1829 WayAround Tag-and-Scan System (Jul. 18, 2018)
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)
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)
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.
1826 WeWALK Smart Cane (Jun. 27, 2018)
WeWALK transforms the white cane into an innovative smart cane for visually impaired travelers. In addition to detecting obstacles above chest level, WeWALK seamlessly integrates with smart phones and third-party apps. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Kursat Ceylan, a visually impaired social entrepreneur, about WeWALK and its development.
1825 Enabling Disabled to do STEM Careers (Jun. 20, 2018)
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.
1824 Your Amazing Eyes (Jun. 13, 2018)
Dan Roberts maintains the MD Support group, a resource for people with Macular Degeneration and similar retinal diseases. This week we hear a presentation Dan gave about the astounding design and abilities of our eyes. Lots of interesting and fun facts about the eyes are presented, including an explanation of how baseball players are able to hit fastballs.
1823 Color-blind Visual Effects Artist (Jun. 6, 2018)
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.
1822 Making Money (May 30, 2018)
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces U.S. currency notes. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Leonard Olijar, Director, and Lydia Washington, Lead Public Affairs Specialist about what goes into the printing process, various ways in which bills are made accessible, new ways being considered, and how you can obtain a free money reader.
1821 College Student and Paralympic Athlete (May 23, 2018)
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)
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.