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This Blind Guy Who Can Ride A Bike In Traffic Using Echolocation


“I believe in one thing only, the power of human will” Joseph Stalin

Imagine that you have been blindfolded and thrown to a hush-hush traffic road to make your way home. The thought itself is life threatening. Isn’t it? Many people get scared of crossing a road with open eyes, and here we are talking about being blindfolded. But friends, today we will be reading about Daniel Kish, a blind boy, who not only drives in high traffic roads but also bikes on hills and races with his friends on busy roads.

Your excitement must have reached to the next level to know how he does it. It is through echolocation, a technique which enables the blind to see in the ratio of 03:03. At the age of 13, he got both his eyes removed due to some kind of cancer. At present, he is 48 years old, and he has never considered his blindness as a disability. He says that with any kind of disability, there come some limitations, but focusing on strengths is what makes you extraordinary and gives you more stability to fight it.

Kish was born in 1996 in Montebello, California. He is an American professional in human echolocation and the President of World Access for the Blind. WAFTB is a California-registered non-profit corporation established by Kish to enable the people to live with all type of blindness and increase public cognizance about their powers and competencies. Around 500 blind children have got training of echolocation in Kish’s institute.

Kish is the first totally blind individual to be a legitimately certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and holds a National Blindness Professional certification. He also has master’s degrees in evolving psychology and special learning from the University of California Riverside. His work has motivated many scientific educations associated with human echolocation.

In a 2009 analysis at the University of Alcalá in Madrid, Spain, around ten keen-sighted subjects were trained basic direction-finding abilities for few days. The training was aimed to evaluate different sounds which can be used to echolocate and assess which were most efficient.

In one more study, the MRI brain shots were taken of Kish and another echolocation professional to recognize the parts engaged in echolocation. The readings proposed that the brain constructions that handle optical data in near-sighted people process echo information in blind echolocation experts.

In one of his presentations in PopTech, a conference about innovative ideas of science and technology, Kish mentioned himself as a “real-life Batman” and displayed videos of his sightless students riding mountain bikes, playing basketball, and skating thru obstruction courses. He loves bike riding. His idea of making blind people independent by tongue clicking and listening echoes from various sources is an incredible technique.