Eyes on Success

Wednesday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
  • Hosted by Peter and Nancy Torpey

Eyes On Success presents information, demonstrations and discussion of products, services, and life experiences that help people with vision loss live independently and productively.  Topics range from detailed descriptions of adaptive equipment and programs such as screen readers and portable Braille displays to discussions of various accessible reading materials to personal stories of engaging in extreme sports and other hobbies. There's something for everyone on Eyes On Success.

Eyes On Success is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey and distributed by WXXI Reachout Radio in Rochester, NY.  Nancy and Pete speak from personal experiences.  As retired physicists, and self-proclaimed "geeks" Pete, who is blind carries the heavy tech load, and Nancy who is sighted provides the warmth and color commentary.

Ways to Connect


WayAround is a smart phone app that provides on-demand details about everyday things. This tag-and-scan system enables the user to easily identify objects and also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Darwin Belt and Jessica Hipp about the WayAround system and how it works.

Read more about co-founder Darwin Belt's personal journey through vision loss.

The Blind Guide

Our listeners like our “tips and tricks” episodes so join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey in another. Hear a variety of tips and suggestions that we’ve been collecting from using your smart home device to working with Windows and iOS more efficiently to finding interesting reading material and more.  You’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you!


Blind since birth, twin brothers John and Larry Gassman became proficient with computers and now both have similar jobs that entail making sure the software used by each of their employers is accessible to other blind employees using screen readers.  Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they talk with the Gassman brothers about their work and other experiences.

EOS #1826: WeWALK Smart Cane, 06/27/18

Jun 25, 2018

WeWALK transforms the white cane into an innovative smart cane for visually impaired travelers.  In addition to detecting obstacles above chest level, WeWALK seamlessly integrates with smart phones and third-party apps.  Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Kursat Ceylan, a visually impaired social entrepreneur, about WeWALK and its development. 


There are common challenges and obstacles that people encounter whether they have a visual impairment or some other disability.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Gabriela Serrato Marks, a geology graduate student at MIT about her experiences and thoughts about receiving an education and having a career in a STEM field as a person with a disability. Learn more about Gabi, PhD Student and Science Communicator.

EOS #1824: Your Amazing Eyes, 06/13/18

Jun 11, 2018
MD Support

Dan Roberts maintains the MD Support group, a resource for people with Macular Degeneration and similar retinal diseases.  This week we hear a presentation Dan gave about the astounding design and abilities of our eyes.  Lots of interesting and fun facts about the eyes are presented, including an explanation of how baseball players are able to hit fastballs.  Learn more about Low Vision support groups for people with MD.

Make-Up Artist Magazine

Color-blindness affects about 1 in 12 men but only 1 in 250 women. For most people this isn’t a problem.  But what if your profession requires a good color sense?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Toby Derrig, a color-blind visual effects artist, about how he compensates for this deficiency in his daily life and to perform his job.  Read more about how Toby Derrig is defying the odds and has been named a Rising Star.


We talked previously with Staci Mannella about competitive skiing and what it was like to participate in the Paralympics in both Sochi and PyeongChang.  Now hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Staci about what it takes to succeed as a visually impaired college student while traveling the world to compete in alpine skiing and how she juggled the two.

  Encore # 1725:  2017 IAAIS Program Award Winning Program

There is no question that people with vision problems should be seen by an ophthalmologist to evaluate their condition. Low vision specialists, on the other hand, aim to provide solutions to help in daily living. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dr. George Kornfeld, a low vision optometrist, about aids and services that you might find beneficial.

Ego Camera

FlickType is a smart keyboard designed especially for blind users of iOS devices.  No need to tap the exact location of keys.  Fast and accurate, just sit back and enjoy typing and hear the results.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ashley and Kosta Eleftheriou, Founder of FlickType, about how the keyboard works and why it is so efficient to use, even if you can’t see.

Audio Information Network of Colorado

Yes, you can now use the Google Assistant or Alexa to listen to the streams from many radio reading services.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey take a tour of the Audio Information Network of Colorado and see how some of these new distribution methods work, meet some of the staff, and learn what it takes to make these services available to the print impaired.


Advances in technology and distribution methods have dramatically impacted how traditional radio reading services deliver content to people who are print impaired and what content is available.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Dawson, Executive Director of the Audio Information Network of Colorado, about what services are available.


When you strive to be the best in the world it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Staci Manella who recently competed in four Alpine Skiing events at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games.  Staci talks about how she compensates for her visual limitations, prepared for the competition, and experienced the event. (In this photo Staci Mannella (USA) follows her guide Sadie de Baun as they compete in the alpine skiing visually impaired women's Super G during the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic games.)

Read more about Staci Manella.

EOS #1815: Oregon Adaptive Sports, 04/11/18

Apr 9, 2018

There are many opportunities for the disabled to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities these days.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Nancy Stevens of Oregon Adaptive Sports about how the program got started and what they do.  Whether you are interested in skiing, cycling, kayaking, etc., there is something for you!

Read more about Nancy's adventures.

EOS #1814: Apple Watch and Home Kit, 04/04/18

Apr 2, 2018

Many people wonder whether or not they should purchase an Apple Watch and how useful they might find it.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Alex Hall, one of the editors for AppleVis, about his experience with the Apple Watch and how he has taken control of his house using Apple’s Home Kit.  Also learn why you might want to join the AppleVis community.

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EOS #1812: Running with WayBand, 03/21/18

Mar 19, 2018

Developing new access technologies sometimes requires intrepid individuals willing to test and work out the kinks in new systems despite occasional failures.  Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Simon Wheatcroft, a blind motivational speaker and distance runner, about his experiences testing the WayBand device by running the New York City marathon.

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There are many ways to experience art.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with tactile artist Ann Cunningham about her work and how it can be enjoyed even with your eyes closed.  They also talk with Erin Cousins and Danielle Schulz of the Denver Art Museum about programs at the museum that provide a customized experience for people with differing needs.


Amazon has been pursuing a long-range plan to incorporate improved accessibility into all of their products with features like VoiceView, Braille support, and speech recognition.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility at Amazon, about the accessibility of Amazon’s devices and on-line content for the vision impaired.

Cool Blind Tech

As a blind science student, Daniel Hajas was having difficulty working with graphical data, figures, and charts found in scientific literature.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about the Grapheel initiative which he started whose aim is to bring easy access of visual STEM data to blind and visually impaired students by using “expert” volunteers.


Tennis anyone?  Having limited vision is no longer an excuse for not getting out on the court and enjoying this sport with others.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Brooke Severance who runs a program through Court 16 which teaches people with visual impairments to play tennis with some minor modifications to the rules and equipment.

Launch Forth

No, they’re not crazy.  Attendees at the world’s largest consumer technology convention (CES) this year were talking to appliances and vehicles.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, who helped represent IBM’s “Accessible Olli” exhibit, about his experiences at CES and how mainstream commercial products are becoming ever more accessible.

American Foundation for the Blind

Despite having to overcome many challenges as well as negative stereotypes about the blind, Ken Silberman persisted to become both an engineer and patent attorney.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ken, who now works in the education department of NASA, about his journey as well as opportunities for the disabled to work as an intern at NASA.


Now in its 23rd year, Camp Abilities has spread to locations not only throughout the U.S. but also around the world.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with founder and director, Lauren Lieberman, about the benefits of this week long, sports oriented camp for visually impaired youth and how it can be a life changing experience for those who attend.

EOS #1804: eSight Eyeware

Jan 22, 2018

Developed for people who are legally blind, the electronic glasses made by eSight can help individuals with a variety of visual impairments see better and can be used for virtually all activities of daily living. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jeffrey Fenton, Director of Outreach and Communications for eSight, about the device and how it can be used.

EOS #1804: eSight Eyeware, 01/24/18

Jan 22, 2018

Developed for people who are legally blind, the electronic glasses made by eSight can help individuals with a variety of visual impairments see better and can be used for virtually all activities of daily living. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jeffrey Fenton, Director of Outreach and Communications for eSight, about the device and how it can be used.


Though Ken Perry and Josh Miele are both blind, their lack of vision doesn’t prevent them from designing and building their own electronic hardware.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with them about the Blind Arduino Project as well as other tools that enable blind people of all ages to participate in the vibrant global culture of hardware prototyping.

Cal Alumni Association

Josh Miele is a blind scientist at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.  He and his team create and test new ideas aimed at improving how visually impaired people perform the daily tasks of life.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Josh about his research and some of the concepts he has worked on including tactile maps, touch pens and YouDescribe.


Jamie Teh was one of the co-founders and a co-developer of the free NVDA screen reader for Windows. After 10 years as a key contributor to this project, he has now accepted a position working at Mozilla.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jamie about what prompted this transition, what he will be doing at Mozilla, and the future of NVDA.


Several listeners have asked about how we create the show.  This week hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey explain how we do everything from selecting topics and guests to recording and editing to posting the podcasts and maintaining our web presence including the tools and techniques we use at each step.