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

National Braille Press

In the course of his career, Deane Blazie developed and produced the Braille ‘n Speak, the Braille Lite, the Braille Blazer and other innovations in accessibility technology. Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey as they speak with him about those, other of his products and some more recent projects he’s worked on.


http://www.ciscovision.org./

The Cisco Academy for the Visually Impaired, or CAVI, is a technology school for the blind and visually impaired that offers remote classes covering many topics from music production to computer systems administration.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian Shaw, one of CAVI’s teachers, about their programs and how they work.


EOS 1720: NVDA Conference 2017, 05/10/17

May 8, 2017
Twitter

NVDA is a free screen reader for Windows.  For the past several years, the annual NVDACon has provided a forum for developers, users, and others to share what’s new, suggestions for future improvements, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Derek Riemer and Bhavya Shah, co-chairs of this year’s annual international web-based conference.


EOS 1719: Accessible Linux, 05/03/17

May 1, 2017

Linux is a free alternative operating system for your computer.  However, of the many versions of Linux that exist, only Vinux and Sonar GNU have been accessible to the visually impaired out of the box.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with several contributors to these projects about plans to merge both versions and what to expect in the future.

COMMENTS:  Rob Whyte, Kyle Brouhard, Kendell Clark, Luke Yelavich

American Foundation for the Blind

Helen Selsdon is the archivist for the American Foundation for the Blind.  She joined the AFB in 2002 to organize and preserve the Helen Keller Archives.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her work and about this rich source of information on the history of visual impairment, women's history, literary history, and American culture.

Read more about the archive project.


Wikipedia

Much adaptive technology relies on speech synthesis, which has evolved from humble beginnings to nearly human sounding speech. Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey talk with Andrew Breen, director of innovation for text to speech at Nuance Communications, about the history, current technology and future goals of speech synthesis.


https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Side-Darkness-J-Pinto/dp/151234494X

Even as a child, Jo Elizabeth Pinto enjoyed writing.  Now, what started as a few chapters in high school, has grown into her debut novel, “The Bright Side of Darkness.”  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about the experiences that led her to write this book about a brave young blind girl and her unlikely friend, and also about getting it published.

Jo Elizabeth Pinto lives in Colorado. She works as a freelance Braille proofreader and writer. The Bright Side of Darkness, her first novel, is available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats. Read more about her in her NFB article, Learning to Raise My Hand - And Find My Voice.


EOS 1715: Audio Book Narrator, 04/05/17

Apr 3, 2017
http://thereimage.net/story/shakespeare-in-the-buff/

You’ve probably heard her voice on a Talking Book from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Martha Harmon Pardee has narrated over 3,000 books for the NLS.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about the process of recording audio books, notable moments in her career, and what else she does as a professional voice artist.


EOS 1714: Blind Software Engineer, 03/29/17

Mar 27, 2017
http://www.alphr.com/health/1003140/the-technology-helping-blind-people-to-see

Computers are very accessible to the visually impaired these days.  There are also many attractive employment opportunities for those with computer-related skills, particularly if they know how to program.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tom Shults, a blind engineer, about his career and how he uses these skills in developing new hardware devices.


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.


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