This Week's Show:
2104 Eric Damery and His Career (Jan. 20, 2021)
Eric Damery has had a long career in the field of assistive technology and is currently VP of Software Product Management at Freedom Scientific, a Vispero company. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Eric about how he got started in the field and how he worked to bring these technologies to people with vision loss around the world.
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About Eyes On Success:
This half-hour weekly radio program and podcast discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. It is available through radio reading services across the US and Canada, via 3 internet streaming services, and to everybody else as a podcast. To date, the show has been downloaded in all 50 states in the US and over 100 other countries on all
the inhabited continents. Eyes On Success is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey and distributed
by WXXI Reachout Radio in Rochester, NY through the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS).
Each episode is basically a success story. Some are human stories of visually impaired people's accomplishments in academics, employment, sports or pasttimes. Others are descriptions of adaptive aids that enable visually impaired people to achieve things. These include screen readers, magnifiers, navigation aids, and others. In all cases, the focus is on success.
Eyes On Success has been airing weekly since January 2011. Prior to January 2013 the name of the show was ViewPoints. Other than the name, nothing has changed.
- 2011 WXXI’s Producers Award in honor of creating and hosting the weekly radio series heard on Reachout Radio, WXXI’s reading radio service.
- 2012 Program of the Year Award in the Consumer Information category from the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) for show #1242 about Downloading and Reading Books on a Smart Phone.
- 2015 AFB's VisionAware named Eyes On Success "Agency of the Month" in recognition of the amount and quality of information provided to people with vision loss. This was the first time that this award was given to an organization that was not actually an agency.
- 2016 Program of the Year Award in the Interview category from the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) for show #1644 about Currency Identification.
- 2017 Program of the Year Award in the Interview category from the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) for show #1725 about Low Vision Optometry.
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About The Hosts: The Torpey's both have PhD's in Physics and retired from Xerox Corporation after
over 25 years in corporate research. Nancy is sighted and Pete is blind, and they've been learning together for many years. Pete and Nancy have two adult children, 2 young grandsons and they love to travel, hike and enjoy music together.
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