[Missouri-l] [ATI] Fwd: [acb-l] Sounding out new technique for the blind
John and Donna Weidlich
weidlich at swbell.net
Sun Feb 26 14:12:15 CST 2012
Interesting concept but do you really want to go around making clicking noises with your tongue so that people will think you are really weird. This technique does seem to work extremely well for some blind people but I have doubts that most of us could master it to the extent that this gentleman has. John
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Sounding out new technique for the blind
BY NADINE MORTON
25 Feb, 2012 04:00 AM
A NEW technique for vision impaired people in Orange is set to give them a new-found freedom according to the developer.
Until now in Orange those with a vision impairment relied on a cane, guide dog or a friend to help them get around but echolocation techniques taught to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT staff is set to change that.
Vision impaired Californian man Daniel Kish developed the technique after an aggressive cancer retinoblastoma led to his eyes being removed when he was just 13 months old.
Mr Kish uses sonar techniques from his tongue to click and “see” where he is going without sighted assistance.
“A cane can only reach so far into your environment and a dog can take you through your environment, echolocation gives you a depth of perception into your environment,” he said.
Mr Kish has been on tour in regional locations across NSW teaching Guide Dogs NSW/ACT staff how to show vision impaired people to use the technique.
By clicking his tongue or clapping his hands Mr Kish is able to determine what objects are around him such as a tree, a building or even furniture.
He said different objects give off different sounds.
Nine-year-old Max Harry Smith is vision impaired and took part in the echolocation training session yesterday.
“It’s a really good thing to learn and you don’t walk into things and wound yourself,” he said.
Young Max Harry said learning the technique was “excellent” and said he would use it in addition to his walking cane.
For more information on the services Guide Dogs NSW/ACT can provide contact 6362 6625 or visit www.guidedogs.com.au.
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