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1548 Accessible Comic Books (Nov. 25, 2015)
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If you thought comic books were only for sighted people, think again! This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Guy Hasson about the on-line comic book store for the blind that he started called “Comics Empower”. Learn how you can enjoy a variety of comic books in audio format including “Aurora”, a sci-fi adventure series with a blind hero.

1547 Creating a Web Site (Nov. 18, 2015)
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Many listeners have expressed interest in learning how to create their own web site, but don’t know where to start. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Mobeen Iqbal about how to do this and which tools are most accessible with a screen reader, covering everything from finding a web hosting service to creating the actual content.

1546 Doing Photography with Limited Vision (Nov. 11, 2015)
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Tammy Ruggles is a photographer who got started in the art after her vision had diminished significantly. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with her about how the advent of digital photography has eliminated the need to work in a dark room and also made it possible to edit the photos, even with low vision. Learn how she successfully puts these tools together.

1545 Transitioning to Blindness (Nov. 4, 2015)
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Losing one’s vision as an adult can be difficult. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan Krieger about her experiences as she transitioned from the sighted world to using a cane and guide dog. Hear about 3 books she has written in which she documents her journey through a series of entertaining and insightful essays.

1544 BlindSquare Navigation App (Oct. 28, 2015)
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Many GPS apps are available for mobile devices. BlindSquare is unique in that it has additional utilities that are specifically tailored to the visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ilkka Pirttimaa, the developer of BlindSquare, and Rob Nevin, the North American distributor, about what makes this app special and how it integrates with other GPS apps.

1543 Distance Learning at The Hadley School (Oct. 21, 2015)
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Just because the Hadley School is located near Chicago, doesn’t mean you have to be there to take advantage of their many and varied educational programs. In fact, they are all available as distance learning. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Doug Anzlovar about the school and its programs for people with low vision.

1542 Making Data Visualizations Accessible (Oct. 14, 2015)
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SAS develops tools for analyzing and visualizing big data. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ed Summers, head of the accessibility team at SAS, about how these tools are made accessible. Ed, who is blind himself, also describes methods the visually impaired can use to interact with various types of analytical data and some of SAS’ educational initiatives.

1541 Living and Working Abroad (Oct. 7, 2015)
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Elizabeth Schuster Sammons has lived in 6 different countries, either working or studying in each, including a 2 year stint as one of the first blind Peace Corps volunteers. Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey speak with her about her experiences and her advice for other visually impaired people interested in living abroad.

1540 Today’s e-Pub and Accessible Books - Part 2 (Sep. 30, 2015)
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Last week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with George Kerscher about the first e-books and how standards initially developed for the print disabled were adopted into mainstream publishing. This week we continue that conversation and hear why having uniform standards led to concerns about copyright and distribution and how people worked to resolve these issues.

1539 George Kerscher and the Development of e-Books - Part 1 (Sep. 23, 2015)
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George Kerscher created the first accessible digital books and went on to develop standards that are now the foundation of electronic publishing. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about how these standards were assimilated into mainstream publishing. Next week we’ll hear about some of the quandaries that arose as a result.

1538 NFB Performing Arts Division (Sep. 16, 2015)
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The Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind offers many resources and opportunities for people interested in music, dance, and other aspects of performing. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jordy Stringer and Julie McGinnity about how members can connect and share experiences to improve skills, find employment, or just have fun!

1537 3-D Printer Project at Benetech (Sep. 9 2015)
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3-D printers are capable of making tactile representations of figures, diagrams and other pictorials that occur in textbooks and other educational materials. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Anh Bui and Lisa Wadors Verne of Benetech about their work to develop the infrastructure to support the use of this technology and how it might work in practice.

1536 Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Disease (Sep. 2 2015)
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Pam Retzloff was legally blind since birth due to a congenital retinal disease. Starting in her 20’s her vision progressively worsened until she was left with a tiny dim visual field. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Pam about a stem cell treatment she had in late 2014 including what the process and recovery have been like and how her vision is evolving.

1535 NVDA Open Source Screen Reader (Aug. 26 2015)
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NVDA is a free and open source screen reader for Windows. Over the years it has matured to be a viable alternative to commercial screen readers for personal, educational and professional use. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jamie Teh, one of the founders and co-lead developers of NVDA about some of the new features of NVDA and what to expect in the future.

1534 Ski For Light (Aug. 19, 2015)
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Cross country skiing is a fun and active sport that will keep you in shape, and can also be a great way of connecting with other people. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott McCall, President of Ski for Light, about tips and tricks used to make skiing a safe and accessible sport for the blind. Learn how you can join in!

1533 Technology for Low Vision (Aug. 12, 2015)
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Depending upon your level of vision loss, there are many types of hardware and software that will enable you to access print, whether on paper or on a screen. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Jenn Mohr, regional sales representative for upstate NY for C-Tech, which distributes many adaptive items. Learn about the options available to people with low vision.

1532 Opportunities for Blind Pharmacists (Aug. 5, 2015)
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Arnold Tucker was a pharmacist in a retail pharmacy when his vision began to fade. Despite using various adaptive aids, it became progressively more difficult to perform his job. After obtaining additional training, he found new doors open in his field. Hosts Nancy and Peter talk with him about his journey and opportunities for blind pharmacists.

1531 Learning Ally (Jul. 29, 2015)
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Many blind students and professionals rely on textbooks and other specialized material recorded by Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – RFB&D). Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Kristen Witucki, community coordinator for students who are visually impaired, about Learning Ally, what services and resources they offer, and whom they serve.

1530 Accessible Games for iOS Devices (Jul. 22, 2015)
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No matter what type of games you enjoy playing, you’ll probably find it in the book “Anyone Can Play! Accessible Games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch”. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy Dixon, the book’s editor and co-author, about accessible app versions of word games, board and card games, role playing and adventure games, and much more.

1529 Accessible On-Line Games (Jul. 15, 2015)
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A number of on-line board games and card games are hosted by RS Games. They are all accessible using a screen reader and can be enjoyable as well as being a great way to connect with friends or meet new ones. Host Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Michael Forzano, a founder and developer of RS Games about how it works and how you can participate.

1528 Sailing Expeditions for the Blind (Jul. 8, 2015)
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Imago Maris Foundation hosts sailing expeditions each year, with half the participants being visually impaired and the other half sighted. Each participant does everything from working the ropes to kitchen duty. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Julia Krawczuk, a volunteer with Imago Maris and Robert Zarzecki, a blind sailor. Both participated in a 2014 voyage.

1527 HIMS Blaze Multi-Players (Jul. 1, 2015)
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The Blaze ET and EZ Multi-Player devices can play audio and text books in many formats, and also be used to directly download books over WiFi, subscribe to and listen to podcasts, and much more. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dave Wilkinson, HIMS’ business development manager, about these features as well as the OCR capability using an internal camera.

1526 Becoming and Being a Blind Judge (Jun. 24, 2015)
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Last week Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, blind since birth, talked about employment issues faced by the visually impaired. This week, hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with him about the academic and professional path that led him to his position, including some of the challenges he’s faced and accommodations he’s made to be successful.

1525 Employment Issues for the Visually Impaired (Jun. 17, 2015)
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Blind since birth, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein is passionate about improving employment for the visually impaired. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about challenges faced by blind individuals seeking employment and some new initiatives to employ the blind. Next week he will talk more about his own personal experiences.

1524 Sonar GNU Linux (Jun. 10, 2015)
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Sonar GNU Linux is a version of the Linux operating system that has accessibility for people with many types of disabilities built into it. Hosts Nancy & Peter Torpey speak with Jonathan Nadeau, its lead developer, about its many features and capabilities, about how and why it was developed, and about how you can get involved.

1523 Composing and Performing Music (Jun. 3, 2015)
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Rachel Flowers is a talented young blind musician. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with her and her mother, Jeanie Flowers, about how Rachel learned to play the myriad of instruments she’s mastered including participating in a marching band. Rachel also talks about how she currently performs, composes, arranges, and shares music with others.

1522 CakeTalking, TypeAbility and Academy of Music for the Blind (May 27, 2015)
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This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with David Pinto, a musician and music educator who founded and runs the Academy of Music for the Blind. He also developed the TypeAbility program to teach blind youth how to type and navigate a computer and the CakeTalking scripts to enable access to Sonar, a sophisticated audio production program.

1521 Blind Golfing (May 20, 2015)
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Hitting a small ball into a slightly larger cup that is hundreds of yards away might seem like an unlikely activity for a blind person. With minor modifications to the rules it becomes an enjoyable sport for many people. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey will talk with Ty Thompson, avid blind golfer and past board member of the US Blind Golf Association.

1520 Creating Accessible Graphs and Charts (May 13, 2015)
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Richard Ladner is a professor of computer science whose research is directed at enhancing the accessibility of documents and web sites. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about his work to make textbook graphics accessible to the blind. The project is aimed at automating the creation of tactile graphics with the embedded text converted to Braille or speech.

1519 Informal Advocacy (May 6, 2015)
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If you have special needs, sometimes you need to request adaptations. For years, Kelly Pierce has engaged in informal advocacy resulting in improved accessibility. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with him about his varied experiences with the Chicago transit system, movie theaters, voting system, ATM’s, etc., usually without engaging legal support.

1518 Global Reach of Benetech and Bookshare (Apr. 29, 2015)
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Last week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Jim Fruchterman, the founder and CEO of Benetech about his early work in OCR and starting Bookshare. This week we talk with him about Bookshare’s global reach and how it has helped to influence mainstream publishing. He also describes a number of other initiatives being pursued by Benetech to improve access.

1517 Jim Fruchterman - Social Entrepreneur (Apr. 22, 2015)
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Jim Fruchterman is the founder and CEO of Benetech, which operates Bookshare. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about how he became interested in OCR, the founding of Arkenstone, and the inspiration behind Bookshare. Next week we speak more with Jim about the global impact of Bookshare and some of Benetech’s other social initiatives.

1516 J-Say, J-Dictate, and Leasey (Apr. 15, 2015)
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J-Say and J-Dictate are designed to make it possible to use the Dragon Naturally speaking speech recognition program with JAWS. Leasey offers novice PC users an intuitive interface and set of tools for performing routine tasks using JAWS. Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian Hartgen, developer of these tools, who will talk about his work and demo these tools.

1515 Blind Cricket (Apr. 8, 2015)
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G K Mahantesh is the General Secretary of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India and the Vice President of the World Blind Cricket Council. He is also one of the founders of the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about how the blind play cricket as well as about the mission of his organization.

1514 Beep Baseball (Apr. 1, 2015)
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Beep Baseball is a variant of American baseball that has been adapted to be safe for its blind participants. Hosts Nancy and Pete Torpey speak with Blake Boudreaux and Stephen Guerra of the National Beep Baseball Association about how the game is played, what special equipment is used and the upcoming World Series of Beep Baseball.

1513 The National Braille Press (Mar. 25, 2015)
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The National Braille Press promotes literacy of blind children through Braille and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Brian MacDonald, president of NBP, about resources available from NBP as well as about some new initiatives including the B2G.

1512 Preparing for Vision Loss (Mar. 18, 2015)
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Many sighted people have a hard time imagining how they would tackle life if they couldn’t see. Losing your vision, however, doesn’t mean the end of the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about how you can prepare for eventual vision loss by preparing your home, using adaptive aids, becoming aware of your other senses, accessible technology and more.

1511 Reading MathML with JAWS (Mar. 11, 2015)
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The ability to read mathematical expressions in documents and on the web is crucial for those learning math and for professionals in the sciences. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Rob Gallo, a software developer at Freedom Scientific responsible for implementing support for MathML in the JAWS screen reader. Also hear a demo of JAWS reading MathML.

1510 Chemistry Camp for Blind Youth (Mar. 4, 2015)
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Learning about science can be fun and exciting. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Hoby Wedler, a blind graduate student in Chemistry, about a Chemistry Camp for blind teens that he founded and runs annually to share his love of science with youth. We’ll review some of the highlights of each session, including some unexpected things attendees learn

1509 Working With Computer Hardware (Feb. 25, 2015)
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Modern screen readers make computer programs and software readily accessible to the blind. But what about working with hardware? Mobeen Iqbal has years of experience repairing both desktop and laptop computers and has even built several computers. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about how he achieves each required task in spite of being totally blind

1508 Blind Parenting of Sighted Children (Feb. 18, 2015)
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First time parents have many questions. But what if one of the parents is blind? That is the case with Ron and Denise Miller who are raising 2 year old Russell. They talk with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey who raised two sighted children with one parent being blind. They discuss a variety of topics including feeding, playing, reading, and driving.

1507 Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System (Feb. 11, 2015)
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The Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System enables deaf-blind Braille users to communicate in a variety of situations including telephone communications, texting, instant messaging, internet, VRS and face-to-face conversations. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with its inventor, Ken Gan, about this portable yet powerful tool. transcript of show 1507

1506 Working from Home – Part 2 (Feb. 4, 2015)
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This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue last week’s conversation with Ron Milliman, a blind retired professor of Marketing, about working from home, this time from the employer’s perspective, which is good to know so you can present prepared points in your request to begin or continue working from home. We’ll also hear from several people with experience working at home.

1505 Working from Home – Part 1 (Jan. 28, 2015)
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Ron Milliman is a blind retired professor of Marketing who has spent years working in and teaching about various employment situations. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him about the pros and cons of working from home from an employee’s perspective. Next week we’ll explore the employer’s perspective and hear from several people who have experience working at home.

1504 Research on Eye Surgery Equipment (Jan. 21, 2015)
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Advances in technology have dramatically impacted how modern eye surgery is performed and what procedures are now possible. This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with David Hertweck, a blind senior engineer at Bausch and Lomb. He describes some of the new tools he and his team helped develop and how some modern eye surgeries are performed.

1503 Cochlear Implants for Blind People (Jan. 14, 2015)
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Blind people rely on their hearing for navigation, orientation, social cues and much more. For a blind person who has also lost much of their hearing, cochlear implants can restore significant function. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Keith Wiglesworth about being blind, losing his hearing, and how a pair of cochlear implants has expanded his horizons.

1502 Product Development at Humanware (Jan. 7, 2015)
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Bringing new products to market involves time, planning, and feedback from customers. This week, hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Dominic Labbé, Product Development Director for blindness related products at Humanware. He describes how the process works at Humanware and how products such as the Victor Reader are shepherded from concept to the marketplace.

1501 Sociology of Disability (Dec. 31, 2014)
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Individuals with disabilities including visual impairments have all had experiences interacting with the majority non-disabled society. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Tom Behler, a blind professor of Sociology about his studies of how people with disabilities are treated by society in general and how this has been evolving.

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