This Man Rides Bikes And Skateboards…He Also Happens To Be Blind

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Imagine a world that’s set up to be navigated via a sense you don’t have. How do you learn to get around? Do you rely on others or do you develop your own unique means of navigation?

For Brian Bushway, that world is a reality. In seventh grade — after realizing that he couldn’t read the board at the front of the classroom — Bushway covered his right eye with his hand and discovered that he didn’t have any light perception out of his left eye. From there, his vision deteriorated quickly. By the beginning of eighth grade, he was completely blind.

“I woke up one morning and just couldn’t see anything anymore,” he explains. “I experienced the whole field of vision loss — I was low vision before I became totally blind.” Bushway, once able to see, had to learn a new method for making his way in the world.

He’s come a long way since eighth grade. With the help of his mentor and friend Daniel Kish, Bushway learned the skill of echolocation, and now teaches it to others as a lead instructor at the nonprofit World Access for the Blind. We had a chance to chat with Bushway about echolocation, and the social obstacle of being visually impaired.

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