Echolocation Workshop Series with Daniel Kish

Blind Beginnings is excited to once again partner with Daniel Kish of World Access for the Blind, for an Echolocation & Self-directed Discovery Workshop series on September 22, 23, and 24!

Daniel Kish only comes to Blind Beginnings every two years, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet and learn from him.  We have an entire weekend planned, and invite you to take part in as much as possible.

[Image description: Daniel Kish demonstrates his use of FlashSonar during a talk he gave at TED 2015. He is standing on a stage surrounded by an audience, as he holds a panel near his face while he makes a sound.]

About Daniel:

Daniel Kish, CEO of World Access for the Blind, has advanced degrees in Developmental Psychology and Special Education.   Daniel is also the first ever blind professional to achieve duel NOMC and COMS Orientation & Mobility certification.  Working through his unique interdisciplinary approach of collaborating with families, school districts, rehabilitation agencies, and experts specializing in neural science and perception, Daniel has positively impacted the lives of countless children who are blind or partially sighted, as well as children who are deaf-blind, children who have autism spectrum disorder, and children who have sensory integration disorders, to attain self-directed mobility towards high achievement.  Though his expertise emphasizes the full range of development of human perception in people who are blind, he is most widely known for his work in echolocation.  Through his California-based non-profit organization, Daniel travels the world promoting a ‘No limits’ philosophy regarding the possibilities and potential for people who are blind and teaching students who are blind of all ages to use echolocation and self-directed discovery.

Blind Beginnings Echolocation Workshop Details:

Workshop for O&M Professionals:

This is an immersive, fun, hands on, experiential workshop in which Daniel will cover; perception based instructional strategies that foster the natural development of self-direction, the critically supportive impact of early childhood perception based training (including infants and toddlers), such as cane training, Flash Sonar, and mutual social engagement, and the disruptive impact of passively imposed methods of guidance and external direction, Daniel will demonstrate advanced perceptual skills, including  Flash Sonar. He will also give specific attention to strategies for enhancing and diversifying cane use and active social engagement for very young children and newly blinded adults. He covers individualizing the curriculum to unique student circumstances, and most importantly, we have fun.

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Blind Beginnings office – 227 6th Street, New Westminster

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday evening Dinner with Daniel & an introduction to Echolocation:

Families with children who are blind or partially sighted are invited for an informal pizza dinner to meet Daniel.  Following our dinner, Daniel will present an introduction to the basics of echolocation and self-directed discovery.

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Blind Beginnings Office – 227 6th Street, New Westminster

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Junior Explorer’s learn Echolocation & Self-directed Discovery:

Daniel will be our guest at our first Junior Explorer’s Club of the school year.  Children 5 to 12 years of age, and their sighted siblings, will be introduced to echolocation and self-directed discovery through a variety of games and activities.

When: 9:00 am – noon

Where: Bridgeview Community Centre: 11475 – 126A Street, Surrey – a 15-minute walk from Scott Road skytrain station.

Youth 13 and older practice Echolocation together:

Youth are invited to practice their echolocation and self-directed discovery skills with Daniel on Saturday afternoon.  We will start at the Blind Beginnings office, but venture out to explore the surrounding neighborhood.

When: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Blind Beginnings Office – 227 6th Street, New Westminster

Sunday, September 24, 2017

One-to-one sessions with Daniel Kish:

Families with children 7 years or younger or families with children or youth with complex needs, can request a one-on-one 90-minute consultation with Daniel.  He will demonstrate through games and play how to motivate your child to move and how to introduce your child to differences in sound that will later translate to the basics of echolocation.  He will also provide practical feedback and strategies for your child’s specific situation.

When: Sessions will be booked from 8:30 until 5:00 in 90-minute time slots.

Where: Blind Beginnings Office – 227 6th Street, New Westminster

Registration

To register for this Echolocation Workshop series, please email shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or call the office at: 604-434-7243.  Please provide:

  • Your child’s name, age, and visual diagnosis
  • Whether your child has worked with Daniel previously
  • Which sessions you would like to attend

Cost:

There is no cost for individual or family members of Blind Beginnings.  New members are always welcome.  To become a member visit www.blindbeginnings.ca

Note: The cost of membership is $10 for an individual and $25 for a family.

We are asking professionals who are attending the Friday Workshop to make a donation to Blind Beginnings to help cover the cost of this professional development opportunity.

[Image description: Daniel walks beside a young boy as he runs his hand along the wall beside him and uses his cane to trace the edge of the wall.]

What is Echolocation or FlashSonar?

FlashSonar (active echolocation) is a blind person’s developed perceptual ability to determine where and what things are around them, and how to effectively navigate and interact with these surroundings. This is done by a person making a discrete, quiet tongue click, which allows the ear and brain to work together to construct a 3-D image from the reflected echoes of objects. It is like seeing with sound, as if with dim flashes of light, but using flashes of sound instead. Once developed, this image or spatial understanding is a very powerful addition to a blind person’s travel competence and to fostering feelings of confidence about making friends and participating in social activities.

If you would like more information, please email shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or call Shawn at: 604-434-7243 or toll free at: 1-866-736-8620

Daniel in the Media

Here is a segment showcasing Daniel Kish’s ability to demonstrate and teach ‘seeing with sound’.

Real-Life Bat Man

Discovery Channel: Is It Possible video link.

For more information on Daniel Kish and World Access for the Blind, check out their website.