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

Make

Though Ken Perry and Josh Miehle 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.

EOS 1649: Orbit Reader 20 from APH, 11/30/16

Nov 28, 2016
American Printing House for the Blind

The Orbit Reader 20 is a refreshable Braille display with note-taking capability from the American Printing House with a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ken Perry, a blind engineer and project lead, about the device, its functions, and how they achieved this low-cost design.

WordPress.com

Emily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor.  Her work has appeared in many publications and focuses on creative non-fiction topics such as disability, music, education, and ecology.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her work and how she has overcome challenges in employment, getting published, and working in the classroom.

Meet Emily and read her blog.


Google Play

Android smart phones have become more accessible to the visually impaired.  But are they as accessible as an iPhone?  Is it time to reconsider?  We address these questions when hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Ana Garza, also known as Access Ana, author of a new book called “Getting Started With Android” about using Android devices with TalkBack.

Learn more about TalkBack.


EOS #1646: Studying Law in India, 11/09/16

Nov 7, 2016
https://superlawyer.in/rahul-bajaj-on-effective-study-habits-needs-of-visually-challenged-students-harvard-project-for-asian-international-relations/

Blind since birth, Rahul Bajaj is a law student who grew up in a rural village of India.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about some of the cultural and technical barriers faced by the blind in India.  The skills and approach he developed to overcome these challenges offer an important message for others in determining their own paths to success.


www.peekvision.org

PEEK, a Portable Eye Examination Kit, converts a standard smart phone into both an ophthalmoscope for examining the inside of the human eye and a visual acuity tester.   Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with founder and director Dr. Andrew Bastawrous and lead software developer Richard Evans about how the PEEK system works and is being deployed.


EOS 1644: Currency Identification, 10/26/16

Oct 24, 2016
Federal Jobs

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Leonard Olijar, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing about current features to make US currency easier for visually impaired people to identify it, as well as their plans to make it easier still.  We’ll also discuss their smart phone app and free hardware device that can identify US currency for you.


EOS 1643 Travelling Solo, 10/19/16

Oct 17, 2016
www.tonythetraveller.com

Imagine traveling the world alone for months at a time if you were totally blind and partially deaf.  This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tony Giles who has done exactly that.  We’ll learn how he prepares for and manages his trips and also talk to him about some of the adventures recounted in his new book, “Seeing the World My Way”.


EOS 1642: BrailleNote Touch Tablet, 10/12/16

Oct 10, 2016
www.humanware.com

The BrailleNote Touch combines an Android-based tablet with a Braille display and detachable Braille keyboard to form a powerful note taker.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Greg Stilson, Blindness Products Manager from HumanWare about this new device and how it has been enhanced with the KeySoft experience.  We’ll also hear a demo of the device in action.

www.venuedog.com

White Cane Safety Day celebrates blind and visually impaired people's achievements in the United States on October 15 every year.  This week Pete and Nancy look at a program making white canes available to underserved areas.

Need help with your devices?  This week Pete and Nancy share more tips and tricks.


mydisabilitymatters.com.au

"TopTechTidbits" is a free weekly newsletter that helps keep you connected to the latest in accessible technology.  This week Pete and Nancy talk with the editor.

www.bbc.co.uk

Does your television program offer audio description?  This week Pete and Nancy find out from Comcast VP of Accessibility, Tom Wlodkowski.

This week Pete and Nancy discover what's new in accessibility features from Apple.

If you have an Apple iPhone or tablet with access to Apple Podcasts, you'll see that this episode of Eyes on Success is one of the week's Featured Podcasts.  Check it out.

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