio engineers who specialize in restoring old audio recordings. Recently, they digitized recordings of Helen Keller for the archives of the American Foundation for the Blind. Listen to this and other recordings as hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about their work and share some fun stories.