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1513 The National Braille Press (Mar. 25, 2015)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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