Did You Hear That Echo?

Boaz Power TV - May, 2010

This is an inspiring look into alternative ways of perceiving, achieving, and overcoming by international author and speaker Boaz, featuring stories and thoughtful commentaries about Ben Underwood and Daniel Kish. This is episode 114 of a series focusing on self development and life improvement, "We take your life to the next level."

Teaching Independence: Let’s get to work!

Thomas Marshall Does It All - January 12, 2015 By Jessica Kovacs, Tommy's Mom

This warmly thought provoking site chronicals a Mother's journey with her young son, and includes many blindness related resources.
"Did you listen to … NPR’s This American Life, Batman? Well you need to. For some kids things come easy. Things don’t come so easy for Tommy, unless you are talking about music. He’s naturally tuned into that but the rest is hard work."
"Every time I read about Daniel Kish I think about Tom and where he is with mobility and daily living skills. He’s making progress, but I know he’s got a long way to go. It’s not fair to compare people, but there are general developmental guidelines that we can follow. I know we have to work really hard in the next year and a half before he’s ready for public school, because right now he just isn’t ready.
… Sometimes I want to cry because I know he’s capable … He need to be pushed. I can’t push all on my own. Everyone had to do it. That means no more lazy days! … I know there's more work to be done right now. … This is the start of a new push for Tom’s independence. I know it will not make me popular with everyone but it’s time to get serious. Tommy is five and he’s been cruising for way too long. He is capable of much more and we have to help him get there. We are doing him a disservice by not being firm. … So get ready friends and family. It’s time to get to work!"


Maureen A. Duffy, CVRT, Web Master

"The Self-Help Resource Center for Vision Loss"
"Information For Adults Experiencing Low Vision, Vision Loss, and Blindness "

Extraordinary Children and Other Resources

These are heart-rending realities about people which really bring home how lucky most of us are. But, not all of these items are about illness and disability. Some are quite the contrary: stories of fantastic physical achievement or unbelievable abilities. Some have had horrific experiences, while others are remarkable in their ability to overcome adversity. From the web Master: "The webmaster of this site has multiple sclerosis, which is why this site came into being, and I take my hat off to the people featured here. I am fortunate that my MS symptoms are not severe, but I really have nothing to complain about when you become aware of what others are going through." This site ncludes an article about our work with Ben, excerpted from from the full length documentary Extraordinary People: The boy who sees without eyes which You can view on our Students Report page.

Inspirations: Daniel Kish

Everything Blind - August 2009

"We have created this web site to provide a smooth highway ride straight to the information regarding your specific, individual needs. Perhaps this is just a bit of information about your eye problem, or a product related to vision, or anything else you can think of that relates to vision or vision loss." "If you "Each month we will share with you stories, and information on the individuals that have set their sights on inspiring! the people just like us, who have lost their physical sight, but, not their vision. that keep us going and growing as not only blind and visually impaired individuals, but also as able and active individuals."

Blind Children's Resource Center

This is one of the most positively achievement oriented set of resources we've encountered. "The Blind Children's Resource Center is dedicated to the idea that blind/visually impaired children can grow up to become productive, fully functioning, independent members of society. To do this, they need normal expectations for their development, high quality training in the skills of blindness, and exposure to healthy, positive attitudes about blindness and the abilities of blind/visually impaired people. ... What does it actually mean to be blind? ... Does it mean limitations—a person can't do this or can't do that? ... We believe the key is skills. With the alternative skills of blindness, a child will be able to accomplish tasks without frustration and with success. ... It is up to the adults in the blind child's life to provide the expectation for success and the training and opportunity to practice the skills. Before you know it, the child will have high expectations for him/herself and, when faced with a new or challenging situation, will know to ask, what skills do I need to learn in order to accomplish this task? ... remember, don't think limits—think possibilities!"

inspirational and motivational people — Will To Know

My Heroes: Aspire To Inspire - March 1, 2011
by Joy Mystic

Daniel Kish is named among a handful of illustrious blind figures including Ben Underwood (teenager who lived an extraordinary life and touched the lives of millions across the globe), Erik Weihenmayer (Climbed all seven summits and founded No Barriers), Helen Keller (needing no introduction), and Sabriye Tenberken (co-founder of Braille without Borders). "Many times you and I will stumble upon an article, video clip, ... or just hear about an inspiring person. Someone who defied the odds, ... or accomplished a feat that went far and beyond their perceived physical, psychological, or mental expectations. They charge us with vigor and enthusiasm to reach a new frontier with ourselves. ... This page is for me and you to find them when we need that jolt of inspiration and motivation and to awaken that marvelous being within us. ... read or watch why they are true heroes. Enjoy!"

Austin Seraphin's Weird Blog: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

A personal Blog by one of our students, Austin Seraphin, blind from birth, containing intriguing and edifying accounts of his experiences with a variety of blindness related technologies, strategies, and life experiences.

Learning to Navigate through Echolocation - Daniel Kish

WonderBaby - Jan 11, 2015

", a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families."

Active Learning

Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

"Active Learning Theory was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen"
"Based on typical child development, this approach targets individuals of all ages who function under a developmental age of 3 when real learning only takes place by "doing."
"Dame Lilli Nielsen passed away in June of 2013 only days after the Active Learning Conference in Houston. We honor her life and work and mourn her passing."
"To learn more about this approach, explore the resources listed on this page."

Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model

Book Review by Disabled
Book by Joseph Cutter - 2007

Positive and forthright review by a U.K. organization. Daniel Kish was honoured to be consulted for the chapter on echolocation. Joseph Cutter is one of the inspirations behind the cutting edge approaches of World Access for the Blind. Anything by Joe Cutter is, in our opinion, well worth reading.

Unbroken Text of the Review

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