1740 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 1 of 2) (Sep. 27, 2017)


1740 Together Again – Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 1 of 2) (Sep. 27, 2017)


Show Notes

This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey bring together three leaders in the field of assistive technology: Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Ted Henter. They made pioneering contributions to the development of refreshable Braille displays, OCR, and screen readers, respectively. Learn what each of them is up to today in this informative round table discussion.

1739 Running with a Remote Aira Guide (Sep. 20, 2017)


1739 Running with a Remote Aira Guide (Sep. 20, 2017)


Show Notes

Aira is a service developed to give the blind instant access to information using a smart phone, a video camera, and a remote sighted agent. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, a blind distance runner and triathlete, and Jess Jakeway, a sighted distance runner who served as Erich’s remote guide using Aira at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

1738 Accessible Trails and Blind Birding (Sep. 13, 2017)


1738 Accessible Trails and Blind Birding (Sep. 13, 2017)


Show Notes

Many outdoor trails have been made so that they can now be enjoyed by people of varying abilities. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jerry Berrier, a blind nature enthusiast, and Lucy Gertz of the Mass Audubon Society about what constitutes an accessible trail, how they are developed, and how they can be enjoyed by the blind.

1736 Tips for Technology and Daily Living (Aug. 30, 2017)


1736 Tips for Technology and Daily Living (Aug. 30, 2017)


Show Notes

Back by popular demand, this episode is another in the series of useful tips and tricks that you might or might not have known about. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey share ideas and demos from listeners (as well as from themselves) on topics from using smart phones and computers to dealing with everyday life. There’s sure to be a gem in here for everyone.

1735 Digitizing AFB’s Audio Files (Aug. 23, 2017)


1735 Digitizing AFB’s Audio Files (Aug. 23, 2017)


Show Notes

Jane Kronheim and Roger Cicchese are audio engineers who specialize in restoring old audio recordings. Recently, they digitized recordings of Helen Keller for the archives of the American Foundation for the Blind. Listen to this and other recordings as hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about their work and share some fun stories.

1734 Retinitis Pigmentosa Research (Aug. 16, 2017)


1734 Retinitis Pigmentosa Research (Aug. 16, 2017)


Show Notes

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of rare, genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina—which is the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Hosts Nancy and Peter torpey talk with Ruanne Vent-Schmidt, a graduate student with RP whose research is focused on understanding the condition and developing treatments.

1732 College Bound (Aug. 2, 2017)


1732 College Bound (Aug. 2, 2017)


Show Notes

Getting ready for and attending college can be a daunting process, even if one is fully sighted. But what if one has a visual impairment? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ellen Trief, a Professor at Hunter College, about her book “College Bound – A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments” which offers practical advice for prospective and current students.

1731 Moving Experiences (Jul. 26, 2017)


1731 Moving Experiences (Jul. 26, 2017)


Show Notes

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey finally completed their move cross country from Rochester, New York to Golden, Colorado. They describe the experience highlighting aspects from the perspective of one who is visually impaired. Join them as they talk about selecting a house, packing and unpacking, making the trip, and even taking time to have a little fun!

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