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

EOS 1713: Ultra Sports Challenges, 03/22/17

Mar 20, 2017
GrindTV.com

Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest, has released a new book called “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon”.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about his adventures and about “No Barriers”, an organization he co-founded whose mission is to help people with challenges face barriers head on.


National Technical Assistance Center - Mississippi State University

The SAS Graphics Accelerator makes graphical data accessible to the visually impaired by dynamically producing alternative presentations in the form of verbal description, sonification, and tabular data.  Ed Summers, a blind engineer and head of the accessibility team at SAS, demos the tools and discusses their use with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey.


EOS 1711: Teaching Blind Children, 03/08/17

Mar 6, 2017
Horticultural Therapy Institute

Carol Puchalski has worked for over 30 years as a developmental psychology consultant at the Anchor School for Blind Children in Colorado.  She recently returned from a trip to Uganda where she volunteered to assist a school for the blind.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Carol about her experiences helping blind children both in the U.S. and abroad.


American Printing House for the Blind

Graphiti is a dynamic multi-level tactile touch display designed to give the blind access to graphical and pictorial information at an affordable price. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Venkatesh Chari, President and CTO at Orbit Research, and Ken Perry, project manager at APH, about this revolutionary, page-size display and how it can be used.


www.vfo-group.com

A wide variety of low vision aids are available to assist people with limited vision.  They range in size, magnification capability, and function.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ivar Illing, Vice President of Product Management at VFO / Optelec, about the various products offered by VFO and how to select the one that’s right for you.


EOS 1708: Dictation Bridge, 2/15/17

Feb 13, 2017
Indiegogo

Microsoft Windows now comes with built in speech recognition.  Unfortunately, on its own, it is difficult to use with a screen reader.  DictationBridge is a free program that solves this problem using most popular screen readers.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Lucy Greco, a member of the team that created the technology, about how it works.


EOS 1707: Acting Blind, 02/08/17

Feb 6, 2017
The Brooklyn Rail

Pursuing a career in the performing arts as a professional actor comes with a number of challenges whether one is blind or not.  Even for the blind, however, these barriers are not insurmountable.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with George Ashiotis about his career and experiences as a blind actor and how he manages to live his dream.


The New York Times

Theater Breaking Through Barriers is an Off-Broadway theater and one of several professional theaters in the country dedicated to advancing actors and writers with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Nicholas Viselli, artistic director of TBTB, about their work.


www.iosaccessbook.com

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin, author of the book “iOS Access for All:  The Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch”.  The book is an excellent reference guide to accessibility features in iOS devices and also gives step by step instructions for using these features with many popular apps.


NASA

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is a leader in technology and dedicated to disability hiring and inclusion.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kenneth Silberman and Dr. Evelina Felicite-Mauric from the education department of NASA about internships, fellowships and other employment opportunities for students and professionals.


EOS 1703: Blind Driver Challenge, 01/11/17

Jan 9, 2017
National Federation of the Blind

Attitudes about what the blind can and cannot do have been challenged by the work of the National Federation of the Blind’s Jernigan Institute and their efforts to create a car that the blind can drive independently.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mark Riccobono, President of the NFB, about this project and what it is like to drive a car without seeing.


EOS 1702: Guide Dogs - The Training, 01/04/17

Jan 4, 2017
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

Did you ever wonder what is involved in training a guide dog or what the experience is like for the recipient of a dog?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey walk through the process when they talk with Maria Nuzzi, a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor at Guide Dog Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs and Andrew Rubenstein, director of Marketing for the Foundation.


EOS 1701: Guide Dogs - An Overview 12/28/16

Jan 4, 2017
Pinterest

What is involved in getting and working with a guide dog?  Is a guide dog right for you?  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey address these and other questions with Carolyn Giambalvo, a Consumer Services Associate at Guide Dog Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs, her guide dog Alice, and Andrew Rubenstein, the Director of Marketing.


EOS 1652: Favorite iOS Apps, 12/21/16

Dec 19, 2016
Assistive Technology - About.com

There are hundreds of accessible apps for iPhones.  Many of these apps even perform similar functions.  But, which apps should one choose and which might be the most useful?  This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about some tips for using the iPhone with VoiceOver as well as some of Pete’s favorite apps and the ones he uses most often.


MD Support

Joining a low vision support group can be beneficial for sharing thoughts and ideas about living with low vision and meeting new friends.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jim Fleming of Visionaries, a small support group in upstate New York, and Alice Crespo of Helping Hands for the Disabled, a large support group in New York City, about what they do.


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