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.
1435 Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Support Groups (Aug. 27, 2014)
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)
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.
1433 Services and Conditions for the Blind in Malaysia (Aug. 13, 2014)
One of the joys of hosting Eyes On Success is meeting people from all over the world and learning about similarities and differences in how things are done. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Moses Choo, Executive Director of the National Council for the Blind of Malaysia about services they provide and conditions for the blind there.
1432 STEM Education for Blind Youth (Aug. 6, 2014)
Especially with computers being so accessible, science can be a great career for people with visual impairments. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Rayshun Dorsey, who founded and heads the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers, about their programs to expose visually impaired youth to the wonder of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
1431 Tips for Finding a Job (Jul. 30, 2014)
The unemployment rate for people with vision loss is much greater than that in the general population. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Jennison Asuncion about strategies, tools, and techniques he has used to successfully search for and obtain employment throughout his professional career, even in today’s challenging environment.
1430 Using the iPhone Camera for Access (Jul. 23, 2014)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Judy Dixon, author of “Get the Picture: Viewing the World with the iPhone Camera”. The book provides information to help people who are blind use the camera on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to perform many daily tasks such as identify currency, recognize objects, read text or even take photographs.
1429 Considerations for Blind People Losing their Hearing (Jul. 16, 2014)
Adaptive equipment is available to help people with vision or hearing loss. However, there are special considerations for people with both since they cannot rely on their sight to compensate for loss of hearing or vice versa. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Jonathan Mosen about special issues he has faced as a life-long blind person who is losing his hearing.