Flash Sonar & Self-directed Discovery Workshop Series

Daniel Kish of Visioneers

Blind Beginnings is excited to once again partner with Daniel Kish of Visioneers, for a Flash Sonar & Self-directed Discovery Workshop series May 24, 25 and 26!

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.

Who is Daniel Kish:
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 visually impaired, as well as children who are deaf-blind, on the autistic spectrum, and those with sensory integration disorders to attain self directed mobility towards high achievement.

Though his expertise emphasizes the full range of development of human perception in blind people, he is most widely known for his work in echolocation or flash sonar. Through his California-based non-profit organization, Daniel travels the world promoting a ‘No limits’ philosophy regarding the possibilities and potential for blind people and teaching blind students of all ages to use echolocation and self-directed discovery.

Blind Beginnings Echolocation Workshop Details:

Friday May 24, 2019

Friday evening: Dinner with Daniel and an informal introduction to Flash Sonar
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 flash sonar and self-directed discovery.

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

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

Saturday May 25, 2019

Children & Youth Group sessions:
Children 8 years and older who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend a small group session with Daniel. Children and youth will be introduced to flash sonar and self-directed discovery through a variety of games and activities.

Time: 9:00 – noon for children 8 – 12 years of age
1:30 – 4:30 for youth 13 and older

Where: Blind Beginnings Office – 227 6th Street, New Westminster
We will start at the Blind Beginnings office, but venture out to explore the surrounding neighborhood.

Sunday May 26, 2019

One-to-one sessions with Daniel Kish:
Families with children 7 years or younger or families with children or youth who are blind or partially sighted with additional complex needs, can request a one-to-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.

Time: Sessions will be booked from 9:30 until 5:00 in 90-minute time slots.

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

To register for any of the Echolocation Workshop sessions, 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.

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

For more information on Daniel Kish and Visioneers check out www.visioneers.org