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

October 20, 2021 28 min


2143 UN Resolution Commits Countries to Eye Care (Oct. 20, 2021)


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Many people around the world suffer from vision problems that are readily treatable. A new United Nations resolution aims to address this problem. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jessica Thompson, Head of Policy and Advocacy at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) about the resolution and what it hopes to accomplish.

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2142 Birdability (Oct. 13, 2021)


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Birdability is an organization whose mission is to make birding accessible to all. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Freya McGregor, Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist, and Michael Hurben, avid birder with vision loss, about the organization and how anyone can enjoy birding and the wonderful outdoors even if they can’t leave their own home!

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2141 Not Just A Leap Of Faith (Oct. 6, 2021)


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People who are visually impaired are no strangers to participating in sports. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine jumping over a 10 or 12 foot high bar without seeing the bar. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bradly Rainwater, a competitive blind pole vaulter, and his coach and grandfather Brad Rainwater about how it can be done.

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2140 Encore of 1916 The Voice Behind Siri (Sep. 29, 2021)


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Meet Susan Bennett whose voice was used to create the original female English language Siri voice. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan about her experiences as a voice artist, actress, and musician, what it was like to create the voice for Siri, how she found out that she was the voice behind Siri, and how it changed her career.

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2139 Using Reaper with OSARA (Sep. 22, 2021)


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Reaper is a powerful multi-track audio production program used by many people with visual impairments. The program is made accessible using a screen reader on both PC’s and Mac’s by the open source OSARA extension for Reaper. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott Chesworth who manages the Reaper forums and Jamie Teh, the author of OSARA.

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2138 Maxima Computer Algebra System (Sep. 15, 2021)


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Maxima is a computer algebra system (CAS) that enables the user to work with complex mathematical expressions. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Robert Dodier, one of the developers of Maxima, about the capabilities of this free, open source program and also demonstrate how it can be used with a screen reader by those who are blind.

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2137 Sharing Experiences with Cochlear Implants (Sep. 8, 2021)


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Blind individuals rely heavily on their ability to hear in order to compensate for their lack of sight. But what happens when a blind person loses their hearing? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey join a conversation between Jim Snowbarger and Greg Green, both of whom are blind and both of whom have cochlear implants, about their experiences with the implants.
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2136 Combining Computer Science with Social Sciences (Sep. 1, 2021)


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Bhavya Shah grew up in India where blind students were often dissuaded from certain studies and careers and where many textbooks could not be obtained in an accessible format. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bhavya about how he overcame these challenges and now combines his skills in computer science with his interest in social science to cont...

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2135 Getting Around as an Entrepreneur (Aug. 25, 2021)


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Fernando Albertorio is a blind chemist turned entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is also a co-founder of the Sunu Band, a device worn on the wrist to provide tactile navigation cues to the blind. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Fernando about his journey, philosophy, and how his drive and motivation have opened up opportunities for him.

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2134 Navigating Indoors with the Clew App (Aug. 18, 2021)


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Most navigation apps rely on GPS and work well outdoors. Unfortunately, such apps are not suitable for indoor use. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Paul Ruvolo about the Clew app he developed which overcomes this limitation by making use of Apple’s AR Kit and the phone’s camera in order to guide users from point to point indoors.

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2133 Encore of 1844 Sounds of the Stars (Aug. 11, 2021) Show Notes Last week we talked about creating tactile representations of the universe. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Greg Salvesen, a post-doctoral fellow at UCSB, and Matt Russo, a professor of astronomy at Seneca College about using sonification to transform … Continue reading 2133 Encore of 1844 Sounds of the Stars (Aug. 11, 2021) →
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2132 Making Astronomy Accessible (Aug. 4, 2021) Show Notes Astronomy is generally thought to be a very visually oriented field, but with some thought, it can be made accessible to those who are blind. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Noreen Grice, founder and president of You Can Do Astronomy, about how she makes … Continue reading 2132 Making Astronomy Accessible (Aug. 4, 2021) →
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2131 MuseScore Music Scoring Software (Jul. 28, 2021) Show Notes MuseScore is a program for creating and sharing musical scores. Despite being open source and free, MuseScore includes many of the features found in commercial programs. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marc Sabatella, one of the developers, about his work to make MuseScore … Continue reading 2131 MuseScore Music Scoring Software (Jul. 28, 2021) →
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2130 Creating Solutions to Solve Problems (Jul. 21, 2021) Show Notes Doug Lee has been blind his entire life. In addition to writing JAWS scripts for Level Access, a firm that develops access solutions for other companies, Doug also freely shares many scripts and tools he has developed to improve access to commonly used programs. … Continue reading 2130 Creating Solutions to Solve Problems (Jul. 21, 2021) →
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2129 On the Road Again After Covid (Jul. 14 2021) Show Notes Video calls with a 3 and 5 year old just don’t cut it. So hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey decided to take their first big road trip after Covid to see the grandkids in person. Hear about their journey from Colorado to Michigan … Continue reading 2129 On the Road Again After Covid (Jul. 14 2021)
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2128 Tools for Blind Scientists (Jul. 7, 2021) Show Notes The more tools one has in one’s toolbox the better one will be prepared to take on new tasks and address new problems. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mona Minkara, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University about the extensive set of tools … Continue reading 2128 Tools for Blind Scientists (Jul. 7, 2021) →
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2127 Missy Mouse Books (Jun. 30, 2021) Show Notes How can a parent describe blindness to children who might not have experienced it? What makes some people different and how might they deal with those differences? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lois Strachan, author of the “Missy Mouse” series featuring a young blind … Continue reading 2127 Missy Mouse Books (Jun. 30, 2021) →
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2126 Encore of 1351 Regaining Vision After Decades of Blindness (Jun. 23, 2021) Show Notes Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Mike May, the subject of “Crashing Through”, a bestselling book about his experiences regaining partial vision through a stem cell transfer and corneal transplant. Having lost his vision initially at age 3, his … Continue reading 2126 Encore of 1351 Regaining Vision After Decades of Blindness (Jun. 23, ...
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2125 GoodMaps Indoor Navigation Aid (Jun. 16, 2021) Show Notes GPS technologies and apps are a great asset in helping the blind navigate and become more mobile. Unfortunately, GPS is only effective in navigating outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mike May about the new GoodMaps app and how it has overcome technical … Continue reading 2125 GoodMaps Indoor Navigation Aid (Jun. 16, 2021) →
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2124 White Cane and Guide Dog Mobility Differences (Jun. 9, 2021) Show Notes Is a guide dog for you or would you prefer to navigate using a white cane? What are the trade-offs? If I decide to get a dog, what is the process? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jake Koch, Community Outreach … Continue reading 2124 White Cane and Guide Dog Mobility Differences (Jun. 9, 2021)
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