Eyes On Success Radio Show / Podcast

Eyes On Success Radio Show / Podcast

A weekly, half hour radio show / podcast covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the visually impaired

Episodes

November 23, 2022 28 min


2247 Training Low Vision Rehabilitation Optometrists (Nov. 23, 2022)


Show Notes

People with newly diagnosed vision problems may not get directed to low vision optometrists who can help them adapt to their vision changes. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Richard Jamara and Sarah Hinkley, two editors of a training guide for low vision optometrists, who hope to train more of them and increase awareness of their specialty.

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2246 Over Every Hurdle (Nov. 16, 2022)


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“Over Every Hurdle” is the third book in a series whose protagonist suddenly loses her sight and adapts to life as a blind person. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with best-selling author Barbara Hinske and with Julie Rock, Manager, Adult and Transition Services at Foundation for Blind Children about how they interacted to make the series possible.

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2245 Waymap Navigation System (Nov. 9, 2022)


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The Waymap app was designed to assist visually impaired people navigate transportation systems in cities around the world. Requiring no signals, the app is accurate down to 1 meter both indoors and outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with CEO Tom Pey about the motivation for developing the app, how it works, and their plans to expand its use.

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2244 Writing a Novel as Therapy (Nov. 2, 2022)


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Some people write for fun or because it is a job. Others have a story they want to share. When Aaron Spelker suddenly lost his sight, he found writing to be both therapeutic as well as a good activity for learning important blindness skills. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Aaron about how writing “The Bubonic Reorder” helped him navigate in a new world.

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2243 How to Find Accessible Games (Oct. 26, 2022)


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If you enjoy gaming on your iOS or other device and are also visually impaired, it is likely that you have experienced the frustration of finding a game that is accessible. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Aaron Spelker, who runs the Mobile Accessible Games (for the Blind) FaceBook group, about his game reviews that can ease the frustration.

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October 19, 2022 28 min


2242 Remote Jazz Piano Instruction (Oct. 19, 2022)


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Have you always wanted to play the piano but just never got around to it or couldn’t arrange the logistics? If so, then Mark Miller, who does business as the piano web man, has the answer for you. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mark about how his remote piano lessons work for both sighted and visually impaired students alike.

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2241 Getting Your Business to the Next Level (Ocr. 12, 2022)


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The New Venture Competition awards winning participants cash prizes to help get their new or growing business to the next level. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with long-time organizer Colleen Wunderlich as well as with the 2021 winners of the competition, Bruno D’Avanzo and Jennifer Rhodes, about their experiences with the competition.

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2240 NSITE Employment Services (Oct. 5, 2022)


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NSITE provides a full range of training resources, connections with potential employers, as well as internship opportunities for people who are visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marianne Haegeli, Program Director, NSITE Learning and Leadership, about the organization and how their services might benefit you.

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2239 Images from the Webb Telescope (Sep. 28, 2022)


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If you can’t see the image, you can still experience it. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Timothy Rhue II, principal informal education specialist, and Claire Blome, Principal Science Writer and author of some of the descriptions, both of the Space Telescope Science Institute, about how images from the James Webb Telescope are being made accessible to everyone...

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2238 Encore of 1133 Living with a Blind Person (Sep. 21, 2022)


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Most episodes of Eyes On Success center on the experiences of a blind person, whether dealing with technology, employment, travelling or whatever. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey discuss raising and living with a blind person from everybody else’s perspective, including interviews with Pete’s mother, sister, wife, in-laws and children.

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2237 Raising a Sighted Child (Sep. 14, 2022) Show Notes What is it like to raise a sighted child when one of the parents is blind? That is the question Ron and Denise Miller asked of hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey back in 2015. We talked with the Miller’s about our experiences raising sighted children … Continue reading 2237 Raising a sighted child (Sep. 14, 2022) →
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2236 NBP Center for Braille Innovation (Sep. 7, 2022) Show Notes The National Braille Press (NBP) is well known for its mission of promoting braille literacy and producing a variety of braille books for all ages and interests. Perhaps less well known is their program to advance technologies to produce braille. Hosts Nancy and Peter … Continue reading 2236 NBP Center for Braille Innovation (Sep. 7, 2022) →
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2235 Pole Dancing for Fitness (Aug. 31, 2022) Show Notes Have you ever considered becoming a pole dancer? Surprisingly, the experience might not be what you would have expected. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lauren Back, a blind pole dancer, who has enjoyed participating in several pole dancing groups and extols the virtues … Continue reading 2235 Pole Dancing for Fitness (Aug. 31, 2022) →
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2234 Clusiv e-Learning Platform (Aug. 24, 2022) Show Notes Clusiv is the world’s first e-learning platform built for and by blind people. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Luke Simianer, CEO and co-founder of Clusiv, about the motivation for starting Clusiv, how it works, and how they are partnering with regional vocational services around … Continue reading 2234 Clusiv e-Learning Platform (Aug. 24, 2022) →
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2233 Tribute to Eric Damery (Aug. 17, 2022) Show Notes Eric Damery recently announced his retirement as VP of Software Product Management at Vispero / Freedom Scientific. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about his long career in the field of assistive technology and how the marketing and distribution of products for the … Continue reading 2233 Tribute to Eric Damery (Aug. 17, 2022) →
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2232 Blind Stand-Up Comedian (Aug. 10, 2022) Show Notes During the day, Todd Blenkhorn is an I.T. specialist who works at the Canadian National Institute of the Blind. After work, however, Todd performs in local comedy clubs in Toronto. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Todd about getting into comedy and how he integrates … Continue reading 2232 Blind Stand-Up Comedian (Aug. 10, 2022) →
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August 3, 2022 28 min
2231 Marine Biology (Aug. 3, 2022) Show Notes Maureen Hayden is completing her PhD in marine biology. With limited vision, she uses a variety of tools to assist her when working in the field, in the lab, as well as to teach. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about how she got interested … Continue reading 2231 Marine Biology (Aug. 3, 2022) →
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2230 Encore of 1907 Prosthetic Eyes and Anaplastology (Jul. 27, 2022) Show Notes Barbara Spohn-Lillo is the owner and founder of Prosthetic Illusions which develops custom prostheses for various body parts including eyes. Both she and her daughter Chelsea Lillo, with whom she works, are anaplastologists and ocularists. Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as … Continue reading 2230 Encore of 1907 Prosthetic Eyes and Anaplastology (Jul...
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2229 Pet Peeves from Listeners (Jul. 20, 2022) Show Notes Episode #2223 of Eyes On Success featured a variety of pet peeves of a blind person navigating in a world primarily designed for and consisting of sighted people. The show elicited lots of responses from listeners who resonated with what they heard. This week hosts … Continue reading 2229 Pet Peeves from Listeners (Jul. 20, 2022) →
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2228 Graphical Braille Display and eBRF (Jul. 13, 2022) Show Notes Wouldn’t it be nice to have an affordable, 2-D, refreshable Braille display? Soon that may not be just a dream. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Greg Stilson and William Freeman from the American Printing House about the new technology behind the combined … Continue reading 2228 Graphical Braille Display and eBRF (Jul. 13, 2022) →
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