All posts by ptorpey

1443 Partner of One Losing Vision Early in the Relationship (Oct. 22, 2014)


1443 Partner of One Losing Vision Early in the Relationship (Oct. 22, 2014)


Show Notes

In episode #1437 we talked with Amy Bower, a blind oceanographer. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her husband, David Fisichella, about how they met and developed their relationship as Amy’s sight deteriorated. We’ll also discuss a book he wrote about their life and work together, “Seven-Tenths: Love, Piracy, and Science at Sea”.

1442 Long-time Partner of One who Loses Vision (Oct. 15, 2014)


1442 Long-time Partner of One who Loses Vision (Oct. 15, 2014)


Show Notes

What is it like when one’s partner begins to lose their vision? Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Chris Roberts about how she and her husband Dan navigated the challenges of family and career during Dan’s transition to vision loss after decades of marriage. Their story shows the power of a committed partnership, good communication, and drive to succeed.

1441 Victor Reader Stream (Oct. 8, 2014)


1441 Victor Reader Stream (Oct. 8, 2014)


Show Notes

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Matthew Janusauskas, Product Manager at HumanWare for the Victor Reader family of accessible media players, about some of the new and exciting features in the new firmware update for the Victor Reader Stream that are enabled by the built-in wifi. We’ll also talk about the Victor Reader Stratus desktop version.

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1440 Raising a Blind Child (Oct. 1, 2014)


1440 Raising a Blind Child (Oct. 1, 2014)


Show Notes

Rebecca, a blind youth, has appeared on several prior episodes of Eyes On Success. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with her parents, Steve and Marjorie, about their experiences raising her, navigating the school system and the rest of the world, and teaching her to be an independent young adult. We also share some useful resources for parents of blind children.

1439 AFB Career Connect (Sep. 24, 2014)


1439 AFB Career Connect (Sep. 24, 2014)


Show Notes

Unemployment among the visually impaired is very high. Career Connect is an employment information resource developed for people with vision loss. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joe Strechay, program manager of Career Connect, about their services and tools for seeking employment, providing mentors, and many other topics related to a successful job search.

1438 Developing DAISY Standards and Players (Sep. 17, 2014)


1438 Developing DAISY Standards and Players (Sep. 17, 2014)


Show Notes

After going blind over the course of his career as an entrepreneur, consultant, and software developer, Gerry Chevalier was a key contributor to the development of the DAISY standard and of the NLS and Victor Reader digital reading devices. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about his commitment to accessibility and his work in that field.

1437 Working As a Research Oceanographer (Sep. 10, 2014)


1437 Working As a Research Oceanographer (Sep. 10, 2014)


Show Notes

Amy Bower gradually lost most of her vision as she pursued a Ph.D. in Oceanography and continued her career as a research scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her experience leading research cruises, working with colleagues, and being attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

1436 Fleksy Typing App for iOS and Android (Sep. 3, 2014)


1436 Fleksy Typing App for iOS and Android (Sep. 3, 2014)


Show Notes

Inputting text accurately on a touch screen keyboard can be challenging, especially if one is blind. Using predictive algorithms and auto-correction the Fleksy app makes typing easier and more reliable. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ioannis Verdalis, co-founder and COO of Fleksy, about the history of the app, the technology behind it, and upcoming improvements.

1435 Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Support Groups (Aug. 27, 2014)


1435 Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Support Groups (Aug. 27, 2014)


Show Notes

Macular Degeneration often occurs later in life. Dan Roberts shares his thoughts on navigating this life-changing transition which he experienced first-hand. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey also talk with him about resources and support groups that he maintains, as well as his book “The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed”.

1434 Using VoiceOver on the Mac (Aug. 20, 2014)


1434 Using VoiceOver on the Mac (Aug. 20, 2014)


Show Notes

Both new and experienced people using VoiceOver on Mac computers will find something of interest in Janet Ingber’s new book “Learn to Use the Mac with VoiceOver: A Step-by-Step Guide for Blind Users”, available in many formats. We’ll speak with Janet about the book, many features of VoiceOver, and her career as a blind music therapist.