1507 Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System (Feb. 11, 2015)


1507 Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System (Feb. 11, 2015)


Show Notes

The Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System enables deaf-blind Braille users to communicate in a variety of situations including telephone communications, texting, instant messaging, internet, VRS and face-to-face conversations. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with its inventor, Ken Gan, about this portable yet powerful tool.


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1506 Working from Home – Part 2 (Feb. 4, 2015)


1506 Working from Home – Part 2 (Feb. 4, 2015)


Show Notes

This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue last week’s conversation with Ron Milliman, a blind retired professor of Marketing, about working from home, this time from the employer’s perspective, which is good to know so you can present prepared points in your request to begin or continue working from home. We’ll also hear from several people with experience working at home.

1505 Working from Home – Part 1 (Jan. 28, 2015)


1505 Working from Home – Part 1 (Jan. 28, 2015)


Show Notes

Ron Milliman is a blind retired professor of Marketing who has spent years working in and teaching about various employment situations. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about the pros and cons of working from home from an employee’s perspective. Next week we’ll explore the employer’s perspective and hear from several people who have experience working at home.

1503 Cochlear Implants for Blind People (Jan. 14, 2015)


1503 Cochlear Implants for Blind People (Jan. 14, 2015)


Show Notes

Blind people rely on their hearing for navigation, orientation, social cues and much more. For a blind person who has also lost much of their hearing, cochlear implants can restore significant function. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Keith Wiglesworth about being blind, losing his hearing, and how a pair of cochlear implants has expanded his horizons.

1502 Product Development at Humanware (Jan. 7, 2015)


1502 Product Development at Humanware (Jan. 7, 2015)


Show Notes

Bringing new products to market involves time, planning, and feedback from customers. This week, hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Dominic Labbé, Product Development Director for blindness related products at Humanware. He describes how the process works at Humanware and how products such as the Victor Reader are shepherded from concept to the marketplace.

1452 Getting the Most Out of Eyes On Success (Dec. 24, 2014)


1452 Getting the Most Out of Eyes On Success (Dec. 24, 2014)


Show Notes

With over 200 episodes in the archives, Eyes On Success is a valuable resource for learning about products and services for the visually impaired, as well as hearing motivational stories about visually impaired people who pursue rewarding careers and hobbies. This week you’ll learn how to explore this resource and also hear from some pioneers in the blindness field.

1451 Accessibility at Google (Dec. 17, 2014)


1451 Accessibility at Google (Dec. 17, 2014)


Show Notes

This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Eve Andersson, Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Google, about Google’s efforts to make their products more accessible. She outlines how Google has responded to the concerns of advocacy groups and individual users and has fully integrated awareness of accessibility into Google’s product development process.

1449 Tablet Comparisons for Blind Users (Dec. 3, 2014)


1449 Tablet Comparisons for Blind Users (Dec. 3, 2014)


Show Notes

Tablet devices are gaining in popularity and there are many options. Selecting the right tablet for the needs of a blind person using speech output can be a daunting task. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Robbie Sandberg of Information Pool for Computer Technology aimed at Blind and Partially Sighted People (INCOBS) about their test results to help you choose.

1448 Tablet Comparisons for Low Vision Users (Nov. 26, 2014)


1448 Tablet Comparisons for Low Vision Users (Nov. 26, 2014)


Show Notes

There are many varieties of tablet devices. Selecting the right tablet for the needs of a low vision person using magnification and/or color controls can be difficult. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Robbie Sandberg of Information Pool for Computer Technology aimed at Blind and Partially Sighted People (INCOBS) about their test results to help you choose.

1447 Advocating for Disability Rights (Nov. 19, 2014)


1447 Advocating for Disability Rights (Nov. 19, 2014)


Show Notes

Haben Girma is a deaf-blind attorney who works for Disability Rights Advocates in San Francisco, CA. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about what disability rights advocacy includes and about some of her major cases settled either through negotiation or initiating class action suits. We’ll also learn how she got into this field and does her work.

1446 Improving Interactions With New Technologies


1446 Improving Interactions With New Technologies (Nov. 12, 2014)


Show Notes

Shaun Kane does research on Human-Computer Interactions (HCI), focusing on how visually impaired people interact with computers, how to facilitate that interaction, and how computers can be used to improve their life experiences. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with him about his work to understand how blind people communicate when navigating and about 3D printers.

1445 Fitness, Massage and the Blind Café (Nov. 5, 2014)


1445 Fitness, Massage and the Blind Café (Nov. 5, 2014)


Show Notes

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)


1444 KNFB Reader App for iOS devices (Oct. 29, 2014)


Show Notes

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)


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”.

1433 Services and Conditions for the Blind in Malaysia (Aug. 13, 2014)


1433 Services and Conditions for the Blind in Malaysia (Aug. 13, 2014)


Show Notes

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)


1432 STEM Education for Blind Youth (Aug. 6, 2014)


Show Notes

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).

1430 Using the iPhone Camera for Access (Jul. 23, 2014)


1430 Using the iPhone Camera for Access (Jul. 23, 2014)


Show Notes

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)


1429 Considerations for Blind People Losing their Hearing (Jul. 16, 2014)


Show Notes

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.

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