These resources share individual stories that offer insights on living with a disability.
Chris Downey, an architect who lost his sight at age 45.
Shalini Menon, Learning math as a blind student
Erik Weihenmayer, Blind rock climber
Daniel Kish, How I use sonar to navigate the world
Tommy Edison and Christine Ha
Tommy Edison and Christine Ha compare their experiences with blindness
Blindness is a Spectrum
Blind YouTubers discuss their vision.
Also tune in to the Eyes on Success podcast hosted by Nancy and Peter Torpey. Their weekly podcast interviews blind and low vision people who are active in a wide range of professions and activities and also reviews products and services for living with vision loss.
Check out this sampling of interviews from the show:
2117 Designing a Profession (Apr. 21, 2021)
“Who Wants to Hire a Blind Interior Designer?” was the subject of an introductory email we received from John Robert Wiltgen’s publicist. So we decided to find out! Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John about his very successful career, how he worked around his impaired vision, and about some of the other challenges he had to overcome.
2112 Steering the Course to a Career In Science (Mar. 17, 2021)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey first interviewed Rebecca Alford in 2011 when she was in high school. Despite being visually impaired she went on to win the Intel Science competition and we’ve been following her progress ever since. Now with a Ph.D. in chemical and biomechanical engineering, having started her first job, she shares her experiences with us.
1608 The Blind Cook (Feb. 17, 2016)
Christine Ha, who calls herself “The Blind Cook”, developed her cooking skills after her vision failed. She is a winner of MasterChef, author of a NY Times bestselling cookbook and host of 4-Senses on AMI. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with her about cooking blind and her pointers for success and safety for blind home cooks.
1437 Working As a Research Oceanographer (Sep. 10, 2014)
Amy Bower gradually lost most of her vision as she pursued a Ph.D. in Oceanography and continued her career as a research scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her experience leading research cruises, working with colleagues, and being attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.