Nancy Zimmer - Host of Enabled on WXXI Reachout Radio

I’ve been a volunteer for WXXI Reachout Radio, a radio reading service in Rochester, New York, for over 30 years. Yes, thirty years!

For the past few years, I’ve hosted a show of my own called “Enabled,” a weekly program designed to take a deep look into services, products and issues affecting people with vision loss. We’ve covered topics ranging from adaptive technology and audio descriptions to art history and election rights.

In doing my research for this program, I have learned so much, which I have happily shared with the listeners. I’ve not only learned about diseases that affect the eye, but I’ve learned about the medicines that are used to treat them.

I’ve learned all kinds of ideas for making life easier. I’ve discovered exciting research that is in progress for the future and new technology that can do almost anything.

But most amazing to me are the individuals I have learned about who are making the best of their lives, individuals who happen to be blind or visually impaired.

I am never at a loss for program ideas and will continue to bring the best of my research to listeners of WXXI Reachout Radio.

Nancy Zimmer is a former high school English teacher and a former director of a senior citizen center. She’s now retired, enjoying family, travel and leisure time.

You can listen to Nancy’s show, Enabled, at To learn more about Reachout Radio, visit or follow them on Facebook.

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