Penetrating Perspectives and Items of Interest

Reflections on Light

by Geoff Olson

An engagingly different way of looking at the world, in terms of light and life, science and myth, objective and subjective, funny and not so funny. He articulates the interconnectedness of the spiritual, scientific, psychological, and philosophical significance of light. Very intriguing! Includes reflections on the exquisite blind French author, Jacques Lusseyran, who is showcased on our What Blind People Say About Blindness page.


QI: Quite Interesting

A variety of literal and metaphorical perspectives on echoes and their uses. "We believe that everything should be interesting." " Daniel Kish is blind, but has taught himself to navigate using a similar system to dolphins. By making clicks with his tongue and listening for the echoes, he is able to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. The echoes from his clicks can tell him about an object's distance, size, texture and density so much so that he can tell the difference between a metal fence and a wooden fence."


Sensorium - January 13, 2014

Penetrating insights on nonvisual imaging through heightened sensations of touch through the feet, hearing, and echolocation. “… they thought … I was blind because I could not see with my feet …” "Kish founded World Access for the Blind, an organisation that teaches other blind people how to echolocate and attain the crazy-wild independence that Kish developed after—like many blind children—teaching himself the skills as a toddler. Kish was lucky—no one told him to stop clicking. Many well-meaning adults discourage echolocating for fear that it draws attention to, and stigmatises, blind children."

Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow

Paul Vasquez - January, 2010

This is the famous rainbow video to which Geoff Olson refers in his talk. Mr. Vasquez was publically ridiculed for his bold display of profound awe and wonder. I am Daniel Kish, and I have never seen a rainbow. I was profoundly moved by his open expression, which I write about in our What Blind People Say About Blindness section.

On Being Wrong

TEDTalk - March, 2011
Kathryn Schulz

A phenomenal exposé calling for us all to challenge what we think we know, because anything and everything we think we know may just be ... wrong.

Like A Bat? Sound Can Show You The Way

Tania Lombrozo - January 28, 2013

A thoughtful, philosophical perspective on the relationship between FlashSonar in humans, and how bats may perceive the world.

Impossible: The Manifesto

By Joel Runyon

A challenge to push your limits, live a life worth writing about and do the impossible - a challenge to stop waiting around for life to happen and do something. Daniel Kish's story is one of three stories featured in this most intriguing and inspiring call to personal action. "Daniel didn’t want to live life like everyone told him he should – staying at home, memorizing a few notable routes and relying on people with vision to help him with anything more than the basic tasks of life. Daniel decided he wanted a different life. He wanted to be independent – as independent as any person who could see.

Blind Man Traverses Some of the World's Longest, most Challenging Trails

Team FarSight, led by totally blind Trevor Thomas (trail Name Zero/Zero) completes through hikes of some of the world's longest and most challenging trails. Some would say wreckless. Others would say awe inspiring. Many would say both. We would say, Trevor is a provocatively challenging testament to freedom of choice and self directed achievement. We were very fortunate to be able to exchange services and expertise with him before he embarked on the Pacific Crest Trail. Definitely worth a look.

How the Blind Commute

Maryland in Motion - April, 2011
by Bruce Wallace

This is a pleasantly articulate and informative account of how one blind gentleman, Maurice Peret, manages his day to day commute to and from his place of work. Maurice has written other pieces which are showcased elsewhere on this page in his writings about Erik Weihenmayer. You can also read Maurice's writings among our Genuine Journeys

World Renowned Blind Climbers Chance Encounters and Dreams Fulfilled

These are articles about a chance meeting and subsequent partnership between Erik Weihenmayer, first and only blind man to summit Everest, and Andy Holzer, accomplished Austrian blind climber, who culminate their partnership by supporting each other to climb one of the world's most challenging peaks unassisted.

Blind Hikers Scale the Andes - Climb Machu Picchu with a remarkable expedition.

ABC Nightline - 07/14/2006
by Philip Maravilla

Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind man to summit Mt. Everest, who then summited all the world's major peaks, conducts an expedition of blind and sighted teenagers up Machu Picchu. This showcases the admirable achievements possible for blind people through strategic and mutual engagement of sighted support. Philip Maravilla is a renowned producer who also produced "Blind as a Bat: Seeing without eyesight" for HDNet World Report, featuring Daniel Kish and Juan Ruiz demonstrating what blind people may be taught to achieve through application of perceptual mobility, with little or no requirement for sighted support. This can be found at our General News and Press Center.

A Sense of the World: How a blind man became history's greatest traveler

Jason Roberts - 2006

This remarkable account documents how James Holman, a blind man from Britain, became history's greatest traveler. Staying one step ahead of those desiring to institutionalize or infantilize him for his blindness, Holman traveled more miles than any other explorer prior to motorized transportation. Artist, poet, and sportsman, this extraordinary individual ventured through jungles, across deserts, and over seas, ever embracing the world, and always reaching for the "more" that he could become. Although his work was all but forgotten, having been dismissed by skeptics who cast doubt that a blind man couldn't achieve what Holman had claimed, and by critics who insisted that a blind man couldn't possibly "observe" what Holman claimed to have observed. Robert's meticulously researched eloquennce succeeds in bringing Holman's words and sentiments back to the forefront of public appreciation and knowledge. In the final chapter, Raise the Soul to Flame, Roberts showcases Daniel Kish's work through World Access for the Blind, and names Daniel "the Spiritual Successor to James Holman."

Skateboard Boy: Tommy Carol

Jon Sall, Director - Circa 2008

This short video was produced when Tommy was about 14. Tommy, who proudly reports himself to be totally blind, has since ended up on his high school track team, and is still known to skateboard, having attached his name to several famous California skateparks. We haven't worked with him, but he is A strapping young man after our own heart. Go Tommy!

Can we Help

Australian Broadcast Company - February, 2012

Features a blind gentleman named Sam Byrne from Melbourne, who attended one of our seminars, and who has aspirations of becoming a Mobility Specialist - hosted by comedian Peter Rosthorne.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

TEDxOrangeCoast - May, 2011
Daniel Amen, M.D.

"Revelations based on studying 63,000 brain images across 90 countries over 20 years. How Brain imaging can change paradigms and our understanding of healthy life, no matter where we live. ... Daniel Amen, MD, is one of the world's foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to clinical psychiatric practice. He is widely regarded as a gifted teacher, taking complex brain science concepts to make them easily accessible to other professionals and the general public."

Dog & Elephant friends

CBS Evening News - January 2, 2009

"Two animals who have learned to look passed their immense differences. If they can do it, what's our excuse?"

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