Show number travel

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1841 Encore of 1335 Meeting and Dating Across Borders (Oct. 10, 2018)
Show Notes
Victor Tsaran grew up in Ukraine and is totally blind. Karo Caran grew up in Poland and is partially sighted. Last week Nancy and Peter Torpey talked to them about their careers working on accessibility at Google. This week we’ll learn how they met in the U.S., became married, and managed to make a life together despite geographical obstacles.

1831 Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows (Aug. 1, 2018)
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Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey as they explore their new home state of Colorado in celebration of their 35th anniversary. Follow them as they prepare for their journey, walk trails along raging rivers, hike along narrow ledges hanging on steep canyon walls, and more. You might even learn the true story of Mike the headless chicken!

1826 WeWALK Smart Cane (Jun. 27, 2018)
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WeWALK transforms the white cane into an innovative smart cane for visually impaired travelers. In addition to detecting obstacles above chest level, WeWALK seamlessly integrates with smart phones and third-party apps. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with Kursat Ceylan, a visually impaired social entrepreneur, about WeWALK and its development.

1821 College Student and Paralympic Athlete (May 23, 2018)
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We talked previously with Staci Mannella about competitive skiing and what it was like to participate in the Paralympics in both Sochi and PyeongChang. Now hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Staci about what it takes to succeed as a visually impaired college student while travelling the world to compete in alpine skiing and how she juggled the two.

1752 Running with a Guide Dog (Dec. 20, 2017)
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Guide dogs are trained to help the blind navigate throughout the day in many different environments. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Thomas Panek, president of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, about a new skill for which his organization is training dogs – running with their blind owners. We’ll hear how this is done and how it is working out for Thomas.

1751 Pros and Cons of Having a Guide Dog (Dec. 13, 2017)
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Although guide dogs can provide blind individuals with a greater sense of independence, they may not be for everyone. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Thomas Panek, president of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, about how his organization trains guide dogs and matches them with owners. They also talk about the pros and cons of having a guide dog.

1747 RightHear App for Orientation in Public Venues (Nov. 15, 2017)
Show Notes
New technologies and smart devices are making it ever easier for blind individuals to easily navigate and know what is around them in public venues. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Idan Meir, one of the founders of RightHear, about how this new company is partnering with commercial venues to make them more accessible to people who are blind.

1746 TravelEyes (Nov. 8, 2017)
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If you are blind and like to travel, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a sighted guide to accompany you on your adventures? TravelEyes offers just such a service by pairing blind travelers with sighted guides. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dan Raymond, communications and media assistant at TravelEyes, about the service and how it works.

1643 Traveling Solo (Oct. 19, 2016)
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Imagine traveling the world alone for months at a time if you were totally blind and partially deaf. This week, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tony Giles who has done exactly that. We’ll learn how he prepares for and manages his trips and also talk to him about some of the adventures recounted in his new book, “Seeing the Americas My Way”.

1641 Delivering Independence with White Canes (Oct. 5, 2016)
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A simple white cane can be a remarkable gift in some parts of the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Beverly Crook about her travels around the world delivering canes to blind people in underserved rural areas, often giving them their first taste of independence. Learn about how the Global Cane Outreach program has grown and some of its successes.

1620 The Vision-quest Experience (May 11, 2016)
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Maribel Steel is an Australian writer and motivational speaker who is also blind. She designed the Vision-quest program which pairs blind and sighted people in a day of shared exploration to experience sites in their community. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about Vision-quest and her role as an international peer advisor for AFB’s VisionAware.

1601 F123’s Impact on Accessibility (Dec. 30, 2015)
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After experiencing the impact of access technology on his own ability to succeed, Fernando Botelho has developed free tools to improve accessibility to web sites for all. Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey speak with him about his experiences growing up in South America, traveling the world, and the F123 project he founded to improve access to information around the world.


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.

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.

1336 Conditions for the Blind in Southern Asia (Sep. 4, 2013)
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Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey continue their conversation from last week with Karo Caran and Victor Tsaran. We’ll learn about their travels throughout SouthEast Asia and India where they trained blind people and their instructors and also about the conditions for the blind that they found there. We’ll also learn about their healthy cooking app for iOS or Android called Plantiful.

1319 Extreme Travel (May 8, 2013)
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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 and deaf, 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.

1303 Bringing Canes and Independence to Rural People Around the World (Jan. 16, 2013)
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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.

1223 6-6-12 Multi-sensory Exhibits at Science Museums
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Many exhibits in science museums are intrinsically experienced with senses other than vision. Join hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey as they visit the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, learn about the services they provide and experience some of the exhibits. They also get to participate in a research experiment being conducted there.

1140 10-5-11 Accessibility of Art Museums
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Hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey invite you to join them for a virtual tour of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. You can experience bits of their described audio tour and touch tour and meet some of the people responsible for creating them. Also, get advice for finding accessible museums in your area or travel plans. Finally, they describe a really cool web site at which you can get a thorough audio tour of New York City (with photos, too).

1133 8-17-11 Living with a Blind Person
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Most ViewPoints shows center on the experiences of a blind person, whether dealing with technology, travelling or whatever. This week, hosts Nancy Goodman Torpey and Peter Torpey discuss raising and living with a blind person from everybody else’s perspective, including interviews with Pete’s mother, sister, wife, in-laws and children.

1124 6-15-11 Sightseeing without Seeing the Sights
Show Notes
This week's show is about sightseeing without seeing the sights including examples from a recent trip by hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey. It includes many audio clips and tells how they were made. We give pointers about information available at most Visitor Centers and suggestions of what accommodations you might expect to get.

1119 5/11/11 Traveling
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This week's show is about a recent trip hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey took. It includes stories and advice about every phase of the trip from booking the reservations to getting through the airport, exploring the hotel, getting reduced admission to the zoo and museums, hiking on various terrain and lots of audio clips.

1105 2-2-11 Getting around airports, changes to copyright laws, etc
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This week hosts Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey will discuss getting around airports and airplanes, obtaining free entry to National & State Parks, changes to copyright laws that have improved accessibility for the visually impaired and give a brief history of speech synthesizers with some fun audio clips as examples.