1445 Fitness, Massage and the Blind Café (Nov. 5, 2014)
Bill Kociaba owned and operated a fitness center for nearly 20 years. Now he works as a massage therapist and runs exercise classes over the internet on The Blind Café. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Bill about his experiences as a blind businessman, the importance of exercise, as well as about other resources one can find on The Blind Café web site.
1444 KNFB Reader App for iOS devices (Oct. 29, 2014)
Devices for performing optical character recognition (OCR) have become much less expensive and technically advanced. Now you can have the power of a state-of-the-art OCR engine on your iPhone with the new KNFB Reader. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with James Gashel, VP of KNFB’s Business Development, about the app and the history of OCR technology.
1443 Partner of One Losing Vision Early in the Relationship (Oct. 22, 2014)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.