TEDxSoCal - Daniel Kish - No Sight, No Limits - The Blind Teach a New Way to See





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Published on Aug 16, 2011

Daniel Kish is the lead founder and President of World Access for the Blind - a nonprofit organization which facilitates self directed achievement for blind people. Daniel holds Master's degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Special Education, emphasizing perceptual development, family dynamics, and children at risk. He also holds two national certifications in Orientation and Mobility, COMS and NOMC. Daniel is the first totally blind individual to obtain both certifications. Daniel has collaborated extensively with renowned therapists and specialists in the areas of neural science, communication, biomechanics, and perception. Given his unique combination of training and background Daniel refers to himself as a Perceptual Mobility Specialist, emphasizing in his instructional practice the perceptual foundations underlying navigation and environmental interaction.

Daniel has worked with over 500 blind students of all ages and backgrounds, and from many cultures. Daniel has stayed and worked extensively with many dozens of families in 18 countries to help them break down the barriers to realizing their children's potential to achieve a quality of life comparable to their peers.

Though Daniel's main expertise lies in developing all aspects of human perception in sighted as well as blind people, he is perhaps best known for his expertise in echolocation. In this area he has conducted pilot research, and has completed one of the most comprehensive literature reviews detailing the nature and utility of echolocation in blind humans. From this research, in-depth collaborations with noted scientists and perception experts, and over ten thousand hours experience with students of all types and cultures, Daniel created the first systematic, comprehensive echolocation curriculum for advanced training. Daniel and some of his students have applied FlashSonar combined with other techniques to riding bicycles independently at moderate speeds through unfamiliar environments, and to participate effectively and independently in other complex activities such as skating, ball play, and solo wilderness travel.


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