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1416 Accessibility of the Kindle Fire HDX (Apr. 16, 2014)
Kindle Fire HDX is a modestly sized and priced tablet that is internet capable, portable and versatile. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Access Ana, who recently bought one, about its capabilities and accessibility. The built in speech output, screen magnifier and touch screen feedback enable access to the vast majority of Kindle Fire HDX features.
1415 Alpine Skiing in the Sochi Paralympics (Apr. 9, 2014)
Staci Mannella, a 17 year old visually impaired alpine skier, and Kim Seevers, her coach and guide, have just returned from the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. They speak with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey about their preparation for and participation in this world class event as well as the friendliness of their hosts, meals, and security at the games.
1414 Knowbility’s Work to Improve Access to Technology (Apr. 2, 2014)
Accessible technology is a key to providing equal educational, employment and social opportunities for people with disabilities. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Sharron Rush, the Executive Director of Knowbility Inc., about how her organization promotes these goals including their annual 3-day training workshop AccessU.
1413 GW SocialEyes for FaceBook Users (Mar. 26, 2014)
Although social media is becoming ubiquitous, some of the web-sites are cumbersome to use for people with visual impairments. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Stephen Clower from GW Micro about their recently launched SocialEyes which facilitates using FaceBook with any of the common screen readers, including demonstrations of some features.
1412 Talking Information Center Radio Reading Service (March 19, 2014)
The Talking Information Center is a radio reading service in Massachusetts that provides content across the state and also through other services across the US. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey will speak with Ron Bersani, the executive director since its inception in 1978, about the history and future of radio reading services in general and TIC in specific.
1411 Using Band-in-a-Box with JAWS (Mar. 12, 2014)
This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about how a blind person can use Band-In-A-Box, a program that can be used for creating musical arrangements, learning and practicing new tunes, and sharing music with others. Pete will demonstrate how the new JAWS scripts he developed can be used with the recently released 2014 version of Band-In-A-Box.
1410 VisionAware and Living with Vision Loss (Mar. 5, 2014)
VisionAware’s mission is to help adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing information, daily living techniques, a directory of services, and a supportive online community. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with its program director, Pris Rogers, about their resources and “Getting Started” guide for those new to vision loss.
1409 Image for Windows, an Accessible Program for Backing up Your Computer (Feb. 26, 2014)
We all know the importance of regularly backing up our computers, but many of us don’t for one reason or another. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey will demonstrate some utilities from TeraByte Unlimited that are accessible and simple to use for backing up or restoring anything from a single file to an image of your entire disk.
1408 Ice Hockey for Blind and Low Vision People (Feb. 19, 2014)
Ice hockey can be a safe and fun sport for people with little or no vision. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Matt Morrow, executive director of Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind. We’ll learn about their programs for youth and adults, what adaptations are made for the visually impaired and Courage Canada’s annual tournament.
1407 Raspberry VI (Feb. 12, 2014)
Raspberry VI is an accessible version of Raspberry PI, a flexible and inexpensive computer about the size of a credit card. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Mobeen Iqbal, Mike Ray and Rill about the device, its capabilities, a wide variety of applications they’ve used it for and how it opens up the world of computing to people with visual impairments.
1406 Structured Negotiations for Information Access (Feb. 5, 2014)
Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer whose practice is devoted to structured negotiations to improve access for people with visual impairments. Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey speak with her about her methods and some of her successes including accessible ATM’s, credit reports, prescription bottles and web-sites.
1405 Windows 8 SmartPhone Accessibility (Jan. 29, 2014)
Microsoft has partnered with Code Factory to make Windows 8 smartphones accessible. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Melanie Endres of Code Factory about Mobile Accessibility, a suite of applications which have been especially designed for the blind with a simplified interface whose textual information is spoken using a speech synthesis engine.
1404 Life as the Partner of a Blind Person (Jan. 22, 2014)
Eyes On Success usually focuses on products, services and daily living stories for and about people with vision loss. This week’s episode covers what it’s like for a sighted partner of a blind person. Hosts Nancy and Pete Torpey have been married for 30 years and he’s been blind since long before that. Nancy continues to learn what’s special about life with Pete.
1403 Cosmo eBrailler and the BERT Remote Braille Teaching Tool (Jan. 15, 2014)
Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey speak with David Pillischer, president of Electronic Brailler LLC and inventor of both the Cosmo eBrailler electronic portable Braille embossing system and BERT, the Braille Education Remote Tool which utilizes Cosmo to enable Braille instruction remotely over the internet either one on one or in a group.
1402 Journal of Disability Related Prose and Poetry (Jan. 8, 2014)
This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Michael Northen, editor of Wordgathering, an on-line journal of items written for and by people with disabilities. We’ll learn how the journal got started, who it serves, and how you can submit material for publication. We’ll also learn about “Beauty is a Verb”, an anthology of disability related poetry that he co-edited.
1401 Google Glass for the Visually Impaired (Jan. 1, 2014)
Google Glass is best described as a wearable computer. One might wonder why a visually impaired person would be interested in a device whose most talked about feature is its visual display. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Sina Bahram and Shaun Kane, researchers in making computers accessible, about Google Glass and its special advantages for the blind.
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