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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI REACHOUT RADIO FEATURES A NEW PROGRAM FOCUSED ON TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES FOR THOSE WITH VISION LOSS

(Rochester, New York) January 5, 2011 – WXXI’s Reachout Radio, a closed-circuit 24-hour reading radio service for people who are print-handicapped, launches today a new radio series that highlights technology and services designed to help those with vision loss. The series is hosted by Penfield, New York residents Nancy and Peter Torpey, who both have their doctorates in physics. Nancy is sighted and Pete is blind. ViewPoints premieres Wednesday, January 5 at 5 p.m. on Reachout Radio.

The weekly, half hour program, which will air Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and repeat Sundays at 5 p.m. on Reachout Radio, will feature simple tips for daily living, the presentation of a low tech item and a high tech item, and a focus topic. Topics will include screen magnification, cell phones, speech synthesizers, the National Library Service, refreshable Braille devices, on-line shopping, money identification, Tell Me telephone system, accessible games, audio reading materials and how to download podcasts and other audio file formats. Podcasts of the programs will be made available at  WXXI.org/reachoutradio after each broadcast.

The Torpeys are both retired from Xerox. While working for the company, Peter tested the quality control of color printers, and worked to develop all the equipment he needed to do his job independently. Reachout Radio listeners will hear much of his life experience in these programs, as the flavor of the series is very personal. The Torpeys have two grown children, and enjoy traveling, hiking and music.

WXXI Reachout Radio provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and books for people who are print-handicapped. Eligible print-handicapped individuals include those with visual impairment or blindness, those who suffer from a physical disability which prohibits the holding of printed material, or one with a learning disability such as dyslexia. WXXI Reachout Radio is closed-circuit and is accessible through a specially-tuned radio which is provided free of charge to eligible applicants. The service is also made available for people who are temporarily disabled due to surgery or accident. WXXI Reachout Radio is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester. To learn more visit, WXXI.org/reachoutradio.

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