All posts by ptorpey

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.

1815 Oregon Adaptive Sports (Apr. 11, 2018)


1815 Oregon Adaptive Sports (Apr. 11, 2018)


Show Notes

There are many opportunities for the disabled to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities these days. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Nancy Stevens of Oregon Adaptive Sports about how the program got started and what they do. Whether you are interested in skiing, cycling, kayaking, etc., there is something for you!

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.

1813 Outtakes from Eyes On Success (Mar. 28, 2018)


1813 Outtakes from Eyes On Success (Mar. 28, 2018)


Show Notes

They say that nothing is ever perfect. Fortunately, though, with a little extra work, most mistakes can be fixed. That even applies to the productions of Eyes On Success. Sit back and enjoy some laughs with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they celebrate April Fool’s Day by sharing some humorous moments that never made it into the show.

1812 Running with WayBand (Mar. 21, 2018)


1812 Running with WayBand (Mar. 21, 2018)


Show Notes

Developing new access technologies sometimes requires intrepid individuals willing to test and work out the kinks in new systems despite occasional failures. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Simon Wheatcroft, a blind motivational speaker and distance runner, about his experiences testing the WayBand device by running the New York City marathon.

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.