1649 Orbit Reader 20 from APH


1649 Orbit Reader 20 from APH (Nov. 30, 2016)


Show Notes

The Orbit Reader 20 is a refreshable Braille display with note-taking capability from the American Printing House with a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ken Perry, a blind engineer and project lead, about the device, its functions, and how they achieved this low-cost design.

1648 Blind Writing Instructor and Author (Nov. 23, 2016)


1648 Blind Writing Instructor and Author (Nov. 23, 2016)


Show Notes

Emily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor. Her work has appeared in many publications and focuses on creative non-fiction topics such as disability, music, education, and ecology. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her work and how she has overcome challenges in employment, getting published, and working in the classroom.

1647 Updates to Android Accessibility (Nov. 16, 2016)


1647 Updates to Android Accessibility (Nov. 16, 2016)


Show Notes

Android smart phones have become more accessible to the visually impaired. But are they as accessible as an iPhone? Is it time to reconsider? We address these questions when hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Ana Garza, also known as Access Ana, author of a new book called “Getting Started With Android” about using Android devices with TalkBack.

1646 Studying Law in India (Nov. 9, 2016)


1646 Studying Law in India (Nov. 9, 2016)


Show Notes

Blind since birth, Rahul Bajaj is a law student who grew up in a rural village of India. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about some of the cultural and technical barriers faced by the blind in India. The skills and approach he developed to overcome these challenges offer an important message for others in determining their own paths to success.

1645 PEEK – the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Nov. 2, 2016)


1645 PEEK – the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Nov. 2, 2016)


Show Notes

PEEK, a Portable Eye Examination Kit, converts a standard smart phone into both an ophthalmoscope for examining the inside of the human eye and a visual acuity tester. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with founder and director Dr. Andrew Bastawrous and lead software developer Richard Evans about how the PEEK system works and is being deployed.