Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Kish

When Daniel and I first met, (on Zoom, coincidentally), it was after months and months of badgering him to present at our conference.

I don’t know if you know this, but Daniel is kind of a big deal.

He has lived his life in pursuit of greatness. Not only for himself, but for the entire community of people with visual impairments.

Daniel has a long history of putting himself out in the limelight in order to make a greater impact on the world. From his impeccable TED talk, to the work he does world-wide with his Non-Profit Organization, “World Access for the Blind”, Daniel has continued to be an example of what is possible for all people.

I mean, do YOU have a TED talk? Me either.

He is an inspiration to all who meet him. Holding a world of knowledge with his innovative strategies and decisive framework for traveling, Daniel is nothing less than awe-inspiring.

We are hosting a few Speaker Spotlights as we lead up to the 2019 International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium. We hope these spotlights can be a way for you to learn about our wonderful presenters and connect with them on a deeper level after the Symposium ends.

Here are a few words from Daniel, himself:

Thanks to all of you who have committed your time to attend my Presentation on Perception-based navigation and SonarVision in the modern age. I’m so pleased and honoured to have been invited. I have cleared the time myself to attend this entire symposium.

Our Perceptual-Navigation workshops normally run two days depending on format requirements, so there is a lot of material to cover in this introductory  presentation for those who are interested. So, for an  introduction and/or further explorations afterward, here is a link to a preview and introduction to my textbook on Echolocation and FlashSonar, along with some professional support articles and video documentaries about our work. You’ll also find a showcasing of our workshop for the Vermont Association for the Blind as an example.


Perceptual-Navigation and SonarVision: Applying Cutting Edge Science to Long-Standing Practice

Presented by: Daniel Kish

Description: How do we activate neural plasticity? How do we get the most effective use of touch and sound? We will explore an adaptation model of blindness based in the science of neural plasticity, perception and action, and developmental psychology to discover how the brain can learn to see when the eyes are not working. The results are a revolutionary new era  of blindness functioning and capacity that defies traditional thinking, and is consistent with the marvels of the modern age. 

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You can find out more about Daniel by visiting his organization’s website: https://visioneers.org/

Kassandra Maloney