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1324 Using Sonar with NVDA (June 12, 2013)
Sonar is a powerful audio and production program that is used by many blind musicians and audio engineers. This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Jamie Teh, co-developer of the free NVDA screen reader, about the tools he has developed to make Sonar more accessible with NVDA. Find out how you can acquire these tools and even help in future development.
1323 Sports and Recreation for the Blind (June 5, 2013)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Andrew Leibs, author of “The Encyclopedia of Sports and Recreation for People With Visual Impairments”. More or less following the structure of the book, we’ll discuss specific sports that the visually impaired can do, interviews he did with experts in adaptive sports and finally some useful resources for people who want to get involved.
1322 Vinux 4.0 (May 29, 2013)
Vinux is a version of the Linux operating system that has been optimized for the needs of blind and low vision users. Vinux provides two screen-readers, screen magnification, many other features and support for USB Braille displays. Join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey as they speak with Rob Whyte of the Vinux project about what’s new in their latest release, Vinux 4.0 .
1321 Being a Blind Attorney (May 22, 2013)
Professions that require a large amount of reading and paperwork may not at first seem ideal for the blind. This week, John McCann tells hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey how he acquired the skills to pursue a degree in law and now practices law despite being blind since birth. Learn about the tools he used to succeed in law school and the workplace.
1320 Flying Blind and Top Tech Tidbits (May 15,2013)
Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey speak with Larry Lewis, president and founder of Flying Blind. Flying Blind promotes new access technologies, distributes many useful products for people with vision loss and trains educators in using them. In addition, they work with Dean Martineau to produce and distribute the weekly Top Tech Tidbits about what’s new in access technology.
1319 Extreme Travel (May 8, 2013)
Traveling to other countries can be a challenge even if one is sighted. This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Tony Giles who, despite being blind, travels on his own around the world, including trips to some distant and/or remote locations. He talks about some of the places he’s been, challenges he’s had to overcome, and adventures he’s had.
1318 New Initiatives from Bookshare (May 1, 2013)
This week hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey speak with Betsy Beaumon, General Manager and VP of literacy programs for Benetech, parent company of Bookshare. She describes a number of exciting new initiatives and collaborations with mainstream publishers. Hear about Bookshare’s Web Reader, personalized bookshelf, and their impact on the e-pub 3 format.
1317 Going from Pathologist to Potter (April 24, 20132013)
This week hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey talk with Rodney Roe whose transition to blindness happened suddenly when he was a fully sighted practicing pathologist. Hear how this changed his life and about how he now finds enjoyment and fulfillment through pottery.
1316 New Features of JAWS 14 (Apr. 17, 2013)
This week hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talk with Jonathan Mosen from Freedom Scientific about some of the new and exciting features in JAWS 14. Jonathan demonstrates the power of “Flexible Web” and also discusses the new Vocalizer voices, improvements to the Text Analyzer and Convenient OCR and more.
1315 Writing and Publishing Your Own Book (Apr. 10, 2013)
Ever wonder how to get a book published? This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Donna Hill, an author, musician, and advocate for the blind. She’s written a book whose protagonist is a blind teenage girl. Donna describes the process of writing and publishing the book and support networks she found useful.
1314 Developing Blind-Friendly Human-Computer Interfaces (Apr. 3, 2013)
Sina Bahram is a blind Ph.D. student and computer scientist. Hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey talk with him about his research in developing human-computer interfaces that are not only more blind friendly but also enable the blind to work more effectively in the real world.
1313 Services and Conditions for the Blind in Panama (March 27, 2013)
Come to Panama with hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey. Learn what current services and conditions are like there for people with vision loss and hear what Ted Henter and Mauro Avila are doing to improve the lives of the blind. We’ll discuss social, educational and transportation issues, as well as the Virtual Pencil project they’re working on to make mathematics more accessible.
1312 Highlights from CSUN 2013 – part 2 (Mar. 20, 2013)
This is part 2 of a 2-part series featuring highlights from the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (often called CSUN) held 2/26 to 3/2/13 in San Diego. Hosts Pete and Nancy Torpey speak with several attendees about what’s exciting in access technology including new or upcoming products and research for future ones.
1311 Highlights from CSUN 2013 – part 1 (Mar. 13, 2013)
This is part 1 of a 2-part series featuring highlights from the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (often called CSUN) held 2/26 to 3/2/13 in San Diego. Hosts Pete and Nancy Torpey speak with several attendees about what’s exciting in access technology including new or upcoming products and research for future ones.
1310 Amateur Radio Technology (March 6, 2013)
Hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey speak with Kelvin Marsh (call sign m0aid) about the technology behind ham radio and how accessible it is. He’s a blind amateur radio operator who reviews equipment for accessibility and maintains the Active Elements web-site which contains those reviews and a lot of other information for hams with disabilities.
1309 Extreme Adventures of a Deaf-Blind Man (Feb. 27, 2013)
Bill Barkeley is a self-described deaf-blind outdoor adventurer and storyteller. Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey as they talk with Bill about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, running the Boston marathon and leading groups of deaf and/or blind teens through the Amazon. Technology helps, but his successes are mostly due to his can-do attitude.
1308 Progress in Speech Synthesis (Feb. 20, 2013)
Much adaptive technology relies on speech synthesis, which has evolved from humble beginnings to nearly human sounding speech. Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey talk with Andrew Breen, director of innovation for text to speech at Nuance Communications, about the history, current technology and future goals of speech synthesis.
1307 NLS Digital Audio Player & BARD with Demonstrations of Both (Feb. 13, 2013)
This week hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey describe and demonstrate both the digital audio player from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and how to download books and magazines from their Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. Last week’s show was a general description of NLS’ services.
1306 NLS Services, History & Technology (Feb. 6, 2013)
Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey as they speak with Judy Dixon and Steve Prine of the NLS about the services and history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is part of the US Library of Congress. Hear about the evolution of audio and Braille formats through newer technology and plans for the future. Next week will feature demonstrations of both the digital audio player and the BARD web site.
1305 Accessible Forms and Assistance from the IRS (Jan. 30, 2013)
Everybody has to pay their taxes. Learn how the US Internal Revenue Service makes it possible for the visually impaired to do so independently with accessible forms, documents and other types of assistance. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Darryl Eaton of the IRS about the services they provide their disabled clients and employees.
1304 Accessibility Features of Android’s New Jelly Bean OS (Jan. 23, 2013)
Join hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey as they talk with both Mike Arrigo and Access Ana about the improvements to accessibility in the Android smart phone’s newest operating system called Jelly Bean. Many facets of how a visually impaired user interacts with the phone have changed for the better.
1303 Bringing Canes and Independence to Rural People Around the World (Jan. 16, 2013)
Beverly Crook travels the world delivering white canes to blind people in underserved rural areas, often giving them their first taste of independence. Hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey talk with her about differences between services available in developed and developing countries and about how you can contribute to this effort.
1302 J-Say Demonstration of hands-free eyes-free computing (Jan. 9, 2013)
J-Say is middle-ware for Dragon Dictate and JAWS to allow speech activated navigation and control with a screen reader and enable hands-free eyes-free computing. Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey with Ed Rosenthal, head of Next Generation Technologies, who demonstrates many of its features. Last week’s show was an overview of J-Say and MagniTalk.
1301 Using J-Say or MagniTalk for hands-free eyes-free computing (Jan. 2, 2013)
J-Say and MagniTalk are middle-ware for using Dragon Dictate with JAWS or ZoomText to allow speech activated navigation and control with a screen reader or magnifier. This enables hands-free eyes-free computing. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Ed Rosenthal, head of Next Generation Technologies, about both products. He’ll demonstrate many features next week.
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